Obama pledges justice in killing of U.S. journalist

The president said the U.S. “will be vigilant and we will be relentless” against Islamic State militants following the execution of journalist James Foley.

Executioner’s accent in video prompts reckoning in Britain

Security officials in London are alarmed over the role their countrymen are playing in Middle East violence.

A soldier beats a local resident while enforcing the quarantine. (Getty)

Slum residents clash with Liberian security forces over Ebola quarantine

Protests began when armed patrols blocked the West Point neighborhood in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Longtime referee told NFL in ’06 that he couldn’t officiate Redskins games

Longtime referee told NFL in ’06 that he couldn’t officiate Redskins games<br>

COLUMN | Respected official Mike Carey took a quiet, almost unheard of stand against the team’s name.

Metro pays $4.2 million to settle whistleblower lawsuit over contract

Metro pays $4.2 million to settle whistleblower lawsuit over contract<br>

An ex-employee alleged that it awarded a contract to a Va. firm without seeking competitive bids.

The incredible shrinking government: Hiring is down and departures are up

The incredible shrinking government: Hiring is down and departures are up

FED EYE | The top 2013 losses were in administration, operations and general management.

No one is chilling out at local pools
this summer. Oh, except lifeguards.

No one is chilling out at local pools <br>this summer. Oh, except lifeguards.

The unusually mild season with few crowds has an upside for those charged with guarding the pool.

Local Columnists

Ferguson waits for the arc of moral justice to bend its way

Ferguson waits for the arc of moral justice to bend its way

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Sports

Nats extend winning streak to season high 8 games

Nats extend winning streak to season high 8 games<br>

Relentless offense, and Stephen Strasburg’s strong outing, lead the team to stomp the Diamondbacks.

Real Estate

When a housing wish list evolves

When a housing wish list evolves

After evaluating their needs and market conditions, some buyers may opt to shift their priorities.

Lifestyle

No one is chilling out at local pools
this summer. Oh, except lifeguards.

No one is chilling out at local pools <br>this summer. Oh, except lifeguards.

The unusually mild season with few crowds has an upside for those charged with guarding the pool.

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

Despite financial woes, SeaWorld is still awash in political activity

National

More states fund ACT college admission testing

More states fund ACT college admission testing

Thirteen states paid this year for 11th-graders to take the exam during the school day. More plan to follow suit.

Diversions