Islamic State sites targeted in risk-laden strikes

Arab “partner nations” were said to be involved in an aggressive operation that marks a new phase in the conflict against the group. Residents of Raqqah reported news of large explosions.

In Iraq, Islamic State assault leaves hundreds missing

The attack on a base has highlighted the shortcomings of an army that the U.S. has spent billions of dollars equipping.

A woman runs away from a water cannon near the Syrian border. (AFP/Getty)

Turkey breaks up protests at border

Troops fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds on the Syrian line, where Turkish and Syrian Kurds have been protesting border closings and the Islamic State’s advances.

Local News

White House’s fence vulnerability
was pinpointed in 1990s mock attack

White House’s fence vulnerability <br>was pinpointed in 1990s mock attack

The study showed that six to eight attackers climbing over at the same time could overwhelm officers.

‘Wanted’ poster issued for man
seen with missing U-Va. student

‘Wanted’ poster issued for man <br>seen with missing U-Va. student

Jesse Matthew Jr. — who was seen with Hannah Graham — is sought on two counts of reckless driving.

MRI confirms the worst for Redskins veteran Hall: He’s out for the season

MRI confirms the worst for Redskins veteran Hall: He’s out for the season<br>

The ruptured Achilles’ tendon robs the team of one of its top defensive playmakers.

Pr. George’s schools CFO resigns
days after insurance fraud revealed

Pr. George’s schools CFO resigns <br>days after insurance fraud revealed

Colby White and his wife, who worked for the system as an auditor, had been on administrative leave.

Sculptor’s restorative work gave hope to disfigured World War I soldiers

Sculptor’s restorative work gave hope to disfigured World War I soldiers

Anna Coleman Ladd made exquisite metal masks to conceal the injuries of those with mutilated faces.

High-performance weather with sunshine and comfortably cool nights

High-performance weather with sunshine and comfortably cool nights

WEATHER GANG | Autumn’s kick-off is nothing but spectacular if you love comfortable weather and fresh air.

D.C. Council is set to allow people to carry concealed guns. No one is happy.

D.C. Council is set to allow people to carry concealed guns. No one is happy.

The bill poised for passage will replace the city’s ban on guns that a federal judge struck down in July.

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Stories from all over

Militant in Raqqa atop downed Syrian jet. (Undated Islamic State photo)

Militant in Raqqa atop downed Syrian jet. (Undated Islamic State photo)

'The head of the snake': The Syrian city targeted by U.S. airstrikes

The Islamic State uses captured Syrian city to display its capacity to govern, however brutally.

More D.C.-area Salvadorans making the leap from employee to boss

More D.C.-area Salvadorans making the leap from employee to boss

Decades ago, Armando Mejia fled
El Salvador. Today, he owns four upscale bistros in the metro area.

Since 1978, Congress has worked
a full week just 14 percent of the time

Since 1978, Congress has worked <br> a full week just 14 percent of the time

THE FIX | It turns out that Congress works about as much as you probably think it does.

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Israelis kill 2 Hamas members suspected in kidnap, murder of 3 teens

Israelis kill 2 Hamas members suspected in kidnap, murder of 3 teens

The abduction of the three students was part of a series of events that led to the 50-day war in Gaza.

New plan to fight Ebola would
move the sick out of their homes

New plan to fight Ebola would <br>move the sick out of their homes

The WHO-backed effort in Liberia is an intermediate step between new treatment facilities and home care.

Party with Leo DiCaprio or diplomats? Clinton event outshines U.N. meeting.

Party with Leo DiCaprio or diplomats? Clinton event outshines U.N. meeting.

Did we mention that Matt Damon is also going to speak about clean water at the Clinton Global Initiative?

Tattoos seem more popular than
ever, but is that artistic ink safe?

Tattoos seem more popular than <br> ever, but is that artistic ink safe?

Studies looking for links to cancer from inks have failed to find evidence, but questions remain.

Politics

Tom Cotton’s invented history

Tom Cotton’s invented history

FACT CHECKER | Rep. Tom Cotton (R) says Obama hijacked the Farm Bill to add in food stamps. But the practice is decades old.

Local Columnists

The Secret Service messes up
and we pay the price? No way.

The Secret Service messes up <br>and we pay the price? No way.

COLUMN | How about the Secret Service starts by doing what most folks do? Lock. The. Doors.

Sports

MRI confirms the worst for Redskins veteran Hall: He’s out for the season

MRI confirms the worst for Redskins veteran Hall: He’s out for the season<br>

The ruptured Achilles’ tendon robs the team of one of its top defensive playmakers.

Federal Government

Does the United States need a Department of Homeland Security?

Does the United States need a Department of Homeland Security?

FEDERAL EYE | Many people in homeland-security circles question the idea of a single department composed of automonous agencies with clashing work cultures.

National

Southern states are now the U.S. epicenter of HIV/AIDS

Southern states are now the U.S. epicenter of HIV/AIDS

The infection rate among African American and Latina women in the South rivals sub-Saharan Africa.

Lifestyle

My weekend with Oprah and trying to find the life I want

My weekend with Oprah and trying to find the life I want

Winfrey brought her life-improvement tour to Washington, and here's what happened.

Arts

A whirlwind welcome for new Kennedy Center president

A whirlwind welcome for new Kennedy Center president

Deborah Rutter, three weeks into the job, meets a flurry of new faces in a big kickoff weekend.

Business

Cash buyers retreat from housing market, cooling home sales

Cash buyers retreat from housing market, cooling home sales

WONKBLOG | Sales of previously-built homes fell in August from the previous month, and from a year ago, signaling yet another bump in the housing recovery.

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