Armed convicted felon was feet from Obama

The security contractor was allowed on an elevator with the president Sept. 16, violating Secret Service protocols, three people familiar with the incident said.

First U.S. case of Ebola fever is diagnosed in Texas

Health officials were quick to tamp down hysteria, emphasizing that the U.S. is well equipped to halt the spread of a disease that has killed thousands in West Africa.

Students cross their hands in silent protest. (Getty)

Hong Kong draws massive protest on holiday honoring Communist Republic

Large parts of the city came to a standstill as residents swarmed the streets to protest Beijing’s iron grip over their government.

Local News

Suspect in U-Va. case was known
as ‘an all-around good person’

Suspect in U-Va. case was known <br>as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

Before Graham, another student vanished in the night in Charlottesville

Before Graham, another student vanished in the night in Charlottesville

Morgan Harrington’s case is back in the spotlight after police said they have evidence linking both cases.

Some fog and sun today, tomorrow before Friday front threatens showers

Some fog and sun today, tomorrow before Friday front threatens showers

WEATHER GANG | Gray mornings followed by partly sunny afternoons are the story today and tomorrow.

Hillary Clinton skips Anthony Brown fundraiser in Md., sends Bill instead

Hillary Clinton skips Anthony Brown fundraiser in Md., sends Bill instead

Clinton is clearing her calendar to spend more time with her newborn granddaughter Charlotte.

Montgomery detectives investigate pair of suspicious deaths in Potomac

Montgomery detectives investigate pair of suspicious deaths in Potomac

A body found in a garage might be linked to a fatal car crash reported moments later just 2 miles away.

New memorial near Capitol honors America’s disabled veterans

New memorial near Capitol honors America’s disabled veterans

CHECKPOINT | The new site, which opens on Sunday, tells the story of veterans from every conflict.

More Top Stories

‘Kiss any hope goodbye’: Democrats flood inboxes for campaign cash

‘Kiss any hope goodbye’: Democrats flood inboxes for campaign cash

The subject lines might sound like lyrics to a moody ballad, but party strategists insist that they work.

Humans have killed off half of the world’s animals since 1970, study finds

Humans have killed off half of the world’s animals since 1970, study finds

WONKBLOG | The report’s radical takeaway: We should probably stop killing everything on Earth.

Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to launching Windows 10

Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to launching Windows 10

THE SWITCH | The odd decision to skip ahead could be a way to signal a clean break from Windows 8.

Royals outlast A’s in 12-inning thriller to open major league postseason

Royals outlast A’s in 12-inning thriller to open major league postseason

Kansas City treated its fans to a tense and dramatic comeback in the team’s first playoff game since 1985.

Local Columnists

Four men try to break their
51-year-old swim record in Virginia

Four men try to break their <br>51-year-old swim record in Virginia

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Sports

Redskins might find neither Griffin nor Cousins is answer

Redskins might find neither Griffin nor Cousins is answer

COLUMN | The uncertainty surrounding both quarterbacks raises a possibility worse than if one beats out the other.

Federal Government

Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service

Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service

IN THE LOOP | The Florida congressman has an ADT system, he says, so why doesn’t the White House?

National

Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Those exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics early in life, at zero to five months of age, had an 11 percent greater risk of becoming obese.

Lifestyle

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

The violinist charmed a Union Station mob, seven years after his undercover L’Enfant Plaza stunt.

Arts

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s monumental work pushes the boundaries of art and portraiture.

Business

NYC mayor expands living-wage law for thousands

NYC mayor expands living-wage law for thousands

WONKBLOG | Bill deBlasio expanded the city’s living-wage law, requiring certain businesses to pay $13.13 an hour.

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