U.S. launched secret raid to rescue Foley

Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue the photojournalist and other Americans being held in Syria.

Executioner’s accent in video prompts reckoning in Britain

Executioner’s accent in video prompts reckoning in Britain

Officials in London are alarmed over the role of their countrymen.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell arrives at court. (AP)

McDonnell testifies, says his wife was stressed by her role as Va.’s first lady

The former Virginia governor took the witness stand in his own defense Wednesday against federal corruption charges.

Local News

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

A ban on grain alcohol sales in Maryland leaves a motley group of Everclear fans out in the cold.

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.

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Officer suspended for pointing rifle, threatening to kill Ferguson protester

Officer suspended for pointing rifle, threatening to kill Ferguson protester

The officer, who was not identified, has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely.

The simple policy that led to America’s biggest drop in teenage births

The simple policy that led to America’s biggest drop in teenage births

STORYLINE | The lessons and stories from Colorado’s surprisingly effective approach.

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

WONKBLOG | New software can detect whether it’s you or someone pretending to be you fueling up.

Humans and Neanderthals may have hung out for quite a long time

Humans and Neanderthals may have hung out for quite a long time

Research shows that Neanderthals died out slowly, and in some places overlapped with humans extensively.

Politics

NRA launches ad campaign attacking Michael Bloomberg

NRA launches ad campaign attacking Michael Bloomberg

The nation’s largest gun rights groups goes after a leading gun control activist.

Local Columnists

Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

COLUMN | One family’s experiences highlight how necessary U.S. protection is for refugees.

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.

Going Out Guide

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Dance to your favorite hits of the ‘00s, celebrate Mason Inn’s anniversary and play bocce to raise money for rescue dogs.

Lifestyle

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

The missing ingredient for bakers, violinists and raging college parties

A ban on grain alcohol sales in Maryland leaves a motley group of Everclear fans out in the cold.

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

Study: Colds may temporarily raise stroke risk in children

Study: Colds may temporarily raise stroke risk in children

Children susceptible to stroke more vulnerable when they suffer from colds or other minor infections.

Business

Nice try, this is no Tesla

Nice try, this is no Tesla

INNOVATIONS | I drove the new Mercedes-Benz electric car. They have a long ways to go to catch the king.

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