Islamic State
waterboarded
Foley, others

At least four hostages held by the militants, including the U.S. journalist who was executed, were allegedly waterboarded early in their captivity.

Obama on the Islamic State: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

He’s asked the Pentagon for options as he recruits partner countries to help respond to the militants in Iraq and Syria.

An image of what NATO says are Russian units inside Ukraine. (DigitalGlobe)

U.S. officials: Russia’s military actions in Ukraine tantamount to an invasion

Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery were said to roll into southeastern Ukraine, forcing government troops into a full retreat.

Local News

Military pilot was fatally injured
in F-15 crash in Va. mountains

Military pilot was fatally injured <br>in F-15 crash in Va. mountains

The pilot, who was with the Mass. National Guard, was on his way to a base in the New Orleans area.

Closing arguments set to begin as McDonnells’ trial nears its endgame

Closing arguments set to begin as McDonnells’ trial nears its endgame

The judge’s instructions to jurors, including the definition of an “official” act, could shape deliberations.

Big charitable foundation puts squeeze on small horse farm, owner says

Big charitable foundation puts squeeze on small horse farm, owner says

The Eugene B. Casey Foundation wants to sell land to developers that surrounds Betsy Smith’s farm.

Running backs impress as Redskins top Bucs, 24-10, in preseason finale

Running backs impress as Redskins top Bucs, 24-10, in preseason finale

Three contenders with contrasting styles stood out in the crowded backfield competition.

Syrian refugees’ Georgetown show canceled — because they are refugees

Syrian refugees’ Georgetown show canceled — because they are refugees

The State Department refused to allow visas for 12 Syrian women eager to tell their harrowing stories.

Charter school’s aim: Shorten the day. The cost? Eliminating recess.

Charter school’s aim: Shorten the day. The cost? Eliminating recess.

Parents oppose the move at a Prince George’s middle school, saying kids need time to socialize.

Dog, shot by owner, now has its day — in new home with vet who saved her

Dog, shot by owner, now has its day — in new home with vet who saved her

Ruby, a 9-month-old boxer mix, was shot in the face, but she got a new “leash on life,” as police put it.

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Landrieu claims parents’ La. home as her own, raising residency questions

Landrieu claims parents’ La. home as her own, raising residency questions

Opponents of the Louisiana
senator say she primarily lives in
a $2.5 million brick home in D.C.

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

An accidental Uzi death at the hands of a 9-year-old renews debate on how young is too young for firearms.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford
could actually win reelection

Toronto mayor Rob Ford <br>could actually win reelection

THE FIX | He admitted to an alcohol problem and cocaine use but is in a dead heat in the polls.

‘The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

‘The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

THE FIX | While Obama talked about Ukraine and the Islamic State, Twitter freaked out about his attire.

Local Columnists

Hopes riding on Baltimore casino overlook the larger costs to society

Hopes riding on Baltimore casino overlook the larger costs to society

COLUMN | A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

Sports

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Mariners and Dodgers, led by Felix Hernanez and Clayton Kershaw, are among the best teams in baseball.

Real Estate

Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

Even if you’re not yet planning to sell, these ideas will help you enjoy your space — now.

Lifestyle

Joan Rivers hospitalized after throat surgery scare

Joan Rivers hospitalized after throat surgery scare

The 81-year-old comedian was undergoing a procedure at a clinic when she stopped breathing and was taken to the hospital.

Arts

Elmore Leonard muscles his way into Library of America series

Elmore Leonard muscles his way into Library of America series

The master of the American crime novel will have his work collected in three volumes.

Federal Government

Poor data leads to poor background checks

Poor data leads to poor background checks

A system to keep guns from the mentally ill doesn’t always get the information it needs

National

What happens when you post an ice bucket fail and hoax site says you died

What happens when you post an ice bucket fail and hoax site says you died

More than 2 million people have watched Todd’s “ice bucket fail” video and posted their RIPs. But Todd is ... alive and well, thanks.

Business

Bad news: Wages are down for pretty much everyone

Bad news: Wages are down for pretty much everyone

Most workers saw pay decline over the past year. And the only workers breaking even since before recession are those with college degrees.

Diversions