Obama eyes plan to increase legal immigration

As Obama considers plans to defer deportation of illegal immigrants, some are lobbying for more green cards.

    Ukraine says Russia stepping up military activity in Crimea

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    Jack Donaldson, 12, left, with family. (Courtesy of Whiston-Donaldsons)

    She let her son play in the rain.
    He never came back.

    After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of grief.

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      More Americans expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend

      More Americans expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend

      Lower gas prices and a better economy are expected to spur the highest travel levels since 2008.

      With public financing, Hogan has more cash on hand than Brown

      With public financing, Hogan has more cash on hand than Brown

      Public financing has given the Maryland GOP gubernatorial nominee a financial advantage.

      Skins starters will sit out Thursday’s preseason finale against Tampa

      Skins starters will sit out Thursday’s preseason finale against Tampa

      Head coach Jay Gruden decided to give his starters a rest after seeing them struggle in earlier games.

      Baltimore’s first casino opens with aims to be the city’s lucky charm

      Baltimore’s first casino opens with aims to be the city’s lucky charm

      Horseshoe Baltimore opened to the public as Maryland upped its own bet on legalized gambling.

      Rockville 18-year-old among 4 killed
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      Rockville 18-year-old among 4 killed <br>in fiery plane crash in Ohio <br>

      Abraham Pishevar was on a sight-seeing trip with other students after starting classes at Case Western.

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      Douglas McAuthur McCain, 2008 photo. (AP)

      Douglas McAuthur McCain, 2008 photo. (AP)

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      The few fragments available -- trouble with the law, limited prospects -- offer little explanation for Douglas McCain's fatal choice.

      Gentle giants of the prairie, bison return to roam at the National Zoo

      Gentle giants of the prairie, bison return to roam at the National Zoo

      The animal on which the zoo was founded in the 1880s hasn’t been on exhibit in more than a decade.

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      U.S. rules out coordinating airstrikes with Assad to battle Islamic State

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      The nation’s top drug-control official <br>is Michael. And he’s an alcoholic.

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      Marijuana, gambling and oil pipelines: The issues firms are shelling out for

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      Taking charge of community crime prevention

      Taking charge of community crime prevention

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      Nats come up short against Phillies

      The defeat in Philadelphia marks the first time the Nats have lost consecutive games since Aug. 5.

      Lifestyle

      She let her son play in the rain.
      He never came back.

      She let her son play in the rain. <br> He never came back.

      After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of grief.

      Arts

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      Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

      Ari Roth has spent the past 12 holidays at the Kennedy Center for the annual Page-to-Stage Festival.

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      Union army officer to receive Medal of Honor

      Union army officer to receive Medal of Honor

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