Russian trucks begin pulling out of Ukraine

Amid allegations the Russians were loading military equipment onto the aid trucks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Kiev to help ease tensions.

Obama weighs combat options against militants

A congressional mandate could provide legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Islamic State, a senior administration official said.

Bao Bao looks at her frozen, tiered birthday cake. (Yue Wu / Washington Post)

Bao Bao’s birthday panda-monium

The zoo planned a full schedule of birthday events that would make most other Washington babies’ parties seem unfrilled.

Local News

GOP calls John Foust an insensitive sexist after comment about opponent

GOP calls John Foust an insensitive sexist after comment about opponent

The Va. congressional candidate questioned if Barbara Comstock had “even had a real job.”

Katie Ledecky breaks her own world record in 400-meter freestyle

Katie Ledecky breaks her own world record in 400-meter freestyle

The Bethesda, Md. native set the bar again, and Michael Phelps won his first individual gold since 2012.

The burning of Washington:
D.C.’s darkest, forgotten day

The burning of Washington: <br> D.C.’s darkest, forgotten day

On Aug. 24, 1814, the invading British army started a fire — and ultimately kindled a capital’s future.

On Chuck Brown Day, multiple disappointments at Langdon Park

On Chuck Brown Day, multiple disappointments at Langdon Park

COLUMN | A new memorial was dedicated to the Godfather of Go-Go. Too bad it doesn’t do him justice.

A gloomy Saturday, a glorious Sunday

A gloomy Saturday, a glorious Sunday

WEATHER GANG | Showers will threaten intermittently today, but starting tomorrow, smooth sailing.

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(CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) A free yoga class is conducted on the sidewalk in Maryland Plaza just several blocks south of Delmar Boulevard on Thursday, August 21, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. Folks stroll the upscale section of N. Euclid Avenue just several blocks south of Delmar Boulevard on Thursday, August 21, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. Newly married couple Antoinette and Cozy Marks carry home groceries on N. Euclid Avenue just a few blocks north of Delmar Boulevard on Thursday, August 21, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. Damien Carter, 24, C, hangs out with friends on N. Euclid Avenue just two blocks north of Delmar Boulevard on Thursday, August 21, 2014, in St. Louis, MO.

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‘It’s always been the same. Once you cross Delmar...it’s a different world.’

The geography of most U.S. cities reveals segregation, but in St. Louis there appears a precise boundary.

Obama’s summer vacation on
Martha’s Vineyard, by the numbers

Obama’s summer vacation on <br> Martha’s Vineyard, by the numbers

What a vacation it’s been: Golf, world crises, golf, domestic crises, time on the beach and — well, you know.

Picks of the Week 

Does a big, fat wedding
help a marriage last?

Does a big, fat wedding<br> help a marriage last?

COLUMN | A new report suggests a tie between a bigger guest list and a happier marriage.

I’m a cop. Don’t want to get hurt?
Don’t challenge me.

I’m a cop. Don’t want to get hurt? <br>Don’t challenge me.

POSTEVERYTHING | An LAPD officer explains the job’s challenges and the importance of cooperating.

Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare
scam that just keeps on rolling

Electric wheelchairs: The Medicare <br> scam that just keeps on rolling

The U.S. has spent billions to buy wheelchairs for patients, but has no idea how many claims are bogus.

CHEVY CHASE, MD - JULY 24: Coco Murray, 5, plays piano at her house on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Chevy Chase, MD. (Photo by Yue Wu/The Washington Post)

Coco Murray plays piano at her home (Yue Wu/Post)

‘Just keep swimming’: After losing mom, sister, how 5 girls healed

Before her death in a summer storm, Kelly Murray set up a camp to help girls become self-reliant. Her lessons are shaping her own girls’ lives.

Politics

Romney and Ryan stage brief revival, say Hillary Clinton is ‘beatable’ in 2016

Romney and Ryan stage brief revival,  say Hillary Clinton is ‘beatable’ in 2016

The second-place ticket in the last presidential race railed against the expected frontrunner in the next.

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.

Sports

Longest winning streak in Nats’
history meets ugly end against Giants

Longest winning streak in Nats’ <br>history meets ugly end against Giants

San Francisco toppled starter Doug Fister, bringing the Nationals’ 10-game run to an abrupt halt.

Real Estate

Boomerang buyers lost their homes, but now they’re back

Boomerang buyers lost their homes, but now they’re back

Foreclosure and short sale veterans from 2007-13 are expected to make 10 percent of U.S. home buys in 2014.

Lifestyle

Truth or fiction? Ice bucket deaths, Facebook’s ‘drug task force,’ and more.

Truth or fiction? Ice bucket deaths, Facebook’s ‘drug task force,’ and more.

The 25th installment in a weekly series that debunks the Web’s hoaxes, rumors and exaggerations.

Arts

The ‘holy grail’ of collectibles draws record $2.2-million bid on eBay

The ‘holy grail’ of collectibles draws record $2.2-million bid on eBay

COMIC RIFFS | COMIC RIFFS | But the owner of the book that launched Superman is banking on even better offers.

Federal Government

‘Erroneous time-keeping’ is illegal, Commerce official warns workers

‘Erroneous time-keeping’ is illegal, Commerce official warns workers

FEDERAL EYE | The missive comes a week after The Post reported that some patent examiners had repeatedly lied about their hours.

National

Rick Perry says Islamist State fighters may have crossed U.S.-Mexico border

Rick Perry says Islamist State fighters may have crossed U.S.-Mexico border

FEDERAL EYE | Texas governor is quick to add there is “no clear evidence of that,” but his remarks are sure to stoke concerns.

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