U.S.-Israel ties help and hinder cease-fire efforts

Gazans question whether Americans can be an honest broker for peace in light of the military support, plus billions in aid, that the United States provides.

U.S. ramps up pressure on Israel over Gaza campaign

Kerry presses for a cease-fire as Israel signals plans to expand its offensive.

Pro-Russian rebels claim credit for downing warplanes

The attack on Ukrainian military aircraft came six days after the Flight 17 shoot-down, which showcased the advanced firepower apparently available.

Acurio has a franchise of 44 restaurants. (Dominic Bracco II/Prime)

A chef ‘more trusted than a politician’

Gastón Acurio elevated Peru’s culinary senses from ketchup and blandness to an era of enlightened and emboldened palates. He has turned cuisine into his nation’s proudest export.

Inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

Inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Joseph Wood’s lawyer said. The Arizona governor has ordered a review of the incident.

Local News

The Silver Line is finally arriving, but Virginia almost missed its connection

The Silver Line is finally arriving, but Virginia almost missed its connection

Fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

Despite environmentalists’ objections, Md. board approves wetlands permit

Despite environmentalists’ objections, Md. board approves wetlands permit

Dominion Resources needed the approval to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.

Shame on White House for accusing O’Malley of hypocrisy on immigration

Shame on White House for accusing O’Malley of hypocrisy on immigration

COLUMN | The Md. governor said that the state should be prepared to shelter up to 1,880 young migrants.

D.C. students ‘meet Washington’ to spur thinking about careers

D.C. students ‘meet Washington’ to spur thinking about careers

A new program introduces students to different careers in the city and excites them for life after graduation.

Gruden’s job one: Fix RGIII

Gruden’s job one: Fix RGIII

COLUMN | Rookie coach’s priority must be to make sure the Redskins’ investment in quarterback pays off.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Babar Suleman and son Haris. (AP)

Babar Suleman and son Haris. (AP)

Father and son round-the-world flight ends tragically in Pacific

Teenager was trying to set record when plane crashed off American Samoa.

Nats catch a chill in Colorado

Nats catch a chill in Colorado

Washington rallied, but couldn’t overcome blown chances and a shaky start in a loss to the Rockies.

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It’s marine biologist vs. a 13-year-old
in a fight over scientific glory

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A teenager’s “breakthrough” science project is at the center of controversy after a researcher’s explosive claim.

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

WEATHER GANG | A direct hit from plasma clouds might have disabled everything that plugs into a socket.

Why Michele Bachmann should
run for president — in 2 charts

Why Michele Bachmann should <br>run for president  — in 2 charts

SHE THE PEOPLE | The Minnesota congresswoman joins a list of people contemplating a 2016 bid.

There are growing calls to strip Putin and Russia of the 2018 World Cup

There are growing calls to strip Putin and Russia of the 2018 World Cup

WORLDVIEWS | Sanctions aren’t really working. Should the world take away Russia’s soccer tournament?

Local Columnists

Moss Hollow campaign comes to an end

Moss Hollow campaign comes to an end

COLUMN | Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

Sports

Five areas to monitor on special teams

Five areas to monitor on special teams

REDSKINS BLOG | We’ve tackled offense and defense. Here’s a look at the five areas to monitor on the special teams units this training camp.

Real Estate

Should you list or buy a home in the summer?

Should you list or buy a home in the summer?

Real estate agents have differing views on whether to wait until fall or take the plunge now.

Lifestyle

For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one

<b>For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one</b>

A press staffer almost always attends when reporters sit down with administration officials.

Arts

Tapman needs a sidekick: A sound designer

Tapman needs a sidekick: A sound designer

Capital Fringe’s “The Adventures of Tapman” has great dancing, but the production values keep it from flying.

Federal Government

Army: We had no choice on ‘pink slips’

Army: We had no choice on ‘pink slips’

CHECKPOINT | Officials said that deployed U.S. commanders knew the separation notices were coming.

Discussions

Ask Boswell: The Nats have good players, but no superstars

Ask Boswell: The Nats have good players, but no superstars

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Tom Boswell took questions on D.C. and local sports.

Business

Why your company may want no part of your pension

Why your company may want no part of your pension

WONKBLOG | Volatile funding levels and longer life expectancy are moving employers to shed pension liabilities.

Diversions