Trapped soldiers flee pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

A group of 28 Ukrainian volunteer soldiers escaped on Saturday from Ilovaysk, where more than 200 volunteers have been cornered since Monday.

Besieged Iraqi town buoyed by the prospect of help

Long-suffering residents and officials of Amerli cite reports of U.S. airstrikes and a coming government offensive against militant attackers as cause for hope.

Angeline Jolie portrayed one kind of powerful woman in Maleficent. (Disney)

Kicking butt, but not stereotypes

Women and girls helped save Hollywood this summer, but they were given only a very narrow range of powerful characters to play.

Local News

Thomas, Minnifield and Brown among defensive players cut by Redskins

Thomas, Minnifield and Brown among defensive players cut by Redskins

INSIDER | Phillip Thomas was a fourth-round pick last year, but an injury sidelined him for the season.

Series of suspicious fires roust guests at Marriott Wardman Park hotel

Series of suspicious fires roust guests at Marriott Wardman Park hotel

Guests said they were told to leave their rooms at about 1:30 a.m. Many spent the night waiting in ballrooms.

McDonnell prosecutor to jury:
‘This is corruption. The real thing.’

McDonnell prosecutor to jury: <br>‘This is corruption. The real thing.’

Lawyers for the ex-Va. governor said the government’s star witness lied.

What kind of reader are you?

What kind of reader are you?

QUIZ | Depending on what you like reading, there’s an activity for you at the National Book Festival. 

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Why South Korea predicts it will
cease to exist by the year 2750

Why South Korea predicts it will <br> cease to exist by the year 2750

WORLD VIEWS | A new report says the effects of low fertility might be seen within a few generations.

Kirsten Gillibrand’s story didn’t surprise any woman on Capitol Hill

Kirsten Gillibrand’s story didn’t surprise any woman on Capitol Hill

SHE THE PEOPLE | Her new book reveals boorish behavior women in Congress face from colleagues.

I was taking pictures of my daughters. A man thought I was exploiting them.

I was taking pictures of my daughters. A man thought I was exploiting them.

OUTLOOK | How an encounter with a stranger during a family vacation left a bad taste in this dad’s mouth.

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The town where you must own a gun

The town where you must own a gun

It’s the culture — and the law — in Nucla, Colo., where the nearest stop light is two hours away.

Does the number of premarital partners affect marriage quality?

Does the number of premarital partners affect marriage quality?

COLUMN | How to interpret a report on women, happiness and sexual partners before marriage.

The college majors most and least
likely to lead to underemployment

The college majors most and least <br>likely to lead to underemployment

WONKBLOG | Engineering and physics majors report success; English majors, not so much.

VIENNA, VA - AUGUST 21:
Tim Donaldson and Anna Whiston-Donaldson, whose son Jack died when he was swept away by a flash flood three years ago, stroll down the street August 21, 2014 in Vienna, VA.   She wrote a memoir titled 'Rare bird' detailing her ordeal.(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

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

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

Politics

Hillary Clinton’s remarkably bold commentary on Ferguson and race

Hillary Clinton’s remarkably bold  commentary on Ferguson and race

SHE THE PEOPLE | Dogged by progressives, she finally spoke out on the controversy. And her remarks were more substantive than those of other political leaders.

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

Nats prepare to face ‘King Felix’ for the first time

Nats prepare to face ‘King Felix’ for the first time

NATIONALS JOURNAL | The Nationals have never faced Felix Hernandez, but they’ll get their first look tonight in Seattle.

Real Estate

House of the Week | McLean chateau for $12.9M

House of the Week | McLean chateau for $12.9M

Belle Demeure, or Beautiful House, was inspired by Chateau de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley.

Lifestyle

Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes

Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes

SMART, Room to Read and Turkey’s Mother Child Education Foundation split awards funded by David Rubenstein.

Arts

Dylan in the District: Then and now

Dylan in the District: Then and now

A look at the legendary artist’s D.C. appearances, from the March on Washington in 1963 to a concert at Constitution Hall scheduled this fall.

Federal Government

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

FEDERAL EYE | The move signals Obama’s intent to give the workers a pay bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising higher.

National

Can a $1M global teacher competition (backed by Clinton) boost profession?

Can a $1M global teacher competition (backed by Clinton) boost profession?

ANSWER SHEET | Does anybody really think there is a “best teacher in the world?” Or is the competition a gimmick?

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