Islamic State claims to behead U.S. journalist

A video purported to show the death of James Foley in retaliation for strikes in Iraq. A second prisoner, also said to be American, was threatened in the video.

Israeli strike said to kill wife, child of Hamas commander

The strike targeting Mohammed Deif came a day after talks for a permanent truce between Israel and militants broke down.

Officers charge protesters after being hit by water bottles. (Reuters)

In Ferguson protests, ‘a turning point’

Police arrest 47 people in late-night clashes, but Capt. Ronald Johnson said a city torn by riots was beginning to heal.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Congressmen ask Va. GOP to postpone party battles, but the answer is no

Congressmen ask Va. GOP to postpone party battles, but the answer is no

The rebuff from state Republican leaders is a fresh sign of discord within the organization.

The incredible shrinking government: Hiring is down and departures are up

The incredible shrinking government: Hiring is down and departures are up

FED EYE | The top 2013 losses were in administration, operations and general management.

No one is chilling out at local pools this summer. Oh, except the lifeguards.

No one is chilling out at local pools this summer. Oh, except the lifeguards.

This unusually mild season with few crowds has an upside for those charged with guarding the pool.

The nation’s best new restaurant is right here in D.C., Bon Appetit says

The nation’s best new restaurant is right here in D.C., Bon Appetit says

Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill represents a “revelation” in people-focused dining, the magazine said.

On-fire, first-place Nationals extend
winning streak to season high 8 games

On-fire, first-place Nationals extend <br>winning streak to season high 8 games<br>

Relentless offense, and Stephen Strasburg’s strong outing, lead the team to stomp the Diamondbacks.

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What happened to Cindy? Family on secret journey to U.S. loses daughter.

What happened to Cindy? Family on secret journey to U.S. loses daughter.

For three tense weeks, the parents did not know the fate of their first-born child.

‘Work martyr’: Why 40% of workers don’t use all of their vacation time

‘Work martyr’: Why 40% of workers don’t use all of their vacation time

Do you think you’re indispensable? You may be a ‘work martyr.’

Common Core support has eroded across the U.S., a new poll shows

Common Core support has eroded across the U.S., a new poll shows

A wide-ranging Gallup survey also shows trust in the nation’s public school system has evaporated.

The significant decline in teen births
in the U.S. is historic and uneven

The significant decline in teen births <br> in the U.S. is historic and uneven

WONKBLOG | There are notable disparities in how teen births have dropped in the past 20 years.

Local Columnists

Ferguson waits for the arc of moral justice to bend its way

Ferguson waits for the arc of moral justice to bend its way

At the Martin Luther King Memorial, quotes about ending racial injustice resonate as protests rage in Missouri.

Real Estate

When a housing wish list evolves

When a housing wish list evolves

After evaluating their needs and market conditions, some buyers may opt to shift their priorities.

Lifestyle

No one is chilling out at local pools this summer. Oh, except the lifeguards.

No one is chilling out at local pools this summer. Oh, except the lifeguards.

This unusually mild season with few crowds has an upside for those charged with guarding the pool.

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

Despite financial woes, SeaWorld is still awash in political activity

National

More states fund ACT college admission testing

More states fund ACT college admission testing

Thirteen states paid this year for 11th-graders to take the exam during the school day. More plan to follow suit.

Business

Nice try, this is no Tesla

Nice try, this is no Tesla

INNOVATIONS | I drove the new Mercedes-Benz electric car. They have a long ways to go to catch the king.

Diversions