Ukraine fears Russian invasion is now underway

Fighting between Russian troops and the Ukrainian military worsened Thursday on a new, southern front as NATO promises to deploy forces to eastern Europe.

    Immigration plan could shake up 2014 election

    Both political parties fear President Obama’s plan to defer deporting millions of illegal immigrants could change the course of November’s midterm elections.

    A Palestinian girl walks through the ruins of her home in Gaza City. (Getty)

    As the Gaza cease-fire approached,
    these four were the last to die

    After 50 days, the war ended where it began, with a truce that is essentially a retread of the one signed in 2012. But just before the cease-fire, two in the Gaza Strip and two in Israel lost their lives.

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      Separate arrivals and exits drive home a point at former Va. governor’s trial

      Separate arrivals and exits drive home a point at former Va. governor’s trial

      McDonnell and his wife come and go in a way that reinforces testimony of their crumbling marriage.

      William Kennedy Smith looks for
      opportunity to enter family business

      William Kennedy Smith looks for <br>opportunity to enter family business

      Now a doctor living in the Watergate complex, he is angling to serve on a D.C. neighborhood board.

      D.C. movie critic Arch Campbell bids farewell after 40 years on airwaves

      D.C. movie critic Arch Campbell bids farewell after 40 years on airwaves

      His “final” live appearance on WJLA is Thursday, though he’s calling it a break rather than retirement.

      She lost her special-needs son, so she’s endorsing a new Frederick Co. sheriff

      She lost her special-needs son, so she’s endorsing a new Frederick Co. sheriff

      Robert Ethan Saylor, who had Down syndrome, died in an encounter with the sheriff’s off-duty deputies.

      Fister’s vulnerabilities appear
      as Phillies show Nats the broom

      Fister’s vulnerabilities appear <br>as Phillies show Nats the broom

      Once-hot Washington, coming off 12 wins in 13 games, struggled against last-place Philadelphia.

      Howard University sees surge of
      Nepali students in freshman class

      Howard University sees surge of  <br>Nepali students in freshman class

      From the Himalayas to the Hilltop, Nepalis make up the largest group of first-year international students.

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      Aafia Siddiqui. (AP, AP, Reuters)

      'Lady al-Qaeda:' the MIT grad the Islamic State wants freed

      She sits in a U.S. prison for attacks on Americans and the militants want her back.

      With gas prices down, Labor Day
      travel on the road is expected to rise

      With gas prices down, Labor Day <br>travel on the road is expected to rise

      Better economic times mean the numbers on the road may mark the highest travel levels since 2008.

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      Iowa politician says 2012 Ron Paul campaign paid him for endorsement

      Iowa politician says 2012 Ron Paul campaign paid him for endorsement

      A former state senator admitted taking $73,000 for flipping support from Michele Bachmann to Paul.

      Pablo Escobar’s top hit man is out of jail. He’s sure he’ll be killed soon.

      Pablo Escobar’s top hit man is out of jail. He’s sure he’ll be killed soon.

      The killer, tied to at least 3,000 murders, is released after turning against other cartel members.

      In coal country, the jobs are vanishing. Even so, workers find it hard to leave.

      In coal country, the jobs are vanishing. Even so, workers find it hard to leave.

      The economy in Central Appalachia is in freefall, but miners want to stay in the area — and in the mines.

      The rise and fall of the college football star who lied about rescuing a child

      The rise and fall of the college football star who lied about rescuing a child

      EARLY LEAD | The story of Josh Shaw’s three-day journey from national hero to object of derision.

      Politics

      Hottest 2014 elections to focus on issues, not candidates

      Hottest 2014 elections to focus on issues, not candidates

      Big election battles will be on referendums and amendments important to corporations and political strategists.

      Local Columnists

      Even a Harvard-educated lawyer faces ‘nightmare’ with D.C. health exchange

      Even a Harvard-educated lawyer faces ‘nightmare’ with D.C. health exchange

      COLUMN | So how’s the average person supposed to navigate the bureaucratic tangles?

      Sports

      Fister’s vulnerabilities appear
      as Phillies show Nats the broom

      Fister’s vulnerabilities appear <br>as Phillies show Nats the broom

      Once-hot Washington, coming off 12 wins in 13 games, struggled against last-place Philadelphia.

      Real Estate

      Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

      Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

      Even if you’re not yet planning to sell, these ideas will help you enjoy your space — now.

      Going Out Guide

      Nightlife Agenda: The last long weekend of summer

      Nightlife Agenda: The last long weekend of summer

      Our Labor Day weekend picks include Sunday and Monday day parties, late-night dancing and Brody Jenner at a pool party.

      Lifestyle

      Memorializing U Street’s ‘Black Broadway’ glory days

      Memorializing U Street’s ‘Black Broadway’ glory days

      An oral history project preserves stories of celebrity and success in a thriving neighborhood.

      Arts

      Fallon, Seinfeld to salute Leno at Kennedy Center

      Fallon, Seinfeld to salute Leno at Kennedy Center

      The 17th Twain Prize for humor goes to Leno in October, and TV comedians will tip their caps.

      Federal Government

      DOL public affairs chief authorized wasteful spending, GOP watchdog says

      DOL public affairs chief authorized wasteful spending, GOP watchdog says

      FEDERAL EYE | Labor Department public affairs chief investigated by Congress

      National

      Implanted computer chips in troops is part of Obama’s veterans health plan

      Implanted computer chips in troops is part of Obama’s veterans health plan

      The chips are designed to modulate the nervous system to help with arthritis and post-traumatic stress.

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