Obama rules out help from Assad on Syria strikes

Airstrikes against Islamic State militants, even if officially opposed by Syria as a violation of sovereignty, would put the U.S. and Syrian presidents on the same side of a war Obama has been loath to join.

Gazans rejoice as Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire

But the deal doesn’t address many of the demands of both sides in the conflict, instead putting them off to later talks.

A surgery patient and star Jun Ji-hyun. (Shin Woong-jae for The Post; Getty)

Korea’s next pop hit: The face of a star

Korea’s pop-culture “wave” has brought it a new export: nips, tucks and other plastic surgeries for Chinese visitors eager to look like their favorite celebrities from Korean soap operas.

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    Former Va. governor insists he never promised favors in return for gifts

    Former Va. governor insists he never promised favors in return for gifts

    Robert McDonnell spent hours fending off skeptical questions
    in his final day on the stand.

    Baltimore’s first casino opens with aims to be the city’s lucky charm

    Baltimore’s first casino opens with aims to be the city’s lucky charm

    Horseshoe Baltimore opened to the public as Maryland upped its own bet on legalized gambling.

    Rockville 18-year-old among 4 killed
    in fiery plane crash in Ohio

    Rockville 18-year-old among 4 killed <br>in fiery plane crash in Ohio <br>

    Abraham Pishevar was on a sight-seeing trip with other students after starting classes at Case Western.

    Muriel Bowser vows to undo
    D.C.’s school boundary overhaul

    Muriel Bowser vows to undo <br>D.C.’s school boundary overhaul

    The mayoral candidate said the city’s plan is “not ready” and would “exacerbate educational inequality.”

    Federal auditors sought data from Maryland’s health exchange launch

    Federal auditors sought data from Maryland’s health exchange launch

    U.S. Rep. Andy Harris says subpoenas were issued as part of the probe into the troubled project.

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    The defeat in Philadelphia marks the first time the Nats have lost consecutive games since Aug. 5.

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    Douglas McAuthur McCain, 2008 photo. (AP)

    Douglas McAuthur McCain, 2008 photo. (AP)

    The American life of the man who died for the Islamic State

    The few fragments available, trouble with the law, limited prospects, offer little explanation for his fatal choice.

    Gentle giants of the prairie, bison return to roam at the National Zoo

    Gentle giants of the prairie, bison return to roam at the National Zoo

    The animal on which the zoo was founded in the 1880s hasn’t been on exhibit in more than a decade.

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    Coast Guard patrol boat fires warning at Iranian sailboat in brief altercation

    Coast Guard patrol boat fires warning at Iranian sailboat in brief altercation

    U.S. military officials said the cutter, which regularly patrols international waters, approached the vessel.

    The nation’s top drug-control official
    is Michael. And he’s an alcoholic.

    The nation’s top drug-control official <br>is Michael. And he’s an alcoholic.

    Michael Botticelli’s story embodies the administration’s policy, a view that he credits with saving his life.

    Chelsea Handler bids farewell to TV: Top 7 moments from her last show

    Chelsea Handler bids farewell to TV: Top 7 moments from her last show

    STYLE BLOG | It’s been a dramatic exit for Handler, who once called the E! network “a sad, sad place to live.”

    The college majors most and least
    likely to lead to underemployment

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

    WONKBLOG | People with English degrees are among the most likely to report feeling “underemployed.”

    Local Columnists

    Taking charge of community crime prevention

    Taking charge of community crime prevention

    COLUMN | Forum makes the case for full participation in the justice system by the black commmunity.

    Sports

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    The defeat in Philadelphia marks the first time the Nats have lost consecutive games since Aug. 5.

    Lifestyle

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

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

    After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of shock and grief.

    Arts

    Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

    Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

    Ari Roth has spent the past 12 holidays at the Kennedy Center for the annual Page-to-Stage Festival.

    Federal Government

    Broken VA trust is harder to fix than improving service

    Broken VA trust is harder to fix than improving service

    FEDERAL DIARY | Obama and VA vow to improve vets’ health care, but restoring trust in the agency will be much harder.

    National

    Union army officer to receive Medal of Honor

    Union army officer to receive Medal of Honor

    Ceremony honoring the leader of the battery that was attacked during Pickett’s Charge will be Sept. 15.

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