Russia, Ukraine trade charges of border shelling

The situation at the border is growing increasingly volatile, with more than 15,000 troops said to be massed on the Russian side and indications the heavily militarized area is about to get more so.

West Bank violence spreads; Kerry drops cease-fire bid

Five Palestinians are reported killed in clashes, as protests against Israel’s Gaza assault broke out in several areas.

One Direction fans scream at a 2012 concert in New Zealand. (Getty)

Why girls scream at boy band concerts

Boy bands might elicit the Edvard Munch in adults, but there’s a happy explanation for why girls scream.

Local News

Suspect linked to unsolved 2002 murder of 14-year-old Va. girl

The suspect in the murder of teen Erica Heather Smith committed suicide, Loudoun investigators said.

Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie to
face off in first debate for Va. senate

Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie to <br>face off in first debate for Va. senate

The event is so far the only debate that the Democratic senator and his GOP rival have agreed to.

Md.’s Rep. Harris intervened on pot in D.C. So residents ask about bike lanes.

Md.’s Rep. Harris intervened on pot in D.C. So residents ask about bike lanes.

Protesters descended on his office for a tongue-in-cheek “constituent service day” to highlight his move.

9 things to do this weekend

9 things to do this weekend

See the Piano Man at Nats Park, sip a brew at a rooftop beer garden or chow down on grilled cheese.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: Carol Schwartz, 70, is running for mayor and trying to gather signatures to get on the ballot. Schwartz who was born in Greenville, Mississippi, was twice a Republican at-large member on the Council of the District of Columbia. Schwartz is now an independent candidate and needs 3000 signatures to compete. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

Carol Schwartz served four terms on the D.C. Council. (Post)

‘We all know you, Miss Schwartz’

The ex-D.C. Council member and perennial mayoral candidate, tries again — her fifth run in 30 years.

My husband talks at me, not with me.
How can I say I’m not his audience?

My husband talks at me, not with me. <br>How can I say I’m not his audience?

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Advice for life based on the experiences of someone who has been there.

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For President Obama, yes, we can bring back talk of ‘hope and change’

For President Obama, yes, we can bring back  talk of ‘hope and change’

DEBRIEF | The president resurrects his campaign rhetoric in a midterm strategy of hammering Republicans.

With more suspects ‘going dark,’
a new challenge for authorities

With more suspects ‘going dark,’ <br> a new challenge for authorities

In the post-Snowden era, officials face wiretap issues due to a surge in communications hard to intercept.

Retailer hooks some service members with credit, then springs debt trap

Retailer hooks some service members with credit, then springs debt trap

USA Discounters’ lending practices are said to conceal a dark underside of court-sanctioned debt collection.

Stephen A. Smith apologizes after domestic abuse remarks create stir

Stephen A. Smith apologizes after domestic abuse remarks create stir

ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle was among those critical of how he discussed Ray Rice’s suspension.

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They want a baby.
The economy is making them wait.

They want a baby.<br>The economy is making them wait.

U.S. birth rates are near a historic low. This is one couple’s lesson in the new economics of child-rearing.

Redemption? In Iowa, Rick Perry moves beyond the ‘oops.’

Redemption? In Iowa, Rick Perry moves beyond the ‘oops.’

The immigration crisis has given him the chance to stare down Obama — and win back voters.

I blamed my wife for our messy home. I was wrong for many reasons.

I blamed my wife for our messy home. I was wrong for many reasons.

ON PARENTING | He thought a dirty house was a sign of a lazy mom. Then he realized it was their mess.

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Jealousy is one of humanity's most baffling emotions. (Bigstock)

Dogs want your attention. All of it.

TO YOUR HEALTH | A new study suggests that dogs can feel jealousy, marking an important shift in the way scientists study the emotion.

Local Columnists

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.

Sports

Choice of bats is highly personal

Choice of bats is highly personal

Ash, maple or birch — Nationals have their preferences, but science suggests there is no difference.

Real Estate

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

Jeff Speck-designed flatiron house has all the right angles.

Lifestyle

Tweets can set you free — from a job

Tweets can set you free —  from a job

Social media make it easy for journalists to unburden themselves, but can call neutrality into question.

Arts

‘Never happy’ Woody Allen talks ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

‘Never happy’ Woody Allen talks ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

His comment on satisfaction is about his work; at home, life is tranquil, filled with the comforting sounds of family.

Federal Government

Will the White House accept this Issa deposition offer?

FEDERAL EYE | Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) offered the top White House political adviser an opportunity to avoid testifying before his committee.

Discussions

Going Out Guide: D.C.’s just as fun when you’re flying solo

Going Out Guide: D.C.’s just as fun when you’re flying solo

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | The Going Out Guide shared ideas for what to do in D.C.

Business

How not to shut down coal plants

How not to shut down coal plants

Colorado is racing ahead with clean energy. But the transition is sending some citizens’ bills skyrocketing.

Diversions