U.S.-Israel ties help and hinder cease-fire efforts

Gazans question whether Americans can be an honest broker for peace in light of the military support, plus billions in aid, that the United States provides.

Air Algerie plane with 116 people vanishes from radar

The MD-83 traveling from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital was missing for hours before the news was made public.

Joseph R. Wood III, left; man protests outside the prison. (AP)

Arizona execution lasts nearly 2 hours

Witnesses said Joseph R. Wood III gasped more than 600 times before dying by lethal injection. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” his lawyer said.

Local News

The Silver Line is finally arriving, but Virginia almost missed its connection

The Silver Line is finally arriving, but Virginia almost missed its connection

Fights over track elevation and the threat of money drying up nearly killed the project, opening Saturday.

Zimmerman is sidelined for a while. Should the Nats trade to replace him?

Zimmerman is sidelined for a while. Should the Nats trade to replace him?<br>

Matt Williams said the team must “take a hard look at” adding a player while the third baseman is out.

Parents are furious when local kids’ play space stumbles into Gaza conflict

Parents are furious when local kids’ play space stumbles into Gaza conflict<br>

The Playseum invited kids to send letters to impacted Israeli children. Then, 2 hours later, to Palestinians.

Jay Gruden’s job one: Fix RGIII

Jay Gruden’s job one: Fix RGIII

COLUMN | The coach’s priority has to be making sure the Redskins’ investment in the QB pays off.

It’s not as hot today, but sunshine is scarce and you may get rained on

It’s not as hot today, but sunshine is scarce and you may get rained on

WEATHER GANG | Tomorrow is looking like it will be the nicest day of the next five.

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.

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Australia to send police to help guard
Flight 17 crash site in Ukraine

Australia to send police to help guard <br> Flight 17 crash site in Ukraine

Intense fighting continued as debris site was left nearly unguarded.

GOP hopefuls aim for kinder,
gentler approach ahead of 2016

GOP hopefuls aim for kinder, <br>gentler approach ahead of 2016

Potential candidates are taking a more connected approach with the economic anxieties of poor.

It’s marine biologist vs. a 13-year-old
in a fight over scientific glory

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A teenager’s “breakthrough” science project is at the center of controversy after a researcher’s explosive claim.

Why hasn’t ‘Project Runway’ launched a real fashion star after 10 years?

Why hasn’t ‘Project Runway’ launched a real fashion star after 10 years?<br>

The reality show promised to find new fashion talent, but the industry’s hard truths have stolen the spotlight.

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

WEATHER GANG | A direct hit from plasma clouds might have disabled everything that plugs into a socket.

Why Michele Bachmann should
run for president — in 2 charts

Why Michele Bachmann should <br>run for president  — in 2 charts

SHE THE PEOPLE | The Minnesota congresswoman joins a list of people contemplating a 2016 bid.

Local Columnists

Moss Hollow campaign comes to an end

Moss Hollow campaign comes to an end

COLUMN | Generous readers push us toward our Moss Hollow goal. Plus: a Smart Car helps out in a tight parking spot.

Sports

Gruden starts training camp set to put stamp on Redskins

Gruden starts training camp set to put stamp on Redskins

New coach will blend elements from elsewhere, but is ready to make his mark with Robert Griffin III, team.

Real Estate

Ask the Builder | Here are the tools and supplies you’ll need in a natural disaster

Ask the Builder | Here are the tools and supplies you’ll need in a natural disaster

These items can help you secure your home in the event that first responders are delayed in reaching you.

Lifestyle

For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one

<b>For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one</b>

A press staffer almost always attends when reporters sit down with administration officials.

Arts

Tapman needs a sidekick: A sound designer

Tapman needs a sidekick: A sound designer

Capital Fringe’s “The Adventures of Tapman” has great dancing, but the production values keep it from flying.

Federal Government

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

FEDERAL EYE | IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Discussions

Ask Boswell: The Nats have good players, but no superstars

Ask Boswell: The Nats have good players, but no superstars

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Tom Boswell took questions on D.C. and local sports.

Diversions