Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour pause in fighting

Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered.

Russia and Ukraine trade
charges of border shelling

The situation is growing increasingly volatile, with more than 15,000 troops said to be massed on the Russian side.

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

D.C. region high on list of places taking in kids who’ve crossed Mexican border

D.C. region high on list of places taking in kids who’ve crossed Mexican border

Since January, about 4,600 children have been sent to live temporarily with family or guardians here.

What’s along the Silver Line

What’s along the Silver Line

GRAPHIC | Here is a look at each station, the ways to get there and a peek at developments to come.

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.

Woman who touted her charity work sentenced in $5.1M embezzlement

Woman who touted her charity work sentenced in $5.1M embezzlement

Ephonia Green was sentenced to 46 months in prison for taking money from a D.C.-based nonprofit.

Troubled housing complex should get D.C. Council hearing, Catania says

Troubled housing complex should get D.C. Council hearing, Catania says

The mayoral candidate said if Muriel Bowser won’t hold a Park Southern hearing, another member should.

‘We all know you, Miss Schwartz’

‘We all know you, Miss Schwartz’

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

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.

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.

More Top Stories

In China, reviving a cult of personality

In China, reviving a cult of personality

A study shows that state media are promoting President Xi Jinping at a level not seen since the Mao era.

How spy agencies keep surveillance ‘toys’ from law enforcement

How spy agencies keep surveillance ‘toys’ from law enforcement

The most sophisticated technology — the tools and sometimes even their existence — is often classified.

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.

Killer of 4 Marines tried as a juvenile
in Afghanistan, prompting outrage

Killer of 4 Marines tried as a juvenile <br>in Afghanistan, prompting outrage

The family of one of the slain servicemen alleges they were “misled” about the proceedings.

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.

Picks of the Week 

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

Would-be ambassadors, families are living in limbo

Would-be ambassadors, families are living in limbo

Fourth grade in Falls Church or Albania? It depends on if the Senate acts before its August recess.

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.

Diversions