Armed felon came within inches of Obama

The security contractor was allowed on an elevator with the president Sept. 16, violating Secret Service protocols, three people familiar with the incident said.

First U.S. case of Ebola
is diagnosed in Texas

Health officials were quick to tamp down hysteria, emphasizing that the U.S. is well equipped to halt the spread of a disease that has killed thousands in West Africa.

Demonstrators shine lights from mobile devices. (Bloomberg)

  • Demonstrators shine lights from mobile devices. (Bloomberg)
  • Protesters block entry to the financial district. (Reuters)
  • Protesters gather outside government offices. (Getty)
  • Students gesture in silent protest in Hong Kong. (Getty)
  • Protesters brave thunderstorms. (Getty)
  • A picture mocks Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (AP)
  • Demonstrators sit outside government offices. (EPA)
  • The umbrella has become a protest symbol. (Bloomberg)

Hong Kong protests grow on holiday honoring China’s Communist Party

Large parts of the city came to a standstill as residents swarmed the streets to protest Beijing’s iron grip over their government.

Local News

Suspect in U-Va. case was known
as ‘an all-around good person’

Suspect in U-Va. case was known <br>as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

A little pot is no longer criminal in Md. And pony up for the ‘yoga tax,’ D.C.

A little pot is no longer criminal in Md. And pony up for the ‘yoga tax,’ D.C.

Other new laws that took effect today include higher minimum wages in Montgomery and Pr. George’s.

A burned body in a garage. Then a car crash 2 miles away. Are they related?

A burned body in a garage. Then a car crash 2 miles away. Are they related?<br>

Detectives say the two suspicious deaths in Potomac on Tuesday may be linked as a murder-suicide.

Sorry, fans: The best choice between RGIII and Cousins may be neither

Sorry, fans: The best choice between RGIII and Cousins may be neither<br>

COLUMN | The uncertainty around both quarterbacks raises a possibility worse than if one beats out the other.

Fog, drizzle and a little sun are what
to expect until the cold front arrives

Fog, drizzle and a little sun are what <br>to expect until the cold front arrives

WEATHER GANG | Friday’s cool down could bring storms on a big playoff baseball weekend in D.C.

American veterans who bled for
this nation get their own memorial

American veterans who bled for <br>this nation get their own memorial

CHECKPOINT | With a Capitol view, the site opens Sunday, culminating 16 years of planning.

More Top Stories

‘Kiss any hope goodbye’: Democrats flood inboxes for campaign cash

‘Kiss any hope goodbye’: Democrats flood inboxes for campaign cash

The subject lines might sound like lyrics to a moody ballad, but party strategists insist that they work.

Fighting intensifies in Ukraine as
pro-Russian rebels move in on airport

Fighting intensifies in Ukraine as <br> pro-Russian rebels move in on airport

The fighting near Donetsk was the worst since a four-week-old cease-fire helped calm the conflict.

Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to launching Windows 10

Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to launching Windows 10

THE SWITCH | The odd decision to skip ahead could be a way to signal a clean break from Windows 8.

Royals outlast A’s in 12-inning thriller to open major league postseason

Royals outlast A’s in 12-inning thriller to open major league postseason

Kansas City treated its fans to a dramatic comeback in the team’s first playoff game since 1985.

Local Columnists

Four men try to break their
51-year-old swim record in Virginia

Four men try to break their <br>51-year-old swim record in Virginia

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Real Estate

How first-time home buyers can beat the odds

How first-time home buyers can beat the odds

Sign up for e-mail alerts with your agent so you can be notified when a property in your price range first hits the market.

Federal Government

Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service

Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service

IN THE LOOP | The Florida congressman has an ADT system, he says, so why doesn’t the White House?

National

Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Those exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics early in life, at zero to five months of age, had an 11 percent greater risk of becoming obese.

Lifestyle

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

The violinist charmed a Union Station mob, seven years after his undercover L’Enfant Plaza stunt.

Arts

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s monumental work pushes the boundaries of art and portraiture.

Business

NYC mayor expands living-wage law for thousands

NYC mayor expands living-wage law for thousands

WONKBLOG | Bill deBlasio expanded the city’s living-wage law, requiring certain businesses to pay $13.13 an hour.

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