Islamic State claims to behead U.S. journalist

A video purported to show the death of James Foley in retaliation for strikes in Iraq. A second prisoner, also said to be American, was threatened in the video.

Uber hires David Plouffe for a prominent political fight

WONKBLOG | The controversial online transportation firm learned it needs firepower to conquer the markets.

A man protests the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson last night. (Getty)

In Ferguson protests, ‘a turning point’

Police arrest 47 people in late-night clashes, but Capt. Ronald Johnson said a city torn by riots was beginning to heal.

Local News

Sister-in-law: Former Va. first lady could be ‘sweet’ or ‘deceptive’

Sister-in-law: Former Va. first lady could be ‘sweet’ or ‘deceptive’

Robert McDonnell’s sister made the case that the couple’s marriage was more strained than their finances.

Congressmen ask Va. GOP to postpone party battles, but the answer is no

Congressmen ask Va. GOP to postpone party battles, but the answer is no

The rebuff from state Republican leaders is a fresh sign of discord within the organization.

Republican’s win of Democrat’s old seat secures GOP control in Virginia

Republican’s win of Democrat’s old seat secures GOP control in Virginia

A. Benton Chafin Jr. took former senator Phillip Puckett’s seat, dimming Gov. McAuliffe’s prospects.

The nation’s best new restaurant is right here in D.C., Bon Appetit says

The nation’s best new restaurant is right here in D.C., Bon Appetit says

Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill represents a “revelation” in people-focused dining, the magazine said.

On fire and in first place: Nats extend winning streak to season-high 8 games

On fire and in first place: Nats extend winning streak to season-high 8 games<br>

Relentless offense, and Stephen Strasburg’s strong outing, lead the team to stomp the Diamondbacks.

Still muggy, with a chance of storms

Still muggy, with a chance of storms

WEATHER GANG | Tonight and tomorrow bring the best odds of rain, but luckily it’s not terribly hot.

More Top Stories

A separation at the border, and a frantic search for a 10-year-old girl

A separation at the border, and a frantic search for a 10-year-old girl

A Honduran family fleeing to the U.S. didn’t foresee the risk of their child being lost in the chaos.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is booked on felony charges, then goes for ice cream

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is booked on felony charges, then goes for ice cream

He was accused last week of abusing his office and trying to coerce an elected official to resign.

Barrier-breaker Hashim Khan, who won 7 world squash titles in ’50s, dies

Barrier-breaker Hashim Khan, who won 7  world squash titles in ’50s, dies

Kahn, whose record stood for a generation, learned to play squash barefoot in what is now Pakistan.

Common Core support has eroded across the U.S., a new poll shows

Common Core support has eroded across the U.S., a new poll shows

A wide-ranging Gallup survey also shows trust in the nation’s public school system has evaporated.

Local Columnists

Getting art out of museums and people into them

Getting art out of museums and people into them

COLUMN | Copies of famous paintings are popping up as part of Art Everywhere U.S. Have you seen them?

Sports

On fire and in first place: Nats extend winning streak to season-high 8 games

On fire and in first place: Nats extend winning streak to season-high 8 games<br>

Relentless offense, and Stephen Strasburg’s strong outing, lead the team to stomp the Diamondbacks.

Real Estate

When a housing wish list evolves

When a housing wish list evolves

After evaluating their needs and market conditions, some buyers may opt to shift their priorities.

Lifestyle

Look out!: Learning to drive in D.C., where number of crashes is rising

Look out!: Learning to drive in D.C., where number of crashes is rising

For Malia Obama and other teenagers of the District, this rite of passage is a little bit scarier.

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

In the Loop: SeaWorld and Disney

Despite financial woes, SeaWorld is still awash in political activity

National

21 of America’s biggest cities average fewer than seven hours of sleep each night

WONKBLOG | Americans might run on sleep, but those living in the country’s largest cities don’t appear to run on much.

Business

Nice try, this is no Tesla

Nice try, this is no Tesla

INNOVATIONS | I drove the new Mercedes-Benz electric car. They have a long ways to go to catch the king.

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