Scots turn out for historic vote on future of U.K.

With polls showing a tight contest, the pro-breakaway nationalists and the status-quo unionists made appeals.

Illustrations of the brain asleep and awake. (Courtesy of Michael Halassa)

How your brain works while you sleep

POSTEVERYTHING | Scientists say new research has revived the age-old fantasy of learning in your sleep.

Local News

Police seek man last seen speaking
with missing U-Va. student

Police seek man last seen speaking <br>with missing U-Va. student

A witness said he saw the man put his arm around Hannah Graham early Saturday in Charlottesville.

Thomas Boggs Jr.’s sudden death adds new uncertainty to lobby firm’s future

Thomas Boggs Jr.’s sudden death adds new uncertainty to lobby firm’s future

Patton Boggs only recently merged with Squire Sanders amid a wave of losses of clients and employees.

Big question arises after Nats clinch: Who will Ryan Zimmerman push out?

Big question arises after Nats clinch: Who will Ryan Zimmerman push out?

The face of the franchise’s coming return from injury adds a wrinkle to playoff roster planning.

You may be spied on when you’re near D.C. sites like Capitol, tech firm says

You may be spied on when you’re near D.C. sites like Capitol, tech firm says

Experts are documenting the growing use of equipment that spoofs cell towers and allows surveillance.

The D.C. State Fair is going hipster,
so we have a few suggested categories

The D.C. State Fair is going hipster, <br>so we have a few suggested categories

Mason jar flower arrangements? Let’s add bobbing for half-smokes and food truck taco Instagramming.

A teacher won $1M ‘Wheel of Fortune’ prize and kept it a secret for months

A teacher won $1M ‘Wheel of Fortune’ prize and kept it a secret for months

The Takoma Park math teacher became just the third person in the show’s history to win the top prize.

More Top Stories

New Apple iPhones and iPads will
lock out police, even with warrants

New Apple iPhones and iPads will <br> lock out police, even with warrants

Hard line comes as tech firms react to allegations that they have too readily given up user information.

Americans don’t care for Washington. Apparently the feeling is mutual.

Americans don’t care for Washington. Apparently the feeling is mutual.

WONKBLOG | New research finds a wide gulf between official Washington and everyone else.

The anti-Cheesecake Factory effect: Americans are tired of long menus

The anti-Cheesecake Factory effect: Americans are tired of long menus<br>

WONKBLOG | For years, long windy menus were the fad, but now eateries are trimming their offerings.

Local Columnists

No votes in Congress? Tough luck.

No votes in Congress? Tough luck.

COLUMN | Opponents of D.C. statehood offer nothing more than flawed, phony objections.

Sports

Redskins finally have a 3-4 defense that causes trouble

Redskins finally have a 3-4 defense that causes trouble

COLUMN | With a difference-maker on the line and athletic inside linebackers, the early returns on defense are good.

Real Estate

Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

The prolonged flat, stable period of mortgage rates came to an end this week as the 30-year fixed-rate average spiked to 4.23 percent.

Federal Government

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

FEDERAL EYE | But the idea of using NPs is a controversial one, especially among some doctors.

National

Rare respiratory illness now in 18 states as cases are confirmed in Minnesota, New Jersey

The virus continues to crop up in new states, with other cases likely in several other states as well.

Lifestyle

Clay Aiken, not just the ‘American Idol’ candidate

Clay Aiken, not just the ‘American Idol’ candidate

The singer is running for Congress in North Carolina, but he knows his fame won’t get him to Washington.

Arts

‘Toast’: Not fully cooked

‘Toast’: Not fully cooked

The new interactive show from innovative Dog & Pony DC wants to turn audiences into inventors.

Business

Just how oil rich is Scotland?

Just how oil rich is Scotland?

WONKBLOG | Many oil and gas experts have warned that Scotland might not be quite as well off as nationalists are claiming.

Diversions