Clashes stoke fears of war in Israel, Lebanon

Residents worry their countries are on the brink of war after Israeli troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia traded a deadly barrage across the volatile border.

The jail that turns criminals into hardcore radicals

In a chaotic French prison where the Paris attackers made contacts, militancy lurks in the shadows. Sometimes, the best-behaved men are most dangerous.

Palin speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit. (Getty)

Conservatives to Palin: We’re over you

Sarah Palin’s recent rambling speech has many influential voices on the right realizing that the romance has gone cold.

Local News

Electrical failure and Christmas tree caused mansion fire that took 6 lives

Electrical failure and Christmas tree caused mansion fire that took 6 lives

The tree, which had been cut two months earlier, was still up when an inferno gutted the Maryland home.

Annoying but plausible: McDonnells could be fully cleared on appeal

Annoying but plausible: McDonnells could be fully cleared on appeal

COLUMN | Fuzzy federal laws and Virginia’s lack of ethics rules could overturn the two convictions.

Stop blaming U-Va. sorority sisters and other women for rape problem

Stop blaming U-Va. sorority sisters and other women for rape problem

COLUMN | Sorority sisters ordered by their council to stay in this weekend need to fight instead.

Va. bill would let Dominion keep its books closed to the public until 2023

Va. bill would let Dominion keep its books closed to the public until 2023

The measure is needed to protect the utility from onerous federal regulations, the proposer says.

Montgomery schools superintendent’s future in the district is uncertain

Montgomery schools superintendent’s future in the district is uncertain

Board members took no action on Joshua Starr’s contract, but officials say he doesn’t have support.

Is Northern Virginia splitting into
two different places?

Is Northern Virginia splitting into<br> two different places?

DIGGER | An economist suggests more urbanized areas like Arlington will succeed and Fairfax will fail.

Wizards fall to Phoenix Suns, 106-98

Wizards fall to Phoenix Suns, 106-98

On the second night of a back-to-back, Wizards couldn’t muster the energy to complete a comeback.

These couples have a 48-0 record
of watching the Super Bowl

These couples have a 48-0 record <br>of watching the Super Bowl

COLUMN | From the first big game to 2015, these six have always made a point to enjoy the game together.

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Signaling a hunger to step back into ring, Romney attacks Hillary Clinton

Signaling a hunger to step back into ring, Romney attacks Hillary Clinton

During a speech, Romney made clear that a potential 2016 bid would focus on foreign affairs and poverty.

Russia’s bizarre proposal to condemn the 1989 ‘annexation’ of East Germany

Russia’s bizarre proposal to condemn the 1989 ‘annexation’ of East Germany

WORLDVIEWS | Lawmakers will consider a statement that would slam the reunification of Germany.

Is the oil and gas industry to blame for a swarm of earthquakes in Oklahoma?

Is the oil and gas industry to blame for a swarm of earthquakes in Oklahoma?

As the state gets rattled, lawmakers and residents look for a cause and ponder possible solutions.

Security contractor killed in Libya leaves a legacy of U.S. military service

Security contractor killed in Libya leaves a legacy of U.S. military service

David Berry was a Marine Corps veteran who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan five times.

Can Democrats ever retake House?

Can Democrats ever retake House?

With their ranks depleted, they are now the most tangible symbols of the party’s recent electoral defeats.

Sports

Caps show some punch, end skid

Caps show some punch, end skid

Capitals handle rival Penguins, 4-0, in a fight-filled contest that snapped their four-game losing streak.

Federal Government

House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

House panel easily passes veterans sick-leave bill

FEDERAL DIARY | Lawmakers unanimously vote to give disabled vets increased leave but are haunted by partisanship.

National

‘Costly’ placebos are more effective, study finds

‘Costly’ placebos are more effective, study finds<br>

Parkinson's patients performed better when told they were receiving a pricier “drug,” researchers found.

Business

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

WONKBLOG | The Federal Reserve says “it can be patient” in deciding when to begin raising rates.

Diversions