Man who jumped White House fence had knife

The Secret Service has launched a security review to learn how the man, who served in Iraq, was able to sprint across the lawn and get just inside the mansion.

Ebola leads to near collapse of Liberian health system

With hospitals crippled from the epidemic, Liberians are dying of preventable or treatable conditions, such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

Kelsey gets ready to go out for dinner. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

When no gender fits

The world keeps insisting, in a million little ways, that Kelsey Beckham has to choose: Male or female? But the place that feels most right to Kelsey is neither.

    Local News

    Police name person of interest
    in hunt for missing U-Va. student

    Police name person of interest <br> in hunt for missing U-Va. student

    Police said they believe the man was the last to see Graham before she disappeared early last Saturday.

    Maryland police gave heroin user
    a drug that turned her life around

    Maryland police gave heroin user <br>a drug that turned her life around

    Danielle Hall said she’s alive because Annapolis officers gave her naxolone, an antidote to heroin.

    After insurance fraud finding, Prince George’s schools put CFO on leave

    After insurance fraud finding, Prince George’s schools put CFO on leave

    Colby White’s wedding ring claim led to his turmoil with Maryland’s second-largest school system.

    Nationals or Orioles? It’s root,
    root, root for ... which team?

    Nationals or Orioles? It’s root, <br>root, root for ... which team?

    With loyal fans and families divided over the playoffs, it’s a topic that has required extra innings of debate.

    Computer-driven trains returning to Metro’s Red Line five years after crash

    Computer-driven trains returning to Metro’s Red Line five years after crash

    The automatic train operation system was shut down after it failed in a 2009 crash that caused nine deaths.

    Hillary Clinton to headline fundraiser for Maryland gubernatorial hopeful

    Hillary Clinton to headline fundraiser for Maryland gubernatorial hopeful

    The likely 2016 presidential candidate is set to appear at an event for Anthony Brown this month.

    Opening up their homes, happily

    Opening up their homes, happily

    D.C. residents make money and meet people by offering their homes on Airbnb and other services.

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    Criminals or victims?: When soldiers scarred from war do wrong at home

    Criminals or victims?: When soldiers scarred from war do wrong at home

    Robert Carlson bears mental wounds from years in combat. Now he is serving 8 years in prison.

    Afghan presidential rivals reach deal

    Afghan presidential rivals reach deal

    The candidates in Afghanistan’s messy election for a new president have a power-sharing agreement.

    Take precautions before taking cruise

    Take precautions before taking cruise

    COLUMN | Consumer groups are asking for tougher rules to ensure safety; until then, try these tips.

    Picks of the Week 

    ‘This Town’ or Niketown? Capital steps stridently to a new obsession.

    ‘This Town’  or Niketown? Capital steps stridently to a new obsession.

    Lately, both political parties are competing anew, this time on the number of steps they walk each day.

    ‘Idol’ made Clay Aiken a star.
    He knows he needs more in politics.

    ‘Idol’ made Clay Aiken a star.<br> He knows he needs more in politics.

    The pop-star-turned-Democratic-candidate is hoping to win over voters in a congressional race.

    Don’t blame millennials for not attaining the still-unreachable

    Don’t blame millennials for not attaining the still-unreachable

    Basic goals such as getting married, having a secure job and owning a home still are cherished.

    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY Spirit planes sit on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale Internatational Airport May 21, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Low-cost airlines now account for about 20 percent to 25 percent of the market and in the U.S., that figure is predicted to rise to more than 40 percent within a few years.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    Last in service, first in profit:
    Spirit a model (of sorts) for airlines

    The seat is yours. But water? That’s a fee. A carry-on bag? That’s another charge. Spirit’s fares are lowest, but the fees are plentiful.

    Politics

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awkward day with Democratic Party leaders

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awkward day with Democratic Party leaders

    THE FIX | One day after a scathing story, it was air-kisses all around between the DNC chair and party luminaries.

    Local Columnists

    In D.C. mayoral race, Catania’s boasts of a better record aren’t helping him

    In D.C. mayoral race, Catania’s boasts of a better record aren’t helping him

    COLUMN | He heaps scorn on Muriel Bowser’s shortage of achievements, yet he still trails her.

    Sports

    Zimmerman returns as Nats win 90th

    Zimmerman returns as Nats win 90th

    Denard Span atones from an earlier gaffe in outfield with an RBI hit to cap a three-run rally in the seventh inning as Washington wins 90th game to stretch lead over Dodgers to 2 1/2 games.

    Real Estate

    The importance of a well-designed street

    The importance of a well-designed street

    Like good architecture, a good streetscape should aspire to achieve aesthetic as well as practical goals.

    Federal Government

    ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

    ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

    FEDERAL EYE | The Department of Veterans Affairs has only been fully recognizing married same-sex couples in states that have marriage equality.

    National

    After massive horror, questions loom

    After massive horror, questions loom

    Police have few clues as to why a man opened fire on his daughter and her six children in a small Fla. town.

    Lifestyle

    Fall TV 2014: A sharp increase in bearded best friends

    Fall TV 2014: A sharp increase in bearded best friends

    A guide to sorting out the fuzzy, Galifianakis-esque bit players in the new fall sitcoms.

    Arts

    The comic side of race

    The comic side of race

    COMIC RIFFS | A new academic work helps fill the void of published scholarship on the history of black comics and their creators.

    Business

    Reverse mortgages no fast ticket to retirement easy street

    Reverse mortgages no fast ticket to retirement easy street

    COLUMN | The loans can help retirees strapped for cash, but borrowers need to be careful.

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