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.

With hospitals crippled, even common illnesses are deadly

The Ebola epidemic has led to the near collapse of the Liberian health system, making even childbirth dangerous.

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

    Her lips were blue and her breath shallow so police gave her a drug

    Her lips were blue and her breath shallow so police gave her a drug

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Kirk Cousins gets his chance

    Kirk Cousins gets his chance

    INSIDER | With Robert Griffin III out, the backup quarterback inherits one of the most scrutinized jobs in D.C.

    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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    New group plans to spotlight secret funding for Islamist militants

    New group plans to spotlight secret funding for Islamist militants

    A new private research group says it will reveal details of illicit deals with the Islamic State.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awkward day with Democratic Party leaders

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s awkward day with Democratic Party leaders

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

    Pope indicates a shift by appointing
    a moderate as Chicago archbishop

    Pope indicates a shift by appointing <br>a moderate as Chicago archbishop

    Blase Cupich has called for civility in the culture wars and will succeed a conservative, who is battling cancer.

    Why dentists are speaking out about the plastic beads in your toothpaste

    Why dentists are speaking out about the plastic beads in your toothpaste

    The beads are in popular brands approved by regulators, but they may cause more harm than they solve.

    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)

    (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

    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

    Ahead of midterms, one thing’s MIA from Democrats’ speeches: Obama

    Ahead of midterms, one thing’s MIA from Democrats’ speeches: Obama

    IN THE LOOP | People in the president’s party seem to be distancing themselves on the Hill.

    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

    Fister, LaRoche propel Nats

    Fister, LaRoche propel Nats

    Doug Fister pitches into the seventh inning, and Adam LaRoche delivers his team-leading 25th home run.

    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

    Is the federal hiring system broken?

    Is the federal hiring system broken?

    FEDERAL EYE | The Post wants your opinion on why government recruiting is so hard, and what managers are doing about it.

    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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