Obama eyes plan to increase legal immigration

As Obama considers plans to defer deporting illegal immigrants, groups are lobbying for more green cards.

Mom of American held by Islamic State makes plea

In a video, Shirley Sotloff makes an appeal to the militants’ leader to grant journalist Steven J. Sotloff “amnesty.“

Jack Donaldson, 12, left, with family. (Courtesy of Whiston-Donaldsons)

She let her son play in the rain.
He never came back.

After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of grief.

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    Virginia students’ reading scores remain stagnant on harder state tests

    Virginia students’ reading scores remain stagnant on harder state tests

    Virginia students saw modest math gains; but more than half of the state saw drops in writing exams.

    D.C. area hiring cools off in July, unemployment rate rises to 5.4%

    D.C. area hiring cools off in July, unemployment rate rises to 5.4%

    After June showed some promise, July’s jobs numbers have undercut hopes of a summer turnaround.

    Teen who nearly won a school board seat named to U-Md. Board of Regents

    Teen who nearly won a school board seat named to U-Md. Board of Regents

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    Skins starters will sit out Thursday’s preseason finale against Tampa

    Skins starters will sit out Thursday’s preseason finale against Tampa

    Head coach Jay Gruden decided to give his starters a rest after seeing them struggle in earlier games.

    How do I calm down my child in the middle of a meltdown?

    How do I calm down my child in the middle of a meltdown?

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    Gentle giants of the prairie, bison return to roam at the National Zoo

    Gentle giants of the prairie, bison return to roam at the National Zoo

    The animal on which the zoo was founded in the 1880s hasn’t been on exhibit in more than a decade.

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    U.S. rules out coordinating airstrikes with Assad to battle Islamic State

    U.S. rules out coordinating airstrikes with Assad to battle Islamic State

    The decision forces the U.S. to design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses.

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    The airlines seem to be competing with each other to cram more seats into already crowded cabins.

    How he became the first American
    to die fighting for Islamic State

    How he became the first American <br>to die fighting for Islamic State

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    Taking charge of community crime prevention

    Taking charge of community crime prevention

    COLUMN | Forum makes the case for full participation in the justice system by the black commmunity.

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    Nats come up short against Phillies

    Nats come up short against Phillies

    The defeat in Philadelphia marks the first time the Nats have lost consecutive games since Aug. 5.

    Lifestyle

    ‘The Bachelor’ chooses next star: Chris Soules, farmer and small-town millionaire

    ‘The Bachelor’ chooses next star: Chris Soules, farmer and small-town millionaire

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    Arts

    Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

    Labor Day is no picnic for Theater J artistic director

    Ari Roth has spent the past 12 holidays at the Kennedy Center for the annual Page-to-Stage Festival.

    National

    Obama plan calls for implanted nerve chips for U.S. troops

    Obama plan calls for implanted nerve chips for U.S. troops

    Electrical Prescriptions program, or ElectRX, seeks tiny injectable devices that can help the body heal.

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