U.S. to train Syrians only in defensive role

Officials do not believe the units will be able to seize towns from the Islamic State without the help of U.S. combat troops, which President Obama has ruled out.

USAID watchdog said to alter reports to shield agency

Auditors and employees have complained about negative findings being stricken from agency audits.

Four Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq deaths

The U.S. contractors killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007, one of the most ignominious chapters of the war.

Canada gunman classified
as a ‘high-risk traveler’

An Ottawa officer runs with his weapon drawn outside Parliament. (AP)

The shooter killed a soldier and opened fire inside the Parliament building, shocking a country that rarely sees gun violence.

Local News

Another man jumps White House fence, is captured on North Lawn

Another man jumps White House fence, is captured on North Lawn

Officials said the man, identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, was caught after being bitten by a guard dog.

Milder temps and not much rain today, but strong wind gusts likely

Milder temps and not much rain today, but strong wind gusts likely

WEATHER GANG | Hang onto your hats because winds gusting up to 30 mph are expected.

Streetcar test runs in District lead to snarled commutes, many questions

Streetcar test runs in District lead to snarled commutes, many questions

D.C. intends to begin the service this year, but basic safety and traffic questions remain unanswered.

Charter school substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

Charter school substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

D.C. police say the encounter occurred at Options Public Charter School, behind the teacher’s desk.

One thing mayoral hopefuls agree on: Meet-and-greets in private homes

One thing mayoral hopefuls agree on: Meet-and-greets in private homes

Leading D.C. candidates have spent far more time making pitches before small groups than public audiences.

Briar Woods football players under investigation for alleged assaults

Briar Woods football players under investigation for alleged assaults

Loudon County authorities are investigating the alleged assaults of two junior varsity players.

Morning Mix

Stories from all over

Kevin Vickers, gun-in-hand, after taking out killer. (CBC)

Kevin Vickers, gun-in-hand, after taking out killer. (CBC)

'Thank God for...Kevin Vickers,' Canada's new national hero

Amid the chaos, parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms calmly retrieved his gun and prevented a massacre in Ottawa.

Co-sleeping can lead to commotion

Co-sleeping can lead to commotion

FAMILY ALMANAC | Some think it’s wonderful, some think it’s and most children think it’s swell since they’re the only kickers in the bed.

More Top Stories

Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

Michael Brown and Darren Wilson fought for the officer’s gun, interviews and the autopsy indicate.

Fliers from Ebola-hit countries will be on a 21-day watch upon arrival in U.S.

Fliers from Ebola-hit countries will be on a 21-day watch upon arrival in U.S.

State and local authorities will track airline passengers’ daily temperatures and any symptoms.

Royals use big inning to topple Giants, even World Series at a game each

Royals use big inning to topple Giants, even World Series at a game each

Kansas City broke open the game with a five-run sixth inning and the Royals bullpen slammed the door.

Local Columnists

Winter’s approach revives worries about sheltering homeless families

Winter’s approach revives worries about sheltering homeless families

COLUMN | COLUMN | Despite lessons from last winter’s debacle, some fear another crisis in the District.

Sports

Gruden: Griffin improving, but McCoy remains starter

Gruden: Griffin improving, but McCoy remains starter

Barring some miracle, Washington will go with Colt McCoy against Dallas as star QB recovers from ankle injury

Real Estate

Real Estate Matters | Setting a condo owner straight on association rules

Real Estate Matters | Setting a condo owner straight on association rules

The number of rental units in a building can affect a buyer’s loan.

Federal Government

Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

FEDERAL EYE | Frequent use of putting federal employees on paid leave to discipline those accused of breaking the rules has assumed the top spot in a new survey of “wasteful” government practices.

Lifestyle

Ben Bradlee: The paragon of Style

Ben Bradlee: The paragon of Style

Watergate may be his lasting legacy, but Ben Bradlee’s sense of Style brought a new sensibility to features.

Arts

‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

Author David Nicholls paints a picture of a summer holiday sprinkled with as much humor as tragedy.

Business

Microsoft CEO’s faith in the system pays off

Microsoft CEO’s faith in the system pays off

ON LEADERSHIP | Two weeks after Satya Nadella’s gaffe over women and raises, Microsoft discloses the chief executive’s $84 million pay package.

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