E.U. to unleash wave of sanctions against Russia

The European Union overcame months of misgivings about forceful confrontation and agreed to sanctions that have the potential to inflict serious damage on an already listing Russian economy.

‘Are we going to be
afraid of children?’

The mayor of Syracuse, N.Y., told President Obama she wanted to help undocumented immigrant kids. She didn’t expect the reaction she got.

In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand

Tea party activists are running against the legacy of the state’s GOP godfather.

Maureen McDonnell, center, arrives at the courthouse. (AP)

Defense at McDonnells’ trial:
First lady had crush on star witness

Maureen McDonnell’s attorney dropped the bombshell at the opening of the corruption trial, saying that her marriage to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell had “broken down.”

Local News

Ruling that lifted D.C.’s ban on handguns is temporarily halted

Ruling that lifted D.C.’s ban on handguns is temporarily halted

The 90-day stay will give officials time to respond to the ruling that overturned the city’s main gun law.

Future FBI headquarters could be in Greenbelt, Landover or Springfield

Future FBI headquarters could be in Greenbelt, Landover or Springfield<br>

The plans have led to months of jockeying between developers, Congress and local officials.

Working escalators! Bathrooms!
Oh, the smell of a fresh commute.

Working escalators! Bathrooms!<br>Oh, the smell of a fresh commute.

Riders respond with awe and apathy as they take the Silver Line on its first weekday.

The nation’s biggest wine drinkers? Here’s looking at you, D.C.  

The nation’s biggest wine drinkers? Here’s looking at you, D.C.  

WONKBLOG | These maps show where the biggest beer, wine and hard alcohol drinkers live.

More Top Stories

Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza, targets family home of Hamas chief

Israel steps up bombardment of Gaza, targets family home of Hamas chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuffed calls for a truce and warned of a long fight.

This is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Here’s why you should worry.

This is the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Here’s why you should worry.

WORLDVIEWS | The highly infectious virus has killed nearly 700 people as it sweeps through Africa.

How I spent my summer vacation
— by Mitt Romney

How I spent my summer vacation<br> — by Mitt Romney

THE FIX | The former presidential candidate shared photos of his trip with the grandkids on the Internet.

Local Columnists

A Marine mom seeks the terrible
details of her son’s death in Iraq

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COLUMN | Amy Wolfe attempts to soothe the gaping wound her son’s death left using dance.

Sports

Terps football plans to be physical in Big Ten

Terps football plans to be physical in Big Ten

TERRAPINS INSIDER | While some coaches and players say the Terps’ new conference has grown out of its traditional smash-mouth reputation, Coach Randy Edsall says games will still be won on the offensive and defensive lines.

Real Estate

Searching for a pet-free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Searching for a pet-free rental -- it’s a jungle out there

Check with management companies on their policies and consider renting a single-family house.

Lifestyle

One good thing may have come out of last year’s shutdown misery: Babies

One good thing may have come out of last year’s shutdown misery: Babies

In D.C.-area maternity wards, some suspect a baby boomlet has to do with government furloughs.

Arts

Ronstadt, Rehm receive arts and humanities medals

Ronstadt, Rehm receive arts and humanities medals

The National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal were awarded Monday at the White House.

Federal Government

A simple summary of the new VA bill

A simple summary of the new VA bill

FEDERAL EYE | The legislation, which is expected to pass this week, comes with an estimated price tag of about $17 billion. What would it pay for?

Discussions

Dr. Gridlock: Reports from the Silver Line’s first rush hour

Dr. Gridlock: Reports from the Silver Line’s first rush hour

Q&A TRANSCRIPT | Dr. Gridlock collected stories - good and bad - from the Silver Line’s first commute.

Technology

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cellphone charges

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cellphone charges

Up to 20 million people a year are affected by “mobile cramming,” according to a federal study. Now the FTC is laying out what wireless carriers should do to stop it.

Business

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

A new component of Amazon’s Instant Video Web site, called Video Shorts, offers free video browsing and chance to purchase items related to the video clips.

Diversions