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.

Whistleblowers: USAID IG withheld details from public

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

Person jumps White House fence,
is caught before reaching residence

Person jumps White House fence, <br> is caught before reaching residence

The White House was briefly locked down after the incident, which also prompted the closing of a park.

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.

Toddler, 1, dies after fire at unregulated home day care in Va.

Joseph Allen, 1, is the third child to be killed in a blaze at an unlicensed Virginia home in the past month.

The nation’s ‘best’ ZIP Code is in D.C.

The nation’s ‘best’ ZIP Code is in D.C.

Neighborhoods in Chicago, San Diego and Houston also made real estate Web site Movoto’s top 10 list.

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.

Her voice is on Metro, but she isn’t

Her voice is on Metro, but she isn’t

GRIDLOCK | The woman whose voice says “doors closing” hasn’t ridden the trains in seven years.

Winter’s approach revives worries about sheltering homeless families

Winter’s approach revives worries about sheltering homeless families

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

William Kennedy Smith finds himself in a dogfight in race for ANC seat

William Kennedy Smith finds himself in a dogfight in race for ANC seat

The Kennedy scion’s past is an issue for some voters in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

10 fruits, veggies you’re storing wrong

10 fruits, veggies you’re storing wrong

Follow these expert tips to make your produce fresher longer and cut down on waste.

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Black witnesses, evidence largely back officer in Ferguson police shooting

Black witnesses, evidence largely back officer in Ferguson police 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.

An additional 3 million vehicles may have defective air bags, NHTSA says

An additional 3 million vehicles may have defective air bags, NHTSA says

At least four have died when inflator mechanisms ruptured, spraying passengers with metal fragments.

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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

Sam’s Club to launch a private health insurance exchange

Sam’s Club to launch a private health insurance exchange

The warehouse store has built a service that it hopes will appeal to the small business owners that are its core customers.

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