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.

Ebola leads to near collapse of Liberian health system

With hospitals crippled from the epidemic, Liberians are dying of preventable or treatable conditions, such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

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.

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    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.

    Nationals or Orioles? It’s root,
    root, root for ... which team?

    Nationals or Orioles? It’s root, <br>root, root for ... which team?

    With loyal fans and families divided over the playoffs, it’s a topic that has required extra innings of debate.

    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.

    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.

    Texas GOP has turned several shades redder than it was 20 years ago

    Texas GOP has turned several shades redder than it was 20 years ago

    THE TAKE | But will the country embrace the new Republican Party of Texas, if given the opportunity?

    Take precautions before taking cruise

    Take precautions before taking cruise

    COLUMN | Consumer groups are asking for tougher rules to ensure safety; until then, try these tips.

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    ‘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)

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    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.

    Local Columnists

    In D.C. mayoral race, Catania’s boasts of a better record aren’t helping him

    In D.C. mayoral race, Catania’s boasts of a better record aren’t helping him

    COLUMN | He heaps scorn on Muriel Bowser’s shortage of achievements, yet he still trails her.

    Sports

    Hokies give away ACC opener

    Hokies give away ACC opener

    Michael Brewer throws three interceptions, the last of which leads to Georgia Tech’s game-winning field goal.

    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

    ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

    ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT vets and service members

    FEDERAL EYE | The Department of Veterans Affairs has only been fully recognizing married same-sex couples in states that have marriage equality.

    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

    Met Opera prepares for season that nearly wasn’t

    Met Opera prepares for season that nearly wasn’t

    Armed with a new contract, the Met’s unions will keep a check on spending; “Le Nozze di Figaro” opens Monday.

    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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