Democrats are hopeful as Senate races tighten

Not long ago, the GOP seemed poised to become the Senate majority. Now, some predict the Democrats will cling to power.

Combat role in fight against Islamic State is not off table

The nation’s top military officer floats the option that Special Forces might need to embed with Iraqi or Kurdish troops.

Ashley Akdeniz and daughter Ela at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn. (AP)

A testament to Britain’s bedrock

What started with one stone laid at a Scottish border town has grown to a 9-foot-tall, 350-ton monument to unity, a rallying point for Britons and Scots who want to save their kingdom.

Local News

Missing U-Va. student known for being organized and responsible, family says

Missing U-Va. student known for being organized and responsible, family says

Hannah Elizabeth Graham was last seen early Saturday morning after a social outing in Charlottesville.

Georgetown student dies after apparently contracting meningitis

Georgetown student dies after apparently contracting meningitis

Andrea Jaime was a sophomore in the school of nursing and health studies at the university.

On Capitol Hill, power walking is
every bit as competitive as politics

On Capitol Hill, power walking is <br>every bit as competitive as politics

Both parties have formed teams such as Holy Walkamolies and Agony of DeFeet for walking battles.

It’s been a busy first year for the office of new D.C. education ombudsman

It’s been a busy first year for the office of new D.C. education ombudsman

The office says it has handled 150 complaints about D.C.’s public schools in its first six months.

Nationals are looking to clinch NL East — but with a win this time around

Nationals are looking to clinch NL East — but with a win this time around

In 2012, Washington clinched the title with loss to the Phillies. Tonight, a win against the Braves would do it.

Ceremony marks anniversary of Navy Yard shooting, remembers 12 victims

Ceremony marks anniversary of  Navy Yard shooting, remembers 12 victims

Navy officials read 12 names and tolled a bell in memory of each of the people killed in the shooting.

Senator to introduce bill to end NFL’s tax-exempt status over ‘Redskins’

Senator to introduce bill to end NFL’s tax-exempt status over ‘Redskins’

This comes as a coalition called on league owners to force Dan Snyder to change the name.

The Chipotlification of Washington

The Chipotlification of Washington

More restaurants adopt the have-it-your-way model to let Type-A personalities take charge of orders.

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The irony of Goodell’s conduct policy is that it’s an implicit slur on the NFL

The irony of Goodell’s conduct policy is that it’s an implicit slur on the NFL

COLUMN | The scandals engulfing the league can be traced to the arrogance of the commissioner.

NASA awards multibillion-dollar contract to Boeing and SpaceX

NASA awards multibillion-dollar contract to Boeing and SpaceX

The move means astronauts would essentially rent space on vehicles provided by Boeing and SpaceX.

Suspect is named in ambush of Pa. officers, called ‘extremely dangerous’

Suspect is named in ambush of Pa. officers, called ‘extremely dangerous’

Officials said Eric Matthew Frein, 31, has expressed a desire to “commit mass acts of murder.”

Rent skyrockets in devastated Gaza: ‘This is much worse than the war’

Rent skyrockets in devastated Gaza: ‘This is much worse than the war’

Displaced residents elbow into a saturated market where prices have soared since the conflict.

Third place: 43.5 socks

(Courtesy of Veterinary Practice News)

Pets eat the darndest things: Meet the dog that ate 43.5 socks

Local Columnists

Spay Kitty? Not a hairball’s chance in you-know-where.

COLUMN | Our 2-year-old cat’s not truly content unless she’s spayed, we’re told. But why possible personality changes?

Sports

Nationals are looking to clinch NL East — but with a win this time around

Nationals are looking to clinch NL East — but with a win this time around

DC SPORTS BOG | In 2012, Washington clinched the title with loss to the Phillies. Tonight, a win against the Braves would do it.

Real Estate

Housing Summit targets first-time buyers

Housing Summit targets first-time buyers

Experts at conference cite tougher lending standards and student debt as main factors keeping young people out of the market.

Federal Government

Is Holder preparing to let go?

Is Holder preparing to let go?

IN THE LOOP | There is more speculation about the attorney general’s future.

National

Grand jury considering Ferguson shooting gets more time, could consider case until January

Grand jury considering Ferguson shooting gets more time, could consider case until January

The decision regarding whether or not to indict Darren Wilson could come nearly five months after he shot and killed Michael Brown.

Lifestyle

Battle rages over design of Eisenhower Memorial

Battle rages over design of Eisenhower Memorial

A commission will review a revised Frank Gehry design — one that the famed architect will not endorse.

Arts

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

Angela Lansbury coming to National Theatre next spring

The five-time Tony winner revives her New York-London turn in the Noël Coward comedy.

Business

A guide to breaking up with your bank

A guide to breaking up with your bank

People who aren’t careful when they make the change can face steep fees for missed payments, money transfers and overdrafts.

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