U.S. launched secret raid to rescue Foley

Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to free the photojournalist and other Americans being held in Syria.

Ebola crisis offers glimpse into Christian relief groups

Drastic measures by two organizations highlight governments’ reliance on them, and they haven’t escaped controversy.

McDONNELL TRIAL 

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell leaves court Wednesday. (AP)

McDonnell takes the stand, says
his wife was a ‘tense’ first lady

The former Virginia governor’s attorneys said he will fully pull back the curtain on his marriage Thursday.

Local News

‘I want Virginia to be out front’ battling campus sex assaults, McAuliffe says

‘I want Virginia to be out front’ battling campus sex assaults, McAuliffe says

The governor is forming a task force at schools to prevent attacks and to fairly resolve cases.

Nats extend winning streak to 9 games with late rally against Diamondbacks

Nats extend winning streak to 9 games with late rally against Diamondbacks

Anthony Rendon hit the game-winning single to increase Washington’s NL East lead.

The mini heat spell continues, and evening thunderstorms are likely

The mini heat spell continues, and evening thunderstorms are likely

WEATHER GANG | What’s on the table tomorrow? More of the same! But Saturday could bring relief.

What do college partyers, cake bakers and violin makers have in common?

What do college partyers, cake bakers and violin makers have in common? <br>

They all like Everclear, so Md.’s ban on grain alcohol sales has had some unintended consequences.

D.C. charter school moves. Again.
Only a few days before classes start.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy was unable to close deals on two other sites earlier this summer.

FALLS CHURCH, VA - MARCH 23: The Eden Center Clock Tower, is an exact replica of one in downtown Saigon. The American and South Vietnam flags fly in the parking lot. The Eden Center, located at Seven Corners in Falls Church, VA is a destination for Vietnamese food and specialties. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Eden Center, a Vietnamese food destination, in 2012. (Post)

Eden Center tenants sue landlord, say mall is crumbling around them

Ceilings leak. Sewage backs up into restaurant kitchens. Trash overflows. And business owners at the Vietnamese center in Falls Church want change.

More Top Stories

A peaceful night in Ferguson after
a visit from the Attorney General

A peaceful night in Ferguson after <br>a visit from the Attorney General

Police radios and city streets were largely quiet overnight after Eric Holder Jr. visits the riot-torn town.

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior
Hamas commanders in Gaza

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior <br> Hamas commanders in Gaza

The trio had played a key role in expanding Hamas’ military capabilities in recent years.

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

Gas pumps are prime targets for credit card fraud, so Visa is fighting back

WONKBLOG | New software can detect whether it’s you or someone pretending to be you fueling up.

In 21 of the biggest U.S. cities, people sleep less than 7 hours a night

In 21 of the biggest U.S. cities, people sleep less than 7 hours a night

WONKBLOG | Most Americans average 6.8 hours, less than the recommended 8 hours.

Politics

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

‘Vacation’ is a relative term for Obama and Cameron

Foley execution interrupts leaders’ getaways, sending Cameron home while Obama takes podium in Mass.

Local Columnists

Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

Many Central American immigrants are fleeing a climate of fear, violence

COLUMN | One family’s experiences highlight how necessary U.S. protection is for refugees.

Sports

Rendon’s turn to be a hero

Rendon’s turn to be a hero

Pinch-hit single in the ninth lifts Nationals to 3-2 victory over Arizona, extending win streak to nine and lead over Atlanta to seven.

Real Estate

When a housing wish list evolves

When a housing wish list evolves

After evaluating their needs and market conditions, some buyers may opt to shift their priorities.

Going Out Guide

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Nightlife Agenda: Retro dance parties, a Vegas DJ and dog days of summer

Dance to your favorite hits of the ‘00s, celebrate Mason Inn’s anniversary and play bocce to raise money for rescue dogs.

Lifestyle

The exclusive, nerdy trivia community slowly spreading across the Web

The exclusive, nerdy trivia community slowly spreading across the Web

It takes quiz games to a new level
of obsession and competition.
(Try a few questions for yourself!)

Arts

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Soil and sand on the Mall will transform into lofty artwork

Viewed from atop the Washington Monument in October, artist’s rows of dirt will look like a person’s face.

Federal Government

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

Hashtag #It’s the intern’s fault

IN THE LOOP | When it comes to public officials’ social media faux pas, it’s usually the interns who take the fall.

Diversions