Islamic State
said to have waterboarded Foley, others

At least four hostages held by the militants, including the U.S. journalist who was executed, were allegedly waterboarded early in their captivity.

Obama on the Islamic State: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

The president said there is no plan to imminently step up military action against the extremist group in Iraq or Syria.

An image of what NATO says are Russian units inside Ukraine. (DigitalGlobe)

U.S. officials: Russia’s military actions in Ukraine tantamount to an invasion

Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery were said to roll into southeastern Ukraine, forcing government troops into a full retreat.

Local News

Separate arrivals and exits drive home a point at former Va. governor’s trial

Separate arrivals and exits drive home a point at former Va. governor’s trial

McDonnell and his wife come and go in a way that reinforces testimony of their crumbling marriage.

Syrian refugees’ Georgetown show canceled — because they are refugees

Syrian refugees’ Georgetown show canceled — because they are refugees

The State Department refuses to allow visas for 12 Syrian women eager to tell their harrowing stories.

Fannie Mae to sell D.C. headquarters

Fannie Mae to sell D.C. headquarters

The company plans to sell its headquarters and consolidate employees to a single location.

Authorities searching for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed in Va. forest

Authorities searching for missing pilot of fighter jet that crashed in Va. forest

An Air Force commander said he could not confirm a report that the pilot had ejected with a parachute.

Backups on stage for final auditions in tonight’s Redskins-Buccaneers game

Backups on stage for final auditions in tonight’s Redskins-Buccaneers game

The teams will use the preseason finale to help make roster decisions about players on the bubble.

Dog, shot by owner, now has its day — in new home with vet who saved her

Dog, shot by owner, now has its day — in new home with vet who saved her

Ruby, a 9-month-old boxer mix, was shot in the face, but she got a new “leash on life,” as police put it.

Seven-story looping roller coaster unveiled at Six Flags America

Seven-story looping roller coaster unveiled at Six Flags America

Strap in thrill-seekers: The Bourbon Street Fireball will open at the Maryland park next summer.

More Top Stories

Landrieu claims parents’ La. home as her own, raising residency questions

Landrieu claims parents’ La. home as her own, raising residency questions

Opponents of the Louisiana senator say she primarily lives in a $2.5 million brick home in D.C.

Ebola virus has mutated repeatedly

Ebola virus has mutated repeatedly

The findings could hinder diagnosis and treatment but also offer insights into the origins of the outbreak.

Tall men seem to have it all: Better pay and now their pick of the dating pool

Tall men seem to have it all: Better pay and now their pick of the dating pool

Research suggests that height advantages exist, but there is still some good news for short men.

Ice bucket challenge: A ‘fantastic’ cause, and the cause of many injuries

Ice bucket challenge: A ‘fantastic’ cause, and the cause of many injuries

The viral campaign has raised nearly $100 million in less than a month. It’s also proven dangerous.

Local Columnists

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer faces ‘nightmare’ with D.C. health exchange

Even a Harvard-educated lawyer faces ‘nightmare’ with D.C. health exchange

COLUMN | So how’s the average person supposed to navigate the bureaucratic tangles?

Sports

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Nationals face strong arms on West Coast trip

Mariners and Dodgers, led by Felix Hernanez and Clayton Kershaw, are among the best teams in baseball.

Real Estate

Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

Want to like your house better? Try these 6 design tips from home stagers.

Even if you’re not yet planning to sell, these ideas will help you enjoy your space — now.

Going Out Guide

Nightlife Agenda: The last long weekend of summer

Nightlife Agenda: The last long weekend of summer

Our Labor Day weekend picks include Sunday and Monday day parties, late-night dancing and Brody Jenner at a pool party.

Lifestyle

Joan Rivers hospitalized after throat surgery scare

Joan Rivers hospitalized after throat surgery scare

The 81-year-old comedian was undergoing a procedure at a clinic when she stopped breathing and was taken to the hospital.

Arts

The Pacific Northwest stars in Wolf Trap’s disjointed show

The Pacific Northwest stars in Wolf Trap’s disjointed show

Dance was the best part of a salute to national parks that awkwardly mixed in nature films and indie rock.

Federal Government

VA apologizes for using Oscar the Grouch to depict frustrated veterans

VA apologizes for using Oscar the Grouch to depict frustrated veterans

FEDERAL EYE | A VA benefits office used the image in a training guide for employees who were preparing for a town hall meeting.

National

What happens when you post an ice bucket fail and hoax site says you died

What happens when you post an ice bucket fail and hoax site says you died

More than 2 million people have watched Todd’s “ice bucket fail” video and posted their RIPs. But Todd is ... alive and well, thanks.

Business

Bad news: Wages are down for pretty much everyone

Bad news: Wages are down for pretty much everyone

Most workers saw pay decline over the past year. And the only workers breaking even since before recession are those with college degrees.

Diversions