Armed felon came within inches of Obama

The security contractor was allowed on an elevator with the president Sept. 16, violating Secret Service protocols, three people familiar with the incident said.

First U.S. case of Ebola
is diagnosed in Texas

Health officials were quick to tamp down hysteria, emphasizing that the U.S. is well equipped to halt the spread of a disease that has killed thousands in West Africa.

Protesters brave thunderstorms. (Getty)

  • Protesters brave thunderstorms. (Getty)
  • A picture mocks Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (AP)
  • Demonstrators sit outside government offices. (EPA)
  • The umbrella has become a protest symbol. (Bloomberg)
  • Students gesture in silent protest in Hong Kong. (Getty)
  • A man and his son leave pro-democracy messages. (EPA)
  • An umbrella symbol appears on tram tracks. (EPA)
  • Protesters rest before demonstrations start up again. (Getty)

Hong Kong protests grow on holiday honoring China’s Communist Party

Large parts of the city came to a standstill as residents swarmed the streets to protest Beijing’s iron grip over their government.

Local News

Suspect in U-Va. case was known
as ‘an all-around good person’

Suspect in U-Va. case was known <br>as ‘an all-around good person’

Jesse L. Matthew Jr.’s past includes a playful persona in high school and an abrupt departure from college.

A little pot is no longer criminal in Md. And pony up for the ‘yoga tax,’ D.C.

A little pot is no longer criminal in Md. And pony up for the ‘yoga tax,’ D.C.

Other new laws that took effect today include higher minimum wages in Montgomery and Pr. George’s.

A burned body in a garage. Then a car crash 2 miles away. Are they related?

A burned body in a garage. Then a car crash 2 miles away. Are they related?<br>

Detectives say the two suspicious deaths in Potomac on Tuesday may be linked as a murder-suicide.

Fog, drizzle and a little sun are what
to expect until the cold front arrives

Fog, drizzle and a little sun are what <br>to expect until the cold front arrives

WEATHER GANG | Friday’s cool down could bring storms on a big playoff baseball weekend in D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is seen on Monday September 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. A ceremony to dedicate the memorial is scheduled for Sunday October 5, 2014. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

The American Ceterans Disabled for Life Memorial. (McClain/Post)

American veterans who bled for this country get their own memorial

CHECKPOINT | With a Capitol view, the site opens Sunday, culminating 16 years of planning.

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‘Kiss any hope goodbye’: Democrats flood inboxes for campaign cash

‘Kiss any hope goodbye’: Democrats flood inboxes for campaign cash

The subject lines might sound like lyrics to a moody ballad, but party strategists insist that they work.

Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to launching Windows 10

Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to launching Windows 10

THE SWITCH | The odd decision to skip ahead could be a way to signal a clean break from Windows 8.

Royals outlast A’s in 12-inning thriller to open major league postseason

Royals outlast A’s in 12-inning thriller to open major league postseason

Kansas City treated its fans to a tense and dramatic comeback in the team’s first playoff game since 1985.

Humans have killed off half of the world’s animals since 1970, study finds

Humans have killed off half of the world’s animals since 1970, study finds

WONKBLOG | The report’s radical takeaway: We should probably stop killing everything on Earth.

Local Columnists

Four men try to break their
51-year-old swim record in Virginia

Four men try to break their <br>51-year-old swim record in Virginia

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

Sports

Redskins might find neither Griffin nor Cousins is answer

Redskins might find neither Griffin nor Cousins is answer

COLUMN | The uncertainty surrounding both quarterbacks raises a possibility worse than if one beats out the other.

Federal Government

Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service

Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service

IN THE LOOP | The Florida congressman has an ADT system, he says, so why doesn’t the White House?

National

Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

Those exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics early in life, at zero to five months of age, had an 11 percent greater risk of becoming obese.

Lifestyle

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

The violinist charmed a Union Station mob, seven years after his undercover L’Enfant Plaza stunt.

Arts

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s monumental work pushes the boundaries of art and portraiture.

Business

NYC mayor expands living-wage law for thousands

NYC mayor expands living-wage law for thousands

WONKBLOG | Bill deBlasio expanded the city’s living-wage law, requiring certain businesses to pay $13.13 an hour.

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