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.

Big charitable foundation puts squeeze on small horse farm, owner says

Big charitable foundation puts squeeze on small horse farm, owner says

The Eugene B. Casey Foundation wants to sell land to developers that surrounds Betsy Smith’s farm.

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.

Redskins take lead over Buccaneers
in their final preseason matchup

Redskins take lead over Buccaneers <br>in their final preseason matchup

LIVE DISCUSSION | For many players, it’s the last chance to prove themselves before the final cut.

Syrian refugees’ Georgetown show canceled — because they are refugees

Syrian refugees’ Georgetown show canceled — because they are refugees

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

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.

More Top Stories

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

‘I just don’t think a kid has any business with a weapon like that’

An accidental Uzi death at the hands of a 9-year-old renews debate on how young is too young for firearms.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford
could actually win reelection

Toronto mayor Rob Ford <br>could actually win reelection

THE FIX | He admitted to an alcohol problem and cocaine use but is in a dead heat in the polls.

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.

‘The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

‘The audacity of taupe’: A nation distracted by the president’s tan suit

THE FIX | While Obama talked about Ukraine and the Islamic State, Twitter freaked out about his attire.

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

Fallon, Seinfeld to salute Leno at Kennedy Center

Fallon, Seinfeld to salute Leno at Kennedy Center

The 17th Twain Prize for humor goes to Leno in October, and TV comedians will tip their caps.

Federal Government

Poor data leads to poor background checks

Poor data leads to poor background checks

A system to keep guns from the mentally ill doesn’t always get the information it needs

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