Islamic State
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’

He’s asked the Pentagon for options as he recruits partner countries to help respond to the militants in Iraq and Syria.

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

Putin calls on pro-Russian separatists to release trapped Ukrainian soldiers

Russia’s president calls for a “humanitarian corridor” on the heels of moves that U.S. officials say are tantamount to a Russian invasion.

    Local News

    Military pilot was fatally injured
    in F-15 crash in Va. mountains

    Military pilot was fatally injured <br>in F-15 crash in Va. mountains

    The pilot, who was with the Mass. National Guard, was on his way to a base in the New Orleans area.

    A refreshing Friday as summer recharges for the holiday weekend

    A refreshing Friday as summer recharges for the holiday weekend

    WEATHER GANG | Summer weather will reassert itself this weekend in the form of more heat and humidity.

    Closing arguments set to begin as McDonnells’ trial nears its endgame

    Closing arguments set to begin as McDonnells’ trial nears its endgame

    The judge’s instructions to jurors, including the definition of an “official” act, could shape deliberations.

    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.

    Charter school’s aim: Shorten the day. The cost? Eliminating recess.

    Charter school’s aim: Shorten the day. The cost? Eliminating recess.

    Parents oppose the move at a Prince George’s middle school, saying kids need time to socialize.

    Running backs impress as Redskins top Bucs, 24-10, in preseason finale

    Running backs impress as Redskins top Bucs, 24-10, in preseason finale

    Three contenders with contrasting styles stood out in the crowded backfield competition.

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    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.

    ‘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.

    ‘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

    Hopes riding on Baltimore casino overlook the larger costs to society

    Hopes riding on Baltimore casino overlook the larger costs to society

    COLUMN | A city shouldn’t bet on building a sunny future on the backs of the elderly, poor and desperate.

    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

    House of the Week | McLean chateau for $12.9M

    House of the Week | McLean chateau for $12.9M

    Belle Demeure, or Beautiful House, was inspired by Chateau de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley.

    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

    Elmore Leonard muscles his way into Library of America series

    Elmore Leonard muscles his way into Library of America series

    The master of the American crime novel will have his work collected in three volumes.

    Federal Government

    A VA employee, a crack house, and a lengthy firing process

    FEDERAL EYE | A VA employee is still on the payroll more than a year after allegedly helping a patient purchase illegal drugs.

    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.

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