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  • Man climbs White House fence, gets arrested just inside mansion’s doors

    21 September 2014, 1:57 am by: Martin Weil, Carol D. Leonnig

    A man climbed over the White House fence and raced across the lawn and through the north portico doors Friday night, apparently only minutes after President Obama went out the south entrance on his way to Camp David, authorities said. Read full article >>
  • WorldViews: The peculiar history of Scotland and England’s union

    20 September 2014, 1:10 am by: Ishaan Tharoor

    Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a plaintive appeal to voters in Scotland ahead of Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence. "We desperately want you to stay; we do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart," Cameron…
  • Police scrutinize ‘person of interest’ seen with missing U-Va. student Hannah Graham

    19 September 2014, 9:09 pm by: T. Rees Shapiro

    CHARLOTTESVILLE — Police pleaded with the public Friday to come forward with information about a man who they believe was in a bar with University of Virginia student Hannah Graham about the time she went missing last Saturday, saying they know who he is and…
  • Congressional Debriefing: Some lawmakers question quick approval of military action

    19 September 2014, 8:40 pm by: Paul Kane

    Before the U.S. military attacked Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1991, Congress spent months considering its approval of the war. Twelve years later, another attack on Iraq came after three weeks of debate and intensive negotiations. Read full article >>
  • Editorial: Provide Ukraine with the military aid it needs to deter Russia’s aggression

    19 September 2014, 8:19 pm by: Editorial Board

    FOR THE sake of the cameras, President Obama assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a White House meeting Thursday that “not only do we support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence in words, but we’ve also been supporting it in deeds.” If…
  • The red flags around Alibaba and one of the biggest stock debuts in history

    19 September 2014, 7:57 pm by: Drew Harwell

    The Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce powerhouse, made history Friday when it raised more than $21 billion in a record-breaking stock market debut. So what exactly did investors buy? A piece of a Caribbean-based holding company with tenuous ties to the…
  • China's war on terror becomes all-out attack on Islam in Xinjiang

    19 September 2014, 7:50 pm by: Simon Denyer

    SHACHE COUNTY, China – The month of Ramadan should have been a time of fasting, charity and prayer in China’s Muslim west. But here, in many of the towns and villages of southern Xinjiang, it was a time of fear, repression, and violence. Read full article…
  • Will: Cashing in on voting

    19 September 2014, 7:28 pm by: George F. Will

    The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier…
  • The Daily Show springs tense showdown with Native Americans on Redskins fans

    19 September 2014, 7:17 pm by: Ian Shapira

    The four die-hard Redskins fans thought the opportunity was as golden as the vintage helmets of their favorite football team: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” wanted them to appear on the Comedy Central program to defend the team’s name, which has been…
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offers apologies but few specifics

    19 September 2014, 7:03 pm by: Mark Maske

    In an apologetic news conference during which he faced often skeptical questioning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted Friday that the league’s current personal conduct policies had failed and promised to make changes, the specifics of which remain…
  • Ebola could infect 500,000 by end of January, according to CDC projection

    19 September 2014, 6:40 pm by: Lena H. Sun

    The Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa could infect up to 500,000 people by the end of January, according to a new estimate under development by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report is scheduled to be released next week, but work on it…
  • Rare respiratory virus spreads to 22 states

    19 September 2014, 5:40 pm by: Mark Berman

    That rare respiratory illness sickening children around the country continues to crop up in new places. It has been confirmed in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, appearing in three states where it had not been previously:…
  • NFL, players’ union to alter personal conduct policy

    19 September 2014, 3:54 pm by: Mark Maske

    The NFL plans to work with its players’ union to make changes to the sport’s personal conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a news conference Friday during which he faced questions regarding his handling of recent off-field behavior by…
  • More Israeli female soldiers fought in Gaza than in past wars, but some say not enough

    19 September 2014, 2:18 pm by: Ruth Eglash

    TZE’ELIM, Israel — After five days treating wounded Israeli soldiers on the battlefields of the Gaza Strip this summer, Staff Sgt. Noam Dan was taking a break with her unit when a commander from another army battalion walked past. Read full article >>
  • Shonda Rhimes has thoughts about that ‘angry black woman’ column

    19 September 2014, 2:07 pm by: Elahe Izadi

    A New York Times piece about Shonda Rhimes and her production company, Shondaland, set Twitter ablaze on Friday. Much of the discussion — and blowback — centered around the first paragraph, in which Times television columnist Alessandra Stanley wrote:…
  • Scotland votes to save U.K. union, as devolution talk begins

    19 September 2014, 1:35 pm by: Griff Witte

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND — The decisive rejection of Scotland’s independence referendum set off an instant scramble Friday to fundamentally reorganize constitutional power in the United Kingdom, with Prime Minister David Cameron citing a chance “to change the…
  • Army chief of staff says U.S. may need more troops in Iraq

    19 September 2014, 12:55 pm by: Craig Whitlock

    Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said Friday it might be necessary to deploy more U.S. forces to Iraq beyond the 1,600 troops already there, warning that the fight against the Islamic State will intensify and could go on for years. Read full article…
  • Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish first minister after voters reject independence

    19 September 2014, 12:51 pm by: Karla Adam, Griff Witte

    GLASGOW, Scotland — The leader of Scotland’s independence movement resigned as Scottish first minister Friday after voters decisively rejected breaking away from Britain. Saying that Scotland would better be served under new leadership, an emotional Alex…
  • In movies, violence against women lets filmmakers indulge toxic fantasies

    19 September 2014, 12:19 pm by: Ann Hornaday

    It should come as no surprise when movies dovetail with the wider social conversation. But this week, the collision is occurring with particularly crystallizing force. To wit: The arrival of a Liam Neeson movie isn’t exactly news, although his new one, “A…
  • In decisive vote, Scotland rejects independence, sticks with the U.K.

    19 September 2014, 12:18 pm by: Griff Witte, Karla Adam

    EDINBURGH, Scotland — Given a historic chance to go it alone as an independent nation, Scottish voters chose to stick with the United Kingdom following a campaign that was marked by extraordinary turnout and profound division. Read full article >>
  • Alibaba, China’s king of Web retail, opens at $92.70 in surging market debut

    19 September 2014, 12:17 pm by: Drew Harwell

    China’s massive Alibaba Group started selling shares to the public late Friday morning for prices far higher than expected, clinching the biggest stock debut in history. The world’s biggest retail giant, which dominates China’s Web and is making…
  • Heartache for those dreaming of Scottish independence

    19 September 2014, 11:48 am by: Karla Adam

    GLASGOW, Scotland — Liz Quinn’s longtime dream of a fully independent Scotland was shattered early Friday after Scots voted overwhelmingly to stay within the United Kingdom. “I am deeply disappointed, but you know, we’re still standing,” said Quinn,…
  • Congress approves tighter scrutiny of hospices

    19 September 2014, 11:43 am by: Peter Whoriskey

    Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation approved by Congress, part of a measure that addresses concerns about substandard operators in the booming industry. Read full article >>
  • The Fix: Joe Biden fondly reminisces about Bob Packwood. Uh oh.

    19 September 2014, 11:35 am by: Aaron Blake

    Vice President Biden just capped off one heck of a week with this doozy at a Democratic women's conference on Friday. While talking about how the Republican Party has changed, Biden brought up a couple of former colleagues who often worked across the…
  • Why you can, should, and probably will eat bugs

    19 September 2014, 11:18 am by: Rachel Feltman

    Insects are really good for you. They're a low-fat source of protein, full of nutritious goodness and carry a much lower carbon footprint than other sources of meat. Confession: I haven't tried eating them yet. But I will, and probably soon, and I'm willing…

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