U.S. to train Syrians only in defensive role

Officials do not believe the units will be able to seize towns from the Islamic State without the help of U.S. combat troops, which President Obama has ruled out.

Whistleblowers: USAID IG withheld details from public

Auditors and employees have complained about negative findings being stricken from agency audits.

Four Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq deaths

The U.S. contractors killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007, one of the most ignominious chapters of the war.

2 dead in Canada’s capital; gunfire inside Parliament

The Conservative Party caucus room shortly after shooting began. (Reuters)

A soldier and a gunman were killed, and police are scouring downtown Ottawa for possible additional shooters.

Black witnesses, evidence largely back officer in Ferguson police shooting

Black witnesses, evidence largely back officer in Ferguson police shooting

Michael Brown and Darren Wilson fought for the officer’s gun, interviews and the autopsy indicate.

Person jumps White House fence,
is caught before reaching residence

Person jumps White House fence, <br> is caught before reaching residence

The White House was reportedly locked down after the incident, which also prompted the closing of a park.

Fliers from Ebola-hit countries will be on a 21-day watch upon arrival in U.S.

Fliers from Ebola-hit countries will be on a 21-day watch upon arrival in U.S.

State and local authorities will track airline passengers’ daily temperatures and any symptoms.

In Mass. gubernatorial race, Coakley tries to redeem her reputation

In Mass. gubernatorial race, Coakley tries to redeem her reputation

But despite learning from her botched 2010 Senate run, Martha Coakley is tied with two weeks left.

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Politics

Campaigner Obama: Help or hindrance for Democrats?

Campaigner Obama: Help or hindrance for Democrats?

President Obama has raised a lot of campaign cash for Democrats, but can he help them on the trail?

Local

Charter school substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

Charter school substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

D.C. police say the encounter occurred at Options Public Charter School, behind the teacher’s desk.

Sports

Gruden: Griffin improving, but McCoy remains starter

Gruden: Griffin improving, but McCoy remains starter

Barring some miracle, Washington will go with Colt McCoy against Dallas as star QB recovers from ankle injury

Lifestyle

Ben Bradlee: The paragon of Style

Ben Bradlee: The paragon of Style

Watergate may be his lasting legacy, but Ben Bradlee’s sense of Style brought a new sensibility to features.

Arts

‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

‘Us’: A fractured family’s trip into parenthood’s regrets

Author David Nicholls paints a picture of a summer holiday sprinkled with as much humor as tragedy.

Business

Sam’s Club to launch a private health insurance exchange

Sam’s Club to launch a private health insurance exchange

The warehouse store has built a service that it hopes will appeal to the small business owners that are its core customers.

Federal Government

Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

Paid leave tops senator’s list of ‘silly, unnecessary’ government expenses

FEDERAL EYE | Frequent use of putting federal employees on paid leave to discipline those accused of breaking the rules has assumed the top spot in a new survey of “wasteful” government practices.

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