Russia's President Vladimir Putin visits a cathedral at Chersonesus Tavrichesky (Tauric Chersonese) National Reserve in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea August 18, 2017.

US halts visas for Russians, deepening a diplomatic spat

By David Filipov and Andrew Roth, Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:55 p.m.
Moscow’s order “calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations,” the U.S. Embassy said in its announcement.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens to questions as part of a question and answer with media during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in June.

This could be the week we finally learn the fate of Maine’s monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
Speculation is widespread, but no one really knows what the Trump administration will do.
Without his protective glasses on, U.S. President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017.

Trump looks at eclipse without glasses

By Teresa Welsh, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 21, 2017, at 5:58 p.m.
According to the White House pool report, an aide shouted “don’t look” at the president as he gestured toward the sun.

Ohio judge shot in ‘ambush’ outside courthouse, returns fire and kills attacker

By Mark Berman, Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
“This individual laid in wait for our judge.”
United States Secret Service agents work at a security checkpoint inside the lobby at Trump Tower on August 4, 2017.

Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30

By Lisa Rein, Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
If lawmakers don’t lift the cap, about a third of the agency’s agents would be working overtime without being paid, agency officials said.

Watch the eclipse live

By Tony Reaves on Aug. 21, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
The solar eclipse in real-time, courtesy of NASA.
Katahdin is seen from a scenic overlook in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Trump’s national monument review to test key land protection law

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Aug. 21, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
Environmental groups are prepared to challenge any changes in court — something that has not happened before.

Arthur Finkelstein, shadowy campaign mastermind and GOP operative, dies at 72

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
Finkelstein’s sharp, relentless attack ads helped elect dozens of conservative political candidates in the United States and abroad and made him a kingmaker in Republican circles for decades.
The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision in Singapore waters, Aug. 21, 2017.

Top Navy admiral orders fleetwide probe after BIW-built destroyer’s collision at sea

By Anna Fifield and Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
This was the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision at sea.
A woman looks through a telescope on the football field at Madras High School the evening before a solar eclipse in Madras, Oregon, Aug. 20, 2017.

Path of totality across the Lower 48 a rare event

By Denise Lu, The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 6:39 a.m.
The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the Lower 48 was 1979. The next time a total solar eclipse will traverse from coast to coast will be in 2045.
Cast member Jerry Lewis (center) shakes hands with Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux (left) as he arrives on the red carpet with actor Kevin Pollak (right) for the screening of the film "Max Rose" during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 23, 2013.

Jerry Lewis, comedy king and master of slapstick, dies at 91

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 2:59 p.m.
Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fundraising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of “natural causes” at the age of 91.
President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 1, 2017.

Trump administration disbands federal advisory committee on climate change

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
“We need to work on updating our standards with good estimates on what future weather and climate extremes will be. I think it’s going to be a serious handicap for us that the advisory committee is not functional.”
U.S. troops walk outside their base in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2017.

Trump has made decision on Afghanistan strategy after ‘rigorous’ review

By Idrees Ali, Reuters on Aug. 20, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
Soon after taking office, the Trump administration began a review of U.S. policy on Afghanistan, which has expanded into a broader South Asia review.
Activist Dick Gregory delivers a speech during a public viewing and funeral for legendary singer James Brown in Augusta, Georgia, Dec. 30, 2006.

Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84

By T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
His expert timing and bold humor — often pulled from the day’s headlines — inspired the careers of comedians such as Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
Roman Polanski during the press conference for the film "Based on a True Story" held at the Palais des Festivals, during the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 27, 2017.

Judge rejects bid by Polanski’s 1977 rape victim to end case

By Jill Serjeant, Reuters on Aug. 20, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski remained a fugitive from justice and that the court could not dismiss a case “merely because it would be in the victim’s best interest.”

Vern Ehlers, nuclear physicist who went to Congress, dies at 83

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
The Almanac of American Politics credited the freshman Ehlers with bringing “to House Republicans, then entering their 40th year in the minority, a majority mindset.”

Paul Oliver, scholar who helped spur a blues revival, dies at 90

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
Oliver brought a rare sensitivity to African-American culture and treated the blues with a seriousness previously reserved for classical music and other fine arts.

Visionary engineer and Ford GT40 godfather Roy Lunn dies at 92

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:14 a.m.
Lunn had the unenviable assignment of fulfilling Ford’s goal of trouncing Ferrari’s exotic sports cars at Le Mans in the world’s most glamorous endurance race.

NAFTA negotiators hone in on origin rules, dispute settlement

By David Ljunggren and Anthony Esposito, Reuters on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:12 a.m.
U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators on Friday began digging into some of the thorniest issues in modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Counterprotesters gather on the Boston Common before a controversial rally that organizers described as a demonstration in favor of free speech.

Mainers help opponents stifle Boston rally they claim supported ‘hate speech’

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 19, 2017, at 7:14 p.m.
Thousands of counterprotesters packed a public park and took to the streets of Boston on Saturday in an effort to drown out a controversial rally that organizers described as a demonstration in favor of free speech.