New York Times

Soon after it touched down Monday, a tornado plowed through Newcastle, Okla., as it made its way along a 17-mile path.

In the breeding ground of Oklahoma tornadoes, people prepare for the season with the care that the defensive coordinator for their Sooners prepares for the inevitable autumn.

Antonia Lee Candelaria, a 9-year-old victim, is buried two days before her best friend.

Jennifer Tyrrell, left, who was ousted as a scout leader because she is a lesbian hugged Pascal Tessier, 16, an openly gay scout, after the announcement that the Boy Scouts would admit openly gay youths. The group is maintaining its ban on openly gay troop leaders.

The Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay youths as members, while continuing its policy of excluding openly gay adult leaders.

Perspectives of the Boy Scouts of America’s as it voted to allow openly gay members.

In a widely anticipated speech, President Obama on Thursday said he would impose new curbs on the use of drone strikes, and he sought to renew his effort to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

President Obama asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to scrutinize Justice Department investigations and said he was “troubled” that such inquiries could hinder reporters.

Some populations of roaches have evolved a highly effective strategy to avoid sweet-tasting poison baits, researchers say.

Three people were injured after the failure of an Interstate 5 bridge north of Seattle dumped vehicles into the Skagit River, the authorities said.

Lois Lerner, the head of the tax division on exempt organizations, was put on administrative leave a day after she invoked the Fifth Amendment before a House committee.

A measure would limit a commander’s ability to dismiss a court-martial conviction and discharge those convicted of rape or sexual assault.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks, a veteran lawmaker and civil rights leader, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts of mail, wire and tax fraud.

Filling a long-vacant seat on an important appeals court passes for progress in a legislative body where partisan wrangling continues to hold up many important posts.

The lawyer for George Zimmerman, the defendant in the Trayvon Zimmerman case, released evidence that appeared intended to undercut the prosecution.

Joseph H. Boardman has led the government-owned railroad corporation to record growth in ridership and revenue since taking over in November 2008.

In a sign of Wall Street’s resurgent influence in Washington, bank lobbyists are aiding lawmakers in drafting legislation that softens financial regulations.

One outstanding question is how transparent the Obama administration will be about drone strikes in the future.

B.Y.U.’s animation program is not your typical film school. And that’s why its graduates actually get jobs.

Residents of the Oklahoma town went home Wednesday, a first step in the long and expensive process of rebuilding after another deadly tornado.

Videos that examine past events in the context of today’s news.

Migrant deaths remain high even as apprehensions have fallen, with tighter borders pushing people to take riskier routes from Mexico to the United States.

“This Land” explores obscure and well-known corners of the United States.