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Tornadoes, flooding kill 13 in South and Midwest

The storm spawned several tornadoes in Texas and also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas.

Trump seeks to cover people with preexisting medical conditions

The president said the latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would protect those patients.

Giraffe’s baby bump boosts tiny zoo’s upkeep, conservation

April the giraffe has brought a bundle to a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth.

Spread of hate crimes has lawmakers seeking harsher penalties

Lawmakers in at least a half-dozen states are considering tougher penalties for hate crimes.

Rallies planned nationwide in support of immigrants

Tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters are set to protest on May Day.

As number of adoptions drops, many US agencies face strains

For legions of Americans craving a chance to adopt children, a confluence of daunting trends makes this a distressing time.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Gay marriage in the US

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In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Now it’s legal nationwide, and all bans have been overturned.

Instagram

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A live stream of Instagram posts from The Boston Globe photo department.