2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’

David Fravor, at his home in Windham, N.H., is a former Navy pilot who says he was “pretty weirded out” by an unexplained episode over the Pacific. His story has captured the attention of a Pentagon program investigating U.F.O.s. M. Scott Brauer for The New York Times The following recounts an incident in 2004 that …

Rajoy Hopes to Return Catalonia to ‘Normality’ With an Abnormal Election

Carles Puigdemont, the ousted leader of Catalonia, addressing separatist voters in Igualada, Spain, on Dec. 9 via satellite from Brussels. Susanna Saez/European Pressphoto Agency BRUSSELS — The ousted leader of Catalonia recently addressed a rally of separatist voters in a packed theater in the Catalan city of Igualada. He was not among his separatist supporters, …

Police Investigate ‘Suspicious’ Death of Prominent Toronto Couple

A body being removed from the home of Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, in Toronto. Chris Helgren/Reuters Mystery has shrouded the unexplained deaths of an enormously wealthy Canadian couple, who gave away much of their fortune from a generic drug business. The bodies of the couple, Barry and Honey Sherman, were found Friday inside …

Alabama Democrats Savor a Rare Win. Now It’s Back to Reality.

Destiny Clark, at home in Odenville, Ala., was ecstatic after hearing that Doug Jones had won the Senate race. “Tears of joy were running down my face,” she said. Audra Melton for The New York Times BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Destiny Clark, a transgender woman and Alabama native, couldn’t bear the thought of going to Doug …

Jacob Zuma Prepares to Depart a Diminished A.N.C.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, seated center in headscarf, at the African National Congress conference in Johannesburg on Saturday. She is a front-runner to become the party’s leader. Joao Silva/The New York Times JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress once inspired hope across Africa. It helped liberate black South Africans from white-minority rule, promoting reconciliation with former …

Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.

Politicians from both parties have championed homeownership over the years, but economists see downsides in the tax preferences that have resulted. Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as they get older, building a national …