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New England awoke Tuesday to high winds and whiteout conditions as a strong winter storm moved up the East Coast. The storm veered away from New York City, leaving less than an foot of snow in Central Park. Connecticut also received less than expected, but the storm was barreling down on Boston, where forecasters were still expecting 2 to 3 feet of snow.

Katharine Q. Seelye and Jess Bidgood
Near the entrance to the News Corp. building on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, a Texas man quietly passed out small protest cards to employees arriving to work through falling snow on Monday morning. Under his clothes, he concealed a handgun.J. David Goodman
The shattered remains of a tank bearing a tattered Ukrainian flag sat beside the main highway to Mariupol on Monday, a remnant of what pro-Russian rebel forces said was a failed attempt by Ukrainian forces to push into rebel-held territory a few days after a shelling attack left 30 dead in that port city.Rick Lyman
Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs rose to the defense of the late William McKinley Wednesday with the latest in a long series of Buckeye State bills aimed at ending the Denali discussion and preventing a name change for North America's highest mountain.Dermot Cole
A federal judge issued a top secret ruling in 2007 that the USA Patriot Act empowered the National Security Agency to collect foreigners’ emails and phone calls from domestic networks without prior judicial approval, newly declassified documents show.Charlie Savage
The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday predicted an average price of $58 per barrel of oil in 2015, and $75 per barrel in 2016, spelling more bad news for the oil-loving Alaska budget.Alex DeMarban
President Barack Obama will take a bipartisan delegation of prominent current and former officials with him when he flies to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to offer his condolences on the death of King Abdullah, White House officials announced.Peter Baker
Residents in the nation's Northeast flocked to hardware and grocery stores to pick up emergency supplies Sunday as forecasters warned that a "crippling and potentially historic blizzard" could dump as much as 3 feet of snow from Philadelphia to Boston starting Monday.Vera Haller
The oil industry, with its history of booms and busts, appears to be in the early stages of its latest downturn. The price of oil has plunged in recent months, reaching its lowest point in more than five years. Here's a quick explainer on how the economics work.Clifford Krauss
An armed employee walked into a Manhattan Home Depot on Sunday and fatally shot his manager before killing himself amid scores horrified colleagues and shoppers, authorities said.Elizabeth A. Harris and Michael Schwirtz