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SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST The Latest: Suspected tornado hits rural Ohio city; 6 hurt A suspected tornado hit a rural Ohio city, as the storm that pummeled the South made its way to the Northeast. The…

SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

The Latest: Suspected tornado hits rural Ohio city; 6 hurt

A suspected tornado hit a rural Ohio city, as the storm that pummeled the South made its way to the Northeast.

The Times Gazette reported several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m.

Shelby is about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) from Cleveland.

The Richland County Emergency Management Agency reported about a half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were taken to a hospital to be treated for storm-related injuries.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch warnings for parts of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Sunday’s warnings come as a severe storm in the South destroyed homes, hospitalized people and caused the deaths of eight people.

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TRUMP-OMAR

Omar cites death threats, says Trump should not incite them

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.”

Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker’s call for Trump to take down the video.

Soon after Pelosi’s statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump’s Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying he wished no “ill will” upon the first-term lawmaker.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR

Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima’s melted reactor begins

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant for the first time is removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in the decades-long process to decommission the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday workers started removing the first of 566 fuel units stored in the pool at Unit 3. The fuel units in the pool are not enclosed and their removal to safer ground is crucial to avoid disaster in case of another major quake.

TEPCO says the removal at Unit 3 would take two years, followed by the two other reactors.

The step comes ahead of the real challenge of removing melted fuel from inside the reactors, but details are largely unknown.

ELECTION 2020-UNIONS

Unions pushing for pocketbook proposals from 2020 Democrats

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Democratic presidential field looks like a union activist’s dream. But some labor leaders worry the broad array of candidates haven’t been talking enough about issues that matter to working people.

The conversation in the sprawling field has been pulled in several directions. Candidates have debated the Senate filibuster, the size of the Supreme Court and breaking up technology companies. Sometimes they’ve embraced proposals that have alienated some segments of the labor movement. Some unions are against a national single-payer system because it’d eliminate the health benefits they fought for. Other worry about the Green New Deal ending good-paying jobs that rely on fossil fuels.

Behind the unease is a recognition that Democrats need to win back some of the workers who voted for Republican Donald Trump in 2016.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP FUNDRAISING

APNewsBreak: Trump campaign to report raising $30 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign tells The Associated Press it will report raising more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019. That’s slightly more than his top two Democratic rivals combined.

The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign.

The Trump campaign says nearly 99% of its donations were $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26.

The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter — its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting $82 million in the bank.

Trump formally launched his re-election effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years.

BIDEN-EULOGIST

Joe Biden resumes role as one of nation’s top eulogists

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is returning to a familiar role this week as the one of the nation’s top eulogists.

The former vice president will speak Tuesday at the funeral of Fritz Hollings, the longtime South Carolina Democratic senator who was Biden’s Capitol Hill deskmate and friend.

The tribute will add to the already memorable eulogies Biden has provided for everyone from Strom Thurmond to John McCain and Ted Kennedy, reflecting his status as the go-to man to speak about the legacies of Washington’s one-time titans.

LATIN AMERICA-POMPEO

US Secretary of State visits Venezuelan migrants in Colombia

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia as he wraps up a four-nation tour of South America aimed at pressuring Venezuela’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro.

Pompeo arrived Sunday at a migrant center in the border town of Cucuta with Colombia President Ivan Duque. Not far away Venezuelan security forces sat on high alert at the Simon Bolivar international bridge separating the two countries.

The migrant center has been the first stop for some of the more than 3 million Venezuelans who have fled hyperinflation and political upheaval in their homeland.

The U.S. was the first of more than 50 nations that in January recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president. But significant popular support for Guaidó hasn’t loosened Maduro’s grip on power.

DIABETES DRUG

Study finds diabetes drug may prevent, slow kidney disease

A new study shows that a drug used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes also can prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive.

Doctors say it’s hard to overstate the importance of this study, and what it means for curbing this problem, which is growing because of the obesity epidemic.

The study tested the drug Invokana (in-vo-KAHN-ah) in people with Type 2 diabetes who were already getting standard treatments. Invokana lowered by 30% the risk of kidney failure, the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant or some other problems.

Results were discussed Sunday at a medical meeting in Australia and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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NRA OVERSEAS

NRA has history of advising gun-rights groups outside US

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Recent revelations that National Rifle Association representatives met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting isn’t the first time the NRA has exerted its influence on gun debates outside the U.S.

The lobbying group has sought sway at the United Nations to make it easier to sell American guns overseas. It has on more than one occasion advised gun-rights groups in Brazil, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.

It even advised gun-rights activists in Russia, entanglements that in recent years made the NRA vulnerable to allegations it allowed alleged Russian operatives to use the organization to influence American politics.

The group’s track record of aggressively shaping the debate has turned it into the go-to group for other gun-rights activists outside the U.S.

MASTERS-THE LATEST

Masters Latest: Tiger caps comeback with 15th major title

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title.

The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.

Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world’s best when he triumphed in last year’s Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013.

Now, he’s back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

In a final round that was played in threesomes off both tees to stay ahead of approaching thunderstorms, Woods grabbed the outright lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie at No. 15.

Then, with Olympic champion Michael Phelps standing behind him on the tee at the par-3 16th, Woods wrapped things up by sticking an 8-iron within 2 feet of the cup for another birdie and a two-stroke lead.

Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. But the Italian self-destructed on the back side, dunking two balls in the water on the way to double-bogeys at the 12th and 15th holes.

This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.

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