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AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will hear from former CIA director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration’s sudden moves in the region.

Brennan is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, and he’s scheduled to talk to House Democrats at a private caucus meeting Tuesday. That’s according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the private meeting. Both requested anonymity to discuss the meeting.

The invitation to Brennan and the former State Department official and top negotiator of the Iran nuclear deal, Wendy Sherman, offers counterprogramming to the Trump administration’s closed-door briefing for lawmakers, also planned for Tuesday. Democratic lawmakers are likely to attend both.

Trump is downplaying potential military conflict with Iran, and lawmakers want more information.


2020 hopeful Biden set to outline vision for uniting America

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is set to outline his vision for unifying the country in a high-profile speech in Philadelphia, the city where his campaign has its headquarters.

Biden’s campaign says the speech will focus on his “vision for unifying America with respected leadership on the world stage — and dignified leadership at home.”

The 76-year-old former vice president has leapt to the front of the crowded Democratic primary, in part by highlighting his ability to compete with President Donald Trump in pivotal states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.


In abortion debates, female lawmakers recount their rapes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As one Republican legislature after another has pressed ahead with restrictive abortion bills, they have been confronted with raw and emotional testimony about the consequences of such laws.

Female lawmakers and other women have stepped forward to tell searing, personal stories about being raped. In some cases, it has been the first time they have spoken about the attacks to anyone but a loved one or their closest friend.

Some of the lawmakers say they were motivated to speak out because the abortion bans provided no exception for rape or incest.

The women say they want male lawmakers to understand the experiences of those victims and to give a voice to other victims of sexual assault. Despite that, the horror stories have done little to slow passage of the bills.


State not alerted for weeks that woman may not be baby’s mom

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois’ child welfare agency says more than two weeks passed before it was alerted that a woman taken to a Chicago-area hospital with a gravely ill newborn may not be his mother, even though she arrived bloodied and showed no signs of giving birth.

Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police say she cut Ochoa-Lopez’s baby out of her womb on April 23, then called 911 to report she had given birth to a baby who wasn’t breathing. Paramedics took Figueroa and the baby to Advocate Christ Medical Center in suburban Oak Lawn.

Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Jassen (JAY-son) Strokosch said Saturday the agency was alerted May 9 that there were questions about who had custody of the child in order to make medical decisions.

The hospital declined to say whether or when it contacted authorities.


Jimmy Carter finds a renaissance in 2020 Democratic scramble

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter has never been known as a key player in Democratic Party politics. But he’s re-emerging in the 2020 presidential race as some candidates go to Plains, Georgia, to seek the 94-year-old’s advice.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Carter’s 1976 campaign in the post-Watergate era is relevant as Democrats take on President Donald Trump.

Candidates also say they like hearing Carter’s stories of running as an underdog, before his rivals and the national press corps realized his strength.

Carter allies hope the newfound attention sheds positive light on the 39th president’s term, which is often remembered for how it ended with the long Iran hostage crisis.

That overshadows Carter’s advances on the environment, civil rights and health care.


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The Latest: NWS confirms EF2 tornado in southern Oklahoma

GERONIMO, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed a tornado with winds up to 130 mph (209 kph) touched down in southern Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service says the EF2 twister Saturday morning traveled for about a half a mile in Geronimo, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City, damaging two homes and sending one injured person to the hospital as a precaution.

They’re also investigating reported wind damage in the southeast and north of the state.

In northwest Arkansas, a state official said multiple people are stranded on recreational trails due to downed trees.

Meanwhile, energy companies for both states are reporting tens of thousands of people are without power.


Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

SYDNEY (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked “all Australians” for returning his conservative coalition to power in a shock general election result, and has vowed to get straight back to work.

While the opposition center-left Labor Party had been tipped to win — both in opinion polls and with odds-makers — the coalition has romped to victory, most likely with an increased representation.

Speaking after a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump on Sunday morning, 51-year-old Morrison says he’s thankful to live in “the greatest country in the world,” and thankful to Australians for reelecting him.

He says he’ll start forming his new government on Monday.

Labor meanwhile will start looking for a new leader after Bill Shorten resigned following six years as head of the party.


Saudis say they don’t want war, but will defend themselves

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Saudi diplomat says the kingdom does not want war but will defend itself, amid a recent spike in tensions with archrival Iran.

Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, spoke early Sunday, a week after four oil tankers were targeted in an alleged act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and days after Iran-allied Yemeni rebels claimed a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the pipeline attack on Iran. Gulf officials say an investigation into the tanker incident is underway.

A-Jubeir told reporters: “We want peace and stability in the region, but we won’t stand with our hands bound.”

Ministers from major oil-producing countries were to meet in Saudi Arabia later Tuesday.


The Latest: Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Netherlands is the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Duncan Laurence’s doleful piano ballad “Arcade” was tapped as an early front-runner before Saturday’s Grand Final. But it had to rely on the fan vote to secure the country’s fifth win in the competition. Italy finished second, followed by Russia, Switzerland and Norway.

Some 200 million people around the world were expected to watch the annual campy contest with 26 nations battling to be crowned Europe’s best pop act.


The Latest: War of Will finishes first in Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) — War of Will has won the 144th Preakness.

After finishing well out of the money in the Kentucky Derby from the No. 1 post, War of Will charged to victory after again starting from the rail on Saturday.

Everfast finished second and Owendale took third.

Bodexpress reared up from the starting gate and threw jockey John Velazquez immediately as the race started. Bodexpress completed the race minus Velazaquez, who said he was OK.

Improbable, the 5-2 favorite, finished far back.

For the first time since 1951, the Preakness was without any of the top four horses that crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby.

Improbable finished fifth before being bumped up to fourth following the disqualification of Maximum Security.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Improbable went off as the favorite in the Preakness. Baffert was seeking his record-breaking eighth Preakness victory after winning last year on his way to a Triple Crown with Justify.

Jockey Mike Smith was aboard Improbable after Irad Ortiz Jr. rode the horse in the Derby. Ortiz switched to Bourbon War.

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