TEXAS

Strong storms kill

at least 8 in South

Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

 

WASHINGTON

Trump campaign to

report $30 million haul

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press.

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 said nearly 99 percent of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26.

Trump's fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter — its best nonelection year total.

 

AUSTRALIA

Study: Diabetes drug may slow kidney disease

A drug that's used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help 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.

The study tested Janssen Pharmaceuticals' drug Invokana. Results were discussed Sunday at a medical meeting in Australia and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Janssen, which is part of Johnson & Johnson, sponsored the study.

 

CAIRO

Ruling military council

promises civilian Cabinet

Sudan's new ruling military council announced Sunday that it will name a civilian prime minister and Cabinet but not a president to help govern the country following the coup that removed longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.

An army spokesman also said the military had begun to overhaul security organizations and would not break up demonstrations that have continued since Thursday's coup.

The statement came after a second day of meetings between the army and organizers of the months of escalating protests.

 

HELSINKI

Social Democrats,

populists top vote 

Results from Finland's parliamentary election illustrated the struggle by Europe's traditional political parties to retain supporters, with the center-left Social Democratic Party winning the most votes and followed closely by a populist party that wants to temper national efforts to curb climate change.

The 17.7 percent of the vote the Social Democrats received gives it 40 of the 200 seats in Finland's new parliament, one more than the 39 the euroskeptic, anti-immigration Finns Party secured with its 17.5 percent support.

 

DALLAS

Transgender woman

brutally attacked

Police searched over the weekend for anyone who may have witnessed the brutal beating of a transgender woman in broad daylight in front of a crowd and that was caught on cellphone video.

The woman told officers the attack happened Friday after she was involved in a minor traffic accident in Dallas.

A purported video of the attack posted on Facebook shows a man in a white shirt viciously beating the woman, apparently into unconsciousness, while the crowd looks on and homophobic slurs are shouted.

Several women eventually carried the victim's limp body to safety.

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.

Man sues parents for

throwing out his porn

An Indiana man is suing his parents for getting rid of his vast pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000.

The 40-year-old last week filed a lawsuit in Michigan, where he moved in with his parents in 2016 after a divorce.

He says that when he moved out 10 months later, they delivered his things to his new home, but that 12 boxes of magazines and films, which included titles such as "Big Bad Grannys," were missing.

The lawsuit includes an email excerpt from the man's father that said, "I did you a big favor by getting rid of all this stuff."

The man is seeking triple financial damages of roughly $87,000.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires