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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EDT

May 5, 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. envoy to the Middle East is calling for a cessation of rocket fire by Palestinian militants in Gaza after over 600 projectiles have been launched at Israel in the past day. Nickolay Mladenov tweeted Sunday that “enough Palestinian and Israeli lives have been lost, people injured, houses damaged and destroyed,” and called for a “return to the understandings of the past few months before it is too late.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Women who prosecutors say were once loyal followers of a disgraced self-improvement guru are set to testify against him at a New York City trial. They’ll take the witness stand at the federal trial of Keith Raniere, the one-time leader of the upstate New York group called NXIVM. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday. Raniere has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of forming a secret society within his organization that forced women to have sex with him.

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — There are few Democrats in the presidential race from reliably Republican areas. But they’re trying in their own way to convince voters that being familiar with places that backed Donald Trump in 2016 could be an advantage in 2020. Beto O’Rourke uses his home state of Texas as a cautionary tale. Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) usually doesn’t criticize Indiana. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks of moving away from defending gun rights during her early years representing a conservative New York district.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean state media have shown leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile. South Korea has expressed concern that the launches are a violation of an inter-Korean agreement to cease all hostile acts and its military says Pyongyang fired a “new tactical guided weapon.” The North’s state media say Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over the drills.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security’s co-owner is considering filing an appeal of his horse’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby. The horse appeared to have a 1 3/4-length victory in the slop over Country House. The victory was overturned when race stewards disqualified the 9-2 second-choice favorite because of interference. Co-owner Gary West called it an “egregious” decision. Runner-up Country House was elevated to first. President Donald Trump later tweeted that the best horse did not win the Kentucky Derby.