Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker who is Muslim says that it’s time for President Donald Trump to stop inciting threats from right-wing extremists. Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump wishes Omar “no ill will.”
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government has confirmed a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years. Louisa Akavi is employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which says it received eyewitness reports suggesting she might be alive. Information on her was long kept secret, but the Red Cross hopes the IS’s loss of territory leads to new clues to her situation.
GENEVA (AP) — A year after claims of sexual assault and harassment rocked the U.N. agency that fights HIV, UNAIDS looked like it might be on the mend after the leader who presided over the troubled institution announced plans to leave early. But the upheaval is not over. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show UNAIDS is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving a whistleblower who went public with her own claims of being sexually assaulted.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Tens of thousands of utility customers are without power as powerful storms roar through the mid-Atlantic region. The storms caused the roof to collapse Monday at a New Jersey apartment complex, though no injuries were reported. The weather also disrupted rail service in the region and caused some delays at airports. The storms — containing heavy rains, lightning and strong winds — had swept across the South Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight.
NEW YORK (AP) — With a handful of states having legalized recreation marijuana use, some mainstream retailers are not waiting to get involved, though they’re doing so with marijuana’s less taboo cousin. The largest owner of U.S. malls, as well as Nine West, CVS Health and even Martha Stuart, have all embraced CBD, or cannabidiol (KAN-a-buh-DY-al). It’s a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high. It has been touted by backers as an elixir that can reduce anxiety and help you sleep.