Bad tornadoes — An intense storm system moved across the Southern Plains on Monday, spawning tornadoes that caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain but not the “particularly dangerous” twisters forecasters had feared. No injuries were reported. Late Monday, the National Weather Service reduced the severe threat of violent storms to a small area of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. But it kept an area stretching from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Wichita Falls, Texas, under tornado watch — the level of threat just below a tornado warning — until early Tuesday morning.
Child dies at border station — A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who officials said was sick with influenza was found dead Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, after a week of waiting in holding facilities to be sent to a shelter for migrant children. Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was the third migrant child to die in Customs and Border Protection custody. Carlos entered the United States without his parents near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 13 with about 70 other migrants. A Customs and Border Protection official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the boy did not show signs of illness in an initial medical screening on the day he was detained.
New Chicago mayor: ‘Reform is here’ — With City Council members, former Mayor Richard Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel looking on, Lori Lightfoot was sworn in as Chicago’s 56th mayor Monday, lauding the city’s resilience and diversity while also vowing to kill old-style Chicago politics. Lightfoot’s inauguration made history. She is the city’s first openly gay mayor. Lightfoot was sworn in alongside her wife, Amy Eshleman, and their daughter, Vivian. In her speech, she promised to take on the city’s most pressing problems: gun violence, a lack of good public schools in many parts of the city and a staggering pension shortfall. “For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform,” said Lightfoot, speaking minutes after her swearing-in. “Well, get ready, because reform is here.”
Trayvon Martin’s mother running for office — Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old whose shooting death by a neighborhood watch volunteer set off a national conversation on racial profiling, formally announced Monday she would run for local office in Florida. Fulton became an activist after the death of her son in Sanford, Florida, in 2012, making speeches around the country as she worked to curb gun violence. Now she will aim to effect such change from inside the government, she said, contesting the mayor of Miami Gardens for a seat on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
Reelection in Indonesia — President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has succeeded in his bid for reelection, according to a full vote count released by the country’s election commission early Tuesday. Joko captured 55.5% of the vote, well ahead of Prabowo Subianto, a former army general whose alliance with hard-line Islamists raised concerns in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population. The vote was held in April. Joko’s strongest showing came in areas of the country with large populations of religious minority groups.
Palestinian leaders reject Trump economic push — Palestinian businessmen have a message for the White House: Keep your money. Promising tens of billions of dollars in foreign investment as part of its peace plan for the Mideast, the Trump administration announced an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to show Palestinian business leaders the potential windfall they would reap under the American proposal, which has yet to be publicly disclosed. But leading Palestinian businessmen dismissed the event as insulting and counterproductive. Palestinian government officials, who were not invited to the conference, also rejected it.
New elections in Ukraine — Minutes after taking office Monday, Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, announced a snap parliamentary election he hopes will consolidate his power and help him deliver on campaign promises to end endemic corruption and a prolonged separatist conflict. Zelenskiy, a political neophyte who gained popularity as a television comedian, said in his inaugural address that his first priority is to reach a cease-fire in the war against Russian proxies in the country’s east that has claimed 13,000 lives. The new president won a landslide victory in April, leading a political party, Servant of the People, that was registered just last year.