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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Powerful storms swept through northern New Jersey, downing trees and causing widespread power outages. Police in Sussex County Tuesday night were investigating reports that a "possible tornado" damaged Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope. The school has sent out an alert saying that school would be closed on Wednesday. National Weather Service officials have not confirmed that a tornado touched down in the area. In New York City, a tornado warning for Staten Island has since expired.

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats won't pick their nominee for another year, but President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are acting like the 2020 presidential contest is already a two-man race. Biden has been laser-focused on Trump from the moment he announced his candidacy. But it has been Trump's recent focus on Biden that surprised his allies and critics, who believe the Republican president may be unintentionally helping to elevate his Democratic rival _ in the short term at least.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indiana's 2016 law setting new restrictions on abortion has received a measured response from the Supreme Court. The high court declined on Tuesday to use the Indiana law as a platform for a sweeping decision on abortion rights. The court upheld the state's regulation of the disposal of fetal remains, but it rejected Indiana's appeal of a lower court's ruling that blocked a ban on abortion based on gender, race or disability.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After several quiet years, the central United States is seeing an unusual surge in tornadoes thanks to persistent cold in the Rockies and warm, moist air from the Southeast that keeps churning into a volatile mix. The U.S. has experienced a lull since 2012, with tornado counts tracking at or below average each year and meteorologists still working to figure out why.

UNDATED (AP) — Six months after a Chinese scientist was widely scorned for helping to make the world's first gene-edited babies, new information suggests that others may be interested in pursuing the same kind of work. A U.S. bioethicist who has been in touch with the Chinese scientist says a Dubai fertility clinic sought the scientist's help to get training in how to alter human embryo genes. The bioethicist spoke about the case Tuesday at a science festival in New York.

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