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News Wrap: Oklahoma picks up the pieces after deadly tornadoes touch down

It was West Virginia and Nebraska’s turn to vote in party primaries Tuesday -- but the candidates were not there. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump was in New York working to join forces with the Republican National Committee on fundraising. Across the aisle, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders looked to future contests in Kentucky and California. Judy Woodruff reports.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In the day's other news: The people of Central and Southern Oklahoma surveyed the damage and began recovery operations after a barrage of tornadoes. Two people were killed by separate storms that struck near the town to the south of Oklahoma City.

    Storm chasers captured footage of the twisters, one reportedly up to a mile-wide. The twisters ripped through homes, tossed cars aside and scattered debris for miles.

    The fire that swept through Fort McMurray, Canada, is still burning, but it's moved away from the city, and repairs are beginning. Officials and journalists toured the area yesterday, and found some blocks were burned to their foundations, destroying 2,400 buildings. But about 90 percent of the town survived intact. Still, it will be weeks before nearly 90,000 evacuees are allowed to return.

    Meanwhile, oil sands companies are trying to resume production, but many staffers and suppliers are displaced.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, when he travels to Asia later this month.

    The United States carried out the world's first atomic bombing on Hiroshima in August 1945. It's estimated that 140,000 people were killed.

    Spokesman Josh Earnest announced the visit today, but said the president doesn't plan to offer an apology while he's there.

  • JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary:

    The president intends the visit to send a much more forward-looking signal about his ambition for realizing the goals of a planet without nuclear weapons. This also is an opportunity for the visit to highlight the remarkable transformation in the relationship between Japan and the United States.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The president's week-long visit to Asia will include a Group of Seven summit in Japan and a stop in Vietnam.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    In North Korea, a mass, tightly choreographed parade capped the first ruling party Congress in nearly 40 years. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Pyongyang's main square with floats and patriotic banners to pay tribute to the country's leader, Kim Jong-un. After nightfall, torchbearers formed designs and phrases, including one that read "The Nuclear-Powered State."

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The United States Navy staged a new challenge today to China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea, and Beijing scrambled fighter jets in response. A U.S. guided missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Fiery Cross Reef, now occupied by the Chinese.

  • LU KANG, Spokesman, Chinese Foreign Ministry (through interpreter):

    This is out and out a military challenge to the new marine order. The United States has flexed its military muscles by sending warships and military planes close to and even into the related islands and reefs and their surrounding sea and airspace for provocation.

    This is but the biggest threat to the peace and stability and the freedom of navigation and flight on the South China Sea.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Secretary of State John Kerry brushed aside the Chinese objections, saying again that the U.S. is determined to maintain freedom of navigation.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    Also today, a Chinese labor panel ruled against a fired worker in the country's first transgender job bias case. The claimant argued he was let go unfairly for living as a man when he was born a woman. The arbitration panel granted $62 in back wages, but found the employer broke no laws.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Back in this country, the U.S. Justice Department has opted not to seek the death penalty for the alleged mastermind in the attacks on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured in Libya two years ago, and brought to the U.S. He's charged with murder and supporting terrorists.

    The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in the attacks in 2012. Militants stormed a U.S. compound and a CIA complex.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    A Baltimore police officer chose today to go before a judge rather than a jury in the Freddie Gray case. Edward Nero is charged with assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He was involved in arresting Gray, who died of injuries in custody, touching off riots. The first case resulting from the arrest ended in a hung jury.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    On Wall Street, stocks had their biggest day since March, boosted in part by China's efforts to stimulate its economy. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 222 points to close at 17928. The Nasdaq rose 59 points and the S&P 500 added 25.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    And another year, another White House visit for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. President Obama welcomed the Huskies today to celebrate their fourth straight national title and the school's 11 overall. The president said UConn has defied the old saying that you can't win all of the time.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": change in the Philippines — voters elect a controversial new president; the educational benefits of preschoolers interacting with senior citizens; an organization that's training people to talk about race; and much more.

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