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4 dead in Louisiana flooding; thousands rescued...California wildfire grows, threatens more homes... Milwaukee on guard

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana State Police spokesman says approximately 18,000 people have been rescued so far from rising floodwaters in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes. High-water vehicles, boats and helicopters have been rescuing people and bringing them to safer areas. Rain-swollen rivers and creeks have burst their banks, causing widespread havoc across parts of southern Louisiana. At least four people have been killed.

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging through dry brush and grass in Northern California has crossed a road and is moving north into a town of about 1,200. Fire officials say evacuation orders have been expanded. The orders affect Lower Lake and Clearlake, a neighboring community of about 15,000. The blaze has grown to 3 square miles and is only 5 percent contained. At least four homes have been destroyed.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who represents Milwaukee, is asking the community to stay calm in the wake of a police shooting that led to rioting last night in the city's mostly black north side. City officials say 23-year-old Sylville Smith, who was black, was shot by a black police officer as he fled a traffic stop yesterday. They say the officer's body camera shows Smith holding a handgun and refusing an order to drop it.

NEW YORK (AP) — Family and neighbors of an imam and his associate who were gunned down near a New York City mosque are still searching for answers. Police say the shooter approached the Imam and his friend from behind as they left his mosque Saturday afternoon, shot them in the head and then fled. One man says he's felt a growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the neighborhood and thinks the attack was a hate crime. Police say they don't have a motive.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A Memphis defense attorney says two of the six people who were killed in a small airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, were family members. Steve Farese tells WLBT-TV that his nephew Dr. Jason Farese and his wife, Dr. Lea Farese, were aboard the plane that crashed this morning. Both were dentists in Oxford, Mississippi. The aircraft crashed while attempting to land.

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