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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Officials in Louisiana now say seven people have died in flooding brought on by heavy rain that's fallen since Thursday. Though the storm has mostly moved into Texas, forecasters say the danger isn't over in Louisiana yet because some rivers and streams are still rising. There have been more than 20,000 rescues and at least 11,000 people are in shelters.
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A resident of the area faces 17 arson counts in a wildfire that has devastated the Northern California town of Lower Lake, where more than 175 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed. Damin Anthony Pashilk of Clearlake, California, was arrested yesterday and is also suspected in several other fires over the past year in Lake County.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials are promising to release more details today after the state's worst Hepatitis A outbreak in two decades was blamed on several sushi restaurants. The restaurants have been closed. The state Department of Health said late yesterday that the disease outbreak "is likely due to imported frozen scallops served raw" at restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 168 people sickened.
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A string of villages east of the city of Mosul has been reclaimed from Islamic State forces. Kurdish peshmerga forces say they have completed the operation that is part of laying the groundwork ahead of the key battle for Iraq's second-largest city. Iraqi forces and the Kurdish troops are seeking to encircle Mosul, which has been under IS control for more than two years.
MOSCOW (AP) — For the first time, Russian warplanes used a facility outside Syria for operations against Islamic State fighters in the country. Russia's Defense Ministry says that the planes used a base in Iran, underscoring the expansion of ties between Moscow and Tehran following the lifting of most of the sanctions against Iran as part of a nuclear deal.
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