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New possible flooding dangers ... Russian warplanes leave Iran headed for Syria ... European agency wants tougher med checks for pilots



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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The heavy rains that dumped more than 20 inches of rain across south central Louisiana have been moving into Texas, but the National Weather Service says there's still a danger of new flooding because of the sheer volume of water flowing toward the Gulf of Mexico. Waters are beginning to recede in parts of Baton Rouge, but new places in the state face flood dangers. Flooding has killed at least seven people.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian warplanes have taken off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and other militants in Syria. It marks a major development in Syria's six-year civil war. Russia has never used the territory of another country in the Middle East for its operations inside Syria. Yesterday, Russia's defense minister said Moscow and Washington are edging closer to an agreement on Syria that would help defuse the situation in the besieged northern city of Aleppo.

VIENNA (AP) — Police in Austria are ruling out that a knife attack today on a train in the western part of the country was connected to a weekend attack on a Swiss train. Police say the 60-year-old German national who carried out today's attack appeared mentally confused. Two people were seriously wounded.

BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency wants tougher medical examinations for pilots, including better mental health assessments, in response to last year's Germanwings crash. Pilot Andreas Lubitz (an-DRAY'-uhs LOO'-bihtz) locked his captain out of the cockpit and slammed a plane into a mountainside in March 2015, killing all 150 people on board. At one time Lubitz had suffered from depression, but authorities and his airline deemed him fit to fly.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A survey of consumers in six countries suggests that they think smartphone makers are releasing too many new models each year. The survey commissioned by Greenpeace on recycling of smartphones says more than half of those surveyed would be happy to change their phones less frequently. Chinese and South Koreans were more likely to have had their phones repaired than those in the U.S. or Germany.

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