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ALBANY, La. (AP) — More than 100 Louisiana state highways remain closed by flooding today, as some communities face a continued threat from rising water. Louisiana is seeing some of the worst floods in the state's history, damaging at least 40,000 homes and leaving at least eleven people dead. The region is now facing a long-term challenge of how to house thousands of displaced people.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As Hillary Clinton sees it, Donald Trump's decision to shake up his campaign staff will have little impact on his controversial political message. Clinton says: "There is no new Donald Trump." She told supporters at a rally in Cleveland that Trump "can hire and fire anyone he wants." But, she said, "he is still the same man." Trump hired Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News, as his campaign's chief executive and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve could soon be ready to boost interest rates. That's the indication from the minutes of last month's discussions by Fed policy-makers. They expressed the view that the near-term economic risks had diminished, and that conditions could soon justify a rate hike. Fed officials were encouraged by a strong rebound in job growth in June. They also took note that financial markets had stabilized in the aftermath of the British vote to leave the European Union.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say the man who scaled the all-glass surface of Trump Tower in New York last week had planned the climb, ordering equipment and practicing ahead of time. They've told a Manhattan judge that 19-year-old Stephen Rogata waited until his parents were out of town before driving to New York City ahead of the Aug. 10 climb. The Virginia man is facing charges including misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He used suction cups, a harness and ropes to climb from the fifth floor to the 21st floor of the Manhattan skyscraper. Donald Trump wasn't in the building during the climb.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A move by a Brazilian judge to keep American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) from leaving the country has apparently come too late. The judge ordered that Lochte and U.S. teammate Jimmy Feigen stay in Brazil as authorities investigate their claim that they were robbed at gunpoint. But Lochte's father says the gold-medal-winning swimmer arrived back in the United States yesterday. The State Department is urging those involved to cooperate with Brazilian law enforcement.
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