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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say the death toll from Louisiana's massive flooding has risen to 13. The sheriff in Livingston Parish says searchers found a body after water receded in a subdivision. It's estimated that more than 40,000 homes have been damaged. More than 30,000 people have been rescued and at least 70,000 have registered for federal disaster assistance. About 6,000 residents remain in shelters.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire roaring through steep terrain about 60 miles east of Los Angeles is being described as ferocious, devastating and out of control. Officials say 1,300 firefighters are battling the blaze. Tens of thousands people have been evacuated and some will return to homes that are now just ashes. Meanwhile, a man accused of starting a wildfire that destroyed 175 homes and other structures north of San Francisco has been charged with 14 counts of arson in connection with 12 separate fires dating back to July 2015.

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran is confirming what the Russians announced yesterday, that Tehran is allowing Moscow to launch airstrikes from the Islamic Republic. Russian bombers have hit targets in Syria, in support of President Bashar Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says dozens of civilians were killed and wounded. Syria's state-run news agency says rebel rockets killed 10 civilians and wounded nine in a government-controlled district of the city of Aleppo.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal officials say the cost of damage to eight businesses that were burned in Milwaukee over the weekend could exceed several million dollars. A team of special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the fires, using dogs to detect accelerants. The agency is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The violence erupted after police fatally shot a man they say was carrying a gun as he fled from a traffic stop.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument has closed again following problems with its elevator. The National Park Service says an elevator's compensating cable broke loose from the car, causing it to stop between the 490-foot and 500-foot levels. A statement says 84 visitors walked down the stairs without incident. The monument will remain closed on Thursday while repairs are made.

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