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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has called Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss the state's devastating flooding and says the state's relief effort "can't afford any distractions." She's commenting on the same day that Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence traveled to Louisiana to meet with flood survivors. In a Facebook post, Clinton says her "heart breaks for Louisiana," where about two feet of rain swamped the southern part of the state, damaging tens of thousands of home and affecting more than 100,000 people.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro and the city's mayor say they accept today's apology from U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee). Rio's mayor says he feels "pity" for Lochte and three other American swimmers involved in an incident at a gas station over the weekend, adding that "they did not represent the American athletes that are here." In an online post, Lochte today said it was a "situation that could and should have been avoided." He initially had said he was a victim of an armed robbery -- and he still says it was a situation in which a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. health officials are warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach, where Florida officials say mosquitoes have spread the Zika virus to five people. In a statement, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says pregnant women should continue to avoid travel to Miami's Wynwood arts district. That neighborhood was the first site on the U.S. mainland where health officials determined mosquitoes were transmitting Zika.

PARIS (AP) — The Bastille Day truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice (nees) has claimed an 86th victim. An official handling aid to victims says a man who was injured in the July 14 attack has died. A Tunisian man living in France drove a truck into a crowd of revelers on France's national day. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, as it did for the July 26 killing of a priest in a church in northwest France.

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international charity is rescuing animals from a zoo in the Gaza Strip, where there is little concern about animal welfare. The Four Paws charity says some animals will be taken to a rescue center in Jordan and the zoo's single tiger will go to a sanctuary in South Africa. The zoo's owner says ls are being "donated" because the zoo doesn't "have the ability to give them anything." In the past, the zoo turned to taxidermy to keep its deceased animals on exhibit. Another zoo in the strip painted stripes on donkeys to try to make them look like zebras.

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