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Cleaning out the muck...Fire damage assessment incomplete...Arrest in death of 5-year-old



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GONZALES, La. (AP) — Floodwaters in south Louisiana have mostly receded, leaving residents with mud and muck to clean out of homes before they even begin to think about repairs. An estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged, but assessments are continuing so the number may change. Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says 102,000 people have registered for federal help.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Some evacuations remain in place but the majority of those ordered out because of a massive wildfire east of los Angeles are being allowed back into their neighborhoods after crews made huge gains against the blaze the past couple of days. The fire is 73 percent contained and damage assessment crews are beginning their work. At least 105 residences and 213 outbuildings have been destroyed.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say a man is under arrest in the death of a 5-year-old girl. The body of Alayna Jeanne Ertl was found just hours after an Amber Alert was issued saying she had been abducted by a family friend. Police say they arrested the friend, 26-year-old Zachary Anderson. Police say Anderson was staying overnight at the girl's home, about 75 miles west of Minneapolis.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues his minority outreach, saying the GOP needs to start looking more like it did in the era of Abraham Lincoln. Polls suggest Trump trails Hillary Clinton badly among minority voters. And the latest campaign finance reports show Trump increasing his campaign spending but still being outpaced by the Clinton campaign.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Even as it still reels from last month's failed coup attempt, a bomb attack at an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey has left at least 30 people dead and 94 wounded. Officials said it could have been the carried out by either Kurdish militants or Islamic State group extremists. Turkey has been rocked by a wave of attacks in the past year.

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