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WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest financial reports to the Federal Election Commission indicate few of the Republican party's biggest donors have put major money behind their presidential candidate, Donald trump. They're also not rushing to help save the Senate, based on the July reports from GOP super PACs. Both the Trump and Clinton campaigns accelerated their campaign spending last month. Clinton still outspends Trump.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The painstaking task of damage assessment is gathering momentum now that crews have made major progress against a big wildfire east of Los Angeles. Officials say they expect the count to go beyond the current estimate of at least 105 residences and 213 outbuildings destroyed. The fire is 73 percent contained and many evacuees are being allowed to go home.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Southern Louisiana is slowly digging itself out from massive flooding that swept through the area last weekend. Officials say an estimated 60,000 homes were damaged. A spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says authorities are still assessing damage to homes and that number could fluctuate. He says 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance.

BEIRUT (AP) — The brother of a wounded Syrian boy who gained international attention from haunting internet footage has died. Opposition activists say 10-year-old Ali Daqneesh died of wounds from the same rebel attack on Aleppo. The image of his 5-year-old brother, Omran, rescued from the rubble of a building, captured the attention of internet viewers. Omran was treated and released.

DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' brash-talking president is lashing out today at critics of his anti-drugs campaign that has left hundreds of suspects dead. President Rodrigo Duterte ridiculed the United Nations and threatened to withdraw from the body. Duterte also pressed allegations against a Philippine senator and critic, accusing her of having an affair with her driver whom he linked to illegal drugs.

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