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WALKER, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama is traveling to flood-damaged Louisiana on Tuesday. The state's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, is defending Obama's decision not to visit before now, saying he wanted the trip to be delayed until the initial disaster response was over and recovery efforts had started. Edwards told CNN's "State of the Nation" on Sunday that the rest of the nation is just starting to pay attention to the flooding that's killed at least 13 people, because, he says, it wasn't a hurricane or a named storm.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are battling fast-moving wildfires in eastern Washington state that have destroyed homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate. Three blazes in the Spokane region started yesterday afternoon and have scorched nearly seven square miles. The extent of loss is unclear. The largest blaze began when a power line came down in a field south of Spokane.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is threatening South Korea and the United States, as the two countries begin their annual military drills today. The North has issued a statement saying that if Seoul (sohl) and Washington show any signs of aggression toward North Korea, the North will turn them into "a heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike." North Korea often makes such threats.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Russia has put the brakes on launching airstrikes on Syria from a base in Iran. An hour earlier, Iran criticized Russia for announcing the use of the Iranian base in a "kind of show-off and ungentlemanly" way. Moscow was using the Iranian base to refuel its bombers striking Syria at least three times last week.

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi police say they've stopped a boy from becoming a suicide bomber. Local TV shows police officers in Kirkuk holding the young boy while two men are seen cutting off a belt of explosives he was wearing. Police say the boy was apprehended last night, an hour after a suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kirkuk.

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