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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit southern Louisiana Tuesday to inspect historic flooding and the government's response. The Aug. 12 storm dumped as much as 2 feet of rain in some areas over 48 hours. At least 13 deaths have been attributed to the flooding, and more than 60,000 homes were damaged. About 110,000 people across southern Louisiana have registered for federal disaster assistance, most signing up online. About 2,800 residents remain in shelters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is introducing a new tax cut for small businesses on Tuesday. The proposal is part of a package of policies designed to encourage more Americans to start and expand companies. The tax cut, which would be developed in consultation with the Treasury Department, would offer small businesses a standard deduction. The proposal will be rolled out by running mate Tim Kaine at an event with small business owners in Colorado.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Court documents filed by federal prosecutors contend that a white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, "self-radicalized" in the months before the attack. According to the government, Dylann Roof, who is 22, grew more entrenched in his beliefs in white supremacy. Experts in white supremacy are expected to testify on Roof's "extremist ideology, including a belief in the need to use violence to achieve white supremacy.

MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center says the seventh tropical storm of the season, Gaston, has developed far over the Atlantic. Gaston is forecast to strengthen steadily on Tuesday and could become a hurricane by Wednesday. However, it will remain well out to sea even by the weekend. It was last tracked about 450 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.

SAN SIMEON, Calif. (AP) — It's been a tough stretch of days for firefighters in California. A 58-square-mile fire that destroyed 105 homes about 60 miles east of Los Angeles is almost entirely contained and all evacuation orders have been lifted. But in central California, a wildfire has grown to more than 50 square miles. It has threatened nearly 1,900 structures in coastal San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.

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