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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave the White House later this morning and head to southern Louisiana, the scene of severe flooding. Obama has taken some criticism by opting to complete his vacation in Martha's Vineyard before inspecting the flood damage. The White House says the president is willing to face criticism about "optics" as long as the federal response is up to par.

CAIRO (AP) — When it comes to exposing secrets, WikiLeaks hasn't been limiting itself to what governments have been keeping under wraps. The Associated Press has found that the radical transparency group has been causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent individuals. Attempts to reach WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have been unsuccessful.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary data show traffic deaths in the U.S. were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year. That continues a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up. The National Safety Council estimates that 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads from January through June.

GENEVA (AP) — Russia remains banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program. The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the Russian Paralympic Committee's urgent appeal against exclusion from the September games in Rio de Janeiro. A hearing was held in Rio yesterday.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The American-led U.N. Command in South Korea is accusing North Korea of planting land mines near a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. There's speculation the North planted the mines to prevent front-line North Korean soldiers from defecting to South Korea.

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