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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has approved more than $107 million in disaster relief grants for victims of the catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana. That money is paying for temporary rental assistance, home repairs and other disaster relief. More than 110,000 people had applied for federal aid so far. President Barack, during a visit to Louisiana today, praised FEMA's response and said the federal government is committed to restoring the region.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean military says North Korea has test-fired a missile from a submarine off its east coast. Defense officials say a ballistic missile was launched Wednesday morning. The statement doesn't say whether the launch was successful or not. It came two days after South Korean and U.S. troops began their annual summer drills that the North calls an invasion rehearsal.
NEW YORK (AP) — According to a report by New York City's independent police monitor, the NYPD has skirted rules governing how it does surveillance by letting investigations continue past court-mandated deadlines and not spelling out how it uses undercover officers and informants. Department officials say the criticisms are more technical than substantive. They also say the department has implemented a new electronic tracking system that will notify them when authorization for surveillance has expired.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging caution about jumping to conclusions in the shooting death of a deaf driver by a trooper after the man didn't stop for the officer's blue lights. Relatives of 29-year-old Daniel Harris of Charlotte say he was unarmed and likely didn't understand the officer's commands. Harris was killed Thursday. The chief executive officer of the National Association of the Deaf says there are "too many" such incidents.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Hawaii woman has won more than $10 million playing the penny slots in Las Vegas. The Wynn Las Vegas said the unidentified woman from Oahu won a total payout of $10,777,270.51 after betting $3 on a penny slot machine. The jackpot happened about 9 p.m. Sunday at the Strip casino on an IGT Megabucks Wynn Wheel slots machine.