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By The Associated Press | Updated - Jul 12th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Jul 11th, 2019 @ 10:41pm



NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to crest about 2 feet lower in New Orleans than previously predicted – good news for those who feared the river might spill over the levees that protect the city. The National Weather Service said Friday night that the river will rise as high as 17.1 feet by Monday in New Orleans. The levees protecting the city range from about 20 to 25 feet high.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Go or stay? It is a question people in and around New Orleans ask themselves every time a threatening storm lurks in the Gulf of Mexico. They asked it before Katrina, a major 2005 hurricane that devastated the area when levees failed. And they're asking it again with Tropical Storm Barry. Forecasters say Barry is unlikely to become a major hurricane, but could still bring historic levels of rain and devastating floods.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has toured two detention facilities on the Texas border, including a Border Patrol station where hundreds of men were crowded in sweltering cages without cots. Some of the men said they were hungry and had been held there for 40 days or longer. Pence says: "Look, this is tough stuff." Pence's office said the tour was part of an effort to show the Trump administration is providing adequate care for migrants, But the scene is sure to spark new criticism.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to Congress has been delayed until July 24 under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him. Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 about the findings of his Russia investigation. But lawmakers in both parties complained that the short length of the hearings would not allow enough time for all members to ask questions. Under the new arrangement, Mueller will testify for an extended period of time.

NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein has over the last decade sought to portray himself as a generous benefactor to children, giving to organizations including a youth orchestra, a baseball league and a private girls' school a few blocks from his Manhattan mansion. But Epstein's guilty plea in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution has not made that easy. Some donations, including $15,000 to the all-girls Hewitt School, were returned once recipients learned where they came from.

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