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President Obama will visit Baton Rouge, La., today to view the devastation caused by the extensive flooding in the state. The White House said the president wanted to get a first-hand look at the devastation and learn how the federal government can help without interfering with the recovery. Some have criticized the president for playing golf instead of interrupting his vacation to go to Louisiana, though Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had said he preferred that Obama delay visiting the state so his visit wouldn’t divert law enforcement resources from recovery efforts.
While the Bergdahl trial makes it way through military court, defense attorneys are expected to argue a separate motion today that public comments made by U.S. Sen. John McCain tainted the case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He faces a court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 — a move that he says led to his detainment by the Taliban until 2014. The latter charge carries up to a life sentence. John McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has criticized Bergdahl’s story and said the Senate Armed Services Committee plans to examine the case after the military court makes its decision.
Police report shows missed chances in Wild Waves drowning Federal Way police found no criminal wrongdoing, but the investigation reveals that lifeguards only discovered the victim by accident. It’s a concern raised by witnesses. Friend told police the victim was not a strong swimmer, and may have ‘went on the water slide not knowing the water depth.’
A series of wildfires burning in the Spokane, Washington, region have destroyed at least 16 homes and continued to grow on Monday. The fires started Sunday afternoon amid high winds and temperatures in the 90s.