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Cleanup crews roll through East Baton Rouge picking up debris from massive floods that ravaged the state last week.

Cleanup Crews Roll Through Baton Rouge After Louisiana Flooding

Enormous trucks from all over the country are rolling down highways toward Baton Rouge, La.

When they get to town, their task is to clear neighborhoods where streets are lined with trash from last week's massive flood.

Baton Rouge contracted with DRC Emergency Services to handle disaster response when the floods began last week. It started out rescuing people in boats, and now that the boats are docked, trucks are coming in to handle the cleanup.

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

Updated at 9:10 p.m. ET with detail on limiting spam

The messaging service WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy for the first time since being bought by Facebook in 2014. The app will begin sharing some of its data and phone numbers with the social network. It will also start testing how businesses, too, can talk to its users, for instance by offering flight or shipping or banking notifications.

Fish Killing Disease Shuts Down Stretch Of Yellowstone River In Montana

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Dion Leonard is reunited with his beloved dog, Gobi.

A Happy Ending For An Australian Ultramarathoner And Chinese Stray Dog

They've known each other for only a few months, but this love story between an Australian ultramarathoner and a Chinese stray dog has seen extraordinary highs and lows.

In a speech in Reno, Nev., on Thursday, Hillary Clinton drew connections between rival Donald Trump and hate groups.

Clinton: Trump Is 'Taking Hate Groups Mainstream'

In a speech Thursday in Reno, Nev., Hillary Clinton argued that Donald Trump is "helping a radical fringe" — the alt-right — take over the Republican Party.

"From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America's two major political parties," she said. "His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous."

Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths

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Dr. Donald A. Henderson (right), who led the World Health Organization effort to eradicate smallpox, examines a child's vaccination scar in Ethiopia.

Tribute: The Man Who Led The War To Kill Smallpox

"Anxious, pleading, pock-deformed faces; the ugly, penetrating odor of decaying flesh; the hands, covered with pustules, reaching out, as people begged for help .... And there was no drug, no treatment that we could give them."

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, <em>spaghetti all' amatriciana, </em>to<em> </em>raise funds for the devastated Italian town.

Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Trust the Italians to meet disaster with food.

While nobody is making light of Wednesday's earthquake that struck Amatrice, a small town in the Appenine mountains about 70 miles as the crow flies from Rome, several independent efforts have sprung up to use the town's signature dish — spaghetti all' amatriciana — to help relief efforts.

The cost of an EpiPen two-pack has risen more than 400 percent in recent years. The drug is used to halt severe allergic reactions.

Discounts Aren't Enough to Halt Outrage At High EpiPen Prices

The EpiPen, an injectable drug that reverses severe allergic reactions, just got a little cheaper for some consumers.

The device's manufacturer, Mylan NV, announced Thursday that it will offer coupons worth as much as $300 off a two-pack.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is also SolarCity's chairman and largest shareholder. Tesla says it wants to purchase the solar panel company to produce the renewable energy that could power its cars.

Tesla Clears Antitrust Hurdle In $2.6 Billion Deal For SolarCity

Tesla Motors moved a step closer in its bid to buy SolarCity after federal regulators said the $2.6 billion deal doesn't present antitrust concerns.

Tesla announced plans to purchase the solar panel installer earlier this month, and Reuters says the Federal Trade Commission quickly signed off "because the merging companies have few or no overlaps."

NPR's Jeff Brady has more on the deal:

"Tesla is pursing the acquisition because on top of building cars, the company says it wants to produce the renewable energy that could power them.

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