Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationer in the area for summer's final days.
Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing food festival
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from local ingredients.
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country's civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed by U.S. airstrikes to help Syrian rebels retake a border town from Islamic State militants.
Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he's proud of people who have donated to the Clinton Foundation and the work the organization has done, as he waded into a dispute that Republicans are hoping will damage his wife's presidential campaign.
Before debates, Clinton aims to keep Trump expectations high
WASHINGTON (AP) — By virtue of her long political resume, Hillary Clinton will enter her highly anticipated fall debates with Donald Trump facing the same kind of heightened expectations that often saddle an incumbent president. Trump, as the political newcomer, will be more of a wild card with a lwer bar to clear.
Colombia to hold Oct. 2 plebiscite on peace deal with FARC
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he will hold a plebiscite Oct. 2 for citizens to vote on a peace deal with the country's biggest rebel group.
Jackpot: Scientists find Earth-like planet at star next door
WASHINGTON (AP) — After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, astronomers have found one right next door.
World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
Paisley Park, home of Prince, opens for public tours Oct. 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday, and the company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it.