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  • Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble
    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
    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.

  • Turkey makes first major foray into Syria with assault on IS
    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.

  • Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military picture in Syria is getting more chaotic and complicated by the day, putting new strains on the Obama administration's strategy of partnering with a hodgepodge of local fighters against the Islamic State group without getting pulled deeper into Syria's civil war r rupturing relations with Turkey.

  • Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Hispanics
    Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Hispanics

    TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Visiting a battleground state he can't afford to lose, Donald Trump promised Hispanics "a much better life" on Wednesday in a Florida speech that continued his recent effort to soften his tone and broaden his support 11 weeks before the presidential election.

  • Before debates, Clinton aims to keep Trump expectations high
    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.

  • Bill Clinton defends embattled family foundation
    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.

  • Colombia, rebels say they have reached historic peace deal

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government and leftist rebels said Wednesday that they have reached a deal to end Latin America's last major guerrilla war, opening a new chapter for the country after more than a half-century of political bloodshed.

  • Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon quit
    Documents: Soviets worried about detente after Nixon quit

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Overseas reaction to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 was mixed: The Soviets expressed worry about the future of detente. North Korea reacted brashly, calling Nixon's exit the "falling out" of the "wicked boss" of American imperialists. South Vietnam put its orces on high alert because it feared the North Vietnamese would take advantage of the vulnerable U.

  • Militants attack American University in Afghanistan, 1 dead
    Militants attack American University in Afghanistan, 1 dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding another 18, officials said.

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