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Strong quake rattles central Italy: ‘The town isn’t here’
ROME — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: “The town isn’t here anymore.” The quake struck just after 3:30 a.m. and was felt across a broad section of central Italy, in...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump: Immigration laws can be softened
AUSTIN, Texas — Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to “softening” laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that the Republican presidential nominee is considering easing the hardline stance he has taken since the beginning of his campaign. Taping a to...
By Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press FULL STORY
Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State
WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if...
By Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan The Associated Press FULL STORY
Demand sags for state credits aimed at greenhouse gases
SAN FRANCISCO — California’s latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state’s landmark programs combating climate change. State officials said only 34 percent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold i...
By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press FULL STORY
School athlete’s sex assault case compared to Stanford case
BOSTON — The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing parallels to that of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama vows support for Louisiana after the ‘cameras leave’
ZACHARY, La. — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he’s been slow to...
By Kevin Freking The Associated Press FULL STORY
Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016
WASHINGTON — Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Sa...
By Jian Lowy The Associated Press FULL STORY
Turkey, Syrian Kurds on track for conflict in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey signaled Tuesday it would step up its engagement in the Syrian war, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels massed along the border to assault one of the last Syrian frontier towns held by Islamic State militants. Foreign Minister Mevlet Cavusolgu pledged “every kind” of suppo...
By Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.N. chief calls for renewed focus on mass weapons of destruction
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the international community to renew its commitment to eliminate weapons of mass destruction as technological advances make it cheaper and easier for terrorist groups to produce and deliver materials for making the weapons. ...
By Dave Bryan The Associated Press FULL STORY
Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets
CAIRO — WikiLeaks’ giant data dumps have rattled the National Security Agency, the U.S. Democratic Party and the Saudi foreign ministry. But its spectacular mass-disclosures have also included the personal information of hundreds of people — including sick children, rape victims and mental hea...
By Raphael Satter and Maggie Michael The Associated Press FULL STORY
Court considers Kansas rule that voters prove citizenship
DENVER — A federal appeals court will decide whether Kansas has the right to ask people who register to vote when they get their driver’s licenses for proof that they’re citizens, a decision which could affect whether thousands have their ballots counted in November’s election. Three judges...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Disabled California man seeks to have voting rights restored
SAN DIEGO — A former producer at NPR who lost his ability to walk and speak asked a judge Tuesday to restore his right to vote under a new California law that makes it easier for people with disabilities to keep that right and regain it if lost. David Rector, 66, handed a letter to a court clerk ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Couple offers $500 reward for missing potbellied therapy pig
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — A Pennsylvania couple is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their missing potbellied pig, who also serves as a therapy animal. The Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte was last seen July 11. Charlotte served as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care and Rehab Cen...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Health board: Decorative port-a-potties can stay by driveway
WILLIAMSBURG, Mass. — The health board in a small Massachusetts town says it can’t order a resident to remove the port-a-potties flanking his driveway despite the objections of neighbors. The toilets at Chris Duval’s Williamsburg home have been haphazardly spray-painted orange. Duval tells T...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Illinois minor leaguer sends homer into own truck windshield
SAUGET, Ill. — A minor league baseball player in southern Illinois hit a grand slam homerun only to find the ball smashed the windshield of his own truck. The Gateway Grizzlies of Sauget, Illinois, say Brandon Thomas hit the homer during Sunday’s game against the Joliet Slammers. The 25-year-ol...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Twerking, lowriders shut down Route 66 in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A hip-hop video shoot shut down parts of Route 66 in New Mexico last weekend because lowriders were driving around in circles as a crowd of hundreds twerked in the street. The filming in downtown Albuquerque Sunday triggered a long block party Sunday night, snarling traffic a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble
AMATRICE, Italy — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivo..
Jackpot: Scientists find Earth-like planet at star next door
WASHINGTON — After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might..
Volatile mix in Syria war puts new strain on US strategy
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military picture in Syria is getting more chaotic and complicated by the day..
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