The death toll from the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy early Wednesday, has reached at least 159, as rescuers raced to pull residents buried beneath debris.
The strong tremor hit at 3:36 a.m. local time near Norcia and was felt more than 100 miles away in Rome. Some 368 people were injured. The army has been called to help search of survivors, using bare hands, heavy equipment and sniffer dogs. Several large aftershocks followed the quake amid dramatic scenes of rescue and cries for help.
An 8-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble, according to The Associated Press. Chief firefighter Danilo Dionesei confirmed to the AP that she was alive and taken to hospital, but did not provide details on her condition.
Stunned locals wandered through rubble in the worst-affected towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, near Perugia. Aerial images from the fire department showed whole streets in Amatrice flattened.
"We came out to the piazza, and it looked like 'Dante's Inferno,'" Agostino Severo, a Rome resident visiting the damaged town of Illica, told The Associated Press. "People crying for help, help."
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Gunmen engaged with Afghan special forces after storming the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday night, according to NBC News.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or hostages, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, who told NBC News that the attackers “got inside the compound.”
At least five people were injured and taken to a local hospital.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a car bomb was detonated at the main gate of the university as the gunmen forced their way inside. Officials said they were still unsure of the gunmen’s motivation behind the attack.
The White House said it was aware of the incident and was monitoring the situation. The university in Kabul is not affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C.
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Donald Trump is applauding the prospect of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry mounting a possible primary challenge against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, saying, "Boy, will he do well."
At a fundraiser in downtown Austin, Trump was standing next to Perry when he was asked about the Texan's chance to unseat his state's junior senator. Cruz, who unsuccessfully fought Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, notably declined to endorse him at last month's GOP national convention and faces re-election in 2018.
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For years, Wanda Witter has lived on the streets in Washington, D.C., trying to persuade officials that Social Security owes her more than $100,000. For years, the 80-year-old woman says people dismissed her as crazy.
But finally someone listened -- and on Tuesday she received a $99,999 payout,The Washington Post reported.
Witter moved to the District of Columbia in 1999 to seek work after losing her job as a machinist in New York years earlier, according to The Post.
The Boston police officer and FBI agent who shot and killed a man suspected in a terror plot last year have been found justified in using deadly force and no charges will be filed.
Usaamah Rahim, 26, of Boston's Roslindale neighborhood was shot and killed on June 2, 2015 by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force after allegedly lunging at investigators with a knife when they approached him and about recorded phone conversations.
Rahim allegedly plotted with two others to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller, who organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. They abandoned that plot in favor of one where they attacked police officers.
The FBI said they confronted Rahim because he had bought knives and talked of an imminent attack on "boys in blue."
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At least two tornadoes struck central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing a Starbucks coffee shop and downing trees, authorities said.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning saying a "confirmed large and destructive tornado was about 10 miles east of Kokomo," or about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.
The Starbucks was located at Markland Mall, WTHR reports.
Meteorologist Dave Tucek said a tornado moved across the city Wednesday afternoon. He added there were reports of damage but he had no specifics.
An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called "the worst zoo in the world" and hoping to grant them a better life abroad.
Four Paws, an animal welfare group, crossed from Gaza into Israel with a tiger, five monkeys, a porcupine and an emu, among others. Most of the animals are destined for an animal sanctuary in Jordan while the tiger is headed to a refuge in South Africa.
For 17 days in August, athletes from around the world competed in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate prize in sports: an Olympic gold medal. You probably didn't win gold yourself, but you can try to get the next best thing by acing our Olympics quiz.
Dodger Rob Segedin sprinted from the outfield Tuesday night to the dugout, got frenzied high-fives from teammates and flew down the stairs toward the clubhouse.
Just a few innings after getting his second major league home run — off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, no less — Segedin left to meet his wife, Robin, at the hospital for the birth of their first child, missing the end of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
"I don't even know if he showered," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India's surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.
Only infertile couples who have been married for at least five years could seek a surrogate, who must be a close relative, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday.
"There will be a complete ban on commercial surrogacy. Childless couples, who are medically unfit to have children, can take help from a close relative, in what is an altruistic surrogacy," Swaraj said at a news conference in New Delhi.