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Quake destroys buildings in Italy; dozens dead

Rescuers at a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, on Aug. 24. (Emiliano Grillotti/Reuters) "There are houses that aren't here anymore.,” the mayor of Amatrice says after a 6.2-magnitude quake struck the area.

Photos: Quake leaves devastation in its wake

Photos: Quake leaves devastation in its wake A victim is pulled out of the rubble following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. . (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Blacks question Trump's outreach attempts

James Smith, left, and Ike Jenkins, who is not a Donald Trump fan, in East Cleveland, Ohio. (Bill Barrow/AP) Many rank-and-file black voters dismiss his overtures as racially charged pitches aimed exclusively at whites.

Clinton slams 'utterly flawed' report

Clinton campaign slams "utterly flawed" foundation report. (AP) The Democratic nominee's team argues that the Associated Press report "relies on utterly flawed data."

One Obamacare problem is getting worse

The high-profile exit of large insurers has eliminated significant competition within the exchange market, a study finds.

Trooper's fatal shooting of deaf driver probed

Friends and family of Daniel Harris during a candlelight vigil on Aug. 22 in Charlotte, N.C. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP) The family of Daniel Harris says he was unarmed and that his death resulted from a tragic misunderstanding.

Horrified by Trump, Dems nostalgic about Romney

Mitt Romney on Nov. 4, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP) Declaring Trump "unhinged," many Democrats who vilified Romney four years ago have changed their tune.

Many donors gained access to Secy. Clinton

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. 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 elected president. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) More than half the people outside government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave to the Clinton Foundation.

Amid criticism, Obama visits flood-ravaged La.

President Obama Pledges to Rebuild Louisiana After Surveying Flood Damage Some have criticized the president for not cutting short his two-week vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

Trump meeting with black, Latino activists

Donald Trump campaigns in Virginia. (Getty Images) The GOP nominee is making outreach efforts in the African-American and Latino communities.

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The Latest: Russia Concerned Over Turkish Entry Into Syria - New York Times


The Latest: Russia Concerned Over Turkish Entry Into Syria
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Russia has expressed deep concern about Turkey's ground incursion into Syria, saying it raises the risk of civilian casualties and the worsening of ethnic tensions between Kurds and Arabs. The Russian Foreign Ministry statement issued Wednesday says ...
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Gunmen storm American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, witnesses say - Los Angeles Times

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Gunmen storm American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, witnesses say
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Gunmen stormed the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses. Dozens of students and Associated Press photographer Massoud Hossaini were trapped inside the building, witnesses said. Several wounded have been ...
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At least 73 dead as quake rocks central Italy - USA TODAY


At least 73 dead as quake rocks central Italy
ROME — At least 73 people were reported killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, toppling scores of buildings, according to Italy's ...
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Italy quake unlikely to trigger 200 million euro cat-bond default

A powerful earthquake in Italy on Wednesday is unlikely to force UnipolSai's 200 million euro ($226 mln) catastrophe bond into default as the bond has low exposure to the affected region, the Italian insurer said. The earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy, killing at least 73 people, trapping residents under piles of rubble and leaving thousands homeless. The Azzurro Re bond, issued by Unipol last year, was the first so-called catastrophe bond to cover earthquake risk in Italy.

Saudi police foil mosque suicide bombing: ministry

Saudi police stand guard at the site of a suicide bombing in the early hours of July 4, 2016, near the American consulate in the Red Sea city of Jeddah Saudi police shot dead a would-be suicide bomber targeting a mosque in the Shiite-dominated district of Qatif, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. Security officers "managed to foil a terrorist operation targeting worshippers" at Mustafa Mosque in Qatif, the ministry said.

Syria rebels backed by Turkish tanks 'seize' IS-held town

Turkish army tanks and pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighter trucks pictured two kilometres west of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, in an image taken from the Turkish border city of Karkamis on August 24, 2016 Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town. The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started. "Jarabulus is completely liberated," Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel spokesman said IS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab to the southwest.

Biden calls on Turkey to be patient in Gulen case

U.S Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks to the media after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Biden called on Turkish authorities on Wednesday to be patient with the U.S. legal system as Turkey seeks the return of a cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed military coup. Biden, who met with Turkish officials in Ankara, said that the extradition process would take time as he reaffirmed Washington's cooperation in the case of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities to be patient with the U.S. legal system as Turkey seeks the return of a cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed military coup.

Attack underway at American University in Afghan capital

Afghan security forces rush to respond to a complex Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. “We are trying to assess the situation,” President Mark English told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The president of the American University in the Afghan capital says a militant attack is underway on the campus.

Top Asian News 3:53 p.m. GMT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake was centered about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Chauk, a town south of Bagan. It was located fairly far below the Earth's surface at a depth of about 84 kilometers (52 miles), it said. Deep earthquakes generally cause less surface damage. At least 94 brick pagodas in Bagan were damaged, the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs said in a statement.

German ex-president Scheel, 'Ostpolitik pioneer' dies aged 97

Walter Scheel served as Germany's foreign minister and then president in the decade from 1969 Former West German president Walter Scheel, who helped pave the way for his country's rapprochement with the communist East, died on Wednesday aged 97, his party's spokesman said. Scheel, who led the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), served as foreign minister in Willy Brandt's centre-left coalition from 1969 to 1974, a period during which he spearheaded key agreements with the Eastern bloc. Paying tribute to Scheel, Chancellor Angela Merkel said he would be remembered for "his commitment to the people, his grasp of the importance of a unified Europe and his commitment to peace and democracy".

Gunmen attack American university in Kabul, students trapped

Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus, an Afghan interior ministry official and a student said. "Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions," the official said. "They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students." Ahmad Shaheer, a student at the university, told Reuters by telephone that he was trapped inside the university.

Trial of Russian man charged with hacking comes to close

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers will make their closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information.

North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability

TV screens show file footage of a similar North Korea's ballistic missile that North Korea claimed to have launched from underwater at the Yongsan Electronic store in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of South Korea within its striking distance. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance.

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Zambians feel pinch as election row delays moves to revive economy

Supporters of Edgar Lungu, leader of the Patriotic Front party (PF), celebrate after Lungu narrowly won re-election on Monday, in a vote his main rival Hakainde Hichilema rejected on claims of alleged rigging by the electoral commission, in the capital, Lu By Stella Mapenzauswa LUSAKA (Reuters) - With their country in post-election disarray over allegations of vote rigging and the economy in a tailspin, Zambians like pensioner Memory Musonda are struggling to cope and fear that help will not come soon. Depressed global commodity prices have slashed Zambia's receipts for copper, its top export, and in turn have caused a 9 percent fall in the kwacha currency against the dollar since April, exposing the economy's over-reliance on the metal. All of this has compounded the daily woes of ordinary Zambians like Musonda, 69, a retired school teacher, already grappling with soaring food bills and power shortages caused by a searing drought.

Nigerian bank execs meet cbank over FX market suspension -sources

A trader changes dollars with naira at a currency exchange store in Lagos By Chijioke Ohuocha and Oludare Mayowa LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian bank executives met with central bank officials, banking sources told Reuters on Wednesday, a day after the monetary authority suspended nine lenders from foreign exchange transactions for failing to remit money owed to the government. The suspensions from the interbank market were imposed after the banks failed to remit $2.1 billion, the government's share of dividends from state-owned gas company NLNG, the sources said. Bankers told Reuters the central bank wanted the funds remitted in dollars, which are in short supply as Africa's largest economy suffers its worst financial crisis in decades due to a slump in the price of oil, its dominant commodity.

Canada names new envoy to help push through EU free trade deal

Canada's Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew speaks during the 12th ASEAN Regional Forum (Retreat) in ... Canada has named a former politician with experience in trade and foreign affairs as the government's new envoy to help complete its long-negotiated free trade agreement with the European Union, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Pierre Pettigrew, who served as both minister of foreign affairs and minister for international trade under previous Liberal governments, has been named envoy for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a spokeswoman for Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland said.

Eastern Germany to lag behind for years to come: study

Eastern Germany's GDP grew by 1.2 percent per year between 2010 and 2015, underperforming the 1.6 percent achieved by western Germany plus Berlin, Ifo calculated Twenty-six years after reunification, eastern Germany remains economically anaemic with little prospect of catching up with the rest of the country by 2030, a study published on Wednesday said. Of the eastern states, only "Saxony and Brandenburg will reach the level of overall average German growth" between 2015 and 2030, wrote Joachim Ragnitz of the Ifo economic think-tank. The remaining federal states formed from the former territory of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) -- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, and Saxony-Anhalt -- will by contrast reckon with "in parts extremely low growth rates".

European equities mainly rise on German GDP

News of expanding German growth sent Frankfurt stocks climbing 0.4 percent European stock markets mostly rose on Wednesday, shrugging off a largely downbeat session in Asia, with sentiment partly lifted by German economic growth data.

EU defends Greek data as statistician faces court

Greece's Supreme Court reopened a case against the ex-head of the state statistics agency for inflating deficit figures The EU insisted Wednesday that Greek economic data were reliable after Greece's top court reopened a case against the ex-head of the state statistics agency for exaggerating deficit figures. Marianne Thyssen, the European Commissioner for social affairs, urged the Greek government to "challenge the false impression" that the figures were fiddled under Andreas Georgiou. "It is absolutely clear that data on Greek government debt during 2010-2015 have been fully reliable and accurately reported to Eurostat," said Thyssen, the commissioner in charge of the EU's statistics agency.

France's DCNS says India submarine data leak may be 'economic warfare'

File photo of a Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur By Matt Siegel and John Irish SYDNEY/PARIS (Reuters) - French naval contractor DCNS said on Wednesday it may have been the victim of "economic warfare" after secrets about its Scorpene submarines being built in India were leaked. India opened an investigation after The Australian newspaper published documents relating to the submarine's combat capabilities, raising concerns over another major contract with Australia. The leak contains more than 22,000 pages outlining the details of six submarines that DCNS has designed for the Indian Navy.

European stocks rebound as euro slips, U.S. curve flattens

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index DAX board in Frankfurt By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - European stocks edged toward consecutive daily gains for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday, drawing support from a weak euro as investors moved to price in a U.S. interest rate rise, boosting the dollar. The earlier mood was more risk-averse, with the prospect of higher U.S. rates in coming months amid uncertainty about the strength of the global economy dragging Asian stocks lower and flattening the U.S. yield curve. Some observers said that, on a light day for data, investors' nerves may have been soothed by signs that the anticipated economic seizure in Britain - and beyond - from the shock vote in June to leave the European Union had not materialized.

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Gunmen Attack American University Of Afghanistan In Kabul - Huffington Post

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Gunmen Attack American University Of Afghanistan In Kabul
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Afghan security forces rush to respond to a complex Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. KABUL, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in ...
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Stocks Edge Lower as Mining and Materials Companies Slip - U.S. News & World Report

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Stocks Edge Lower as Mining and Materials Companies Slip
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Stocks are edging lower in early trading on Wall Street, led by declines in mining and materials companies, giving back a modest increase from the day before. Aug. 24, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. Stocks Edge ...
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DNC chair says Trump website shows no commitment to racial justice - Washington Examiner (blog)

DNC chair says Trump website shows no commitment to racial justice
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Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile wrote that African-Americans can't take Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's appeals for racial harmony seriously because he doesn't have a "racial justice" campaign website like his ...

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Existing home sales tumble amid low inventory, higher prices - USA TODAY


Existing home sales tumble amid low inventory, higher prices
A scarcity of affordable homes on the market helped drag down existing homes sales in July as low inventory levels and higher prices put an end to a four-month climb. Existing home sales fell 3.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million ...
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Performance Sports ex-chairman may bid for hockey-gear maker

By John Tilak and Jessica DiNapoli TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of Performance Sports Group Ltd, Graeme Roustan, told Reuters he has hired investment banks Jefferies Group LLC and Canaccord Genuity to explore a possible bid for the troubled maker of hockey gear. Roustan said he believes he can turn around the money-losing company, which is under investigation by securities regulators in the United States and Canada. The company is conducting an internal investigation into its accounting practices, which has delayed the release of its annual report.

Orioles' Tillman to be sidelined with ailing shoulder

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (Reuters) - Baltimore Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the team said on Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch on Thursday against Washington but felt pain in his shoulder during a bullpen session and received a cortisone shot. "I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing," Tillman told reporters after the Orioles' 8-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday.

Los Angeles pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

Former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks during a public appearance in Manila on June 25, 2016 Los Angeles (AFP) - Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will be honoured Wednesday with a ceremony in Los Angeles, the city where he played his entire 20-year professional career.

Knox could be record-tying sixth European Ryder rookie

PGA: WGC - Bridgestone Invitational - First Round By Larry Fine FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) - Scotsman Russell Knox sits fourth on the FedExCup points list but may need a strong showing at The Barclays, which opens the lucrative PGA Tour playoffs this week, to join the European Ryder Cup team. Knox has won twice this season and had a pair of runner-up finishes but landed outside the group of nine automatic qualifiers because his win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China did not earn him Ryder Cup points as he was not a European Tour member at the time. European captain Darren Clarke will announce on Aug. 30 three picks to complete a team that will go for an unprecedented fourth win in a row against the U.S. in the biennial event at Hazeltine in Minnesota starting on Sept. 30.

Golf - Rose, after golden Olympic run, returns to regular job

Golf - Men's Individual Stroke Play By Larry Fine FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) - Justin Rose, still feeling the glow of winning Olympic golf gold at the Rio Games, says he hopes the experience will carry him on a strong run after claiming a prize he considers "at the top". Rose prevailed in Rio in a tight, final-round duel with British Open champion Henrik Stenson and the Briton said the reaction to his victory has been overwhelming. "The whole experience...exceeded my expectations and certainly winning has blown me away in terms of the reach that it has and the global audience that it has," Rose told reporters at Bethpage Black, where The Barclays will kick off the FedExCup playoffs on Thursday.

Sandusky is innocent, deserves new trial, lawyer says

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky leaves after his appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte Pennsylvania By David DeKok BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is innocent and should get a new trial, his defense lawyer told reporters following a three-day hearing in a Pennsylvania state court. "There were so many flaws in his trial," attorney Alexander Lindsay said. The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault in 2012 and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

Ryder Cup captain Clarke salutes Europe's 'fantastic' mix

BMW PGA Championship Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has hailed his "fantastic blend of youth and experience" following the confirmation of his nine automatic qualifiers for next month's event at Hazeltine, Minnesota. On Sunday, England's Matt Fitzpatrick became the ninth and final qualifier to seal his spot in the team that is seeking a record fourth successive triumph over the United States. Fitzpatrick will be one of at least five rookies lining up alongside more seasoned campaigners like Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in the biennial contest that starts on Sept. 30.

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