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Central Italy hit by 6.2-magnitude earthquake, injuries reported

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ROME -- A strong earthquake hit a mountainous area of central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with injuries and building collapses reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the 6.2-magnitude quake was in the medieval town of Norcia, around 62 miles northeast of Rome.

The Italian Civil Protection agency,...Read more

Jimmy Carter discusses finding a new lease on life

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Last November Jimmy Carter spent a day here building a house, then vowed he'd be back to work on something even bigger.

Now, in a somewhat remarkable turn of events, he's made good on that promise.

It's not the sight of the nearly 92-year-old former president hammering away in the oppressive Delta heat that's so startling. ...Read more

Trump talks immigration in Texas stops

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Greeted by die-hard supporters and vocal protesters, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump swept into Austin on Tuesday for three rapid-fire events meant to raise money and steer the campaign's focus toward securing the U.S. border with Mexico.

Lines began forming hours before Trump's plane landed in Austin around 2:30 p...Read more

Long-term risks of childhood head injury may include winding up on welfare and premature death

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With freewheeling summer months behind children and school and organized sports just ahead, new research offers some sobering news about the potential for long-term cost when a child's brain is hurt.

In a study that tracked the life trajectories of more than a million Swedes, young people who sustained a brain injury -- including a concussion -...Read more

In first, Feds sue Georgia for segregating students with disabilities

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday sued the state of Georgia for allegedly segregating and mistreating thousands of public school students with behavior-related disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The department contends that 4,600 students in the Georgia Network for Educational and Theraputic ...Read more

Judge deals setback to SNAP group in priest-abuse case

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ST. LOUIS -- Exasperated by nearly two months of defiance of a court order to supply details about people making sexual abuse claims against a St. Louis priest, U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson dealt a heavy blow this week to the advocacy group SNAP and others.

In an order filed Monday in a suit by the Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, Jackson ...Read more

WWII aircraft carrier off California coast in 'amazing state,' Titanic researcher says

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Famed oceanographer Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic, the Bismarck, the USS Yorktown and John F. Kennedy's PT-109.

On Tuesday, he added another accomplishment to his list of documenting the world's greatest shipwrecks: the first images in more than six decades of the USS Independence, an iconic World War II aircraft ...Read more

Florida Zika outbreak will be small and done by winter, scientists predict

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MIAMI -- Just under 400 people will be infected with the Zika virus by mosquitoes in Florida by mid-September, and about 80 of them will develop symptoms, according to projections developed by an international team of scientists from the University of Florida and half a dozen other research institutions.

The study's authors caution that the ...Read more

Florida Zika outbreak will be small and done by winter, scientists predict

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MIAMI -- Just under 400 people will be infected with the Zika virus by mosquitoes in Florida by mid-September, and about 80 of them will develop symptoms, according to projections developed by an international team of scientists from the University of Florida and half a dozen other research institutions.

The study's authors caution that the ...Read more

Florida polls show different pictures of presidential race

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The two latest polls of Florida voters offer different pictures of the presidential contest in the Sunshine State. One shows Hillary Clinton far ahead of Donald Trump. The other shows a nail biter.

A Florida Atlantic University Poll scheduled for release Wednesday found Trump is ahead by 2 points, which is so close it's...Read more

In Philly region, Pence says road to White House 'goes straight through Pennsylvania'

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PHILADELPHIA--The Republican ticket is poised to upend the status quo, and Donald Trump is ready to be president, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence told a King of Prussia audience Tuesday.

In a wide-ranging speech, Pence promised a President Donald Trump would bring a stronger economy, "rebuild" the military, and secure American borders with...Read more

US soldier killed, 2nd wounded by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

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KABUL -- An American service member was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday in southern Afghanistan in what military officials said was the first casualty of stepped-up U.S. operations in beleaguered Helmand province.

Six Afghan soldiers and an American were also wounded when their vehicle struck the roadside bomb while on patrol near the ...Read more

NATO member says Clinton better than Trump for Europe's security

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PRAGUE -- Another nation on NATO's eastern wing favors Hillary Clinton for U.S. president over Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has alarmed the alliance's members by questioning the obligation to defend them in case of attack.

A Clinton presidency would better guarantee the security of U.S. allies in Europe, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav ...Read more

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Medical examiner: Lou Pearlman's death caused by heart infection

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Boy band promoter Lou Pearlman died of bacterial endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart, according to a medical examiner's report.

Pearlman died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-...Read more

Haiti kicks off presidential campaigning with a timid start

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Campaigning for Haiti's Oct. 9 presidential do-over elections got off to a timid start Tuesday with the country's elections chief asking candidates and political parties to campaign fairly and prevent elections-related violence.

Leopold Berlanger also reiterated that there will be stricter controls on the balloting, ...Read more

Can Donald Trump really round up and deport 11 million people?

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WASHINGTON -- At rallies and debates over the last year, Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to round up and deport the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally, sometimes saying he would eject them all in two years.

Over the last four days, however, the GOP presidential nominee and his top aides have issued repeated contradictory ...Read more

Biden heads to Turkey on fence-mending trip

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Biden faces a stiff challenge Wednesday on a one-day visit to Turkey, a key NATO ally that is reeling from terrorist attacks and a failed military coup and where anti-U.S. sentiment is at a boil.

Biden will try to reassure Turks and woo back President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has sought to show he has alternatives ...Read more

Abu Zubaydah, waterboarded by CIA, pleads for freedom

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WASHINGTON -- Abu Zubaydah, a war-on-terror detainee who was the first to undergo abusive interrogation in secret CIA custody after 9/11, appeared before a Pentagon panel on Tuesday to plead for his release -- the first time he's been seen by any member of the public since being captured in 2002 during a shootout in Pakistan.

The video link ...Read more

Growing call for FTC to investigate EpiPen maker Mylan over price rises

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WASHINGTON -- Joining a host of lawmakers calling for an accounting, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether a drug company violated antitrust laws by steeply increasing the price of a product that treats people suffering from severe allergic reactions.

After hearing from constituents, ...Read more

Report: North Korea fires ballistic missile from submarine

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile in waters off its east coast, Yonhap reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean military source.

North Korea launched the ballistic missile from a submarine at around 5:30 a.m., South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, the South Korean news agency ...Read more