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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Officials say the death toll from the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades is expected to rise as rescuers reached the sparsely populated area of fishing ports and tourist beaches where the magnitude-7.8 quake was centered. The quake that killed at least 41 people flattened buildings and buckled highways along the country's coast.

ASO, Japan (AP) — Officials in Japan say U.S. military aircraft are being added to the mix in an effort to speed relief supplies to communities devastated by two powerful earthquakes that killed at least 41 people. Meanwhile, thousands of rescue workers are searching a debris-strewn village in southern Japan for about a half-dozen missing people. More than 1,000 buildings were damaged in the two earthquakes.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Media reports say the Coast Guard now presumes that two teenage boys drowned when they were swept out to sea while playing in the surf at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the seach for the 17-year-olds has been called off after nearly five hours. The boys had run into the surf with three other friends when they were pulled by a strong wave.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a weapon was recovered after a 4-year-old girl was fatally shot by a 5-year-old sibling in Philadelphia. Police say they are searching for the mother's boyfriend, who's believed to have owned the gun used. Sgt. Eric Gripp says police are trying to determine who was in the home at the time.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president emphasized in a speech Sunday that the country is not a threat to its neighbors. But he also vowed to defend Muslim countries against terrorism and Israel. Speaking during a National Army Day parade, Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) praised Iran's role in helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments roll back the Islamic State group.

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