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Quake rocks Ecuador...US military aircraft join Japan relief efforts...Teens swept out to sea in San Francisco



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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades has damaged buildings in major cities hundreds of miles away from the epicenter. Officials say at least 77 people died in the magnitude 7.8 quake and the toll is expected to rise as searchers arrive in the sparsely populated area of fishing ports and tourist beaches near the epicenter. Landslides and buckled roads have made access difficult.

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 11 missing people. More than 1,000 buildings were damaged in the two earthquakes.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After five hours of searching to no avail, the Coast Guard says two teenagers who were swept out to sea at San Francisco's Ocean Beach are presumed drowned. Others in the group made it back to shore.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just the Republican presidential candidates who have been taking shots at one another. In an extraordinary display of internal discord, the chairman of the Republican Party's rules committee accused top GOP officials Saturday of "a breach of our trust" by improperly trying to impede a proposed change that would make it harder for party leaders to nominate a fresh candidate. Many Republican leaders have said party officials should not change current convention rules for fear of being accused of tilting the bylaws to influence the outcome.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations says civilian deaths from the fighting in Afghanistan dipped significantly in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2015. The report says 600 civilians have been killed so far but that the number of wounded spiked. The U.N. said 60 percent of casualties were from "actions by anti-government elements," apparently referring to the Taliban.

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