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Death toll rising in central Italy ... Turkey sends ground forces into Syria ... Monsoon rains cause deadly flooding in India



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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Italy's forestry police say they've rescued dozens of people from rubble in the town of Pescara del Tronto following this morning's powerful earthquake. The town was hard hit and there were earlier reports that at least 10 people were dead there. Rescue workers in central Italy have been searching other towns as well, and say the death toll is now up to 37.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says it has sent tanks and special forces into Syria to help clear a border town of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition fighters are also part of today's cross-border incursion, which has been reported by both Turkish state media and Syrian opposition activists. But Turkey is also concerned about the growing power of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces, who it says are linked to Kurdish groups waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Officials in India say heavy monsoon rains are causing the Ganges River and its tributaries to rise above the danger level, triggering the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in north and eastern India. A national disaster official says at least 175 people have been killed by drowning, electrocution or injuries from collapsed houses. Lightning has killed another 57.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cab driver and two other people were critically injured when the taxi jumped a curb and plowed into an advertising kiosk and a shoeshine stand at a busy corner in downtown San Francisco Tuesday. A woman who sells scarves near the crash site tells the San Francisco Chronicle that "the cab came barreling down Market Street" and the next thing she knew, she saw "the old man flying over the shoeshine stand."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia's Congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, is meeting with National Park Service officials today to discuss the frequent breakdowns of the Washington Monument's elevator. The monument is closed while the park service tries to figure out what's wrong with the elevator. A park service spokesman told WTOP-FM that the frequent breakdowns may be related to the earthquake that hit the nation's capital five years ago.

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