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38 quake deaths reported in Italy ... Quake in Myanmar ... Turkey launches op against Islamic State

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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The reported death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy now stands at 38, and that number is expected to rise. The magnitude 6 quake struck early today and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials say a powerful earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has shaken central Myanmar. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was located fairly deep below the Earth's surface at a depth of about 52 miles. Deep earthquakes generally cause less surface damage.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkey sent tanks and special forces into Syria today to help clear a border town of Islamic State militants. Just a few hours after the operation started, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden landed in Ankara for talks with Turkish officials.

UNDATED (AP) — A wildfire on California's central coast has grown to nearly 60 square miles and destroyed nine more homes, bringing the total to 45. At least 2,400 people remain under evacuation orders in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties. Meanwhile, a fire in mountain areas east of Los Angeles that burned more than 100 homes has been contained.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say the man accused of slaying three men and two women at a south Alabama house is set to make his first court appearance. Derrick Dearman faces six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping. The bodies of the five victims were found Saturday inside the home in Citronelle.

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