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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Italy's civil protection agency says the death toll from the magnitude 6 earthquake in central Italy has reached 73. The agency is coordinating the rescue, which has involved hundreds of crews from across Italy and even the Vatican. It is setting up tent cities around the hard hit cities to care for the thousands of people left homeless. Sniffer dogs, earthmovers and other heavy equipment are arriving in the quake zone.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official says American advisers have been working closely with Turkey on plans for the operation launched by Turkey today against a Syrian border town held by the Islamic State. The official says the U.S. has been providing intelligence and air cover in an effort to soften up targets and aid the operation to retake Jarablus, which began early today. Both Turkish and Syrian government officials say the cross-border operation was aided by U.S. airstrikes. Syria is condemning the Turkish incursion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A son of Donald Trump says it would be foolish for his father to release his tax returns. Trump has broken with precedent by refusing to release them. His son, Eric Trump, tells CNBC that not much can be learned from tax returns. He said his father's returns are massive and "you would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes" looking through them and making "assumptions on things they know nothing about." Democrats say Trump's returns would reveal whether he was paying a fair amount in taxes and whether he would personally benefit from his policy proposals.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief has cleared the way for Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson to appear on fall ballots in the critical swing state. Johnson's ballot access had been in question after party activists submitted paperwork and voter signatures earlier this month on behalf of a different candidate. They said they planned to swap in Johnson. The secretary of state's office now says Johnson's supporters have met the signature requirements.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after he killed four people in a drunken-driving crash has been released from home confinement. Tonya Couch is charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering. She and her son Ethan fled to Mexico last year after video surfaced apparently showing him at a party with alcohol — a probation violation. A judge says Tonya Couch no longer need be under house arrest, but must wear an electronic monitor and not consume alcohol or drugs while awaiting trial.

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