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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan security forces are trying to track down whoever carried out an attack at the American University of Afghanistan today, killing at least one person and wounding another 18. Police say it's not clear if there were one or two attackers. The campus has been evacuated. In Washington, the State Department is condemning what it calls 'an attack on the future of Afghanistan."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military role in Syria is getting more complicated. The strategy has been to partner with local fighters against the Islamic State group, without getting pulled deeper into Syria's civil war. But today, the U.S. carried out air strikes to support Turkish forces allied with Syrian Arab rebels as they pushed into Syria to recapture a border town held by Islamic State militants.

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands are working to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble today. At least 120 people are dead. The quake was felt across a wide region in central Italy -- including Rome, where residents woke to a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished lower, led by drops in health care companies. The losses more than erased a modest gain from the day before. The Dow fell 65 points. The S&P lost 11 points and the Nasdaq slipped 42 points.

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who threw boiled water on a gay couple has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. A jury today convicted Martin Blackwell of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the attack that left the two men with severe burns that required multiple surgeries. Blackwell's defense attorney asked jurors to find that it was reckless conduct. Prosecutors said it was a vicious, premeditated attack, and that Blackwell told one of the men to "get out of my house with all that gay."

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