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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews are using bulldozers and their bare hands as they race to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble early Wednesday. The death toll stands at 159, but the number of dead and missing is uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area. The magnitude 6.2 quake was felt across a broad swath of central Italy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is lashing out at an Associated Press story revealing that more than half the people outside the government who met with her while she was secretary of state gave to the Clinton Foundation. She says the AP only looked at "a small portion" of her time and drew the conclusion that her meetings with Nobel laureates were connected to the foundation rather than their work as global leaders. She describes the story as "all smoke, no fire."

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015. According to a report, the team from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog blamed the government for using chlorine gas in two attacks and Islamic State fighters for using mustard gas in one attack.

UNDATED (AP) — The Army reservist who killed five Dallas police officers last month showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Afghanistan in 2014. But, according to newly released documents from the Veterans Health Administration, doctors concluded that 25-year-old Micah Johnson presented no serious risk to himself or others. Johnson had sought treatment for anxiety, depression and hallucinations.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leslie Jones' personal website is offline. It appears hackers posted her driver's license and passport and explicit photos of the actress-comedienne. The "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" co-star quit Twitter last month then later rejoined after facing racial slurs, obscene photos and comments about her appearance. "Ghostbusters" filmmaker Paul Feig calls the latest hack an "absolute outrage."

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