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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Italy's civil protection agency says the death toll from Wednesday's pre-dawn earthquake has climbed to 247. Searchers continue to go through piles of rock and sand that were once buildings. Three towns were hard hit, including one where travelers had come for a pasta festival. Crews have been using bull dozers and even their hands to go through debris.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana authorities say multiple tornadoes north of Indianapolis have caused damage and minor injuries. As many as eight twisters were reported near Kokomo (KOHK'-uh-moh), about 40 miles north of Indianapolis. Kokomo's mayor described the damage as "substantial." Tens of thousands lost power.

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says his country has the opportunity to turn the page on decades of bloody armed conflict between the government and the rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. A tentative peace accord has been hammered out in Havana after four years of talks. Ratification is required in an Oct. 2 vote. The civil war has claimed more than 220,000 lives.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has made another call for support from minority voters. At a rally in Jackson, Mississippi, Trump charged that rival Hillary Clinton "is a bigot." He said Clinton "sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future." Polls show Trump has minuscule support among black voters.

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by an autonomous vehicle software startup. Only six cars will be available for now and they will operate in a 2.5-square-mile business and residential district.

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