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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The desperate search for survivors continues in central Italy, where an earthquake leveled three towns and claimed at least 247 lives. In Pescara del Tronto, some 17 hours after the quake struck, firefighters pulled a 10-year-old girl named Giulia (JOO'-lee-ah) alive from a crumbled home. Cheers broke out. But there were wails when bodies emerged.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 12 victims are dead following a brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan. A government spokesman says dozens were wounded in the assault on the sprawling campus on the outskirts of Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility, but suspicion is likely to fall on the Taliban. Two attackers, in addition to a suicide car bomber, were also killed.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Turkish counterpart by phone that Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River. The pullback by the Kurds was a major demand by Ankara after Turkey sent in forces across the border to take a key Islamic State stronghold the previous day.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is back in his home state. Pence left the campaign trail in North Carolina to assess damage from tornadoes that touched down in central Indiana Wednesday. The twisters tore roofs off apartment buildings, sent air conditioners falling onto parked cars and cut power to thousands of people, but left no one seriously injured.

BEAR, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a 59-year-old woman who fell from a zip line ride. Authorities say the woman fell about 40 feet from the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction Wednesday afternoon at a state park in Bear. The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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