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Still searching the rubble ... Drowning tragedy in southern England ... Designer Sonia Rykiel dead



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AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — A powerful earthquake and strong aftershocks have reduced three cities in central Italy to rubble. But rescue workers are continuing to search the ruins, hoping they'll find someone alive the day after. So far, 247 people are confirmed dead. Among the victims is an 18-month-old girl whose mother survived the deadly earthquake of 2009 in nearby L'Aquila (LAH'-kwee-lah) and moved away from there after that terrible experience.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's defense minister says his country's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering its territorial waters. Yesterday, four Iranian small boats sailed near the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze. The U.S. Navy described the incident as "unsafe and unprofessional" and said it occurred in international waters in the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

LONDON (AP) — A tragedy in Britain. Police say five men have drowned off a beach in southern England that had no lifeguard. Authorities are trying to piece together what happened to the group who traveled together from London to Camber Sands beach yesterday. One police official says this "has been an incredibly tragic incident." Authorities say there are rip-tides off the beach and swimmers can easily get into trouble.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge is expected to rule today on whether a suburban Chicago man charged with terrorism is competent enough to be tried. FBI agents arrested Adel Daoud in a 2012 sting after he allegedly placed a bomb outside a bar. But his attorney says Daoud's mental state makes it impossible to defend him. Daoud has said that aliens and the Freemasons are after him and while behind bars the 22-year-old allegedly attacked a fellow inmate who taunted him with a Prophet Muhammad drawing.

PARIS (AP) — French designer Sonia Rykiel (SOHN'-yuh reek-YEHL') has died at age 86. Rykiel was known for her relaxed striped sweaters, but her global fashion empire included menswear and children's lines as well as accessories and perfumes. French President Francois Hollande's (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWNDZ') office called Rykiel "a pioneer" who "offered women freedom of movement."

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