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ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Italians are remembering the people who lost their lives in the country's recent earthquake. Mourners prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying quake victims passed by at a state funeral Saturday. In the town of Ascoli Piceno, they gathered to bid farewell to 35 of the 291 people confirmed dead so far in the quake that struck early Wednesday. All of Italy observed a day of national mourning, with flags at half-staff.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government airplanes have attacked a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a brother and sister were killed in the airstrikes on Saturday. The neighborhood is the last rebel-held area in Homs, Syria's third largest city. It's been besieged for months.

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — A state prison system spokeswoman says the man arrested in the killing of two nuns in Mississippi has a criminal record and is currently on probation. She says Rodney Earl Sanders was convicted of a felony DUI in Attala County and sentenced in 2015. He was later released from prison and is on probation. She says Sanders was also convicted of armed robbery and sentenced in Holmes County in 1986 and served six years.

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally beat his parents with his hands and an object inside the family's New Jersey home. But a motive for the attack in West Deptford, a suburb of Philadelphia, remains under investigation. Prosecutors say a relative found 58-year-old Edward Coles Jr. and his 55-year-old wife, Rosemarie, on Friday morning. The couple's 28-year-old son, Ryan, has been jailed. He's facing murder and weapons charges.

UNDATED (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 368,000 vehicles to fix a defective part that could prevent the windshield wipers from working. The problem affects the 2013 models of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. GM says those vehicles were built with ball joints that could corrode and wear out to render the windshield wipers inoperable. GM says it will cover the repair costs once it determines when it will be able to fix the problem.

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