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Italy earthquake leaves 73 dead, towns ruined

A strong, shallow earthquake devastated towns in central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 73 people and placing rescuers in a desperate race against time to try to rescue survivors from the rubble.

Authorities scrambled to mobilize rescue teams...

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Highest, tallest, hottest: National park record-setters

Yellowstone, Yosemite and the entire country of Switzerland would fit inside the United States' largest national park, a 13.2 million-acre expanse in Alaska.

And it would take about 2,400 of the smallest of the 59 headliner national parks to fill the ...

Hillary Clinton, Aug. 23, 2016

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Hillary Clinton expected to receive intel briefing Saturday in New York

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to receive her intelligence briefing Saturday morning near her home in New York at the FBI offices in White Plains, according to a US official.

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Qatar buys chunk of Empire State Building

Some of the Middle East's vast oil riches are being plowed into Manhattan's most iconic skyscraper.

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Tropical activity in the Atlantic heats up

Tropical activity in the Atlantic peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Right on cue, we've seen two named storms develop in the past 10 days.

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Syria: Turkey launches anti-ISIS offensive

Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Wednesday to clear ISIS from a Syrian border town, Turkish state media reported -- a move that follows recent attacks in southern Turkey that the republic blames on terror groups.

Turkey's incursion into Syrian ...

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No. 1 killer: Cancer catching up to heart disease

More Americans die from heart disease, but cancer is rapidly gaining ground as the No. 1 killer.

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National park record-setters

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The National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, protects 412 national park sites throughout the country. These are 10 of the parks' record-setting wonders.

Deadly quake shatters central Italy

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A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Italy about 100 miles northeast of Rome early Wednesday morning. The damage was significant and the death toll is climbing.

On this day: August 24

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The White House burns, potato chips are invented, John Lennon's assassin goes to prison, and Pete Rose agrees to a ban from baseball, all on this day.

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