Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Aug 28, 2016

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for he high death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster. As questions mount over the deaths of nearly 300 people, prosecutor ...

Italy buries victims of devastating earthquake

Aug 28, 2016

Italy buries victims of devastating earthquake

Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible. In the ...

Survival of buried quake victims depends on many factors

Aug 27, 2016

Survival of buried quake victims depends on many factors

How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake? A week or more under the best circumstances, some experts say, if the trapped victims aren’t seriously injured and have air to breathe and the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. In ...

Italy mourns quake dead as hope for survivors wanes

Aug 27, 2016

Italy mourns quake dead as hope for survivors wanes

Hopes were fading Saturday of finding more survivors under the rubble of central Italy’s devastating earthquake. The first funerals for victims were held Friday as the country prepared for an emotionally charged day of mourning. Flags were to fly at half-staff across the country ...

Questions mount after Italy quake

Aug 26, 2016

Questions mount after Italy quake

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths were in the small town of Amatrice, where ...

Nun in iconic Italian quake photo texted friends 'adieu'

Aug 26, 2016

Nun in iconic Italian quake photo texted friends 'adieu'

She became the face of Italy’s earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive. In an interview Thursday at the mother house of her religious order, the 35-year-old nun ...

Washington Monument could close for up to nine months

Aug 25, 2016

Washington Monument could close for up to nine months

The District of Columbia’s delegate to Congress says the Washington Monument elevator needs a major renovation that will likely require the monument to be closed for up to nine months. The elevator has broken down frequently over the past two years, and the National ...

Renzi faces challenges over economy following deadly quake

| Aug 25, 2016

Renzi faces challenges over economy following deadly quake

The powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning, killing at least 247 people, will pose a challenge to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as he tries to speed up the country’s economy and overhaul its political system. The quake struck at 3:36 a.m. ...

Powerful earthquake shakes Myanmar, damages temples

Aug 25, 2016

Powerful earthquake shakes Myanmar, damages temples

Rescue workers surveyed the damage Thursday after a powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging 185 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake on Wednesday ...

Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing festival

Aug 25, 2016

Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing festival

In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from ...