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At least 247 dead as quake rocks central Italy

ROME — A powerful earthquake toppled homes, churches and shops in a wide swath of medieval towns in central Italy Wednesday, killing at least 247 people and injuring hundreds of others, according to Italy's civil protection agency.<p>Dozens more were missing or feared dead from the magnitude-6.2 …

Natural Disasters

The Rock Is Psyched to Play ‘Weirdo’ Superhero Doc Savage

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his latest movie role on Instagram Monday: he will be playing the “world’s first superhero,” Doc Savage.<p>The film …

Comic Books

Johnny Depp's daughter defends him after abuse allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp's 17-year-old daughter has defended him after his wife raised allegations of domestic abuse.<p>In an Instagram post Sunday, …

Crocodile grabs Australian woman during night swim

<b>A woman is feared dead after a crocodile attack in Australia's Daintree National Park.</b><p>The woman, named locally as Cindy Waldron, 46, from Lithgow in New South Wales, was reportedly swimming with a friend on Sunday evening at Thornton Beach near Cairns in north Queensland.<p>She was in waist-deep water …

Parents left seven-year-old son in bear-infested woods as punishment, say Japanese police

The search for a boy aged 7 left in the woods of northern Japan as punishment by his parents resumed at first light on Monday.<p>More than 100 volunteers and local emergency teams are scouring rugged woodland near the town of Nanae in Hokkaido, famous for its population of bears known as the Ussuri …

Everest death toll rises to four as body of Indian climber found

Sherpas discovered the body of Paresh Nath, 58, at the 7,900m-high South Col as the search continues for another missing Indian<p>The body of an Indian climber has been found on the upper slopes of Mount Everest, raising the death toll on the world’s tallest mountain this year to four.<p>Sherpas …

Mountaineering

Prince's Death: Read the Transcript of the 911 Call

Legendary musician was found dead in his Paisley Park home in Minnesota Wednesday<p>The Carver County Sheriff’s Department has released the transcript …