Italy earthquake kills dozens, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, with reports that as many as 50 people were killed and hundreds injured as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors.

  • Written by PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press

In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS