Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs in eight Appalachian states and Texas are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.

  • Written by JOHN RABY, Associated Press

Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said.

  • Written by ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press MIN KYI THEIN, Associated Press

Italy earthquake kills at least 120, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 120 but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the huge number of vacationers in the area for summer's final days.

  • Written by PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Militants attack American University in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to an Associated Press photographer who was in class at the time.

  • Written by LYNNE O'DONNELL, Associated Press