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10 things you need to know today: August 24, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Powerful earthquake devastates Italian mountain towns
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday, killing at least 37 people. The quake struck at a shallow depth of just over six miles, magnifying its impact. The worst damage was reported in the town of Accumoli near the epicenter and about 65 miles northeast of Rome, and in the nearby mountain towns of Amatrice and Arquata del Tronto, which were left largely in ruins. “The town is no more,” Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said. “I have an appeal to make: We have access roads to the town cut off and people under the rubble, help us.”

Source: BBC News, CNN

2. Obama promises help on visit to flooded Baton Rouge neighborhoods
President Obama toured flood-ravaged neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday, pledging to provide federal aid needed to help…

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