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making news in america this morning -- breaking yigt now, a powerful fuful earthquake hitsl italy. a mayor has described his town as no longer there. we're live with the latest. donald trump softening his stance on a controversial policy. what he said at a late night rally about immigration as he steps up attacks on hillary clinton. ager makes a rare recovery. surviving a brain-etting infection. a seal jumps on a boat. we'll tell you why that was a smart move. good morning, everyone, on a very busy wednesday morning.
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that breaking news in italy. a powerful earthquake striking overnight while people were asleep. >> at least1 people are now dead. that number is expected to rise. we have video just in showing rescuers trying to reach people under a collapsed building. moments ago, a woman and her dog were pulled out alive. that 6.2 quake's epicenter was in the central part of the country. it's made buildings in rome sway. >> here's a live picture of amatrice, roughly about 100 miles from rome. that gives you a sense of how powerful the quake was. rescuers there using bare handsing looing for survivors. abc's jennifer eccleston is live from london. jennifer, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, diane and kendis. it's been several hours since the earthquake. rescue crews are still trying to reach the most hard hit areas.
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at least 21 people are dead. the aftershocks continue to rat this will community now on edge. this morning, a town in ruins. central italy rocked by a powerful earthquake in the middle of the night. witnessens saying people are trapped under rubble. new video showing collapsed buildings, residents searching for survivors, debris-clogged roads. local red cross officials saying a bridge into the town had collapsed. the terrain making it difficult for rescue crews. >> i've certainly seen police trucks race by me. so there is a sense that authorities are headed for that area. it's a very mountainous area. the roads are not easy. it's not an easily accessible area of italy. it will take awhile, i imagine, for rescuers to get there.
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>> reporter: the mayor of amatrice telling state-run radio, quote, the town isn't here anymore. the shaking felt many rome, 100 miles away. pildings there shook for 0 seconds. the italian red cross are reporting that air ambulances are evacuating people. a young child has been rescued alive from one of the crumbled buildings. >> you're well familiar with the terrain. megan mentioned it is quite mountainous. what do you know about this area? >> reporter: it is in the central part of italy, in a province of umbria. some historic towns are in the area. it is extremely mountainous. it's landlocked. the mountains run right down through the province. this is why we see so many earthquakes.
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thousands of earthquakes take place each year. most of them go unnoticed because they're not very powerful. this one certain to make a lot of damage in the region because of the historic towns there, ancient villages, with old buildings. as we saw in 2009 with an earthquake, it was some of the new construction that fell and trapped the people. not the older buildings. after that earthquake in 2009, a lot of money was put into recovery efforts and making sure the smaller villages in inaccessible areas have the equipment they need to rescue people and to be prepared if an earthquake takes place. the problem here is that the roads and bridges have collapsed. they may have the necessary items within the village. they won't be able to get extra help because they can't get there. >> it will be hours and days before they can get to those people. jennifer eccleston, live in london, thank you.
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the pope is at the vatican and has just talked about the quake this morning, thanking volunteers and civilian security men. he said, i invite everyone to join in prayer. the pope speaking for the wednesday mass. >> we'll continue to follow the developments taking place right now at this hour in central italy, where you have this life and death effort taking place as people try to rescue those buried after that powerful earthquake took lace overnight. for now, we want to get to other breaking news that developed overnight. turkey has entered syria to attack isis forces. the turkish special forces are supported by u.s.-led coalition air strikes. turkey has vowed to cleanse its border region of the islamic state. it blames isis for a dbomb attak at a wedding last weekend. a developing story from north korea. there's been a successful test launch of a missile capable of
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reaching much of south korea. it traveled about 300 miles before crashing into the sea of japan. officials say it is a significant improvement over previous attempts by the north. the fbi is investigating a cyberattack against "the new york times." haerks targeted the moscow bureau. there's no evidence that the system was compromised. sources say investigators are blaming the same russian hackers who recently infiltrated the democratic national committee. donald trump has indicated for the first time he may be willing to shift his position on deportation. he said, there could be a softening on the idea of mass deportation. he made it clear he's not backing away from his promise to build a wall along the border with mexico. he's also suggesting certain donors to the family foundation
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received spreshl treatment. more than half of clinton's meetings outside government were held with top doerns of the clinton foundation. as secretary of state, she could be bought, bribed, or sold. >> it is impossible to figure out where the clinton foundation ends and the state department begins. it is now abundantly clear that the clintons set up a business to profit from public office. >> the clinton campaign is disputing the a.p. report saying this story relice on utterly flawed data a. it cherry-picked a limited subset of secretary clint. 's schedule to give a distorted portrayal of how often she crossed paths with individuals connected to charitable donations to the clinton foundation. home grown zika. and an amazing story of
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survival. a teenager fully recovers from a brain-eating amoeba that normally kills the people infected. and we'll have more on the earthquake in
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we're tracking some especially ablgtive weather in the caribbean right now. tropical storm gaston is likely to become a hurricane overnight but is not likely to make landfall. another system is headed for the u.s. coast by the end of the week end thp that system is likely to become tropical storm hermine. and to the northwest and out-of-control wildfires. about 50 campers were forced the evacuate northeast wyoming.
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a fire sparked by lightning has forced the closure of a road into yellowstone national park. that's the story in eastern washington state where several fires continue to burn. firefighters have made significant progress. some evacuated residents are being aloud back in. a state of emergency has been declared for 20 counties. the governor of florida has confirmed the first case of locally transmitted zika. the exact location of diagnosis won't be revealed unless will are other cases. officials have started aggressively spraying for mosquitos. the total number has hit 42. there's growing pressure on the drug company mylan over the soaring price of its epipen. mylan could be called before
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picture now of rescue efforts under way in central italy after a powerful earthquake hit. many people are thought to be trapped under the rubble. crews are there desperately trying to save anybody trapped inside. we're following this breaking news for you the this morning. that powerful quake 6.2 hit in the middle of the night around 3:30 in the morning. at least 21 people are now expected dead. >> italy being six hours ahead of us, that's about the time it took place. 21 people were -- are dead so far. that death toll is expected to rise. this is the same region where a 1997 quake damaged the basilica of st. francis of assissi. there is no damage from this morning's quake there as yet. here at home, doctors in florida are crediting divine interveengs for a teenager's miraculous recovery from a
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brain-etting infection. >> reporter: he's recovering from a rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba that kills 97% of those infected. >> i had to tell the family to say their good-byes. >> reporter: doctors spekt sebastian, a camp counselor, may have been exposed to amoeba august 3rd. he was placed in a medically-induced coma for a week. >> we woke him up and within hours, he spoke. >> reporter: there have been 138 cases in the u.s. between 1962 and 2015. sebastian is the only fourth to survive it. >> we're so thankful for the gift of life. >> reporter: mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> more on the divine intervooengs that the doctors referred to. the only u.s. company that makes
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himself lunch. >> and soon football. >> he's trying. let's get highlights from the pros and little leaguers. >> here are the guys at espn. good morning, america. there's nothing little about our little league world series coverage. but first, big leaguers. >> a tight race in the national league west. dodgers up a game on the giants. dodgers up 1-0. rob seg din with a home run. he's got to get out of there. well, madison bumgarner, his first child on the way any minute now. he left after his second home run of the season. dodgers up, 2-0. bottom five, game tied at 3-3. adrian gonzalez, really hot. dodgers take it, 9-5. they're up two games now. all right, tennessee-california, elimination game. game tied at 2-2.
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>> ♪ >> hey everyone, good morning. i'm matt o'donnell. 4:27, it is wednesday. we're following several breaking stories on "action news" this morning. a damaging earthquake struck italy in the middle of the night and now there's a frantic search for survivors going on right now. only on "action news" police say they have arrested a man who stole thousands of dollars worth of bikes meant for wounded members of the military. freedom. see the emotional moment a man is released for jail for a murder a judge says he did not commit. plus, some warmth is creeping back in the accuweather forecast. we're also watching the tropics, see what's going on with those swirling storms, all next. >> ♪ major earthquake overnight in central italy. >> it hit the region overnight. now that it's almost midday,
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officials say they can see the situation is more dreadful than they feared. >> jennifer eccleston has more. >> reporter: hi, there, again. that magnitude 6.2 earthquake has killed at least1 people now. it struck villages in the central italian province of umbria in the middle of the night. the epicenter was so shallow, only six miles deep, it was felt over an extensive area. the most damage is in amatrice, where many structures are in runs. we saw the extent of the damage in daylight. rescue workers and residents are removing debris from crumbled buildings brick by brick. a young child has been rescued. as you mentioned earl eier, the region has suffered its last major earthquake in 2009. over 3,000 people were killed then. and since then, we have seen a lot of money put into
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infrastructure development so it might be easier to rescue people as a result. a few minutes ago, pope francis spoke during his weekly audiences. he said prayers to the victims and those helping to rescue them. kendis. >> quite an effort taking place right now in the middle of italy. we'll have tlaits on "good morning america." our terry moran is there. >> jennifer, thank you so much for your reporting. we'll continue monitoring the story. the rescue efforts under way as they try to rescue anyone trapped underneath that rubble. still unclear how many people will have to be saved. and that is what we're looking for in central italy. that 6.2 magnitude quake. big fears of aftershocks as well. so far, seven have been reported. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> check us out at and have a great wednesday.
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's 4:30 a.m. on this wednesday august 24th. >> good morning everyone. we're following breaking news. an earthquake rocks central italy killing at least 11 people. rescue crews are racing to find survivors. >> a plan is killed after he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home overnight. philadelphia police say they still have a bit of a mystery here. they're trying to figure out who pulled trigger. >> exclusive video shows police arresting a man who they say stole bikes for the wounded warriors project. >> get to all that in a moment. first up let's talk about your accuweather with dave murphy


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