The death toll in Italy’s earthquake rose to 291 Saturday as the country began a national day of mourning and prepared for a mass state funeral for some of the victims, NBC News reported.
Italy’s civil protection agency said the death toll included 230 victims in Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli and 50 in Araqta del Tronto, after a hospitalized man succumbed to his injuries.
Mourners gathered at a sports center in Amatrice, where 35 coffins were lined up by early Saturday.
The search for survivors continued, but it’s been three days since anyone was found alive in the ruins of the worst-hit mountainous towns. Hundreds of families were left homeless by the trembler, which hit the area on Wednesday.
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Hope Solo has taken an indefinite leave from the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, less than a week after being suspended for six months by the U.S. national team for disparaging remarks about Sweden.
A 21-year-old man with a rare neurological disease will live out his dream of experiencing college life this year.
Ben Sikorra of Westlake Village near Los Angeles has juvenile Batten disease, an incurable neurological degenerative disease that starts with blindness, said Sikorra’s father Joe Sikorra. He said those with the illness typically start experiencing seizures in their early teenage years, and lose their cognitive motor skill functions, adding that a lot of people with the illness die in their late teenage years or in their early 20s.
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Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty against two men charged in an ambush at a cookout that killed five adults and an unborn child.
The Allegheny County district attorneys' office filed notice Friday that it would seek capital punishment if Cheron Shelton, 29, and Robert Thomas, 27, are convicted of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said the death penalty would be warranted because of the defendants' previous convictions, the multiple felonies alleged and the grave risk posed to others.
Gymnast Aly Raisman received a hero's welcome on Saturday following her medal-winning performances at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
An attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state has been delivered to the U.S. Navy.
Submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, based in Groton, Connecticut, delivered the submarine that will become the USS Illinois to the Navy on Saturday after nearly five and a half years of construction.
The first lady, who's from Chicago, will be involved in the life of the submarine and the lives of its sailors and their families.
Bruce Springsteen stopped his show to invite a couple on stage during his concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Thursday night, “Today” reported.
Springsteen stopped singing after he noticed something going on by the side of the stage. His guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, pointed to his ring finger, indicating the couple got engaged mid performance.
The couple, who has been together for eight years celebrated their engagement on stage.
“This is my girlfriend, Jill," the groom-to-be said after Springsteen handed him the mic. "We've been to a ton of shows together. This is by far the highlight of them all."
They stayed onstage as Springsteen serenaded them to the rest of “Jersey Girl” as they slow-danced and took selfies.
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A major engine malfunction on a Southwest flight from New Orleans to Orlando forced the plane to divert, causing some passengers to fear they were under attack, NBC News reported.
Southwest Flight 3472 with 99 passengers and five crew members landed safely in Pensacola Saturday morning after the engine failure, which occurred at cruising altitude, the airline said.
Passengers reported hearing a loud boom and said they saw smoke from the left engine. Some also reported seeing metal flapping after the smoke cleared.
Emergency vehicles were on standby as the Boeing 737 landed.
The airline said the plane suffered a "mechanical issue with the number one engine." The National Transport Safety Board said it will investigate what happened.
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More than 3,000 people were evacuated from Syria’s Damascus suburb of Daraya Saturday, following a deal to end a four-year siege, according to a human rights group, NBC News reported.
About 800 gunmen and 2,400 civilians were evacuated, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The evacuees headed north into a rebel-controlled province, the group said.
Daraya "remained for about four years beyond the control of Bashar al-Assad's regime, and out of the reach of his forces and gunmen loyal to him, despite bombardment of thousands of barrel bombs and thousands of missiles and rockets, that killed and wounded thousands," the statement said.
The organization said Daraya is clear of gunmen and under control of the Syrian army.
The siege in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is ongoing.
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A convicted hit man scheduled to be put to death Wednesday for a murder-for-hire plot that left a woman dead more than 23 years ago has received a reprieve from a state appeals court — the second he has received within a week of an execution date.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals voted 5-2 to issue a stay of execution Friday in the case of Rolando Ruiz. Presiding Judge Sharon Keller and Judge Michael Keasler dissented without comment. Judges Barbara Hervey and Kevin Yeary did not participate in the ruling.
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Thousands of people turned out Saturday to give Olympic Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez a hero's welcome in her New Jersey hometown.
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A dog named Sparky was rescued from a California storm drain where it took shelter from a coyote Saturday morning, authorities said.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the playing of the national anthem before his team’s preseason game Friday against Green Bay. After the game, he told NFL Media in an exclusive interview that he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Hillary Clinton received her first national security briefing Saturday as the Democratic presidential nominee, meeting with intelligence officials for an overview of the major threats facing the nation around the globe.