• Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses following Wednesday's earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its medieval communities built on seismic lands. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Rescuers search for survivors in Italy quake that killed 247

    PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) — As the search for survivors ground on, Premier Matteo Renzi pledged new money and measures Thursday to rebuild quake-devastated central Italy amid mounting soul-searching over why the seismic-prone country has continually failed to ensure its buildings can withstand such catastrophes.

  • People wait for firefighters to accompany them to get their belongings from their homes, in San Pellegrino, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. A magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    The Latest: Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

  • A rescuer walks a sniff dog as they search through the debris of collapsed houses following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing food festival

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from local ingredients.

  • Former Mississippi firefighter Patrick Hardison, 42, gets teary-eye under television lights, during a press conference marking one year after his face transplant, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016, at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York. Hardison, who has light-sensitive eyes as his new face continues to thrive, was disfigured while trying to save people from a house fire in 2001 and received the face of a Brooklyn cyclist who died in an accident in July 2015-- a surgery successfully perform by a team of doctors at NYU Langone. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Burned firefighter feels normal again after face transplant

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Mississippi firefighter who received the world’s most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like “a normal guy” for the first time in 15 years.

  • A man walks amid rubbles after an earthquake struck in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    The Latest: Kerry offers condolences after Italy earthquake

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

  • This photo provided by Soe Thura Lwin shows a damaged temple in Bagan, Myanmar, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A powerful earthquake measuring a magnitude 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging scores of ancient Buddhist pagodas in Bagan, a major tourist attraction, officials said. (Soe Thura Lwin via AP)

    Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Rescue workers surveyed the damage Thursday after a powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging 185 ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site.

  • Thai bomb squad officers examine the wreckage of a car after an explosion outside a hotel in Pattani province, southern Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Two bombs exploded late Tuesday near a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)

    1 killed, 29 wounded as 2 bombs hit southern Thailand

    PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Two bombs exploded near a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing one employee and wounding 29 people, police and hospital officials said Wednesday.

  • An injured man is carried on a stretcher by rescuers following an earthquake in Accumoli, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The temblor shook the Lazio region and Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)

    Strong quake rattles central Italy: “The town isn’t here”

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors Thursday from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer’s final days.

  • Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Rome, central Italy

    ROME (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: “The town isn’t here anymore.”

  • President Barack Obama is greeted as he tours Castle Place, a flood-damaged area of Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Crews hauling away debris as Louisiana cleanup continues

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Heavy trucks and their works crews have begun hauling away mounds of moldy carpet, warped flooring and water-damaged furniture as south Louisiana digs out from flooding the governor estimated Tuesday had wrecked more than 100,000 homes.