• People walk in a tent camp near Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. A magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) on Wednesday, and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The civil protection agency set up tent cities around the affected towns to accommodate the homeless. In Amatrice, many elderly and children spent the night inside a local sports facility. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Rescuers search for survivors in Italy quake that killed 247

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — 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.

    Updated: 2:47 am

  • Rescuers search through debris following an earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, 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/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.

    Updated: 6:05 pm

  • 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):

  • 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.

    Updated: 10:01 pm

  • 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.”

  • Roma's Daniele De Rossi leaves the pitch after getting a red card during  a Champions League, play-off, return-leg soccer match between Roma and Porto, at the Rome Olympic stadium Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA via AP)

    9-man Roma out of Champs Lg after 3-0 playoff loss to Porto

    MILAN (AP) — Roma failed to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat at home to Porto in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday.

  • Bend, Oregon pitcher Isaiah Jensen (7) delivers during the second inning of a consolation baseball game against Italy at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Oregon tops Italy 6-2 in LLWS consolation game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Isaiah Jensen allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to help Bend, Oregon beat Emilia, Italy 6-2 on Monday in a consolation game of the Little League World Series.

  • Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel review the honor guard at Naples' Capodichino international airport, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The leaders of Italy, France and Germany headed Monday to one of the birthplaces of European unity in a symbolic bid to relaunch the European project following Britain's decision to leave the EU. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Italy, German, French pay tribute at EU symbolic birthplace

    VENTOTENE, Italy (AP) — The leaders of Italy, France and Germany vowed Monday to improve Europe’s defense and economic prospects as they paid tribute to one of the founding fathers of European unity in a symbolic bid to relaunch the EU after Britain’s vote to leave.

  • Italy seeks to relaunch EU ideal with symbolic summit

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has invited his German and French counterparts to pay their respects at the tomb of one of the founding fathers of European unity in a symbolic bid to relaunch the European project after Britain’s clamorous decision to leave the EU.