• 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

  • 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.

  • President Barack Obama is greeted by, from left, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. David Vitter, R-La. after arriving on Air Force One at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is traveling to the area to survey the flood damage. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama visits flood-damaged Louisiana in show of support

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he’s been slow to respond to the disaster.

  • 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)

    The Latest: Obama _ nation ‘heartbroken’ by Louisiana flood

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana Flooding (all times local):

  • Firefighters battle a wildfire Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, near Garden City, Utah. Crews were battling a small wildfire in northern Utah that was approaching a ski resort and a separate blaze in southern Utah burning through sage grouse habitat. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

    In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.

  • A growing pile of debris sits outside the flood-ravaged home of Carolyn and James Smith in Denham Springs, La. on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016. Smith says she and four other adults will live for the time being in the travel trailer that one of her sons towed to the driveway after weekend flooding inundated the area. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

    Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — After floods devastated pockets of south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims of a disaster that prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged.