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Rescuers race to find survivors from Ecuador’s big quake

MANTA, Ecuador — Rescuers are in a race against time to find survivors from a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake as the death toll from Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades has risen above 400.

On Monday, teams from Ecuador and neighbouring countries fanned out across the country’s Pacific coastline to look for the dozens of people still missing.

Angry Chinese construction workers duel with bulldozers

BEIJING — Police in northern China say an argument between construction workers escalated into a demolition derby-style clash of heavy machinery that left at least two bulldozers flipped over in a street.

In online video taken Saturday, several bulldozers are seen ramming each other while passenger cars scurry away from the cloud of dust.

Mississippi governor signs law allowing armed church members

JACKSON, Miss. — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that allows some members of churches to undergo firearms training so they can provide armed security for their congregations.

The Church Protection Act specifies that those designated can carry guns into church buildings. It also allows people to carry holstered weapons without a permit.

Man wrongly convicted in 1957 US murder to be released

SYCAMORE, Ill. — A 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois schoolgirl in 1957 will be released from prison, a judge ordered Friday.

In 2012, Jack McCullough was convicted for Maria Ridulph’s death, in one of the oldest unsolved U.S. cases ever to go to trial. McCullough was sentenced to life in prison.

Problems fixed all over Russia after appeals on Putin’s show

MOSCOW — In just one day, roads of a Siberian city were repaired, swindled fishery workers got wads of cash and a child prodigy was invited to go to a Crimean summer camp. One thing made it possible: President Vladimir Putin’s Thursday call-in show where distressed Russians brought their problems to the leader.

Seoul, US say North Korean missile launch apparently failed

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country’s founder has apparently failed, South Korean and U.S. officials said Friday, an embarrassing setback in what was reportedly the inaugural test of a new, powerful mid-range missile.