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By Gavin Jones L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - Seven years after being devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, L'Aquila's abandoned city center is a stark reminder of the struggle facing Italian towns hit by a quake last week. "This place is one big building site," said Luca Dioletta, the owner of Bar Duomo in the L'Aquila's main square, dominated by the neoclassical cathedral which is one of few buildings not shrouded in protective tarpaulins. Bar Duomo, which opened just a month ago, is the only bar or restaurant in the square which used to teem with life before the quake struck on April 6, 2009.
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Bulldozers with huge claws and other heavy equipment rolled through Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the quake's high death toll.
Hurricane Gaston picked up strength Sunday as it swirled in the Atlantic east of Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. Gaston has sustained maximum winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, the Miami-based NHC said in its 0900 GMT bulletin. The center of Gaston was located 620 miles east of Bermuda and was moving towards the northwest at a speed of six miles per hour.