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The Latest: Merkel Greets Italy Quake Rescue Teams, Dog

The Latest: Merkel Greets Italy Quake Rescue Teams, Dog

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 12:54 PM EDT

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

6:30 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has greeted rescue crews from Italy's earthquake — and even one of the dogs who helped locate a little girl in the rubble.

Merkel was in Maranello, Italy, for a meeting with Premier Matteo Renzi at the headquarters of sports car manufacturer Ferrari.

As they headed into the meeting, Merkel stopped to chat with members of the emergency crews who responded to the Aug. 24 quake in central Italy that killed nearly 300 people. She bent down and shook the paw of Leo, the black Labrador retriever that helped locate 4-year-old Giorgia Rinaldo in the rubble of a home in Pescara Del Tronto.

Giorgia was found in the embrace of her older sister Giulia. Giorgia survived and is in the hospital; Giulia was killed.

6:05 p.m.

Firefighters have conducted a preliminary search of Amatrice's crumbled elementary school and financial police have begun gathering documentation about contracts for renovations of quake-destroyed public buildings as the investigation into the devastation kicked into higher gear a week after the temblor struck central Italy.

Another body was extracted from the rubble early Wednesday and a 23-year-old student who was injured in the hard-hit medieval town of Amatrice died at a hospital in Pescara, bringing the death toll from the Aug. 24 temblor to 294, with a handful of people still missing, the ANSA news agency reported.

A 3.8-magnitude aftershock hit the quake zone on Wednesday, reportedly damaging a building in Norcia. It was one of more than 3,000 post-quake aftershocks that have rattled residents, some 4,000 of whom remain homeless.

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The Latest on the aftermath of the Italy earthquake (all times local):6:30 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has greeted rescue crews from Italy's earthquake - and even one of the dogs who helped locate a little girl in the rubble.Merkel was in Maranello, Italy, for a...
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