Death Toll Rises in Italy: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Death toll in Italy passes 240 as rescue continues

“There have been hundreds of aftershocks since the quake struck, hampering relief efforts and damaging already unstable buildings. More than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy machinery and their bare hands. Rescuers have advised journalists and bystanders to leave Amatrice urgently, as ‘the town is crumbling.’

2. Still not profitable

“Uber’s losses and revenue have generally grown in lockstep as the company’s global ambitions have expanded. Uber has lost money quarter after quarter. In 2015, Uber lost at least $2 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Uber, which is seven years old, has lost at least $4 billion in the history of the company.”

+1: Uber’s $16 billion game of chicken.

3. The virtual surgeons of Syria

“A team of doctors across the world is helping the only two medical professionals left in one besieged town in Syria—via cell phone.”

+1: U.S. urges strong action after signs of chemical attacks by Syrian government.

+1: How Turkey’s push into Syria is reshaping the Middle East’s web of alliances.

4. Donald Trump is wavering on deportation for illegal immigrants

“For conservatives who have vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform, and who had admired Mr. Trump’s calls for a border wall and mass deportations, Mr. Trump’s words sounded dismayingly similar to those of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, whom Mr. Trump drove from the Republican primaries in large part by deriding him as weak on immigration.”

5. Four Loko is blowing up in China

“The dangerous blend of stimulants and alcohol, Four Loko, is making a comeback—in China. While the drink’s popularity in the US waned after a series of hospitalizations and other incidents, it is now being offered on China’s giant online shopping portals Alibaba and, where it is being advertised as ‘blackout in a can.'”