Six things to know – 8/24/16

Here are six things to know for today.

The death toll from an earthquake in central Italy is now at 38. The magnitude 6 earthquake hit early in the morning while most people were sleeping. Rescue crews are racing to dig survivors out of the rubble.

A second powerful earthquake hit central Myanmar. The U.S. Geological Survey says it was a magnitude 6.8 quake. No word on any deaths of injuries.

Officials in South Korea are condemning the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile. Seoul officials say the missile was fired from a submarine today, and flew about 310 miles. The launch happened as South Korea and the U.S. conduct their annual military drills.

Tropical Storm Gaston is gaining strength in the Atlantic and could soon become a hurricane. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday have increased to near 70 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is forecast and Gaston is expected to become a hurricane later in the day.

Nearly two out of three of this year’s high-school graduates took the ACT college entrance exam – and the scores suggest many aren’t ready for the rigors of college-level courses. The testing company says only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at least three of the four core subjects tested – reading, English, math and science.

The Olympic flag has arrived in Tokyo, host of the next Summer Games. Tokyo’s governor held the flag as she got off a plane and stepped onto the tarmac. The governor received the flag at Sunday’s closing ceremonies of the Rio Games from Rio’s mayor and the president of the International Olympic Committee.

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