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The Latest: Mexico earthquake death toll rises to 273

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A construction worker searches a building that collapsed after an earthquake, in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.  AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo A construction worker searches a building that collapsed after an earthquake, in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

 MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local):
   5 p.m.
   Mexico's office of the presidency says the death toll from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 273, including 137 in the capital.
   The presidency said in a statement Wednesday that there were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.
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   2:20 p.m.
   Mexico's navy says there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers have been hunting for a girl they believed to be trapped.
   Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence of a person who may still alive, but he says it's probably a school worker.
   The search for the supposedly missing girl has been a focus of attention across the country as a symbol of hope following Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
   Sarmiento says 11 children were rescued alive after the quake, while 19 children and six adults died.
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   12:45 p.m.
   Outside a collapsed seven-story office building in Mexico City's trendy Roma Norte district, people have been camped out in tents and on folding chairs since Tuesday's deadly earthquake, anxiously awaiting word of their loved ones.
   They're increasingly worried three days into the rescue effort -- and also getting frustrated with what they say is a lack of information from authorities.
   Maria del Carmen Fernandez says her 27-year-old nephew Ivan Colin Fernandez works as an accountant in the seven-story building, which pancaked to the ground.
   She says the last time they got an update was late yesterday: That about 14 people were believed to be alive inside, and only three had gotten out.
   Fernandez embraced the man's mother, her sister, who wept without stop into Fernandez's black fleece sweater.
   She says she wants more information. In her words, "I think what kills us most is the desperation of not knowing anything."
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   This item has been revised to correct Maria del Carmen Fernandez's first name.
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   11:30 a.m.
   Rescuers are reinforcing the shaky wreckage of a collapsed school in Mexico City where they are trying to free a trapped girl and any other quake survivors.
   The remains of the building had shifted dangerously earlier Thursday morning, prompting some rescuers to evacuate the top of the pile.
   Workers have put into place iron beams to prop up the structure. It took a dozen or more men to carry each one.
   Stretchers have also been brought to the edge of the building. A large crane is also on site.
   At least 245 people were killed in Tuesday's earthquake, according to the most recent official count.
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   9:50 a.m.
   Rescuers and search dogs from Southern California are in Mexico to help following the country's deadly earthquake.
   The U.S. ambassador to Mexico says that a search and rescue team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department has arrived with "experts and tons of equipment."
   Ambassador Roberta Jacobson on Thursday posted photos of rescuers and dogs next to a large U.S. Air Force jet and cargo being offloaded from the plane.
   Tuesday's quake killed at least 245 people in Mexico City and nearby states, according to the latest official toll.
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   7:45 a.m.
   Vladimir Navarro has spent the night working at the site of a collapsed school in Mexico City where rescuers are still trying to free a trapped girl and any other survivors.
   The university worker says he's exhausted and is going to sleep for a few hours and then return. Navarro says rescuers are "just meters away from getting to the children," but the rubble is unstable and they can't access it until it is shored up.
   In his words: "Taking any decision is dangerous." Navarro says they need a large crane to come in and help. Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake collapsed the school and dozens of other buildings in Mexico City, and killed at least 245 people.
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   7:05 a.m.
   Rescue workers have recovered the body of a woman from the ruins of the school in southern Mexico City where a child has been detected alive.
   The Mexican Navy issued a statement early Thursday saying the 58-year-old woman had worked at the Enrique Rebsamen school.
   At least 26 people are known to have died at the primary and secondary school, which was one of scores of buildings across central Mexico that collapsed in Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake.
   Both military and civilian rescue workers are trying to reach a child trapped in the rubble who has shown signs of life.
   But they're not sure who she is. The navy statement appealed for information, saying no relatives have approached to offer any information about her.  

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Latest on the strong earthquake that hit Mexico City (all times local):
   9:40 p.m.
   The head of Mexico's civil defense agency says the nationwide death toll from Tuesday's earthquake has risen to 149.
   Luis Felipe Puente said 55 people died in Morelos state, just south of the capital, while 49 died in Mexico City and 32 died in Puebla state, where the quake was centered. Ten people died in Mexico State, which surrounds the capital, and three in Guerrero state. The count did not include one death reported by officials in Oaxaca state.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.

Civil Defense agency says Mexico earthquake death toll reaches 139.

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   7:25 p.m.
   The government of Mexico's southern Oaxaca state reported one death from a major earthquake that devastated the country's center. The death raised the nationwide toll to 120.
   Officials did not provide details of the death in Oaxaca, which is far from the quake's epicenter.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
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   7:05 p.m.
   People used shopping carts from a nearby supermarket to carry away rubble in a Mexico City neighborhood where three apartment buildings collapsed on the same stretch of street.
   Valerie Perez, a 23-year-old student from Venezuela, ran from her fourth-floor apartment just in time to see the building in front of it collapse.
   With only a month in Mexico, she was stunned by the day's events, which included an earthquake drill then a real one.  Earlier in the day workplaces across Mexico City held readiness drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake, a magnitude 8.0 shake, which killed thousands of people.
   "A drill at 11 a.m. and an earthquake at 1 p.m.," she said. "This is the most powerful thing I have ever seen in my life."
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   6:25 p.m.
   U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you."
   Trump's tweet comes after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico, including the capital, claiming at least 119 lives -- the largest number of fatalities in a Mexican earthquake since the 1985 quake that killed thousands.
   Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told local media that at least 30 people had died in Mexico City where buildings collapsed or were badly damaged at 44 points throughout the city.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
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   6:05 p.m.
   The death toll in Mexico's magnitude 7.1 quake has risen to 119. That's the largest number of fatalities in a Mexican earthquake since the 1985 quake that killed thousands.
   Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told local media that at least 30 people had died in the capital, where buildings collapsed or were badly damaged at 44 points throughout the city. Between 50 and 60 people were pulled alive from the rubble by citizens and rescue workers in the city.
   State officials said at least 54 people died in the state of Morelos, south of the capital; 26 died in Puebla, according to the director of disaster prevention, Carlos Valdes. Nine died in the State of Mexico, according to the state's governor.
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   5:55 p.m.
   The death toll from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico has risen to 104.
   Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera says that at least 30 people have died in Mexico City, and officials in Morelos state, just to the south, said 54 had died there. At least 11 others died in Puebla state, according to Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the state's Interior Department.
   Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said at least nine had died in the State of Mexico, which also borders the capital.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
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   5:45 p.m.
   Mexican officials say the national death toll from a major earthquake has risen to 94. Mexico City's mayor said 30 are dead in the capital alone.
   Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said at least 44 buildings collapsed and that between 50 and 60 people have been pulled alive from rubble.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
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   5:40 p.m.
   Amid the destruction of a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, residents of Mexico City are digging through rubble to save their neighbors.
   Carlos Mendoza was standing just blocks away when an apartment building collapsed in Mexico City's trendy Roma neighborhood.
   The 30-year-old joined the rescue efforts and said he has been able to pull two people alive from the rubble in three hours of work.
   "When we saw this we came to help. This is ugly, very ugly," he said, covered in dust.
   Also in Roma, Alma Gonzalez was in her fourth floor apartment when the quake collapsed the ground floor of her building, leaving her no way out.
   She was terrified until the people living in the neighboring house mounted a ladder on their roof and helped her slide out a side window.
   "They helped us leave with a ladder," Gonzalez said. "I think my father the Lord who has us here for some reason."
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   5:30 p.m.
   Mexico's federal government says the death toll in a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 79.
   The announcement posted on Twitter did not break down the locations of the deaths, but said they included Mexico City and the states of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
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   5:15 p.m.
   Mexico's magnitude 7.1 earthquake has forced cancellation of a soccer match between two major Mexico City clubs, Cruz Azul and America.
   The national soccer league said the game that had been scheduled for Tuesday evening would be reprogrammed for a later date. It's part of the Copa MX championship series.
   The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.
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