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Woman rescued from rubble after earthquake in Italy (+video)

A woman in Cavezzo, Italy, was pulled alive from the rubble of her home Wednesday. The death toll from Tuesday's northern Italy earthquake has risen to 17.

Woman in Italy pulled alive from quake rubble
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A 65-year-old woman was rescued Wednesday after being buried in the rubble of her home by Tuesday's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in northern Italy.

She had returned to her home in Cavezzo to get clothes for the first time following the May 20 earthquake, Sky TG24 news reported. Then, Tuesday's quake hit. Rescue workers say she was saved by a piece of furniture that protected her from the falling debris. 

Italian rescue workers removed what they believe is the last earthquake victim from the rubble Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 17 as the government approved measures to rebuild the quake-hit area so crucial to Italy's economic health.

IN PICTURES: Earthquake in Italy

The magnitude 5.8 temblor north of Bologna on Tuesday felled old buildings and new factories and warehouses alike, many of them already weakened by a stronger quake May 20 that measured 6.0 and killed seven people.

In both quakes, the death toll was disproportionately workers toiling in factories, leading to some questions about Italy's building codes or possible corruption.

"I remember with sorrow the deaths in Emilia, who died while working, mostly workers but also entrepreneurs," Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri said in Rome.

Premier Mario Monti has promised the government would do whatever is necessary to rebuild the region. On Wednesday, the government approved measures, including raising the price of gas by .02 cents a liter, to begin the reconstruction of homes, businesses and historic structures, including many churches, in the stricken area.

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