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Costa Concordia’s Black Box Broke for ‘Umpteenth’ Time Before Crash

Costa Concordia’s Black Box Broke for ‘Umpteenth’ Time Before CrashLaura Lezza/Getty Images(ROME) -- Four days before the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank off Italy's west coast, killing 32 people, emails from the liner's technical director reveal that the vessel had a faulty black box data recorder, according to new ...

Chinese Counterfeit $35 Million Worth of Italian Train Tickets

Chinese Counterfeit $35 Million Worth of Italian Train TicketsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Italian police are not surprised when they find counterfeit goods from China, but were taken aback to find $35 million worth of counterfeit train tickets for Rome's "Leonardo express" train on a ship that arrived from Ch...

Did Mark Zuckerberg Stiff His Italian Waiter?

Did Mark Zuckerberg Stiff His Italian Waiter?Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Facebook’s newlywed and newly minted billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg is being criticized after he reportedly skipped out on paying gratuity not once, but twice after dining out with his wife on the co...

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Italy

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern ItalyiStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) -- At least 15 people are dead after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy Tuesday morning, Italian news agency ANSA reports.According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake was six miles deep and hit ...

Baby Saved by Smallest Artificial Heart

Baby Saved by Smallest Artificial HeartAlessandro Di Meo/EPA(ROME) -- An artificial heart the size of a pinky finger kept a 16-month-old baby alive for nearly two weeks while he waited for a heart transplant.The Italian baby, whose name has not been released, had dilated cardiomyopathy, a d...

Italy Cracking Down on Tax Evaders, Targeting People by Their Cars

Italy Cracking Down on Tax Evaders, Targeting People by Their CarsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Across Italy, police are cracking down on tax evaders, and are able to find them by the car they drive. Drivers of Lamborghinis and Ferraris are being pulled over and are asked for their licenses, registrations and t...

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Shakes Northern Italy, Killing At Least 4

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Shakes Northern Italy, Killing At Least 4iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANT'AGOSTINO DI FERRARA, Italy) -- A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook northern Italy near Bologna early Sunday, killing at least 4 people. The quake damaged roofs of old buildings and caused several churches to collapse.Another st...

Italian Bomb Blast Outside School Leaves One Dead, Five Injured

Italian Bomb Blast Outside School Leaves One Dead, Five Injured(NEW YORK) -- A bomb explosion outside a school in the south Italian city of Brinidisi left one girl dead and five injured, the BBC reports. Students were arriving to school Saturday morning when an explosive device in a waste bin detonated around 7:45...

Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Is Largest in History

Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Is Largest in HistoryANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- Work to remove the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship from the coast of Italy is set to start within days.The American Titan Salvage will lead the $300 million removal project by first building an underwater ...

Amanda Knox’s Italian Prosecutors Face Own Legal Battle

Amanda Knox’s Italian Prosecutors Face Own Legal BattleKevin Casey/AFP/Getty Images(PERUGIA, Italy) -- While Amanda Knox enjoys her freedom after four years in an Italian prison, the prosecutors who accused her of murder may be in their own legal trouble.Two prosecutors in the Knox murder case are now unde...

Minnesota Couple’s Bodies Identified from Costa Concordia Wreck

Minnesota Couple’s Bodies Identified from Costa Concordia WreckANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- An American couple was identified as two of the five bodies recovered from the Costa Concordia wreck on March 22.Three months after the ship ran aground on the island of Giglio shortly after leaving port, the bo...

Gladiators, Centurions Scuffle Again at Rome’s Colosseum

Gladiators, Centurions Scuffle Again at Rome’s ColosseumiStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) -- For years now a common site in front of the city’s most known attraction, the Colosseum, has been men dressed as the soldiers and warriors who actually battled inside the arena more than 2,000 years ago.These &ldqu...

Amanda Knox’s Ex-Boyfriend Signs Book Deal

Amanda Knox’s Ex-Boyfriend Signs Book DealOli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Raffaele Sollecito, the former Italian boyfriend of Amanda Knox, who was found guilty with the Seattle woman in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher only to see their convictions overturned last year, has signed a dea...

Da Vinci’s Lost Painting May Be Found in Florence

Da Vinci’s Lost Painting May Be Found in FlorenceLeonardo da Vinci in a self-portrait. Photos.com/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, Italy) -- It sounds like the stuff of riveting mystery novels: A team of researchers has spent nearly 40 years searching for a long-lost painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, and may have l...

Two Western Hostages Killed During Attempted Rescue in Nigeria

Two Western Hostages Killed During Attempted Rescue in NigeriaJupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A Briton and an Italian man, who were kidnapped by militants in Nigeria last year, were killed in a rescue attempt on Thursday.British Prime Minister David Cameron and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan con...

U.S. Soccer Team Defeats Italy 1-0

U.S. Soccer Team Defeats Italy 1-0Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images(GENOA, Italy) -- The United States men's soccer team defeated Italy 1-0 Wednesday night on a Clint Dempsey goal in the 55th minute. It’s the U.S. first victory against Italy in 11 tries, dating back 78 years.The lon...

Eight Bodies Recovered from Costa Concordia Cruise Ship

Eight Bodies Recovered from Costa Concordia Cruise ShipSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- Teams searching the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner have found another eight bodies, more than a month after the ship capsized off the coast of Italy.Italian officials had previously put the number of those kill...

Woman Dies After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease at Dentist’s Office

Woman Dies After Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease at Dentist’s OfficeiStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROME) -- An 82-year-old Italian woman died after she contracted Legionnaires' disease, a severe, pneumonia-like illness, from the water in her dentist's office, according to a case report published in the journal The Lancet.Scien...

‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day’ for Italian EU Parliament Member

‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day’ for Italian EU Parliament MemberiStockphoto/Thinkstock(STRASBOURG) -- Italian MEP Licia Ronzulli brought her 18-month-old daughter Victoria to work at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Wednesday.According to The Mirror, Little Victoria enthusiastically wore a headset, played with...

Amanda Knox’s Family Slams ‘Harassment’ By Italian Prosecutor

Amanda Knox’s Family Slams ‘Harassment’ By Italian ProsecutorOli Scarff/Getty Images(PERUGIA, Italy) -- The family of Amanda Knox said Tuesday that efforts by Italian prosecutors to put her back in prison is "an example of the harassment" by prosecutors who are intent on prolonging "this terrible, painful incide...
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