Italy

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia  is seen at the beginning of  the operations to put it afloat, on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Giacomo Aprili)

Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genova

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. Authorities expressed satisfaction […]

07/14/2014

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini displays his shoulder showing apparent teeth marks after colliding with the mouth of Uruguay's Luis Suarez during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Holyfield weighs in on World Cup bite

NATAL, Brazil (AP) — It was inevitable: Evander Holyfield has weighed in on Luis Suarez’s bite. Television replays appeared to show the Uruguay striker digging his teeth into the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini late […]

06/24/2014

Uruguay's Luis Suarez reacts while sitting on the pitch during the group D World Cup soccer match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Biting off trouble: Suarez in World Cup spotlight

NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble and facing a long ban after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup group game. The […]

06/24/2014

Bottles of wine falsely labeled as prized Brunello di Montalcino are displayed during a press conference in Siena, Italy, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Italian police have seized about 30,000 bottles of wine falsely labeled as prized Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and other premium wines. Siena Carabinieri Col. Marco Grandini said investigators were alerted to the fraud by consumers who recognized the impostors as "normal table wine." With a bottle of Brunello running some 30 euros ($40), Grandini estimated the fraud in the hundreds of thousands of euros (dollars). (AP Photo/Paolo Lazzeroni)

Italian police seize falsely labeled wine bottles

ROME (AP) — Italian investigators said Thursday they seized 30,000 bottles of falsely labeled premium wine from central Italy, after savvy consumers who realized that the Brunello di Montalcino they were sipping turned out to […]

05/29/2014

A view of the Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West  wed and hosted a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24, according to a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Kardashian-Kanye wed in Florence fortress

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially “Bound” to each other. The celebrity couple, who have made a habit of over-the-top, public displays of affection, got hitched Saturday in a decidedly […]

05/24/2014

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk across the tarmac following their arrival on Marine One helicopter at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., to begin their weekend vacation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Obama's trip to Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to […]

03/08/2014

Lucille Ball, center, dressed as Santa Claus in a colorized "I Love Lucy Christmas Special." (AP Photo/CBS)

CBS wins weekly ratings crown with ‘I Love Lucy’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly six decades after it first aired, an “I Love Lucy” Christmas special was last week’s most-watched holiday program. There was a gimmick involved: The episode of the 1950s Lucille Ball-Desi […]

12/24/2013

Bartolomeo Gagliano  (AP Photo)

Italian fugitive serial killer captured in France

ROME (AP) — A serial killer who failed to return to prison after a two-day, good-behavior pass was recaptured Friday in France, Italy’s justice minister said, ending an embarrassing episode that had raised questions about […]

12/20/2013

Oct. 4, 2011: Amanda Knox speaks at a news conference shortly after her arrival from Italy at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Knox in email: ‘I didn’t kill Meredith’

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Amanda Knox declared her innocence in her roommate’s 2007 murder in a highly unusual email Tuesday to the Italian court hearing the case against her. The former U.S. exchange student also […]

12/17/2013

In this picture taken with a mobile phone, US student Amanda Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, right, sits with his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno, center, as Amanda Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova speaks to them ahead of a hearing in Sollecito and Knox's trial at an appeals court in Florence, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Patricia Thomas)

Knox’s knife DNA casts doubt on murder weapon

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A court-appointed expert testifying in U.S. student Amanda Knox’s third murder trial in Italy said Wednesday that a new trace of DNA found on the handle of the knife alleged to […]

11/06/2013

Wine expert Daniele Cernilli is interviewed by the Associated Press in Rome. (AP Photo/Michele Barbero)

Italian vintners look abroad as home sales slump

TORANO NUOVO, Italy (AP) — It’s harvest season at the family-run vintner Emidio Pepe in central Italy and workers are wading into the vineyards, hand-picking grapes and pressing them under their boots in giant wooden […]

10/28/2013

In this July 19, 1996 file photo former Nazi officer Erich Priebke, left, arrives in a Rome Military Court followed by a  Carabinieri Italian paramilitary police officer, for a hearing in his trial. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)

Church and state refuse Rome funeral for Nazi

ROME (AP) — What to do with the body of a Nazi war criminal no one wants? Rome’s mayor, police chief and the pope’s right-hand man have all refused to grant former SS captain Erich […]

10/14/2013

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