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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

In this video image made available by the Armed Forces of Malta from an overflying aircraft, a life raft carrying survivors  floats in the sea between Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa, Oct. 11 2013. (AP Photo/ Armed Forces of Malta)

Another boat carrying many migrants capsizes off Sicily

ROME (AP) — For the second time in a week, a smugglers’ boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily on Friday as it made the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. At […]

10/11/2013

Italian Andrea Bartali son of champion cyclist Gino Bartali, speaks with Holocaust survivor Giulia Baquis at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, after a ceremony to induct Bartali into the prestigious Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations for his help rescuing Jews during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Cyclist Gino Bartali honored by Holocaust museum

ROME (AP) — Gino Bartali rarely spoke about this for all these years. During World War II, the champion cyclist — winner of the 1938 and 1948 Tour de France — helped rescue Jews in […]

10/10/2013

Italian Coast Guard personnel recover a body bag on their patrol boat in Lampedusa island, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

Italy holds suspected ship captain; death toll 275

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Italy on Tuesday detained a 35-year-old Tunisian man suspected of being the captain of a boat carrying African migrants that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa. Divers, meanwhile, recovered dozens […]

10/08/2013

AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test.

American adults score poorly on global test

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all […]

10/08/2013

Migrants answer a reporter's questions at a temporary camp in the Italian island of Lampedusa, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Fisherman says migrants were too weak to grab lifesaver

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — The friends were heading out on a fishing trip, when one heard voices from the sea. Don’t be silly, Vito Fiorino told him — it’s only the seagulls’ early morning song. […]

10/04/2013

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