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Court President, Judge Giovanni Puliatti, sitting at center, is flanked by judges Sergio Compagnucci, right, and Marco Mezzaluna, left, in the court room of the converted Teatro Moderno theater for his the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino, in Grosseto, Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Wrecked ship captain blames helmsman in Italy case

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, now on trial over the deadly disaster, blamed his helmsman Monday for botching a last-minute corrective maneuver that he contends could have prevented the […]

09/23/2013

The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013. The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian […]

09/17/2013

The Costa Concordia lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Shipwrecked Concordia declared vertical off Italy

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, […]

09/16/2013

Reporters watch the Costa Concordia ship lying on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2013. An international team of engineers is trying a never-before attempted strategy to set upright the luxury liner, which capsized after striking a reef in 2012 killing 32 people. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Learn how parbuckling works

As crews work to raise the capsized Costa Concordia ship in Italy, learn about the process — known as parbuckling — in the brief video here.

09/16/2013

Reporters watch the Costa Concordia ship lying on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2013. An international team of engineers is trying a never-before attempted strategy to set upright the luxury liner, which capsized after striking a reef in 2012 killing 32 people. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Shipwrecked Concordia wrested off Italian reef

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — Engineers on Monday succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from the Italian reef where it has been stuck since it capsized in January 2012, leaving them […]

09/16/2013

In this Sept. 7, 2013 picture made available by the Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, speaks with Rev. Renzo Zocca, second from right, and owner of the Renault 4L seen at left, his assistant Luigi Macchioni, and car-body repairer Stefano Veronesi, fourth from right. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

Priest gives used car to pope, who wants to drive

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis now has his own mini popemobile after getting a good deal on a used car that he plans to drive himself. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, says Francis […]

09/11/2013

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Children’s Hospital LA gets grant to help restore hearing in deaf children

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The National Institutes of Health has awarded the House Research Institute and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a grant for a five- year study aimed at restoring hearing in deaf children. The […]

08/21/2013

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Emirates beats Luna Rossa in scary opener

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Emirates Team New Zealand tore the tarp in the center of its catamaran and lost two men overboard before holding on to beat hobbled Italian Team Luna Rossa in a scary […]

08/17/2013

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis receives an autographed ball from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, as coach Cesare Prandelli, center, and president of the Italian soccer federation Giancarlo Abete smile, during a private audience at the Vatican, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Soccer-loving pope cheers Messi, other players

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis cheered fellow Argentine Lionel Messi and other soccer stars Tuesday as he led a morality-focused pep rally of sorts at the Vatican for Argentina and Italy’s national teams ahead […]

08/13/2013

Silvio Berlusconi leaves his residence of Grazioli palace, in Rome, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

6 answers to what happens next to Italy’s celebrity convict

ROME (AP) — Now that Silvio Berlusconi’s tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence have been upheld by Italy’s highest court, key questions remain about what will happen next to the former Italian premier. At […]

08/02/2013

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