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A journalist scans the frescoed ceilings of a room during a visit organized for the media of the Roman Emperor Nero's Golden Palace 'Domus Aurea' in Rome, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Experts: Cut trees to rescue Nero’s fabled palace

ROME (AP) — Experts say they’ve discovered how to rescue Nero’s underground Golden Palace from further decay and eventually reopen the ruins of the ancient emperor’s entertainment complex to the public: uproot the trees in […]

06/18/2014

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Pope Francis welcomes President Obama to the Vatican

Pope Francis welcomed President Obama to the Vatican today. The president considers Francis a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Phil and Penny discussed the details on the visit with AP White House Correspondent Mark […]

03/27/2014

Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope asks people if they used 2013 to help others

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his year-end prayer service on Tuesday evening to urge people to ask themselves a tough question: Did they mainly spend 2013 promoting self-interests or helping others? That’s what […]

12/31/2013

In this picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis, right, is flanked by Vatican Almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski as he welcomes four men at the Vatican, Dec. 17, 2013, the Pope's 77th birthday. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope shares his birthday breakfast with homeless

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Four homeless people, one of them carrying his dog, helped Pope Francis celebrate his 77th birthday at the Vatican on Tuesday. They live on the street in the Rome neighborhood just […]

12/17/2013

A skull lies in a niche in the Catacombs of Priscilla, a labyrinthine cemetery complex that stretches for kilometers underground, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican unveils new frescoes in top catacomb

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla, known for housing the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to […]

11/19/2013

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NYC to ban tobacco sales to anyone under age 21

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to sign landmark legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, making New York the first large city or state […]

11/19/2013

Townspeople wave a U.S. falg and hold up placards of Bill De Blasio in Sant'Agata de' Goti, early Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. The southern Italian town of Bill de Blasio's maternal grandfather is cheering his landslide victory in New York City's mayoral election and inviting him to receive honorary citizenship in a ceremony. Carmine Valentino, mayor of Sant'Agata de' Goti, says he hopes he'll see de Blasio soon in the Apennine mountain town of some 11,000. The New York mayor-elect traces his grandfather's roots on his maternal side to the town, which is about 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Naples. Townspeople early Wednesday followed the election coverage from New York on a big TV screen and popped open a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate. American flags studded the town, and de Blasio campaign banners hung from balconies and were plastered on storefronts. (AP Phhoto/Marco Genrile, LaPresse)

Next NY mayor’s Italian roots town cheers

ROME (AP) — The southern Italian town of Bill de Blasio’s maternal grandfather is cheering his landslide victory in New York City’s mayoral election and inviting him to receive honorary citizenship in a ceremony. Carmine […]

11/06/2013

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Vatican polls parishes on birth control, marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of […]

10/31/2013

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

A woman holding a flag of Italian Communist Refoundation Party thumps her fist on the hearse carrying the coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke as it arrives at the Society of St. Pius X, a schismatic Catholic group, in Albano Laziale, on the outskirts of Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lapresse)

Priebke lawyer calls off funeral amid protests

ALBANO LAZIALE, Italy (AP) — The bitterly protested funeral of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke was called off hours after it was to have taken place Tuesday by his lawyer, who said police prevented friends […]

10/15/2013

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