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  • Cruise lines stop Tunisia visits after museum attack
    Cruise lines stop Tunisia visits after museum attack Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Two cruise lines suspended visits to Tunisia on Thursday after 17 passengers from their ships were killed in the museum attack, delivering an immediate economic blow to the North African country. More »

  • 17 foreign tourists killed in Tunisia were cruise passengers Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Two cruise lines suspended visits to Tunisia on Thursday after 17 passengers from their ships were killed in the museum attack, delivering an immediate economic blow to the North African country. More »

  • Cruise line cancels Tunisian ports of call after attack Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Italian cruise line Costa Crociere said Thursday it had canceled all upcoming stops in Tunisian ports, as the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis began delivering an immediate economic hit to the country's ... More »

  • After shipwreck, concerns Costa wants to cut Italy ties
    After shipwreck, concerns Costa wants to cut Italy ties Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Italian cruise company Costa Crociere is facing a public relations battle over its future in Italy amid concerns the company wants to distance itself from the country after the deadly 2012 shipwreck of the Costa Concordia. More »

  • Costa Cruises seeks to reassure Italy over job loss fears
    Costa Cruises seeks to reassure Italy over job loss fears Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - A unit of one of the world's biggest cruise operators sought to reassure Italy on Friday that plans to transfer some of its operations to Germany did not mean it would move abroad. Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corp , is based in the northern Italian port of Genoa, but transport workers union FIT-CISL fears the company's transfer plan spells job losses. Unions are concerned that the transfer of four Costa Cruises units to Hamburg would result in the loss of about 160 jobs and Italian transport minister Maurizio Lupi had invited Costa chief Michael Thamm to discuss the matter at a meeting in Rome. "We are the only cruise line flying the Italian flag and we are the only cruise line paying taxes here ... we are going to keep the heart, the soul and the brain of our company here in Italy," Thamm told reporters after the meeting. More »

  • Costa faces new PR battle in Italy after verdict
    Costa faces new PR battle in Italy after verdict Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    The CEO of Costa Crociere is facing a public relations battle over the company's future in Italy after former captain Francesco Schettino was handed a 16-year sentence for the deaths of 32 people in the ... More »

  • 13 Freaky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th
    13 Freaky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Perhaps Friday the 13th wasn't the best day to stage a leap into New York's Genesee River. Patch, who was born around 1800, lived before Friday the 13th superstitions were prevalent. More »

  • Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prison
    Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prison Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — A court convicted the Costa Concordia's commander of the manslaughter deaths of 32 people in the cruise liner's capsizing off the Italian coast and sentenced him Wednesday to some 16 years in prison, blaming him for causing the 2012 shipwreck and for doing what sea captains should never do — abandoning ship while passengers and crew were still aboard. More »

  • Defiant Concordia skipper Schettino vows to clear his name
    Defiant Concordia skipper Schettino vows to clear his name Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino has vowed that he will never accept his conviction for abandoning ship on the night of the 2012 cruise ship disaster. More »

  • British Victims Sue Costa Concordia Operator
    British Victims Sue Costa Concordia Operator Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Lawyers for British passengers who were caught up in the Costa Concordia disaster plan to sue the cruise operator after captain Francesco Schettino was found guilty of multiple manslaughter. Judges ruled Schettino, 54, was responsible for the deaths of 32 people after the ship struck rocks off Giglio Island in January 2012. Lawyers have begun issuing proceedings in Italian courts against cruise firm Costa Crociere Spa on behalf of four British crew members. Proceedings have also been issued on behalf of six British expatriates living in Spain who were aboard the ship, and two passengers from Ireland and Canada. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday
    10 Things to Know for Thursday Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: More »

  • Thursday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Britons to sue over Concordia wreck
    Britons to sue over Concordia wreck Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Lawyers representing British passengers and crew caught up in the Costa Concordia disaster plan to sue the cruise operator following the jailing of the ship's captain. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Hero fire fighters, the world turning green and the latest from the Graham Dwyer trial… More »

  • Costa Concordia captain gets 16 years in prison
    Costa Concordia captain gets 16 years in prison Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to 16 years and one month in prison for manslaughter, causing the 2012 shipwreck that claimed 32 lives and abandoning the luxury liner while many passengers and crew were still aboard. More »

  • Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years for 2012 shipwreck
    Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years for 2012 shipwreck Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    By Silvia Ognibene and Isla Binnie GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) - The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio. Francesco Schettino was commanding the vessel, a floating hotel as long as three football pitches, when it hit rocks off the island, tearing a hole in its side. Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 26 years for Schettino, who has admitted some responsibility but denied blame for the deaths that occurred during the evacuation. Investigators severely criticised Schettino's handling of the disaster, accusing him of bringing the 290 metre-long (950 feet) vessel too close to shore. More »

  • Costa Concordia: How The Disaster Unfolded
    Costa Concordia: How The Disaster Unfolded Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Stripped of his maritime licence and dubbed 'Captain Coward' by the Italian media, Francesco Schettino was held responsible for causing the Costa Concordia shipwreck which killed 32 people. More »

  • Costa Concordia Captain Guilty Of Manslaughter
    Costa Concordia Captain Guilty Of Manslaughter Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner has been jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of multiple manslaughter. Judges ruled that Francesco Schettino was responsible for the deaths of 32 people after the ship smashed into rocks off Giglio island in January 2012. The 54-year-old is expected to appeal the decision, which means it could be years before he is actually jailed for the crime, but prosecutors have requested that Schettino is imprisoned immediately. Sky Correspondent Jonathan Samuels said: "This is a significant sentence. More »

  • The oldest man in Australia spends his time knitting tiny jumpers for tiny  …
    The oldest man in Australia spends his time knitting tiny jumpers for tiny  … Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    We’ll take one penguin and one jumper, please. More »

  • Italian cruise ship captain gets 16-year jail sentence
    Italian cruise ship captain gets 16-year jail sentence Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Accusations included manslaughter, causing shipwreck and abandoning ship while passengers were still aboard. More »

  • Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino sentenced to 16 years in prison
    Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino sentenced to 16 years in prison Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison including 10 years for multiple manslaughter. 32 people died in the tragedy in January 2012 when the Concordia sailed close to the island of Giglio, Italy and after being torn apart by submerged rocks partially overturned. Capt. Schettino, 54, was widely condemned following the tragedy when it emerged he had piloted the ship too close to rocks. When the Costa Concordia struck rocks Schettino told passengers there was a power blackout and nothing to worry about. More »

  • Costa Concordia captain sentenced to just over 16 years in prison Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Costa Concordia captain sentenced to just over 16 years in prison. More »

  • Costa Concordia captain convicted of multiple charges of manslaughter in 2012 … Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Costa Concordia captain convicted of multiple charges of manslaughter in 2012 shipwreck. More »

  • Costa Concordia Captain Expects To Learn Fate
    Costa Concordia Captain Expects To Learn Fate Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Three judges are expected to announce whether they have reached a verdict in the trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia. They have been deliberating whether he should be held responsible for multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship after the cruise liner smashed into rocks off Giglio island in Italy. He claimed the blame for the disaster lay with his employer Costa Cruises and said the media had portrayed him unfairly. More »

  • Tearful Concordia skipper pleads for mercy over fatal shipwreck
    Tearful Concordia skipper pleads for mercy over fatal shipwreck Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was Wednesday awaiting judgement at the end of his 19-month trial for causing the 2012 disaster after an emotional last-minute appeal for mercy. More »

  • Prosecutors: Concordia ship captain should have saved all
    Prosecutors: Concordia ship captain should have saved all Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The failure of Costa Concordia's captain to promptly order an evacuation of the cruise ship was the sole reason 32 people died, prosecutors said in their final arguments in court Tuesday. More »

  • Court told 'tsunami of evidence' against Costa skipper as verdict n …
    Court told 'tsunami of evidence' against Costa skipper as verdict n … Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Prosecutors seeking a lengthy prison term for Costa Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino summed up their case Tuesday by saying there was a "tsunami of evidence" against him. More »

  • Concordia Captain Faces 'Tsunami Of Evidence'
    Concordia Captain Faces 'Tsunami Of Evidence' Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The captain of the Costa Concordia is facing a "tsunami of evidence" as his manslaughter trial draws to a close, prosecutors have said. They claim Francesco Schettino’s delay in evacuating the ship was the sole reason for the 32 deaths on the stricken cruise ship. Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi told an Italian court there would have been time for all 4,300 people to safely leave the ship had Schettino quickly ordered an evacuation. His lawyers say Schettino had calculated that tide and wind conditions would carry the listing ship closer to the shore, making evacuation safer. More »

  • Shipwreck lawyer: Concordia captain had time to save all
    Shipwreck lawyer: Concordia captain had time to save all Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Prosecutors at the 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck trial are insisting the captain's failure to promptly order an evacuation of the cruise ship is the sole reason why 32 people died. A verdict is expected ... More »

  • Defence urges acquittal of 'lifesaving' Concordia skipper
    Defence urges acquittal of 'lifesaving' Concordia skipper Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Lawyers defending Costa Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino called Monday for his acquittal on manslaughter charges, saying their client may have saved many lives in the 2012 disaster. More »

  • Survivors ask: Will justice be done for Concordia shipwreck?
    Survivors ask: Will justice be done for Concordia shipwreck? Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The defense team for the Italian captain on trial for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner and the deaths of 32 people on Monday appealed to the court to take into consideration errors by other crew and malfunctioning equipment when it determines his fate. More »

  • Concordia captain's defense team asks for mercy if convicted
    Concordia captain's defense team asks for mercy if convicted Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The defense team for the Italian captain on trial for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner and the deaths of 32 people on Monday appealed to the court to take into consideration errors by other crew and malfunctioning equipment when it determines his fate. More »

  • Concordia captain's lawyers defend slow evacuation order Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    ROME (AP) — Lawyers for the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia are defending his delayed evacuation order, saying in closing arguments that the ship was still the safest place for passengers and that he gave the order once it became clear the Concordia was going down. More »

  • How the Super Bowl ad game played out
    How the Super Bowl ad game played out Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers on Sunday night sought to win over viewers in a variety of ways. More »

  • The story of Super Bowl ads
    The story of Super Bowl ads Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Super Bowl advertisers on Sunday night sought to win over viewers in a variety of ways. McDonald's called for loving, Coke demanded more positivity, and Nationwide told the story of a dead boy. Here's ... More »