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6 reported dead as cruise ship runs aground off Italy



A luxury cruise ship with 4,200 people aboard ran aground off the Tuscan coast and at least six people were killed, the Italian news agency ANSA reported today. It said that the Costa Concordia ran aground a few hundred yards off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio and that the passengers were being evacuated. The Italian coast guard told the Associated Press that at least three bodies had been retrieved from the sea. A statement from Costa Cruises, the company that runs the ship, confirmed that the evacuation of the 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew had begun. Costa Cruises said the Costa Concordia was sailing on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea.


3 in terror ring get 15-45 years in prison

Three members of a home-grown terror ring who conspired to attack the Quantico U.S. Marine Corps base and foreign targets were sentenced Friday to between 15 and 45 years in federal prison. Hysen Sherifi, 27, will serve 45 years in prison; Ziyad Yaghi, 23, got nearly 32 years; and Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 24, was sentenced to 15 years. They faced the possibility of life in prison. • In Brooklyn, N.Y., Kareem Ibrahim was sentenced Friday to life in prison for joining a failed plot to firebomb John F. Kennedy Airport in 2007 by blowing up jet fuel supplies. Three other men also have been sentenced to prison in the plot.


Gambling priest gets 3 years in prison

A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison on Friday and ordered to repay $650,000 he admitted embezzling from his parish to support a gambling habit. Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe, 59, accepted responsibility for looting his parish before his sentence.


More emails on Solyndra released

The White House has given House Republican investigators an additional 66 pages of internal correspondence relating to Solyndra, the solar equipment manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after accepting a $535 million loan guarantee. The emails do not appear to support the Republicans' claim that the White House steered the loan guarantee to Solyndra.


Peru: A court on Friday sentenced Dutchman Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison for the murder of a woman he met at a Lima casino.

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6 reported dead as cruise ship runs aground off Italy

01/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:19am]
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