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10 Best Places to Visit in the World

See the Great Barrier Reef before it's gone

(Newser) - Visited New York City? Then you've already hit one of the top travel destinations in the world, according to US News & World Report . NYC sits at the No. 9 spot on its list, based on votes from editors and users, though it's actually No. 6 on this... More »

Suspect Says Dead Expat Treated Him 'Like a Dog'

'He did not want to kill her or hurt her,' says lawyer

(Newser) - The man accused of killing American expatriate Ashley Ann Olsen says he last saw her alive. His lawyer, Antonio Voce, says Cheik Tidiane Diaw met Olsen at a nightclub, then visited her apartment in the early hours of Jan. 8 where the pair had consensual sex while drunk and high... More »

Italy Makes Arrest in American Expat's Murder

Alleged killer is man Olsen met in nightclub

(Newser) - Police in Italy say they have made an arrest in the murder of American expatriate Ashley Ann Olsen—and there doesn't appear to be any link to her unsettling Instagram posts . Authorities in Florence announced early Thursday that Tidiane Cheik Diaw, a 25-year-old man from Senegal, was arrested on... More »

On Dead American Expat's Instagram, 'Sorry' Graffiti

Ashley Ann Olsen was strangled with cordlike object: cops

(Newser) - Ashley Ann Olsen's boyfriend allegedly compromised the crime scene when he found her naked body in her Florence apartment on Saturday, reports the Daily Beast by way of local media. Federico Fiorentini, 42, says he and Olsen argued on Wednesday; his calls to her went unanswered, and he ultimately... More »

In Dead American Expat's Instagram, Eerie Hashtags

Hashtags include: #Ihaveastalker, #creeperpic and #stalkeralert

(Newser) - American expat Ashley Ann Olsen, who was found dead Saturday in her apartment in Florence, Italy, left behind an Instagram account that could possibly shed light on how she died. Some two months before she was killed, Olsen, 35, posted photos on Instagram with hashtags, such as #Ihaveastalker, #creeperpic and... More »

American Woman Killed in Italy, Cops Open Murder Probe

Ashley Olsen's death raises fears of Amanda Knox-esque murder saga

(Newser) - Police questioned the friends of an American found dead in her Florence apartment as Italy's expat community expressed hope that the case won't turn into another Amanda Knox-style, headline-grabbing legal saga. Police opened a murder investigation Saturday after 35-year-old Ashley Olsen of Summer Haven, Florida, was found dead,... More »

Kardashian, Kanye Wed in Florentine Fortress

Reality star and rapper say 'I do' in private ceremony

(Newser) - Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West wed today in a Renaissance fortress in Florence, the TV network that carries Keeping Up With the Kardashians confirmed. The city's mayor's office had said a week earlier that the couple rented Belvedere Fort for a wedding to be performed... More »

Downfall of Michelangelo's David: Weak Ankles?

Researchers: Masterpiece could collapse

(Newser) - Michelangelo's David has two bum ankles—and surgery isn't helping the masterpiece. Despite plastering over micro-fractures that have appeared over the years, David's ankles are so bad researchers fear the marble Golaith-slayer could soon collapse under his own massive 5.5-ton weight, reports the BBC by way... More »

Next in Mona Lisa Drama: Digging Up the Family Tomb

Lisa Gherardini's sons could provide a DNA match

(Newser) - Digging up the Mona Lisa was just the beginning, apparently. Now it's time to open her family's tomb for DNA samples of her two sons, NBC News reports. Last year, researchers exhumed several bodies in Florence, Italy, hoping one belonged to Lisa Gherardini—the likely model for Leonardo... More »

Oops: Tourist Snaps Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue

Handsy American may face heavy fine

(Newser) - A clumsy tourist from Missouri is in for plenty of finger-wagging from the art world after accidentally snapping a digit off a 600-year-old statue in a museum in Florence, Italy. The 55-year-old was holding his hand against the statue's palm when a finger snapped off, NBC reports. The man... More »

Feud Rekindled Over Long-Lost 'Michelangelo'

New theory traces history of restored 'San Giovannino'

(Newser) - In 1930, a Spanish historian suggested a sculpture of St. John the Baptist was the work of Michelangelo—a long-lost piece said to have been created in the late 15th century. Since then, nearly every expert has dismissed the theory, and the statue was shattered into 14 pieces during the... More »

Mona Lisa's Bones Unearthed?

Team finds intact skeleton in former Florence convent

(Newser) - We may be getting a little closer to discovering the secret of Mona Lisa's smile. Experts on Tuesday unearthed an intact skeleton beneath the floor of a former convent in Florence, and say this one could indeed belong to Lisa Gherardini. The tomb hunters last year said they had... More »

Experts: We're Close to Finding Lost Da Vinci

Probers convinced Battle of Anghiari is hidden behind other painting in Florence

(Newser) - Indefatigable art experts believed they've discovered the location of a long-sought Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece hidden behind another painting in Florence. A California team searching for the masterpiece Battle of Anghiari are convinced it's painted on a wall of the Palazzo Vecchio—behind another painting by Giorgio Vasari.... More »

Italian Author Opens Fire on African Traders

Right-wing extremist kills 2 in Florence

(Newser) - A far-right Italian author opened fire on Senegalese traders at two markets in the heart of Florence yesterday, killing two and seriously injuring three. Witnesses said Gianluca Casseri calmly got out of his car and took aim at the African vendors, the BBC reports. The 50-year-old science fiction author turned... More »

Abercrombie Offers Situation Money Not to Wear Its Clothes

Teen retailer has 'deep concerns' about Mike Sorrentino's Jersey Shore image

(Newser) - Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, style icon? Not exactly. Abercrombie & Fitch is offering the Jersey Shore star big bucks not to wear its clothing. The teen retailer has offered a “substantial payment” to Sorrentino “to wear an alternate brand" because of the company's "deep concern"... More »

Italian Police Revoke Snooki's License

'Jersey Shore' star crashed into Italian police car escorting ... her car

(Newser) - Italian police say they have revoked Snooki's international driver's license following the Jersey Shore star's fender-bender with a police car . The police car was escorting the Jersey Shore vehicle when the accident occurred on Monday; two policemen were slightly injured but not hospitalized. No alcohol was involved,... More »

Florence to Jersey Shore: No, Grazie

Old World Italians don't care for vulgar American-Italian cast

(Newser) - Old World Italians are face to face with the self-described guidos and guidettes of the Jersey Shore—and they definitely don't like what they see. The hard-drinking, sex-ravenous East Coast crew is an embarrassment to Florentines, who are trying to figure out how to keep the reality stars quiet... More »

Snooki in Custody After Crashing Into Cop Car

Reality star could be in big trouble ... in Italy

(Newser) - The often-tipsy emissary from MTV-land may have finally gone a tad too far in Italy. Snooki is in custody after a car crash involving a cop car in Florence. A car she was driving plowed into into the cruiser, reports TMZ . One cop was taken away by ambulance in a... More »

Team to Unearth Bones... of Mona Lisa?

'CSI art researchers' aim to find out who she is once and for all

(Newser) - Florence researchers are about to excavate the bones of the woman they believe served as the model for Mona Lisa. Their hope is that facial reconstruction will prove once and for all if Lisa Gherardini was the subject of the Leonardo da Vinci portrait that has mesmerized viewers for centuries.... More »

New Train Line Could Collapse David

Vibrations from construction of new high-speed train line problematic

(Newser) - Progress could spell major trouble for Michelangelo's David: The construction of a high-speed train line beneath Florence could cause the statue to collapse, reports the Telegraph . The statue is criss-crossed with micro-fissures, especially in the left ankle area and carved tree stump he stands upon. Construction on the tunnel, due... More »

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