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Cycling Champ Hit by Van, Killed

Michele Scarponi won the Giro d'Italia in 2011

(Newser) - Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training on Saturday. He was 37. Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, Italy when he was hit by a van at a crossroads, Team Astana said. According to... More »

Last Person Born in 19th Century Dies

Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, was 117

(Newser) - Emma Morano lived across three centuries, two world wars, and more than 90 Italian governments. And on Saturday, friends and family of Morano, believed to be the oldest woman alive, reported her death at home in Italy, Reuters reports. She was 117. According to the BBC , Morano was born on... More »

Search Is On for Caligula's 2K-Year-Old Orgy Boat

3rd 'party boat' perhaps missed during initial search

(Newser) - The "party boats" of Roman Emperor Caligula were so legendary that Benito Mussolini partially drained a lake in order to find two of them a century ago. But there was one Mussolini may have missed. Researchers believe a third wooden vessel on which Caligula is said to have hosted... More »

New Clues Cometh in the Murder of an Iceman

Copper Age man Oetzi was probably in physical fight days before his demise

(Newser) - It's one of the world's oldest murder mysteries—or what the director of an Italian archaeological museum calls "the coldest case of all"—but per the New York Times , there may be new clues to help figure out the details of Oetzi the Iceman's demise.... More »

Cops Foil Crazy Scheme to Steal Famous Corpse

Gang allegedly planned to ransom body of the founder of Ferrari

(Newser) - A bizarre crime tale out of Italy: Police say gang members planned to steal the body of Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari, hide it in the Apennine Mountains, and demand ransom from family members or the Ferrari company for its safe return. Luckily, they didn't get the chance,... More »

Floating Suitcase Yields Horrific Mystery

Woman stuffed inside had starved to death

(Newser) - A floating suitcase found in an Italian harbor presented police with a horrific mystery—but not, as first believed, proof of another murder. Police say the suitcase brought ashore by sailors held the body of an Asian woman who had probably died of starvation—and who may have been alive,... More »

Italy Ruling in Rape Case Triggers Outrage

Judge was skeptical because the woman didn't fight back hard

(Newser) - A judge in northern Italy has triggered outrage after setting free an alleged rapist because the victim didn't scream. The woman said she tried to fend off her attacker, a colleague, by saying, "Stop it" and "Enough," but didn't cry out for help, the Washington ... More »

Tourists Gawking at Mount Etna Get Nasty Surprise

10 people are injured from magma

(Newser) - Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and scientists, following an explosion on Sicily's Mount Etna Thursday, witnesses and media reported, per the AP . Tourists had been drawn to Etna to observe the spectacle of the active volcano erupting, only to be caught by surprise... More »

Ex-CIA Agent Manages to Avoid Italian Prison Cell

After Italian president shaves a year off Sabrina de Sousa's sentence

(Newser) - The Italian president granted partial clemency late Tuesday to an American ex-CIA agent on the eve of her expected extradition from Portugal to serve a prison sentence for her alleged role in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric, the AP reports. The presidential palace said President Sergio Mattarella had shaved... More »

Millions Flock to Catch Eruption Live-Stream From Mount Etna

Italian volcano has been pretty quiet for a couple of years

(Newser) - We're still more than four months out from the Fourth of July, but the fireworks started early in Sicily this week. Reuters reports Mount Etna experienced its first eruption of 2017, sending lava skyward above the Italian island on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, brilliant spurts from the volcano,... More »

Ex-Agent Going to Jail Over CIA's Rendition Program

Sabrina De Sousa faces 4 years in prison in Italy

(Newser) - A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she's due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a US program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation. Police took Sabrina De Sousa to a Portuguese jail, where she's... More »

Restaurateur Introduces 'Educated Children Discount'

'Just so unusual' to see well-behaved children

(Newser) - Finally, parents have a reason to raise well-behaved children: Restaurant discounts. After witnessing a large family's five children quietly and contentedly coloring in coloring books while the adults drank and chatted at his wine bar, Italian restaurateur Antonio Ferrari decided a new policy was in order, Mashable reports. One... More »

Pair Recalls 'Miracle' Survival in Avalanche That Killed 29

They were confined to a couch under collapsed ceiling

(Newser) - For three days, Giorgia Galassi and Vincenzo Forti sat on a couch—but this was no extreme binge-watching marathon. Buried in Italy's Hotel Rigopiano after an avalanche struck on Jan. 18, the couple huddled together, their heads less than two feet from the collapsed ceiling, and ate snow before... More »

3 Puppies Found Alive Inside Hotel Hit by Avalanche

23 people are still missing in Italy disaster

(Newser) - Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow—giving them new hope for the 23 people still missing in the disaster, the AP reports. The first human survivors, meanwhile, were released from the... More »

With 23 Still Missing in Avalanche, Italy Digs Deeper

Rescuers haven't given up hope for those buried under mountain of snow Wednesday

(Newser) - Buoyed by rescues from the luxury Hotel Rigopiano on Friday, more than two days after the avalanche there, search crews were intensifying their round-the-clock operation, fighting deteriorating weather conditions including fresh snowfall and freezing temperatures, reports the AP . Five people have been confirmed killed, including two hotel waiters, while nine,... More »

16 Killed in Fiery Italy School Bus Crash

Hungarians were returning from ski trip

(Newser) - A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy Friday night and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police say. Out of 39 survivors, 26 were injured, some seriously, the AP reports. No other vehicles were involved... More »

2 Kids, 6 Adults Alive Inside Hotel Hit by Avalanche

'Finding these people gives us further hope'

(Newser) - Some good news out of Italy in the wake of Wednesday's devastating avalanche : Eight people, including two children, were found alive on Friday inside a smothered hotel in the mountains, according to Italian media reports cited by the BBC . Rescuers have gotten two of them out and were working... More »

'Many Dead' After Avalanche Buries Hotel

30 missing at hotel in quake-hit Italian region

(Newser) - An avalanche buried a mountain hotel in an earthquake-hit region of central Italy Wednesday evening, leaving at least 30 people missing, authorities say. The civil protection agency said that it was working to get rescue vehicles to the Hotel Rigopiano through roads covered in snow, joining initial rescue efforts overnight... More »

Priest Allegedly Hosted Orgies, Acted as 'Pimp' for 15 Women

Italian police are investigating

(Newser) - Not in the job description for a priest: organizing sex parties and running a side gig as a pimp. But that's what Italy's Father Andrea Contin is accused of doing, per the New York Daily News . A bishop got complaints about the 48-year-old, a parish priest in Padua,... More »

Mad Conductor's Bizarre Frozen Ending Leaves Kids in Tears

He says Santa doesn't exist, leaves the stage

(Newser) - An orchestral performance of Disney's Frozen in Rome last week ended with angry parents and weeping children, Italy's ANSA news agency reports. Orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno asked for a microphone at the end of the show, announced into said mic that Santa Claus isn't real, and then... More »

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