Italy: Fuel Removed From Cruise Ship

New York Times
Completing the first step needed to avert an environmental disaster off Italy’s coast, salvage experts have emptied the tanks containing most of the fuel aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which capsized on Jan. 13. About two-thirds of the 500000 gallons of fuel were pumped out of the half-sunken vessel.
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Photos found of White Bear Lake couple lost in cruise disaster

KARE
Pictures of the only two Americans still missing after the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized have been discovered, more than one month after the disaster. Pictures taken by a fellow passenger from Spain show a sea of people onboard the ship waiting to get off. In the photos, Jerry Heil is in a tan cap and his wife Barbara Heil is standing next to him with a hoodie and glasses. Both have life jackets on.
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BOUGAINVILLE PROTESTERS SEIZE VESSELS AFTER SINKING …

Pacific Islands Report
3 ships in Buka harbor occupied in MV Rabaul Queen protest trying to ensure that a protest over theRabaul Queen ferry disaster doesn’t get out of hand. More than 50 armed ex-militants are occupying three vessels in Buka harbor that belong to the Rabaul Shipping Company which operated the ship that sank off Morobe. Read More

Costa Concordia Disaster: Francesco Schettino Hair Sample Showed Traces Of …

Huffington Post
By FRANCES D’EMILIO 02/18/12 02:24 PM ET AP ROME — Lawyers for survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship on Saturday pressed for new drug tests on the ship’s captain after traces of cocaine were reportedly found on the outside of a hair sample.But the consultant who did the analyses for prosecutors stood by results, which found no presence of the drug in urine samples or within the hair of Captain Francesco Schettino.
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Cocaine found on Costa Concordia captain’s hair

DigitalJournal.com
Lawyers representing survivors of the stricken Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner said Saturday that traces of cocaine were found on a sample of the disgraced ship captain Francesco Skettino’s hair. But there were no traces of the drug within the hair strands or in his urine – which would have indicated he had used the drug. Italian consumer protection group Codacons, which represents survivors of the disaster, told the Associated Press that the results found by a court-appointed expert are “very strange”.
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Lawyers: cocaine on capsized cruise captain’s hair

Philadelphia Inquirer
ROME – Lawyers for survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship on Saturday pressed for new drug tests on the ship’s captain after traces of cocaine were reportedly found on the outside of a hair sample.But the consultant who did the analyses for prosecutors stood by results, which found no presence of the drug in urine samples or within the hair of Captain Francesco Schettino.
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Cocaine link in captain Francesco Schettino’s night of tragedy on the Costa

Herald Sun
TRACES of cocaine have been found on a hair sample from the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia. But experts say the discovery does not prove that Francesco Schettino, charged with abandoning his post when the cruise ship ran aground last month had used the drug. The cocaine was not found within the actual fabric of Captain Schettino’s hair or in his urine – the usual signs that someone took the drug.
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Cocaine in Costa Concordia captain’s hair

Zee News
London: Traces of cocaine have reportedly been found in a hair sample of the captain of Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast last month. The cocaine was, however, not found within the strands of Francesco’s hair or in his urine, the usual signs that someone ingested the drug.
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