Italian Cruise Ship Disaster http://www.kunc.org en Americans' Bodies Identified From Costa Concordia Shipwreck http://www.kunc.org/post/americans-bodies-identified-costa-concordia-shipwreck It's been three months since Barbara and Gerald Heil left their home in White Bear Lake and set off on a cruise ship vacation along the picturesque shore of Italy. Today, a local Italian government said it had identified the couple's bodies, trapped in the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia January 13.<p>The cruise ship sailed too close to the coastal rocks of Tuscany, eventually foundering and tipping the ship on its side. Hours of pandemonium followed as people searched for escape or even instructions. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:36:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 25778 at http://www.kunc.org Americans' Bodies Identified From Costa Concordia Shipwreck Italian Authorities Call Off Search For Missing In Costa Shipwreck http://www.kunc.org/post/italian-authorities-call-search-missing-costa-shipwreck Citing safety concerns, Italian officials said they were calling off the search for those still missing at the site of the Costa Concordia shipwreck.<p>The AP reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Italy's Civil Protection agency said Tuesday that technical studies indicated that the deformed hull of the ship created too many safety concerns to continue the search. It said in a statement that relatives and diplomatic officials representing the countries of the missing have been informed of the decision.<p>"The Concordia ran aground off the island of Giglio on Jan. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:20:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21659 at http://www.kunc.org Italian Authorities Call Off Search For Missing In Costa Shipwreck Costa Offers Italian Cruise Passengers $14K In Compensation http://www.kunc.org/post/costa-offers-italian-cruise-passengers-14k-compensation Costa Crociere SpA came to an agreement with several consumer groups and is offering 11,000 euros or $14,460 to each of the passengers of the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast, earlier this month.<p><a href="http://www.torontosun.com/2012/01/27/costa-to-offer-11000-euros-to-passengers-on-concordia"><em>The Toronto Sun</em> explains</a> the money is for passengers who were uninjured and is to pay for "for items lost and any psychological damages." The cruise line will also refund the cost of the cruise and any travel costs that resulted from the crash.<p><a href="http://www.was Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:52:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21501 at http://www.kunc.org Costa Offers Italian Cruise Passengers $14K In Compensation Search Of Stricken Italian Cruise Ship Resumes After Third Delay http://www.kunc.org/post/search-stricken-italian-cruise-ship-resumes-after-third-delay Search and rescue operations at the wreck of the Costa Concordia have resumed, after being halted for a third time, due to choppy waters and the partially submerged vessel's tendency to shift on the rocks near Italy's coast.<p>BBC correspondent Luisa Baldini <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/LuisaBaldini1">says the search has resumed</a>, after being called off early Friday.<p>Here's a roundup of recent developments in the story:<p>From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli report for NPR's <em>Newscast</em> unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Sensors placed on the ship show it has shifted about an inch every two hours.<p Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21113 at http://www.kunc.org Search Of Stricken Italian Cruise Ship Resumes After Third Delay Rock And A Hard Place: What To Do With Concordia http://www.kunc.org/post/rock-and-hard-place-what-do-concordia What do you do with a 1,000-foot wreck that's full of fuel and half-submerged on a rocky ledge in the middle of an Italian marine sanctuary? Remove it. Very carefully.<p>The wreck of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, which ran aground last week, is not unlike a car accident. The first order of business is determining whether it's worth repairing or it gets junked. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21058 at http://www.kunc.org Rock And A Hard Place: What To Do With Concordia