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Georgia teacher arrested in sting for seeking sex with girl

Jan. 22, 2022 10:49 AM EST

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A northwest Georgia high school teacher has resigned after being arrested in a child sex sting. The Daily Citizen-News of Dalton reports that 36-year-old Michael David Powers was arrested Tuesday by the Floyd County Police Department. Powers is...

Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as US ambassador to Vatican

Jan. 21, 2022 12:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly will be heading to Rome as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The U.S. Senate approved Donnelly for the position in a voice vote Thursday. President Joe Biden nominated Donnelly for the ambassadorship in October. ...

Italy's next moral compass? Berlusconi, 85, eyes presidency

Jan. 21, 2022 02:24 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy is poised to elect a new president, meant to serve as the nation’s moral compass and foster unity by rising above the political fray. Silvio Berlusconi thinks he fits the bill. The billionaire media mogul and three times premier, who entered...

Rome villa with Caravaggio fails to sell, to be reauctioned

Jan. 18, 2022 13:37 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A villa in Rome containing the only known ceiling painted by Caravaggio went on a court-ordered auction block Tuesday, thanks to an inheritance dispute pitting the heirs of one of Rome’s aristocratic families against their stepmother, a Texas-born princess. Princess...

Bad luck: Pope acknowledges he got caught at record store

Jan. 14, 2022 09:21 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has long lamented that he can't walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope. But he seems to have nevertheless kept his sense of humor after he was caught on camera making an unannounced visit to a Rome record shop this week. Francis...

EU flag drapes coffin of Sassoli, head of bloc's parliament

Jan. 14, 2022 08:56 AM EST

ROME (AP) — With a European Union flag draping the coffin, Italy conducted a state funeral Friday for David Sassoli, the EU parliament's president who died earlier in the week. Top EU officials including Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President...

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

Jan. 14, 2022 08:15 AM EST

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules will help it beat the latest infection surge. Other countries are taking similar...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 12, 2022 14:45 PM EST

Rome News-Tribune. January 8, 2022. Editorial: Vote for our educational future It’s easy to say “I don’t have kids” or “I don’t want to pay for that” but supporting the proposed education local option sales tax is an investment in our community’s...

Pope slips out of Vatican to visit record shop, gets CD

Jan. 11, 2022 16:18 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis grew up listening to the opera on the radio, is a fan of Argentine tango and thinks Mozart “lifts you to God.” But it still came as a something of a shock to see the 85-year-old pontiff coming out of a downtown Rome record shop late Tuesday with a CD in...

Rome church condemns swastika-draped casket at funeral

Jan. 11, 2022 10:14 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church in Rome on Tuesday strongly condemned as “offensive and unacceptable” a funeral procession outside a local church in which the casket was draped in a Nazi flag and mourners gave the fascist salute. Photos and video of the scene outside St. Lucia...