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In this photo released by the Italian Firefighters, firemen try to extinguish a dozen vehicles on fire on a highway near Milan, Italy, in the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2020. In a bid to rob an armored vehicle, a gang of thieves set up barriers of burning vehicles and spilled nails on a highway near Milan but were foiled when the driver evaded their traps. (Italian Firefighters via AP)

A failed Italian job: Driver evades flaming highway robbery

Jan. 29, 2020 5:58 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — In a bid to rob an armored vehicle, a gang of thieves set up barriers of burning vehicles and spilled nails on a highway near Milan but were foiled when the driver evaded their traps, according to news reports Wednesday. The assailants, believed to number about a dozen people, fled the scene....

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 1996 file photo, Brazil's Oscar Schmidt (14) drives past Scottie Pipen (8) of the United States during the quarterfinals of basketball competition at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy the player that amazed him as a child was skinny and half-bald Brazilian guard Oscar Schmidt.  (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

Kobe's boyhood hero Oscar Schmidt celebrates 'annoying kid'

Jan. 29, 2020 3:43 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy, the player that amazed him as a child was a skinny and half bald Brazilian guard that often beat his father's teams with long distance shots. Oscar Schmidt, one of basketball's all-time leading scorers with almost 50,000 points, played with...

Fresh anti-Semitic writings appear in Italian cities, towns

Jan. 28, 2020 3:03 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Fresh anti-Semitic writings appeared in Italian cities and towns as the country marked the 7 5 th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, officials said Tuesday. The incidents included a racist placard tacked onto a Democratic Party bulletin board near Vicenza, a...

Students walk beside a giant mural of former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a basketball court in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Artists in this tenement building gathered and painted this image after learning of Bryant's death. Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

'Citizen of the world': Bryant promoted basketball globally

Jan. 28, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up. From Los Angeles to Italy, Asia and beyond, Kobe Bryant was bigger than just a basketball player. He was the...

In this screenshot, the page on AC Milan's site, announcing that the AC Milan soccer team will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence during the Italian Cup game with Torino Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020,  in memory of devout fan Kobe Bryant. Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers and a lifelong soccer fan, died Sunday with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. (AC Milan via AP)

AC Milan preparing tribute to Kobe Bryant ahead of cup game

Jan. 28, 2020 8:59 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The AC Milan soccer team will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence during an Italian Cup game on Tuesday in memory of devout fan Kobe Bryant. The seven-time European champions host Torino in the quarterfinals at the San Siro. Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, U.S. basketball star Kobe Bryant plays with a ball during a sponsor's appearance in Milan, Italy. In Europe where Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star is being remembered for his

Italian town where Bryant played as a kid mourns — again

Jan. 27, 2020 1:14 PM EST

ROME (AP) — For a city already familiar with losing a basketball hero, Kobe Bryant’s death made a particularly strong impact in the Italian town of Rieti. Nicknamed “the center of Italy” for its geographic location amid the Apennine Mountains, Rieti was the first stop on...

The League leader Matteo Salvini gives a press conference after polls closed in a regional election for the region of Emilia Romagna, in Bentivoglio, near Bologna, Italy, late Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Nearly complete results Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, of balloting for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region had the League's candidate some 8 percentage points behind the 51.4 percent garnered in Sunday's balloting, by the incumbent governor, of the center-left Democrats.  (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Italy's right-wing leader Salvini fails to break left's grip

Jan. 27, 2020 12:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Voters in a 70-year-old stronghold of the Italian left have dealt a stinging blow to right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini's strategy of using regional voting to help catapult him and his anti-migrant populist League back into national power. In final results announced on Monday from...

Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna Region and Democratic Party candidate, waves to supporters during the closing event of the electoral campaign of the Democratic Party of Emilia-Romagna at the ARCI Benassi club in Bologna, Italy, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Salvini's power bid through regional vote looks to founder

Jan. 26, 2020 9:06 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini’s attempt to destabilize Italy's national government by forcing the left out of power in a key northern region appeared to founder Sunday. With 20% of precincts reporting in Emilia-Romagna, Democratic Party incumbent Stefano Bonaccini was...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2011, file photo, U.S. basketball player Kobe Bryant arrives at the Campidoglio, or capitol hill, in Rome, Italy. In Europe where Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star is being remembered for his

In Europe, Kobe Bryant recalled for his 'Italian qualities'

Jan. 26, 2020 7:06 PM EST

ROME (AP) — In Europe where Kobe Bryant grew up, the retired NBA star was being remembered for his “Italian qualities.” “All of the NBA players are important, because they’re legends, but he’s particularly important to us because he knew Italy so well, having lived in...

Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. The pope and the vice president had a private hour-long...