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Venice nets $2.2 million in day-tripper tax pilot. Opponents say it failed to deter visitors

Jul. 14, 2024 20:32 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice on Sunday wrapped up a pilot program charging day-trippers an entrance fee, more than 2 million euros ($2.2 million) richer and determined to extend the levy, but opponents in the fragile lagoon city called the experiment a failure. Several dozen...

Italian tax police free 33 Indian workers from 'slave-like' conditions on farms

Jul. 14, 2024 05:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s tax police said Saturday they had freed 33 Indian farm workers from “slave-like working conditions” in the northern province of Verona, while seizing almost half a million euros from the two alleged gangmasters. Police said the two alleged abusers, also...

Today in History: July 14, the storming of the Bastille

Jul. 14, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, July 14, the 196th day of 2024. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 14, 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and...

Meyer appointed as director of Lausanne's Orchestre de Chambre, will leave La Scala in early 2025

Jul. 12, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Dominique Meyer has been appointed executive director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, effective July 15, the orchestra’s board of trustees said on Friday. Meyer, however, will remain superintendent of Milan's Teatro alla Scala until the end of his term on...

Two weeks that imperiled Biden's presidency left him on probation in the court of Democratic opinion

Jul. 12, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's tribulations were previewed in Hollywood days before he got on the debate stage. At a fundraiser organized by George Clooney and packed with luminaries including former President Barack Obama, Biden was a listless figure, perhaps merely jet-lagged...

Nicoletta Manni shines as La Scala's 1st company Etoile principal dancer in nearly 40 years

Jul. 12, 2024 07:41 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Still flush from her role in Onegin, La Scala prima ballerina Nicoletta Manni received the surprise of her career last fall: The 32-year-old dancer was named La Scala’s first Etoile, or star principal dancer, chosen from the storied ballet company in nearly 40 years. ...

American tourist dies after sudden illness during excursion on Sicily's Mount Etna, rescuers say

Jul. 12, 2024 06:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A 55-year-old American tourist died after being taken ill during an excursion on the southern side of Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy's alpine rescue service said Friday. Rescuers said the cause of his illness was still unknown, but warned against the risk of high...

'It's hell outside': Sizzling heat wave in parts of southern and central Europe prompts alerts

Jul. 11, 2024 22:55 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Weather alerts, forest fires, melting pavement in cities: A sizzling heat wave has sent temperatures in parts of central and southern Europe soaring toward 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some places. From Italy to Romania, authorities warned people...

Milan fashion mainstay Giorgio Armani celebrates 90th birthday like any other day: at work

Jul. 11, 2024 15:12 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan fashion mainstay Giorgio Armani celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday just like any other day —at work. “I couldn’t live my life any other way,’’ Armani told the Milan daily Corriere della Sera. “It wouldn’t be me if I stopped. When I was...

Rome's airport is named for da Vinci, Venice's for Marco Polo. Milan's Malpensa? Silvio Berlusconi

Jul. 11, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi, a cruise-ship singer, media mogul and three-time premier who dominated Italian politics for three decades, is getting a new act following his death last year. Milan’s Malpensa Airport, Italy’s second-busiest passenger airport, is being renamed for...