Five employees of an Italian cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy have been convicted of manslaughter. The cruiseliner sank near the shore of Tuscany in January 2012. Among the 32 who died were Barb and Jerry Heil, who lived in White Bear Lake. Under the plea deal, the five employees were sentenced to prison time, but only two will likely serve time.
Survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck and relatives of the 32 people who died marked the first anniversary of the grounding Sunday with the unveiling of memorials to the victims, a tearful Mass in their honor and a minute of silence to recall the exact moment that the cruise ship rammed into a reef off Tuscany.
Here’s a recap of the biggest news stories of 2012 — a list including tragic crimes, political victories, natural disasters and scientific achievements.
A theater in Italy turned into a courtroom Monday, providing extra space for all those who needed to hear the evidence against the captain of a shipwrecked cruise ship.
Friday marks six months since the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of an Italian island.
CBS News has confirmed a White Bear Lake couple was among 30 people killed in the cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy earlier this year. The bodies of Jerry and Barbara Heil were positively identified on Monday.
Italian authorities say divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship have spotted four more bodies in a submerged section of a passenger deck.
The son of a Minnesota couple who were never found after last month’s Italian cruise ship disaster says he’s glad his parents’ suffering is over and that they were together at the end.
A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday in White Bear Lake for Gerald and Barbara Heil, the couple who have yet to be found after the Costa Concordia went aground in Italy.
A memorial Mass has been scheduled for a Minnesota couple who are missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster.
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The children of a Minnesota couple missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster say the waiting has become “an extreme test” of their patience.
This conversation is incredible.
The children of a Minnesota couple missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster are still waiting for word about their parents.
Family members of a Minnesota couple still missing after last week’s cruise ship wreck say they’ve been meeting in Italy with rescue workers.