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February 4, 1998 | From Associated Press
A U.S. military plane on a low-level training flight over the snowy Alps sliced through a cable-car line Tuesday, sending a gondola full of skiers crashing hundreds of feet to the ground. At least 20 people inside the car died. The car was flattened by the 240-to-300-foot drop. It "opened up like a cardboard box," one police official said, and bodies were in pieces. Officials at the U.S.
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September 14, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backed by appeals from Pope John Paul II and the European Union, Italy has unleashed a barrage of e-mails and official protests against the scheduled execution tonight of an Italian American convicted of murder in Virginia. The apparently futile campaign on behalf of Derek Rocco Barnabei, which is to culminate here with a nationally televised vigil counting down what are expected to be the final four hours of his life, has rallied much of this nation in defense of an emigrant's grandson.
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March 18, 1992
After gaining approval from the City Council last week, organizers of Yorba Linda's fledgling sister city program will hold their first public meeting this evening to recruit volunteers and begin fund-raising efforts. The city has been paired with San Mauro, a city on the banks of the Po River in northern Italy, for cultural exchanges of civic groups and students, said Carolyn Clark, a Yorba Linda resident who is active in the program here.
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September 11, 1999 | From Associated Press
A massive, American-made bronze warhorse that was inspired by a never-completed project of Leonardo da Vinci was unveiled Friday in Milan, making reality of the dream of two men who died half a millennium apart. Blue and white balloons lifted the sheet covering the 24-foot-tall horse, drawing a standing ovation from the Americans and Italians assembled in a shady park being created across from a Milan horse track.
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February 7, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Capt. Richard J. Ashby was guiding a U.S. military plane through a cloudless afternoon sky over the Val di Fiemme, a playground for skiers in Italy's Dolomite Mountains, when something went terribly wrong. The 31-year-old Marine aviator from Mission Viejo had logged 750 accident-free hours in the aircraft, an EA-6B Prowler, in training runs like this one Tuesday and in the real thing--surveillance missions over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. This was his first pass over the Dolomites.
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August 2, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE and DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writers
A tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas sailed from Kuwait with an escort of U.S. warships Saturday, the first U.S. naval convoy through the perilous waters of the Persian Gulf since a supertanker was damaged by a mine nine days ago. The 46,723-ton Gas Prince, a Kuwaiti vessel re-registered two weeks ago to carry the U.S. flag, sailed early Saturday morning, according to a reliable shipping source.
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February 2, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finally confirmed in office, Italian Prime Minister Lamberto Dini flies to Washington tonight for a Friday lunch with President Clinton--a repast of two would-be reformers grappling with parliamentary headaches and cloudy futures. Dini, 63, won a vote of confidence Wednesday in the Italian Senate for a government of nonpolitical experts that he assembled Jan. 7. It was not senators on the political right--Dini's side of the house--who backed him, though.
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March 5, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti flies to Washington today with a message of optimism for President Bush on the future of ties between the United States and the new Europe that is emerging from the ashes of communism. On the eve of his departure, he told American reporters that the liberalization of Eastern Europe should help strengthen America's partnership with its European allies.
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March 3, 1991 | Reuters
Italy hopes to bolster ties with the United States by donating up to $435 million for postwar expenses, Foreign Minister Gianni De Michelis said Saturday. He told a Rome newspaper that he would announce the new contribution to Secretary of State James A. Baker III when they meet in Washington on Monday.
NEWS
June 15, 1988
President Reagan hailed Italy's willingness to accept U.S. fighter jets, telling Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita that it demonstrates Italian commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. De Mita, making his first U.S. visit after taking office in April, met with Reagan at the White House after talks with Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Italy has agreed in principle to take the 72 F-16 fighters of the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing that Spain is evicting from a base near Madrid.
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April 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Further limits are being placed on low-altitude U.S. military test flights over Italy after a high-level review of the ski gondola accident that killed 20 people more than a year ago. The procedure approved by Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Italian Defense Minister Carlo Scognamiglio requires approval of a newly designated U.S. official and an Italian base commander for all such flights.
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March 27, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As NATO jets climbed into drizzly skies here Friday for new raids on Yugoslavia, Adriano Fieroli and his 11-year-old nephew, Alessandro, stopped under the flight path to watch in awe with scores of other curious passersby. The boy, standing outside Aviano Air Base and holding a cell phone, asked for President Clinton's number so he could ask his permission to get on the base. "I want to see one of the black ones," he said, referring to the U.S.
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May 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor sought indictments against the four-man crew of a U.S. Marine jet that severed ski-lift cables in the Alps in February, killing 20 people. Prosecutor Francantonio Granero in Trento also requested the indictment of three U.S. military officials at the Aviano base in northern Italy, where the jet was stationed. The government has acquiesced in U.S. prosecution of the crewmen.
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May 9, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A rear-seat crewman in a Marine plane that sheared the cable of an Italian ski gondola, killing 20 people, said he struggles every day with the fact he was powerless inside the jet. Capt. Chandler Seagraves read from a statement at a news conference at the close of a hearing in Camp Lejeune to determine whether he and the other rear-seat crewman should face courts-martial in the tragedy.
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May 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
Crews of Marine Prowler jets like the one that sliced through a gondola cable in the Italian Alps last February resented altitude restrictions that were imposed after a crash two years ago, an instructor testified Wednesday. The statement came during the second day of a hearing to determine whether the two back-seat crewmen aboard the jet, Capts. Chandler Seagraves, 28, and William Raney II, 26, should be court-martialed for the accident that killed 20 people Feb. 3.
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March 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
The United States told Italy on Friday that it will not surrender jurisdiction over the investigation into the cable car accident involving an American military jet that killed 20 people. Rome had held out little hope that the United States would grant the request. Under a North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreement, allies have the right to probe and prosecute their own military personnel for possible misconduct during official operations. No NATO country has ever given up that right.
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June 11, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Italian Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita will travel to Washington on Monday to hold get-acquainted talks with President Reagan and to show his young government's willingness to shoulder a greater share of the Western defense burden. Differences in Parliament prevent De Mita from taking with him final approval for redeployment in Italy of 72 American F-16 fighter-bombers now based in Spain.
NEWS
June 5, 1988
The Italian Cabinet approved a proposal to relocate 72 U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter planes to Italy from Spain, which has asked that they be moved in three years. The decision, announced by Prime Minister Ciriaco De Mita's coalition government, must be approved by Parliament, where it will run into strong left-wing opposition. North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers agreed in principle last month to rebase the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing in Italy.
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February 7, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Capt. Richard J. Ashby was guiding a U.S. military plane through a cloudless afternoon sky over the Val di Fiemme, a playground for skiers in Italy's Dolomite Mountains, when something went terribly wrong. The 31-year-old Marine aviator from Mission Viejo had logged 750 accident-free hours in the aircraft, an EA-6B Prowler, in training runs like this one Tuesday and in the real thing--surveillance missions over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. This was his first pass over the Dolomites.
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February 6, 1998 | From Washington Post
U.S. and Italian officials gave clashing versions Thursday of how a U.S. Marine jet pilot from Mission Viejo on a training mission near here could have sliced through a ski-lift suspension wire and sent 20 people aboard a cable car plummeting to their deaths. U.S. Brig. Gen.
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