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FIFA World Cup notes: Bad boys win tournaments, Wayne Rooney says

Wayne Rooney says teams that succeed at the World Cup are nasty and cynical and England needs to play that way if it wants to win. “You look at teams who have won the tournament over previous years and you can see that nastiness in them,” the England forward said Saturday. “I think we have to get that in us. We’re maybe too honest, I feel, as a team.”

World Cup roundup: Mario Balotelli goal gives Italy win over England

The heat and humidity of the jungle made its mark on the first World Cup match to be played in the Amazon rainforest, and so did Mario Balotelli. With players from both sides slowing as the game wore on, it was the man with the mohawk that headed in the deciding goal early in the second half to give Italy a 2-1 win in Manaus, Brazil over England and a decided advantage in Group D.

Summer destinations range from peaks of Italy to waters of B.C.

Mid-afternoon and the air was filled with hot, sticky summer heat as we stepped out of the lower terminal of Linate Airport in Milan, Italy. I was with my climbing partner, Wyeth Larson, who I had met while working at Mountain Gear in Spokane. With rental car keys in hand, we were tracking down some of the world’s best rock climbing. As we bombed down the autostrade, Italy’s highway system, I glanced over and saw the speedometer needle buried on our SmartCar. So this is what it’s like to be shot out of a potato gun, I thought. We made good time between Milan and the mountain village of Dobbiaco, our base camp in the Dolomites.

Hikers circle Mont Blanc

Considered the most popular long-distance trek in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc is a 110-mile route through the Alps circumnavigating the 15,744-foot peak. The trail goes through France, Italy and Switzerland and over passes up to 8,480 feet in elevation. Total elevation gain for the hike is 35,000 feet. These photos follow the Landers family of Spokane as they hike the route, stay at mountain refuges and soak in the culture they experienced during their 12-day muscle-powered adventure. Read the full story.

Italy celebrates a magical night against Germany

ROME — It was Italy’s night against the Germans, on and off the field. Premier Mario Monti and striker Mario Balotelli gave a much-needed boost to a country suffering for months under harsh austerity measures and embarrassed by a match-fixing scandal in its national sport in which dozens have been arrested.

Powerful quake kills at least 4 in northern Italy

One of the worst quakes to hit northeast Italy in hundreds of years rattled the region around Bologna early Sunday, killing at least four people, collapsing factories and sending residents running out into the streets, emergency services said.

Prosecutors seek to reinstate Knox conviction

Italian prosecutors appealed today to Italy’s highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student.

Expanding cruise liner traffic has Venice concerned

VENICE, Italy – It’s a matter of perspective. From aboard a 12-deck cruise liner, the sight of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs gliding past from a cabin balcony is a breathtaking thrill. But against the backdrop of Venice’s storied canals and Byzantine architecture, these floating condominiums present a jarring sight, out of scale and sync with the surroundings.

Crude olive oil

Another alarming new food book has sent me scrambling to the pantry to check the labels of my ingredients. This time, it was author Tom Mueller’s, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil,” a book that reveals that most of the extra virgin olive oils sold in U.S. supermarkets are not what they seem. In fact, in Mueller’s new book, he reveals that most of the oils labeled “extra virgin” are probably not the quality, antioxidant rich oils that consumers think they’re eating to protect themselves from cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other health problems.

2 more bodies found in cruise ship wreck

GIGLIO, Italy — Italian officials say two more bodies have been pulled from the wreckage of a cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan coast, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 15.

Cruise liner runs aground

A luxury cruise ship runs aground and tips onto its side early Saturday, Jan. 14, off the coast of Isola del Giglio island, Italy, with 4,234 people on board. Three bodies were recovered from the sea and dozens of passengers were listed as missing.

Berlusconi to resign after parliament OKs reforms

Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised today to resign after parliament passes economic reforms demanded by the European Union, capping a two-decade political career that has ended with Italy on the brink of being swept into Europe’s debt crisis.

Kershner: Knox book author relied on ‘rules of journalism’

Amanda Knox collapsed in tears of relief when an Italian court overturned her conviction last week. Yet there was someone else in the courtroom, Spokane native and author Candace Dempsey, who experienced her own degree of vindication.

Knox leaves Italy to head home to U.S.

Amanda Knox flew home today after four years in an Italian prison, as the dramatic reversal of her murder conviction stunned the victim’s family, angered the prosecution and left questions unanswered over who killed her British roommate.