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  • Court President, Judge Giovanni Puliatti, sitting at center, is flanked by judges Sergio Compagnucci, right, and Marco Mezzaluna, left, in the court room of the converted Teatro Moderno theater for his the trial of Captain Francesco Schettino, in Grosseto, Italy, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Concordia captain: It was the helmsman's fault

    At his trial on Monday, the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia blamed his helmsman for botching a last-minute corrective maneuver that he contended would have avoided the cruise ship's deadly collision with a reef.

  • ** FILE ** Francesco Schettino (right), the former captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, leaves the Teatro Moderno theater where the first hearing of the trial for the Jan. 13, 2012, shipwreck which left 32 people dead, is taking place, in Grosseto, Italy, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Italian prosecutor seeks trial for captain in Costa Concordia shipwreck

    Italian prosecutors on Monday officially requested an indictment of the Costa Concordia's captain on manslaughter charges in the shipwreck of the cruise liner that killed 32 people last year off the Tuscan coast.

  • ** FILE ** Tourists take pictures of the Costa Concordia wreckage as they arrive on a ferry to the Giglio Island, Italy, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Costa Concordia captain: I'll command again

    The captain of the Costa Concordia challenged his firing Tuesday, claiming in a closed-door court hearing that he actually saved lives after his ship ran aground and capsized, killing 32, in a Jan. 13, 2012, disaster off the coast of Tuscany.

  • A priest blesses a commemorative plaque bearing the names of the 32 people who died in the Costa Concordia shipwreck after the plaque was unveiled on Tuscany's Isola del Giglio on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Survivors of the shipwreck and relatives of those who died marked the first anniversary of the grounding Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Victims of Costa shipwreck mark 1st anniversary

    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.

  • The Costa Concordia cruise ship remains partially sunk near the Tuscan island of Giglio. The ship hit a reef in passing too first close to the island and 32 people died. A hearing on the tragedy has begun. (Associated Press)

    Italian cruise ship victims’ families seek justice

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  • The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.  (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

    Survivors, captain hear Italian shipwreck evidence

    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.

  • Italian firefighters conduct search operations on the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, after the vessel ran aground the previous Friday night off the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio in Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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    Court-appointed experts have pointed the finger of blame primarily at the captain of a cruise ship that ran aground off Italy, but they also faulted the crew and ship owner for a series of blunders, delays and security breaches that contributed to the disaster and the deaths of 32 people.

  • A scuba diver makes his way into a flooded cabin of the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, in this undated photo. (AP Photo/Italian navy GOS)

    Official: More ship survivors would be miracle

    Search efforts aboard the capsized Costa Concordia resumed Wednesday, even as the official overseeing the operation acknowledged for the first time it would take a miracle to find any more survivors from the ship's Jan. 13 grounding.

  • People view the cruise ship Costa Concordia as it lays on its side after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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    Mariners deplore cruise captain's abandoning ship

    Seafaring tradition holds that the captain should be last to leave a sinking ship.

  • Italian naval divers (top left) recover a body from the cruise ship Costa Concordia on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, off Italy's Tuscan coast. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Italian cruise ship tally: 11 dead, 21 missing

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  • Italian divers recover one of five bodies Tuesday from the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia off the coast of Tuscany, raising the official death toll to 11. Teams have been searching the vessel for passengers and crew missing since the vacation liner foundered on rocks Friday evening. (Associated Press)

    Captain defied order to return to crippled ship, audiotape reveals

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  • The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, after running aground Friday night off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Audio: Captain pleaded not to reboard cruise ship

    An Italian coast guard official vehemently demanded that the captain go back to his crippled cruise ship to oversee its evacuation, but the captain repeatedly resisted, according to a shocking audiotape made public Tuesday.

  • Italian firefighters conduct search operations on the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, after the vessel ran aground the previous Friday night off the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio in Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Environmental fears mount in Italian cruise wreck

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  • Italian firefighters scuba divers approach the cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its side, the day after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. A helicopter on Sunday airlifted a third survivor from the capsized hulk of a luxury cruise ship 36 hours after it ran aground off the Italian coast, as prosecutors confirmed they were investigating the captain for manslaughter charges and abandoning the ship. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    29 passengers still missing from cruise ship

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  • Capt. Francesco Schettino has said he saved lives by steering the ship to shallow waters after it ran aground on a reef that wasn't on his nautical charts.

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  • Schettino, the sole defendant, is also charged in the trial in Grosseto, Tuscany, with causing the shipwreck that claimed 32 lives and with abandoning the Concordia before all were evacuated.

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