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8 more bodies found aboard doomed cruise ship

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Eight more bodies were found Wednesday on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia and employees are being investigated, Italian officials said.

The victims were discovered at the stern of the ship after search-and-rescue divers accessed the lower decks by blasting holes in the ship's hull. The victims were not immediately identified, officials told ABC News.

The cruise liner struck rocks and turned on its side January 13 off the Italian island of Giglio. Italian officials are still deciding whether to file charges against Concordia captain Francesco Schettino.

Meanwhile, four Concordia officers and three Costa employees are under investigation, prosecutor Francesco Verusio told CNN.

They have not been charged, detained, or arrested. They are being suspected of committing multiple manslaughter, shipwreck, and failing to alert maritime authorities.


Dairy Queen opening 500th location in China

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Minneapolis-based Dairy Queen is opening its 500th location in China after aggressively expanding the franchise throughout the country in the past year.

China offers a "tremendous opportunity to Dairy Queen" because it has one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world, CEO John Gainor told CBS News.

Dairy Queen plans to open 100 more restaurants in China in the next year. 131 new restaurants were added in 2011, Gainor told the Star Tribune.

Gainor attended the grand opening of the 500th store in Shanghai this week. The store is located in the Hu Dong district.

The first Chinese Dairy Queen opened in Beijing in 1991 and China has become the strongest international growth market for the company since then.

Body found in Minneapolis dumpster

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A body was found near a dumpster at Bryant Ave. N. and Plymouth Ave. N. in Minneapolis on Friday morning, police said.

Police responded to a call at 4:30 a.m. and found the body of an unidentified man near a dumpster. The dumpster was behind a business on the 800 block of Plymouth Avenue North.

There are currently no reports on the victim's identity or cause of death, but there were bullet casings found on the ground nearby, according to Fox 9.

A police spokesman told Kare 11 that the death is being deemed "suspicious" and homicide investigators have been called in to assist in the case.

Information regarding this case will be released as it becomes available to news officials. Anyone with information is asked to call the Minneapolis police tip line at 612-692-TIPS.

Heavy snow overwhelms Italy

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The worst winter in decades hits Europe, causing power outages, devastating accident, and transportation issues across Italy.

Three people died and 500 people had to be evacuated from their homes during adverse weather conditions this past Sunday. It is the worst snow to hit Europe in 18 years, BBC reports.

Many of Aniene Valley's 32 villages near Rome lost electricity on Friday when snow caused an electric pylon to fall. The valley is home to 50,000 people and has received a reported 39 inches of snow this winter, CNN reports.

Piero Moscardini, mayor of Vallinfreda, is very concerned for villagers as transportation has become near impossible and this means livestock will suffer.

"The situation is tragic," he told CNN. We need the Army to save us."

An issue with a lack of equipment to compete with the rise in snowfall has led to traffic jams, people being stranded, and a number of other concerns. An hour long commute easily becomes four hours.

Rome's Mayor Gianni Alemanno was being criticized for the city's handling of the weather.

Public offices and schools will be closed this upcoming Monday, the city told CNN

Italian cruise ship death toll is now 17

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A woman's body was uncovered Saturday in the shipwrecked Italian Costa Concordia cruise ship, bringing the confirmed dead tally to 17.

Searches have been carried out daily since the cruise liner hit rocks and rolled onto its side on January 13. 16 people still remain missing, CNN reports. The body uncovered on Saturday has not been identified, although the deceased woman was wearing a uniform. People speculate that she worked for the cruise liner, but this has not been confirmed to date.

The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, remains under house arrest, USA Today reports. He has been accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before passenger evacuation had occurred.

Francesco claims that the reef he hit was not marked on his nautical charts. He admits that he did make a mistake, but denies that he was going too fast, CNN reports.

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