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Bridge gets breached by Florence's floodwaters

Bridge gets breached by Florence's floodwatersFloodwaters from Florence overtakes this bridge and spills into Wilmington, North Carolina on Sept. 14.



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Taylor Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Reckless Endangerment After Pushing Friend Off 60-Foot Bridge

Taylor Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Reckless Endangerment After Pushing Friend Off 60-Foot Bridge'All I can do is hope for the best,' the teen has said.



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Footage Shows Moment of Italy Bridge Collapse

Footage Shows Moment of Italy Bridge CollapseItalian police have released security camera footage showing the exact moment when the motorway bridge in Genoa collapsed on Tuesday, killing 43 people. (Aug. 20)



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Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percentGENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported Monday.



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Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victimsGENOA, Italy (AP) — With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims' hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials.



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Italian government gives Genoa bridge company 15 days to prove it maintained collapsed structure

Italian government gives Genoa bridge company 15 days to prove it maintained collapsed structureThe Italian government has issued an ultimatum to the company in charge of the motorway bridge that collapsed with the loss of nearly 40 lives, giving it 15 days to demonstrate that it maintained the structure properly. The transport ministry demanded that Autostrade per l’Italia show that it had previously met all its contractual obligations to ensure the proper functioning of the Morandi bridge. Should the company’s response prove inadequate, the government will judge it to be in breach of the terms of its concession to run the toll-road. The lucrative concession would then be withdrawn from Autostrade, part of the holding company Atlantia, which is controlled by the Benetton fashion empire. The coalition government has adopted an aggressive stance towards the company, blaming it for the collapse of the bridge, which has so far claimed the lives of 38 people and injured 15 others, nine of them critically. The bridge gave way during an intense thunderstorm on Tuesday, plunging around 50 vehicles to the ground, where they were crushed by giant slabs of concrete and steel girders. Between 10 and 20 people are still missing. The transport ministry is demanding that the company commit to rebuilding the bridge at its own expense and within a set period of time. It also called on the company to pay to rebuild apartment blocks that will have to be demolished and to repair damaged buildings beneath the 51-year-old bridge. Matteo Salvini, the interior minister, said he expects Atlantia to donate up to €500 million to help families and local government  Credit:  PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP Matteo Salvini, the interior minister, said he expects Atlantia to donate up to €500 million to help families and local government deal with the aftermath of the disaster. “I will listen to the directors of Autostrade per l’Italia but I expect to see concrete gestures (from the company) immediately,” Mr Salvini said. “Genoa cannot wait and the injured cannot wait. While the lawyers and the investigators do their job, we are doing all we can to obtain from Autostrade all that is possible for the relatives of victims, the injured, the people made homeless and the city of Genoa. “As for concessions and penalties, we can talk about those from next week onwards.” Luigi Di Maio, the head of the Five Star Movement and Mr Salvini’s partner in the populist coalition, said he was determined that the company’s right to manage the toll road would be revoked. “Not only will we use the law to revoke the concession, but we’ll also apply a fine of €150 million. If they want to fight it, we’ll see them in court,” he said. The Italian state might have to step in and run the motorway, along with others managed by Autostrade per l’Italia, he said.



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Girl who pushed friend off bridge charged

Girl who pushed friend off bridge charged18-year-old Taylor Smith was charged with reckless endangerment for pushing her friend off a 60-foot-bridge.



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Fears over twin of collapsed Genoa bridge in Venezuela

Fears over twin of collapsed Genoa bridge in VenezuelaVenezuelans are concerned over the safety of a “twin” viaduct of the collapsed Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, after a fire on the concrete structure caused a major blackout. Designed by Italian structural engineer Riccardo Morandi, it predates by five years his 1967 bridge in Genoa that collapsed this week causing the death of 39 people.



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Atlantia to hold board meetings after Genoa bridge disaster: source

Atlantia to hold board meetings after Genoa bridge disaster: sourceItalian toll-road group Atlantia has called special board meetings next week to discuss the deadly collapse of a bridge it operates in Genoa, a source said on Friday. Autostrade per l’Italia, the Atlantia unit that manages the stretch of motorway in northern Italy where the bridge is located, is expected to hold a board meeting on Tuesday while the Benetton-backed parent company will hold its own meeting on Wednesday, the source said. A series of technical and legal issues will be presented to Atlantia and Autostrade board members next week, according to the source .



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The Death Toll From Italy's Genoa Bridge Collapse Is at Least 38

The Death Toll From Italy's Genoa Bridge Collapse Is at Least 38Many in the city had said the 1967 bridge needed shoring up



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