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Lawyers want drug test for ship captain


ROME - Lawyers for survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship sought new drug tests on the ship’s captain after traces of cocaine were reportedly found on the outside of a hair sample. The consultant who did the tests for prosecutors stood by results, which found no cocaine in Captain Francesco Schettino. Italian consumer protection group Codacons represents some survivors of the shipwreck of the cruise liner, which rammed a reef near a Tuscan island the night of Jan. 13. (AP)


American targeted in Mumbai case

MUMBAI - An Indian court approved a request by prosecutors to charge a US citizen, David Coleman Headley, in the 2008 terrorist attacks, according to an official with the National Investigation Agency. The decision, which is the first step in seeking an extradition, sets up a possible confrontation between the United States and India. Headley has confessed in the United States to playing a major role in the attacks in Mumbai that killed at least 163 people, but he testified against another man tried in the attack to avoid both the death penalty and extradition to India. (New York Times)