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Salvagers seeking to remove shipwreckSenior salvage master Nick Sloane talks to journalists Monday in front of the Costa Concordia wreck in the Tuscan Island of Isola del Giglio. Salvage crews are working against time to right and remove the shipwrecked cruise ship, which is steadily collapsing in on itself. The Concordia came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012, after ramming a jagged reef during a maneuver ordered by the captain. Thirty-two people died.
Salvagers seeking to remove shipwreckSenior salvage master Nick Sloane talks to journalists Monday in front of the Costa Concordia wreck in the Tuscan Island of Isola del Giglio. Salvage crews are working against time to right and remove the shipwrecked cruise ship, which is steadily collapsing in on itself. The Concordia came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012, after ramming a jagged reef during a maneuver ordered by the captain. Thirty-two people died.
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LONDON


Gay marriage bill clears hurdle in UK


Britain’s gay marriage bill has cleared its last major challenge, passing through the House of Lords and prompting celebrations from campaigners outside Parliament.


Supporters of the bill in Parliament’s upper house wore pink carnations Monday as the Lords agreed to send it back to the House of Commons, where lawmakers will review government amendments before it becomes law.


That is expected to go without a hitch, as the House of Commons earlier passed the bill 390 to 148.


The bill will enable gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, though the Church of England, which is divided on the issue, is barred from offering same-sex ceremonies.


HARTFORD, Conn.


UConn professor under investigation


A University of Connecticut music professor is under investigation by police amid decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct and child molestation.


UConn officials announced the investigations of 66-year-old Robert Miller on Monday. He hasn’t been charged with any crime. He was placed on administrative leave on June 21 and barred from campus.


Officials say a student told a faculty member that Miller had sex with UConn students, visited freshman dorms and provided drugs to students.


And a state police search warrant says five men allege Miller molested them when they were 10 to 13 years old and attending a camp for ill children, where Miller was a counselor.


PHILADELPHIA


Nonprofit takes over 14 Catholic schools


Fourteen Roman Catholic elementary schools in the Philadelphia region are now being operated by a nonprofit group that has pledged to better manage the facilities while still retaining their Catholic values and identity, officials said Monday.


Archbishop Charles Chaput announced the agreement with Independence Mission Schools at a ceremonial signing event at St. Gabriel School in south Philadelphia.


The cash-strapped parishes that previously operated the schools have been unable to keep up with rising costs, church officials said.


The pool of students for Catholic schools has eroded in part because of tuition increases, shifting demographics and a rise in charter schools. But in many poor neighborhoods, parochial education is seen as a haven from public schools that many parents consider less safe and academically inferior.


WASHINGTON


Gallup polling firm signs settlement


The Justice Department says the Gallup Organization has agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that the polling and market research firm improperly inflated prices for proposed contracts with the U.S. Mint and State Department.


The settlement also resolves allegations that Gallup engaged in improper employment negotiations with an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to obtain a FEMA subcontract at an inflated price.


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