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Italian captain being placed under house arrest

ROME (AP) - A lawyer says the captain who allegedly abandoned the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner will be released from jail and placed under house arrest.

Sky TG24 TV and the Italian news agency ANSA quoted the defense lawyer as saying a judge turned down prosecutors' request to keep Capt. Francesco Schettino in jail. But, the lawyer says, the judge also rejected a defense bid to set Schettino free.

The death toll the Costa Concordia tragedy rose to 11 on Tuesday when five bodies - four men and one woman - were recovered from the submerged portion of the ship, which ran into a reef, then capsized near the Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday night.

Rescuers are continuing to search the partially submerged ship for about two dozen people who are still missing.


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