Americans whose Italian ancestors emigrated to the New World, have themselves emigrated back to the Old World. And thanks to Italian citizenship laws, the blood that has flowed in their family's veins through generations has opened up doors to their claiming Italian citizenship. Mark Phillips reports.
The tiny Tuscan town of Collodi was the birthplace of Pinocchio. Created in 1881 by journalist-author Carlo Lorenzini (who took the town's name as his pen name), the wooden puppet who became a real boy was the star of a coming-of-age story much darker than the familiar Disney film. Lee Cowan visits the National Carlo Collodi Foundation, and meets woodcarver Francesco Bartolucci – a real-life Geppetto.
In 1990, American professor and poet Frances Mayes felt an irresistible urge to buy a derelict 300-year-old property. She transformed it into one of the most famous villas in Tuscany, attracting a constant stream of tourists, thanks to her bestselling memoir about restoring the house, called "Under the Tuscan Sun." The book spent more than two-and-a-half years on the bestseller list, and later became a popular film. Mayes talks with correspondent Rita Braver about her unexpected success, her adopted village of Cortona, and her latest book, "See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy."
Il Palagio, a 400-year-old villa in Tuscany, is a summer house that the singer-musician Sting, and his wife, Trudie Styler, bought for a song or two. They've fixed it up, and brought the olive groves, vineyards and vegetable gardens back to life. Sting and Trudie talk with correspondent Alina Cho about music, raising a family, and revitalizing a cherished homestead.
At the organic cheesemaker Tenuta Vannulo, in southern Italy, the specialty is fresh buffalo mozzarella. Seth Doane checks out the process of creating a simply delicious cheese, and visits with students at the Consortium for the Protection of Buffalo Mozzarella.
The Human Rights Campaign tracked at least 26 deaths of transgender people due to violence. The majority of victims were black transgender women.
Parts of the southern Plains are under tornado watches, a day after more than a dozen twisters hit Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. There are no reports of injuries. Mireya Villarreal reports from Mangum, Oklahoma.
Severe weather brought nearly seven inches of rain to parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas Monday night, causing life-threatening flash flooding. In Hominy, Oklahoma, dozens of people had to be rescued or evacuated in a situation local officials described as "scary." David Begnaud reports from Hominy.
Millions in the central U.S. face a new threat today from storms that brought serious flooding and tornadoes to the southern Plains. Also, two people are dead after a small Alaska-based airline's third crash in less than a year. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
Oklahoma particularly hard hit by downpours, sudden flooding; more severe weather forecast for Tuesday
Ocearch, a group that tracks ocean life, posted a picture of "Cabot," a nearly 10-foot-long fish swimming near Greenwich, Connecticut
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