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abandon

v. to intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, leave, desert, or relinquish all interest or ownership in property, a home or other premises, a right of way, and even a spouse, family, or children. The word is often used in situations to determine whether a tenant has left his/her apartment and the property inside and does not intend to come back. Thus, a landlord can take over an apparently abandoned residence, but must store the things a tenant leaves behind and give notice to the tenant before selling the possessions which are left. To abandon children can mean to have no contact and give no support for a year or more. (See: abandonment, abandoned property)

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The Captain of the wrecked ship, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing the ship wreck that claimed lives of 32 people.
Schettino, dubbed Captain Coward, is accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
Last night Schettino was holed up in his shuttered home waiting to find out if he will be charged with manslaughter, causing shipwreck and abandoning ship.
Schettino is facing charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. At his trial in Grosseto the captain, who denies the charges, (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/508305/20130923/costa-concordia-captain-francesco-schettino-blames-hlemsman.htm) blamed Costa Concordia's Indonesian helmsman Jacob Rusli Bin for the disaster.
According to the Independent, a judge in the Tuscan city of Grosseto ordered Schettino to be tried for multiple manslaughters, abandoning ship and other charges.
Meanwhile the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, remains under house arrest, facing charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship.
Prosecutors are investigating charges of mass manslaughter and abandoning ship while passengers were in danger.
Almost two years after he was blamed for capsizing the cruise liner Costa Concordia and abandoning ship as it sank, Francesco Schettino has had his mariner's licence suspended.
The ship's captain is currently under house arrest, and is being investigated for alleged manslaughter and abandoning ship during evacuation.