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  1. A rescue team heads out to search for survivors after a passenger ship carrying more than 450 people sank in China's Yangtze River.

    Hopes Fade for Missing Yangtze Passengers

    Rescuers have been racing against the clock, but chances for finding more survivors are dimming. Most on board were in bed on Monday when the Eastern Star cruise ship capsized. The captain and chief engineer, both safe, have been taken into custody. They claim the vessel was hit by a cyclone, and meteorologists have corroborated that a strong, sudden storm hit the area. Sixty-five have been confirmed dead and 14 have been rescued, but poor weather is hampering efforts to find the rest of the boat’s 456 vacationers and crew.

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