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White Bear Lake family accepts decision as search of cruise ship waters is called off

Family members of Barbara and Gerald Heil say they're disheartened by the decision to end the search of waters around the shipwrecked Costa Concordia. But they say they understand the decision. "The conditions are no longer acceptable," a fire brigade spokesman told the AFP news service.
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Family members of Barbara and Gerald Heil say they're disheartened by the decision to end the search of waters around the shipwrecked Costa Concordia. But they say they understand the decision. "The conditions are no longer acceptable," a fire brigade spokesman told the AFP news service.

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