1. HOPE

    Search Resumes in Shipwreck

    Navy rescuers stand in a dinghy next to the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 21, 2012. Rescue workers searching the wreck of a luxury ship clutched onto glimmers of hope on January 20 that they may still find survivors a week after the tragedy, which left 32 people feared dead.                         AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Italian Navy once again blasted holes Saturday in the side of the wrecked Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that crashed off the rocks of the Italian island of Giglio one week ago. “We will continue searching until all hope is gone,” said Coast Guard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro, although he admitted that “we need a miracle.” As many as 24 people are still missing, and some have held out hope that a person could survive for days in the luxury cruise liner’s cabins. A forecast for high waves in the Mediterranean has caused many to worry that the submerged 114,500-ton ship could sink or be swept out, but port officials said the search would continue while the water remained calm during the day. Experts say the ship is slipping off the rocky sea shelf at a rate of around a quarter of an inch every hour.

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