Amelia Earhart Search Back On

    FILE - This undated file photo shows Amelia Earhart. Three bone fragments found on a South Pacific island could help prove that Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her quest to circumnavigate the globe.  Researchers told The Associated Press on Friday Dec. 17, 2010 that the University of Oklahoma hopes to extract DNA from bones found by a Delaware group dedicated to the recovery of historic aircraft. The fragments were recovered earlier this year on an uninhabited island about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii. (AP Photo/File)

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    Is one of history’s greatest mysteries about to be solved? The U.S. State Department will announce on Tuesday that it is reopening the search for pilot and adventurer Amelia Earhart, nearly 75 years after she went missing. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will announce the reopening of the search, which will start in July and has an $500,000 price tag financed through private funds. The search will focus on the Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro between Hawaii and Australia. Earhart’s twin-engine Lockheed airplane vanished on July 2, 1937, after she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, left Papua New Guinea for Howland Island in the South Pacific as part of their quest to circle the globe.

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