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      Amelia Earhart plane search becomes a U.S. mission

      Amelia Earhart (Photo Credit: IMLS DCC via Flikr)

      On July 2, 1937, the legendary{}Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left{} the Territory of New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) to Howland Island in the South Pacific. They{}never arrived.

      Seventy-five years later, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in a ceremony Tuesday a joint public-private search for{}Earhart's plane.

      The event, "Amelia Earhart,{}a Pacific Legacy,"{}was broadcast live by the State Department's Tuesday morning--celebrating the U.S.' pan-Pacific ties.

      The U.S. mission{}will start in July and all half a million dollars{}has been privately funded. They will be looking in the deeper waters near Nikumaroro between Hawaii and Australia.

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