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U.S. Reclaims Cargo Ship From Pirates

Wednesday the crew of a U.S. flag ship that was taken over by pirates off the shore of Somalia, retook control over the ship reports the Star Tribune. However, contacts onboard the vessel say the captain is still being held by the pirates. The crew members onboard the Maersk Alabama have indeed retaken control over the ship and are holding one of the pirates until negotiations to reclaim their captain go through. The ships captain, Captain Joseph Murphey is being held by the remaining pirates on a lifeboat not far from the vessel. The New York Times reports that this is the first time a U.S. flagged ship has been taken over by pirates.