|The State Department says at least 16 Americans have been confirmed dead, among them the cultural attache' at the embassy, Victoria J. DeLong, 57, who was at home when the temblor struck. Thousands of Americans are missing, and their families are trapped in painful limbo, waiting for a telephone call that could bring elation or loss.
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