Shipwreck Search Put on Hold Again

Search-and-rescue operations at the Costa Concordia cruise ship have been suspended again as the capsized liner shifted. With 24 people still missing—and 11 confirmed dead—hopes of finding more survivors are fading, and the rescue operation is shifting into salvage mode. Officials hope to begin pumping oil out of the wreck soon. Meanwhile Capt. Francesco Schettino is under house arrest, accused of abandoning his ship before passengers had evacuated. But all the blame may not rest on Schettino, however cowardly he behaved: the shipping journal Lloyd's List Intelligence says that the Costa Concordia sailed closer to the island during a cruise last August than it did on Friday, and that that route—a near miss—had been authorized by the cruise company.