Filipino sailors struggle for news of home

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The devastation from last week's typhoon has been difficult for Filipino expatriates around the world to take in, but for 300,000 Filipino sailors working on the world's high seas, getting news of their families' fates has been an agonizing challenge.

Roughly 20 percent of all seafarers - the men who live and work on cargo lines for months at a time - are from the island nation and many may have lost friends or family in the storm.

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