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White Bear Lake couple identified in Italian cruise wreck
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ROME (AP) -- Italian officials say they have identified the bodies of an American couple and two German nationals who perished when the Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized.

In a posting on its website Tuesday, the Interior Ministry named Barbara and Gerald Heil of Minnesota, the sole American victims of the Jan. 13 disaster, as among the bodies retrieved from the wreck.

The ministry posting also identified Christina Mathi Ganz and Norbert Josef Ganz, of Germany, and an Italian crewman after weeks of DNA testing and other exams.

Divers are still searching the wreck for a female Italian passenger and an Indian crewman who are missing and presumed dead. The two have already been included in the death toll of 32.