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After her adoptive mother died, she decided to try to find her birth mother, Denise, but a gruelling 25-year search ended fruitlessly when Sara learned Denise had moved overseas to Jamaica in the 1970s.
The head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said last week it would move south of an area where a remote-controlled underwater drone spent weeks fruitlessly scouring 850 square kilometers (330 square miles) of seabed.
Stressing on the need to hand the search of MH370 over to the specialists, McCallum said that the search for the black boxes was worth every effort, but now that the effort has been expended, fruitlessly, it's time to stop and regroup and go into the full Monty version.
By fruitlessly demanding that disgraced (sort of) Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard apologise for his alleged manhandling of female campaigners, bumbling Nick Clegg has steered his hopeless, rudderless ship even further off course.
However, this could be good news for anyone who has struggled fruitlessly to make a machine accept a note.
The Gunners blew a chance to double their l e a d when Jack Wilshere shot wide West Brom appealed fruitlessly for a penalty when Per Mertesacker handled a high ball.
With Australia's bowlers toiling fruitlessly on a flat wicket during the heat of the day, the South Africa captain nudged his team steadily forward but opener Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla suffered brain-fades to lose their wickets.
In 1992 (the future), Mexico is a "skeletal and decapitated nation," and in Mexico City ("Makesicko City"), a foul acid rain falls constantly, the poor search fruitlessly for jobs, and the rich build themselves imitation department stores.
He also urged them to cooperate with one another than fruitlessly competing for petty material thinks.
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People on the scene began fleeing while Kocak was frantically, yet fruitlessly, trying to dampen the shooting flames.
The owners decided to launch Artisan after their own attempt to find an adequate display gallery of "past work" done by contractors in their area of Orange County, California, fruitlessly dragged on and on for hours to no avail.