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Posted: August 5, 2014 at 3:20 a.m.

Officials work on the beach as the fishing vessel Paloma remains stuck in the breakers of Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Crews suspended an hourslong air and sea search for a captain who may have abandoned his fishing boat when it got stranded off a San Francisco beach. The Coast Guard called off its search shortly before noon Monday. (AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner, Nathaniel Y. Downes)

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Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks in Washington, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, during the Civil Society Forum of the US Africa Summit.  President Barack Obama is gathering nearly 50 African heads of state in Washington for an unprecedented summit aimed in part at building his legacy on a continent where his commitment has been questioned. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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