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The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed Thursday into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. It was expected to dock late Thursday night, and passengers were to be taken by bus to Texas or New Orleans.

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Crippled cruise ship slowly makes its way to land

This is not at all how it looked in the brochure: Pulled by a tugboat at a maddeningly slow pace, the ill-fated cruise ship Carnival Triumph finally drew within sight of land on Thursday as miserable passengers told stories of overflowing toilets, food shortages, foul odors and dangerously dark passageways.

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