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By midafternoon, 23 miners free as Chile rescue goes off flawlessly

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 4:00 p.m. CDT; updated 5:53 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — With remarkable speed — and flawless execution — one miner after another climbed into a slender cage deep beneath the Chilean earth, was hoisted through 2,000 feet of rock and saw precious sunlight Wednesday after the longest underground entrapment in human history.

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