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Rescued miner Jose Ojeda holds up a Chilean flag after emerging from the capsule that brought him to the surface from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine where he was trapped with 32 other miners for over two months near Copiapo, Chile, early Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

Update Noon: 17 miners free as Chile rescue passes halfway mark

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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) -- The miners who spent 69 agonizing days deep under the Chilean earth were hoisted one by one to freedom Wednesday, their rescue moving with remarkable speed while their countrymen erupted in cheers and the world watched transfixed.

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