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12 semi-finalists chosen in Miss America pageant

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By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The field of contestants in the Miss America pageant has been narrowed down to 12.

Miss Kansas, the tattooed Army sergeant, and the injured Miss Florida, wearing a bejeweled knee brace, were among contestants advancing to the semi-finals of Sunday's Miss America finale in Atlantic City, as the pageant returned home to where it all began in 1921.

Other states whose contestants advanced to the semi-finals are: Maryland, Connecticut, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, California, Georgia and Minnesota.

The pageant pits 53 contestants - one from each state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands - in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.

The winner will be crowned at Boardwalk Hall around 11 p.m.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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