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Trapped Chile Miner Becomes New Dad

One of the 33 Chilean miners trapped for 40 days has become a new father, but he will have to wait weeks before he can hold his daughter.

Ariel Ticona's wife gave birth to their daughter, Esperanza – Spanish for Hope, on Tuesday at a hospital in Copiapo, near the mine.

Drilling to free Ticona and the 32 other men has been temporarily halted due to a broken drill head, but authorities say it will not significantly delay the rescue effort.

Emergency workers made contact with them on August 22. Authorities say a rescue could take until the end of the year.

The miners have been receiving food, medicine, letters, cigarettes and other items through a chute to the chamber where they are located.

The miners have been underground since August 5, when they were trapped by a cave-in.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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