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Miss America pageant underway in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) - The 2014 Miss America pageant is underway in Atlantic City _ the place where it all began in 1921.

The nationally televised pageant is back in Boardwalk Hall, and judges Sunday night will choose a winner to succeed the current title-holder Mallory Hagan.

Her reign is being cut short because the pageant left Las Vegas, where it had been held the past six years and where a winner was selected each January.

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 around 11 p.m. (0300 GMT Monday)

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