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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited FWD Review & Test Drive

By Malcolm Hogan

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The all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has already set in motion a new movement by Hyundai to attract buyers seeking an affordable crossover utility vehicle with room for 5 and several highly sought after amenities wrapped in a good looking versatile package. With the introduction of the new Santa Fe GLS and Limited trims with third row seating, the crossover segment has a much larger reach for Hyundai proving to set the bar just a bit higher when you factor in the over-all value.

The newest Hyundai Santa Fe gets a complete redesign for the 2013 model year introduced last year (2012). Since the conception of the new Santa Fe Sport model Hyundai promised a new trim level to offer third row seating, which is an adored feature for many who are shopping crossovers and have the need to transport 6 or 7 passengers. The two trim levels offered for a 3-row Santa Fe is the GLS and Limited. My 2013 Santa Fe Limited featured a 6 passenger seating setup where the 2nd row has captain chairs and the rear a two-seater 50/50 split-folding bench. Both 3-row capacity Hyundai Santa Fe trims are equipped with a new 3.3-liter DOHC V6 engine producing 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 252 ft-lbs. of torque at 5,200 rpm.

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The new powertrain on the Santa Fe Limited mates the V6 engine to a 6-speed automatic transmission with either front wheel drive or an advanced all-wheel-drive system. All trim levels for the new Santa Fe can be equipped with an optional all-wheel-drive system. My front-wheel-drive Santa Fe Limited test vehicle has a respectable amount of power for what is considered to be an extended wheelbase over the base Sport and Sport 2.0 Turbo trim level’s standard 5-passenger setup. Power delivery, though, is somewhat unpredictable due to a lofty rpm where the torque peaks.

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The 3.3-liter V6 in the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited coupled with the transmission’s initial eco-mapping is like a virtual on-off switch at times. Basically, pressing the throttle through mid-range does not give you enough over-taking power on the highway. Subsequently, you are required to press the pedal nearly to the floor for a substantial downshift to take place and for the engine to really turn over to generate passing power. Unfortunately, this shortcoming tends to develop a bit too much of an abrupt power surge to the front wheels to either break them loose activating traction control or at least accentuate your senses to counteract a rash of mild torque steer. You can say the V6 engine and 6-speed transmission may need new ECU programming to give the Santa Fe Limited a better communicating mid-range power output, especially considering the V6 engine is capable of a decent 290 horsepower and 252 ft-lbs. of torque.

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In the Kitchen With Georgia O'Keeffe

By Regina Schrambling I was also presented with amazing alderwood-smoked salt and some super-aromatic New Mexican chile powder, so I can’t whinge that my consort went to Santa Fe and all I got was a couple of postcards. They’re pretty great, too: Georgia O’Keeffe making a stew and pouring tea at her ranch back in the early Sixties. Bob was regretting not buying a cookbook, but I reminded him I already own it, thanks to a good friend, and it’s pretty great, too. O’Keeffe’s art and very long life have always fascinated me, and her cooking/gardening side is just as intriguing. According to this book, by her onetime caretaker, Margaret Wood, she started to grow her own fruits, vegetables and herbs because the alternative required a 70-mile drive over dirt roads to the nearest store. And she used them every day in every way. The recipes are a great mix of healthful (O’Keeffe was quite taken with contemporary nutrition theories) and indulgent, and they reflect where she lived. If you’re in New Mexico, you develop a taste for enchiladas and posole. Some of the more unusual recipes are for fried locust blossoms and for a garlic sandwich: Slice baguette, butter and pave with garlic slices. Top with second slice. I hadn’t read this book in years, and what really strikes me today is how modern it feels. Local, seasonal, organic were all adjectives for O’Keeffe’s food; her staff dried or canned what couldn’t be used fresh, and she even ground her own wheat to bake her own bread. She lived to nearly 100, so that may be the right recipe.

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Emmys Host Neil Patrick Harris Announces Nominees Due To Travel Issues For Kate Mara

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LOS ANGELES — A host had gone missing for the 2013 Emmy nominations on Thursday, so in stepped – who else? – Neil Patrick Harris.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said actress Kate Mara from “House of Cards” was unable to make it because her plane had a mechanical malfunction and couldn’t take off from Santa Fe, where she is on location. So Harris stepped in to co-host with Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad.”

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Report: Hyundai mulling new small CUV under Tucson

By Chris Paukert

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Hyundai maintains it can barely build enough of its core models to satisfy North American consumers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t keen to expand its offerings to capture developing segments of the market. According to Edmunds, one of those expanding niches could be the burgeoning subcompact crossover segment. The website quotes Hyundai North America president and CEO John Krafcik as acknowledging his company is “very under-represented” in crossovers, the market’s hottest vehicle type.

With the discontinuation of the Veracruz, Hyundai is down to two CUV nameplates, Tucson (pictured) and Santa Fe, the latter of which covers two segments with a two-row Sport and long-wheelbase three-row model. And while Hyundai commands seven percent of the US sedan market, the company estimates it only has two percent of the truck segment.

And while Krafcik stops short of confirming a new model, he acknowledges “a new segment is emerging” underneath the Tucson and says, “I think it’s something to look at.” At the moment, the subcompact softroader segment remains small and somewhat amorphous, with tiny CUV offerings like the Buick Encore, Nissan Juke, and now-discontinued Suzuki SX4 illustrating that there are a lot of different ways to package and market such a vehicle.

Edmunds expects a new Tucson sometime around 2015, so with Krafcik admitting that the company has no firm plans but is starting to look into the matter, it’s likely that we won’t see a smaller CUV from Hyundai until sometime after that.

Hyundai mulling new small CUV under Tucson originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Original Air Force One stuck in Arizona desert

Since 2005, the Lockheed VC-121 Constellation 48-610 that was the first aircraft to be designated as Air Force One has sat in an Arizona airport, slowly deteriorating due to the light and heat of the sun.

The plane’s caretaker, Timothy Coons, told the Arizona Daily Star that it would require 30 days of work and $200,000 to restore the plane to its former state.

“Like any machine like that, the interiors are slowly degrading because of the heat,” Coons said.

The plane, known as “Columbine II” in a nod to the flower of Mamie Eisenhower’s home state of Colorado is owned by Harry Oliver of Santa Fe, N.M., who bought it from his business partner Mel Christler. Christler, along with four other people, bought the plane at a 1970 surplus auction.

The plane was built in 1948 in Burbank, Calif. It only served as Eisenhower’s official presidential aircraft for the first year of the 34th president’s administration, becoming the primary backup plane. After a brief stint with commercial carrier Pan American, it carried Eisenhower for the last time in 1959. The plane then was a VIP carrier at Washington’s National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base before it was retired in 1968.

Christler and some partners spent $150,000 to restore the plane in 1990 and the aircraft was part of the celebrations to mark the centennial of Eisenhower’s birth. But in the intervening decades, the plane has dropped out of public view.

“We’re trying to find a good home,” Coons said. “It’s not doing any justice just sitting here.”

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Spy Shots: Hyundai Mingtu revealed on billboard ahead of Shanghai

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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The so-called Hyundai Mini-Sonata now has a proper name. Called the Mingtu in China, this new sedan will slot in between the compact Elantra and midsize Sonata, and it sports a pretty nifty look.

We’ve known for a while now that Hyundai is working on a more mature version of its Fluidic styling language, the first fruits of which showed up in the latest Santa Fe, and the Mingtu seems to take that refined appearance to the next level with a refined look of creased lines, a chiseled fascia and a smooth greenhouse.

There’s no indication that this car will be offered in the US market, but it’s certainly possible that some of its styling elements will carry over to the next Elantra or Sonata. In any case, expect a range of 1.8- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines to be announced for the Chinese market when the Mingtu makes its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this weekend.

Hyundai Mingtu revealed on billboard ahead of Shanghai originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

By John Neff

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The Crossover For The Kardashians Of 1895

My wife and I are holdouts among our friends and family in the offspring department. Our heir-free lifestyle, however, affords us the opportunity to travel this great land, and road trips are our favorite. So while I’m unqualified to remark on how well the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will swallow an infant son and stroller, I can pass judgment on this two-row crossover’s talents for carrying people and cargo over great distances.

The lady and I recently drove a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport to one of this country’s national treasures: the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The Biltmore was built between 1889 and 1895 by George Vanderbuilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbuilt who was one of this country’s earliest captains of industry. Despite the Biltmore being the largest privately owned home in the United States, which it remains to this day with a footprint of 178,926 square feet, George and his wife, Edith, only ever had one child. A family of two parents plus one child would have made the Vanderbuilts exactly the type of people Hyundai hopes to attract with this two-row Santa Fe Sport – George’s eldest brother, Cornelius II, had seven children and would’ve had better luck fitting his brood in the larger three-row Santa Fe (sans the “Sport” suffix).

Like George, the all-new Santa Fe Sport is now the youngest in a large family of redesigned Hyundais that have been pushing the Korean brand’s sales ever higher. Being last in a line of overachievers has its advantages, as this new Santa Fe Sport comes to market with the brand’s latest design, technology and safety features, all of which it needs to compete in a midsize crossover segment that is more crowded and competitive than perhaps any other.

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Full House Resorts Announces Extension of the Grand Lodge Casino Lease

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Full House Resorts Announces Extension of the Grand Lodge Casino Lease

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Full House Resorts (NAS: FLL) today announced that its lease with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation for the Grand Lodge Casino at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nevada has been extended and is now scheduled to expire on August 31, 2018. All other terms of the lease remain unchanged.

“We are very appreciative of the strong working relationship we have developed with the Hyatt organization and thank them for this extension,” said Andre Hilliou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Full House Resorts. “The extension will allow us to invest in a much-needed new casino management system for the Grand Lodge Casino.”

About Full House Resorts, Inc.

Full House owns, develops and manages gaming facilities. The Company owns the Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana. The Rising Star Casino has 40,000 square feet of gaming space with almost 1,300 slot and video poker machines and 37 table games. The property includes a 190-room hotel, a pavilion with five food and beverage outlets, an 18-hole Scottish links golf course and a large, multi-purpose Grand Theater for concerts and performance events as well as meetings and conventions. The Company acquired the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County, Mississippi on October 1, 2012, which has 37,000 square feet of gaming space with almost 1,000 slot and video poker machines, 26 table games, a poker room and the only live Keno game on the Gulf Coast. The property includes a fine dining restaurant, buffet, quick service restaurant and two casino bars. Full House also owns Stockman’s Casino in Fallon, Nevada and operates the Grand Lodge Casino at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe under a lease agreement (expiring on August 31, 2018) with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. In addition, the Company has a management agreement with the Pueblo of Pojoaque for the operations of the Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico along with the Pueblo’s Cities of Gold and Sports Bar casino facilities.

Further information about Full House Resorts can be viewed on its website at www.fullhouseresorts.com.

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/full-house-resorts-announces-extension-of-the-gran/

NM warns treasure hunters: Finders are not keepers

A collection of gold and jewels that a Santa Fe antiquities collector says he stashed in the mountains north of Santa Fe has generated so much interest from amateur treasure hunters that some have put their lives in jeopardy or been cited for illegally digging on public lands.

But authorities are warning people about more than being careful and following the law. They also note finders may not be keepers.

“If this treasure is buried, you would need to dig for it. And you can’t dig anywhere in a national forest without a permit,” said Bruce Hill, spokesman for the Santa Fe National Forest. “Even if it is not buried and it is just placed somewhere it becomes public domain.”

Ditto for state lands, according to Department of Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.

Fenn was asked if he had considered land rights before hiding the chest. He said in an email that much has been written about land laws.

“I’m staying out of those discussions, except to say it may be fun to redefine some of the terms,” Fenn said in the email.

The poem that Fenn published in his memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase,” to give clues to the chest’s whereabouts advises the treasure finder to “Look quickly down, your quest to cease, But tarry scant with marvel gaze, Just take the chest and go in peace.”

But authorities currently seem to be more concerned about public safety than ownership questions as publicity about Fenn’s claims to have hidden the 40-plus pound chest filled with gold coins, gold nuggets and ancient jewelry draws people to the northern New Mexico mountains.

Last month, a woman from Texas got lost in the mountains near Los Alamos overnight after seeing reports about the treasure on national television. But she was found safe the next day.

And Williams said the state plans to file charges against a man found digging last month under a descanso along the upper Pecos River last month. A descanso is a marker where someone has died or ashes scattered. Williams says the man told officers he was digging for Fenn’s treasure.

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New Mexico man officials say was caught digging for buried treasure to face charges

State game and fish officials say they plan to file charges against a man who was digging for hidden treasure.

Department spokesman Dan Williams says the man was found digging under a descanso along the upper Pecos River at the Terrero Campground last month. A descanso is a marker where someone has died or their ashes scattered.

Williams says the man told officers he was digging for the chest of gold and jewels that Santa Fe artifact collector Forrest Fenn says he has hidden in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Fenn has published a memoir with a poem of clues to the treasure’s location.

“He told our officer that he was looking for Forrest Fenn‘s treasure,” Williams told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Williams told the paper the man will be charged under a state law making it a misdemeanor to “excavate, injure, destroy or remove any cultural resource or artifact” on State Game Commission land.

The paper reported that Fenn wrote in the book, “I knew exactly where to hide the chest so it would be difficult to find but not impossible,” Fenn wrote. “It’s in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe.”

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Treasure hunt for quirky trader's hidden gold plays on in New Mexico

For more than a decade, he packed and repacked his treasure chest, sprinkling in gold dust and adding hundreds of rare gold coins and gold nuggets. Pre-Columbian animal figures went in, along with prehistoric “mirrors” of hammered gold, ancient Chinese faces carved from jade and antique jewelry with rubies and emeralds.

Forrest Fenn was creating a bounty, and the art and antiquities dealer says his goal was to make sure it was “valuable enough to entice searchers and desirable enough visibly to strike awe.”

Occasionally, he would test that premise, pulling out the chest and asking his friends to open the lid.

“Mostly, when they took the first look,” he says, “they started laughing,” hardly able the grasp his amazing plan.

Was Fenn really going to give this glistening treasure trove away?

Three years ago, he lay two of his most beloved pieces of jewelry in the chest: a turquoise bracelet and a Tairona and Sinu Indian necklace adorned with exotic jewels. At the bottom of the chest, in an olive jar, he placed a detailed autobiography, printed so small a reader will need a magnifying glass. After that, he says, he carted the chest of loot, now weighing more than 40 pounds, into the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe and left it there.

Next, Fenn self-published a memoir, “The Thrill of the Chase,” distilling the autobiography and, intriguingly, including a poem that he says offers clues to lead some clever — or lucky — treasure hunter to the bounty.

It wasn’t long before word of the hidden trove got out, and the publicity has caused a mini-gold rush in northern New Mexico.

But it has also set off a debate: Has Fenn truly hidden the treasure chest or was this, for the idiosyncratic, publicity-loving 82-year-old who loves to tell tales, just another way to have fun, a great caper to bolster his legacy?

One friend, Michael McGarrity, an author and former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy, acknowledges it could be “a private joke,” though he believes “Forrest has certainly buried something.” If it was the treasure he saw, well, “it really is quite an astonishing sight to see.”

There certainly seems to be no shortage of believers, including Doug Preston, whose novel “The Codex” about a notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber who buries himself and his treasure as a final challenge to his three sons, is loosely based on Fenn’s story.

“I’ve seen the treasure. I’ve handled it. He has had it for almost as long as I’ve known him. It’s real. And I can tell you that it is no longer in his vault,” says Preston.

“I am 100 percent sure that he really did go out and hide this thing. I am actually surprised that anyone who knows him would think he was blowing hot air. It is just not his personality. He is not a tricky, conspiratorial, slick or dishonest person at all.”

Fenn says his main goal is to get people, particularly children, away from their texting devices and looking for adventure outdoors.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe LWB First Drive: Sticking to the Formula

By John Lamm

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Okay, so “6s and 7s” is an obscure reference, but to be at 6s and 7s means to be confused and in disarray. But when it comes to its Santa Fe crossover, Hyundai is very focused—it wants to cover the bulk of the crossover market with a single nameplate. It launched this third-generation model at the 2012 New York auto show in both five-passenger Sport and six-/seven-seat long-wheelbase forms. We’ve previously reviewed both engines in the smaller Santa Fe, and just sampled the extra-large model in California. READ MORE ››

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Hiker disappears near Bandelier National Monument

Officials at Bandelier National Monument say a search is under way for a missing hiker who was in northern New Mexico to look for the buried treasure of a Santa Fe antiquities dealer.

Members of the New Mexico Search and Rescue team and the Los Alamos Police Department say dispatchers received a call Friday from a man in Texas who reported that his girlfriend was missing.

The woman arrived at the monument on Thursday to hike to the Upper Falls. She called her boyfriend to let him know she would return the next day. She hasn’t been heard from since.

Searchers believe she headed toward the Rio Grande. The trail from the Upper Falls to the river is rough terrain, having been washed out by a flash flood in 2011.

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Report: Hyundai, Buick dealer apologize in wake of Chinese baby social media incident

By Seyth Miersma

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A very strange story out of China today, as Hyundai and a Chinese Buick dealer were forced to face allegations of using allusions to an infamous child murder on a social media site as a way of promoting the safety features of their respective vehicles.

The original sad tale goes something like this: On March 4, a man reported to police that he had left his infant child in a running Toyota RAV4 while he ran into a supermarket briefly. When he came back out, the vehicle and the child were gone. Later in the week a suspect turned himself in to the police; confessing to them that he had stolen a sport-utility vehicle, strangled the infant that was in it, and then buried the child in the snow.

As you might imagine, the gristly incident was covered massively in the Chinese media. (There was huge public outcry as well, as evidenced by the vigil scene, above.) “Changchun baby abduction” was very quickly amongst the highest ranking search teams of the China‘s Weibo social media site – an equivalent of Twitter in the English-speaking world.

With the scary news trending near its peak, a post on Hyundai’s Weibo account touted the safety features of the company’s Santa Fe, while also making reference to the child being abducted. In a similar vein, a Chinese Buick dealer posted this on March 5:

“When buying a car it’s completely okay to choose brands with better technology. Tianhe Buicks carry the OnStar GPS system, which can track down the location of a stolen vehicle at any time and automatically report it to the police. Feel at ease, have peace of mind, if you’re going to buy a car, why not choose a completely safe Buick!!!”

For its part Hyundai claimed that its Weibo post was made by a non-Hyundai employee, and that it would redouble its efforts at “managing our social networking service accounts.” The independently owned Buick dealer apologized for making “inappropriate” remarks. Meanwhile a Shanghai-based representative of General Motors said that the company is “monitoring” the situation, and has yet to release a statement.

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Drunken driver sues buddy, New Mexico restaurants

A repeat drunken driver convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers has sued his drinking buddy and two Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol.

James Ruiz, 37, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from the friend he was out drinking with as well as Applebee’s and the Blue Corn Cafe, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.

The lawsuit, filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, claims the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz emotional distress due to the loss of liberty and enjoyment of life after he was served drinks in 2010.

Ruiz said in his suit that he was convicted and incarcerated due to the chain of events the defendants set in motion.

Police said Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenagers — Del Lynn Peshlakai, 19, and her sister Deshauna, 17 — from the Navajo reservation.

He’s serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011.

Santa Fe Dining, a restaurant group that includes Blue Corn Cafe, declined to comment. Applebee’s did not immediately return two phone messages and an email from The Associated Press.

Ruiz was out on bond on his fifth DWI arrest when the fatal crash took place, authorities said.

Police said he had a blood-alcohol concentration at the time of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

The Peshlakai family has filed a wrongful death suit against Ruiz, the restaurants and others in the case. That suit is pending in state district court.

The Peshlakai sisters and their parents were in town for a high school basketball tournament when the fatal wreck took place. The parents were injured in the crash.

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NM drunken driver sues buddy, restaurants

A repeat drunken driver convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers is suing his drinking buddy and two Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday (http://bit.ly/WyvZZz) that James Ruiz filed a lawsuit Wednesday in New Mexico District Court and is seeking monetary damages from the friend he was out drinking with as well as Applebee’s and the Blue Corn Cafe.

The lawsuit, filed by Ruiz without a lawyer, claims the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz emotional distress when he was served drinks in 2010.

Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation.

He’s serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011.

In a statement, Santa Fe Dining, a restaurant group that includes Blue Corn Cafe, declined to comment. Applebee’s did not immediately return a phone message and email from The Associated Press.

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