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Nation

New York teen wins spelling bee

OXON HILL, Md. — After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali triumphed Thursday night in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, N.Y., correctly spelled ‘‘knaidel,’’ a German-derived Yiddish word for a small mass of leavened dough, to win the 86th version of the competition. The bee tested brain power, composure and, for the first time, knowledge of vocabulary.

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