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The Latest: Activists protesting hot dog contest released

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Joey Chestnut holds his trophies after winning Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut holds his trophies after winning Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest (all times local):

Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, marking his 10th victory in the event, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

5:20 p.m.

Miki Sudo grabs her fourth Nathan's Famous Hotdog eating contest win in the women's division on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo won after eating 41 hotdogs and buns. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.) © The Associated Press Miki Sudo grabs her fourth Nathan's Famous Hotdog eating contest win in the women's division on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo won after eating 41 hotdogs and buns. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

A handful of animal rights activists who were taken into police custody as they tried to unfold a banner at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York have been released without charges.

Miki Sudo, center, competes in the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Miki Sudo, center, competes in the women's division of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in New York. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The demonstrators say they're from a group called Direct Action Everywhere, and want Nathan's to stop holding the contest.

Police remove an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Police remove an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Police say they took five people into custody on Tuesday, brought them to a precinct for questioning and then released them.

Police arrest an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Police arrest an animal rights activist as they try to protest at the Nathan's Annual Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest won by Joey Chestnut, Tuesday July 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Another group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, separately had members giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won the men's division for the 10th time, by eating 72 hot dogs and buns. Miki Sudo won the women's division with 41 hot dogs and buns.

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3:45 p.m.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has broken his own record to extend his reign as chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York.

The San Jose, California-based competitor logged a 10th win by downing 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Tuesday. He beat Carmen Cincotti (sihn-CAH'-tee), who ate 60.

Chestnut set the previous record at 70 last year.

Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) has notched her fourth win in the women's division. The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns, besting Michelle Lesco's 32.

Police say five people were taken into custody after trying to disrupt the event. The people appeared to be attempting to unfold a black banner in the crowd before police stopped them and took them away.

1:55 p.m.

Police say five people have been taken into custody after trying to disrupt the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York.

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About midway through the men's competition, some people amid the crowd of spectators at the contest on the Coney Island boardwalk appeared to be trying to unfold a black banner. Police stationed at the event rushed into the crowd, handcuffed the demonstrators and took them away.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had members giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event, but a spokeswoman says the people arrested inside weren't with PETA.

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1:05 p.m.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut continues his reign as the chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York.

The San Jose, California, man beat his own record to log a 10th win. He downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes Tuesday, besting Carmen Cincotti (sihn-CAH'-tee), who ate 62.

Chestnut downed 70 franks and buns in 10 minutes last year, topping his record at the time and taking back the title from Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie. Stonie came in third on Tuesday, with 48 franks and buns.

Chestnut said at Monday's pre-contest weigh-in that he models his training after marathoners, slowly building up to eating more and more franks as the contest approaches.

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11:45 a.m.

Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) has notched a fourth-time win in the women's division of the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York.

The Las Vegas woman ate 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win her fourth straight title Tuesday. She beat Michelle Lesco, who downed 32 franks and buns. Women's record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas came in third with 30.

Thomas holds the women's record for the contest, at 45 dogs and buns.

Thousands of people — many wearing hot-dog-shaped hats — gathered on Coney Island's famed boardwalk for the contest.

The men's competition is later Tuesday. Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will defend his title in a rematch against Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie.

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12:30 a.m.

Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York.

Nine-time champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is defending his title Tuesday at the showdown on the Coney Island boardwalk.

Chestnut's facing Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie in a rematch. Chestnut downed 70 franks and buns in 10 minutes last year, topping his own Coney Island record.

Meanwhile, Miki Sudo (MIHK'-ee SOO'-doh) is hoping for a fourth title in a row as she confronts Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas in the women's competition. Sudo powered through 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns to beat Thomas last year. But Thomas holds the women's record, at 45 franks.

The chowdown showdown usually draws thousands of spectators and is televised on ESPN.

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This story has been corrected to show that Cincotti ate 60 hot dogs and buns, instead of 62, per official results.

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