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NEW YORK (AP) _ Media baron Rupert Murdoch has become a father for the fifth time.

Wendi Deng, wife of the Australian-born magnate, gave birth to a 9-pound girl Monday night at a New York City hospital, his spokesman Howard Rubenstein said. The baby was named Grace Helen Murdoch.

Murdoch was at the hospital for the birth, Rubenstein said Tuesday. ``Wendi and the child are in excellent health.''

Murdoch, 70, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp., married Deng, 33, in 1999 after divorcing his second wife. He has four adult children from that marriage.

News Corp. owns the Fox Network and New York Post, as well as extensive newspaper stables in Australia and Britain.