27-year-old New York City mom dies after going into hospital to have cyst removed

peterspiro/iStock(NEW YORK) — A young New York City mother died at a local hospital after going in for what was meant to be a simple procedure, according to her family and their attorney.

Rosemary Abreu, 27, went to Lincoln Hospital, in the Bronx, to have a cyst in her left thigh removed on Sept. 21, attorney Sanford Rubenstein told ABC News on Saturday.

However, the procedure at some point went awry, and Abreu went into cardiac arrest, according to Rubenstein, who noted that he believes she went into cardiac arrest on the operating table.

Abreu was pronounced dead the next day.

She’s survived by her mother and her two daughters, a 2-year-old and a 9-year-old.

Her family is now seeking $50 million in damages from the Bronx hospital and New York City Health + Hospital.

“This is tragic and unacceptable,” Rubenstein said. “A single mother of two young girls should not die under these circumstances. … She went in for a simple procedure which was to remove a cyst in the left thigh.”

Rubenstein said Abreu was in perfectly good health otherwise. He believes the hospital either administered too much anesthesia or the administration of the anesthesia was improperly monitored.

Abreu’s mother, Dorah Restituyo, was overcome with emotion Friday at a press conference.

“They killed my daughter. They killed her. I don’t know why. I don’t know what happened to my daughter,” Restituyo said.

New York City Health + Hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders at his first rally post-heart attack

ABC News(NEW YORK) –Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to New York City on Saturday for a large rally marking his return to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 1.

At the rally dubbed the “Bernie’s Back Rally,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the senator, announcing her support of his candidacy in front of the thousands who gathered for the event at Queensbridge Park along the East River in Queens. Although she didn’t offer a full-throated endorsement from the rally stage, Sanders said the congresswoman will be traveling around the country to campaign for him.

“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question, and assert, and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves health care, housing, education, and a living wage,” she said, at the park just miles from her district.

She outlined the issues she said are most important to her and her constituents — public housing, climate change, environmental justice, her support for a living wage and easier access to health care — , all aligning with Sanders’ platform.

During her remarks, Ocasio-Cortez framed Sanders as the leader of the progressive movement.

“Bernie Sanders did not do these things because they were popular,” she said. “He fought for these aims and these ends when they came at the highest political cost in America. No one wanted to question this system.”

Ocasio-Cortez first served as a political surrogate for Sanders during his 2016 presidential run, and the two have introduced bold climate change plans. Two senior sources from the Sanders campaign told reporter’s after the Oct. 15 debate of a potential endorsement from the New York congresswoman.

Before introducing Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez warned that this election is not just about defeating President Donald Trump, but also about creating transformative change within U.S. institutions.

 Sanders first thanked his supporters for their well wishes in the aftermath of his hospital stint.
“I am happy to report to you that I am more than ready, more ready than ever, to carry on with you the epic struggle that we face today,” Sanders said. “I am more than ready to assume the office of president of the United States.”

He added, “To put it bluntly, I am back.”

After thanking Ocasio-Cortez and addressing his health, Sanders’ remarks returned to policy.

“Please remember that unbelievably the richest people in our country live 15 years longer than the poorest people. In other words, poverty is a death sentence,” he said. “And we’re going to end that death sentence.”

He spoke directly to racial disparities in wealth, health outcomes and criminal sentencing, strengthening labor unions and targeting those with massive wealth and corporations.

Other members of the so-called squad — or liberal freshman congresswomen of color — have been tied to Sanders’ presidential bid. Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar announced her endorsement of Bernie Sanders with a video earlier this week. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib hasn’t endorsed Sanders, but is slated to tour her district with the senator later this month.

The rally comes at critical time for the Sanders campaign. Despite raising $25.3 million during the third quarter, national polling data compiled by ABC affiliate FiveThirtyEight shows Sanders backsliding in many of the polls, falling just short of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Results from an Oct. 14 Quinnipiac University poll showed primary voter support for Sanders fell around 11%, compared to Biden’s 27% and Warren’s 30%.

This is Sanders’ first campaign event — aside from the Oct. 15 Democratic debate — since his heart attack in Nevada and it could serve as a means to reinvigorate his campaign.

Sanders spent the first couple moments on stage looking out into the cheering crowd, claiming they had to turn people away because more than the permitted 20,000 attendees had come to the park.

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Cranes at Hard Rock Hotel ‘more damaged’ than experts thought, demolition delayed

JONGHO SHIN/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) —  The controlled demolition for the cranes at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans has been delayed, officials said Saturday.

The two cranes are “more damaged” than experts initially thought, which forced them to change their course of action, New Orleans Fire Department chief Timothy McConnell said at a news conference.

The cranes were supposed to come down Friday, but McConnell said he now believes it won’t happen until noon Sunday at the earliest.

“If they tell us it’s too dangerous to do it one way,” authorities will go with the experts and prioritize a new plan, he said.

The cranes, which each weigh 145,000 pounds, have been a source of major concern. Both have continuously swayed since the under-construction building’s collapse on Oct. 12, which left three dead and dozens injured.

Experts are using small explosives, known as energetic materials, to bring the cranes down.

The goal is that they will come down in the same place as they are standing. However, McConnell noted that because of how unstable the cranes are, they might not fall as experts hope.

“That’s our goal, but it may not happen that way,” he said.

Residents in the nearby area will be evacuated starting four hours before the crane’s official demolition.

The bodies of two men who died are still inside the building. Authorities have not been able to reach them but hope that they will be able to recover the bodies.

Officials have not yet said what caused the collapse. Ten of the victims injured filed a lawsuit Friday against five companies involved in the construction, citing negligence.

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Tourist deaths in Dominican Republic were due to natural causes: FBI

Nathaniel Holmes/Facebook(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) — Toxicology tests done by the FBI have confirmed that three American tourists found dead this spring in the Dominican Republic died of natural causes, the U.S. State Department said.

The results were consistent with the findings of local authorities, according to a statement from the State Department on Friday.

Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvania, was found dead at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel on May 25.

Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, a couple from Maryland, were found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Resort in San Pedro de Macoris on May 30.

The FBI was assisting in the probe at the neighboring resorts in the Caribbean nation.

Their deaths were among the first of at least 11 Americans to die in the country in recent months, setting off a flurry of panic as to whether it was safe to visit the Dominican Republic.

The U.S. State Department said back in June that, despite the deaths, it had not seen an “uptick” in fatal incidents.

The spokesperson said that more than 2.7 million U.S. citizens visit the Dominican Republic each year and, as in most countries, “the overwhelming majority travel without incident.”

Schaup-Werner died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, according to the hotel. An autopsy performed on Holmes and Day determined that they died of the same causes, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

The families of the three Americans have been informed of the FBI toxicology reports.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders expected to be endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at first rally post heart attack

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is returning to New York City for a large rally to mark his return to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 1.

The event, dubbed the “Bernie’s Back Rally,” is expected to draw thousands of supporters and highlight the endorsement of progressive New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Two senior sources with the Sanders team told reporters at the close of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate that Ocasio-Cortez would accompany Sanders at the campaign rally.

The rally is being held at Queensbridge Park along the East River in Queens, just miles from Ocasio-Cortez’ district. Ocasio-Cortez served as an organizer for Sander’s 2016 run and the two have introduced bold climate change plans.

Other members of the so-called squad — or liberal freshman congresswomen of color — have been tied to Sanders’ presidential bid. Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar announced her endorsement of Bernie Sanders with a video earlier this week. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib hasn’t endorsed Sanders, but is slated to tour her district with the senator later this month.

The rally comes at critical time for the Sanders campaign. Despite raising $25.3 million during the third quarter, national polling data compiled by ABC affiliate FiveThirtyEight shows Sanders backsliding in many of the polls, falling just short of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Results from an Oct. 14 Quinnipiac University poll showed primary voter support for Sanders fell around 11%, compared to Biden’s 27% and Warren’s 30%.

This is Sanders’ first campaign event — aside from the Oct. 15 Democratic debate — since his heart attack in Nevada and it could serve as a means to reinvigorate his campaign.

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Judge halts Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral amid family dispute

iStock/Kuzma(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Family and friends of Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old woman fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in her home last week, will have to wait to pay their respects after a judge halted Saturday’s scheduled funeral.

At the request of the victim’s father, Marquis Jefferson, Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued the temporary restraining order Friday to postpone the funeral. The father claimed he had no control over his daughter’s funeral and burial arrangements, which were planned by Atatiana Jefferson’s aunt, Bonita Body.

Lee Merritt, the attorney for Brody, confirmed Saturday the funeral had been postponed. He lamented the family having to deal with this family dispute publicly.

“This family, like most families, is dealing with internal disputes,” Merritt said in a statement Saturday. “Unfortunately, due to the public outcry concerning Atatiana’s murder, they are being forced to go through this tragedy publicly. Please respect their privacy as the family resolves this conflict.”

Marquis Jefferson, according to court documents, argued that, as the surviving parent and his daughter’s heir, he should be the one planning her funeral. The documents also state that he was denied any involvement by the funeral home.

“Good cause exists to limit the right of Bonita Body to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson because … Marquis A. Jefferson, as the parent, has priority of the persons that are allowed under the Code to control the decedent’s funeral and burial arrangements,” Marquis Jefferson’s temporary restraining order application states. “Applicant prays that after notice and hearing on this matter, the Court to restrain Bonita Body, Golden Gate Funeral home and others acting in concert with them to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson.”

Body’s funeral for Atatiana Jefferson was planned for 2 p.m. Saturday before the judge postponed it. Thompson scheduled a hearing for Monday, Oct. 21, to determine if the restraining order would continue.

Atatiana Jefferson was shot to death on Oct. 12 at around 2:30 a.m. Her neighbor called the non-emergency number for a welfare check because her doors were open. Police bodycam footage showed that when officers arrived, they walked to the back of the house. That’s where they saw Atatiana Jefferson, in the rear window. The officer, later identified as Aaron Dean, approached the window with his gun drawn. When he saw Atatiana Jefferson in the window, he shouted, “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” but then fired one shot.

When police arrived at her home, Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games and baby-sitting her 8-year-old nephew. The boy told investigators he witnessed his aunt being shot to death as she approached the window that night.

“She took her handgun from her purse,” the arrest affidavit reads. “(The nephew) said Jefferson raised her handgun, pointed toward the window.”

At that point, she was shot and fell to the ground, the affidavit said.

Dean’s partner, identified in the warrant as L Darch, told investigators that she didn’t see Jefferson raise the gun before Dean discharged his weapon. “Officer Darch said that they went into the backyard and Officer Dean was standing between her and the house and she could only see Jefferson’s face through the window when Officer Dean discharged his weapon one time,” the arrest warrant affidavit reads.

The footage appears to confirm that Dean never identified himself as a police officer before opening fire. On Monday, Dean abruptly quit the police department shortly before he was going to be fired, according to Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus.
 
“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus said at a press conference Monday.

Just hours after he resigned, Dean was arrested and charged with the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean was then released on bond from Tarrant County Jail late Monday, according to court records.

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Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old wooden coffins in Luxor

Hatem Maher/ABC News(LUXOR, Egypt) — Egypt unveiled 30 ancient wooden coffins on Saturday that were discovered in the southern city of Luxor, in what the country’s antiquities ministry described as one of the largest discoveries in years.

The announcement was made in a makeshift tent just opposite to the famed Temple of Hatshepsut, which is situated beneath a cliff in Deir al-Bahari on Luxor’s West Bank.

The 3,000-year-old coffins, which appeared to be well preserved, were unearthed during excavations at the nearby Asasif necropolis last week. They belonged to priests, with 23 sarcophagi containing the mummies of men, five of women and two smaller coffins that held mummies of children, according to antiquities minister Khaled El-Anany.

The colorful coffins were adorned with inscriptions, with one official saying he was surprised to find out that they were “completely sealed.” They date back to the 22nd Dynasty in the 10th century BC.

“We can look at the wooden coffins; still sealed and in a perfect shape of preservation,” Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters.

He also said it was only the fourth major discovery of a “cachette” following two for royals and one for priests, which were all discovered in the 19th century. It was called a cachette because the coffins were hidden from grave robbers, Waziri added.

A team of Egyptian restorers then unsealed two of the displayed coffins for the first time, with journalists and photographers jostling to take a glimpse of the ancient mummies.

“The coffins were in the mountain, they were not inside a tomb. And that’s really very interesting to know why they were buried in a cliff,” El-Anany told reporters.

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass said the discovery will “capture the hearts of people everywhere.”

“The mummies and coffins are all made from one workshop, and have been sealed for all those years,” he added.

El-Anany said Egypt will reveal more major discoveries soon as the country hopes to revive its vital tourism industry, which has been battered by years of turmoil in the country.

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A healthy diet might help college-age adults manage depression

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study has found that a 3-week dietary intervention, including cutting down on processed foods, could decrease symptoms of depression in younger adults.

The research suggests that for younger adults – including busy college students – changes in diet can be helpful in managing depression during a critical period of development, while offering myriad other health benefits. The study was published by researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, in the journal PLoS One.

“The literature now strongly suggests that poor diet quality is associated with an increased risk of depression,” the study said. “Diet is therefore a modifiable risk factor for depression, which would be a good target for early intervention.”

While past research has focused on observing people’s diets and their moods, this study used randomized controlled trials where people are put into groups and one group receives an intervention.

The design allowed researchers to link changes to the controlled intervention. However, since the controlled group received significant attention, that factor might have also contributed to an alleviation of depression.

Still, the young adults’ ability to stick to the diet shows us that it wasn’t just additional support that led to benefits.

Some 17.3 million adults suffered from depression in 2017, and the age group with the most cases of depression were adults between 18 to 25, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health.

The study recruited adults with depression with an average age of 19. Half of the adults received dietary guidance from a registered dietician via an instructional video and were told to eat a modified Mediterranean-style diet with increased servings of vegetables, fruits, wholegrain cereals, protein, unsweetened dairy, fish, nuts and seeds, olive oil, and spices. They were instructed to decrease their consumption of refined carbohydrates, sugar, fatty or processed meats and soft drinks.

The group received sample meal plans and recipes, a small hamper of food items and were reimbursed up to $60 for grocery costs. During the three weeks of the study, they received two phone calls to check in and see how their diets were going.

The other half of the adults with depression received nothing and maintained their usual diet.

Three weeks later, researchers evaluated the depression of all subjects. They also checked that the group on the diet stuck to it by asking all the young adults about their eating patterns. Researchers kept them honest by using a special device that measures the levels of chemicals originating from fruits and vegetables in the skin.

The group that received dietary guidance had a healthier diet and reported feeling less depressed. When researchers checked in with some of them three months later, the benefits were still present in some of them.

Michelle Milgrim, a registered dietician and the manager of employee wellness at Northwell Health in New York, noted that a good diet can be helpful through a couple of potential mechanisms.

“Serotonin helps us control our mood. Anti-inflammatory diets – made up of high antioxidant foods like vegetables, beans, nuts and fruit as well as few refined sugars – protect the brain from oxidative damage,” she said.

Dr. Timothy Kreider, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, who specializes in treating adults in this age group, said that diet may complement treatment with therapy and medication.

“Indirectly, a healthful diet makes you feel more energetic. More energy will increase your social and physical activity, and being more active is a key step in recovering from depression,” he said.

“Do we know what specific diet will treat depression? No, I don’t think we have solid evidence for that yet, but I’d love to see some,” Kreider said.

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Video shows Oregon coach disarming student then embracing him before police arrive

KATU(PORTLAND, Oregon) — Stunning surveillance footage captured the moment a high school coach in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun and then held him in his arms.

Keanon Lowe, a football and track and field coach at Parkrose High School, can be seen walking through the hallways and entering a classroom on May 17.

When he next emerges, he is holding a shotgun and backing away from student Angel Granados-Diaz before another teacher comes up and takes the weapon away.

Then, in an extraordinary moment, Lowe embraces Granados-Diaz and the two hug for at least a minute.

At one point, it appears that Granados-Diaz tries to break free, but Lowe continues to hold on to him.

Police eventually arrive and take Granados-Diaz into custody.

Lowe was hailed a hero following the incident at the Portland high school.

“This was a best-case scenario,” Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots said at the time. “The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job.”

Initial reports said that Lowe wrestled the student to the ground, but the video, which was released by Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office on Friday, shows the emotional moment the two shared.

Granados-Diaz, now 19, was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time, according to ABC Portland affiliate KATU. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public and was sentenced to three years of probation, KATU reported.

Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks football player, told the station that when the student entered the classroom with the weapon, he was close enough that he lunged for the gun and grabbed it with both hands.

“Then it was just me and that student. It was a real emotional time. It was emotional for him, it was emotional for me,” he said back in May, according to KATU. “In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”

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HBCU students sound off on 2020 candidates’ rivaling student loan debt relief plans

ABC News(ORANGEBURG, S.C.) — Students at historically black colleges and universities such as Charles C. Patton, the sixth “Mr. South Carolina State University”, say they’ll only cast ballots for a 2020 presidential candidate willing to “come here and speak to us.”

Like many young voters, the 22-year-old physics major who acts as an ambassador for his HBCU campus, has not yet decided which presidential candidate he’s supporting.

“We’ve had Beto O’Rourke come to our campus, we’ve had Cory Booker, we’ve had Kamala Harris, we’ve had Mayor Pete [Buttigieg],” Patton said, listing off the names of candidates who have held campaign events at his school.

The influx of 2020 candidates flocking to South Carolina to court black voters — a demographic making up more than 60% of the Democratic electorate in the primary election — gives students a front row seat to speak with the presidential hopefuls about the issues that matter most to them.

The Palmetto State has some of the fastest growing student debt in the country, jumping between $5.6 billion and $23.1 billion from 2008-18, according to an Experian report that came out earlier this year.

Nationally, the average white student loan borrower has roughly $30,000 of student loan debt, while African-Americans have an average of nearly $34,000, according to data from the Center for Responsible Lending.

The disparities only grow after graduation. A 2017 report from the Brookings Institution found student debt among black college students to be at “crisis levels. The report showed black students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree were defaulting at five times the rate of their white counterparts.

As historically black colleges and universities continue to struggle with limited federal funding, students attending these institutions — with families that tend to have a lower income — are left with limited financial resources, causing them to amass larger amounts of debt in hopes that higher education will lead to a more successful future.

In a focus group with ABC News, Patton was one of six student leaders at South Carolina State to sound off on the recent visits from the 2020 candidates, expressing their need for a candidate who will be a champion for one of their top issues: student loan debt.

“We are getting hit the hardest,” said Shamari Knighton, an African American first-generation college student majoring in biology and acting as first lieutenant to Mr. South Carolina State. Despite having already amassed around $82,000 in debt, Knighton said he still plans to attend grad school, potentially leaving him with upwards of $100,000 of loans.

“I didn’t come from money, so I didn’t have a lot of money saved up.” Knighton said, acknowledging that with few scholarships under his belt, student loans were his only option.

“I wasn’t as fortunate to have my mother know that much about [the loan process]. She worked two and three jobs to take care of me and my siblings,” he explained. “She’s not tech savvy, so she didn’t know about the application process so I kind of went through that alone.”

It’s that same financial trajectory that leaves South Carolina State senior Jaelyn McCrea feeling unsure about pursuing her dreams of going to film school after graduation. She told ABC News that she would like candidates to focus on financial literacy in combination with debt relief.

“We need mandatory financial literacy for high school students,” McCrea said, flagging a hole in the Democratic solution to address student loan debt among low income students.

“Some people are blessed and go to school where they have those opportunities, some people aren’t,” she said. “We need to make it a point to reach every school — low income to private school — to make sure every student is educated on scholarships, financial aid and what student loans really are. Start early [so students] aren’t stuck when they get to college.”

Several 2020 hopefuls have proposed comprehensive education reform, with debt relief detailed as a top priority. Both Booker, the senator from New Jersey and O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, have detailed plans to forgive all student loan debt for public school teachers; while businessman Andrew Yang, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and former Vice President Joe Biden have pledged to provide income-based student loan refinancing.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren met with student’s privately before she took the stage during a student debt town hall on Wednesday Oct. 9, promoting her own student loan bill. Her proposal, co-sponsored by South Carolina Rep. James. Clyburn, would make four-year colleges and universities free and provide student debt relief for over 42 million Americans, eliminating up to $50,000 of student loan debt for borrowers who have an annual income of less than $100,000.

“One of the things that I like about Elizabeth Warren is that she’s acknowledging the problems, but she’s also backing them up with realistic solutions,” said Richlyn Williams, a sophomore majoring in speech pathology and audiology who participated in the discussion.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed his own ambitious plan to provide universal higher education and forgive all $1.6 trillion of student loan debt, but SCSU students who participated in the focus-group were not confident in the proposal.

“I like the idea, but I think it’s been a pattern with Sen. Sanders to have these grandeur plans to certain things, but it doesn’t feel rooted in reality,” Patton said. “[But] I appreciate his passion and his yearning to fix a lot of things.”

Patton said while he supports Sanders’ agenda, he isn’t sure the senator’s plans to achieve them would receive the necessary support from Congress.

“Right now, we do not have time for someone to give us promises while not seeing actual steps to move towards solutions, especially going against [President Donald] Trump in the 2020 election,” he said. “We need to go with a candidate that that we can actually get behind with stuff that is rooted in reality.”

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