Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn gets engaged to NHL star P.K. Subban

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Instagram/@lindseyvonn(NEW YORK) — Olympian Lindsey Vonn said she was starting a new life after retiring from skiing competition earlier this year. On Friday, that next step began with getting hitched.

NHL star P.K. Subban proposed to Vonn — and she accepted, of course. They announced the news in an Instagram video.

“So he finally popped the question,” Vonn says in the video. “I said, ‘yes.'”

“You’re locked down, so you can’t call him or text him anymore, ladies.”

Subban joked in the video that Vonn was “up for the Norris,” referring to the Norris Trophy, the NHL award for the league best defenseman each year. Subban actually won that very award in 2012-13.

The two have been dating for about a year, according to several media reports.

The 34-year-old Vonn went to four Olympics, but won just one gold medal and two bronzes. Her dominance mostly came on the World Cup circuit, where she won a record eight titles in the downhill and set the all-time record for women’s World Cup victories with 82. She won 43 downhill competitions and 28 Super-G events, her top two disciplines.

Vonn also won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award in 2010.

She retired following the 2019 Alpine World Ski Championships in Sweden, saying her body could no longer take the toll of the sport. She missed all of 2014, including the Sochi Olympics, after tearing her ACL. Knee injuries hampered her for much of her career.

Subban is a star in his own right. The 30-year-old from Toronto emerged as a top defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens over the course of seven seasons, before being traded to the Nashville Predators in June 2016. The three-time All-Star was traded again this offseason to the New Jersey Devils.

He is also an Olympian, winning gold with Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Vonn is no stranger to high-profile romances. She dated Tiger Woods for two years before splitting in 2015.

This will be Vonn’s second marriage. She married former U.S. ski team member and Olympian Thomas Vonn in 2007. They divorced in 2013, though she’s continued to use her married name.

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Posted On 24 Aug 2019

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for new pancreatic cancer

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iStock Photo/Bill Chizek(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently treated for a “localized malignant tumor” on her pancreas, a court spokesperson said Friday.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” spokesperson Kathy Arberg said.

The news, coming during the court’s summer recess, is the second cancer scare for Ginsburg in the last year. In December 2018, doctors removed part of her lung after discovering cancerous nodules. Recovery from the surgery caused Ginsburg to miss public court sessions for the first time in her 25 years on the bench.

“When they say ‘localized,’ it means cancer has not spread outside the pancreas. That in itself is usually a good sign,” said ABC News medical contributor Dr. Nithin Paul on “The Briefing Room” on ABC News Live. “When it’s a localized cancer, the American Cancer Society says there’s about a 34% chance of surviving to at least 5 years – but that’s a broad number based on studies from a few years ago. So, the actual number will vary based on the person’s health status, response to treatments and other factors.”

Ten years ago, in March 2009, Ginsburg was treated for pancreatic cancer. She also underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1999.

“She’s vigilant about monitoring her health. She gets a lot of regular check-ups. So, that’s led to the very early detection each time she has had a brush with cancer,” noted ABC News court analyst and former clerk Kate Shaw.

The liberal justice, who has become a pop culture icon dubbed “the Notorious RBG” and a hero for young activists, dismissed concerns over her health in an interview with NPR in July, saying she is “very much alive.”

“There was a senator, I think it was after my pancreatic cancer, who announced with great glee that I was going to be dead within six months,” Ginsburg said. “That senator, whose name I have forgotten, is now himself dead, and I am very much alive.”

In an appearance at Duke University around the same time, Ginsburg said she intends to continue serving on the court “as long as I can do it full steam.”

“At my age — 86 — you have to take it year by year,” she said. “I was okay this last term and I expect to be okay next term. And then after that, we’ll have to see.” The court will convene in September to consider petitions and begin hearing oral arguments in October.

Progressives had been particularly concerned over Ginsburg’s health in recent years, fearing that if she can no longer serve or retires, this would give President Donald Trump the opportunity to nominate another conservative justice. The president wished Ginsburg well late Friday ahead of his visit to France for the G-7.

“Well, I hope she does really well and our thoughts and prayers are with her,” Trump said. “It’s a very serious situation. I’m hoping she’s going be fine. She’s pulled through a lot. She’s strong. Very tough. But we wish her well, very well.”

During his presidency, Trump has already appointed two justices to the court — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

“She has totally kept up by all accounts,” said Shaw. “It even sounds as though during the course of treatment she went to Broadway shows, she went shopping — at the moment it does not seem to be slowing her down at all.”

The new tumor on her pancreas was detected after a routine blood test in early July and a biopsy on July 31 confirmed it was malignant, the court said.

A three-week course of radiation treatment at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City ended Friday. “The tumor was treated definitively” and, according to the court spokesperson, “no further treatment is needed at this time.”

The treatment caused her to cancel her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the court said, but she had otherwise maintained “an active schedule.”

“Recovery from radiation therapy is usually much quicker than other therapies like surgery or chemotherapy,” said Paul. “Generally speaking, because it’s non-invasive, it’s a quicker return to daily life.”

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Posted On 24 Aug 2019

Illinois state trooper dies after being shot serving warrant

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iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — The Illinois state trooper who was shot early Friday morning while serving a warrant in East St. Louis has died, police said.

Nicholas Hopkins, who was a member of the state police’s SWAT unit, was shot at approximately 5:26 a.m. and was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 6:10 p.m. The 33-year-old had been with the Illinois State Police for 10 years.

“It is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Trooper Hopkins laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state,” said Illinois State Police acting Director Brendan Kelly. “We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Hopkins and the ISP while we continue to grieve and work through this tragedy.”

After the shooting, the suspect in the case holed up in the home on North 42nd Street in East St. Louis, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri, in southwestern Illinois.

Hours later, three people were taken into custody at the scene, police said.

Hopkins was married with three children. His brother is also a police officer in Illinois.

“Today the entire state mourns the loss of ISP South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, a young man who dedicated 10 of his 33 years on this earth to protecting the people of Illinois,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement. “It is the most courageous among us who choose a life of risk so their communities can go about their lives in peace. The state of Illinois stands with Trooper Hopkins’ family and the entire Illinois State Police family as they grieve the loss of another heroic officer.”

A heavily armored SWAT vehicle moved in on the home Friday afternoon and drove through the front door. A small explosion could also be seen as the vehicle crashed into the home.

It is not clear why the suspect was being served with a search warrant, nor whether the shooter was related to the warrant.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

Hopkins’ death came exactly one week after another Illinois State Police trooper was shot while serving a warrant in Wheeling, Illinois, outside of Chicago. The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting and the suspect, Volodymyr Dragan, 43, has been charged with attempted murder.

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Posted On 24 Aug 2019

Florida ‘stand your ground’ shooter found guilty of manslaughter

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ABC News(CLEARWATER, Fla.) — The man accused of shooting a Florida father in front of his family in an argument over a handicap parking space outside a convenience store has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and initially invoked the controversial “stand your ground” law that earned widespread attention during the trial of George Zimmerman in 2013. The jury came to its guilty decision late Friday after about six hours of deliberation.

Drejka showed no emotion in court as the verdict was read. He will return to court for sentencing on Oct. 10.

Just hours after gunning Markeis McGlockton down, Drejka told detectives he opened fire when the unarmed man shoved him to the ground and took one step toward him, a scenario that appears to go against a security video showing the victim step back when he saw the suspect pull a firearm.

“We are incredibly grateful and thankful to the prosecution,” McGlockton family attorney Michelle Rayner said following the verdict. “We are grateful to the jurors of this case that they saw what we saw and I’m so proud and honored to stand here with Markeis’ family. It has been the honor of my life.”

A video of the lengthy interrogation of suspect Michael Drejka by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives was shown to a jury on Thursday, the second day of the 48-year-old suspect’s trial on a manslaughter charge stemming from the 2018 fatal shooting of McGlockton outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida.

“What’s going through my mind is he’s coming after me again. I was thinking he’s going to finish what he started,” Drejka told detectives, according to the interrogation video.

“It’s been well over a year since we’ve been dealing with this matter and I can safely say my family can rest now,” McGlockton’s brother, Michael, said Friday. “Now we can start putting the pieces back together and move on.”

Drejka, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, told detectives that after the victim “blindsided me out of nowhere” and “tackled” him to the ground outside the Circle A store, he drew his Glock pistol from his holster as McGlockton took a step toward him.

“He barely took the second step before I pulled the trigger,” Drejka told detectives George Moffett and Richard Redman, according to the video.

He said that from his position on the ground, he never saw McGlockton’s face or hands before he fired.

“I could see his legs. I know he was a black guy, that’s all,” he told the detectives, according to the video.

He said McGlockton never said a word to him and he didn’t say anything to him before he shot him.

“If he hadn’t twitched, I would have never pulled the trigger,” Drejka had said. “The feet said he was coming toward me and so did the hips.”

Video footage from a security camera in front of the Circle A that captured the July 19, 2018, fatal shooting appears to contradict what Drejka told the detectives.

The security video, which has been played multiple times for the six-member jury, shows Drejka apparently arguing with McGlockton’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, over why she was parked in a handicap space when McGlockton comes out of the store and shoves Drejka to the ground. In a split second, Drejka pulls his gun and fires as McGlockton was stepping away from the man, according to the security video.

During the interrogation, which Drejka submitted to after waiving his Miranda rights to remain silent, Det. Moffett challenged Drejka’s recollection of how the shooting transpired.

“What if I tell you I looked at the video and he took a step back?” Moffett asked Drejka.

Drejka responded, “I’d disagree.”

Drejka initially invoked Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” self-defense law that went into effect in 2005, allowing people to use lethal force if they consider their lives to be in imminent jeopardy. But Drejka and his attorneys have since scrapped that argument in favor of a plain self-defense case.

During the interrogation, which occurred almost six hours after the shooting, Drejka explained that he has a “pet peeve” about people parking in handicap spaces despite not being disabled himself. He said that when he saw Jacobs sitting in a car in the handicap space, he examined the front and rear of her car to see if it had a disabled person parking permit.

“I said, ‘it’s not very polite to park there when there’s other people that need to use this,'” Drejka said he told Jacobs, according to the interrogation video. ”She says, ‘Is it affecting you directly?’ I said, ‘If my mother-in-law rolls in, yes it will.'”

On Wednesday, Jacobs testified that Drejka was yelling and cursing at her for parking in a handicapped spot. She said she was inside the car with her two younger children, an infant and a 3-year-old, and that Drejka “scared” her.

“He was more angry and aggressive. He was yelling and pointing and telling me where I should park,” Jacobs testified. “I just wanted this man to leave me alone, just leave me and my babies alone.”

Moffett, during the interrogation, asked Drejka why he didn’t call law enforcement when he saw Jacobs in the handicap spot, saying, “Wouldn’t you think it would be better instead of putting yourself in that type of circumstance that could escalate?”

Drejka responded, “Why bother you with stupid things like that?”

He said by the time law enforcement arrived, the person he complained about would have already left the scene, adding, “They always do.”

“When I just say something to a person about being parked there, I don’t expect it to go where it went,” Drejka told the detectives.

Moffett pressed him, asking if he was concerned about prompting a violent confrontation when he previously complained about people parking in handicap spaces.

Drejka answered, “That’s why I take precautions. I’m a very careful person. I have a [concealed weapon] permit.”

Near the end of the interrogation, Moffett informed Drejka that McGlockton had died.

“Thanks for telling me,” Drejka said.

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Posted On 24 Aug 2019

Homeless man who was given shoes by a jogger in viral photo now has a job offer

U.S. NEWS Homeless man who was given shoes by a jogger in viral photo now has a job offer https://linewsradio.com/homeless-man-who-was-given-shoes-by-a-jogger-in-viral-photo-now-has-a-job-offer/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

WABC(NEW YORK) — A homeless man in New York City who was given a pair of shoes by a stranger passing by him while jogging earlier this week has now been offered a job and a second chance.

A Twitter account by the name of @NYorNothing posted a video on Sunday showing a man dressed in a red shirt and dark shorts giving his shoes to a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk.

“It was 9 a.m. in the [World Trade Center] area,” the tweet said. “I watched as a jogger took off his sneakers, gave them to a homeless man and walked the NYC streets barefoot.”

The homeless man, identified as Joe Arroyo, 30, spoke to ABC News station WABC-TV in New York on Wednesday about that random act of kindness in lower Manhattan.

“I was sitting here with a sign, saying that I’m homeless and hungry and that my shoes, that they’re broken. … He was jogging from down the block. He just saw me and stopped,” Arroyo said. “I never thought somebody would just come out and take their shoes off and just give them to me.”

Arroyo told WABC-TV that the jogger, whom he did not know, had walked by and noticed that he had holes on the bottom of his sneakers. Arroyo told the news station what the stranger said to him.

“[He said], ‘I’ve been blessed pretty much my whole life. God has been very nice to me. … Feels like I should bless you too. Here, take my shoes.’ And, he took them off and gave them to me. I was surprised. … It was something from the heart. … I wanted to…hug the guy or something but then a homeless man hugging somebody is not normal out here.”

During the interview, Arroyo said that although he’d been living on the streets for years, he was looking for a job and open to any opportunity offered to him.

That’s when Andrew Zurica stepped in. Zurica had seen the TV piece and wanted to help Arroyo. Zurica, the owner of Hard Times Sundaes, started with a food truck and now owns three additional eateries — Andrew’s Roadside Classic Burger, Brooklyn Bagel and Luncheonette.

“If we could figure out a way to get you a job and get you active, I have openings in three of my restaurants, where we’d be happy to have you,” he told Arroyo when they met Thursday. “The one thing that makes me happy is being able to be in a position where I can give back and help people in some way.”

Arroyo told WABC-TV that before that meeting with Zurica he’d been losing hope.

“I was in a hole,” he said. “I didn’t want nobody to pick me up out of the hole. [All] I needed somebody to do is just throw a ladder and I would climb out myself. This [is] the ladder. … This is more than a blessing right now.”

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Posted On 23 Aug 2019

Kirsten Dunst says her pregnancy was a “surprise”: “It feels like I lucked out”

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Liz Von Hoene /SHOWTIME(LOS ANGELES) — In a new interview with Net-A-PORTER’s digital magazine PorterEdit, Kirsten Dunst opens up about her baby son with fiancé Jesse Plemons.

“I thought I would have a hard time getting pregnant, but it was a surprise,” the 37-year-old says. “If I hadn’t met Jesse, I would have frozen my eggs. [But] it feels like I lucked out.”

The two, who met on the set of the TV show Fargo in 2016, are the proud parents to 15-month-old Ennis Howard. Both she and Plemons were child stars, but she says they won’t be pushing their kid into the spotlight any time soon – though she understands why people do.

“If you have a kid who’s very cute, I get why people do it,” she says. “Do a Gap ad and you can make your college money. It’s the first time I kind of understand it.”

She adds, “Ennis is so adorable, with two big dimples. He is such a happy baby, and I see why I might want that memento of him at this age, but we will probably just encourage him to do school plays.”

Dunst’s new show On Becoming a God in Central Florida, her first acting project since giving birth, premieres August 25 on Showtime.

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Posted On 23 Aug 2019

Former NFL player, wife shot dead allegedly by their 22-year-old son who may have fled to Mexico: Officials

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iStock(LONG PRAIRIE, Minn.) — A former NFL player and his wife were shot and killed in their home, and now authorities have issued an arrest warrant for their 22-year-old son who they believe fled to Mexico.

Barry Bennett, 63, and Carol Bennett, 63, were found dead in their rural Long Prairie, Minnesota, home on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

Barry Bennett was found lying in the entryway of the home, shot in the head and torso, according to the probable cause statement.

His wife’s body was on the kitchen floor, shot in back and torso, according to the probable cause statement.

The Bennetts’ son, Dylan John Bennett, who also lived at the family home, is the suspect in the slayings, which authorities believe took place Monday, according to documents.

Barry Bennett had reported to the sheriff’s office in Dec. 2018 that Dylan Bennett, “while in a mental health treatment facility, had expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents,” the probable cause statement said.

Barry Bennett, a defense lineman, started with the NFL in 1978, playing for the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets before a brief time with the Minnesota Vikings, according to The Star Tribune.

Authorities say Dylan Bennett first made a large cash withdrawal from his parents’ account at a Long Prairie bank on Monday, according to documents. Carol Bennett’s debit and credit cards were used in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the probable cause statement said.

“A plane ticket for Dylan Bennett was purchased and used” on Wednesday for flights from Columbus, Ohio, to Atlanta to Cancun, Mexico, the document said.

Dylan Bennett met someone in the Columbus area before the flight and gave that person a handgun “to hold for him,” according to the probable cause statement

Based on a review of phone records, authorities believe that Dylan Bennett was in Mexico, the probable cause statement said.

The Minnesota Vikings tweeted Friday: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time.”

In Long Prairie, about 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis, residents are mourning the Bennetts.

The former NFL player was very involved in the Long Prairie community, Jon Kringen, superintendent of Long Prairie Grey Eagle Public Schools, told ABC News.

Barry Bennett taught physical education for over 10 years and retired a few years ago, Kringen said.

“He loved the kids that he had in class, and the kids really loved Barry,” Kringen said, calling him the kind of “teacher that I think every parent would want their kid to have.”

“The school district is mourning,” Kringen said. “We are incredibly saddened by these tragic events.”

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Posted On 23 Aug 2019

Former NFL player’s son a suspect in his murder: Police

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iStock(LONG PRAIRIE, Minn.) — A former NFL player and his wife have been shot and killed and now authorities have issued an arrest warrant for their son.

Barry Bennett, 63, and Carol Bennett, 63, were found dead in their rural Long Prairie, Minnesota, home on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.

The Bennetts’ 22-year-old son, Dylan John Bennett, was identified as a suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 22-year-old and now investigators are asking for the public’s help to find him, according to the sheriff’s office.

There’s no apparent threat to the community, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office has not released a possible motive.

Barry Bennett, a defense lineman, started with the NFL in 1978, playing for the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets before a brief time with the Minnesota Vikings, according to The Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Vikings tweeted Friday: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time.”

In Long Prairie, about 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis, residents are mourning the Bennetts.

The former NFL player was very involved in the Long Prairie community, Jon Kringen, superintendent of Long Prairie Grey Eagle Public Schools, told ABC News.

Barry Bennett taught physical education for over 10 years and retired a few years ago, Kringen said.

“He loved the kids that he had in class, and the kids really loved Barry,” Kringen said, calling him the kind of “teacher that I think every parent would want their kid to have.”

“The school district is mourning,” Kringen said. “We are incredibly saddened by these tragic events.”

Dylan Bennett is believed to be driving a blue 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe with Minnesota license plate number BCK487, authorities said.

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Posted On 23 Aug 2019

Disney unveils concept art for Avengers Campus; first-ever ‘Moana’ attraction

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The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA(ANAHEIM) — At the D23 Expo in California Friday, Disney announced some big plans for its theme parks.

First, the new concept art was revealed for its Marvel-themed Avengers Campus, currently under construction at California Adventure and Disneyland Paris. Those lands will be part of an “interconnected, global story.”

More details about the Avengers Campus will be revealed on Sunday.

Disney also announced the first-ever Moana attraction set to open in Disney World’s Epcot. The attraction, called “Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana,” will allow guests to interact with “magical, living water.”

Epcot will also add an indoor Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, a Ratatouille ride inspired by the one currently operating in Disneyland Paris and new landscaping around the property.

Also today at D23, Robert Downey Jr., Christina Aguilera, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star Ming-Na Wen were all inducted as Disney Legends.

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Posted On 23 Aug 2019

Girl returns rock she stole from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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National Park Service(SWAIN COUNTY, N.C.) — Park rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park received an unexpected hand-written letter with a heart-shaped rock from a former visitor.

Rangers Jessie Snow and Allison Bate, who shared the story on the park’s Facebook page, told ABC News they knew “right away this would be a great opportunity to share a larger message on social media.”

A young girl named Karina wrote that she had visited Tom Branch Falls, located in Swain County, North Carolina, inside the national park, and “loved it so much” that she kept a small rock as a keepsake.

“I wanted to have a souvenir to come home with me, so I took a rock. I’m sorry, and I want to return it,” she wrote, likely not knowing that removing property from a national park is a federal offense.

“It’s pretty simple — anything in the park, stays in the park,” Snow explained. “It’s shared by all of us and it should stay there.”

“We don’t get a lot of things mailed back to us, so getting the actual rock returned in the mail was really a unique and special thing that she had done,” Snow said. “We thought the social media post would share the message more broadly.”

The rangers from the North Carolina park didn’t have further information about Karina since the note had no return address, but they did share a response for the unidentified visitor on Facebook.

“We want her to know that she’s appreciated and her actions can help other people learn something,” Snow said.

The rangers shared their reply to Karina along with photos of the rock in the location it came from, her letter and her drawing.

Bate said sharing Karina’s story provides “education for other [11 million] visitors each year that come and can relate to it.”

In her two years working at the park, Snow said she hasn’t received anything like this in the mail.

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Posted On 23 Aug 2019