6 Children, 2 Adults Dead in Florida Mass Shooting

BELL, Fla. — A shooting in north Florida has left multiple people from one family dead.
The Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to The Associated Press that it is investigating a shooting in the town of Bell Thursday. WCJB-TV says police are classifying it as a major shooting.
During a press conference at 8:30 p.m. local time Robert Schultz, the sheriff of Gilchrist County, said that Don Charles Spirit, a white, 52-year-old male, shot himself, his daughter and 6 grandchildren.
The victims were identified as Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11; Kylie Kuhlmann, 9; Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8; Brandon Stewart, 4; Destiny Stewart, 5; 2-month-old Alanna Stewart, and their mother Sarah Spirit, 28, according to The Orlando Sentinel
While Schultz could not identify a potential motive, citing the ongoing investigation, he confirmed that Spirit himself called 911 and that authorities were in "close proximity" when he shot himself. He also noted that authorities had been called to the house, Spirit's residence, for "a wide range of things" prior to the shootings, but did not elaborate.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Samantha Andrews told USA Today that the incident appeared "to be a murder-suicide. There is no danger to the community. It was at a private residence there at Bell.''
In 2001, Spirit accidentally killed his 8-year-old son while hunting in Osceola County, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Beginning in 2003, he served three years in prison on a gun charge related to the incident.
Bell is small town of just 350 people about 30 miles west of Gainesville.
Additional reporting by Mash, Kate Sommers-Dawes
UPDATED Sept. 19, 12:35 p.m. ET: The victims' names as well as Spirit's criminal history were added throughout this story.

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Ukrainian President Makes Emotional Plea to U.S. Congress for Aid

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was welcomed by U.S. lawmakers as he arrived to address a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 18.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested more military and economic aid for his country at a joint session of U.S. Congress on Thursday. In his speech, he tried to rally lawmakers around upholding Ukrainian sovereignty against attacks by separatists and Russian soldiers.
“Don’t let Ukraine stand alone in the face of this aggression," Poroshenko said. "I urge America to lead the way."
Poroshenko's request for greater military and economic assistance from the United States and other Western nations comes at a crucial moment in Ukraine's conflict with Russia and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. Kiev had been waging a battle to take back control of its east for nearly half a year when an influx of Russian support for separatists caused Ukrainian officials to sign a deal on Tuesday that gave rebels significant autonomy in parts of the country's east.
However, Russian soldiers and separatists are still operating in Ukraine, Reuters reported. And Poroshenko's Thursday speech suggested that he is not willing to let part of his country drift away from the central government in Kiev.
Poroshenko requested that NATO give Ukraine "special security status," which would provide the highest degree of protection for a country that is not a part of the alliance. "One cannot win the war with blankets," he said.
The U.S. and European nations have hesitated to send military aid to Ukraine partly due to fears over escalating the potential for a wider military confrontation with Russia, the Washington Post reported. Ukrainian officials have become wary that they may be forced to combat separatists and Russian forces by themselves, and have ramped up calls for assistance.
The U.S. showed off its armed forces with two military exercises inside Ukraine this month, and has so far provided the country with $60 million in non-lethal aid, according to the Post. The U.S. and the European Union have also slapped sanctions on Russia that have targeted that country's military, financial and energy industries, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Still, Poroshenko is seeking more immediate action. During his speech, he suggested that Ukrainians already have the will to fight — they just need better tools to use in battle.
“In Ukraine, you don’t have to build a democracy," Poroshenko said. "It already exists. You just defend it.”

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Skeletons Uncovered of a Couple That Has Held Hands for 700 Years

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a man and a woman who have been holding hands for more than 700 years in Leicestershire, England.
The skeletal remains were unearthed two weeks ago at the "lost chapel of St. Morell" near the small village of Hallaton, the University of Leicester announced on Thursday.
The discovery comes as part of a four-year excavation project by the Hallaton Fieldwork Group, a partnership between local volunteers and University of Leicester archaeologists.
The remains were dated to the 14th century using radiocarbon, and it appears they were about the same age when they were buried together. Researchers said it is unclear why they were found at the small chapel and not at the main church in the nearby village.

"We have seen similar skeletons before from Leicester where a couple has been buried together in a single grave," Vicki Score, ULAS project manager said in a statement. "The main question we find ourselves asking is why were they buried up there? There is a perfectly good church in Hallaton. This leads us to wonder if the chapel could have served as some sort of special place of burial at the time."
Researchers believe it is possible the bodies were buried apart from the main church because they were criminals, foreigners or sick. Alternatively, the chapel may have been a special pilgrimage site.



In addition to the hand-holding couple, eleven other skeletons have been uncovered at the site. The archaeologists also uncovered Roman archaeology, including fragments of stone masonry and tiles. Silver pennies found at the site show it was in use from the 12th to 16th centuries; Score. the ULAS project manager, told local paper Leicester Mercury the Roman ruins make the site particularly notable.
"What makes the discovery of the medieval chapel doubly exciting is to find the remains of a previous Roman building underneath it," she said. "It shows this ground has been used as a special sort of place by people for at least 2,000 years."

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Alibaba Raises $21.8 Billion in Largest U.S. IPO Ever

Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks to reporters before an IPO road show at a hotel in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

There's a new king of the U.S. IPO market.
The Alibaba Group sold a little more than 320 million shares at a price of $68 each, according to multiple reports. The company raised $21.8 billion from the public offering.
That puts Alibaba well ahead of the $16 billion that Facebook raised from its IPO in 2012 and tops Visa $17.9 billion IPO in 2008, which held the title of largest U.S. IPO. However, it falls a little short of the Agricultural Bank of China, which raised $22.1 billion in the world's largest IPO to date.
Alibaba will have a market cap of about $168 billion, more than double that of eBay's $64 billion market cap and well ahead of Amazon's $150 billion market cap.
The Chinese ecommerce giant previously filed to price its shares between $60-$66, but raised the price range after reportedly receiving strong demand from investors in the leadup to the IPO. Some had expected it might price as high as $70 a share.

Alibaba was founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, a former English teacher, with the goal of helping businesses in China use the Internet to connect with markets abroad. The Alibaba Group, which consists of two big shopping sites (Taobao and Tmall), is now the largest e-commerce service in China.
It generated $2.54 billion in revenue and posted a net income of nearly $2 billion in the June quarter of this year. During that quarter, Alibaba had 279 million active buyers and 8.5 million active sellers.

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Alibaba is expected to use some of the funds from its IPO to expand into the United States and Europe as part of an effort to become a global company. Even before the IPO, though, Alibaba began to extend its reach into markets abroad through a series of significant investments in businesses like Lyft, Tango and ShopRunner.
The Alibaba IPO will also provide a nice windfall to Yahoo, which has a 22.4% stake in the Chinese company thanks to a $1 billion investment in Alibaba in 2005. That should provide Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer with ample resources for acquisitions. On the other hand, Mayer will no longer be able to count on the Alibaba IPO to boost Yahoo's stock price.
Alibaba stock is set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange with the stock ticker "BABA" on Friday.

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Which iPhone 6 Do You Want?

It's a question that's vexing countless gadget fiends: Which Apple iPhone do I want, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or the 5.5-inch iPhone 6? The palm friendly handset or pocket-busting phablet?
If you've read our reviews, you know these are two very good products. Both have brilliant Retina HD displays and powerful A8 processors; both run the brand new iOS 8. There are a handful of key differences, however.
The screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is much bigger. That larger phone outweighs the iPhone 6 by at least 40 grams. It's .2 mm thicker. It also boasts a bit of extra technical prowess: Optical Image Stabilization.
Even with the obvious differences, it's hard to know which iPhone 6 is right for you, your hand and your pocket until you see and touch them. We decided to help some people out by giving them their first experience with the new phones.
What we learned may surprise you.

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Sierra Leone Set to Begin 3-Day Lockdown to Curb Ebola

Nurses during training to use Ebola protective gear by World Health Organization, WHO, worker's, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.
Sierra Leone authorities have called on the country's 6 million inhabitants to stay in their homes for three days beginning Friday to curb the spreading Ebola virus.
The de-facto curfew is set to start a day after the United Nations Security Council called the Ebola outbreak a threat to international peace and security Thursday.
As part of the three-day lockdown, officials plan to go house to house searching for infected people in hiding, according to multiple news reports.
Doctors Without Borders, an international aid group, has criticized the tactic, noting that the shutdown could scare the diseased, worsening the outbreak by driving the infected to continue to hide. It could also erode trust built between doctors and the public.
Tensions are high as health workers try to educate people in affected countries about Ebola, but some fear that the people there to help are actually bringing the disease. The concern has prompted panic and barrages against health workers.
Sierra Leone Ebola

In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, a sign reading 'Kill Ebola Before Ebola Kill You', on a gate forming part of the country's Ebola awareness campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
An Ebola education team was attacked and eight bodies, including three journalists, were found in a village latrine with their throats slit, a government spokesman in Guinea said Thursday, according to Reuters.
The disease, which has also touched Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, is believed to have sickened more than 5,300 people and killed more than 2,600 of them, the U.N.'s World Health Organization reported. In a sign the crisis is picking up steam, more than 700 of those infections were recorded in the last week for which data is available.
Sierra Leone Ebola

In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, a man dries his hands after washing them with chlorine outside a shop in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
During the Sierra Leone lockdown, volunteers going door-to-door are also expected to hand out 1.5 million bars of soap and dispense information on how to prevent Ebola.
Authorities have said they expect to discover hundreds of new cases during the shutdown. Many of those infected have not sought treatment out of fear that hospitals are merely places people go to die. Others have been turned away by centers overwhelmed with patients.
"Today the life of every one is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do." Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma said in an address late Thursday.

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Procter & Gamble Reportedly Pulls Out of NFL Deal Amid Abuse Controversy

A pink referee penalty flag is seen on the ground during a game between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
Procter & Gamble has reportedly put the kibosh on a "major initiative" with the NFL because of the league's ongoing domestic violence controversy.
The nixed deal would be the largest, and most tangible, blowback for the league since its treatment of domestic abusers became a national mainstream topic of outrage in July. Other brands have issued critical statements, but none have so far been reported to ax league-wide sponsorship deals.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Thursday evening that Procter & Gamble's Crest toothpaste brand was going to participate in a "significant, league-wide initiative" for the NFL's Breast Cancer Awareness month, which takes place every October. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, players wear pink accessories on the field, referees use pink penalty flags and the league heavily promotes pink jerseys marketed toward women and hyped to support the fight against breast cancer.
Neither Procter & Gamble nor Crest representatives immediately responded to Mashable's request for further comment.
The NFL's Breast Cancer Awareness Month has drawn heavy criticism in recent years, however, because the league reportedly donates just a small portion of its proceeds toward cancer research. Given the criticism the NFL has drawn recently for its regard for women and domestic violence victims, its Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotions may be mocked even more this October. A reasonable assumption is that Procter & Gamble did not want to be associated with that criticism.
La Canfora reported the Crest campaign was supposed to involve "multiple players on each of the NFL's 32 teams." They would have worn pink mouthguards and promoted the partnership on social media. But those players were just notified that the deal had been scrapped, La Canfora said.
Procter & Gamble does still sponsor the NFL with other brands it owns. Its CoverGirl makeup brand's NFL sponsorship was widely ripped this week on social media. Tide is another NFL sponsor owned by Procter & Gamble.
The hotel chain Radisson suspended its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings this week after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child-injury for a "whooping" he gave his son with a wooden switch. Beer company and longtime NFL sponsor Anheuser-Busch issued a strong statement criticizing the NFL's handling of domestic abuse instances, but maintains its league sponsorship.
Late Thursday night, meanwhile, the National Domestic Violence Hotline announced a longterm commitment from the NFL to provide "much-needed resources" to help the support center aid domestic abuse victims.

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How to Find Your Photos in iOS 8 (And Where Is Camera Roll?)

One of the big new features in iOS 8 is its revamped Photos app. But some users who've made the upgrade are troubled by one of the changes to Photos: Apple's removal of the default Camera Roll album.
Luckily, those photos haven't actually disappeared. Here's what you need to know about finding and organizing your iOS photos now that the Camera Roll is gone.
Open the Photos app in iOS 8 and one of the first things you'll notice is that the Camera Roll album, which used to hold all the photos you took on that device, is gone. Instead, you'll see albums for Recently Added, Panoramas, Videos, Bursts, and Recently Deleted— along with albums created by third party apps such as Instagram.
The album that's closest to what used to be your Camera Roll is Recently Added— but that only contains images from the last 30 days. Likewise, Recently Deleted contains photos you've trashed in the last 30 days while Panoramas, Videos and Bursts contain images taken in those respective camera modes.

But images more than 30 days old, which used to fall into the Camera Roll album, cannot be viewed in your albums— a change that has sparked confusion and frustration among some users.

But while Camera Roll is gone, its photos are not. They've simply moved over to a different location in the Photos app: Collections. Collections, which organizes all of your photos by date and location, is Apple's attempt at making photos more organized and searchable.
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Photos that used to surface in the Camera Roll album can now be found in Collections.
If you're still bothered by viewing photos this way, you can create a new album (select the + in the top left corner of the album view in the Photos app) and manually move photos you want to keep in your albums view to the new album.
Alternatively, if you want your old roll back, and don't want to painstakingly move individual photos one by one, there are solutions in the form of third-party apps. We particularly like MyRoll, which smartly organizes your photos into easily-managed galleries and feels very similar to the original "Camera Roll."

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Devastated Australian Drops His New iPhone 6 on Live Television

SYDNEY — It is the moment nightmares are made of.
Just as you get your hands on the hottest product of the day, you falter. The news crews are too much, the attention overwhelming, you start to shake. Next thing you know, that beautiful piece of Apple technology is heading for the hard, cold cement.

This is what happened on Friday morning to the poor fellow in Perth, Australia. After lining up all night, Jack Cooksey was the first customer at Perth's Apple Store. While he was being interviewed by the Today Show, Jack struggled with the "big reveal" of his new iPhone 6. The phone fell to the ground as the crowd screamed.
Luckily, the phone appeared to survive the tragedy. It must be that ion-strengthened glass.

Scenes got chaotic across Australia as people became desperate to get their hands on the new device first in the world. In Chatswood, Sydney, police broke up a scuffle with one angry fan who was told to get to the end of the line.


The line at the Apple Store in Sydney.

At the flagship Apple store in Sydney's central business district, where the line stretched for five blocks, the buzz was a lot more positive. Tech blogger David Rahimi and his girlfriend Jasmine Juan were officially named as the first owners of the new Apple iPhone in the world.
The dedicated couple had flown from California to Sydney to pick up their pre-ordered phones, beating four Australian guys who had lined up in first position for 10 days.


The first buyer of an iPhone 6, David Rahimi and his girlfriend Jasmine Juan from California display their new purchases as they leave the Apple flagship store in Sydney on September 19, 2014.

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Burger Store Hijacks McDonald's Monopoly Competition in Cheeky Campaign

SYDNEY — Hungry Jack's has flipped McDonald's monopoly competition on its head.
The rival burger store, more commonly known as Burger King in the U.S., has piggybacked on one of McDonald's most successful campaigns — the monopoly game — by giving away the food prizes in Hungry Jack's restaurants too.
The Hungry Jack's promotion, called Flame their McOpoly, allows you to exchange your free food tickets for an equivalent item on their menu. Not surprisingly, the competition "is not authorised or endorsed by you know who."



All Australians know how it feels to order three Happy Meals, fifteen small cokes, a McFeast with an extra five sides of chips just to tear away the little stickers from the packaging with the small hope of getting a trifecta in the Monopoly property market.
The reality is, most of the time your Big Mac doesn't come with $1 million on the side. Instead you just end up stuck with a 'free small chips' and a longing for Mayfair.
In Hungry Jack's version, you can get payback for the fact you are full of cheeseburgers, 30kg heavier and still haven't won a holiday to London for two. Just take those tickets down the street, pop into a Hungry Jack's store and flame the whole damn McOpoly.

The sneaky fast-food joint has definitely delivered a low-blow in the PR stakes. Hijacking the competition of a rival for your own reward may not result in any karma points, but it is an inventive way to give McDonald's a whopper grilling.

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France Launches First Airstrike Against ISIS in Iraq

French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech during a press conference at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Sept.18, 2014. Hollande said he agreed to Iraq's request for air support at a meeting of his top defense and security advisers earlier Thursday.
PARIS — France says it has conducted its first airstrike in Iraq and has destroyed a logistics depot held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
The office of President Francois Hollande's office said Rafale fighter jets struck the depot in northeastern Iraq on Friday morning and the target was "entirely destroyed."
Hollande's office said other operations will continue in the coming days.

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Scotland Votes No: Friday's Front Pages

Yes vote campaigners console themselves outside the Scottish Parliament building after the people of Scotland voted no to independence on September 19, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
After a long day (and night) of voting and counting each and every paper ballot, Scotland rejected independence from the United Kingdom. The voter turnout was extremely high — up to 90% in some districts —although the result was a No, the political landscape in Scotland has forever changed. It was a night of history.
Here are the front pages that the United Kingdom will wake up to this morning.

The Independent

The Guardian

The Guardian

The Daily Mirror

The Herald

Scottish Daily Mail

The Scotsman

Daily Record

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What's Next for Scotland?

Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014.
GLASGOW, Scotland — Scotland voted 'No' to independence on Thursday. After a long night, here are some of the key questions to consider:

What happened?

(a) The media and mainstream politicians successfully implemented "project fear" — a tsunami of warnings that it would be bad for business and lead to an unstable currency. Some of their warnings were justified, others spin. But Scotland — as the UK's second most prosperous region — took the warnings seriously.
(b) The main political parties delivered a last-minute compromise giving Scotland more powers to tax and spend, and guaranteed its right to run a free healthcare service, even if the rest of the UK sees a more privatized one in the future. Also they guaranteed Scotland will go on getting subsidized by the rest of the UK.


A member of the Radical Independence Campaign cries as referendum results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014.

Will the issue go away?

Well, there'll have to be big changes in UK politics. As I write, British PM David Cameron is preparing to make a statement — it will most likely say Scotland gets these guaranteed extra tax and spend powers in return for its members of parliament losing their right to vote on English issues (e.g. the English and Welsh healthcare system) in the main London parliament.
That's a big deal and may require a constitutional convention, which opens another Pandora's Box.
So there's more drama to come. But if they can deliver what they promised, the British political establishment will in fact bury the issue of Scottish independence for at least a generation. However that's a big if.

Pro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results are announced at a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 19, 2014.

What was all the fuss about?

Scotland has oil. It has a left-wing voting electorate that can only ever get either a Conservative government it loathes or a Labour government it sees as failing to deliver. So political independence really mobilized lots of young people and, as it turns out, lots of people from housing projects and marginalized communities. Right now, as I write, some of them are refusing to leave Glasgow's main square. They are angry and will remain angry.
At a deeper level, the fuss was about the same things every other crisis is driven by: an economic system that does not deliver to the majority; an young generation empowered by greater access to education and info-tech; political classes that seem remote and self-serving.

I don't see this energy dissipating. But it will now divert into localized, Scottish issues and we may get a broad-left party formed in opposition to Labour — as in Spain. Meanwhile, the Brits will carry on imposing big, painful decisions on themselves by holding yet another referendum on whether to stay in the European Union — probably in 2017.

What did we learn?

That referendums asking binary questions often prompt people to stick with the status quo. That economics was more important than political idealism. That if you give people a chance to vote on something big — and real — they turn out in enormous numbers: 90% turnout was common in some big towns.
Above all that
Scotland is a brilliant place. If it was not on your list of places to go, maybe it should be now. It's a country of young educated people, not all of them wearing kilts, niche trendy businesses, gothic architecture and — yes, a bit of feisty street culture — but also massive optimism.

Oh, and eagles. Islands, mountains, eagles, skiing, whiskey and clubs that only throw you out as it gets light.

A Better Together supporter falls asleep under balloons as the party celebrate the referendum result at the campaign Headquarters at the Marriott Hotel on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow,

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Hannity: My Dad Hit Me With A 'Strap' And I'm Okay

Hannity On NFL's Peterson: My Dad Hit Me With A 'Strap' And I'm Okay (VIDEO)

"I got hit with a strap. Bam, bam, bam. And I have never been to a shrink. I will tell you that I deserved it," he said.
"I think he went far," Hannity then said about Peterson. "But I don’t want to see this guy get a felony, I don’t want to see this guy lose his job. He deserves parenting classes."
Hannity then took off his belt to demonstrate the technique.
He asked the panelists on his show if people should always be arrested if they use a switch, which Peterson allegedly used on his son. He then asked about his own father.
"So my father should have been arrested based on today’s standards?" he asked.
When two panelists said "yes" and "maybe," Hannity responded, "That's nuts."
“He went to far. But don’t put this guy in jail and ruin his career," Hannity said of Peterson. "I was not mentally bruised because my father hit me with a belt."
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During a discussion about Peterson on his radio show earlier on Tuesday, Hannity said that his main concern was that the government wants to tell parents how to raise their children.
"This is my problem with liberals, because here’s where my fear goes with all of this: You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do," Hannity said Tuesday on his radio show. "For example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically correct view that being gay is not normal?"
"I think we’ve gotten to the point where if we don’t politically correct our kids, we might as well just hand our kids over to the government the day they’re born and let them raise them," he continued, adding that he was also concerned about kids getting birth control at school without the consent of their parents.
During the discussion, Hannity acknowledged that he believes Adrian Peterson "went too far" in disciplining his child, but said that government control over parenting was his "bigger concern."
"But my problem here is: Do parents have the right to instill their values in their children?" he said.

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