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Dump truck rolls over in NH city taking down wires, causing power outages

NASHUA — The driver of a dump truck was not injured when he rolled his rig over while driving on Tinker Road in Nashua on Monday morning, snapping a utility pole and bringing down wires.

Nashua Fire Rescue deputy chief Glen MacDonald said the driver was assisted out of the rear window of the rig, which tipped onto its right side near Hearthside Circle.

First responders arrived about 7:48 a.m. and found the rig tipped and wires down. Two rigs from DNR Towing were responding to right the tipped truck. The road remained closed while emergency crews worked at the scene.

Eversource Energy, the chief electricity supplier for the state, reported 74 outages in Nashua at 9:40 a.m.

Nashua police are investigating the incident. 


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Track Monday's showers hour-by-hour with NH1 Futurecast

Showers are moving through New Hampshire. Track them hour-by-hour with NH1's Futurecast.

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1 killed, 7 injured when car hits bull on Kansas highway

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says one person was killed and seven others were injured when a driver hit a bull standing in the highway.

The patrol says 66-year-old Alma Bencomo, of Dodge City, died after her vehicle hit the bull Saturday on U.S. 400, about 26 miles (40 kilometers) east of Dodge City. The collision forced Bencomo's vehicle across the center line, where it hit a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Phouthavone Tony Thirakul of Wichita.

Five people in Bencomo's vehicle were injured. Thirakul and a passenger in his car also were injured. A 7-year-old girl in Bencomo's car was flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The others were treated at a Dodge City hospital.

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NH man facing several charges after knife assault

NASHUA- Police filed several threatening, assault and domestic violence charges against a Nashua teen after he threatened a Nashua woman Friday.

About 1:15 a.m. Friday morning patrol officers responded to a residence for a report of an assault. The female victim reported that Shawn Rodger 19, of 366 Main Street #9, Nashua, assaulted her and also threatened her with a knife. Police say the victim did not suffer any injuries.

Detectives from the Nashua Police Department’s Special Investigation were notified and furthered the investigation Rodger was charged with Criminal Threatening, class B felony; domestic violence, class B felony; two counts of simple assault, class A misdemeanor; two counts of domestic violence, class A misdemeanor; and criminal threatening, class A misdemeanor.

Each class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in state prison, exclusive of fines. Each class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the county house of corrections, exclusive of fines.

Rodgers was held at Valley Street Jail on $15,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Nashua District Court.


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Navy's top admiral wants more ships, VA shipyard says it can reduce cost, time to build

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The Virginia shipyard that builds the Navy's aircraft carriers says it could save $1.5 billion by constructing three carriers at once.

Newport News Shipbuilding also says that would reduce construction time for each by up to two years.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the Navy's top admiral, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, has called in a recently released paper for greatly expanding the fleet. The service has about 275 ships today. He says he wants to bring the fleet size to about 350 ships in the coming decade.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that bringing the Navy to 355 ships would cost $5 billion a year for 30 years. However, those figures don't include extending the lives of some ships, which the Navy leadership has proposed.

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Westinghouse locks out union members at NH manufacturing plant

NEWINGTON- Workers at Westinghouse in Newington have been locked out after negotiations between a union and managment failed to result in new contract.

About 170 employees, members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 651, are not being allowed to work Monday morning at the nuclear component manufacturing facility as a month-long process broke down.

A temporary contract had been in place while discussions took place regarding a new contract. No agreement had been reached and pre-set arrangements were put into place, resulting in a union-member lockout.

Plant manager Ramon Serrano sent a letter to chief union steward Duane Egan in a letter dated May 18 indicating it was a 48-hour notice to "terminate the 30 Day Contract Extension Moritorium of Understanding" the two parties were working under since April 29.
The moritorium terminated at midnight on May 21.

According to a company clarification memo Serrano sent to Egan dated Saturday, May 20, the union was scheduled to vote on the company's "last, best and final offer" Sunday morning.

Without a contract ratification by 11:59 p.m. Sunday night, "there will be no contract," according to the memo sent to Michael DiClemente, the business agent for Local 651, and, "as stated during mediation, the Company will not allow the employees represented by the Union to perform any work without a collective bargaining agreement being in effect. Put simply, the Company will institute a 'lock out' and prohibit union-represented employees from entering the facility."

In a company statement on its website, Michele DeWitt, interim senior vice president, Nuclear Fuel and Components Manufacaturing said, “Westinghouse put forth its best and final offer given the current very serious business conditions. As the Boilermakers were not willing to accept the offer, the company made the difficult decision to invoke a lockout. We are disappointed the union was unwilling to accept the fair offer presented to them but remain hopeful we will reach an agreement that is in the best interest of all parties.”

A union statement issued Sunday night stated "Westinghouse has not bargained in good faith, and we will be exploring all available recourses against the company, including filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board."

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Residents escape multi-alarm fire in Keene

KEENE- Firefighters are investigating the cause of a 4-alarm blaze that heavily damaged a Keene home Sunday night.

Crews arrived about 10:30 to a report of a fire at 54 Beech Street, a 2.5-story home with apartments.

Firefighters eventually struck additional alarms to bring support to fight the blaze. Beech Street runs between Roxbury Street and Beaver Street near the center of town.

There were no reported injuries.

According to a report in the Keene Sentinel, residents smelled smoke in the building and were able to escape building.

Keene fire officials estimate the damage to the building at $250,000

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NH Woman refuses to pay cab fare from Manchester club, becomes hostile towards police

MANCHESTER-  A Nashua woman was arrested and charged with theft of services and disorderly conduct Saturday night following a confrontation with Manchester police over cab fare.

Police say Shannon Drouin, 28, called a cab to bring her home from Club Manchvegas and when the cab driver informed her the fare would be $50, she refused to pay.

The cabbie, 61-year-old Georges Morel of Manchester, told Drouin he would drop her off at police headquarters if she refused to pay. Police say she continued to yell at Morel so he dropped her off at the Manchester Police Department.

While in the lobby at police headquarters, Drouin became confrontational with officer Michael McGee and Officer Alexander Martens. Police say Drouin, who appeared to be intoxicated, was directed to an ATM in the station's lobby.

Drouin withdrew enough money to pay her fare. Drouin continued to yell at the officers as they directed her out of the lobby toward the waiting cab. Drouin refused to leave the lobby and again began yelling at Officer McGee.

Drouin was ultimately placed into custody and charged with theft of services for refusing to pay the cab driver for the ride from Club Manchvegas to police headquarters. She was also charged with disorderly conduct.

Drouin was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in theManchester District Cour on June 16.

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Police say NH man assaulted women he paid for sexual favors, caused hit-and-run wreck

MANCHESTER- A Manchester man is facing a handful of charges after police say he caused a hit-and-run accident and assaulted a woman he picked up for paid sex.

Police say Timothy Ballou, 46, of 452 Pine Street, allegedly picked up a 23-year-old woman Saturday night on Pine Street before driving west toward Kimball Street.

While driving, police allege Ballou struck a 2017 Subaru with his 2002 Chevrolet Blazer in the area of Bremer Street and Reed Street. The impact caused damage to the rear quarter of the Subaru. Ballou continued driving to the rear of a Kimball Street housing development where the alleged assault took place.

Police say the victim ran out of Ballou’s vehicle after she was assaulted and yelled for help. A man exiting 541 Kimball Street attended to the woman, contacted police and ultimately detained the suspect until units arrived on scene.

The officers investigated the incident and concluded Ballou had sexually assaulted the young women even though they exchanged money for sexual favors. Ballou was placed into custody and charged with aggravated felonious assault and prostitution.

The investigation revealed he was responsible for the hit and run on Bremer Street, so he was charged accordingly with the conduct after an accident.

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Police say alcohol, speed may have contributed to NH motorcyclist's death

WAKEFIELD- Police say alcohol and speed may have been contributing factors in a wreck that killed a Wakefield motorcyclist this weekend.

Police released their statement Monday regarding the Saturday crash near 1058 Lovell Lake Road. First responders were called to the area about 8 p.m. for a 911 call regarding a motorcycle accident where the operator was not concious or breathing.

The single rider was identified as 51-year-old Regan Wright of East Wakefield.

Police said Monday the cause of the accident is currently under investigation by Wakefield Police, the New Hampshire State Police and New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement.

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Ringling's final show commences after 146 years

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus began its final show Sunday evening after 146 years of wowing audiences with its "Greatest Show on Earth."

Earlier in the day, as the circus performed its second-to-last show at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of New York City, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across the street at a hotel bar, laughing and hugging and sharing memories of tours past.

"There's a lot of mixed emotions, said Rev. George "Jerry" Hogan, Ringling's circus chaplain. "It's a reunion, but it's bittersweet. I'm seeing people I haven't seen in years."

Known as Father Jerry, the Catholic chaplain waved at a group of clowns at the bar. Nearly all of the folks at the bar said they were headed to the final 7 p.m. performance, but first, they needed a trip down memory lane with people who were, and always will be, part of a unique family.

"It's 146 years of tradition, older than American baseball," said David Gregg, a clown from Hollywood, Florida. "This was one of the last nomadic tribes running around the country."

Ringling's parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced in January it would close the show, citing declining attendance and high operating costs.

Kenneth Feld called the final shows "a celebration."

Feld said Sunday that while he is melancholy about closing the production, he feels the performers are energized to "go out on top."

"We all have to embrace change," he said. "But there is a love for the circus that will never die. Our family has given a half century of life to something that would have ended 50 years ago."

Feld's father and uncle bought the circus in 1967. It was sold to Mattel in 1971, but the Feld family continued to manage the shows. The Felds bought the circus back in 1982.

Over the years, animal rights activists had targeted the circus, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounted to abuse. And in May 2016, the company removed elephants from its shows, but ticket sales continued to decline.

Bello Nock, who is often called "The World's Greatest Daredevil," says it's emotional to see the final shows.

Nock, who has a signature shock of two-foot-tall blond hair, performed with the Ringling circus from 2000-2008. His parents met at the Ringling circus in 1954 and said the show inspired generations of performers.

"Every single circus in America used Ringling Brothers as their compass," he said.

Once a mainstay of entertainment in small towns and big cities across the country, Ringling had two touring circuses this season, one of which ended its run earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island . That show was the more traditional, three-ring circus, while the one performing this weekend has a narrative storyline. Called "Out of This World," it's set in futuristic outer space, with Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson narrating in his signature baritone.

It's an arena show, with an extravaganza of big cats, motorcycle stunts, clowns performing death-defying tricks, ice skaters and Mongolian contortionists — and that's just the first half. The second half includes more aerialists, hoop divers, basketball players in unicycles and an act that the circus staff calls "The Fuzzies," featuring dogs, pigs, llamas and goats.

There are mild explosions and flashing lights. It's a sensory overload, but one that captivates the little ones, as does the giant, branded boxes of popcorn and the snow cones in big cat mugs.

In the end, though, Feld executives said they knew the circus couldn't compete with iPhones, the internet, video games and massively branded and carefully marketed characters. Their other productions — Frozen on Ice, Marvel Live, Supercross, Monster Trucks, Disney on Ice — resonate better with younger generations.

And so tonight, sometime after 9 p.m., the Greatest Show on Earth will be no more.

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President Trump talks battle between 'good and evil' and other stories for the water cooler

Here's your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

The president uses a speech in Saudi Arabia to describe the fight as a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam.

The president is set to visit Israel on a two-day trip, and on his agenda is the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

They say the American people need a full airing as to why the former FBI director was ousted.

The launch comes a week after Pyongyang successfully tested a new midrange rocket it says can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

Drake, who is also slated to perform, walks into the ceremony an early winner, picking up 10 awards in an announcement made earlier.

As the cash-strapped World Health Organization pleads for more money, its chief flies first class and stays in a 5-star hotel, The AP finds.

Visiting a refugee camp in Jordan, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley says the Trump administration wants to step up help for the millions of people displaced.

They urge Michel Temer to step down after the highest court opened an investigation into allegations he endorsed the payment of hush money to a jailed former lawmaker.

The actor regales the Cannes Film Festival with stories from his long career, predicts a possible return to acting and decries the rise of political correctness.

Animal rights activists targeted the circus, saying that forcing animals to perform and transporting them around the country amounts to abuse.

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Biden: It's time for America to regain unity and purpose

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden gave assurances Sunday that the country's current divisiveness brought on by a presidential election that "churned up some of the ugliest realities" of society will be temporary.

Biden told graduating seniors at Colby College to resist the impulse to throw up their hands after an election that played to society's "baser instincts."

"It's time for America to get up. It's time to regain our sense of unity and purpose. It's time for us to restart realizing who in God's name we are," he said during a sunny commencement address on the library lawn.

The Democrat who served two terms alongside President Barack Obama expressed his own disbelief in the state of affairs.

"This past election cycle churned up some of the ugliest realities in our country. Civilized discourse and real debate gave way to the coarsest rhetoric and stoking of our darkest emotions," he said.

But he said the corrosive politics and us-against-them populism won't be permanent. "I assure you it's temporary. I assure you it's transitory. The American people will not sustain this attitude," he said.

He encouraged the 480 graduates from 36 states and 42 countries to resist the temptation to retreat into their own bubbles, engaging in a comfortable lifestyle and surrounding themselves by people with similar viewpoints.

Instead, he encouraged them to get out and take risks, to treat others with dignity, and to build bonds of empathy with others.

"Life can't be lived in a self-referential, self-reinforcing, self-righteous echo chamber we build for ourselves online. Living on screens encourages shallow and antiseptic relationships that make it easy to reduce others to stereotypes, to write another human being off as a bad person," he said.

Biden never mentioned Republican President Donald Trump by name but he came close when he talked about standing up to sexual harassment and sexual violence.

He made a reference to so-called sexually charged locker room conversations — referencing Trump's downplaying of lewd remarks as "locker room talk" — before telling the group: "It doesn't go on like someone said it does."

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PHOTO GALLERY: 3 acres burned in Manchester after brush fire breaks out

MANCHESTER — A brush fire destroyed 3 acres on Goffstown Back Road in Manchester on Sunday. 

The fire was found in several large areas south of the power lines. Upon arrival, Manchester fire reported thick smoke patches from the affected areas. 

According to Manchester Fire and Rescue, the heavily vegetated land and dry conditions made it harder for responders to extinguish the fire.

This single-alarm blaze required four engine trucks and two forest units to get the area under control. 

The damage reached a total of 3 acres.






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Fire department investigating after blaze breaks out in crawlspace of NH home

MANCHESTER — A crawlspace fire caused over $10,000 in damage to a single-family duplex.

According to Manchester Fire and Rescue, the building fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, in the north end of the city.

Heavy smoke poured from the right side of the single story duplex upon arrival.

The floor section of the hallway outside of the crawl space and the bedroom and bathroom areas have been affected.

The owner of the duplex was not home during the time of the fire.

The Manchester Fire Department is investigating the cause.






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Females looking to get in touch with wilderness can take NH women-only hunter course

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering a women-only hunter education course and field day events.

Participants must be 15 and older. Participants must be able to pass an online exam in order to gain entry to the field day, planned for July 8 at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

The field day includes both written and field exams. Women also participate in a firearms-handling session, a map-and-compass lesson and a live-fire course.

The course will help prepare participants to get a hunter's license.

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14-year-old injured hiker carried off Mount Monadnock

JAFFREY — A juvenile hiker suffered a lower leg injury and had to be carried out of Mount Monadnock's White Cross Trail.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation say they responded to the call around 5:45 p.m Saturday immediately after getting word that a hiker was hurt on the trail.

Christian Cadreact, 14, of Bradford, Vermont, was hiking with friends and school counselors when he fell and injured his lower leg.

Cadreact was reported to have been heading back down the White Cross Trail when he lost his footing.

Mount Monadnock State Park Staff assisted the New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers in carrying the teen down the rest mountain.

Also credited were Cadreact's friends and many volunteers's who assisted with the carry-out. 






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Study: When body starts attacking itself minutes matter to keep organs from shutting down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minutes matter when it comes to treating sepsis, the killer condition that most Americans probably have never heard of, and new research shows it's time they learn.

Sepsis is the body's out-of-control reaction to an infection. By the time patients realize they're in trouble, their organs could be shutting down.

New York became the first state to require that hospitals follow aggressive steps when they suspect sepsis is brewing. Researchers examined patients treated there in the past two years and reported Sunday that faster care really is better.

Every additional hour it takes to give antibiotics and perform other key steps increases the odds of death by 4 percent, according to the study reported at an American Thoracic Society meeting and in the New England Journal of Medicine.

That's not just news for doctors or for other states considering similar rules. Patients also have to reach the hospital in time.

"Know when to ask for help," said Dr. Christopher Seymour, a critical care specialist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who led the study. "If they're not aware of sepsis or know they need help, we can't save lives."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year began a major campaign to teach people that while sepsis starts with vague symptoms, it's a medical emergency.

To make sure the doctor doesn't overlook the possibility, "Ask, 'Could this be sepsis?'" advised the CDC's Dr. Lauren Epstein.

Once misleadingly called blood poisoning or a bloodstream infection, sepsis occurs when the body goes into overdrive while fighting an infection, injuring its own tissue. The cascade of inflammation and other damage can lead to shock, amputations, organ failure or death.

It strikes more than 1.5 million people in the United States a year and kills more than 250,000.

Even a minor infection can be the trigger. A recent CDC study found nearly 80 percent of sepsis cases began outside of the hospital, not in patients already hospitalized because they were super-sick or recovering from surgery.

In addition to symptoms of infection, worrisome signs can include shivering, a fever or feeling very cold; clammy or sweaty skin; confusion or disorientation; a rapid heartbeat or pulse; confusion or disorientation; shortness of breath; or simply extreme pain or discomfort.

If you think you have an infection that's getting worse, seek care immediately, Epstein said.

Doctors have long known that rapidly treating sepsis is important. But there's been debate over how fast. New York mandated in 2013 that hospitals follow "protocols," or checklists, of certain steps within three hours, including performing a blood test for infection, checking blood levels of a sepsis marker called lactate, and beginning antibiotics.

Do the steps make a difference? Seymour's team examined records of nearly 50,000 patients treated at New York hospitals over two years.

About 8 in 10 hospitals met the three-hour deadline; some got them done in about an hour. Having those three main steps performed fasterwas better — a finding that families could use in asking what care a loved one is receiving for suspected sepsis.

Sepsis is most common among people 65 and older, babies, and people with chronic health problems.

But even healthy people can get sepsis, even from minor infections. New York's rules, known as "Rory's Regulations," were enacted after the death of a healthy 12-year-old, Rory Staunton, whose sepsis stemmed from an infected scrape and was initially dismissed by one hospital as a virus.

Illinois last year enacted a similar sepsis mandate. Hospitals in other states, including Ohio and Wisconsin, have formed sepsis care collaborations. Nationally, hospitals are supposed to report to Medicare certain sepsis care steps. In New York, Rory's parents set up a foundation to push for standard sepsis care in all states.

"Every family or loved one who goes into a hospital, no matter what state, needs to know it's not the luck of the draw" whether they'll receive evidence-based care, said Rory's father, Ciaran Staunton.

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NH Fish and Game aids 2nd hiker within 24 hours on Mount Monadnock trail

JAFFERY — Fish and Game responded to a second lower leg injury on the White Cross Trail in less than 24 hours Sunday.

READ: 14-year-old injured hiker carried off Mount Monadnock


New Hampshire Conservation Officers were called to assist a man who had injured the lower part of his leg while coming down Mount Monadnock on Sunday.

Fish and Game said Kevin Pearce, 49, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, needed to be carried down the rest of the mountain after hurting himself hiking. 

Pearce was hiking alone and called park personnel himself for assistance.

The New Hampshire Conservation Department thanked all of the volunteer's who stepped up to help Pearce down the the rest of the way. 

As a reminder, The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department urges all adventurers to purchase a "Hiker Safe" card to help support New Hampshire's rescue efforts. 



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Notre Dame graduates protest by walking out on Vice President Pence's graduation speech

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony.

Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak after Notre Dame students and faculty protested the prospect of President Donald Trump being invited to become the seventh U.S. president to give the commencement address.

Pence spoke briefly of Trump, praising his speech to the leaders of 50 Arab and Muslim nations earlier in the day in Saudi Arabia. Pence said the president "spoke out against religious persecution of all people of all faiths and on the world stage he condemned, in his words, the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians."

Trump has faced harsh criticism for his anti-Islamic rhetoric during the campaign, as well as his administration's legal battle to impose a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

Earlier in the ceremony, valedictorian Caleb Joshua Pine urged a "stand against the scapegoating of Muslims" and criticized Trump's push to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Cassandra Dimaro and her parents were among those who walked out. Dimaro told the South Bend Tribune that it was a show of solidarity "for those of us impacted by the policies of the Trump administration."

Pence didn't comment on the walkout, which was expected, but he did allude to clashes at campuses elsewhere that have derailed appearances by controversial speakers, such as conservative firebrand Ann Coulter at the University of California at Berkeley.

"This university (Notre Dame) is a vanguard of the freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas at a time, sadly, when free speech and civility are waning on campuses across America," he said.

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