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Florida man says he smashed car windows because ‘Trump owes me 1 trillion dollars’

A homeless Florida went on a vandalism spree smashing the windows of at least 20 cars parked at a hotel in Fort Walton Beach, claiming President Trump owes him money.

Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Justin James Wilson, 30, on Monday after allegedly using rocks and a belt buckle to smash windows and beat cars parked at a Holiday Inn Resort. He caused at least $30,000 in damage.

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Wilson admitted to breaking the windows, saying: “Take me to jail. I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.” (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

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“Responding deputies found Wilson in front of the business, passed out on a bench,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

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Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested 30-year-old Justin James Wilson on Monday after allegedly using rocks and a belt buckle to smash windows and beat cars parked at a Holiday Inn Resort. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

When questioned by authorities, Wilson admitted to breaking the windows, saying: “Take me to jail. I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.”

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Justin James Wilson, 30, is accused of smashing at least 20 vehicles, saying he did it because President Trump owed him money. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

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Wilson faces 14 counts of felony criminal mischief and 6 counts misdemeanor criminal mischief.

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New Hampshire high school football players suspended in duck attack caught on video

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Three to five members of a New Hampshire high school football team were disciplined after video surfaced showing a wild duck being attacked with a broomstick and then choked to death, according to reports this week.

The incident happened in August at a football camp sponsored by Kennett High School, but the school’s response was still roiling the community a month later.

The video of the duck attack was posted online, local media reported.

“The heinous activity of a duck being hit over the head with a broomstick is what ended up happening,” Conway School District Superintendent Kevin Richard told WMUR-TV Sept. 6.

School district members said three to five boys, believed to be 10th graders and 11th graders, had been punished with game suspensions, the Conway Daily Sun reported Thursday.

They were also ordered to perform community service and undergo mental-health assessment counseling.

The paper quoted an eye doctor as saying she was planning to protest the school district’s handling of the incident at Kennett’s football game Thursday night. It’s unclear if the protest was held.

“There will be a PEACEFUL protest at the Kennett Football home opener, in response to many community members feeling the duck incident has not been sufficiently handled,” Sawyer wrote on Facebook, according to the paper.

On Monday the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department issued a statement saying the agency felt the school acted swiftly and appropriately.

“Regarding the situation w/ the children who killed the duck, the media were not originally aware of the entire situation,” the statement said. “The kids involved did receive substantial consequences.”

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Mississippi man in Captain America costume nabbed during early morning burglary attempt: cops

This Captain America found himself on the wrong side of the law this week in Mississippi.

David Hobbs, 36, dressed up in a Captain America costume, was busted after allegedly trying to break into a backyard wooden shed at a home in Clarksdale on Tuesday around 3 a.m., local media reported.

The shed’s owner, who served in the Marines and worked as a corrections officer, told WREG-TV that he ordered Hobbs to the ground at gunpoint and held him for police.

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David Hobbs (Clarksdale Police Department)

Hobbs was being held on $25,000 bond.

Hobbs has been spotted in the neighborhood before but not dressed as Captain America, WREG reported.

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“Normally, I see him, he be straggly looking with jeans and a t-shirt or something like that,” a woman told the station.

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Abortion doctor’s family finds remains of more than 2,200 fetuses at his home after his death: reports

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The remains of more than 2,200 unborn children have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion doctor who died earlier this month, according to reports.

The discovery was made by members of the family of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3. The family members had been searching through Klopfer’s belongings after he died, FOX 59 of Indianapolis reported.

There is no evidence that any abortions were performed at the private residence, the Will County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

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Klopfer formerly worked at the Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., the report said. The home where the remains were found is located in Will County, Ill.

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According to FOX 59, Klopfer’s medical license was suspended in 2015 after accusations that he failed to report an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into the matter, WSBT-TV of South Bend reported. The county coroner’s office took possession of the remains, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

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Suspect admits deadly stabbing of DC jogger, gets 30 years behind bars

A man accused of stabbing a jogger to death while she was exercising in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., last year pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Friday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Anthony Crawford, 23, received five years’ probation in addition to his jail sentence for the murder of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez, according to Fox 5 DC.

Prosecutors said Crawford stole a kitchen knife from a grocery store and attacked  Martinez while she was out for an evening jog on Sept. 18, 2018. Martinez, who had gotten engaged a week earlier, was stabbed seven times in the head, neck and back.

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Wendy Karina Martinez. (Martinez family via AP)

After the attack, Martinez staggered into a nearby Chinese restaurant before collapsing as patrons tried to help her. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police have said the attack appeared to have been random. Court records show Crawford has a history of mental illness and drug use.

“The monster is not Crawford, the monster is his schizophrenia,” his lawyers said Friday.

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The very same month her daughter was murdered, Martinez’s mother, Cora, made a similar statement of forgiveness. “I want to say that I have forgiven,” the grieving mother said. “My heart has been broken in a thousand pieces, but I forgive the man because I know it wasn’t him. It was somebody else. It was evil.”

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‘Forgotten victims’ of 9/11 urged to apply for free World Trade Center health program

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In the 18 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a female student who attended high school in Lower Manhattan developed asthma. A man who worked as a technology consultant for Goldman Sachs following the attacks developed male breast cancer. A female professor discovered she had breast cancer — and had no idea she was entitled to free health care or compensation.

These people are among 40,000 students and teachers, 25,000 residents, and 300,000 office workers who are the “forgotten victims” of 9/11. And just like first responders, they are increasingly getting cancer and other illnesses after being exposed to toxins at Ground Zero, attorney Michael Barasch told Fox News on Friday.

Barasch’s firm advocated on behalf of James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died in 2006 from a respiratory disease he developed after working more than 450 hours at Ground Zero. He is one of three namesakes, along with late firefighter Ray Pfeifer and late NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez, on the bill that extended the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2090.

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Now, he’s on a mission to get the word out to all the victims and implore them to get checked out and to join the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides treatment for responders and survivors who were in New York City, at the Pentagon or in Shanksville, Pa.

“So many have moved away from New York,” he says. “So many students who went to college and didn’t come back. So many of the office workers who retired and moved to Florida. They don’t realize they’re entitled to benefits when they get sick.”

While many of the victims might be currently healthy, they were “breathing the same toxic dust as the firefighters and cops,” Barasch said.

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“There are only 100,000 people in the World Trade Center Health Program out of the more than 400,000 in the 9/11 community,” he explained. “What’s shocking is of those 100,000, there are only 20,000 survivors. Yet survivors make up three-quarters of the 9/11 community.”

“These people are entitled to free health care and compensation if they’re sick,” he pointed out.

In order to apply for the program, a person needs an affidavit, or sworn statement, proving they were at Ground Zero. Then they can apply for the health program, as well as the Victim Compensation Fund, Barasch said.

“Even if you’re healthy now, get your affidavit and sign up for the free program,” he stressed.

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“That’s when you really want to start [seeking care], when you have cancer?” Barasch asked. “Do it now.”

Barasch is hosting a free information session on Monday, Sept. 16 at  Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., from 6-8 p.m. ET.

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Former candidate for Idaho governor probed in Colorado girl’s 1984 murder

A former candidate for governor of Idaho has said he’s under investigation in the cold-case killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl 35 years ago.

Steve Pankey made the revelation during an interview with the Idaho Statesman  this week.

The paper, citing a warrant, said authorities believe Pankey is a person of interest in the 1984 kidnapping and murder of Jonelle Matthews. A search of Pankey’s Twin Falls home was conducted last week.

Pankey, 68, and his former wife lived two miles away from Matthews when she disappeared from her Greeley, Colo., home on Dec. 20, 1984, after returning from a Christmas concert with her classmates.

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Greeley police said a construction crew found Matthews’ remains on July 23 of this year while excavating for a pipeline in a rural area.

Pankey claimed he gave authorities a DNA sample last month. However, Greeley police said it never made such a request. Pankey has not been charged in connection with Matthews’ death.

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Jonelle Matthews, 12, was last seen inside her family’s home on Dec. 20, 1984. (The Charley Project)

“Steve Pankey has made repeated efforts to speak with detectives throughout this investigation,” the department told KDVR-TV. “Greeley detectives went to Twin Falls, Idaho, on Aug. 15 efforting a conversation.  During the interaction, Pankey refused to speak with detectives for reasons unknown.”

Pankey unsuccessfully ran for Idaho governor in 2014 as a Constitution Party candidate and ran in the 2018 Republican primary. He finished fifth in a seven-person race with 1.4 percent of the vote.

“I’m trying to be transparent,” he told the Statesman. “I have nothing to hide.”

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Investigators have asked Pankey multiple times about Matthews, but Pankey said he won’t speak without his attorney present.

He said he moved to Greeley in 1973 and was accused of “date rape” in 1977 by a woman he was dating. He was criminally charged, but the charge was later dismissed. He was also charged with as many as 20 misdemeanors in Colorado that included harassment.

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Steve Pankey. (Steve Pankey for Governor campaign)

In Greeley, Pankey said he worked as a youth minister and had gone to church with people who knew Matthews and her family, but added that he didn’t know her personally.

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Pankey claimed he was home with his then-wife on the night Matthews vanished. He left the next morning to visit family in California and returned to Colorado on Dec. 26, 1984, he said.

“I never met Jonelle, I never met her family, I didn’t know she existed or disappeared until Wednesday, Dec. 26, [1984],” he said.

Pankey said he moved to Idaho in 1987 and hasn’t been back to Colorado since.

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Gamer sentenced to 15 months in federal prison in deadly ‘swatting’ case

An Ohio gamer who recruited a prankster to make a fake emergency call, known as “swatting,” that led to the fatal shooting of a Kansas man by police was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday, prosecutors announced.

Casey Viner, 19, was also ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution. He will have two years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

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Casey Viner leaves federal court in Wichita, Kan. last year.

Viner pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy and one count of obstructing justice. He had originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea in exchange for a lighter sentence. As part of his plea, Viner admitted trying to hide his involvement in the December 2017 episode when he realized the antic had gotten someone killed.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers in their plea agreement had recommended a sentence of two years of probation, with the added condition that Viner be confined for six months to his home unless attending school, work or church. They also jointly recommended the gaming restriction.

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But U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said a prison sentence was required to reflect the seriousness of the offense. It was foreseeable that something bad could happen by calling an armed police force to respond to what officers thought was an escalating situation of violence, he said.

“We impose sentences not only for what people intend, but what happened,” Melgren said.

“Swatting, and soliciting others to swat someone, are more than foolish,” U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a statement. “Such actions are reckless, dangerous and, as this case proves, potentially tragic. Swatting is not a prank, and it is no way to resolve disputes among gamers. Once again, I call upon gamers to self-police their community to ensure that the practice of swatting is ended once and for all.”

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The case originated with a $1.50 bet between Viner and “Call of Duty: WWII” opponent Shane Gaskill of Wichita, Kan. Gaskill refused to pay up, and police said Viner asked Tyler Barriss, 26, to “swat” Gaskill. Barriss called the police in Kansas from his home in Los Angeles to give a false report of a fake shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita address assumed to be Gaskill’s.

Gaskill and his family previously lived at that address but were evicted in 2016. A SWAT team showed up at the house, which at this point belonged to 28-year-old Andrew Finch. The officers believed they were dealing with a man who had shot his own father and was holding family members hostage. An officer shot and killed Finch, and his family members have sued the Wichita police. Police said they believed Finch had been reaching for a gun as he lowered his hand near his waistband. The local district attorney declined to charge the officer.

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Gaskill has struck a deal for deferred prosecution that could allow the charges against him to be dropped. He was charged as a co-conspirator after knowingly giving Barriss the same former address and taunting him to “try something.”

Barriss in April was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 51 felonies nationwide, one of the highest prison sentences ever imposed for “swatting.”

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Missouri AG refers 12 former Catholic priests for potential prosecution after abuse probe

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday that his office had referred 12 former Roman Catholic priests for possible criminal prosecution following a 13-month probe of how diocesan leaders handled allegations of child abuse.

The investigation reviewed personnel records for every priest serving in Missouri since 1945 — more than 2,000 priests and 300 deacons, seminarians and religious women, Schmitt said. Investigators also spoke to abuse survivors and their relatives who contacted the attorney general’s office.

Schmitt, a Republican and a Catholic, said that his investigators concluded the Church was involved in a “long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up” of abuse, finding 163 priests or clergy members accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors. Of the 80 who are still alive, the statute of limitations has expired on 46 of the crimes.

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The attorney general added that 16 of the remaining 34 cases have been previously referred for local prosecution and five cases have been or are being investigated by prosecutors. Another case is still under investigation by the Catholic Church, leaving the 12 cases referred by Smith.

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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is seen as a state senator in this 2013 photo. (Kile Brewer/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

Schmitt said his office didn’t consider recommending charges against anyone in the church hierarchy because the focus was on the “perpetrators of the crimes.” David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests called that decision “tragic.”

Clohessy, of St. Louis, also said Schmitt should have released more details about the alleged crimes and where they occurred.

“Even without naming individual names, he could still provide much more helpful information than he has,” Clohessy said.

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Schmitt said the 12 referrals are the most by any state attorney general since a Pensylvania grand jury report in August 2018 accused upwards of 300 priests of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children.

“The betrayal of trust and of innocence is devastating and in many instances incomprehensible,” said Schmitt, who added that the investigation’s clergy abuse hotline will remain open and he encouraged any additional abuse victims to come forward.

Missouri’s four Roman Catholic jurisdictions conducted their own internal investigations, too, but found fewer alleged crimes than the state investigation.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis investigation released in July found 61 clergy with what the archdiocese called “substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse of children. Thirty-four of the priests are deceased. The archdiocese said all of the living priests have been removed from the ministry. The list separately named three additional priests accused of possessing child pornography.

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The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese released its report last week, citing 19 clerics, none of them currently serving. Thirteen have died, two have been removed from ministry, and four have been laicized, or removed from the clerical state. One of the laicized clerics, Shawn Ratigan, is serving 50 years in federal prison on a 2013 conviction for producing or attempting to produce child pornography.

The other two dioceses released similar lists of accused religious leaders last year. The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau identified 16 priests with credible accusations of sexual abuse of children. The Diocese of Jefferson City listed 35 credibly accused church officials, including 30 priests and five members of a religious order.

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Jon Stewart sets his sights on helping burn pit vets with new PSA

Now that thousands of those who were made ill due to their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero are finally receiving access to a crucial compensation fund, Jon Stewart has set his sights on helping the hundreds of thousands of veterans who may have become sick due to burn pit exposure.

The former host of The Daily Show has begun to focus his philanthropic sights on bringing awareness to ongoing efforts on the issue, which occurred when service members and contractors were exposed to a toxic stew of airborne pollutants while stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“You deserve more than the country’s gratitude for your service,” Stewart says in the two-minute PSA, seemingly speaking directly to veterans. “You deserve full medical benefits to help you with your illness.”

“Together we are going to work to get you justice and get you healed.”

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In the two-minute PSA, which was released on September 11, Stewart explains how the survivors of 9/11 were finally able to get the financial assistance they needed and then makes the case for the same help to be provided to veterans exposed to burn pits.

“Post-9-11, there was a long fight to get New York City’s first responders appropriate help to pay for medical costs from the long-term toxic exposures to the collapsed buildings in lower Manhattan. The nation and eventually Congress stood behind our heroes,” Stewart says in the video. “But now more than ever we need to focus our support on the post-9-11 war veterans, who have been suffering from the debilitating effects of the massive toxic burn pits they were exposed to during service overseas. The effects have been horrific.”

Stewart is the first mainstream celebrity to throw his support behind the issue and is working with Texas-based advocacy group Burn Pits 360, which produced the new PSA.

“We are really honored that Jon Stewart is adding his voice to our cause of getting the federal government to respond to the health needs of its veterans who have been poisoned by toxins as a result of their service,” Rosie Lopez, co-founder of Burn Pits 360 told Fox News. “His work in getting Washington to respond to the needs of 9/11 responders and survivors injured by the toxins at Ground Zero shows that we can eventually get Washington to respond to the health crisis facing so many of our active-duty soldiers, sailors and marines and our veterans.”

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Thousands of U.S. military personnel who served on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to the dense black smoke (Public Domain)

The new PSA from Stewart and Burn Pits 360 was born out of an increasing partnership between Lopez’s organization and advocates for 9-11 responders who recently saw the Victims Compensation fund approved by Congress.

“Many of the 9-11 Advocates served at 9-11 and in the military, many are veterans. Many suffered exposure both at 9-11 and in Iraq,” Lopez said. “Together we will walk the halls of Congress to seek justice for those affected, including the widows/Gold Star families.”

During the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the burn pit method was adopted originally as a temporary measure to get rid of waste and garbage generated on bases. Everything was incinerated in the pits, say soldiers, including plastics, batteries, appliances, medicine, dead animals and even human waste. The items were often set ablaze with jet fuel as the accelerant.

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The pits burned more than 1,000 different chemical compounds day and night, and most service members breathed in toxic fumes with no protection.

The Investigative Unit at Fox News has reported extensively on the issues surrounding veterans made sick from their exposure to burn pits, and the lack of assistance once they feel ill.

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Burn pits, like this one at FOB Marez, were originally considered a temporary measure to get rid of huge amounts of waste generated at bases. The array of material sent to the pits is said to have included plastics, batteries, metals, appliances, medicine, dead animals and even human waste. (Courtesy of John Nelson)

Since 2016,  Fox reporting has led to scores of interviews with veterans and their families as well  as those who warned military officials during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan about the dangers of burn pits at bases like Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq. They also included inspectors who answered directly to the Pentagon and urged them to stop using the flawed method for trash disposal.

The investigative unit also interviewed General David Petraeus, who was in charge of the U.S. military campaign during the time the burn pits were being used.

Burn Pits 360 is looking to help bring forth two new pieces of legislation that would help get veterans the assistance needed in their health care.

One is the Family Member Access to Burn Pit Registry Act (H.R. 1001), which would allow family members of deceased Service Members to participate in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry on their behalf with new registry entries. The second is the Burn Pits Revision Act (H.R. 1005) which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a diagnostic code and evaluation criteria for constrictive (obliterative) bronchiolitis, the most common symptom among those exposed to burn pits.

Lopez says the widows and their families are being denied death benefits at an alarming rate.

Allowing surviving family members to report deaths as well as the cause will help establish mortality rates related to conditions and diseases associated with burn pit exposure, she said.

A registry was created by the Veterans Administration in 2011, but signing it does not guarantee any form of assistance. Service members and their families concerned with the effects of burn-pit exposure say that they struggle to keep up with the high cost of medical treatments. There are more than 180,000 names signed to the VA registry, but it is estimated that 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits.

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