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Minnesota cat recovering after sneaking into washing machine, survives wash cycle

A Minnesota cat miraculously survived after sneaking into a washing machine — where it stayed for about an hour.

Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff, from Maplewood, a suburb of St. Paul, said she was doing her laundry on Wednesday when her one-year-old cat, Felix, jumped inside the washing machine while the door was open.

“I must have turned my back for a few minutes folding clothes and he apparently went in there when I wasn’t looking,” Carroll-Kirchoff told Fox News.

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“It’s horrific. It’s absolutely horrific,” she added.

Carroll-Kirchoff said she hasn’t been able to sleep since the incident.

“This will haunt me for the rest of my life,” she said. “It’s the most traumatic experience.”

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Felix inside an oxygen chamber at The Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff)

Her daughter, Asha Carroll McCullough, described her mother as a “devoted animal lover” and said her mom called her immediately after she realized what had happened.

“She was crying so hard I couldn’t understand what she was saying and she said Felix went through the washing machine,” Carroll McCullough said.

She told Fox News her mother went upstairs after starting the laundry and came back down after an hour. When she opened the door of the washing machine she realized Felix was inside the whole time.

“All of a sudden she heard a meow and saw a little white foot. The way she describes it was she was just in shock and she immediately phoned my grandpa and said come with me to vet,” Carroll McCullough.

She said within minutes her mother and grandfather “raced to the vet.”

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When they arrived at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota, veterinarians said Felix was in critical condition. They told Carroll-Kirchoff “it’s rare that cats make it through something like this,” according to Carroll McCullough.

She said Felix was still in critical condition and veterinarians immediately put the cat on oxygen support and administered intravenous therapy.

“I will do anything I can for him to stay alive,” Carroll-Kirchoff said. “After what he’s been through, I feel like we owe it to him.”

Her daughter told Fox News that Felix’s recuperation required 24 hours a day in an oxygen chamber.

She said the therapy seemed to be working. The cat’s vision was returning and the animal had started to eat again.

She said veterinarians told them Felix’s recovery likely would take a few weeks.

Carroll McCullough said the oxygen chamber has cost about $1,000 per day and since her mother did not have pet insurance, she started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the cost.

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“He’s doing remarkably well,” said Carroll-Kirchoff.

“We feel so, so lucky. He is the miracle cat,” her daughter said.

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Brian Lonergan: Compassion for refugees can hurt US communities

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One of the great qualities of our federal system is how it allows the states to operate as “laboratories of democracy.”

The late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis coined the phrase to describe how a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” It’s a model that has served our nation well – until now.

As America’s internecine struggle over immigration continues, bureaucrats are creating “laboratories of democracy,” but with a twist. The federal government is forcing refugees onto states and determining where they will be placed.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES CROSSED US-MEXICO BORDER THIS YEAR

Asylum seekers, by contrast, have more say over their destination and often gravitate to places where family or friends from their homelands have already settled. Still, some states have embraced their selection as refugee laboratories. The experiment serves to answer the question: What would happen if we encouraged and accepted seemingly infinite numbers of asylum seekers into our communities? The results are coming in, and they’re not pretty.

Take Maine, long known as a popular tourist destination of rugged coastlines, dense forests and lobster tails. At the beginning of the 21st century, Maine began to attract Somali immigrants in the Portland and Lewiston areas. Perhaps because of its open-door reputation, Maine today is overwhelmed with asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

Local gyms have been converted into makeshift shelters and elected leaders are debating how the community will pay for all the generosity. Cash-strapped Portland alone is facing a bill of over $1 million to accommodate a migrant flow that is almost certain to increase.

While local media are hailing the influx as an “opportunity” that will improve the community, the sentiment is not unanimous. Former Gov. Paul LePage blasted his successor, Janet Mills, for encouraging the migration and ignoring the needs of citizens in Maine who are struggling.

“The State of Maine has a responsibility to care for our elderly, homeless, and disabled who’ve been left behind before we can address the needs of newcomers,” he said.

Then there is the health risk. The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently suffering through an Ebola epidemic so bad that the World Health Organization is considering declaring an international emergency there. Normally, asylum seekers are subject to a health check and quarantine if necessary before entering the U.S.

However, Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan recently admitted that, because of the overflow at the border, thousands of border crossers and illegal immigrants are being released into the country every week without undergoing tests for diseases. Given these factors, a potentially deadly outbreak of Ebola in the United States seems almost inevitable.

Minnesota is another “laboratory.” When civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991, the U.S. State Department under the Clinton administration began routing large numbers of Somali refugees to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Of the almost 84,000 Somali refugees admitted to the U.S. since the Somali civil war, almost half were living in Minnesota by 2011. Despite the state’s frigid winters, its generous welfare benefits have been a strong magnet for more arrivals.

So how has the Minnesota experiment fared? In the Minneapolis neighborhood of Cedar-Riverside, dubbed “Little Mogadishu,” violent crimes increased by more than 50 percent in 2018. Law enforcement attributed the spike to Somali gang activity there. This is just one of many unpleasant statistics of growing criminal activity in the Minneapolis area.

The Somali community in Minneapolis has also become a hotbed of terrorist recruitment in the U.S. The FBI reported that 45 Somalis left Minnesota to join al-Shabab or ISIS, both Islamic terrorist groups. In 2018 a dozen more were arrested attempting to join ISIS.

Do these facts mean that every refugee to these states is a welfare sponge, an Ebola carrier or a terrorist? Of course not. It does, however, reveal an unmistakable truth: immigration policy that emphasizes compassion for refugees over a community’s best interests is often not good policy for the community.

If a town has a desperate shortage of people with a needed quality or skill and American citizens cannot address it, bringing foreign nationals in to fill that need may be an asset. Flooding an already challenged community with low-skilled people who are likely to struggle and have long-term dependence on social services may be “compassionate” to those people, but it is callous to the current residents who are likely to suffer its negative consequences.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES CROSSED US-MEXICO BORDER THIS YEAR

The experiments in these states not only have produced uninspiring results, they violate the “without risk to the rest of the country” component of Justice Brandeis’ theory. Bad immigration policies cannot be contained within a city or state’s boundaries. Their effects can touch all of us, as the noxious “sanctuary” trend demonstrates.

All the more reason why a consistent, federal immigration policy with the country’s best interests as its guiding principle is desperately needed. 

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Minnesota dad drowns saving 3-year-old child who fell from bridge, investigators say

A man drowned Saturday evening after his 3-year-old child reportedly fell from a bridge into the water in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8:22 p.m., officials received a report of a possible drowning at Long Bridge at Dead Shot Bay. When they arrived, they were told a 3-year-old child fell from the bridge into the water.

The child’s father then jumped into the water to help. Authorities say the father began to struggle while keeping the child above water. Bystanders went into the water and brought the child to shore, but the man never resurfaced.

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The man died after trying to save the child at Dead Shot Bay in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, investigators said. (Google Street View)

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Officials searched for the man and eventually located him at 9:07 p.m.

He was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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Ilhan Omar’s ‘credibility’ questioned by hometown newspaper in stinging editorial

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Ilhan Omar is facing some fresh criticism from her very own backyard.

Rep. Omar, D-Minn., was the subject of a stinging editorial in Minnesota’s Star Tribune on Wednesday in the wake of her recent campaign finance violations — with the paper suggesting that it was just the latest “misstep by the first-term congresswoman.”

“U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is back in the news again, and not in a good way,” the editorial began. “The former state representative who won a seat in Congress last fall continues to be dogged by past missteps, this time eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law that will cost her nearly $3,500 in reimbursements and civil penalties.”

Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled last week that Omar owed her campaign committee nearly $3,500, as well as a $500 civil penalty to the state, after using committee funds for personal travel and help on her tax returns.

REP. ILHAN OMAR SLAMS ‘BIGOTED’ TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOR BARRING PRIDE FLAG FROM FOREIGN EMBASSIES

As the Star Tribune noted, the state’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board reported that Omar and her husband filed joint tax returns while she was married to another man. Minnesota law only allows spouses to file jointly in civil marriages whereas Omar filed with a man with whom she was only married in “faith tradition.”

“It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings … Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time,” the editorial read.

The paper also called on Omar to disclose whether she benefited materially from the filings. “That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know,” it read.

The incident was just one of many issues — including collecting allegedly illegal speaking fees — that could prompt an investigation, the paper said.

LAWMAKER LEE ZELDIN PUSHES BACK ON OMAR’S ‘BIGOTRY’ CHARGE: ‘WE HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN THIS’

“Omar’s political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors,” the paper also said, “including intemperate remarks and tweets earlier this year that were widely perceived as anti-Semitic. Every month seems to bring a fresh problem.”

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At the national level, Omar has received criticism for appearing to play off of anti-semitic tropes in her criticisms of Israel. She was one of several freshman lawmakers — including Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — who caught attention for controversial statements they made during their first term.

On Friday, Tlaib and Omar both caught flak from the president’s son who described them anti-Semitic and part of the “Hamas Caucus.”

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Uniformed Minnesota officer mows woman’s lawn after checking on her welfare

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A Minnesota police officer is showing that one of the varieties of ways officers assist those they serve is by grabbing a lawnmower.

The Orono Police Department posted a photo on social media Thursday showing Officer Matt Siltala confronting knee-high weeds with a push mower at a home where he had just conducted a welfare check on the owner, a woman living alone.

“She was ok and Matt asked her why her yard is so unkempt,” police said. “She said she doesn’t have anyone to mow for her. He grabbed her mower and cut the front yard. Very cool.”

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The post attracted many positive comments and offers to assist the woman.

“We will do some checking and get back to those who have shown interest,” police said

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The Facebook post accompanying the photo began with the author writing, “I cannot say how proud stuff like this makes us.”

It concluded by saying, “But not sure why Officer McCoy, who took the picture, couldn’t grab the trimmer.”

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‘Old Town Road’ sparks breakthrough when mostly nonverbal autistic boy sings along, mom says

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More than just a catchy tune, “Old Town Road” gave one Minnesota family a miracle.

The popular country-rap hit is apparently the song that sparked something inside of an autistic, mostly nonverbal boy from Cottage Grove, a city roughly 25 miles southeast of Minneapolis.

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Sheletta Brundidge posted a video online last week of her son, 4-year-old Daniel, humming along to “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X and featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Then, something incredible happened.

“It was just a hum at first,” Brundidge told the Tennessean. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, he’s singing ‘Old Town Road.’ Then he started saying the words. This is a child who hasn’t said three or four words together in the time he’s been alive.”

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The mother said she broke down in tears, and quickly called her husband to come see their son before she filmed the “breakthrough.”

“It took us six months for us to teach him the letter A. Without any teaching, he was able to listen to it, absorb it, memorize it and then recall it,” she said. “All this money we spent on therapists and doctors and supplements … and ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ is the one who brought my son the breakthrough that he needed.”

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Brundidge said she’s working with Daniel’s therapists to figure out why he responded to the jam, and is hoping to find other songs that might work the same.

Lil Nas X, who performed the song with Cyrus and country superstar Keith Urban at CMA Fest on Saturday, tweeted in response to Daniel singing: “what a king.”

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‘It’s sickening’: Liz Cheney slams Democratic leaders for defense of Tlaib’s Holocaust remark

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Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming sounded off Tuesday on her Democratic colleagues in Congress, accusing them of being anti-Semitic by not condemning comments by Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

“We have a situation today where those of us who are elected officials and particularly elected officials in the House of Representative where this anti-Semitism is rising within our body have an obligation to stand up and to stop it,” Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.”

She also took House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to task over their recent demand for an apology from Republicans and President Trump for allegedly twisting Tlaib’s words to create controversy.

“I’m sorry that there are so many anti-Semitic members of the House Democratic caucus,” Cheney said on “Fox & Friends.” “We went yesterday from a situation where the Democratic leadership in the House had sort of been enabling this anti-Semitism by their silence. Yesterday was different.”

RASHIDA TLAIB SLAMMED BY HOUSE GOP OVER COMMENTS ON HOLOCAUST, PALESTINIANS

On Monday, Omar accused Cheney of “deep seated hate and Islamophobia” after Cheney condemned Tlaib’s comments on Israel and the Holocaust.

Cheney slammed Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, for making allegedly false remarks critical of Israel.

“Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, ‘There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.’ And her ‘history’ of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel,” Cheney tweeted.

Omar responded, “Give it up, we all know you never met a Muslim you didn’t want to vilify!,” Omar said. “Your deep seeded hate and Islamophobia might be a tool to rally your base, but won’t get rid your colleagues. You just have to deal.”

Instead of calling out their colleagues as Republicans demanded, the House Democratic leadership defended Omar and Tlaib.

“If you read Rep. Tlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context,” Hoyer told The Hill. “They must stop, and they owe her an apology.”

Pelosi also weighed in and called for Trump and Tlaib’s critics to apologize.

“Republicans’ desperate attempts to smear @RepRashida & misrepresent her comments are outrageous,” Pelosi tweeted. “President @realDonaldTrump & House GOP should apologize to Rep. Tlaib & the American people for their gross misrepresentations.”

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That didn’t sit well with Cheney who told Fox News, “There is just no context in which it is okay to say that a calming feeling comes over you when you think about the Holocaust. It’s sickening.”

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VP Mike Pence urges Democrats to ‘dial down the rhetoric on Capitol Hill’

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Vice President Mike Pence says “it’s time to dial down the rhetoric on Capitol Hill,” after Democrats declared a “constitutional crisis” and voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

“The President and I fully support Attorney General Barr’s decision to refuse to testify under the conditions that the Judiciary Committee put forward,” Pence said in an interview on Fox & Friends with host Pete Hegseth from St. Paul, Minnesota which aired Friday.

“I was on the Judiciary Committee for more than a decade. I don’t have any memory of a member of the cabinet ever being questioned by committee staff. And I served under Republican and Democrat presidents.”

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Barr refused to show up for the second day of testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee in April regarding his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, after Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. insisted committee lawyers be allowed to question him instead of the usual members.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the unredacted version of Mueller’s report and other documents related to the investigation.

“This is not a constitutional crisis. This can be resolved. We’ll leave it to the attorney general to work out arrangements,” Pence said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday. Trump Jr. testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 that he knew “peripherally” about a deal to build Trump Tower in Russia but Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer testified to the Senate in February that he spoke to Trump Jr. about it approximately 10 times.

Pence doubled down on the subpoena saying the decision to call on Trump Jr. again to testify is “frustrating to millions of Americans.”

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“For two and a half years this administration and the Trump family fully cooperated with the special counsel,” Pence said. “Literally, millions of pages of documents. Thousands of hours of testimony and cooperation and, and the Mueller report is in. No collusion. No obstruction. As the Senate majority leader said on the floor of the Senate this week, Mitch McConnell said: Case closed.”

Pence visited Minnesota Thursday to promote the thriving economy and garner support for the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, which he hopes will go to a vote in Congress by the end of the year.

The vice president also took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., in her home state, saying she has “no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her.”

His comments stem from past tweets by Omar that were perceived as anti-Semitic and criticized Israel, comments that she has since apologized for.

“Ilhan Omar has made statements, anti-Semitic comments, statements against our most cherished ally Israel that ought to be rejected by every American. And frankly, the fact that very recently she’s been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and the poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela… the people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she remains in Congress,” Pence said.

Pence’s visit occurred simultaneously as President Trump continued trade negotiations with China’s Vice Premier Liu, back in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, talks which came to an end on Friday.

Trump raised tariffs on China in an effort to force renegotiations in regard to intellectual property theft but tweeted Friday “there is absolutely no need to rush,” even as some worry about the trade war’s impact on the global economy.

“We believe a deal is possible but what President Trump has made clear is we think we’re in a very strong position either way,” Pence said. The interview was recorded Thursday.

Pence also defended Trump’s stance on North Korea, another foreign power whose negotiations with the U.S. have tensed in recent days.

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North Korea fired three short-range missiles on Thursday, ramping up pressure on the U.S. to concede sanctions in denuclearization talks.

“President Trump truly believes that Chairman Kim wants to negotiate but as he said yesterday, doesn’t look like he wants to negotiate right now,” Pence said. “We’re going to continue to stand firm.”

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Minnesota dad charged after allegedly leaving son, 4, inside car during work shift: report

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Authorities say a 4-year-old Minnesota boy died Saturday after his father left him in a hot SUV for hours while he worked.

The father, 26-year-old Kristopher Taylor of Apple Valley, is charged with second-degree manslaughter. He allegedly told police that he had no one to watch his son. According to the complaint, Taylor told police he left the window open a crack and gave the boy a hand-held video game.

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The boy died Saturday in St. Paul. Authorities say Taylor left the child in the vehicle for hours while he worked the Grillfest event at CHS Field. Taylor returned to the SUV at about 5:15 p.m. to find the boy was stiff and showing signs of decomposition.

KFGO reported that he first allegedly told police that he left the boy in the car for about 2 1/2 hours, but later reportedly admitted that he left the boy at 11:30 a.m. and returned at 5:15 p.m.

The temperature reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the criminal complaint says the boy was in the sun. A meteorologist said even though it was in the 70s outside, the inside of a car could reach 130 degrees in direct sunlight.

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He reportedly rushed the boy to the hospital while holding his hand, frantically seeking medical help, KSTP reported. The boy was pronounced dead on arrival.

It isn’t clear whether Taylor has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

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Iraq war veteran found dead after suspicious injuries sustained on Mexico vacation

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An Iraq war veteran from Minnesota died Sunday after being found with mysterious, violent injuries at a vacation resort in Mexico, his family said.

The brother of 30-year-old Artem Moskovkin, who lived in Prior Lake, said the Army veteran traveled Friday to the Cancun area of Mexico for vacation. He was found conscious, but unable to speak, with severe injuries — including broken ribs and a punctured lung — in the garden of the Riviera Maya resort he was staying at, Igor Moskovkin told the Star Tribune.

“It looks like someone else was involved, but we don’t know what happened,” he added.

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Artem was taken to a local hospital. He died Sunday from his injuries.

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Artem, 30, served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army. (GoFundMe)

Igor said doctors in Mexico told the family his brother needed immediate surgery, but they couldn’t afford the cost of the surgery.

“We had no family presence in Mexico, so nobody paid. They just transferred him to a public hospital,” he told KSTP. “And they just left him there.”

Artem had served two tours in Iraq. His family moved to the U.S. as refugees in 1995, fleeing religious persecution in Russia.

“He survived so much,” his brother said. “Then to have this happen on his vacation…it’s a tragedy.”

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The family said Mexican authorities are investigating.

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