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Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The Minnesota Vikings have rewarded tight end Kyle Rudolph with a contract extension, the team confirmed on Monday.
The deal is reportedly for five years and worth a minimum of $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed. It could wind up being worth as much as $40 million.
“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Rudolph said in a statement. “I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal.”
The 24-year-old Rudolph has 109 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in 39 games over three seasons with Minnesota. The team selected Rudolph in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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iStock/Thinkstock(MYRTLE CREEK, Ore.) — The mother of a diaper-clad, 3-year-old boy who got behind the wheel of his aunt’s Jeep Wrangler and accidentally put it into gear, sending it crashing into the side of a neighbor’s house, has been cited for failing to properly supervise her child.The woman, identified by police as Brennan Pennington, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, was issued the citation after the Tuesday evening incident, which was the second involving the boy and police that day.At about 9 a.m. the same day, a Myrtle Creek Police office had spotted the boy by himself in the Jeep Wrangler outside his Northwest Second Avenue home. He was in the vehicle by himself for about five minutes, according to police logs.The officer asked the boy about his parents’ whereabouts, and the boy said they weren’t home but that a relative was asleep inside. According to the log, the officer woke the relative and turned the boy over to him, warning the relative — who was not named in the log — that the boy had the keys to the car and it was not secure.At about 7:30 p.m., police were called to the same scene. They said the boy got into the car again and knocked it out of gear, and it traveled down the street, up over a curb and through the neighbor’s yard, hitting the neighbor’s home. The homeowner was not home, and no one was hurt.The police log said a 911 caller witnessed the crash and “saw the boy run from the Jeep wearing only a diaper.”Right afterward the boy “bailed out and ran back home, and when the officer arrived at the house [the boy] was sprawled out on the couch watching cartoons like it was just another day,” Myrtle Creek Police Officer Kevin Taggart told ABC News on Sunday.ABC News was unable to reach Pennington Sunday evening on a cell phone that was registered to her, according to public records.The ticket issued to Pennington was a violation and carried a fine.The home sustained minor damage and the boy’s mother came to “a civil compromise” with the neighbor, police said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC/BOB D’AMICO(MIAMI) — After many wondered if Sofia Vergara was dating Joe Manganiello, their recent public display of affection all but confirmed it. Photographers caught the two actors kissing inside a Miami airport, fresh off a flight from Los Angeles.US Weekly, which published the photos, said they were taken on Thursday. The magazine notes that afterward the True Blood star met the Modern Family actress’ family and close friends for dinner at Cecconi’s restaurant in Miami beach.Vergara, 41, and Manganiello, 37, were introduced at the White House Correspondents Dinner back in May, according to the magazine. Vergara had attended with her then-fiancé Nick Loeb. The couple got engaged in 2012 and broke up this past May.According to Us sources, Manganiello has long had a crush on Vergara. People’s Hottest Bachelor of 2014 also said he loves being a relationship. “I’m at my best when I have someone to wake up next to,” he told People.Manganiello was previously linked to model Bridget Peters. They split up this past January after dating for about a year. He was also engaged to model-actress Audra Marie in 2010.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home.Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week’s quarterfinals.Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals.Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home.For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The competing act then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest-combined percentage of votes who hadn’t won his or her matchup.Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star “experts” — Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley — presided over the duels. The “experts” were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances. The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.Here are the highlights from Sunday night:Morgan Higgins vs. Maneepat Molloy:The experts agreed that Higgins waited too long to show off her range when she auditioned and that she needed to come out swinging this time. Her version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” collected 45 percent of the vote, including a “yes” from Paisley, who noted that Higgins was a “pro,” but the 17-year-old still needed a lot of work. The performance didn’t impress Ludacris, who thought Higgins held back and didn’t give it her all. Kesha called the performance “very convincing,” adding the singer “came a long way.”Ludacris felt Molloy’s voice was “more pure” than her competitor, but she didn’t have as much “energy.” Before Molloy’s performance, Ludacris and the other experts urged her to be in the moment. The 16-year-old raised the wall with her version of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” racking up 66 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” but admitted that she didn’t want to see either singer go. Brad was not as pleased with the performance, calling it “pitchy.” He voted “no.” Ludacris voted “yes.”Shameia Crawford vs. Unselfish:Crawford, who had to wait for the West Coast to save her last time, chose to go first. Kesha was “on the fence” about her song choice, the standard, “Cry Me a River,” but agreed she “killed it” in rehearsal. Brad’s only suggestion was that Crawford needed to get her nerves under control. She managed to do that and collected 70 percent of the vote. Afterward, Ludacris called her presence “unprecedented.” Kesha agreed, adding the full-time musician and Georgia native “looked stunning” and “set the bar high” with her singing voice. She voted “yes,” as did Paisley.The five-man group Unselfish also failed to raise the wall last time. The experts advised them to clean up their harmonies, but their version of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” still failed to impress voters, earning just 33 percent. They did, however, get a “yes” from Kesha, who explained she was “not a dream crusher.” She added that while it was “not the best performance,” she thought they could improve and wanted the group to know she was rooting for them. Ludacris voted “no,” saying their harmonies “needed work,” and Paisley also gave them a “no.”Dana Williams vs. Audrey Kate Geiger:Williams led off this duel. Using a guitar that belonged to her late father, who once backed Michael Jackson, she sang The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She said the guitar was a lucky charm. The performance earned 67 percent of the vote, but didn’t impress Brad, who gave her a “no.” He explained the singing was great, but the performance sounded like Williams was “rehearsing.” Kesha, reminding Brad this was a singing show, praised Williams’ voice as “delicate” and “beautiful,” adding she was one of her “favorite performers on the show.” Ludacris also voted “yes.”Audrey Kate started her performance of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” a cappella, a risk that earned Brad’s respect and kudos from the other judges as well. America also agreed, as Geiger raised the wall with an impressive 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris gave her a “yes,” declaring, she had a voice he “could listen to and never get tired of.” Paisley said simply, it was the kind of voice he “signed up for this show for.” Kesha also voted “yes.” Geiger won the battle, but Williams was later saved by West Coast viewers.Joshua Peavy vs. Karen Hornsby:Hornsby’s daughter, Gabrielle, was left blind and unable to talk following treatment for brain cancer. She was in the audience for Sunday’s performance, making it extra special because it was the first time Gabrielle would hear her mom sing. Ludacris advised Hornsby to go for the high notes, because that was her strength and would earn her “yes” votes. Hornsby sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” drawing 67 percent of the vote, and a “yes” from Kesha, who called the performance “phenomenal.” Kesha said the Jacksonville, Florida, native looked like “a natural woman.” Paisley said the performance wasn’t perfect, but Hornsby was still the most “inspiring” performer.Peavy has the distinction of being the first person to ever raise the wall on Rising Star. He originally chose Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” for the duel, but after getting advice from the experts, opted for “Too Close” by Alex Clare instead. It turned out being the right move, as Joshua bested Karen with 75 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought the performance was “soulful” and he was “very proud” of Peavy and voted “yes.” However, he also predicted that Hornsby would be saved by the West Coast. Kesha voted “no,” admitting it was because she didn’t want to see Karen go home. Brad voted “Yes.” Hornsby did not advance.Rising Star continues next Sunday on ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Michael Lavine/FOX (SAN DIEGO) — Thousands of people who attended Comic-Con in San Diego on Sunday found themselves within one degree of Kevin Bacon.
The actor was at the event to promote his Fox drama The Following when he decided to participate in the pop culture game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”Bacon stood up and filmed himself and thousands of people in the crowd. He later posted the video online with the caption, “These people are all 1 degree. Thanks for a great panel.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jenny McCarthy is speaking out about reports that she has criticized her cousin Melissa McCarthy about her weight in the past. The View co-host says not only are the reports false — they are extremely hurtful.Jenny tells People.com, “There is a crazy story going around that I once told my cousin, Melissa, that she would have to lose weight in order to get into show business. Nothing could be further from the truth.”Jenny says she helped Melissa when she was an aspiring actress, but everything after that is due to Melissa’s own hard work and unbreakable spirit.Jenny explains, “When she was starting out, I was fortunate enough to be in a position to get her a job on a show I was doing, to learn the ropes and get some experience on a TV set in front of the camera and behind the scenes.” She adds, “She has accomplished everything she has accomplished through hard work and her extraordinary talent, and I’ve only ever encouraged and supported and wished her the very best.”The 41-year-old will soon be marrying actor and New Kid on The Block singer Donnie Wahlberg, which seems to have stirred up a completely different rumor about her cousin.Jenny tells People magazine, “They also say that I’ve ‘banned’ Melissa from my upcoming wedding, which is also ridiculous.” She explains, “Donnie and I are planning a very intimate ceremony that will involve a very small group of our closest friends and that’s it — not a huge production with hundreds of friends and extended families.”Jenny adds, “It’s hurtful that people make up stories that pit not just families, but specifically women, against each other.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — College is a time for experimentation as has been well documented, but unfortunately, it often involves underage drinking and illegal drug use. While most who attend an institution of higher learning are intelligent enough to understand the risks involved, it seems that athletes are more cognizant about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.At least that seems to be the upshot of a study released this month by the NCAA. From the statistics gathered by researchers over a nine-year period, those who play sports are less inclined to drink and take drugs than the general student body.When it comes to smoking marijuana, about 32 percent of the student population admits to trying it as opposed to 21.9 percent of NCAA athletes.It’s not a huge disparity when it comes to alcohol, however. The student average is 81.4 percent compared to 80.4 percent of those who compete in sports.The numbers for athletes in Division I are better with 78 percent having used alcohol and 16 percent who smoked pot.Researchers believes that athletes are more health-conscious, which explains why they’re less apt to abuse booze or drugs.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
iStock/Thinkstock(TRIESTE, Italy) — The hormone estrogen contained in birth control pills seems to have a curious, albeit, pretty harmless side-effect.Researcher Valentina Piccoli of the University of Trieste in Italy says a small study she undertook with 42 women who used birth control suggests that the quantity of estrogen in the contraceptive may affect the way they view other women.In other words, the more estrogen in the birth control they used, the more they viewed other women’s looks as important to them by looking at a series of photographs.While not establishing a direct cause-and-effect relationship, Piccoli speculated that an increase in estrogen levels might make women more guarded about potential female competitors.More study with a bigger group may be necessary to verify the findings. Piccoli’s research did not use a control group that took a placebo rather than birth control pills.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — They may not have the big recognizable names but generic brand products deliver big savings.Yet, a study by economists from the University of Chicago and Tilburg University in the Netherlands points out that many Americans are still forking over their money for name brands and wasting $44 billion annually in the process.The study says that millions are duped by misleading ads even when they can buy generic products for far less.But not everybody is fooled.According to the researchers, the smarter the consumer — that is, those who are more educated — the greater the chance they’ll pick the generic version of a product rather than the name brand.For instance, only nine percent of pharmacists buy Bayer, Advil and Tylenol with the rest opting for generic brands. Meanwhile, the average consumer will select the name brands 26 percent of the time.Meanwhile, just one in five professional chefs will pay full price for name brand salt, sugar and baking powder, as compared to 40 of average households.The researchers used Nielsen tracking data based on 77 million shopping trips by about 125,000 households.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Disney’s Frozen was the highest grossing movie of 2013 but one of its directors was an anomaly.According to a new study, Jennifer Lee was among the very, very few women who helmed a big film last year.In fact, just under two percent of the directors were women, according to the findings of University of Southern California’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative. That figure is the lowest of the past six years.The researchers examined some 25,000 speaking characters in 600 top-grossing films from 2007 through 2013 and determined that women were vastly unrepresented both on camera and behind the scenes.In 2013, for instance, 7.4 percent of writers of the top-grossing movies were women.As far as acting parts are concerned, women made up 36 percent of the characters in comedies during the six years studied while falling between 20 and about 24 percent of those in action movies.What explains the lack of women in movies? USC Annenberg associate professor Stacy L. Smith says it all about money, adding: “The people who fund films and green light content are mostly male. Women are perceived to lack confidence and to be less trustworthy with resources.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
iStock/Thinkstock(MAINZ, Germany) — There’s nothing like “maxing and relaxing” after a hard day of work. For many, that involves plopping down in front of a TV or computer screen.However, there’s a dark side to these seemingly harmless leisure activit…
iStock/Thinkstock(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Members of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli had to be relocated outside of Libya Saturday due to ongoing violence.The State Department called the move a “temporary relocation,” pointing to the recent clashes between Libyan militias in the vicinity of the embassy.U.S. military personnel assisted in the relocation of embassy personnel, all of whom were taken to Tunisia without incident.The State Department said that the situation in Libya is “unpredictable and unstable,” and that U.S. citizens may be targeted for kidnapping, violent attacks or death.In addition, all American citizens living or traveling in Libya were urged to leave the country immediately.Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the decision to move the embassy on Saturday, noting “freewheeling militia violence.” Still, Kerry said the U.S. is “deeply committed…to the diplomatic process in Libya.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A bill to assist the nation’s veterans that looked all but dead last week was reportedly agreed upon Sunday by the chairs of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee.With Congress set to recess for five weeks after Aug. 1, it was imperative that lawmakers arrive at an agreement to assist tens of thousands of war veterans still waiting medical care at VA clinics across the U.S.The legislation, expected to be announced Monday by Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller, presents more options for vets to seek medical attention, especially when they live far from VA facilities.Among the choices vets would have under the bill is access to private health care providers when they live 40 or more miles from a VA hospital.In addition, the bill calls for building more centers to care for veterans who critics say have waited an unbearably long time to see doctors because of alleged negligence and possible criminal wrongdoing to cover wait times.What almost undid the agreement were differences on how much will be spent and how everything will be funded. More details should be available later on Monday.Although certainly a breakthrough, the plan still needs the approval of negotiators from both chambers as well as a full vote by the House and Senate.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Image Source/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A ruling that would allow registered gun owners to carry firearms in public has thrown Washington, D.C. for a loop.On Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that a “total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.”The judge said he would stop enforcement of the ban until D.C. came up with a “constitutionally valid licensing.”However, ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes explains, “This won’t be the last word on the subject. The District of Columbia will likely appeal the order, and ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court may be called on to clarify when and how lawmakers are allowed to impose restrictions on the right of citizens guaranteed by the Second Amendment to carry guns.”Attorney Alan Gura, representing the group challenging the ban, says the ruling should be in effect immediately and will lead to less crime on the streets as people will be able to defend themselves.However, Ted Gest, a spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, says the AG is asking Judge Scullin to stay his ruling pending appeal.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
VH1 Networks(NEW YORK) — Kat Bailess plays Kyle Hart, the one dancer on the Los Angeles Devil Girls professional dance team on VH1′s Hit the Floor that isn’t afraid to use her sexual prowess to get exactly what she wants. In the second season of the…
(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.
Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP
“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”
Maddux wasn’t the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.
“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”
Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.
Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.
La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles — one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.
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Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(VENICE, Fla.) — A man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when they were hit by a plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach, officials said.”One man is deceased, and a young girl, possibly around the age of 10 is very critically injured,” Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose told ABC News.Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Fla., when a small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore, killing the man on impact, Rose said.The little girl was transported via helicopter to to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she was in critical condition.Neither the pilot, identified as Karl Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Fla., nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said.”The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach,” she said. “He landed about the water’s edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed.”From the time the pilot radioed in distress to the crash landing, the whole thing happened very quickly.”I do know the timing of his radio to the Venice Airport and immediate response was minutes so there was not, from what I understand, there was not a lot of time between his radio dispatch and the crash,” she said.Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport.”One of the first things that you learn when you’re flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place,” he told ABC News.A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.Police have not yet released the names of the victim.National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.
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Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“The results usually follow my delivery,” said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. “When I control my delivery — I told you I was gonna get things under wraps — and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.
“They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to.”
Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.
The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.
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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)
Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)
Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)
St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)
Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)
Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)
Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)
New York Mets 2 (50-55) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) – Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) – 10 Innings
Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) – Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)
Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (41-64)
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) – San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)
NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tweeted on Sunday that he’ll go back to wearing No. 23 this season as he makes his return to Cleveland.
When James left Cleveland in 2010, fans burned his No. 23 jersey, but now they’ll have to go out and buy another one.
“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness,” James tweeted.
James switched to his Olympic No. 6 with the Miami Heat, but decided to switch back after the league did not retire the number for Michael Jordan.
James has led the league jersey sales for six of the 11 seasons he’s played in the NBA.
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