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JT Lewis, whose younger brother Jesse was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, announced Monday he's running for state senate in Connecticut.
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Day 4, Part 6: Democrats and Republicans continue questioning Sondland
Democrats and Republicans had additional time to question U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland on Wednesday. Watch this portion of the testimony.
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Gordon Sondland’s testimony frees Team Trump to adopt the best defense: the truth
Wednesday’s impeachment testimony by US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland underscored the folly of the main defense strategy adopted by President Trump and his supporters against Democratic allegations that he traded military aid for dirt on the Bidens. That strategy has been to categorically deny any quid pro quo. Yet contrary to other...
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NYC’s algorithm task force was ‘a waste,’ member says
New York City has released its long-awaited report on government algorithms, but not everyone is happy with the result. “This is a sad precedent.” In 2017, the city passed a local law to national fanfare. The legislation, Local Law 49, established a task force with the goal of examining how hidden algorithms oversee life in the city. Local stakeholders and advocates were convened, and charged with producing a report with recommendations for using automated tools. But the task force quickly grew tense, as some members questioned the city’s commitment to transparency. Members of the task force said they had to push to be given examples of automated tools used by the city, among other issues. The final report from the task force was... Continue reading…
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‘Killing Zac Efron’ reality show sends actor to remote jungle island
The actor will go off-the-grid for 21 days with only basic gear and a guide.
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Fed minutes show rates on hold; not clear what would change that
An increasingly divided Federal Reserve that decided to hit pause in its easing cycle following a rate cut at its October meeting offered little guidance on what would cause policymakers to change their minds on the outlook, minutes of the central bank's last policy meeting showed.
Reuters: Top News - powered by FeedBurner could possibly face lawsuit over airline racism claims
The Black Eyed Peas frontman, 44, alleged on Saturday that an “overly aggressive” female flight attendant was “beyond rude” to him because he didn’t hear an announcement for passengers to put away their electronics.
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This good boy helps find koalas injured in Australian bushfires
SYDNEY – An obsessive-compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia’s recent devastating bushfires. Bear, a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild. “This is the first year that we have been...
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Democrats face off in presidential primary debate in Atlanta today - live updates
Ten of the Democratic presidential primary candidates take the stage on Wednesday in Georgia for the fifth Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign
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Ex-US attorney calls Epstein suicide ‘more than coincidental’
An ex-United States attorney said Wednesday that “you have to be concerned” about Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in a Lower Manhattan lockup – which he called “more than coincidental.” Former Utah US Attorney Brett Tolman told “Fox & Friends” that he believed the indictment filed Tuesday against two prison guards accused of sleeping and surfing the...
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Mysterious skeletons discovered in cliff may be shipwreck victims
Archaeologists have recovered from a cliff edge in Wales the centuries-old skeletal remains of at least six people, who may be the victims of a shipwreck.
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How Google, Facebook, and Microsoft save millions with the right product experiments (VB Live)
Experimentation is a powerful way to optimize products in real time. Come away with your own experimentation blueprint when you join this VB Live event!
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'They Wish Me Dead.' Convict In ISIS Case Faces Backlash For Helping Feds
Abdirizak Warsame was among nine Minnesota men who planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS. When the FBI foiled their plot, each faced a decision that would influence their sentencing.
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Why Does A$AP Rocky Keep Coming Up at the Impeachment Hearing?
Lord Pretty Flacko was mentioned several times during EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony.
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Britain's Prince Andrew halts public duties over sex scandal
Britain's Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his ill-judged association with late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family's work.
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Anal cancer is on the rise in the US, and almost all cases are linked to HPV
iStock Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. After examining cancer diagnosis and death data from 2001 to 2016, certain types of anal cancer had doubled while others had tripled over the time period. Anal cancer deaths increased too. HPV, a common sexually-transmitted disease, is linked to most cases of anal cancer.  Visit Insider's homepage for more. Anal cancer is on the rise in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:A nursery song based on 'Wheels on the Bus' teaches women how to do a breast cancer self-examFish oil and cholesterol-lowering drugs may help ease symptoms of depressionA 17-year-old vaped so much he needed a double-lung transplant, a last resort when all other treatments fail
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MLS Announces 2020 All-Star Game vs. Liga MX All-Stars in Los Angeles
Major League Soccer announced Wednesday the 2020 MLS All-Star Game will take place in Los Angeles and feature a matchup with the top players from Mexico's Liga MX...
U.S. healthcare shares pick up steam as some political worries abate
U.S. healthcare stocks, led by health insurers, have gained strength in recent weeks, buoyed by solid third-quarter earnings and investor comfort that political risks to the sector have eased. Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate could test their momentum.
Prince Andrew steps back from public duties for "foreseeable future"
The prince further angered the public in a BBC interview on Saturday.
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This permanently small puppy has doggie dwarfism
He'll be a puppy forever.
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Pompeo says he is proud of U.S. policy on Ukraine, didn't watch Sondland's testimony
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to the press on Wednesday after a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels. He was asked about testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, who earlier in the day implicated Pompeo in a "quid pro quo" scheme to pressure Ukraine to investigate President Trump's political rival. Watch his response.
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Check for 5G Service in Your Area With Verizon's New Coverage Maps
Should you buy a 5G smartphone? You probably don’t need one right now unless the price is right and—if you’re a Verizon user, at least—your living or working space falls within its 5G territory, which you can now check thanks to the company’s just-released 5G coverage maps. If either (or both) do, the decision gets a…Read more...
5 Personal-Finance Habits of Wealthy Entrepreneurs
While your balance might not be as impressive as Warren Buffet's, you can get closer by adopting these practices.
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Hilary McCain Gives A 'Sweet Reason' To Try Her CBD-Infused, All-Natural Sparkling Waters
The former business school student combined two of her passions into a new and unique CBD sparkling water.
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Mercedes' EQC electric SUV will start at $67,900 in the US
Mercedes-Benz has finally provided US pricing for the EQC electric SUV, and it promises to be competitive... as far as luxury EVs go, anyway. The American version will start at $67,900 in its base Progressive trim, or several thousand below the $74,...
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Three Email Trends Retailers Should Keep in Mind for 2020
At Business Insider Intelligence, our mission is to bring you the most important insights, data and analysis from the digital world. So when we come across outstanding research from our partners that we think our audience can benefit from, we like to make sure you hear about it.  That's why we're giving you a preview of eMarketer's new report: Email Marketing 2019. You can purchase and download the full report here. Email is still at the center of marketers' digital programs. No surprise there; it offers several benefits: It's an owned communications channel, it's permissioned—meaning consumers have opted in and indicated interest—and it's a traditional marketing channel that most marketers are thoroughly experienced with. "We treat our email marketing program as an opportunity to strengthen and deepen engagement with our most loyal users," said Lawrence Scotland, senior vice president of digital and brand marketing at frozen meal brand Luvo. "And we use it as an outlet to solidify and drive credibility in the nutrition and health and wellness space, which is the area that we play in." In eMarketer's latest report on the topic, Email Marketing 2019: Still a Leading Touchpoint for Marketers and Consumers Alike, we look at the trends shaping email marketing practices next year.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Lyft will end e-scooter operations in 6 cities and lay off around 20 staff membersHow Brazil is leading Latin America's fintech revolutionLibra has logged over 51,000 mock transactions despite regulatory pushback
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How to unlink a Spotify account from your PS4 in 2 different ways
Shutterstock You can unlink your Spotify account from a PS4 simply by logging out of the Spotify app. You can also unlink your Spotify account by logging into your PSN account on the PlayStation website and clicking "Unlink" on the PS Music page.   Linking your Spotify account to your PS4 gives you complete access to your Spotify music from your console, but you can only link it to one PS4 at a time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When you link your Spotify account to your PS4, you get access to everything in your Spotify account, and can listen to music on the PS4 as easily as on your phone, computer, or other linked device.  You can only link your Spotify account to one PS4 at a time, though. Luckily, if you need to unlink your Spotify account from a PS4, there are two ways to do that. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 8 weird robots NASA wants to send to spaceSee Also:How to log out of Hulu on your mobile device, smart TV, or computerThe 9 most important details we already know about PlayStation 5, Sony's next-generation video game consoleHow to change the email address on your PS4 account in 2 different waysSEE ALSO: 8 affordable PlayStation 4 accessories that'll help you make the most of your console
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Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster's Knee Injury Not Serious, Likely out vs. Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is "not expected" to play in Week 12 with knee and concussion concerns, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN: The Steelers have already ...
FDA Nominee Ducks Questions on Trump E-Cigarette Flavor Ban
Hahn said he wants to review more data before deciding how to approach the vaping issue
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Gordon Sondland says Trump wanted ‘nothing’ from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified under cross-examination from Rep. Devin Nunes and staff counsel that President Trump told him during a September phone call that Trump “wanted nothing” from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. “President Trump, when I asked him the open-ended question, as I testified previously, ‘What do you want from Ukraine?’ His answer was, ‘I...
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Oil surges over 2% after U.S. inventory data, Russia OPEC comments
Oil prices climbed more than 2% on Wednesday after a better-than-expected U.S. crude inventories report and as Russia said it would continue its cooperation with OPEC to keep the global oil market balanced.
Student-loan debt and skyrocketing housing prices have become so bad that more millennials are planning to rent forever
SOPA Images/Getty Images More millennials are planning to rent forever, according to a new Apartment List survey. Most said it's because they can't afford to buy a home — housing costs have increased, and it's hard to save when their money is going toward student-loan debt and climbing rent prices. But some millennials prefer to rent for the flexibility and to avoid the added costs of homeownership. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. More millennials are planning to rent forever. Just over 12% of millennial renters plan to "always rent" — more than the 10.7% that said the same last year, a new Apartment List survey found. The survey polled more than 10,000 millennial renters in the US.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:More millennials are preparing to rent for the rest of their lives, and down payment saving is the biggest barrierThe iconic dress Princess Diana wore to a White House dinner in 1985 is hitting the auction, and it's expected to go for as much as $450,000The top 15 tax havens around the worldSEE ALSO: Millennials are making 3 key decisions that are wiping out the starter home — and it's changing what homeownership in America looks like DON'T MISS: 8 ways American millennials are changing homeownership, from moving to commuter towns to wiping out the starter home
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The GOP warned Ambassador Sondland that he'd be 'smeared' by Democrats in the impeachment hearing before turning around and smearing him themselves
Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland gave public testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday.  Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, opened Wednesday's hearing by warning Sondland that he was there "to be smeared" by Democrats. Steve Castor, the minority counsel, then questioned Sondland's credibility as a witness.  He said: "You don't have records, you don't have notes because you don't take notes, and you don't have recollections. This is a trifecta of unreliability." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland sat down to give testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, he was warned by Republicans that he would be "smeared" by the Democrats. But hours into his hearing, the GOP's legal counsel called his statements a "trifecta of unreliability." Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, opened Wednesday's hearing by calling the inquiry a "circus" dominated by "asinine accusations."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:People are comparing Trump's EU ambassador to Tekashi 6ix9ine for 'snitching' on everyone in the impeachment inquiryThe one impeachment witness who Republicans can't claim is a 'never Trumper' just threw Trump under the busTrump and Republicans zero in on decorated Army officer Alexander Vindman wearing his military uniform to impeachment hearings
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Brooks Koepka’s knee injury forces him out of Presidents Cup
Brooks Koepka’s knee injury is bad enough that he withdrew from the Presidents Cup three weeks before it begins. Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world who led all qualifiers for the American team, said Wednesday the injury he suffered Oct. 18 at the CJ Cup in South Korea is not recovering well enough...
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Apple’s hiring a music-loving Windows coder — hopefully to replace iTunes
A newly posted job listing suggests Apple might be working on something for Windows users, perhaps a replacement for the iTunes software it’s otherwise left behind. At the very least, it’s definitely working on new apps for Windows 10. The job listing, posted earlier this month, is for a Senior Software Engineer who will “build the next generation of media apps for Windows.” The desirable experience includes “Experience with UWP (Universal Windows Platform)” and “Cross platform experience with Mac and Windows.” This wouldn’t necessarily point to iTunes, except the description also says the job will be ideal “if you love music and you are passionate about writing code,” which… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iTunes,Windows,Apple
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Pompeo says 'did not see' Sondland's testimony, proud of U.S. policy on Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he did not watch a testimony from European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and that he was proud of American policy in Ukraine.
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Oxford Union President Resigns After Blind Student Forcibly Dragged From Debate Hall
The Union later apologized 'unreservedly.'
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Nato identifies space as next ‘operational domain’
Leader raises fear of attacks on satellites but says alliance will not put weapons in orbitNato is to turn its attention on space as an “operational domain” over concern that enemies of the western military alliance could cause chaos back on Earth by jamming satellites.Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary general, said there was no question of weapons being deployed but Nato had to protect civilian and military interests. Continue reading...
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Capitals' Garnet Hathaway Suspended 3 Games for Spitting on Erik Gudbranson
The NHL announced a three-game suspension of Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway for spitting on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Wednesday...
Black Friday 2019 gift guide: For Twitch and YouTube creators
FEATURE: Thanksgiving is fast approaching for those of us in the United States, and that means it’s almost time for shopping. The holiday gift-giving season begins on Black Friday, but you can’t go out into the cold without some idea of what to get. That’s where GamesBeat comes in. We have a handful of shopping guides […]
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Alignment Healthcare bucked the net loss trend among its peers' financial performance
This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Over the last year, US health insurance startups hit the gas pedals to accelerate their pursuit of the deeply entrenched insurance market — but some of the most ambitious startups posted steeper net losses in the first three quarters of 2019 than they did over the same time frame last year, according to Business Insider Prime. BI Prime raked through the financial results of Oscar Health, Clover Health, Bright Health, Devoted Health, and Alignment Healthcare — which were the targets of heavy investor appetite, pocketing north of $3 billion to transform health insurance — revealing some of the challenges these firms face amid their accelerated expansion plans. While Oscar, Clover, and Bright reported deeper net losses than last year — Alignment Healthcare bucked the trend, posting a net gain. For context, Devoted Health also posted a net loss in its first year offering plans. But Alignment Healthcare enjoyed a marked turnaround from last year: The insurtech — which covers 61,000 Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries in California, North Carolina, and Florida — roped in $506 million in revenue thus far in 2019 and generated a net gain of $2.5 million.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A closer look at what telemedicine is, the services it includes, and benefits to the new healthcare technologyBiofourmis teams up with Novartis to commercialize a digital therapeutics platform for heart failure patientsA genetic testing firm launched an atrial fibrillation research app on Apple devices
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Bolivia’s Evo Morales Wants to Stay in the Game
John Lee Anderson writes about Evo Morales, who recently resigned as President of Bolivia during what some call a coup and others call a democratic uprising.
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People with half a brain. Literally.
For some children with severe epilepsy, the best treatment may be a very rare surgical procedure in which a large portion -- even half -- of the child's brain is removed or disconnected. Amazingly, many of these individuals can relearn motor, language, and cognitive skills. How? The brain reorganizes itself and builds new connections. To better understand this incredible process, and hopefully inform new interventions and rehabilitation, Caltech neuroscientists conducted brain scans on six adults "all of whom received the surgeries as children and now have relatively normal cognitive abilities." From Caltech: "Despite missing an entire brain hemisphere, we found all the same major brain networks that you find in healthy brains with two hemispheres," says Dorit Kliemann, lead author of the new report and a postdoctoral scholar who works in the laboratory of Ralph Adolphs (PhD '93), the Bren Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology, and the director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center. The brain scans also revealed an increased number of connections between the brain networks in the patients compared to healthy individuals. For example, the regions in the patients' brains that control the function of walking appeared to be communicating more with the regions that control talking than what is typically observed. "It appears that the networks are collaborating more," says Kliemann. "The networks themselves do not look abnormal in these patients, but the level of connections between the networks is increased in all six patients...." Says Kliemann, "It's truly amazing what these patients can do. Read the rest
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Church builds huge baby Jesus statue — that looks like Phil Collins
It's Jesus' Genesis.
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Gareth Bale's Agent Fires Back at Spanish Press over Golf Flag Criticism
Gareth Bale's agent has accused the Spanish press of having a campaign against the Real Madrid man, in a response to their criticism over the "Wales, Golf, Madrid" flag he posed with on Tuesday...
Taco Bell is launching chicken tenders in a move to compete with Popeyes and Chick-fil-A
Taco Bell Taco Bell is testing a new menu item, Crispy Tortilla Chicken, in Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, starting Thursday, before launching it nationally next year.  Following the craze of the Popeyes chicken sandwich this summer and fall and the general popularity of Chick-fil-A, it may come as no surprise that Taco Bell is dipping its toes into the chicken game. Taco Bell's new Crispy Tortilla Chicken tenders come coated in tortilla chip crumbs and are served with a new signature dipping sauce similar to those served at Chick-fil-A and Raising Cane's.  Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Taco Bell has a new menu item that puts it in competition with chicken chains like Chick-fil-A and Popeyes.  Taco Bell will begin testing its new Crispy Tortilla Chicken tenders in Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, starting Thursday, before launching the new menu item nationally next year. Customers can choose to try the tenders in a taco for just $1.99 or get two tenders for $2.99 or three tenders for $3.99. They can also get them in one of the chain's $5 and $7 boxes.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:I compared kid's meals from major fast-food chains and found Chick-fil-A and Wendy's easily defeated McDonald's iconic Happy MealThe Salvation Army urges the public to stop spreading 'misinformation' after Chick-fil-A cuts fundingPeople are theorizing that Popeyes' chicken sandwich convinced Chick-fil-A to stop donating to controversial groups. Here's the real reason for the change.SEE ALSO: I'm 22 and just went to Taco Bell for the first time. Now I'm obsessed.
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Lady Gaga’s new lipstick is already an Amazon bestseller
The holiday shade launched on Tuesday, and is already number one.
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Justice watchdog cites investigative management challenges ahead of pending report on FBI's Russia probe
The Justice Department's inspector general on Wednesday cited investigative challenges in advance of a pending report on the FBI's Russia probe.      
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