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Hillary Clinton welcomed back after hospitalization

WASHINGTON — Cheers, a standing ovation, and a gag gift of protective headgear greeted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she returned to work on Monday after a monthlong absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion, and finally a hospitalization for a blood clot near her brain.

About 75 State Department officials greeted Clinton with a standing ovation as she walked in to the first senior staff meeting she has convened since early December, according to those present.

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