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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton back at work

US Secretary of State Hillary speaks at a news conference during her visit to Stormont Castle in Belfast, Ireland on December 7, 2012. It was one of her last official acts before being hospitalized.
US Secretary of State Hillary speaks at a news conference during her visit to Stormont Castle in Belfast, Ireland on December 7, 2012. It was one of her last official acts before being hospitalized.
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After nearly a month of health problems that culminated with a stay in a New York City hospital for treatment of a blood clot in a vein between her brain and her skull, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was back in her office Monday morning.

The State Department released a photo of the 65-year-old, soon-to-be-retired Clinton chairing a weekly meeting of assistant secretaries.

Clinton should be able to make a long-planned departure from her post in coming weeks. President Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to succeed Clinton and he's expected to be quickly confirmed by the Senate.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET. A Helmet And A Jersey:

According to a spokeswoman, Clinton's staff gave her a warm welcome and two gifts — a football helmet with the department's seal and a football jersey with the number 112, for each of the countries she visited while secretary.

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