The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:41:13 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com Pennsylvania to forgive $30M in loans to Cheyney University http://www.dailyastorian.com/pennsylvania-to-forgive-30m-in-loans-to-cheyney-university-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2897cc44185c4f578ef440d388cd83c0 http://www.dailyastorian.com/pennsylvania-to-forgive-30m-in-loans-to-cheyney-university-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2897cc44185c4f578ef440d388cd83c0#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:40:19 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239787 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania's state-owned university system has agreed to forgive $30 million in loans to a financially struggling historically black college if the school can maintain a balanced budget over the next four years.

The chairwoman of the system's board of governors says the plan approved Tuesday gives Cheyney University a "path forward" as it tries to close a $7 million budget gap and preserve its accreditation. The school has until Sept. 1 to submit a plan addressing financial deficiencies to its accrediting body. The chairwoman say losing accreditation would almost certainly force the school's closure.

The board also gave the university permission to cut academic programs without allowing current students to finish out their studies.

The school's interim president says they must focus limited resources on the most in-demand programs.

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Eurozone recovery ongoing as focus turns to Jackson Hole http://www.dailyastorian.com/eurozone-recovery-ongoing-as-focus-turns-to-jackson-hole-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb48e15cd93774423bfe782518e7ca937 http://www.dailyastorian.com/eurozone-recovery-ongoing-as-focus-turns-to-jackson-hole-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb48e15cd93774423bfe782518e7ca937#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:40:22 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239806 LONDON (AP) The eurozone economy is on course for another solid quarter of economic growth, a closely watched survey indicated Wednesday ahead of a keenly awaited speech from the European Central Bank's chief.

In the run-up to Friday's speech from ECB President Mario Draghi at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, financial information company IHS Market said its purchasing managers' index for the 19-country single currency bloc rose to 55.8 in August from 55.7 the previous month. The slight increase was unexpected most forecasters were predicting a modest fall.

Given that anything above 50 indicates expansion, the survey of the eurozone's manufacturing and services sectors suggests that the region's momentum has continued through the summer despite the recent appreciation in the euro. The survey reinforces market expectations that the eurozone will grow by a healthy quarterly rate of 0.6 percent in the third quarter of the year, matching the previous quarter's performance.

Particularly encouraging was the fact that the manufacturing sector was able to secure new export orders at the fastest pace in 6 1/2 years. That may allay some recent fears that the rise in the euro over the past few months was sapping exports by making eurozone products less competitive in international markets.

In a little more than four months, the euro has risen more than 10 percent against the dollar, and earlier this month it breached the $1.19 mark for the first time since the start of 2015. It's shown similar strength against the British pound.

The euro's recent strength, which has been based largely on growing signs of economic momentum in the eurozone, has been one reason why many ECB watchers think the central bank will tread carefully in reining back its stimulus measures, which has seen it slash interest rates including its main one to zero. It has also sought to keep market interest rates, which affect the costs of loans and mortgages, low by flooding the financial system with newly created money. The ECB is pumping 60 billion euros ($71 billion) a month into the economy.

As well as potentially weighing on exports, the high currency has the potential to keep a lid on inflation by making imports cheaper. That's not ideal for a central bank which is aiming to stoke price pressures in the economy. The ECB aims for an annual inflation rate of just below 2 percent. In the year to July, it remained well short of that, at 1.3 percent.

"We think that improvements in inflation to above 1.5 percent are unlikely for the coming months, so look for a cautious Draghi at the end of the week," said Bert Colijn, senior eurozone economist at ING.

Draghi's comments have added resonance because they will be made just a couple of weeks before the ECB's next scheduled policy meeting on Sept. 7. The prevailing view in financial markets is that the ECB will extend its stimulus measures into next year but with some reduction of the amount in monthly bond purchases.

Any hints from Draghi that the prevailing view is wrong could have big repercussions across financial markets, not least in the value of the euro. For example, should he say the stimulus will be unwound faster than expected, the euro could rally further as markets price in a higher interest rate profile for the eurozone and fewer euros being pumped into the financial system.

Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital, said financial markets should be wary ahead of the Jackson Hole gathering of the world's central bankers, and not just about Draghi. Janet Yellen, the U.S. Federal Reserve chair, will also be at the event.

"The event always has the potential to shift markets," he said. "The clear mountain air seems to embolden naturally cautious and incremental central bankers to signal more seismic policy shifts."

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Santillan, Trammell lift Dayton over Bowling Green 12-0 http://www.dailyastorian.com/santillan-trammell-lift-dayton-over-bowling-green-12-0-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportscf77a0bf764b8a56ec6a77b2b83a3939 http://www.dailyastorian.com/santillan-trammell-lift-dayton-over-bowling-green-12-0-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportscf77a0bf764b8a56ec6a77b2b83a3939#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:40:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239867 DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Taylor Trammell hit a three-run home run and had two hits, driving in five, and Tony Santillan allowed just one hit over five innings as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods 12-0 on Tuesday.

Santillan (8-7) struck out four to get the win.

Dayton started the scoring in the second inning when Malik Collymore hit a two-run double and then scored on a double by Cassidy Brown.

Dayton later scored in three additional innings to finish off the shutout, including a five-run fifth.

Kenny Rosenberg (6-7) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs and seven hits in the Midwest League game. He also struck out six and walked two. Alex Webb pitched four scoreless innings for his second save of the season.

The Hot Rods were held off the scoreboard for the 11th time this season, while the Dragons' staff recorded their 10th shutout of the year.

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Betts' run leads Salem to 3-2 win over Potomac http://www.dailyastorian.com/betts-run-leads-salem-to-3-2-win-over-potomac-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsafe4f90507b6ea03b9fe77443177fbd5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/betts-run-leads-salem-to-3-2-win-over-potomac-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsafe4f90507b6ea03b9fe77443177fbd5#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:40:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239983 SALEM, Va. (AP) -- Jordan Betts and Victor Acosta scored on an error in the fourth inning to help the Salem Red Sox secure a 3-2 victory over the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday.

Adam Lau got Bryan Mejia to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his seventh save of the season.

The runs by Betts and Acosta capped a three-run inning and gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead after Betts hit an RBI double earlier in the inning.

In the top of the second, Potomac took the lead on a home run by Rhett Wiseman that scored Jake Noll.

Salem right-hander Mike Shawaryn (5-4) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on just three hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Luis Reyes (7-13) took the loss in the Carolina League game after allowing three runs and three hits over six innings.

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Valdes, Candelario lead Toledo to 6-1 win over Columbus http://www.dailyastorian.com/valdes-candelario-lead-toledo-to-6-1-win-over-columbus-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports3c7810a2c135a2d1c87cffaab35a8734 http://www.dailyastorian.com/valdes-candelario-lead-toledo-to-6-1-win-over-columbus-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports3c7810a2c135a2d1c87cffaab35a8734#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:40:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239982 TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Luis Valdes hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, and Jeimer Candelario doubled and singled twice as the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Columbus Clippers 6-1 on Tuesday.

The double by Valdes scored Dominic Ficociello and Matt den Dekker to give the Mud Hens a 3-1 lead.

Starter Artie Lewicki (4-0) got the win while Kyle Crockett (5-5) took the loss in relief in the International League game.

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South Africa cannibalism case leads to 5 arrests http://www.dailyastorian.com/south-africa-cannibalism-case-leads-to-5-arrests-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6177797460b048429dbf77ac86242fea http://www.dailyastorian.com/south-africa-cannibalism-case-leads-to-5-arrests-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6177797460b048429dbf77ac86242fea#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:31:09 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239788 JOHANNESBURG (AP) South African police and media say five people have been arrested on charges including murder and possession of human body parts after one of them walked into a police station, said he was tired of eating human flesh and produced part of a human leg and a hand.

Police spokeswoman Thembeka Mbhele said Wednesday that the suspects have been arrested since Friday around the farming town of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal province. She says the arrest of the man who entered the police station led to the other arrests and the recovery of more body parts.

Local media say one suspect is believed to be a traditional healer.

The News24 media outlet quotes local official Mthembeni Majola as saying some residents confessed to eating human flesh provided by the suspect.

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Sri Lankan justice minister fired for criticizing China deal http://www.dailyastorian.com/sri-lankan-justice-minister-fired-for-criticizing-china-deal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda85cb5dd3f954b6e9ca8fd6f2115806f http://www.dailyastorian.com/sri-lankan-justice-minister-fired-for-criticizing-china-deal-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda85cb5dd3f954b6e9ca8fd6f2115806f#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:31:10 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239818 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's president fired the justice minister on Wednesday for criticizing government policies, including a decision to sell a majority of shares in a seaport to China.

President Maithripala Sirisena approved a request by his United National Party to dismiss Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, the president's office said.

The party accused Rajapakse of breaching the collective responsibility of Cabinet ministers by criticizing the port deal and other government policies as well as some of his colleagues.

The party said it asked Rajapakse last week to correct his statements by Aug. 21, but he failed to so and continued to criticize ministers and policies over the weekend.

Some party members also accused Rajapakse of using his position to delay filing corruption charges against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family, a key pledge of the Sirisena government that was elected in January 2015.

The dismissed minister, who is not related to the former president, has denied the allegation.

Sri Lanka's government last month signed a long-delayed agreement to sell a 70 percent stake in a $1.5 billion port to China for 99 years in a bid to recover from the heavy burden of repaying a Chinese loan obtained to build the facility. The agreement has drawn public criticism and protests, with opposition parties and farmers saying it was akin to a sellout of the country.

Rajapakse also called the lease a sellout and said he would ensure that the port is taken back for the benefit of Sri Lankans.

The port is part of Beijing's so-called string-of-pearls plan for a line of ports stretching from its waters to the Persian Gulf.

China's influence in Sri Lanka makes neighboring India anxious because it considers the Indian Ocean region to be its strategic backyard. Sirisena has been trying to balance both Asian giants.

Sri Lankan officials have reiterated that the port's security will be handled by the government in an attempt to allay fears that the port could be used by China as a military hub.

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Goetzman's double leads Charlotte to 6-3 win over St. Lucie http://www.dailyastorian.com/goetzmans-double-leads-charlotte-to-6-3-win-over-st-lucie-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportse1f0b19ee486a78a144c5569cb2bd3ba http://www.dailyastorian.com/goetzmans-double-leads-charlotte-to-6-3-win-over-st-lucie-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportse1f0b19ee486a78a144c5569cb2bd3ba#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:30:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239864 PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Granden Goetzman hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Charlotte Stone Crabs to a 6-3 win over the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday.

Travis Ott allowed a run, but got Nick Sergakis to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season.

The double by Goetzman came in the midst of a six-run inning and gave the Stone Crabs a 3-2 lead. Later in the inning, Peter Maris hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run triple by Kevin Padlo.

In the top of the ninth, St. Lucie cut into the lead on a wild pitch that scored Tim Tebow.

Charlotte right-hander Eduar Lopez (9-7) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Nabil Crismatt (4-13) took the loss in the Florida State League game after allowing four runs and six hits over five innings.

Jose Garcia tripled and singled twice, driving in two runs for the Mets.

With the win, Charlotte improved to 9-3 against St. Lucie this season.

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Billings' single leads Palm Beach to 5-2 win over Jupiter http://www.dailyastorian.com/billings-single-leads-palm-beach-to-5-2-win-over-jupiter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsaf2d57b7a41ab9f3861b1a8a9a0091db http://www.dailyastorian.com/billings-single-leads-palm-beach-to-5-2-win-over-jupiter-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsaf2d57b7a41ab9f3861b1a8a9a0091db#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:30:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239865 JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Shane Billings hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, leading the Palm Beach Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Tuesday.

The single by Billings came in the midst of a five-run inning and gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead. Later in the inning, Andy Young scored on an error.

In the bottom of the second, Jupiter scored on a sacrifice fly by Angel Reyes that brought home Brian Schales. In the following at-bat, Dalton Wheat hit an RBI single, bringing home Justin Twine to give the Hammerheads a 2-0 lead.

Chris Chinea singled four times, scoring a run and also driving one home for Palm Beach.

Palm Beach right-hander Mike O'Reilly (3-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on nine hits over six innings. Opposing starter Scott Squier (5-8) took the loss in the Florida State League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and three hits over 3 2/3 innings. Connor Jones retired the side in order for his first save of the season.

Corey Bird singled three times for the Hammerheads.

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Police laud mother, daughter who noticed child in hot van http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-laud-mother-daughter-who-noticed-child-in-hot-van-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5437a8afef6f411aa12ff1fda73939a7 http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-laud-mother-daughter-who-noticed-child-in-hot-van-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world5437a8afef6f411aa12ff1fda73939a7#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:30:22 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239789 EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut police department is lauding a 7-year-old girl and her mother after they alerted first responders to a child that was left inside a hot car.

East Windsor police said Tuesday that the girl noticed the 16-month-old sitting alone in a vehicle parked near theirs Monday and told her mother. The mother called 911 and first responders were able to get the child out.

Police say the toddler was distressed and sweating, but appeared to be unharmed. The child's mother and uncle are facing charges including reckless endangerment. They told officers they forgot the toddler was in the van.

Police gave the girl and mother commemorative coins that honor citizens who contribute to public safety.

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Castro's homer leads Florida to 5-2 win over Dunedin http://www.dailyastorian.com/castros-homer-leads-florida-to-5-2-win-over-dunedin-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports58f5a98793d53a1431cee5ff91285b9a http://www.dailyastorian.com/castros-homer-leads-florida-to-5-2-win-over-dunedin-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports58f5a98793d53a1431cee5ff91285b9a#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:30:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239988 DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Castro hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Florida Fire Frogs to a 5-2 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays on Tuesday.

The home run by Castro capped a three-run inning and gave the Fire Frogs a 3-0 lead after Alay Lago hit a solo home run earlier in the inning.

The Blue Jays cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Edward Olivares hit an RBI single and Jake Thomas scored on an error.

The Fire Frogs later tacked on two runs in the eighth when Anfernee Seymour scored on a fielder's choice and Castro hit a sacrifice fly to secure the victory.

Raymar Navarro (2-2) got the win with four innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Dunedin starter Conor Fisk (7-11) took the loss in the Florida State League game. Adam McCreery struck out the side for his third save of the season.

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Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals http://www.dailyastorian.com/uncounted-kansas-ballots-fuel-fears-about-kobachs-proposals-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda369ae2a8087463abddd85990270806c http://www.dailyastorian.com/uncounted-kansas-ballots-fuel-fears-about-kobachs-proposals-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlda369ae2a8087463abddd85990270806c#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:21:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239897 WICHITA, Kansas (AP) A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard.

Only six states all among the top 10 in population discarded more votes during the 2016 election than the 33rd-largest state of Kansas, according to data collected by the bipartisan U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency that certifies voting systems. Kansas' 13,717 rejected ballots even topped the 13,461 from Florida, which has about seven times as many residents.

Critics of Kansas' election system argue its unusually high number of discarded ballots reflects policies shaped over several elections that have resulted in many legitimate voters being kept off voter rolls in an effort to crack down on a few illegitimate ones.

There is particular attention on Kansas now because its secretary of state, Kris Kobach, is co-chairman of Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The architect of strict election policies requiring voter ID and proof of citizenship, Kobach has suggested Kansas' rules could become a national panacea for voter fraud, which Trump without providing proof blames for Hillary Clinton's popular vote victory.

"It is somewhat ironic that (Kobach) is claiming to really care about the integrity of voter rolls when this suggests that there may be a real problem that Kansas has with keeping voter rolls up to date," said Wendy Weiser, director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Democracy Program.

Kansas Elections Director Bryan Caskey argues it is difficult to compare states because their election laws differ and that Kansas officials are actually more aggressive than other states at getting ballots in the hands of would-be voters.

"I am understandably a little defensive about it because our routine is that if you walk in the door you get a ballot," Caskey said. "... Even if there is no way that ballot is going to count, to at least give us a chance to do a little research to see if we can count it, and many states don't do that."

Under federal law, almost all states are required to hand out a provisional ballot to anyone who shows up at a polling place but isn't listed on the voter rolls. The purpose of provisional ballots is to preserve the ballot until a voter's eligibility is determined and alert officials of a breakdown in election administration, so Weiser argues a high number of them could be "a red flag that something is quite wrong."

Jason Kander, the former Democratic secretary of state in neighboring Missouri, says it's "not at all true" that poll workers in Kansas hand out provisional ballots to voters who would've been turned away in other states. He argues most election officials are aggressive about handing out regular ballots whenever possible because the provisional ones can be thrown out for something as small as a sloppy signature.

Missouri discarded 3,803 ballots in November about a quarter of Kansas' total. Kansas gave out 40,872 provisional ballots, compared to 5,511 for Missouri.

"Secretary Kobach uses every trick that he can to make it as hard as possible for eligible voters to cast a ballot whether it is unconstitutional legislation, targeting immigrants or forcing more eligible voters to use provisional ballots," said Kander, president of Let America Vote, a voting rights advocacy group. "He is on a crusade to stop people from voting and now the president of the United States has given him a bigger platform."

According to Kobach's office, Kansas did reject 931 provisional ballots because voters either lacked documentary proof of citizenship when they registered or failed to show sufficient identification at the polls.

By far the largest chunk of the state's rejected ballots 10,148 was due to other polling-site issues such as voters who were not registered in the state or who tried to cast ballots at precincts in the wrong jurisdiction.

In Kansas, if a voter moves to another county without updating the registration address, the entire ballot is discarded. However, when a voter shows up in the wrong polling place but the correct county, the only votes that are counted are the races that overlap both jurisdictions. Kansas had 22,726 ballots that were partially counted in 2016.

The Kansas policy on out-of-county voting is much stricter than rules in many other states. Some states, including California and Ohio, hand out provisional ballots as a way to update their lists of voter addresses and then counts the full verified ballot.

Fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia, also allow people to register and cast a ballot on the same day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Kobach derailed a bill during the last legislative session that would have instituted same-day registration in Kansas.

Some Kansas voters although the exact number is unclear even went to the polls incorrectly believing they had legally registered, misled by erroneous confirmations the online registration system generated. Emails Kobach's office provided to The Associated Press under an open records request show problems with the online system dated back months before the general election, although state officials did not recognize it as a systemic glitch until the month before the election.

The office explained it didn't tell the public about the problem because it had received only "occasional reports of a few people." Instead, county officials were told to only count the ballots of unregistered voters who produced a computer printout of the online confirmation. Anyone without such proof received a provisional ballot, but those were later discarded.

Doug Bonney, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, said his group heard from several people who were affected by the website bug.

"They were rightly outraged by it," Bonney said. "They thought they had done everything they needed to, and had a confirmation that they were in fact registered, and it turned out to be false."

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AP Top News at 7:20 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-720-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcb22a3302224008cd1be81ffd0ebc525 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-720-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldcb22a3302224008cd1be81ffd0ebc525#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:21:16 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239922 10 Things to Know for TodayAfter US cuts, delays aid to Egypt, Kushner snubbed in CairoYemen officials: Saudi-led coalition strikes hotel, many diePolice: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalistUncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposalsNorth Korea photos suggest new solid-fuel missile designs]]> Police: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-dna-of-headless-torso-matches-swedish-journalist-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldf4f6e2d57e514e2da055d3d335285f26 http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-dna-of-headless-torso-matches-swedish-journalist-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldf4f6e2d57e514e2da055d3d335285f26#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:20:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239866 COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month, Danish police said Wednesday.

Wall, 30, was last seen alive on Aug. 10 on Danish inventor Peter Madsen's submarine, which police believe he intentionally sank off Denmark's eastern coast the following day.

Madsen, 46, who was then arrested on preliminary manslaughter charges, denies having anything to do with Wall's disappearance. Her family says that the freelance journalist was working on a story about Madsen.

The torso was found Monday on a beach by a member of the public who was cycling on Copenhagen's southern Amager island, near where she was believed to have died. Copenhagen police said Tuesday that her head, arms and legs had "deliberately been cut off" her body.

DNA tests confirmed the torso is Wall's, Copenhagen police investigator Jens Moeller Jensen told reporters Wednesday. He said it was attached to a piece of metal "likely with the purpose to make it sink."

The body "washed ashore after having been at sea for a while," he said. He added police found marks on the torso indicating someone tried to press air out of the body so that it wouldn't float.

Dried blood belonging to Wall was also found inside the submarine, he said.

"On Aug. 12, we secured a hair brush and a toothbrush (in Sweden) to ensure her DNA. We also found blood in the submarine and there is a match," Moeller Jensen said.

The cause of the journalist's death is not yet known, police said, adding they were still looking for the rest of her body.

Madsen, who remains in police custody on suspicion of manslaughter, initially told investigators that she disembarked from the submarine to a northern Copenhagen island several hours into their trip and that he didn't know what happened to her afterward. He later told authorities "an accident occurred onboard that led to her death" and he "buried" her at sea.

Madsen's defense lawyer said her client still maintains that he didn't kill Wall, and that the discovery of her torso doesn't mean he's guilty.

"It doesn't change my client's explanation that an accident happened," Betina Hald Engmark told Danish BT tabloid, adding "no matter what, we find it very positive that she has been found now."

The journalist's boyfriend alerted authorities Aug. 11 that the 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) sub, named the UC3 Nautilus, hadn't returned from a test run. The Danish navy then launched a rescue operation, including a search by two of its helicopters and three of its ships. Madsen was picked up by a private boat.

The navy said the sub had been seen sailing, but then sank shortly afterward. Police believe Madsen deliberately scuttled the submarine. Authorities later found it and brought it up onto land for investigation.

Madsen made headlines when he launched the submarine on May 3, 2008.

A self-taught aerospace engineer, Madsen was one of several entrepreneurs who founded an association known as Copenhagen Suborbitals to develop and construct a manned spacecraft and submarines.

The group split in 2014, and Nautilus, described as the world's largest privately-built submarine, is currently owned by Madsen's company Rocket Madsen Space Lab.

Wall, a Sweden-born freelance journalist, studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris, the London School of Economics and at Columbia University in New York, where she graduated with a master's degree in journalism in 2013.

She lived in New York and Beijing, her family said, and had written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post and Vice Magazine, among other publications.

Her family had told The Associated Press she was working on a piece on Madsen.

They added she had worked in many dangerous places as a journalist, and it was unimaginable "something could happen ... just a few miles from the childhood home."

In an email to The Associated Press, the family said it received the confirmation of her death "with boundless sadness and dismay," adding "the tragedy has hit not only us and other families, but friends and colleagues all over the world."

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Derailment cleared in New York's Penn Station, delays ease http://www.dailyastorian.com/derailment-cleared-in-new-yorks-penn-station-delays-ease-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9ffc671a4d8b431b9402ed721216abcd http://www.dailyastorian.com/derailment-cleared-in-new-yorks-penn-station-delays-ease-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9ffc671a4d8b431b9402ed721216abcd#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:11:42 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239795 NEW YORK (AP) Rail workers have cleared an empty New Jersey Transit train that derailed inside New York's Penn Station, causing early morning delays.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett says the derailed cars were cleared by 6:20 a.m. Wednesday. She says an Amtrak crew was moving a NJ Transit train out of a railyard around 5 a.m. when some cars derailed on Track 4, where repair work started earlier this summer.

Affected NJ Transit trains are back on schedule after initial 20-minute delays. The Long Island Rail Road and subways were not affected.

Trains have been operating under revised schedules since July while Amtrak conducts extensive repairs at Penn Station. Before the work began, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that commuters could be in for a "summer of hell."

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AP Top Entertainment News at 7:10 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-710-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentf8574acb892abef91c45e786e14209ff http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-entertainment-news-at-710-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentf8574acb892abef91c45e786e14209ff#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:10:29 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239894 Marines fitness instructor puts Kate Upton through her paces'America's Got Talent' and 'GOT' rule Nielsen ratings againNielsen's Top 20 programs for Aug. 14-20Cosby's retrial delayed as new legal team joins caseBilly Joel dons Star of David jacket during NYC show encore50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone]]> AP Top U.S. News at 7:10 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-710-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world25186b8b75d0f2242d0f4abe97e31262 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-710-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world25186b8b75d0f2242d0f4abe97e31262#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:11:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239919 The Latest: Trump says US will 'probably' end NAFTAUncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals3 of 10 missing US sailors identified after warship crashStudies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashesGroups make last-minute push to save national monument areasWhite nationalist says he'll turn himself inDerailment cleared in New York's Penn Station, delays ease]]> AP Photos: Forbidden Soviet-era music on X-ray snapshots http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-photos-forbidden-soviet-era-music-on-x-ray-snapshots-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentc52694dfe641414aa759ca490baa12ab http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-photos-forbidden-soviet-era-music-on-x-ray-snapshots-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentc52694dfe641414aa759ca490baa12ab#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:10:37 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239791 MOSCOW (AP) An exhibition describing a unique chapter in the history of Soviet culture bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film has opened in Moscow.

From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, ingenuous Soviet music lovers made bootleg copies of banned music on used X-ray snapshots, bypassing strict official controls over recordings people were allowed to listen to. They are played on normal record players.

The Bone Music exhibition, which opened in Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art last week, presents research by X-Ray Audio, a project by Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield from London.

Coates, a composer and music producer, described the recordings as "images of pain and damage inscribed with the sound of forbidden pleasure; fragile photographs of the interiors of Soviet citizens layered with the ghostly music they secretly loved."

The clandestine recordings weren't limited to jazz and rock-n-roll, vilified by Communist propaganda as manifestations of Western decadence. They also featured Russian emigre music, as well as popular prison and Gypsy songs also tabooed by Soviet ideologists.

The industry that put bootleggers at risk of arrest gradually died out in the mid-1960s with the appearance of reel-to-reel recorders.

Along with the original recordings on X-ray film, the exhibition tells the stories of people who made, distributed and played them. The installation produced for the Moscow exhibition immerses the audience in an atmosphere that mixes underground technology, forbidden culture, Cold War politics and human ingenuity.

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AP Photos: Forbidden Soviet-era music on X-ray snapshots http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-photos-forbidden-soviet-era-music-on-x-ray-snapshots-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc52694dfe641414aa759ca490baa12ab http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-photos-forbidden-soviet-era-music-on-x-ray-snapshots-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc52694dfe641414aa759ca490baa12ab#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:10:21 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239792 MOSCOW (AP) An exhibition describing a unique chapter in the history of Soviet culture bootleg music recordings made on used X-ray film has opened in Moscow.

From the late 1940s to the early 1960s, ingenuous Soviet music lovers made bootleg copies of banned music on used X-ray snapshots, bypassing strict official controls over recordings people were allowed to listen to. They are played on normal record players.

The Bone Music exhibition, which opened in Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art last week, presents research by X-Ray Audio, a project by Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield from London.

Coates, a composer and music producer, described the recordings as "images of pain and damage inscribed with the sound of forbidden pleasure; fragile photographs of the interiors of Soviet citizens layered with the ghostly music they secretly loved."

The clandestine recordings weren't limited to jazz and rock-n-roll, vilified by Communist propaganda as manifestations of Western decadence. They also featured Russian emigre music, as well as popular prison and Gypsy songs also tabooed by Soviet ideologists.

The industry that put bootleggers at risk of arrest gradually died out in the mid-1960s with the appearance of reel-to-reel recorders.

Along with the original recordings on X-ray film, the exhibition tells the stories of people who made, distributed and played them. The installation produced for the Moscow exhibition immerses the audience in an atmosphere that mixes underground technology, forbidden culture, Cold War politics and human ingenuity.

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Yemen officials: Saudi-led coalition strikes hotel, many die http://www.dailyastorian.com/yemen-officials-saudi-led-coalition-strikes-hotel-many-die-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9a0ac5e253e2458aad198be143b39f55 http://www.dailyastorian.com/yemen-officials-saudi-led-coalition-strikes-hotel-many-die-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world9a0ac5e253e2458aad198be143b39f55#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:21:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239790 CAIRO (AP) Yemeni security officials say the Saudi-led coalition has carried out airstrikes, hitting a small hotel near the capital of Sanaa and killing dozens of Shiite Houthi rebels and civilians.

The officials say an estimated number of 60 have been killed in the strikes on Wednesday morning. It wasn't immediately clear why the coalition jets targeted the hotel, which is located in Arhab, some 35 kilometers, or 22 miles, north of Sanaa.

Witnesses say the two-floor hotel in Qaa al-Qaidhi neighborhood was completely toppled and bodies are still being retrieved from under the rubble. They also say another airstrike hit a checkpoint manned by the Houthis, a few kilometers (miles) from the hotel.

The officials and the witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to reporters.

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After US cuts, delays aid to Egypt, Kushner snubbed in Cairo http://www.dailyastorian.com/after-us-cuts-delays-aid-to-egypt-kushner-snubbed-in-cairo-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world39bf5caa16e54a058309d2cee7436704 http://www.dailyastorian.com/after-us-cuts-delays-aid-to-egypt-kushner-snubbed-in-cairo-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world39bf5caa16e54a058309d2cee7436704#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:21:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239809 CAIRO (AP) White House adviser Jared Kushner and visiting U.S. officials were snubbed by the Foreign Ministry in Cairo on Wednesday in apparent protest over the Trump administration's move to cut and delay aid to Egypt.

Egypt's top diplomat, Sameh Shoukry, was to meet with the U.S. delegation headed by Kushner, but a modified version of the minister's schedule showed the meeting had been called off, shortly after the Americans landed in Cairo.

The protest came after the Trump administration on Tuesday cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing, pending human rights improvements and action to ease harsh restrictions on civic and other non-governmental groups.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was still due to meet with the American delegation, which also includes Jason Greenblatt, U.S. envoy for international negotiations, and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser, according to the presidency. That meeting was due later on Wednesday.

The Egyptian ministry said in a separate statement that Egypt regrets the U.S. decision to reduce the aid funds and considered it "a misjudgment of the nature of the strategic relations that binds the two countries over decades, and reflects the lack of understanding of the importance of supporting the stability and success of Egypt."

The American delegation, headed by Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, stopped in Cairo as part of a Mideast tour to press Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Egypt is among the top recipients of U.S. military and economic assistance. It receives $1.3 billion annually in aid, plus hundreds of millions in economic assistance.

Egyptian authorities have clamped down on civil society, particularly human rights groups and other organizations that receive foreign funding. Such groups played a central role in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and pro-government media often present them as part of a conspiracy to undermine the state.

The authorities also arrested thousands of people in the months following the 2013 overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, mainly his Islamist supporters but also a number of secular and liberal activists.

When Trump met with el-Sissi in the White House in April he made no mention of Egypt's human rights record in the post-meeting statement, an omission that many took as a sign that the issue was not a priority for the administration. Yet, two months later, two senators from Trump's Republican Party slammed as "draconian" a new Egyptian law that effectively bans the work of non-governmental organizations and urged that it be repealed.

The law has triggered wide international backlash and raised concerns over human rights conditions in Egypt. But Egypt has defended the law, saying it was drafted and passed in accordance with constitutional provisions.

El-Sissi is grappling with an insurgency by Islamic militants in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, an economy struggling to keep up with demands and employment needs of Egypt's surging population, and a sustained campaign of violence against the country's Christian minority.

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Associated Press writer Mathew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

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Parents arrested after teacher smells pot on boy's backpack http://www.dailyastorian.com/parents-arrested-after-teacher-smells-pot-on-boys-backpack-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world59b0e67a5bb44a5ca73dd68f1ad9723f http://www.dailyastorian.com/parents-arrested-after-teacher-smells-pot-on-boys-backpack-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world59b0e67a5bb44a5ca73dd68f1ad9723f#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:00:07 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239794 HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) A student's backpack that smelled like marijuana led police in Florida to his house, where they found a small grow house run by his parents.

Now, 41-year-old Rolando Naranjo and 33-year-old Betsy Espinoza are in jail, charged with multiple drug and child neglect charges.

The Miami Herald reports a Palm Springs Middle School teacher noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the 11-year-old boy's backpack. He notified a Miami-Dade Schools police officer.

A police report says the boy told officers there are marijuana plants in his house and his dad uses his backpack to transport the drug. He also said people go to his house to buy marijuana.

Police got a search warrant. Hialeah Sgt. Carl Zogby called conditions at the home "deplorable."

Jail records don't list attorneys for the parents.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents http://www.dailyastorian.com/navy-dismisses-7th-fleet-commander-after-warship-accidents-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2cd105eb817e460ca57c87096f4b831a http://www.dailyastorian.com/navy-dismisses-7th-fleet-commander-after-warship-accidents-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2cd105eb817e460ca57c87096f4b831a#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:00:16 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239899 TOKYO (AP) The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific.

A two-sentence statement said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, had relieved Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command."

The move follows four Navy accidents in the Pacific since late January, including two collisions that left sailors dead and missing.

"While each of these four incidents is unique, they cannot be viewed in isolation," Swift said earlier.

He said the Navy will carry out a "deliberate re-set" of all its ships in the Pacific, focused on navigation, mechanical systems and bridge resource management. It will include training and an expert assessment of each ship.

The Navy said that Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer, who had already been named as Aucoin's successor, would assume command immediately.

On Monday, the destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided off Singapore, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 others missing. Seven sailors died in June when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off Japan.

Swift, speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Singapore where the McCain is now docked, said Navy divers had found remains of some of the missing in a flooded compartment in the ship. He also said Malaysians assisting in the search had found a body, but it had not been determined if it was a McCain crew member.

The 7th Fleet said in a statement Wednesday that Navy and Marine Corps divers are continuing to search flooded compartments in the McCain in the hope of locating more of the missing sailors. The sea-based search east of Singapore "is expanding to encompass a greater area as time goes on," it said.

Singapore's government said the search area more than doubled Wednesday to about 5,500 square kilometers (2,120 square miles) with aircraft and vessels deployed by the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

At least three of the 10 missing sailors have been identified by relatives.

Crew member Logan Palmer is from the Decatur, Illinois, area and his mother identified him as missing, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said.

April Brandon in Michigan said the military informed her that her son, Ken Smith, is missing. She said Smith's father, stepmother and grandfather served in the Navy. Brandon said, "His father and I couldn't be prouder of our son."

The family of Jacob Drake of Ohio was told he was among the missing, the Columbus Dispatched reported. Megan Partlow told The Associated Press that Drake was her fiance and she'd last had contact with him Sunday in a text message.

The collision at daybreak in a busy shipping area tore a gaping hole in the McCain's left rear hull and flooded adjacent compartments including crew berths and machinery and communication rooms.

The cause of the collision has not been determined. The Navy previously said there was no evidence it was intentional, or that it was a result of sabotage or cyberintrusion.

The Navy last week said the Fitzgerald's captain was being relieved of his command and other sailors were being punished after poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch were found to have contributed to its collision. An investigation into how and why the Fitzgerald collided with the other ship was not finished, but enough details were known to take those actions, the Navy said.

There were two lesser-known incidents in the first half of the year. In January, the USS Antietam guided missile cruiser ran aground near Yokosuka base, the home port of the 7th Fleet, and in May another cruiser, the USS Lake Champlain from the Navy's 3rd Fleet, had a minor collision with a South Korean fishing boat.

Aucoin assumed command of the 7th Fleet in September 2015 and was due to retire in a few weeks.

A career flight officer, he served in five fighter squadrons and flew in more than 150 combat missions, according to Navy biographies. He commanded a carrier air wing aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and a carrier strike group based in Bremerton, Washington. Prior to heading the 7th Fleet, he was deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems.

The 7th Fleet has 50 to 70 ships and submarines, 140 aircraft and about 20,000 sailors.

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Associated Press writers Lolita Baldor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Robert Burns in Amman, Jordan, contributed to this story.

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AP Top International News at 6:45 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-645-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc639217c8e9f94aee2c69981271aea83 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-645-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc639217c8e9f94aee2c69981271aea83#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:50:19 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239900 North Korea photos suggest new solid-fuel missile designsPolice: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalistPolish democracy icon Walesa: object of 'political crime']]> Quinn's double leads San Jose over Visalia in 11 innings http://www.dailyastorian.com/quinns-double-leads-san-jose-over-visalia-in-11-innings-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsc26c9cf7ce159c5298639b7b0a074995 http://www.dailyastorian.com/quinns-double-leads-san-jose-over-visalia-in-11-innings-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsc26c9cf7ce159c5298639b7b0a074995#Comments Wed, 23 Aug 2017 03:50:26 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017308239884 VISALIA, Calif. (AP) -- Heath Quinn hit a three-run double in the top of the 11th inning to help lead the San Jose Giants to a 5-1 win over the Visalia Rawhide on Tuesday.

The double by Quinn scored Jonah Arenado, Dillon Dobson and Gio Brusa. The double came after an RBI single by Brusa that gave the Giants the lead earlier in the inning.

After Visalia's Mark Karaviotis hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, San Jose tied the game 1-1 in the next half-inning when Bryan Reynolds hit a solo home run.

Rodolfo Martinez (1-0) got the win with two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Tommy Eveld (0-4) took the loss in the California League game.

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This story was generated by Automated Insights ( http://www.automatedinsights.com ) using data from and in cooperation with MLB Advanced Media and Minor League Baseball, http://www.milb.com

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