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civilians have paid for this with their lives. in a conflict that already has a long list of atrocities committed against civilians, scott, the past 48 hours have been even worse. however, the russians and the syrians have denied any wrongdoing saying now that aleppo is fully under their control, all military operations have stopped. >> debora patta in beirut tonight. thank you. four marine sergeants are facing court martials for their role in the alleged abuse of recruits at the paris island boot camp in south carolina. they're the first to be charged, but as david martin reports, almost certainly not the last. it is 6:30 in the morning and
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the recruits have been up since 4:00. the training at paris island suppose to be tough. but investigations have found it to be downright cruel. drill instructors abusing, humiliating and hazing recruits. none of it permitted according to commanding general austin renfor. >> when you put your hand on a young man or woman. you have crossed the line the we are not going to tolerate it. >> reporter: these investigations show it was tolerated until last spring. when the abuses came to light. an e-mail sent to the white house and titled concerned loved ones of innocent recruits, described incidents of drill instructors withholding food, drinking on the job, calling recruits terrorists, using homophobic slurs, and warning them that snitches get stitches. the most notorious case involving a muslim recruit who allegedly jumped to his death after being slapped and choked by a drill sergeant is still under investigation. in an earlier incident the same
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drill instructor allegedly ordered another muslim recruit into a clothes dryer. renforth was to fix all that when he assumed command last june. >> they can't choke them? >> absolutely not. >> can't slap them? >> no. >> can they call them names? >> they cannot. >> any allegation of recruit abuse comes directly to me. >> reporter: since then, one recruit has the died after being found unresponsive in his bunk. and a second is in critical condition after jumping from a second floor landing. both cases are still under investigation, although neither appears to involve abuse. earlier incidents of abuse documented in these investigations are expected to result in more charges, ranging from assault to dereliction of duty. but it is said that training at paris island will remain as tough, though not as cruel as the ever. david martin, cbs news, paris island, south carolina. there are criminal charges tonight after a cbs news
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investigation into an alleged fraud that cost u.s. taxpayers $2 billion last year. jim axelrod and producer emily rand broke the story. >> reporter: former college and nfl linebacker, monti groe sur rended to face charges of conspiracy to defraud the government, health care fraud, taking kick backs and money laundering for his part in the nationwide fraud. >> every patient that i have, loves these products. >> reporter: that cbs news exposed last year. one of the people working with grow was this woman, deanna dunning she peddled pain cream to members of the military without cost to them. >> here are amazing creams. completely free. type in, track your number on line. >> she told us tricare paid out
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roughly $25,000 for a one-month supply. >> if you want to feel bad, do your research. we got over quick once we started making money. >> reporter: dunning turned herself to face a charge of conspiracy to receive kick backs. cbs news learned she was one of dozens working with grow to generate business for a compounding pharmacy in florida. >> how much is the pharmacy making off of it? >> millions. >> reporter: grow had nothing to say as he left the courthouse this afternoon. monte grow is out on $600,000 bond. he had to surrender his passport as well as firearms. >> no evidence the pain creams ever actually worked. jim axelrod, thank you. coming up next. confusion, chaos, a crew of 33 disappears in the bermuda triangle. ♪
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as she sank near the bahamas last year. 33 were killed when the ship steered into the path of hurricane joaquin. what was on el faro's voice recorder. >> reporter: hours before all 33 on board, would perish, the crew urged the captain to change course. the night before at 11:14, the third mate warned davidson. within hours we will be 22 miles from the center with gusts to 120 and strengthening. rhyme then said of his captain. i trust what he is saying, it's just being 20 miles away from hundred knot winds this doesn't sound right. patricia kwame's husband theo was a member of the crew. >> i would have thrown the captain overboard and fried to save myself and the ship if it were me. it's just devastating that something like this happened. >> reporter: around 4:00 a.m. the captain returned to the bridge. downplaying the rough seas. this is every day in alaska, he
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said. an hour later it was clear the captain was wrong. the ship's engineer was worried. i have never seen it list like this. i have never seen it hang like this. at 5:43, the el faro was taking on water. the captain finally said we got a problem. 30 minutes later the ship lost propulsion. at 6:55 the captain made the first of two distress calls. we are in dire straits right now. at 7:29, the crew reported cargo crashing into the ocean as hurricane joaquin pounded the el faro. captain davidson ring the abandon ship alarm. tell them we're going in. get into your rafts. everybody. get off. get off the ship. stay together. the captain tried to calm the other crew member on the bridge. you got to get up. you got to snap out of it. we got to get out. the helmsman. you are going to leave me. >> i'm not leaving you. let's go, the captain responded. just second before the recording cuts out, that helmsman said,
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now, the sweet smell of success. jim axelrod tells us it is coming from colette's kitchen. >> reporter: like any other budding entrepreneur, colette guard her company proprietary information quite carefully. this is the recipe? >> yes, it is. >> reporter: it is secret? >> a secret, yes it is. >> we can't. >> no. >> reporter: colette born 26 years ago with downs syndrome is not like every other budding
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entrepreneur. >> it is my dream. >> reporter: it is your dream. her kitchen made her happy. when she kept getting rejected for jobs, she decided it was going to make her money. and colette's cookies was born. >> reporter: you know what you smell? >> chocolate chip. >> chocolate chip and money. >> exactly, money, honey. >> reporter: rosemary alfredo is her mother. >> i think that all of that rejection for her made her say, i'll show them. >> reporter: there she was a couple weeks ago selling 100 cookies a week at the golden goose. >> give me a smooch. whose owner, steven deangeles, the only shop to give her shelf space. >> the entrepreneur started a cookie business. >> then the station ran a story that went viral. now she has to fill 4,000 orders from around the country. with a dozen per order, colette has to bake 50,000 cookies.
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>> we have to scoop it. pat it down. that's it. >> reporter: the commonwealth kitchen, a business incubator has stepped in to help her to scale up. and colette is now closer to her real dream. >> reporter: your successful scum p company will be a model for others with disabilities. if colette can do it. >> they can diet. >> reporter: turns out the secret ingredient she bakes into her cookies is not such a mystery after all. is the secret ingredient you have been protecting so much, is it love? >> yes, it, always been love. it is good. it's dark. >> reporter: which makes the cookies and the special young woman baking them about as sweet as they come. that was so good. >> yes. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, boston. that's the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little bit later for the morning news. and, be sure not to miss, cbs
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this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. this is the cbs "overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm done dahler. president elect donald trump continues to fill out his cabinet, with controversial nominees. mr. trump has named exxon mobile chairman and ceo rex tillerson to be his secretary of state. tillerson is raising eyebrows over his close ties to rush. the president elect named rick perry to be energy secretary. when he ran for president, perry said he wanted to eliminate the energy department. although he couldn't remember its name at the time. nancy cordes reports. >> reporter: tillerson spent his career, more than four decades at exxon mobile.
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he has vast experience doing business with foreign governments including russia. and that has already been met with some criticism from those inside and outside his party. at age 64, rex tiller sob has headed the world's largest publicly traded oil company nearly a dock aid. last year ranked 25 on forbes list of the most powerful people. under tillerson's leadership, exxon mobil struck a deal to begin drilling for oil in the arctic. but the project was halted three years later by western sanctions after russia invaded crimea. >> i'm going to comply with the sanctions. there is not any conversation otherwise about that. >> reporter: tillerson said earlier this year his relayships with foreign government including russia's are business. >> i'm not here to represent the united states government's interest. i'm not here to, to defend it, nor am i hear to criticize it. that's, that's not what i do. i'm a businessman. >> reporter: if confirmed as
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secretary of state, tillerson will be america's top diplomat. representing u.s. foreign policy interests. and will need to navigate his 15-year history with vladamir putin. >> i have a very close relationship with him. i denton't agreen with everythi he is doing. >> putin awarded tillerson a russian award of friendship. that same year, tillerson spoke to charlie rose how he handles international negotiations. >> you have to look the head of the state of the country, eyeball to eyeball, say to them i am going to make this commitment. i am counting on you to meet your commitments. >> reporter: for secretary of energy, mr. trump settled on former texas governor rick perry. the two time presidential candidate once proposed eliminating the energy department. though it famously slipped his mind at a 2011 debate. >> the third a jance of government i would do away with education the -- commerce -- and
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let's see-- i can't. the third one i can't. sorry. oops. >> the president elect hasn't held an official press conference, since he was a candidate back in july. and late yesterday, he postponed his highly anticipated press conference set for this thursday where he was slated to explain how he is going to handle potential business conflicts. >> the u.s. is preparing possible sanctions against the leaders of russia's intelligence community over their hacking of the presidential election. on capitol hill, leaders of both parties are supporting a congressional investigation. jeff pegues has more. >> reporter: some of the evidence tying the hacking to russian operatives stretches back at least six months. private investigators have been consulting u.s. intelligence officials say what they have seen goes beyond cyberattacks and call it information warfare and a staple of russian tactics to influence elections. late monday night, president obama explained on the daily show with trevor noah why he asked for a review before
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leaving office. >> the reason that i am -- have called for a review is really to just gather all of the thread of the investigations, intelligence work that has been done. >> reporter: the u.s. is confident that the cyberattacks were conducted by the russia's gru intelligence arm. believing hackers gained access to some republican files but that information never became public. stolen private e-mails. opposition research, and campaign information from democrat igs national committee and the democratic national campaign committee was leaked to wikileaks and other sites even after being exposed the hackers didn't stop. >> this is pretty bold, pretty brazen in a lot of ways. >> very russian. >> reporter: adam myers works for crowd strike the cybersecurity firm that investigated the hack and close intelligence. >> actions definitely were more
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detrimental to one candidate than the other. >> more detrimental to hillary clinton? >> yeah. >> reporter: myers says the russians used russian warfare to influence elections before, leaking embarrassing or sensitive documents. during the 2014 elections in ukraine. the strategy is part of what some believe is a russian playbook to sow confusion and uncertainty. on capitol hill, a groundswell of bipartisan support for a probe. >> we ought to have a joint investigation, house, senate intelligence committees to look into this. >> reporter: top democrat on house intelligence committee, adam shchiff calling for sanctions. mitch mcconnell cast russia as a foe. >> i think we ought to approach aller use on the assumption that the russians do not wish us well. >> president elect trump suggested that the election hacking may have originated in china. that's just the latest barb in the u.s./china relationship that
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started with a phone call from the leader of taiwan. adriana diaz in beijing has more on why this irked the communists. >> reporter: the one china policy, notion that taiwan is an inseparable part of china is a non-negotiable for the government. in fact accepting the policy prerequisite for any country that wants diplomatic ties with beijing. donald trump's comment not only infuriate the leaders here and put the future of the u.s. china relationship in jeopardy. china's foreign minister, issued a clear warning monday. anyone who tries to damage the one china principle, he said, is simply lifting a rock that will drop on their own foot. today, state run tab little rock, global times, went further. challenging the u.s. to a fight. an editorial read, especially in the taiwan strait, china is confident enough to arm wrestle with the u.s. the tough talk comes after president elect trump bruised
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china by breaking protocol and speaking to taiwan's leader. he then doubled down on sunday. >> i don't know why we have to be bound by one china policy unless we make a deal with china. >> but for china, that policy is not a deal up for negotiation. >> taiwan touches the most sensitive nerves in beijing. >> a fellow with the carnegie institute. >> the one china policy is seen as the foundation of u.s./china bilateral relationship. china will only be forced to act even tougher. >> reporter: beijing has plenty of ways to fight back. as our largest trading partner, nearly $600 billion worth of trade is at stake. china could retaliate by adding trade birr yearriers and stop cooperating on north korea and become more aggressive in the south china sea, vital trading
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route. trump's pick for ambassador, terry brandstat is a long time
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president elect donald trump nominated oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt to be head of the environmental protection agency. pruitt opposed the obama administration to stem climate change saying the issue is far from settled. in climate dires re, mark phillip visited uganda where the rising temperature is not a theory. >> to many the other dark liquid that powers the world. coffee. because of the damage being done to the planet by the primary dark liquid, oil, along with fossil fuels, coffee is in trouble. and so are the farmers who grow it. is this a good harvest year or not so good? >> not so good. >> up here in the mountains of
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eastern uganda, coffee is the most important thing they grow. anthony and vincent caballa's family have been growing it on fair farm, 4,000 feet up the slopes of mount elgon for generations. lately though having problems they have never had before. it turns out coffee is as fussy as the people who drink it. it likes the right altitude, the right temperature, and the right amounts of rain and sunshine in the right order. it is the goldilocks of crops that likes things just right. not enough rain. too much sunshine. bad fruit. >> too much sunshine, produces bad fruits. >> this year, too much sunshine? >> yes. >> reporter: another farmer, another farm, another problem. this fine white powder is produced by the stem bore beetle which drills into the plant. and this ruins the plant it looks like.
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>> completely ruins the plant. >> reporter: and sam massa says the warming weather has brought pests and disease that used to live in the valleys up the hillsid hillside. >> ten years back it was not here. >> in the past ten years you have been invaded. >> most have been destroyed completely totally by the stem beetle. >> reporter: crop yield have been dropping and prices up by as much as 30% in some areas since last year. more than just a consumer's morning pick me up is threatened. the farmers are caffeine dependent for another reason. from picking the berries, to processing them, to drying and sorting the beans, and getting them to market, this is a family business where every member of the family contributes. and where the cash from selling the coffee provide the only income to pay for schools for the kids, and for medical care. coffee production supports an estimated 120 million of some of
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the world's poorest people. there is actually an imbalance in the coffee word. the retail is controlled by the big brands, big distributors. but production comes from little family, almost vegetable sized patch farms like this. if production fails here, the big boys can go stom where elom these people can't go anywhere. latest estimates warn that climate change may mean as much as half of the land used for coffee production around the world may no longer be suitable for it by the middle of this century. for the people who consume coffee, it its about a drink. for the people who produce it, and depend on it, it's about life. scoff fee production isn't just being affected in africa. the same things are happening in central, south america and coffee boom areas of southeast asia. one more thing that maybe the cruelest cut, the type of coffee hit worst is the best kind, the
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arabica bean, most coveted and most at risk. if coffee isn't your cup of tea, how about a great bottle of wine? some vintages sell for thousand of dollars. but, how do you know what's in the bottle is the real thing? jonathan vigliott tichlt has a story of the wine detectives. >> reporter: london's berry brothers wine shop is older than the united states of america. 319 years old to be exact. inside looks like a library, with some wines on the shelves as old as literary classics. prices easily reach thousand of dollars. it is liquid currency, and counterfeiters are cashing in. that's where phillip mulan steps in. how many bottles are here in this warehouse? >> in this warehouse, we have -- approaching 3 million bottles. >> 3 million? >> expensive bottle of wine, what's to you and i, first glance, a simple label. >> as wine authenticator it is
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his job to make sure that every bottle is as the label on it says it to be. as he explained to me at berry brothers wine warehouse outside london, look can often be deceiving. how often is the counterfeit bottle cross your eyes. >> thankfully, rarely. when it does it is very often high value. in fact the $15 billion fine wine industry is juicy target for count fitters. in 2013, a french newspaper claimed 25% of the burgundies were fraud. in china where the luxury wine market exploded in recent years, tens of thousand of bottles of fake, famous wines have been confiscated by police and destroyed. mulan's role is to spot fakes before they enter the warehouse shelves and potentially damage the company's perfect reputation. >> start ticking off red flags. does the capsule look right? does the label look right? does the actual paper on the label look correct? correct for its age?
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do we have enough red flags we know we have a problem. >> mulan says every detail of this 1961 bottle of bordeau was spot on except for one. >> where we should have the word for, french word for printed in france, they have not only misspelled the word but they dropped, missed the letter of the printing. >> reporter: the bottle believed the handy work of the master counterfeiter who in 2011 was sentenced to ten years in prison for selling over 50 million dollars of fact fine, bottled in his california home. among his victims, billionaire, william koch, discovered 211 bottles he purchased were worthless. scams lake that have led winemakers to outfit newer bottles with special labels. >> see the sparkly bit. >> reporter: like money, a blue light and magnifying glass reveal clues, shiny specks and
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word invisible to the naked eye. >> william and george, who are the people? >> sons of the owners. they put their children's names around the outside of the label. tribute to the children and anti-counterfeiting measure. to replicate a label like that with fine print is incredibly difficult to do. >> reporter: the bottles are crucial. after berry brother's wine tastings. empty bottles of priceless vintages are smashed, in case a fraudster pulls one from the garbage to reuse or sell on e bay. when a wine is suspect, the final step is to send it to this laboratory. where physicist felipe hubert tests it using guama rays to date the carbon inside. the same lab that delivered the bad news to william koch about collectors vintage. for the everyday battle. winemakers and collectors rely on expert like phillip mulan and team, as first line of defense against the fraudsters.
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venice on a list of world heritage sites in danger if it did not deal wither use including giant cruise ships in its lagoon. the ships are still sailing. and venice is still struggling with thor to. venice, there is nothing quite like it. >> never been here before. and i think it is wonderful. >> we are going to get on a gnd la. >> ooh, nice. >> reporter: idyllic, narrow canals quaint alleys draw more than 20 million tourists a year. and therein lies the problem. >> it's too small. it's too fragile. >> reporter: as an ecologist, jane demosta worries about venice's vulnerable lagoon. as a resident she is concerned her city has become a mere backdrop for selfies. >> venice has changed in that the population has gone down and down and down. and the visitors numbers have
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just grown drastically. >> reporter: in 1951, there were nearly 175,000 residents. today there are fewer than 55,000. digital screen at a local farmly marks the loss. it also marked the starting point for a protest. residents carried luggage as a symbol they were on the way out. mateo seki one of the organizers. >> well have how to find a way to protect the venetian life in venice because a city without citizens is a city without soul. it is like a -- >> reporter: this activist also works in a local hotel which caters to visitors. >> isn't the greatest resource of venice the city itself. that it is such ape tourist hub? >> the mass tourism its a double cut weapon. because, at the beginning you earn a lot of money. and everybody are happy. but in the long distance, it is
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a big trouble. >> reporter: one of the most visible signs of tourists outsized impact comes at peak times all most daily. in the form of cruise ships. which dwarf the city. >> i am maintaining the soul of venice. >> reporter: paulo costa, the president of the port authority says the ships are a scapegoat. >> everybody thinks there is a big ship coming in from, nowhere, the flood of tourists, come down from and they're flooding the city. this is not absolutely true. cruises account for fewer than #% of tourists and costa defended the port as vital for the economy. they're singing down. paula mar has a stunning view. as deputy mayor for tourism sees a real mess to clean up. >> how isn't something been done before this? >> it is a question i ask myself, daily, she admitted. frankly we are talking about 25
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years of mismanagement, but tourism must not become the devil. it is the city's most important resource. they're currently evaluating 17 proposals including increasing taxes on tourists, or gating off and selling tickets to busy areas like piazza san marco. paula mar told us the biggest problem is day trippers who use city resources but don't give back. >> how many days will you wind up being here in venice? >> we leave tomorrow. we are here for a day. 24 hours. >> reporter: quick in and out. >> never been here before? >> will you stay more than a day? >> no, heading out in a couple hours. >> reporter: day trippers ma make 3/4 of tourists. >> they don't stay. don't sleep in your hotel. don't go to restaurants. rarely they go shopping. >> reporter: francesca is owner of the hotel bower as more people travel, more cities will see the same problems. >> today it is venice. rome is only larger.
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there are 14 elementary schools in baltimore where students suspensions may soon be a thing of the past. rambunctious kids are no longer sent to the principal's office but to the meditation room. tony dokoupil has the story. >> every day here at robert coleman elementary school begins with the a mindful moment. 15 minute blichbd yoend of yoga meditation. see some going on. they can tune me out. you might not expect this thing in west baltimore. but it is actually the vision of two brothers from right here in the neighborhood. it is the morning rush at robert coleman elementary school. >> last name? >> reporter: after the buses arrive and kids pour in, the usual classroom chatter comes to a complete stop. >> fill your belly like a
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balloon. >> reporter: twice a day more than 300 students take part in a program called mindful moments. they learn to breathe. >> exhale bring your arms down slowly. >> reporter: stretch and block out distractions. >> inhale deeply. >> reporter: you have seen a difference? >> huge difference. >> reporter: the school principal -- >> they taught the students how to redirect their negative energy into something positive. >> reporter: you have seen suspensions go down? >> we have had zero suspensions. >> hold on. >> reporter: when students fight or misbehave at coleman they aren't sent to the principal's office. instead they come here to the mindful me room where they are taught to resolve conflicts peacefully. >> inhale in deep. lock your chin to your chest. >> reporter: and teach others what they learned. >> reporter: how do i do it? >> sit up straight. breathe deeply. how does it make you feel? >> i was breathing all the thing
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that have been happening, i passed that on, all the problems, i passioned that on. and worry about what is going, what's more important. >> reporter: the program its the vision of ali and otman smith who grew up in one of baltimore's most volatile neighborhoods. >> violence, drug abuse in the neighborhood. all these things getting dumped on the kids. they need a way to deal with it. >> no justice! no peace! >> many witnessed the rye 80s that erupted in their city in 2015. the brother's mission they say is now also a matter of personal activi activism. >> teaching kids at a young age to make a change in our community as far how conflict are resolved. if they worry about the past it brings anger. worry about the future. causes anxiety. the techniques make you focus on present which that's all there ever really its. >> that's the "overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little later for the morning news and cbs this morning.
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