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Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:29:54 -0400

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Trump signs spending bill to avert government shutdown — for one week

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:13:54 -0400

(image) The House passed a continuing resolution, or "CR," giving Congress until next Friday to hammer out a spending deal for the rest of the fiscal year.

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ACLU defends Coulter after Berkeley speech cancellation

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:46:12 -0400

(image) “For the future of our democracy, we must protect bigoted speech from government censorship,” stated David Cole, head of the ACLU, in Coulter's defense.

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Slain trooper's young sons in court as killer gets death

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:05:41 -0400

(image) MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — With his victim's two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks.

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Sean Spicer says Obama administration was responsible for Michael Flynn’s vetting

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:29:08 -0400

(image) White House press secretary Sean Spicer attempted Thursday to shift blame to the Obama administration for its role in vetting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser dismissed by President Trump. Spicer argued that the Trump transition team didn’t vet Flynn’s appointment because he already held a security clearance at the time. “My only point is that when Gen. Flynn came into the White House, he had an active security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration with all the information that’s being discussed that occurred in 2015,” Spicer said at the daily press briefing.

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Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:38 -0400

(image) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper who had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom, the military chief said Saturday.

Is it safe to take your pet on a plane?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:26:05 -0400

(image) RIP Simon, the giant rabbit, who recently passed away on a United Airlines flight. More animals died being transported on United Airlines planes in 2016 than any other US carrier, according to the Department of Transportation.

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Sheryl Sandberg's mother-in-law stuns her by encouraging her to remarry

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:22:22 -0400

(image) While Sheryl Sandberg and her mother-in-law, Paula Goldberg, were cleaning out Dave Goldberg’s closet after he passed away, Goldberg said something that stunned Sandberg. "You are not only going to live, but you are going to get remarried one day — and I am going to be there to celebrate with you," she said.

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Elizabeth Warren: I’m ‘troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:45:25 -0400

(image) Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she’s troubled by former President Barack Obama’s accepting a $400,000 speaking fee from a Wall Street firm. Obama accepted a $400,000 fee from the investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald to speak at a health care conference in September.

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Turkish opposition lawmaker appeals to European court over referendum

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:22:33 -0400

(image) A lawmaker from Turkey's main opposition CHP said on Friday he had submitted an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights demanding the annulment of a referendum that granted President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping executive powers. Musa Cam, a lawmaker for the Republican People's Party (CHP)from the coastal city of Izmir, told Reuters he submitted an individual appeal independently from the one the party is expected to make to the European Court. In his application, seen by Reuters, Cam said the decision by Turkey's High Electoral Board (YSK) to allow unstamped ballots in the referendum had caused the outcome to be "illegitimate and not representative of the people's will".

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Detainees found in 'secret cell' in Philippines: rights group

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:34:38 -0400

(image) A dozen people have been found stuffed inside a closet-sized cell hidden behind a book shelf in a Philippine police station, triggering further alarm about abuse under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs. Members of the government's human rights commission, accompanied by journalists, found the men and women in a surprise visit to the station in the heart of Manila's slum area on Thursday evening.

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Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:43:25 -0400

(image) NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A young man was identified Friday as the suspect in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old California woman remembered as a hero by investigators and neighbors after she used a walking stick to try to stop an attack on her friend.

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Qualcomm slams Apple in scathing new statement

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:44:49 -0400

(image) The Apple vs. Qualcomm patent fight is probably the second most important new legal confrontation between tech companies this year, with the Google vs. Uber trial being far more interesting and dramatic. But you had still better be ready for the incoming spectacle. Case in point: Qualcomm on Friday issued a press release to tell everyone in the world that Apple has been a bad, bad company. Titled Apple Continues to Improperly Interfere with Qualcomm's Agreements with Contract Manufacturers, the new statement is about Qualcomm’s revised guidance for the third quarter in light of Apple’s recent actions. Needless to say, this fight stands to have a dramatic impact on Qualcomm's performance. Apparently, Apple told Qualcomm that “Apple is withholding payments to its contract manufacturers for the royalties those contract manufacturers owe under their licenses with Qualcomm for sales during the quarter ended March 31, 2017,” and it will continue to do so until the patent dispute is settled. As a result, Qualcomm now expects revenue between $4.8 billion and $5.6 billion for the third quarter. Its prior guidance was between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion. Comparatively, Qualcomm reported $6.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. In other words, iPhone money is really important to the chipmaker. "Apple is improperly interfering with Qualcomm's long-standing agreements with Qualcomm's licensees," executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm Don Rosenberg said. "These license agreements remain valid and enforceable. While Apple has acknowledged that payment is owed for the use of Qualcomm's valuable intellectual property, it nevertheless continues to interfere with our contracts. Apple has now unilaterally declared the contract terms unacceptable; the same terms that have applied to iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads for a decade. Apple's continued interference with Qualcomm's agreements to which Apple is not a party is wrongful and the latest step in Apple's global attack on Qualcomm. We will continue vigorously to defend our business model, and pursue our right to protect and receive fair value for our technological contributions to the industry." Things are definitely going to get interesting...

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Can the Hennessey Exorcist drive out the Dodge Demon?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:28:26 -0400

(image) Texas tuner extraordinaire Hennessey Performance wants to give anyone considering snapping up the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon cause for concern. At the New York International Auto Show, Dodge confounded expectations with an 840hp street-legal drag car called the Demon. Based on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and set to be offered as either a full turnkey car or as a conversion for existing ZL1 owners, the Exorcist has a totally overhauled engine complete with ported cylinder heads, new valves, a new camshaft, a high-flow supercharger, plus new exhaust system.

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6 Hidden Gems in Utah's National Parks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:08:30 -0400

(image) Utah's Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks illustrate the diverse terrain and geological splendors of America's top national parks. "Millions of people visit Zion, but relatively few go exploring into the park's secret places," says Janice Holly Booth, author of the book "Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence and True Self Knowledge," a book published by National Geographic. Instead of hiking on the popular trails with the masses and venturing to well-traversed parks like the iconic Arches National Park, immerse yourself in the backcountry and remote spots to enjoy seclusion and stunning scenery.

Donald Trump's chaotic first 100 days summed up in 33 cartoons

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:00 -0400

(image) As of Saturday, it will have been 100 days since Donald Trump took oath in the office of President of the United States, and political commentators have for the past week been struggling to put into words their perspectives on a tumultuous three months. At times, the President himself has found it hard to express his own policies and opinions. More than any other topic, Theresa May's overtures to the billionaire tycoon were repeatedly in the cross hairs, as she kowtowed to the billionaire tycoon on both sides of the Atlantic.

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U.S. appeals court grants Trump request on climate regulations case

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:15:57 -0400

(image) By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday granted a Trump administration request to put on hold a legal challenge by industry and a group of states to former President Barack Obama's regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, rules that the Republican president is moving to undo. A 10-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the request to put the litigation involving the regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan, in abeyance for at least 60 days while the administration plans its next steps.

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calls academic and media elites ‘America’s greatest threat’

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:55:00 -0400

(image) Executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre spoke ahead of President Trump at an NRA meeting and said academic and media elites are “America’s greatest domestic threats.”

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Venezuela defies international powers, Trump weighs in

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:46:00 -0400

(image) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday intensified his row with foreign powers that he accuses of plotting to overthrow him. "I am proud to say I took the decision... to free our country from interventionism," Maduro said in a speech on Thursday. "We are free of the OAS and we will never return," he added.

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Life sentences sought for 30 with ties to Turkish newspaper

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:01:50 -0400

(image) ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court accepted a criminal indictment demanding life imprisonment for 30 people with ties to a newspaper linked to a Muslim cleric whom the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt.

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This 7-year-old girl wrote a letter to Google and got a tech job out of it

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:20 -0400

(image) How about this amazing little nugget to restore your faith in humanity: Chloe Bridgewater, a seven-year-old from Hereford, UK, is a big fan of technology and eventually wants to work for Google. Rather than wasting any time, she decided to send Google CEO Sundar Pichai a letter to let him know that she's planning on working there one day. She got two things in return: A lovely letter from Pichai encouraging her to follow her dreams, and a paid job testing tech products for a tech startup based in London. "Dear Google boss," Young Bridgewater's letter begins. "May name is Chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with Google." She goes on to explain that she's also planning on swimming in the Olympics and working at a chocolate factory, because what kid doesn't dream of that? (image) Her love of Google centers around its work culture, which includes kid-friendly bonuses like working from a bean bag or making your way from one floor of the company's headquarters to another via slide. After her father posted a photo of her letter online it quickly went viral, catching the attention of Kano, the built-it-yourself computer startup that crushed its crowdfunding goals back in late 2013 and has been shipping its kits ever since. Now, the 7-year-old and her younger sister, Hollie, help Kano test new products ahead of time, giving the company feedback on what works and what doesn't. The two girls were even added as board members of Kano's product innovation board. See? The world isn't all bad.

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Tad Cummins Admits To Wife He Slept With Elizabeth Thomas

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:36:09 -0400

(image) Tad Cummins' wife said he admitted to her he slept with Tennessee teen he is accused of kidnapping in Maury County.

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Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in Afghanistan

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:57:33 -0400

(image) WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire during the opening minutes of the fierce, three-hour firefight, the Pentagon said Friday.

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Mystery deaths in Liberia linked to funeral - WHO

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:18:54 -0400

(image) By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nine people have died and eight are sick in Liberia after attending the funeral of a religious leader, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. On Wednesday, the WHO said Liberian health authorities were taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, 10 months after the end of a two-year Ebola virus outbreak. "It seems all of these people were attending the funeral of a religious leader," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a briefing in Geneva.

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National monuments at risk under Trump’s executive order

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:09:04 -0400

(image) Federal areas that may lose their status as monuments are in places ranging from New Mexico and Arizona to Hawaii and Midway atoll.

6.8-magnitude quake strikes the Philippines: USGS

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:24:23 -0400

(image) A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippines early Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning that was later lifted, Philippine and US authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which shook the southern region of Mindanao just before dawn, Philippine officials said. It struck at a depth of 41 kilometres (25 miles) in Mindanao, more than 700 kilometres southeast of the capital Manila, at 4:23 am Saturday (2023 GMT Friday), the US Geological Service said.

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Verizon wins a network test that isn’t about speed

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:37:39 -0400


Normally, Verizon wins tests and comparisons based on its network coverage and only its network coverage. But to mix things up a little, Tom's Guide decided to compare basic customer service experiences across all the major postpaid and prepaid carriers, and Verizon ran away with first place.

The Tom's Guide testing involved comparing the ease of access and quality of support across all the different platforms. So, they tried phone support, online chat, and even social media help to generate one total score for each carrier.

Verizon came in first place, followed by T-Mobile and AT&T. Cricket managed to squeeze Sprint out of the top four, and prepaid carriers rounded out the rest of the rankings. It's no surprise that the postpaid carriers dominated here, as one of the reasons prepaid carriers can offer cheap contracts is by cutting corners on customer service.

The Tom's Guide testing is likely accurate for ranking how easy it is to find information and talk to a representative, but other surveys paint a different picture when it comes to overall satisfaction with customer service. The most recent Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, which polls customers and asks them about their experiences, ranked T-Mobile's customer care as the best in the industry.

But even that doesn't guarantee you happy experiences: T-Mobile relies heavily on bill credits to give customers promised discounts, free lines, or discounts on smartphones, and T-Mobile forums are overrun with people complaining about the bill credit system. In addition, T-Mobile receives far more complaints than other carriers to the Federal Trade Commission about fraudulent bill cramming, and former T-Mobile employees have alleged that certain stores operate illegal sales tactics to inflate numbers and commissions.

Ultimately, it's difficult to assign one number to evaluate customer service across a giant company. The Tom's Guide testing is good for knowing which company has the longest hold times, or the worst phone system. But with all the different kinds of problems that customer service teams have to deal with, ranging from billing issues to smartphone software updates or problems with call quality, don't just assume that the company that scores best on one test will be #1 when dealing with your particular issue.

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Correction: Missing Children-Arkansas story

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:05:46 -0400

(image) MENA, Ark. (AP) — In a story April 27 about two missing Arkansas children, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, reported erroneously the age of one of the children. Reilly James Scarbrough is 9, not 10.

Aaron Hernandez’s Family Demands To End Leaks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:18:03 -0400

(image) Aaron Hernandez’s family is demanding to fire all the officials that leak the information about his death.

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Trump administration's hardline immigration stance in Supreme Court case could see Melania Trump deported

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:17:23 -0400

(image) The argument that even an "immaterial" error on official paperwork can justify deportation, put forward by the Trump administration in a recent Supreme Court case, would be sufficient to deport the President's wife, Melania. The First Lady of the United States reportedly failed to disclose earnings from nearly two months of illegal work in the USA on a visitor's visa, and subsequently failed to mention the offence on immigration documents. A Serbian woman was recently deported for failing to disclose her husband's history in the military, thus setting a technical precedent for deporting Ms Trump, as Slate reports.

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Palestinians say dozens wounded at protests for prisoners

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:31:18 -0400

(image) RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli soldiers at demonstrations across the West Bank Friday in support of hundreds of prisoners observing the 12th day of an open-ended hunger strike, Palestinian health officials said.

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Ann Coulter cancels speech at Berkeley amid safety dispute

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:26:03 -0400

(image) By Lisa Fernandez BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said she had scrapped plans to speak on Thursday at the University of California at Berkeley in defiance of campus officials, who had barred her original engagement this week out of concerns about inciting violent protests. Coulter, one America's best-known and most polarizing pundits on the political right, cast blame on conservative student organizers who withdrew their invitation following their dispute with university officials. "There will be no speech," Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday.

How to Manage Your Finances When One Spouse Retires -- and the Other Doesn't

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:43:26 -0400

(image) If you're married, and you're going to be retiring soon, you may have noticed something. You probably have different end dates for retirement. Or perhaps you love your job and are going to stick around as long as possible while your spouse is counting down the years, months, weeks, days and hours to retirement.

Report: T-Mobile wants to change the way you buy and pay for smartphones

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:11:16 -0400


The war of the mobile carriers has been well-documented, but no carrier has caused quite as much of a stir in recent years as T-Mobile. The "Uncarrier" has continued to add customers at a blistering pace, and according to Android Authority, T-Mobile is preparing to shake up the market once again.

Marketing material shared with Android Authority reportedly indicates that T-Mobile is preparing to introduce its own device and will pair it with a commitment-free plan that includes a lifetime warranty and insurance. If you break the phone, T-Mobile will replace it -- no questions asked.

Additionally, in the time since Android Authority's report ran on Thursday, a source has confirmed to BGR that there are plans for a replacement to the company's Jump on Demand program, which would involve partnering with a phone manufacturer to make the T-Mobile smartphone.

Android Authority doesn't know much about the phone itself, but expects it to be a value proposition rather than a $600+ flagship device. All we can do is speculate, but it wouldn't be a stretch for HTC or Huawei to partner with the carrier to bring a T-Mobile phone to the market.

There's no current timeline for this next Uncarrier move to be announced, but the information provided to Android Authority suggests that T-Mobile could unveil the new plan and the branded device in Q3. Other than our own source's confirmation, we have no concrete proof that this will be the next initiative from T-Mobile, but considering how much the carrier would be able to charge for the convenience of a plan that let users replace their phone at any time, we're cautiously optimistic about this rumor.

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For Sale: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, Never Driven

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:15:34 -0400

(image) The race-ready 911 RSR is one of the rarest 964 variants in existence. This example has only driven six miles since new.

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Sweden truck attack death toll rises to five

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:06:29 -0400

(image) The death toll from the Stockholm truck attack rose to five on Friday after a 60-year-old Swedish woman succumbed to her injuries, police said. An Uzbek suspect has confessed to using a stolen truck to mow down pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Stockholm on April 7 in a rampage similar to attacks in Nice, Berlin and London. Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national who was arrested a few hours after the attack, has confessed to driving the truck.

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Self-described psychic sentenced to 8 years in prison

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:51:43 -0400

(image) PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A self-described psychic who scammed more than $1 million in cash and valuables from a dozen people she promised to protect from "dark forces" has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

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Jesse Watters Announces Sudden Vacation After Ivanka Comment

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:22:05 -0400

(image) After backlash over comments on Ivanka Trump that were seen as sexist, the Fox News host announced during his show Wednesday night that he was taking a family vacation.

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Macedonian violence elicits diverging international response

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:16:48 -0400

(image) SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's night of violence that saw protesters storm parliament and attack lawmakers elicited diametrically opposed reactions from world powers Friday, with Russia blaming the West for meddling in the Balkan nation's internal affairs and the European Union and United States saying the events were inconsistent with democracy.

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Syria to buy latest Russian anti-missile system: Assad

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:12:10 -0400

(image) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus is negotiating with regime ally Moscow to buy the latest Russian anti-missile system to repel Israeli and American attacks. "It's natural that we should have such systems," he said, quoted by Syria's official SANA agency on Thursday, the same day as Damascus accused Israel of firing several missiles at a military position near its international airport. "Israel has been committing aggressions on the Arab states surrounding it since its creation in 1948," Assad said in the interview with Venezuelan channel Telesur.

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Spicer says WH didn’t review Flynn’s security clearance issued during Obama administration

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:35:08 -0400

(image) During the daily White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said that the Trump White House did not review former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration.

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