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10/08/2015 09:22 PM
Cubs win gets most viewers in wild-card game's short history

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, celebrates with teammates in their locker room after a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Cubs advance to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' return to the playoffs has drawn the largest television audience in the short history of baseball's wild-card game.

10/08/2015 09:16 PM
Cruz presidential campaign nets $12 million over summer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is reporting a $12.2 million fundraising boost over the past three months.

10/08/2015 09:06 PM
Obama touts immigration reform in speech to Hispanic leaders

President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 38th Anniversary awards gala in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The gala is the signature event in its Hispanic Heritage Month list of events that include the Public Policy Conference. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising Hispanic leaders he'll continue to push for changes in the nation's immigration laws, saying America's greatness does not come from building walls, but from building opportunities.

10/08/2015 09:03 PM
Hungary fashion photographer under fire over 'migrant chic' shoot

Migrants make their way through the countryside after they crossed the Hungarian-Croatian border near the village of Zakany in Hungary to continue their trip north on September 20, 2015A fashion shoot that took its inspiration from the scenes of refugees and migrants desperately trying to reach Europe drew widespread fury on social media, forcing the Hungarian photographer to pull the pictures from his website. One picture in Norbert Baksa's "Der Migrant" series shows a model sensually clad in a wide-open shirt and wearing a headscarf, posing for a selfie by a barbed-wire fence similar to the ones Hungary has erected on its borders to stop the migrant inflow. "Disgusting & distasteful campaign," Syrian freelance photographer Sima Diab wrote on Twitter.

10/08/2015 08:56 PM
Matt Barnes: NBA looking into incident with Knicks' coach

New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher motions to a referee during the second quarter of a preseason exhibition basketball game against Paschoalotto Bauru, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The NBA is investigating the incident between Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes and Knicks coach and former teammate Derek Fisher, a situation Barnes said is "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point.

10/08/2015 08:45 PM
AP source: Rubio raises $6M over last 3 months

In this Oct. 6, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,listens to a question during a house party campaign stop in Bedford, N.H. Voters are beginning to learn about Rubio but what they’re not learning, however, is who is paying to promote his candidacy. The Florida senator is benefiting in unprecedented ways from a nonprofit group funded by anonymous donors. While other presidential candidates also have ties to secret-money groups, the Rubio arrangement is the boldest. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio has raised roughly $6 million over the last three months for his Republican presidential bid.

10/08/2015 08:42 PM
U.N. proposes unity government for Libya's warring factions, Tripoli balks

Damaged homes are seen after clashes between members of the Libyan pro-government forces, backed by the locals, and Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in BenghaziBy Aziz El Yaakoubi SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday proposed a national unity government to Libya's warring factions to end their conflict, but the deal faces resistance from Tripoli's self-declared rulers and hardliners on the ground. Libya is caught up in a war between the internationally recognized government and its elected parliament, and an unofficial government controlling Tripoli, with each side backed by rival alliances of armed factions. Four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Western powers are pushing for both sides to accept the U.N. accord, fearing violence has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground and illegal migrant smugglers to take advantage of the chaos.

10/08/2015 08:37 PM
Donaldson hurt as Blue Jays lose ALDS opener 5-3 to Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson lies on the ground after breaking up a double play during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTORONTO (AP) — After taking a knee to the head, Josh Donaldson didn't make it to the end of Toronto's first postseason game in 22 years.

10/08/2015 08:35 PM
Studies say 1/3 of young men in China to die from smoking

In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 photo, men smoke cigarettes outside of an office building in Beijing. Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING (AP) — Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.

10/08/2015 08:29 PM
UN announces Libya unity government; 2 sides must OK names

United Nations envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, right, gestures as he makes an announcement to the media in Skhirat, Morocco, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. The U.N. envoy for Libya has announced a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks between the north African country's two rival governments. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya has proposed a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks between the north African country's two rival governments, but now it's up to the two sides and Libyans themselves to approve it.

10/08/2015 08:28 PM
Chirinos 2-run homer leads Rangers over Blue Jays 5-3

Texas Rangers' Robinson Chirinos, right, hits a two-run home run in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTORONTO (AP) — A big day by the bottom of Texas' batting order helped the Rangers overcome an injury to slugger Adrian Beltre in the start of their postseason run.

10/08/2015 08:26 PM
Rangers' Beltre leaves playoff game with stiff back

Toronto Blue Jays' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki forces out Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre at second base before throwing to first base for the double play during the first inning in Game 1 of an American League Division Series in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays in tears after hurting his back on a slide.

10/08/2015 08:25 PM
Asia stocks shine as Fed minutes confirm no urgency to tighten policy

Passersby are reflected on a stock quotation board at a brokerage in TokyoBy Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rose on Friday, taking their cue from a jump in oil prices as well as gains on Wall Street after minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting led investors to further pare bets that the central bank will hike interest rates this year. Oil prices climbed to their highest in three months on Thursday, after forecaster PIRA Energy Group predicted crude prices would rise to $70 per barrel by the end of 2016. Crude oil futures extended overnight gains, with Brent adding 0.4 percent to $53.28 a barrel, while U.S. crude was 0.5 percent higher at $49.66.

10/08/2015 08:19 PM
Volkswagen Australia to recall all vehicles with emissions cheating devices
The Australian unit of German carmaker Volkswagen AG on Friday said it will conduct a voluntary recall of vehicles fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions, two days after revealing up to 90,000 cars may be affected. Volkswagen Group Australia said it would write to all affected car owners and would "do everything we can to fix this problem and regain the trust of our customers". The biggest crisis in Volkswagen's 78-year history has wiped more than a third off its share price, forced out its longtime chief executive and sent shockwaves through both the global car industry and the German establishment.

10/08/2015 08:15 PM
McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, ahead of a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is stepping down, and retiring from Congress, at the end of the month, after nearly five years in the role. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker.

10/08/2015 08:13 PM
The Latest: Airman who helped stop train attack called tough

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, US Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone walks along the sidelines before an NFL football game in Landover, Md. An Air Force spokesman said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, that Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a Paris-bound train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the stabbing of a U.S. airman who helped stop a gunman on a French passenger train (all times local):

10/08/2015 08:02 PM
France train attack hero Stone stabbed in California

US Secretary of State Carter presents Airman Stone during medal ceremony for disarming gunman on French train at Pentagon in WashingtonBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted an August train attack in France, was stabbed several times during a fight outside a Sacramento bar early on Thursday and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. The fight was not related to Stone's role in subduing the gunman on a train headed to Paris and there was no connection to terrorism, Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard told a news conference. Stone's assailant, who has not been caught, is not believed to have known Stone's identity, Bernard said.

10/08/2015 08:01 PM
US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed in brawl

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with U.S. Airman Spencer Stone outside the Elysee Palace in Paris after Hollande awarded Stone and two friends with the French Legion of Honor for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound train three days earlier. Stone is in stable condition Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after being stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., according to an Air Force spokesman. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl.

10/08/2015 07:57 PM
Blatter suspended as FIFA president; Platini also banned

Outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter sits in the back of a car as he leaves the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct 8, 2015, after he was provisionally banned for 90 days by FIFA ethics committee. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there.

10/08/2015 07:55 PM
'Twilight' author says new book is 'not a real book.'

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2013 file photo, Stephenie Meyer attends a screening of Sony PIctures Classics' "Austenland" in New York. Meyer acknowledges her new book isn’t exactly “new.” Appearing Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at New York Comic Con, the author spoke of the 10th anniversary edition of the first book of her blockbuster “Twilight” series. The release includes the original “Twilight” along with “Life and Death,” essentially the same story, except she switched the names and genders of the main characters, with Bella and Edward now Beau and Edythe. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, FIle)NEW YORK (AP) — Stephenie Meyer acknowledges her new book isn't exactly "new."

10/08/2015 07:53 PM
High-tech firm's plans to make drones in NY spark questions

This photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 in Calverton, N.Y., shows the site of the former Skydive Long Island, which was purchased last month by a company that intends to manufacture solar-powered drones. Daniel Preston, the CEO of Luminati Aerospace LLC, said Thursday, the company will make the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles, but declined to say whether his firm is associated with any well-known technology companies trying to develop drones to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A plan to manufacture solar-powered drones at a suburban New York site that once made fighter jets for the U.S. military is sparking questions about whether the aircraft will be used to beam Internet service. So far, company officials are staying mum.

10/08/2015 07:52 PM
U.S. House slams regulators for not catching VW for years

Volkswagen North America CEO Horn appears before House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Morgan and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's U.S. chief executive blamed "individuals" for using software to cheat on diesel emissions at a House hearing on Thursday as lawmakers attacked federal environmental regulators for failing to catch the fraud for years. Michael Horn, head of Volkswagen Americas, testified before a House of Representatives oversight and investigations panel about the emissions scandal that has chopped more than a third of the company's market value and sent tremors through the global auto industry. Volkswagen's use of defeat devices, software that evaded U.S. tests for emissions harmful to human health, was not a corporate decision, but something a few employees engineered, Horn said under oath.

10/08/2015 07:52 PM
EPA expects preliminary VW defeat device software fix next week
Volkswagen AG is expected next week to provide U.S. and California regulators with a preliminary attempt at a software fix for the defeat devices it installed in 2012-2014 Passats, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.In an email response to a Reuters query, EPA said Volkswagen told regulators it would deliver the software to the agency and the California Air Resources Board in an attempt to "address and correct" the illegal software algorithm that the carmarker admits to have used in its diesel vehicles to evade U.S. emission standards. "EPA and CARB will immediately begin evaluating the proposed software," the EPA said.

10/08/2015 07:52 PM
Al Franken working on book about his years in Washington

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and others, wait for President Barack Obama to speak at the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The summit is an effort to bring together workers, union leaders, worker advocates, and businesses to explore ways to ensure that working Americans are fully sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth that they are helping to create. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Al Franken is not done with his career as an author.

10/08/2015 07:50 PM
Republicans in chaos as favorite quits House leadership race

McCarthy explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonRepublicans in Washington struggled to fill a leadership void on Thursday as the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, quit the race in a surprise announcement that heightened concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. Representative McCarthy, the No. 2 House Republican, had been expected to win Thursday's contest for the nomination to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner despite opposition from more conservative lawmakers demanding a harder line against Democratic President Barack Obama's agenda. "For us to unite, we probably need a fresh face," McCarthy, who is from California, told reporters after the election meeting ended in chaos.

10/08/2015 07:45 PM
Americans jump out to another lead in Presidents Cup

United States' Phil Mickelson celebrates after sinking the ball after playing out of a bunker on the 13th hole during his foursome match at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Presidents Cup wasn't an hour old when Nick Price looked at the scoreboard and had that sinking feeling.

10/08/2015 07:43 PM
With Platini suspended, FIFA election field more uncertain

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo UEFA President Michel Platini speaks during a news conference at the end of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria. On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 file photo FIFA provisionally banned UEFA President Michel Platini for 90 days.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)LONDON (AP) — From sure bet to suspended, Michel Platini's career in soccer politics could be over.

10/08/2015 07:33 PM
A look at Chicago's Tribune Tower as it goes up for sale

FILE - In this June 1, 2006, file photo, the Tribune Tower, left, is reflected in a sheet of glass in Chicago. Tribune Media said, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, that it's hired a real estate investment banker to explore the sale of its Tribune Tower, its headquarters that sits on three acres along Chicago's Michigan Avenue. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A 36-story Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower, is up for sale. Tribune Media Co. announced Thursday that it has hired real estate investment banking firm Eastdil Secured to explore a sale or find a partner to help redevelop the building, which is home to the Chicago Tribune. Tribune Media phrased the move as an exploration of "strategic monetization alternatives." The building sits on 3 acres along Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Here are some features of the historic edifice that make it significant:

10/08/2015 07:30 PM
UofL foundation hires firm to review escort allegations

FILE - At left, in a Jan. 5, 2013, file photo, University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich listens to a reporters question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. At right, in a Feb. 2, 2012, file photo, University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey testifies before the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education in Frankfort, Ky. An independent affiliate of Louisville has hired a law firm to review an escort’s allegations that former men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. The University of Louisville Foundation announced the hiring Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, of the Stites & Harbison law firm. Louisville President James Ramsey also said Thursday he “fully” supports athletic director Tom Jurich “as we work to identify the facts in this situation.” (AP Photo/File)An independent Louisville affiliate has hired a law firm to review an escort's allegations that former men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

10/08/2015 07:29 PM
NY police chief bullish on crime despite murder rise

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a swearing-in ceremony for police officers, at the Police Academy on October 8, 2015The New York police chief declared Thursday that the Big Apple was on course for unprecedented low crime -- despite murder numbers rising in tandem with other major US cities. "Guarantee it, by the end of this year we will have the best crime year in the history of the city," Bill Bratton told a news conference after a swearing-in ceremony of new officers. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is adding 1,300 more police officers, the first of which were sworn in Thursday in what Bratton called the first expansion of the NYPD in 15 years.

10/08/2015 07:27 PM
Kershaw, Dodgers facing different Mets in playoffs

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches during batting practice for the National League Division Series that is set to begin on Friday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw isn't sure what to expect from the new-look Mets, whose dramatic transformation in the second half of the season led to an NL East title.

10/08/2015 07:25 PM
Carson says armed Jews would have 'diminished' Holocaust

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks in Ankeny, Iowa. Carson says he would have sacrificed his life to help stop last week’s deadly attack in Oregon. But he’s joined the rest of the GOP’s 2016 class in refusing to support new measures to stop mass shootings. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggests the Holocaust would have been "greatly diminished" if German Jews had been armed with guns.

10/08/2015 07:24 PM
People pack meeting of panel eyeing expansion of whale tanks

Animal rights activist Kirby Kotler, with his daughter Kirra, 12, from Malibu, Calif., holds up signs as opponents and supporters fill the room during a California Coastal Commission meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Long Beach, Calif. The commission is considering a vast expansion to the tanks that SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Protesters and supporters filled a meeting room Thursday where a California commission was considering a vast expansion to the tanks that SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego.

10/08/2015 07:18 PM
Video: California officers ignored dying man's distress
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police officers in the California desert city of El Centro repeatedly ignored signs of medical distress in a man they suspected of being a drug dealer, even telling a 911 dispatcher to ignore calls from his family for help, according to a video released Thursday on a judge's order.

10/08/2015 07:13 PM
Ex-Chicago Public Schools leader charged with corruption

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at a news conference, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, background, listens in Chicago. The former CEO has been indicted on corruption charges following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract. Bennett was indicted Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, nearly four months after she resigned amid an investigation into the contract between the district and SUPES Academy, a training academy where she once worked as a consultant. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools plans to plead guilty to corruption charges announced Thursday that allege she helped steer more than $23 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

10/08/2015 07:11 PM
Colts' QB Luck out for second game; Hasselbeck to start

Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)HOUSTON (AP) — Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck was inactive on Thursday night against the Houston Texans because of a right shoulder injury.

10/08/2015 07:07 PM
Young Palestinians launch hashtag intifada

Palestinian stone throwers clash with Israeli security forces in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 8, 2015Videos spread on social media showing Palestinians stabbing Israelis and throwing stones at soldiers are mustering online youth activists to the frontline after days of violence. A Facebook page set up as clashes and stabbings continue to rock Israel and the occupied West Bank declares in Arabic that "the intifada (uprising) has been launched". The page has its own logo of a masked youth throwing stones bordered by a halo by the black, red and green of the Palestinian flag.

10/08/2015 07:04 PM
Proposed Fiat Chrysler UAW pact gradually ends two-tier pay: sources

Fiat Chrysler Autos assembly workers leave the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Assembly plant during a work shift change in Warren, MichiganBy Bernie Woodall and Nick Carey DETROIT/KOKOMO, Ind. (Reuters) - The latest proposed four-year contract for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's U.S. unionized workers would over time eliminate the much-maligned two-tier pay structure, allowing new hires to reach top pay within eight years, sources said. The proposal agreed by United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler negotiators late Wednesday night would also increase the top pay for some second-tier workers to $29 in the course of the agreement, up from their current pay of about $19 per hour, sources said. The failure of the first agreement led the UAW to threaten a strike against Fiat Chrysler, which was to begin Wednesday at one minute before midnight eastern time.

10/08/2015 07:02 PM
Pro-Biden super PAC pulls TV ad about VP's family tragedy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The super PAC urging Vice President Joe Biden to run for president pulled its first television ad off the air Thursday after Biden signaled he preferred that it not run.

10/08/2015 06:56 PM
EU agrees to speed migrant deportation, buttress borders

Migrants walk along a street after they arrived by train in Hegyeshalom, at the Austrian border, 169 km west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The migrants arrived here from the Croatian border to continue their journey to Austria. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Thursday took measures to buttress its porous external borders and toughen up its migrant return program in an attempt to build a credible refugee policy that would continue to embrace those fleeing for their lives yet punish those seeking economic gain.



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