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US Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton goes missing in Arizona

A U.S. Marine went missing Monday evening when he left Arizona for Camp Pendleton in Southern California.

Lance Cpl. Job Wallace, 20, was last seen at a friend’s house in Surprise, Ariz., which is northwest of Phoenix.

A Border Patrol camera caught Wallace’s truck traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 southeast of El Paso but his mother said law enforcement told her his phone last pinged in Arizona Monday night.

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This Sept. 2019 photo released by Stacy Wallace shows her son, Job Wallace, in Oceanside, Calif. An Arizona family is searching for Job Wallace, a U.S. Marine who left for Camp Pendleton on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, but never arrived at the base outside San Diego. (Stacy Wallace via AP)

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“He got into several colleges and missed scholarship opportunities just so that he could be a Marine because he felt it was his duty to serve his country,” his mother, who lives in Arizona, said.

He was driving a 2004 silver Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup with the Arizona license plate CRF9682.

The matter has been turned over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

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“NCIS and our partners are working diligently to locate Lance Cpl. Wallace and bring him home safely,” Kurt Thomas, special agent in charge of the NCIS Marine Corps West Field Office, said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Pentagon cancels 3 border barrier projects over costs

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The Defense Department has nixed three border barrier projects in Arizona over costs, according to a court document filed Monday.

The Pentagon on Aug. 26 authorized the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to undertake the additional projects to build fencing, infrastructure and lighting at the U.S.-Mexico border, the filing said.

Costs for seven other border projects were initially determined to be lower than expected, and USACE said in August that an additional 20 miles of border barrier could be built with the money saved, Politico reported. The three new projects were slated for Yuma and Tucson.

TRUMP TOUTS BORDER WALL PROGRESS, OPTIMISTIC AFTER RECENT COURT VICTORIES

USACE has since “determined that there are insufficient contract savings to undertake the three additional” projects, the filing stated, and the Defense Department will not pursue them.

The U.S. Supreme Court in July ruled that about $2.5 billion could be redirected from the Pentagon’s counterdrug program for border security.

US MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN 23 STATES, 21 COUNTRIES, 3 TERRITORIES AFFECTED BY FUND DIVERSION TO BORDER WALL

Earlier this month the Pentagon said it was diverting $3.6 billion in military construction funds for projects at the southern border. This included 127 projects across 23 states and 21 countries, as well as in the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

President Trump, a fierce advocate of a wall at the southern border, in February declared a national emergency in order to secure $6.5 billion in addition to what Congress had set aside for border security.

Trump continues to battle House Democrats, who have blocked the president’s requests for more border barrier funding, over how much money should be allocated to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Illegal Immigration costs the USA over [$300 billion] a year. There is no reason for this, and things are being set in motion to have this number come way down,” Trump tweeted Friday. “Democrats could end Loopholes and it would be a whole lot easier, and faster. But it will all happen anyway!”

The president has promised to have about 500 miles of wall constructed along the country’s southern border with Mexico.

Last week he posted a video showing progress on the border wall, saying, “The Wall is going up very fast despite total Obstruction by Democrats in Congress, and elsewhere!”

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Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Lucas Tomlinson and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report. 

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Husband-wife Arizona murder suspects nabbed after three-week manhunt; had ‘overpowered’ guards in Utah: report

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A married couple wanted for murder in Arizona and on the run for three weeks after allegedly overpowering guards in Utah during their extradition, were captured Wednesday, authorities said.

Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, were arrested and taken into custody without incident, the U.S. Marshals Service announced. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that it assisted in the arrests but did not say where the couple was found.

Both agencies plan to hold a joint news conference in Phoenix at 11 a.m. Thursday to provide further details about the couple’s capture, Tucson’s KOLD-TV reported.

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The couple were being transported from Henrietta, N.Y., to Pima County, Ariz., Aug. 26 when they somehow “overpowered two security officers” in Blanding, Utah, using an unspecified “medical rouse.”

They allegedly kidnapped the two guards and third inmate, driving a privately operated prison transport vehicle to Vernon, Ariz., where they obtained a Red GMC Sierra pickup from an acquaintance, KOLD-TV reported. They then abandoned the van with the three locked inside and somehow evaded a sweeping manhunt conducted by multiple agencies, including the FBI, the report said.

Authorities previously said they believe couple was receiving help — from biker gangs or white supremacist groups — to elude capture. On Monday, Blane Barksdale was placed on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted List, and the reward for information leading to his arrest increased to $25,000, The Arizona Republic reported. The reward for information leading to Susan Barksdale’s arrest was set at $10,000.

The suspects were initially arrested May 24 in upstate New York and charged with first-degree murder, burglary, arson and auto theft in connection with the disappearance of Frank Bligh, 72, who was reported missing following the April 16 fire and explosion at his Tucson home.

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Bligh’s car was found abandoned the day after the fire. While his body has not been found, investigators say evidence in the car indicated he was likely dead. The Barksdales were later identified as suspects. Investigators believe more than 100 firearms were stolen from the home, KOLD-TV reported. Only 30 have been recovered.

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More than two dozen fake NBA championship rings seized at LA airport, CBP says

Authorities in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit National Basketball Association championship rings, which could have cost potential buyers more than half a million dollars.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at Los Angeles International Airport discovered the 28 fake rings in a shipment from China that was bound for Arizona. CBP said in a statement that the rings were apparently meant to be sold as a collection, and added that if genuine,  they would have had an estimated retail value of $560,000.

$3.4M IN FAKE GUCCI, HERMES, NIKE ITEMS SEIZED AT LA AIRPORT, CBP SAYS

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit NBA championship rings, with an estimated retail value of more than half a million dollars, authorities said Wednesday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection )

“Scammers take advantage of collectors and pro-basketball fans desiring to obtain a piece of sports history,” said CBP’s director of field operations in Los Angeles, Carlos Martel. “This seizure illustrates how CBP officers and import specialists protect not only trademarks, but most importantly, the American consumer.”

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Import specialists confirmed that the designs violated trademarks by the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Air Jordan and the NBA, according to the agency.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit NBA championship rings, with an estimated retail value of more than half a million dollars, authorities said Wednesday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection )

Officials said an authentic NBA championship ring typically costs between $10,000 and $40,000. In some cases, the rings can be sold for more than $200,000.

“Transnational criminal organizations are shipping illicit goods to the United States via small express parcels in an attempt to circumvent U.S. laws,” said CBP’s port director at LAX, Donald Kusser.

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A CBP spokesperson told Fox News no arrests have been made.

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Arizona trooper arrested on sex-related, kidnapping and fraud charges: police

An Arizona state trooper was arrested Tuesday and charged with 61 counts — ranging from alleged sexual abuse and extortion to kidnapping and fraud — after his department said he was using his position to trade “leniency for favor.”

Tremaine Jackson, 43, worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) for 13 years and was assigned to the department’s Metro Motors District when authorities say they started receiving calls from women alleging that he’d made inappropriate comments and sexually abused them while on the job.

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Former trooper Tremaine Jackson, 43, was arrested and charged with 61 counts ranging from sexual abuse, sexual extortion, kidnapping, harassment and fraud.

Col. Frank Milstead, director of AZDPS, said at a press conference Tuesday that on May 19, the department received its first complaint from a female motorist. who said Jackson made inappropriate comments to her during a traffic stop.

While investigating that complaint, police received a second complaint that alleged Jackson made inappropriate comments and engaged in “criminal behavior to the extent of sexual abuse,” Milstead said. Jackson was put on administrative leave.

As the AZDPS’s special investigation unit began to further probe Jackson’s behavior while on duty, it contacted several women who had been stopped or cited by him dating back to Oct. 29, 2018, when police believe the first account of inappropriate and unlawful contact occurred.

Milstead said the investigation revealed at least eight women were alleged to have been harassed or sexually abused by Jackson while he was in uniform and in a marked or unmarked Arizona Department trooper car. Further, Milstead said, “we believe this may not be all of our victims.”

“I implore anyone who has contact with Trooper Jackson, who may have been affected by contact with him, who may have been victimized, either through commentary or through physical action by Trooper Jackson to please come forward,” Milstead said.

Jackson will be booked at the Maricopa County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to 13 charges of sexual abuse, Jackson also faces eight counts of forgery, a dozen counts of fraudulent schemes and eight counts of tampering with a public record for allegedly falsifying department worksheets or citations, Milstead said.

He also faces eight counts of unlawful imprisonment and eight counts of kidnapping for “keeping people an inordinate amount of time and not allowing them … to leave when they were not under arrest.”

Milstead said Jackson used his positional authority to extort sexual favor from women and called the allegations “horrifying.”

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Off-duty Arizona police officer dies piloting small plane

An off-duty Arizona police sergeant died when a small plane he was flying crashed Wednesday morning, according to reports.

Tucson Police Department Sgt. Timothy Froebe’s ultralight aircraft crashed in Benson, Ariz., about 50 miles southeast of Tucson just before 8 a.m., KOLD News 13 reported.

Witnesses from the ground said he was struggling with the throttle just before the crash.

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Sgt. Timothy Froebe (Tucson Police Department)

Froebe took off from the Benson Airport where he had a hanger, investigators told KOLD.

Froebe joined the Tucson Police Department in 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in 2007. He also served as a Marine from 1978 until 2012.

“Sergeant Froebe served his country for 34 years, and locally served his community for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, many more family members, friends, and colleagues,” the department said in a statement.

They said they extend their “deepest condolences to Sergeant Froebe’s family and friends. He was loved and respected by so many at TPD and he will be deeply missed.”

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The Benson Police Department is investigating the crash.

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Farmers concerned over how mandatory water cuts from Colorado River will impact agriculture

Two western states are imposing mandatory water cuts because the Colorado River, which supplies water to 40 million people and about 5 million acres of land across seven states, has dropped to alarmingly low levels.

Nevada and Arizona, concerned that a 20-year drought has dried up much of the river, are trying to rein in water use in an effort to save the disappearing river.

The river’s water levels next year are projected to be just below the threshold of 1,090 feet laid out in the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) that was signed earlier this year by Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S. government.

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A lingering 20-year drought has caused water levels in Lake Mead to drop, triggering mandatory water cuts for Arizona and Nevada next year. (Ben Brown / Fox News)

“It’s very significant in terms of looking at the Basin and internationally both the U.S. and Mexico,” said Greg Walch, general counsel for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. “The DCP cuts that you’re talking about collectively reduce the risk of Lake Mead falling to critically low elevations by more than two thirds locally.”

While officials from both Arizona and Nevada told Fox News they were anticipating the cutbacks and have planned accordingly, farmers say limiting water use could have a striking impact on their future.

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“Starting in 2021 or maybe 2022 we could get big cutbacks and then 2023, and after we could have huge cutbacks where we lose all of our surface water,” said Dan Thelander, Tempe Farming Company partner. “So, it’s very concerning.”

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Arizona farmer Dan Thelander examines his cotton crop. (Ben Brown / Fox News)

Thelander, who has been farming in Pinal County, Ariz., since 1995, is keeping a watchful eye on the water levels over the next few years, hoping for a series of strong winters that will keep further restrictions from being implemented.

Under drought guidelines from the Central Arizona Project, farmers will see a 60 percent reduction, from 275,000 acre-feet to 105,000 acre-feet per year for the first three years, followed by a complete cutoff from the Colorado River, relying entirely on groundwater, according to the Arizona Republic.

“We’re already using a lot of groundwater but we won’t have enough water to irrigate all of our land,” Thelander told Fox News. “So there is going to be 30, 40, 50 percent of our land will not be planted due to not having enough water.”

The river is below the threshold level, but a strong winter could help elevate the water in Lake Mead. That could help the river recover from a decades-long drought.

The river was helped slightly by a snowy winter last year, but that wasn’t enough.

“We had a really great snowpack this past winter that’s helped the lake elevate as well as all the conservation measures,” Christi Vanover, public affairs officer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, told Fox News. “So right now everyone’s kind of taking a sigh of relief as the water levels come up but we’re still concerned it’s going to take many good wet snow years before we fully recover from the 20-year drought.”

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Christi Vanover, public affairs officer for Lake Mead National Recreation Area, said officials have a little breathing room after a strong winter helped boost water levels. (Ben Brown / Fox News)

Vanover added that next year’s elevation level is “projected to be 20 feet higher than it was just three years ago when we were at our lowest elevation.”

Climate change has accounted for about half of the river’s lower runoff between 200-2014 in the Upper Basin, according to The Arizona Republic. The river’s flow has decreased by about 17 percent from 2000-2019 from the 20th-century average, the paper said.

Officials have implemented several conservation efforts to help maintain the current levels.

“Water use in Arizona today is about what it was in the ’50s even though our population has probably tripled since then,” said Chuck Cullom, Colorado River programs manager for the Central Arizona Project. “What we’ve been able to do is to increase water efficiency both outdoor water use and indoor water use and irrigated agriculture. We’re recycling more of our water, we’re conserving more so we’re getting more benefit from the same drop of water than we did 50 years ago.”

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Like Arizona, officials in Nevada have implemented seasonal water restrictions, employed water enforcers to find where water is being misused and conducted a “smart landscaping program where we have purchased enough grass from our community to roll an 18-inch-wide roll of sod almost all the way around the earth,” Walch said.

“That kind of effort over the past 20 years has yielded unbelievable results. Our population has grown by more than 46 percent, more than 800,000 people and our overall water consumption is down more than 25 percent,” he added.

Still, officials recognize more still needs to be done to ensure the world’s most precious resource won’t dry up.

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“Twenty years ago it was essentially full. Now it’s about 40 percent full. We’re grateful that we’ve had a big snowpack here in the system and the Colorado River is more than 50 percent of capacity, but we all recognize that that’s a temporary positive outcome as we look into the future and see looming impacts of climate change,” Cullum said.

As for Thelander, because Lake Mead is overallocated by about 1.5 million acre-feet in the Lower Basin and agriculture is a low priority, he said the only thing he can do is drill more wells.

“If we lose that much water — when that does happen — there will be some farms that go out of business and other larger farmers will get the remaining land of the small farmer that couldn’t make it,” Thelander said. “It’s going to be a tug-of-war to see who can stay and who gets pushed out,” adding that as water becomes scarcer farmers will need to think of innovative ways to grow crops.

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Reward up to $20G offered as search continues for husband-wife murder suspects who ‘overpowered’ Utah officers

Authorities offered up to $20,000 Wednesday for information leading to the capture of an “armed and dangerous” married couple wanted for murder in Arizona who police say overpowered guards, escaped a transport vehicle bringing them across the country in Utah and evaded a two-day manhunt.

The U.S. Marshals Service has been poring through dozens of tips since Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, were last seen in Blanding, Utah, on Monday. The agency hopes to get more leads by offering the reward money — $10,000 per fugitive.

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These undated combination booking photos show 56-year-old Blake Barksdale, left, and his 59-year-old wife Susan Barksdale. (Tucson Police Department)

“We’re getting tips left and right and looking into the validity of each one,” U.S. Deputy Marshal Michael Adams told the Associated Press.

Other agencies, including the FBI, are involved in the sweeping manhunt for the Barksdales. Police say the couple somehow “overpowered two security officers” while being transported from Henrietta, N.Y., to Pima County, Ariz., where they are wanted for the murder of Frank Bligh.

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They were last seen driving a red GMC Sierra pickup truck with damage to the front passenger door and rear bumper, police said. Authorities believe the husband and wife already left Utah and may be driving through Arizona.

The suspects were arrested May 24 in upstate New York and charged with first-degree murder, burglary, arson and auto theft in connection with the disappearance of Bligh, 72, who was reported missing following the April 16 fire and explosion at his Tucson home. Bligh’s car was found abandoned the day after the fire. While his body has not been found, investigators say evidence in the car indicated he was likely dead. The Barksdales were later identified as suspects.

​​​​​​​Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona authorities searching for ‘endangered’ woman who was chased, forced into truck by man

Authorities in Arizona believe a woman seen in surveillance video being forced into a truck by a man may be in danger, and officials are pleading with the public for help finding the unidentified pair.

The incident happened Sunday at about 6 p.m., when cameras captured the woman running away from an unknown male, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. She was seen screaming for help and eventually being forced into a truck with her pursuer near a car wash in Youngtown, about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix.

“I heard screaming at first and then I saw him trying to get her into the truck,” an employee at Clean Freak Car Wash who asked not to be identified told FOX10.

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The man chased the woman to an area near 111th and Grand Avenue, where he forced her into a black 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, according to police.

“I yelled at him, told him to stop and leave before I call the cops,” the employee told FOX10. “He did not show any acknowledgment whatsoever.”

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Authorities are asking for help after a woman was seen on surveillance video being forced into a truck by a man. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

The truck backed into another vehicle before driving off. The sheriff’s office said the other vehicle sustained minor damage on the passenger side due to the collision.

“It is possible the female involved in this incident is in danger,” police said.

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The woman is described as possibly being in her mid-30s and wearing a black dress and sandals. Her height is estimated between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches, weighing around 140 to 170 pounds, with dark hair and dark eyes.

The man, who may be in his mid-30s, was wearing a black T-shirt with white graphics and jeans.

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The truck has a possible California license plate of AE92W27, according to police.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 602-876-1011.

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Arizona man says his mother’s body was blown up in a military detonation test without his consent: report

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An Arizona man learned five years after his mother’s death that her body had been sold to the military and detonated in a bomb blast test without his consent, a report said.

Doris Stauffer died at the age of 73 in 2014 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Her son, Jim Stauffer, agreed to allow doctors to study his mother’s brain, but the neurologist rejected the body after she died, Phoenix’s KNXV-TV reported. He sought out other biological donation facilities with the hopes his mother’s body could be used to further research into what causes memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

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Biological Resource Center (BRC), a since shutdown Phoenix-based organ-donor facility, arrived within 45 minutes of her death to take the body away, he said. He said he signed paperwork that specified what was and what was not to happen to his mother’s body. “Performing these medical tests that may involve explosions, and we said no. We checked the ‘no’ box on all that,” Jim Stauffer said.

He later received a box with what he was told was the majority of his mother’s ashes, some information and an ID number.

He said Reuters assembled a paper trail using internal documents obtained by authorities that revealed BRC sold his mother’s body to a military contractor to be used in detonation testing. Her body was strapped to a chair and a bomb was detonated underneath it to simulate what happens to the human body when a vehicle hits an IED, he said.

“I feel foolish,” he told KNXV-TV. “Because I’m not a trusting person, but in this situation, you have no idea this is going on — you trust. I think that trust is what they fed on.”

He joined a civil lawsuit filed against BRC and its owner Stephen Gore, which alleges the body-donor facility preyed on low-income, uneducated and grieving families to get them to donate their loved ones’ bodies under false pretenses.

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A Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters that BRC provided body parts to U.S. Army contractors under false pretenses, leading the military to believe BRC received consent from family to use their relatives’ bodies in destructive tests.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations raided BRC in 2014 after allegations that the organization was dissecting body parts to sell them for profit. Gore pleaded guilty in 2015 to defrauding customers by selling contaminated body parts to paying medical institutions, Reuters reported.  Gore will appear in court in October to face the families involved in the civil suit, KNXV-TV reported.

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