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Jon Stewart shares his source of hope for the future

Comedian Jon Stewart tells CNN's Jake Tapper why he remains hopeful for the future and is thankful to be alive at this point in history.
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Texas Woman Gives Birth in Parking Lot: 'No Pain, No Medicine, No Doctor'
Lubbock resident Jasmyne Hughes had been sent home from hospital that same day as medical staff thought the baby was not due.
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The GOP’s vaccine shutdown gambit, and what it says about who’s in charge
Virtually every House Republican went along with a gambit, despite it being doomed to fail. So what happens when Republicans actually have the power and the will to force the issue?
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When Will Supreme Court's Abortion Rulings Come In? Why We Might Be Waiting a While
The Court generally issues all its opinions by the end of term, but that could be in June or even early July.
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48 Hours: Young American couple adopted a 9-year-old Russian girl and later became afraid of her
More than two decades ago, an American couple traveled overseas to adopt a young girl, but they came to fear her. "48 Hours" contributor Troy Roberts sat down with the girl years later to hear her surprising story.
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A Majority of Lawmakers Support Overhauling How the Military Handles Serious Crimes. It Still Might Not Happen
Amid partisan standoffs in which Democrats and Republicans are at odds over how to execute the most basic functions of Congress, an unlikely coalition of lawmakers has secured broad bipartisan support to overhaul how the military responds to allegations of serious criminal offenses. Four men behind closed doors could stop them. A provision in the…
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Dad Can Play 'Any Song' by Ear in 30 Seconds on Piano in Impressive Video
Bruce Kaye's daughter shared his incredible talent online. Her clip of him playing a Doja Cat track has been viewed over 4.5 million times on TikTok.
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Democrats await decision on whether immigration can be in Build Back Better
Democrats in the Senate have for the third time tried to use a technical procedure to try to include immigration provisions in President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, putting everything on the line for what could be the last attempt to try to pass some sort of overhaul of the nation's immigration laws before the new year.
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Bride who uses wheelchair walks down aisle
Chelsie Hill, who has used a wheelchair for 11 years, told her fiancé she would go down the aisle in a wheelchair – but for six months before the wedding, she was secretly practicing for something else. On the big day, Hill was determined to walk down the aisle.
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Mera and Don Rubell on putting art at the center of their life to build a world-class collection
Don and Mera Rubell have been collecting art for more than 50 years. They’re ranked among the world’s top 200 art collectors and are credited with having the “Midas touch.” “CBS Saturday Morning” co-host Michelle Miller met up with the couple at the Rubell Museum where they’ve curated one of the largest contemporary art collections in the world.
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Parkland Student Arrested in School Shooting Threat, Mother Says It Was a Joke
"He's a normal kid from a normal family and a safe environment," his mother told local news station WSVN 7. "He doesn't realize the world is not so safe."
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Bachelor Nation’s Amanda Stanton engaged to boyfriend Michael Fogel
Stanton and Fogel had their first date a year ago in November 2020, but they didn't make their relationship Instagram-official until Valentine's Day.
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New Movies On Demand: ‘Dune,’ ‘The Last Duel,’ ‘Belfast,’ + More
Ben Affleck looking like a Swedish DJ from 1995 and playing a 19-year-old king is reason enough to watch The Last Duel this weekend.
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Stunt casting in Christmas movies works. Just ask these 'High School Musical' stars
Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman are back together for Lifetime's "A Christmas Dance Reunion" — part of a tried and true strategy to lure viewers.
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Long hours make bad neighbors
Twenty-first century work culture is isolating Americans from one another. | Getty Images/iStockphoto Americans’ excessive and unpredictable work schedules are making us lonely, self-centered, and powerless. In the darkest days of the early Covid-19 pandemic, when millions of Americans were struggling to feed their families and living in constant fear of a deadly virus, something unusual happened. Neighbors all over the country started coming together to help one another, buying groceries, picking up medicine, and generally caring for each other at a time when even venturing outside the house was infused with uncertainty and fear. New mutual aid organizations sprang up and saw unprecedented participation and donations — Bed-Stuy Strong, for example, in central Brooklyn, mobilized more than 1,200 people and distributed $1.2 million worth of food, according to founder Sarah Thankam Mathews. Part of the reason for this outpouring was the overwhelming need and a desire to do something to help. Part of it was that some Americans, finally, had time on their hands. The “massive crisis response” of Bed-Stuy Strong was fueled in part, Mathews said, by “a lot of people losing their jobs or having to do much less work at their jobs.” Prior to the pandemic, work was a huge obstacle to community involvement, with lack of free time the most common reason Americans cited for why they didn’t volunteer. Covid-19 has shown that in an extraordinary moment, Americans can come together, but in our ordinary lives, we often just don’t have any extra time to give to others. That shouldn’t be a surprise given the way that American work culture swallows up our days. Whether you’re working 80 hours a week at a high-pressure office job or trying to make ends meet with multiple hourly gigs, “the end result is that you are left with very little time that you would see as being open,” Jenny Odell, author of the book How to Do Nothing, told Vox. We know that long work hours and unpredictable schedules are bad for us as individuals — they contribute to heart disease, anxiety, depression, child care struggles, and more. But the time pressure Americans experience may be harming us on a broader social level as well. When you’re working constantly — or when you’re perpetually on call, never sure if or when you’ll have to go to work — you might not have the energy to volunteer with your local mutual aid group. You might not have time for political activism, even if it’s a cause you care about. You might not be able to get together with others in your workplace or your industry to advocate for better conditions because your schedules never overlap enough to organize. “Part of being a member of a community is coordinating your time with others,” Daniel Schneider, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, told Vox. With the rise of precarious and unpredictable work in today’s economy, many people simply can’t do that. An inability to engage with our communities hurts everyone, contributing to social isolation, a decline in worker power, and an inability to tackle problems like climate change that require people to work together. But policies that give Americans back some of their time, through paid leave and more predictable scheduling practices, can help free them up to act communally. And for people who already have some semblance of control over their time, there are ways to push back against the hyperindividualistic ideal of constant productivity and self-optimization. One way to do that is “trying to develop other ways of talking about and evaluating time,” and advocating for “larger collective structures that make it easy and possible for more people to see their time differently,” Odell said. That may sound easier said than done — yet the reward is a world in which we all have more energy not just for ourselves, but to support and care for one another. American capitalism in the 21st century has all but destroyed the concept of free time. For some, that destruction has been insidious. Work hours for salaried employees have been slowly rising for years — in 2014, the average such worker put in 49 hours a week, with 25 percent working more than 60 hours. Child care availability hasn’t kept pace with this rise in hours, and the pandemic has forced many parents, especially moms, to work and care for kids at the same time. Even time that’s not spent on work or family is supposed to be somehow “productive” — the precarity of American jobs and the rise of hustle culture have led to a “feeling that you need to get something out of all of your time,” and an emphasis on “squeezing results out of every minute of your day,” Odell said. That’s if you’re lucky. While salaried workers have been descending deeper into overwork, many low-wage hourly workers are subject to unpredictable schedules that change from day to day or week to week, sometimes with almost no notice. In a sample of about 150,000 service-sector workers surveyed by The Shift Project, which Schneider co-directs, just 20 percent have a regular daytime shift. Two-thirds get less than two weeks’ notice of their schedules, and 10 percent get less than 72 hours’ notice. Meanwhile, two-thirds say they have to keep their schedules open just in case they are called to work on a particular day. The problems of salaried workers and hourly workers aren’t the same — the former tend to make more money and have greater control over their time, even if it doesn’t always feel as though they control it. In both cases, the lack of open time affects everything from sleep to hobbies to how we experience time with our families. It also affects our ability to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Take the case of unpredictable schedules. Research suggests that such work arrangements could be “toxic” for community and political involvement, Schneider said. Unpredictable schedules lead to increased work-life conflict, Schneider said, from difficulty finding child care to trouble finishing school. It stands to reason that if being on call all the time makes it hard to coordinate with day care providers and college classes, it makes it hard to coordinate with volunteer groups too. The people most able to devote time to Bed-Stuy Strong, Mathews said, tended to be people with jobs that were neither too demanding nor too precarious — “jobs that are structured to allow you life outside of your job.” Unpredictable schedules can also make it difficult to organize within a workplace. Having a constantly changing work schedule means you likely see different coworkers every day, limiting your ability to form close relationships with anybody, sociologist Hana Shepherd has found. Related conditions of the modern workplace, like understaffing and overwork, also make it harder for coworkers to form close relationships with each other. When workers can’t bond with one another, it’s more difficult for them to form unions or other groups to push for better working conditions. Another barrier to organizing is that “these schedules wear people down,” Schneider said. “To do the hard work of organizing and self-advocacy, that takes reserves — that takes resources.” Being constantly on call for a schedule that’s always changing depletes those resources — be it time, money, or energy — leaving little left over for forming coalitions or pushing for change. Even for salaried workers, the contemporary American economy encourages isolation and discourages communal behavior. Research shows that being in a hurry can make people less likely to help a person in distress. “If you are feeling very possessive about your time,” Odell said, “you’re not necessarily going to be listening to your environment” — including the people around you and their needs. Many forms of community engagement require a level of awareness of the world around you that’s difficult to maintain if you’re always focused on your own productivity. To be involved in mutual aid, for example, “you have to know what people need” and “you have to be very responsive to a situation that’s changing” — a tall order if you’re working a 10-hour day, putting your kid to bed, and then staying up late working on your side hustle. For some people, the pandemic put a temporary pause on the pressures of work, either because they gained new flexibility by working from home or because they were laid off but had enough savings to get by (others saw only more pressure as they went to work in essential jobs or tried to care for kids while working). But now, a return to offices and the need for the unemployed to find new jobs may be contributing to a decline in involvement with mutual aid, with one group reporting a 70 percent drop in volunteers. Even something like reducing your environmental impact is more difficult if you’re overworked. As Alden Wicker reported for Vox in 2019, cutting down on household waste “can be a lot of undervalued, unpaid work” — researching sustainable alternatives, going to different stores to find washable silicone storage bags or bulk dried beans. That work is a lot harder — maybe impossible — if you’re already operating on a time deficit. So are other types of conscious consumerism. People may want to support their local small businesses rather than shopping at Amazon or other big-box retailers, but visiting several different stores to find, say, surgical masks or the right size diapers for your kid takes more time and energy than many people have at the end of a workday. Overall, the conditions of American capitalism affect different categories of workers in different ways. But for many people, the pressure to maintain our precarious lives makes it all too hard to look out for anyone but ourselves. That’s a problem because the various interlocking crises facing America and the world today, from the pandemic to climate change, demand collective consciousness and action. None of that is possible with Americans’ current relationship to our time. “You get into this constricted posture,” Odell said, in which “everything around you is either something you can have or use, or it’s an obstacle. Or it just doesn’t exist.” It doesn’t have to be this way. There are straightforward policy changes that would give Americans back some control over their time. Predictable scheduling laws, for example, offer protections for workers like advance notice of scheduling changes and the right to request a different schedule. These laws, already in place in Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, and elsewhere, are typically modest in scope, requiring just two weeks’ advance notice of any change. Yet even this small reform was shown to improve Seattle workers’ sleep and happiness, and decrease the amount of hardship they reported in their lives. “Was it a silver bullet? No,” Schneider said. “But it really did move the needle.” A similar law, the Schedules That Work Act, has been proposed at a federal level, but so far has made little headway in Congress. Beyond scheduling, policies like paid leave and a universal basic income could help change the conditions that force Americans into a single-minded focus on our own time and our own work, Odell said. A more “portable” safety net, with benefits like health care uncoupled from our jobs, could be helpful as well. Meanwhile, American expectations of work and workers will have to adjust as well. As a culture, we define good workers as putting in long hours and always being present at work, Youngjoo Cha, a professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington, told Vox. “Those kinds of cultural notions have to change.” Companies can do their part by allowing time off and flexibility — and by providing those benefits to everyone, regardless of family status, Cha said. That way, parents (especially moms) are less likely to be stigmatized for taking time off, and child-free people are able to take time too, rather than always being expected to fill in for coworkers who have child care responsibilities. Cha has found that at companies where flexible work policies are offered in a gender-neutral and consistent way, employees report greater well-being and are less likely to equate long hours with success. All these broad-based reforms could help free up some of our time and mental energy for causes larger than ourselves and goals more lofty than getting through another day. Individual Americans may be able to make changes in their lives too, if they’re in a position to do so. Hourly workers who are constantly on call and juggling multiple jobs and family obligations may not have the luxury of rethinking how they spend their time, Odell said. But people who do have some control over their schedules can adjust the way they plan their days. Odell recalls a time a few years ago when two friends “gently shamed” her out of working after 5 pm. Such conversations among friends and colleagues can start to change norms away from always working and toward a more expansive ethos that allows for collective well-being. Today, Odell said, “I’m really careful about how I talk about time and values to people.” Another small prescription: talking to strangers, if you feel safe doing so. “Just being reminded that every person that you pass by has a whole history, and they have their own problems, and they’re often way more interesting than you thought” is a great way to build empathy, Odell said. It’s not on any one person to completely change the structure of American life. But by looking outside ourselves a little more, if we can, we may be able to make such change more possible. After all, “community care is, really simply, part of being human,” Mathews said. “It’s how we survived for this long.”
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What the A-Rod critics have wrong — and why he’s getting my Hall of Fame vote
So let me get this straight: Everything that Alex Rodriguez accomplished in his career … winning three MVP awards, earning 14 All-Star selections, clubbing nearly 700 homers, producing almost 2,000 RBIs…all of that remains officially in the book. It’s all part of his official Hall of Fame candidacy biography. None of it has been wiped...
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The Exploding Market for Devices That Help You Evade Corporate Productivity Trackers
When going "inactive" could mean a reprimand or worse.
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Notre Dame's Marcus Freeman will open head coaching career against Ohio State, his alma mater
Marcus Freeman rose from defensive coordinator to head coach at Notre Dame after less than a year in South Bend. Here's five things to know about him.       
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What Kind of Gun Did Alec Baldwin Use On 'Rust' Set?
"I let go of the hammer and the gun goes off. I never pulled the trigger," Baldwin said in an interview with ABC.
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The latest on the Michigan school shooting
At least four teenagers were killed in a school in Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday. Follow here for the latest.
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Bobby Carpenter looks at Big Ten Championship Saturday
In year 11, the Michigan Wolverines finally make their inaugural appearance as they face West Division Champ, Iowa.
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A new Tiger Woods video gives hope for a return soon
The PGA Tour Twitter account posted a 23-second video on Wednesday that showed Woods taking two shots, with a golf cart and tipped-over bucket of balls next to him.
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Xbox Series X Restock Update for Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy and More
Xbox Series X drops have been especially frequent over the past week, thanks to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Here is the latest restock update.
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Liberal DC mayor's former spokesman blasts Biden over border crisis: 'We don't have an immigration policy'
Victor Jimenez said the Democratic Party no longer aligns with his values, pointing to immigration, unemployment and the narrative that all Republicans are racist as his reasons for leaving the party.
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Can China’s Developers Just ‘Lie Flat’ and Not Repay Debt?
With defaults looming, some property firms can still anticipate leniency from investors.
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Alec Baldwin’s interview following ‘Rust’ shooting ‘was a mistake,’ legal experts say: It 'may backfire'
Several legal experts weighed in on Alec Baldwin's interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about the "Rust" shooting that resulted in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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China's Didi is delisting from the NYSE
Didi announced it will "immediately" start the process of delisting from the New York Stock Exchange and pivot to Hong Kong. CNN's Paul R. La Monica reports.
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Video of Realistic Humanoid Robot Has the Internet Terrified: 'Oh My God'
The robot can be seen looking around the room and staring at its hands in a demonstration by British robotics firm Engineered Arts.
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Hawaii under blizzard warning as 12 inches of snow and winds up to 100 mph expected
From Friday until Sunday, the Big Island of Hawaii is under a blizzard warning. A foot of snow and winds up to 100 mph are expected.       
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Oklahoma AG sues Biden administration over COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Air National Guard
The lawsuit challenges a federal requirement that would require all members of the Oklahoma National Guard to be vaccinated for COVID-19.       
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The Omicron variant is putting America's coronavirus sequencing efforts to the test
Rows of scientists sit before racks of coronavirus samples inside a laboratory in Henderson, North Carolina, wearing face masks and scrubs. All hours of the day and night, they transfer the samples from tubes to processing plates, searching for answers about the virus behind these Covid-19 cases.
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Allergy sufferers have nearly 40% lower risk of COVID-19 infection, study says
People who suffer from allergic conditions have a lower risk for developing COVID-19, according to a new U.K. study.
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Kirk Cousins has Aaron Rodgers numbers but Vikings need more
No one thinks he’s an MVP candidate and very few people outside of the Minnesota Vikings organization are expecting him to lift his team to any great heights the final few weeks of this season or enter that MVP race because his reputation is almost 180 degrees removed from Aaron Rodgers.
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Florida, North Carolina Latest States Dealing With Spike of Smash-and-Grab Robberies
Florida officials announced a new task force dedicated to combating retail theft, while in North Carolina thieves stole handbags from a retailer this week.
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Sinema Cites Inflation, Corporate Taxes as Red Lines While Schumer Presses for BBB Vote
"I won't support any legislation that increases burdens on Arizona or American businesses," the Democratic senator said.
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Oakland Superintendent Said 'No Discipline Warranted' for Student Before Mass Shooting
"No discipline was warranted. There are no discipline records at the high school," said Oakland Community Schools' superintendent Tim Throne.
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Woman Shares 'Amazing' Hacks for Stopping Avocados Turning Brown
A mom-of-two has gone viral online with her clever and easy-to-follow hacks that keep avocados greener for longer.
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Olympic bobsled star Kaillie Humphries becomes US citizen ahead of Beijing Games
Kaillie Humphries will be on the brink of history when she participates in the bobsled event at the 2022 Beijing Olympics in February.
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U.S. could be unable to pay its bills in weeks as debt limit approaches
The Bipartisan Policy Center updated its "X date" projections to fall between December 21 and January 28, 2022.
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Dozens of Dogs Kept in 'Inhumane Conditions' Seized From Illegal Puppy Farm
"Most of the adult dogs were completely covered from head to toe in excrement," an animal welfare charity involved with the operation said.
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LA police blast liberal 'zero bail' policy amid rash of looting: 'Christmas every day for criminals'
A Los Angeles Police Department detective said Friday that Californians were sold a "bag of goods" on bail reform as thefts surge in cities across the state.
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Billie Eilish shocks fans with new brunette hair
The pop star, 19, shocked fans by ditching her platinum blond bob for a dramatically darker style on Thursday.
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Kim Potter trial: Jury nearly set in case of Daunte Wright's shooting death
A jury is nearly set in the trial of Kim Potter, a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright’s shooting death, as only two alternates must be chosen before opening statements can begin next week.
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Norway’s wonky Christmas tree gift to England hilariously mocked on social media
Reuters photographs show the tree has some broken branches. One side appears to have less growth than the other, though it was unclear when the damage was done.
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Billie Eilish changes her hair again: See the star's blonde to brunette transformation
Billie Eilish has revealed new tresses to fans again and is showing off her new brunette locks in a recent Instagram post.       
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‘The Power of the Dog’ Is A Rare Empathetic Study of Toxic Masculinity
No one writes lonely men like Jane Campion.
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Copycat threats after Oxford High shooting cause dozens of Michigan schools to close
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at least 100 threats or threatening social media posts have emerged since Tuesday’s shooting in Oxford, Mich., straining law enforcement resources.
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The U.S. has added nearly 1 million more jobs in 2021 than initially reported
The November jobs numbers come in lower than expected … for now.
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This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 5)
A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the #1 Sunday morning news program
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