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ease donate now to help people affected by hurricane harvey. your help is urgently needed. secretary of state rex tillerson speaking out refuting accusations he's at odds with the president, talking about diplomatic efforts with iran, north korea and responding to some surprising comments from senator bob corker. >> president trump's very important lunch. meet with senate majority leader today on the tax reform and health care. >> in california at least 40 dead in the wildfires. residents are beginning to return home if the homes are still standing.
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some of these folks saying there's not even something to sift through. >> good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. 4:00 a.m. in the east. secretary of state rex tillerson speaking out about the relationship with president trump saying he and his unconventional boss are working together to quote force action on important global issues. tillerson told jake tapper that his conversations with the president are frank, candid, refuting rumors the two of at odds. the second also refused to address reports he called the president a moron over the summer. >> i'm not going to deal with that kind of petty stuff. this is a town that seems to relish gossip, rumor, innuendo and feed on it. i don't work that way.
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i don't deal that way and i'm just not going to dignify the question. at the end of the day he makes decisions and i do the best i can to execute them. >> he also had a pretty sharp comeback to that comment that the president's trying to quote publicly castrate him on foreign policy. >> you don't want to say anything about the senator calling -- suggesting you've been gelded before the world? >> i checked. i'm fully intact. >> actually would have thought he was laughing so hard i couldn't stop laughing. >> classic rex. >> he also suggested the preside president's approach to policy is all part of the deliberate strategy. >> he himself is an unconventional president. he does not accept the status quo with the many threats we're
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confronting in the world today. he's going to take action and oftentimes the tweets are decisions that he makes to force this action to get off the status quo, to force people to take action. >> two areas where the president's taking an unconventional approach, iran and north korea also among the most tense in the world right now. more on what the secretary said about diplomacy there. cnn's ryan brown in washington. >>reporter: good morning, christine and dave. secretary of state rex tillerson addressed a series of topics, most specifically the iran nuclear deal and president trump's recent decision to not with draw from it but to decertify it, handing it over to congress in an effort to see if it can be strengthened and address what the administration calls serious flaws. president trump and secretary tillerson said they want to work with european allies to find ways to strengthen it and address other provocative
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behavior by iran. secretary tillerson also touched on north korea saying that president trump still supports a diplomatically led effort there despite recent tweets saying the negotiations with a waste of time. saying the effort will continue until the burfirst bombs are dropped. >> i think he want to be clear he has military preparations ready to go and has the options on the table and we have spent substantial time perfecting those. be clear he wants this solved diplomatically. he's not seeking to go to war. he has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts, which we are, and as i told others those efforts will continue until the first bomb drops. >> now it remains to be seen what actions the administration
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can take with its european allies and congress to bring about a gnnew arrangement on ir and curb north korea's nuclear and missile programs. >> thank you. the president also working to repair frayed ties with key republican nasenators. he and mitch mcconnell will sit down for lunch. sunday the president had links with senator rand paul. >> all three lawmakers key to advance the agenda. senator paul seemed optimistic about moving ahead on an issue dear to both their hearts, tax reform. >> i've been very excited about the president's plan. i'm for that now. congress is trying to make money as well as make sure we realize
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we're competing with the rest of the world. >> president trump expected to talk tax reform at today's lunch. the senate will have to move on a budget this week. >> a woman who has accused president trump of sexual assault has formally subpoenaed his campaign for all documents relating toer h. she is a former candidate on the apprentice. she says on a separate occasion in belverly trump kissed her aggressively and touched her breasts. >> during the campaign he called the fiction. i never met her at a hotel or greeted her inappropriately. she continued to contact me for help e-mailing my office on april 14 of this year asking i visit her restaurant in california. >> she filed suit last year in
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response to his denials. his lawyers have been trying to get this lawsuit thrown out. they did not respond to a request forcomment. >> new allegations surfacing against harvey weinstein. british actress lysette anthony claiming he assaulted her in the 1980s on multiple occasions one taking in her own home. london's metropolitan police confirming the case has been launched. three women making accusations. any allegation of non consensual sex denied. >> french president's emmanuel macron starting to strip him of the legion of honore.
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>> the producer's guild will reportedly meet later today. the harvey weinstein case inspiring a movement on twitter. actress melissa milan0. if you've been sexually harassed right me too as a reply to this tweet. in just a few hours tens of,000s replied with the simple words me too. that's the top frietrending tro on twitter. >> there have been some high profile television and movie actors stepping forward. we have by the way been treated like meat over the years by
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crass horrible movie executives who don't care about female the. >> hopefully it stops here. >> 9 minutes past the hour. president trumpi blast -- calling them insurance company payouts. he tweeted this. health insurance has gone through the roof during obama years plunged yesterday. the president is right. health insurance stocks have been on a tear. look at these returns. the sector is up 20% this year alone. but that's despite obamacare, not because of it. companies have actually lost money, millions of dollars under obamacare merely due to high claims and low premiums. so why the stock surge? because they've gotten growth in other areas.
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they've actually been making more money as they have been abandoning the exchanges. more companies pull out each year. finally, those cost sharing subsidies payouts -- reimbursing deductibles. >> what happens now, now that they have stopped those payments. >> they have already set their prices for next year. so in open enrollment you'll be able to see what the prices are next year. >> two weeks out. at least 40 dead in northern california. these wildfires. we'll have the latest for you next.
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welcome back. firefighters are slowly gaining the upper hand on the fires. death toll stands at 40, hundreds unaccounted for,
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thousands of structures destroyed. with weather conditions improving dramatically some counties are preparing to allow evacuees to return to the homes if indeed they're still standing. cnn's dan simon has more. >>reporter: for the first time in a week, firefighters are striking an optimistic tone about the fires because the wintszs have died down. there are still trouble spots. this is at oak mont fire. firefighters are leaving those blazes alone because they're not threatening any op latpopulated. just to make sure things don't get out of control. it was a tough saturday night for the community of sonoma. that's when the winds kicked up and saw a number of structures burned there.
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but sunday a different story with the winds dying down, no longer under a red flag warning and once again firefighter like what they're seeing. the tubbs fire, containment numbers are way up. 60% or more. hopefully firefighters are turning a corner. >> we certainly hope that that 60% holds. colin kaepernick claims all 32 owners of the nfl are colluding to keep him unemployed. filing a grievance, his attorney issued a same saying this was done only after pursuing every possible avenue. principles and political protests which the owners themselves made great theater. >> last season it was kaepernick
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who first took a knee during the national anthem. he opt the out of his contract with the 49ers and has not been picked up by another team for the current football season. hard to believe, some say, with the amount of quarterbacks who have been given jobs. >> a dire situation unraveling in puerto rico. the death toll now rising to 48. they face a daily struggle for food, water, necessities. it's so bad in one particular area residents are tapping into well water designated as a super fund site. they have the very worst ground pollution. cnn's ed lavandera has more. >>reporter: there is concern where they're getting the drinking water. 70% of the island has had its drinking water restored but in
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one particular area in the town of door rad dough west of the capital there's a site called a super fund site. it's a designation from the environment mental protection agency that says that the ground is contaminated with highly toxic materials and because of that, there are also some water wells on that site, and there are reports that some people have been tapping into those water wells to use as drinking water. since just after the storm. we've witnessed this, ourselves. epa teams have been at a number of those wells throughout the weekend carrying out water sampling, but it will take the better part of this week to determine exactly what is in this water. we caught up with one of those officials at that site. >> there's urgency, it's a concern. both we understand that people are hurting right now.
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understand there's a lot of thirsty people out there and they're accessing whatever water they can. we're trying to ascertain if it is posing any hazards or not. >> epa officials say if the testing does come back to show high levels of toxins in this water, they do say they believe it would take long-term exposure of drinking this water for a very long period of time so suffer any real serious health consequences but despite that we've also talked to independent water experts who are also very disturbed this was going on at all. serious questions and really kind of points to the sign of how desperate the situation has been on the island foremany puerto ricans as a desperately searching for water to live on for the better part of the last month. >> unbelievable. all right. thank you. north korea lashing out or joint u.s. south korean drills.
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the u.s. and south korea launching a so-day naval drill off the peninsula. involving more than three dozen war shipping as north korea reviving its threat to launch missiles towards guam. good to see you. what's the plan with these latest military drills? >> reporter: well, we know that they kicked off just within the last basically 12 hours or so here in the region, and they
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involve about 40 naval ships. including the uss ronald reagan. we know the uss michigan is also in the region. the u.s. not confirming whether that will be involved in the drills. they're practicing how to doefd h. defend. even an incoming missile that may be fired. obviously, the u.s. continuing to state these drills are defensive in nature. north korea, on the other hand infuriated as they always are, calling them a dress rehearsal for invasion. we have not yet seen a direct response. but we know, based on past experience north korea does respond with some sort of military provocation. during the last drills that ended in september, north korea conducted their most powerful
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nuclear test, also launching a missile. they also conducted one within one week of the exercises ending. others indicated north korea may be preparing to launch a knew kind of long-range missile. we'll have to see what happens. we'll do. thanks. 26 minutes past the hour. at least 276 people killed over the weekend in a double car bombing in the somali capital. the first destroyed dozens of buildings. embassy also heavily damaged. moments later a car bomb ripped through the nearby medina district. no one claiming responsibility for the attack.
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secretary of the state rex tillerson speaking out, talking about his relationship with the president and the administration's plans on iran and north korea. >> president trump trying to mend bruised relationships with members of his own party. on the line, the republican's tax reform health care and so much more. >> plus a rising death toll in northern california, at least 40 people killed, hundreds unaccounted for. deadly wildfires continue to
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rage. welcome back to "early start." >> certainly hope for a turning point. 31 minutes past the hour. nice to see you all. let's begin with the secretary of state rex tillerson speaking out about his relationship with president trump saying it is not tense. and that he and his unconventional boss are working together to force action on important global issues, on cnn's state of the union, tillerson told jake tapper that his conversations are frank and candid. the secretary also firmly refused to address reports he called the president a moron over the summer. >> i'm not going to deal with that kind of petty stuff. this is a town that seems to relish gossip, rumor, innuendo and feed on it in a very restricts tiv way. i don't work that way. i'm just not going to dignify the question.
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at the end of the day he makes decisions. i do the best i can to execute them successfully. >> secretary tillerson also laughed off a comment that the president is trying to quote, publicly castrate him on foreign policy. >> you don't want to say anything about the senator calling -- suggesting you've been gelded before the world, it's not anything that bothers you. >> i checked. i'm fully intact. >> well played. tillerson also suggested the president's unusual approach to foreign policy with his combative tweets and demands to renegotiate treaties is all part of a deliberate strategy. >> he's an unconventional president. does not accept the status quo with the many threats we're confronting. he's going to take forcing action, oftentimes the tweets are decisions he takes are intended to cause this forcing
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action to get off the status quo and force people to take action. >> two areas where the president is taking an unconventional approach, i ran and north korea. >> the secretary said about diplomacy, let's bring in cnn's ryan brown. >>reporter: good morning. secretary of state rex tillerson addressed a series of topics, most specifically, the iran nuclear deal and president trump's recent decision to not with draw from it but to decertify it, handing it over to congress in an effort to see if it can be strengthened and address what the administration calls serious flaws in the arrange.. president trump and secretary tillerson both said they want to work with the european allies and address what they see as iran's other provocative behavior. secretary tillerson also touched
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on north korea, saying that president trump still supports a diplomatically led effort there despite recent tweets. tillerson saying the diplomatic effort will continue until the first bombs are dropped. >> i think he does want to be clear with kim jong-un that he has military preparations ready to go and has those options on the table, and we have spent substantial time actually perfecting those, but be clear the president has made clear to me he wants this solved diplomatically. he's not seeking to go to war. he has made it clear to me to continue my diplomatic efforts, which we are. as i told other, those efforts will continue until the first bomb drops. >> it remains so see what actions they can take to bring about a new arrangement on iran, and to see how they can curb north korea's nuclear and
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missile programs. >> thanks. the president also working to repair frayed ties with key republican senators. majority leader mitch mcconnell, as they sit down for lunch along with the vice president. this is a follow-up to the president's phone call on saturday. the second time in a week. and then on sunday the president with senator rand paul. >> all three key to advancing the president's agenda. after the golf outing on sunday -- >> i've been very excited about the president's plan from the beginning when he put out 15% corporate tax cut. i'm for that now. congress is trying to make 20. just want to make sure we -- >> president trump expected to talk tax reform with mcconnell at today's lunch. if a tax bill is passed this
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year the senate will have to move on a budget this week. a woman who has accused president trump of sexual assault has formal i subpoenaed his campaign for all documents related to her or any women who alleged trump touched her inappropriately. she's a former contestant on the apprentice. she accuse the trump of kissing her twice on the lips. she says that on a separate occasion in beverly hills he kissed her aggressively and touched her breast. >> during the campaign trump called the claim total fiction and said to be clear i never met her at a hotel or greeted her inafro inappropria inappropriately. as a matter of fact she continued to contact me for help, e-mailing my office asking i visit her restaurant in california. >> she filed suit last year in response to trump's denials. the president's lawyers have
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been trying to get the lawsuit thrown out. the white house deferred to the campaign which will not return a request for comment. >> new allegations surfacing against harvey weinstein. lysette anthony claiming he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s on multiple occasions one taking place in her own home. london's metropolitan police claiming an investigation has been launched and three women making accusations. a representative for weinstein has released this statement on behalf of her client, quote, any allegation of non consensual sex is denied. >> french president emanual mac crone starting the process of stripping him of the country's highest order of merit. over the weekend he was expelled from the organization behind the
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oscars. producers guild will reportedly meet later today to consider similar action. >> all right. a strong job bs market should lead to higher inflation and that could mean another interest rate hike this year. 2%, a goldy locks heavily that's not to high, not too low, just right. but despite a strong u.s. economy the actual rate has stayed below that. yellen told a group she expects inflation to hit 2% next year. the central bank hesitates about hiking rates when inflation is low but yellen's optimism could signal another bump this year. what does this mean for you? higher interest rates for credit cards? auto loans, savings accounts? this comes during a time of heightened individualability. president trump says it's
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considering five candidates. if she would not be reappointed, it is the custom toe reapoint. she would be the first one since 1979 to not have two terms. >> where's your money going? >> there's a couple of non economists on the list. ask me in a week. at least 40 dead in wildfires in northern california, residents finally being allowed back waiting to see if the homes even survived these fires. that's next. and my hygienist says it does but they're not all the same. who knew? i had no idea. so she said, look for one that's shaped like a dental tool with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's rounded brush head surrounds each tooth to gently remove more plaque. and unlike sonicare, oral-b is the only electric toothbrush brand accepted by the american dental association for its effectiveness and safety. my mouth feels so clean. i'll only use an oral-b. oral-b. brush like a pro.
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. firefighters are slowly gaining the upper hand on the deadly wildfires. hundreds of people still unaccounted for and thousands of structures destroyed. the weather conditions are improving. some counties are preparing to allow evacuees to return to the
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homes. >>reporter: for the first time in a week, firefighters are now striking an optimistic tone about these fires, that's because the winds have died down. there are still trouble spots. i want to show you the oakmont fire. you can see a number of spot fires in the canyon. for thousand they're leaving those blazes alone because they're not threatening any op lated areas. there are a number of firefighters in the area to make sure things don't get out of control. it was a tough saturday night for the community of sonoma. that's when the winds kicked up and we saw a number of structures burn there. some evacuations. but sunday a different story with the winds dying down, no longer under a red flag warning and once again firefighters like what they see.
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the tubbs fire which was most destruck tough, the containment numbers are up, 60% or more. >> certainly hoeb you're right. new this morning seven people injured, one person apparently missing at a blast at a louisiana oil rig. it happened just after 7:00 on sunday night. nearby residents reported hearing what sounded like a sonic boom from the platform. officials are trying to find the valve to shut off the oil. it is unclear what caused the explosion. ireland and the united kingdom bracing for a major storm in a matter of hours, ophelia is no longer classified as a hurricane. it will be packing hurricane force winds when it hit the at 8:00 a.m. eastern time and expected to trigger significant
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floodin flooding. what are you expecting? >> reporter: it is a wet blustery windy morning here. that's not unusual in this corner of the world but it's nothing compared to what is expected to hit over the coming hours. it is what people are describing likely to be the worst storm to hit ireland in many decades. as you say, it is no longer a hurricane but the winds with gusts of 80 to 90 miles per hour. the authorities have put in place the highest level of weather alert, what they call a red warning, not just for the coastal areas but for the entire republic of ireland. they're worried about the wind and flooding. they're also worried about the big seas, swells, storm surge that's likely to hit the coastal areas with the storm as well. someone who might also be taking
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a passing interest in the progress of this storm will be the president of the united states. there is a trump international hotel and golf course just a short drive up the west coast from where we're standing. it is right in the path of where this storm is ex pengted to track. over the coming day. back to you. interesting. live in kilkee, ireland. >> at least 276 people killed over the weekend in a double car bombing in the somali capital. destroying dozens of buildings. moments later, a second car bomb explosion ripped through the nearby medina district. no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. they have endured terrorist violence for years.
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iranians are saying if the u.s. decided to impose new sanctions or drop the agreement, the inspectors would not be allowed in unannounced but the agreement would go away. we could ramp -- the iranians have maintained they're not after a nuclear weapon but belief they have a right to a nuclear program and that would be greatly expanded without this nuclear deal in place. they are saying they could actually ramp that up pretty quickly. of course in the aftermath of president trump's tweet there was a lot of anger here in iran but we went out on the streets of teheran and asked what angered you the most. they said it was the fact that he referred to an arabian golf rather than the persian gulf that's -- on social media as well if you look. there is a great deal of anger but of course at the same time a lot of folks here very concerned
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about the future of the nuclear agreement. many of them thought could bring better relations with the u.s. and bring economic gains. certainly there are people who fear that agreement could very much be in jeopardy. >> fred. thanks. "saturday night live" cast member kate mckinnon reviving the role of kellyanne conway. at t . the character donning clown makeup. watch as she tries to lure a puc fiction nal anderson cooper into the sewer with her. >> it's me. kellyanne conway. dancing clown. it's kel -- >> what did you do to your
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makeup? i toned it down. >> i have to go. >> don't go. >> how about this? so puerto rico was worse before hurricane maria and they did blow some buildings back together and i don't know why elizabeth warren won't tweet about that. >> nightmares. s and l al snl targeting harvey weinstein after remaining silent at first. >> weinstein has been accused. reporter:edly -- he doesn't need sex rehab. he needs a specialized facility where there are no women, no contact with the outside world, metal bars and it's a prison. >> the show also confronted criticism it was slow to react to the allegations, a big
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democratic fundraiser. >> tough spot for a comedian because it's so hard to make jokes about sexual assault but so ease why i to make jokes about a guy that looks like this. he looks like chewed bubble gum rolled in cat hair. >> snl had an additional skit that was a bit too vulgar for our show. when asked why they did not initially -- they said it was a new york thing and that the allegations might not be familiar to a national audience. >> nbc sport the caster al michaels apologizing after this joke during sunday night football. >> let's face it the giants are coming off a worst week than harvey weinstein and up by 14 points. >> no. no no. >> yikes. it took him about a half hour to ac nonl the joke was inappropriate and in poor taste.
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>> sorry i made the reference earlier. about somebody very much in the news over the country and it was not meant in that manner, so my apologies. and we'll just leave it at that. >> thoughts. none. just shake your head. >> don't joke. >> just stay i way. broncos lost the game. >> i can go on with my day. >> check on cnn "money" stream. call street rose on friday after positive data in retail. that pushed the dow and s & p 500 to a five straight week of gain. expect more this week. so far this year has been good time for big american companies. profits were fantastic in the first two quarters, but, i think you're going to see s & p 500
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companies reporting slower profit growth in the third quarter. look how well companies did in the first and second quarter. i think it's the hurricanes. effects of harvey and irma. particularly on the insurance industry. twitter's ceo says new rules are coming to stop on line harassment. the rules would combat unwanted sexual advances, tweets that glory fi violence adding they're taking a more aggressive stance. they've been criticized for years for allowing hate speech and harassment on its flat form. he gave no time line for the changes. they've also been criticized to are allowing russian trolls to affect the election. netflix house of cards, from an interview with the kremlin
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linked group. it was first reported by yahoo! news. bun that interview revealed the exact goals of the troll farm. ing specifically to fuel discontent with the u.s. government. >> come on. our government is far more messed up than house of cards. don't use that. interesting. "early start" continues right now. secretary of state rex tillerson says his relationship with president trump's's frank, direct and just fine. speaking out about diplomatic efforts in iran and north korea and responding to some surprising comments from senator bob corker. >> president trump's important lunch. meeting with mitch mcconnell today. on the menu, bill bills like tax

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