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Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial ‘heat ray’ ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump’s photo-op, a whistleblower says




Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says
Members of the DC National Guard, U.S. Park Police and U.S. Secret Service watch from Lafayette Park as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd on June 2, 2020.

  • Federal law enforcement officers stocked up on semi-automatic rifles hours before forcefully clearing protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, according to whistleblower testimony obtained by The Washington Post.

  • Officers also unsuccessfully sought to obtain a controversial “heat ray” that can cause second-degree burns, according to the testimony, which was submitted to lawmakers by a top DC National Guard officer.

  • His account contradicts previous claims by the Trump administration that protesters were violent, that officers didn’t use tear gas, and that they issued legally required warnings to protesters to disperse, according to The Post.

  • In early June, federal officers used tear gas and rubber pellets to clear peaceful protesters from the park so President Donald Trump could take a photo at a church near the White House.

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On June 1, federal law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber pellets, and other aggressive tactics to remove protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, so President Donald Trump could have his photo taken in front of a church near the White House.

Hours before that, officials were busy trying to stockpile semi-automatic rifles, thousands of rounds of munitions, and controversial crowd control technology, according to sworn testimony submitted to lawmakers by DC National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco, The Washington Post and NPR both reported Wednesday.

The US National Guard and US Park Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

DeMarco, who was the senior-most DC National Guardsman on the ground on June 1, testified that a stash of M4 semi-automatic carbine rifles arrived at the DC Armory earlier that day, followed by “approximately 7,000 rounds” of 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm ammunition in the days following, including from states as far as Missouri and Tennessee, according to the testimony.

Officials in DC also unsuccessfully sought to acquire an Active Denial System (ADS), a controversial “heat ray” that has resulted in test subjects suffering second-degree burns, arguing it could give officers “the ability to reach out and engage potential adversaries at distances well beyond small arms range, and in a safe, effective, and nonlethal manner,” DeMarco reportedly testified.

The New York Times reported last month that the Trump administration considered deploying ADS technology at the US-Mexico border despite long-running “doubts over its effectiveness and morality,” but that then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen shut the idea down.

“That anyone in the Department of Defense referred to American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights as ‘potential adversaries’ and even contemplated the use of an ADS on the streets of our nation’s capital is deeply disturbing and calls for further investigation,” DeMarco’s attorney, David Laufman, told The Washington Post.

DeMarco’s testimony also contradicted previous claims by Trump administration officials and other law enforcement officers claiming that protesters were violent, that tear gas and rubber pellets weren’t used, and that officers issued legally required orders to disperse.

US Park Police Chief Gregory Monahan testified in July that officers issued dispersal warnings via a “long-range acoustic device,” or LRAD, according to The Washington Post.

But DeMarco disputed that claim, testifying that “there was no LRAD on-site at or near Lafayette Square on June 1,” adding that the warnings were issued via a handheld microphone attached to a standard megaphone and that they were “barely audible” from his position 30 yards away — while the protesters were at least 50 yards away.

In late June, congressional lawmakers began investigating officers’ use of force against protesters in Lafayette Square and have heard testimony from both DeMarco and Monahan as well as protesters, journalists, and other witnesses.

DeMarco’s testimony comes as reports surface that US Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive with charges against violent protesters, called for potentially charging them with sedition, and called for criminal charges against Seattle’s mayor over the city’s autonomous police-free zone during the protests earlier this summer.

The reports paint an even more detailed picture of the Trump administration’s aggressive response to anti-police brutality protests that have roiled the nation since George Floyd’s death in June.

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Morgan Stanley reiterates ‘equal-weight’ rating on Zoom Video




Morgan Stanley reiterates 'equal-weight' rating on Zoom Video


3 Stocks Flashing Signs of Strong Insider Buying

If you really want to know which stocks the experts – and those in the know – are buying, pay attention to what they’re doing. Stock reports, company reviews, and press statements are helpful, but you’ll get significant information from watching what the insiders are up to.The insiders – the corporate officers and board members – have to disclose when they snap up shares to prevent any unfair advantages. Tracking their stock purchases can be a useful strategy because if an insider spends their own money on a stock, it could signal that they believe big gains are in store.So, investors looking for stocks that may be flying ‘under the radar,’ but with potential to climb fast, watching for insider purchases identify some sweet market plays. To make that search easier, the TipRanks Insiders’ Hot Stocks tool gets the footwork started – identifying stocks that have seen informative moves by insiders, highlighting several common strategies used by the insiders, and collecting the data all in one place.Fresh from that database, here are the details on three stocks showing ‘informative buys’ in recent days.TravelCenters of America (TA)We’ll start with a company that you probably don’t think about often, but that does provide an essential service. TravelCenters of America is the largest publicly traded owner, operator, and franchisor of full-service highway rest stops in the US. TA started out operating truck stops for rest, repair, and maintenance, and has since expanded to full-service fueling stations offering both gasoline and diesel, fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, and other rest stop amenities. Their network of rest stops is part of the infrastructure that makes long-distance motor transport, both private and commercial, possible in the USA.As can be imagined, the social lockdowns and travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic were not good for TA. The good news is, the worst of the pandemic hit during Q1, and the first quarter is normally TA’s slowest of the year. This year, the first quarter showed a net loss of $1.81 per share. In the second quarter, when warmer weather normally leads to increased driving, the pandemic restrictions were also – at least partially – lifted, and TA reported a sudden turnaround, with a 59 cent EPS profit. Even so, that missed the forecast by almost a dime. The outlook for Q3, normally TA’s strongest of the year, is for EPS of 73 cents.Turning to the insider trades, Adam Portnoy of the Board of Directors has the most recent informative buys. Earlier this month, he purchased over 323,000 shares, laying out more than $5.32 million for the stock. Analyst James Sullivan, of BTIG makes two observations about TravelCenters. First, he points out, “The long-haul trucking industry has an approximate 71% share of total primary tonnage in the U.S. freight industry, making it the primary mode of freight transportation.” Sullivan then adds that this opens up opportunity for TA going forward: “The increasing demands of the nation’s large trucking fleets for consolidated service providers that can provide fuel and truck service on a national basis appear likely to drive additional consolidation in the industry.”Sullivan rates TA shares a Buy, and his $34 price target suggests the stock has an impressive 82% upside potential for the coming year. (To watch Sullivan’s track record, click here)Overall, shares in TA are rated a Strong Buy from the analyst consensus, based on 5 recent reviews including 4 Buys and 1 Hold. The shares are selling for $19.24, and the $22.70 average price target implies room for 18% upside growth. (See TA stock analysis on TipRanks)Highwoods Properties (HIW)The next stock is a real estate investment trust. Highwood operates mostly in the Southeast US, but also in Pittsburgh, where it acquires, develops, leases, and manages a portfolio of suburban office and light industrial properties.Where most companies reported heavy losses during the corona crisis, HIW saw revenues in 1H20 remain stable. EPS has grown sequentially into Q1 and remained flat in Q2 at 93 cents. Both quarter beat EPS expectations.Despite the solid financial results, HIW shares have still not recovered from the market collapse of midwinter. The stock is down 27% year-to-date.Through all of this, Highwoods has maintained its dividend, as is common among REITs. The company has a 17-year history of dividend growth and reliability, and the current payment of 48 cents per common share has been stable for the past 7 quarters. At this level, it annualizes to $1.92 and gives a yield of 5.8%.Highwoods’ insider trading has come from Board member Carlos Evans, who purchased 10,000 shares for $337,000 dollars last week. His move was the first informative buy on HIW in the last 6 months.Truist analyst Michael Lewis is impressed by the quality of HIW’s portfolio. He writes, “We continue to believe that HIW’s portfolio is one of the best-positioned among traditional office REITs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent collections have been excellent and there are no large near-term lease expirations. More broadly, the portfolio should benefit from being focused in drivable, close-in Sunbelt suburbs.”In line with these comments, Lewis rates the stock a Buy. His price target, $45, indicates a 31% potential upside from current levels. (To watch Lewis’ track record, click here)Overall, HIW has a cautiously optimistic Moderate Buy consensus rating from the Street. This breaks down into 2 Buy ratings and 1 Hold. We can also see from TipRanks that the average analyst price target is $43, which implies a ~25% upside from the current share price. (See HIW stock analysis on TipRanks)VEREIT (VER)The last stock on our insider trading list is another REIT. VEREIT is major owner and manager of retail, restaurant, and commercial real estate, with a portfolio that includes over 3,800 properties worth a collective $14.7 billion. The company’s assets are 45% retail and 20% restaurants; the rest is mainly office and light industrial sites. The total leasable square footage is 88.9 million square feet.So VEREIT is a giant in the REIT sector – but size didn’t protect it from the general downturn this year. Share performance has been lackluster, and revenues have been falling off gradually since Q4 of last year. The second quarter results showed $279 million on the top line, the lowest in a year – but the quarter also saw earnings turn back upwards, reaching 17 cents per share.VER cut back on its dividend earlier this year, reducing the payment to 8 cents per share to keep it in line with earnings. That dividend has been maintained, and the next payment is set for mid-October. The current dividend yield is 4.5%, well over double the average found among S&P stocks.The big insider trade on VER comes from Board member and CEO Glenn Rufrano. He spent over $252K on a block of 40,000 shares, pushing the insider sentiment on this stock into positive territory.Covering the stock for JPMorgan, 5-star analyst Anthony Paolone sees an important strength in VER, noting that the company has been successful in collecting rents during the crisis period. “[Its] collections showed good improvement going into July, with 85% collections in 2Q and 91% in July; when considering all the abatements and deferrals, it appears that at this point about 94% of pre-COVID contractual rental revenue has been addressed, and it seems to us that a normalized run rate for this vast majority of the portfolio should take hold in early 2021; the company is making progress in working through the remaining 5-6% of non-collections,” Paolone noted.Paolone gives VER an Overweight (i.e. Buy) rating, and his $8 price target implies a 22% upside for the next 12 months. (To watch Paolone’s track record, click here)All in all, VER has drawn optimism mixed with caution when it comes to consensus opinion among sell-side analysts. Out of 5 analysts polled in the last 3 months, 3 are bullish on the stock, while 2 remain sidelined. With an 11% upside potential, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $7.25. (See VEREIT’s stock analysis at TipRanks)To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.


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I tested Apple Watch sleep tracking to save you time and battery life




I tested Apple Watch sleep tracking to save you time and battery life

If you’re an executive seeking peak performance from the moment you wake up, or a parent hoping to create a better nightly routine for your family, you’ve probably heard about sleep tracking wearables — devices that promise to improve your health and productivity by monitoring your sleep. Sleep tracking is rapidly becoming more ubiquitous: This month, Apple added the feature to tens of millions of Apple Watches in a free watchOS 7 software update, and Fossil did so for select Google Wear OS watches in August.

But despite years of work by researchers and wearable developers, meaningfully useful sleep tracking remains closer to a dream than reality. After trying the feature in pre-release versions of watchOS 7, I spent the last week testing Apple’s finished sleep tracking app, which meant changing my daily charging routine, wearing my watch to bed each night, and checking my phone for insights each day. Having gone through that, I’m convinced that I’ve experienced the core of a valuable solution, but just like the very first Apple Watch, it feels half-baked, and not fully ready for prime time.

For the time being, I can’t in good faith recommend that busy professionals waste precious time on Apple’s current sleep tracking app, and I don’t have much confidence in rival solutions, either. Even with the latest and greatest Apple Watch, users can expect little in the way of actionable insights, coupled with the inconvenience of mid-day smartwatch recharging, every day — a step beyond the prior “leave it on a nightstand dock” system people grudgingly began to accept years ago. My big takeaway is that most users will be better off waiting for more mature software and hardware before diving into sleep tracking, but if you want to experiment with the feature now, it’s here to test at no additional charge.

Here are some of the things I discovered during my testing regimen.

Wearable battery life remains the biggest problem

Ever since the first Apple Watch arrived in 2015, Apple has stuck to the same battery life guarantee: 18 hours of run time between charges. The actual number can be much lower if you use the watch to make long phone calls, constantly download data, or track extended runs or workouts, but on the other hand, the latest Apple Watches quietly exceed the 18-hour promise if you disable or only lightly use their new features. Regardless, Apple’s guideline was simple: Put the watch on your wrist each morning, don’t worry about battery life all day, then place it on a charger each night, and repeat ad infinitum.

Given that it has had five years to prepare for the addition of sleep tracking — which obviously requires users to wear watches overnight — Apple could have boosted battery life any year with a bigger housing or more power-efficient parts to enable multi-day run times. Some competitors have made those choices, relying heavily on longer run times to differentiate their devices. Apple instead decided to market its way around its design compromises, and recently has floated the idea that users should just recharge their watches during morning showers.

If you don’t, and the Watch has less than 30% battery life when you reach bedtime, sleep tracking will be a problem. This apparently isn’t some basic background process, which means a lot of juice is being used for overnight tracking. I wonder how much of an impact it will have on the lifespans of Apple Watch batteries: Sleep tracking alone could push the rechargeable cells to age faster than they have during the wearable’s first five years on the market, increasing the need for repairs or earlier replacements.

Since Apple successfully convinced tens of millions of people to deal with nightly smartwatch charging, notably starting at a time when watch wearing was on the decline, I’ll concede that it has a better chance of pushing at least some users to transition to mid-day charging, despite how insane that sounds right now. But from my perspective, the single worst part about sleep tracking is that it interrupts my passive use and enjoyment of the watch every day with a need to take the device off and put it on a charger for a while, just to get sleep data during the night. Between that daily hassle and the nature of the data, I don’t think sleep tracking is worth the annoyance.

Sleep data is modest and not particularly actionable

Apple’s sleep tracking app interface is simple. Tell it your preferred “bedtime” schedule — in my case, 11pm to just before 6am — and it will be looking out for sleep during those times; mid-day naps won’t be counted. It turns out that you must set up tracking schedules to cover each individual day of the week, or use separate schedules for weekdays and weekends. I didn’t realize until too late that the Watch hadn’t recorded data for two full nights because I hadn’t set up a separate weekend schedule to cover them.

Assuming the Watch gathers your data properly, you’ll see a very modest display of data, including a bar representing your total “time asleep,” the timestamps representing the start and end points, and a bar chart covering the last 14 days. If you want a deeper dive than that, you can open the Health app on an iPhone to see “average time in bed,” “average time asleep,” and under some conditions, correlation of your overnight heart rate data with your sleeping schedule. One day when I checked the Health app, the heart rate data was there; on another day, it disappeared from the app’s list of “Highlights,” and I couldn’t find it.

I was somewhat astonished by how little information the Watch presented after a night of sleep. The Health app shows an aqua-colored bar representing “time asleep” overlaid upon a darker blue bar representing “time in bed,” with gaps suggesting mid-sleep interruptions. That’s it. There’s nothing about deep or REM sleep, and no easy way to see whether those interruption bars coincided with a rise in your heart rate or some other event earlier in the week.

Apple has suggested it’s providing little data to keep users from obsessing over their sleep schedules, as it might inadvertently generate even more anxiety or restlessness than before. I’m still not sure whether that’s truly an act of kindness, or just a convenient excuse for underwhelming functionality, but in any case what’s gathered doesn’t yet feel like it justifies an inconvenience.

Accuracy is a positive

The biggest positive I noted is a sense — developed over time, and in consultation with others who have also been testing the feature — that Apple’s sleep tracking data is mostly correct, even if there’s not much of it. My Watch does appear to be properly extrapolating whether I’m “asleep” rather than just “in bed” based on sensor data, including some lack of movement, certain wrist positioning information, heartbeat scans, and perhaps external factors. The aqua bars and gaps lined up temporally with my nightly sleeping recollections, down roughly to the minute I fell asleep. Two friends and my kids have all had the same experience.

As a father, I’m already fretting when I see multiple brief interruptions in my kids’ sleep bars when they’ve been sleeping at another location. If this is the future of health tracking, I can imagine several reasons that Apple — and clinicians, including privacy-concerned ones — might be concerned about presenting too much data, now and going forward. But in a health setting, users should have the ability to choose how much data they feel comfortable seeing, rather than being told that little or no data is being presented because of how they might react to it.

Apple’s Wind Down is better than its sleep tracking

Though I’m not thrilled with the sleep tracking functionality, Apple did a nice job with a related set of watchOS 7 and iOS 14 features called Wind Down. Rather than just telling you how much you slept, Wind Down provides a holistic approach to weaning you off your phone at night, softly encouraging you to settle down before a full Do Not Disturb regime kicks in.

If you prefer to use apps to relax, you can create iOS shortcuts specific to settling down, such as turning on a music playlist or podcast, opening an app for reading or journaling, or accessing apps for yoga and meditation. These shortcuts will appear on the iPhone’s Lock Screen so that you’re reminded to use them instead of diving deeper into your app collection. Alternately, you can initiate a watchOS Wind Down sleep mode that begins however many minutes you prefer before your scheduled bedtime, and ends with Do Not Disturb going on.

These sorts of features may seem simple to implement, but they’re actually thoughtful, OS-level integrations that show how sleep tracking functionality could become a part of a larger sleep management experience for some users. I might want to keep using Wind Down even in the absence of sleep tracking.

Parting thoughts

Sleep tracking has been on smartwatch users’ wish lists for a long time, so I would love to be able to tell you that Apple nailed it with the feature in watchOS 7 — that it’s awesome and will improve your daily performance. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I would be surprised if most people find Apple’s presented information actionable, and on balance, I found that there wasn’t enough value in the data to justify the hassle of mid-day charging. Having tested sleep tracking for a week, I’m actively looking forward to disabling it and going back to my regular routine tonight.

That said, my gut feeling is that we’re looking at what Apple considers version 1.0 of the feature, and that it has serious potential to improve in subsequent software and hardware releases. Adding more actionable, cross-referenced data similar to the heart rate “highlights” might help users diagnose what’s waking them up at night. This could happen with more robust overnight data collection, such as the ambient noise measurements the Watch already can take, or potentially by synchronizing bedmates’ data, assuming that Apple’s ever-stiffening privacy concerns don’t stifle the concepts. If the Watch is going to be using as much energy as it does at night, it should be gathering a lot of data and making the most of it.

There are alternatives, such as extending Watch battery life with a bigger battery, so that the existing sleep tracking functionality doesn’t require a mid-day recharge. That would make the feature more acceptable as-is, limitations and all.

If you have an Apple Watch already, or have considered buying one for sleep tracking, my advice would be to set your expectations low for this new feature — and probably don’t waste your time or energy on it. But you may find that it helps under specific circumstances, so don’t be afraid to test its value for yourself, as you may get at least a little something out of the limited information Apple currently is willing to offer.


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Biden can beat (and infuriate) Trump by being the adult on the presidential debate stage




Biden can beat (and infuriate) Trump by being the adult on the presidential debate stage

When Donald Trump first exploded on the political scene, he was an unpredictable rule breaker and neither the news media nor anyone else knew how to handle him. But now, we’ve got a much better idea of what makes Trump tick.

First, the Lincoln Project has proved that while President Trump appears formidable, he’s really just a creature of instinct who’s actually both predictable and unable to defend his weak spots once you find them. Pull the right string, and Trump will dance like a cheap marionette and about as gracefully.

Second, as we’ve seen in numerous interviews and a recent disastrous town hall, Trump has a very shallow comfort zone and is quickly out of his depth once he loses control of an interaction. The more you let him talk, especially under pressure, the deeper he will dig his hole. He has even made up what appear to be entirely new policies on the fly to get out of answering an uncomfortable question.

Reduce Trump to apoplexy

Finally, Trump thrives on anger and conflict. There is no margin in getting into a name-calling match with him. He melts down in the face of pity and laughter, however, and refusing to engage will infuriate him.

Rope-a-dope isn’t just for boxing. Sometimes, it’s an effective debate strategy, too. If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden puts all these pieces together, he has an excellent chance of reducing President Trump to apoplexy.

The first rule is to never rise to the bait and trade insult for insult. Biden’s best tactic is to always be the adult in the room. The first time Trump gets nasty, which will probably be in the first 10 minutes since nasty is Trump’s go-to move, Biden should look directly into the camera and calmly explain, “If insults are what you want from a president, I’m not your candidate. I’m not here to trade insults with President Trump. I’m here to talk about the issues that matter to you, like how we are going to dig out of the coronavirus mess that President Trump has left us in. So let me use my remaining time to talk about that.”

When Trump interrupts, as he inevitably will, Biden should resist the natural urge to talk over him. Instead, after Trump has exhausted himself, Biden should shake his head ruefully and say, “There he goes again,” and then get back to the point he was trying to make when interrupted.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sept. 23, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

There is the idea out there that forcefully making your point is the key to winning a presidential debate, but that’s not the same thing as being unable to control yourself. Biden’s campaign is based around him being calm, rational, and a healer. He doesn’t win by being more pugnacious than Trump. He wins by being the reasonable adult handling the angry toddler.

Finally, trying to fact-check President Trump is a losing game. As we saw in his town hall meeting, he can make things up faster than anyone can possibly correct him. But there is a more effective strategy that Biden can employ: He can concern-troll the president.

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When Trump claims, for example, that Biden wants to defund the police, Biden should turn to the camera and say, “Folks, we have a big problem here. It isn’t that Donald Trump lies all the time. It’s that he genuinely believes his lies are true. I am on record multiple times as being against defunding the police.

“Chris Wallace, our moderator, has pointed that out to him personally, on camera. But Donald Trump still believes it. We have someone sitting in the White House who is so confused that he can’t tell truth from fiction. He does this all the time. I’m afraid we’re likely to see several other examples of the president’s confusion tonight. I am deeply worried about him and I’m deeply worried about this country as long as he is sitting in the Oval Office trying to make decisions.”

Ignoring facts on COVID and his taxes

Trump’s greatest, deepest fear is not being taken seriously, so he won’t enjoy having his attacks dismissed like this. Along the same lines, if Wallace brings up Trump’s tax returns, Biden should say, “Look, I don’t blame President Trump for being embarrassed about his tax returns, I would be too, if I were him. But here’s the deal. This is part of a pattern of Trump playing pretend and refusing to face facts.

“Despite six bankruptcies and a taxable income that would qualify him for food stamps, I think President Trump genuinely believes he’s some sort of great businessman, just like he gives himself an A+ for handling the coronavirus pandemic even though we’ve got more than 200,000 dead Americans and rising infection rates. This kind of detachment from reality is killing America and it has to stop.” There is nothing Joe Biden could possibly say more calculated to rattle the president.

Infiltrating head space: I joined the Lincoln Project because it’s leading the 2020 fight to repel Trump and Trumpism

Biden isn’t actually debating Trump on Tuesday night. There are few if any people in America who are trying to choose between the Trump agenda and the Biden agenda. And certainly, no one is going to vote for Biden because he shows he can be just as mean and nasty to Trump as Trump is to him.

There are, however, millions of people trying to decide what kind of president Biden would be and whether they are afraid of him. If Biden can destroy Trump without attacking Trump’s supporters in the process, this election is all over but the voting. And the best way to do that is to let Donald Trump do it himself.

Chris Truax, an appellate lawyer in San Diego and CEO of, is a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors.

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