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Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick pleads not guilty to sexually abusing teenage boy

REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl
REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

McCarrick, 91, a former archbishop of Washington, D.C., wore a face mask and hunched over a walker as he entered the courthouse in Dedham, Massachusetts, walking past TV cameras and a demonstrator yelling “shame on you.”

He said nothing as the court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to three counts of indecent assault and battery filed in July.Each charge carries up to five years in prison.

Bail was set at $5,000, and McCarrick, who now lives in Dittmer, Missouri, was ordered not to contact his alleged victim or children. His lawyer declined to comment. McCarrick has said he had no recollection of committing child abuse.

McCarrick is the only U.S. Catholic cardinal to face child sex abuse charges. He was expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood in 2019 after a Vatican investigation found him guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults.

Storm Ida: Before and after pictures show devastating impact of floods on New Jersey and Louisiana

An after photo shows New Jersey baseball park completely wiped out by floodwater. Pic: AP/MAXAR
An after photo shows New Jersey baseball park completely wiped out by floodwater. Pic: AP/MAXAR

So far 64 people have been confirmed dead across eight states, including 25 in New Jersey and 11 in Louisiana.

After it first struck the Deep South on Sunday, it has caused mass devastation along the East Coast, with the most fatalities in New Jersey and New York.

Torrential rainfall has caused a highway to collapse, a sports stadium to flood and cars to be washed away with people trapped inside.

Here Sky News uses satellite images to reveal the devastating extent of Ida on two of the worst-affected states.

Michael Brewer: Those Left Behind in Afghanistan | CLIP | American Thought Leaders

Michael Brewer, a US Army Special Operations veteran, describes his work in civilian led operations in Afghanistan to try to airlift out Americans and Afghani left behind amid the US withdrawal.

Katie Hopkins SKID ROW ahead of the recall

Concerned Parents Demand Action at Natomas Unified School Board Meeting Following Veritas BOMBSHELL

Firefly’s Alpha Rocket Exploded After Detonation by the Space Force

Alpha was a two-stage rocket that stretched ten stories high, and lifted off successfully from the Space Force’s Vandenberg base in California, at 9:59 PM EDT on Thursday, carrying a payload of tiny satellites to space at no charge to their private owners.

As Firefly’s first-ever mission, it was a risky one from the start, so no one is overwhelmingly surprised.

But just two and a half minutes post-liftoff, the rocket failed to reach its maximum aerodynamic pressure (called “Max Q” in the industry), and started to swagger to its side until turned horizontal.

This is when the rocket exploded.

With no hope of recovery, Space Launch Delta 30 stepped in to terminate the launch vehicle to keep it from potentially slamming into public areas, detonating the rocket mid-air in a magnificent explosion. 

Man killed when human trafficking suspects plow into multiple vehicles during Koreatown pursuit

The incident began shortly before midnight when officers observed the suspects dropping off a human trafficking victim near the intersection of Melrose and North Western avenues in the Hollywood area, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Rex Ingram said.

Officers attempted to stop the suspects’ black Mercedes-Benz but initiated a pursuit instead when the suspects refused to pull over, Ingram said.

The chase lasted only a few minutes before the suspects crashed into three uninvolved vehicles near the intersection of 6th Street and South Wilton Place in Koreatown.

A man driving a white Toyota pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash, Ingram said.

‘QAnon shaman’ pleads guilty, faces 4 years in prison for Jan. 6 Capitol attack

 File Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
 File Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI 

The accused U.S. Capitol rioter known as “QAnon shaman” accepted a plea deal with federal prosecutors on Friday in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 attack.

Jacob Chansley, whose face paint and horned helmet became one of the symbols of the attack, entered a guilty plea to one count of obstruction.

The Phoenix man was charged with six counts, ranging from civil disorder to violent entry.

Chansley could face up to 51 months in prison, minus eight months already served, according to sentencing guidelines. He has been in custody since January.

Taliban fighter told evacuee ‘go and tell the State Department to f— themselves,’ report says

Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the U.S. withdrawal in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. (AP)
Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the U.S. withdrawal in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. (AP)

Multiple outlets, including The New York Post, reported on the difficulties facing would-be evacuees who attempted to get to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport through a gauntlet of Taliban checkpoints. 

Now, the messages obtained by the Washington Examiner show how fraught the situation became in the final days before the last flight left Aug. 30. 

One Afghan-American who worked with the office of Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said the Islamic fundamentalist group’s fighters “were creating as much problem as they could.” 

The Examiner reports that lawmakers, staffers and would-be evacuees found that the Taliban did not want to let Afghan-Americans through the checkpoints, even when people brandished their dark-blue US passports. 

New Jersey Reportedly Offers Reduced Prison Sentences If Inmates Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

(Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

The sentence reduction is one of a number of incentives that were offered to inmates beginning last month if they get two doses of the vaccine, according to

Among the other incentives are an “I Got Vaccinated” photo of themselves that can be shared with friends and family, a $10 commissary credit and a specialized food package.

New York has also started offering prisoners incentives to get vaccinated, including care packages, barbeque parties and conjugal visits.

Washington law enforcement agency prepares for staffing crisis after vaccination firings

The King C0unty Sheriff’s office in Washington state sent an email to employees on Thursday which discussed the ongoing patrol staffing crisis and told them to plan for a sudden separation of a number of deputies in the fall due to the new state-employee vaccination mandate.

In an email obtained by The Post Millennial, Chief of Patrol Operations Jesse Anderson said law enforcement agencies across the state of Washington are planning for changes in the near future.

Chief Anderson explained that the non-compliant vaccination firings will only add to the staffing crisis and said deputies, detectives, and sergeants in other departments will need to start preparing to move back to patrol and help with overtime shifts.

As the King County Sheriff’s Office prepares for a staffing crisis, recent reports revealed that Seattle is on pace to match or exceed 2020’s 25-year record high of homicides. King County is also on track to eclipse last year’s record high number of homicides.

‘Ambush-Style’ Attacks on Law Enforcement Skyrocketing in 2021: Union

Dozens of Chicago police officers and personnel walk out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after attending the bond hearings for two brothers charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Officer Ella French, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021,
Dozens of Chicago police officers and personnel walk out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after attending the bond hearings for two brothers charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Officer Ella French, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Chicago. French was fatally shot and her partner was critically wounded in West Englewood while in the line of duty Saturday night. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Data show 83 officers were shot in 67 separate ambush-style attacks between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, according to the National Fraternal Order of Police.

That’s up 148 percent from the same time period last year.

“It’s just a massive increase,” Joe Gamaldi, vice president of the union and a Houston police sergeant, told The Epoch Times.

Officers can be ambushed when people make a fake 911 call in an attempt to lure them to an area and attack them. One such attack unfolded in Arvada, Colorado, in June, leaving police officer Gordon Beasley dead. Another took place in Nashville in June.

The other primary type of ambush involves situations where officers aren’t able to defend themselves. An example is when officers conduct a traffic stop and somebody opens fire on them as they’re approaching the vehicle.

Officers are being attacked at a record pace this year. The 220 police officers shot so far in 2021 is on track to set a record number, Gamaldi said. The union started tracking the number four years ago.

Forty officers have been killed by gunfire during the same time period.

Malibu homeless man reportedly attacks family of 5 with machete, causes dad to lose an eye. Suspect was arrested months earlier but released by progressive DA.

Image Source: YouTube screenshot
Image Source: YouTube screenshot

Two homeless people allegedly approached a family saying they were not allowed in the area, leading to an argument between them and the father. The argument turned violent when one of the suspects, later identified as Richard Franck, pulled out a machete and began swinging at the father.

The two suspects were later found and arrested. Both now face charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, KTTV said. Franck is being held on $1 million bond.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva put the county’s district attorney, George Gascón, on blast Thursday, tweeting that Franck was arrested in April for pulling a knife on a peace officer, only to be released on a misdemeanor charge under the district attorney’s progressive new crime measures.

California Taxpayers Will Pay $800,000 to Church Targeted by Newsom, City Officials

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D., Calif.) administration and Los Angeles County quietly agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a local church in connection to their enforcement of unconstitutional lockdown policies, according to a legal settlement.

State and local authorities will each pay $400,000 to Grace Community Church and pastor John MacArthur to cover the legal costs wrought by Newsom’s shutdown order, which singled out churches for capacity limits as he eased restrictions on businesses.

State officials threatened massive fines and even jail time for the pastor after the church resumed services in the summer of 2020.

Local officials went so far as to cancel the church’s five-decade-old lease on a parking lot. MacArthur, in a statement, said the settlement, as well as numerous legal victories, vindicated his stand-off with California Democrats.

Ex-prosecutor indicted for misconduct in Ahmaud Arbery death

This combo of booking photos provided by the Glynn County, Ga., Detention Center, shows from left, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr.  (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)
This combo of booking photos provided by the Glynn County, Ga., Detention Center, shows from left, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.  (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

A grand jury in coastal Glynn County indicted former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson on a felony count of violating her oath of office and hindering a law enforcement officer, a misdemeanor.

The indictment resulted from an investigation Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr requested last year into local prosecutors’ handling of Arbery’s slaying after a cellphone video of the shooting and a delay in charges sparked a national outcry.

“While an indictment was returned today, our file is not closed, and we will continue to investigate in order to pursue justice,” Carr, a Republican, said in a statement.

Both McMichaels and Bryan were charged with murder and other crimes in May 2020 and face trial this fall.

Prosecutors say Arbery was merely jogging in their neighborhood and was unarmed when Travis McMichael shot him. They say there is no evidence Arbery had committed a crime.

Florida will issue $5K fines each time school or business asks for proof of COVID vaccine

“Promises made, promises kept,” a spokesperson for Gov. Ron DeSantis, Taryn Fenske, said of the rule explaining the fines, according to Fox 13.

The Florida Department of Health published a rule last week titled, “Penalties for COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation Requirements,” that will take effect on Sept. 16 and will result in fines of up to $5,000 being issued “per individual and separate violation.”

Fines will need to be paid within 30 days. Cruise lines and businesses that mandate vaccines for their employees will be exempt from the fines.

Florida may consider abortion bill similar to Texas after SCOTUS decision

Republican Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson confirmed that the Sunshine State would be likely joining other states in passing anti-abortion legislation following the Supreme Court’s decision, he told WFLA on Thursday.

“When the Supreme Court goes out and makes a decision like this, it clearly is going to send a signal to all the states that are interested in banning abortions or making it more restrictive to have an abortion in their state, it’s certainly going to make us take a look at those issues,” Simpson said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Thursday he supports pro-life legislation and would be looking into it.

“What they did in Texas was interesting, and I haven’t really been able to look enough about it, they’ve basically done this through private right of action, so it’s a little bit different than how a lot of these debates have gone, so we’ll have to look, I’m going to look more significantly at it,” DeSantis said, according to NBC6.

ISIS terrorist pleads guilty in torture, killing of Kayla Mueller, 3 other Americans

ISIS flag (DoD Photo/Released)
ISIS flag (DoD Photo/Released)

Kotey and two other ISIS members supervised the terrorist group’s jails and were responsible for moving hostages between jail sites.

Kotey and his co-conspirators engaged in a prolonged pattern of physical and psychological violence against hostages that the DOJ said was intended to control the hostages and compel the victims’ family members and the U.S. government to pay large ransoms for their release.

Steven M. D’Antuono, the assistant director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said, “Years ago, Alexanda Kotey’s actions played out on the world stage, and those brutal crimes against Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, as well as two British and two Japanese hostages are forever burned into the eyes of the American people.”

WATCH: Andy Ngo joins Tucker Carlson to discuss charges filed against serial sex offender in viral Wi Spa incident

The biological male who self-identifies as a trans-woman, Darren Agee Merager, is a tier-one registered sex offender with multiple felonies.

“As a gay man, LGBT stories interest me, but as a journalist, the truth matters the most,” Ngo said.

“The truth here is that four women and a minor girl, all people of color, came forward to authorities, despite the pressure that they were facing from the public.

The LAPD were completely silent for two months throughout this investigation which seemed like they were trying to make the story go away or was giving some legitimacy that there wasn’t merit to the original claims,” Ngo continued.

What we’re seeing from teachers and parents standing up against #CRT

Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action for America talks about what we’re seeing from teachers and parents standing up against #CRT. 

Jonathan Butcher on the intent of Critical Race Theory

Jonathan Butcher talks about the aims of the 1619 project, argues that such ideology “casts a pall on those who sacrificed for the civil rights era and the civil rights movement.”


Larry Elder on why sensible Californians should FIRE Newsom

Larry Elder, Host of the Larry Elder Show and current gubernatorial candidate, is frightening Democrats in California.

He’s the reason why far-left mega donor George Soros just dropped ANOTHER $500 thousand for Governor Newsom’s recall race.

AND his promising numbers are why the media is going so far as to label him the ‘blackface of white supremacy’ (looking at you, LA Times).

Thankfully, Elder is remaining cool, calm, collected, and confident for Californians. He shares with Glenn his plans to save freedom in California if elected and why voters there — especially moderates — should give him a chance…

Two senior Dem centrists send Pelosi demands for $3.5T megabill

Reps. Stephanie Murphy (pictured) and Henry Cuellar laid out “overarching principles” that the reconciliation bill and its drafting process must meet in order for them to support the legislation. | Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP
Reps. Stephanie Murphy (pictured) and Henry Cuellar laid out “overarching principles” that the reconciliation bill and its drafting process must meet in order for them to support the legislation. | Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP

It’s the latest salvo between the Democratic Party’s warring factions over the size, scope and sequencing of the up to $3.5 trillion piece of legislation, which Pelosi hopes to put to a vote on the floor by the end of the month.

The speaker promised that centrists would be consulted on the bill’s provisions after 10 of them nearly upended the House’s plan to pass the budget framework last month.

Only two of those ten signed the two-page letter: Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

In it, the two lay out “overarching principles” that the reconciliation bill and its drafting process must meet in order for them to support the legislation.

“This letter is just to reinforce to the speaker that we intend to hold her accountable to the commitments that she made around pre-conferencing, the bill, as well as paying for the bill,” Murphy said.

AZ Gubernatorial Candidate Kari Lake: “Well Done, Texas. ARIZONA IS NEXT” – Calls On Ducey To Sign Arizona Heartbeat Law: “If My Predecessor Refuses To Sign It, I WILL DO SO IN A HEARTBEAT.”

As Governor, Kari Lake has vowed to finish Arizona’s southern border wall, pardon every patriot who stood up to COVID tyranny, and now, to sign a “carbon copy” of the Texas Heartbeat Law in Arizona.

If Doug Ducey does not sign this bill into law, Kari Lake says she will.

Meanwhile, Arizona Secretary of State radical leftist Katie Hobbs, who stole the last election, is running for governor and will act as the Chief Elections Officer in her own election.

Kari Lake has called on “the most partisan Secretary of State in the history of Arizona, Katie Hobbs, to step down from her duties in administering the 2022 election when Hobbs will be on the ballot as a candidate for Governor.”

Larry Elder Gets Endorsed For Governor By Former CA Democrat Leader Gloria Romero

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) took a major hit on Thursday as the recall effort against him continues when former California Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero endorsed his Republican opponent Larry Elder.

“I was just tired of the false narrative that was put forward that this was a right-wing conspiracy,” she said. “There are 1.7 million Californians that signed that recall petition – I was one of them.”

“I was tired of the ‘rules for thee but not for me’ attitude of the prince of the French laundry, who shut down our public schools but then he sent his kids to school,” Romero continued.

Leaks Are About To Come Out Of Capitol Hill

THEY GOT CAUGHT! Investigators Have Video of 240 Leftist Operatives in Georgia Dumping Thousands of Ballots from Backpacks into Drop Boxes in Middle of the Night!

According to John Fredericks state officials now have video of 240 leftist operatives he called “ballot traffickers” dumping tens of thousands of ballots into drop boxes in the middle of the night in locations across Georgia.

The leftist operatives were identified making numerous drops in the middle of the night.

They were filmed emptying their backpacks of ballots into the drop boxes in the middle of the night. Ballot harvesting is not legal in Georgia.

Heather Mullins from Real Americas Voice broke this news this morning on the John Fredericks radio show.

Three States To Hold Full Forensic Audits:

Democrats will use any excuse to get government control of the economy: Steve Hilton

‘The Next Revolution’ host Steve Hilton weighs in on the Democrats push for massive spending and Newsom’s recall effort on ‘Fox News Primetime.

Ric Grenell: America has to fight to change Washington

Former acting director of national intelligence calls on America to change Washington on ‘FOX News Primetime’.

Tucker: Democrats have abandoned their ‘my body, my choice’ argument

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host weighs in on the left’s hypocrisy regarding the government dictation of personal health decisions.

World News:

COVID-19: Major testing provider being investigated by watchdog over customer complaints

Millions of people in the UK have to buy PCR tests to travel abroad
Millions of people in the UK have to buy PCR tests to travel abroad

The company also allegedly failed to respond to complaints and allegedly refused to issue refunds, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

The watchdog has written to another 19 testing firms telling them to stop advertising misleading prices or face legal action under consumer protection laws.

The organisation said it was concerned the businesses falsely advertise tests at very low prices when they are either not available at that price or include hidden conditions, such as where the tests must be collected from.

Expert Medicals has been removed from the government’s list of testing providers and was the subject of many complaints to the CMA and Citizens Advice.

New Zealand police kill ‘terrorist’ who stabbed 6 people at an Auckland supermarket

A police officer stands outside an Auckland supermarket, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. New Zealand authorities said Friday they shot and killed a violent extremist after he entered a supermarket and stabbed and injured several shoppers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terror attack. (Alex Burton/New Zealand Herald via AP)
A police officer stands outside an Auckland supermarket, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. New Zealand authorities said Friday they shot and killed a violent extremist after he entered a supermarket and stabbed and injured several shoppers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terror attack. (Alex Burton/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand authorities were so worried about an extremist inspired by the Islamic State group they were following him around-the-clock and were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds of him unleashing a frenzied knife attack that wounded six people Friday at an Auckland supermarket.

Three of the shoppers were taken to Auckland hospitals in critical condition, police said. Another was in serious condition, while two more were in moderate condition.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the incident was a terror attack. She said the man was a Sri Lankan national who was inspired by the Islamic State group and was well known to the nation’s security agencies.

The attack unfolded at about 2:40 p.m. at a Countdown supermarket in New Zealand’s largest city.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said a police surveillance team and a specialist tactics group had followed the man from his home in the suburb of Glen Eden to the supermarket in New Lynn.

Damascus bombed in alleged Israeli raid;IRGC troop dies from Chemical injuries TV7 Israel News 03.09

1) Unidentified aircraft strike multiple military targets in the vicinity of Syria’s capital, Damascus.

2) An Iranian regime news agency confirms the death of an IRGC operative in Syria – due to chemical injuries.

3) IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi highlights the strategic importance of Israel’s Maritime domain. You are welcome to join our audience and watch all of our programs – free of charge!

While most eyes have been on Afghanistan lately, it is her neighbor to the west which concerns Israel on several fronts.

Israel’s global efforts to confront Iran – Jerusalem Studio 629

Iran’s nuclear project, the military presence in Syria by its own Quds Force as well as proxies and militias, its precision munitions supply to Hezbollah and the maritime blows it absorbs and tries to land.

This was a major topic during Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with US President Joe Biden last week, as Jerusalem tries to shore up a global coalition against Tehran’s actions.

How successful has this effort been so far?

Chemical Plant Explodes in Northwest China

A chemical plant with connections to China’s military reportedly had a major explosion at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, in China’s Shangxi province.

Residents say the blast could be heard from nearly 2 miles away. Some said the ensuing shockwave shattered their windows and damaged their walls.

China Could “Paralyze” Taiwan’s Military

Taiwan says China could “paralyze” its military if it wanted to.

That’s concerning because the Chinese Communist Party considers Taiwan a part of China, and has threatened to take it back by force if necessary.

The quad, an alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia, is doing military drills in the South China Sea.

And Chinese teachers have a new mandate: to plant the seeds of socialism in the hearts and minds of their students.

EU Defence Force Should Not Stretch NATO’s Resources, Stoltenberg Says

John Thys/Pool via REUTERS
John Thys/Pool via REUTERS

EU defence ministers are considering creating a “first entry force” of 5,000 troops, saying the bloc needed to react to conflicts beyond its borders, spurred by the chaotic Western withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“We welcome more EU efforts on defence, but that cannot replace NATO. It should not duplicate NATO, because we have one set of forces, we have scarce resources,”Stoltenberg told Reuters in an interview.

The EU’s efforts to create a force have been paralysed for more than a decade, despite the creation in 2007 of a system of EU battalion-sized battlegroups of 1,500 troops that have never been used due to disputes over funding and reluctance to deploy.


Dave Takes Media to Task for Covering for Biden & Attacking Sick Joe Rogan | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to John Bachman on Newsmax about how the mainstream media coverage of the Afghanistan collapse has shifted to covering for Joe Biden or ignoring the topic altogether.

Dave also gives his reaction to the horrible treatment of Joe Rogan testing positive for COVID and how the media almost seems to be happy that he’s sick.

Blue State Blues: Fire Them All, and Start Over

Andrew Harnik / AFP / Getty
Andrew Harnik / AFP / Getty

So the first step in rebuilding, in the wake of Afghanistan, must be to clean house — in the military, the Pentagon, the CIA, the State Department, the National Security Council — everywhere. Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should be dismissed, as should National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, CIA director William Burns, and Secretary of State Tony Blinken. Not one performed as Americans had the right to expect they would.

But rebuilding means more than replacing personnel.

It means ending the politicization of the military, through the ongoing purge of so-called “extremists,” which ignores the left and demonizes the right.

Critical Race Theory must be barred from military education, as a bill proposed by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) would do.

The push for transgenderism in the military should also be reconsidered; at the very least, the military should not be required to subsidize gender transition surgeries.

We also need a strategic shift.

Is the Death Penalty Ever Moral?

Are there circumstances under which a murderer deserves the death penalty?

In other words, should capital punishment be abolished or not? Dennis Prager explains.