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Apple Inc. confirms purchase of central Ore. land

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Apple Inc. confirms it has bought 160 acres in central Oregon and plans a data center there.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet confirmed the deal Tuesday to KTVZ-TV but declined to discuss any details.

The station reports that the Prineville, Ore., parcel purchased from Crook County for $5.6 million is close to a huge data center built by Facebook.

A property deed filed last week with the county clerk's office identified Apple as the buyer in a project previously code-named "Maverick."

County Judge Mike McCabe chairs the Crook County Commission. He tells The Oregonian, "We're looking at a couple hundred jobs for quite some time in the construction phase and maybe half that many after that."