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>> good evening everyone. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. food fight. the f.d.a. sweeping change to take antibiotics out of the meat on your dinner table. tipping point - chaos in ukraine. a story we've covered. tonight we talk to a leader of the growing protest movement. >> stress and impact. what we learn about the cause of the asianic airline clash. hearings begin with the focus of a trainee pilot at the controls. >> the history of selfies. they have been around for a long, lopping time.
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>> a seismic change in policy from the food and drug administration, one called unpress dated, one that impacts farms and people around the country. the agency is used to phase out poultry and milk. i'll talk to a medical doctor about what this means. >> first today's decision. >> giving antibiotics to live took has been common practice on american farms for decades. consider that in 2011, 30,000 pounds. drug was sold for meat and poultry production. it was used to keep stock healthy and for animals to grow faster. there's a risk in people. new recystent strains of
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bacteria were allowed to einvolve, sickening millions of americans, killing 23,000 people. that is driving the f.d.a. to phase out antibiotics for food production. in a statement the f.d.a. says: the faze out would happen. after that it was be illegal to use antibiotics. others say the guidelines, which have voluntary, will not do enough to keep people safe. >> i'm concerned that there'll be no change. they could continue to misuse antibiotics. it's unclear how much it will cost farmers or consumers. >> joining us now is the
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professor. do you think this is too late and not enough action? >> it's a little too late, but we have to start somewhere. people need to realise that three times more antibiotics are used on farms. people don't understand that. that breeds resistance. right now something is being done, and that's a good first step. >> why did it take so long? >> it seems like there's a lobby in d.c. for farmers and agriculture. it's powerful. we know that the f.d.a. and usda work together. with that large lobby pushing to not regulate the industry, it ha a lot to do with it. because there are so many resistant organisms, we know this is something that had to
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happen. >> how depend did farmers become on the use of antibiotics? >> very dependent. we use the antibiotics on farms, to make sure sick animals get healthy. the overuse makes the animals bigger. that is what farmers use it for. when you make the animals bigger, it's more marketable so you can sell more and yours is better. it's for the animals to get bigger, not to treat any ilpossess, that is the problem. >> doctor, the new regulations say the drug should be used only when medically necessary. is that a murky grey line allowing for accuse. >> yes, it is. things must be regulated. they don't have enough, let alone who is using antibiotics to make the cows and chicken
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bigger. when someone is out there with some diseases that team walk about, flesh-eating bacteria, they used to be treated with penicillin 15-20 years ago. now they kill people. at least there are regulations to enforce the rules. >> good to see you, doctor. thank you trevery much. >> now to the growing clashes between riot place and protesters in the ukraine. washington is considering sapti sanctions. it looked like tensions would boil over. >> like an army preparing for battle they are rebuilding fences and bringing in supplies.
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the operation movement in the independence square is creating a fortress for the pro-european movement. early wednesday saw elite militias bustling in, breaking down barricades. protesters occupy key buildings and re-established tense encampments. they feel they have momentum. president viktor yanukovych offered talks with opposition parties. >> translation: i'm calling on representatives of all political forces, reverend fathers, civil society to a national dialogue. i'm ready to take part in such a roundtable. to reach a compromise i call on the opposition not to refuse, not to go along the path but stopped off and cult valt. >> leaders are skeptical and want nothing short of revolution. a new government and president. >> viktor yanukovych is facing
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diplomatic pressure from the e.u. and the u.s. >> all policy option, including sanctioning are on the table. that is still being evaluated. >> ukrainians that want closer ties with the west are back in their thousands on independence square in kiev. they believe they have scored a victory against the police in this government. >> viktor yanukovych is unable to restore his authority. when he last agreed to talks he sent the riot police in. protesters are not taking chances. >> just a few minutes ago i talked to a ukrainian activist. we asked casuarina crook what he is seeing in independence square. >> the latest news is more and more people are gathering. two days ago there was fights
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with the riot police. trying to attack the barricades. people have protected them, and also we have protected children. it's still occupied by our protesters. now from what i have seen from yesterday, people are more opt mistic. >> what are you trying to accomplish with the protests? >> well, our message has changed a little with the time, and with the way the movement developed. at the beginning we demanded viktor yanukovych to sign the agreement with the european movement. after having done this our message changed, especially
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after that everyone started to demand viktor yanukovych to step down. now the message is to change the regime, country, government. to have a new president and parliamentary elections. >> now that police have pulled back, are you more hopeful? >> well, it's hard to say. the struggles with police are getting more and more fierce at the time. but from what i have seen, after every fight and this is the name of fighting more and more people, some from other cities in ukraine are coming to support. >> how aggressive were the police. well, police, itself won't understand - police, itself n the ukraine, most of all they
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are saying they are supporting us. special forces profess to fight with people like us. they are brutal. a lot of people have had broken hands and so on. they are quite good. >> katerina crook, thanks very much. >> you are welcome. >> the united states is cutting back on aids. the rebels battling government forces. humanitarian aid will continue, but the u.s. and britain are suspending nonlethal aid including medical supplies, body armour and communications equipment. mike viqueira has the latest from the white house. as the syrian civil war dragged on, and a debate in washington what to do about it, the concern was splint aring and factionalism. if arm and aid were to go to them, would it end up in the
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wrong hands. the fear is that may be what happens. a group that broke off from the main rebel alliance has seized the headquarters and other buildings, including warehouses with syria. in response the awes says it will cut off nonlethal aid to syria that has been going forward. >> the principal press spokesman - here is how he describes the situation? >> we are still gathering facts and talking with id ris. as a result of this situation, the united states suspended all further delivers of nonlethal assistance into northern syria. at the same time it's important for people to understand that humanitarian assistance, distributed through international organizations is not affected. >> what is nonlethal aid?
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$260 million of commuption gear, mres, meals ready to eat. vehicles. there's a deal of concern that these have fallen into the wrong hands. administration at pains to point out that $1.3 billion of aid continues to flow. that is administered by the united nations and other nongovernmental organizations. what about lethal aid? remember in the summer, it was devolved from capitol hill, that the american government was arming the rebels with small mupitions. it was never acknowledged by the administration. today they had no comment about the fate of those munitions. >> mike viqueira at the white house. refugees fleeing the civil war i facing a new and deadly threat, the weather. we report on the desperation
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conditions. >> it's the third year some refugees spend in makeshift shelters and the hardest. a storm has hit the area. this is where the majority of destitute syrian refugees settled in makeshift tent communities. they have built flims si accomodation because they can't afford rent. >> translation: look how bad assist, the chin are suffering. we don't have film to get warm. there are those cold and dying from the cold. >> the storm is expected to last through the weekend. the misery of the syrians is felt by 280 tenth communities across the valley. those that have not registered have yet to receive much-needed aid. >> translation: we arrived yesterday and need to register as refugees. the office is so far away.
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we called, no one answered. maybe it's because the weather. we don't know what will happen to us. >> the u.n. refugee agency has been working with the army to provide blankets and additional plastic sheeting. delivering aid to a community is a challenge. a better solution is needed. >> we met with the government and social affairs and identified a piece of land where we could build up to standard tents that would be more weather proof. >> the lebanese government refused to set up official camps. lebanese people fear it would encourage them to stay, like the palestinians have stayed. it is seen as a threat to the democratic balance in lebanon. >> clearly the cold weather is
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causing suffering. metrologist kevin corriveau has been monitoring the situation. unfortunately last year i watched the same event through the winter. situations like this in the refugee camps are deadly for the young and old. you can see the storm here, especially the rights pushing onshore. this is a scenario, an area of low pressure pushing into parts of syria, as well as into turkey. this is what we expect in terms of rain and snow. it's not just lebanon, it's up here on the border of turkey. there's a lot of rain across syria. up here to the north there's refugee camps along the border. that will be 12 ins, where you see the dark area, there's a few camps, 30 inches of snow
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expected in the next several days, taking 2-3 days to pass through. we are only beginning in winter. the situation will continue through february and march. back to you. >> coming up - the crash of ashiana flight 214. the hearings into what went wrong. and the latest and video of the disaster. >> a controversial police policy after an officer shoots an unarmed man.
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in washington d.c. some call it a temporary end of partisan gridlock. the house could hold a first vote on a deal that may keep the government running for a few years. john boehner had a stern message for those that want to the vote the deal down. >> they are using our members
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and american people for their open goal. >> the tentive deal uses a combination of reforms. they have been hit by a mandatory spending cuts known as the sequester. the obama administration says health care enrolment numbers are picking up. 365,000 americans signed up for insurance. bringing the total to more than triple. >> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius called for an investigation into the trouble roll out of the website. >> now to the crash of as yarna flight 214. the jumbo jet broke after landing short of the run way. three died. federal investigators want to know what went wrong and why. lisa stark reports. >> surveillance video released
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shows how violent the accident was. pilots realised they were coming in too low and slow. they tried to correct. it was too late. the jumbo set hit a seawall, snapping off the tail. three passengers, teenage girls, died. softist kated cockpit systems were used. >> there's an issue in aviation that needs to be dealt with with respect to aviation in performance when it comes to to the interaction between the aircraft and human being. >> the cap tape disconnected the autopilot but did not realise it disabled the automatic speed control on the boeing 777. the crew failed to notice the speed was dropping. >> planes are becoming so automated they are removing human judgment from so many
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aspects that pilots are becoming complacent. >> it's been a problem for other airlines. in 2009 a jet plunged and an aircraft crashed in buffalo. both were blamed partly on c confusion and the pilot's failure to handle the controls. >> last month a report was issued that found that pile ots were so reliant that they are losing skills to take over and fly the plane in an emergency. >> the report said pilots should be given the chance to practice basic flying skills in the plane and during training. >> working on manual flying is a good thing. we should continue to make sure we create opportunity to reflush
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that skill. >> now designs reveal before the as yarna crash there were korn seriousness about the automatter speed system which will not kick on. the as yarna pilots told investigators he thought the system was always working. boeing defended its design pointing out ultimately that the pilot is in control. >> we deploy aviation to aid the pilot, not replace the pilot. >> there'll likely be a host of recommendations to improve the delicate dance between man and the machine. >> our transportation contributor todd curtis joins us were boston. what did we learn from the hearings? >> we learnt a variety of detailed information about the crash. the general aspects of what happened has been fairly
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well-known for several months. what we had here today was basically in open testimony. the designers of the aircraft talking in detail about what the expectations were for pilots that they train. that may be a key here. the boeing representatives expected any airline trained to fly the aircraft. an aircraft pilot to have certain skills, and it seems as though in this case those skills may not have been there or been strong enough to deal with a situation like what happened in san francisco. >> is the problem with tripping? >> it may be training and aircraft procedures, and assumptions made by the designers of the aircraft. it go back to the design on the 777. were there assumptions made by pilots, going into the future?
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as the faa reports perhaps some of those that the airline pilot would have basic skills, perhaps they are no longer valid and the training should be reconsidered. >> are pilots relying too much on technology. >> some are if they don't have the proper procedures and proper examples given by senior pilots and if the industry as a whole. and the manufacturers of the automated systems don't emphasise the fact that basic aeronautical skills will be necessary no matter how automated the cockpit may be. do you think we upcovered a problem that needs attention. >> i don't think this crash alone uncovered it. as the fa report pointed out, there are other indicate juniors this may be a problem.
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the crash signed a fright light on the situation and may be a catalyst getting the industry and regulators moving faster than other. >> is there a difference between the major airlines and smaller carriers. >> when it comes to basic training. not really. they are trained to a high level, no matter what sized airline, the basic characteristics doesn't matter how big that airline it. it basis the same. >> great to see you. thanks for your ipp sight. we appreciate it. coming up - how could it happen. the fallout from the fake sign language interpreter at the service for nelson mandela. plus made in detroit. a fine city finds a unique way
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to brick back business.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. getting the drugs out of the meat people eat. the food and drug administration announces a move to phase out the use of antibiotics in poultry and beef. the u.s. is suspending nonlethal aid to rebel fighters, following a report that american supplies had been seized by fighters not backed by the u.s. humanitarian aid continues. >> in july 3rd were killed in as yarna flight 214. the national transport safety board says the pilot did not fully understand how its automatic flight system worked. south africans and admirers
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from around the world continue to pay their respects to nelson mandela. people filed past nelson mandela's casquette at the union building. there was a memorial service at the national cathedral. vice president joe biden was the main speaker, saying nelson mandela taught the world that trust and reconciliation were possible. >> the seats behind me are shrines. tens of thousands have been braving the temperatures to get a last glimpse of nelson mandela. thursday and friday the schedule will continue. the public has 10 hours each day to say goodbye. onasse onassert -- on-saturday the military will give him a
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goodbye, then the body will be transferred to coupe u. mapped nelson mandela said that a man's life should end where it began, and he will have a traditional burial in qunu. sunday the state will throw a funeral. it will be an emotional funeral. monday the world will wake up without nelson mandela. back here for the next two days the focus online and state. nelson mandela and others are talking about the long lines to get into the building. similar to the election in 1994, when blacks were allowed to vote. nelson mandela won the election. a reminder of how much nelson mandela has done for the country and how much south africans gave him in return.
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south africa's deaf community is upset at an imposter showing up as a sign language interpreter. they said this man's hand signals were rubbish and meaning also. a characteristic of the african interpreter is it the use of animated expressions, but the interpreter looked stoic. the federation says the man is not recognised as a professional in the deaf community. we turn to a police shooting in dallas, one captured on cctv and one that left a man seriously wounded. >> in october a dallas police officer shot and wounded a mentally ill man doing nothing threatening. the officer's partner said in a place report that the suspect held a knife and lunged at the officer.
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the police chief fired the officer and suspended the other for making false statements. the department announced a new policy. a union vice president was the only one to talk about it. the whole goal was to get what happened right and accurate. >> dallas police officers involved in a shooting has a right to remain slept. it's not that it's trying to cover up or mislead what happened. they legitimately can't remember anything that happened. dallas defense attorney george milner recognised the victim. i think it is geared towards making certain there are no material inconsistencies in any officers' statements that can be used against the city in civil litigation. >> every officer handles the
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stress and trauma from a shooting differently. you don't want to rush an investigation for the sake of rushing it. you want an officer to give a good, accurate recollection of what happened. >> i agree. would we do the same thing with every person that is being investigated. >> detective sayers says he's sure the policy proves to be good for the officers and not the citizens, saying it will lead to thorough accurate investigations. >> joining us to talk about the policy is attorney areva martin. welcome. >> thank you for having me. >> what do you make of this policy? >> very disturbed by this. we have a policy saying a police officer gets to have three days, plus an opportunity to view the video tape of an incident because they need time to remember. after all, they are trained in
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traumatic iing incidents and to deal with the situations. ratser than needing more time. they'd be in the best position to give a statement. i'm concerned it gives them an opportunity to be influenced by others when trying to recall what happens in a shooting like this. >> what would be wrong in looking at the video? >> nothing would be wrong, but think of how other officer will be treated. when a crime happens police don't go out, they talk to you, they want your authentic answer, they want to know what you remember. in this case they are reversing it. they say, "you get to go away, watch a video, have conversation and dialogue, read and talk about the situation, and then come and give a statement.
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it doesn't seem like you'll get credible testimony or statements from the police. >> is the suggestion that this allows police to - this protects police and allowed them to change their story if they have done something wrong? >> it does. it gives them an opportunity to rehearse and gather together facts that support what is on the tape that may be inconsistent with what they would have given as a statement after a traumatic incident. after all the people have to feel competent in police work, the integrity of the police department. why not treat them in the same way you wood as other eyewitness. you witness the incident and talk about it on the spot. >> how do you think it will affect other criminal cases in dallas. >> it will call >> question the credibility of police officers. we'll see defence attorneys going after officers. "what did you do, who did you
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talk to? what did you look at? was your ultimate statement influenced by what happened during the three days you gave your statement." it'll call into question the authenticity of testimony. >> tonight reports of a malfunction aboard the international space station. one of the cooling systems broke down. nasa says the 6-person crew is not in danger. fixing the problem may require a space walk, days after the 15th anniversary of the international space station. >> ross shimabuku is here with sport. changes for the red skins. we thought it would be the coach. rg is not hurt but the coach wants to protect him for the off season. shanahan is telling his team
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that he is in charge. he says griffin is taking way too many hits. r g3 has been deactivated. kurt cousins get the start at quarterback for the final three and boxed up by sexy rexy. what do you say? >> what we have to do or at least as an organization is what is in the best interests of robert. what is the best thing going forward for him - to have the next few games, the experience or having him healthy in the off season. >> robin griffin led the redskins to a division title. he suffered a knee ipp jury to the see hawks and never been the say. zero touch tonnes rushing this season compared to last year. earlier we spoke to the sports edfor for "the nation", and i
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asked why benched now. >> mike shanahan is trying to get fired. if he is fired he gets the money. there are other reasons. mike shanahan is trying to get fired with his reputation intact. he gets to show the world that drafting kurt cousins is not idiocy, because he knows quarterback. it's a last big you know what to dan schneider of the team and shapa han is repulsed how close the relationship is between dan schneider and mike griffin the iii >> trying to lose his job. >> panelling e -- pageantry and pain. the long and colourful history
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of selfies.
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boeing is trying to hammer out a deal to build its newest airline. he's hoping the company stays put. >> these machinists are making it clear. they want their team to build boeing's commercial aircraft the 777 s. >> i wanted to get something started, try to keep it here at the factory. >> last month the machinist union rejected an offer from boeing. a contract would have cut health contracts and ellimb nated
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pensions. union members wants negotiations to begin again. 85-00 jobs are at stake. the company has gone shopping. soliciting bids to land the commercial line. boeing is asking for any new location to replicate what is here in washington. >> 15 states are believed to be part of the bidding war. as of this week missouri is offering $1.7 billion in tax rates. washington state is offering five times as much $8.7 billion, the biggest corporate tax inseptemberive. state of washington director of aerospace says it's pricey but worthwhile investment in the state's future. >> it's valued over $8 billion over 16 years. we think it will yield $21 billion in new revenue. >> tax breaks are not the only
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requirement for the state building the 777 x. >> boeing is looking for low-cost land, a skilled workforce and 9,000 foot lopping run way all of which the boeing plant in everett has. they are yet to come to an agreement with machinists. hamilton believes it could be a dwayne factor in which bid is chosen. >> both sides are in the corners doing their testosterone battle. who will be the one to make the first move. >> losing the 777x will be a devastating blow to washington. >> without the 777x i see the factory closing in a matter of years. >> boeing expects to make a site decision next year, production beginning in 2017. . boeing with a preliminary
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proposal hoping to secure the 777x wing and assembly work. boeing is expected to respond form. ptsd in war zone, it's not just soldiers who suffer, but civilian contractors may suffer more mental health issues than soldiers. new technology may help, and involves recreating war zones with havual technology. >> los angeles may seem an odd place to search for ptsd. the institute or creative technologies created brave mine, a virtual reality therapy tool. soldiers are immersed in virtual environments representative of the same combat environments in
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which they were deployed. from an african village the numerous scenarios can by manipulated. jonathan warren is a purple heart vet. >> has this treatment helped you in terms of coping with ptsd? >> i knew i was not going to be cured and fixed. i knew that i was given tools to help me in my day to day life to evaluate what the anxiety was about. >> in iraq it was an afternoon. >> driving through the city, women and children are heading back into the house. as soon as i turn right we are hit by an i.e.d. at this moment i woke up
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surrounded by flames. i took a breath, sin jed my longs and thought i was there to die. i felt mortality. i was confronted with death. it flipped my world upside down. >> what was astounding to me was not the visual, but the noises. he put me in a different situation, like a village, where you hear loud voices in another language. it's disconcerting. i feel like i was there. and the psychologists made a car explode on screen, and i jumped. i visibly jumps. i'm a little claustrophobic. i was put in a haze-like adobe structure, never knowing what was going to be around the corner. not having war-time experiences to draw on, i found it unsettling. >> be sure to tune in to techno
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this weekend. >> the tennessee walking horse is known for its gait. some trainers are using violent methods to get the horse to walk high. we have this investigation. >> the annual tennessee walking horse national celebration is filled with pageantry and pry. it's the largest horse show in the country. >> every august it pumps $38 million into the economy. >> my first time here was 195 when i was eight years old. the celebration and the walking horse industry is embroiled in a controversy over training methods used to encourage high-stepping gate. a member of the trainer's ethics group has been charged with
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felony aggravated cruelty to livestock. according to the indictment a dozen horses had legs for hooves burnt. it's a process called soring and is used by tennessee trainers. the horse developments a high-stepping gait because of pain in the legs and hooves. a high profile trainer pleaded guilty to multiple counts of animal mistreatment after he was shown beating a horse. many trainers in the tennessee walking horse say the actions of a few gave the whole industry a black eye. >> we didn't categorise all of us bad. just because you have a gun don't make you a murderer. just because i have a horse doesn't mean i'm an abuser. abuse is going on among trainers
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placing more value on winning. >> the new u.s. department of agriculture inspection process has cut down on cruel and abusive practices. >> we had overall compliance of nearly 98% on a horse monitored more closely than any other horse. >> the human society offers a $5,000 reward for tips related to corruption and supports a bill before congress supporting the tall shoes and ankle chains. the scrutiny is unnecessary and punishes is a sport in turmoil. the tension is forcing an end to cruel training messages. >> kevin corriveau is next with the weather. plus - sell fizz. the word is new, but they've been around a lot longer than you might think.
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there are thousands of empty homes in detroit. 20% of the housing and the main
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goal is to tear them down. local entrepreneurs have something else in mind. >> where some see trash, others see treasure, in the case of these abandoned houses, a lumber yard. >> the lumber we get out of the old houses is beautiful stuff. >> chris rutherford salvaged valuable wood. >> when i first went into the house and saw it i thought we have to do something, and save this, and for people to work. >> it costs about $9,000 to demolish a house much many have been stripped by scaven gers who steal copper pipes, appliances and details. most contain lumber, 2 x 4s.
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entrepreneurs want to claim the wood. we want to do what we can to show people the beauty and opportunity within the wood. >> james, an architect designs and sells furniture designed from reclimbed bum ber. >> there's a huge appeal on a faddal level to the quality, the fact that it has a story. all of our pieces come with a unique address. more and ashing tects and decorators are using them. we are not just profit driven, we are protecting the environment and offering basically what is exotic wood species compared to restoring a rainforest. >> reclaimed wood is not just about recycling. it creates jobs and calls it deconstruction work. deconstruction is the opposite.
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instead of building from the house up. we take it from the top down. >> deconstructing a house takes more time, skill and labour than just carting debris to landfill. >> we have six workers on this one right now. it's coming down quickly. to demolish a house you have a machine and maybe two or three guys. before being turned into a cutting board, dining table, reclaimed lumber needs to be sanded, claimed, finished. every step means more jobs and that's probably what detroit needs more than anything else. >> some images of wintry weather caught our eye. that's snow falling in upsit new york near sare accuse. it happens when cold air moves over a cooler body of water. look at the fallout from texas.
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pictures of chunks of cascading off a roof top. we had a big storm last week, we have a nice break now and will probably see a day of nice weather. as john mentioned the lake effect snow. look at this in red field in new york. they have fibbed up 44 inches of lake affect snow. it's not over yet. look at what we are looking at now. warnings and watches effect for the region. and of the forecast map looks like this. where you see the blue is another 12 to 18 inches of snow just in this area. they are being hammered. it's not until we get to friday morning does the lake effect winds start to change. and this area will get a break.
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i think they'll see a change in the weather. they are a bit milder for tomorrow morning. they are milder that what we have seen. we had a cold pool of air over the central united states. this is cool for the morning. houston at 37. tomorrow, we are going to see an area of low pressure develop towards texas. you can really only see the clouds. as we go towards tomorrow we'll see a little more activity. rain across the valley and snow across the ohio river. that means that this system will continue to make its way towards the east and yes on saturday this is what we have, rain to the south, snow to the north. the models are a little unsure. there is going to be white stuff on the ground, especially for northern parts of new england. here in new york we'll look at another inch, inch and a half.
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the west looks clear. down towards south america flooding has been incredible. in one location we saw 2 months worth of rain fall in two hours, in one of the sao paulo suburbs. the rain is going on. we'll bring you more on this tomorrow as things clear up. >> now, we have rare historic motels to share with you tonight. pictures of president obama and first lady michelle with members of two previous first families aboard air force one, flying together to south africa for the nelson mandela memorial. you can see hillary clinton talking with the bammas, and former president george w. bush was sharing photos of his papers. he was using a tab the to show his work. president obama and bush were chatting it up as they prepared for dinner. >> now to a popular form of
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picture taking called the selfy. as you see, only the name is new. >> selfies come in all shapes and sizes from the pope to the astronaut. some silly, some scanneda louse, some strange. president obama is making news for this selfy at the nelson mandela themmorial service, posing with danish prime minister. they are smiling, michelle is not. the selfy is being chosen as the word of year by oxford dictionary defining it as "a photo taken of oneself typically with a webcam for camera and uploaded to social media", but they have been around for a long time. and how about in the portrait of robert cohnel. >> us. without a smartphone or webcam,
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it's about as selfie as you can get. history is full of similar reproposals, including this. this is the grand duchess anastasia. fast-forward and that's george harrison posing in front of the taj ma hall. they are exhibits selling for fortunes. take this picture of photographer dion arbress. while people applaud or pan selfies. keep in mind, we have seen them before, and we'll see them again. >> i'll see you in a moment with the top stories.
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welcome to al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here are the top stories: rebels in syria are hoping the u.s. will reconsider a decision not to suspend nonlethal aid. >> fighters with al qaeda feared to have seized a warehouse belonging to rebels. >> the house of representatives could vote on a bipartisan budget deal as soon as thursday. if passed the u.s. senate could take up the measure next week. the deal includes too much government spending. 365,000 americans signed up for health

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