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practice. >> good evening, everyone. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. the missing jet liner. new information that points to foul play, but one week later, it's still a mystery. showdown in ukraine. last-minute talks more military maneuvers before the vote of whether to make crimea part of russia. syria three years later. the devastating impact of that country's civil war with no end to the conflict in sight. >> are you guys keeping people hostage?
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>> of course not. >> church or cult. one family's struggle to bring home a daughter from the churches of wells. plus: and boldly going from where star trek fans have never gone before, generating rave reviews and a real following! it was exactly one week ago that we first heard that a jet liner carrying 239 people vanished into thin air. there has been few clues but there's gathering consensus that the plane's disappears was not afternoon accident act. talks between secretary of state john kerry and his counterpart
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ended with no agreement. ukrainian earmt i army is ol alert. russian foreign minister says, russia has not intention to invade crimea. libby casey, what's the obama administration's credit plans next? >> vice president joe biden flies over next week, to talk about what's happening in the ukraine and establish the important defensive nature of nato and what that alliance actually means. as late as monday the white house could be slapping on some sanction he because it looks like this referendum will take place in crimea. despite the fact that the two
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who met today, secretary kerry and secretary lavrov weren't able to come to common ground. >> six hours of meetings friday between secretary of state john kerry and russian foreign minister sphrofg, after-k sergey lavrov. after which lavrov said they were no closer to agreement. whether to split from ukraine is about self determination. >> translator: we already said we will respect the results. we will express our opinion after the results are announced. >> reporter: but secretary kerry repeated the white house's position that the referendum carries no weight and is outside the constitution. >> neither we nor the other european union will recognize the referendum. >> ready to focus on what happens next and push russia not
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to react to the crimean referendum with force. >> what's clear today in the context of president putin to be unwilling to regard the next steps until the vote last been taken, that is a decision of enormous consequence. with respect to the global community. >> reporter: president obama called for russian restraint. >> a strong message to russia that it should not violate the integrity and the sovereignty of its neighbor. we continue to hope that there's a diplomatic solution to be found. but the united states and europe stand united, not only in its message about ukrainian sovereignty but also, that there will be consequences if in fact that sovereignty continues to be are violated. >> reporter: what it plans to do with its troops along the
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ukrainian border. minister lavrov seem to allay some of the fears. >> the russian federation doesn't have any plans to invade this region. we assume the rights of russian he, of the hu hungaryns and bulgarians. >> it's a show of solidarity and american concern for what happens next. and john even though members of congress are overseas in ukraine they're at odds here in washington over how and when to institute sanctions, and aid for the ukrainian people. congress is at a stalemate over whether or not to go with the house version or a senate version so right now no aid package coming out of congress. it won't for at least another week while the senate is out. back in their home directs. senator john mccain said he was embarrassed by his
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colleagues who were holding things up. >> libby casey thank you very much. military drills with tanks and helicopters in eastern ukraine, the country's interim president also made an appearance. the ukraine has asked for u.s. military aid including arms, equipment and intel sport. nick schifrin is standing by in simferopol, ukraine with more on that. nick, what's happening there? >> john, good evening. all of that diplomatic tension, all of those russian troop moves create a lot of anxiety on the crimean peninsula among the minorities. 15% and jews about 1%. both say their sanctuaries no longer feel like home.
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in the middle of the crimean are capitol a prayer calls the ancestors who first populated the peninsula 25 years ago. tatars are crimea's largest minority. and ibrahim is the assistant imam in a 300 year old mosque. today's sermon warned against russians who claimed to be protecting minorities. >> do not trust strangers who promise us a better life. they are not our friends. ♪ >> down the road, crimea's oldest synagogue. there were once 70,000 crimean jews. now there are no more than 15,000. rabbi misha is the youngest
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member of his congregation. his sermon: >> translator: i don't like what is happening now. >> a swastika painted on the doors. saying, "death to jews." >> i don't feel safe, i feel antisemitic pressure. >> reporter: filling the population with dread. sof yets marked tatar homes before deporting all of them. >> translator: the soviet union wanted to destroy all my people but now they will want to destroy us as well. but god willing we will be masters on this land. >> reporter: this is their
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final show of defiance. they've decided to boycott sunday's referendum that will decide crimea's future. >> if we decide to vote it will be defact toes decided as legal. >> he feels the votes have already been decided. they are taking their two young daughters and leaving. >> i'm leaving everything i have here. everything. people, property, credit car, belongings. >> and while imam play stand steadfast, with his family he admits his fear. >> we are as orphans. no one is remembering us, no one is standing on our behalf. >> these two faiths have always overcome historic persecution. both are being tested again. and in crimea, both aren't sure
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they're 75. the local -- they'll survive. the local government here in crimea, say it will offer positions to crimean tatars, while the tatars are refusing that, they consider the referendum fake. and now the search for malaysia flight 370. every day since then there have been tan tantalizing clues. electronic clues may be narrowing the possibilities to some kind of foul play. lisa stark has the latest. >> clearly, it still remains a major mystery and officially, investigators say everything is on the table. they have to keep an open mind in every investigation. but from the information they have so far it really appears that this was not an extent.
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there was some sort of deliberate act. something going on in the cockpit. hijackers, rogue pilot, we really don't know. but all the investigation leads to something being a deliberate act by somebody on that aircraft. >> and what investigators are saying about flight 370, there are a couple of possible paths the plane could have taken. john terret is here with that. >> yes, good evening john. well, the information that we have today is that the last official sighting of ma 370 on civilian radar screens came short before 1:30 last sat, putting the plane on malaysia's east coast, now, anonymous sources within malaysia's military, 1:21 a.m., flight 370 was at 35,000 feet 90 miles off the malasian coast near a navigation point known asi
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gferltari, igari, we pronounce it as igari. a way point, a navigation point that pilots use to basically stay on track. now sometimes it is a physical position like a light house for example or a rock. sometimes it's a location generated by satellite transmissions or radio signals when they converge. now the anonymous sources say that ma 370 turns sharply west. igari, turns sharply west to another point, called vampy, the area in indonesia so devastated by a tsunami, that pilots use to fly into the middle east, to get to the other part into the middle east. from here we're told by at a these anonymous point, the plane flew to the thai aild of
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phouket, and another west way point, all did way out here, as you see it on the map, it pops up, a long way from the west of it and called igrex. if the plane was here where i'm pointing to at the moment it would take a course to the andeman islands onto india and into europe. that is the traditional airway that airlines use to get out of that part of the world to the northern hemisphere. the plane was pinpointed at 2:15 in the morning, roughly the same time given by a malasian air force chief said that his staff may have noted a an airline noted to be flying in the area of panang, an area here that is
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focused on, a very, very, very long way from its intended path to beijing. it is here, a week on from this plane disappeared that somebody who knew how to pilot a big jet like a 777 was at the controls as they went from way point to way point to way point. and the feeling is that it may have continued on for another four hours this plane before it ran out of fuel. which means the jet could be anywhere. look at the size of this in the 28 million square miles that make up the indian ocean. john. >> all right john terret, thanks for insight. and there is a new report in the new york times that says after the airlin airliner disappearede was dramatic change in altitude and a steep drop. there are still questions about the altitude data. former chairman of the national
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transportation safety jim hall tells us what part of the plane the investigators are focusing on. >> it appears everything is now focused on the cockpit and what was going on in that cockpit. whether it was a criminal activity or whether there was some problem in terms of an electrical fire or an strong interference that we -- or an electronic are interference that we haven't seen before. >> what are the possible scenarios investigators wok looking at? >> -- would be looking at? >> well, i think given the world we live in now? investigators need to look at whether the plane was hijacked and was located somewhere or whether there was another purpose in all the sequence of events we're learning about. you know we are very aware of cyber-warfare. we have seen cyber-warfare against major companies. it is not out of the realm of
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possibility that cyber-warfare may be at the root of this investigation or this event. but at this moment in time, everybody's an expert. nobody's an expert. because we really don't know. >> is it possible, if someone were able to hack into a system that the plane could actually be controlled from outside the aircraft? >> we've never seen that before. but right now, given the mystery and given the way information's being handled, i don't think our -- our authorities, having the experience of 9/11 behind us, can rule out anything. and that certainly would be one thing that one would have to consider, and look at. because we are seeing these -- these various signals that are
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very hide to decipher. >> how is it that we are so many days out and we are learning things that may have been available for days? >> because we don't have a sophisticated independent investigative unit in malaysia. and under our ko rules no one is in charge of the investigation at the present moment. and we don't know what the self-interest of the malasian government, the malasian airline, the malasian civil aviation authority, how that may be playing into what information is being put out, and when it's being put out. because there's no one in charge of the investigation. >> do you know if malaysia can even handle this kind of investigation? >> while i was at the ntsb, the dominican republic and egypt asked us to take over the investigation because they didn't have the competent
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professional people who do this for a lively hood to conduct the investigation. i doubt seriously that a country like malaysia is in a position to coordinate or handle an investigation like this. >> wouldn't the ntsb or the u.s. government been asking a question, after a story like this in the new york times comment comes out, that the government is withholding information? >> i would think that individuals with the ntsb, the faa or the fbi or the authorities that are there from the united states are doing everything they can to get all the information available from the malasian authorities. because after all, we've got a significant investment. we have our u.s. navy vessels, as a part of this search, and we're providing you know, significant technical support to their investigation. so they should cooperate. whether they are, i don't know.
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this latest new york times article certainly leaves open the question that someone is putting information out for their own purposes, and not for the purposes of a transparent investigation. >> still, an awful lot we don't know. i know you've spent a lot of time in your life investigating accidents like that. we appreciate your insight. jim hall, thanks for joining us. >> thanks john. >> credit coming up the church of wells, the parents of one young girl say it's not a church at all but a cult and its leaders are brainwashing their daughter. exit stage right, why many executives in if film industry are leaving hollywood. and star trek is back.
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>> a christian group in a small texas town has residents concerned. they say the town of wells is a
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cult. one family fears their daughter has been brain watched. >> eight months ago, she disappeared from her northwest arkansas home. patty and andy grove worried their daughter had been abducted. then five days later, katherine finally called from a town 380 miles away. >> she said hi mom, i'm with a group that are taking good care of me but i can't listen to you anymore. i'm in wells, texas. >> the couple came looking for their daughter but found instead an even bigger mist. katherine said, she was with the
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church of wells. >> they said, you're looking for the cult. >> the church believes itself to be the world's only true christians while everyone else is condemned to hell. the family knocked on the church of wells. >> their first words were mr. and mrs. grove we fear you're going to kidnap their daughter from us. >> when they finally saw katherine after four hours of pleading she looked to have lost ten pounds. >> i couldn't help but ask, are you okay? do you have plenty to eat? and she didn't answer. she looked at the elders. >> katherine grove chose not to return home that day and she's remained in wells since. the family believes that they leave sleep deprivation. a claim they deny. >> the lord will justify me.
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>> are you guys keeping people hostage? >> of course not. >> a member says she saw katherine last week. >> she looks like she wanted to be here. i don't think they are holding her against her will. >> showed what appeared to be a meat locker in the back of the group's grocery store. >> inside looked like mini-heat lamps and i don't know, 50 to 100 small fans. and i said, what on earth is this? he said andy with a big grin on his face, this is our prayer room. >> police and the fbi have received complaints against the church but say no criminal investigation currently exists. last november a church member called police to report katherine had run away. the group said search dogs found her alone in the woods carrying a backpack full of clothes. her parents say police returned
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her to the church. then the last phone call from katherine. >> she says mom, katherine's dead. this is jesus, mom. >> the call left the groves chilled and wondering if this is a he test of faith then what exactly happened to their daughter? heidi chou-castro, al jazeera. >> leaving hollywood, jennifer london reports. >> you may know know ed, now after 26 years of working in hollywood, gutentag is doing something he never thought he'd do. >> i'm moving to georgia, at the end of march.
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i'm leaving behind my wife and my daughter. >> the reason, film flight. watching helplessly as high paying production jobs in california disappear. >> there's not the same opportunity here as there used to be. >> according to a report called a hollywood exit done by the milken institute between 2004 and 2012, california lost more than 16,000 production jobs. new york, hollywood's biggest competitor added well over 12,000. is movies even those set in california rnd se aren't set hee anymore. >> the main reason is incentives. >> new york for example, offers $420 million a year in tax credits, roughly four times what california offers. >> it means that other places will be the ones adding jobs. and california will continue to bleed out thousands and thousands, until you might as
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well assume that productions will take place in new york or georgia or louisiana or britney. >> that leaves places like this prop shop all dressed up with nowhere to go. as production leaves the state the businesses that support the industry everything from equipment rental, sound stages, craft services, even this place, well, they all end up losing too. and so does california which is not only losing roughly $2 billion a year in terms of lost wages, it's also losing bragging rights. as the entertainment capitol of the world. >> claiming to be the entertainment capitol of the world becomes very difficult. we used to make more than 64% of the large features and now we're down to about 8%. how d do you make that claim anymore? >> cinematographer ed gutentag says, you can't. >> that may be the only thing left that means hollywood. >> this summer, california
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lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to expand the tax program but it's unclear if it has the governor's support. what is clear, the end of this hollywood drama has yet to be written but if this were a movie chances are it wouldn't be filmed in california. jennifer london, al jazeera hollywood. >> coming up an update on that missing plane. one week ago it vanished. with top investigators on the case we get more information about the flight. plus mobilizing the military, troops geared up with attacks by russia, their foes aren't what they used to be. and syria, three years later.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. a lot to cover this half hour including syria's war, three
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years and counting. the rising toll it's taking on the war torn country and the millions of refugees. the missing passengers on malaysia flight 370 are demanding answers. and star trek, new generation. richelle carey is here with the stories. >> it's been one week since the missing airliner. someone may have deliberately flown the jet hundreds of miles off course and there are reports, the plane experienced dramatickic changes in altitude, steep climb and drop, after lo losing contact with ground control. the crisis over ukraine talks have stalled.
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secretary of state john kerry credit met his counterpart in london, tonight the state department issued an alert for americans traveling in russia. ukraine's interim president has that country's military forces on full alert. their army is conducting drills as thousands of russian troops stage exercises across the border. on su sunday crnls crimeans go e polls. if crimeans ratify it, russians can make it happen on the ground. >> ukrainukraine's military noty weaker than russia's i russia'ss preparing for the worse. fiphil itner has the report.
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>> ukraine's military ask a shad shadow of its former self. today the number of ukrainians in uniform is just 90,000, down from 750,000 at the collapse of the soviet union. that is minuscule compared to what they face from russia. at a kiev conference of military consultants the experts pointed out, where the russian forces are ready to sweep in and most likely overwhelm the ukrainians. >> here in the northern and eastern part, russian troops a quantity of 220,000 are deployed. and they are preparing for actions. >> in a last ditch effort, a force of 60,000 national guard and recruitment stations around the country.
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many ukrainians are answering the call to service because they know they stand close to defenseless. and many are highly critical of those who put their country in this position. >> translator: we don't have an army as such. as far as i know the country does not have weapons. either out of order or too outdated. the authorities just do not care about security of ukraine. >> reporter: even ukraine's former weapons are no more than a museum piece. families got away for fears of a possible war hanging over their mead future but also maybe just to bask in the sunshine of former military glory. there was a time when ukraine's military might was a real force
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to be reckoned with. but today largely a thing of the past. phil ittner, al jazeera, kiev. key rebel held area of yabrun, intense shelling, every 40 minutes, richelle is back with that story. >> there seems to be no end in sight john, this has ravaged the country. approximately 140,000 have been killed since this program began. chemical weapons against its own people, hundreds used last august and chemical weapons attack outside damascus. the syria government agreed to
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destroy all chemical weapons and facilities, while the regime has missed several deadlines, syria's chemical weapons will be removed by april 15th. plan to destroy its chemical weapons by the end of this month. meanwhile peace talks between the syrian government and rebels are underway. any closer to an agreement, just today the syrian parliament voted in a new law that prevents opposition members from participating in the next presidential election. essentially, paving the way for president bashar al-assad to run for another seven-year term. something that the u.n. special envoy and mediator says will prevent any further talks between both sides. and finally, the toll this conflict has taken on the syrian people is immense. the refugee crisis has reached a critical point. according to the united nations,
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there are now 2.5 syrian refugees. meamediator credit lakhdar brahi says this, we now hear if the conflict continues at its present level of devastation, the total number is 4 million by the end of this year and the number dead may reach 350,000 if not more by 2015. and these numbers include, john, 6.5 million people that are internally displaced within syria. people that just don't have homes anymore. >> richelle, thank you. and our security advisor joins us, credit the group that has overseen the removal of chemical weapons in syria or the removal
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of some of them. fiasa what do we know? >> the most toxic chemicals in syria's stockpile were supposed to be removed from the country by the end of last year. we are now in the middle of march and it seems like something less than a third of these extra-dangerous chemicals have actually been removed from syria. >> they're talking 23% right? >> right. that was the number that was put out by the opcw on the 4th of march. there was supposed ton another shipment and they're not estimating how much it is but we can estimate it is certainly less than a third. >> what's the delay? >> that's the question. the syrians say it's mostly security issues, to get the weapons to the port latakia where they have to go is a dangerous route. they claim these transports have also been attacked on a couple of occasions.
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they're basically claiming security reasons for not being able to fulfill their obligations. >> what does the watchdog say? >> the watchdog the organization for the chemical weapons, united kingdom and their allies have been pressing the syrian government very publicly and very loudly and saying these delays are basically unacceptable and they are dragging their feet and they need to step it up. >> how are they supposed to be disposed of? >> here's the real interesting thing. they didn't want to dispose of them in syria because obviously there's a civil war going on there. they couldn't find another country to take them to dispose of them. they came up with the idea that they would dispose of them on a specially fitted u.s. ship, cape ray, and they have mobile facilities on it and that's how they are going odispose of these
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weapons. >> what about the factories that make the weapons in syria? >> that's another problem. basically there are 12 facilities that the syrian government has designated. those have all got to be declared. the syrian government said it didn't want to actually destroy them, it wanted to convert them to another use. that is something that has been allowed for chemical weapons facilities in other countries, united kingdom, for example. but the international community wasn't willing to take the risk of having the syrians do this. >> how much pressure has the international community been putting on syria now? >> a lot. there have been several meetings of the organization for prohibition of chemical weapons, of their executive council which is the body to which all of these destruction plans and updates are given. and at those meetings you know
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we know that the united states and other allied countries have made very strong statements against the syrians. and of course i'm sure there's lots of behind the scenes pressure being exerted particularly o by the russians o speed up the process. >> faisal patel, we appreciate this very much. how star trek is living long and prospering on the internet.
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>> i'm meteorologist kevin core corriveau. , we're going to be seeing some more snow in the forecast by the end of the weekend. not on satellite imagery right now, but one area in arkansas, that is when our next storm is going to develop.
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our forecast model, there this is righ it is right there. mix of icing, let's go in a little bit closer in. i want to show you on the timing ever this particular storm. tomorrow 5:00 p.m, let's put this into motion, notice how the rain, the ice, north of the ohio river, that's where the snow is going to be a problem. we're going to be watching this over the next day or so and see how much snow we're going to see. as we get to the next of the weekend, we do think it's going to be a problem sunday night into mon morning for much of -- monday morning. much of those models are beginning to change. that is a look at your national weather and your news is up next.
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>> accepted out a signal a ping if you will for about 30 days. we're already a week into this, we've got three weeks left. one investigator i spoke to says, it's really critical to figure out where the plane went down and to get underwater listening devices underwater to try to listen for those black boxes.
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they need themto so desperately, they will help locate where the planner went down. >> our florence louie reports from kuala lumpur. >> the lack of information is too distressing. seven days and still no clear direction of where the search for the missing malaysia airlines flight is heading. the atmosphere is tense. as relatives meet officials from the airline in beijing. but they don't find the answers they're hoping for. >> we have been stuck here too long. every day is a torture. i don't know how many more days we'll have to wait. i just want accurate information as soon as possible. >> in kuala lumpur, families have been put up in a hotel while they wait for news. volunteer caregivers have been assigned to give them hope. >> i think there is hope that a
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plane will be found and their family is safe. few of the family, they think the chances are low. they prepare to accept what will happen. >> across the country, though, some still haven't given up hope. placing their faith in higher powers. >> we just perform a ceremony for the safety of the ms 370. so with the great of a allah, we pray that all passengers and crew will be found safe and in good health. >> day seven in the search for the missing jet liner ends like every other days. few reasons for families to believe their families are still alive. florence louie, al jazeera, kuala lumpur.
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>> whether equipment sabotage no one knows, what went on in the cockpit. but allen schauffler joins us to walk us through that cockpit similarity. allen. >> john, fortunately i have help walking us there this environment. this is coleman becker, who is an instructor at greenman community college. this is not exactly like a 777, but we want to talk communications. first of all where in this cockpit where basic communication to our air traft control be? -- traffic control be? >> basically over line of sight. >> pilots would be wearing those head phones? >> correct. >> if you don't want to talk -- >> you can access the communication, push the button
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and talk. >> what about the transponders? where in this cockpit would they be? >> in this are central cockpit. the console, the switch will turn them on and off. >> we've heard a lot of course about flight data recorders and how important they are. is there anywhere on a cockpit that a pilot or co-pilot has access to whether they are on or off, operating or not operating? >> some are airlines have a circuit breaker that you can pull that actually, to disconnect the voice recorder but as far as the flight data recorder no. >> and the acar, which submit data to that, is there anyplace in the cockpit that the pilot
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can interface to that? >> we have a keyboard and we can transmit data into the acars. >> can they from the cockpit tell that system to stop or tell that system to continue operating? >> you'd have to totally turn off your whole eight of i don't. you would totally blank them out and that would totally render the acars inoperative. >> very complicated set of systems we're seeing, very interesting cockpit tour for you john and i'm not sure whether it sheds much light on the continuing mystery. but that's a little bit of the environment that the pilots with have been up here in front on flight 370. >> we lope to learn more about that in the coming days. allen schauffler, thank you. coming up.
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intriare desperate timescall f. and hazing, what triggered the move, why organizations claim it could be a game changer. 11:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific time. >> happy birthday scotty. >> is today your birthday? >> it might as well be. >> the lighting is the same, so is the set but although it looks like the real thing it is not. that is a clip from star trek continues. a new web series that's generating a huge trekie following all on it' its own. fan fiction, creating their own episodes. and right now, star trek continues, is leading the pack. and joining us now is the cast of the popular web series.
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vickman yana, grant imahara, plays lieutenant sulu, and lieutenant uhuru, and a new character. >> thanks for having us. >> congratulations, a big hit. you asked fans actually to help you get started and you raised money i believe on kick starter. how much money did you raise? >> we requested 100,000 to cover three episodes. we figured our first episode that we shot that we privately funded, myself and a couple of friends, was about 30, 35,000. and so we decided we could probably do three more episodes for 100,000. and we asked for 100 and the fans were very gracious, the fans blew us away, basically. and we raised about $1 04,000.
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>> did you ever expect this type of response? >> i thought we asked for too much actually. >> when we were talking about it, what should we ask for 5, 10, what do you think? they said let's try to make three more. the response has been so overwhelming that we've all been blown away by the response and the enthusiasm that star trek continues has received. >> it's extremely exciting. and let me talk to grant for a second. you're featured on another program, on discovery called myth busters. how did you make the switch from that show to this one? >> well, you know, on myth busters it's nonfiction reality. and essentially i'm myself. but with star trek continues, it's sort of like a hobby for me to be able to step outside of being myself and step into the shooshoes of an actor.
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>> sulu, warp 6. >> yes, sir. >> giving me a chance to play one of my favorite characteristics o -- characteristic ocharacters ofal. >> chris, this is very credit sentimental to you. your father played the original scotty. what is it like? >> the first time i stepped out of the, we'll call them various for now, onto the bridge. we're doing a scene and i walked out and i just realized this is exactly what my father was looking at, what he was doing way back then. i forgot all my lines, i said, you guys, i just need a moment to sort of collect myself. and i did and -- but it's an amazing experience. and i'm really grateful for vick, to ask me to do it.
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>> kim, i'm also sure that all of you who played roles of original characters had some connection to them. how has the original lieutenant uhuru inspired you? >> well, lieutenant uhuru was the first african american woman that i saw on tv. >> i'm connecting the first bypass now, sir. it should take about another half hour. >> speed is credit -- >> i haven't done this -- >> she wasn't playing anybody's mother, she was hot. she was sexy and still is now. this role actually tweal helped me, vick credit helped negotiate a meeting between nichelle nichols and myself.
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meeting her was amazing. i got to thank her for being such an inspiration to me. >> you are the only character that doesn't have to fill any shoes, you got an original character. what's that like? >> well, honestly i try not to think about it too much because there's a lot of pressure there. it's a very beloved and well-established universe. so i wanted to approach it with great care. that the character that i am portraying which is the very first ship's counselor on board, add a voice that would be worthwhile, add a voice that would simply complement the well established well beloved star trek universe. that is my primary goal every time i get on there is for her to be a wonderful addition. >> there are plenty who would suggest these are the tv shows of the future that we're going to leave cable and broadcast tv
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behind and that programs like yours are going to be the norm going forward. do you have some sort of special relationship, do you believe, with the people who actually click and put you on, and how do you communicate with them? >> well, a lot of social networking tools that you would imagine, facebook, twitter, startrekcontinues.com. the beautiful thing about what we do and what a lot of people do is, it's born out of a passion. it's not born out of a desire to make a lot of money. it's not born out of a desire to be famous. it's born out of a childhood, almost an innocent passion for something that meant so much to you when you were young. >> you can see how much fun that we're having and how much care we put into this whole production. every single person on it. >> absolutely. >> loves this genre, this story. and so we put everything into it. and i think that's something that resonates with all of our
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fans. >> it's a very special program and credit clearly, you've made a connection with treky fans outside and some of those who never have seen star trek before. it's great michelle grant chris kim, congratulations to you, live long and prosper. >> and to you. >> give it all you got, laddie. >> the headlines are on next. you can get all the latest news at aljazeera.com. i'll see you back here at 11:00, 8:00 pacific time. >> an ameica tonight special series >> this baby is in withdrawal... how addiction affects the most innocent. >> he just went quiet and his lips turned blue... >> is there hope?
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are tonight's top stories. no agreement on ukraine. diplomats spent hours in talks
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today but no common ground. the vote to become part of russia, and ukraine's forces have been put on full alert. the pentagon is sending 25,000 prepacked meals to kiev. the ukrainian army has been staging drills as the russian troops do the same near the shared border. approximately one week after the malaysia airlines 370 vanished, there are signs that foul play may have played a part of the disappearance. rapidly climbing a steep drop after losing contact with ground control. another indication that someone may deliberately have flown the plane hundreds of miles off course. the search for the missing aircraft and 239 on board has now been extended into the indian ocean. the smog in paris is so thick right now that public
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transportation is free this weekend in an effort to keep cars off the road. the european environment agency says it's the worst air pollution since 2007. meteorologists say unseasonably warm weather is partially to blame. those are the headlines, i'm richelle carey, "america tonight" is up next. >> on "america tonight": new clues as the hunt for flight 370 moves into its second week and the search enters a whole new ocean. also tonight: addicted in vermont, a new generation. our special series on how vermont's rampant addiction problem is risking the lives of its most vulnerable citizens even before they're born. >> drug sickness amplifies itself with

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