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>> the mission now is to bring closure to the rest of the families that have lost loved ones. >> family members speaking out on the agonising weight for information. the search for more victims a week after a catastrophic mud slide. >> new clues in the disappearance of malaysia flight 370, we'll tell you about the debris floating in the water. >> putin calls president obama - their conversation about diplomacy and the crisis in ukraine.
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>> i'm the governor of new jersey, i don't have everyone walking in my door saying "i have something to tell you." >> governor chris christie on the defensive, and the report that is supposed to clear him of the bridge gate scandal. >> we are following breaking news in california, where a magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattled los angeles. you're looking life at pictures there just after 11:00 pm specific time. the u.s. geological survey says the quake was south and east of downtown los angeles. so far no reports of damage and injuries, we'll bring you the latest as soon as we get it. >> welcome to al jazeera, live from new york city, i'm morgan
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radford. >> rescue workers in washington are still searching for people. saturday morning marks a week sense a hill collapse said in oso. the death toll is set to rise with 90 people still missing. allen schauffler is there. >> the landslide missed marler's house by 50 yards. it hardly seems real. >> i went up the front lawn, i looked up the road and there was my aupt and uncle's house, it was the one with the blue tarp. thank goodness no one was home. >> there is a house on 530 and a big slide and it is covering the road. i was in total shock. i got my camera and started taking pictures. i had no idea that it had slid from the northside where it slid
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before. that was, like, incomprehensible to fathom that it would come that far. >> he parks in here. how are you doing? i know, we're going to be careful. i promise. >> search and rescue crews have been using her house as a staging area, and she's had a front row sea. >> see, that's it, it it goes for a couple of miles. it's been hard. >> a view of the heroic work done in the debris field, where friends and neighbours died. >> i can think of about 10 people. we have a community dinner every year for chris, down at the fire haul. there's going to be a lot of people that will not about there this next chris. people should never have built there, that's the bottom line. we knew better. it was people that moved up from down below. we knew better than to live over there. >> i don't think we'll ever forget it. we'll never forget ever.
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i have yet to break down, i have not cried yet. i don't know when that will happen. >> for marler and this community, the slide will be a dividing line in time. >> it will never go back to normal like it was. we deal with it now, we go forward, and it's a new life. everything is changed. >> that was al jazeera's allen schauffler reporting from derrington washington. three weeks ago malaysia airlines flight mh370 disappeared. now hopes have been raised again with new objects found. it has to be verified whether from the plane. crews are scanning the ocean after radar and sad light data shed light on where the plane went down. new jersey governor chris christie is playing defense in
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his first news conference he defended a report on the george washington bridge scandal, clearing him of wrong doing. the report was done by a law firm in chris christie's office hired. >> chris christie was like his old self on friday. from his office in trenton, the governor was more spirited, hurling barbs at journalists and cracking jocks. >> i'm the governor of new jersey, and i have everyone walking in the door saying hey, i have something to tell you. it's not how it works. to run an office, you have to have leaps of traffic, especially moving towards me. i thoughts you'd like that. >> chris christie answered questions on a report commissioned by his own office clearing him. the governor said he accepts its recommendations. root and branch reform of the port authority, whose chairman,
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chris christie appoint see david sampson resigned on friday, after refusing to take part in the probe. while plenty of harm has been caused, not enough to stop a run by him to the white house. >> any voters, if they consider this issue, in considering my danned dassy. i have -- candidacy, i have a feeling it will be a small element of it, if at all. >> the bridge scandal may play a greater role in 2015, if chris christie runs. >> it's easy to have a press conference like this when you have organised it, when you organised the having. he comes out and says this is a quote. i'm not going to game out the pol tecitic politics. this is it the most gaming out of politics. people are eating it up. people's mind are made up because of the way he behaved in
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the press conference. >> watching chris christie's spa, you could assume that that is the end of the scandal. >> it's an extraordinary joy and relief to be able to come back and interact with you in a kind and gentle way that we have. >> the joy may be short lived, the u.s. department of justice and the state panel continue their investigations. >> democrats have blasted that report as one-sided and incomplete. >> russia's president vladimir putin reaches out to president obama in an effort to diffuse the situation in ukraine, the two spoke over the phone on friday, and white house officials say vladimir putin urged officials to pull back. and they talked about a u.s. proposal for a dimsic solution, and the two leaders agreed to have top diplomat meet. >> the call happened when president obama travelled overseas, where he spent friday
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meeting with kink abdullah -- ki king abdullah in riyadh. >> president obama came to saudi arabia to reassure the saudis and their king that the united states was a strong alley, despite anger and open breaks offer the cores of the last six to eight months. first the issue of syria, when president obama backtracked, did not go forward with the missile launches and retaliation for bashar al-assad, after he deployed chemical weapons against his own people. then in iran, when the united states went behind the back of saudis and netted in secret to get saudis to the table. the series of talks begun in geneva, the p5+1 talk. the president wanted to come here and look in the eyes of
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king abdullah and assure him on the issue of dealing with iran, which is one of saudi arabia's main regional rivals. they met for two hours, they were outside riyadh in a compound owned by king abdullah. there was the issue of arming the rebels. the saudi arabia have been known to want to give them missiles, the united states is loathe to do that. the more comfortable they are with the moderate elements in the syrian opposition, it's likely they'll increase the aid. the president concluding his week-long trip in saudi arabia, returning to washington on the weekend. >> u.s. lawmakers are urging the president to get tough with the saudis on its human rights
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record. >> video like this is unusual in saudi arabia. it's supposedly showing an anti-government protest in a place where the spring never really materialized. the government descouraged dissent. protests are banned. taking to the streets could lead to prison. president obama's trip gives them a chance to criticise riyadh. >> it's one of the most repressive governments in the middle east, and yet it gets the treatment of kid gloves when it comes to president obama and prior presidents going to saudi arabia. >> the country's apriled terrorism law makes protesting harder. by making a peaceful descent, it makes it a crime. >> an example of that is under the new anti-terrorism law, harming the reputation of the state is an act of terrorism. >> a lot of protesters are from
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the saudi arabian eastern province, where many work in the oil fields. they say they fight religious, economic problems. then there's the issue of women's rights - they can't travel or marry without the permission of a male guardian. and they have banned women drinking, of which some women have charged. >> translation: the time has come for women to take charge of every aspect of their life. >> on saturday, sense saudi arabia women defied government warnings, not drive, they'll take to the roads again. >> according to the saudi americansry of the interior, 250,000 foreign workers have been arrested and deported since november of last year. >> h hearing a human voice for the first time.
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a 39-year-old woman born deaf experiences a miracle of science. a rehabilitation you have to see to be believed. >> and why general motors is putting the brachts on a pop u -- brakes on a popular model. >> 2 million people rely on our organization to ensure when they turn on the tap water comes out. >> california not the only state to deal with a lack the water. the crisis that could dim the bright lights of sin city.
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. >> november, december. could you hear those words? >> yes. yes, i did. >> cell phone video caught the miraculous moment that a british woman, deaf since birth, could hear for the first time.
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joanne milne was overcome when she heard her nurse's voice for the first time. she called it amazing and was overcome hearing her family's voices for the first time. >> gm recalled 2.5 million more vehicles, connected to the faultily ignition switches linked to 12 passenger deaths. bisi onile-ere reports the ignition problem is not the only defect plaguing the car maker. >> the latest defect concerns 2013 to 2014, 1.4 litre chevy cruise sedans. dealers have been given the order to stop selling them. some dealers say stop-sale orders stem from a problem. today gm issued another recall. this time for its 2014 kata lack
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plug-in. there's an electronic clich. gm is not aware of a crash or injury. all of this comes as the car maker faces heat for the recall of vehicles connected to a faulty ignition switch problem. the case has been linked to deaths and crashes. >> the federal government is investigating and lawsuits have been filed against general motors. when gm's c.e.o. goes before congress, she'll likely take questions from lawmakers who want to know who knew what and when. >> gm is facing a growing number of lawsuits. an inquiry is expected in the coming days. the vietnam prisoner of war who blinked the word torture in morse code died. he got the message passed his
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captures that aired seven years into cap tisty. it was the first conformation that prisoners of war were being tortured. he was released in 1983. he died of heart problems at the age of "89. >> california suffering from a record drought. the situation is worse in nevada. the state is home to the largest reservoir in the u.s. as melissa chan reports, it, too, is drying up. >> we talk about the draught in california, what about is draught that lasted a decade. >> lake made, the largest reservoir in the country. it bottles up water from the colorado river and provided water for decades. its future is not looking as bright. >> you know, in 2012 and 2013, those consecutive years were two
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of the driest on record. >> take a look behind me. this white band is the water mark where the water used to be. we are standing at 100 feet below the top of that mark. the lake is at its lowest level since construction. >> after more than a decade of drought the lake holds half the maximum capacity. because it provides 90% of the water, stakes are high and pressure on to secure water for the city. >> the limiting factor for los angeles is water. sooner, rather than later it will come back to bite us. water is not an unlimited source. >> it turns out, the city of excess has one of the highest per cap ita water consumption rates in the country. despite the major conservation efforts. the biggest culprit not hotels and casinos, but landscaping.
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at golf resorts, but in suburban sprawl. >> 70 to 100,000 new residents move here. las vegas saw a dip, but it's making a comeback, and the water supply must meet future demand. that is approximately 2 million people that depend on our organization to make sure that every time they turn on the tap, water comes out. that is a responsibility that we do not take lightly. >> indeed, the water authority will take big money to fulfil its mission. >> if dry conditions continue, pipes will be exposed, making pumping water impossible. >> at a cost of $817 million, the authority will build a third intake, sucking water from near the bottom of the lake.
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it's an expensive project and not the only answer. conservation is equally important. >> part of the challenge is to get people to realise that the changes they make at their one itty bitty house makes a difference if everyone participates. >> it may be the desert city's biggest gamble, chasing growth while chasing water. that may not be sustainable, but this is sin city, and the bet is on. >> just another example of how straight the situation is, the southern nevada water authority considered a $15 billion pipeline project to move water from the northern part of the state down south. >> it's a dangerous game just like football and hockey. we'll tell you which sport is one of the fastest growing in the n.c.a.a. and is facing a push to keep its players safe. >> plus a view of the galaxy like you have never seen it
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before. it's all at your fingertips.
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>> lacrosse is booming on college campuses. more teens were at it last year than any other sport. like football, now teams are trying to minimise the danger of concussions. ross shimabuku has more. >> just as fast and physical as football and hockey. >> it's tenacious, aggressive and explosive. >> someone will get hit in the head. it will not end well. >> the causes and effects of concussions is a hot topic in sport. in an effort to better understand the issues, the sacred heard university men's lacrosse team is participating in a study on concussion and the
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effects on the brain. >> they sustain impacts from the ground, a player, a lacrosse ball and stick. you have more variables in the lacrosse world than you do in football or soccer. >> this doctor is leading the study, a small private university nestled in fairfield connecticut. the doctor and her team began her research in january 2014, and hope to continue over the next four years. >> the athletes are protected by typical protective gear, were outfitted with an exception. accelerometers in the helmets. it detects the impact that a player receives when hit by a ball, stick, another player or the grouped. >> have you seen a change in the player? >> not at all, you have to play fearless and without worrying that you get hurt. there has been zero change.
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>> they do get excited. a couple of guys want to know if they had the highest impact and are excited when they hear the number and have bragged about it. we don't condone that behaviour, but they are curious. >> you see the results of the testers and you look like you can pinpoint the moment during practice, where it's i got a shot off the head. you're like yep, i hit someone hard on that plight. >> players wear the censors in the helmet in practices and gains. the information from the sensors is uploaded and analysed by a university research team. >> you can set up the sensors to beep and go off if an impact was sustained over a certain threshold. it will allow for better evaluation. if a player sustains an impact at the threshhomed, they can
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be -- threshold, they can be removed and evaluated from data. >> i can't wait to see it when i'm hit in the head, what it looks like later. >> the players will be baseline tested and given a post test at the end of the season. >> if we can minimise the impacts, we have an improved chance of improving quality of lie longer term. >> in 15 years, if i have kids, i want to figure out what sports do i want my kids to play. >> i hope the findings they get may save someone's life or put someone in a situation once their career is over, to have a life after whatever sport they play. if we do that, we have accomplished our mission. >> scientists found a way to put a 360 degree view of the galaxy
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at your finger stips. science and technology correspondent jacob ward explains how. >> between 1990 and 2003 n.a.s.a. launched four satellites to photograph our galaxy across the visible and invisible life. they made up the great observatory program. the hubble telescope saw visible light, the way we do. com tonne saw high energy gam am rays. channed ra saw x-rays and the youngest finished its mission. the spit ser space telescope is an infrared camera. it has taken 2.5 million photographs over the course of 10 million years in operation. here at caltech and pasadena, they stitched the photographs together into an incredible panorama. >> what does our gal si look
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like. you'd think it would be simply because we are in the middle of it. >> it's actually hard. >> this is what makes the telescope useful and why robert heard and his colleagues finished piecing together the 10-year panorama. 2.5 million photographs stitched together allowing you to zoom in incredibly far to see all the way out past the dust and so forth that blocks our normal vision, looking through infraread, out to stars at the edge of the known galaxy. >> being able to see it in infraread means we see distant stars, 100 times larger than the sun. >> that star is one of the most massive stars in the galaxy. everything in the neb u la, all
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the tortured shape are recent that the light from the star have sculpted. so powerful and bright. >> the ability to navigate among the stars is invaluable. to an invaluable observer, it's mined boggling. >> the next star alpha centaurion is 4.1 million light years from the son. the stars around it are so tiny they tont take up a pixel. >> and this one, is 8,000 light years away. have you lost you. don't worry about it. all that enormity causes my brain to close in on itself. >> it looks like cheesy art. it's beautiful. what an amazing thing. it exists. that is amazing.
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>> jacob ward. al jazeera, pasadena, california. >> that will do it for this edition of al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford live in new york city. we leave i with a live look of los angeles, where crews are looking to survey the damage down by the earthquake. >> hi, i'm lisa fletcher, and you're in "the stream." marijuana legalization. many believe it's not a question of if, but when. but taking it off the streets and putting it in the stores, is it really safer and better? my cohost, rajahad ali, is here, and he's bringing all of your social media as always into the program.


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