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bloc >> this morning we had no indication on the record of that examination that there was any sign of -- of likely violence, either to himself or to others, no suicidal ideation. >> a day after four people are killed in a shooting at fort hood, we're learning new details about the man behind it. and the number of syrian test y testify -- refugees reaches 1 million. ♪
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today we're learning more about the person behind the latest deadly shooting at fort hood. the gunman shot and killed three people at the base in killeen, texas yesterday. the texas congressman denthed my suspect as 34-year-old ivan lopez. brandon what are doctors saying about the wounded? >> right now they are busy treating the many wounds. as you mentioned 16 are injured, and the seriously injured were taken to a nearby hospital. spokes people from the hospital are determining what they are looking at. >> we have nine patients here. three remain in critical
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condition. we have five others, two are in fair condition, and the remainder are in good condition. there is a possibility several will be discharged from the hospital today. some were fortunate to have minor injuries and will not require further hospitalization or procedures. >> this community has been through a great deal with this being the second deadly shooting in fort hood in less than five years. the hearts and prayers right now go out those victims, those people that are in the hospital currently being treated. we had someone just drop off some roses, she was visibly shaken. one of many people in this community who has a close tie with fort hood. the work will continue as investigators work to peace together what motivated the gunman to do exactly what he
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did. of course as we find out more we'll pass that information along. >> brandon live for us in killeen, texas. thank you. federal officials are investigating the shooting saying the facts are fluid. the secretary of the army had detailed about the aledged shooter. randall pinkston joining us live from washington now. and randall what did he learn about the man behind the gun? >> we learned that he had a lot of experience as a member of the military. a he served for five years in puerto rico before joining the army. he had been an infantry man in the army. he served as a truck driver. we were told that he had two deployments one lasting for about a year, and the second one lasting for four months. the four-month deployment was in iraq where he served as a truck
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driver. they did not find anything in his record indicating that he had been wounded or was involved in a fire fight that may have resulted in a traumatic brain injury. that was one of the conditions, apparently that he had sought medical care for. he had been under the care of a psychiatrist, and that evaluation did not show any sign of him being a danger to himself or others. then, of course, they were doing a routine background check on everywhere he had been, the people he had known, and we learned more about that from the secretary, who said the background check raised no red flags. >> the background checks we have done thus far show no involvement with extremist organization of any kind, but as general milley said to me last evening, and i know the chief and i fully support, we're not making any assumptions by that. we're going to keep an opening
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mind and open investigation, and we will go where the facts lead us. and possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully. he had a clean record in terms of his behavioral -- no outstanding bad marks. >> and secretary mchugh said they will be doing a lot of questions of his friends and associates. and the investigation began last night by questioning the alleged shooter's wife. stephanie? >> this brings back memories of the shooting at the washington navy yard last september. is there a broader security issue on u.s. military bases? >> going back even before last september back to 2009 at fort hood, a major investigation was launched on the security
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procedures and factors that military bases have to deal with. that resulted in a 2010 report. and there were a lot of recommendations made in that report, such as how notify people on the base in the case of a emergency. that hand at fort hood yesterday. and how to get people where they need to be quickly. and that happened yesterday with medical personal and military personnel. but another factor had to do with identifying a person who could be potentially violent before the violence occurred. that did not happen at the navy yard or at fort hood yesterday. and that's something that they will be taking a real hard look at, trying to figure out how do you profile someone who may be prone to violence, before they actually commit a violent act. >> randall pinkston for us in washington. thank you. yesterday's tragedy is prompting
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some familiar questions about guns and mental illness. earlier today i work with the mayor of killeen, texas who maid the military's culture may also have been a factor. >> they are trained to kill people and break things. and to try to get those people help is a difficult thing to begin with. so i think the military is doing a great job of making it much easier for soldiers to seek help with their emotional problems, and self admit as this young man did to his traumatic brain injury and seek treatment. >> the commandinger will be holding a news conference at 4:00 eastern today. the mud slide from the oso, washington mud slide has found more dead. at least 13 people remain
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missing. there are now more than 1 million syrian refugees in lebanon. when syria's war began, refugees began to move to lebanon, and now there are more than a million syrian refugees in that country. the messive influx is having a huge strain on lebanon's government and is forcing officials to make difficult decisions. >> reporter: this is a united nations registration center. this is one of the first designations that the refugees reach out to. leb bonn is one of the countries that has the highest concentration number of refugees in recent history. lebanon is a country of 4 million people and have over a
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million registered refugees and 10,000 more syrians who have not even registered. the lebanese government and the un agencies here say they don't have enough money to provide anymore. not only money, but even the infrastructure inside lebanon is suffering. water resources, electricity, health services and education. just to give you an example. 300,000 lebanese children are registered in public schools, and now we have on top of that 400,000 syrian children. they need to get into schools, but only 100,000 are enrolled. 300,000 syrian children don't have a school to go to. today the 1 million registered refugees was this man who came from the an old city with his two sisters and mother. they were evacuated in february.
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only until this day he was registered, maybe that in a month he will start receiving aid, but many people have been declined because the un says it does haven't enough resources and has to make the painful decision to decline helping though who need help. the ukrainian government says it has detained members of an elite rye rot police unit suspected of killing people in the clashes. meanwhile russian foreign maybester, sergei lavrov says troops massed near the ukrainian border will turn to their normal post as soon as they quote complete their task. david chater reports from moldova. >> reporter: a special forces
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battalion in the mall doe van capitol. these men have all received their training in the united states, and now form the elite corps of the country's armed forces. the rioting tensions following moscow's takeover of crimea have stoked fears here that russia will attempt to destabilize the country as it moves towards closer ties with the european union. >> we have special missions like [ inaudible ] special reconnaissan reconnaissance. >> reporter: the special forces being trained in america will be more than a match for the russians. these are russia's special forces. and it is feared they are already based in an area that broke away from moldova in a
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bitter civil war. the conflict has been frozen ever since, but ukraine has warned that attempts are being made to smuggle weapons and men. they are banning russian passport holders from crossing the border. the issue was raised with the u.s. secretary of state. >> near 200 have been stopped and denied access. this reflects a concern on the ukrainian side that there have been young people moving across the border, carrying weapons, attempting to smuggle with intentions to stir up trouble, to be provocateurs. >> reporter: ukraine's border posts are now on ful -- full
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alert. david chater, al jazeera, moldova. now to brazil where a fire has destroyed a [ inaudible ] in rio de janeiro. over 360 shacks were destroyed. at least four people suffered injuries, poor electrical wiring is being blamed. the areas are noter orious for their maze of electrical cables. a huge after shock rocks chile just one day after the powerf powerful earthquake hit the country. six people were killed in tuesday's earthquake. so far there have been no reports of damage or injuries from today's after shock. sthen nate -- the senate
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intelligence commit is suspected to vote on a bill to declassify documents during the bush administration. the panel is expected to approve the release of the classified report. it will be up to president obama to determine how much is made public. when we return on al jazeera america, the interpreters living in danger in afghanistan, and the red tape they are facing trying to get to the united states. >> i'm eye dan estabrook in chicago. i'll tell you what it takes to get a concealed weapons permit in illinois.
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illinois recently became the latest state to pass a concealed carry law. now hundreds of people are lining up to get a permit. but the state requires extensive
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hours of training before applicants can obtain a license. diane esther brook is in east dundee, illinois. what is involved in the training? >> 16 hours of training. most of that training is spent in a classroom learning about the conceal carry law, learning how to holster a gun, and there are a few hours spent on the shooting range. i'm at gat guns in east dundee, it's one of many facilities offering training for people who want the certificate to they can apply for a license. they actually took me out on their shooting range yesterday. i got a chance to hold the gun, fire at a target. and they -- they have actually had thousands of people since october come through here to go through the process to get certified, to get the license. but instructor noel garcia said there are some people who have come through here, and after
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going through the process and taken the class decide they don't want to get the license after all. 16 hours of training may not seem like a lot. but the training is more rigorous than other states. >> you can never have enough training, but you do have to set, you know, 16 hours is very -- a long time for a conceal carry permit. most states require four. utah for example, has a four-hour course to get their permit. so 16 hours, i think illinois did a pretty good job of raising the bar. and maybe other states will follow suit. >> now there are currently about 24,000 active licenses -- conceal carry licenses in illinois. there are about 64,000 still in the pipeline. the state expects to see about 300,000 to 400,000 applications this year. so quite a few, stephanie. >> that is quite a few. hundreds of applicants, though,
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have didn't denied because their trainings have been invalidated. what happens to those folks? >> those people will to go back and complete the class again properly. but they won't have to pay the $150 application fee to do it. >> all right. diane, thank you. ♪ wall street's winning streak is in jeopardy. let's see where the dow is. it is down 21 points at that moment. stocks have been higher for four straight sessions and the s&p 500 closed at a record the past two days. positive news on jobs. a survey finds planned layoffs dropped to the lowest level of any first quarter since 1995. this shows the job recovery is
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getting stronger. and we'll have full coverage of the jobs report tomorrow right here on al jazeera america. well, if you aren't taking your full allotment of vacation time, you are not alone. a survey by employment website glass door finds only 25% of workers who have paid vacation took all of it last year. and 15% didn't take any at all. they note even when we are on vacation, more than half of us do work. congress hassal low gaited over 8,000 visas to afghan interprets so they can come to the united states. >> reporter: living outside washington these past few months has been an adjustment for this man. but with the help of his friends he is adapting. still he worries about his 200
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fellow interpreters still living in afghanistan. >> only three or four of them admitted to the united states. the rest are still in afghanistan. >> reporter: and are they safe? >> no. >> reporter: he says when the afghan military took over the lead, it fired all of the interpreters. it says anyone who had worked with the us-lead coalition was accused of being a spy. the u.s. congress has set aside more than 8700 special visas for interpreters and others. but to date had granted only about 2,000. matt zeller is a form u.s. army officer who personally intervened in his case to make sure he made it safely to the us. it's a promise he made after he saved his life on the battlefield and dozens of others. but there are hundreds like him still waiting that the united states are letting down. >> they were told if they give
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one year of honorable and faithful service that they would be able to come to the united states with their family safely, and find refuge away from the danger. >> reporter: the u.s. state department won't say how many applicants are still waiting for vie saas, but it says it has a responsibility to ensure that none of the applicants is a threat to the united states. it says in many cases applicants have simply failed to prove their affiliation with u.s. forces has put them in danger. it's a claim that infuriates him. he says he was on a tall ban kill list for months. he hid in kaboul until he and his family were granted entry to the united states. but he says there are thousands like him that are in danger. >> they will torture them, and send parts of their body as a warning message to their family
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to their american and to their other friends to stop working with the americans. >> reporter: and time for his friends, he says is running out. the translators have just seven months to complete their application before the program ends next year, closing a door on those who say they were promised more for their service. well a home on a river in indonesia isn't always the safest bet. we'll have that story after the break.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are today he'sed lines at that hour. four people are dead in a mass shooting yesterday at the fort hood army base in texas. the alleged shooter an iraq war veteran. the ukrainian government is blaming the ousted president and his riot police for the sniper killingsover protesters last kin ter. and the russian foreign minister says the troops massed near the
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ukrainian boarder will be returning to their posts after completing their task. an after shock comes one day after an 8.2 earthquake shook chile killing six. floods hit the indonesian capitol every year. so the government has started a clean upto clean up the rivers and halt the deluge. >> reporter: these homes are no match for the river. when the flood water rises, it sweeps through the ground floor all the way to the ceiling. last time the entire district was flooded for three weeks. now many people who live here, and the local government have had enough. there are about 900 rivers here.
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and they all flood. so the government wants to widen them. including this river. this means people who have lived here their whole life will have to move. she'll be relocated to an apartment building close by. she says the last flood left behind knee-high mud. >> translator: was trapped with some people on the second floor, and i couldn't get out. i was forced to jump to my neighbors house. >> reporter: the government's plan is to clear 15 meters on either side of the river. that's four rows of houses, and it means that thousands of people will have to be relocated. this man has already lost three rooms of his house. swept away by think river. he wants to move but only if the government pays him for taking his land. >> translator: if the government wants us to move they need to give us proper compensation. it's very difficult for us to leave because we will all be scattered. people here are like family.
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>> reporter: officials say people will be paid to leave, but they haven't announced how much. in other parts of the area, workers have already started to clean out the main rivers. it has been years since the sludge and rubbish was removed. >> translator: other than the rivers, we need to fix the drainage system. there isn't a good suage or drainage system here. >> reporter: this man has always found the sound of the river smoothing, until it starts rising, then it's terrifying. he says leaving home will be worth it so long as it stops the floods. nicole johnston, al jazeera, jacarta. ♪ i'm meteorologist dave warren. storm watching today.
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the area of severe weather has moved out of oklahoma but now into arkansas and missouri. the extent of this warning could extend as far as louisiana. conditions are favorable for the storms to begin to rotate. no tornado warnings, just wind and hail damage being reported with these storms. a cluster of storms that moved out of the southern plains and into this area. you can see one or two severe storms there, a few others in arkansas pushing off to the northeast. this entire area here, south and east of this low-pressure has this moderate severe risk that is higher than yesterday. there will be storms and they have a good chance of becoming severe and even the possible to produce tornados. north of the storm, winter storm warnings are in effect. cold air is in place, and the storm is just sitting there, and
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close to a foot of snow is possible. here is the area of low-pressure now, a cluster of rain and heavy rain, but severe weather likely in the next few hours. >> thank you for watching al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. "the stream" is coming up next. >> hi, i'm lisa fletcher, and you are in the stream. your money and national security at the polls in afghanistan. my cohost and dil


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