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in our province and in our country. if the plan is successful it will change the ecology of the region and minimise the effect of climate change just want to remind you about our website. that's the address there. at the bottom of the screen. >> baltimore bracing for more unrest as new allegations emerge about what may have led to freddy gray's death. >> we can't breathe! >> the protests spread could say the country. dozens arrested as more americans rally in solidarity with baltimore. >> rescue workers find a teenage boy alive five days after nepal's earthquake. we'll speak to the head of the
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team that found him. >> curfew kept people off the streets of baltimore but there's a sense of unease today. there were protests in city's nationwide and new questions about what may have led to freddie gray's death. the governor said yesterday that he thought perhaps baltimore has turned a corner. is that what you're seeing? >> randall, good morning from city hall in baltimore. let's be absolutely clear leave our viewers in no doubt baltimore has turned no corner. what led to monday night are still big issues that nobody here is going to be able to address in the next couple of days weeks months or years.
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compared to monday night baltimore has turned the corner, the national guard and state troopers are here in downtown city hall. last night when the curfew was imposed at the epicenter of the rioting at the junction of nest we have the and pennsylvania avenues, there was no tear gas or mace, it was a peaceful affair. the police backed off and it came down to family against family fighting each other physically sometimes to get people off the streets in time. take a look. >> let's go home! >> the 10:00 p.m. curfew came and went without major incidents. >> tell me what democracy looks like! >> hundreds took to the streets of baltimore to call for justice for the freddie gray, an african-american man who died in police custody earlier this month, but on the whole calm prevailed. still it was another night with police in riot gear.
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earlier in the day as residents worked to restore normal life. the governor praised the community's response. >> children were back in school in baltimore people were back at work and city residents were cleaning up the vast majority of people in the city are being extremely helpful and cooperative. people are picking up bags, and brooms and cleaning up. >> more than 200 people were satisfied during monday's clashes but by wednesday almost half were released. the police say there wasn't enough time to organize charges. the next milestone is likely to come tomorrow with baltimore police are expected to complete their investigation into his arrest. the results will be turned over to the state attorney's office. the newspaper said another prisoner in the same van briefed
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gray was intentionally trying to injure himself. it's important to note the unnamed prisoner couldn't see gray only hear him. the two were separated by a metal partition. >> the naacp and randall char to know are coming for a meeting today to discuss ways to help the city. >> what can you tell me about the release of monday's protestors? >> we are told that 200 people were arrested as a direct result of the rioting that we witnessed on monday, and yesterday according to the authorities here ruffle half of those were released. this morning the baltimore city newspaper reports that many people released yesterday say that they were mistreated by the baltimore police when they were in the holding center waiting to be booked. they weren't told what they were going to be charged with, there are instances in the paper this morning of cell phones and other
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equipment taken and not returned and talk amongst some of the women detainees of threats of mace and pepper sprayed being sprayed at them in the cells. now al jazeera can't independently verify that, but that is the report in the baltimore city newspaper this morning. randall. >> thank you. >> people around the country are coming out to protest what happened in baltimore. demonstration planned for later today in philadelphia over a similar police involved death there. police shot and killed brandon tate brown last woke and last night, people marched in boston, minneapolis, houston washington d.c. and new york, dozens arrested. melissa chan was on the streets of new york last night. >> the prosecutor tests first started wednesday evening 6:00 p.m. in union square. it was a sizeable crowd and they started rallying saying black
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lives matter. we spoke to different protestors. there was a couple of african-american women who brought their toddlers and said they believe this is a pivotal moment in american history and want their family to participate and be part of i have the. other protestors very angry as police brutality and asking for accountability. after the main rally in union scare, marshes walked the city. there's been groups throughout the evening. one group has been in and out of times square here saying and repeating the slogan black lives matter all in salad dart with baltimore. >> for the first time in history, a major baseball game was played without fans. >> we support the city of baltimore, and we're out there playing for the fans.
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we are playing for our families, but we play for the fans, the city of baltimore. that's what's across our chest. we're trying to represent them in the best way. >> fans couldn't get inside, so some stood outside cheering for a team they couldn't see. violent street protests prompted the closure. officers could not be spared for the game because all available forces were patrolling and monitoring demonstrations. >> the powerful pictures coming out of baltimore this week showing teens and children rioting and throwing abs at police now some are asking if the city's struggling school system is at least partly to blame. we have this report from baltimore. >> on monday, it boiled down to a battle between books and bricks. many of those seen throwing the bricks should have been hitting the books. instead, attention is called to a long standing problem in baltimore. >> is the educational system broken? >> i think it is, definitely.
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>> she should know. before a corruption conviction forced her out sheila dickson was the mayor of baltimore. before that, she was the president of the city council. before that, she studied early childhood education. >> we have to go back to basics. when is education going to become the priority in everybody's household where that's first and foremost before anything else? >> according to a recent study of more than 800 residents from 55 baltimore neighborhoods parents expressed dissatisfaction with the schools and lack of experience and the qualifications of the teachers. they say the schools fail to prepare students for the future, saying they also lack extracurricular activities. facts were not lost on the white house. >> if we are serious about solving this problem then we're going to have to not only have to help the police, we're going to have to think about what can we do, the rest of us, to make
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sure we're providing early education to these kids, make sure that we're reforming our criminal justice system so it's not just a pipeline from schools to prisons. >> dixon said washington has been part of the problem not solution. too much talk and too little in the way of funding. >> presidents have campaigned on the theme of education. has there truly been an education in this country from your standpoint as a local politician in a big city? >> no. just based on the fund that go we currently have. >> so you're saying it's all talk. >> in most cases yes all talk. >> here's how it plays out in real life. in baltimore far too many schools of closed. the chains have rusted. >> this is an early childhood learning center in baltimore counties. her kids from from the city.
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>> what's missing in the school system? >> the lack of evidence occasional programs, the lack of recreation centers for these children the lack of people actually being able to believe in them. >> in the meantime, schools are symbolic of a bigger problem abandoned buildings in a city many believe has abandoned its kids. >> in nepal a miracle another incredible rescue, a teenager pulled from the rubble alive five days after that earthquake hit. there were cheers as rescuers took the 15-year-old out of harm's way many are operating he is not the last survivor found alive. the death toll from saturday's quake is now more than 5500 with thousands more displaced. >> the u.s. aid disaster response team working along nap pal out that's led the rescue. their team leader joins us on
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the phone from katmandu. >> you've been in nepal for 17 years, so i'm sure you're familiar with the terrain. describe the place where this young man was found and how your team discovered that he was still alive there. >> well, i wasn't on the team when the recovery was made, but i can tell you that this rescue has lifted the spirtle of our teams and the people of nepal given renewed hope. we're all excited about this, that the keep age boy, i understand 15 years old was rescued on the road that runs around katmandu near the main bus station and pancaked building near that area that had been overlooked before. >> was it a small building, or part of a hotel or commercial
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establishment, do you know? >> it was a seven desire building a sizeable building. >> was he making noises? how did that discovery come about? >> a local citizen heard noise in the rubble and hour team was close by, and came over and alerted our team and they immediately began extracting the young man. they dropped a dog team to confirm there was a body in the rubble and the team was able to rescue him. >> there are a number of disasters, there are rescue teams on the ground there. can you tell us about the number
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of people who are part of the u.s. aid effort and how you are approaching the work. is it about retrieval now or are you in a search and rescue mode? >> first off u.s. aid is responding to disasters overseas and as much, we can tap resources we have in the u.s. government. in earthquakes we often bring in one or two of our search and rescue teams, one from los angeles county and the other from fairfax joint virginia. we have 114 search and rescue experts and a total of 12 rescue dogs. the second part of the question? >> how are you approaching your work, are you still primarily in katmandu, have you fanned out to
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remote regions? >> sorry we're all a little tired. we're still in refer sentenced rescue mode. finding this youth indicates there is a possibility of more, so we haven't called an end to the search and rescue period at this time. >> have you moved out of katmandu? we know there are areas that are hard to get to. have you been able to reach those remote areas? >> our teams haven't been outside the valley. they've been kept busy within the confines of the valley. the government teams have been out in the countryside and the expended areas outside the katmandu valley and they mainly had the -- erected the international teams who work within the valley. >> thank you bill burger from u.s. aid speaking to us from cad man do, good luck as you continue to search for more
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survivors. >> hundreds of people are lining up in central katmandu for bus rides to remote villages. those finally making it to those regions say they are stunned by the extent of damage and lack of aid. andrew simmons is in one village this morning. >> this is a vast area and i'm actually in a village at the start of a huge swath of damage. no one realized how extensive the damage was here. we drove for 30 kilometers through village after village devastated villages in one small settlement there wasn't one home left standing. the original estimates of death were put officially at around 1600 here, but in actual fact, many unofficial estimates put it at around 5,000 even 6,000.
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i have to say i have not seen anything quite like it in a rural area, buildings that were really constructed from boulders and mud are just absolutely devastated. if i just show you over here now, in this village, there is a search operation going on by the chinese. they are convinced that they have around five to six bodies beneath this rubble. they feel pretty pessimistic they'll find anyone alive. only a couple of aid vehicles have gotten through. people are crying fault or assistance. this is a remote area, takes a long time to get here, there are landslides on the way the weather has been very, very wet unmistakenlily so. it is a mixture a concoction of utter disaster following the original disaster.
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>> today's digit albeit, violent teacher protests on the streets of brazil. this video shows police using tear gas and rubber bullets against the protestors in the southern city. more than 100 were injured. the state said it profoundly regrets the violence. the teachers propose changes. some demonstrators wore masks and used trash can tops at she'd. the local mayor tweeted to the area looked like a war zone. the city hall turned its lobby into a clinic for those in the protests. >> states using certain drugs for executions, the arguments for and against, next. >> this week marks 40 years sips the end of the vietnam war. we're visit a memorial to the
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welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look now at today's top stories, the nigeria the army rescued dozens more women and children from a boko haram stronghold.
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officials say 160 women and children were found in the northeastern part of the country, the same place the army said wednesday it liberated nearly 300 women and girls in another operation. >> 25 year jail sentences for a group of men who took part in the attack on teenage activist. >> teachers will be resentenced today, each given a 20 year sentence in order to pay $25,000 in fines. others were sentenced to a year in prison. >> a heated debate in the supreme court over a sedative used in executions. the justices heard arguments on
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wednesday over whether one drug is strong enough to prevent suffering from lethal injections. conservative justice in the state of oklahoma argued there are limited options for how to put people to death. >> states across the country this is not unique to oklahoma face very difficult task of finding the drugs necessary to carry out its responsibility under the law. we demonstrated to the court that our selection is a drug that passes eighth amendment review. >> several liberal justice liken the cocktail to being burned alive. it was used in three high profile botched executions in 2014. this is the first challenge to lethal injections the supreme court has heard in seven years. meanwhile in north carolina, another death related to the death penalty. a bill passed the statehouse that would no longer requires doctors to be present during
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executions. north carolina has not executed a prisoner in a decade because of several laws including requiring a doctor to the present. >> today marks the anniversary of the end of the vietnam war. we have a look at the leses of that war as seen through the creation of one lasting monument. >> i decided back in 1979 that there should be a national vietnam veteran's memorial. >> he describes his 12 months in nam as mostly firing mortars but he did get shot up and recovered for as he called it scoring points for the other side. it was as a civilian nine years later he left an indelible mark.
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with very talented people, including graduates from harvard business school and west point we figure would out how to build this and raised the money and got it done in thee years. >> money from private donations with land, some of the most valuable real estate in the u.s. on the national mall and a design, and the design, the design almost killed the dream. >> the design was controversial because it was black. they said all the other monuments are white why is this one black. what statement are you making because it's black. >> the winning design entry was an amateurish drawing from an unknown student maya lynn. some saw it as an ugly dash in the ground, open wound on the national mall. the concept wasn't immediately clear to people, including
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scruggs. >> the original drawings don't look like much. >> did it have to grow on you? >> it had to be explained to me by a group of highly experienced architects. once they explained to it me, i understood it was going to be brilliant. >> al jazeera washington. >> the federal reserve decides not to hike interest rates after its latest meeting. the announcement came on the same day the governor said the economy barely grew. the fed has kept its key funds rate near zero since the housing and economic crisis of 2008. >> 40% of americans live in areas where air quality has reached unhealthy levels. nicole mitchell comes along soon to tell us which state has the worst air pollution in the country.
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>> officials say radio bell la has been eradicated from the americas. the virus known as german measles causes mild symptoms in duties but can be deadly to early photo at uses. before vaccinations, it affected 15,000 to 20,000 people a year. it has not been seen since 1962. >> in california, there were three categories rated and the top five in every category was a different location in california. california to their credit has some things working against them terrain valleys that trap in the pollution. here's a look at some of the most polluted cities.
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this is based on year round. if you see two cities ranked the same like los angeles, long beach, that just means they were kind of considered in the same area. california has high temperatures and drought because of climate change add to that participate pollution. other place in the country where cities ranked particularly low you're looking at some of those industrial states, like ohio having a number of cities on the list. as we get out there there's a number of things you can do. you can speak up, help legislators know that you want things like the clean air act protected. you can drive less, use less electricity and check into clean power. maybe something at home, like a solar power water heater could work for you. coming up, we will have some of the best cities out there where
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you're maybe breathing a little easier. >> thanks for joining us, stephanie sy is back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news.
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>> protests spread to several states people demanding answers about freddie gray's death in police custody. a fellow prisoner claims gray was trying to hurt himself while being transported in the police van. >> five days after the devastating earthquake in nepal a teenager is rescued from the rubble. >> the divide over how to execute death row inmate
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convicts. inmates take their case to supreme court. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. protests over the death of freddie gray spread to major cities nationwide last night. it was a couple night in baltimore where a curfew kept people off the streets. police and national guard be patrol and there's a sense of unease as residents await the results of an investigation. there are new questions about what may have led to gray's death. john is live in baltimore. the city may have turned a corner according to the mayor. is that what you are hearing or feeling today? >> i don't think baltimore's turned any corners just yet. it's going to be a long time before anybody can get around to dealing with the issues that led to monday night.
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i suppose compared to monday night, it has turned a little bit of a corner. last night when the curfew came, it was a very different scene from what we saw the night before. this is the junction of nest and pennsylvania avenue where we're talking about. i'm at city hall at the moment and there last night there was no smoke deployed, there was no pepper ball witness are no mace being thrown around, no tear gas. it fell to families and community leaders in the end to clear the streets. the police backed off and at one point, families were fighting each other to get off the streets. in the end as you will see now in this report, the curfew was imposed, but there are many questions that avoids from it and what else has been happening in the city the past 24 hours. >> let's go home. >> the 10:00 p.m. curfew came and went without major incidents. >> tell me what democracy looks like! >> hundred was protestors took to the streets of baltimore again to call for justice for
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freddie gray, an african-american man who died in police custody early they are month, but on the whole calm prevailed. still, it was another night with police in riot gear and the national guard standing close by. earlier in the day as residents worked to restore normal life, governor larry hogan praise the community responds. >> children were back in school, people back at work and city residents were cleaning up the vast majority of people in the city are being extremely helpful and cooperative. people are picking up bags and brooms and cleaning up. >> 200 were picked up, almost half released. the next milestone in the story is likely to come tomorrow when baltimore police are expected to complete their investigation into his arrest. those results will be turned over to the state attorney's
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office. documents reported by the washington post may shed light on what happened to freddie gray during the half hour he was in a pleas van saying another prisoner in the same van believed gray was intentionally trying to injure himself. he could only hear him the two men were separated by a metal partition. >> the naacp and al sharpton will hold a big meeting today to try to explain how to help baltimore and move the city forward. the baltimore city newspaper reporting this morning that of the 100 or so people released yesterday after arrested among 200 monday night many reporting they were abused by the police, property taken and not returned, arrested for no good reason and in the case of one woman speaking about the threat by police to spray mace into the cell where she was held with
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other women. al jazeera can't independently confirm this, it is however the front page of the baltimore city newspaper this morning. >> no comment from the police on those claims of mistreatment yet. >> thousands of people in several cities across the u.s. are protesting what happened in baltimore. the demonstration is planned later today in philadelphia over a police involved death there. police shot and killed brandon tate brown last week. last night people marched in boston minneapolis houston washington d.c. and new york. in fact, more than 100 people were arrested during the protest in manhattan most of them apprehended for blocking traffic. organizers hope 4,000 to 5,000 would show up for the march. the numbers were in the hundreds. those attending were passionate about their reasons for turning out. >> every time i look on the t.v. there's another in innocent black father, son stand person
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who looks like me being killed. i felt that i couldn't just stay at home. >> that's why i'm here. i have a son who is 15, and he's also black and i just don't want to see him killed. >> new york saw weeks of protest against police brutality last year when no charges were brought against officers involved in the death of eric garner. the u.s. attorney general is condemning the rioting in baltimore, saying it is a danger to the community. the justice department is leading an investigation into freddie gray's death. >> the unrest in baltimore led to a first for the baseball team. the orioles hosted the chicago white sox without a single paying fan in attendance. it was described as a surreal day.
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>> as far as anyone knows the smallest turnout for a major league game before wednesday consisted of the six die hard fans who paid good money to watch the troy trojans in 1882. that's six more than saw the game wednesday. fans and players found the way to make the best of a unique situation. >> it was a day where you could hear the crock of the bat. >> 1-1 delivery. >> but not the roar of the crowd. >> obviously when you're rounding the bases and the only cheers you hear from outside the stadium, you know, it's a weird feeling. >> for the first time in major league history there was no crowd. >> you could hear everything, literally. guys, you got to watch what you say to the umpires they're going to hear everything in detail. >> it was believed to be safer to keep fans out of camden yards after the unrest a sparked by
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the death of freddie gray. safer for the fans and the city. between 6-80 police officers work each game. >> part of the reason we closed today was we didn't want to take from resources the city might need to preserve the calm for the city of baltimore. >> they started the game five hours early so everyone working the game could get home before curfew. more than a few die hards managed to catch glimpses of the action. to say the public can't watch the game, we're like we're going to be there for our team. >> my girlfriend works here, she's losing money. the orioles are losing money. unfortunately, it's costing the city a lot of money. >> for the players taking part in the first zero paid attendance game ever was quite the novelty. >> first time i could run the bases and not hear anybody and hear my teammates laughing.
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it was pretty fun. >> signing imaginary autographs for imaginary fans, afterwards, they got serious. >> it's unfortunate really, that the city is having to experience what it's experiencing but at the end of the day i think safety is the biggest thing. >> we play for the fans and city of baltimore. that's what's across our chest. we're trying to represent them in the best way. >> the orioles beat the white sox 8-2 antcrowd roared from afar. >> while wednesday's fanless game was a truly odd occurrence in american professional sports, this type of thing happens more than you might think in international soccer. playing games behind closed doors is usually a punishment for teams that can't control racist or violent behavior by their fans. last month, two french teams played in stadiums because of rowdy fan behavior. it happened last year in russia and japan. >> it's the first for baltimore
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a dubious distinction. >> indeed. >> rescuers in nepal have pulled a teenage boy from the rubble alive. five days after the devastating earthquake there were cheers as he was freed. another man was pulled out after 82 hours buried under the rubble. we have a report on his ordeal after he was rescued. >> when he was pulled out of the rubble of a glass believe many here considered it to be a near miracle, and yet the brief glimmer of hope hasn't been enough to counter a growing sense of despair. >> the pain in his eyes, the belies how lucky he feels. >> i was under the rubble for four days without food. >> trapped in a hotel he watched friends die in the surrounding wreckage and had to drink his own urine to stay alive. now after having his leg
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amputated, he has no idea how he'll make a living. >> i hope people will help me. i'm too young for something like this to happen to me. >> like so many men of nepal the farmer was on his way out of the country to make enough to support himself and his family. >> that scheduled for april 27, the accident happened on april 25. >> katmandu is in desperate need of survival stories. >> people can survive for days without eating. many trapped must still be alive. if they can be rescued in time, they would live. >> many believe there should be a lot more of them. with him as devastated as these structures residents are used to seeing and fearing the worst. >> the mood here is grim.
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we're at the site of another building that caved in. there's two bodies that have just opinion pulled out of the rubble that are removed behind us. >> husband and wife, one wedding ring clearly visible. it looked as though they were reaching out to each other even in death. some of these surrounding buildings could collapse at any time so neighbors traumatized but curious look on while standing as far back as they can mansion. as a devastate sibling negotiates the release of his brother's body, he wants to take it back to india. >> only those who have lost families understand my pain. >> that point is growing while fear spreads. the sun's about a set and rain has begun to fall. will rescue efforts be hampered even further? crews pack up for the day even though everyone knows time is of the essence.
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>> at many sites where there are collapsed buildings the prevailing thing we've encountered is resignation. people are accustomed to bodies dug out of the rubble. they're afraid this will continue. i spoke to a rescue worker here. he told me that he was unbearably sad and worried it was only going to get worse. >> video shows the moment the earthquake hit nepal on that saturday from a closed circuit camera. people were going about their daily lives when the ground beneath them started shaking. many run in reaction. >> on the agenda today nasa's spacecraft will crash into mercury. it has been orbiting for years and today's high speed collision
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will be 12 times faster than the speed of sound. >> a massive teacher strike in colombia today. >> first lady michelle obama with him dedicate the whitney who you seem of art designed by a famed italian architect. >> the supreme court is considering how executions are carried out. the justice heard arguments over a controversial drug used in lethal injections. lisa stark has the story. >> one year ago oklahoma botched the execution of convict murderer clayton locket who regained consciousness during the procedure and began writhing in pain after given a new three drug combination. >> he was grimacing clenching his jaw his body was shaking. >> in ohio and arizona inmates gasped and choked.
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one of them for two hours before dying. both received that same drug combination. at the supreme court lawyers for three condemned oklahoma prisoners argued this new lethal drug cocktail invites the eighth amendment ban against cruel and unusual punishment. >> this drug formula is unconstitutional because the first drug will not prevent a prisoner from feeling the severe pain and suffering of the second and third drug. >> inside the court conrad faced harsh questions from conservative justice who said the only reason states are use this new cocktail is because drug company little are convinced to stop supplying more reliable drugs. justice samuel alito: june lethal injection was jump held
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by that the court in 2008, but the first drug used was a barbituate that induced a deep coma like slope so the inmate did not feel the next two drugs one to paralyze breathing the other to stop the heart. states have had to substitute a sedative for that barbituate. the question is does it really work. the oklahoma solicitor general argued this dosage will render these petitioners unconscious in no more than 60-90 seconds. justice sotomayor wasn't buying it: >> there have been 15 executions in the u.s. using the drug. after the hearing oklahoma's attorney general said this lawsuit isn't really about the drug itself. >> fundamentally i think that's what it is. the petitioners are fundamentally attacking the death penalty more so than the use of the drug in the execution
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process. >> one expert said the justices need to give clear direction whatever the outcome. >> this is the second lethal injection case in seven years. if the supreme court does not write an opinion that gives clear guidance no matter where they fall, if it doesn't give color guidance to states, there's going to be continuing litigation. >> lisa stark, al jazeera washington. >> the supreme court is also considering whether to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. openly gay former congressman barney frank said whatever the court decides it will be a pivotal moment in american history. >> if the court decides that it is illegal for a government to deny to people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity anything given to other people that will mean a major break through no more legal discrimination possible. it will be very important in
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real terms also, because people in the major city of states in the country cannot now get married. only 15 states people will be allowed to marry someone of their own sex if the decision goes against it. it's important for the happiness of people and important to establish, it gets the whole question of discrimination out of our politics so we can focus on more relevant things. >> a decision by the supreme court i also expected by june. >> money for a hostage. the new claims the f.b.i. may have broken its own rules and helped to arrange a ransom payment to al-qaeda.
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al-qaeda. antonio mora has more. >> american policy has long been clear, the u.s. does not negotiate with groups it considers terrorists. >> the u.s. also prohibits citizens from paying ransoms so those same groups. wednesday, the white house was asked if those policies still hold. >> there are irrelevant law that is apply but our policy only hasn't changed. >> the white house was reacting to a report from the wall street journal claiming the u.s. helped facilitate a ransom payment to al-qaeda in 2012, paid for it family of warren weinstein the american hostage accidentally killed in pakistan by a u.s. drone strike in january. according to the article the f.b.i. vetted a pakistani man used to deliver a ransom appointment of $250,000 to al-qaeda. >> the united states government will not make concessions to terrorists. to do so would only put american citizens at great every risk and
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would serve to allow terrorist organizations to better finance their on going violence. >> the white house says paying ransom encourages terror group to say kidnap more americans. the wall street journal report said intelligence acquired by the f.b.i. in the wine stein case prompted his family to pay. not only did the f.b.i. reportedly say the man represented the best chance to get wine stein back, but he was also the least bad of the unattractive options left. wine stein's family said that convinced them to pay for his release. wine stein never returned. his death was made public last week by an apologetic president obama. >> we're going to review what happened. we're going to identify the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made. i know those of you who are here share our determination to continue doing everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent
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lives. >> nigerian military officials located dozens more women and children from a boko haram stronghold. the army says at least 100 children and 60 women were found in the forest in the northeastern part of the country. that is the same place the army said wednesday it liberated nearly 300 women and girls in another operation. >> several of the men who attacked malala yousafzai in pakistan will serve 25 years in jail. ten of the men involved in the 2012 attack were sentenced. officials say the men belonged to the pakistani taliban. we are joined live from islamabad. good morning. tell us about the court's decision today and how these men were specifically involved. >> well, if you remember, as you mentioned, the attack on malala took place back in 2012. last year, 2014, the military
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claimed they had direct add key member of the group that was involved. the military said that up to 14 people were involved, 10 of them were arrested, including one of the men who was involved in the shooting. they were then handed over to the anti terrorist court and the decision by the court now with 25 years on each of those convicted. importantly, four of them are sometime at large. now the military claims that they were able to get a breakthrough last year when they arrested one of the key shooters in the attack, leading to the arrest of others involved. >> what has been the reaction to these sentences where you are? >> pakistan has a lot going on right now. there are so many issues, so people were expect that go these people probably might even get
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the death penalty. there would be a sigh of relieve that at least justice is prevailing that these people were nabbed and that they were given the sentences so we haven't seen a reaction across the country but most people would welcome the move. >> live for us in islamabad thank you. >> in today's digit albeit, violent teacher protests on the streets of brazil. this video shows police using tear gas and rubber bullets against the protestors in the southern city. more than 100 people were injured. on its facebook page, the state said it profoundly regrets the violence. the teachers were protesting changes in their pensions. some used sash can lids as she'd. the city council turned its lobby into a clinic for those injured in the protest. >> this week marks 40 years
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since the end of the vietnam war. hundreds of people lined the streets today. the city was formerly known as saigon. on april 30, 1975, northern forces stormed the presidential palace seizing control of the country. some 3 million vietnamese and 6,000 americans were killed. >> japan's prime minister will visit california today one year after becoming the first prime minister to address congress. he asked congress to stand behind a proposed pacific trade pact to benefit the region. >> we must all more contribute in every respect to the development of asia. we must spare no effort in working for the peace and
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prosperity of the region. >> the prime minister offered eternal condolences for americans killed during world war ii, but offered no apology for the so-called comfort women forced into prostitution during the war. this marks the seven year anniversary of the end of the conflict. >> the entrepreneurial spirit, businesses helping rebuild their communities. >> small votes versus big oil here. we'll have more just ahead.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at today's top stories, good news in the middle of heartbreak in nepal a teenage boy pulled alive from the rubble five days after the
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earthquake hit. the death toll has surpassed 5500. >> demonstrators say the president is violating the constitution by planning to run for office again. the protests threatened a piece deal that ended a conflict in burundi. >> protests spread to cities nationwide protestors saying too many young black men are being killed in officer involved shootings and it's time for changes in the justice system. a writer who focuses on criminal justice issues joins us this morning. thank you for your time. without knowing all the fact in the freddie gray case, what has this case taught us about the criminal justice system, what
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has it highlighted? >> thank you for having me. while we can all grasp that the freddie gray death is a tragedy it's a symptom of a larger problem around want country. le criminal justice system as we know is way too big. we are 5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's prison population. we have a 65% reas i had six rate, six out of 10 people coming out of prison go back in. we are trying to incarcerate away our addiction mental health problems in this country. the data shows that that simply isn't working. >> we are touching on a lot of issues there. i want to talk about common threads in recent cases. there is actual police misconduct or perception of police misconduct. how do you think that can be adequately addressed based on your research? >> there's a number of different
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things going on. we talk about policing in the way police interact locally. the city of philadelphia's been successful in doing foot patrols and bringing that back, getting out of the squad car making personal connections increasing people's trust of the police and their willingness to come to the police when something is going on. there should not be an adversarial relationships but in many communities that is the case. >> a common thread is white police officers and black suspects. talk about how that issue of race is being addressed and are we talking about race or are we talking about sow yo economic disparts or both? >> i think it's really hard to pull the two apart. you look at the winchester neighborhood where freddie gray was from, you're looking at a
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black majority community that is i amimpoverished. the problem so often is that cops act in a way that gets themselves reprimanded by the officer or by the community and then break that trust and that has nothing to do with race, that has to do with their actions. >> thank you for your insights this morning, really appreciate it. >> four in 10 young african-american men in baltimore are unemployed. some say it's the lack of role models in the communities. we talk with someone trying to change that. >> teaching young people how to print designs on tee shirts. >> you want to put as much ink as you can. >> he runs a program not only about making clothing, but also about keeping kids off the streets. he hopes that someday they'll become business owners themselves.
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as many as 30 young people are part of the program at any one time. he tries to set an example. he owns a sorbet store in the community where many of the kids are from. >> our goal is to help empower the young people with the resources so they can provide for themselves first and then their community. >> six out of 10 people who live in baltimore are black but only three of 10 businesses are owned by black people. data from urban centers around the u.s. found areas in which african-americans were increasing business ownership there was a positive beyond the bottom like this. >> there was a reduction in black youth eye lens. there's a whole host of reasons for it, primarily because black business owners are seen as role models in the community. >> it creates jobs and opportunities. >> the development center at
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morgan state university is run by this man. >> having access to resources the access to capital is big. whether it's a loan from family friends or from a venture capitalist, but access to the capital. >> people don't want to be seen as living in a hopeless blighted part of town that needs outside help to improve. >> we need investment and the communities capacity to do those things on our own behalf, instead of having government agencies manage disasters. that's what they're doing trying to manage disaster and all data produced on the outcomes have not been transformative. >> they continue to learn in the hopes of owning the very stores they shop in. >> new details about the pilot of a germanwings plane that crashed into the french alps.
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he was initially denied a medical certificate in 2010. he eventually did receive the certificate after completing treatment for depression. he is accused of purposely crashing the germanwings plane last month killing all 150 people onboard. >> parents in los angeles are trying to force change at what they call a failing public school. a 2010 law gives them a so-called parent trigger. they want to alter how the school operates. >> if your child was attend ago failing school, what would you do? how about trying to take the school over? that's what a number of parents are trying to do here. they say 60% of the students here can't read at grade level and they've tried for more than a year to work with the school to make changes with no success. they've signed a petition to take it over, using states parent empowerment act of 2010, commonly referred to as the parent trigger law. various forms of the law exist
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in seven other states. in california, parent trigger allows parents to effectively take over a school from the district and purpose it into a charter school. one of the parents actively fighting has a daughter in the fourth grade. >> this is first and second grade work. >> when she brings this home and sits at the table to do this, is this easy for her? is it challenging for her? >> this is easy for her. it's just one digit. >> she's not challenged. >> not at all. >> los angeles unified school district is the largest in the country. we sat down with the regional superintendent for uslad. >> when the parents say this school is failing and they've worked for over a year to enact changes and are not seeing changes, you say what? >> there are pockets of
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excellence at this school. there are problems. there might be two or three teachers maybe up to six teachers that have challenges. >> why hasn't the district taken action on it? >> tonight you'll hear the school district's response. >> what grade would you give the school? >> i would give it the grade of -- >> you won't want to miss it. >> you can get that answer and watch the full report at 8:00 eastern. >> teachers involved in atlanta's test cheating case will be sentenced today. they were handed the harshest terms, each given a 20 year sense and ordered to pay $25,000 in fines. others were sentenced to just a year or two in prison. >> in seattle hundred was demonstrators are facing off against shell oil. they plan to boycott the port in kayaks. >> there is something big headed for seattle really big the
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polar pioneer shell's floatable steerable oil exploration rig. it has been greeted by a small fleet of protestors along its route. the welcome here should be on a much larger scale. >> our capacity shouldn't be underestimated and neither should our resolve. >> they call themselves kayaktavists. they've held training session for weeks and are organizedding a three day anti oil festival in mid may call for paddlers to gather and make a statement to shell. >> they are not drilling near seattle. they're drilling 2,000 miles from here. >> the community in seattle is incredibly offended by the idea
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that we would use our public ports as a base station for an arctic destroying, climate cooking project. >> this could bring trouble to the city of seattle and elliot bay. what does it bring otherwise? >> jobs and economic benefit to the city. >> shell's arrival will bring hundreds of waterfront jobs and tax revenue. the port, which is a separate political entity from city government has agreed to a contract with a local marine services company which will do the work for shell. >> does this really fit with seattle in 2015? >> it dependency who you talk to. a lot of the people i talk to, it absolutely sits with the values of the city and i certainly hear from others that, you know, they feel that there's a miss aloyalty with with where the city is headed. >> environmental groups are
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challenge that contract in court as inappropriate use of port space with no final ruling yet. >> an oil rig parked there for maintenance doesn't sound like it. >> is this your line in the water of elliot bay? >> that is what we'll be drawing. >> shell turned down a request for an on camera interview. a spokesman tells us the company's plans for loading and staging in seattle remains unchanged, writing.
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addressing environmental concerns he says it's our view we have put in place the most viral sensitive thoroughly responsible plan ever assembled for exploration offshore alaska. but assurances like that mean little to members of the flotilla clearly spoiling for a fight and hoping for a big turnout. >> can you stop this rig with kayakses? >> we can and we will. there's no doubt. they come to seattle they're going to stay in seattle. >> you're going to blockade them in? >> absolutely. >> told of those plans the shell peaksman replied: we hope
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they do so safely and within the boundaries of the law. >> that was a report from seattle. >> the american lung association is out with its new list have places in america that have the worst air pollution. a number of cities in california are on the list, are fresno, bakersfeld, los angeles and long beach. let's bring in nicole mitchell. where is the best air? >> i have to give california not a pat but a little bit of climate change for example leads into that with the hot dry air adding to the particles out there, so it's not just what the people are doing it's the environment. here's some of those best cities prescott, arizona number one, wyoming and flag star,
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arizona. it dependency on so many things going in in your environment. you want to know how am i doing you can to you can get grades on three different air categories. they did the most common and harmful times with ozone and particle solution, which is soot and long term and part term particle solution. it is important there's a lot of tips on here. if you're a runner, you're breathing in even more air they say for example stay three football fields away from any sort of interstate and you'll
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ingest less. we take 15-20 breaths per minute. it's good to know what's in that area. >> i'm going to have to put my zip code in. nicole mitchell, thank you. >> on the tech beat this morning, when disaster strikes rescue workers respond to try to locate victims. a new device being tested now helps first responders listen for heart beats. techno's lynn lindsey moran. >> disasters are a gruesome fact of life. it's those responders first on the scene who make a life-savings difference. >> when with we finally hit the ground we're trying to gather intelligence to figure out how bad it is. a lot of people we find are
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injured and it's a time factor. >> as part of the homeland security, we have people that overseeing the urban search and rescue team. they wanted to look at any given rubble pile or collapsed building and determine whether somebody is alive in there. >> it is a remarkable new technology resulting from the collaboration between j.p.l., fema and homeland security is capable of raising a victim's heartbeat and respiration through 30 feet of concrete and debris. >> we are measuring however it is from the unit to the victim's heart and then back. finder works on an unconscious victim. as long as your heart is beating and you are breathing, we can test you. >> a team travels to disaster sites domestically and internationally. they put finder to the test at
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their virginia test site. >> all right. i think i got it from here. i'm going to climb into the rubble pile and hopefully they'll be able to detect my heart breathe from there. >> the first responders go in teams of two. one holds the laptop and carries it sets it down on the ground 15-20 feet in front of the rubble. >> i'm pretty enthusiastic about this one that it will speed the process up. >> i'll call the rescue squad here and have them start the process. >> it's just another tool in the tool box and i think will revolutionize how search and rescue is done. >> you can watch it tonight
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right here on aljazeera america. >> we go inside the reopening of the whitney museum in new york. artwork isn't just confined to the inside walls.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. the nigerian army rescued 100 more children and 60 more women from a boko haram stronghold in the northeastern part of the country, the same area where it said it liberated 300 women and girls on wednesday. >> arab leaders meet next week in saudi arabia to prepare for an upcoming summit with president obama expected to focus on iran's nuclear program and fighting in yemen. >> nasa is keeping a close eye on a russian spacecraft spinning out of control around the earth. it was bound for the international space station carrying food, fuel and supplies when it suffer add malfunction after takeoff. the russian space agency said the craft will likely reenter the earth's atmosphere and burn up. >> nasa's messenger spacecraft
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will crash into mercury today ending a four year mission. we have more. >> it's slightly bigger than the moon and the closest planet to the sun but until the space craft arrived in mercury's orbit in 2011, little was known about the planet. messenger seven's scientific instruments have been feeding back volumes of data. >> it has a massive solid core of i-similar to the earth but bigger. it is almost sure there is a liquid surrounding it producing a magnetic field. >> the surface is detailed, a recording surface temperature
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fluctuating between minus 170 and plus 420-degree celsius. ice was discovered at the planet's poles covered by a layer of dark matter. >> the hypothesis that this dark material is in fact organic fibernaceous material. it is what on our planet part of the building blocks of life. >> nasa say it's powerless to control the gravity dragging messenger toward the planet. >> we have an idea of how the solar system was formed, how our planet came to be. it's placing us in time and
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space within the universe and within the confinement of the solar system, very important to know these things. >> this image published hours before them jeer's demise is one of many the team said it will release in the weeks and months ahead. the next mission by european and japanese teams is not expected until 2024. until then, scientists will work through the huge volume of data from messenger hoping to add more detail to our knowledge of the planet. >> a museum dedicated to modern art in new york will be dedicated today after a multi million dollar makeover. we have a look at the new whitney. >> love it or hate it, the art world is buzzing about the new building. the $422 million glass and steel structure will allow the museum to display for of its collection
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of modern art with wide open galleries with unobstructed views. >> we wanted people to slow down and not just go through the check list, slow down and look at things. every consultingi is far more complex than the media projects them. we wanted a more layered view of american art. >> the institution was founded in 1931 as a place to nurture american artists. then as now what defines american art is hard to say. >> i think there's a sort of spirit a spirit of openness and a spirit of understanding the contradictions, it's a very complex country. many of the artists zero in on that. >> america is hard to see is the name of the nag really a
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exhibition. like the united states, it is a melting possibility of influences from the beautiful to the bizarre. >> the whitney boasts three outdoor galleries for exhibits like this one called sunset. the colorful chairs are positioned to take advantage of the views. >> there's the hudson river to the west and new york city to the east, and right next door, the popular elevated park known as the high line pitch attracts millions of visitors a year. the museum expects to triple attendance at its no location. >> it's been a long time since an american museum, they can it right. i think this museum gets it right. there's space for the art space for the people, space to stop looking at art and look outside at this amazing city. >> while america may be hard to see, the whitney's collection
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has never been more accessible. al jazeera, new york. >> artists from around the world are taking their talents to the streets of mexico city, painting large murals on buildings and walls throughout the city. the works are on display in two very different community witness one up scale and one working class. it is helped the murals will lead to revitalization have public spaces. >> coming up, the latest on the nepal earthquake, including the amazing rescue of a 15-year-old boy, the death toll now tops 5500 people. >> that's it for us here in new york. thanks for watching.
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"talk to al jazeera". sunday, 6:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> hello welcome to the news hour live from katmandu in nepal. we'll have the latest on how thousands of people are looking for aid and relief, how about the rescue operation is proceeding and how the death toll is increasing. up to 5,500 people have perished in the earthquake. >> more violent protests in burundi over the