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50 labs in 17 states received the sample and more than three foreign countries. the samples were mistakenly sent without safeguards. they are investigating why the mistake was made and are to receive a report. there was no threat to the public. a reminder, you can keep up to date with all the news. go to the website >> newspaper details in the killing of a man in boston who pulled a knife on police. allegations that he was plotting to kill a conservative activist. >> the scandal for fifa grows another leader accuses the organization of manipulating elections. >> several sunni tribes in iraq pledge support for isil amid
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controversy over the number of fighters killed since the u.s. got involved. this is aljazeera america, good morning, live from new york city, i am randall pinkston. there are new details about a man accused of plotting to kill police officers manufacture he was radicalized by isil and they reveal a plot to kill a well known political activist. what else do we know? >> the f.b.i. says it has been monitoring conversations between the man and david wright, now charged with conspiracy. when the two talked about a potential attack, he allegedly said i just got myself a nice little tool, good for carving. he went on oh to say like thinking with your head on your chest. f.b.i. believe that is a
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reference to beheading. the complaint alleges he plotted to kill pamela gellar. when police approached him outside a c.v.s., he changed plans within the complaint said he called wright, saying he would start attacking police officers instead. police say he lunged at them with a knife the same one he talked about in the conversation with wright. >> the video is inconclusive. i don't think that he was shot in the book by virtue of that, however, we couldn't see clearly at all whether he was brand issuing a knife or not however he was approaching them in that perfect did back up. by evidence of his death evidently he was fired upon. >> prosecutors and the boston police department are evaluating if the use of force was justified. the public will eventually get to see that security camera video showing rahim's conversation with police but no
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word from prosecutors on when it will be released. >> prosecutors in cleveland are considering whether to charge police officers in the killing of 12-year-old tamir rice. police turned over the results of their investigation wednesday. prosecutors are expected to present the findings to a grand jury. the boy was holding a plastic pellet gun when he was shot by officers in november. >> an internal investigation has cleared a madison wisconsin police officer for killing an unarmed bi-racial team in march. the madson police department said the officer did not vital any internal policies over the use of force. a prosecutor last month decided not to bring any criminal charges in the case. >> the fifa corruption scandal is growing this morning after an american who worked as a top fifa official admitted he and others did take bribes in exchange for awarding countries the soccer world cup. erica pitzi has details. >> in a bomb she will court
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document a former fever if a executive admits under oath that he agreed to accept bribes and kickbacks related to at least two selectionses of world cup host nations. he was a fifa executive for 20 years before the f.b.i. caught up with him two years ago. in 2013, he pleaded guilty to racketeering wire fraud money laundering and income tax evasion. he is the fed's number one informant as they make their case of widespread corruption against fifa. according to the newly released federal court document, when blazer entered his plea in 2013, he admitted to accepting bribes in connection with the selection of the 1998 world cup, which was france. he said he and others agreed to accept bribes and kickbacks in conjunction with broad casts and other rights to several gold cup regional tournaments in north america. the details of hills admission came on the same tape as interpol the national police
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agency i should wanted notices for six men at the request of the united states. these men are wanted on corruption charges involving more than $150 million in alleged bribes. others are issuing denials including high-ranking fifa executive jerome balkey, accused of helping to secure a bribe for south africa in exchange to host the 2010 world cup. in an interview, he said he does not feel guilty so doesn't have to justify that he's innocent. south africa agrees to paying the money but denials it was a bribe. >> the payment was made to an approved program above board does not equate to bribery. those who allege should prove their allegations. >> in a federal court document, he had a much different story
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admitting beginning in or around 2004 continuing 2002011 he and others on the committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of south africa as the host nation for the 2010 world cup. erica pitzi, al jazeera. >> also this morning fifa's former vice president says emtell investigators everything he knows about the corruption scandal. jack warner is one of the 14 people charged by the u.s. in the case. in a t.v. address from trinidad, warner promised he will not keep secrets any longer, saying accept blatter knows why he fell and if anyone else knows, i do. he has given lawyers documents that outline the link between fifa its funding himself and blatter. we have more from zurich. >> a lot of what he says comes out at pretty loose language. he's given to high person lea
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lot of the time. he said he has destroyed documents. he has given some to his legal team. i think the point at the moment is his intent, which teams to be to do a complete about turn from all the things that he's always said that he had done no wrong and there is a conspiracy against him. now he seems to want to bring the whole fever if a house down with him. he knows he's under threat of arrest if he leaves trinidad. perhaps it was because of what chuck blazer said overnight and that he has done a deal with the americans for leniency, maybe he wants the same rather than and
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indictment, wants to work with the feds and f.b.i. i think what you can see overall is this f.b.i. strategy of trying to chip away at all the people around seth blatter all of hills lieutenants to go after him, because we know the f.b.i. targeting blatter seems to be gaining momentum and the gradually, the f.b.i. and the states with interpol onboard as well are building this case. how long that will take against blatter, we don't know. of course blatter here is still at work and still running fifa. >> al jazeera is funded in part by the government of qatar slated to host the 2022 world cup. >> isil is getting new support today from sunni tribal leaders. several of them are reportedly pledging allegiance to the group. they are angry at the shia led iraq government, claiming it has not provided enough support. the pledge has happened in fallujah an area isil has
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cropped follow nearly a year. the fight has claimed thousands of casualties, but there are questions surrounding that claim that 10,000 isil fighters have been killed in u.s. led airstrikes. social security number 2##-##-#### in charge secretary of state number two in command made that comment. >> the u.s. sought to change the narrative. >> i emerge from this meeting confident that we will defeat them through our unity our determination, and our commitment. >> speaking to a french radio station, deputy secretary of state tony blinken said despite recent battlefield setbacks like the loss of ramadi, the focus should be on the bigger picture.
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use the group's arabic name, he made an attention grabbing claim "we recorded an enormous lass for daish, more than 10,000 since this campaign started and this will eventually have an effect." since last august, the anti isil coalition has carried out more than 4,000 bombing raised, but the defense department can't confirm the figure of 10,000 dead. the military has avoided so-called body counts for decades. they were widely used during the vietnam war but later discredited. today, the view is that they are often wrong and even when they're accurate are a poor guide for who is winning the conflict. the conflict against isil may be a good example of that, even if the 10,000 dead claim is true, it doesn't seem to have slowed down the group's worldwide recruiting efforts. isil's strength is 20,000 to
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32,000 fighters. >> analysts say body count numbers could be compiled from different sources including satellite imagery reports from part nurse on the ground and isil's own claims. critics point out none of those methods are very accurate. deputy secretary blinken has yet to expound on why he chose to release that 10,000 kill figure. >> >> egypt's former president hosni mubarek will be refried over the killing of protestors, a new trial date is set september 5. he is charged with failing to stop the killing of hundreds of protestors during the arab spring uprising. an earlier conviction was overturned. he is in failing health and since his arrest has been held in several hospitals. >> thousands are gathering to commemorate the anniversary of the tianamen square protest.
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>> >> houston isis ending veteran homelessness keeping a promises made total first lady.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 7:43 eastern time. north carolina will soon be one of only a handful of states to require a 72 hour waiting period for abortions.
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lawmakers passed the bill wednesday. the governor will sign it. the measure triples the state's current 24 hour period. >> a texas inmate on death row for three decades has been executed. lester bauer jr. is the oldest prisoner put to death since the state resumed capital punishment. he was convicted of killing four men in 1983. >> public viewings will be held for beau biden the former delaware attorney general will lie in honor at legislative haul in dover. he is the oldest son of joe biden. he died saturday of brain cancer at 46. president obama will deliver the eulogy on saturday. >> a sweeping set of reforms targeting the faster care system in california will become the country's most comprehensive
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changes on using drugs on foster care children. >> my parents were addicted to meth and they wouldn't feed me. >> neglected, she would steal quarters to buy food. at the age of four, the state moved her into foster care and by the time she exited the system, she was taking 12 psychotropic pills a day. >> how old were you when the doctors started prescribing medication. >> at 14 is when i started taking these medications. at first when i was at the mental hospital, they sort of did. i wasn't on that many. i think i was only on two at first, but until i went to a group home, they started adding more and more. >> the cocktail of drugs left the once healthy teen with serious side effects. >> i have irregular heartbeat. i have thyroid problems, where
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it makes it very hard for me to lose weight. i felt like i wasn't really in control of my body. >> doctors prescribed psychiatric medication to a quarter of children in foster care system. in group homes half of all are on psychotropic pills. the state spends more on these drugs for children than any other kind, 72% have all drugs. >> those same anti psychotic medications that are used to sedate nursing home residents are used in group homes for foster home to sedate and control their behaviors. >> taken to task by lawmakers at a hearing this spring, administrators at the state's public health system for providing care to foster youth can only say they are working on the problem. >> how many lives have been lost? we can't let another decade slip by without solutions. >> i totally agree with you. trauma informed care i guess the way to go and you've got some of
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the lowest paid people out there working in the group homes that have no training. i do think we are changing. are we there? have we mixed it? absolutely not. >> greg rose, deputy director of the state's foster care system sat down with al jazeera to discuss the time frame for change. >> how does this change for foster children in terms of their experience, when will we see that change? >> we should be seeing change beginning now. we've published the guidelines. we've published the foster care mental health bill of rights. >> state legislators hope to push change for bills to combat the abuse. >> i was misdiagnosed and mistreated by a doctor who only knew me from secondhand judgments she had on a notepad.
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>> it is about trying to get through college. >> i said i didn't want to become like my parents. i didn't want to become failures. >> she wants a law degree to fight for the rights of foster children. melissa chan, al jazeera hayward, california. >> former texas governor rick perry announced this morning he is running for president. the republican just put out this video. >> you see a lot of candidates will say the right things, whether it's about the border, whether it's about taxes or spending we need a president who has done the right thing. we need a president who bridges the partisan divide, rather than widening it, who brings people together. we must do right and risk the consequences.
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>> he is expected to kick off his run for president today. he was a candidate previously but lost to mitt romney. former florida governor jeb bush tweeted this out saying he will announce a decision on whether or not to run come june 15. >> on the democratic side, there are now four candidates running for the presidential nomination, former senator lincoln chafee is the latest to join the race, making the announcement quietly in virginia wednesday. he's been a member of both parties and an independent. he says he enjoys that challenge and that includes fighting the conventional wisdom that the u.s. should be involved in another war in iraq. >> if we as leaders show good judgment and make good decisions, we can fix much of what is ailing us. we must deliberately and carefully extricate ourselves
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from expensive wars. >> so far, he will be running against former secretary of state hillary clinton senator bernie sanders and former maryland governor martin o'malley. >> houston has met a challenge from first lady michelle obama to end homelessness for veterans. it is the largest city to reach that goal. >> texas contributes more military recruits than any other state in the u.s. in houston alone there are more than 300,000 veterans. the count rip's second largest veteran population and thousands more are expected to go returning home from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> even one homeless veteran is a shame. >> when first lady michelle obama challenged to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year houston signed on. >> there is not going to be another homeless veteran that stays on the streets of hawn for
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lock of resources. let us celebrate that. >> mara parker announced that her city succeeded in finding shelter for 3600 vets. >> we really had to focus on the individual veteran. other major cities say they have ended that homelessness. >> i definitely want to get off the street. >> many more veterans need help. an estimated 58,000 former servicemen and women are living on the streets in cities across america. >> i slept in my vehicle and then i got tired of sleeping and curling up in the back seat of my vehicle. i would get on the bus. i would road around the city of l.a. >> this is the back of the burlington coat factory. this is actually where i slept many of the nights. >> cities like phoenix have tackle would the problem by beefing up outreach teams
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streamlining services and bringing together government and private agencies, but the goal of ending veteran homelessness still eludes many cities that accepted the challenge. >> now we have to finish the job once and for all because when a veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he should ever have to sleep on it. >> al jazeera. >> the ice on the tallest mountain in the world is disappearing. the environmental shift between the melting ice on everest and what is being done about it.
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>> investigators say an oil pipeline that burst near santa barbara california was core roded, finding significant metal loss along the section of the pipe that failed. 100,000-gallons of oil spilled creating a nine-mile oil slick on the coast. several sections of the pipe were repaired for corrosion in 2012. >> the goal is to scare away an infestation of sea lions. one city thinks the answer is a parade float. how or gone is using a fiberglass killer whale to solve the problem. >> welcome to a project. we're in a boat yard in washington and this is a 32-foot long fiberglass orca, a model of a killer whale originally built as a float for parades
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advertisement for a whale watching company. could this be the answer in oregon where california sea lions are thronging the public docks and creating a lot of havoc, becoming a nuisance. sea lions don't like or das. orcas like sea lions. it is hoped that this will scare them away from the docks. >> you are going to drive this thing? >> i'm going to see what happens. >> he is going to be the captain. he is going to sit right up there where jake is. he's going to have a nine horse motor, maybe better. there are going to be sounds, recorded sounds of killer whales. the transients spend a lot more time on the coast. we'll see if those broadcasts work and scares the heck out of those sea lions. should happen all the time, al
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jazeera, bell ling ham washington. >> you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 eastern. >> a new report shows scientists fear glaciers are melting on mount everest. how quickly do we think they might disappear? >> in this area of the himalayas is 5500 glaciers that could be gone by the end of the century. as you look at mount everest obviously this is a critical impact for farm be, hollywood degree power over a billion people in asia depend on rivers fed by these glaciers for food and livelihoods. while it might be easier for mountaineers to make the summit, flooding would become an issue and added water could change the scope and scale of the rivers. this graph shows what is expected to happen because of climate change and warming through the area. this is called the hindu kush
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region. the 70% is if we start managing carbon emissions more, it would slow that. at the current rate, that's the 99%, so basically gone by the end of the century. so here's some before and after pictures most of these from the 1920's. they've already gone back to current day. you can see the reduction that a lot of these have shrunk by about 13% in just the last 50 years. now, as we continue to show you the photos, as those retreat they also result in the creation and growth of lakes that can be damned by that debris as it comes down. what happens then is avalanches, earthquakes, similar to the one we saw this year can actually breach the dams, causing flooding and then eventually over time, so flooding is the initial concern but eventually over time as they continue to retreat, then there won't be the
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moisture anymore to go into the rivers, so that will be a secondary impact on the farmers in the area not having that water. >> thanks, nicole. >> that's it for us for now. stephanie sy back in two minutes with more aljazeera america morning news. ws.
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>> several sunni tribal leaders announce they're backing isil as a top u.s. that official claims the strategy is working killing thousands of isil fighters. >> a former fifa terrible promise to say tell all to u.s. investigators after an american admits he took bribes. >> new details in the killing of a man who pulled a knife on boston police, allegations that he was plotting to kill a conservative activist.
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good morning this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. >> several tribal leaders in iraq are pledging allegiance to isil, saying they are working in solidarity with abu bakr al-baghdadi. >> this certainly wasn't a surprise. anybody watching the iraqi political scene closely will tell you for the last years the anger that the sunni's have felt has risen. they feel ignored by this government and the previous government, as well. they say they were promised jobs in the army, there was supposed to be development for the province. none of that happened. a year ago fallujah was occupied by isil fighters and the sheiks said you need to arm
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us. we are the only people that can get rid of these isil fighters and the causes for the isil fighters being here in the first place. we're the only people that can do this. we've done this before with al-qaeda in iraq in 2008, which is a predecessor to isil. those fell on deaf ears with the maliki government. the new prime minister reached out but hasn't gotten through to all of them. this announcement on wednesday is crucial. we don't know whether the announcement comes under duress because fallujah is under openings by isil. some tribal sheiks may have no choice or whether it's done willingly. either way isil now have a number of new fighters at their disposal and seem to be using them. we're hearing of attacks in fallujah taking operation already. it looks like the tribal sheiks are going to really take the fight to the iraqi security forces and their anger has boiled over enough into
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violence. >> there are questions surrounding the claim that some 10,000 isil fighters have been killed since u.s. led airstrikes started. this is secretary of state john kerry's deputy saying this. >> harvard educated, veteran of both the obama and clinton administrations. as deputy secretary of state he's been in france, stand i go in for john kerry at international meetings. it was issue a radio interview that blinken made this controversial claim. >> as a high level conference wrapped up in paris this week, the u.s. sought to change the narrative. >> i emerge from this meeting confident that we will defeat them through our unit and commitment. deputy secretary of state tony bringen said despite battlefield
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setbacks like the loss of ramadi the focus should be on the bigger picture. using the group's arabic name he made an attention-grabbing claim, "we recorded an enormous loss for daish, more than 10,000 since this campaign started and this will eventually have an effect al jazeera al jazeera. since last august, the coalition has carried out more than 4,000 bombs raised, but the defense department can't confirm the figure of 10,000 dead. the military has avoided body counts for decades widely used during the vietnam war later discredited. the view today is that they are often wrong and even when accurate a poor guide to who is winning the conflict. the conflict against isil may be a good example of that. even if the 10,000 dead claim is true it doesn't seem to have slowed down the group's worldwide recruiting efforts. the c.i.a. currently estimates isil's strength to be anywhere
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from 20,232,000 fighters. >> analysts say body count numbers can be compiled from a number of sources satellite imagery, reports from partners on the ground and isil's own claims. critics point out that none of those methods are very accurate. >> thank you. i want to get into this more with our analyst joining us from beirut this morning. thanks for your time. i want to ask you about this latest development with the tribal leaders. how significant is that announcement that some sunni tribal leaders have pledged allegiance now to isil? >> this is of course not a surprise simply because iraq has been falling into a sectarian war not just in the past few months, but for several years now. the previous government of prime minister al-maliki has honed
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this sectarianism into an art form and the unfortunately the current prime minister al abadi has not been able to reconcile the leader communities inside iraq between the shia and sunni. it is quite normal that the people at the end of the government's stick, if you would like are uniting and saying we commit ourselves to isil, simply because they are disappointed with the government and this is not a surprise at all. >> how many iraqi sunnis do these tribal leaders in fallujah speak for? are we going to see a major game changer on the battlefield now with lots and lots of sunnis joining isil? >> well, the battle front both in iraq and in syria is a very loose term. we have to be very careful been. obviously when we hear that the
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war is going on and there are high casualty figures this is quite selective because the casualties that have been recorded and secretary blinken has spoken about this, the 10,000 plus figure, have not occurred in the areas where current fighting is going on, whether it is in fallujah or ramadi where the coalition forces has not really scored that much. the coalition has succeeded in places on the border with turkey and a few months ago several months ago when it prevented the takeover of isil by the city. in prevented isil from scoring. elsewhere, this is a death of coalition.
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we have to make the assumption that isil's casualties casualties pale in comparison. >> the strategy for the iraqi government to arm and train sunni tribes in the fight against isil, so how do we square the announcement today in fallujah with that strategy? is it disconnected from reality or simply that we are seeing things too black and white some tribes support the iraqi government and some now will support isil? >> not only is it far from reality, it's worse than that in fact because the iraqi government does not seem to have made up its mind whether it will or wants to keep the country united and it wants to have a non-sectarian policy.
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iraqi is a called drop, because you have a mixed population with all kinds of religion. let us not also forget the major roam the kurds play. the government of iraq has got to make a decision whether or not it wants a. to keep the unity of the country and two whether or not it wants to make sure that its policies are non-sectarian. the time for political reforms is long overdue in iraq, but there doesn't seem to be the appetite to actually make the concessions amongst iraqis, amongst each other to accomplish this objective. number non-sectarianism becomion the policy of the state not only isil will make in-roads, but the iraqi government will go from one failure to another. >> sir, thank you. >> egypt's former president mubarak will be retried over the killing of protestors. the highest appeals court egypt
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set a trial for november 5. he is charged with failing to stop the killing of hundreds of protestors during the arab spring uprising. an earlier conviction was overturned. the former leader is 86 and in failing health. >> new details this morning about a man accused of plotting to kill police officers. authorities say the man had a plot to kill a political activist. >> the f.b.i. says it was monitoring conversations between the man and david wright, who is now charged with conspiracy when the two talked about a potential together. rahim allegedly said i just got myself a nice tool, good for carving. later he went on to say like thinking with your head on your chest, the f.b.i. believing that its a reference to beheading. the complaint alleges he blotted to kill pamela gellar. when police approached him he
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allegedly changed plans. the complaint said he called wright saying he would start attacking police officers instead. police say he lunged at them with a knife the same one he talked about in the conversations with wright. that's when police shot and killed rahim. muslim leaders were shown video of what happened. >> the video's inconclusive. i don't think that he was shot in the back by virtue of that, however, we couldn't see clearly at all. he was asking the question whether he was brand dishing a knife or not. however, he was approaching them. they did back up, evidently by evidence of his death, he was fired upon. >> prosecutors and the boston police department are evaluating if the use of force was justified. now the public will eventually get to see that security camera video showing his confrontation with police but no word yet from prosecutors on when they will release it. >> baltimore is asking for more federal help as it confronts a surge in murders. 43 people were killed in the
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city last month. that is the highest month total in more than 40 years. the police chief says drugs and gangses are contributing to the violence. >> there are turf wars leading to violence and shootings in our city. we have established a task force with our federal counterparts to bring state and federal charges against individuals that committed crimes, harmed our officers and broke and looted our businesses in our city. >> local activists say the spike in violence is the result of a police work slow down after officers were charged in the death of freddie gray. >> the scope of the pentagon's live anthrax shipments keeps growing, the agency saying 51 laboratories in 17 states and three foreign countries received the deadly virus from u.s. military stocks. they expect that number to grow as additional testing happens. jami macintyre has more. >> with the defense secretary
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out of the country on travel, it fell to the pentagon's number two to layout just how serious and mysterious the flaws in the handle of anthrax turned out to be. >> everyone in the department of defense takes this issue very seriously, because it is a matter of public health and also the health of all of the members of our democratic. >> while the pentagon insist is there is zero risk to the. and only a tiny risk to lab workers who handled the problems, the limits to nine states has doubled in a week and now could include every state. the live samples were sent to 51 labs in seven states and district of columbia, as well as other countries. zero people of sick. the anthrax used for developing and testing bio warfare detection equipment was shipped in liquid form, which can't be
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inhaled and in extremely small doses, one mill legalitier or 15th of a teaspoon. >> the best as we know is these concentrations are so low below the level that normally we would expect to cause infection in a healthy individual. >> the pentagon is now testing all 400 batches of anthrax in its possession, of which four have tested positive for live spores and 396 are still in the process of being tested, which takes 10 days. the investigation is looking into several glaring failures in the standard protocols for deactivating the anthrax before shipment. the irradiation intended to kill the bacteria failed. the test to show the campbell was deactivated failed and the process for verifying the death failed. only the shipping process worked. >> commander jones who heads the pentagon's programs showed how the vials were packed in ziplock
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backs, wrapped in special absorbent cloth put in an unbreakable container and packed frozen in a box surrounded by dry ice. >> one milliliter of liquid is going to have a hard time getting out of this container. >> jones said that ensured no member of the public, nor anyone transporting the live anthrax was ever at risk and even in the lab, she said, the possibility of infection was minutely small. >> people have been working with this material for 10 years and nobody has contracted anthrax from the material, which gives us more confidence that the risk is really low as we are stating. >> jami mcintire, al jazeera the pentagon. >> fifa's former vice president is promising an avalanche of revelations about corruption. jack warner is one of the 14 charged by the u.s. in the case. in a t.v. address from his native trinidad, he promised he will not keep secrets any
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longer saying sepp blatter knows why he fell and if anyone else knows, i do. warner says he's given lawyers documents outlining the link between fifa, it's funding himself and blatter. warner's statement came after an admission of guilty from an american who worked for a top fifa official, saying they did take bribes for awarding the soccer world cup. >> for nearly two decades chuck blazer was the most senior american official at fifa. now, he is the lynch pin of the united states investigation of the world body. this is blazer in 2011. >> i think that fifa's doing a really excellent job of promoting football around the world. if i look back 10 years, 20 years and see the progress we've played i've very proud of our accomplishments. >> while credited with advancing the sport in the united states, he pocketed millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks. his lavish lifestyle and the
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fact he wasn't paying taxes attracted the attention of u.s. authorities. >> that's how this investigation really got rolling the i.r.s. and f.b.i. had leverage over chuck blazer, and he cooperated to the fullest extended, even making secret recordings of his fellow sport executives at the 2012 olympics. >> he is one of four men who have already pleaded guilty in the corruption investigation. blazer admits facilitating a bribe in the process to select the host nation for the 1998 world cup which eventually went to france and then accepting another bribe over the selection of africa for the 2010 competition. he admits receiving bribes and kickbacks for broadcast rights to five gold cups, the north american regional competition in the 1990's and early 2000s. at the time he was a deputy of jack warner wok former fifa have
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the, who is charged in the conspiracy. it is that cooperation that helped lead to the indict of him and 14 others in the broadening fifa corruption scandal. however, what if anything blazer has to say about outgoing fifa president sepp blatter or the awarding of the 2013 and 2022 world cups remains a mystery. al jazeera, new york. >> the public will get to pay its respects to joe biden today. the former delaware attorney general and son of vice president joe biden will lie in honor at the legislative hall in dover. he died of brain cancer at 46. >> vladimir putin is sitting down with pope francis at the vatican, the meeting taking place june 10. >> president obama welcomes the world series champions the san francisco giants to the white house today. he will honor their victory and players' efforts to give back to their community. >> rick purree announces his run
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for the white house. we look at the issues that will drive his campaign.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:20 eastern. today's top stories texas has executed a man on death row for three decades. lester bauer jr. was put to death wednesday. he was convicted of killing four men in 1983. he is the oldest prisoner executed since capital punishment resumed in the state three decades ago. >> an internal investigation cleared a madson wisconsin police officer for killing an unarmed bi-racial teen. he shot tony robinson in march. a prosecutor last month decided not to bring any criminal charges in the case. >> the white house may announce whether it believes aircraft fumes pose a danger to the public. a federal court in 2011 ordered the e.p.a. to address aircraft emissions under the clean air act. an announcement by the e.p.a. is just days away.
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>> north carolina's governor will sign a new law requiring a 72 hour waiting period for abortions. lawmakers passed the bill wednesday. it triples the 24 hour waiting period. abortion rights advocates say it will limit access to the procedure. >> former texas governor rick perry announced he is running for president. >> you see a lot of candidates will say the right things, whether it's about the border, whether it's about taxes or spending but we need a president who has done the right thing. we need a president who bridges the partisan divide, rather than widen it, who brings people together. we must do right and risk the consequences. >> there it is, and perry is expected to kick off his campaign in dallas later today. he is the 10th republican to enter the race, but has been a
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candidate before. david shuster reports. >> by all accounts, including his own former texas governor rick perry is an optimist. >> i think americans want a leader who has the experience of getting results so that they can better take care of their family. >> yet perry starts his 2015 presidential campaign as the answer to a trivia question about president gorge w. bush. when mr. bush, a former texas governor went to the white house, it was perry the lt. governor who took over back in texas. he went on to win reelection three times and stay in office for 14 years. socially conservative perry restricted access to abortion, vetoed efforts to curtail the death penalty and became a darling of the n.r.a. >> woo-ha, yeah, proud to stand before you today as a life member of the national rifle
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association and a lifelong defender of the second amendment. >> fiscally con serve active, perry cut taxes and spending and presided over a surge in job creation. four years ago he ran for the republican presidential nomination. >> america is not broken, washington d.c. is broken. >> that campaign had huge promise and at the time, a major secret. perry says he was suffering from health problems, and during one of the republican debates there was this. >> i will tell you it's three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. commerce education and the -- what's the third one there let's see. commerce education and the -- >> you can't name the third one? >> the third agency of government i would do away with education, the --
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>> commerce. >> commerce, and let's see -- i can't, the third one i can't sorry. oops. >> the next day. >> i had a lapse of memory. so many federal agencies were coming to mind i forget the one i was trying to think of which is obviously the energy department. >> reports surfaced of campaign in-fighting and a candidate who on the issues was unprepared. >> i have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign therefore today, i am suspending my campaign. >> this time around, perry has spent months talking with policy experts and doing the kind of preparation work he says he by passed four years ago. still, some distractions hang in the air. perry remains under criminal indictment in texas for alleged abuse of power. >> if i had to do so, i would veto funding for the public
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integrity unit again. >> in his fundraising for, it is made for challenging. he is widely viewed as the best at retail politics. his life story is inspiring. there was his humble childhood on a texas cotton farm, service as an air force pilot. his political career took off in the 1980's. today, supporters credit him with boosting the the accident economy and saying he is just what the country needs. critics insist his pay to play statehouse politics make him unfit for the white house. >> as soon as we can. >> regardless, perry has been down this path before. he enters the race with the kind of presidential if my campaigns experience that could be
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crucial. david shuster, al jazeera. >> perry and the other republicans could soon be joined in the race by former florida governor jeb bush. bush tweeted this out earlier today saying he will announce a decision on whether or not to run on june 15. >> on the democratic side, former riled governor lincoln chafe fee is the latest to announce a presidential nomination making it quietly in virginia wednesday. he's been a member of both parties and an independent. he said he enjoys a challenge including fighting the idea that the u.s. should be involved in another war in iraq. >> if we as leaders show good judgment and make good decisions, we can fix much which what is ailing us. we must deliberately and carefully extricate ourselves from expensive wars. >> he faces former secretary of state hillary clinton senator bernie sanders and former maryland governor martin o'malley.
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>> a controversial resettlement policy for asian migrants, being sent back to cambodia after trying to make their way to australia. >> fears that the tallest mountain in the world may be losing its glaciers.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. a top u.s. dip lemat said u.s. led coalition airstrikes have killed 10,000 isil fighters. a group of sunni tribal leaders today announced they're allegiance to isil. >> fifa's former. the is telling everything he knows. he is one of 14 officials indicted. yesterday, american chuck blazer former fifa executive admitted to accepting bribes. >> new details this morning
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about the police killing of a man in boston. authorities say the man was radicalized by isil and planning to attack officers when they confronted him tuesday. they say he originally planned to attack conservative activist pamela gellar. >> the first migrants to be sent to cambodia have arrived. they have been held as an offshore detention center by australia, then australia paid $31 million to cambodia to take them in. rob mcbride has more from phnom penh. >> the migrants arrived here and were immediately spirited through the v.i.p. entrance. these are considered after all to be v.i.p. refugees, well away from waiting media. they have been taken to an undisclosed location in phnom penh where they will have language courses, they will be given training for different trades given health insurance education and so on.
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all of these guarantees to help them assimilate into life here. these people thought they would be assimilating into life in australia. the australian authorities have different ideas. this agreement goes back to last september. this is only the first batch of refugee asylum seekers that have been convinced to come here. the authorities in cambodia and also in australia are hoping that this first batch will have such a smooth experience assimilating into life here that many more will want to follow them. >> reporting from cambodia. >> turkey goes to the polls sunday in what some call the most important election in turkish history. patricia joins us now. this election could transform turkey's democracy as well as its relation to the u.s. >> it could. turkey currently has a parliamentary system of government but the ruling justice and development party of the president wants to change that. right now the prime minister
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holds most of the power in turkey and the president is mainly a ceremonial figure. switching to a system where the penalty holds most of the power requires changing the constitution and that requires either a super majority in parliament or a national referendum which would also have to be approved by parliament but requires fewer votes. that majority for constitutional change is what he is seeking. that raises concerns in turkey and the united states. since protests swept turkey in 2013 the prime minister until last year has become increasingly authoritarian throwing journalists in jail, restricting the inner net expanding police powers and restructuring the judicial system to favor the rule party. as the middle east institute representative explains, it does is
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not like the system in the united states. >> he calls the shots and there is no authority or institution that can check his powers. >> there are other reasons why washington is watching this election closely. turkey is a crucial even indispensable ally fighting isil. though serious difference over strategy, for example in syria turkey and saudi arabia back an anti assad coalition that includes armed groups washington calls extreme. as the council on foreign relation steven cook spains washington has had little choice but a cooperate with him and his party. >> no one can point to any viable alternative to the justice and development party or the president and prime minister in turkey. one of the big problems in
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turkey is the lackluster performance of opposition parties. >> the dominant political figure in turkey for more than a dozen years, but those protests two years ago were the first signs of discontent with his governance and personal style. there are concerns that sunday's election results could spark renewed unrest. >> what is the ideal outcome for washington then? >> the biggest concern is preserving stability. what they don't want is instability in turkey right now. likely not a super majority, but the president staying in power but not grabbing too much of it, but washington does not want to see protests break out. there are very, very real concerns that could happen. >> the economy a big issue there. >> more young and female candidates are rung in that turkish election this year than ever before. it's partly because of growing dissatisfaction with the ruling
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party. >> the prime minister has been on the campaign trail for weeks meeting voters across turkey in the run up to what many expect to be significant elections. his party the a.k.p. is widely predicted to win but the question is by how much. public leaders say the tarts is for a big enough majority that would allow a change to the constitution. many would be happy to maintain their current share of the vote. the past two years have been tough, the economy hitting road bumps. they've been accused of anti democratic practices and allegations of corruption. most of that criticism has been directed at the former prime minister who was elected president last summer. >> this is the first time in 10 years that the part will be contesting general elections. the main man in this volt is the
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countries former foreign minister and current p.m. the party hopes a win will prove that people vote for them bailed on their policies and not based on personalities. >> we caught up with him on his campaign bus to find out what the main challenges he believes his party faces. >> there are many expectations from the people. because of the success story life standards and expectations today in turkey is much higher than 2002. we are including this. when he came to power if my -- >> there are those who say the party is based on personalities and not policies, what do you say to those people? >> our party is a party of ideals ideas in that sense, we have many skillful leaders of
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the party. >> 73 of the a.k.p.'s most experienced politicians will not be running allowing for many new faces to emerge especially from its youth and female ranks. there are a record 99 women running for parliament. among them is a 30-year-old who has risen through the a.k.p.'s ranks. >> there are many more young and female candidates in these elections compared to the previous years. this has reenergized our campaign. >> turkish society has historically created icons from the country said founding father to the current president. in a country that's more democratic now it will be interesting to see whether these elections will further the legends of one man create the legacy for another or strengthen its democracy. al jazeera istanbul. >> investigators say an oil
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pipeline that burst near santa barbara, colorado was core roded, with significant metal loss along the pipes that failed. 100,000-gallons of ail spilled. federal inspectors say several sections of the pipe were repaired for corrosion in 2012. >> in long beach officials have closed four miles of beach after tar balls started washing up onshore. it's not clear if the tar is linked to that santa barbara spill. crews will begin cleaning the beaches this morning. >> in louisiana many victims of rape have thousands of dollars in medical bills. this week, the legislature voted unanimously to end a practice that put this financial but should on top of the emotional one for victims. jonathan martin reports. >> a the trauma of being robbed and sexually assaulted in her home six months ago. >> two boys thought it would be a fun time to come in and have their way with me.
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>> she felt victimized again when she received hospital bills related to her rape exam. >> the entire pros have ridiculous that i had to be charged for my rape? i had multiple bills a full stack. i received a bill for $1,000 just for the ambulance ride to get to the university hospital. >> she is one of several sexual assault survivors who shared their stories in front of lawmakers. >> this huge stack are my rape bills. >> tuesday the legislature passed a series of measures that ends the practice of hospitals billing rape victims. in most states, rape victims never see a bill. the costs are covered by law enforcement or special funding. in louisiana policies have varied by hospital and locality. >> it will protect the rights of victims of sexual assault. >> the family justice center in new orleans leader says louisiana will finally be in line with the federal violence against women act to prevent
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victims the expense of paying for rape exams. >> this gives us a state-wide protocol. >> the change requires hospital to say develop state approved plans on how to respond to sexual assault victims. it stops insurance companies from charging rape victims a deductible or company pay and provides funding to reimburse hospitals. victims no longer have to file a police report in order to be covered. >> many of these victims are young in able, they may be college students that don't want to report it to their parents. there's just a lot of different circumstances and a lot of emotional turmoil that victims are going through from the trauma. >> we can start helping the women in the city and in the state. >> two teens have been arrested and charged with assaulting her. while she's trying to heal, she said seeing the new law approved quickly is helping with that process. >> its arenewing my faith in both human kind and the state of
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louisiana that they do have, that they are trying to make a difference. they see that things are wrong. >> jonathan martin, al jazeera new orleans. >> prosecutors in cleveland are now considering whether to charge police officers in the killing of 12-year-old tamir rice. police turned over the result of their investigation wednesday. prosecutors are expected to present those findings to a grand jury. the boy was holding a pellet gun when he was shot by officers in november. >> the f.d.a. is holding a hearing today over a drug that some call eye agria for women treating female desire and boosts chemicals in the brain. it has already been rejected twice over side effects but women's groups accuse the f.d.a. of gender bias, because there are no drugs to help women but many options forever men. an assistant professor at nyu school of mid 16 is here to talk about this topic. the t.d.a. says there are side effects in this drug, that is why they have rejected it, but
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we always hear about those side effects when we hear about commercials for male addition function. what is the difference? >> there are a lot of side effects pretty much for every medication. if it has an effect, it has a side effect, nausea, drowsiness, that you might feel like fainting and that could be even worse if you're drinking alcohol. i mean my point of view is that you're not supposed to drink with a lot of medications whether antibiotics or if you're talking about other medications pain medications even over-the-counter medications you can't drink with them. this is a little strange that that's the reason. >> your point of view is perhaps the bar is higher for these sexual dysfunction drug that is treat women. >> maybe. we have to see. they're comparing it to the benefits, as well, not looking at the side effect alone. the benefits, they found the drug helped in terms of people feeling more satisfied at the end of each month using these medications and felt less stressed out the women who took
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it about sexual desire and stuff. looking at those measures, it seemed to be positive, but weren't hugely positive. they say that it's statistically significant, meaning a difference but maybe not clinically. they're weighing the two against each other. >> i want to show viewers numbers on sexual dysfunction for women because it is actually significantly higher among women. 43% of women at some point experience sexual dysfunction compared to 31% of men but there are no f.d.a. approved drugs for women to treat it. men have 26 different pills they can take. why is there such a disparity and does that really have to do with gender bias or is it just women's physiology is more complicated. >> it may be more complicated but at the same time when you see numbers like that, if you're a pharmaceutical manufacturer, you feel why should i put so many resources into developing female drugs men's drugs might
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be more profitable. there is a long term concern that will people still want to invest in this area. >> that is where the accusations of bias come in, which is the research and development side of things not just when it gets approved at the f.d.a. level. >> i agree. in terms of gender bias, why do these decisions about safety and health benefits have to be made solely at the f.d.a. level. sometimes we have drugs with risks and let patients and doctors talk about it and see if they are ready to take on the risks. >> this is the third time this drug is going before the f.d.a. is this the only drug in town or are there others rejected by the f.d.a.? >> this seems to have the most promise. part of that is also related to the marketing which the f.d.a. doesn't want to approve something solely because of a p.r. campaign, they want to look at the science. it's a little bit tricky. it seems the bar being set is a
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little bit more subjective. >> thank you so much for your insights appreciate it. >> mount everest is covered with snow and glaciers, but in a new report scientists fear they are melting at an alarming rate. let's bring in nicole mitchell. how quickly should the glaciers additional appear? >> so around mount everest there are 5500 different glaciers and by the end of the cent we, we could see them mostly gone. this is based on a new report just coming out but over 1 billion people depend on the glaciers for food and livelihoods. while it might make it easier for mountaineers to make the summits, flooding would become an issue when the glaciers start to melt and continue to do so and then added water change the scope and scales of the rivers. crops based off of that would
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have more problems. let's look at what we're expecting over the next -- through the end of the century. it could be anywhere from 70% to 99% reduction in those glaciers. 70% is if we slow claims change. that's the best case scenario, a 70% loss. 99% loss if we keep on the current trend that we've already been doing in terms of climate change. so some glaciers have already just over the last 50 years shrunk by 50%. this is 1921. look at it now, you can see the reduction. we'll keep showing you these before and afters. as the glaciers retreat they create and grow lakes but can also cause dams. remember the earthquake that we just had which we all remember. those natural events can then
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break those dams, leading to flooding really catastrophic. the other thing we can see over the course of years is as they eventually shrink, so initially the flooding and the changes in the river but then much like we've talked about in california recently over time, then you don't have that snow pack, so then you actually lose that resource of the water that helps feed, you know, different crops and agriculture things of that nature. so first the flooding problem and then a lack of water problem over time for these cultures. >> such a stark illustration of the effects of climate change. nicole mitchell, thank you. >> today e. marks 26 years since china's brutal crackdown an activists in tiananmen square. it is estimated hundreds, perhaps thousands of students were killed. hong kong is one of the only cities in china marking the affairs in beijing. the square is quiet and country is not officially remembering what happened. these are live pictures, i believe of a demonstration -- i
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apologize, we don't have the live pictures. all right moving on, capturings eating eat's beauty. >> i'm studying the culture of african people, which i think has either been how exotic are they or how strange. >> the amazing images and the american photographer who tells their stories.
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android mobile device. download it now >> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:51 eastern, taking a look a little today's top stories. south korea has 36 cases of mers. a third person has died. 1100 schools have been closed, about 1600 people are quarantined. the outbreak began two weeks ago. there is no known cure. >> the current vaccine for bird flu is not making a dent. here the usda said it is not well matched against the virus that has sickened millions of birds across the country. the vaccine is effective 60% of the time. june the world's first solar
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powered play is attempting to fly around the world. one wing was damaged when high winds forced it to make an unscheduled stop in japan. the plane is stuck in the country for at least a week. organizers say the damage is minor. >> in this morning's digit albeit a go fund me page is up for a fired elementary school kitchen manager in colorado. she said she was fired for giving hungry children food they couldn't afford. under that school policy, she was supposed to give the students a cheese canned which. she would allow them to eat the regular fooled for free, rather than taking it back and throwing it away. >> it's not right. it's not healthy. it's wrong on so many levels, and you know, i hated to see foot go to waste. food thrown away that could have been given to these children that are hungry, that could use it. >> the cherry streak school
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district would not comment on the allegations because of privacy issues but put out a statement saying we provide hot meals to students the first three times they forget lunch money and charge their parents account it is. the fourth time we provide a cheese sandwich and milk. >> she said she owns up to breaking the law but says the law needs to change. >> on the culture beat, a conversation with chester higgins, a photographer, who has turned his attention in retirement to africa. random pinkston is here with us to talk more bit. you had a chance to talk about this new exhibit he that here in new york city. >> he is busy in retirement, probably busier than when he was working. he has worked everywhere, but ethiopia has a special playsness hard. he explained to me why he keeps coming back. >> people call them wrinkles, i
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call them life lines. >> beautiful. >> isn't she? >> he has a story for every picture. >> this is a religious state and people stay on. >> these images are among thousands he has captured over four decades of travel to ethiopia beginning in 1973 when he photographed an emperor. >> i was very taken by that the ethiopian people. they are very reserved, very calm very confident and yes very strikingly handsome and beautiful. >> you may not have seen his collection of photographs but chances are you have seen his work. in the new york times where he was a staff photographer for nearly 40 years capturing newsmakers and events. he combs through books in his home library learning about ethiopia preparing for his mostly self-financed excursions.
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>> of all of the historical information you learned what was most striking to you initially? >> the fact that they had these churches that were dug out of the mountains. >> pictures of those subterranean church are the centerpiece of his exhibition in the gallery in manhattan. >> this is a church sitting in a 40-foot pit in the mountain. they had to dig it out. here is a situation where no construction materials were brought to the site. >> you captured this at night with the stars? >> yes. >> beautiful. >> you are the first photographer. >> the first and only. >> how did higgins, an american, a foreigner persuade ethiopians to trust him and capture some of their most intimate moments. he works through tribal elders. he pays people who pose for him and he relies on a pole roiled camera. >> before i show my
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35-millimeter camera, whoever i was interested in and if i could get to this point, i would then make a polaroid of them and give them that polaroid. i realized that it build bridges of trust but most importantly allows that person to see how i see them. >> that approach is one of the reasons he calls himself a cultural anthropologist who works with a camera. >> i'm studying the culture of african people, which i think has either been how exotic are they or how strange and that's a very narrow thing so i'm trying to reform how people see people of african descent but i have a more selfish reason. i'm trying to find reflection of myself. >> higgins said his love affair with ethiopia is far from over. he plans to continue his artistic journey. >> why do you keep going back to ethiopia for your photographic
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projects? >> i fell in love with the people, the culture the history, the uniqueness of the place and i like being where i'm in the majority, not in the minority. >> his exhibit will be in manhattan until june 20. >> for the first time an nfl game will only be available on line. yahoo won the exclusive rights to broadcast this october's contest between the jacksonville jaguars and buffalo bills in london. no regular season game has ever been streamed before and this one will be available for free around the world. >> nasa will test its flying sauce as her technology today. the objects close down space ships to make softer landings. the hope is this new technology will lead to safely landing humans on mars. >> coming up in two minutes from doha the latest on why sunni tribes in iraqi fledged
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>> hello welcome to the news hour in doha. our top stories: >> isil wins new support from powerful sunni tribes as it battles iraqi government forces. >> an explosion of the petrol station in ghana killed at least 90 people. >> the fifa scandal gross a top executive admits bribes were paid in choosing the 1998