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>> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city, i'm tony harris. the epa is now at the scene of a toxic spill from a colorado mine, and some critics say that poll he jeez are not enough. in china, the death toll is beginning to rise, and another day of protests over the shooting of another man. we'll look at how officers can avoid deadly encounters.
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and we begin in colorado, where the head of the epa is visiting the site of a major toxic waste spill. gina mccarthy, on the site of the rivers, allen, what did mccarthy have to say about the water quality in the river behind you? >> well, she was here in durango and some other spots on the river, and what she said, there has been extensive testing in recent days, and they're showing that the river water is back to the same quality that it was before the spill, which was a week ago, last wednesday morning, and she also repeated what she said before, that she's heartbroken by it, and she blames, and says her own agency takes the blame for what happened up at gold king mine and what happened in the animus river and the san juan river, and the plume of
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sludge that throwed all the way out to lake powell. and she topped in durango for a news conference, and here's what she had to say about the spill. >> i just came from a briefing that dave and others provided to me on the status of the cleanup, and the status of the monitoring of the plume. i am excited that they are fully operational. and they have been fully operational and we're working this issue very hard. >> she's also promising a full investigation, an internal investigation of exactly what happened up at that mine. we haven't had a lot of details of how this accident hopped. but gina mccarty said that there will be an internal investigation to get to the bottom of that. >> so tony, allen, you were at ground zero for the spill, and what did you see. >> we made our way up there, congressional staffers, getting a briefing on what happened. and members of a local group
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based in silverton that tries to promote things in the mining industry, if there's a future for mining in this area. so we went up to the blowout at gold king mine, and it's a startling look. the bright yellow water in the holding ponds around it, and the mineral colored edges around this enormous gaping hole where a cleanup crew blew out the holding wall that was keeping the water back. we talked to a member of our party, a consulting engineer with four decades in the mining business, and he said there could have been better communication between the town and the experts there, and the feds about what was going on up there. >> there seems to be a hesitancy on part of the agency, because of a guess there might be concerns the appearance of collusion, they
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stated they didn't have -- [ unintelligible ]. >> steve with th the animas stakeholders group who keeps an eye on the mines above silverton, hundreds of mines there, and there's water leaking out of that and other mines in the area, but that's a normal thing. the group figures a couple hundred gallons a minute of that contaminated water leaks out of those mines and into cement creek, and into the animus and it has been going on for years, and it's more back to normal. >> is there something that the epa can do to clean up the situation, or is it a situation where the rivers are going to take care of things in their own right? >> you might have it with the second part of that question.
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think about it, it's more than 100 miles of site, of incident to clean up at this point. clear from the mine itself, down to lake powell and maybe beyond. so are they going to get out and scrub every rock in the animus river? no, it's clear that nature has to play a role in this, and what about spring runoff and what about the first flash flood? all the way down the river system of 100 miles or so. >> so many questions. >> allequestions. taking matr own hands and coming up with an emergency plan, the spill has affected a marriage source of the nation's drinking water. >> the navajo nation in
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west virginia, much of its economy is affected by toxic river from the colorado, and citizens who are seeing affects with their crops, and without solid answers from the epa on how unsafe the river is, they are taking things into their own hands. >> we're hoping for the best but starting to plan for the worst, and that's all we can do at this stable. >> with 3 million gallons of toxic water flowing into the navajo nation, they are working around-the-clock on contingency plans, including drastic measures to protect livestock. >> we could and all of the owners to get their animals and bring them to the rodeo grounds and put them in pens, and we could get stock tanks with water, and get the hay, or whatever feed they need and bring it over and provide it so they can ensure that their
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livestock do not go to the river. >> other communities along the animus are making their own plans. ines tech, new mexico, the city leader, josh ray, says that they're more concerned with getting water to residents using wells instead of the municipal system. >> we have roughly 70 million gallons of untreated water in reserve and another 3 or 4 million gallons that's treated in reserve. so we have water for three to five days without having to access the water sources. >> they have up to 6 months without use from the animus, and after that, water will have to be trucked in. >> we don't know how long this thing is going to last. from the lack of information from the information from the epa, and the san juan county government. and the state of new mexico is providing, it helps us prepare for the worst, but also plan
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for anything that comes up as a result of that. >> the nation is under a state of emergency and is planning lawsuits against the owner of gold king mine and the epa for causing the spill. when it comes to those lawsuits, i spoke with the navajo nation president by phone, and he has asked for a directive to to asking navajo residents impacted by the spill to waive their rights to future laws. they are getting residents on the nation to sign a form that affects the individual's rights to sue the epa for future damages. he said, "they want to close the case, and they don't want more compensation to come later." we have reached out to the epa and they have not responded. >> tristen, thanks. to northeast china now, where at least 17 people have been killed after major
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explosions rocked the city of tianjin. the police say that the first blast occurred in a shipping warehouse for hazardous materials, and that touched off the explosions. tianjin is one of the largest cities in china with more than 15 million people. more now from raid ren brown in beijing. >> this was a major incident and it's continuing. according to local authorities, the force of the first blast equaled more than 3 tons of tnt. and the second blast, more than 3 tons of tnt. so a huge explosion. windows in the surrounding residents were shattered and it felt like an earthquake. hundreds of people, perhaps as many as 300 have been taken to the hospital. and there of been a number of deaths. the authorities stress that they believe this was simply not industrial accident, and
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nothing as serious as that. but we have to put it into context. industrial accidents like these are all too common in china. on wednesday, at least 40 people are reported missing after a mining accident, and in southwest china, at least four people are reported to be killed after an industrial accident there. now, the authorities say that they are imposinganix conclusion zone around this area in tianjin. and you can't get within two kilometers of where this blast happened. but what really worries the authorities, the air around tianjin is badly contaminated. and that's a very sinister development. >> in china, they devalued its currency for a second straight day, causing stock markets around the globe to shudder. with more problems on the lagging economy, we turn to ali velshi. >> tony, a second day of
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china's currency devaluations set the economy into a tailspin. it devalued it 3 and a half percent against the u.s. dollar, but on foreign exchange markets, china's economy is trading as much as 5% lower, and that's the most in four years. germany shaved 3 and 1/4%, and here in the united states, the s&p fell by half a percentage point. and here's why you should care. it's signaling to all that the problems dogging the world's second largest economy are real. china hopes to make its exports cheaper for consumers and boost groat. but the last two days of evaluations have pushed investors to move out of risky like stocks and commodities, and safer, like government bonds.
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that's why we're seeing mortgage rates here in the united states dip below 30% for a 30-year fixed loan. and china is even speculating that the federal reserve could hold off on its widely respected move to raise rates earlier this year. also lowest levels in six years, because the demand from china is expected to fall. filling up at the pump, and some expecting gasoline prices as low as $2 a gallon in the coming weeks. it's still a net loss this week on behalf of all americans that invest in the stock market. we'll continue to watch this very closelyor you. >> and former president, jimmy carter, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer, and it has spread from his liver. doctors discovered carter's illness when he had surgery to remove a small mass from his liver, and cart, who is 90,
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plans to receive treatment in atlanta. he's considered to be the architect of the troop surge in iraq. today, a few stern warnings in his vital address, and plus, a plea from an inmate after a hunger strike after 14 years in guantanamo.
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>> the pentagon's top general had parting words today about troop cuts, conflicts in the middle east, and other military issues. on friday, the chief of staff, will wrap up four decades of service, and mike viqueira joins us now. >> it was a swan song for a top military leader, and by the time he was done, general ray had tough warnings to the united states and it's allies
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around the world. it's an idea gaining popularity in washington, and today, general ray onierno topped about partitioning iraq. >> it might be the only solution, and i'm not ready to say that. dividing it up that with politicals, owediero raised it. from desert storm in the 1990s to 2011, when he commanded all u.s. forces there.
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he will command all of the u.s. forces. >> i think that the refine it's that way, to retrain the iraqi security forces for capabilities. >> the problem, says owe odiern, he hinted that the iraqi forces will begin a defensive against isil in the next few days, and though the situation doesn't call for american combat boots on the ground, he raised the possibility of having u.s. forces deployed alongside of iraqi forces. >> it doesn't mean that they would be fighting with them. and that's an option that we need to present to the president when the time is right.
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>> and besides all of the threats, the biggest threat facing the united states security and the security of its allies is russia. russia is a mature military power, and it has scores to settle, dating back to the end of the cold war. >> mike, that last statement from the general, that's worth considering here. so general odierno was asked about be presidential politics, i understand, and was he upset? >> he said it's inevitable these days, when anybody faces the pressish they're going to be asked about the phenomenon of donald donald, who is leading in the presidential polls. and he was asked if he agreed of donald trump's idea to have u.s. forces take over the oil fields that are controlled by isil. those oil fields obviously the major source of revenue for isil and a major problem combating isil. and it may not be a surprise to
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anybody that odierno didn't take the bait and he didn't agree with that idea. >> admirals and generals have come out in favor of the nuclear deal with iran. the 36 wrote an open letter asking to support the deal, saying had a it's the most effective way for iran to be prevented from getting a nuclear weapon. and without it, they could have a weapon in a year. taking over the group against nuclear iran. group's president, gary seymour, a former adviser to president obama, he left because he doesn't support the deal. he says it's a bad deal, and the president has the chance to block it. iran's attempt to play peacemaker in the middle east, it's prime minister met with
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president bashar al add. al sad. >> iran is on a diplomatic defensive. talks in beirut before traveling to da damascus. and iran has said that it has a peace plan, a plan to solve the war in syria. the foreign minister did not divulge any details, but from what we understand, it involves a ceasefire, and the creation of the national unity government. and holding leaks under national supervision. no mention of the fate of the syrian president, which has been a sticking point in the start of the conflict. today see the syrian president stay in power. and in fact, saudi arabia, which supports the opposition, made its position very clear after talks in russia, after
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saying that we consider al-assad part of the problem, and not the solution. >> on an isil group in croatia, the 30-year-old was kidnapped by isil last month, and the announcement of his death was made in a social media site linked to isil supporters. they threatened to kill him unless female muslim prisoners were freed from egyptian jails. according to recent polls, 2/3 of citizens the troops sent into northern france. they fear that a flood of undocumented migrants could crossover into england, but some people are finding ways to profit from these desperate refugees. >> the governments from a new front line with the refugees, not here in cale, but in dunkirk. smugglers, for a fee, offer a
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way out of all of this. and the people here don't feel guilty at all about having to pay the smugglers. after all, they say that the west owes them for the problems with their homelands. >> they have a problem here, and now they have to give these people, and let them live in europe better. because we have no choices. >> doctors of the world are here, handing out blankets and tents, despairing of a system that forces the vulnerables to pay people who have been known to harm them. >> i met a young man with a bandaged forearm. and there was a massive gap. and he said that he had been pulled off of a truck by an albania smuggler and attacked. and it has to stop. >> this camp has been operating for years, and no sign of the police, and the conditions are
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absolutely desperate. everyone said that they wanted to get to the uk legally, but they have no choice but to break the law. they were all from the middle east, taking what the volunteers have to offer. and it's not surprising they want to get out of here. >> immigration, we have let the situation deteriorate and some people are profiting from it. >> back at the other camp, the smugglers were on the way again, and the refugees demanded that we stop filming the car. for all of the violence, they decided that paying is a better option than risking the railway line in calais. people operating it are the latest target for the british media. but you have to ask yourself what sort of options the people have. the reason they're backed up 40 meters from calais is there's a better chance than getting on the lori. in the uk, they're the public
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vehicles, and of course, it avoids any discussion about where uk's silent policy has disappeared to. aljazeera, northern perhaps. >> lawyers from a guantanamo bay detainee, now he's accusing the obama add mince of putting him in grave danger. he has been on a hunger strike, and his condition is considered life-threatening. >> reporter: the u.s. military has held him at guantanamo since early 2002. in 2009, the obama administration, decided that he no longer posed a security risk and should be released. but it's 2015 and he's still at guantanamo. his lawyer has filed to release him on humanitarian grounds. >> they're fighting his case in
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court to win the authority to continue to hold him, despite having cleared him for release, and despite the president's often repeated public statement. >> what makes his case significant, he has not eaten voluntarily in more than eight years, and his weight has dropped to 40 kilos. his lawyers call it a life threatening situation. detainees, the officials won't say how many men are forced to eat or are being fed because they don't want to highlight the political actions, but his lawyers say that he's trying to stay focused on his client's situation. >> they're force feeding a man who is gravely ill to keep him alive so they can prolong his detention, despite that he has been cleared for release.
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>> his case is now before a federal judge, but they do stress that they are committed to carrying out the president's goal of closing guantanamo. >> this friday, history will be made with the flag raising the at u.s. embassy in havana. and there are still many issues to be hashed out. cuba and the united states are demanding reparations from each other. >> most of cuba still looks like it's frozen in time. a time when most of what you see here was owned by american companies. from the department store to the grand hotels, once run by the american mafia. u.s. firms and american citizens, whose property was confiscated after the revolution, are demanding up to $7 billion in compensation, but not to be outdone, the cuban government is claiming damages too. to the tune of $100 million.
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that's what it says 54 years of economic sanctions have cost the country. >> for example, if you have a refinery that's paralyzed because we cannot buy spare parts, there's the pro-hibition to trade in u.s. dollars, which jacks up the prices of everything, and all of this adds up. >> cuba is also claiming assets, frozen in u.s. banks after the revolution, plus interest. and it blames the u.s. embargo for its dilapidated infrastructure. but while cuban insiders see that $100 billion is an inflated figure, it's a starting point for a negotiated settlement. it begins with the lifting of the u.s. embargo. >> if the sanctions are lifted, there's a way to sit down and negotiate this. and we are going to give you a
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bill. >> the standoff, who owes what to whom, and what it's wort. it's not only complicated but it's essential. normalizing bilateral relations. passed by the u.s. congress specifically states that all property claims must be satisfactorily resolved before the u.s. embargo against cuba can be lifted. but cuba believes that it has another card, to ultimately negotiate a deal in which both sides agree to call it even. >> they will have to accept. otherwise there's not going to be a deal. and of course the price is investment in cuba. >> with dip attic ties renewed, many american companies that were ex appropriated are eager to return to the caribbean's largest island. but the message seems to be that first they will have to drop their claims or stay out.
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aljazeera, havana. >> so this friday, aljazeera america will be broadcasting live from cuba. antonio mora will host the international hour on aljazeera america. just ahead on the program, hilliary clinton agrees to hand over her private email server. what the justice department is looking for, and the unexpected battle she's facing from a rival in new hampshire.
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>> dozens gathered at the arlington, texas police department to protest following the dismissal of an officer, who killed an unarmed man. demonstrators said that miller should be charged. and the arlington police chief
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spoke about miller's dismissal tuesday night. >> based on the pre-ponderous of evidence available to me, i have decided to terminate officer miller's employment with the arlington police department for copiesing poor judgment. >> the department is working with the fbi to investigate the case to determine whether the shooting was a civil rights violation. let's bring in vincent hill, and lindy, good to have you on the program. a lot of evidence seems to be cited by this chief. he was fired for, the quote is inappropriate judgment after the shooting death of richard taylor, and what does your gut tell you happened here? >> well, i think that this officer made a rookie mistake, and it's obvious that he rushed into the building after christian taylor by himself,
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before backup was available. there's standard procedure in police work, called cover and contact officer. once taylor was in the building, he could have easily set up a perimeter on the backside of the building, and even called for a canine to come out and flush him out. he didn't have to run into the building the way he did. >> so he had options, and part of the statement was that miller mistook a bulge in taylor's pocket that he thought was a gun, and maybe this is part what have you're talking about here. you don't open fire based on something in a person's pocket that you think is a gun. this is a mistake, right >> absolutely, first of all, guns are consistent. and they look like a gun. it was not a gun, and there was no threat to the officer at that point. >> miller was fired i understand while still on probation, presumably that
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would defend the department from having to defend against a possible lawsuit from miller, correct. >> absolutely, and when officers are on probation, they can be fired for cause. and when you're talking about taking someone's life that's probably preventable, that's something that you're going to get fired for. >> cause can be just about anything. so a prosecutor who gets to look at this case, is that prosecutor likely to indict? or if there was a grand jury process in arlington, maybe put this case before a grand jury? >> . >> i don't think so, tony, here's why. at the end of the day, the officer was responding to a call, which gave him the legal right to approach christian taylor. so it's tragic what happened, but at the end of the day, he was responding to a call doing his duties. >> gotcha, so let me ask a
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question. 24 states have passed anywhere in the neighborhood of 40 new laws since michael brown was killed in ferguson, missouri, and not a single one includes language that further clarifies when officers are justified in using deadly force. is it time to have that discussion? >> well, there's clarification when officers can use deadly force. the use of deadly force has continued for hundreds of years, and the problem with trying to make policies or laws concerning deadly force is quite civil, you don't know when you have to make that split-second decision. i've been there, where i have to make those, and you can make as many policies or laws as you want, but there's nothing to tell you you have to make that split-second decision. >> which is probably why we haven't seen anything in that area. so what advice would you give to the next generation, to wrap it up here.
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the next generation of academy graduates who are about to be rookie cops out there? >> well, the first thing i would say, remember everyone is watching. cellphones, obviously, there were cameras at the car dealership, so you're always under the public eye. so something that you may do that's justified and legal is going to be scrutinized. so you always want to be careful with that. and also, get back to community policing. i remember when i grew up, the crime dogs, they would come out at school, and you don't see anything like that anymore, tony, so we need to get back to policing in the neighborhoods and the communities. >> this is something that's gnawing away at me. the chief seemed at this point, we have a lot of evidence that this officer did not behave well. do you suspect that there, in addition to video from outside in the parking lot, that there
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was also some surveillance video that we have yet to see? and i don't know if you know this, but do you suspect that there's video from inside of the car dealership that might be illustrative of what happened inside? >> absolutely. i mean, when you are talking about a business of that size that keeps vehicles actually in the building, of course they're going to have surveillance cameras in there. so i would be curious myself to see exactly what's on the footage and what drove the chief to make that decision. >> thank you for joining us. the epa said that the toxic spill in colorado are dissipating but pollutants are headed downstream. and scientists are worried that the toxins are headed to lake powell between utah and arizona. and why are the scientists so concerned? >> reporter: well, tony, this is basically what scientists
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expect to be the most down-stream effects of this. lake powell is a source of recreation and drinking water to 200 million people in the united states. i'm down from the spill and the plume is no longer visible. and it's diluted to the point where you can't see the toxic plume. but as it dilutes, the minerals and the metals coming out of the spill are going to slowly buildup. we spoke to the national park people, and they said that that buildup has them concerned for the future. >> as it flows down the river, it will land in the sediment delta in the san juan arm. and it will stay there, and the river can release that stuff back into the lake. so we need some long-term monitoring and perhaps modeling
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to understand what the full implications of this are over time. >> tony, the problem here is that those trace amounts of minerals get into the very bottom of the food chain. plankton, which is eaten by shad and in turn by strike bass. 2 million of these are caught every year, and the food chain, as it gets into it, it can grow and become more of a cumulative effect than a crisis effect. that's what the scientists are worried about. not now, but a month from now, a generation from now, what are the effects going to be? >> i don't know how you do it, but are there any chances of cleaning up the water away from durango to lake powell? what would that process look like? >> that would be a great thing if we had a way to do it. but the truth is that modern technology does not have a way to go in and grab tiny trace
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amounts of something and hold it in place or take it out of the water. instead, the approach here is basically about limiting the intake by human beings, and trying to figure out ways to say there's going to be a limit on the amount of fish you can eat. and they already do that at lake powell with mercury. pregnant women and young children are not reminded to eat more than two striped bass a month because of the mercury, and you cannot stop it. and that's why it's so alarming to scientists. and if there is, another spill, or something after that, and it became an annual event. there are 50,000 mines across the united states, and they feed into this lake, and over time, as they build up, it's those kinds of effects that we worry about. there's no immediate solution, and there may not be an immediate health crisis, but it's the long-term eas effects t
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we're worried about. >> around 400 people have been told to stay home in north carolina after a pharmaceutical plant tested positive perfect the legionnaire bacteria. they are testing their cooling towers after an outbreak of the disease that left 12 people dead in the south bronx. >> one-by-one, the cooling towers on top of new york's buildings are being testified for leg anella. >> 346 them have been tested but not all of them. >> it's part of the city's mannedit to test and disinfect the cooling towers to prevent the spread of legionnaires disease. 1200 have been tested in the areas around the south bronx >> so we have to figure out where they are and get to them
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and sample and disinfect them. >> we spoke to some of the companies used to control the towers, it shouldn't come as a surprise. >> if it's not tested approximately, it's not uncommon to find it in the cooling tower. >> it's difficult to tell, in most of the outbreaks, the source is never pinpointed to just one cooling power or one source. >> reporter: one person said that one tower can cost up to $5,000. officials will debate legislation to require regular testing of the cooling towers in the future, and it would be the first of its kind in the nation. after drawing 10s of thousands to campaign rallies this week, bernie sanders has
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gained momenting up. momentum. the independent senator has support of 44% from the state's deputies, compared to 38 for hilliary clinton, and 9% for joe biden, who has not yet officially started a campaign. and the fbi is now investigating hilliary clinton for her activities during her time as u.s. secretary of state. mainly using a private server to send emails. we have now learned that some of the information was classified, which could pose problems for her. white house spokesman, patty col where pain has it. >> reporter: while hilliary clinton was campaigning for president, her lawyer was answering questions about her he emails when she was secretary of state. in a highly unusual move, clinton stored them in her home, and not in a government
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account. she didn't want to carry two phones. but it made it impossible for her to manned them over to congress. her team decided which emails were work realed. and they deleted 31,000 personal emails, and they say the server she has now handed over. there's a good chance that the fbi can recover those. >> data digitally stored is harder to delete than people think. by default, when you drop something in the trash or the delete, the actual data isn't released. >> clinton has been making one point. >> there is no classified material. >> she stress today often. >> i am confident that i never received nor sent any information that was classified when it was sent or received. >> but the inspector general said of the 40 emails that he was allowed to see, four had top secret information, so
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sensitive that they couldn't be shared with fore governments. clinton insists it was a problem with labeling. but mishandling classified information is a crime, a serious one that can carry ten years in prison. scandal is impacting her campaign. long shot candidate, bernie sanders, a self described socialist, is now beating her in a new poll. and voters say that she's untrust worthy. analysts say that she has time to turn it around. >> voters are forgiving, and it will be known as another media driven scandal that the clintons deal with, and they will get back to the issues and the candidates. >> the remaining question, is there more there? for the first time, someone outside of the clinton camp will be able to find out. and the answer will have a much bigger impact on her candidacy
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for president. >> so if the republican candidates are campaigning around the country this week. jeb bush is visiting nevada today. he told supporters that hilliary clinton contributed to the rise of isil. and mike huckabee has him tied for 9th place, far behind donald trump, the frontrunner in the state. he's speaking to a small and enthusiastic crowd. especially planned parenthood. bobby jindal spoke to 100 workers at a town hall meeting, and he talked about the second amend: and after signing a bill to fund a new sports arena in wisconsin, scott walker said that he's not concerned about donald trump's lead in the republican polls. he said all of them should be folk odd beating hilliary clinton. in huntsville, texas, convicted murderer, daniel
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lopez, he waived his right to appeal his death sentence and opted to move up the date of his execution. lopez is the tenth person to be put to death in texas this year. the crackdown on alcohol sparks a renaissance for indio nisha in moonshine, and plus. they're about to be rocking in a not so free world. the band that's tuning up to take the stage in north korea.
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>> well, have you been following deflate gate? here's your deflate gate update whether you want it or not. new england patriots quarterback, tom brady, interrupted spring training today to deal with the scandal. and roger goodell and brady spent the day in a courtroom in new york trying to reach a settlement in the case.
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there were no cameras in court, but this unflattering sketch of brady caused an uproar and broke twitter for a while today. one tweet compared the brady sketch to an image from the 80s movie, gooneys. and another thought brady looked like et and this parody used the scream by impressionist artist, headard monk as an impersonation, and there it is. the sketch artist told the new york times she apologizes for not making brady as good looking as he really is. and there you have it. deflate gate, whether you want it or not. indonesia's government is hoping to cut down drinking by raising the import tacks. the critics say that they are
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fueling the sale of dangerous homemade liquor, moonshine. >> reporter: he turned blind two days ago, two days after drinking homemade alcohol bought on the street, he lost his optical nerves. due to alcohol poisoning. it's estimated that hundreds of people in indonesia died after drinking lethal cocktails containing highly toxic macinol. >> his future is gone, it's hard. those who died don't suffer this much, but i know him, he always drove everywhere, and he was very active, and now he can't see. >> even people who -- they run the risk of being poisoned. he showed us how he gets whiskey and sells it as the real thing at one-third the normal price. the contents are alarming.
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alcohol, normally used to disinfect boots, caffeine from an energy drink a chemical substance, and water. business is booming. he doesn't want his identity to be revealed. >> demand is increasing right now, because the price of real alcohol has gone up dramatically. buyers are trying to reduce the cost of t >> indonesia, spirit and wine association says sales of official alcoholic drinks are down by 50%. >> reporter: people will still look for alcohol though it's hard to get. if they don't find real alcohol and the government doesn't put measures in place, the use of illegal alcohol will increase. and more people will die. also the fact that tourists have died is not good for our reputation. >> according to the world health organization, the alcohol consumption is among the lowest in the world, but tough regulations are needed to protect its population.
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>> people can die of alcohol poisoning anywhere. just because only a few people die doesn't mean that we can let 250 million indonesians drink alcohol. that's why our policy is undesirable for people in indonesia to drink. >> a track to ban alcohol is currently being discussed in parliament. >> a draft of the law said that it will be acceptable for tourism and cultural. opponents say that it won't prevent an increase in deaths from alcohol poisoning. if the new measures save lives remains to be seen, but in the meantime, visitors are continuing to be warned about the dangers. aljazeera, jakarta. >> and for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, david schuster joins us. >> we have an intriguing look
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at bernie sanders. and for the first time, he's leading hilliary clinton in a presidential poll, drawing massive crowds, and thousands of people are signing up to volunteer. we'll look at how big of a threat sanders is to the frontrunner, hilliary clinton. and an intriguing report coming from new orleans. a decade ago, hilliary clinton wiped out schools, and they replaced them with charter schools, and big problems remain. >> the average student in the new orleans district can't get into lsu, louisiana state university. >> and also, the best charter schools fill up fast, forcing many children into the lower performing schools. we'll have a report card in new orleans, and all of those natural minutes. >> see you in an hour. the final resting place of ancient egyptian queen, nefertiti may have been
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discovered. an archaeologist said that he has discovered her tomb, it's buried behind the wall of the resting place of who is believe to be her son. much more testing is needed to k the queen. a missing picasso is back home, a team of spanish police and experts flew there to recover the head of a woman. it was recovered from a yacht by customs agents who accused its owner of trying to smuggle it into switzerland. earlier this year, it was said to be too priceless to leave the country. >> for the first time, a western rock group has been brought into phonecall income. they are wearing military uniforms and using fascist
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symbols in their work. >> reporter: they rocked london, they toured the united states six times, and packed out stadiums from mexico city to moscow. next they will perform in north korea. the reclusive communist country known for its military marches and mass gymnastics. it's citizens have no public internet connection, no rock bands, and no idea what to expect. >> we love to play for people who have no idea who we are. because the reaction of the audience is much better. more honest, and they're not overloaded with information. ♪ >> reporter: the bands have always caused controversy, with videos and live performances, and totalitarianism. but when it comes to the north korean regime, they say everything is relevant.
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>> they do have a totalitarian system, and there's nothing more relevant than capitalism. >> the crowd will be treated to a mix of songs, covers and music from the sound of music. >> we will play three songs, including a revolutionary song in korean, and classics, life is live. >> considering that this is a popular song -- ♪ the nation might be in for a bit of a surprise on august 19th and 20th. as for the performers, who will have their cellphones confiscated when they land, they promise to behave. >> and that is all of our time for this news hour. i'm tony harris in new york. thank you for watching, and david schuster is back in just a couple of minutes.
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>> hello everybody this is al jazeera america. live from new york state i'm david schuster. gist ahead: fire ball. in china it was a huge explosion in the city, hundreds are injured and the death toll is rising. we have a reporter on the scene. poll position in the democratic nomination race, bernie sanders is the man with the momentum, polls show him beating hillary clinton in an early primary state. we'll te