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hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. swept away, historic flooding in south carolina. >> dnr has performed over 150 water rescues. >> as the search for the missing grows. war crime -- >> the fact that some of those individuals lost their lives over the weekend is a profound tragedy. >> the deadly u.s. strike on a
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hospital in afghanistan, why did it happen. and a famish you, affirmative action in college admissions at the supreme court. being a black woman, a muslim woman, being a woman in general, it is like, okay, this is beyond me winning. >> a homecoming queen, breaking stereo types, and making history. tonight her story. ♪ and we begin with catastrophic flooding in south carolina. some areas we have seen two feet of rain since thursday. so much rain that at least eight dams have failed. and 500 roads and bridges across the state are closed. the white house says president obama has signed a disaster
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declaration. the flooding is historic and far from over. robert ray is in columbia, south carolina. >> reporter: john, good evening, the calm after the storm, at least weather related. but if you look over my shoulder that is one of the compromised dams, many in the state. just a few hours ago we got word from the national guard and coast guard to evacuate that bridge. we were pushed up the hill as were residents as helicopters surrounded it trying to figure out if indeed that dam was going to break. residents are trying to assess damage as are public officials as the rain has subsided. on the ground vehicles crushed by raging water. people trying to escape flash flooding. cemeteries submerged and daring
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rescue crews saving residents and carrying them to safety on boat and helicopter. >> probably the most terrifying moment of my life, especially holding on to your 15-month-old daughter was terrifying that far up. >> reporter: emergency officials dealt with the relentless flooding. >> over 150 water rescues as of now. we have 25 shelters open currently holding and housing 932 citizens. we're now up to 1300 national guards members across the state. they have done 25 aerial rescues. >> reporter: the rain has stopped here in the state capitol, but you can see there's so much damage. this is a road that literally has collapsed. the running river there, swollen, governor says it could
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take months perhaps -- to assess all of this damage. but getting back to normal life will take time. about 40,000 homes have no water, and many others are being told to boil their water to make sure it's safe. another 26,000 residences in the state have no power. >> lots of property damage. roads are messed up. the parking lot over there is gone. >> reporter: much of the east coast has been saturated by rains. coastal areas in north carolina and virginia saw flooding, but the slow-moving storm saved its crush from south carolina. >> i received a phone call from president obama, he was extremely kind. we did a verbal request for disaster assistance. that covers assistance for things like debris removal,
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hazard mitigation. >> reporter: john i can tell you it's still very difficult to traverse this city, the capitol, as well as charleston. so you can imagine how difficult it is for people who live here to try to get back to a normal life, whether it be school or businesses. the assessment is going to start as of tomorrow at daybreak. they are not expecting anymore rain, but these rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, they are still very swollen. there are 30,000 miles of water tributaries across the state that are just filled with this torrential rain that dropped over the past week, and especially this weekend, john. >> robert thank you. kevin corriveau is here with more. >> we are watching still a few showers across the region. like what we had seen this past weekend. and the culprit of the
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situation, the storm is now moving out towards the atlantic. i want to show you where some of those heavier rain showers are right now. there are a few showers pushing through. they are very, very light here. the heavier rains are across the coast of north carolina. and some of the totals are up to 18 or 19 inches. i expect we'll see maybe one to two inches of rain at the most through tomorrow morning. these are some of those rain tota totals mount pleasant, i want to show you aerial coverage we have across charleston and the floods in that region. they had seen record-breaking amounts of rain for charleston as well as columbia, as well. as we go through the next couple of days, we're going to be seeing some very heavy rain off
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of the coast, but for them, the flood warnings will stay in effect at least through tomorrow. back to you. >> thank you. the u.s. coast guard says that a cargo ship that went missing in hurricane joaquin likely sank. it vanished with 33 crew members on board. jonathan betz has more. >> we are still looking for survivors or any signs of life, any signs of that vessel. >> reporter: the coast guard says it is continuing its search for the el faroe crew, despite grim news so far. including the recovery of a heavily damaged lifeboat. >> there were two on board. the one we found had no signs of anyone being in it. >> reporter: rescue teams also recovered a survival suit with unidentifiable human remains. >> these men are trained to survive, so hopefully they did
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what was needed to survive. >> reporter: but the window for finding survivors is closing. and the last come communication with the el faroe was thursday morning, when the crew reported they lost power and were taking on water. >> you are talking up to 140 mile an hour winds, seas upwards of 50 feet. visibility basically at zero. those are challenging conditions to survive in. >> reporter: the search itself was slowed by near hurricane-force winds. >> we were facing hundred mile an hour winds, 40-foot seas, less than a mile of visibility. but the coast guard has now found three debris fields. el faroe has departed from jacksonville last tuesday, headed to puerto rico on a regular cargo supply. at that time joaquin was still a tropical storm. the question that remains open
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is whether the crew received any warnings about the possibility joaquin could become a category 4 hurricane. jim staples is in boston tonight. he is a master mariner in the u.s. merchant marine. jim, it's great to see you. as a captain you know about it. in this date when we have so much technology, how could a ship go into an area where there's such danger when it comes to weather? >> well, first the captain would have been doing what we call a voyage plan. in the voyage plan he would be looking at the weather forecast, the predictions, tides, currents, and do a risk analysis, risk assessment, and then take a look at the route and see what his challenges is going to be. and yes, we have a lot of good equipment. the forecasting is what it is.
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technically, anything outside of 24 hours is usually unpredictable, and that's why we have the models that we have, and even the u.s. compared to the european model sometimes don't agree. >> it's aer -- a cargo ship is owned by season. would a captain with in contact with the owner of the ship? >> i would assume so. >> so is this unusual to you? there's no way to draw a conclusion about what this captain new. at the same time it seems strange with all of the talk about joaquin that the captain of a very large cargo ship wouldn't know. >> exactly. hindsight is 20/20, and we can all make decisions as to whether
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he should have gone or not gone right now, after the fact. but not knowing what he was actually looking at, and it was a tropical depression at that time, we're not sure what he was thinking. but we don't know the exact facts of what he had, and what kind of equipment he was using and what was being predicted at the time for him. >> is there any chance of survivors here? >> oh, always. the coast guard still -- as you see they are still doing a search and rescue. if the united states coast guard is out there doing a search and rescue, they believe there's a possibility somebody is still live. >> are these ships able to withstand 140-mile an hour hurricane? >> oh, absolutely. ships go through bad storms all the time. the problem here is he lost his propulsion, and once that
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happens the balance of the ship changes. and that was the greatest challenge. >> jaim staples thank you for talking to us tonight. investigators in virginia say a rock slide caused an amtrak train to derail this morning. seven people were injured. and now to afghanistan and an deadly u.s. air strike shrouded in confusion and contradictions. the bombs hit a doctor's without borders hospital, the dead nearly two dozen, include medical personnel, civilians, and children. how it happened and why are the questions. and the answers from u.s. officials keep changing. mike viqueira has more. >> reporter: you know, you are absolutely right, the stories on how that hospital was attacked does keep changing.
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this as president obama is now weighing his options considering whether to keep u.s. troops in afghanistan for longer than planned. the top commander of forces in afghanistan say it was an accident. >> we learned that afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air strikes for support. several civilians were accidentally instruct. >> reporter: that is the latest version. in the aftermath u.s. officials said it was collateral damage. monday campbell confirmed an ac-130 gun ship fired on the hospital, killing 10 patients and 12 hospital staff. in a sharply worded statement in response to campbell, doctor's without borders wrote:
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the question now, how could this happen? and who will be held responsible? president obama says he'll wait for results of a pentagon investigation before laying blame, but doctor's without borders is demanding an independent investigation, and has called the attack a war crime. while expressing condolences, the white house won't go that far. >> i wouldn't use a label like that, because this continues to be under investigation. the thing i think warrants mentioning is that there is no country in the world, and no military in the world that goes to greater lengths, and places a higher premium on avoiding civilian casualties than the united states department of defense. >> reporter: the attack came in the ongoing battle for kunduz. after 14 years at war, and a
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trillion dollars spent, many believe the afghan military still can't stand up on his own without the help of the u.s. mr. obama's plan calls for the withdrawal of all overs just before the end of next year, but may be considering a change. with reports that as many as 5,000 u.s. troops will remain past that day. ash carter made it clear, any new policies will reflect reality on the ground. >> it's not a matter of whether. it's a matter of the competition of that, and also by the way, continuing to support aaron alexis -- including funding the afghan security forces. so it's not a matter of whether, but how many and how.
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>> reporter: and john, general john campbell will be on capitol hill tomorrow, previously scheduled testimony. but you can bet he is going to be answering questions about the hospital attack, and president obama's plans for keeping troops perhaps even longer in afghanistan. >> thank you. michael pregen is an adjunct fellow at the foreign policy think tank. michael, welcome. give us an idea of what goes on on the intelligence end of an operation like this. >> well, you basically saw a territory that was thought relatively safe being taken over by the taliban at least temporarily, that being kunduz. so you'll look at what size enemy force in that area, and what we probably saw was the
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relocation of american forces from up north to basically put down this -- this taliban seize of the city. >> and yet, the united states is trying to win hearts and minds, has been for a long time in afghanistan. when you hit a hospital and kill two dozen people, what does that do to that effort? >> well, it hurts the effort, but we need to find out what happened at the hospital. i doctor's without borders said the coordinates of the hospital were known to the americans and afghan government. the problem with a situation like this is it's in real time. when you are receiving fire from a location, you are not using grid coordinates, you are lighting it up with infrared lasers that the aircraft in the air can see, and they hit the area, but they don't know it's a hospital. >> so is it a question of
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whether or not this was a mistake or whether the united states intentionally wanted to hit this target? >> oh, obviously it was a mistake. it was a mistake to hit the hospital. it was intentioned to hit the target. that's the problem, did american forces know it was hospital. what they did know is they were receiving enemy contact from this area. and it's likely we'll see the taliban was actually firing from this location. >> but doctor's without borders said that's not the case. >> well, doctor's without borders aren't being protected in con do you see. >> so you believe they are not telling the truth? >> no, i didn't say that. what i'm saying is the investigation will lay that out. it will unfold. there will be three different independent investigations and three national organizations looking at it, from what i'm told. so the information will come
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out. but a taliban tactic is to hide in a mosque in a hospital. this is hard to see from the air that is it an actual hospital. so it's a mistake, but it's a tactic the taliban uses. >> how often is intelligence wrong? >> a lot. the human factor in intelligence is one of the most complicated issues in developing a target. you can have imagery, and human intelligence. if you get bad human intelligence, or someone lies on the phone, you can get wrong intelligence. >> thanks for sharing your expertise. coming up next, moving on in roseburg. plus exka lating violence in east jerusalem. why a holy site is now off
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president obama will go to roseberg, oregon, on friday. the white house says the president will meet privately with the families from the shooting victims of umpqua
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college. sabrina register is in roseburg tonight, sabrina? >> reporter: john the students we have spoken with who were on campus during last week's shooting say they are too upset and nervous to return to campus any time soon. but we have spoken to a lot of people at the community, including those here at the hospital where some of the victims are being treated, and they say they will get past the shooting and become a stronger roseberg. just up the road from a growing mem memorial for the victims. a community resolved to move forward. college staff arrive from work, and students pick up personal belongings. grief counselors also are on hand. and we're hearing from one of the students who was shot. >> he sounded really deranged
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because he said he had been rating to do that for a really long time. and he laughed after he shot the teacher. >> reporter: since the shooting, the sheriff has repeatedly refused to identify the shooter by name. >> you will not hear anyone from this law enforce operation use his name. i continue to believe that those media and community members who publicize his name will only glorify his horrific actions. and eventually this will only serve to inspire future shooters. >> reporter: his focus on the investigation and the victims has spread throughout the community. >> i -- i think the candle vigil shot that you got, i'm thinking of putting on the main page. >> reporter: david jakes is the publisher of the weekly local
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newspaper. >> the sheriff has a lot of wisdom of saying we don't want to glorify this. it's just not appreciate. so we're going to follow that lead with our edition this week. >> reporter: and the local ymca where two shooting victims were members, and where shooting survivor chris minse works, the sentiment is the same. >> we're glad that evil has been removed from our community. however, we want to move forward. >> moving forward for fink includes getting updates for chris. students on campus call him a hero for trying to stop the shooter even after he had been wounded. >> for someone to do that, to put himself out there to prevent other people from getting killed knowing fully well that he was going to get hurt himself, we're so blessed and proud of him. >> reporter: and she as others
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wait for chris's injuries to heal, they know they have their own emotional pain to deal with, but say the horrific ordeal they have been through won't define them as a community. hospital officials here had been saying that chris could be released as early as today, but so far that has not happened. i want to give you an update on the youngest shooting survivor, 16 year old cheyenne fitzgerald. her condition has improved from critical to fair. >> sabrina what is the reaction to the planned visit by the president to roseburg. >> reporter: yeah, we have been hearing that president obama might be visiting on friday. we have been talking to several people in the community, and a lot of people here do not share the president's views on stricter gun-control laws. the sheriff answered a question by the media, by saying this is
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hunting country and firearm s are popular. >> thank you. coming up a massive international trade deal. and prisoners studying for college degrees. a look at the program at sanguineton, and the results.
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hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. >> we have successfully concluded the trans-pacific partnership. >> a sweeping new international trade agreement, that could shake up the presidential race. supreme importance, an new term for the high court. >> last term there were quite a few great liberal victories, but this is a very conservative court. >> and the stakes couldn't be higher. plus at sanguine -- san quinn ten, a ground breaking
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education program in one of america's most notorious prisons. today the beginning of a new session for the supreme court. lisa stark reports. >> reporter: last term was a blockbuster from the decision upholing a key part of the affordab affordable care act, to a decision on same-sex marriage. this season will also have a profound impact. >> watch for a number of big issues, affirmative action, abortion, the future of voting rights. >> reporter: and watch for the robert's court which last term appeared to lean left now returns to its roots. >> make no mistake this is a very conservative court, and i would expect to see continued conservative decisions. >> reporter: some of the biggest cases come out of texas,
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including one involving the university and its admissions policy. >> the university of texas has a model program that uses race as a factor in admissions, and there is a real view that the conservatives come along and say you can't use race at all or in limited ways. >> reporter: also from texas a voting right's case. legislative districts are now drawn up based on total population, but the court is being asked to decide if that is fair, whether, for example, only reasonabling -- registered votes should count. >> you could have a situation in which urban areas could lose political power. >> reporter: and the future of public employee unions could be at steak. the case involves california teachers and whether non-union members should have to contribute their, quote, fair share in dues. if the court says no, it could
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cost the unions and the democratic candidates they often support millions of dollars. >> the supreme court is considering a question that has very much to do with hard-working americans continued ability to come together through unions to advocate for better working conditions and fairer wages. >> reporter: the robert's court has been stanchly probusiness and it will rule of a number of cases that could restrict class action lawsuits. it will also take up death penalty issues. and on the issue of abortion, the court is likely to hear arguments on a texas law that puts restrictions on clinics, requiring them to be set up like surgical centers and use doctors who can admit patients to nearby hospitals. if upheld, the regulations could force most clinics to close. >> pro-choice supporters are
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incredibly nervous, because they know the court has signals to the states a some restrictions. >> reporter: and the key decisions could come down to one justice, antonny kennedy. often the linchpin of ever 5-4 vote. >> kent greenfield is a professor of law in boston tonight. kent welcome. first of all the supreme court's last term ended on what some might say a high note for liberals with gay marriage, are we going to see a repeat of that? >> absolutely not. the conservatives only won about 38% of the 5-4 decisions last term, which was very unusual. i think this year we'll see a return to the norm.
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>> if it's back to the norm, what impact could these decisions have if the conservatives get their way. >> well, it's going to be huge, because they have several cases teed up. the affirmative action case out of texas, for example, if the conservatives win, they could declare that race can never be a criteria for college admissions which would affect every college -- public college admissions process in the country. they also have a case teed up from california where in effect they could declare the financing mechanism for public unions unconstitutional, and that would cost unions millions of dollars. the other big case that they have teed up is a voting rights case again out of texas that challenges the way that states aloe indicate state representatives and so the challenge asks them to allocate
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state representatives according to voters rather than total people in the population, and if they win, a transfer to older more white districts. >> we don't expect our justices to be affected by politics, but they are appointed by politicians. give us a sense of whether or not this court do you think -- especially john roberts who has been criticized by conservatives so much lately, are they effected by what they hear? >> well, i think the court is a -- is a part of the broader culture, so last year's opinion of same-sex marriage, for example. most court watchers thought that the outcome was pretty well settled. in fact i was surprised that roberts didn't go with the liberals on that decision. but i think roberts himself is a really interesting character. i think he is very smart, and tries not to be political in the
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sense that he looks at polls, but i think he's very careful to preserve the legitimacy of the court. a couple of years ago he was criticized by the right for upholding obamacare. >> does that bug a justice? >> i don't think so. because i think he embedded in that opinion conservative victories that overtime will end up -- meaning he will win more than he loses. >> thanks for joining us tonight. the united states and 11 pacific nations have reached a landmark trade agreement. it would cut trade air yours and set environmental standards. first it has to clear some big hurdles. patricia sabga reports. >> reporter: it has been five years in the making. >> we have successfully concluded the trans-pacific partnership. [ applause ] >> reporter: and makes big promises. >> it's the highest standard trade agreement in history.
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it has strong provisions for workers and the environment. >> reporter: but what will the trans-pacific partnership between the u.s. and 11 other countries really mean to the american people? >> the deal will also allow american corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. >> reporter: critics like robert rice argument the agreement will shift u.s. jobs to countries with lower labor costs and other standards. >> it's a trojan horse in a global race to the bottom. >> reporter: but supporters say while it may cost low-paying jobs, tearing down trade barriers will create higher ones. the peterson institute's jeff shot has advised on the tpp negotiations and seen the draft text. >> when you think about what a trade agreement can do, it's opening up important new export
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opportunities, and those export jobs on balance, generally pay much higher wages, 18% or so. >> reporter: supporters and critics are also divided on the deal's environmental impact. >> there are enormous n new -- really substantial new provisions that will make the tpp chapter on environment, i think a template for what should be included in trade agreements going forward. >> reporter: but oppose enths argument provisions geared at safeguarding marine and other wildlife could prove toothless. >> they have never been tools to lift up environmental standards. what we know about this chapter is that it's rules will really be too weak to have a meaningful impact on the ground.
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we also know that past free trade agreements have included similar environmental chapters. there has been no enforcement action whatsoever. >> big corporations and wall street get an international tribunal of attorneys that can order compensation for any lost profits found to result there a nation's regulations. >> reporter: provisions that allow big corporations to sue governments over profit-tanking regulations are also drawing fire. >> there's a long history, again, of free trade agreements being used to threaten and challenge environmental and climate policies. >> there have been claiming about that, but very few actual findings and much less awards in that regard. >> reporter: this is far from a done deal, and with major hurdles yet to clear, including approval from the u.s. congress,
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expect the arguments to get even more heated, especially when the full text of the agreement is available for all to see. patricia sabga, al jazeera. and this trade deal as been the subject of a political charged debate for years. now that debate is expected to get even more intense in congress and on the campaign trail. michael shure explains. >> reporter: the trans-pacific partnership negotiations in atlanta, involve the trade and finance ministers from 12 countries. despite the international implications of the deal, much of the focus here in the u.s. has been on the presidential candidates, one of whom will have to deal with the ramifications for years to come. and this trade deal is not easy. the tpp involves 12 countries bordering the pacific ocean from the u.s. to chile, and new zealand to japan. it would remove trade barriers and lower tariffs as well as
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implement environmental and labor rules. the 2016 candidates are steaking out their ground, with hillary clinton remaining non-committal on the issue. >> to make sure we get the best strongest deal possible, and if we don't get it, there should be no deal. >> reporter: clinton has not indicated whether she supports tpp. >> she has to support the president if she wants to succeed, her fingerprints are on the deal, but does not want to alienate the progressive side of the base. >> reporter: bernie sanders her most significant rival has been very clear on where he standings on tpp. >> this agreement is written by corporate america, written by
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wall street, written by the drug companies. i will do what i can to defeat it. >> reporter: free trade is more accepted in the ranks of the tpp. >> there will be candidates who want to differentiate themselves from bush, and one way to do that would be to oppose tpp. >> reporter: some conservatives are painting tpp as obama trade ensuring the candidates will be talking about it quite a bit for the next year. a lot will depend on congress, and it could make for tricky politics. >> the white house is pushing really hard for this. you have the white house on the same side as congressional republicans, the same guys that said they wanted to make him a one-term president, and democrats opposing a popular
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president who is looking very much towards his legacy in establishing a trade policy. >> reporter: now congress needs to approve, tpp, but president obama finally got a coveted win in atlanta. michael shure, al jazeera, washington. a new york university student is free tonight after being held for six months in north korea. he was arrested in april. north korea said he illegally entered the country through china. the south korean national could face charges in his home country. in jerusalem, israeli police are severely restricting access to the historic old city where a contested holy site has become a flash point for protests and violence. the tensions and clashes spreading across the occupied
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west bank. mike hannah has the latest. >> reporter: 13-year-old boy shot in yet another clash between demonstrators and the israeli military. he died while receiving treatment in hospital. the army says it is investigating the circumstances of the death. in the village the funeral of an 18 year old. he was shot dead by israeli solders during clashes on sunday according to palestinian police. >> translator: he is not the first, and he won't be the last murder. he died for the sake of the h e homeland, the people, and the national unity. >> reporter: nearly 400 palestinians have been wounded by the israelis in the past five days. the killing of a man and his wife sparked off massive army
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operation in the west bank. this is what israel prime minister benjamin netenyahu had to say. >> translator: i want to praise the security forces who solved the horrible murder which took place, and quickly caught the murders. we are deploying a heavy hand against terrorism and the inciters. >> reporter: but some israelis continue to insist the prime minister is not doing enough. members of a right-wing group gather in east jerusalem. shouting insults at passing palestinians and threatening to burn arab homes. three are arrested by police, the rest disperse. a reminder that passions are running high on both sides. in california terminally ill patients can now legally end their lives. the governor signed the bill today. it was inspired by the case of brittany maynard, a california
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woman with brain cancer that moved to oregon to end her life. california is now the fifth state with the so-called right to die law. san quentin prison houses some of the most dangerous inmates. but he state hasn't given up on them. lisa bernard, takes us behind bars and into the classroom. >> reporter: mundane, stifling, uninspiring, but just behind the main yard, down an ally lined with barbed wire, class is in session. u.s. history, taught by an instructor from the university of california at davis. it's a demanding work load that challenges, stimulates and ignites the mind of some of the most hardened criminals.
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>> who are they talking? >> the congress of the united states. >> good. >> reporter: this man is 16 years into a sentence of 30 years to life. and he is working towards his associate degree. he is learning about imperialism, and much more at the prison university project. >> it has shown me that i do have the ability to learn. that i do have the ability to succeed. that i do have the ability to be a better human being. >> reporter: this is the only on-site higher education program in any california prison, about 330 are enrolled and about 200 are on the wait list. instructors volunteer their time to teach about 15 classes. it's funded by private donations. pattern university in oakland,
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issues the arts degree. the program offers intellectual as well as personal growth. >> so even before people leave prison, education is extremely valuable. >> reporter: the word has spread among these inmates and even beyond these walls that this program can help lay the foundation to build a new beginning on the outside, a life that would include better job prospects, more life skills, and a renewed sense of hope, confidence and sense of worth. james houston is an example of the transformation. after serving 18 years for second degree murder, houston is out of san quentin and he is giving back. he is employed by richmond, one of the most dangerous cities in the country, to help mentor and
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help young men at risk. >> i felt like with all of the tools i gained, seeing how important education was, taking a lot of life skill classes. becoming a leadership in a group that i felt like i had a purpose. >> reporter: this is one of many who benefits from houston's incarceration, education, release, and desire to make a difference. >> it's always more helpful when there's somebody who has experience in that not just on the outside looking in. it's like i have actually been through it. >> reporter: the executive director said in california about 70% of prisoners return to prison. but the rate is 17% for those who were students. research done finds that inmates who participate in any type of correctional education, while
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they are in prison, reduce their risk of being reincarcerated by 13%. advocates say the education is good for public safety. what would you say to people who say you don't deserve this. >> well, i would say -- i would have to say this. what type of people would they like coming back into society? uneducated people who have no knowledge or wisdom about life in general? or would they prefer someone like myself who is developing the ability to articulate, learn, and grasp different concepts and ideas about life in general. >> reporter: it's an argument that could be tested out on a largest scale as president obama has initiated a pilot program to expand prison education. lisa barnard, al jazeera.
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the justice department has reached a record $20 billion settlement with bp over the 2010 deep water horizon oil spill in the gulf of mexico. it sent 134 million gallons of crude into the gulf. bp must pay $5.5 billion in civil penalties, and nearly $5 billion to the five gulf states. and now to china. one investment in the bahamas is creating controversy. antonio mora is here with that. >> reporter: much international attention has been given to china's investments in the u.s., and elsewhere. but little has been given to investment in the bahamas. the elite resort is stalled,
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unfinished with two delayed openings. now chinese and bahamian investors are battling it out in court for who is to blame for the project going sour. we'll look at how it is impacting the bohemian economy, and how it has created a large footprint. >> thanks antonio. coming up next on this broadcast, the homecoming queen, the young muslim woman talks about breaking barriers. politics. >> they're more focused on getting jobs than our education.
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the elite resort is stalled, >> thanks antonio.
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in tonight's first person report we introduce you to a student at rutgers university in new jersey. she is also a symbol of faith, spirit, and strength that stretches far beyond the school. here is her story. >> i am the first black muslim [ inaudible ] from rutgers university to win miss rutgers 2015. [ cheers and applause ] >> everyone around was screaming, and usually everyone calls me at school, muslim [ inaudible ]. at first it was just like, okay, you won. but then i realized that being a black woman, being a muslim woman, being a woman in general on my shoulders, i was like, oh, okay. this is beyond me winning. we know the time we're in now.
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islamaphobia is huge all over the world, but specifically living in a country like the united states of america, you see so much diversity, but sometimes it's not as diverse as it seems. there's many times that i have been to a certain store and someone will see me and not appreciate the way i look, and may not appreciate the color of my skin, but at the end of the day, i feel like we as human beings, we have a capacity, like we can allow someone to play a role on us. and when someone sees me and gives me maybe not the cutest smile or not the nicest approach, i just -- i pity them, because i say to myself, you know, we do live in a time where there's so much access to so much information, even if you don't understand what i am or what i wear, it's so easy to ask
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a question, why do you wear what is on your head or dress in that manner or believe in the things you believe? if we are able to break those barriers and ask questions i think we would get very far in the society we live in now. that's our broadcast. thanks for watching. i'm john siegenthaler. see you back here tomorrow night.
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