other. in addition to our efforts in syria and iraq another major priority for the coming year, involves iran and the implementation of the joint comprehensive plan of action that we agreed on last summer in vienna. >> you are listening to secretary of state john kerry. this is al jazeera america live in new york city. i'm del walters. we want to get you caught up now on some of the other stories that are happening at this hour. there is new video coming in right now of those u.s. sailors that were taken into cusdy in iran. iran handing over the sailors this morning after they spent the night in the arabian gulf. their navy boats were traveling from kuwait to bahrain, when they ventured into iranian waters. >> these are always situations which as everybody here knows have an ability if not properly
guided to get out of control. and i'm appreciative for the quick and appropriate response of the iranian authorities. all indications suggest or tell us that our sailors were well-taken care of, provided with blankets and food, and assisted with their return to the fleet earlier today. >> iran accusing those boats of trespassing. the pentagon saying the boat experienced mechanical failure, and iran appears to have accepted that explanation. >> we did know as of late on tuesday evening, the secretary of state john kerry had spoken with the iranian foreign minister and directly appealed for the quick release of the ten sailors, nine men and one woman who were on two patrol boats. they were headed from kuwait south to bahrain, when
apparently they had some sort of mechanical problem, and ended up landing at an island which is controlled by iran. now as you noted, there were suspicions voiced by the iranian military that the u.s. sailors were up to no good. apparently the secretary of state made it plain that this was not the case. that this was a situation where one of the two patrol boats had a mechanical problem. so between 16 and 20 hours, we're not sure how long the sailors were in iranian custody. they were handed back to the u.s. at about 3:47 am eastern time today. they are said to be in much better condition. they are going to be debriefed. we hear from the secretary of state who has benoted was very much involved in the release of these ten sailors, and i want to read a bit of his statement:
now this is definitely -- can be read as a rebuttal, as it were to some congressional republicans who were saying that the u.s. needed to play hardball with iran about this situation involving the ten sailors. there was even one u.s. senator who suggested that the u.s. should probably take some sort of military action. >> that is rosiland jordan in washington. the president by the way not talking about those american sailors in his final state of the union address last night. at the time they were still being held. he did, however, tout the
iranian nuclear deal as one of his legacies. >> reporter: del, it was a non-traditional speech in the white house estimation. one thing he is doing today that is tradition, he is going out on the road, pressing the message of the state of the union in different parts of the country, today it is omaha, nebraska. he'll have a living room discussion there later there will be a speech at the university in omaha. he is going to be focusing on education, and then he travels to baton rouge, louisiana where tomorrow he'll have a townhall style meeting with residents there. later in the month he'll amplify his message of resurrection of the auto industry, heading to detroit for the auto show. last night a speech that only a president that did not face
reelection could really give. almost ridiculing republicans in some parts, and asking voters to help in doing what he was unable to do in his two terms in office, and that is change the tone in washington. >> the president of the united states. [ cheers ] >> reporter: president obama didn't just taught his record, he dared republicans to dispute it. >> anyone claiming that america's economy is in decline is peddling fiction. >> reporter: on who is to blame for the recession. >> food stamp recipients did not cause the financial crisis. recklessness on wall street did. >> reporter: it was the same climate change, and the fight against isil. using his last nate of the union to deliver an in your face address directed at republicans. his scorn extended to the campaign trail and senator ted cruz, the republican who called for american bombers to make the syrian sand glow. >> our answer needs to be more
than tough talk. >> reporter: and the president hit back at republicans like donald trump who want him to label the battle against isil as one on quote radical islamic terrorism. >> we sure don't need to push away vital allies in this fight, by echoing the lie that isil is somehow representative of one of the world's largest religions. >> reporter: in surprise there were echos of that criticism in the republican response. >> during anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the sigh run call of the angriest voices. we must resist that temptation. >> reporter: but with the first vote set to be cast in three weeks, and the race to succeed mr. obama in full stride, haley made the case for a republican in the white house. >> if we held the white house taxes would be lower for working families, and we would put the breaks on run away spending and
debt. >> reporter: and del, just an indication of how presidential politics in 2016 is about to subsume everything coming out of washington and the white house, you saw nikki haley there, she is mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate on the republican ticket. but she is catching a lot of heat this morning and late last night from conservative quarters. they didn't like the way she seemed to be criticizing especially donald trump, saying the anxious voices that you are hearing are not indicative of the party, even accepting blame on behalf of the republican party for some of the breakdown in partisanship in washington. >> and mike, the change is evident. the president taking his message on the road, taking questions live on youtube on friday. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, gone are the days, del, when the state of the union speech was a roadblock across the networks.
obviously there are a lot more choices these days. even though some 20 to 30 million people likely watched last night. but the white house leading up to the speech and after the speech taking to social media, trying to amplify that message, trying to reach as many people as they can. they have been on many social media accounts in this the past few days. and you are right, the president for the second time is going to be taking questions from people from a popular youtube site. that's coming up on friday. >> mike thank you very much. turkey has a suspect in the attacks in istanbul. ankara is now trying to reassure people that they are safe. >> translator: turkey is exerting a lot of effort to fight terrorism and turkey is adopting a decisive stand
against terrorism and terrorists. during the recent attack one week before this attack, we have stopped 230 persons being affiliated to isil. >> officials say the bomber was a saudi man with syrian citizenship. he was registered as a refugee and not on any watch list. in paris that cafe where the diners were shot and killed in november has now reopened. and a neighboring cafe, two others that were targeted in the attacks have reopened, but the concert hall is still closed. north korea is calling for the country's expanding nuclear arsenal a week after that disputed bomb test. kim ki-jong has called for the
detonation of a more powerful h-bomb in the future. u.s. experts saying that footage appears to be fake. the price of oil hovering between gains and losses today a day after hitting near-record lows. the price tuesday briefly dropping below $30 a barrel. patricia sabga is here. patty, have we seen the bottom? >> a lot of analysts think we haven't. there is a competition going on between analysts who can see can call a the lowest price. the reason why we're seeing all of this right now is it's basically a story of supply and demand. there is a glut of oil on the market right now, a global glut, if you will. yet oil producers are pumping with abandon, because we have got the situation where we have
in fighting within opec. russia is pumping with abandon, and shale oil frac-ers if approximate they can afford to, they are pumping with abandon. >> and the u.s. is now the word's largest producer of oil. >> this is bad news for shale oil frac-ers, because their cost of production is higher than in saudi arabia. and last year it started the process where a lot of u.s. shale oil plays who borrowed money to expand operations when oil was trading much higher. now some of those debts are coming due and they are defaults on their debt. >> we're all smiling because it means cheap gas for us. but what does this mean for the global economy? >> one of the things that is
also driving oil prices lower is also the ebbing demand from china. china which has this insatiable attitude for raw materials and oil, that has curved and that is driving down commodity and energy prices. and what this does, the big fear now is deflation when prices start to drop, and that's a very, very bad scenario for countries to get into. because when people think prices will drop, they tend to sit on their money, instead of spending it. so that's one of the toughest situations to get out of. usually you do it by lowering interest rates, but, oh, wait, interest rates are really low around the globe, or maybe you print more money, oh, way we have been doing that since 2008. so we have competitive currency
devaluations, and this is the bad news for the global economy, so much so that analysts at royal bank of scotland said this year in the global economy could be, quote, cataclysmic. >> thank you. the obama administration confirming its top intelligence official has been the target of a hacker. james clapper saying his personal accounts were compromise. the los angeles rams -- no that was not a mistake, st. louis fans reacting to the news that their team is now headed back to the city of angles. and one possible solution to what causes hover boards to catch fire. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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>> for the -- first time in more than 20 years, football is going back to los angeles. john henry smith has our story. [ cheers ] >> reporter: celebration in los angeles. >> thank you, god! >> yeah! >> reporter: devastation in st. louis. >> i really am -- we're going to miss them. >> my dad has been a season ticket holder for 20 years. it's just depressing. >> reporter: 30 of 32 nfl owners voted to allow stan crocky to move the rams back to los angeles. >> the great wrong perpetrated
21 years ago has now been righted. >> reporter: many owners praised the proposed $1.86 billion privately financed stadium and entertainment venue in engelwood, calling it the right way to return profootball to the l.a. market. >> absolutely the greatest plan that has ever been conceived in sports. as far as how to put the show on. >> reporter: for fans in st. louis the news came as a slap in the face. especially after city leaders pledged $150 million to replace the 21--year-old edward jones dome. roger goodell has called that stadium and the proposal to replace it, inadequate. >> we was willing to give them a new stadium right here. and i think they just let us down. >> i understand the emotional side. i have a responsibility also to take care of the organization, and responsibility to my 31 other partners to have a first
class facility. >> reporter: as part of the agreement, the san diego chargers have a year to consider whether to move to the new stadium as well. if the chargers decide to stay where they are, the right to move to l.a. then goes to the oakland raiders. >> reporter: the excitement that we feel about being able to return the rams to los angeles is balanced with a disappointment that we weren't able to get it done for our fans in st. louis, san diego, and oakland. john henry smith, al jazeera. the national guard is on the way to flint-michigan to help the water crisis. calling out the guard to hand out bottled water and filters. they have been struggling to get supplies to the residents as they deal with lead con testimony nation in their water supply. and detroit's major is pledging to improve conditions for the teachers.
at least five of the schools will be closed today as part of an organized teacher sick out. teachers are upset over their salaries and say the conditions in the schools are deplorable. a company is voluntarily recalling cough syrup. it found the dosing cups had the wrong markings. so far no reports of anyone getting sick. there is a development this morning in that big problem with hover boards. a new battery could solve the problem of those gadgets catching fire. ines ferre has more. >> reporter: researcher at sanford university say they might have the solution for hover boards that catch on fire. videos online show the self balancing scooter going up in flames. officials say it's likely due to
the product's battery which sometimes overheats when charging. >> the risk of them catching fires becomes higher aaron alexis higher. >> reporter: the group has come up with a new battery that shuts down before overheating. >> we have developed a thermally responsible polymer. so if it overheats it will shut off. >> reporter: the consumer product safety commission says it is investigating at least 22 hover board fires across the country, including inside homes. >> i started to see some sparks, and i yelled and he ran -- he was running in the room and we just heard a loud bang and pieces flew like a bomb and then it just went up in flames. >> reporter: some online retailers have pulled the boards from their sites. and fire officials have warned owners to only charge the device outside.
>> obviously that's the only way they are going to work. certainly do not charge them inside the house until somebody knows what the problem is and can rectify that rob. >> reporter: hover board users will have to wait. the team at stamford says it is not sure when the new batteries will hit the market. google is stepping up its game in virtual reality, creating a separate division to focus on 3-d computer developmentation. facebook also said to be in the lead in pursuing virtual reality technology. just hours left before the numbers are called for the world's biggest single jackpot ever.
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various forms to help education and things like public works. we talked to a man who said, look, he thinks this is just a state-sponsored regressive tax on the poor. but the folks here just aren't buying that. >> i got the winning ticket. >> reporter: the one store in all of chicago that is king of lottery winnings is this one on the south side. at this gas station the store has given out five wins of more than $20,000 or more. and no one knows why. >> they think it is the lucky store. >> reporter: they sell more in lottery tickets here than in gas. but some critics are concerned that people are so intoxicated by this incredible number, over a billion dollars, that they are spending more than they can
afford on lottery tickets. particularly in this neighborhood, which is not wealthy. >> everybody has his budget. they play according to budget. >> reporter: we asked the executive director of powerball is the lottery is doing enough to emphasize the terrible odds of winning, and he told us it's a very inexpensive form of entertainment that gives people a chance to dream for a couple of days. we didn't find a single person here who felt pressure to overspend. >> this is like their super bowl. >> i don't go overboard. i don't do the one tickets or two one tickets. >> reporter: the proceeds often goes to education. texas has seen $70 million generated for education. the current powerball cycle began in november. and here the dreaming goes on.
>> i would have a home and maybe someplace for my 84 year old long. >> student loans, first. student loans. and then a couple -- a house. >> reporter: your odds of winning powerball are so bad that it would be like putting names of every single person in the u.s. into one big jar and then having to pluck out your own name. if no one wins tonight's drawing then the powerball jumps to an estimated $2 billion for saturday's drawing. >> andy how much money has been raised overall by powerball? >> reporter: well the powerball head that we talked to, just in this latest cycle, the money goes towards what they call gootd causes spread out to the states to determine on their own how they want to spend it.
>> andy did you buy your ticket yet? >> not yet. i'm still debating. i never have cash on me. but just one, because one is as good as a thousand, so that's all i will spending. >> andy thank you very much. one hub of gambling could soon face a state takeover. the head of the state senate in new jersey calling for a takeover of atlantic city's finances. the mayor calls the announcement atlantic city's pearl harbor. spacex planning another rocket launch. it's aiming to land in the pacific ocean. spacex has attempted the landing twice before with both rockets exploding after hitting its
target. it's part of spacex's race to the nominations are out for that other showbiz award, the rassys. >> 50 shades of gray getting the major nod in all categories. three other movies also getting six nominations. and the newest fantastic four coming in with five nods. we'll find out the winners or losers the night before the oscars on february 27th. thanks for joining us. i'm del walters live from new york. the news continues next live from london, where they will have the latest on those iranian
-- u.s. sailors being released from iranian custody. stay with us. ♪ the u.s. thanks iran for releasing ten of its navy sailors, saying the incident shows how far relations between count the countries have improved. ♪ i'm lauren taylor this is al jazeera, live from london. also coming up. dozens of isil suspects are held in raids in turkey, as police make one arrest in connection with the istanbul blast. at least 14 people with killed in a suicide bomb attack in southwestern pakistan. and the tv tellthon at the center of claims the polish government is trying to influence at