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community is all too familiar with that's our special report, crisis in flint, a water emergency. i'm tony harris. thanks for watching. watching. the blizzard of 2016. tens of millions of americans in its path. the storm is already causing major problems on the east coast. this picture gives you the idea of the size. the blizzard is taking direct aim at washington, d.c. john terret is there tonight, john. >> that's right, john good evening from the nation's capital where i can tell you it began snowing at about 1:15 eastern this an got steadily heavier ever since. i would guess right now, one to two, maybe three inches on the ground. and the problem is this storm is so large and the forecasters tell us it's going to sit atop washington, d.c. until late
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tomorrow. and that is a problem, because it just means that we're going to see this snow piling up, and although the year is only 22 days old, they're already calling it the storm of 2016. the monster storm is forecast to dump around two feet of though on the most iconic sights on the nation's capital. washington, gong, the most heartiest taking it in until it gets too deep. president lincoln never looks to pleased especially today. the city's mayor says, this is a dangerous weather event made worse by major winds. >> we see this as a major storm, life and death implication and all the residents of the district of columbia should treat i.t. tha it that way. we need the city's full
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cooperation. >> the city has only a dusting of snow and ice, and some commutes home took six hours. >> the snow we anticipate is wet and heavy which means we can expect downed trees and power lines. the winds are expected to be 30 miles an hour up to 50 miles an hour through saturday evening. and we believe that we're going to see wind pick up throughout the day. in fact our forecasters call this event having thunder snow parts of the storm. >> reporter: 70 to 80 million americans are said to be in the eye of this weekend's storm, on course to engulf pretty much the entire northeast of the country. in new york governor andrew quomo says it's not the worst storm the state has ever seen. but it shouldn't be taken light. lightly. >> right now we're bringing down 200 d.o.t. trucks, salt
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spreaders, plows et cetera. 600 national guard are on the ready. >> flights have been cancelled, airlines moving aircraft out of harm's way, they're not expected to be back until sunday at the earliest. the power lines above ground during the last big event, the snowmageddon, the area was shut down for almost a week. northern virginia, southern maryland, weight of snow causing roofs flat and otherwise to collapse, john. >> and from the looks behind you it's pretty quiet in the nation's capital tonight. >> it's remarkable isn't it? this is m street. this is a major thoroughfare in the nation's capital. normally on a friday night it would be full of people and taxis and buses and cars. and as you can see there's almost nobody here. people were told to stay off the roads and keep off the roads
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until this storm passes. there's no public transport in d.c. tonight john, the buses have stopped running, there is the metro but that will stop at 11:00. far earlier than it would on friday or saturday. they are going to park in the tunnel until all this passes, so they can bring out without needing to brus the sno brush t. and have a normal monday morning. >> thank you john. snow totals from meteorologist kevin corriveau. kevin. >> that's right john, the snow totals are already adding up. parts of virginia we have already seen snow totals over 16 inches. we're getting one to two inches per hour in some of these locations where you see these darker blue banged bands, you ce how quickly it is make its way. washington is already seeing the snow, up near philadelphia, just within the next one to two hours
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we're going to see the snow in new york city. the watches and warnings are very significant. down towards georgia as well as alabama. but it's the blizzard warnings that are most severe. i'm going to explain that to y you, long island, in order to have a blizzard you have certainly criteria, that means winds exceeding 35 miles per hour. that is going to cause the visibility with the snow to go down less than a quarter of a mile. we could see white-out conditions there, has to last more than three hours. and in this situation, we'll see blizzard conditions nervegh neit from 24 to 48 hours. very soon across the area in terms of toamghts ou totals, wao
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west virginia, three feet of snow, towards pennsylvania, two feet of snow and to new york, 12 to 18 inches of snow, that's going to extend to the southern part of connecticut as well. in terms of wind well they are going to be high. anywhere from 35 to 50 miles per hour. back to you. >> looks like a messy weekend. thanks very much kevin. a canada school shooting, province in saskatchewan in the aboriginal community of baloche, daniel lak is there. daniel. >> just after the lunch break at a combined middle and high school grades seven to 12. apparently osingle shooter started shooting at the school and moved inside. when it was all over we heard five people were dead two critically injured. the community is in shock of
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course. canada's prime minister actually announced this to the country. the police have yet to say anything on the record. and what you hear is, this is a closely knit aboriginal community where everyone knows everyone else and people really don't know how to cope so they're hurrying social services to the location. >> any information about the shooter? >> the shooter is in custody. it's a single shooter. i heard an interview with one of the local aboriginal chiefs. he described him as a boy, which doesn't tell you much. it's grade 7 to 12 in the school. we're hoping to hear more when the locals hold a press conference. >> daniel lak, thank you. president obama said there will be boots on the ground to help cut off i.s.i.l.'s communication between iraq and
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syria. jamie mcintire has more. >> reporter: the u.s. likes to boast that it has more than 60 countries in the coalition fighting i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria but defense secretary ash carter at the world economic forum in davo switzerland has conceded only afew of those countries are doing the heavy lifting. he singled out britain france germany the netherlands, in an interview with cnbc, he said since no country is immune from an i.s.i.l. attack no country should duet a free ride. >> everyone who is on paper a member of the counteri.s.i.l. coalition, many are doing nothing at all. we're prepared to do a great deal because we have the finest fighting force the world has
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ever seen. we can do a lot ourselves but the united states doesn't ask people for favors. but we don't grant favors either. and so we're looking for other people to play their part. >> the pentagon continues to say it is making slow progress against i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria although noting the operation to clear ramadi is still under way even though the city's liberation was declared by iraq some weeks ago. there are still neighborhoods that are being cleared of explosive devices and still civilians that are being freed, who are being held as human shields. and the pentagon today also released the results of its latest investigation of civilian casualties adding to the total which now they now concede that 16 civilians have been killed in bombings in iraq and syria by u.s. or coalition planes. that's still a rather small number considering that the united states has conducted and
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its coalition partners have conducted almost 10,000 air strikes to date. jamie mcintire, al jazeera, washington. >> derrick harvey is a retired u.s. army colonel, university of south florida, he is in tampa tonight. derrick, is this a shift in policy? >> john, i don't think it's a shift in policy. you know, it is time for us to accelerate the campaign. many have been calling for that. but in point of fact i think secretary carter pointed out some real problems. there's no real coalition fighting this fight. except for a few countries. the resources really are not there. and the u.s. is unwilling to do more of the heavy lifting. so although there's been some progress it's going to take a lot more to accelerate the activities against i.s.i.s.. >> but ash carter's boss, the president of the united states has said for months and months
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and months, no boots on the ground, will be no boots on the ground. now we hear there will be boots on the ground. that sounds like a change to me. >> i'm not sure there is. the 101 st01st air mobile, is gg to become the new command there replacing an element that's going to pull out and that's been known for many months and they're going to continue to do the training and advising mission. so we're didding to expand that maybe but it doesn't look like there's a fundamental shift in the strategy or the execution or the commitment of resources in this fight. >> you brought up the coalition. the president also has claimed that he's repeated that the coalition is important in fighting this fight. why didn't the coalition work?
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>> well, there's really no agreement about an end state. and the united states has not been clear about what the ultimate end-state is for the region besides degrading and defeating i.s.i.s. in all the other countries in the region have other objectives. turkey wants to see bashar al-assad gone from syria. the saudis have their objectives. the iraqi government or many parts of it even can't agree on what their objectives are internally. so it's hard to have an effective coalition when there's no unity of purpose. >> so is there any chance that the so-called coalition will get more engaged or not? >> i don't think we're going to see a real shift. we play see some increase by the reliable partners so far as mentioned, united kingdom france netherlands, germany. but it's unlikely we'll see much more out of the gulf countries
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or arab countries and for sure turkey doesn't seem willing to change its stance, it's maintained a double game throughout this situation. >> thank you. >> thank you john. >> accused of committing a hostile act in trying to destroy the country's unity. he entered north korea on a tourist visa, earlier this month. harry fawcett has more from seoul, south korea. >> saying that north korea had detained a u.s. citizen, a student for a supposed hostile act against the state. also, this media report saying that that act was tolerated and manipulated by the united states government. the name of this man, otto frederick wombia. the u.s. embassy in seoul has only confirmed that it has seen these media reports.
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but there has been some corroboration from a tour agency based in china young pioneer tours which says this man was on one of their tours in north korea and he was detained on january the 2nd. they say that they are acting closely with the swedish embassy in pyongyang which looks after u.s. interests in north korea. also with the north korean ministry of foreign affairs and the u.s. state department trying to get this man released. he's not certainly the first u.s. citizen to be detained in north korea. in 2014 three u.s. citizens were detained. one tourist who left behind a bible in a hotel, these kinds of things have got people in the trouble in the past. also last year there was a south korean student with a u.s. green card studying in the u.s. he was detained after crossing illegally into the north from china, kept six months before being handed back over to korean authoritiesouthkorean authoriti.
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this is thought the first of its type but a new development a new u.s. citizen reportedly detained inside north korea. >> that's harry fawcett reporting. washington post reporter jason rezaian is back in the u.s. he was freed from an iranian prison over the weekend as part of a prisoner swap with iran. he spent 18 months behind bars. he and his wife and family flew home on a plane owned by jeff bezos. conservatives take aim at donald trump. why several right wing commentators say trump is a bad choice for president and. bad news for california wine producers.
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>> in presidential politics the first voting of the 2016 nomination campaign is just over a week ago. now prominent conservatives are taking aim at donald trump and he's hitting back. david schuster reports. >> reporter: just over a week until the avoid caucuses and republican front runner donald trump is now taking fire from a dozen of the most prominent conservatives in the nation. whether the cover against donald trump the national review wrote in an editorial that he is a philosophically unmoored men as to conservatism. william crust tal, economist
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thomas seoul and glen beck added their own commentaries. therin nevada at a news conferee trump was dismissive. >> it's a dying paper. it's circulation is way down. not very many people read it anymore. people don't even think about the national review. so i guess they want to get a little publicity, that's a dying paper. >> new polls suggest trump has retain the lead in iowa over texas senator ted cruz. indicates trump is ahead 37% to 26. cruz is now trying to portray trump as part of the political establishment. >> if as a voter you think what we need is more republicans in washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer then i guess
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donald trump is your guy. >> invoking president reagan and tip o'neil. >> ronald reagan would get along with tip o'neil and they would make deals for everybody. that's what the country is about isn't it? >> as a matter of fact, in television ads their fight has become rough. on friday trump unveiled an ad hammering cruz over immigration reform. >> i want immigration reform to pass and allows those who are here illegally to come out of the shadows. >> for his part cruz is now blasting trump blasting eminent domain. >> eminent domain. fancy term for politicians using fat cats who bankroll them like trum >> i think eminent domain is wonderful. >> as trump and cruz battle at the top, jeb bush has pulled his resources out of iowa and is now
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focused almost entirely on the new hampshire primary. it now focuses on his mother, barbara bush. >> his heart is big. when push comes to shove, people are going to realize jeb has real solutions. >> based on the latest polls though the biggest intliment est problem is. >> we leave a legacy. >> kasich's political weakness could be to, establishment candidates who poll better in southern states and are counting on new hampshire to make them trump alternative. in other words, trump's standing appears to be getting stronger even as the conservative attacks on him intensify. and more republicans he says
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want to jump on his bandwagon. >> we are getting calls from everybody, that it's actually amazing. >> david schuster, al jazeera. >> republican joe watkins, a form he white house aide to george h.w. bush, elected face, he is in philadelphia, joe, welcome. it's good to see you. >> it's good to see you, john. >> the national review, long heralded conservative publication, what do you think of the rebuke of donald trump and whether it will have effect on iowa? >> it doesn't have any effect on iowa, it ends up helping him if he is the republican party nominee. there are more angry republicans rather than conservative republicans. this is certainly something to think about what these folks are saying but for primary voters,
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for caucus goers in iowa, especially for those who are angry at the way things are going they're listening to donald trump and that's why he's got such traction there. so i think in this case, anger at what's going on probably trumps to use that word conservatism. >> it is not just establishment republicans that are going after trump, but real conservatives, what most people thought were real conservatives. he keeps getting stronger, hard to understand why. >> he gets stronger because is speaking to the anger and distrust of people. labor force participation the is he same rate it was in the 1970s when jimmy carter was president, more than 25% of the unemployed rate, if you look at the number of people who are working part time for economic reasons that number is about 6 million. these are people who are angry they're not pleased with what's
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going on and drurm is speaking to them. if you are worried about terrorism he says if you are worried about immigration if you want to improve the economy he says i'm your guy. that's why they're listening, that's why he's even moving ahead of ted cruz in iowa, and if he has the ground game to sustain it he'll probably win in iowa. >> what is said here: agree? >> well, certainly, donald trump has worked with democrats, and 21sat one time probably was a democrat. he makes the case that ronald reagan was a democrat also before he became a republican and as a republican who masqueraded donald trump would
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say as a conservative, ronald reagan was very practical. he was able to get things done working with tip o'neill in a democratic congress. he's saying he's going to do the same thing. not a doctrine air guy, to get . he's going to work with folks to make sure we move the chains forward to fix the nation's economy and make the world safer. that's what he's selling now. the people who are going to listen and vote are taking hymn at his word. >> here's what trump responded, the failing national review magazine has just been informed by the republican national committee that they cannot participate in the debate. is it possible this could back fire and just increase the fervor, is that what you think? >> well, the rnc is very smart. they realize that the thing you
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don't want to do is look like you're piling on against any of the front-runner candidates. and obviously there are those who would like to see an establishment republican emerge as the party's standard-bearer. that might not happen this this cycle. we don't know yet, it's still too early the tell. the republican national committee is being very fair, make sure there's a level playing field, let's not pile on any of our candidates early on threats see whalet's see what h. >> let's talk about piling on for a second. donald trump wasn't through, i believe we have the retweet. it says, you can look at there. look at the picture. donald trump. poor jeb bush. i could have sworn i saw him outside trump tower the other day. you know i keep thinking, maybe there's something over the top, you know, but the line keeps moving, right? >> well, i'm a big fan of jeb bush of course, everybody knows
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i worked for his father in the white house. and my oldest daughter worked in the white house for his brother. and i've known jeb for a while. and also been a supporter of his in the past so i've got a lot of respect for jeb bush. politics is a tough business, john, you've got to have a thick skin. people are going to say mean nasty things about you, they are going to have mean cartoons about you if you are running for presidency. donald trump has a thick skin too, he knows people are going to throw things at him and i think he's ready for it. >> clearly. >> they all know you've got to have a thick skin. >> all right joe, good to see you, thank you very much. >> thanks so much john. >> the staich state department s asking to push back the publishing of the last of hillary clinton's e-mails while secretary of state. seeking a one month extension,
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saying some of the messages need to be reviewed by other government agencies. coming up next, one year after al jazeera america brought you the problem of the contamination in flint, michigan. and stopping the mosquito borne zika virus and the problems in colombia.
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>> tonight michigan governor rick snyder has suspended two employees in the michigan department of environmental quality, for their action he in the flint water crisis. this is a story we have been covering or the over a year. bisi onile-ere has more. >> reporter: john, there's no easy fix to improving the city's water crisis, the aging infrastructure plays into this but poor monitoring by the state is also to blame. what does it taste like to you?
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>> chlorine. that's exactly what it tastes like is colo chlorine. basically tastes like you are drinking out of the pool. >> al jazeera america first reported the problems in flint in january of 2015. >> what do you mean it separates? >> white on the top and clear on the bottom like it's supposed to look. >> concerns had started pouring in months earlier. that was after in a cost cutting move the financially strapped city cut ties with the detroit water system and began pulling water from the flint river. residents noticed the change almost immediately. at a town hall meeting the quality of flint's water pitted residents against the city and the michigan department of environmental quality, the mdeq.
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>> people feel their bodies and lives and well-being are being compromised. >> despite issuing boil water advisors and violation of the safe water act, the deq says the water was safe to drink. i questioned the head of the department of public works. >> on the one hand it's okay to consume or bathe in, people are confused and scared. >> that's the reason to bring in experts, to separate fact from fiction. carefully looking at that notice, there are people who have concerns, certain aspects of it. but the notice that went out said, this is not an emergency. >> in a report released later that summer, virginia technical researchers said that water from the flint river was more corrosive, causing lead pipes to
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leech lead into tap water. still no action by city or state officials and tempers continue to boil. >> i've created a term. i call it the flint watergate 2015. >> in september we talked to lee ann walters, she said her four-year-old son's health was deteriorating. she blamed the water. >> we flowed whenever he would come in contact with the water, baths, or in our pool that we'd had for years, his skin would break out in this scaly really red irritated rash. >> a blood test that she provided us showed her son gavin had abnormally high levels of led. dr. mona, a pediatrician, revealed the results of a study she had done showing that the percentage of those five years and younger with elevated lead levels nearly doubled in the past two years from 2.1% to 4%.
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>> the only thing that really change in this time period was the water. so looking at the levels from 2013 and in 2015, it was in 2014 that the water switch happened. that was the biggest thing. >> how dangerous is this? >> it drops your i.q, four points, has significant effects on conanything, behavior. adhd type symptoms. >> admitted that city officials never imposed water corrosion activities onto the river. >> this is what we are committed to. >> that same month michigan governor rick snyder announced that city of flint was returning
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to the detroit water system. flint mayor karen weaver. >> we are asking the state to be responsible. >> howard croft resigned, in late december, mdeq director dan wyant stepped down. three weeks later, governor snyder declared a state of emergency. and activated the michigan national guard. >> fill this before you run any other tap sources. >> this is one of five sites across the city of flint where residents can pick up free bottled water. the national guard says there's no timetable on how long they could be here. it could be weeks or even months. >> they lied to us for the longest. they kept saying we could use the water, if they wouldn't have said that i wouldn't be in the shape i'm in now.
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>> on january 16th president obama declared a federal state of emergency in flint. >> i know if i was a parental up there i would be beside myself that my kid's health could be at risk. >> on the night of his state of the state arres address, the gor issued an apology. >> you deserve better, you deserve accountability. you deserve oknow that the buck stops here with me. >> on the following day snyder released 273 pages of e-mails from 2014 to 2015 regarding flint's water. some were heavily blacked out. one message from snyder's chief of staff, dennis muchmore, said that children's exposure to led into a political football. >> do you think that the governor's e-mails show transparency? >> it shows me that the governor wasn't very involved in this
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issue. that his staff was dismissive, and defensive. >> reporter: on thursday i sat down with former flint mayor, dan walling. that same day susan heding offered her resignation. walling turned to her last year and he says she shut him down. >> do you think you could have done more? >> i wish i could have done more. >> walling blames state officials. >> who do you hold accountable? >> i believe the state department of environmental quality did not regulate the flint water, goes all the way back to the beginning. we got bad information. we got bad water. and now, the problem needs to be fixed. >> reporter: once a major hub for the american auto industry,
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flint is predominantly african american and poor. carrie nelson contemplated moving. >> i'm either going to move or have the house go back. >> others say they need ostay. >> that's a survival thing, we're going to go the way we are cross our fingers pray and hope everything is okay. >> over the handling of flint's water crisis the u.s. environmental quality agency, announced, the taking over of the water in flint city. would have to answer to members of congress, and over a year since the dangers came to light. there's so many different moving parts to this crisis, both the state and federal government
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have launched investigations into what went wrong. john. >> that's bisi onile-ere reporting. flint is one of many cities where age infrastructures leave water supplies vulnerable to environmental contamination. tomorrow, randall pinkston will take a look. that's 8:00 eastern. cdc says strain of list tie, several brands are involved including dole, fresh selection is and president's choice. the cdc says to avoid bags with manufacturing codes that begin with the letter a. now, to another health warning. this one about the mosquito borne zika virus, an outbreak has been linked to severe birth
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defects. extending the warning to 22 countries in latin america and the caribbean and officials in el salvador are urging women not to get pregnant until 2018. alessandro rampieri reports. >> in this clinic in central america, anxious mothers wait for their doctor's visit. some are sick with the zika virus that researchers believe is causing conjell tal defects in some babies. >> i saw it on the television news, i'm worried, what if my child is malformed, can you imagine bringing him to life like that? it's so scary. >> thousands of babies have been born in brazil with unusually small heads and brain damage, a
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condition known as microcephaly second worst hit country in the region. authorities say it could infect as many as 7,000 more in coming months so they're warning women to avoid getting pregnant. >> they should consider postponing pregnancy for six or eight months. we say it in this way because it's a good way to avoid the risk. it could have serious consequences. >> up to this point there haven't been any cases but health officials say it's only a question of time. >> translator: unfortunately we can't avoid all cases. there's no cure for virus and no way to be fully protected. this is the reality. >> zika can be spread by the same mosquitos that carry dengue fever and chikungunya.
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claudia is pregnant, says she hasn't been infected. she has been careful to rid her home of still water and uses insect repe repellent. >> now the government is telling people not to get pregnant and it's not going to work. >> the government is promising to start a health campaign to convince people to change their habits but with no cure for the virus, many feel it could turn into an epidemic. >> a federal judge dismissed the first civil suit dealing with general motors switch scandal. , a man claimed the switch prevented his air bags to deploy. the deadly defect is blamed on at least 124 deaths and 275
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injuries. gm has already paid $600 million in settlements. the el nino phenomenon has intensified storms that have devastated parts of the country. in northern california after four years of drought many are relieved to see rain. at a winery in sewn m sonoma co. >> lisa bernard has more. >> flooding in missouri, flooding in mms, el nino which is the warming of the pacific ocean is in full swing and impacting weather across the globe. including at buletto vineyards in sonoma county, california. where weather forecasters are keeping an eye on the sky. >> how closely do you watch the weather forecast? >> we get an e-mail and it will
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give you a five day forecast. >> nick fry says, northern california grape growers are switching gears to make sure el nino storms don't threaten the billion dollar wine industry here. >> you need water, want water. >> while fry welcomes the rain, buletto has cover crops, spreading their roots to keep the soil intact. >> it would be costly if you are not conscientious in trying to preserve the soil. >> the ground is already soggy from early-season storms and more are coming. >> to the west coast of the united states. >> according to meteorologist john montaverde. >> we are seeing the largest el nino arguably on record. >> friday cautions that to strategically place straw across
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the road to strategically redistribute the rain. >> to make sure the soil doesn't end up in the bottom of the vineyards in the laguna. >> the hope is that all of the preparation outside will pay off in here, and that el nino will keep these barrels full. >> and keep the wine flowing, at the buletto tasting room and on store shelves. fry says the vintners are committed to protecting the lucrative grapes. >> i think in farming you deal with what mother nature gives you, you never know what it will be but you try to adapt as best you can. >> he says the goal is to produce and sell wine here for decades to come regardless of droughts or downpours. lisa bernard, al jazeera ameri
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america, california. >> there is no room for ping pong on the space station. you can hit smaller droplets of water harder than the big ones. kelly has been in space for 100 days and will return after one year. up next, the academy awards, nominated actress sharing her views on the growing controversy. plus the diverse fare at sundance film fif festival thaty or may not turn into blockbusters.
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>> the academy of motion picture arts and sciences last promised to take steps to increase diversity in hollywood. doubling the number of diverse and women members by 2020. lack of nominations for black actors. charlotte rampling said in an interview that the boycott is racist to white people. america's largest independent film festival is underway in utah. sundance features 120 films including 50 first time film makers. rob reynolds has more from park city. >> the rocky mountain area is
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filled. showing off their artistic creations to an estimated 45,000 eager cinema fans and prospective film studio buyers. >> it is a bucket list item for me, i've always wanted to come. >> i think people are pulled here because they know this is the best content in the world for film is. >> 120 films will be screened at sundance culled from over 4,000 submissions, the focus says robert redford is on narrative. >> to me the most important thing is the story and story telling is what it should be about. >> among the most talked about films this year, christine by director alex campos, a dark drama, male dominated world of 1970s tv news. the israeli produced sandstorm tells the story of a bedoin family to reconcile its
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traditions and religious beliefs. birth of a nation directed by and starring nate parker takes its name from w.d. griffith's 1915 silent epic but tells the story of the bloody slave rebellion in virginia led by nat turner. in the documentary division, there's buzz about newtown. focusing on grieving families that lost children in the sandy hook school massacre in 2012. and legendary german film make are werner is back, with a look at the internet world humanity has made and remaking humanity. the film industry is waiting to see whether this year's sundance will surpass 2015. when a coming of age drama me
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and earl and the dying girl failed to receive audiences whether it was released in theaters. you can be sure that many of the film makers walking on these snowy sidewalks are hoping their labor of love will be the next little miss sunshine, whiplash or blair witch project. rob reynolds, al jazeera, park city, utah. >> still ahead on the broadcast, the oscar-nominated director, of the film documenting the uprising in ukraine.
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>> today marks two years since extremely bloody battle in ukraine maydon revolution. two were shot dead by police. in the days that followed many prominent activists were captured and tortured. tracks the full revolution. take a look. >> european leaders an ukraine have failed to sign a historic free trade deal after a last minute u-turn from here.
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>> the director and he's in los angeles. welcome. it's good to have you on the program. let's start pack in 2013 when viktoviktor yanukovych, failed o back down. >> my colleague was doing previous movies, was there, calls me and said you know what something different is happening, it's a revolution not political, you should come, let's try to get these. i jumped into a plane and i came on next day in the square and i was already hiring cameramen and starting to document the history as it was unfolding.
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>> these protestors are up against very, very strong forces government forces and it was a david and goliath struggle. talk about the commitment of these protesters and why they were willing to put themselves in harm's way? >> it was one of the elements that shocked me from the beginning this unity and this belief into the future despite horrible beating despite cold weather despite police batons, despite bullets, social groups all nationalities. they all together, believed in their future. and it's something that can be related to a lot of different moments, the egyptian arab spring, to 25 years ago what's happened in lithuania, and a lot of places, it was wow some universal and at the same time something unique happening. >> this documentary plays out
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almost like a political action film and the video is key. talk about how you got all this video and where it came from? >> i met a lot of people, a lot of professionals and not professionals who have been there who were commenting the story like myself and wanted to share with the entire world. so technically i am telling through their eyes through their stories because the movement was growing was every day. the events unfolding so spontaneous. so i wanted to have eyes on every place every moment every second in order to kind of captivate all how it's happening live. >> you had people pros, amateurs, some used cell phones some used professional cameras is that it? >> yes, you know what, cell phones to ipads from go-proto snrs, it was moment you know what you needed to capture elements as it is and you were using whatever you have in your hand and show how big all this
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movement, it was fascinating to see people, dedicated to their abilities, for whom cold weather or gas that was spread on us, it was not something that was making us leave our places or for example me to leave and say i'm going back to los angeles in a safe environment. no. all this was amazing ooupt. >> mazing unity. >> how is ukraine now? >> the fight is still going on, people trying to do more and more changes in a society itself. but they knew since maidan, they knew they are the real power. that the people are the real power and the government are only representatives of the people. they fighting the corruption these days, trying to bring more changes into the government. it's taking time but they are believing in the future. and they standing their ground. so for me it was fascinating to observe this. >> it's good to have you on the
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program. congratulations, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> and can you find winter on fire on netflix. that's our program. thanks for watching. i'm john siegenthaler, ali velshi is flex. >> i'm david schuster in for ali velshi. "on target" tonight the billion dollar holding system, private companies that are making a huge profit off of immigration detention centers. plus, lost in mexico. a generation of children born in the u.s.a. who are fighting to survive miles away from their american dream. america's immigration system is broken making it a