occasionally so. is there still a health concern there? the syrian peace is talks saved after iran is disinvited. after u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon invited iran to the geneva 2 peace talks, just a couple of hours ago, the u.n. withdrew that invite to iran. >> the secretary-general is deeply disappointed by iranian public statements today that are not at all consistent with that stated commitment. he continues to urge iran to join the global consensus, behind the geneva communique. given that it has chose be to remain outside of that basic understanding he has decided that the one-day montreux
gathering will proceed without iran's participation. john terrett is at the u.n. why the about-face? >> it was a rather quick about face but not for the reasons you might believe. the syrian peace talks in geneva, the syrians are coming, he's very pleased. britney is unhappy, gulf states are unhappy because iran will not openly commit to the purpose of this talks, to get a provisional government minus bashar al-assad. not because the syrian opposition threatened to boycott the talks on wednesday, it
looked like that but a very, very nuanced diplomatic reason, because iran can't agree othe transitional government. he has uninvited tehran and tehran has said, look if that's what we had to do in order to attend these talks we're not going. >> john last there been official reaction from the u.s? >> yes there has, coming from the state department, the state department saying the whole purpose of these talks is to get the transitional national government off the ground, one day of talks, call them the montreux talks, everyone is going to be there. this is what jen pzaky said, we are hopeful that in the wake of today's announcement all parties can return to focus at the task in hand which is bringing an end to the suffering of the syrian people and beginning a process
towards a long overdue political transition. richelle there you go. barring a last-minute snafu, there can always be one of those, barring a last minute snafu we can have the regime and the syrian national council in the same room. we'll see what they do when they get together. >> to discuss the latest developments now is jeneve abdo, a fellow with the middle east program, at the stinson center a nonpartisan think tank. the latest news that the u.n. has disinvited iran, seems like a positive thing if for no other reason than talks will still happen. will this still be pling ring in the room the fact that this invitation happened? >> yes, of course and also, even though the talks are going
forward, obviously the issue of whether president assad remains in power yet is the deal breaker ultimately. so even though the talks will be held, assad has announced as of a few days ago that he is running for reelection. so it doans seem as -- doesn't seem as if he is going anywhere. >> does it seem like this invitation to iran was a good thing ostart with? >> i think it is a good idea. there will be no belong term solution to the syrian war without iran. hezbollah which is a patron of iran is inside syria. there are islamic revolutionary guards, inside iran. >> iran is not going to be at the table. it was clear there was not going to be any transitional
government. what could come out of the talks if all those things are true? >> well i guess as one headline in one of the stories today said, you know, the question is not will the talks fail but how will they take. >> oh, wow. >> i think that's a good way of putting it, simply because of all the obstacles. nevertheless it is good that at least members of the government, syrian government officials will be talking to the opposition and that is very important. however there are so many obstacles to any sort of agreement. >> having said that is there anything that could be considered some or the of victory that could come out of the talk, anything? >> i think ultimately, we are probably going to see a syria that is partitioned. i mean let's not forget that even now, the rebels control parts of the country. the dynamics in the war have shifted as of several months ago in favor of the current government.
but nonetheless, syria today isn't what syria was three years ago. before the uprising began. so we are already looking at a partitioned syria and that's probably what we will see going forward. >> and last reply, what role does -- lastly what does the role the u.s. play in all of this? >> the u.s. actually doesn't play a great role or doesn't have great influence in syria because it is -- it is not really a party to the conflict. the united states is trying to protect its interests in the middle east and this is why the syrian war is so important to the u.s. and not to mention the fact of the shia-sunni conflict which has stemmed from the war of syria which the white house has mentioned is the most important threat to the u.s. so the united states needs to protect its interests not necessarily because it has influence in the ultimate
outcome. >> we'll see what happens next week. thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. >> slowing down iran's nuclear program, iran shu shut down its reactors as part of a six month deal, iran will also stop building new facilities but can repair current ones. in return the u.s. will ease sanctions on iranian oil, gas and auto industries. the u.s. will release $4.2 billion, in restricted funds and installments. the eu may not release any other sanctions. kimberly hellcut explains. >> are stop enriching uranium at 20%, now it's looking up to the
international community to live up to its own commitments. >> the islam. >> iranian americans are worried about it. they want all 100 members of the u.s. senate to know they're against new legislation that called for further sanctions on iran. the sanctions would see the u.s. financially and military back a israeli attack on iran if it fails to halt its nuclear program. >> iranians are very opposed to war. they see a potential opening for a diplomatic solution and see that the senate is potentially going othreaten that with the sanctions bill. >> the deal struck in november in geneva, the agreement pledges to ease sanctions for six months in exchange for iran limiting
its uranium enrichment. why would so many senators want to undermine that progress and putting in jeopardy any are progress between iran and the international community? it has to do with how u.s. politician he raise money to get elected and stay in office. indeed there are many u.s. senators who privately worry new sanctions could drive iranians to take a tougher stance and possibly allay negotiations. >> they don't want to get on the wrong sides of groups that provide political contributions, apec, other groups like that and so they are doing what various lobby groups tell them to do. >> which is why majorities in the u.s. senate, spoig many in the iranian american community. >> they going to divide more and more united states into iranian vs. jews, muslims vs. jeu juiced
we don't need any of that, this is home we chose for freedom for democracy. >> if not enough numbers back it the bill may become law. improved relations between the u.s. and iran. kimberly hellcut al jazeera, capitol hill. >> hopes of winter olympics in sochi. studying this video: the two men you see there claim to belong to the group that carried out last month april suicide bombings in volgograd that killed 32 people. four women so-called black widows sent to carry out terrorist attacks including one in or near sochi.
the threat comes as the olympic torch individual visits the cite the attacks occurred. >> the olympic train rolled into town exactly as planned. but the welcome was deliberately subdued. just meters from the spot just a month ago 18 people were killed in a suicide bomb blast. a second attack a day later took the total dead to 34. torch bearer andre is a native of volgograd. he told me of his pride to carry the flame and his pride for the city. when i asked about the city his words dry up with sadness. >> three weeks ago, i guess like the whole country, we feel like what pain in tower soul. >> volgograd station still bears the scars of the attack that
happened here barely six weeks ago. the city cements its reputation for resistance. that said, the release of a new jihaddist video over the weekend, underlines the fact that the threat remains very real. this 49 minute video claims to be a recording of the two volgograd bombers. the tape authenticity hasn't been verified. the temperatures dipping below minus 20 the crowds were thin along the relay route but the crowd nonetheless happened to see it. >> the bombing leaves an aftertaste but we shouldn't linger, we should move forward. >> various celebrations along the route were cancelled. >> we limited all the celebrations during the route in this city. and the special security regime
was hardened. right now we are just make our normal olympic torch relay without no celebrations. >> the city of volgograd is a powerful symbol of russian national pride. but that symbolism and its position just north of the caucasus means it has been repeatedly targeted by separatist attacks. with sochi now fast approaching that threat is continuous. >> full support to the russian government for security preparations for winter games. the u.s. will have two navy ships in the black sea that will be able to help at any time. some people in west virginia still aren't ready to drink the water despite assurances that it is safe. that includes the governor. asked about the safety of the water there. >> obviously we continue to test the water supply.
every hour. and it is showing up at a non-detect level as i've been told. we will continue to do that and to try to get the smell out of the water as quickly as possible. you know if people are not comfortable drinking the water they should use bottled water. we are still giving that out, getting things bad to order as quickly as possible. it's been a long ordeal and we're hoping that in the next few days people can use the water again with some confidence. >> are you drinking the water? >> i drink it occasionally. >> nearly 8,000 gallons of chemical spilled into the elk river. seeking to prevent a similar crisis in the future. jonathan martin has more. >> the latest is coming from the state capitol where the governor and the legislators,ing assure
that the above ground storage tanks are better maintained, going along with safety standards. the governor says this is common sense and reasonable legislation. the proposed are laws would allow that department to impose penalties on facilities had do not comply with the rules. they would also require facilities to notify the proper facilities had a timely manner in the case of a chemical spill. >> manufacturing, storing and warehousing if it has the potential to leak or enter into the public drinking water system then it equally should be regulated. >> also u.s. senator joe manchin says he will provide federal level oversight of these tierps of facilities. >> jonathan martin reporting from west virginia. the centers for disease control
has issued a caution for pregnant women to not drink water. racial and economic divisions in brazil are growing violent and much of the conflict is playing out on social media. next how dozens of people managed to shut down a shopping mall. also taking martin luther king's message to heart. turning a day off into a day of service.
youth invade a shopping maul in sao paulo. these have gotten so big, pushing odown the escalators, one guy here is trying to escape. look at this video, where they are also going after them with batons. the same day police used tear gas and they also used rubber bullets to take these thousands of kids out of these malls. now i'll tell you that this has highlighted social and racial divides. it is often urban youths that are going into upscale malls. i spoke to maria, one of the organizers, people have arrested people already and they are prohibiting youth from going into the malls, not allowing the teens to go in without adults now. richelle.
>> all right maria inez, thank you very much so much. >> you're welcome. >> the gap between the haves and
have nots may be much wider than you actually think. david shuster has more on that on "real money". okay david, let's talk about these numbers. they're coming from oxfam, the charity group. what do they say? >> they show that the income gap, the gap between the wealthiest and poorest continues to get wider and the middle class is starting to ar shrink. the theory is there's a certain limit to for example how many items of clothing or restaurants that a wealthy person can go to and if you can make those more affordable for a wider section of people you help economic growth. this is what's astounding richelle.
if you take the top 85 wealthiest people in the world just the top 85, they control as much wealth as the
bottom 3.5 billion people. that's how wide the gap has become. >> 85 people! is this something that is being dealt with that is a priority at the economic forum in dabos? >> yes, for the third year in a row these experts and leaders have identified income inequality as the number one threat to economic growth around the world, in industrialized countries, as this gap gets wider they rank this as the number one thing that could slow down the economy, even unemployment, they rank this as the biggest problem facing the global economy. >> it is not sustainable, absolutely not. what else are you talking about at 7:00 david? >> we'll continue ajam's
coverage, of the water crisis in west virginia, the impact on businesses that are really hurting, they rely on water, having to use bottled water to make their products. we will talk about the intact in charleston. if you want to help the businesses in west virginia. >> good to talk to you david shuster, ali velshi is at the world economic forum, talking to some of the most important people in the business and finance world. you can see his reports this weekend on "real money" on al jazeera america. planning going into a library and not finding a particular book. hydeheidi chou-castro has the s.
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you. >> connie is a nursing assistant and a mother of three. like more than a third of adults in this area she never graduated from high school. >> a lot of the words i couldn't pronounce couldn't understand what they are doing. >> sing discoveries bibliotech her reading has increased. >> a puppy would be more desirable. >> without having to store paper books, bibliotech can perform the functions of a traditional library a third of the size at a third of the cost. they haven't lost an e-reared yet. >> first of all there is no internet access through these, secondly all of the e-book content disappears after the two week loan term making these things basically useless until
they are checked back in. >> this is book i'm reading right now. >> bibliotech is the brain child of the county judge nelson reed. >> the better they read the more better off we will be. we want to expand that as much as possible. >> this is the new bibliotech satellite unit. 93 signed up on the first day as bibliotech scrolls to the next chapter of good old fashioned reading in the new age. heidi chou-castro, al jazeera america. >> also, more on our top story as leaders in peace talks, more people are dying in the fighting.
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>> welcome back to al jazeeraam. here's a look at your top stories. lawmakers are announcing new legislation, about offof above ground storage tanks like the ones that leaked in west virginia. federal investigation is underway. iran started to shut down this uranium enrichment plant as international inspectors watched. part of a six month deal in which world powers agreed to release sanction he and release $4.2 billion to iran. and iran will not attend syria peace talks in switzerland. ban ki-moon has withdrawn his
invitation for iran to attend. peace talks on syria are scheduled to begin wednesday in syria itself it is a different story. nick shifrin was there just moments aafter those blasts. >> just two days before a conference designed to start a peace process, the attacks are as bad as ever. bombs targeted vehicles going into syria but also destroyed nearby shops and killed their customers. >> we are right on the syrian turkish boarder, might look calm right now but just 15 minutes ago one mile beyond that crossing there were two huge explosions one apparently a car bomb. a asked an observer and said most of the people were trying to flee syria and come here to
turkey. >> five minutes later another explosion went off, many people died. in aleppo which is witnessing the worst fighting two car bombs gutted rebel headquarters. one was big enough to create this crater. a man tried to extinguish the fire but both cars burned for hours. the attack was launched by radical fighters targeting other rebels they think are too moderate even though both want to oust syrian president bashar al-assad. even as assad continues his assault, deposit attacks, air strikes destroyed dozens of homes. survivors were taken way on
makeshift stretchers on the make shif balances. in the yarmuuk refugee camp, cos here are so bad, people are dying of hunger. antiregime activists say the snipers have already shot dead women and children. nick shifrin, al jazeera on the syrian-turkish boarder. >> there may be new help to get an american missionary released. the u.s. offered to send a special eninvoices to negotiate. here is craig gleason with the details. >> kenneth bae was brought before foreign media by state police wearing a gray cap with a number 103 on the front. he appeared in reasonable health and spoke briefly with jowrnlts.
durin-- journalists. he made this statement, i believe my problem can be solved by employees collaboration between my country and the officials of this country. jailed november 2012 for what was said to be crimes against the state after leading a tour group through the country. he was sentenced to 15 years in hard labor. he has visited hospital at that time. he recently became a center of headlines after dennis rodman's trip to north korea. he took in an nba basketball game to play for kim jong-un's birthday. he said that maybe bae was responsible for those crimes.
he was castigated by bae's family for those statements. >> a new interview, president obama says alcohol is a bigger danger than marijuana. he says he is troubled by how harsh antidrug laws tend to affect lower income companies. softened their stances but the ferd government still sees marijuana use as a crime. jonathan betz is here with interesting numbers. >> interesting indeed. marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the united states. more than 17 million people use it. it's a number that's been growing in recent years. now for most it is their only drug. now it's widely used among teens and young adults. one out of every three high schoolers have smoked pot. it's more than cigarettes now. blacks and whites use the drug at mostly the same rates, between 10 and 15% but black people were singled out for arrest.
over the past decade they were more than four time as likely to be arrested. in some states blacks are nearly eight times more likely to be arrested for having weed. places like illinois, minnesota and iowa. carrying pot is an easy crime to catch, police are focusing on neighborhoods for arrest quotas. now accounts for half of all arrests in the united states. and states spend nearly $4 billion a year enforcing marijuana laws that the president says seems to target minorities even though all races enjoy it richelle. >> thank you jonathan. today the nation honors the legacy of dr. martin luther king, fighting hard for the issue of income and equality. asking the government for billions in aid to close the
gap. but stacy tisdale reports. >> america has defaulted on this propromissory note. >> dr. martin luther king was very concerned that the economic gap between races could derail his civil rights movement with poverty and income disparities being the ultimate segregators. >> in 1968 he purvetted all of his -- pivoted all of his attention on what was called the poor people's campaign and he was killed before his first march. >> his poor people campaign was focused on providing economic assistance for blacks latinos and whites. massive investment in infrastructure job training forecast and a higher -- affordable care act and higher minimum wage. the same thing lawmakers debate
today. >> it is the sense of having control of your life and the personal financial dignity and the choices to then create the reality that you want that i think is the issue and we have never been in that regard in control of our own destiny. >> and 50 years later in some measures financial disparity has become worse. when the poor peoples campaign was launched in 1968, the median black family was making 60 cents to what the median white family, today that falls to 57 cents. 98,000 for blacks, 110,000 for hispanics and over 600,000 for whites. a key concern has to be what happens in about two decades when the struggling minorities, become the majority, the primary drivers behind the u.s. economy. >> we've got a shift to people
of color all around the world, younger and darker and unless we empower these folks the world's got a prop. >> i have a dream. that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. >> with an equal chance to enjoy freedom and peace of mind that come with economic security. stacy tisdale, al jazeera, new york. snoatd we shall overcome ♪ >> ing dr. king said life's most persistent question is what are you doing for others today. roxann what is the significance of dr. king and his legacy and his challenge to people today?
what is the significance, what does it mean to them? >> the volunteers i met in brooklyn say they are working to fight hunger and volunteering is important because they are honoring martin luther king jr. and his legacy of service. >> when maria watson shops for groceries in her neighborhood, their main option is bodegas and delis. she'll soon have another choice. these volunteers came for martin luther king jr. today. they are building a greenhouse, replacing an outdoor garden that's only used three months a year. >> this is a special day because we know what the day is used for, how the story began, it began with a man who understood the need of families that needed
help. >> mlk day is the only federal holiday designated by congress as a national day of service, what's been dubbed a day on, not a day off. these volunteers say it is a chance for them to help a largely low income minority community to lead healthier lives. >> 23% of the community is diabetic, that is a startling enough. then obesity, then hypertension, quite a bit of heart disease is in this community. and then when you look at it now there's hardly any supermarket. we have a few supermarkets in the area but not equipped to take care of the community as it should be. >> only a third of the bodegas offer low fat milk or fresh fruit but even if they do the choices are limited. when the volunteers finish building this greenhouse, locals
will plant vegetables and sell them in the neighborhood. in the process her children will learn about the importance of healthy eating but also of martin luther king's message of. >> the volunteers said they hoped the greenhouse would help the residents become self sufficient. the area we were in was like a food desert. a third of the population lives a mile or more from a supermarket. >> that is a problem and something needs to be done about that and that is a very important issue. it's great to find an issue like that on martin luther king day for sure. roxann, thank you very much. the president and first lady and their daughters, malia and
sasha, helped to distribute food to local shelters. grade video there. viktor yanukovych is asking for a compromise. president took a bailout from russia instead of signing an eu trade deal. talks were supposed to happen today but have been delayed indefinitely. the mayor of central african republic capitol city has been selected to take over the country. fighting began in bangui and spread to the rest of the cup. left one in 4 people homeless. many hope the new interim president will be able to bring peace because she has no ties to either group. >> hosting the world cup is
supposed to be a source of national pride for the soccer crazed country of brazil but only six of these 12 cities have stadiums ready to play in. al jazeera had the chance to go inside the stadium in porta allegre. it was supposed to be finished in 2012 but worker strikes and other issues have pushed the project over budget and over deadline. rescuers are searching for survivors at a deadly explosion in omaha. maria in inez. >> at least four of ten people taken to the hospital are in critical condition. thought to be inside the international nutrition plant at the time of the explosion.
in new jersey the state's second in command has responded to allegations against chris christie. lieutenant kim lodano, aid for superstorm sandy. mayor dawn zimmer says she has turned evidence over to investigators investigating christie. a video shows how a teenager got his gun. a former student bypassing school metal detectors, the former student who is thought to have sold the gun avoided security by entering the school as a guest. an in utah, the adopted son of jerry sandusky is finally speaking out. matt sandusky is speaking out. sandusky says he took part to
advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse. the film shows how he was also abused by his adoptive father. >> more frigid weather dipping into the northern united states and bringing some snow with it. meteorologist kevin corriveau is here. hi kevin. >> hi richelle, this is a repeating pattern we are seeing across the northern plains and the northeast, alberta clippers they tend to push out of canada very quickly. you can it growing over the -- see it growing over the northeast. as it grows we'll see quite a few problems growing tomorrow. quite a few snow showers pushing through the region. this is what we're looking in the region, the forecast models have been increasing the amounts we are going osee. first of all, in the fuschia
color, the purple color, up towards rhode island, maryland, new jersey, that could be a big problem. anywhere near the i-95 corridor that could be a problem. you can see it gets six to ten inches here just to the eastern side of brooklyn but then around new york we're looking to see 2 to 6 but that could be more. as the storm pushes through we expect to see the winds increase and blow a lot of that snow around so we could see drifting going around as well as low visibility. travel is going to be painful. >> kevin, thank you so much. after three years and millions of miles the european space probe is awake and working. a look at its very difficult mission next. also hundreds of dolphins
>> a controversial event is now underway in a small japanese fishing town. fish her men in taiji, have gathered hundreds of dolphins. i spoke to the director of a documentary film and asked him about them. >> most of the dolphins are captured in this little town, the capture of a couple thousand a year. and the ones they don't use are slaughtered and used for meat. >> how common is this? >> they kill 20,000. you know tens of thousands of tons that are schooled there every year. >> is it only here where this happens? >> this is in the northern part of japan, that they capture a lot of porpoises, same family of
setacians, but just as toxic. they use them for food but all the meat is toxic. we have had it tested and 2,000 to 5,000 times of mercury as allowed by law. but something allows the dolphin hunters to sell it as meat even though it's toxic. >> even after the type of awareness that you and others have been able to raise about it? >> i'm shocked. we did cut down the interest by two-thirds in japan but the captive populations, the sea worlds are flocking to this town to buy dolphins, what fuels dolphin hunt is the captive dolphins for dolphin shows. >> is that the stuff that has to change?
>> stop going to places like miami sea aquarium. even though they haven't gotten dolphins out of the wild by this method for yeast, they are trying, sea world has 18 bell yobelugas, they rip families apardon, what's causing all the controversy right now, the fishermen caught a superpod of about 250 dolphins. in this pod was an albino dolphin, it was like a treasure. and this is ignited the passion of all the animal rights people in the world and not just animal rights people, everyone. because this animal about a year old still nursing was ripped from his mother. the mother was killed during the capture process and now it's destined to life in a tank that was made for fish. and this is not a fish. this is a mammal.
it is an air-breathing mammal. these animals have bigger brains than humans. this animal is going to have to do tricks for its life. >> a space probe that has been in hibernation for nearly three years woke up today and sent its first signal back to earth. cheers broke out from the european space agency when it received signals from the rosetta space capsule. it will set a lander on the comet's icy surface. i talked to a representative of the space agency and asked him about the challenges he and his colleagues face when it comes to communicating with the spacecraft. >> the day we've had has been
rather stressful. the clock went off inside the spacecraft, to allow it to get out of hibernation mode and contact the earth. it's been asleep for 31 months, it takes a while to get out of bed. it took that long the whole day to get the signal back to earth. >> i like the way you put that, i'm glad you have a sense of humor. >> we will get in orbit around the comet in august of this year. up till then we'll be testing the spacecraft to see everything is okay and also see if the instruments are fully functioning. that's the next steps for us for the agency. >> what happens when it does reach the comet? there is a lander module that attaches itself to the surface. what happens next? >> for us this year is a big
year but also next year. we've got over the first hurdle although the spacecraft has based as it should do, it's come out of hibernation. we'll be doing rendezvous, in summer we escort the comet as it goes around the sun. the added aspect the cherry on the top of the mission is to land on top of the comet itself. later this year. these are the important things about the rosetta. also deploy a lander. >> this is a very ambitious mission. what are the types of things you're hoping to discover? >> it is a ambitious. it's very difficult, that makes it fun. we are looking at comets. these are time capsules from the beginning of the solar system. the system formed over four and
a half million years ago. the sun was formed, the disk of material around the sun developed into planets. comets are particularly where interesting, they were thrown out into deep space to deep freeze. every once in a while they come back in. we want to get in contact with one of these cosmic time capsules. >> what happens to rosetta when the prime mission ends? >> the end of 2015, that's how long we plan to run the mission. after that it won't have much fuel. after that, that's kind of it, it will be left in a similar orbit and drift off into space. >> few of us can imagine the level of stress that you all have been functioning in, in the past hours and few days. best of luck to you and do keep
us posted, matt taylor, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> our thanks to matt taylor from the rosetta capsule project. next on real money. >> what it hurts the haves as well as the have nots. why a chemical spill in west virginia is hurting ploal businesses. all that and ds loca -- local businesses. all that on "real money".
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peace talks. the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon has withdrawn his offer. iran began shutting down its 800 number enrichment plants as u.n. inspectors looked on. easing international sanction he and releasing $4.2 billion to iran. studying a video from a militant group threatening attack on next month's winter olympics on sochi, last month's suicide bombings in volgograd killed 31 people. the u.s. offered to send a special envoy to negotiate for the release of kenneth bae. they spoke to officials in pyongyang, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after allegedly trying to overthrow the government. hundreds of thousands of people in west virginia were
banned from drinking water for several days after a chemical spill. state and city lawmakers are trying to figure out what steps to take and whether that will include a lawsuit. "real money" is next, david sheufort is ushuster is up next. the income gap between wealthy and poor is now wider than it has ever been, and now it's putting a drag on the u.s. economy. also we will go to west virginia where the contaminated water is now sinking some small businesses, and we'll take you to california where a ski resort is trying to save a season amist a record drought. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money." ♪