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this discussion. to all of our guests, than thanu for sharing your stories. until next time we'll see you online. . >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford. here are the stories we're following right now. a showdown in ukraine. a pro russian activists refuse to leave government buildings. >> a ball of fire. everyone screaming. >> witnesses are saying about the fedex truck that hit a bus filled with teens.
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>> in eastern ukraine the situation is escalating quickly. armed pro russians have now taken control of the police station in slovank: >> this is the police station now in the hands of pro return activists. more than a does gunmen. many with professional grade weapons go in and out of the building. it's unclear how many more may be waiting inside. outside the building local supporters gather. hundreds chanting the words referendum saying they want the people to vote on autonomy. many here believe that the
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interim government is illegitimate and not living to the people in the east. >> our people want to live quietly and peacefully without those who seize power in kiev. so that we're not under america and the west. we don't want to be their slaves. we want to be with russia. >> the gunmen took the building in the early hours of saturday morning. this video shot across the road shows them preparing to enter through the window. >> we just saw a truck of reinforcement arrive. they're fulling up to reinforce the barricades. people are arriving all the time bringing supplies, handing them over to people who are very much in control. >> just moments ago they turned on us, trying to take our camera
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gear. authorities in kiev have a difficult cask on their hands for course of referendum with unrest in the east spreading fast. >> australiaaustralian prime mir said it could be a while before the malaysian 370 plane could be found. it's batteries will run out soon making an already search that much harder. >> we have narrowed down very considerably narrowed down the search area, but trying to locate anything four and a half kilometers beneath the motion, a thousand kilometers from land is a mastiff, mastiff task, and it is likely to continue for a long time to come. >> the batteries of the data and voice reporters are supposed to
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last a month, and the plane has already been missing now for 36 days. the c.i.a.ter gas statio c.i.a.s tictacticsare coming under fire. the methods used after 9/11 may have been illegal. also, the agency did a lot more than they initially disclosed. >> the nsa is denying a report that it knew about a security bug before it went public. the report says they knew about the heart bleed bug for two years and even exploited that glitch to gather intelligence. c.i.a.'s response?
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they are simply wrong. a fedex cup veered into a bus full of students. we have more information about some of the victims. >> marisa and mari were inseparable up until the moment they boarded different tour buses headed to the same college campus they planned to attend together. >> marisa was one of the five students who died on highway 5 in north america. her tour bus slammed head on by a fedex truck that had crossed the median. >> there was a very, very large explosion. >> the drivers of the truck and bus also died along with three chaperone who is were taking the teens to humboldt university. >> just a ball of fire. then a ball of fire. everybody was screaming.
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>> reporter: the students were part of a program for low-income families. in fact, many of them would have been the first in their family to attend college. >> it's a live experience, and i don't wish it to anyone. >> now the ntsb are trying to figure out what caused the fedex driver to cross the median and hit the bus full of teens. >> we're trying to determine why it happened. not just the what but the why. the why allows us to issue safety recommendations to prevent these kinds of crashes from happening in the future. >> "l.a. times" is reporting that the fedex truck was on fire before it actually hit the bus. they'll be investigating the site of the crash for up to two weeks but it could take longer to figure out what caused that crash. authorities say they can expect 12 of 13 incidents to one gunman, three drivers have been
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wounded since the shootings began on march 8th but none of them were life threatening. the bun men appears to be targeting cars on highway exit ramps. the gun debate continues. the bill would ease restrictions on guns during a disaster. the proposed law would allow people to carry weapons without a permit once a state of emergency has been declared. it's sponsor said it will help maintain order in the wake of a hurricane or blackout. representatives approved the bill by 80 to 36 vote. now it will go to the senate. a decorated boston policeman who was honored after the shoot out following the marathon bombings has died. the 38-year-old was set to receive an award from president obama next month. the homemade bomb killed three people and injured hundreds in boston. in wells texas they say
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they've had enough of the church of wells. they call it a cult and plan to protest. they crossed the line preaching to kids at a homecoming parade. we're joined live from wells, texas. give us some background on this. how did the conflict even get to this point? who are these protesters and what are they asking for today? >> sure, first of all we're right here in the bible belt. wells, texas, population under 1,000. and on new year's eve 2011 is really when this story started. that's when the church of wells, the first members, came to wells because their rv broke down just down the block from where i am now. since then they have systematically purchased businesses and homes in this town, and now number more than 100 members. and today the community here in wells has said that it has had enough. in fact, people behind me are making t-shirts that describe wells as a small town with a big
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punch. their complaint here is that the church of wells numbers are constantly condemning the residents of wells to hell. they have a problem with that, especially when it's children a young as the age of four who are receiving that message. that's what the people who attended last week's homecoming parade say happened. that church of wells members were out on the street, street preaching, talking about the condemnation of god, and everyone here is going to hell, and a four-year-old girl heard this. now she's been unable to think about anything else besides going to hell since. that's why today they're staging a protest, enough is enough, and they want this church group out. >> what about the church members, what have they been saying in their own defense? >> sure, well, i just came back from an exclusive interfere with the three elders who founded this church. they are elders by name. they're just three men in their 20s. they say that they are not preaching any sort of harassment or condemnation. they're not targeting children,
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and in fact, what happened last week was an accident. a parade float carrying preschool age students passed by when they were preaching. that's when the parents asked the church members to stop preaching and they did not, and that's when they started assaulting the church members. the leader here said that they're just christians, they follow the bible, and that they follow, according to him, god's law and not man's law. and that they have come to an unfortunate and awkward social confrontations. this is how he describes it. >> we believe god sent us here to wells to reach this community of people, and the surrounding communities of people with the message of the gospel. what makes us peculiar from other professing christians is that we don't believe that the claims of the gospel itself are
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plainly understood by the common public of professing christianity. >> this is really a question, morgan, of freedom of religion. they're following the laws and not trespassing on school property. they're trying not to preach to minors but they will told me that they will go and surpass the law if they feel like that's what god is calling them to do. when the protest kicks off in an hour members of the church of wells will be here to interact with the community. >> again, heidi, i just want to go back to something that you said earlier. you said that those three founders are three young men in their 20s? >> that's right. 25, 28, and 28. and it's really interesting how this church developed. these three met in waco, texas, as college students. it was there that they claim to
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be born again christians. they developed a following. they traveled across the country from 2007 to 2008 gathering followers, and it was here in wells, texas, that they settled because their rv broke down. >> heidi, thank you so much for being with us this morning. risking it all for a chance of a new life. we'll meet some of the people who are trying to make it across the border into the united states coming up next on al jazeera america.
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>> today the u.s. navy is welcoming the latest addition to its fleet. it's the first of its kind stealth destroyer. the ship is the navy's largest destroyer. check this out. thanks to advance technology it requires half the crew of existing destroyers. it's set to go into service in 2016. the world's leading organization on climate change will release aor report
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tomorrow. but a leaked draft is getting criticism. the worship is a scientific guide for government, businesses, and even individuals to take action to slow global warming. here. >> reporter: the amount of carbon dioxide has spiked by 40% since the industrial revolution. and the latest report lays the blame almost entirely at the feet of humans. the result of the report, stop gas h emissions. but what if we can't. there are devices to clean carbon dioxide. >> there is no cheap or easy fix. all of the removal involves
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infrastructure pretty much at the same scale as our energy system. >> reporter: ultimately the sun is what is warming up our planet, and some scientists have suggested blocking the sun and warmed it back into space. cloud bright anything, filling a cloud that will reflect the sun's energy and keep it off the earth. >> what we do is a natural process that is already there. the natural process is to format clouds. >> then it aggravate ver evapory quickly. but there are salt particles left behind. >> reporter: how would it get into clouds? would you take it up into a plane? >> no, you would use a ship. an athlete of 1,000 to 20,000 ships for the entire planet. >> reporter: while they focus on existing clouds others consider reflective cloud around the
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entire planet. >> this poster child for solar engineering is the mount pinitubo eruption. >> reporter: spewing millions of tons of sulfuric in the air. >> if that amount of air had been kept in the stratosphere that would have been enough to set off all the global warming expected this century. we need 10, 12 airports. i think of this as an state of emergency. but some worry having that option will continu allow us toe as we have. and there could be serious and dangerous consequences. >> we need to adopt efficiency >> the truth is that we only
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barely understand what geoengineering might do to the planet and skies that all of us must share. jacob ward, al jazeera, san francisco. >> australia is breathing a sigh of relief after the cyclone they thought would be the worst in lee years didn't live up to the hype. the cyclone down grading from a category 5 to a category 1. it left destruction but no reports of serious injuries or damage. illegal crossings from the south west border has been rising. 69% more than the year before. there has been a string of shootings involve border patrol agents, and now paul beban is in a town that straddling the
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border of arizona and mexico. >> a dusty cross and faded plastic flowers mark the spot where a boy named jose antonio rodriguez died, gunned down in his hometown of nogales, mexico. this is the story of a boy, a border, and a wall of silence. sometimes shortly before 11:00 p.m. the 16-year-old died instantly when he was hit by a bullet in the back of the head. as he fell face down eight more shots hit him in the back. at least one border patrol agent fired from somewhere around here on top of this cliff in arizona, through the fence and down into the street, down into mexico. why? border patrol said jose antonio was throwing rocks at them. but one eyewitness said jose antonio was just walking down the street. even if he was throwing rocks,
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was shooting him an appropriate response? was he really a threat to armed agents up on a cliff behind a fence? jose antonio's grandmother is an american citizen. she lives on the arizona side of the fence in nogales a few minutes away from where jose antonio was killed. at a bedside shrine she prays. >> there needs to be justice because it seems to me that a cold-blooded calculated crime, to me it's a crime with no justification because he wasn't doing anything. he was just walking. he wasn't doing anything. >> almost a year and a half after the fatal shooting the border patrol had formerly responded to jose antonio's family. >> this is the claim jose antonio's mother.
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>> her attorney received me a letter that he had received dated march 14th. >> your client's claim cannot be contributed to a wrongful, negligence act or omission on the part of united states customs and border protection. it's over as far as they're concerned. >> reporter: he said that the border patrol took four minutes from the time of the shooting to make this call to mexican authorities. >> let's listen to that call. he said that the delay suggests indifference to the fact that a mexican boy had been shot. >> reporter: if they're really worried about somebody being hurt you don't wait four minutes because obviously the shooting had stopped. >> southeast antonio's mother said the letter from the border patrol is an outrage. >> well, i think they're mad. they're wrong. how can they not be to blame. it was an assassination, at no
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point did my son shoot at them. he had no weapon. it was a murder, and the murder needs to be paid for. justice has to be dealt with. people can't go around killing people and have impunity. >> setting aside the unanswered questions of the jose antonio case border patrol agent doss do face rocks. it said agents have been attacked with rocks more than 1700 times since 2010. 43 times they responded with deadly force, killing 10 people. no border patrol agency has ever been killed by a rock. the memo instructs agents to take cover, not shoot unless they're in imminent danger of death. is shooting ever a good response to rocks? both the department of justice and the fbi are investigating. local border patrol agents would
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not talk about the case or use of force policies. >> people feel like there is stone walling. there is a lack of information. there is a lack of transparency. how does that effect the job? >> well, it doesn't really effect it too much because we don't have any control over the investigation. i explained that to people. but over all once that investigation is pending, we're out of it. you know, like i said, we cooperate fully with the investigative agency, but as far as giving information to the public, we can't do that. >> reporter: surveillance cameras tower over the hill. but whatever images were caught that night have not been released. >> show me the video where my son throws rocks. even with that they didn't do the right thing. i want to see the video. i want to see where my son hurts them. it's a pain inside of me that will be there until there is justice, until i know the person who has killed my son and he has
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been judged. only until then will i be able e able to think that all border agents aren't that guy. >> a new series called "borderland," retracing the steps of three migrants who died trying to cross into the united states. that's 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. we'll show you the garage that is driving up of price of property.
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>> good afternoon, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford. here are today's headlines. kiev officials say armed gunmen have seized government buildings today. investigators are trying to find out what casted a deadly freeway
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collision tha in california. the world's leading organization on climate change will release a major report but leaked drafts are generating a lot of criticism. a run down garage has been sold for almost a million dollars in london. paul bremen talks about the place to park. >> reporter: this area of the city is at the officer of an extraordinary and many would say unsustainable property public. driven by foreign investors, property in this area was sold earlier this week to $922,000. it was a redundant garage space
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formerly owned by the local council, currently uninhabitable. you're looking at the most expensive garage space in britain, and it's currently got a security guard outside of it. in this borough of london property prices have risen 18% in the past year compared t to 2011 prices have risen 24%. the average property price in this area is $687,250. but most are apartments and houses sell for a premium averaging in the region of $1.6 million. so buying a garage for $922,000, and converting it into a $1.6 million house was still create a handsome profit for a developer. >> you do see a lot of people who sell their property make a huge property, and a bank load of money and still be able to buy a much bigger house. you will find that the market it
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will effect all parts of the country. >> reporter: the council that sold this garage are delighted at its win fall, but the prices in london is detached from reality. the average lone oh do londoners $615,000. >> a little critter causing a lot of damage. $300,000 worth to be exact. a squirrel snuck into a a device development and then got it's teeth on this electrical unit. sadly the squirrel did not make it.
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that is al jazeera america i'm morgan radford. >> for 300 years, the most powerful nations on earth grew richer and stronger on the profits of the slave trade. over twelve million men, women and children were forcibly transported from africa on slave ships like this, to the colonies and plantations in north and south america. today slavery is illegal on every country on the planet. but the truth is, slavery did not die in the 19th century. it is alive, it is thriving, and it it is bigger than ever.