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on "america tonight": readily ava. almost 100% effective. the first drug offered to prevent hiv has been on the market for a couple years. so why don't more at risk people take it? >> and he said to me, i just tested positive four months ago. why didn't you tell me there was a way to stay negative? i would have taken it! >> correspondent adam may with an in-depth look at a drug that could change everything in hiv prevention and for those it
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would help most, the prep drugs are a hard sell. and also tonight, home sweet hell. a legacy left by a previous owner. >> i needed to know. so i bought the meth test. >> the first one came back and we said we got to get out of here. this is insane. >> sarah hoye on the dangers of meth houses. how widespread it is. is there anything you can do if the home you buy is poisoned by drugs. and a story developing at this hour: israel's heavy campaign targeted hamas fighters but taking a brutal toll on civilians. even children. what is israel's end game and can any amount of pressure from the u.s. and world leaders bring an end to the assault?
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and good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. the stead exrain of rocket fire and bon bardments may be at a cease fire or at least a pause. with the united states trying to tamp down the escalating causes. egypt puts forward a plan to halt the fighting between israel and hamas. egypt is proposing a temporary pause in fighting. coming hours, hamas is already down playing hopes. a hamas spokesman says the group won't accept a cease fire under siege and wants a guarantee that gaza's borders will stay open. "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar. >> in gaza, with a campaign
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fought largely in the sky the death toll tol i is edging closo 200. many are civilians and more than one-third are children. casualties constantlily riefn. this little boy -- arrive. this little boy was walking with his grandmother when a rocket suddenly hit. >> he had internal bleeding in the head. >> this young woman is in critical condition. >> she lost a lot of blood. there was a pool of it. i'm so scared for her. she's my only daughter. we had her after 74 attempts at
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iinvitro verltization. >> showing a strike on an alleged weapons cache to make their point on hamas's attacks. and israel's warning that it's about to attack. and two massive strikes from an f-16. n explosion ] >> the family had left their now destroyed home as israel had intended. here at least no one was injured. israeli officials claim to have
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destroyed half of the hamas sites. there have better than no deaths reported. -- been no deaths reported. a mostly agricultural community dotted with orange groves, close to gaza's northern border with israel have been warned to leave their homes. because hamas is using home factories and farms to conceal rockets. israeli special forces landed in the northern gaza strip. first time since operation protective edge began since israeli soldiers set forth on gazan territory. those ordered from their homes or forced to flee end up with family or increasingly taking refuge in u.n. schools.
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hoping they will be a safe shelter. but in previous operations israeli force ves fired on schools. -- -- forces have fired on schools. there have been no guarantees. americans canadians, and others were told they could leave but their gazan friends would have to stay behind. >> i'm leaving. just my body is leaving, my heart is staying back home. my heart is staying in gaza. >> tremendous pain there "america tonight"'s sheila macvicar back with us. we talk a little bit about what israel might possibly gain by coming forth and buying into a plan for a cease fire temporary though it might be? >> well, i think neither side wants a temporary cease fire. they are looking to something that will go back to at least the pre-june status quo. that is key. in terms of what does israel
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want? there is a sentiment hardening up in israel that is in favor of a ground invasion and there are many reasons why prime minister netanyahu does not want to do that. in part, in large part because it will begin to cost israeli lives on the ground. and once you get in there and once you have to start shelling in advance of troop movements you are going to cause more palestinian civilian deaths as well. and that is something israel does not want to go to if they can accomplish their objectives in the air. this window in terms of a possible cease fire where you have the americans john kerry the egyptians, the traditional interlocutors, you have the iranians playing a very important role.
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>> nick schifrin is in gaza. given the level of bombardment everything they have seen over the past couple of days, is there a feeling that israel and hamas are willing to get a cease fire? >> both sides are admitting that their goals for this operation are probably impossible. israeli officials are talking about hamas not being able to quote once and for all enquote be able to launch rockets into israel, there is very little support to pr that kind of full ground force into gaza. on the other hand, the kind of rhetoric that hamas uses is not really possible to move forward on israel. basically what it wants is to survive politically and economically and right now it's been very shaky at that. so both sides are willing to discuss this. and so is the u.s. secretary of state john kerry u.s. officials tell me is right in the middle of this. he's been talking about a pause,
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that's the word u.s. officials i'm talking to are using, 24 hours, 48 hours, to have the diplomatic space to talk with egypt, to talk to qatar, fly to both those places and get to a permanent cease pyre. nobody is talking about the permanent cease fire, just political momentum, to talk about a pause, possible cease fire. >> you are seeing a tremendous amount of pain by the people living through this. >> if you look at the numbers tonight is quieter. there is not a lot of artillery going off. not a lot of fire intoing gaza. it is quiet other than the drone i can still hear above me. there is a still a lot of suffering. 12,000 people who have fled north gaza. they have fled u.n. schools and it is very difficult to see their conditions. one room that is about 200, 225
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square feet we vistaed earlier, has 29 david schuster people living in it. casualties here, a number of dead here this morning. two peopl people people seriousy rocket. this conflict is still raging, it is quieter this afternoon than it has in the past. >> al jazeera's nick schifrin reported to us from gaza city. when we return a game-changer and a life-saver in the fight against hiv. a pill nearly 100% effective in preventing the infection and why more at-risk people aren't even aware that it's available. >> he looked at me and hits face just dropped and his eyes got watery. he said, i just tested four months ago. why didn't you tell me?
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why isn't there a way to stay negative? would i have taken it. >> correspondent adam may on the drug that stops miive and the fight against it. -- hiv and the fight against it. later in the program. let the buyer beware. the unseen danger in millions of american homes. correspondent sarah hoye on a couple poisoned by their dream home and what you can do if the house you buy is contaminated with meth.
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that claimed so many lives. for years we wondered if there would ever be a way to stop the spread of aids. hiv continues to infect 50,000 people in this country. you would imagine that a new drug almost guaranteed to prevent the spread of hiv would be front page news. adam may with a closer look at the drug and even why some of the people most at risk are reluctant to use it. >> reporter: damon jake obz js this little blue pill has completely changed his sex life. and it's not the little blue pill you may be thinking of. the new bill is truvada, prevents hiv infection 99% of the time if taken as directed.
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jacobs a there's in new york city, says he takes pill every single day. >> it was a game-changer for me. spending the first two decades of my sexual life constantly living with the fear of knowing i could become hiv positive. >> prep is preexposure prophylaxis, which means you're trying oprevent infection. it blocks the ability of this pathogen, in this case hiv from reproducing itself. >> dr. anthony fa ughci one of the nation's hiv experts, says prep is an important step forward. >> we found out in clinical trials that if you give this one pill of two drugs every day to an uninfected person you can very dramatically diminish the likelihood that that other person will be infected.
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we know prep works. we have got to get other people to use it. >> he's been on the front lines since the beginning. >> i thought about the drug in 1981. we had our first drug in 1986. we had our first combination of drugs in 1996. i went a lot of years taking care of a lot of patients almost all of whom died before we had effective therapy. >> i came out in the late '80s, early '90s, i lived in san francisco where loving people with aids, knowing people with aids, were dying from it. >> were they partners? >> i heard so-and-so died lafs year. >> why is it like to hear that? >> strangely enough when it happens enough times i think i just came kind of numb. it was going to be this
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never-ending thing that i was going to have to be coping with for my entire life. >> can you imagine if prep was around back then. >> i can't think of anybody who has died, who wouldn't have taken prep if they had had the opposite to do so. >> now people do have the option. but not many are taking it. fewer than 2,000 patients filled prescriptions in the last two years according to data from half the pharmacies in the country. leading action against it, aids activists. vehemently fighting prep for last two years. in 2012 its members urged the fda not to approve the drug. >> at this time, there is not evidence to establish safety and efficacy. not to unleash prep into widespread use. >> being the largest aids group
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in the world, providing care to people all over the world for 27 years that the vast majorities of people who take prep will not remain adherent. if they are not adherent there is a risk that hiv infection increases rather than decreases. >> in other words people on prep will stop using condoms, forget to take pill and become infected with hiv. while prep was highly effective, less than half of patients took it consistently. dr. fauci says you have to put that in perspective. >> those people are likely the people who would not be giving any protection anyway. so i don't think you need the perfect be the enemy of the good. >> now fauci's agency is funding clinical trials to look at
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adherence rates, for those who would take the drug not just paid participants. >> over 90% of our patients report no problems taking the pills. in our first four months of enrolling, we already have a waiting list of 90 people and we've enrolled 120 so far. >> reporter: why are people so interested in trying this? >> i think it is a really exciting new strategy for preventing hiv and it's been so long since we've had a breath of fresh air in hiv prevention. folks are concerned that all of a sudden, individuals are going to go out and start having a lot of condomless sex because they have this pill. it's akin to some of the negative concern that happened over the oral contraceptive when those were first made available to women, this idea that if we make this pill available to women all of a sudden they will start to go wild in some ways.
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i think that is some concern that has really not borne out. >> there is a big difference between an unplanned pregnancy and acquiring a potentially fatal disease. there are problems with birth control, there are unplanned pregnancies. so i don't think the analogy holds. >> why is there such a difference of opinion within the community how to tackle this? >> i think in the area of hiv prevention there has always been disagreement. for example, when we first developed proper therapies for hiv, people would say well now that you have therapy, for hiv, then people are going to be more carols and go out and get -- careless and go out and get infected. that's true some might. but i would rather have a therapy for hiv and save hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives than having no therapy because some people since therapy is available might be practicing risky behavior.
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>> are we at a tipping point? >> i think we are at a tipping point. because if you see the acceleration of infections, it started to plateau, it's starting to go down. we have had the misfortune as a generation of seeing one of the most devastating pandemics in the history of man kind. now we have the opportunity for next generation, my children, to see that point where we can actually rid the world of this pandemic. >> that hope is now beginning to spread. >> we've made a lot of progress but we're not going to be happy until we end the epidemic and we believe we can. >> reporter: the morning of new york's gay pride parade governor andrew quomo announced his plan to end the aids epidemic in the city by 2020. he called for drastically loargs
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the price of prep. -- lowering the price of prep. aids activists lauded the move. >> we think it's a good idea because no government entity in the world has committed to end hiv by a particular date. but we're going ohave to move from a few thousand people who are taking hiv prevention drugs to scores of thousands. >> reporter: they took that message to the streets to demand drug maker giliad to further reduce prices. >> prophylactic, have you heard of that? >> damon jacobs was there too, spreading the word of prep. >> it is medication you can take to stay hiv negative. >> motivated by the encounter with a friend had a he hadn't seen for months. >> he looked at me and his face just dropped and his eyes got watery and he said to me i just tested positive four months ago.
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why didn't you tell me? judge didn't you tell me there -- why didn't you tell me there was a way to stay negative? i would have taken it? and what could i say , he was right, i had failed him. the community, the prevention community had failed him. nobody had gotten the message to this 24-year-old man that prep was here, that he had a way to stay negative. >> until we have a -- >> and that's where i really used my frustration and age are to get this message out there. >> "america tonight"'s adam may rejoins us here on the set. adam i guess we could not fail to notice that the map that you interviewed here was wearing a rather strong message on his shirt. >> it said truvada whore. that started a couple of years ago, when that drug got note
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notoriety if people take this drug they will become more promiscuous. they took control of that term and put it on their shirts and they believe what they're doing is getting out the message of truvada, look this could be part of a new sexual revolution in the gay community after decades of being fearful during sexual intercourse, that fear could be disappearing. >> we want to bring in dr. anthony fauci, immunologist and director of the national center for infectious diseases. it hasn't reached a more widespread audience, i wonder why that is, is it not marketed for example to women and is it treated differently in other countries retainer u.s? >> first of all you have to go by the studies that are shown.
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there are studies with men who have sex with men and sert heterosexual couples that are at high risk that taking truvada every day as a proa prophylaxiss very highly efficacious and it works. you have to take it though. the studies are interesting to say if you take it casually, sometimes you take it or sometimes you don't, or you take it only a minor referlt period operiodof time as opposed to evy that it doesn't have the high degree of efficacy. the other thick that is important is it circulate not be looked upon as a prevention modality. it should be used to enhance the total efficacy of the prevention package. >> doctor i want to bring up another package that is important, that is support that
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we're hearing about the little girl in mississippi. she was believed to have been cured or at least her hiv was under detectable after some period of heavy treatment with antiretrovirals and now however turns out that at almost four years it's come back. can you talk a little bit about this? is it a concern to you? does it tell us anything about the future being able to use these kinds of drugs for children infected at birth? >> well, i don't think it's a concern to use it. the drugs need to be used. the question is are you going to cure somebody? cure means after a period of time will you be able to withdraw the drug without the advisor rebounding. the pediatricians immediately treated the baby within 30 hours of being born. and the mother stopped treatment, and when they examined the baby, there was no
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advisor there. should we follow baby and maybe we have cured the baby of getting reiterate of that reservoir of virus? things were very encouraging for 27 months with no therapy. and then virus just came back in rebound. which meant it was always hidings there. so -- hiding there. so that tells us that the reservoir is very, very difficult. it's recalcitrant. it doesn't get eradicated very well. what we are learning is it's very hard to eradicate the virus. even if you treat early from the time the baby was born, they're not successful. that's the sobering news. the encouraging news is that the baby went 27 months without any therapy and the virus did not reappear until the 27th month. which really tells us that there is some light ahead for us. because if we could get better drugs, we may be able to suppress for an indefinite
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period of time. >> an important area of study. dr. anthony fauci, anding "america tonight"'s adam may. thank you both for being here. >> thank you. >> after the break. sent home. the first of a wave of migrant mothers and kids caught this is cross fire of the immigration debate and now forced back across the border. >> later on the program, toxic house he. >> the main ones for us were basically short of breath. the wheezing. and then the other problem that we noticed as well as the children are digestive issues. >> they invested in the american dream but an unseen threat forced them to flee from a homeowner's nightmare.
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>> now a snapshot of stories making headlines on "america tonight." army sergeant bowe bergdahl is on regular duty at fort sam houston. he was returned as a prisoner swap, held by the taliban for five years. settling a federal investigation how citibank handled risky subprime mortgages. suffered a 4 billion civil penalty and 3.5 billion to homeowners. after a major debate, the church of england has allowed women bishops. church's first female bishop
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could be ordained at the beginning of next request year. a flight to central america with mothers and children on board. unaccompanied migrant children back to their country. we get a report from "america tonight"'s lori jane gliha. >> it wasn't a typical homecoming. families who fled honduras weeks ago, arrived back in their country deported by the united states. the obama administration is attempting to show it's doing something about the crisis. >> the president has maird clear that we're going o-- made it clear that we're going to enforce the law. something the president swore to do when he took office. it also serves as an important >> reporter: .according to the department of homeland security the first group included 40 people, 22 children and 18 mothers. already there are four to five flights a week, each filled with
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about 100 adults who have entered the u.s. illegally. honduran officials say most came to the united states within the last month but didn't qualify to remain in the u.s. led by the first lady to return to real life. jay johnson visited the shelter in new mexico where the deportees had been staying. >> our message to those who are coming here illegally, to thos who are contemplating david schuster those who arcontemplat. we will send you back . >> the child migrants from central america are still allowed to stay. they are protected by a 2008 antitrafficking law which some lawmakers are hoping to change.
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>> the president has asked for $3.7 billion and incredibly the president of the united states did not include a request to repeal the provision of the law which has opened this loophole. >> reporter: as the president waits for congress to fully weigh in on his recent request for more funding to help with the funding, the planes will continue to arrive in central america. lori jane gliha, al jazeera. >> we turn to luis gutierrez of illinois. an issue important to you: getting a lot of pressure here. we're seeing in the report we just heard two flights headed bringing mothers and children back, we're also seeing a lot of these reports as well about a bipartisan proposal for essentially fast-tracking the return of children. what's going on here? do you think that this is going to be a solution? >> well, first of all, look.
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i'm for fast-tracking and making the judicial process work more quickly. that's why i proposed comprehensive immigration reform. we'd have more judges. we'd have more facility and we would be legalizing people, and get them right with the law. so look. here's the important thing. let's not short circuit justice for children. i think i'm happy. everyday i wake up that i was born in america. you know we set standards, i hope and believe in america, especially when it comes. don't tell me that 50,000 kids showing up at our border is all that is going to suddenly shut us down. we are the most powerful, the richest nation in the world. >> but let me ask you -- >> these kids showing up shouldn't cause a calamity where we collapse as a nation. >> all right but the president is asking for more money and in part that's also for expediting the return of children.
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>> here's what it would do: it would give more judges, it would give more prosecutors, it would put more attorneys, it would create more facilities. joie, most of the kids eventually, they are all being under proceedings of removal. all of the children. that's not what we're talking about. our law says that when an unaccompanied minor comes to the united states of america he must not be deported in an expedited manner. what does that mean? he gets his day or she gets her day in court so we don't simply hand them over to human smugglers to those who would exploit them once again. and that is the law of the land and the president of the united states is following the law of the land. what i find interesting is in the very beginning there were republicans saying that barack obama should be deporting all those kids. they finally figured out that barack obama was following the law and i'm proud that the president is following the law
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with respect to the treatment of these kids. they're supposed to be put in the environment they're put in and supposed to get their day in court. >> we are running out of time. we're talking about two flights taking women and children back, isn't that a rapid move forward by the obama administration? >> those are parents accompanying. the law specifically talks about unaccompanied minor children. you know something we voted in 2008, 2007 chem 2002 and we reached an agreement, in a court settlement in 1997. that's the law of the land that we treat children in a special way. when they come unaccompanied without. and that should be continuing to be the law of our land. i just say look, expedite the judicial system but don't shirk circuit justice for children. that would be wrong and that would be unmay i respectfully. >> congressman luis gutierrez of illinois, thanks for being with us. >> thank you, joie. >> tomorrow on the program we'll
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follow the crisis on the border with the voices of the young people at the heart of it. correspondent lori jane gliha sits down for a one on one conversation with the children that came across the border alone and after their hard journey found themselves in limbo. after the break tonight, hidden in the walls of their dream home, a toxic threat. >> we didn't pass up anything. we did water. we did inside termite, lead, radon. we did everything. >> correspondent sarah hoye visits an indiana family forced to flee the toxic legacy in their house and how millions of americans might be exposed to the same risk.
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>> they've been found in some of the priciest real estate in the
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country and in far more humble abodes. either way the growth of home cooking meth labs poses unseen risks to millions of home buyers. once the product is made it becomes toxic. these homes are terribly hard to get rid of and what "america tonight"'s sarah hoye found, home buyers are have little to do when they buy a meth home. >> we did a full blown inspection, we didn't pass up anything. we did water, we did inside termite, lead, radon, we did everything. >> what the nugents didn't tet for: meth. >> the health -- test for: meth. >> the health department said
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that's not good, you need to get out of the house. >> when chris and jenny and their three kids moved into their dream house, a secluded two and a half acres. they didn't know their home was infected with methamphetamine. >> this was your forever dream home. >> we took up all the carpeting, all the flooring in the entire home was replaced. we built a master suite upstairs kind of for the girls. >> and then the children started getting sick. the girls missing on average the nugents say a day of school per week. >> list the things that you and your husband and children were going through? >> the main ones were the short of breath, the wheezing, we don't have asthma, there would be no reason, we're not unfit,
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i'd run up the stairs, i couldn't breathe, i'd have to sit down to catch my breath. and then for -- and we had a lot of headaches. and then the other problem we noticed as well as the children, are digestive issues. our youngest i mean he actually back in august had die refor a month and a half almost. >> not long after they moved in, jenny nugent said they started hearing things from the neighbors and her suspicions grew that the previous owner had cooked meth in the house. >> all these things that kind of started piecing together and then i couldn't hold on anymore. i needed to know. so i bought the meth test. >> so the first one came in and we're just we got to get out of here. this is insane. >> the nugents left almost everything behind. moved into a nearby hotel. until they found this apartment a few miles away. >> how much has this put you under? >> we've lost everything. you know we put a lot into the
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home. but after we had to move out and get into a hotel we just started cashing everything in. >> i mean it was just heartbreaking to know that we had so much security and then it was just wiped out, within a matter of a year. >> you want this? >> the nugents now fear long term health problems especially for their youngest, mason. >> do you worry about his future? >> i do. i try to think positive about it, it will be fine, we weren't in here too long for him to have long term exposure but at the same time i know ten months in that world of being that little, can have honoring term impact. because he inhaled it, it got all over his skin. he you know was putting it in his mouth. so i know that he got it in the most extreme levels out of everybody. >> reporter: researchers say people living in former meth labs can suffer serious long
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term health problems. young children are especially vulnerable. >> you can't see the contamination from a meth lab. it is not obvious because moss of the contamination is created buy gas. >> first sarge nikki crawford runs the meth lab unit. she shows how meth is produced from household chemicals. >> this is one pot meth lab. >> indiana led the country, with 1700, with aggressive policing. >> it is a nationwide problem. we first saw meth labs significantly out on the west coast. where it seems to be settled in for the long haul is the midwest, indiana, ohio, tennessee, kentucky, we seem to have kind of embedded. our hope is that we've hid a plateau but we just don't know. >> for every meth lab the indiana state police bus ts,
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three go undetected. the former owner has not faced any drug charges. when asked have there been or are there any hazardous conditions on the property, argue check no. >> they knew what we were bringing into the home. they knew at the time we were bringing an eight month old into the house and two little girls. and sat there and just lied. >> i felt like a failure, big time. because i not only exposed reply kids to this but i took them from their only childhood home and put them in a meth house. >> somebody has got to clean these meth homes after they've been cooked or smoked and this is what we did for a living. >> jeanette owns crisis clean. hazardoused in indiana. >> when they put the chemical inside their bodies you see how it is deteriorating the body
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itself. it's doing the same thing to the home. it's making the homes very sick with the toxic chemicals on the walls and the carpet and through ventilation system. we've gone in some beautiful high-dollar, half a million dollar homes that you would not believe that there was meth here. and there is. >> so meth is everywhere. >> it's everywhere. >> the cost of decontaminating a home can range from $2500 to $10,000 or more. the nugents filed an insurance claim to paw for th -- to pay fr the cleaning and were denied. >> realtors in -- >> we tried without luck to reach joshua argue and laurie argue who as it turns out, is also his mother. carpenter realtors gave us this
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statement, they are aware that her son wa had a substance abuse oproblem. if she had known meth was being manufactured in the property she would never have allowed her grandchildren to live in that home. there are no hard figures on how many homes are contaminated with methamphetamine. estimates are 2.5 million in the united states. there is a simple precaution home buyers can take, a $50 meth test. >> it saves you what the nugents are going through. a night ar mayor. >> would it have saved you? >> it probably would have. crisis cleaning offered to clean the house for free. they still have to replace all the carpet, furniture and appliances. >> what do you want?
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>> i want my life back, i want my kids' life back, i want them to be stable. i want stability back in our lives. >> "america tonight"'s sarah hoye joins us. sarah is their home ever going to be clean? >> that is the hope. they there are to clean it and make sure that it is clean again for the family to move back. >> they haven't done that yet? >> this process takes a few week. they're waiting to see if it truly is safe. >> they spent all their savings. can they sue somebody? >> they are suing and also with them the nugents are out of look. but state of indiana moving forward as of july 1st homeowners are required to disclosed if meth was manufactured in the home or used in the home. >> are there other things a
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homeowner or seller is obliged to disclose in a report? >> according to indiana code there is something that psychologically affected property, you as a homeowner would have to tell me if somebody died in that home or if there was gang activity. now you have to disclose was meth manufactured there. >> you would have to know that as well, is it possible, how would you even know when you go to buy a new home whether anything like this has happened? we now want to look for mold or history of flooding or anything like that. but how would you know? why would you even guess that? >> well, here's the thing. you have to test for it and i think what this is showing us is how prevalent the use of meth is now. we didn't always test for mold. this is something we have to do. now they are saying please require the test for meth. you yourself the puncher should
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be testing for this along with everything else. >> "america tonight"'s sarah hoye. thank you very much. the winners and losers over the past couple of weeks on the pitch. christof putzel wraps up his coverage of the great tournament that very nearly wasn't and how brazil was able to eke out one win. @jvé
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america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now >> remember days before the opening kickoff of the world cup? there was plenty of reason to wonder whether brazil could get the job done. in the end it did and yet again it didn't. brazil the host country beat back the doubters that crowd security would collapse under the weight of the big ambitions. brazil the team on the other hand failed in a more spectacular way. a run back through the world cup
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through "america tonight" christof putzel. and what brazil might learn before its world class sporting event that's just two years away. >> reporter: after the party the cleanup and after a five week originally of world class soccer, the city for famous for both soccer and partying rio de janeiro. just a few of the 100,000 argentines that descended on the city for that final. after a 1-0 win. >> great, we have been waiting for a long time. and the team we were so close and all the old players, it's the last chance for them. and now they have reached this. i'm sure it's a big moment and for me, too. >> we had we are proud of our place.
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>> reporter: for host there was much to celebrate and lament about the 2014 world cup. a tournament not short of drama from beginning to end. on and off the pitch. brazil has long been considered the spiritual home of soccer. so drama on the field turned to national trauma when their championship hopes were crushed in a humiliating 7-1 defeat in the final. it was deja vu of the last time they hosted the world cup, in 1950 when they lost to uruguay. brazil has won the world cup five times, more than any other opponent in world history. made it through to the final with salt in their wounds and many fans could be seen cheering germany in the final. off the field, strikes and demonstrations in big cities by tens of thousands of brazillians. they were protesting the $11 billion their government pour intermediate the event.
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the most a host nation has ever spent on a world cup yet. right now in the front of thousands of protesters turned out to demonstrate in rio. they don't want their tax dollars spent on big stadiums. >> we turn the tv on and see the billions being spent on stadiums but they're going to give us $2 a day on lunch? >> when the whistle blew this soccer mad nation of 200 million got down to putting on the best show they could for the 3.5 million fans who came. and despite concerns over airports and stadiums being ready on time, almost everything went on plan. >> one of the most important sporting events in the world took place in brazil and that's
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an important legacy. >> vilma roussef. >> translator: there are are lots of doubt whether brazil would be ready. we overcame a negative campaign against the world cup in brazil. >> on monday fifa gave brazil a score of 9.25 out of 10 for hosting the cup. and prospects in 2016, when it hosts the other sporting event, the olympic games. >> we are very happy that many of the concerns which wers mention -- were mentioned before this world cup did not turn into reality. >> reporter: but like the world cup brazil's like preparations have some catching up to do.
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-- olympic preparations have some catching up to done, christof putzel, al jazeera. >> putting faces on young people desperate to start a new life. what made them come to america? tomorrow. you can always join the conversation with us on twitter or ought our facebook page. good night. we'll have more of "america tonight," tomorrow.
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