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you can find out much more about that story and everything else we have been covering on our website our top story the migrant crisis we will have more on that in the news hour in half an hour. if you have these symptoms please immediately seek treatment. >> new york city mayor is delivering that urgent message now that the outbreak of legionnaires disease has climbed. the news has gone from bad to worse, one out of control blaze just jumped the containment line force new evacuations. and a circuit in new hampshire a tent collapsed killed a father and his
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daughter, they want to know why the show even began in the face of an approaching severe storm. hello, everybody, this is al jazeera live from new york city. new york mayor was urging caution today amist a outbreak of legionnaires disease. the outbreak in the city's bronx bureau has now claimed seven lives mayor de blasio spoke a short time ago, he told new yorkers to pay special attention to any symptoms they may have. however, he said there are no need to stop drinking tap water. >> there is no risk to our drinking water, there is no risk to our water supply from legionnaires disease. >> another crucial point it can be treated. it is treatable with antibiotics.
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it is crucial that each case be identified early on, and that treatment be reached quickly and achieved quickly. >> more on this story. >> along with the deaths another 86 people have been diagnosed with legionnaires. health officials are urging people to come forward and get tests they are also fielding questions from hundreds of people in the area. >> bronx residents pack this town hall meeting trying to get answers of legionnaires disease in their neighborhood. legionnaires is a form of pneumonia. health officials say the illness was picked up in the neighborhood, the search for the source of this outbreak is focused on local cooling towers. >> more than 15 cooling towers have been effected at least five of them tests positive the the bacteria, including tours at a nearby
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hotel and this hospital. >> the illness attacks the lungs with flu like symptoms it is treated with antibiotics. certain people are at higher risk. >> it can be quite deadly in certain patient groups so in particular, the elderly smokers, people who have underlying lung disease. like emphysema people who have weaker immune systems. where she made sure she wasn't effected, and me being a pregnant woman, i will panic naturally so coming here i'd rather take precaution, than sit around and not do anything about it. >> other residents say they have little information to go on. >> i am confused i know it is something, but i don't know -- i don't have any idea exactly what it is. >> health officials say there's no concern for the drinking water but they are still testing it as a precaution.
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new york officials are calling this one of the worst to hit the u.s. in years. the last major incidents were in 2012, when nine people died in separate outbreaks and anywhere between eight and 18,000 people are infected with legionnaires in the u.s. every year. >> inesse, thank you for the update. in california, air force reserve crews have now joined the intensifying fight against out of control wild fires. in the northern part of the state, there are 21 active fires the largest called the rocky fire is twice the size of san francisco and making matters worse that particular fire jumped containment lines. in order the effort today to keep it under alcohol, has failed. this morning we spoke from the california fire and force protection department, and says the state is doing everything it can to keep residents safe. >> we brought in a lot of extra firefighters from across the state, across the region even the california national guard so we have a lot of different resources because the fire is a large fire.
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we have 20 others burning up and down the state but unfortunately, this is what we do here, wild fires is a national disaster we deal with every summer. we prepare for this, we have more firefighters this year knowing that these conditions can lead to as it has. >> authorities say four years of drought in california have made these wild fires worse official estimate that the largest of the 21 fires has now consumed more than 65,000 rakers. an investigation is underway today in lancaster new hampshire, after a circus tent collapsed. two people were killed and more than 30 others were injured, the structure gave way in the midst of a driving thunderstorm, and winds measuring over 60 miles per hour. a short time ago officials gave a update on their investigation. mapping out the scene to a where things are located after the collapse, and examining the actual set up
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of the tent, to determine how it was set up and all the cables where they were connected and things of that nature. >> john henry smith is following this story. >> david, this is the second fatal tent collapse in america this week. of course, a day after a man died in a collapse at a chicago area concert tragedy struck again this time, in new hampshire. it was terrifying and scary and i don't think i will go to the circus again. >> two people died monday when a circus tent at new hampshire lancaster fairgrounds was swept up, by a sudden violent storm. >> according to the national weather service, it was one inch hail, 60-mile per hour winds and severe lightening. the wind picked up, and from this on took the tent with it. >> the real terror came from the suddenly air upon spikes that had been holding it
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down. >> people that were part of the circus just yelled run and in the same motion, i just see stakes coming out of the ground, next thing you know the tent is coming over. >> i see these very large metal poles that go through the top of the tent, i can see them out of the ground and fly into the air towards us. so i took my son and we were on the second seat second tier and i took him, and i threw him underneath the bleacher and threw myself on top of him and about anywhere from ten to 30 seconds later this huge pole that i saw coming towards us, slammed on to the bleacher right where we had just been. >> the injuries were transports to four local hospitals, officials confirm that the dead are a father, and his daughter both spectators. >> officials are not releasing the names of the dead until next of kin are
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notifies. the national weather service has issue add warning about 20 minutes prior to the start time for the circus in new hampshire no word yet whether walker brothers will face any charges from this. >> john, thank you. appreciate it. in colorado the final sentencing stage is now underway for convicted shoot shooter james holmes. the panel will decide whether to put him to death for killing people. on monday, the jury unanimously rejected defense argumentses that his mental illness should outweigh the severity of his crimes. the bland family says there has not been sufficient
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answers to many questions surrounding her death the family is also asking for hem from the j. justice department. >> the reality is that the investigation as it has gone forward is one that we are unclear about. there are inconsistencies that have been documented that concern us. there are questions that we don't know that are even being asked right now that concern us. to that end we are very much asking that the d.o.j. get involved in this situation. lawful agencies say that they are looking into bland's death. in the wake of a spike in baltimore's murder rate, police in that city have just launched a partnership with federal agencies to help curb crime, 45 people were killed in baltimore in july, the highest monthly number since 1972. over the next two monos special agents from the fbi and other federal agencies will begin helping local police patrol city streets.
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meanwhile the police chief from some of the biggest cities are out with recommendations for ending the growing trend of violent crime. as john reports a big part of their plan involved community engangment. >> on the streets brack home, they know all too well what is going on. among the 30 cities that make up the association homicide are up 20% half report an increase in gang activity and drug is climbing but what is causing all the violence. >> it is difficult to ascribe a single reason for it. that is why it ises important to come to analyze and re-evaluate the multifaceted approaches to dealing with crime. >> the major cheers highlighted 4 points.
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they call for enhanced penalties for gun crimes they recognize the need for better community regularses between police and citizens. prosecution and sentencing reforms, especially for repeat offenders. and testing for new synthetic drugs they say are linked to dangerous and erratic behavior. tom manger president of the major cities chiefs says alwaysers need greater support if they are to end the spike in violence, that seems to go beyond that normally seen in the long hot months. >> the police around this country, understand what part of crime fighting we own. but we also understand, that when you talk about things that impact community safety, it is the entire criminal justice system. the public health system, how we deal with folks that have mental illness. >> the summit was held at the museum clement in downtown d.c. just down the road at the white house the president is said to be
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watching the spike anxiously particularly in next door maryland. >> the president is concerned about reports about a uptick in violent crime. in baltimore and that's why he has directed his department of justice to continue to be very focused on what steps can be taken. >> the major chief addressed one other issue whether police are backing off or even overrability aing fearful for their lives in the wake of so many killings of unarmed black men. we found no evidence for that says d. c.'s police chief. >> being involved in too many uses of deadly force, if you look at the number of ebb counters are we take illegal firearms and compare that to the small number of police shootings that are involved in those i think it doesn't support that narrative. >> al jazeera. >> israeli prime minister today is bringing his message against the iran nuclear deal to the american people, at
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least virtually. netanyahu is hosting a webcast right now where he is encouraging members of the american jewish community to oppose the deal. he warns that iran would easily hide any activity from inspectors the international accord. >> netanyahu has called the national accord mistake and says it is a mistake of historic proportions. >> some have said that 24 days is not long enough to conceal evidence of activity. but as leading ebbs perts have pointed out, 24 days is more than enough time to clean up a site of all traces of ill lit sit activity. it is like the police giving a drug dealing 3 1/2 weeks notice before raiding his lab. >> congress is expecting to vote this september. just ahead, capitalism has arrived in cuba, but it has nothing to do with the united states. we will told you what the castro government is now trying to try to help farmingers. and protecting history, a
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town in oklahoma is taking some remarkable steps to remember the city easley heritage. p. . . . >> . >> >>
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>> it is a forgotten part of the american past. there are very few of them left, heidi joe castro visited one of them. >> this rodeo was established to hob nor the plaque cowboy tradition, held here in this historically all blacktown of clear view oklahoma. once a year, this town swells with thousands of visitors. >> many are the decedents of families who once lived here. the history has long been debt out of the history books. but it is a story of overcoming trials. slavery, the civil war then at the turn of the century freed slaves establish clear view to be a utopian black society.
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where african-americans could come to buy property, go to college, and live without fear. >> the idea was that they wanted to start al blacktowns for individuals to move into the state and start a new life. freedom from the prejudices in the south a free place where they could come and worship on their own. have an education begin their own education of their own people. >> and just start anew. >> but over the years the town would slink from a thriving community to a town of just a hand full of houses amido deserted ruins. the people who still live here call rodeo day christmas, the one day when the town comes back to life. late they are evening more on the rise and decline a story too long untold. you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. change is happening inside cuba, and it started taking
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place long before the island started normalizing relations with the united states. the communist government is taking a very capitalist approach. you are looking at the first and only wholesale market in cuba. where farmers sell their goods on the open market, where buyers haggle over prices. you might call it capitalism with a cuban touch. >> it is an experiment, something new and we are in the process of organizing the market. yes, with ecan say it is a free market, it is available to anyone. farmers used to lose a lot of money. because we did not have a place to sell them. until recently, farmers worked like all cubans as part of the country's centrally planned economy. but now she says she sells seth% of what she grows to
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private buyers. >> this time of the year you have mangos, pineapples and plantains they tell uses about 900 farmers groups of farmers and different organizations have registered to sell at this market here. >> analyst estimate half a million farmers own or lease land for personal profit. the reforms have inveigh rated. >> when we heard the news, farmers has great joy any change would be an improvement, it was excellent, it was freedom. farming remaining a tough enterprise, the machines they cruise are far passed their expiration date, and often break down. still, life has improved for her family, they can can afford more items. she worriesless about must be, it represented an
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immediate economic improvement, even human being wants to see improvements and be in a better situation. once upon a time, cuban exported sugar tobacco, and citrus. but these days the island imports 80% of it's food, a situation the government wants to change, the transition will take years. and while some may benefit it is not clear whether the industry as a whole will come out strong. al jazeera cuba. military researchers are looking into making combat rations to taste better. now researchers say they have developed a new nonfoil material to keep food from spoiling as a result, mres weigh less, cost less, are more echo friendly and the food inside apparently tastes fresher. just ahead some people call
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it the mount rush moore of the south be uh what stone mountain represented is debatable, we will take you to georgia where some people want to get rid of the monument to the confederacy. plus his grandfather dropped anatomic bomb, now the grandson is on stand by if the order is ever given again, you will meet him.
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>> and a battle is brewing over a major symbol of the old sought. it is the site of an enormous carving now some people want it changed. robert ray has more. >> it is a grand pant monument over 800 feet high. just outside the city, the huge upcropping was the sight of the rebirth of the ku klux klan. when several members of the then secret society gathers there and ignite add flaming cross to proclaim it's revival. ever since then, many have seen the mountain as a symbol of racial hatred. >> the history is only related to white supremacy. >> the carving which took nearly 50 careers to
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complete, depicts jefferson davis, robert e. 3, and thomas stone wall jackson all leaders in the confederacy. >> atlanta councilman has proposed keeping the monument but adding history call georgia native like former president jimmy carter and martin luther king jr. >> georgia is over 280 years old. and yet the con pod rassey was only four years of that, so the confederacy seems to dominate the perception of what is historic georgia and that's far from the case. the group wants the monument completely removes. >> for people that claim that it is art. that art is not worth another black life. >> other the weekend hundreds rallies peacefully in what they call a
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proconfederate. >> people can use it for bad or good. it is just a symbol. >> but others at the rally like the self-proclaimed head of the georgia ku klux klan, came with other intentions. >> sir, are you with the kkk? >> i am. >> and -- and i am very proud to stand up for my heritage, if these people knew what even this talking about, they would know that the kkk was started by six confederate soldiers. so what is the flag mean to you? it means my heritage, i have fore fathers that have died for this flag. >> but the kkk means hate. >> no it does not where do you get this at? >> let him go, let him go, the rally is this way folks. the clan member would not give him his maim, and people had him removed but it seems like this that are adding fuel to the debate over all symbols of the confederacy. >> what they are celebrating is treason against the united states of america.
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and those people who wave that flag, apparent are not patriots. >> they say the removal of the carving is not a debate that is useful. but to many black leaders the etching is a symbol of white supremacy, for councilman bond, it is all about compromise. >> even though the current memorial doesn't respect me, from a cultural perspective it's historical, the confederacy happened. and so it's not an attempt -- i don't think then benefits from erasing or attempting to erase any part of our history. >> bond says this debate will be an election year issue. and that his proposal offed aing etchings of other figures could take decades to come to fruition. >> robert ray, al jazeera. atlanta. >> this thursday marked the september ever anniversary of the bombing of hiroshima a day tens of thousands of
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people die instantly days later japan surrendered and world war ii came to an end. john herndon reports on the man who flew the bomber and the grandson who was followed in his footsteps. >> brigadier general when from the cockpit to the most dangerous plane on earth to the commanders office, it is a familiar path in his family. >> seth years ago his grandfather, unleashed the able of nuclear weapons when he opened the bombay doors of a plane named for his mother. it dropped a payload that devastated hiroshima. >> there was nothing down there, what in my opinion was a black boiling mess. and that cloud up above it was just tumbling and rolling you could see the energy that was in it. >> the wisdom of that has been heavily debated but the younger turned commander of the united states fleet of nuclear capability stealth
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bombingers says hi grandfather never doubted it. i never lost one night sleep after that mission not one and the reason is not because i am a warmonger, it was because i knew this mission that i was ordered to do, was effective in bringing this war to an end. h the long run saving hundreds of thousands. >> today's nuclear pilots that fly carry on we realize every day our job is to show up and provide safe, and security deterrents to our allies and obviously to deter those bad peep around the world that look to do us harm. >> the end of the cold war means fewer command centers. the main purpose so protect the capsule from a burst.
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>> but they remain as much as a part of the arsenal as ever. >> the planes have changed a lot, but the mission remains the same. global deterrence, and the redness to carry out an order that everyone hopes will never be given again. if faced with ran order like the one hi grandfather had given, he would ensure that they carry it out. >> as the president has said, as long as nuclear weapons exist we will maintain a safe security, effortive and then we will add credible nuclear force. so that if that demand comes from our leadership, we are ready to go. >> and that is our report for this half hour, thank you for joining us, the news continues next live from london back here tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern where we will have the latest on those wild fires that continue to devastate hundreds of thousands of acres now of
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