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that shouldn't really be there. >> techknow investigates. >> you could not pay me to fake data. this is al jazeera america. disputing her claim, federal investigators say there's no proof a woman's baby was stolen from a st. louis hospital 50 years ago but her lawyer stands by the story. those hoping to be the next president stopping by the iowa state fair this
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>>reporter: the u.s. attorney says record files show the baby was born at a different hospital than the one her mother claimed and she was abandoned there. contradicting price's story. >> no. no. no. i have five other children that are spoiled, and i would have never given up a baby. never. >>reporter: she insists her baby was born in homer g. hospital in st. louis, a facility known at
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the time to service black families. she says she was led to believe her premature child died shortly after birth this year mother and daughter reunited via skype after dna confirmed she was her birth mother. albert watkins told al jazeera by phone today that there are discrepancies in the phone records saying the documents provided to us are not definitive in any way where the baby was born or how the baby ended up not in her mother's arms for 50 years. missouri's health department has received more than 300 inquiries about can children born at the hospital which closed more than
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three decade's ago. >> they were all african american. they were all of extraordinarily humble means, and all of them presented to the hospital alone. and not one of them was advised of the passing of their child by a doctor which was the protocol as per the policy of the hospital and the standard of care in the medical industry at the time. they were all notified by a nurse. >>reporter: growing up, were you ever suspicious? >> i always wondered what happened. but with the babies, all they would say is they were dead and that was it. >>reporter: the attorney general's announcement means no human trafficking charges will be filed but price's lawyer says he'll continue with his own investigation and plans to file a civil suit against the city of st. louis a series of bombs killed more than a dozen people today.
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five explosions today in the iraqi capital killed those in shopping districts. one blew up in a popular car dealership. officials say isil is likely to be behind the attacks. the u.s.-led coalition says it carried out 20 air strikes against isil targets in just the last 24 hours. 50 targets in iraq and 5 targets in syria. officials say the victims got trapped under the capsized
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ship. this year, 2,400 people have died trying to cross the mediterranean on a greek island, the desperation of migrants boiled over and exploded into rage. stones were thrown. punches flew. all over access to papers that would allow them to leave the island. emma haywood reports they're in search of better opportunities. >>reporter: it's unclear who started it. but it was no holding back. as anger, frustration, and suspicion boiled over under the intensity of the summer sun. all this taking place while the greek police looked on. many had come hoping to get the papers to allow them to stay
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temporarily. disa-appointment and desperation turned into chance of freedom. some say others are getting preferential treatment. >> please. it's hard. >>reporter: the situation is becoming increasingly urgent. even a loaf of bread is precious. some have found shelter. a sports center is being turned into a camp. hundreds of migrants are being moved on. this boat left for athens on friday. another ship to be used only by syrian refugees has yet to start operating. but still, others wait helping despite their nationality they will be allowed on board.
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greece was not prepared for this and athens has called for help from the outside world. it is though, still waiting. back here in the states. president candidates went to the iowa state fair today. it's a traditional stop for many seeking their party's nomination on the road to the white house and it's been a rather interesting start to the weekend. our political analyst and the author of what makes it worthy. how important is this visit to the iowa state fair? it's definitely been a tradition but could it make an impact on a campaign? >> it's a chance for everyone who wants to become president goes to the iowa state fair. that's because iowa is the beginning of the race. in february it will officially kickoff although we feel we're in the race right now. iowa is a chance to mingle with the people and prove their common touch and that's always
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been important in the american presidential elections. >> right. they have to eat the pork chop on a stick. >> that's right. in the 2012 campaign, romney was haunted because in 2011, he said at the state fair, that corporations are people. that's why hillary gave a press conference today and not a speech. i think one reason is you're highly vulnerable to heckles and jeb bush was heckled. >> right. and she took that opportunity to take a swipe at jeb bush. >> i find it somewhat curious that jeb bush is doubling down on defending his brother's actions in iraq. the entire picture, as you know, includes the agreement that
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george w. bush made with the malaki government in iraq that set the end of 2011 as the date to withdraw american troops. and i can only wonder whether he just either did not know that or thought that other people would not be reminded of that. >> all right. is this what we're going to see this entire campaign? this tie to the brother. can jeb escape the shadow of george? >> yeah, and that's the problem. when he was heckled, he was heckled about his brother and the iraqi war. it's going to go on throughout the entire race. >> appearances seem to matter in the iowa state fair and i was shocked to see jeb bush out there really rubbing elbows with folks. quite different with hillary clinton. it's reported that he put extra
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time in there beyond what he originally scheduled. >> he's been like this throughout the campaign. and of course the reason is he wants people not to think of john ellis bush but jeb. and also partly because of the dynastic pressure, he has a little bit more to prove. he has to prove that he can mingle with the people. that he's really running to win it. >> so in iowa right now, the polling of jeb bush does not look good. very doubtful that he would win iowa but the real surprise are those democratic observers. hillary clinton and him definitely sparring over issues. he took an opportunity while he was in iowa to go after higher education. let's hear about that. >> we have hundreds of thousands of qualified young people who want to get a higher education but are unable to because their families lack the income. that's wrong.
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[applause] >> and that is why i have introduced legislation and will fight for as president of the united states to make sure that every public, private, and university in america is tuition free. [applause] >> hillary clinton also talking higher education out there. berny sanders reported to get a very big crowd out there. the draw is going beyond these smaller rallies and happening right there on the ground. what's amazing is that bernie sanders is getting the attention that barack obama got in the 2008 election. so chew on that. so there's a liberal candidate and -- usually that doesn't work
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out too well for the liberal candidate and of course barack obama was the exception to that and the reason is because he combined african americans with white
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>> deciding their own future. >> i'm pretty burnt out... if i said that i'm perfectly fine, i would be lying. >> oscar winner alex gibney's "edge of eighteen". the powerful conclusion.
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so as we see agreement from all of them coming out that the river is looking good and --
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. . it wasn't science at all. >> there's a lot of lives at stake, a lot of innocent people. >> how many are still locked up?
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>> the integrity of the criminal justice system is at stake, plain and simple. >> "faultlines". >> what do we want? >> al jazeera america's hard-hitting... >> today the will be arrested. >> ground-breaking... >> they're firing canisters of gas at us. >> emmy award-winning, investigative series. >> we have to get out of here. claimed that her daughter was abducted and sold. investigators say medical records show her daughter was born at another hospital and abandoned. price's lawyer says the hospital records are sketchy.
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21 people in baghdad were killed in a car dealership attacked by isil just two days ago. no one has claimed responsibility for today's attacks. and some serious delays for flights going in and out of airports in the washington d.c., new york, and florida areas. source of the problem, some technical issues at an air traffic control center in virginia. the fa parks says prayses are finally going -- dpsh. >> of those massive explosions in china today. as richard martin reports there's more concern about possible chemical leaks now coming from that site. >>reporter: as fires continue to burn, the rescue effort goes on. this man was found after search
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teams heard his cry for help. the explosion can be seen from the sky. more than 100 people are known to have died. now there's a new danger from toxic sodium cyanide has been stored at the site. the destruction is affecting an area far larger than the immediate area. >> when i got to number nine street, i had to get out of the car because they blocked the roads. they said it's still dangerous inside. you can't enter. >>reporter: among the dead, 21 firefighters. there's anger here and questions are being asked about their role. sodium cyanide becomes flammable when it comes in contact with water. lessons lessons have been learned and emergency workers continue their search for
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survivors. richard martin. al jazeera the scandal-plagued secret service is set to hire 1,100 new agents in stafford. reuters is reporting that the hirings would take place over the next five years. this comes amid accusations that it cannot adequately protect the white house. the agency has faced scandals and security lapses. last year you probably remember when a private security guard with a loaded gun boarded an elevator with president barack obama. the u.s. territory having problem paying interest on their debt to the u.s. is also facing a severe drought. >>reporter: with water cut off to his house, antonio must go
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find it. and then haul it back home to his waiting wife. the government has cut off tap water to 400,000 homes. >> this is almost getting close to the most extreme drought event that puerto rico has ever experienced. from the air, you can see the full effects of the drought. less than two inches of rain fell last month. rivers are now barely streams and san juan's main river source is down 25 feet. at the local water office, angry customers arrive with bills and questions. his bill is seven times higher than normal he says even though
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the water runs once ever three days. >> i just used the bathroom. that's it. >>reporter: many here don't blame mother nature as much as the government for decades of neglect. >> we're vulnerable because we have not done in planning and managing the land and we're paying for that. >>reporter: lakes have not been dredged in years and most of the island's water is waisted lost in old, leaky pipes. >> most of the water distributed throughout this system is lost in the pipelines and that level is unacceptable. >>reporter: with the island already facing a crippling debt, officials say repairs are a long way off. many now stockpile water when the water does work. >> we'll keep on providing our services. if we can get the supply of water we need.
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>>reporter: that's a big if. for many learning to live without water. jonathan betts, al jazeera and when it comes to puerto rico's debt crisis, many island residents are blaming the u.s. government for their dire straits. >>reporter: out of sight of its beautiful beaches and tourist attractions, puerto is hurting. services cut, taxes raised. there's no question that years of overspending by the government is partly to blame but many see another culprit. how much is congress to blame? >> very much so. >>reporter: he's puerto rico's delegate for the island. there are some members on the
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hill that say until puerto rico cleans up its own financial mess we're not going to give them money. >> who are they to preach to us? look at their debt. we're simply asking for fair treatment and they should ask themselves why puerto rico is in this shape. >>reporter: puerto rico became a u.s. territory in 1898 and since then, congress has given and taken away. in the 1970s, the u.s. government helped attract business to puerto rico leading to a booming manufacturing sector. particularly pharmaceutical companies. 20 years later, congress began phasing out the tax breaks and they ended in 2006. >> once that happened, manufacturing significantly diminished in puerto rico. >>reporter: now there are 40
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plants. then there's something called the jones act dating to 1920. it requires products from one u.s. port to another to be carried on u.s. ships by u.s. crews. that drives up prices. >> from congress's perspective, it benefits the ship-building industry which has parties involved from across the u.s. from every district across the u.s. and so they would love to help out puerto rico and at the same time they have a strong lobby in the industry to counter that. >>reporter: those who buy bonds in puerto rico don't have to pay federal, state, or local taxes on the bond. >> they were extremely attractive to the marketplace and puerto rico actually got addicted i would say to it. so it was a lot easier to just go out and borrow as opposed to make tough decisions. >>reporter: so the government
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kept borrowing and the investors kept investing. and now the island's debt is $1.5 billion a year. if puerto rico was a state they could declare bankruptcy and restructure. not so with this territory. >> you don't need to know much about politics or democracy to know that that's not right. they're treated like second-class citizens and the founder of the national puerto rican chamber of
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commerce. so how much blame do you think in this whole mess the u.s. government, that congress act l actually bares. >> blaming the u.s. congress is kind of like blaming an enabler for an addict's addiction. puerto rico has accepted a lot of incentives from the u.s. government. they've had some give and take decision of their own that have impeded their own economic growth that has led to a situation where they are now. it's really been -- puerto rico has had a lot of decisions they could have made. they could have completely separated themselves from the u.s. a long time ago. there are certainly things congress could adjust and i think some of those were just mentioned. so there's kind of two sides to
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the argument. >> yes. there are things that could be adjusted such as bankruptcy laws. is that what we should be looking at here? >> sure. well, only if puerto rico is proving a willingness and dedication towards facing its own structuring and government incentives. right now it has primary incentives to increase foreign investment but drive away domestic investors and entrepreneurs. it's bad in a sense. yes, it's bringing the money but it's driving away people with long-term ties to the economy there. they have to make some adjustments at home and that's what congress is looking for. they say we would not extending chapter 9 but as far as we can tell you have not made any decisions that are going to change what you're doing right now. >> let me ask your opinion on this. so many issues in the world right now but i've talked to some puerto ricans that say they
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feel this issue has been largely ignored. what do you think? >> oh, it has. it definitely has. and it's kind of sad in a sense. even his administration is kind of shunning puerto rico in a sense saying we can provide technical assistance and advice but we really can't offer a bailout. so for the president who really doesn't have any future election prospects to be worried about a bailout is pretty interesting too. it it's worrisome for sure. >> should we really start having a serious conversation about making puerto rico the 51st state? >> absolutely. if they become a state, okay,
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there will be an increase in their own tax base, they'll contribute more to the government coffers. they'll receive funding back to the island for medicaid and medicare which right now is very low. they will have access to bankruptcy. it doesn't necessarily mean they'll use that option but having them on their side would even out the negotiation process with lenders and give them more leverage. the movement of statehood really increases interest in the island so i think it would help to boost tourism as well, puerto rico's own incentive. so i think there's the potential
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to boost economic growth but is the u.s. willing to accept an island? it has an improof of a chain of facts rushed island. they have an income half of that. >> yeah. long list of issues out there and no easy solution. with tribute paid to lives lost 70 years after the world war ii victory against japan.
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the british royal family pays tribute to soldiers lost during world war ii. survivors, most of whom are now in their 90s were also honored. simon mc-gregor or wood reports from england. >>reporter: it was a service with the queen and the p.m. later there was the usual pomp and ceremony at the parade at an
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outside service. air force planes old and new flew overhead. this was a chance to remember the 70,000 british soldiers who died fighting the japanese and pay tribute to those that survived. grow not old as we that are left grow old. age shall not weary them. the british soldiers who fought were often referred to as the forgotten army. this being the 70s anniversary of victory in the far east, it will be the last chance for many of them to tell their own story.
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this woman supported the troops on the front line with drinks. >> it's brought back a lot of memories which were tucked way. and when you saw these chaps come out of the camps, it was terrible. but i'm really glad to be here. it's just the last time i shall do anything like that. >>reporter: the british fighting against japan seemed remote to many. it was fought in far off colonial outposts. today the japanese resentment and behavior over the war has largely been overcome. some believe this bitter struggle never received the recognition it deserved.
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>> now to iran. they're giving new information to a u.n. group about its past nuclear activities. the release of the documents to the international atomic energy agency is a key point to the agreement iran reached with world powers last month. it agreed to allow oversight to its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. the u.n. reviewed the documents to determine the military capability of the program. >> just walked down the streets. homelessness is up across cities in the united states. it's drastically up in the largest city, new york. how do you help the homeless without infringing on their legal rights. local governments are now being criticized with how they deal with the program. as you have been reporting, the iowa state fair is in full swing and one of the attractions is politics. all the presidential hopefuls
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there making their rounds today. more on that coming up 50 years ago today, the beetles took the stage at shea stadium. ♪ >> pretty memorable there. a moment that redefined rock concerts. ♪.
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dangerous record breaking heat settling over a large part of the country from the great lakes all the way to the southwest. it's been a scorcher out there this weekend so far. >> we've seen some very warm temperatures to the north and that's particularly dangerous
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because a lot of people up to the north and even canada don't have the air condition systems we do in the south. from the dakotas all the way down to the southwest. the temperatures have slightly come down but take a look at this bismark, north dakota, 98 degrees, fargo, 97. rapid city, 97. people are trying to beat the heat the best they can across that area. but we have seen not much relief but the relief is coming. let's look at the forecast over the next day. we still have heat advisories for at least four states. those are going to drop and the reason is we have a cold front moving through. with that, notice what happens tomorrow with bismark. it's going to be 20 degrees cooler than what you saw today and as that cold front settles
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in, rapids city on monday will have a high of 71 and a lot of rain and thunderstorms across the region. as well as to the southwest. phoenix right now, 114 degrees. las vegas is at 107. we do have excessive heat warnings in effect for tucson. adam, 114 degrees is expected. very dangerous. >> that could melt your shoe >> that's right >> a new report is shedding light on the working relationship between the nsa and one of the world's largest telecommunications firms. and documents provided by edward snowden to at&t contained -- at&t responded by saying it only provides data if a person's life
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is in danger or if time is of the essence. every time you go online, your personal data can be tracked. sometimes by businesses and other times for more nefarious activities. this is part of our cracking the code series. >>reporter: a wearable fitness monitor like this one from nike provides a lot of personal information and not only for its user. >> you'll be able to see much more of what your friends are doing, compare with them, and share your progress with them. >>reporter: that device just one example of how interconnected we've become and how the personal data collected from hundreds of millions of people have proven valuable to all kinds of businesses. >> companies are creating single universal identifiers to track consumers across multiple devices to connect their email and computer interactions.
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>>reporter: the monitoring can help consumers make smarter buying choices but many observers see a serious downside. >> it's also totally under the hood and we as a society really have no idea about what's going on and what control we have and down the line what the implications are going to be. >>reporter: a recent survey said that as far as the online activity, three of four american adults say they're not at all confident that website advertisers will keep their information private and secure. that concern is drawing millions of people to companies like ghost search. it lets consumer track the trackers. identify who's been watching their online searches and if they choose u.s. national
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security agency edward know snowden says he uses it to prevent his online activity from being tracked. some websites are even using software blocking readers who tried to block their ads. >> some say they want the the government to take care of this but some say it's a bad idea. >> it's subjective and dependent on each system. what one finds a big deal, other may not. >>reporter: it's bound to make the treatment of privacy an issue for anybody who touches the internet no matter what. >> 50 years ago the beetles became a worldwide phenomenon in
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new york. they redefined what a typical rock concert looks like. here's a look back at that moment in musical history. >>reporter: here are the beetles. four musicians, 12 songs, 55,000 screaming fans. the beetles sang by platform by
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second place and the problem was not protection. it was sound or the lack of it. despite enormous 100 watt amply identifiers, the music was no match for the mania. girls screeching and crying basically drowned out the vocals. but it didn't matter. to be there was to be part of something special and historic and to think it happened 50 years ago.


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