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>> women and their special powers. i'm rare in new york. news conditions with randall pinkston this is al jazeera america, i'm randall pinkston in new york with a look at the top stories. what is left of hurricane patricia takes aim at the deep south, and the flooding it left behind compassion and control. the refugee crisis splits european leaders as protest and suffering continues. >> bill and hillary clinton, a powerful couple in u.s. history, their differences, scandals and their similarities, plus ... we begin with the threat of rain fall across the southern united states, and that is not the only worry tonight. officials with a national
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weather service reported a tornado touching down new new orleans. since friday the remnants of hurricane patricia have dumped more than a foot of water on to some parts of texas, what had been a category 5 storm lost much of its strength. it caused widespread flooding that made highways and roads impassable. 50 miles south of dallas, a freight train derailed after floods washed away the tracks. by most accounts the state weather will. no deaths have been reported. a san antonio man was reported. he was swept into a drainage ditch. what is happening there now. sounds like the rain has not stopped? >> no, it's not as heavy, there's a lot of eyes on the river outside of houston, it's a
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river that has been known to cause major problems when it comes to flooding. the totals here, were not nearly as high as we saw yesterday, they had to shut down the internet state. receiving 20 inches of rain. the totals for the weekend. here in the area, and the galveston area, there was flooding, but the totals were lower, closer to 9 inches of rain, enough for people to be concerned. there was flooding not too long ago. back a few months ago. a lot of people remember the heavy rain, flooding causing damage. thousands of homes were damaged. 20 people lost their lives. we didn't see anything like that. the mayor of houston tweed out that it appears the worst of the storm moved on. people heeded the warnings, stayed off the roads for the most part. the rain is coming down.
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until this ends, it's expected to end late tonight. people are cautioned to stay at home right now as the whether story unfolds. >> any evacuation orders in effect in the neighbourhood where you are. >> no, that's good news. evacuation orders have been lifted. some of the orders in effect on monday have been lifted. most have been lifted. good news. >> now to kevin corriveau in the studio - what is the weather, kevin? >> we have rain passing through, it's going to be houston texas and louisiana seeing the big problem, as well as tomorrow. you can see on the radar most of the rain is pushing towards the east. houston is on the edge so they should stop the rain within the next 2-3 hours. we are looking at heavy rain
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along the border. this is some of the totals in the last five days, what did it show you there. 21 inches of rain, an area between dallas and houston, 9.5. just under a foot of rain. and we'll see more rain over parts of louisiana, as well as into mississippi. over the next several days. right now we are looking at flash flood warnings along the area as well as the central area. flash flooding is occurring, or it's imminent. if you look at the flood warnings and the flood watches, we are looking at most of louisiana, towards mississippi. over the next 72 hours. a couple of hot spots, especially here in parts of mississippi, where we can see
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10-12 inches of rain. it include hattiesburg for them. it will move to the east and be a problem as we go towards midweek. the valley could see the rain there. the tornado reported just outside of new orleans, and that will continue to rain as we go through tuesday as well. >> going towards tuesday, this is where the rain will end up. parts of texas. we'll see more rain pushing into the ohio valley and the mississippi area. we'll watch that as well. >> meteorologist or kevin corriveau the mexican government is vowing to rebuild in the wake of hurricane patricia. no lives were lost, but it left extensive damage. it met land fall but densely populated areas were spared a direct hit. john holman said many small
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businesses and towns were not lucky. >> reporter: this is the result of a hurricane, crops ruined. buildings ripped apart. authorities feared buildings ripped apart. authorities feared it would be worse. doesn't mean those in the path of hurricane patricia would escape unscathe. this woman was in a shelter. >> it collapsed and destroyed everything. >> she shows us the ruin home shared with father and shared with father and daughters. all are homeless. >> this was my house. >> reporter: it was the only refuge that i had. >> reporter: it's the same story in village after village. this is the coastal area where
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hurricane patricia is making landfall, crashing into villages like this. the high winds at the center missed the port and the holiday resort town with high urban populations. as the storm subsided, arm forces and government agencies started work restoring communications and clearing roads. mexican authorities react quickly to natural disasters, but have been less willing to provide long-term solutions once the danger has passed. this person had finished paying for the damage from the last big storm. what he needed that time, and this one is a concrete roof to stand up to high winds. we are going to have to start from zero. there's no help. you have to do it all yourself. >> he couldn't afford the roof or get government funds for it. he's sorting through few
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remaining possessions again. it's a common story. >> the federal funds arrive late and people have forgotten, or if they haven't documented anything they lost, they don't receive help. >> the change for authorities -- challenge for authorities this type of around is to make sure many people are not so vulnerable when the next storm comes. a suspect in a deadly crash will be charged with four counts of second degree murder. a 2-year-old boy was among the four killed in the crash, happening on saturday during the homecoming parade. the driver was arrested at the scene. police say they are awaiting blood test results to determine if she used drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
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>> there were bodies flying through the air, 20-30 feet in the air. >> to have an idiot get behind the wheel of a car under influence and murder innocent people, it's a. translation: did i. >> the victims in the crash were remembered at church services near the campus and a makeshift memorial has been set up a lawyer says the suspect may have blacked out. he said he did not smell alcohol when he met with chambers and said other factors could be at play. >> her behaviour was not consistent with someone coming out of a drunken stupor. in my opinion she suffers a meant am illness paulman spent an hour with his client following the crash and will request a psychiatric
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evacuation. the hunt is on for a man accused of shooting a police officer in tennessee, and attacking troopers in kentucky. officials search for floyd ray cook. when they pulled him over in his car on saturday he fired a gun. the officer survived because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. when troopers followed him. he fired more rounds, escaping a second time. saying he fled into the countryside. with a strike deadline hours away talks continue between general motors and united auto union. negotiations are moving at a fast pace and the hopes to have an agreement in place before midnight. the u.a.w. will only confirm talks ever ongoing. on saturday they informed they'd be ready to strike a change of heart for the top democrat investigating the
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attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> we have decided to stay on the committee because somebody has to be in the room to defend the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. >> if you listen to the questions asked by the republicans and i way they attacked her, you need to have democrats in the room to give the other side of the story. >> hafs elijah, he and others protested. the hearing showed that he and his democratic colleagues have an important role to play meanwhile polls show republicans want change. according to the latest axe p and gfk survey. 77% of registered g.o.p. voters want an outside candidate rather than a washington insider.
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they are looking for change over experience. especially someone that spent time in the private sector. that could be private news. none of whom held office. coming up in 20 minutes "the week ahead", more on the poll numbers, and we'll look apt clinton versus clinton. how hillary clinton is trying to distance herself from policies that president clinton put in place at the bottom of the hour. >> israeli leaders voice skepticism of security cameras at a holy site. it was suggested as a way of assuring israeli transparency, but so far neither side is convinced. >> reporter: there was no direct agreement. there's talk about the status of
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the blessed al-aqsa. we await what will happen next. >> i made it clear in talks with secretary of state john kerry that there will not be anything. the tex pell mount will remain administered as it does today secretary of state applauded the suggestion and israel agreed to maintain the tradition that muslims are allowed to pray at the site housing the al-aqsa it was a day of violence, a palestinian attacked an israeli man in the west bank, happening near the settle the of aryal. the victim was in sears continue. no suspect have been arrested. >> it was another day of violence in jerusalem, israeli police searching for a man that was stabbed. >> one of them including the
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stabbing of an israeli woman. stephanie dekker has been following the violence from ramallah. >> it's difficult to confirm what happened sometimes because we don't see footage, we are not there. we here two different acts. the area around where she was shot, close to the mosque does have a lot of surveillance in that area. if there's pressure on the israelis, as to account of the 16-year-old, that she was not harmed, it would apiece or calm. a lot of people think that palestinians are shot left, right and center because of tensions that we are seeing. what is interesting, is this started a lot. it's now really come to the west bank. four incidents. we have had - it's a flow on and off over the past week in the
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west bank. it's difficult to control. difficult for the israeli police and army to predict. to calm down. they are individuals carrying out the attacks. sometimes there are no attacks. it's a complicated situation that is hard to apiece, it seems, at the moment. >> a video posted online appears to after a look at a rid to free hostages. it was carried out by a combined force of soldiers and fighters. the focus was an i.s.i.l. operated prison, resulting in the release of 70 captives. the video was uploaded by the kurdish security your council. the pentagon released footage of
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what happened after. the entire complex was destroyed. a total of 15 i.s.i.l. fighters killed. >> european leaders meet in brussels to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis. a live report, and we tell you how a group of fishermen saved the life of an infant refugee stranded at say. -- stranded at sea. at sea.
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european leaders announced a plan for refugees, deploying guards, coordinating humanitarian aid and trying to control movements between countries. leaders warned they needed to act fast and their own fate hangs in the balance. david chater is at the meetings in brussels. what can you tell us about the new plan. >> first of all, it's 17 point action plan and takes two forms, one is a short-term measure to ease the humanitarian crisis on the european union's borders. the pictures of lines of refugees coming through as the
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went month approach, neating shelter and food. they say affect everyone. these are pictures they don't want to see near a block that is supposed to representatives a beacon of values in the world. they have undermined the basis of the european union. immediate action is taken to solve the crisis. to make sure the supplies go in sufficient quantities and everything is settled, and they don't shiver in the fields. >> so, david, there was mention of more guards being sent to some of the border crossing areas. how much enforcement is part of the plan, versus humanitarian
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assistance. >> that's a second message taken here, they want to control the uncontrolled flow of refugees into the european union. that means the people knewing at the borders go through a faster processing, fingerprinting to weed out the migrants and repatriate those. they'll be going after the people smugglers. they'll try to give aid to the so-auld buffer gown. countries like serbia, macedonia and albania, where the dream conditions to build up.
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as soon as they come down, the numbers outside the e.u. builds up. slovenia, taking a strain at the moment. the prime minister said before he came into the meeting that if concrete action was not taken in the next few days or weeks, the whole of the european union and europe will unravel. they have come up with a plan and will implement it within the next few days. >> 680,000 migrants and refugees crossing. thank you for staying up late for us. >> places like slovenia say they don't have enough resources.
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a promise involves deploying 400 police officers to slovenia's bordered within the week. >> robin forrester has more. >> reporter: how to manage tens of thousands of refugees a week moving across europe. that is the challenge facing european leaders. with so many people coming in, at this rate every day european leaders, especially the balkan leaders have to agree how much longer they can keep it going and how to regulate the people. for volunteers like inga, now is the time for compassion. >> they keep coming, and they have to take care of them. >> what do you think they should discuss. what do you think needs to be done? >> to me, i do not talk. for me it's the human side that we see are human beings, as we
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are, and if we had in that situation, we would be grit afl. this person from syria is grateful for being here. >> we have to say thank you. they welcome us. they make it easy for us to come. >> some in europe see that as the problem. human rights groups is calling on leaders for those to make health care the highest priority, we are getting images of a rescue at see of a refugee baby, two fishermen saved a baby from drowning. a boat sank, the adults separated from the 18 month old baby, the fishermen scooped the boy out of the water and resuscitated him.
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because of the fishermen the family survived. the mother thanked them for saving her son. >> the polls closed in the argentinian election. ending an era, center left candidate is leading the exit. but is not clear if the vote will go into a run off. daniel schweimler with more. >> reporter: inflation is a big issue, something around 30% a year. people, in many ways, found a way of living with that. it's a difficulty, something that daniel scioli said if he wins he'll deal with, it's not a major issue. it's not the major issue. issues like poverty, high crime rate and the economy has been raised. cristina fernandez de kirchner will leave office when he hands over in december, with something like a 40% approval rating, unusual anywhere in the world.
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certainly mere in latin america after eight years in office. she has her support in the area, the industrial belt around buenos aires. the big question is how much of that support is likely to transfer to daniel scioli, and how much the argentine people are ready demanding a different change, you know, a massive change in approach to the way politics are done, represented by the mayor of buenos aires, mauricio macri al jazeera's daniel schweimler reporting from buenos aires initial results are not expected until tonight. after a positive performance of the benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is taking time off to celebrate. and we'll take an indepth look at clinton's record.
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it's sunday night and time to look at the week ahead. it's a big week on capitol hill. wednesday - house republicans meet behind closed doors do select the man to replace john boehner. paul ryan agreed to become a candidate. thursday he is expected to be elected when the full house takes up a vote. today ryan signalled conservative intentions when he
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hired a new chief of staff. david hope is former vice president and former aide to house conservatives. he will likely help give ryan leverage when it comes to dealing with the freedom caucus and other conservative house republicans. not everyone is ready to fully embrace ryan. >> he's one of the full people capable. he'll find the freedom caucus that want to take the fight for the american people. and he'll find that he has strong support. it will be more of the chamber of commerce, it's not okay on the democratic side presidential candidates are moving ahead fresh off the jefferson jackson dinner. for her part hillary clinton taking a few days off, celebrating her 68th birthday. bill and hillary are hosting a
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fundraiser in new york for her campaign. the former president made her first appearance for hillary, stopping in iowa. the president parading his wife saying america has learnt a lot about her, an indirect reference to her performance in the house committee for the benghazi, and the first democratic debate. the former secretary of state is defining her own space, taking on a stance at odds with policies adopted during her husband's administration. we have a look now at how hillary clinton is distancing herself from president clinton. >> i've lost more sleep than all of you put together. >> reporter: after 11 hours pending off the house. >> i have been racking my brain about what more could have been done. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.
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>> thank you. thank you. >> reporter: coming on the heels of a debate seeing her poll numbers spike. and the decision by a formidable rival vice president joe biden not to run for president. >> unfortunately, i believe we are out of time. >> hello everybody. >> hillary clinton now returns to the campaign trial. with the wind at her back and her husband by her side. >> i'm back. [ cheering and applause ]. >> the many challenges hillary clinton faces includes the complicated democratic record of bill clinton's eight years in office. >> you set a new direction for our country, on issues such as welfare, bank registration and trade, hillary clinton distanced herself from or opposed her husband's administration. in favour of compromise or
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triangulation. >> he meant finding a point between the liberal democratic argument and the conservative republican argument. >> reporter: bill schneider is an al jazeera contribute jor. >> every one of the bill clinton's achievements was passed with republican support. republicans pass the noth american free trade. he couldn't have done it with democrats. republicans passed welfare, supporting the deregulation of wall street, supported the balanced budget deal that capital pointe made with newt gingrich. >> you are going to build on the progress we meet under president obama. >> she wants to embrace parts of the last two democrats, appealing to a left-leaning base. >> i'm not running for president obama's third term or bill clinton's third term. i'm running for my first term. >> it was under her husband's
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administration that the banks were deregulated. >> the deregulation. industry poses a problem for her in the primaries. that's the principle issue where liberal democrats, that's the principle issue, where they'd try to pick a fight about her. >> bill clinton's position on welfare reform and gay marriage gives them a position to be progressive. >> i'm a progressive that likes to get it done. >> she thinks bill clinton can help her get there. >> joining us to discuss more is o'brien murray, a strategist and campaign manager and democratic strategist. and christine pelosi, author and the daughter of house minority leader nancy pelosi. joining us from san francisco by phone. first question, and thank you
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for joining us, ms pelosi. the pundits have been commenting on hillary clinton's performance. nice speech at the jefferson jackson dinner. here is the question. what do you see as hilary's biggest thing going forward. >> the exciting part over the past couple of weeks is we have seen the candidate we knew her to be. tough, strong, fair, judgment and stamina. to lead and be an excellent president. the challenge is to pain the nomination in the general election, uniting people around. and fighting off negative attacks not only from the republican party but the media. >> here is a question, a
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question that critics will be raising. that a vote for hilary is a vote for bill. >> a vote for hilary is a vote for hilary. it's important to look at evolution. i'm a progressive. i had a lot of ideas that bill clinton trianglualated against. we are all evolving. voters care more about our future than in the past. we want to know how someone evolved. what they learnt and where they'd take us. >> ms piil owesy, hold on, will you please. let us get your take on that.
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we can agree on one thing. happy birthday to hilary. after that it's all downhill. an important point is it was a great week to hillary clinton, she had a lousy few months. what head it a lousy week, was her showing up, that expectation. in a debate she debated a former senator, and former governor. independent and democrats. they disappeared. that's a big win. it's amazing that it got to this point. >> so back to you christine pelosi. there are democrats separating themselves from issues, such as issues on bank education, welfare, trade. how much of a liability is there
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in the mind of voters who didn't like some of those. bill and hilary makes a form formidable team. they'll be making the conditions. both have evolved over the years, as have all of us on one issue or november. to take an xemp, most of us in san francisco. the rest of the country has caught up with us. the majority of the rest of the country has caught up. i think that when it comes to president clinton. it was a powerful sur kate on the campaign trail since the presidency. he has always been the explainer in chief, and did a tremendous
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job in helping to re-elect president obama, strong support. again, voters will judge hillary clinton on what she'll do for our future. i said her husband is an asset, but she's the boss. >> bit of a philly bester. >> you now have - still have 14 republican candidates. how in the world are voters going to be able to focus on anyone - anyone like hillary clinton. >> that's 14 terrific men and women on the bench. the only one they can put
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forward, where you have a vb. at this point. there's many thousands watching the debate. as the candidate drop off and it's a unanimous decision. it will be good for the party. >> a nominee that is thought would be good is jed bush, laying off staff, cutting off on travel, going in cars and buses, would it signal a problem. >> i wouldn't say it signals anything. they have a campaign ready to come out. donald trump came along. it took the wind out of the sales. >> do you think he'll be the
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nominee. >> anyone that tells us they were the comni is correct me if i'm wrong. judd bush is doing the right thing to right the ship. the challenge is it's him, casey, and others. you have carley, trump, cruz trying to determine what they are going to do. you'll see someone rising to the tom, coming out and it will be trump or someone will anyone at his heels and bring it down. >> we have another issue facing republicans, the speaker of the house of representatives. looks like it will be paul ryan. let's hear what one of the members of the conservative heritage foundation had to say on sunday - we don't have the sound bite. i'll summarise it. there are some members of the
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freedom caucus who don't trust all ryan and have not given him the endorsement that thee asked for. >> john boehner united them. the challenge is at what point do you use political capital. john boehner over-used the political capital. they were able to say wait, we don't want certain things to happen. the more times john boehner went to the floor, the tougher it became to get things through. right now paul ryan will be a terrific asset racing money, he'll set records. he has political capital. he'll bring conservatives along. they'll we a few conservatives not voting with him. they want to be out to the right. they have enough men and women supporting the agenda, without having to do to democrats,
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breaking the ship. men and women back to work. as ms pelosi was worried about, not worrying about taking the country to progressive issues, if we look at where we are, the crime rate and what is going on is atrocious. they were marching the city. anti-cup marches, the same week we lost an n.y.p.d. officer. >> that's a conversation for another day. on the issue of mr ryan becoming the likely speaker, what does your mum bing about working with paul iran, do you think she'll be more successful as she does with john boehner. >> well, i think that it's - first of all, i wouldn't preface anything happening until they have the vote. if, as is likely, with paul ryan speak, i would hope he'd offer
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americans, offering paid family lead. i was hoping they'll get the bank creating jobs, the highway trust fund bill. tapping the budget reflecting american values, creating jobs, making sure that we honour the full faith of the united states of america, making sure they raise limits to cover authorisations approved by the congress months ago. i think there's a positive way forward it paul ryan is willing to forgo some conservative elements of his budget. all but a handful voted for. we have a contrast between a progressive budget and a conservative budget. i hope that democrats will work with republicans to chew past some of the agenda, which is the badge, which is the high which trust fund, efforts to put americans back to work.
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and the majority of republicans will come along. >> we will not attack or spend our way to a debt greater than before. he's nearly doubled it. >> he lowered the deficit a bit. and it would be jobs... >> i used the word debt. >> and the trade word... >> you can take the word deficit. >> there's a structural deficit... >> you said the debt under this president. >> wait, hold on just a second, christine pelosi, bryan murray, thank you both for participate of course, and i assure you that we will have more opportunities for you to condition your discussion when you are not talking over each other. which is what we do at al jazeera america thank you for joining us. when we come back. opponents of obama care once again plan to challenge it
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before the supreme court.
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opponent of the affordable care act are mounting another change to president obama's signature legislation. the pacific legal foundation is filing a new appeal. the health care law violates the constitutional provision, says the group, requiring bills to raise taxes. lower courts rejected that argument. the supreme court twice rejected major challenges to the healthcare law, the first in 2012, the second past june. new concerns about produce you eat grown in california. the drought puts a spotlight on farmers using waste water from oil production to irrigate the feels, and environment groups are asking questions. al jazeera assist jennifer london has more. >> it is scary, i'm a vegan, i only heat crop. >> what i would like to see is a
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certification that the food i'm eating it safe. >> i don't see how people can want to eat something tainted with chemicals. >> if you have oranges, grapes, almonds in your kitchen, it's likely they came from the central valley in california, this is the water used to irquit the crop. if you think the black shiny sheen looks like oil. you are right. the district buys 21 million gallons from chevron. 90 farmers use it to irrigate fields. it's been happening for more than two decades. as the drought worsens, some environmental groups are asking what is in the water. >> whether the pipe comes out. that's from the chevron pipe. >> scott smith is a scientist with the group water defense. chevron treated this water. and considers it clean. still, you can see and smell the oil. >> the strong smell of oil that
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is overwhelming. what is that telling us? >> it's telling us that there's dangerous chemicals. >> smith spent a lot of time collecting water samples, for testing. >> from testing we have done, it appears the harmful chemicals are not removed. >> reporter: what are they? >> including meth lean chloride, asser tone and dichloride benzene. i know the chemicals in the water are considered toxic, poisonous and cancerous. >> have you tested the crops. they are known as diesel range organics, oil that matched up with the same chemicals, oil that we found in the canal. we wanted to ask if those in -- we wanted to arriving those in
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charge if it's harmful of the the lead regulatory body refers questions to the water quality control board. that state board told us to talk to the regional board, which declined a request for interview. the californian department of public health says data was needed on safety but referred to to the regional board. the department of agriculture says it doesn't have jurisdiction. >> which leaves us with a cooperative managed by farmers to acquire and divvy up iriation water to 90 farms. >> this water is good and safe to tuesday for irrigation. >> reporter: when you go along the canal system you can smell the oil. a lot of time there's an oil stick. what are the boons there for? >> they are there to contain oil that bay are may come through. this is not a perfect process, there may be some oil that comes
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through. small amounts. they'll contain it so that it doesn't get out into the irrigation system. >> most oil fields produce water. chevron didn't return phone calls or emails. but using water is safe. >> through the process of gravity separation water and separates. >> chevron conducted its own test. unlike water defenses, found no praises of meth lean chloride. why didn't they test from the beginning to see if there are remnants of oil in the water going to the crops. >> they have been testing for oil and greece in the water. they were below standards set by the regional board. >> should you have looked further. >> no. the regional board is putting
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together a task for or technical advisory committee to look into things we should look apt. why weren't they specifically required from the beginning? >> they were not required. >> sail and irrigation scientist believes the water is safe and without the 90 farmers will be forced to fallow their fields. >> we need a drop of water that is suitable. not be a problem for human health and plant health. to allow us to irrigate our crops, because we do not have enough water. >> the issue of using produced water makes farmers skittish. we reached out to more than 20. none of the farmers wanted to be interviewed on camera.
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>> the farmers may not want to talk. shoppers at the farmers market had plenty to say. >> people feel helpless. they don't have control over the crops. >> an n.b.a. legend lost his battle with cancer. coach flip saunders passed away on sunday. he was diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma, he became a coach, team president and part owner in minnesota. and is known for saking kevin garnet from high school and making him a hall of famer. he was 60 years old.
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australia marking 30 years since the government handed over the deed to ayres rock to its indigenous owners. the site known as uluru. it's a sacred place.
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the handover is a time of celebration and reflection. >> geologists think uluru has stood for hundreds of millions of years, a tip of a rock extending 5km underground. for tens of thousands of years indigenous people made it central to culture and belief. in 1873 colonialists arrived, declared it ayres rock and cleared aboriginal people from the area. in 1985, the wrong was but right at a ceremony at its base. uluru was handed back for them to engine live and earn rev few to engine live and earn rev few. from. >> i place in the hands of the aboriginal land trust the title deeds. >> reporter: back then a handover was controversial, a light plane was flown over the ceremony, with a slogan of those opposed. >> what i remember on the day
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was a sea of people. it was a big deal handing back a major icon. when you hand it to one group of people, making it awkward for the new australians to come to grips with. >> now the handover is seen as a high point for aboriginal land rights and reconciliation between first australians and descendants of colonialists. >> we realized we had our land back, it was ours, it was here and it could work. >> 30 years on, celebration and commemorations not just for the hand back of the rock, but the symbolism that the event has. hopes that handovers is a major train, partly fulfilled. >> it is an optimism. i would love to retrace history, what's happened in those
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30 years. we are fighting for housing, fighting for the most basic human rights. >> reporter: that is obvious in a community at the base of uluru. and has a brand new swimming pool, but is a poor place. even though there was a national apology in 2008. the constitution doesn't recognise that australia was inhabited before settlers arriving. a referendum to change that is planned. the handover of uluru was a moment packed with symbolism, and can be marginalized. 30 years on it's celebrated, but marginalized. indigenous australians know there are big battles ahead. the nation's largest halloween parade for dogs took place. hundreds of costume canines strutted their stuff. the 25th parade, ranging from the viral video star, with the
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person from the movie "back to the future." the grand prize to a "day of the dead" them. >> i'm randall pinkston in new york. back in an hour with news at 11 and 8:00p.m. pacific. pacific. >> we've arrived in puerto rico, $70 billion in debt. residents are american citizens, but the poverty rate here is 3 times the national average. now, with the economy facing collapse, record numbers are using their american passports


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