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this is bbc news, i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 10. a woman is shot dead and three people are injured at a synagogue in california. police are questioning a 19—year—old man. britain's fracking tsar quits after six months in thejob — blaming ministers for paying too much attention to the environmental lobby. from within you can't do very much. it means at the moment when you have government in such terrible paralysis you have to do something as dramatic as this in order to have your voice heard. security fears in sri lanka sees church services cancelled — a week after more than 250 people were killed in the easter sunday bombings. mo farah says it would be an ‘amazing achievment‘ to win the london marathon
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for the first time. this is the scene live as the elite women's field and elite wheelchair and para athletes are underway. good morning and welcome to bbc news. a woman has died and three people are in hospital after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in california. a 19—year—old man has been arrested after the shooting outside san diego. our correspondent in los angeles, sophie long reports. # we shall overcome. we shall overcome.#
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a community brought together in pain and multi—faith prayers for peace. they came to soothe each other‘s sadness and to pray for those suffering. for laurie gilbert kay who went to worship on a sunny saturday morning and died hours later in hospital. for a child shot in the leg and for two men, one a rabbi. i have been going here my entire life and to see all these wonderful people come together from all these faiths, it's just absolutely amazing. we had one person today full of hate, one person and look, there is 1000 people here tonight that are full of love. that is what it's about. this is not the first time a tight—knit community like this one have come together to try and help each other heal the wounds inflicted by a man with a gun. it's unlikely it will be the last. i am hoping this does not
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become the new normal, places of worship are sacred. human life is sacred and just the idea of every time we have to keep responding to acts of hate and acts of terror is really traumatising for the community. police have arrested a 19—year—old, john earnest. they are now investigating what made a young man take an assault rifle, shoot a child, kill a woman and destroy lives in a place of peace and worship. sophie long, bbc news, poway, california. the uk's shale gas commissioner has resigned after only six months in thejob, saying the government is paying too much attention to a small but noisy environmental lobby — and conseqentially there is a ‘de facto‘ ban on fracking. natascha engel was tasked with uniting communities over the controversial process, but says stringent rules are stopping the industry from being successful, as john mcmanus reports. is this a vision of the uk's
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future energy market? hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in this case at a site in lancashire. maybe not, because despite government support for shale gas exploration, the woman in charge of inspiring confidence in the project has just quit. natascha engel was appointed as commissioner for shale gas just 6 months ago, but in a letter to the government announcing her resignation, she complained that safety regulations were strangling the industry. retrieving gas through fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock. when that rock fractures the gases are released and brought to the surface. the industry says it is safe, but it can cause earth tremors. to reassure local communities, fracking must pause if those tremors reach a magnitude of 0.5. this site has had to stop work several times. natascha engel says that rule amounts to a de facto ban, and she writes that:
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those campaigners aren't just worried about tremors, they say climate changing fossil fuels should stay underground. in scotland, fracking remained under a moratorium. holyrood still has not decided how to proceed. supporters in the usa say fracking there has lowered gas bills, but some states have still banned it. the government here maintains that shale gas is both environmentally and consumer friendly. now it needs to find somebody new to make that case. the department for business, energy and industrial strategy have responded to natascha engel‘s resignation.
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a spokeserson said the government supported the development of the shale industry in the uk because ‘it could have the potential to be a new domestic energy source, and create thousands of well paid, qualityjobs". they also said the government was confident that current regulations "strike the right balance in ensuring the industry can develop, while ensuring any operations are carried out safely and responsibly". well, earlier i spoke to natascha engel, the government's former commisoner for shale gas. she started by telling me a bit more about why she's quit. certainly, since i first started six months ago there was always an understanding that fracking was going to struggle to develop if these really ridiculously low limits on earth tremors were going to be kept in place. the understanding was always that they would be reviewed and they would be raised when it was safe to do so and that has not happened. it means there is a restriction placed on fracking which is not placed on any other extractive
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industry in the country and possibly the world. it is so low that no industry could develop under those circumstances. i want to pick up on some of those points but you have only been in the job six months. is that long enough? would it not have been better to stay in post to make the changes from within? i tried to do that. unless these changes happen quickly, the industry is still not up and running. this is not something that can develop unless these limits are actually reviewed and had a look at. that is the problem with this. actually from within you cannot do very much and at the moment, when you have got government in such terrible paralysis, you do have to do something as dramatic as this in order to have your voice heard. that is the tragedy because it has been my idealjob. fracking is untested in this country, it is a different proposition here than it is in the wide—open spaces of the united states. isn't a cautious approach
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needed while more is done? while more research is done. there is a difference between caution and stopping an industry from happening. it is new here but they fracked over a million wells in america and we have got some of the tightest and best regulations and it was because we have got lots of experience of getting oil and gas out of the ground in the north sea. fracking is not new. this is a technology that has been around since the second world war and it is a method of getting oil and gas out of the ground, like any other method. the only thing unique about it is its awful sounding name but apart from that, it isjust a method of getting oil and gas out of the ground. but isn't the bottom line we just do not know. for example, people say it is better for the environment but at the end of the day fracking uses huge amounts of water, doesn't it, which has got to be transported to the site,
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that is not environmentally friendly. it's not a huge amount of water if you compare it to industries that use huge amounts of water, such as the drinks industry and paper industry. this does not comparatively, and every extractive industry uses water. the only big difference is there is a very large environment campaign against it. you do not have that against other industries and i think that is why it has been uniquely blown out of proportion. isn't it also the case that there may be potentially poisonous chemicals that are extracted during the course of fracking? what happens is that sometimes the minerals underground come up with the water. that does happen but they are perfectly safely extracted in any other way. there is nothing intrinsically unsafe about it. final thought, given you are so passionate about fracking, now you have gone, who is going to bang the drum for it? i'm going to keep banging the drum from outside.
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it will be easier to do it from outside than inside and the drum needs to be beaten, especially with these new, the profile of environmentalism has been raised. let's join the london marathon coverage, as the men's elite runners and people taking part in the mass race prepare to start. let's listen in. applause we have just seen the beginning we havejust seen the beginning of the race so mo farah going through,
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he came third last year. it is a big race for him any wants to try and to do better but he is up against the world record holder, the best marathon runner in the world so it will be tough for him. the elite runners are coming through, this is everybody else now. there are 41,000 people running the marathon this year and people will be looking at the elite runners, but really these are individual, personal stories of triumph and heroism. people raising money for all sorts of amazing causes. we have spoken to the cast of eastenders this morning you are raising money for dementia awareness for their colleague barbara windsor who has dementia. i spoke to a mother whose 18—year—old daughter has a mother whose 18—year—old daughter hasa brain mother whose 18—year—old daughter has a brain tumour she is raising money for better research for that. i've also spoken to people trying to break i've also spoken to people trying to brea k world i've also spoken to people trying to break world records, a man dressed asa break world records, a man dressed as a tent, a man dressed as a rino, who want to be the fastest dressed
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as that. and the oldest man, 85—year—old ken jones as that. and the oldest man, 85—year—old kenjones who has run every single race since the london marathon started 39 years ago. they will break a world record, they will raise £1 billion for charity once this race is finished. that is what the london marathon is all about. at the london marathon is all about. at the end of the race i will hand you over to my colleague kate gray. thank you, in just over 26 miles we will hope to see that elite men's race. it will take them over to alice, mo farah hoping to beat the world's best. it will be a brilliant race with plenty of support from the british crowds lining the streets of the london marathon. just over an hour ago the wheelchair race started with great britain's david we are going for his ninth title of this london marathon and his 20th consecutive race with this course.
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an unbelievable feat. we have heard that david is a little behind the main pack. a man from the usa is leading at the moment. this race appears up as the world championship marathon so another medal up for grabs but david we is getting plenty of support for the home crowd. —— david weir. he is only 20 years old, a new guy on the scene and plenty of work to do. the women's race will be out on the course and a woman from switzerland is leading. she has won the last five marathons of this series so she is the hot favourite and will definitely be hunting down for that gold. she only came fourth last year, a disappointing race for her but she is deftly on form for the gold today. the women's race is also out on the course, went off
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just under an hour ago. the world record holder is leading the way along with last year's winner. another exciting race, one of the best elite women's race we will see but it is about the masses. they have started this 26.2 mile race around this brilliant iconic london marathon on course. it is about 10 degrees cooler than last year so hopefully perfect conditions to see plenty of smiling faces crossing the finishing line over the coming hours. studio: 0k, hours. studio: ok, kate hours. studio: 0k, kate bear on the finishing line and before that graham on the start line. thank you to you both. talks are continuing between the government and the labour party to try and break the brexit deadlock. the uk will take part in elections for the european parliament on may
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23rd, almost three years after the country voted to leave the bloc. —— european union. 0ur political correspondent jessica parkerjoins me now. conservative sources have accused labour of dragging their feet during these talks? i think that partly came from a briefing we had about how when theresa may was talking to her cabinet she said the talks have been difficult in some areas with labour and the talks have been going on for quite a number of weeks now, one way or another. some of those talks are face to face meetings with ministers and shadow ministers and sometimes ata and shadow ministers and sometimes at a more technical level, but the chief sticking points remain. there is no indication yet of any kind of breakthrough from the labour leadership perspective they want to see a customs relationship with the eu. the government does not want to do that because they think it will
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limit the uk being able to strike independent trade deals. we are certainly not dragging our heels by any certainly not dragging our heels by a ny stretch certainly not dragging our heels by any stretch of anybody‘s imagination. i have to say honestly i think the discussion so far have been productive. we've gone into a lot of detail. there seems to be a willingness on both sides to move toward some form of consensus. as yet we have not seen the government to move on any of their red lines. we are having further discussions this week and hopefully we will see some movement but at the moment we are focusing on the detail where we stand in relation to our relevant positions and where potentially we could move to. we want to see how diverse movement on those red lines as quickly as possible. talks are expected to resume this coming week but as i say, without any significant movement from either side it is difficult to see how there might be some kind of breakthrough. having said that it seems that the moment neither side is willing yet to walk away. perhaps
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they did not want to be seen to be they did not want to be seen to be the ones that walk away but not on the ones that walk away but not on the ideals considerations, both sides have considerable divisions within their own parties. the labour party we have heard calls from a number of mps and meps who want the readership to push out on the idea of having another referendum and on the conservative side, there are many people in that party, any idea ofa many people in that party, any idea of a customs union would be very unpopular amongst many in the conservative party. we've also got the small matter of local elections on thursday in england and northern ireland. big test for theresa may. she is facing so test for theresa may. she is facing so much opposition, not only from her own mps but also from the grassroots. yes, and the conservatives are defending the large number of council seats this time around, 248 councils seeing elections on thursday. when you speak to councillors i think a lot of them will say they want to focus on local issues, things like bin collections
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and things like the state of the roads, social care, that kind of thing but undoubtedly the national narrative on brexit may play its part. we heard this morning from a base chair of the conservative party saying it may be a difficult night for the conservative party but with in hearing from the shadow business secretary and her thoughts on what kind of tight brexit may play in the local elections. i think it would be naive of me not to think brexit will play a big part in our local elections, certainly from the feedback i am getting from the doorstep in my constituency, many of my residents are talking about brexit on the doorstep as well as other issues that affect their lives in relation to living standards and austerity. to think that would not have an effect on people and their voting intentions would be naive. we've also to remember the last situation we were in when result ——
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when we saw such large—scale elections, it was when turnout was higher. i do not have a crystal ball to tell us what the outcome would be, certainly from the doorsteps i have been on there have been discussions about brexit but a lot of labour supporters still there and they are still quite positive about our domestic policy agenda and the agenda our local councils are setting out to try and limit the damage this conservative government is doing to our local communities. i hope that people bear that in mind when they are going to the ballot box in the local elections. we'll be hearing from the other political parties throughout the day here on the bbc news channel and you can find out more about the local elections in england and northern and who is standing in your own area. you can just and who is standing in your own area. you canjust go and who is standing in your own area. you can just go to the website. china's ambassador in london has said the uk government must
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make its own decisions about whether to let huawei build the 5g network. the us says the chinese telecoms firm is a security risk. but writing in the sunday telegraph, the ambassador said britain should resist pressure and choose independent decision—making. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. john has all the details. good morning, as we have been hearing the london marathon is well under way and the wheelchair races are starting and the elite men's and women's races. mo farah on the start line hoping to win it for the first time in the men's race. it was started by andy murray, there he was. mo farah are expected to battle it out with the world record—holder, he won the last london marathon last year but mo farah is four minutes short of the kenyan's best time so he is expected to have to put a real
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impressive performance in if he is to win this race for the first time. we can bring it some life pictures now, following the elite women's race. you can see now, following the elite women's race. you can see one of now, following the elite women's race. you can see one of the early pace runners out there in front in the black and white striped invests. a number of big names to look out for in the women's race. 0ne a number of big names to look out for in the women's race. one woman has won it three times and the winner at last year is there too. they are in the early stages of that one. you can follow it all, we will be keeping you updated on the progress of those races this morning and it is live on bbc one at the moment. following the progress of some 40,000 fun runners who are raising money for charity and will be out on the streets of the capital. away from the marathon... after three seasons away, norwich are back in the premier league. they beat blackburn rovers 2—1 to secure promotion, a draw next weekend they'll go up as champions with sheffield united all but guaranteed to join them after a 12 year
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absence from the top flight. joe lynskey reports. the championship is one of football's unpredictable divisions. this is the feeling to depart it for the top. but even in this league few expected norwich city to go up. this side finished 14th last season then sold their two best players. this time they have swept teams away. norwich have surged to the top through the efforts of their german manager, daniel farke, who has encouraged the canaries to go high tempo and take aim. talent from across europe has been key to their recipe for success, beating blackburn 2—1 puts an end to their three years away and the premier league's riches await the side no—one fancied. sheffield united are reaching the end of a longerjourney. they are on the verge of promotion, 12 years after coming down. their manager chris wilder is a blades fan himself, he arrived with the club 11th in the third tier.
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but beating ipswich means only an unlikely goal swing will now stop them going up, and were he not in the dugout, he would be in the stands himself. it is an amazing day, i have not slept a wink all week waiting for this game, such a reward for the way that supporters have stuck by us because we have had some tough times down here. after the celebrations it all starts again in the summer. for now the players can enjoy the applause and prepare for english football's biggest leap. hoping to avoid going the other way are brighton who took a huge step towards staying in the premier league. after cardiff lost to fulham. they claimed a crucial point after coming from behind against newcastle, ayoze perez with the opening goal. they equalised through pascal gross with a huge goal but they'll have to wait another week before their survival is confirmed.
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after livepool‘s win on friday, manchester city will attempt to move back on top with victory over burnley later — they'd be a point clear with two games to play. it's one of three fixtures today. and pep guardiola was quick to pay credit to the improvement their title rivals have made. the difference between this season and the previous season is one reason, it is liverpool. we did the same the last season, the same. the only difference is liverpool were much better. the other clubs were in the same level last season, but the reason why this season is different is liverpool. they improve a lot, they bought incredible players, they were incredibly consistent last season and this season. celtic are just point a point away from winning their eighth successive scottish premiership title after a 1—0 win over kilmarnock. in the week of club legend billy mcneill‘s death, members of the team who won the european cup in 1967 were present for a special tribute to theirformer captain before the game. and, rather poignantly, it was their current number 5 — jozo simunovic — who scored the winner, with ironically, 67 minutes on the clock.
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gary will send the man who might out to mark selby, will meet either ali carter china's zhou yuelong in the quarter—snookerfinal. you can follow this on bbc two live at the crucible. that is all from the bbc sport centre, it is back to you, rebecca. four people were killed and three others injured when a construction
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crane collapsed in the american city of seattle. cars were crushed when it fell from the roof of a building site and onto the street below, that's asccording to police and fire officials. two machine drivers and two people in separate cars died in the incident in seattle's south lake union district. police are investigating after a photo said to show the body of footballer emiliano sala, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this year, was posted online. the 28—year—old's body was found in the wreckage of a light aircraft in the english channel two weeks after the plane vanished near guernsey on the 21st january. ‘exercise tiger‘ was the code name for a large—scale, military rehearsal, which took place 75 years ago — ahead of the d—day invasion of normandy. the run—through went disastrously wrong and more than 700 military personel were killed. now, those who lost their lives will be remembered with a special art installation. 0ur correspondent robert hall is at slapton sands for us where the memorial is taking place,
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and we can talk to him now. good morning, that the ceremony is taking place early this afternoon so final preparations are being put into place. sla pton final preparations are being put into place. slapton sands is one of those tranquil spots, so many of them along the south devon coast but during 1944 things were different. these villages were empty and the whole areas were filled with thousands of american troops. they we re thousands of american troops. they were taking a last opportunity to get things right ahead of the d—day landings in earlyjune. exercise tiger was one of the largest planned practice operations, if you like, but as you are about to hear, it endedin but as you are about to hear, it ended in tragedy. sla pton sands, popular today as a nature reserve, but 75 years ago the setting for a dress rehearsal which went disastrously wrong. in 1944, allied commanders matched this wide bay with the beach in normandy codenamed utah.
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slapton's geography was perfect for landing craft, tanks and thousands of troops to practise their assault on hitler's atlantic wall. the exercises were held in total secrecy. residents from every nearby village had been moved from their homes. i had six weeks to move out of the area... pam hill remembers the day she was filmed watching the removal men loading her family's furniture into lorries as the first americans arrived. she also remembers an april morning when rumours began to spread that something very bad had happened out at sea. they knew something had happened because the fellow remembers seeing all the ambulances going up the line here. so they knew there was quite a lot of injury. as eight huge tank landing craft made their way in convoy towards the beach, they'd been attacked by german e boats armed with torpedoes. two american vessels were sunk, two more badly damaged. official figures at the time
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rose to well over 700. many bodies washed ashore along the south coast, but dozens more were never found. it's moving to stand there and look out at the english channel and think about where my uncle's body lay. was his body everfound? no, he's still in the ship. for decades, no—one knew what had happened here, partly due to the security around the d—day landings. but this weekend, families have crossed the atlantic to remember young men lost in the grey waters of the english channel. my dad described the water as hejumped in on fire. annelle reynolds‘ father was badly injured but he survived. she‘s brought his uniform to be placed in the local museum. i feel now that meeting with these people that it was a shame that these men did not get recognition through their lives.
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every visitor pays tribute to dean small and his local volunteers. dean‘s father raised the sunken sherman tank which now forms a permanent memorial. we have the incredible sacrifice that the local people made to give up their home and their land, and at the same time, this horrendous disaster that took so many young lives. 0n the beach below, 749 sets of bootprints. a powerful way to remind us of a loss of life which far exceeded the figure on the real utah beach just over a month later. that loss of life went beyond the 700 because in another stage of exercise tiger hundreds more americans were killed in a friendly fire went live and practice landings came together —— went live ammunition and practice landings came together. the ceremony will
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