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it's pie day. it's marked every march 14th in numerals 3.14 the initials of pie. it has 6.3 billion known digits. this makes it the one time the first five digits of pi. one in five in the same sequence in our lifetime. i'm richelle carey in new york the news continues with thomas drayton. did you have pie to honour the day? >> a different kind of pie, that's the thing to do. i'm thomas drayton in new york let's get you caught up on the top stories. officials reveal evidence i.s.i.l. used chemical weapons in iraq. also a profile of isaac herzog the man that hopes to replace
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binyamin netanyahu as president a deeper look and a growing question of weather money will be there when state and city employees are ready to retire. claims that i.s.i.l. fighters used chemical weapons. they have evidence that they used chlorine gas in a car bomb attack. dozens of fighters were treated for dizziness after the blast. no one was killed. 13 peshmerga fighters were killed today near the oil-rich city of kirkuk. kurdish forces say they are making gains near i.s.i.l. with the help of air strikes they recaptured a village that's been under i.s.i.l. control.
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i.s.i.l. has been accused of using chemical weapons. kurdish officials are offering proof. [ gun fire ] >> reporter: the accusations have been around for months. now they say the proof. it's these plumes of orange smoke exploding into the air which iraqi and kurdish officials say is chlorine and proves i.s.i.l. fighters are using the gas against them. fighters filmed this video near tikrit claiming an i.s.i.l. suicide bomber was driving an oil tanker filled with chlorine a leading chemical weapon expert is not surprised the agent is being deployed by i.s.i.l. >> the islamic state was attacked in december last year using chlorine that stopped them in their tracks. i.s.i.l. saw how effective chemical weapons have been in syria, it was a matter of time before they used it themselves.
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in january, an attack contained levels of the agent. a lori with 20 cannisters exploded on the highway. samples collected from the blast site were tested and showed weapons grade levels of chlorine chlorine. it causes choking and is banned under the 1997 chemicals convention. iraq's kurd were the victims of a deadly attack. now it seems they are facing a similar threat from i.s.i.l. >> richelle carey spoke on how i.s.i.l. may have obtained the dangerous weapons. >> it's important to remember that the o.p.c.w. has not verified that this happened. now, given this it's not difficult for i.s.i.l. to get a
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hand on chlorine gas. it's available online. anyone can get it. it's available in an abandoned factory. it's an industrial product. the question is not where did i.s.i.l. get its hands on chlorine gas, it's how did it weaponize it if it did. that's the danger. >> how difficult is it to weaponize chlorine? >> you know it's not - it's not that difficult. the peshmerga report that it was was - alleges that it was delivered through a suicide bomber. how difficult would it be. it's not that hard. the silver lining is weaponizing it in that way is not going to cause a great deal of damage not a lot more than what a suicide bomber is going to cause
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in the first place. the biggest damage that an attack like that creates is fear psychological warfare, what they are aiming for. >> the u.s.-led coalition staged numerous air streaks, to the strikes that began on friday. near the syrian city. in iraq four strikes hit a unit near kirkuk. four attacks near mosul. hit vehicles in a building under i.s.i.l. control. iraqi forces are close to closing in. the military is holding its positions. until reinforcements arrived. i.s.i.l. fighters are not giving up easily. >> essentially iraqi commanders need this time. they managed to take back part of the city but i.s.i.l. remains in control of half of
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it. even in areas where it's not in control. they have left behind booby trap buildings, explosives. and neighbourhoods ring by snipers, that's why it's taking so long. it's the iraqi military with militia members, and they are calling for more enforcements and explosive residents. they want to though go neighbourhood to neighbourhood and street to street and clear some explosives. demanders say it's expected to take a few more days. the worry is who is going to maintain control of the city. which force will hold it after they drive out the focus. i.s.i.l. has been engaging in battles in other areas as they have been driven out. near kirkuk there has been battled over the past few address with peshmerga forces.
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there were strikes on an army post. i.s.i.l. captured more than 10 according to security sources. in the north, in the town of guare. peshmerga, kurdish force commanders say that i.s.i.l. has blop up part of a bridge. that was previously blown up by peshmerga force, but then reperiod. it was blown up to halt the advance of fighters towards erbil. the fact that i.s.i.l. has destroyed the remaining part of the bridge could indicate that they are coming back into areas where they have been driven back previously by kurdish forces and air strikes. >> we are keeling an eye on a developing story. the u.s. embassy is closed for security reasons. telephone lines in the diplomatic post will be down sunday through monday. and only essential staff will be
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on duty. a partial shutdown is in response to height end security concerns. it's urging citizens to be aware of surroundings. the riyadh embassy was one of more that 20 shut down in 2013, when emails were intercepted between top al qaeda officials. one person exposed to ebola and 10 that may have been exposed to that person are heading home from sierra leone. he is being treated in maryland. people that worked with the patient are being monitored. the c.d.c. issued the following statement: the world health organisation said the death toll from the outbreak is over 10,000 people.
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116 new cases were reported last week. it's the deadliest outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976 united nations is tending teams to vanuatu in the wake of cyclone pam. eight people are confirmed dead on the island nation lying east of northern -- laying east of northern australia. the death toll is expected to rise as effort go into remote communities. thousands have been forced into emergency shelters after their homes were destroyed. kim vinnell has more. >> venturing out of their homes to assess the devastation by tropical cyclone pan. vanuatu, a group of island in the pacific was hit by winds up to 270 canadiens on friday. the category 5 storm, the most severe on the scale uprooted tree and tore apart stores and
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homes. power was cut. and as the storm raged residents could do little but wait. >> i was in the bathroom back against the door and i'm listening. this is not fun. all i can do during this is think about people in vanuatu that have no shelter. this is going to be an horrific humanitarian disaster. >> as pictures of the devastation in the capital emerge, the concern is for those in smaller villages and on the outer islands. aid groups say it's possible villages have been wiped out. >> there has been a very very destructive cyclone hitting a country that has - using a lot of traditional shelters and housing, which means that they are vulnerable to this intensity. >> the u.n. says there were unconfirmed reports that dozens have been killed in the
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north-east. vanuatu's president, away to attend a conference in japan is unsure what he'll return to. >> i'm speaking to him about a heart so heavy, i don't know what impact cyclone pam has had on vanuatu. >> reporter: thousands of people were evacuated to shelters returning to find their homes destroyed. the u.n. is deploying a rapid response team to aid relief operations and neighbours are on hand. there are destructive winds, rain flooding landslides, sea surges and rough seas. tropical cyclone pam will impact on tuvalu kiribati fiji and solomon islands. cyclone pam is forecast to pass new zealand n. it has born the brunt with trees, flooding.
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areas too dangerous to assess. >> video was stunning. kevin corriveau joins us with more on the storm. we are talking about 170 miles per hour. >> that is sustained wind. gusts - pretty much 205. we'll see a lot more video and deaf station, because they have not got to the southern islands. this is the storm, the well-defined eye. it's making its way to the capital going to a category for equivalent. no other storm made its way with this strength before. it will probably be the worst natural disaster. the storm is pulling away and gone from a category 4 to a weak category 4 still with a lot of wind and rain. vanuatu is improving in their weather conditions. now they can get out. we are talking about 82 islands from the north to the south. the ones i'm concerned about are
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down towards the south. the storm made its way to the west of the islands, putting it in a worst situation, and we have not got into the area of communication - down, of course across the region, we'll see the death toll come up. >> you'll follow this closely. thank you. >> they wering to fisz -- turning to ferguson, missouri, it's been two days since two police officers were shot. racial tensions ran high since the killing of an unarmed black teen. we have more on the investigation. investigators say they are pursuing several leads. they have more questions than answers. the chief of the st. louis country police who is laining the investigation. can't say how many suspects they are looking for. whether it's a man or woman responsible for the shooting leaving two officers injured, or if the shooters were connected to the demonstrators gathered
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here outside the ferguson police department which you see over 100 meters away behind me. this is about where witnesses say the shots came from. questions have been raised about whether or not the officers could have been targeted from this location. the police chief said in his opinion it was possible. and while he couldn't definitively link the shooting to the protesters he said "the location doesn't seem to be a copies bens", but -- coincidence" but couldn't rule out the possibility that the demonstrators themselves may have been targeted. >> we have a lot to talk about, we welcome the former major, mr bossily, from st. louis. great to have you with us. how are you? >> i'm doing well. >> what do you you make of the development? >> first of all, we are disappointed with what's as
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related to the police officers nobody wanted it or suspected it. protests have been going on people have not deliberately fired on officers from that distance you'd have to be a sniper with a scope. a lot of people are thinking they may have been trying to fire into the area and unfortunately the officers were hit. nobody affiliated with a protest or anything with the movement condones that. >> yes, that should not be tolerated. many are asking the mayor to be held accountable. it had limited authority to tackle the problems and quell racist textures. what do you make of the words, and should he stepdown? >> everywhere realises - most people come to the realisation that a lot of ferguson's problems are self-ipp flicted. the city is unable to heal itself.
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you see resignations if you see a judge has resigned, the city clerk sending a racist emails has resigned. sergeant who was with darren wilson at the time after the shooting occurred. he was the first supervisor, he resigned. the city manager resigned. you see a gradual unravelling of the ferguson administration. the next step will lead to the mayor, as a former adam may or leader. what are the missteps along the way that need to be core ected. >> there's too many to mention. first, if you take a look at the statistics here this department of justice report is not only scathing, it's revealing. the city of ferguson has 21,000 people. only 21,000 people. 16,000 people in ferguson have warrants out for them. that's over 80% of the people in the city with warrants.
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we put 10 people in a room from ferguson,ate are wanted by the police, the press department did that. it uses the warrants, court system gaol as a way to generate money and revenue for the city. people that can't afford if spend time in gaol. many of the issues in ferguson are self-ipp flicted and people in charge owe the region community a duty. >> let's expand the conversation. has the situation in ferguson prompted up to s, perhaps to re-examine their own practices. ferguson is changing as a result of the international exposure that he has gotten as a result of protests that have been focussed there. it forced the region the city to change. the other areas will change but it will only be as a result of pressure brought to bear. the people will not make changes. earlier this week the missouri
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supreme court literally took over the court system. some of these places geppings for example, next door is no better than ferguson. you have the situation in geppings where their gaol - there was a report that people have been held in gaol for over 30 days because they didn't have $200. women in gaol for 60 days can't get a tooth brush. sanitary napkins on the floor. people sleeping on mats. 90% of people are african american. >> i want to go back to a point you made. i know we saw the rallies, the local elections are about to take place. are residents being more active in pushing for change. >> i think what you see is i'm glad we are beginning to see, is not only in ferguson jennings and st. louis, you have more and more people putting their hand up. running for office.
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the turn out has not been as high as i would have liked or hoped. you have more people seeking these officers. you have council people. you might have 2-3 people running for position. in jennings, normally there's one or two, you have five candidates for mayor. >> more needs to be done. we have to leave it there. appreciate your time this evening. >> thank you. >> the city of ferguson is working to rebuild what was loft when protests eruptedar the shooting. a convenience store that was looted and destroyed is going to be turned into a job training center. it is part of a community effort. companies have donated more than a million to the project coming up city and state workers are told pensions may be cut. experts say it's a trend that will continue if extreme measures are not taken. we'll take a deeper look at the tension problems coming up next.
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welcome back. some cities and states deal with financial woes. pensions funds have come under pressure. people are finding out some of the money that was supposed to go into pensions now go elsewhere. the supreme court is reviewing a plan that means less money in the pockets of retirees. unions say it's not their fault lawmakers underfunded retirement savings. >> after quarter of a century of teaching. judy is looking forward to
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retirement. the pension she was promised. it could be skimpier. >> i'm upset. i don't feel that the teachers are at fault. >> illinois public employees contribute up to 9% of their salaries the state has not made regular contributions for decades. state governor pat quinn agreed an initiative in 2013, saving $163 billion helping the pension programme reach solvensy. to do so retireies would have benefits reduced 10-33% depending on the job and years of service, and reduces employees corrections, caps salaries pushes back the retirement age and ends cost of living increases. it's one of 15 states where employment is not covered by social security. more many, a pension is the only savings available. >> it's possible we'll have to do something other than stay at
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home. i will not be able to afford to do the things i thought i could do. now the supreme court is taking up the issue. the court says it has the right to take action in times of crisis. >> like all contracts they can be altered. they are not absolute. the recession was not foreseeable. >> there are a number of court cases that tested the language and so far an total to cut the benefits is unsuccessful. illinois ranks at the top of under funded pensions. the plans have been away for mayors and governor to bore yes and leave a debt. in 2005 and 2006 the state skipped $2.3 billion in obligated pension payments. >> the accounting that they use would send - if you were a financial officer in a private company and tried to use this
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you would go to gaol the next day. it's totally fraudulent. lawyers for the state requested an expedited hearing, and a decision from the supreme court. a win for the union could put illinois in a bigger jam that it already is. illinois's pension loibilityy is one of many problems plaguing the state seeing eduesed credit ratings. >> illinois is a fiscal mess. it has a staggering 111 billion unfunded pension liability, it has the lowest credit rating of all 50 dates, and dramatically higher borrowing costs. the state has a massive hole in the budget which researchers at the university of illinois calculate is $6 billion. why is illinois in dire straits?
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because it borrowed recklessly for years. the state has been spending more than it teaks in since the early 2000 back when the economy was doing well and kicking the can down the road. it has come home to roost hampering the ability to provide services. illinois has a new governor and he allowed an income tax increase to expire reducing state revenue. the new budget proposed on spending cuts on health care and education - but he has to get it past a legislature with a veto prove majority. the citizens of illinois are growing more is enchanted. one in for believe illinois is the force state to live in where do we go from here
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let welcome kate long a municipal market commentator and founder of a clearing house. and from the policy institute our next guest. great to have you with us. it's a first call mess. there's a lot at stake. >> there's a tremendous amount. the new governor stepped into a vicious fight between the democratic legislator and a court system that is not intent on helping the state. there'll have to be big cuts or increases for the residents of illinois. >> doesn't the illinois constitution classify pensions as a subcontract. >> what it assess is most things that the cost -- says is most things the court does it's a contract, shouldn't be impaired but any contract is subject to review and renegotiation, according to law.
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so i think the bigger question is can illinois afford the massive - it's called $111 billion. the estimate is near to 110 billion. can it afford the pension obligations that it has. the credit agency and other say they can't. that's where you need reform changing how to do retirements. >> the court is likely to say why doesn't the state raise taxes. >> it was raised by a justice, and the income tax increase that rolled off was about $2 billion, and there are taxes they could raise. it's an important question as part of the discussion. >> if... >> if i could... >> go for it. >> in 2011 governor quinn promised to raise taxes, one was pensions. there was an increase of $7
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pillion a year in 2011. 31 billion was raised additional revenues. none of the problems were fixed in illinois. they were all used to pay pensions. the unfunded liability is worse sense then. we have had credit downgrades. the illinois government doesn't know how to live within its means. it puts the requirements of people back in the control of workers. snow is that the option? . >> the union rejected this out of hand. it's a diminishment of their benefit and pension. there's a lot of things happening. politics, the union wants the benefits, you have the system that doesn't seem so have much sway and a democratic legislator arguing with the
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governor. where the give and take happens, we have to wait and see. >> we talk about the unions, how powerful are they and does it come into play. >> the unions are behind every problem that they have whether it's the school system or a pension crisis. 96% of public sector employees are in the unions. they hold squa ever everything that happens. they are powerful of getting the legislator elected. the problem is the government and the politicians managed the systems. they had rounds and rounds of reforms on the pensions, and every year things get worse and the debt is bigger. snow if you are a firearm in chicago, you have 25 to $0.30 of every dollar in your account there. that system is bankrupt. we are saying that something has to change. we saw what happened in detroit. what is happening in chicago is
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bigger. it's the third largest city in the nation. despite the reforms and tax increases, nothing has changed. if you are a worker, you should be scared. how does it get to this point. leadership corruption. >> it's probably the most corrupt state. in a system where you have a special interest wedded to the legislators, it's hard to create change. i think what will happen is illinois will are to hit a wall and the people say no more taxes, and change that stuff. not a lot of options here. >> possibly hit a wall. what happens if the state doesn't win. >> in the near to middle term the bond markets say we don't feel comfortable lending to you and we need higher interest rate. that will wake some people up. illinois is a heavy borrower.
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people's taxes go up to support that. and people become more aware of the situation. >> taxpayers should take note. too early to tell but is a bailout on the radar. >> the governor had his people go up to president obama back in 2010 to look for a bailout. it's the worst thing that could happen in america is for the us government to bail out states or the same thing - state of illinois, bailing out chicago. the bailouts are a dangerous precedence. illinois is not the only state and chicago is not the only city in deep trouble. we have bankruptcies, and there's a group across the country. this is a $4 trillion problem. it's bigger than a bail out for washington d.c. what it clearly has to happen. kate mentioned it. this is one of the corrupt
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governments in the nation. it's time to take these pensions out of the control of the same politicians that loot the funds when they need it or promising too many ben fits when it suits them. the government workers are lied to over and over and so are the tax payers it's time to but the control in the happened that it belongs. that's the government workers, let them control the money, they'll be better off than having the politicians control them. >> another question, when you look at this others are watching this are pensions obsolete? you there has been a lot of effort to change public tensions. there's little change. in the case of illinois, the constitution - the state constitution guarantees the rights to workers, and they are powerful. so there has been a tonne of effort to modify pensions but little real change.
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>> what can we learn from other states. we look at indiana, a triple a credit rating. what can we learn from states like indiana. >> they make a point how di-it is but there are a lot of states fighting the fight or doing what they can to move forward. look at rhode island. a sample of a blue state managing to reform the mention system not just for new workers, but all. there has been a trend going on. there has been eight states sings the great recession adding the programs to retirement benefits. we have to start making the sayings. one size fits all is not the way to go. we have to make the reforms that we can maybe. convert new workers into 401 ks.
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we have to end it. you mentioned pensions being old school. if you look at the private sector, they are. back in the '80s in my opinion out of every 10 fortune 100 company had a pension plan. today one out of 10 has a defined benefit plan. it's time to make the change. >> was there a problem in how we calculate the teacher pension attempt. >> absolutely. the jerps are rosy. we assume the returns will be there. there's a lot of games to be played with the pension funds, and it's highly political. what we need to do is there's a lot of games to play there, we need to get it out of the government's hands. they are good playing games. >> i think in illinois there's
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only one option. doing a constitution amendment. and pulling that. fighting it in court doesn't do well. shaking the legislature enough to enact the law, that will pass through the courts is difficult. constitutional amendment. do you agree. it's a good way to start. what is interesting is if the supreme court doesn't allow the changes, it doesn't change the fact that there's 111 or $200 million debt or that the government workers pensions are in chris -- crisis. the government employees, with 25 to 30 on the dollar should be fighting for change. if the pensions are revised, could it weaken the union moving forward? >> i'm not sure if it has to weaken the union. >> when it comes to feghting. >> the union loves to control
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the pension money. that's part of the reason they don't want to give the workers 401ks. the unions like the top-down. the moment they control it they are empowered, and the government workers lied to buy the union bosses and government would be free to control their own money and do what they should do. >> the vice president from the illinois policy institute, and kate long municipal commentator and founder of clearing house. binyamin netanyahu is seeking a fourth term in office. we look at binyamin netanyahu's biggest challenger and why he has a different take on the future of israel. deaf
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c.i.a. money meant for an afghan fund went to the al qaeda. it was used to pay a ransom for a diplomat. they were warped that it may be contaminated with poison or contain a tracking device. the story came to life when letter were submitted as evidence in the federal trial of an al qaeda lieu dennant, and the c.i.a. refused to comment about the story when we contacted them. >> secretary of state john kerry said that he hopes whomever wins the election on tuesday is dedicated to peace in the region. it's a tough battle between likud, and rival isaac herzog of the labour party. >> president obama is committed to a 2-state solution and remains hopeful whatever choice the people of israel make that
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there'll be an ability to move forward on those efforts. >> it's the peace effort that isaac herzog is counting on calling for peace. it's a campaign making the election too close to call. we have more from imtiaz tyab in ramallah. >> reporter: he has met palestinian official more time than any other israel your politician in the past year. and isaac herzog, who heads the left of the labour party, is committed to making peace. >> i think it's a mistake that we assume it's over. it's part of a tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes. it's not true. i'm telling you, it is possible absolutely possible still to make peace with the palestinian yaps. >> reporter: in the days leading up to the general elections, herzegovina is runs a tight campaign against binyamin netanyahu.
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labour gained momentum after forming an alliance with the party, led by former justice minister and peace negotiator tzipi levni. opinion polls suggest the zionist block could win more seats than binyamin netanyahu's likud party, but is polling short of securing a majority. this professor of political science in the occupied west bank. no matter the outcome. little will change. >> of course there are preferences, and binyamin netanyahu is at the worst for palestinians much right wing ultra orthobox. the left is better for palestinians. to reach a time settlement that palestinians would live with. i don't think any of them would offer the palestinians that. >> a view shared by
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palestinians. >> this man runs a sandwich stall. life under occupation is worse. with a new israeli prime minister, a settlement is unlikely. >> reporter: israeli politicians are like two sides of the same coin. nothing will change for us. president mahmoud abbas declared that israel's selection does not interest him. what does is the decision by binyamin netanyahu's government to withhold hundreds of millions in tax revenue belonging to it palestinian authority, saying whoever is elected as israel's next leader must change that in brazil anti-government protesters are expected to take to the streets tomorrow. douf is under -- dousz is under fire dousz is under -- dilma
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rousseff is under fire after the scandal involving petrogas. >> reporter: here, people supported dilma rousseff's workers' party for decades. it's pleases like that that the party could count on. tough times high inflation and rising employment chipped away at the loyalty. this man has been installing carsterios. things have never been so slow. >> i used to have six or seven cars a day. now i'm lucky to have one. >> his half-brother had a good paying steady job at a distribution plan. he's been unemployed for six months and helps at the shop when there's work. he voted for his predecessor. when he couldn't run he
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supported dilma rousseff. >> i voted for dilma, believing in her. her first term things from okay. i voted again for her. putting moi faith in her. now, unfortunately, she's abandoning us. >> over the past 12 years, the policies helped to bring millions out of poverty, creating a larger middle class. the growth of that has made it tougher for the party. >> the poor voted mostly for the government. and this was divided. if the guys are more middle class, you can lose them. >> one reason they are losing them are high prices. this man says it's at the market that people feel the pinch the
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most. >> what he is telling us is rice, oil, coffee basics even eggs, have gone up 15%. most people won't be among this. they won't be marching for support either. pope francis misses his freedom. >> during an interview, the pontiff expect to stay on the job for possibly five years. >> the only thing i would love is to go one day in a pizzeria. without anyone recognising me. i say this as an example. because in buenos aires, i loved being out in the street.
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a 78-year-old indicates that he might like being a predecessor. he said he didn't mind. >> a word of warping about an antipsychotic - which can kill. >> and the weather. >> flooding and a landslide. in tomorrow on the week ahead, the deteriorating relations between venezuela and the u.s. days after president obama said venezuela poses a threat to the united states, president nicolas maduro is fighting back. we invite you to join us tomorrow.
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welcome back the fca find one in five nursing home residents are drugged without medical cause. as "america tonight" sheila
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macvicar reports, results can be cata trophic. >> reporter: this video was is a retired new york city firefighters, going by ambulance to an assisted living facilitiy. gerry suffered dementia and bouts of confusion. on the first day of the facility he was alert and lucid. >> dad, dad. >> reporter: one day later, patrice found a different man. he's not waking up. what the heck happened to my rather. >> he was a vegetable. he was starring in space.
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anti-psychotic drugs. not approved for patience with dementia. the strongest warning, a black box warning telling patients not to prescribe. one in three nursing home residents with dementia receives anti-psychotic. they are given to the patients for the benefit of the facility they are zhonged out. so you don't are to be bothered with them. five days after arriving at the assisted living. state investigators later determined jeffrey gilligan had been overmedicated. >> if medicare is saying the drugs are bad.
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there's, you know research showing clearly it could cause death, why is medicare paying for it. snakes no sense. if medicare paid for it it wouldn't be administered. >> we are looking at other settings in addition to nursing homes to reduce the use. >> it took away everything from my father his rights dignity kevin corriveau is joining us for the weather at home. it's been rough in several parts of the country. >> earlier i talked about the heat, and the flooding all the way up here to parts of ohio. we have seen rain all week long going on in this area. flooding is not just the issue,
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here we had so much rain we did this. look at the video. this is a hill. it's located at the end of the airport. while we saw a landslide here the landslide came down on to parts of a community at the bottom of the hill. no one was hurt but they don't know what they are going to do. this hill was engineered when they built the airport. it's a problem they'll deal with over the next couple of days. we are dealing with flash floods in the area not like earlier, because the rain has pushed out here across part of the valley. i want to take you to the central plains temperatures. rapid city. 37 degrees above average. 87 degrees i've never seen 42
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degrees. it will probably be a record. it will only last number tomorrow. how about that. >> 80 in denver - wait we are in march. >> we are in march, we get the whacky temp door differences. >> immortalized in bronze.
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♪ british leaders unveiled a statue of mahatma gandhi in parliament square. it stands near other influential leaders, including winston churchill. it reminds us how much has changed in 70 years since india's independence. >> reporter: immortalized in bronze mahatma gandhi joins 10
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other states men honoured on parliament square. heading the unveiling leading politicians, together with mahatma gandhi's grandson and bollywood legend. >> i hope as gandhi takes up residents in this great square at the heart of our politics and democracy that we can all be blessed with the wisdom of mahatma gandhi today tomorrow and in years to come. >> reporter: it's based on an imaging of gandie during a just in 1991 at the height of a fight for independence. >> as he waged the struggle he admired britain. >> reporter: britain dominated india for more than 200 years indian countries now own iconic
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british companies, like tetley tea and others. britain wants to change. this is of course more than a statue of a great man. in is british charm offensive. >> it's not just about honouring a great man, but securing trade agreements. >> it's about his values. when you look at parliament square. you see a statue of nelson mandela, many great people. he was a thorn in the side of the empire. the fill os any of nonviolent resistance inspired movements around the globe, a message of tolerance that led to the assassination of an activist. he inspired nelson mandela. mahatma gandhi had powerful
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critics, especially those. church said: churchill and mahatma gandhi are awkward neighbours. for some he's an unlikely addition next to the seat of the british government. the statue stands as a cautionary reminder that all power fades, and empires reez and fall. the dubai crown prince set a world record launching his eagle off the top of the tallest tower. a mini camera was attached so the journey could be broadcast. at 2,722, it set the record for highest flight from a man made structure, quite a structure. he has a history of flying high and off the isle tower eiffel
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tower. it was to spread the word about eagle conservation. that will do it for this hour. i'm thomas drayton in new york. stay tuned "freeway - crack in the system" is next. >> you know how everybody say they have a purpose in life? well at one time i felt that selling cocaine was my purpose. i used to think i was born to be a drug dealer. i thought it was my job to keep everybody high. to get as many people high as i could. >> welcome to the famous wake-up show. this dj king jack. today we got a great show fo