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i'm david shuster in for ali velshi thanks for watching. charged with murder. [ gunfire ] a white police officer caught on camera shooting a black man in the back. the federal government has launched its own investigation. voting for change. >> i'm proud of ferguson. months after the police killing of michael brown sparked nation-wide protest ferguson, missouri residents head to the polls to make the process heard. running for the white house,
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senator rand paul kicks off his campaign. >> i'm putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the united states will the tea party favourite appeal to the rest of the g.o.p. kansas is the first state to ban a common abortion procedure. what it could mean for abortion rights across the country good evening, i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. a south carolina police officer is facing murder charges tonight after video surfaced showing him shooting on unarmed black man in the back as the man was trying to run away. if convicted, that officer could get the death penalty. we are joined with details. we heard from the family of the victim. >> that's right, and the scott family says they are thankful and relieved believing this video indicates 50-year-old walt are scott and hopes the officer that killed him receives the maximum penalty for the crime.
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>> we can't get my brother back my family is in deep mourning for that. but, through the process justice has been searched. >> reporter: flanked by lawyers and community leaders the family of walter scott is commending the arrest of police officer who shot and killed scott three days ago in south carolina. >> essentially this officer gunned down an unarmed man who was not a threat. >> reporter: the unarmed video seems to prove the point. you can clearly see a black man running from a white officer. secondsator eight shots are fired, and scott falls to the ground. >> in the police report and over the radio, the officer says scott took his stun gun and he was worried for his safety. >> reporter: after the shooting the video shows the officer drop
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the stun gun by scott's body once the video surfaced the mayor of north charleston condemned the officer. >> i can tell you as a result of that video, and the bad decision made by our officer, he will be charged with murder. >> reporter: what led up to the moment was a routine traffic stop. the officer stopped a merz benz with a broken taillight. the driver scott, got out of the car and ran. the officer chased him and fired a stun gun. it did not stop scott, who ran, that's when he drew his gun and fired at scott, 20 feet away. images from the video so disturbing that they nearly brought the police chief to tears. >> i think all the police officers on the force, the men and women, are like my children. so you tell me how a father
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would react. >> first scott's family the pain of losing walter is so fresh, and they say they have the video to thank for a feeling of justice. >> somebody was watching. >> hallelujah. >> a witness came forward with a video. and the initial reports were wrong. >> and that doesn't happen all the time across the country. >> reporter: walter scott was arrested 10 times prior to the incident mostly for failing to pay child support or failing to show up for court. scott's brother believed his brother ran away on saturday because he owed child support. the family says that they intend to file a lawsuit the video is alarming. in ferguson, missouri, results are starting to trickle in in the first local election since the killing of michael brown, and the racially charged protest that followed.
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the town has a 6-member down that has been predominantly white. four african-americans are running for seats this time. diane eastabrook is in ferguson. what is the latest? >> looks like two african-americans will join ferguson city council, bringing the number to three african-americans, more now reflective of the demographics of the community. voter turn out - 33% voted ballots, better than 12% that voted in the mayoral elections. ferguson is a deeply divided community, and one of the issues dividing residents is whether the mayor should step down or be recalled. >> put your name on the line for me. >> reporter: voters in ferguson missouri cast ballots for three new members. barbara says she wished she could elect a new mayor.
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>> i'm not happy with him, and i haven't had a chance to sign a petition. if someone comes to my door i will. >> bristol could get her wish. >> this is the petition that we are passing. >> nick and a group of residents are collecting names in a drive to recall the mayor. >> i'm an advocate for a good government in ferguson. in order to get good government in ferguson some things will have to change. the mayor is one of those things. >> knowles, in his second term angered some when he said there wasn't a racial quite in the community, after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen. he came under fire for a report citing bias in the police department and court. that report led to the resignation of other city officials. at a recent forum city council candidates were divided on
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whether knowles should stay or go. >> he's done a job that i don't think anyone in the room could have done better with anyone attacking him on a constant basis. >> he had to know about the discriminatory culture, or else he is incompetent. there's no way around this. >> ferguson voters were divided. >> he has been the voice. sometimes i just haven't. i thought he had a good voice. and including the mayor, they have worked hard, and have been under so much pressure. i just - i think it's an insult to the community, to be honest with you. >> now, we talked to the mayor, and at this point he had no intention of stepping down and he is not taking the recall effort seriously. what would it take for him to be recalled? >> well what it would take is
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15% of the registered voters. they'd need to gather 1900 signatures for there to be a yes, no referendum put to the community. >> thank you on the national political scene senator rand paul launched a 2016 presidential cal pain the first- -- campaign the first-term senator announces in louisville kentucky. he had a specific message, john terrett. >> as we show he had an uphill battle. he portrayed himself as an outsider. his wife and family by his side. he promised to shake up washington, and is joining a crowded republican field vying for a shot at the white house. >> i am putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the united states.
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>> reporter: kentucky senator rand paul put himself forward. >> i have a vision for america. i want to be part of a return to prosperity a boom that lifts all americans. a return to a government restrained by the constitution. >> reporter: paul became a darling of the movement after winning a campaign in 2010. he stuck to a strong and clear libertarian message of limited government. he's pushed for cuts in the pent gone rallied against u.s. military intermention and has been outspoken by n.s.a. surveillance. >> the phone records of law-abiding citizens is none of their business. >> reporter: while paul is popular with a far right wing he approved of the views much. >> the president believes if we squeeze money out of those working, i don't think it will
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work. >> reporter: he has work to do if he's to appeal to the broader base. if past elections are a measure, a republican hopeful would have to appeal to monerities. the party received 60% of the vote and lost the white house. >> reporter: since 2013 he's addressed the national urban league and talked to black colleges and tried to make inroads with a group of people americans, who have not voted or supported republicans. >> both parties say the system is to blame. >> reporter: rand paul's father ron paul is a former member of congress he was in the audience for the announcement but didn't speak. >> he is where he is because of his father. he has a base of libertarians. young people loved his father who is a purist and message candidate. there are differences between father and son, the major
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difference is son, rand paul is more focussed on winning and his father on purity. he'll have to be careful rand paul has an uphill battle to reach the white house, polling at 8% amongst the potential republican candidates. >> yes, 2016 is beginning to heat up. having said that rand paul is the second republican to formally enter the battle for the white house. the only other announced candidate is texas senator ted cruz, and he sent a message of congratulations, welcoming rand paul and his team to the race. >> a few will be running. chicago mayor ron emanuel delivered a victory speech less than an hour ago, winning a run-off, securing a second term as fair.
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we are joined now. >> he came out, thanked his supporters talked about his opponents, stuey garcia. the mayor came out to give his speech before garcia. it was long and hard fought for him. it was the first time as we mentioned that the mayor of chicago hacked the face off. the mayor was not able to get the vote in the february 24th election. he came out and spoke to the challenges and thanked his opponent and talked about gratitude, that he had for the job that he's been reelected to. >> i have good fortune to serve two presidents. i have the fortune of being elected to congress. being mayor of the city is the greatest job i had, and the
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greatest job in the world. you saw an election between a grandson of an immigrant, and an immigrant, which is why we are the greatest city in america. >> and both of the candidates over the last six weeks or so laid out different paths when it came to addressing major issues in chicago, including the financial crisis and violence on the streets of chicago, and education. but it appears that mayor ron emanuel took home enough votes to get a second term in office and it will be interesting to see what he does to win over the voters who crossed over to the other side and how he'll address the fact that he became a little unpopular to the point he had to face off with the candidate for the first time history. >> how close were the results? >> some of the things - polls in
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the last few weeks indicated na mayor emanuel was leading by double digits. there was no surprise when he came out 56 to 44%. that's the preliminary numbers seen with 98% of the precincts. we understand the turn out was good. by the time the ballots were counted, according to the election commission there'll be about 40%, higher than the february 24th leck. that was something that both the candidates pushed for, to get the supporters out to the polls. ashar quraishi in chicago. >> there'll be a meeting between cuba and the u.s. the first since diplomatic relations was discussed. cuba wants to be removed from a lift of state sfon source president obama is waiting on a recommendation from the state department the u.s. military is
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offering assistance to the saudi-led coalition fighting houthi rebels. they are providing forces. and the u.s. said it increased intelligence sharing with the saudis as fighters storm a border post killing two soldiers. kansas has outlawed a common method of abortion. the reasoning behind the law change and why one group plans to fight it in court hail heavy rain and wind - severe whether is about to hit the country. it's likely to get worse in the next couple of days.
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spring storms in the midwest. it pay be the beginning of days of severe weather across much of the country, meteorologist kevin corriveau is here. look like an active weather map. >> we are, it's april. we expect to see a lot of storms. we have a quiet maften we have
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the number -- march, there's a number of tornados. as we go to april and this week we are looking at a situation that is going to get worse across the area. i want to take you to this area outside of st. louis. look at the video of the hail. we had a bit of hail in that area. we have a lot of rain as well. and one tornado landing in kansas. on the next couple of days we'll here two terms. if you hear about a tornado warp in the area that means a tornado is imminent within the next 10-15 minutes. as we go into the next few days it will be a part of texas we expect to see more tornado are in this area as we go towards thursday, it will get worse across much of the area and it
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is going to be a severe weather day. >> thank you. >> in california the drought is forcing farmers to make decisions. keep water for the crops or sell it for a profit to district cities. in the special series fragile planet. melissa chan examines the buying and selling water. >> reporter: chances are you have eaten produce grown with water from the reservoir, it's a way the drought touches americans. in the last 18 month, it's been difficult, the situation is desperate. it is truly desperate. >> another dry place means farmers have touch choices it make let the land be fallow or try buying water. >> the agencies are making bids others making bids. we are having to compete.
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we are seeing prices unprecedented. it's really reflective of how bad the situation is. >> rural california's purchasing power may rule out to los angeles. the metropolitan water district of southern california says it's the largest provider of drinking water. ford authorised me to buy water from rice farmers in northern california and we are hopeful it will turn out, it's unclear. if the weather is dry, they won't have water to sell. steve is a rice farmer who might have water to sell. the sale depends on the water alio sayings. if we don't get full allocation from lake orville. then we won't sell yig. if we go get full allocation which doesn't look like it will
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happen we will sell create the opportunity, selling 220%. >> reporter: here is what is holding up the deal where rice and others draw their water. >> we are at the lake a major reservoir in the state. look behind me. that is a water mark. in the top of that band. it's where the water used to be. we can look at the boats and how low they are in the water. lake orville is empty. with the levels low. bidders may beg for water. farmers who have the water may not have more to spare. >> it will not be a case where we have it. we have an infrastructure that survives if we keep farming. that's we do we farm. >> with farmers across the state changing the calculus and how
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little to plant. it may show the impact behind the farm to the table kansas is the first state to ban a procedure commonly used in the second trimester of pregnancy. the governor signed the bill into law. it bars a procedure that critics describe as dismemberment abortion accounting for 9% of abortions. similar bills have been introduced. it is the communication gore for trust. he's considering challenging the law, and joins us. good to have you with us. the supreme court has a lot of series on restrictions. why do you ops this one. >> it changes the map on where the ban.
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in the second trimester, it doesn't act for many women, but it within the viability access that has been granted by the supreme court. >> are there a series of ways that abortions can be performed in the second trimester? >> it is limited. the reason we think it's a problem is that the d.n.a. is the most common procedure. it's deemed the safest procedure by physicians. it's the standard of care for abortion procedures in the second trimester. >> much dialation and evacuation. >> let's do it. >> reporter: a dne being dialation and evacuation. >> correct. >> and that one of your colleagues called this a physician imanythings and criminal act. why? >> we decided it portrayed what the law will do for the general public. that this will intimidate and controlize physicians who are
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trying to provide the best care for their patients. >> what do you say to people that say it is a brutal procedure, and they call it dismember abortion? >> so this is not a nice procedure. but nothing in medicine would be deemed nice by the general public. just because we have discomfort with something doesn't mean that people shouldn't have access to it when they need it. we think that women are adults who can make their own decisions and decide what is best for them. for their lives. there are allowances. if a woman's health is threatened for the procedure to take place. when are restrictions on abortion okay from your point of view. >> well our organization's point of view is that we think restrictions should follow the
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supreme court's guidance that they should be accessible to women in most cases. >> the question is is there a burden in this case on obtaining an abortion. >> we feel that way. this would make is very very very difficult for women to access abortion in the second trimester. that means women in kansas have to go to another state to be able to access abortion if they were in the second trimester other states are considering the same law? >> yes do you think you'll challenge it in court and will you be successful. we are looking at all options. litigation is one we are considering. we are hopeful. we feel that the law is unconstitutional under kansas state law and u.s. decisions katy of trust women, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> last night we told you about a battery that recharges in a
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perfect for people who really love tv. we are following breaking news out of los angeles. you are looking at live pictures of a fire in downtown l.a. the top floor of a six storey office building is burning, more than 140 firefighters are battling the flames and they
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have been seen trying to rescue people who are trapped. if you are fed up with a cell phone battery dying all the time help may be on the way, a new generation of super batteries is in the work and they take seconds to recharge. tom ackerman looks at the technology. >> reporter: the lithium ion battery has come a long way since a quarter century ago. computer and phone owners know the short comings. they can catch fire when overloaded and damaged and recharging can take hours. a new generation of batteries is on the horizons. researchers say the prototype can be recharged in less than a minute. instead of lithium it uses aluminum and graf it and the thin battery is flexible enough to be fold the. another advance, it lasts longer than lithium versions.
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>> it has a reasonable capacity and a long cycle life. it has no decay over hundreds of cycles thousands of cycles. >> reporter: it can only carry half the voltage, don't expect to see it on the market soon. an israeli company says its phone battery will be available by the end of the year. using a hybrid elect robe it can power a phone from zero to full capacity in 30 seconds. the quest for a better bali was painstaking work and -- battery was pain staking work. and produced the electric fila appointment. -- gilament. >> battery makers are doing the same thing. what is an anode. >> reporter: their suck suss could move to a freely used device the car batty.
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♪ ♪ bye, bye mtz american pie." the lyrics have been sold at christie's auction house for $1.2 million, the third highest price at auction. i'm antonio mora have a great night. in a world where breath-taking mass murder is too common al-shabab's attack on a kenyan college, and the killing of 147 people stands out. the somali armed extremist group took responsibility for the attack without hesitation or shame, and promised more. understanding al-shabab,