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the theatre dubbed the birthplace of british cinema is given new life. just remember, you can keep up to date with all of news by logging on to the website. the address - >> the saudi-led coalition launches a barrage of airstrikes into yemen after the houthis fire across the border, attacking saudi arabia. >> four afghan men sentenced to death for leading the mob that killed a woman. many call it justice but there are questions over whether the trial was fair. >> the mothers of two gunmen killed outside a controversial art show condemn their son's actions but were police warned
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there could be violence? >> this is aljazeera america good morning live from new york city i'm randall pinkston. the war in yemen is inching close to the border with saudi arabia. overnight 30 airstrikes hit two provinces in yemen in the north near the border. the coalition said the strikes are in response to houthis firing mortars and rockets at a saudi town. three people died. >> secretary of state john kerry is calling on the saudis to stop the fighting for humanitarian reasons. aid agencies say yemen has a shortage of fuel and those agencies may have to halt their work. we have a correspondent live in riyadh. is there any word that saudi arabia will consider suspending the airstrikes to allow
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humanitarian relief? i can't yeah, i think it will depend on what kind of truce or pause the united states will ask for. to stop the campaign now when the houthis have been able to shell saudi cities and inflict damage in civilian areas i think it's not likely, but the saudis have already talked about readiness to create safe zones inside yemen places where the humanitarian relief can be dropped or shipped and then distributed, but that's a tricky question there because they have to actually protect those distribution points. they have to be able to put troops on the ground for that purpose, and there is no clear explanation right now from the saudis how they are going to do that considering that the houthis and the their supporters allies of the former president ali abdullah saleh still in control in many areas in yemen including parts of
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aden and of course completely in sanna and many other places. it is a very difficult situation there for any humanitarian relief and coming this afternoon to saudi arabia, john kerry is going to discuss this. form we will know if there will be a deal in this respect but we know for sure that saudi arabia will not be ail probably to stop the airstrikes completely in yemen because of that situation i just mentioned near the border. >> so strategically, what would you say has been accomplished so far with this continuous round of airstrikes, now in its what, second month? >> >> yeah, if we go back to the initial goals announced by saudi arabia they wanted to push the houthis from the city of aden in the south they wanted to destroy the exhibits to fight and defense and also they want
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to push them to come to negotiations. these three goals are still to be realized, to be completed. it's very clear that they have been able to stay in those areas and they have been able also to continue to strike saudi border and sawed cities and now saudi arabia has to really think at alternatives but what we see on the ground is there is a continuation of the airstrikes. >> thank you in riyadh, saudi arabia. >> secretary of state john kerry is set to visit saudi arabia later today but first stops off in djibouti. this is a key military base there will reportedly used for american drone operations over yemen and saudi arabia. the base is the largest in the area. a 20 year lease extension was recently granted for the base. >> in afghanistan a court sentenced four men to death for their roles in the mob killing of a woman last month.
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she had been accused of burning the koran. her death sparked international outrage and calls to improve women's rights in afghanistan. jennifer glasse joins us live from kabul. jennifer, we understand other people involved have also been sentenced. >> that's right, 40 men in all were accused in court this week. in addition to the four given the death penalty, eight men given 16 years in prison, and 18 men were set free for lack of evidence. that leaves 19 policemen still to be sentenced. we are expecting that to happen on sunday. it's really critical, because they are accused of failing to do their jobs, failing to protect her during this pour risk attack in central kabul in march. dozens took a part in the killing, hundreds of others watched and under afghan law that is illegal.
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afghan law number 354 makes a failure to protect somebody a crime here, and if the judge actually sentences the policemen, there's video of them shown in court that they were standing by. some policemen did try to protect her but the crowd did get her and they watched as she was beaten to death by this crowd. if the judge convicts this policeman under this law it will be the first time that law has been enforced here. >> it is so shocking every time we see that video. is there anything we're hearing from the family of the victim? >> >> al jazeera did speak to the brother of the victim. we saw the mother and father in court today both asking for justice under the law but the brother speaking for the family after the verdicts were handed down saying he's very disappointed that they don't feel justice has been done, many of the per traitors are still at large. the family is upset about a man who drove his car over her.
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he has not been apprehended and they people the trial was really very much like a drama. they say the pressure from the government to have a trial to come to some sort of conclusion, that it was rushed and of course there has been some criticism as well randall because none of the defendants had a defense attorney present. they were all allowed to speak for themselves in court but there were no defense attorneys present. that will be criticized at some point. >> notwithstanding this very public trial and the outcome for the defendants, is there any change really, in the way women are being treated in afghanistan? >> well, this really has been a very very central trial more most afghan women, i don't think a lot of things will change. it raised the profile of violence against women here, but it's such you a prevalent problem, it's going to take a
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long time to change. >> new allegations about the co pilot investigators say deliberately crashed a plane in the french pals. andreas lubitz had practiced reducing fliest altitude on the same day as the doomed flight. they allege he intentionally reduced altitude to crash the jet, all 150 onboard were killed. >> german police arrested people planning an attack on muslims. they were picked up across five german states. the suggestion expected head of the operation was detained in bovaria. they planned attacks on mosques and homes for asylum seekers. >> the f.b.i. investigating claims that isil was behind the shooting outside a controversial art show in texas. we're learning that the department of home land security and the f.b.i. warranted local law enforcement last month about the show which featured cartoons of the prophet mohammed.
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the mothers of the gunmen are speaking out about their son's roles. the 34-year-old was a pakistani american muslim, but his mother insists he was not an extremist. >> to be convinced to do something like this is beyond -- it's just beyond me. i'm thankful he did not kill anybody, and i don't blame the policeman to shot and killed him, he was just doing his job. >> elton simpson was the other gunman. the family of the arizona native also canceled the attack, saying as a family, we do not condone violence and proudly support the men and women of our law enforcement agencies. we assure many people in this country are curious to know if we had any idea of his plans. to that we say without question, we did not. >> the white house is offering a $20 million reward for information on four key members of isil.
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the most wanted men are said to run various parts of isil and have all called for attacks on westerners. the democratic says anyone who provides information leading to the whereabouts of the leaders will be eligible for the reward. >> it's just one day to go before british voters head to the polls and prime minister david cameron is fighting for his political life. polls suggest that cameron's conservative party is in a virtual dead heat with the labor party. neither may have enough seats for an outright majority. that would mean that whoever had lead would have to negotiate with smaller parties to form a coalition government. jonathan tong is a political scientist at the university of liverpool. he joins us from manchester england, this morning. thank you for your time, sir. first question, as britain prepares to go to vote tomorrow, what are the key underlying issues that will be driving voters to the polls? >> there's been three issues
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that have dominated this election the economy on which david cameron's conservatives have been consistently ahead. there's been the national health service on which labor has been well ahead and then there is been immigration on which neither of the two main parties conservative nor labor have done well. you've had smaller parties like the independence u.k. party make the running on that issue. the big two issues, the economy and the national health service the two big parties have canceled each other out. that's why you've the parties neck and neck in the polls. >> so, with the race beings too tight to call, is it inevitable that a coalition government will be needed and if so, how do you see the negotiations playing out in the details after the election? >> well here the negotiation are going to be really tough. what i expect on that friday as the votes have been counted is that it's rather going to be like the last round of a tight boxing match where both
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contestants raise their arms in the air and claim victory. what david cameron will do is look toward the right and the center. the liberal departments the democratic unionist party in ireland and potentially independence party a loose alliance would perhaps take him over the winning line, 323 seats, an overall majority in the house of commons. it would be a very fragile coalition. it would lack legitimacy, look like a coalition of the desperate. against that, you've got a potential coalition of the losers in which the labor party tries to form a coalition with the liberal democrats with the scottish national party who are expected to do very, very well in this election with over 50 seats and other assorted groups from the left or national groups. therethose parties will have come
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second third fourth or lower down in terms of vote share. we're looking at potentially a very very difficult problem in forming a government. normally, british elections we know who's going to win normally and secondly, we can form a government very quickly after the election. neither of those things applies with this contest. it's unique, the closest contest we've had in british political history. >> we've seen a lot of stories and issues dealing with immigration across europe. how significant is that issue in the upcoming election and how forceful will ukip be in pressing that issue? >> well, ukip is very forceful on this issue. they have topped the poll at european elections in britain only quite recently, only last year. immigration is a serious issue and ukip have got support across the political divide. they've had support from former conservatives, working class support from former labor
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leaders. the leader of ukip said he will resigned if he is not elected. i think ukip's foreign very much rely on their leader, but there is no doubt they'll have a solid vote. i expect them to confer in terms of the popular vote ahead of the liberal democrats who have been for a long time britain's third party. immigration is an issue. the parties have had to respond. david cameron promised a referendum on our membership in the european union and immigration policy by 2017 if the conservatives were to win. the liter of the labor party has talked tough on future immigration policy. ukip's influence goes well beyond the vote share. immigration is a big big issue. >> jonathan, thank you very much. we'll see you how the election turns out. >> in other news, israeli prime
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minister benjamin netanyahu has an election problem of his own only a few hours left to put together a coalition government. netanyahu has been busy meeting with the jewish home party in an effort to secure a majority in parliament. netanyahu's likud party won elections in march but talks since then have stalled and a former ally, the foreign minister withdrew his support this week. leaving netanyahu short of enough votes to form a government. >> right now, he is eight members of the 61. he's trying to convince bennett from the jewish home, the radical right party to minimize his appetite. >> if netanyahu cannot form a government by the end of the day, the president will ask someone else to form a coalition. that would likely be the zionist
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union which came in second in the elections. >> on the digit albeit, children in eastern cambodia being married off as young as 12 years old. the country's overall child marriage rate has dropped but in parts of the east appear to be on the rise for economic and cultural reasons. >> i was expecting people to say this has been going on for ages. a lot of people said it's increasing this didn't used to always happen and that children are actually getting married younger, these child marriages happening more often because it's easier actually now that some of these kids have cell phones easier to find a match. >> the girls and boys often drop out of school when the young men have to become bread winners. aid groups say the weddings lead to increased risk of early pretty good nancys and domestic violence. you can see the entire story on our website
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>> coastal erosion is eating away at miami beach and the city may have run out of ways to replace the sand. why its only hope lies to the north. >> los angeles accuses wells fargo of preying on customers for a quick payday. the lawsuit and the fallout next. ut next.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 7:48 easter time. taking a look at today's top stories, aetna will stop covering the use of a common surgical tool used in hysterectomies last fall warning power mothers laters could spread cancers with that the device removes fibroids. it will make exceptions if other options threaten a woman's life. >> the senate agreed with the house on a budget plan. the 10 year spending plan slices $5.3 million. >> california says requiring mandatory water reductions across the state. it comes as a historic drought enters its fourth year and efforts to conserve voluntarily are fall short. the requirements vary by city. the ones that consume the most will have to reduce their use by
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36%. the rules fake effect may 15. >> eight miles up and down miami beach every day he runs, something he's done for the past 40 years. >> how do the beaches compare now to what you've seen in the past? >> it's bigger, but the sand is not as nice. >> it's been decades since he's seen this beach in trouble. >> i hear miami beach is running out of sand. >> it has run out of sand. it sounds very unusual. >> miami's beaches themselves need constant work. for years the solution was to pump in sand from the bottom of the ocean. two years ago the county simply ran out.
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>> there's no longer any viable sources offshore, so we ran out of sand down here in south florida. >> beaches aren't static. the sand comes and goes with currents rising oceans and storms miami dade county alone needs 18 million cubic yards of it for the next 50 years. enough to fill the miami dolphin stadium seven times. now county leaders are turning to the neighbors in the north. in the waters in martin county, engineers say there's plenty of sand. >> how much sand is out there. >> there's an abundance of sand off our shorelines. >> these golden beaches might as well be lined with gold, because when it comes to sharing some politicians aren't so willing to wade in. >> the idea generally speaking, this idea of taking sand here and shipping it to miami. >> i'm not a fan. >> you're not a fan. >> no, i've been known to say
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tell them to take their sand buckets and go home. >> some say that sounds selfish. >> it isn't when you understand what i'm trying to protect and fighting for. >> she worries a major storm could wipe away their beaches. >> you guys have your own erosion issues. >> absolutely. >> there may not be enough sand to go around. >> we will help where we can but we need to protect our own first. >> crews can't just use amy's sand. it must be the right color size and texture making it precious in miami where its beaches help attract four mill people every year generating $22 billion. >> this getting the sand from the northern counties, does it make most sense to you? >> when you need sand, you have to get it from somewhere. we are looking at all areas. >> it's got to be frustrating for you. you guys need sand and running into resistance from your
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northern neighbors. >> i think we understand their concerns and issues and we're trying to work with them to allay those fierce. >> miami dade county is considering other ideas including even shipping in sand from our countries like the bahamas. >> in fact, one florida county was so desperate for sand, it considered using recycled glass on its beaches, but decided that was too expensive. >> also the federal government is studying options that could please everyone. as officials look to the future. >> in the summery glows in the light. >> some like robert kraft can't help but remember the past before crews starting pumping in sand from the sea bed. when in the early 1970's, miami beach looked totally different. >> some of the hotels, you couldn't get by, there was no beach at all. >> you remember a time when there was no beach on miami beach. >> pretty much, or very little beach. >> few expect that to happen
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again. either way, he will keep running. his routine hasn't changed even if his beach has. jonathan betz, al jazeera miami. >> now to the money beat. los angeles is suing wells fargo, the city alleges bank employees opened bogus accounts for customers and ran up charges to meet sales goals. the suit asks for a court order demanding wells fargo stop the alleged practice, plus penalties up to $2,500 for every violation. wells fargo blames rogue employees and said it will defend itself against the charges. >> pushing the limits of engineering. the new super skinny building design doing what was once thought to be impossible. >>
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>> the latest building trend is to make buildings tall and skin any. pulling that off requires
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tremendous advancements in engineering. >> i am nearly 1400 feet in the air in sort of the cutting edge of high-end residential living. in the future, we are all in theory going to be living at this kind of incredible altitude if we make enough money. this building manages to stay at this height because of a combination of systems. it has a central core, this system offering stability and rigidity. there's an inner tube and outer tube connected at five points throughout this 96 story monstrous building. your great enemy building a building of this size is not the basic logistics. it is hard enough to get water up to this height. you need incredibly high end pipes and elevators that can go fast enough that you're not going to be spending all day to
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get down to get dinner or breakfast. but the great difficultive, the thing they worry about is wind. when you're spending millions of dollars to live in a place like this you cannot be sitting with your cup of coffee and have the whole thing moving back and forth on you. you can't stop the building from actually moving. all you can do is slow it down. that's really the trick here. they use a combination of systems. the interior and exterior rigidity. they have weights hung from a flexible sort of material and when the building is pushed by wind those two weights sort of counter act that motion. all of that serve to say major not only the kind of place where you can sort of, you know, hang out and look across the entire state of new jersey the way we
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>> sunday on "hard earned". losing control. >> 50 and broke. i live with the consequences every day. >> harsh realities. >> i did two tours in iraq, when i came back i couldn't find a job. >> fighting to survive. >> bein' a man and can't put my family in a home that they
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>> wells for go accused of bill king its own customers to meet sales quotas. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. the ultimate penalty for four men convicted in the mob killing of a woman in afghanistan a court sentenced the men to death for murdering a woman accused of burning the koran something she did not do. her family is not happy with the trial or the verdict. jennifer glass joins us live from kabul. this case sparked outrage internationally, what is the reaction to these sentences? >> >> well, the family, as you said very unhappy. we spoke to the brother after the verdicts were handed down, four men given detectives,
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another 18 released for lack of evidence but the family calls the trial very much a show trial. they say it was because of the international pressure and government pressure that they went to trial so quickly. there have been flaws in the trial. none of the 49 men accused had a defense lawyer. they were allowed to speak for themselves in court when the charges against them were read out. some deny being there. a lot of this attack, this brutal attack that took place in the middle of the day in the center of kabul was filmed by cell phones, so there's a lot of evident against those accused. 19 policemen are still to be sentenced. we expect that to happen sunday. if they are found guilty under law 354, failure to protect failure to protect her. that will be the first time this law has been applied in having a. the video shows although some police did try to save the woman beaten to death by the mob many
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did stand by while that killing went on, and that is really the next stage in this, whether those police will be found guilty with that. >> you see them standing by in that video. what do we know about the remaining suspects? >> >> well, the 19 men still to be sentenced are policemen. that's one thing the family is upset about saying the murder aspects are still at large. a man who drove his car over her is not apprehended yet. another man called number six because he was wearing a that had the number six on it who jumped on her body has not been captured, so some of the main perpetrators use that in that video haven't been found. police continue to investigate. the judge said there are at least four more people there investigating, but i don't think we've seen the end of this yet. >> at least some accountability
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so far, jennifer glasse live for us in kabul, thank you. >> the u.s. is asking saudi arabia to stop its airstrikes in yemen. aid agencies will be forced to stop their work because of a fuel shortage impacting hospitals and the transportation of supplies. there is fierce fighting now much closer to the border between yemen and saudi arabia. overnight, more than 30 airstrikes hilt two yemeni provinces near the border. saudi arabia said it is in response to the houthis firing more tears at a sawed town, thee people were killed in that john kerry heads to saudi arabia later today. muhammed is live in the saudi capitol, is there any of sense that the saudi's are rethinking their air campaign against the houthis against this u.s. pressure? >> it will depend on the kind of request from the american side. we know the saudis have been
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thinking about some kind of lull in the strikes in particular areas, but not across yemen. it's doubtful, we don't know whether the saudis will will respond to a request for a complete stopping of the airstrikes even if it is just for a few days because of the escalation on the border, we have seen the houthis manage to strike at cities in saudi arabia and they have inflicted damage on civilian facilities in the city and that's a huge concern for the saudi's so it's very difficult for them right now to stop the airstrikes completely and across yemen but as i said, they are ready to create safe zones inside yemen in some areas for the human supplies to be shimmed and to be distributed there. it remains to know how they are going to do that, because to protect those distribution points, they have to put troops on the ground. there has to be a lot of preparation, a lot of guarantees
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that the houthis and ali abdullah saleh loyalists will not be able to actions those place or the staff taking care of those supplies. john kerry is coming later today and he's going to discuss these points in details. we expect something clearer with rewards to the saudi response later tonight or early tomorrow, but kerry has lots of other issues on the agenda for the discussions with saudi's including with the saudi's including syria including of course the situation in iraq and the relationships with iran and talking about yemen is part of that wide range of issues between the two sides. >> ok, muhammed with the latest room riyadh, saudi arabia, thank you. >> german police arrested four today planning an attack on muslims. they were picked up across five german states. the suspected head of the operation was arrested in bavaria.
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they were accused of planning attacks on mosques and homes for asylum seekers. >> the f.b.i. is investigating claims that isil was behind the shooting outside a controversial art show in texas. we're learning that the department of home land security and the f.b.i. had warned local law enforcement last month about the show, which featured cartoons of the prophet mohammed. the mothers of the gunmen are speaking out about their sons' roles. a pakistani american was muslim. his mother insists he was not an extremist. >> to be convinced to do something like this is beyond -- it's just beyond me. i'm thankful he did not kill i didn't know, and i don't blame the policeman that shot and killed him, he was just doing his job. >> elton simpson was the other gunman. in a statement the family of the arizona native also condemned the attack saying as a family we do not condone
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violence and proudly support the men and women of our law enforcement agencies, we are sure many people in this country are curious to know if we had any idea to his plans. without question, we did not. >> the most wanted men are said to run various parts of isil and have all called for attacks on westerners. the state department says anyone who provided information leading to the whereabouts of the leaders will be he willable for the reward. >> attorney general loretta lynch is pledging to improve baltimore's police department one week after taking office. she was in baltimore talking with the family of freddie gray and community leaders. she offered support but also promised change. >> attorney general loretta lynch was in baltimore to underscore both the federal government's overtight and its support. she told police officers they have picked a noble but
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difficult profession. >> you really have become the face of law enforcement. you may say that's for good or ill, i know, but we don't always choose moments. >> she smoke with clergy and community leaders beginning with a prayer and including a promise. >> just to give you an update as i mentioned we do have an open civil rights investigation. >> the attorney general had a private talk with the family of freddie gray, who's death after an arrest sparked rioting in baltimore. her visit comes just one day after tense moments in the neighborhood where gray was arrested after mistaken reports that police had shot an african-american man. >> they just shot that boy in the face! >> police pushed back the angry crowd. the situation finally calmed down when it turned out no one had been shot. the incident underscores how frank i am. >> the peace despite the swift
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move to charge six officers involved in gray's death coming with unprecedented speed according to a professor of public interest law. >> some people people it takes so long to get justice. >> we always say justice delayed is justice denied, but justice rushed can be just as bad. it's very difficult to convict police. therefore, prosecutors try very, very hard to make sure the case is very, very solid. >> for communities and families on edge, the long waits can be painful. it took months for grand juries to act in the deaths of michael brown in missouri and eric garner in new york. in bolt cases they declined to press charges. in cleveland tamir rice shot five months ago by an officer justice is still waiting. >> get justice for our son. >> no one has been charged no one has been held accountable.
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>> he says thorough investigations take time. >> what can a jurisdiction do to still keep the public informed? >> so releasing the fact as they come out and once they're clearly established earlier but holding off on making the decision until everything can be more carefully analyzed might be a way to split the difference between the two. >> in baltimore now the question is will the charges stick, and whether they do or don't, can this case help a city finally move forward. lisa stark, al jazeera washington. >> in addition to the civil rights investigation, the justice democratic is also reviewing the baltimore police department's use of force. >> the senate has given final congressional approval to a budget blueprint. it will not become law or sent to the president but used as a guide for congress approving government spending.
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it cuts into food starches, health care for the poor and stand aid. >> the city of los angeles is suing wells fargo bank, saying it pressured employees to open accounts and issue credit cards without getting the ok from customers. john henry smith is here with more. good morning. as far as we know, this is not a nationwide occurrence? >> if you have an act as one of these wells fargo branches across the united states, you should know there is no evidence of this kind of activity outside of los angeles. still, it wouldn't hurt to go check your accounts amid these allegation that the bank violated its customer's trust. >> frank is one of many allegedly swindled by america's fourth largest banks. >> if i never checked my on line banking, i wouldn't have known these 10 accounts were there. >> the city of los angeles is suing. >> wells customers have been victimized by tactics designed to maintain high levels of sales
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of wells products. >> l.a. city attorney mike brewer said wells employees met sales goals by opening bogus accounts and running up fraud lent charges. >> they rely on sales quote at as that are unrealistic and naturally and predictably drove its employees we allege, to engage in conduct that includes opening new customer accounts, be they savings or checking or credit card accounts without customer's authorization. >> the lawsuit spells out alleged tactics. one is called bundling, the practice of incorrectly telling customers their checking accounts came with savings account, or even life insurance. another was called pinning secretly obtaining customer pin in connection so the employee could get a sales credit for enrolling the unwitting customer
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in on line banking. then sandbagging, delaying the opening of an act until the beginning of a new sales period. >> consumers can have money withdrawn from an account unbeknownst to them, fees imposed unbeknownst to him. >> his complaints to wells fargo have not stopped them from opening accounts in his name. >> then said they would to know and it was the end of it, but it wasn't. >> wells fargo's culture is focused on the best interests of its customers and creating a supportive caring and ethical environment for our team members. the bank blames the unauthorized charges on what it calls rogue employees. >> the lawsuit goes on to allege that wells fargo told customers who complained about unwanted credit cards to just destroy the cards, which of course, does nothing to close the accounts. the lawsuit seek to say put a stop to these practices, as well
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as two thousand five hundred-dollar finals for each unlawful act. >> on the agenda today chicago city council is expect to create a $5.5 million fund to pay reparations for police torture. it will compensate victims tortured by a former chicago police commander and his democrats between the 1970 said and early 1990's. >> israel's prime minister is expected to announce his coalition government today. earlier this week, netanyahu's long time foreign minister announced he will not be a part of it. >> rush you be is thatted prime minister will meet raul castro. >> new allegations about the co pilot investigators say crashed a plane in the french alps. they say andreas lubitz earlier in the day practiced the same maneuver that led to the crash killing all 150 onboard.
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they say lieu bits waited until the pilot was out of the cockpit to start the descent. >> 328 people were rescued from a boat about 100 miles off the libyan coast. libyan officials say they rescued 120 people. just this weekend officials say about 7600 migrants were rescued in the mediterranean. 620 of those rescues in the past three days alone some 1800 people are believed to have died making the crossing so far this year. a senior news manager with save the children joins us from london this morning. thanks for your time. your organizations reported that yesterday dozens of migrants drowned before rescue. what's the latest you hear about the number of applying grants that died this week or were
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rescued? >> well, my colleague who interviewed those migrants that arrived yesterday, they obviously were the lucky survivors, the lucky few who do make it. she said that they reported being on a rubber dingy and when they saw the commercial ship in the distance, stood up to try to catch the attention and fell overboard. dozens fell over board and couldn't swim and drowned. who knows how often this happens. a number of families and children drowning in the mediterranean i also actually fairly unreported, although the estimates this year are more than the amount of people that dialed in the tie tan nick and we are still talking about 100 years later. it really is an issue that the e.u. members need to get to grips with. >> it has been reported that hundreds of children are among the victims who have drowned at sea in these dangerous journeys. do we have an idea of how many are trying to make that crossing and are they with their families or unaccompanied?
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>> well, when i was in sicily last week, there was a terrible tragedy where 850 people died in one ship wreck alone. we believe 100 children at least were onboard given the testimony from the survivors. the women and the children were actually locked in the hold of the bolt. children are often the first to drown, they're the most vulnerable in these situations. we're not sure how many children are drowning in the mediterranean, but we know of those that survive the lucky few that arrive, 10% of the total migrants arrive to italy by sea are unaccompanied children. the children making this perilous journey on their own with their parents are desperately trying to reach the safety and sanctuary coming from eritrea and somalia and taking years to make shjourney crossing deserts before on foot. lots of children are drying from dehydration in the desert and then have to make it through
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libya, where the security situation is dangerous for children. the brutality they report is absolutely par rowing and risk their lives to cross the sea to get to europe. >> are you getting the sense they know this, the families of this children know the risks and yet wherever they are coming from syria or eritrea that is how desperate the situation is. >> absolutely, they know the risk involved. in fact, many of them may have been in refugee camps for years and they may have extended family members that have tried and failed to make the journey. they know what they're getting into. they know they're gambling with their lives. at home there are worser odds. in syria a father knew he was risking his children's lives bringing them on the boat crossing but he thought what chance is there in syria where every day he goes out and tries
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to find food and worries he'll come home to find his wife and children bombed in their home or shot down. it's no life for families to live in syria or somalia war-torn. these people are fleeing desperate conditions at home. they really have no choice. >> no good options and very few easy answers. thank you so much. >> nigerian troops rescued 25 more women and children from boko haram. it's unclear if any of them are the schools girls kidnapped one year ago. army officials say many militants were killed in the forest in foyer fights. one soldier was killed and five troops wounded. 700 women and children have been rescued from boko haram in the past week. >> on the digit albeit, a trend toward child marriage, at least in eastern cambodia, it's driven
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in part by technology. the country's overall child marriage rate that dropped but in the east appear to be on the rise for economic and cultural reasons. >> i was expecting people to say this has been going on for ages. a lot of people said it's increasing, this didn't used to always happen and that children are actually getting married younger, these child marriages happening more often because it's easier actually now that some of these kids have cell phones, easier to find a match. >> the girls and boys often drop out of school after marriage. aid groups say the marriages lead to early pregnancies and domestic violence. you can read more at >> candidates in the u.k. make a final push ahead of a close general election. we'll look at one issue at the heart of the campaign. the nation's nuclear defense system. >> we talk with the so-called
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food babe, her blog accused of increasing food fears. sing food fears.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at some of the other top stories making news today. for the first time, california is mandating water reductions across the state. it comes as a historic drought enters its fourth year and
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residents fail to conserve enough voluntarily. the requirements vary by city. the ones that consume the most have to reduce use by 36% and the rules take affect may 15. >> a former convict is back in jail today after a lifetime on the run. 70-year-old frank fresh waters was captured in florida 56 years after breaking out of an ohio prison. he was convicted of manslaughter in 1959 but escaped doing farm work. u.s. marshals found him living in a trailer park under a fake name. >> if the weather cooperates, a launch abort system will be tested today. if all goes well, the capsule will fire and simulate how astronauts can abort. >> in less than 24 hours british voters will elect their new government and it is a nail biter. the conservative party and david
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cameron running neck and neck with the labor party. neither is expected to gain a majority. it would not be unusual for one to be punching above one's weight in this mid sized island, which has nuclear capability. it has been a big election issue. >> it has. britain's fleet of try dent nuclear armed submarines is coming to the end of useful life meaning a costly upgrade at a time with the dugout seriously strained. it's not just brits that have a stake in the try dent. >> it is an explosive issue what to do with the u.k.'s aging fleet of try dent nuclear argument submarines.
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the conservative party want to upgrade the entire fleet. the opposition liberal labor party have pledged to renew trident. labor's left the door open to cutting the size of the fleet. it's potential coalition partner, the sodded issue party could become the third largest in parliament is dead set against nuclear weapons let alone spending $37.5 billion upgrading the trident. >> i disagree with it on principle. >> it's not just brits invested in the decision of whether to scrap or upgrade trident. >> nato is in alliance with 28 countries. >> it may be build alleges the country's independent nuclear shield but is the pillar of nato's capability. >> they value having the u.k.'s deterrent within the nato
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family, so to speak. >> conservatives have made fodder out of what it would do during a time of heightened tensions with the west. >> this could be an issue for russia to he can exploit but nato will continue to have a significant nuclear deterrent even if the u.k. did vote to move from it. >> it's easy to make campaign promises and another to keep them after polling day. with so many demands weighing on the u.k. budget, even the most ardent trident supporters may find that the nuclear shield is a policy it can no longer afford. >> pope francis will meet with cuban penalty raul castro.
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>> flights will take off once a week from j.f.k. airport offering new service since travel restrictions were eased. >> the desperate effort to help nepal. we talk with paul kennedy helping lead the relief efforts. >> the changing landscape of one of the world's most famous ice shields.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. john kerry will be in saudi arabia today talking about the fighting in yemen. the saudi-led coalition intensified airstrikes overnight along the border. saudi say it is in retaliation for houthi mortar strikes on a sawed town, the first time that happened since the war began. >> a court sentenced four men to
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death in afghanistan for their roles in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning the koran, something she did not do. her family called the trial unfair saying not everyone who took part has been held responsible. >> los angeles is suing wells fargo, the city alleging bank employees opened fraudulent accounts and issued bogus charges to meet sales goals. wells fargo adistributes the practices to rogue employees and will vigorously defend itself. >> the official dealt toll from last week's earthquake in nepal is rising, 7500 people have been killed. the once bustling village is now completely covered in rubble. as we report, rescuers fear the town may have no survivors. >> it leads to one of the most popular places in nepal. few would want to go there now. it used to be a large village
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trekkers traveled here from all over the world. local people made a good living out of their presence. now there's nothing left. one earthquake followed by an of a large destroyed everything. >> the english crashed down the mountainside within seconds of the earthquake, annihilating this village. no one here survived. it's a grim,er reatmosphere and the for the recovery workers working day after day in this, hard to imagine what they're going through. >> a spanish search team has now arrived to help. so far they've only found body parts. >> nepal's special forces have been leading the operation here. >> there were 180 locals here and more than 100-150 tourists, foreign tourists. we found 42 local bodies. people
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from nepal and foreign people's bodies. >> bodies are lined up waiting for identification. nepal citizens and foreigners amongst them. >> an impossible task lies ahead, finding and identifying all the bodies. a large number of people living here had september their children to boarding school, leaving many orphans. >> now the problem for them is they lost their family, so a shock for them. it's difficult to survive. >> the only positive here is this building ahead of the village still standing, backed up against the mountainside. two elderly people and three children survived. they've now left, leaving only the bodies and searchers behind. al jazeera nepal. >> u.s. marines are supporting the relief efforts in nepal.
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they have conducted surveillance flights over the disaster zones. brigadier general paul kennedy is leading the marines and joins us now. thank you for your time. tell us what you are witnessing and the greatest needs right now. >> hi, good morning stephanie. i flew up towards north of katmandu along river that was in the best of times was remote and difficult to reach. the roads were completely wiped out. flying up the valley, land slides were continuing, this is two days ago. the village at the far end of the valley are completely isolated. there are small army detachments from the nepal army that are located near these folks and mustering what supplies they can to distribute. we are doing reconnaissance flights and immediately passing that information to deliver
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relief speaks to aid those folks in distress. >> general kennedy tell us what you feel is the greatest contribution u.s. marines can make in nepal now. you talk about these reconnaissance flights. how else are they equipped to help at this point. >> the reconnaissance flight are not the cargo helicopters. in addition to the four as prays we just talked about, we have pretty capable spaller helicopters. they are able to carry several thousand pounds up into these mountains and find a place to drop them off near people in the most need. >> we've spoken to aid workers and groups that are frustrated with the pace of the response, especially with getting supplies from that one runway on the
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airport in katmandu out to these remote villages. are you feeling any of those frustrations? well the frustration is that we want to help. you know, what we've been training here with the nepal army for years, i was just out here two years ago preparing for this very thing but as you describe, the international airport is a single runway. it's not used to the volume of traffic. we have moved all of the supplies that we had available out into those remote areas but we have to wait for more supplies to come in. you've got people living on the sides of really steep hillsides at 6,000 to 8,000 feet, so it's very very difficult to get to them. even with the versatility of our aircraft it's difficult to get to them. your heart completely goes out to these people. they've had rough lives and so
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this adds insult to injury having the earthquake followed by several after shocks, so that has continued to shake up their lives and is going to continue to be a long term investment by the international community. >> you guys, i understand there are about 120 marines there on the ground with you you arrived on monday, i understand, that was more than a week after the quake. do you wish that you had gotten that response call earlier? i know you guys are prepared for these natural disasters and you're prepared to respond. >> stephanie we actually got here last wednesday so i've been on the ground for eight days. >> ok. >> it's -- we've been building up our capabilities here in katmandu and pushing it out as we can. of course, we would like to have been here within hours after it occurred but we wait for a symbol from the
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nepalese. >> nine people are missing after an of a large, four people killed in a mud slide in west java. it caused a geo thermal pipe to snap debting off an explosion. >> a person advocating for change in how some people are treated in the u.s. raised as a woman but born intersexed treating intersex people remains a controversial
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issue here in the u.s. >> today pigeon identifies not as he or she prefer they. >> i thought i was a girl, people called me she and i was called jennifer. >> living as a girl and beliefing she was one she identified as a female. she never had ovaries and in fact genetically x.y. chromosomes. the condition is known as intersex. >> it's an individual that is born with not just uniform male or female parts. >> the ambiguous genitalia is usually chosen by says parents. >> i wish with all my being and heart that they would have left me exactly like how i was born.
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>> the condition affects one in 2,000, often parents are faced with making controversial medical choices on behalf of their children. we'll hear more from pigeon, the if i as i says and her parents. >> you can watch the full story tonight at 8:00 eastern. >> a controversial blogger insists she is doing the right thing to help make food better, calling herself the food babe a self proclaimed activist using her blog to change the way we eat. we met the woman at the heart of the debate between science and tradition. >> i love yoga, but it really does make me really hungry. mohamed morsi. >> this is the food babe, a blogger turned activist on a crusade to change the food we eat. >> children are eating this risky additive for the most important meal of the day. >> her method of change using headlines and petitions to wage
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war against big food corporations has critics calling her a foot terrorist. >> my methods are effective. >> people are listening. in just four years her blog has blown up with 5 million readers a month and nearly 1 million likes on facebook. she's dubbed her followers her food babe army. >> i was very sick as a child had eczema, asthma, allergies. when i started to make changes bailed on the information i started learning, my health did a 180. >> since 2011, her blog has been commanding attention. >> processed to death get these cooking oils out of your pantry stat. this drug has sickened thousands of animals will it be at your holiday feast. are you intentionally using inflammatory language? >> i'm making sure that when i write a headline, that it gets people's attention because i think it's very important for this information to get out.
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>> even if that's not entirely true? those headlines are true. people have been writing bit for longer than i have, but haven't been able to galvanize the movement in this way. >> remove this dangerous chemical from their bread. >> her campaign against subway's bread chemical that put her on the map. >> because they used the term eat fresh i felt like that was very misleading to the american public. >> is it just as misleading in a way to say to the public, ok, this chemical that's in your subway bread it's essentially also in yoga mats, so you are eating essentially a mat. >> making that correlation actually woke people up. >> even if you are con plating the science there? >> i'm truthful in the fact that this ingredient is used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber.
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>> because something's used in yoga mats does not make it a yoga mat. >> critics say she does not have the knowledge to teach the public about food. >> she's not very sophisticated. that's what set scientists off. she puts scientists on one side, and herself on the other side. we're really in this together. >> through the criticism she perseveres determined to make a difference. >> when i look back at the struggle with my health for so many years i know the reason i was put through that pain was so that i could be in this position to really help people realize that there is another way to help. >> e erica pitzi, new york. >> melting at a dangerous rate, we have this environmental
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impact report. >> glaciers one of nature's most awe inspiring features, constantly changing. on the west coast of new zealand, this is retreating quickly. >> really, there is a pretty dramatic change going on. we are seeing quite dramatics changes on the hillside, happening at a pretty incredible rate. >> the rate of change was highlighted when skype activities released images taken over 10 years and this time laps shot over just a few months shows how as the ice mets, the accurately walls collapse. >> now for safety reasons visitors aren't allowed to climb on to the glacier from the bottom. it's meant some tour operators have had to adapt. >> we've had to adjust business, all of their trips now most trips fly up on to the upper ice form. >> since the late 1800s as the
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earth warmed, it has retreated three kilometers. in recent times the changes sped up. at the top a clue as to why the glaciers are so sensitive to temperature change. >> the fox glaser like the san joseph flows do you know into a steep and narrow valley. combined with high left of rain and snowfall, any changes at the top of magnified below. >> what we're seeing now isn't unprecedented. scientists now it was about the same size in 1983, because of low snowfalls in the preceding years, but then it had a huge growth spurt again. what they don't nope is what will happen next. >> we know they retreat advance, retreat advance in a cycle, but it's possible that we won't see it readvance to the same position it readvanced last
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time in about 2009. >> it's also possible it will keep retreating unless the volatile patterns align to decrease temperatures and increase snowfall. al jazeera, at the fox glacier new zealand. >> from the big screen to a jail cell, one of bollywood's actors learns his fate in a hit-and-run space. >> what sparked john's love of music.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:48 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. officials from kenya and tanzania are in burundi to solve a crisis between the president and opposition. the u.n. said 40,000 people have fled the country amid escalating violence. yesterday, burundi's constitutional court allow the the president to run for an unprecedented third term. >> a rail strike in germany is causing disruptions the train's drivers union expanded the strike from freight to passenger
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trains. they want changes in pay and working conditions. >> aetna will stop covering a tool in hysterectomies. power mothers laters are used to remove fibroids. >> the c.d.c. found a disconnect between those who need care and those who receive it. >> maria immigrated to the u.s. from south america nearly 30 years ago. the 54-year-old says she has a number of health issues. >> i have arthritis stomach acid reflux, diabetes,
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cholesterol, high blood pressure i have them all. >> on top of that, she has no job and has had no health insurance. >> it would be great if everyone could get obamacare. i didn't qualify because my husband made $23,000. he needed to make less. >> her story is shared by many hispanics, the nation's fastest growing ethnic group. the c.d.c. is putting hispanic health care risks under the microscope. in its first ever national report according to the c.d.c., heart disease and cancer are the leading cause says of death for hispanics in the u.s. despite high post and limited access to health care, latinos are living an average two years longer than whites. one reason for the disparity fewer hispanics smoke. edgar nunez i also a during who treats hundreds of undocumented and uninsured hispanic
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immigrants each year. he says one of the biggest hurdles for his patients is the cost of health care and knowing what services are available to them. >> it's one of the biggest barriers that we have and it's because of this patient. they don't have access, they don't have insurance and can't pay, so they avoid trying to go to the doctor because of the expense related to have. >> hispanics are nearly three times as likely to be uninsured than whites, but many programs like the one dr. none yes runs are now becoming available allowing the uninsured to get basic care. now maria has access to a doctor and medication, and says she feels much better. >> coming here i also good, because i got the medication much cheaper than other clinics. >> the c.d.c. report said early intervention at community based
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health centers like that which helped maria is key to helping latinos protect their health. al jazeera, new york. >> an indian court today convicted a famous star of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run accident. he argued his driver was behind the wheel in 2002 when his car plowed into five people in mumbai but the judge roomed the actor was driving and was of alcohol. he was sentenced to five years in prison. he is likely to appeal the verdict. >> the movie theater that gave birth to british cinema is given new life, reopening today after 35 years. it follows a three year multi-million dollar project to survive the theater. it shows independent art and history fills. >> a renowned jazz guitarist so well reward that had paul mccartney asked him to record
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his music talked about with john siegenthaler about music and what influenced his career. >> i would imagine it was the beatles in the early 1960s as i have two older sisters and they had all that beatle music in the house. that was when i thought you could actually perform and i think watching them play was a big deal. i also heard my father playing the guitar. >> your father was a famous musician when you were very young. >> yeah, it was right after the beatles and all that that when i was about six or seven or eight that my mother one day i'll never forgot it, she put my clothes in my hands and said go tell your father you are going with him today and i'd watch them play studio music or a demo whatever. >> you started when you were six? >> start on a banjo what i was six, because that's the instrument that my father'sing bels taught me. ♪ >> what's it like to grow up in a household where everybody's playing shinstrument and
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singing. >> the key was that it made it enjoyable. music was always something that it's never been a job because we did it all the time and that was their entertainment from when they were kids in the 1940's and 1930's and 1920's. in the early 1960's, hearing "bye-bye black bird" and everybody having fun i wanted to get in on that. ♪ >> you were exposed at a very young age to people like benny good man. >> right. >> how did that happen? >> then also, just follow my father around, and so, you know, he was playing with benny good plan. >> in the early 1980's, ben knee asked us, my father and i would open shows for benny goodman about 16 shows. there were all these things starting to happen that were exciting. >> i found myself in places with less paul or clark terry all these big jazz names and i was expected to perform.
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>> your father's 89. >> yep. >> i still see a picture of him yeah you guys play together still. >> still. i saw him over the weekend. if i can nail him down, he'll play concerts with me. we'll be in champaign, illinois sometime in september. >> that's a very, very special thing. >> his love for the guitar and how he wanted to not just be a sole list, being part of a group was important for him. it was never like you need to play a solo or do that, but can you play good rhythm guitar and back up a singer, and all these parts of a guitar became important, because that's how he liked. he wanted to see the full guitar. >> you mentioned the beatles. i understand paul mccartney has asked you to cover a couple of songs. how does that happen? >> he sent me a letter. it was funny.
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when fedex arrived, i said m.p.l. communications, i said that's from paul mccartney. he said sign here. when i read the letter, it said i enjoyed your work on kisses on the bottom, i had played rhythm guitar on his record. he said i wonder if you'd be interested in recording some of my post beatle catalog. i thought it would be nice and call it post midnight mccartney maybe you'd be interested in dog this. that was of the letter. i thought i'd be interested. >> this is coming out this summer? >> july 28 hopefully. >> you opened in 1993? >> that was crazy really fun to be i think sinatra and mccartney are the two most noticeable musical faces that you can say i was with both of these people. i opened the show for sinatra and only met him once before a concert in berlin, germany.
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he said eat something you look bad. it was a big moment for me. >> he obviously heard your music, knew about you. >> i would be playing opening i did 20-25 minutes and i would look in the wings and there was sinatra watching us, snapping his fingers. i thought as long as he's snapping we're ok. >> congratulations for all your success. >> thank you very much. >> good luck. >> thank you. >> fans of great musicians will be able to get their hands on memorabilia. an auction in beverly hills this month will feature the guitar george harrison played when the beatles debut the on the charts in 1963. also up for auction michael jackson's crystal glove. coming up from doha, more on the war in yemen as secretary of state john kerry visits saudi arabia today to discuss the war. >> tomorrow morning the science of believe skinny skyscrapers visiting the marvel being wilt
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here in new york city. i'm stephanie sy. thanks for watching.
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>> welcome to al jazeera from doha. dozens have killed in yemen trying to leave aden and get to safety. >> a judge in afghanistan sentences four men to death for the murder of a woman wrongly accused of burning the koran. >> a bittersweet homecoming for a man