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investigating the failure of the craft, and trying to understand what caused the $50 million mission to go wrong. there is plenty more real news from al jazeera along with analysis comment, and video at our website, the justice department launches a new investigation into police in baltimore, exploring an alleged pattern of excessive force. unemployment at its lowest level in 7 years. and britain's prime minister wins a majority in parliament his conservative party takes charge in a surprising election. ♪
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. the attorney general is launching a new probe into the baltimore police department looking into whether there is a pattern of discrimination in the force. attorney general loretta lynch made that announcement just a few minutes ago. >> this investigation will begin immediately and focus on allegations that baltimore police department officers used excessive force, including deadly force, conduct unlawful searches seizures and arrests. >> the probe follows a request from baltimore's mayor. freddie gray died from a spinal chord injury suffered while in police custody. solid job gains last month, a big turn around from where we stood in march. patricia sabga is here with details.
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does this suggest a rebound? >> we have to wait and see what comes up but the economy cleared a major bar in april. 223,000 jobs were added. the march's jobs report was revised down this morning from 126,000 to 85,000. the unemployment rate ticked down to 5.4% and it ticked down for the right reasons, because the number of people working or actively looking for a job edged up slightly. 45,000 new construction jobs were created last month. 15,000 mining jobs were lost that's another sign of low oil prices. average hourly wages posted a modest $0.03 gain that's roughly 2% rise year-over-year, enough for people to keep their
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heads above water, but not the 3 or 3.5% rise that would signal that the economy was really kicks into gear. first quarter economic growth in this country, the economy basically stalled, so what we really want to see is that that is behind us we want to see things kicking up in the second quarter. >> patricia sabga thank you. pakistan officials say a technical problem caused the helicopter crash that killed two ambassadors today. the chopper went down in the northern mountains about 185 miles from islamabad. six people died including ambassadors. kamal hyder has more. >> reporter: the helicopter crashed about 300 kilometers
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north of islamabad. the pilot as well as the ambassador of norway the ambassador of the philippines, the wife of the malaysian ambassador to pakistan, also the indonesian ambassador to pakistan were killed in the crash along with the pilots. now according to eyewitnesss, the helicopter came down on a school. that school was closed because the pakistani prime minister was also due to arrive to inaugurate several projects. according to the report the prime minister then decided to come back to islamabad. he has declared a day of mourning here in islamabad, and instructed the authorities to bring back the injured as well as the dead bodies back to islamabad. this is indeed a big tragedy, the military spokesman saying and confirming that at least two other diplomats that includes the polish ambassador as well as a dutch ambassador were injured in this particular crash.
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british prime minister david cameron is already planning to form his new government just hours after winning a national election. >> i have just been to see her imagine industry the queen, and i will now form a majority conservative government. i have been proud to lead the first coalition government in 70 years, and i want to thank all of those who worked so hard to make it a success. >> preelection polls had cam ran and the leader of the labor party running neck and neck. good morning, nobody was predicting this outcome. >> reporter: stephanie i mean it's really an understatement to say that this was a surprise. it was one after another poll which said that labor and the conservatives were running neck and neck about a percent behind one another, they were switching
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back and forth but very, very close. so you have to think that really the conservatives got traction in the last part of the campaign, when they said to people, look this is not a time for change. we came to the country after the economic collapse, and -- and took power, and what happened? we brought about stability and any changing will bring instability to the country now. the labor party leader designed the leader from the democrats, and the leader for the ukip party he lost a seat and he also resigned stephanie. >> yeah david cameron was all smiles this morning, but he has some challenges ahead, right? talk about them dana. >> reporter: if people really voted for stability, you have to have a big question mark after that. cameron faces first of all the scottish national party which
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swept scotland last night. and they will likely bring about another referendum on separation, he is going to have to deal with that. and he talked about an referendum on the u.k. membership. and he said give me one more time and i won't run again. >> just how quickly will we see cameron form the new government? >> very quickly. they are already naming some cabinet posts today i understand, and then we'll see a speech from him, more members appointed next week and then a speech from him, the queen's speech in which they lay out their year-long agenda. there will be a vote in parliament, and know doubt they will survive it because they have a majority.
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one man who made it still hasn't graduated from college. she is now the u.k.'s youngest lawmaker in centuries. >> people of scotland are speaking, and it's time for their voice to be heard at westminster. i make this promise to the constituents that's exactly what i plan to do. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> black defeat admit call veteran, and got more votes than all major parties combined. she still has an exam to finish and will return to school at the end of this month. i spoke with forbes columnist earlier today. >> the democrats were who lost most of the votes. but big night for cameron and the scott tradition national
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party. europe and scotland gets very interesting for cameron in the next few years. >> cameron had said he would hold a referendum on whether the [ inaudible ] should remain part of the u.k. >> i remain skeptic. the financial markets have warned them that it would be financial suicide for london for the u.k.'s financial industry. so i'm skeptical, but he did promise it. he will kind of have to deliver it. >> the u.k. could also face another ren ren dumb over scottish independence. there are some 56 members of parliament representing the scott ish national party. burundi's president officially announced his plan to
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run again. the u.n. says many of the refugees report being threatened and intimidated because of the up coming elections. today is the 70th anniversary of the end of world war ii in europe. european leaders met in poland where the first shots were fired to mark victory in europe day. russia is holding a victory parade tomorrow, many countries are boycotting it over the fighting in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry was also on hand in paris. he held talks with foreign ministers today preparing for a white house summit with gulf leaders next week. the war in yemen and iran's growing influence in the middle east will be on the agenda. a top al-qaeda commander has reportedly been killed by a u.s. drone strike in yemen. the reportedly died last month. he was behind the attack on
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charlie hebdo magazine in paris. italy's navy is now trying to figure out why some doors were locked on a boat that sank off of the coast of libya last month killing up to 800 people. officials say hundreds of bodies seem to be on the ship. stephanie decker reports. >> reporter: the italian prosecutor dealing with this case said that hundreds of bodies are on that ship. the said up to 800 people could have died during this accident and that's according to the size of the ship according to the images they have viewed and also to the story that survivors have sold investigators. they sent a robot down 370 meters under the surface to see what happened. those images extremely disturbing and highlights how difficult and dangerous this journey is for thousands and thousands of people. he also highlighted that one of the key issues of this investigation was to try to find
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out whether doors were locked on the boat. of course this means that hundreds of migrants would be trapped with no chance of getting out. this is a story that investigators have been told by some of the survivors. 28 survived. two of those are in custody believed to have captained the boat. the biggest -- the deadliest single incident that has ever happened here, and it highlights the dangers and the risks that people are willing to take because of the desperate situation they face. the high cost of living in san francisco is pushing thousands of residents out of their homes. hear what the city is trying to do about it. and steven colbert makes a surprise announcement for south carolina's teachers and students. ♪
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welcome back to al jazeera america. it is 10:44 eastern. we're getting new pictures of
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the devastation left in the wake of tornados that touched down in texas. there have been reports of flooding and hail as well. forecasters expect more storms throughout the weekend. and the first named storm of the 2015 hurricane season is drifting towards south carolina this morning. it is about 160 miles off of the coast, approaching 45 mile an hour winds. it is expected to bring strong winds and rain over the weekend. blue bell's ceo says his ice cream is still months away from returning from the shelves. they recalled their products after three people died from ice cream contaminated with listeria. the company learned about the problem two years ago and never corrected the conditions. san francisco has some of the highest rents in the country. that means thousands of
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long-time residents are fighting to keep their homes. lisa bernard reports. >> reporter: san francisco residents take to the streets of the city they consider home but fear they will have to leave. >> we will fight to stay! don't take our right to live away! >> reporter: rents are skyrocket skyrocketing here a result of the tech boom. headlines every day about the complicated housing policies that are leading to confrontations evictions, lawsuits headaches, and heart aches. claudia is one of those caught in the cross hairs. the school teacher has lived in a san francisco neighborhood for fine years. soon after a new owner bought the building she lives in she received an eviction notice. >> i had an instant panic, and i started looking on craigslist
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and looking at wow, i have 120 days to move. i need to find a place right away. >> reporter: and she is not the only one. the rent board says the number of eviction notices filed with the board has gone up 55% in the last five years. it's a common story here where the tech economy is bringing in new residents and big sums of money. >> under the ellis act can't he buy a building and decide he is going to move into it and evict the tenants. >> yes, he can say that i'm a tired landlord and i no longer want to rent. >> reporter: eric manages 2400 rental units, he says the city benefits from the money pouring in. >> if google gets to a point where they can't house their employees, they are going to move.
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san francisco and the bay area and the state of california at large can't afford to have that happen. >> reporter: the mayor welcomes the new residents but says he is trying to keep the current residents here too. are there policies that you could implement before it gets to arbitration? >> well of course. i think for example we are espousing very strongly that we need neighborhood stabilization, that we want property owners that recognize there is a value in long-term tenant and land lord relationships. >> reporter: this is one of the solutions new housing construction. but most of these will be for sale or rent at market rate. and that won't alleviate the housing problem for people like claudia and others who are evicted and can't afford these or much else in the city. that's because she is used to
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paying $1,600 a month for her two-bedroom unit. market rate is now 3 to $4,000 month. >> reporter: how can the person who owns the burrito shop continue to live in that neighborhood? >> i don't know how to answer that, because we have 30 years of bad housing policy. >> reporter: claudia agrees with him on that point. she is fighting her eviction in court. >> i feel like this is me leaving more than my home. it's leaving my way of life. >> reporter: her neighborhood is attractive precisely because of the neighborhood's dynamic culture, that she says she helped build with the intent that her little boy would grow up right here. steven colbert has opened up to help thousands of school kids
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in his hometown in north carolina. >> with a generous matching fund from organizations, [ inaudible ] is going to flash fund all 1,000 projects in south carolina. >> he made the announcement on teacher's appreciation week. it will help fund more than 370 schools. loretta lynch has announced she is launching a new probe into the baltimore police department. kimberly great to see you. this is in addition to a civil rights investigation that sundayway -- is underway. how will this probe be different? >> reporter: you are right. there are a number of investigations that are happening concurrently. there is the investigation into the use of excessive force, the
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charges that have been brought about by the state of maryland against the six police officers involved but this is different. in that this is a civil right's investigation. it is going to be looking broadly at the policing practices of the baltimore police department. this has been a top priority for the top lawyer in though united states. the attorney general has only been on the job one week. she went to baltimore early this week to meet with community leaders and acknowledge that they have come a long way in recent months to improve the relations that are obviously very tense between civilians and the police. but there is the concern that there is more that could be done. this investigation will look specifically at things like arrest practices, whether or not arrests are done with probable cause, whether or not police are engaging in pattern of discriminatory policing. so that's what this investigation is about. >> let's talk about that. as far as this investigation
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goes, how long do these things typically take? we know they have investigated other city's police departments. >> reporter: right. the one that comes to memory most quickly, of course, is ferguson missouri where we saw a similar investigation that was conducted. you will remember that that one took upwards of more than six months. that's because what will happen is there will be civil rights attorneys from the department of justice who will going into the community, and we saw in ferguson missouri where there was the investigation of looking at available data and conducting interviews not just with the police but with the community. and then the data needs to be compiled. in this case there was proof in fact there was a pattern of discriminatory policing and an order put in place to see that reform was made. you could see a similar and forcible order put in place in
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baltimore, to protect the community and also to ensure that there is improved relations between police and the people they serve. >> kimberly thank you. an update now on a story we have been covering. [ inaudible ] green mountain is facing a backlash over the kcuffs. erika pitzi has more. >> reporter: these single serve k-cups are everywhere available in practically every flavor of your favorite flavor. for a while you could even brew your own special blend, but that ended with a new model in 2014 and anyone using the reusable cups was cut off. >> i was a little disappointed and bitter with them for doing this. >> reporter: it was also the
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only official solution for consumers worried about the waste the machines generate. and virtually all of those little cups end up in landfills. this year and online video went viral, depicting a k-cup monster destroying the earth. they have already garnered 100,000 signatures demanding the company to create a recyclable k-cup. the man who invented the machine said this -- >> if i turned back and looked at what happen and said this would be a problem 20 years from now, i wouldn't have done it that way. >> reporter: kcups come at another very real cost. a pound of ground coffee costs
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around $12, versus a pound of k-cup coffee that comes out to $50, the impact being felt at the company. the stock fell by 10%. ceo brian kelly responded wednesday saying: erika pitzi, al jazeera, new york. coming up several women in st. louis have been reunited with their children who were stolen at birth. now missouri wants to hear from other mothers who suspect their babies were taken too. plus . . .
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the state of missouri has now set up a call center to hear from women who suspect a hospital in st. louis stole their newborns. it's a story we have been telling you about all this week. as diane eastabrook reports,
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what happens to those children is difficult to prove because the hospital shut down more than three decades ago. >> reporter: this hospital closed 36 years ago, but in the decades before that it served mostly poor blacks here in st. louis. brenda stewart was an unwed teen who came here to deliver a baby girl in june of 1964. but shortly after the baby was born, she was told it died. >> she came out, i seen her move. she cried. they held her up at the end of the bed, so -- i mean -- at the end of me so i could see her. i seen her. and then they took her over to the table and they started suctioning her out, and they rapped her in the blanket. and once they rapped her in the blanket, they went out the door. >> reporter: stewart is searching for records that will prove her daughter is still alive, and she is convinced that
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she is. >> we'll have more of diane's interview with brenda tonight at 8:00 eastern. tom brady has declined to talk about the investigation that tied him to using underinflated footballs at the afc game. robert craft says the report lacks hard evidence. alex rodriguez has now passed willie mays on the all-time home run list. the yankees say they will not pay rodriguez for the milestone because it is not marketable with his steroid allegations. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy.
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