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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. federal investigators this morning are trying to learn why an amtrak train was going twice the speed element when it derailed. the attention is now focused on the engineer who was in control. seven people were killed hundreds more treated for injuries. duarte geraldino is live in philadelphia. good morning what do we know first of all about the condition of those that are still being treated at hospitals? >> reporter: it's important to note their ages they range from 19 to 80 years old. there are about eight people in critical conditions stephanie, and their injuries fall in to several brood categories. rib cage injuries, lung punctures and a lot of fractured bones right now. most injured were in the first two cars and you can see how badly damaged those cars were. despite their injuries doctors
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are fairly optimistic for survivors. >> i believe strongly that all of the remaining folks will get better and go home. so i don't think there are going to be many lasting significant effects for these folks. most of it was just broken bones. >> reporter: now those bones will heel but there's still that psychological trauma that doctors are warning about, because for many people this railway service is still the fastest and safest way to commute. >> have all of the passen ders been accounted for at this point? >> reporter: there are still 12 families, stephanie, that say they believe their loved ones could have been on that train. the train derailed shortly after the majority of passengers boarded and not all of their tickets were scanned, and some people have monthly passes. it's a important to note even though these families say their loved ones are missing, these
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people may not have gotten on the train or may have been on the train but just walked off and not let anyone know they survived and doing well. >> duarte geraldino live for us in philadelphia. thank you. we are learning more about the seven people killed on that train. paul beban has their stories. >> reporter: for so many people the amtrak from washington to new york and up to boston is a routine commute. it is filled with business people students and often entire families. within minutes of pulling out of philadelphia tuesday night, amtrak 188 went from a routine nighttime ride to a harrowing scene of chaos and confusion. >> i just remember like -- like a hit, and -- and i just remember they flew all over the
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place. >> screaming, luggage falling over. people falling over. >> reporter: stunned passengers emerged bloodies and battered. more than 200 were injured and at least 7 were killed. doctors in philadelphia say given the force of the crash, it could have been far worse. one of the victims, this 20-year-old was a sophomore at the u.s. naval academy on his way home to visit his family in new york. >> he was a loving son, nephew and husband. >> reporter: he was a football player president and valedictorian of his high school class, and he wanted to be a navy seal. a spokesman for the naval academy told the "washington post" the campus is heart broken. >> this tragedy has shocked us all in the worst way. and we wish to spend this time grieving with close family and friends. >> reporter: wells fargo has
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confirmed that a senior vice president for its hospitality and finance group is among the dead. this was a video software engineer for the associated press. the company says the 49 year old was known for his dedication and passion. qualities the company said earned him the coveted geek of the month honor in 2012. he was in washington for meetings and was on his way home to princeton, new jersey when the train jumped the track. this was the ceo of an education consulting firm. she commuted back and forth from philadelphia to her home in new york. she was headed home to her husband and two year old son. still unaccounted for this baltimore businessman. in philadelphia his 13 year old son mark held up his father's photo, asking for help finding him. >> we're very scared. we have no idea where he is at.
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we're just trying to get as much information as we can. >> reporter: we continue to learn new details about the victims. also among the dead this educator, dean of student affairs at a college in new york. philadelphia hospitals have treated more than 200 people. many have now been released and at this point all of the remaining injured expected to recover. i spoke earlier with the lead investigator for the ntsb and asked him about safety equipment and why it does not exist on this stretch of track. >> certainly we're not drawing any conclusions at this point. i'm going to say that everything is on the table. we want to examine everything, very, very carefully to see if we can pull all of the pieces of this puzzle together and make sense of it. >> i imagine there are people sort of examining the physics of this on your team. we know the speed limit at this portion of the track was 50
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miles an hour. what do you think is the maximum a train could safely take that curve at because we know this train took it at 106 miles an hour? >> yeah that will be part of our analysis to see how much over the -- the tolerance this train was actually traveling, and so our -- our investigators have the capability to do some very sophisticated modeling. >> okay. the engineer's attorney said yesterday that his client has no recollection of what happened. have you scheduled an interview with the engineer at this point? and is he cooperating? >> we -- we have not scheduled an interview with him at this point. we're certainly hopeful he'll talk to us. we want to know what he remembers about this event. and we're optimistic beal able to have that interview with him. >> has he declined an interview? >> no we have not even
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requested the interview yet. remember the accident just happened day before yesterday, maybe 36 hours ago, and we want to give him a little bit of time to con velest the media has been reporting on his physical condition, that he was injured and we want to give him time to get his thoughts together. and so ideally that would be a couple of days after the accident. that's when we would typically do these things. >> are there other ways that you can piece together what may have been going on when the engineer hit that train. i understand you have his cell phone records. have those been analyzed? >> no, we have certainly requested the cell phone records, it usually requires a subpoena. that's something we look at. and we will be looking at those. it usually takes a while to get those from dlel phone provider but we always do that so that's part of our standard
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investigation -- investigative protocol. >> this particular route is one of the busiest routes in the country, is that adding a sense of urgency for you and your investigators to get answers to this quickly? >> we -- we are moving at a pace that we're comfortable with. we want to make sure woe do it right and thoroughly and so we are moving at the pace that we feel is best for -- for this investigation. >> he says the ntsb will collect the facts before it draws any conclusions. president obama is heading to camp david this morning meeting with key representatives from the gulf cooperation council. the topics could range from yemen to iran to what role the u.s. plays in the middle east. alan what is the president looking to accomplish today? >> reporter: i think he's looking to really assure the gcc that his discussions with iran are not going to compromise in
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anyway with their security. he is going to say what he is doing is make the middle east and gcc countries a lot safer. he has given an interview on thursday which he says he knows that iran is involve inned yemen. he knows that iran is involved with hezbollah. he knows that iran is still supporting the regime of bashar al-assad in syria, but he says how much more bolder would iran be if they had a nuclear weapon. and for that reason we believes what he is doing is the right thing for the gcc, middle east and the united states. so i think if we can give them a sense of assurance, and leaves feeling a little bit of the love from the white house, then he'll consider this summit a bit of success. >> what else do the gulf states hope to get out of this meeting? rr7 well, obviously they will be discussing what is going on in yemen, and although the saudi king isn't here the defense and
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foreign minister are, and they are the two most important figures as far as the americans are concerned in the day-to-day operations in what is going on in yemen. they will also talk about isil and the continuing operations in iraq and syria against them. hoping to convince the saudis and others not to take their focus away from isil. we're expecting the president here to go into a session with all of the gcc leaders. we're expecting at the very least a statement from barack obama at the end of the day. what may be telling if he is the only one speaking at the end of the summit or whether someone from the gcc stands next to him. there's a lot of ground to cover in a short period of time. he is hoping the gcc will leave here feeling reassured that america still sees them as a strategic partner, and he's not
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about to abandon them for a better relationship with iran. >> allan thank you. the jury in the boston marathon bombing trial has begun its first full day of deliberation in the penalty phase. tsarnaev's lawyer says he deserves leniency because he was swayed by his bolder brother. prosecutors insist he was old enough to make his own decisions. a measure was overwhelmingly passed in the house wednesday. under the bill the nsa could still get records from phone and internet companies, but would need a court order. the senate must act before june 1st when the patriot act expires. jeb bush has not yet declared if he is running for president, but he is already facing controversy over his position on the war in iraq. >> reporter: engaged in damage control, jeb bush now says he
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misunderstood a question this week about the support for the invasion in iraq. but when asked tuesday knowing what you know now, would you have supported the war? mr. bush punted. iraq is a difficult issue for the bush family and for most of the american public. the war resulted in 4,488 u.s. dead and more than 32,000 u.s. wounded. the war cost the u.s. government more than $2 trillion. and according to the most recent poll 71% of americans and a majority of republicans believe the iraq war was not worth it. a few months ago, jeb bush gave
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a major foreign policy speech and tried to create distance from his brother's policies. >> i'm my own man. >> reporter: but last week the former florida governor told a private gathering that his brother is advising him on middle east policy and this week there was the interview on fox news. >> knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion? >> i would have and so would have hillary clinton and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got. >> reporter: in retrospect he added the intelligence was faulty, and it was a mistake for his brother's administration after toppling saadam to not focus on security. >> if they are trying to find places where there is big spaces between me and my brother, this might not be one of them.
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>> you can't still think going into iraq now as a sane human being was the right thing to do. that's like you have no able to learn from past mistakes at all. >> reporter: and potential rivals are having a field day. >> if we knew then what we know now, and i were the president of the united states i wouldn't have gone to war. >> reporter: non-partisans are now writing headlines including was jeb dropped on head as child. and democratic groups are circulating a george and jeb attack video. >> fool me once shame on -- shame on you. fool me -- you can't get fooled again. >> the bush campaign says the ridicule and the attacks are unfair. and late wednesday bush himself said getting involved in hypotheticals does a disservice to u.s. troops. but outside of the campaign
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republican strategists say his still muddied position on a war most americans regret is dangerous political ground. david shuster, al jazeera. battling for control in central africa a coup against burundi's president failed. the latest on the fighting and the confusion over who is in charge. ♪
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welcome back to al jazeera america. it is 10:48 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. we're bringing you live pictures from pennsylvania. a freight train has derailed there. it is not clear the cause, but so far we don't have reports of injuries. we'll continue to follow details of what is happening there. a government investigation says a pair of secret service agents who drive a car into a white house barrier were likely drunk. the two senior officers spent
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about five hours at a bar, and ran up a significant tab. the president of the philippines has ordered a full investigation into a deadly fire at a shoe factory. at least 72 were killed and many others are still missing. the fire may have been triggered by welding on a main entrance gate. and the taliban says it was responsible for an attack that left 14 people dead in afghanistan. one american is among those killed. the siege happened at a guest house in kabul during a performance. it lead to a seven-hour standoff with police. burundi's president is speaking out for the first time after a cue. he has been stuck in tanzania. he was attending a peace summit there when the coup attempt happened. malcolm webb joins us now from the capitol. what did the president have to say?
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>> reporter: he said that the coup had failed and that he was still in charge. but since then there was a big -- a large fight at the state broadcaster, the national tv and radio, where soldiers who were loyal to the senior army officer who said he was taking over who launched the attempted coup attacked the compound inside were several dozen fighters loyal to the president and they were heavily armed. and from what we understand the soldiers loyal to the coup leader were beaten back and they haven't taken control. the state national radio went off air for a while. we understand its transmitters were damaged in the fighting but then repaired. so it is back on now, and saying it is still in control of government hands. here there is very little infrastructure so the national state broadcaster is the only sort of information coming from the capitol and reaching all of those people living in the rural areas. so whoever controls the radio
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has basically got themselves in a position where they are most of the way to controlling the country. >> malcolm how are other african leaders responding to this news? >> reporter: yesterday in the capitol of neighboring tanzania the president of the other east african countries met there, and they issued some statements. they condemned the coup but also urged burundi to follow its constitution. and follow a peace deal from 2005, and both of those documents specify term limits. it says presidents here can only serve two terms. supporters of the president say they want him to serve a third term. that's what people were protesting against at the end of last month. people say he has done his two terms, it's against the constitution and the peace deal.
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his supporters say because of a technicality, he is entitled to run again. that's what the clashes have been about and what prompted the coup attempts yesterday. >> how are the people in the capitol doing? we are hearing that thousands have fled. what is the mood there and how are they reacting to everything that is .hag around them? >> reporter: in the capitol today the streets have been very quiet. but we have seen a lot of fighting in different parts of the city at different times of the day between those loyal to the president and those who are supporting the coup leader. people have not been out on the street much today because of the fighting. >> malcolm thank you. a curfew is now in effect in northeastern nigeria after an attack by boko haram. police say the imposed the curfew to protect residents. boko haram fighters reportedly started shooting and firing
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explosives in the city. nigerian troops responded and after fleers clashes nine people were killed. dozens of boko haram fighters also died. it's a form of treatment that some say only does harm the rising use of electrocompulsive therapy to help people with depression.
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a georgia principal caught on video making controversial comments at a graduation has been fired. >> you people are being so rude to not listen to this speech. [ inaudible ] that we missed it in the program. [ inaudible ] all black people. >> she accidentally dismissed attendees and made the comments as families started leaving the room. she is one of the founders of the academy. but the board of directors removed her after that video
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went viral. the use of electroconvulsive therapy to treat depression is on the rise across the country. some activists say it can only do harm. but as heidi zhou castro reports, others insist it has saved their lives. >> reporter: electroconvulsive therapy is no longer the bone-breaking thrashing seen in the 40s and early 40s. today doctors use anesthetics and muscle relucksants to offer a sedated experience. >> electroshock always causes brain damage. it's just a matter of how much. >> reporter: despite a grass root's effort lead by a psychologist to ban ect, use has been increasing. texas one of the few states that tracks current ect data reports
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a 70% rise since 2001. psychiatrists who prescribe it say because it works in 80% of severely depressed patients. >> if you had the option of choosing a treatment that was 80% effective versus one that was 30 or 40% effective, which would you choose? >> reporter: but a review in the british medical journal found up to 55% of patients report persistent memory loss. >> i couldn't tell you my name or where i was. >> reporter: there's many patients who say that ect has damaged their brain. how do you explain that? >> there is no evidence at all that it causes any kind of brain damage. >> reporter: then there's this man who says ect saved his life. he says he had considered drowning himself in a river
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until he tried ect. >> i really felt very different right after that first procedure. >> reporter: as soon as you woke up? >> as soon as i woke up. >> reporter: while some say it is a miracle treatment, a small handful say it saved their life. you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 eastern here on al jazeera america. a spanish court says soccer players are not allowed to go on strike. some of the biggest names threatened to strike with just two games left in the season. the issue is a new tv revenue rights law. the spanish government wants rights for all games sold as one package. the entire 2012 u.s. olympic 4 by 100 team is losing its silver medals. they are stripping the medals
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over a doping scandal. one of the runners of that team tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. the simpsons is pledging to go on even though one of its best known voices is leaving. >> i think i'll donate a million dollars to the local orphanage, when pigs fly. [ laughter ] >> will you be donating that million dollars now? sir? >> no, i would still prefer not. >> he does think voices of mr. burns, smithers and about 20 other characters is leaving over a contract dispute. fox recently picked up the show for two more seasons. it has been on the air for 26 seasons. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. have a great day. ♪
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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera from our headquarters in doha i'm adrian finighan. coming up in the next 60 minutes, gunfire in burundi's capitol as rival military factions fight for control. yemen's government recalls its ambassador to iran accusing the country of helping houthi rebels. i'm faiz jamil in kathmandu, where after the earthquake