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bit nervous, but also grateful. ♪ so give me one ♪ >> reporter: bb king died in his sleep at age 89. ♪ [ applause ] there's more real news from al jazeera along with analysis and plenty of video on our website at ♪ the wreckage of a marine helicopter found in nepal, and military officials fear all nine people on board are dead. the ntsb reveals an amtrak train sped up moments before it crashed. the first funeral today for one of the victims. [ gunfire ] and iraqi soldiers battle isil fighters for ramadi now the group hooz taken control of a government compound. ♪
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. the u.s. military has confirmed a marine helicopter has been found in eastern nepal and there are likely no survivors. the wreckage was located in jungle and rugged terrain. the effort to recover the remains has been called off due to bad weather. there were eight people on board including six americans and two nepalese. a crew will return tomorrow. >> due to the extremely difficult terrain, below freezing temperatures, and violent winds and thunderstorms, i made the decision to cease the recovery efforts for this evening. we cannot afford to put service members at any further risk. at first light we will resume
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the recovery mission. we're continue to mourn the loss of the soldiers from nepal and our marines who lost their lives. >> faiz jamil has more. >> reporter: the remains of the u.s. marine helicopter was found about 80 miles outside of the capitol, kathmandu. the helicopter was doing relief operations in that area when it went missing. they found the remains earlier today, and there have been a long search on for the marine helicopter being conducted by the nepally army and the u.s. us marines as well. the indian military said they heard chatter from the helicopter saying they were having some sort of fuel problems. the last wrecked car from tuesday's deadly train derailment has been pulled from the tracks.
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all coaches are now on their way to delaware for further examination. the latest data shows the train sped up right before it derailed. and amtrak ceo is promising to help the 263 passengers and employees with medical bills and funeral costs. duarte geraldino is live in philadelphia. what steps is amtrak taking to make sure this kind of accident doesn't happen again in >> reporter: it is vowing to have the new high-tech power train control system in place this year but an exact date has not been set. this is a system that monitors train traffic, and can automatically slow down or hit the brakes should it detect a hazard ouz condition. the ceo has meated it clear the time to act is now. he has said bureaucratic hurdles made it difficult to have this system in place, but he has given his word. take a listen.
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>> today i'm committing to meeting the requirement of positive train control. that will happen on the northeast corridor by the end of this year. >> reporter: by the end of this year. there's currently a braking system in place, but clearly it was not enough. >> one of the injured employees is filing a lawsuit. what can you tell us about that? >> this is a man who was riding the train to new york where he did work for amtrak. he is seeking about $150,000 for damages and lost wages. now this is significant, stephanie, because his position whether it was man era or mechanical that amtrak is liable. that is what he is saying. this right now is maybe a problem for many people because federal law limits amtrak's liability to $200 million.
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so the more valid claims there are, the smaller amount each person can receive. >> yeah and that is likely not going to be the only lawsuit. prosecutors say there will be no criminal charges against the engineer for the derailment in new york in 2013. he was sleep deprived and dozed off. the ntsb says undiagnosed sleep apnea and a drastic shift in his work schedule were to blame. be sure to watch our special report tonight at 8:30 eastern. isil fighters in iraq have ceased control of a government compound. ramadi is the capitol of anbar province, one of isil strong holds. an advisor to the governor described the attacks.
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>> yesterday evening when many attacks to the front of surrounding ramadi officially from the north front from the area of [ inaudible ] and in the morning many suicide car bombers were able to come into ramadi and reach the center of ramadi which is debeneath the governmental compound. >> activists who recorded these images say isil members are searching the town for anyone who help the government fight against him. yes, it was a fierce assault, islamic state of iraq and the levant managed to penetrate the ramadi compound. a compound that houses government offices. they raised their flag inside the compound. ramadi has long been contested but this morning isil used heavy
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weapons and suicide bombers to penetrate the come pound. this is really a military blow to the government and like you mentioned people trapped in the middle of the fighting desperate. some worry and fear they will be furnished if isil find out that some of them worked with the security forces. local officials have been blaming the government for the latest advances. they are saying that the government didn't send in military reinforcements or provide weapons, but isil needs some sort of victory after suffering defeats in tikrit just a few weeks ago. but clearly the push into ramadi was not isolated. late yesterday, isil targeted two other towns, they targeted the barracks of government security forces and killed more than 50 of them in -- and they used 22 suicide bombers. joining us now is james
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jeffery, former u.s. ambassador to iraq and turkey. mr. ambassador as always thank you for your time. why does isil want control of ramadi? >> first of all it's a very very important city. al-qaeda never gained full control of it during the period of al-qaeda's asend dansy, unlike fallujah. so therefore if isis controls this seat of government in the biggest province in iraq that will send a signal that isis is not on its heels from these recent defeats, but rather it is capable of counterattacking very effectively in a coordinated military way. we need to take it extremely seriously, just like we needed to take it seriously a year ago. an advisor told us a few
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hours ago that they have been asking baghdad for more protection, training ammunition, and such. ramadi has been contested for weeks. they knew this could happen. is baghdad dropping the ball in or can these setbacks to a certain degree be expected? >> in any conflict where you have literally thousands of kilometers of front line between the peshmerga and iraqi army on one side and isis on thor you are going to have local local -- defeats and victories. ramadi we knew was strategically important. it is also one of the areas where the sunnis are on the side of the government, and they have not accepted the support they have been asking for. this is a political issue as well as military one, and the government has fallen down on the job, and i agree with the advisor to the governor. >> a sent-com official said they
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expect the attacks, and give a false impression. is that possibly what we're seeing in ramadi? >> if they are not driven out very quickly, this is a major offensive. this is a success for isis. we cannot diminish their ability to strike back be it at the refinery where they are still fighting and again in ramadi. a lot is at stake in anbar province, and we need to up our game in terms of the iraqi government and in terms of the support the u.s. is giving the iraqi government. >> can you clarify what you mean by up our game? >> two things. first of all, there needs to be better coordination between the iraqi government, the iraqi forces out there and the local
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tribes who are on our side basically. secondly, we need to look at what military support, be it weapons, air support, training and equipping efforts we can do. we're doing a lot. we're at the air base where we have hundreds of american and other foreign advisors and trainers out there with the iraqis, but what counts in a struggle like this is victories on the ground. we need to be racking them up not isis. >> ambassador thank you. the head of the u.n.'s cultural agency is sounding the alarm about isil fighters getting closer to an ancient city in syria. >> our position is very clear that heritage -- heritage sites should not be used for military purposes, but of course the news are alarming. i appealed yesterday to all parties concerned to protect
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palmera, and to leave it outside of the military activity. >> it famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins. syrian war planes were attacking isil positions on the edge of the city. syria has called on the international community to protect the ruins. 600 more migrants arrived by boat in indonesia today. the latest are from myanmar and bangladesh. the migrants lined up for food and some said friday prayers. while this ship managed to come ashore other vessels were sent back to sea. remembering legendary blues musician, bb king. ♪ i have got good music on my radio ♪ >> the boy from mississippi, who grew up to influence rock stars, and small boats, really small boats take on big oil. environmental activists in seattle trying to stop deep sea drilling planned for the arctic.
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welcome back. it is 10:44 eastern. calm on the streelts of burundi's capitol today. the government arrested a group of army leaders they say lead the attempted coup. the u.s. has closed its embassy for the day. columbia has ordered a stop to the spraying of herbicide on cocaine crops. the world health organization says the chemicals can cause diseases including cancer. the remembrances are rolling in for blues legend b.b. king.
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he died in his home in las vegas where he was in hospice care. >> reporter: from sharecropper to superstar. in a career that spanned seven decades. b.b. king staked his claim as the greatest blues guitarist of all time. born riley b king in 1925. he grew up poor in mississippi, where he started working in the fields picking cotton at the age of seven. but one day an uncle gave him a guitar and a preacher taught him to play. when king was 20 he moved to memphis where he found work as a radio d.j. but built a following singing and playing guitar. and soon he simply became bb. >> when i'm playing, i want you,
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you, you, and you to get my story, get my meaning what i'm trying to talk about, and being a male that liked ladies usually my story has to do something with ladies. >> reporter: his favorite lady was his famous guitar. >> that's lucille. that's my girl. only girl i ever had that never argues with me. >> reporter: king's schedule didn't leave much time for arguing. he recorded over 50 albums while still hitting the stage more than 200 times a year. >> i like to do what i'm doing, and would do it for nothing if somebody paid my bills. but they are paying me anyway. >> reporter: king's later years were a whirlwind of accolades for a life well loved the world over. >> my neighboring friend from
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mississippi, b.b. king. >> reporter: he shared his beloved lucille with the pope. he won the presidential nomination of freedom. and he played for the king of sweden. >> i'm a bit nervous. i have never met a king before. >> reporter: in the end he influenced generations of musicians. one had this reaction to king's death. >> just wanted to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend b.b. king. i wanted to thank him for all of the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed. >> reporter: he leaves this world as a member of both the blues and rock and roll halls of fame. john henry smith, al jazeera.
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comedian bill cosby is speaking out this morning about the sexual assault allegations against him. he was on good morning america. >> i think that many of them say, well you are a hypocrite. you say one thing. you say the other. my point is okay listen to me carefully, i'm telling you where the road is out. now you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message? >> cosby previously denied the allegations. he faces at least two lawsuits from alleged victims. a showdown in the pacific north activists are in a standoff with a shell oil rig. the white house approved new drilling in the arctic this week. >> nobody is more mindful of the risks involved and the dangers.
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that's why, despite the fact that shell had put in an application for exploration in this region several years ago, we delayed it for a very lengthy period of time until they could provide us with the kinds of assurances that we have not seen before taking account of the extraordinary challenges, if in fact there was a leak. >> alan schauffler is covering the protests. >> reporter: it's a david and goliath scene on the water. small boats versus big oil, exactly the symbolic image these people want to show the world. >> it's huge. it's huge. and what it represents is so much bigger. >> we're the mosquito fleet. we're these little bugs racing
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about the huge bow hee mouth coming into our harbor. >> reporter: dave runs a manufacturing business, and sisi at at at -- says seattleited needs to realize this is an industry. the arrival of the drilling rigs has become a political circus in seattle with the mayor and city council emphatically not putting out the welcome mat. >> we reviewed the contract. the permit is for a cargo terminal. this is clearly not cargo. >> reporter: besides taking to their kayaks, environmental groups have launched a lawsuit
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claiming the work isn't appropriate for terminal 5. the city planning department and the mayor have said the same thing. but today isn't about rules and regulations, it's about the symbolism of this moment. >> we can't just to do nothing. even though we feel it is a tough fight. reminds me of many decades ago when we protested the vietnam war, it made a difference and it came to an end. >> reporter: but despite the protests shell is here in a big way. jeb bush flip flops on iraq and now says he would not have invaded the country in 2003. plus the nation's largest energy company takes responsibility for violating the clean water act.
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the country's biggest electric company duke energy has agreed to pay $102 million for violating the clean water act. the charges come from leaking coal ash. >> reporter: coal ash is the
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waste left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity. in it heavy metals. >> duke energy cannot fail. we take this responsibility very very seriously. we do feel like we have failed a bit with dan river. >> reporter: but duke energy the largest electricity company in america pleaded guilty to nine violations. it will pay $102 million in fine and restitution for the years of coal ash leaks at five power plants. >> today we said that big corporations are not above the law. and polluters will be held accountable. >> today's proceeding closes an important chapter, and allows us to focus on the future. our company immediately apologized for what happened and said we would make it right.
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>> reporter: we spoke to joann and allen thomas last september. they live across the street from a plant. they won't get restitution, but they are concerned that the pollution is impacting the health of the people where they live. >> reporter: this shows 72 people in your area that have had some sort of deadly disease. here are the coal ash ponds. >> right. >> reporter: right across the street cancer. right over there cancer. >> three brain tumors. >> okay. >> and then cross over the street, have another brain tumor. >> we have heard questions and concerns from residents near the plants who are hearing so much hype about coal ash, and we take very seriously their concerns. we're not finding any evidence that coal ash has impacted ground water near our facilities that has not already been
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addressed. the company has been very proactive. >> duke says it will begin delivering bottled water to the residents, but the economic impact of the spill has already taken it toll it's estimated $70 million by legal and environmental experts. and many residents say the guilty plea and fines are not enough to make a difference to a company that earned $6 billion in the first three months of this year. robert ray, al jazeera. potential presidential candidate jeb bush is doing damage control and reversing his region on the iraq war. >> we're supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now what would you have done? i would not have gone into iraq. >> he said that last night. a complete reversal from his comments he made earlier in the
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week. flint, michigan is one of the country's most violent places. more than a third of residents live below the poverty line. and bisi onile-ere reports, police officers are working to change that. >> reporter: flint is ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the country. we spent the day with a police officer who has been patrolling these streets for 17 years. he grew up in flynt and spent most of his life here. like the rest of the nation he has been following the news of police shootings. >> reporter: do you think it sends a wake-up call to everyone who is an officer? this >> i don't know about a wake-up call. i know it does remind you that you are a person of integrity, and that you are held to a higher standard than efrnls.
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and you need to behave accordingly. >> reporter: at a time when police conduct in many cities is under scrutiny, the flint police force is working to bridge the divide between the police and the black community. officer lewis says the goal isn't to be hammer, but instead to be a helping hand and that's a message he tries to spread every day. you can watch the full report tonight at 8:00 eastern. in just a few minutes president obama will speak about police at the national police officers service. you can see that live. roger goodell will personally hear an appeal from tom brady. he is asking the league to reconsider his suspension. an nfl investigation found that brady was generally aware that brady new employees has deflated
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the balls. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to another news hour from al jazeera at our headquarters in doha i'm adrian finighan. coming up in the next 60 minutes. isil takes control of government headquarters in ramadi. unwanted, a boat full of migrants is stranded off of the coast of thailand with no country willing to take them in. >> reporter: burundi's president is back in the capitol after a failed coup