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question - does christian education do more harm than good. that is our show for today. thank you for joining us and have a great weekend. dzhokhar tsarnaev will pay with his life for his crimes. the jury agrees on the death penalty for the convicted boston bomber. also, the fbi investigate whether the amtrak train that derailed was struck by something prior to crashing as the first of the eight victims is laid to rest. a huge gain for i.s.i.l. taking control of government headquarters in ramadi the capital of iraq's largest
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province, and remembering the life and music of blue's icon b.b. king good evening, i'm antonio mora this is al jazeera america. two years after he helped to carry out the bombings of the boston marathon, a jury of 7 women and 5 men decided dzhokhar tsarnaev should pay with his life. >> today the jury has spoken, and dzhokhar tsarnaev will pay with his life for his crimes. >> reporter: sentenced to death, witnesses in a courtroom say dzhokhar tsarnaev seemed stoic as he learned his fate for planting the second pressure cooker bomb near the finish line of the boston marathon. it killed lindsay lieu and an 8-year-old. the explosion went off after another bomb set by tamerlan tsarnaev, his brother exploded killing crystal campbell
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injuring 260 other people. all 12 jurors agreed that dzhokhar tsarnaev planned an act of terrorism and demonstrated a lack of remorse. the defense strategy to put the bulk of the blame on tamerlan tsarnaev failed to persuade jurors that he would not have committed the crime if not for his brother. >> the defendant was an adult who came to believe in an ideology of hate and expressed the beliefs by killing maiming and mutilating innocent people prosecutors added that this is not a time for celebration, and some of the victims and families in the courtroom for the sentencing agreed. >> there is nothing happy about having to take someone's life. i'm satisfied, i'm grateful that they have - that they came to that conclusion. because for me i think it was
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the just conclusion. >> i have to watch my two sons put a leg on every day. closure, i don't know but i feel a weight has been lifted off my soldiers. >> dzhokhar tsarnaev 21, is the youngest purpose on federal death row. it's more than likely his attorneys will appeal the verdict experts say sentencing a defendant to death can have lasting effects on jurors. we'll look at that side of the story in a few minutes a judge in new york sentenced a one-time aide to osama bin laden to life in prison. he was convicted in february for his role in the 1998 bombings at u.s. embassies in east africa. the attack killing 224. he was found guilty of four counts of conspiracy. and was osama bin laden's spokesman and media visor. >> federal investigators
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interviewed the engineer and two crew members of a train that derailed on tuesday. when a last scheduled press conference was held, it dropped a bombshell. investigators are looking into reports that the train may have been hit by a project il moments before it crashed. the latest revelation opens up a whole new line of investigation. >> you know it does. that was the bombshell moment talk of a projectile, and the fbi called in. it happened at that n.t.s.b. press conference the national transportation safety board and they revealed they've been talking to brandon bostian, the driver of the train on tuesday, this afternoon. >> reporter: the national transportation safety board has been front and center every day since tuesday's crash. friday was the time day before retreating to analyse the data. the headline the interview with
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the train engineer brandon governmentian. >> we found -- branton bostian. >> we found him cooperative. he recalls ringing the bell as he went through the north philadelphia station. that's not a normal station stop. but has no recollection of anything past that. >> reporter: the federal bureau of investigation has been called in to investigate mysterious cracking on the windshield, amid reports that something may have been thrown at the loko motive. in new york where train 188 was headed the first funeral took place. justin, a midshipman he was in his sophomore year. at the crash site the clean-up was well under way. crews are slated to work all weekend to reconnect the tracks in time for a partial service. if all goes well full service will resume tuesday. in philadelphia city center a key rail hub the mayor thanked
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those first on the second on tuesday night. >> there's no doubt that philadelphia fire department philadelphia police department in all of our - and all of our first responders saved a lot of lives the other night, putting themselves in a significant amount of danger in the dark not knowing whether or not there was potential for explosives or again, some other dangerous situation. >> amtrak committed to introducing positive train control, a fail-safe mechanism overriding controls of speeding trains. only then can this stretch of track go back to being what it's known for - not a disaster but a key section of a busy rail route. >> yes, and a bit more information about the cracked windshield locomotive. this comes from an assistant conductor on a local train
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service that reported hearing radio traffic, suggesting that the engineer was hit by a project il and engineer on the amtrak train that crashed said he, too, was hit by a project il. according to ner conductor, he reported hearing two major impacts at the time of the derailment. none of this explains why the train 188 was doing 106 miles per hour intended to be taken at 150 miles per hour. >> thank you. >> crews found the wreckage of a u.s. marine helicopter in nepal. three bodies were spotted at the crash site. there's no hope of survivors. president obama covered don dollances to the -- condolences to the families. the troops were helping with earthquake relief when it disappeared on tuesday. debris was discovered on a steep mountainside in eastern nepal.
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saturday, a rescue team will head up to the site to collect the bodies and search for other remains a tipping point in the battle for ramadi after a full and brutal assault. i.s.i.l. took control of the main compound. the entire city has not yet fallen. but, that could be next as zeina khodr reports. >> the symbol of government authority is in control of islamic state of iraq and levant. it's a city fought over and the iraqi government's stronghold in anbar province. i.s.i.l. fighters launched an assault on friday, taking obvious the ramadi compound housing the city's government buildings. they managed to penetrate using suicide bombers, government forces and allies were not able to stop the vans. many were killed. it is a blow to the authorities,
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who have been losing ground to other areas of the province. >> the assault as part of a large-scale attack on government forces on multiple parts. late thursday i.s.i.l. fighters used bombers to target the barracks of security forces. they consider anbar strategic. it borders territory it controls in neighbouring syria. it controlled most of app bar province before the assault. now i.s.i.l. controls most of the capital. people of ramadi were caught. council officials in anbar are blaming the central government in baghdad for i.s.i.l.'s huge gains. sunni tribes allied with the government have been warning that i.s.i.l. would make gains
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if enforcements were send to ramadi. because they are suspicious of their loyalty, and the regular forces are too weak to fight the forces alone. after suffering setbacks i.s.i.l. can claim a victory for weeks, after the government declared a campaign to recapture anbar. >> the president of burundi is back in the capital after a failed coup attempt. the president has faced weeks of demonstrations over a decision to run for a third term and said peace has returned to the country. >> we ask the world to be friends of burundi, if they stop supporting us it will be like they are opening doors to trouble that will strengthen people who went to cease by force. members of the coup attempt agree that it failed but there are still battles, there's concern the country could
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descend into chaos if there are reprisals for the coup attempt a court in tennessee ordered the release of three antinuclear activists, including an 85-year-old mum. the sister and two others were in prison since 2013 may. last week an appeals court overturned their sabotage convictions and ordered they be resentenced for the remaining conviction of damaging federal prompt. the three activists have not been released so far the jurors on the boston marathon face a burden to decide whether to condemn a man to death. next we look at how the choice can effect a juror that made it building ties with the u.s. and cuba with the universal language of music.
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president obama today paid
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tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty. the president spoke at the national peace officers memorial service outside the capital and noted that a special kind of person chooses a career in law enforce. and called officers heroes. >> to all the families here today, whose loved ones did not come home at the end of a shift, please know how deeply sorry we are for the loss that you have endured. know how deeply grateful we are for your loved one's sacrifice. the president acknowledged there is often mistrust between police and communities, and work must be done to resolve the differences earlier today dzhokhar tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 boston marathon attack. a federal jury decided it would be the appropriate punishment for dzhokhar tsarnaev's planting of a pressure cooker bomb killing three people and for
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hits role in the murder of an m.i.t. police officer. deciding on capital punishment can take is toll on jurors. a clinical psychologist joins us tonight. good to have you with us. before the jury is seated potential jurors are polled as to whether they have a willingness to impose the death penalty, can they ask the question? >> they can speak to it a moral believe they have. that's all they can do. i think human being are decent decision makers on where their moral compass lies, their history with crime and law enforcement. i think people are prepared to answer that. they are not prepared to understand the impact of being involved in a capital murder trial. they can't know that. they can only speculate on the decision-making process.
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>> how much do we know about how jurors are psychologically affected. just by the trial itself in a death penalty case? >> there's a range of responses. >> first of all, it's a lengthy process. the kind of evidence presented in a capital case can be traumatic to view. the photograph, the imagery, the victims statements - watching what the victims have been through, and in this case the dzhokhar tsarnaev case this is a community in which they reside. the city was torn apart. it is traumatic to listen. when it comes to the process, we'll see different experiences. some may feel a level of closure, and others will be conflicted. depending on the level of conflict, it can be a changing process. >> do we know the full psychological impact until someone is executed? >> i think there'll be different
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stages in the process. there'll be the issuing of the guilty verdict. and the penalty phase. for many jurors, a lot of time can pass between the issuing of the penalty and the execution, and the actual execution, if they are informed by it can bring back a lot of feeling at that time. it depends on the individual juror, and the nature of the case. since time passes a person's psychological process will unfold. >> i'm surprised to read that studies found a lot of death penaltiors need counselling. >> absolutely, it's not surprising. it is a stressful experience, they are exposed to images the leebs of which many will -- likes of which many will not experience. it's isolating, something they couldn't share with anyone but the other jurors. when the trial is complete and completed they feel isolated in the process, and counselling is
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an important place to share, particularly if they are conflicted or regretful about the process of deliberation. >> how long-lasting can the effect be? >> there's a lot of differences. depending on how psychologically challenging or traumatic the decision was at being in the process or seeing the imagery, it can last for years. we can't underestimate the effect of this psychologically demanding and unique experience. it will depend on the individual juror. the research done shows that it can be impactful process for the people serving as jurors in capital trials. it's an aspect that doesn't get much attention. i'm glad you join used tonight to shed light on it. thanks nebraska moved a step closer to repealing the death penalty today. a filibuster against a bill to
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abolish executions was stopped and voted to advance the measure, a day after the nebraska governor said it was acquiring drugs for lethal election. the bipartisan legislation awaits a vote penn state says its engineering school has been the victim of two cyber attacks. the hackers did not steal data like social security numbers, but user names and passwords of 18,000 may have been taken. one attack originated in china the minnesota orchestra made history while making music. they were the first major orchestra to perform in havana this century. >> reporter: in havana music is everywhere. weekends, music is the universal
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language that many hope will unite the hearts and minds of people from cuba and the u.s. >> i think music is a great and powerful element. and an element of our life. and when someone is trying to build something new between two countries, what could be better than this? it's the first time an orchestra from the states travelled to the communist island in 15 years. more than 100 american musicians are performing as part of the international cuba disco festival. this is the first visit to cuba since 1930. maestro says the ensemble is practising one of the same pieces played here on the last tour 85 years ago. >> they played during one of the visit. it was a reason why the local
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organizers wanted to have it. here you come back to play but like 85 years ago. the trip takes on more meaning since the evolution of u.s. cuban relations. in december president obama took steps to renew ties with havana. diplomats from both countries do their work. tours like this help to build a relationship on a person to person level. >> i want you to get more core to the tune. [ ♪♪ ] >> reporter: u.s. musicians like principle cellist are coaching and playing with cuban student. >> they have huge appetite for our classical music, which is our cause to bring it to life. >> we talk about the relationship between nations and
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countries. in this case it's beyond symbolic, it's important. >> this is exciting. to be the first major orchestra in this new era in relations, and, you know to make friends through music is the easiest way. let's talk about it. >> translation: it is interesting to see how music which is a universal language can eliminate barriers you can unite people through music, it's something great. >> it is this greatness that artists hope will build momentum to bridge the diplomatic divide between cuba and the united states through the sound of music google is bringing self-driving cars to the
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streets. google has been testing the technology operating the cars in vehicles built by other companies, but now the company has approval to test drive their cars on public roads near its headquarters near mountain view. they can drive, break and recognise other matter. their speed will be 25 miles per hour a quick program night, valerie plain talks to al jazeera america about the threat of nuclear proliferation. hear what the former c.i.a. officer says on sunday night coming up, a special tribute to a man that inspired many. a look back at the life and influence of b.b. king. [ ♪♪ ]
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california had been on strike since late march. they were demanding a pay increase to $13. the mexican government dread to pay part of the increase. according to the mexican interior ministry. workers will be eligible for health care through the social security programme two professional basketball players that got married have been suspended from the w.n.b.a. for domestic violence. britney and gloria will miss 17 games each. it's the longest ban. they were arrested on domestic violence last month. the league takes all violence seriously. finally tonight - the world is mourning a man known as the king of the blues. b.b. king died on thursday at his home. his iconic sound was admired and copied by generations of fans. randall pinkston looks at his life and legacy.
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[ ♪♪ ] >> reporter: in a career spanning several decades b.b. king states his claim as the greatest blues guitarest of all time. born riley b king he grew up in the delta of a raishly seg re -- racially segregated mississippi. one day an uncle gave him a guitar a priest taught him to play. he moved to memphis, and sung and played guitar. soon he had a record deal. and the bill street blues boy king simply became b. >> when i play i want you, you you, and you to get my story, get my meaning. what i'm trying to talk about. and being a male you must do something with the ladies. >> his favourite lady was his
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maim cows guitar. >> that's my girl. only girl i have. king records 50 albums while performing 200 times a year pace kept up since the '80s. >> i love to do what i'm doing, and do it for nothing. i like to do it anyway. in between touring, king's later years were a whirlwind of accolades for a life well loved. he is a member of the blues and rock'n'roll hall of fame. he kept company with the president. >> my neighbour and friend bb king. >> and won the presidential medal of freedom. friday morning president obama issued a statement saying:
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[ ♪ music ♪ ] >>reporter: eric clapton, a close friend and collaborator paid tribute to him online. i wanted to express my sadness and to say thank you to my dear friend bb king. i wanted to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and the friendship that we enjoyed. >> reporter: like b.b. king i was born in mississippi, returning to our home state for charitable causes and a blues festival in his honour. i last saw him two years ago in a tribute to another. b.b. king made all of us proud. he was 89 years old. he will be missed.
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i'm antonio mora thank you for joining us. for the latest news any time head to ray suarez is up next with "inside story". have a great night. [ ♪♪ ] too many debates, too many candidates, and in the end a compromise nominee. looking back at the 2012 presidential race republicans said "we are not going to do that again." fast-forward to 2015 - depending on the day, there's almost 20 prepared declared or rumoured candidat