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the planet and five moons in a nine-day fly-by. it is heading on to the kuiper belt. it is due to arrive there in four years. you can get more on everything we're covering right here. the address is remembering the lives lost. we are now learning the identities of the marines killed in chattanooga. federal investigation, the fbi wants to learn more about the death of a woman in a texas jail cell. and one year later ukraine remembers the victims of malaysian airlines flight mh17. as new video shows rebels rummaging through the crash site. ♪
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. we are learning the names of two of the marines killed by a gunmen in chattanooga, tennessee, one of them thomas sullivan was an iraq war veteran from massachusetts. he is one of four marines killed when mohammed aziz opened fire on two military facilities before he died. police are now pouring over the suspects home and computer to try to figure out his motive. jonathan, what are police telling you? >> reporter: right now police are certainly focusing on a motive. the big unknown and big question mark authorities have at this hour. i spoke with a police chief earlier today who said that is one of many questions that remain unanswered. what could have motivated this young man to open fire at two military sites within a few
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miles of ooefrp yesterday mid-morning. at one of the sites behind me which is where those marines were shot and killed there is a small memorial where people have been stopping by to offer condolences to their victims and families. and then there is a scene just off camera here. this is very indicative of what we're seeing across this part of tennessee. a young woman who is simply standing here on the street for about half an hour keep in mind tony it is nearing a hundred degrees here with her arm outstretched holding an american flag. it's an indication of the pain a lot of people feel here after this attack on military sites. earlier the police chief talked about that pain and also spoke about where the investigation stands at this point. here is what he had to say. >> not to be trite, but everything. there is no lead that is not
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significant. there is no evidence not significant. we have more resources here than i have seen at a crime scene or incident through my three decades of being a police officer. we will look into every single possible lead and make sure we follow everything to its conclusion. >> reporter: i understand that one of your officers were injured. can you update us on how he is doing? >> he is doing very well. we are very proud of his heroics. i'm absolutely convinced that his actions saved lives in our community, and he and his family are recovering well. he is in very good spirits. >> reporter: talk about his actions. what did he do to try to stop this attack? >> he engaged somebody who was armed with weapons trying to hurt our community. he put his life at risk. he put himself between bullets and our community to keep freem freem -- people from getting hurt. >> reporter: the police chief
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bluntly saying that that officer was certainly a hero putting himself to the gunman and between the people inside. but again, tony without question he adds the focus is on what could have sparked this rampage. >> what more can you tell us about those victims who have now been identified? >> reporter: we're slowly getting the names of some of the marines killed yesterday. the first name was sergeant thomas sullivan, who served two tours in iraq. he is from massachusetts but lives in tennessee. a gunnery sergeant with the marines, also a purple heart recipient. there was also another name that we're learning david wyatt from chattanooga, also a marine. those are two of the names that have come to light since this shooting happened. many people are deeply upset
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about this. many people are praying. there are several vigils planned for tonight to honor those victims. >> reporter: this weekend is an important holiday in the muslim community as it marked the end of ramadan. and i know there were innishally a number of celebrations scheduled, but what is an update on those celebrations? my understanding is at least some of them in the chattanooga area have been canceled. >> reporter: yeah, that is true. the islamic center has condemned this situation. they had a celebration, but they have canceled that in respect to the victims and their families. they will be having a prayer service in about an hour from now. >> all right. jonathan betz for us in chattanooga, tennessee. thank you. the fbi is lading the
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investigation trying to learn what was behind the motive. mike viqueira has more on the federal role from washington. >> attorney general loretta lynch calls this a position thattal curety investigation. that implies a wide range of law enforcement and intelligence services on the federal level from homeland security to the fbi, looking into exactly what happened in chattanooga, and what were the motivations of mr. abdul aziz. one of the others who has been injured we were told is seriously injured at this point. president obama was in oklahoma yesterday, arriving at the white house late in the afternoon in washington. waiting for him was his fbi director, andhite house advisor on counter terrorism and
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homeland security. they gave him a briefing. afterwards the president gave a short statement in the oval office to the press. he called it a heard-- heart-breaking circumstance but says it appears to be the work of a loan gunmen. he have spoken many times about what he considers this country's greatest vulnerability and that is the so-called loan wolf gunmen. investigators so far have yet to discover any connection between online propaganda agitation from an overseas terrorist organization like isil or al-qaeda. no indication of why mr. abdul aziz chose to do what he did yesterday. mike thank you. the penalty phase is next this the trial of james holmes. thursday he was convicted on all
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165 counts against him, including first degree murder. as paul beban reports, that was what families and victims were hoping for. >> reporter: after a trial that lasted almost three months with thousands of pieces of evidence testimony from hundreds of witnesses. this was the verdict that so many have been waiting for, guilty on all counts james holmes convicted in the deaths of 12 people in that aurora theater, and the wounding of 70 more almost three years ago. an emotional outpouring here after the verdict was read and family and friends and relatives came out of the courtroom. >> i don't want to say vindicated, but i was certain that's what it was going to be. i felt that only an insane juror could find otherwise. seriously. you would not come back with any verdict but guilty. >> and for a person who is
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anti-death penalty, i totally agree -- i feel the sentence that he -- that he may get -- which is the death penalty is the only penalty that -- that fits the crime that he committed that night. >> reporter: the jury is in recess until wednesday when the sentencing phase will begin. there are two options available, death or life in prison without possibility of parole. the jury will hear about aggravating factors that will determine whether they proceed to a death penalty delib lags. they may also hear from defense witnesses trying to paint james holmes as too mentally ill to put to death. the fbi is investigating the suicide of a young black woman in a jail cell. now there are pretty big questions about what happened to sandra bland. john henry smith has more.
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>> reporter: local police say -- bland killed herself while in police custody. but her family says the official account doesn't jive with the woman they knew. she just moved from chicago to texas to start work at parry view university. friday a state trooper stopped jackson for making an improper lane change. police say she kicked an officer, leading to her arrest. at one point police addressed the eyewitness filming the arrest. bland spent the weekend at the waller county jail and was found unresponsive around 9:00 am monday. the medical examiner says she killed herself. the sheriff's department speculates she did it with trash bags. >> i pronounced her dead i did
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see a dark mark somewhere on the neck. >> reporter: loved ones questioned that account, wondering why she would commit suicide. >> out going, truly filled with life and joy, and so when you think through the circumstances that have been shared with us to this point it is unimaginable. >> reporter: but investigators in texas say they see no evidence of foul play. >> we have reviewed the video, and at no point in the video does it appear that anyone goes into that cell and harms her in anyway. the district attorney points to this video that bland said she made in march. >> i am suffering fromming is that some of you may be dealing with, a little bit of depression as well as ptsd. >> especially the family is wondering why would she do this
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if she did this to herself? so that is of course extremely relevant that she may have been suffering from some sort of mental illness. >> reporter: her family says they want to meet with investigators in texas. >> we are not going to demonize that community. what we are wanting to do though, is understand what happened. >> it should be noted the sheriff was fired in 2008 from his job at police chief in in -- hemstead texas amidst ala decisions that he was racist. john henry smith reporting. an oil train has derailed and is leaking in montana. fills say it is not clear what caused the 21 cars to derail. some 35,000 gallons of oil have
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spilled. officials say the spill has been continued. one year later, still questions over the downing of mh17 was it shot down by rebels or a ukrainian war plane. plus a crucial vote of confidence for greece. it's biggest european creditor approved a third bailout plan. ♪
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president obama is continuing his push to sell his iranian nuclear deal. we met with saudi arabia's foreign minister at the white house. the white house said the pair also discussed the fight against isil and the crisis in yemen. tune in sunday for an ali velshi special report iran behind the deal. alexis tsipras is shaking up his
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cabinet two days after parliament voted to go along with difficult cuts and today germany's parliament has approved a new round of bailout for greece. >> reporter: a majority in favor, 439 members voted in favor, 109 against, and 40 abstained. the grand coalition of christian democrats and social democrats here has 504 members. so on the face of it 65 members of the government failed to vote yes. that chimes with the prognostications suggesting that some of angela merkel's own party were going to vote no. it sends a signal that perhaps not everything is the garden is rosy. clearly the chancellor said that she underthat there were really serious concerns in society among her own party about the
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thought of yet more money for greece, but she said it was the only path that could be gone down. and the euro was more than a currency, it was something that united europe. we also heard from the left-wing party, its leader effectively said that the finance minister and the economy minister and angela merkel were hoisting something on to the greeks and it was the abolition of parliamentary democracy in greece at the dictate of the german government. so clearly there were strong issued expressed on both sides. and it is worth recalling that opinion polls have suggested that many very germans are deeply distrustful of the current greek government in athens and that many feel anymore money sent to athens will never come back. so that is the backdrop to the vote that has taken place today. greek banks will reopen
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their doors on monday but with restrictions. customers can only make deposits and account transfers. they are still forbidden from withdrawing cash from a teller. boko haram is being blamed for a series of suicide becomings in nigeria that killed at least 64 people. two female suicide bombers killed 12 people. and earlier two bombs killed 50 people at a market. the bombings come as people were preparing to celebrate the end of ramadan. our correspondent reports from nigeria. >> reporter: we know that the attack happened near a mosque and that apparently according to people we have spoken to on the ground, two female suicide bombers were behind the explosion. and in connection to one of the other blasts apparently it was a male suicide attacker who was carrying ady vise that went off
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in a tuk-tuk. so far there has been no official response to the nature and veracity of these attacks from the military or police and neither has the government spoken about their response to it. the new president did come to power promising to defeat boko haram since being sworn in at the end of may, he has done a lot political, analysts say to try to show the nigerian people that he is doing his best to try to defeat the group. he moved the command and control center of the military to the northeast. he earmarked $20 million to support the soldiers trying to fight boko haram. he went to summits to talk about boko haram and seek help from other countries, and he has met with the leaders of chad and
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niger. next week he will meet with participate barack obama. it is thought he will be seeking help from the united states with military equipment and intelligence gathering. but there is a feeling on the ground that even though there seems to be political effort to sort out the boko haram crisis much of what has been done is not being felt on the ground, because it's evident that boko haram is still a force to be reckoned with when there are reports of attacks almost day in and day out. egyptian security forces shot and killed at least six people in the cairo suburb of giza. demonstrators called for the reinstatement of ousted president mohammed morsi, and they are angry over the military's use of force against civilians. new and disturbing video is surfacing on the first anniversary of the crash of malaysian airline flight mh 17.
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it shows soldiers picking through the rubble. all 298 people on board died. now villagers in eastern ukraine are remembering the tragic event. charles stratford is there. >> reporter: hundreds of people have come out today to pay their respects in remembrance of the 298 victims of flight mh 17. many of the bodies found in local people's gardens here. as you can see the flags being held, representing the countries where those victims came from. the white balloons representing each individual victim. we have been speaking to some of the local people about what today means to them and their memories of exactly what they saw. >> translator: i could see the seat with a person in it falling from the sky. i thought at first it was a
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paratrooper. we could see wreckage falling, but then we realized it was a woman passenger. we saw four bodies, including a child in my neighbor's garden. it was terrible. i can't contain my emotions my tears, even now. >> reporter: as you hear there, people in this area deeply traumatized by what they saw. earlier on there was a church service that was held in a local church just down the road. there were prayers said and candles lit by the few people that attended that service. now although there's no fighting in this area the fighting still continueings. there has still yet to be a lasting political settlement agreed to in this conflict. there are daily violations committed by both sides of a february ceasefire agreement. and of course the investigations go on as to who exactly was
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responsible for killing nearly 300 people a year ago today. charles stratford, al jazeera, eastern ukraine. just ahead on the program the contentious battle over a $8 billion merger that could have major implications for samsung.
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samsung has approved a major merger of its two biggest subsidiaries. it consolidates thoeldings of one of south korea's largest companies. harry fawcett explains. >> reporter: the future of south korea's biggest conglomerate was in the hands of its smallest investors. like this man, with a stake worth $7,000. >> translator: although i have investing in stocks this is my first time attending a shareholder's meeting. >> reporter: the plan to merge samsung c&t with cheil has been strongly opposed by the u.s. hedge fund elliott associates.
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elliott has been trying to convince small shareholders that the terms are against their interest. >> translator: we believe maximizing the synergy and securing new growth through a prompt merger is the only way to powerful leap into the future. >> reporter: behind all of the pressure for the deal the future of this man, heir to the samsung empire and with his father still in hospital after a heart attack last year ever closer to the biggest job in south korean business. the merger gives him greater control of the entire group, in particular, samsung electronics. >> translator: vice chairman has a very small percentage of equity in samsung electronics. however if he can obtain 4% in
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samsung it would create favorable conditions for him to proceed. >> reporter: this is the packed press room where we await the result of the vote. a defeat would be a sunning reverse for south korea's biggest conglomerate. in the end samsung's powers of persuasion which even included home visits seeking powers of attorney went through. but the south korea's key brand, worth about 20% of the economy and used to getting its way, this was an unusually tough fight. harry fawcett, al jazeera, seoul. a california beach will reopen today almost two months after it was contaminated by an oil spill. but there are new questions about the role played by a private contractor hired by the company behind the spill.
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>> reporter: this is oil from a spill along the coast back in 1969. it was an ugly reminder that even decades later, the beaches and the coast are never really the same. which is one of the reasons why people in santa barbara are so concerned about the recent spill. much smaller in size yes, but still problematic and worrisome with many raising questions about the cleanup operation, was the response quick enough? and should the operator and owner of the pipeline that burst be the one taking a lead role in managing this cleanup. for santa barbara supervisor it's too much like the fox watching the hen house. >> i would say it's not appropriate for plains to be involved in that role. >> why? >> because it's more of an objective assessment, and i think, you know, anyone in my opinion with common sense would say if you have someone who has
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pal looted the beaches might be trying to have an influence on what is being found on the ground. >> reporter: and there's this internal document a media briefing proposal signed off by a plains employee. >> it was creepy and a little bit insulting to be named on that list as far as unified command thinking they can speen feed information and you are just going to turn it around into a story that makes them look good. >> reporter: tonight we'll take you back to the beach where tar is still being discovered on the sand, and the questions and criticism aren't so easy to wash away. jennifer london al jazeera, california. and that is all of our time. thanks for joining us. i'm tony harris in new york city. we'll be back here at 7:00 pm eastern time. the news continues next live
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from london. ♪ >> this is al jazeera. >> hello i'm maryam nemazee. greece german chancellor angela merkel says chaos. six people are skilled in egypt as police open fire on antigovernment protestors. remember the victims of