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the fats blamed for problems with weight, heart disease and diabetes. scientists said they blocked pt gene in mice, reducing fat content by half. more on that story on the website aljazeera.com. >> test results expected on water today. many residents have lost faith in the agency to keep them safe. >> officers in ferguson say video proves tyrone harris had a gun. >> hillary clinton bows to pressure, handing over her private email server to the justice department amid the
allegations they contain top secret material. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm erica pitzi. >> the head of the e.p.a. said the agency is working non-stop as to clean up a major toxic waste spill in colorado. we will visit sites along the river. mccarthy said her agency takes full responsibility after an e.p.a. crew triggered the leak. >> we are taking responsibility to make sure it is cleaned up. the most important thing is ensuring the health and safety of the residents and visitors near that river. >> the spill is still flowing at a rate of 500 to 700-gallons a minute. today, the contaminated water is expected to reach lake powell, a
popular tourist it ain utah. local scientists say there is no immediate threat. >> the fact that this guy is still alive is encouraging, but without the full analysis of this community, we can't really say a whole lot more. we at least can say after 100 hours, they're surviving. we'll be sampling again in a few days to see how the community is doing. >> the river is expected to be closed until next week. >> the states of colorado and new mexico and now the navajo nation have declared a state of emergency as a result of the spill. the rivers snake west through the four corners into utah, forming a natural boundary for the tribal nation. the leaders say the rivers are more than resources of water, they are sacred. we have this report. >> communities on the navarro nation of formulating plans to deal with the spill's potheen
she will impacts, water hauling operations to moving livestock to temporary holding pens. residents are told to stay away from the river and avoid drinking from wells until further testing can be done. >> this is a blow. this is what we refer to as the bloom. this field is starting to bloom early because it is not drawing up the moisture. >> this is one of many ohio farmers affected by the spill. he dependency on this field. >> it's saying get ready to cut me. i'm looking at it and saying you're not ready to be cut, however, it's speaking to me, saying i have these problems, i don't have enough water, i'm not drawing up the nutrients so you need to cut me or else i'm going to die. >> the tainted water flowing also means he has to keep his horses and cattle from the river
and give them water from a nearby municipal line. officials say the toxic discharge is full of lead, arsonic and other heavy metals. those living downstream on the navajo nation whose livelihoods are tied to the river are preparing for the worst. >> in new mexico, officials encourage residents to bring water samples from home to be tested. secretary of the new mexico environment democratic said so far it doesn't look like the spill has affected local drinking wells. >> short term, i think we're going to focus on the chemistry in the river and how that's reacting, how it's influencing the ground water and that will give us enough to get people using water again or knowing when it would be safe doing so by treating it. long term, it's too early to tell. >> new mexico and the navajo nation declared states of emergency. >> i don't know why the spill's spilling or how is it will be before it stops.
i think those are really good questions for e.p.a. and certainly questions we've been asking, how soon can they stop this and what technologies can they use to treat the water that is coming out. >> the navajo nations planning lawsuits against the e.p.a. and gold king mine. navajo farmers are starting to count their losses, while wasting on guidance from officials on whether the water is safe to use or not. >> there are farmers all the way down this valley, what does that mean to us as farmers and ranchers? all right, what does it mean really to the health and safety of people that use it for drinking water? >> al jazeera, on the navajo nation. >> now to ferguson, missouri where a state of emergency could be lifted today after a more calm night of protests marking one year since the death of michael brown. we're also getting our first look at surveillance video police released from sunday night. it shows shots fired in a
parking lot and the man police shot, tyrone harris is seen apparently holding a gun. police say they shot the 18-year-old after they say he opened fire on plain clothes officers. harris remains in critical condition. let's bring in andy now, who is live for us in ferguson. good morning to you, andy. what does the video not show about that night? it doesn't show the shooting. it appears to show tyrone harris pulling a gun from his waistband, what looks like a gun and then taking off during the heart of the really hot stuff on sunday night. this is from a surveillance camera at a nearby strip mall. it doesn't show him shooting at officers as they claim and doesn't show officers shooting at him. he is in critical condition and facing 10 felony charges, but this video will certainly be used against him.
his father had long claimed that he was not armed, that he was just out on an outing that night on sunday night. erika. >> so andy, tell us about the protests last night. >> much quieter. it was a much nicer night. we had protestors who angrily marched past police, a couple dozen of them. there is a separation between this major thoroughfare, but police hung back, far fewer protestors, far fewer police. i asked the police chief if after five nights of protesting that protestors weren't just wearing out. >> there's a lot of folks that think this is a really good narrative, cause, movement, and i've talked about that before, so i understand that, but i think. >> in fact, last night it felt like a street party at times but the good news is no arrests last night. >> the oath keepers as they call themselves are showing up in ferguson. what are they saying?
>> they were here again last night, that's two nights in a row now, and again, they came out, these were heavily armed, very anti-government militaristic men who say they are just upholding the constitution, upholding the rights of their arms. they say they were there to keep the pause for us in the media and for businesses there. again, the police chief understands the same thing he did the night before, that their presence was unnecessary and inflammatory. they didn't cause trouble, they just walked around with these big military assault weapons. they got into it a couple of times with protestors who wanted to know why they were there, but otherwise, a prettyette night. >> all right, thank you. >> a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in arlington texas has been fired. 19-year-old christian taylor was killed during a burglary investigation at a car dealership. the 911 tapes were released tuesday. police say they contradict
reports that taylor was killed within one second after officers arrived on the scene. >> we got shots fired. the recordings show nearly two minutes elapsed between police arriving and shots being fired. officer brad miller shot at taylor four times during a pursuit that the arlington police chief calls questionable. taylor's family say they want answers. >> every made a mistake and cost him dearly, so nobody should have to go out like that. >> a criminal investigation is underway. >> democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton will hand over the personal email server she used at secretary of state to the justice department. it comes as the state department acknowledges that two emails that went through the server were later classified at top
secret. john henry smith is covering the story for us this morning. john, why is clinton doing this now. >> it dependency who you ask. really, if you talk to the hillary clinton camp, they'll they will you thatble, misclinton is just cooperating with the justice department and if you ask the mostly republican opposition, they'll say a variation of the chickens are coming home to roost. the f.b.i. are investigating hillary clinton as to whether or not her use of personal emails and use of a personal server, whether or not those usages have resulted in any mishandling of classified information, and just hours before hillary clinton made that announcement yesterday, a state department report said that two of the emails on clinton's server had been classified at top secret, though it should be noted that it was also acknowledged that the material was not marked that way at the time those emails were sent, so certainly to summarize, certainly this f.b.i.
move earlier in the day might have played some role in her making this announcement later in the day yesterday. >> any sense of any political fallout from this email controversy here with a poll shows her thought of as untrustworthy and for the first time since the 2016 presidential race, hillary clinton has dropped behind bernie sanders in the new hampshire poll by a margin of 44% to 37% which has got to be very worrisome for hillary clinton and her supporters and certainly they would not want any negative activity swirling around to potentially wide than gap. >> tha not to say that email
incident has anything to do with the polls. >> why, that's for another day. >> all right, john henry smith, we'll see you back here in the next hour. thank you. >> represent presidential candidate jeb bush used the first major foreign policy speech of his campaign to talk about isil. >> we do not ask for a major commitment of combat forces. we do need to convey that we're serious, determined to help local forces take back their country. our unrivaled war fighters know it is simply not enough to dispense advice to training local forces and send them on their way and hope for the first. >> during the speech in california, bush said the u.s. may need to send more ground troops into iraq, but he didn't say how many. he also accused president obama of allowing isil to take hold in the middle east. our political correspondent,
michael shure has more. >> we thought we were going to hear jeb distancing himself from his brother and father, sort of his own man as he's tried to set himself up. looking at his speech, you'll see similarities, talking about bringing more troops into iraq, looking at syria and coalition building. he did ring sort of a common note with his father, you know, his father very famously brought that coalition together to fight in desert storm and get the iraqi's out of kuwait. he talked about bringing moderates together on the subject of syria. >> under my strategy, the aim would be to draw the moderates together and back them up at one force. we should back that force up all the way through, not just in taking the fight to the enemy, but in helping them form a stable, moderate government once isis is defeated and assad is gone. it is a tough complicated diplomatic and military proposition, even more so than
the current situation in iraq. >> this is the exact sort of george h.w. bush tactic, but he also had some gorge w. bush, very direct, talked about going in and keeping the fight going. as a matter of fact, u.s. senator chris murphy, democratic control connecticut tweeted saying if you like the iraq war, if you like the iraq war, you're going to love jeb bush's speech tonight. that was the tone you hear a senator respond to a speech in that way, it was familiar. it was surprising to those who analyze this race who thought jeb bush would step away from hills father and brother, you saw a lot of similarity. >> the head of a group that has publicly opposed the iran nuclear deal has quit, because he backed the agreement. gary was a former nuclear advisor to president obama. he said he thinks it's in the best interest of the u.s. the group united against nuclear
iran has hired joe lieberman to head the group. the former senator calls it a bad deal. >> three dozen retired generals and add meyer also support the iran deal. they write in part, there is no better option to prevent an iran nuclear weapon. military action would be less effective than a deal if the deal is rejected by america, the iranians could have a nuclear weapon within a year. the choice is that stark. >> now to china, where the country's currency that gotten weaker for the second straight day. the yen fell 2%. china devalued the currency yesterday. pot sob has more on why this happened and what it means. >> even though china framed this move as part of on going reforms to give markets reforms over the exchange rate, many said it could trigger a so-called
currency war. china's economy relies on exports, weaker than expected last month. a currency devaluingation is like a shot of adrenaline to a sluggish economy because it makes the goods that country exports cheaper to buy overseas. while china stressed this was a one off, the u.s. has accused beijing in the past of keeping its currency artificially weak. also keep in mind that u.s. exports have suffered this year as the dollar has strengthened against other currencies, making u.s. goods more expensive to buy overseas. now a weaker yen makes the dollar stronger. that's something the federal reserve will keep in mind as they decide when to raise u.s. interest rates. many expected an interest rate hike next month but if the dollar continues to strengthen, the fed could hold off until december or beyond. >> that was pat sob reporting. legionnaire's disease makes its
japanese island of okinawa. the u.s. military said it was conducting a training mission. >> a hacker group claiming to be affiliated with isil published a kill list, posting what it says is the personal information of hundreds of members of u.s. government employees, including members of the military. >> families of some makes airlines victims want more con loose toive analysis. the wing part is said to belong to the plane. french authorities have not confirmed that. >> a drug making plant in north carolina is now shut down after testing positive for the legionnaire's disease bacteria. employees have been told to stay home. the plant was found in the cooling tower, a unit often used for air conditioning. in new york city, building owners are ordered to test and
disinfect their cooling towers after anout break of legionnaire's disease that left 12 people dead. >> the city is in the process of making sure all of the cooling towers, the buildings comply with the orders to prevent the spread of the disease. building owners have two weeks to test and disinfect their towers or face a fine. >> one by one, the cooling towers on top of new york's buildings are being tested foreleg necessarily la. >> we really have to from scratch figure out where they are and get to them, then sample and inspect them, then disinfect. >> we spoke to companies contracted by the city to test the towers. having a cluster of them infected shouldn't come as a surprise. >> if the cooling water is not
treated properly, it's common to find legionalla in cooling tower water. >> health officials believe the source comes from one of the first towers that tested positive and was later disinfected, but they aren't certain. >> it's difficult to tell, in most outbreaks, the source is never pinpointed to one source. >> the city that 5,000 to 10,000 cooling towers. >> we asked the city health department how much it will cost to test all the tours and disinfect the ones needed. one company we spoke with said testing and disinfecting a single tower can cost up to $5,000. >> thank you. >> a new wildfire is posing a threat to communities in northern california. the so-called jerusalem fire erupted sunday near the lower lake community. it's now burned 14,000-acres and is only 5% contained. mandatory evacuations are in place. fire officials say 50 buildings and homes are in the line of
>> among mexican women with that the world health organization recommends breastfeeding in the first six months of a baby's life to give proper nutrients and anti bodies. >> work began to rare the city's broken street lights in detroit. many neighborhoods now have light. the probable is running ahead of schedule. some residents say the program is still falling short. >> up until recently, it was spotty, it was always spotty. you have lights going out and the lights out for a year or two before the city would come out and fix them. >> but today, several new, brighter led street lights are in the neighborhood and the change was a long time coming. after decades of decline, less than two years ago, about 40% of detroit street lights were broken, leaving thousands of residents in the dark.
>> it was kind of horrible, because you had a lot of dark spots, you know, all up and down the streets. >> covering to know said that made his neighborhood a breeding ground for crime and some residents were afraid to walk at night. >> there was a lot of people stayed real close, either in their yards or on their porches. >> but in 2014, as detroit worked to emerge from bankruptcy, the city created a public lighting authority, and embarked on a 100 yea $5 million project to repair and replace more than 88,000 street lights. >> the city of detroit experienced over 30 years of disinvestment in the street lights. >> otis jones is c.e.o. of the light be authority. >> people who around from detroit may look and say why did it take so long for the city to correct this problem. >> you know, i think holistically there were a number of reasons over the years,
technology changed, the ability to interface that technology cost, and a city for sometime which culminated up to the bankruptcy. >> yet a little more than a year into the project, some residents feel that the city still isn't moving fast enough. the authority has been installing one light at each corner and another in the middle, which has left pockets of darkness. >> no light ain't right, no light ain't right. >> cynthia johnson has been lead ago light walk through detroit for the past three months. the group meets in darkened neighborhoods with flashlights and other lighting devices. >> we are doing this to bring attention to areas in the city of detroit that are without light, areas that have very little light, next to no lights at all. >> how do you respond to people, residents who have criticized the lighting, saying the lights aren't bright enough or they
don't hit a wide path? what's your response? >> well, you know, this is a city of 700,000 people, and i tell you, you know, over 80% of the folks that contact our office, that we experience in our conversations, they love what we're doing. >> covington has concerns but is pleads by the progress made so far. >> we hardly don't get anything over here, so it's like when you get something, you try to cherish that for now, you know, you have to try to complain a little bit, but not too much. >> the lighting authority say it has addressed some complaints by installing additional lights. anymore changes would require additional funding, as it stands now by the end of the year, all detroit's neighborhoods are expected to have new street lights for the first time in did he go cased. bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, detroit. >> the deflate gate scandal moves to a courtroom in new york city today. the nfl players union wants a
federal judge to overturn the four game suspension the league imposed on new england patriots quarterback tom brady. the league's investigators say he knew of a plan to deflate balls before a january playoff game. i am a new england patriots fan, so i am denial over this. stephanie sy is back in two minutes with more aljazeera america news. have a good day. >> our american story is written every day. it's not always pretty... but it's real. and we show you like no-one else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight.
>> newly released video of a violent night in ferguson. police say it shows a suspect pulling a gun on officers. hillary clinton agrees to turn in her private email server to the justice department amid revelation some emails contain top secret material. >> chemical that is spilled into a colorado river are now reaching major tourist spots as the e.p.a. works overtime to clean the toxins.
>> this is aljazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy. we are getting a first look at surveillance video released by officials in ferguson, missouri of the armed man they say shot at police earlier this week. it shows shots fired in a parking lot and people running for cover. it then shows the man police shot, tyrone harris. he is seen apparently holding a gun. police say they shot and critically injured the 18-year-old after he opened fire on plain clothes officers. andy, good morning opinion the video seems to contradict what the alleged gunman's family has been saying. >> the father had long said that this gentlemen, tyrone harris, his son was just on an outing with friends and that he was not armed, but it's remarkable how clear this video is, seems to
show harris pulling what seems to be gun from his waistband, this video from a camera in a strip mall. it does not show harris shooting at police as they claim he did and does not show police shooting harris, which they did. he was left in critical condition. he is in the hospital now, facing 10 felony charges. this video will certainly be used against him. >> andy, things were quiet last night in ferguson. are the protests dying down? >> >> they really are and it was much calmer last night. you had a couple dozen protestors angrily marching past police at one point, but they just hung back. there were fewer police out last night, fewer protestors, as well. i asked the police chief whether after five nights of demonstrations, the protestors were just wearing out. >> there was a lot of folks that think, you know, this is a really good, you know,
narrative, cause, movement and i've talked about that before, so i understand that, but i think that the agitation at a certain point becomes less than useful and i think at some point, it does wear out a little bit. >> there were no arrests last night. that's the good news, and the state of emergency that we're under now still here in ferguson, people are thinking that will likely be lifted today. >> what about the businesses, are things back to normal for them. >> no, it really hasn't at all. ever since november, when the grand jury declined to indict the officer in the michael brown shooting, a lot of businesses that were shooed and burned at that time are still boarded up. another tough spot for all these business owners is even those not affected by the writing directly, they are telling us customers aren't coming back to ferguson to shop. the fox television show, the popular empire show, they had
sent a tour bus around the country having singing competitions along this tour bus in various places around the country, they were set to stop in st. louis this week. they said no, we're not going to do it because of the demonstrations this week in ferguson. >> andy, thank you. >> the oath keepers, a citizen militia group were in ferguson last night. some say they are a disturbing presence on the streets. diane has more on the controversial group. >> armed with assault rifles and wearing flak jackets, members of oath keepers brought new tension to ferguson. monday night, they provided security for info wars. >> we are here to keep the info wars guys safe. >> were you bothered by the tact that they were walking around with their weapons exposed? >> no, they're exposed, but everybody knows all these reporters over here have armed security as well.
it's no hidden secret. you see these guys, when they bend over, you see their pieces sticking out. >> oath keepers say their mission is to defend the constitution. members say they came to ferguson to protect businesses, news crews and even protestors. tony kirk is a police chief from nearby old man row and a member of a local oath keeper chapter. >> there was criticism of your group walking around with large weapons, that might have frightened people. was that appropriate? >> well, the weapons they were using last night are standard weapons a law enforcement officer would carry on duty, nothing more than what they would have or what a regular civilian can purchase. >> the owner of this hair salon said she asked oath keepers to protect her business because police didn't keep looters from her business sunday. the st. louis county police department now over seeing law enforcement said it doesn't want
oath keepers help. the chief said their presence was both unnecessary and inflameatory. >> i think the chief's position is his department has it under control and doesn't need assistance. i don't think that's completely true, as well. >> while kirk said the oath keepers weren't violating missouri gun laws, he can understand the unease it might have created. >> they were providing a security service for that detail last night. do i agree 100% with how that of handled? no, but i wasn't in the loop of the discussion, either. >> al jazeera. >> a white police officer in texas has been fired. 19-year-old christian taylor was killed friday during a burglary investigation at a car dealership. the 911 tapes were released tuesday. police say they contradict reports that taylor was killed within one second after officers arrived on the scene. >> with we got shots fired.
nearly two minutes elambsed between police officers arriving. the man was shot four times during a pursuit called questionable. taylor's family say they want answers. >> he made a mistake and it cost him dearly, so nobody should have to go out like that. >> a criminal investigation is now underway. >> hillary clinton says she will do what she has refused to do for months, hand over her personal email server to the justice department. this comes as questions swirl about whether classified files make it on to that server. good morning, john. >> good morning, stephanie, this has been the controversial that won't go away for mrs. clinton. now that presidential candidate hillary clinton tries to avoid this type of negative activity on the campaign trail, she's making an about face.
>> hillary clinton's announcement that she will hand over her personal email server to the justice department is a stark departure from the position she's maintained for five months. >> the server contains personal communications from my husband and me, and i believe i have met all of my responsibilities, and the server will remain private. >> the clinton campaign says she now is also giving investigators three thumb drives containing ruffle 30,000 emails relating to her work as secretary of state. the f.b.i. is investigating whether clinton's use of a personal email account and that private server resulted in the mishandling of any classified information. just hours before clinton made her announcement, a state department report said two of the emails on clinton's server had been classified at top secret, though it also acknowledged that the material was not marked that way at the
time the emails were sent with that clinton has electric denied any classified emails existed on her personal server. >> i'm certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material. >> republican's, including house speaker john boehner welcomed clinton's decision. in a statement, boehner said it's about time, secretary clinton's previous statements that she contained no classified of course is patently untrue. >> while there is no direct correlation, it's interesting to note that in the summertime, she didn't do well on a trustworthiness scale. of late, a boston herald poll shows bernie sanders jumped ahead of clinton, the first time she has trailed in the 2016
presidential campaign at all. >> republican presidential candidate jeb bush used the first major forum policy speech of his campaign to call for greater u.s. involvement in the fight against isil. it was meant to be a bold and unique foreign policy vision, but bush echoed other republican presidents instead. >> in a campaign that has been dominated by bluster and distraction, jeb bush tried to bring serious conversation to the race in a speech at the ronald reagan presidential library. >> good things happen when america is engaged with friends and allies, alert to danger, resolve to deal with threats before they become catastrophes. >> that tone was a hallmark of his speech, calm yet resolved, delivered in a building dedicated to a president who embodied those traits. bush took a page from the successful republican playbook and played on fear. >> the reality is that radical islam has been spreading like a
pandemic across the middle east, throughout africa and to parts of asia, even in the nations of the west, finding recruits in europe and the united states. >> some of the younger members of a decidedly older audience who saw the speech agreed that people should be scared. >> it's a scary situation especially when you factor in the social media. you can do a quick google search and there it is, the beheadings, the picture, right there, it's so accessible. >> the speech has been anticipated by political analysts as a needed forum for government bush to put space between his foreign policy and that of his brother, george w. bush in setting the table for what he sees as the next global threat the president will face, he was clear it wasn't a mess that his brother left by going in but rather the obama administration and particularly former secretary of state hillary clinton left by leaving too quickly. >> isis grew and where was the
secretary of state? where was secretary of state clinton in all of this? like the president himself, she had opposed the surge, then joined in claiming credit for its success, then stood by as that hard-won victory by american ally forces was thrown away. >> in response, bush outlined an ambitious five-point plan on how as president he would deem with iraq, which included the use of further ground forces. bush's seriousness carried over to his plan for syria, detailed in four points and iran where he rejected the nuclear deal recently negotiated. >> it is a deal unwise in extremes with a regime that is untrustworthy in the extreme. it should be reject by the congress of the united states of america. immediate following the speech, donald trump went on fox news
and may have stolen the attention from jeb bush. >> the head of a group that has publicly opposed the ran deal quit because he now backs the agreement. he was a former nuclear advisor to president obama. he said studying the deal, he thinks it is in the best interests of the u.s. the group has now hired joe lieberman to head the group, the former senator calls it a bad deal. three dozen retired military leaders said military action would be less effective than a deal, if the deal is rejected by america, the iranians could have a nuclear weapon within a year. the choice is that stark. >> the head of the e.p.a. says the agency is working non-stop to clean a major toxic spill in
colorado. today, gina mccarthy will visit sites and is set to release testing results from samples of polluted water. she said her agency takes full responsibility after a crew accidentally triggered the flow. >> it is a tragic and unfortunate accident and e.p.a. is taking responsibility to ensure that it's cleaned up. the most important thing throughout this effort is ensuring the health and safety of the residents and the visitors near that river. >> the toxins are flowing at a rate of 500 to 700 gallons a minute. today, the contaminated water is expected to reach lake powell, a popular tourist site in utah. allen schauffler has more. >> the head of the environmental protection agency is due to visit communities in southern colorado and northern mexico today. the e.p.a. accepted blame for this spill and promised to set things right. a lot of folks in this area are wondering how long that's going to happen, how long it's going
to take and when they might get their river and lives back to normal. >> for a region that release on the waterways to sustain its businesses, the sludge wasn't exactly the tourist attraction they hoped for. he sells wild land adventure and watched that spill shut down his best summer season ever. >> there are thousands of river users here in durango that feel that the river is home, so it's really painful to see it hurting like it was. >> the governor got a firsthand look at the spill tuesday and tells us he's hopeful the local economy will get help. >> a lot of folks' businesses hurt. do you expect them to be made whole? >> we're going to try. the state's put up $500,000. i fully expect the e.p.a. to step up and do their part. certainly my hope and expectations we'll get them if not whole, darn close.
>> there are early expectations the river is bouncing back. in this test trap of live fish placed in the durango ahead of the plume, only one died out of 100. a yellowish water line stain is the only visible reminder of the spill. contamination on this scale is startling. >> you put 3 million gallons of water in all at once, and it travels a lot farther. you see this orange stuff. it looked like paint to me when it came through friday in durango and that really knocked people. >> in a region built on mining, spills aren't new and the accidental release of sludge is a reminder of the challenges posed by 150 years of mineral extraction in the west. it's estimated there are more than 50,000 old mines throughout the region from the rockies to the pacific. >> maybe the worst problem is not that it's a time bomb, but that it's this long-term,
low-level problem we start to think of as normal. >> the river remains closed. it is hold it hasn't suffered too much and they hope tourists haven't crossed the region off their summer travel maps. >> the sky has not fallen, and, you know, this is going to heal itself, and heal itself pretty quickly. >> meanwhile, the city of durango and the surrounding area still operating under a state declaration of emergency. there are restrictions on drinking water in place. anybody who has a well that might be connected to the river and questions the quality of their water can contact the county here to have that well tested. >> al jazeera, did your range co, colorado. >> we'll have continued coverage of this on going spill coming up. we'll show you why the navajo nation has also now declared a state of emergency and speak to an expert about the lead and arsonic in the river and how
those toxins may impact local communities. >> today, new england's patriot quarterback tom brady and nfl commissioner goodell will be in court over the deflate gate scandal. at stake, whether the m.v.p. will serve a four game suspension. >> raising awareness about the plight of elephants and world elephant day today, there is highlighting of animal poaching. >> an elvis stamp is released today, the king would have been 80 years old tailed. >> it may be another sign to president obama's health care reform law is working. in a new report today, the c.d.c. said the number that uninsured dropped mom 36 million to 29 million in the first quarter of this year. the health and how many services democratic said the number of adults without health insurance has fallen by 17 million since
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:21 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. china's central bank is calming markets today after tuesday's move to devalue the currency. it fell 1% today following 2% yesterday, the largest drop in more than two decades. the rate is expected to boost chinese exports. >> a federal judge denied bail for a couple that tried to join isil. the 20 and 22-year-old were arrested at a regional airport in mississippi before taking off en route to syria. they are charged with attempting and conspiring to provide
material support to a terrorist group. >> some new york prisoners claiming they were beaten during the manhunt for two inmates who escaped. legal services attorney say several inmates at the correctional facility were put in solitary confinement. richard matt and david sweat escaped in june. sweat was recaptured, matt was killed. >> sawed backed fighters loyal to the exiled yemeni government announced the recapture of a pro since in a southern offensive against the houthi rebels. we have more. >> government troops are on the offensive, closing in on the city, sitting up checkpoints around it. houthi rebels have held the city since may when they swept across southern yemen backed by solers loyal to ali abdullah saleh. >> our message to the houthis is the following. you have 48 hours to withdraw, or you will be killed. >> soldiers backing exiled
president adou rabbo mansour hadi and allied groups have made a series of gains not south supported by saudi-led airstrikes and recently took delivery of new weapons and vehicles from the saudis and u.a.e. they now control aden, if they take ib, it will pave the way for an eventual advance on the capital sanna, controlled by houthis who stained an anti saudi rally on sunday. on the ground, a desire for the violence to end. >> we condemn atrocities against us and ask for peace and stat. these attacks led to the destruction of the infrastructure and economy. >> it's also led to the destruction of any kind of normal life for most yemenis. the u.n. says 80% are in need of humanitarian assistance, and
around 1.3 million have been forced to flee their homes. the u.n.'s humanitarian affairs chief visited a camp for the displaced people near sanna. >> the best solution for the country of yemen, for the people of yemen, for the future of yemen is for all the parties to realize there is no military solution. there has to be a political dialogue in order to resolve the differences and to maintain a did you recall peace. >> any peace seems far off. these pro-government forces are celebrating gains made in taiz, the country's third largest city remains a crucial battleground. if the houthis lose here, it seems they will have no option but to abandon the south and dig in to their traditional strongholds in the north. al jazeera. >> a peace deal in south sudan seems very unlikely before an august 17 deadline, that's according to the country's minister of parliamentary
affairs. civil war broke out in the world's newest country in december, 2013. forces loyal to the president have battled with fighters allied with the former vice president of the nation. the fighting killed tens of thousands of people. it's driven more than 2 million others from their homes. since the outbreak of war in south sudan, groups say sexual violence against women have increased. women are being brutalized by both sides of the conflict. >> each day, the displaced women walk into the bush to collect firewood. they'll spend half a day trying to collect enough to sell. some say they're returning beaten and raped. >> they pointed a gun at us and told us to drop the firewood and follow them. this woman we'll call mary said she and a group of women were gang raped by south sudanese
soldiers at gunpoint. >> after they do a bad deed and they leave you like that, you're almost as good as dead. you're useless. all that's left is that they shoot us. >> these women are faced with a choice, trying to earn money when food is scarce or staying inside this camp where they're protected by u.n. peacekeepers. the international rescue committee said it's helped thousands of women who have been victims of sexual violence. >> women here told us they were beaten and raped here in the bush by government soldiers who viewed them as sympathetic to opposition fighters, but aid groups say all parties in this conflict are guilty of sexually assaulting women. >> the government launched a campaign to encourage more women to report rape and seek treatment, but some are cause accusing it of doing nothing to stop soldiers from using rape as a weapon of war, an accusation
the government denies. >> we will not allow them to do that, if, you know, we have now actually dispatched a team to investigate. you will find, you know within things that, you know, will shock you simply because the people whom you are actually interviewing don't want to say the truth. it's a real complaint against the government. >> mary worries that she's contracted a disease. she said she's too terrified to return to the bush. other women we spoke to say they're afraid of being attacked, too, but they're still collecting firewood and taking the risk to survive. al jazeera, south sudan. >> what appears to be parts of a russian missile system have been found at the crash site of makes airlines flight 17 in eastern crane. mh17 crashed last year on land
held by russian backed rebels. 298 honored were killed. this is the first time curb officials confirmed possible physical evidence of a missile bringing down the plane we are going to use the next coming months to establish exactly this fact, where it's coming from, who has produced it, and where was it in the periods before the downing of the m.h.17. >> two thirds of the crash victims were dutch nationals. ukraine and western countries accused russian backed rebels of shooting it down. russia denies that. >> dealing with the fallout of the toxic spill in colorado, why the navajo nation declared a state of emergency and how toxins in the water may affect people nearby. >> cuban businesses seeing benefits in the thaw in relations between washington and havana.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:30 eastern, taking a look at today's top stories. hillary clinton agreed to turn her private server over to the justice department after months of saying she would not. the move comes as the state department says two emails contained classified material, though the content of the emails was not classified at the times they were sent. >> in ferguson, missouri a state
of emergency could be lifted today. police released surveillance video showing the man they shot, tyrone harris apparently holding a gun sunday. officers shot and critically injured him. officers say he opened fire on plain clothes officers. >> resident in colorado have gotten no information to know whether to expect long term environmental and health impacts from the spill. the head of the e.p.a. will visit communities today. that spill is still flowing at a rate of 500 to 700-gallons a minute. let's bring in jonathan freedman, a professor at the university of louisville's school of medicine. thanks for your time and good morning. >> good morning. >> how concerned should residents be about the huge quantity at this times of arsonic, lead and academy yum
now in their local river? >> they should definitely be concerned and keep track of what they're eating. >> what do we know about what these metals do to the human paid? >> the different metals have different forms of toxicity. cadmium can damage kidneys. many metals are arsonic, again can be cadmium, mercury and lead affect the nervous system. these are long term effects, so they may not see these effects for 10 to 20 years, especially for the core 16 jens. >> the latest votes show the water is less orange as that plume moves downstream and is diluted. as the water clears, does that imply that it is safer? >> well, the water column might be safer, but that material will
end up in the sediment. if anyone has used that water to irrigate their land, the metals will now be in the soil and be taken up by the plants, so the plants will become contaminated. the fish that have been in the water that may not have died, they're going to accumulate the metals. even though it looks clean, the metals are still going to be around. >> you look at the dead wildlife for example after the b.p. gulf oil spill, we haven't seen that in relation to this toxic spill, we haven't seen any dead fish turning up. what does that tell you? >> most organisms have systems to protect themselves against metals and the concentrations may not have been high enough to cause acute toxicity or death, but they'll calm late the metals, store the mess also and as the food gets eaten, the metals move up the food chain. the fish not dying is probably
worse, because they're going to store the material and it will stay around for a while. >> and people may end up eating that fish. navajo farmers who use that watershed for irrigation purposes have been expressing concerns. are their fears founded, because it affect the food that these farmers are growing? >> definitely. there have been reports out of china about rice being irrigated with contaminated water and it accumulates in the rice and the people suffer from metal toxicity. all the food that the navajo nation is growing should be tested, especially like green leafy vegetables and grains. they are almost magnets for taking up some of these metals. >> we had in our story that aired earlier about what's happening there at the spill, and activists near the river believes that the river will heal itself. is that based on science, will the river heal itself? will the sediments settle to the bottom of the river and not affect the river from -- in the
future? >> well, the metals will stay there. they'll move around as sediment gets kicked up, it will move down river. it may become, be put in a state where people aren't going to be exposed, so in that case, it would be you could call it safe or acceptable, but the metals will reside there for a very long time. >> so they do not dissolve, they do not degrade. >> no, once, you mentioned the b.p. spill, sunlight and other systems degrade organic chemicals. these metals stay forever in their most elemental form, so they can move around, but they will never degrade. >> thank you for your expertise only. appreciate your time. >> the states of colorado and new mexico and now the navajo nation have declared a state of emergency as a result of this spill. tribal leaders say the rivers
are more than sources of water, they are sacred. tristan atone reports from farming to know, new mexico. >> this is the bloom. this is what we refer to as the bloom. this field is starting to bloom early because it is not drawing up the moisture. >> this is one of many ohio farmers affected by the mine spill. he depends on this field. >> it's saying get ready to cut me. i'm looking at it and saying you're not ready to be cut, however, it's speaking to me, saying i have these problems, i don't have enough water, i'm not drawing up the nutrients so you need to cut me or else i'm going to die. >> the tainted water flowing south from colorado also means he has to keep his horses and cattle from the river and give them water from a nearby municipal line. officials say the toxic discharge is full of lead, arsonic and other heavy metals.
those living downstream on the navajo nation whose livelihoods are tied to the river are preparing for the worst. >> in framington, new mexico, officials encourage residents to bring water samples from home to be tested. water secretary of the new mexico environment department said so far it doesn't look like the spill has affected local drinking wells. >> short term, i think we're going to focus on the chemistry in the river and how that's reacting, how it's influencing the ground water and that will give us enough to get people using water again or knowing when it would be safe to do so by treating it. long term, it's too early to tell. >> new mexico and the navajo nation declared states of emergency. >> i don't know why the spill's spilling or how soon it will be before it stops. i think those are really good questions for e.p.a. and certainly questions we've been asking, how soon can they stop this and what technologies can
they use to treat the water that is coming out. >> the navajo nation is planning lawsuits against the e.p.a. and gold king mine. navajo farmers are starting to count their losses, while wasting on guidance from officials on whether the water is safe to use or not. >> there are farmers all the way down this valley, what does that mean to us as farmers and ranchers? all right, what does it mean really to the health and safety of people that use it for drinking water? >> al jazeera, on the navajo nation. >> a new wildfire is posing a threat toe communities in northern california. the jerusalem fire erupted sunday near the lower lake community and burned 14,000 acres. it is 5% contained. mandatory evacuations are in place. a fire official says 50 buildings and homes are in the like that of fire. >> california governor is praising communities across the
state for following water saving measures. he visited the city of san diego tuesday. last month, the city cut its water usage by 24%. the region is at the end of a pipeline and especially vulnerable to water shortages. >> the cop servation is meeting targets and you are doing a lot on your own, particularly in this field of recycling. >> san diego is expected to open a desalination plant in the fall, but brown says he does not think that will help solve california's water problems. >> a pharmaceutical plant is shut down in north carolina after testing positive for the legionalla bacteria found in the plant's cooling tower. the unit is often used for air conditioning. in new york city, building owners are ordered to test and disinfect their cooling towers after an outbreak of legionnaire's disease left 12 dead. >> the city's in the process
have making sure all building owners comply with the order to prevent the spread of the disease. building owners have two weeks to test and disinfect that you are tours or face a fine. >> one by one, the cooling towers on top of new york's buildings are being tested for legionalla. >> we have to have figure out where they are, then get to them, then sample and inspect them, then disinfect. >> we spoke to some of the companies contracted to test the
towers. having a cluster of them infected shouldn't come as a surprise. >> if the cooling water is not treated properly, it's common to find legionalla in cooling tower water. >> health officials believe the source comes from one of the first towers that tested positive and was later disinfected, but they aren't certain. >> it's difficult to tell, in most outbreaks, the source is never pinpointed to one source. >> the city has 5,000 to 10,000 cooling towers. >> we asked the city health department how much it will cost to test all the towers and disinfect the ones needed. one company we spoke with said testing and disinfecting a single tower can cost up to $5,000. >> thank you. >> president obama's pledge to close the prison camp at guantanamo bay, cuba before he leaves office hit a new road block. the justice department is opposed to transferring remaining detainees to a prison in illinois. that's just the latest obstacle to shutting it down. >> it was one of the first promises the president made, he campaigned on it and has repeated it many times over the past seven years. in 2009, he signed an executive
order to close the guantanamo detention center as soon as practicable. >> congress can lift restrictions that have so far stymied the closure. one idea was to send several dozen of the most dangerous detainees who cannot be released or sent to other countries to the thompson correctional center in illinois that has 1500 empty cells. also reported by the washington post, the obama administration forget that former attorney general eric holder promised the senate judiciary committee he will not move people from guantanamo to thompson.
>> it's obviously a top priority, it has remained a challenge throughout. >> the administration hoped to have a plan to send to armed services committee chairman john mccain before recess. now officials say it will be next month at earliest before a proposal goes to the hill. mccain promised to work with president obama to close guantanamo but only if the administration can provide and alternative that addresses congressional concerns. it's not just the current ban on moving prisoners to u.s. soil to be addressed, it's the congressional requirement that the defense secretary tear sign off on any transfers to other countries, essentially certifying that the detainees no longer pose a risk to the u.s.
that was a form of contention last year, hagel was often reluctant to give his personal assurance of something that was unnoble. current defense secretary tear ash carter is taking a conservative approach. six years after president obama signed an executive order to close began to know mow within a year, the number of detainees has been cut from 240 to 116 and nearly half cleared for release, with most not facing any charges. >> the state department is working to find countries to take guantanamo prisoners many cleared for release years ago but have nowhere to go. the white house is still searching for a prison in the u.s. will to accept what it calls the irreducible minimum, too dangerous to ever be released. >> some cuban businesses are reaping the benefits less than one year after the u.s. eased
sanctions on the country. we have more on cuba's emerging middle class. >> so close and yet so far away, a nation that took a different road from that of the united states, and for a time, cuba was the romantic vivid poster child for communism. ♪ >> it became a place frozen in time by an underperforming socialist economy until now. cuba it seems is on the move once again. >> i first came to cuba in 2001, 14 years ago. everyone expects to see a lot of change in the next few years, but i see change already. there are a lot more cars on the road, people are better dressed and there are new businesses. >> a parallel economy developed. more than a million cubans now work as independents who don't
depend on the state but make their own money. one of them is roberto. his cell phone repair shop may look modest but in a country short on supplies for everything. he keeps cubans connected. even the storefront represents change. until recently, commercial rental space simply didn't exist. >> i would love to see my business grow into a transnational company, like at&t, that would be great. >> before the revolution, julio alvarez torres's father worked for general motors. more than half a century later, alvarez finds himself working on the same models hills father might have fixed. >> i run this operation with the most basic tools, under you have to working conditions, and even like this, i can get things to work. imagine how it would be without the embargo. >> he's restored 22 cars and he
hopes normalization between two countries will soon mean he can import spare parts more easily. alvarez fixes cars and his wife drives them, catering mostly to tourists. they formed a loose taxi cooperative. >> we enjoy what we do. i love driving. i've always loved driving. he enjoys restoring cars and together, all of this gives us economic benefits and we're happy because of that. >> when asked whether he considers himself a capitalist or socialist, he says he's just tired. >> i feel like a capitalist, i have no life of my own. i don't have the time to pay attention to anything else but my business. >> from socialism to the drive of capitalism, officials would insist reforms have remained true to the revolution, and some might say cuba's had little
choice but to do something different, but the changes will mean making way for a growing middle class in a supposed classless society. mel listen that chan, al jazeera, havana. >> stay tuned for special coverage this friday, as the u.s. flag begins to fly over the embassy in havana. antonio mora will have a report here on al jazeera. >> republican presidential candidate bobby jindal is pushing a message. jonathan martin is in new orleans looking at whether the data supports his view. >> it's been one of the most sweeping changes in new orleans since hurricane katrina, charter schools. after the storm, the state took control of nearly all public schools. thousands of teachers were fired and leaders vowed to fix what many considered a corrupt and ineffective system. >> we've had double digit dropout rates in new orleans,
several million dollars in federal dollars missing. our school buildings were in deplorable condition. >> the answer was a so-called charter school experiment. today, more than 90% of public school students attend charter schools, schools that are publicly funded, privately operated. louisiana governor bobby jindal said there have been remarkable gains, but the success of charter schools overall remains a highly debated topic. >> i think the results here are actually very hard to argue. our act scores are up, graduation rates are up. >> it's been 10 years, and the gains are fairly marginal. >> from test scores to graduation rates, we look at the newest data and talk of parents, critics and add volunteer coats to ask should this be a model for education reform. >> >> ford is making big move to
bring car production back to the united states, building two commercial trucks at a cleveland air plant, moving production out of mexico. that means about 1400 workers will get to keep their jobs. ford announced it would move production of focus and cars from a plant in michigan. they have not said where those cars will be made. >> using taxpayer dollars to build football stadiums, why cities across the country want to take the risk that comes with a pricey new venue.
>> nfl executives are metering in chicago today, a major topic of discussion is which teams will move to los angeles. the raiders have been asking for a new stadium for years. >> financial debates are central to nfl stadiums in part because our tax dollars go to them. teams are knocking down venues and putting up newer onc ones, t despite the hype, the benefits don't usually outweigh the costs. [ explosion ] >> blow up an old stadium, build a newer, bigger one, costing a billion dollars or more. it's a pattern that's been repeating itself over the last 20 years among the nation's professional sports leagues. some say these new stadiums, especially reflect the success of the national football league or nfl, whose total revenue since 1995 is $99.4 billion.
a large part of funding for most new stadiums comes not from the pro leagues like the nfl, but from taxpayer dollars. >> yet, when it comes to football stadiums, cities keep building new giant facilities with state and local governments on average paying for 57% of all construction costs. that translates to over 6 billion taxpayer dollars to build fancy new football stadiums since 1995. take the minnesota vikings new u.s. bank stadium in minnesota. the total cost slade to be $1.1 billion with state and local taxpayers shouldering almost 50% or $498 million of the total cost. proponents say this new stadium will bring a much needed economic boost to minneapolis, but sports economists who have studied the issue come to a
different conclusion. >> generally the benefits do not outweigh the costs. these are not good deals for cities. >> when it comes to a new stadium, that cost versus benefit debate goes back to 1999. the governor had a meeting with then vikings owner red mccombs. >> he came in, mobbed down in the chair, looked at me and said governor, i need to new stadium. >> the public relations value and the day to day plugging of your city, it is the best value in the world. >> ventura said he told mccombs if he wanted a new stadium, he could raise ticket prices to help pay for it. >> my wife, the first lady of minnesota, she doesn't give a rat says ass about viking football and there are a lot of other people that could care less about it. you are telling me you can't
charge your fans, but you can go to these people and reach in their wallet and make them pay so you get a new stadium? >> it would take two more governors and nearly another decade and a half before the vikings would get their new stadium with taxpayers footing almost half the bill. the minnesota vikings new stadium i also scheduled to open in july of 2016, and given that the average life span of a new football stadium has dropped to just 30 years, this new stadium will likely be demolished in 2046. ali velshi, al jazeera. >> a new world record from dare definitely nick wallenda, the high wire performer walked 1600 feet above ground last night at the wisconsin state fair. he balanced himself with a pole on steel wire only three quarters of an inch thick. he did it without a safety harness. he has walked across the grand canyon, niagara falls, but this is his long evident walk yet.
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