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have a great night. ♪ >> this is aljazeera america. live from new york city, i'm tony harris. a call for unity. president obama condemns anti-muslim rhetoric on his visit to an american mosque. and the epa said that it's the state's fault. and the ocean is filling with
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sewage. well, today, problem set foot inside of a u.s. mosque for the first time since taking office. mr. obama used his visit to the islamic society of baltimore to condemn anti-muslim rhetoric from the came pain trail and to find a way forward together. >> reporter: president obama came to this mosque outside of baltimore to deliver a history lesson, part for conciliation, and for fair play and justice, but there was an edge to the president's remarks. a reaction to much of the anti-muslim rhetoric that's being heard from the right on the campaign trail. for many muslims listening to president obama, it was a message that they had been waiting for. >> you fit in here.
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you're right where you belong. you're part of american too. you're not muslim or american, you're muslim and american. >> reporter: part what have brought mr. obama to baltimore, heightened islam phobia from paris and san bernardino. >> as muslim americans, you have another concern, that's your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few. >> reporter: mr. obama slammed anti-muslim rhetoric from leading republican presidential candidates, a major issue for many of the muslims in the audience, including mohamed. who is work with young children leaves him concerned. >> they don't understand. >> reporter: though the president has been to mosques while overseas this is the first time in his seven-rear
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presidency that he visited an american mosque. that's too long. >> i think that the speech is complicated. a lot of it was for political reasons, and i think that all of america could have benefited from hearing it a lot sooner >> reporter: though it was a long time coming, most were overjoyed, especially recounting mr. obama's role in history, brought from africa as slaves, and continuing through the early days of the republic. >> thomas jefferson's opponents tried to stir things up by suggesting that he was a muslim, so i was not the first. >> reporter: ted cruz's victory in iowa has set off a new round of anxiety among muslim americans. >> the guy has been speaking at times, and it was definitely needed. and it's very timely that people know that we need to
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come together. >> reporter: one speech from mr. obama is unlikely to change things, but for many, it's a welcome start. >> maybe somebody will think twice, now that they have seen the president speak out against it, and i hope that it makes it safer for the country. >> reporter: president obama delivered an address outside of the israeli embassy, and tomorrow, a national prayer breakfast where the president will appear, and the white house said that it's all part of the attempt to reach across the lines that divide american society. >> mike, thank you. and my conversation with hoda, who played a critical role in getting the president to visit the mosque today. and who is to blame for the water contamination crisis in flint, michigan in and as you might expect, fingers were pointed all over the place. aljazeera's libby casey has more from washington >> reporter: tony, outrage
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and shock over what happened to the water supply in flint, michigan, has reverberated around the country, but today it was the members of congress asking the tough questions, and leaders on both sides of the political aisle are critical of how officials of all level haves handled the crisis. outside of the u.s. capital, prayers. >> praying that you minimize the damage that was done to our children. >> reporter: inside a hearing room, outrage. >>it everybody who is responsible for this fiasco to be held accountable. i'm not protecting anybody, because that's not our job. we are the last line of defense. and if we don't do it, nobody is going to to do it. >> reporter: members of congress are looking for answers. who made the decision that caused flint's water to be contaminated by dangerous levels of lead? local residents watched, also hoping for answers. >> they're struggling, they
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have come all the way over here from flint. and i don't know how they got here, and mr. chairman, they're also americans, just like you and just like your children. >> reporter: but the hearing was notable for who was not there. the former emergency manager of flint, darnel early, who was appointed by michigan's republican governor. >> we're calling on the u.s. marshals to hunt him down and be give him that subpoena. >> reporter: early's lawyer said the subpoena arrived late tuesday and didn't give him enough time to attend. >> what's disappointing, one of the people who is probably the most culpable for the situation won't take responsibility for it. and i think that he needs to be here. >> reporter: republicans also pointed the finger at the federal government, blaming the environmental protection agency. >> the environmental protectioepa has failed in itsr.
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>> reporter: but the democrats say that they want to hear from the republican governor, rick snyder. >> we can't get the governor of michigan at this hearing to give responses for actions that are going to affect 9,000 children. >> reporter: democrats are also critical of michigan republicans for instituting an emergency manager law. it was done in the name of saving money, and it cut the city council out of decisions. >> this is the consequence of putting ideology ahead of human beings. and their needs, and their welfare. the difference in political philosophy matters. political choices have consequences, and flint is the most dramatic in our generation. >> reporter: hours of testimony and debate, and the congress is no closer to resolving who is responsible and what should be done for the people of flint, michigan. tony, the democratic candidates
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for president will be in flint, michigan next month, and it will be two days before voters in michigan go to the polls, so bernie sanders and hilliary clinton will certainly be talking about this issue, and it will bring continued national attention to the water crisis in flint. tony? >> libby casey for us in washington, and thank you. and we're just learning that the lawyer for darnel early said that the committee for subpoenas testify again, he will accept. polices can argue in washington, but the people in flint have to live with this reality every day. and the epa is looking into another problem in the water. aljazeera's andy rosein joins us now with more on this >> reporter: tony, for the last couple of days, the members of the environmental protection agency have not looking for not just lead, but low levels of chlorine, and if
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there's not enough chlorine in the water, that can lead to bacteria. if there's not enough chlorine, it can be especially dangerous for kids and adults, but if there's too much bacteria in water, that's dangerous for everybody. >> the people that have eye infects, but any cavity where you can allow the water to enter where there's bacteria, that can develop an infection. >> interpreter: and the department of health is looking at rashes. they have been causing rashes, and that's going on for a while. but it got pushed aside with all of the talk about the lead.
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and that's another problem that people will be investigating here, the rashes that people get just from using the water. >> and andy, we also hear that many people in flint are refusing to pay for water bills, and in some cases, the bills are outrageous, and what's being done about that? >> reporter: well, just today, governor rick snyder said that he's proposing $38 million next week going toward that problem, and that will offer debt relief for people who refuse to pay their water bills and are threatened with a shut off, and those paying their bills all this
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time. >> thank you. florida's governor is declaring an energy in four counties after the zika virus has been found. the declaration allows florida to begin aggressive mosquito spraying, which is already taking place in certain latin american countries. in uruguay, a response to the outbreak. >> reporter: health minsters from countries in latin america and the caribbean have expressed a lack of research and information available regarding the zika virus. here they signed a declaration on how to start coping with the disease. they agreed that attacking the mosquitos is a priority, given the fact that there are still no vaccines available. and they expressed a need for more research on how to prevent
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and treat the zika virus. and to find the answers in some countries like columbia, with over 20,000 cases of zika, there have been no babies with birth defects, but brazil, with over 1 million cases of zeek a. there's no doubt between zika and microcephaly in beaks. >> we have no doubt that the kisses of microcephaly in brazil have been caused by the zika virus. and the only things that we need the to know, if zika virus alone is enough to cause microcephaly or are there factors involved. >> reporter: for information on what to do with this. countries agree that cooperation is crucial in fighting the zika virus. and they also committed themselves to start working together to find a vaccine that will prevent people from getting infected.
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>> another delay in the u.n. brokered peace talks over the war in syria, the u.n. envoy announced a three-week pause today. and the opposition is refusing to attend until russia. there has been an increase, and russia's foreign minister said that there's no reach to stop. and john kerry said that they need to work toward a political solution. while the peace talks are on hold, the fighting is not. >> reporter: opposition fighters made their last stand in a province that's vital to their survival. but face difficulties were what the commanders describe as an unprecedented assault. the government troops managed to advance and they cut through the heart of rebel-held territory in syria. they reached two towns that have been surrounded by rebel groups for more than four years, lifting the siege on the
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predominantly shia communities. >> they are fighting three fronts and being confronted by terrorist groups, kurdish and isil and the regime. we have no other lifeline apart from this border. >> reporter: the northern aleppo countryside had been the only remaining stronghold for groups linked to the syrian army, or what they call the moderates, and this is no longer the case. it has been the latest battle ground in the government's efforts to weaken them. rebels held off the advance by sending reinforcements to the front lines, and they send in heavy equipment, including anti-tank missiles. the heavy fighting forced people to head to the turkish
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border for safety. and hundreds are camped out in the open. and it also caused civilian casualties, many of them as a result of the strikes, the advances to the border, and that would seal off the only lifeline in the province. the rebels have lost the territory on the strategic front. as russian intervention changed the dynamics on the ground, the russian opposition groups will not enter any areas of instruct. they are negotiating on the battlefield. the struggle for aleppo has been called the mother of all battles. it's about winning syria's second largest city, it's about winning syria's north. for the government, this is another strategic battlefield gain that could being the beginning of winning the war, at least against the moderate opposition. >> well, japan is putting it's
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military on alert, over a planned satellite launch by merry christmanorth korea. they said that they will shoot down any missiles over their territory. >> reporter: when north korea last launched a rocket on december 12th, it said that it successfully placed a satellite in orbit. but japan said that the purpose is clearly military. this is actually a ballistic missile test. in addition to the nuclear test, north korea testing these missiles is an obvious violation of important security decisions for our country. north korea had satellite images of its north coast site. the rocket will fall to south
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korea and discarded fuselage will go to the south before the second stage crashes into the sea north of the philippines. japan said that it will shoot down the rocket if any part of it threatens their soil. they held a meeting on wednesday, demanding that north korea rethink it's plan. we strongly warn that the north korea will pay a heavy price. not only for this region, and for around want world. previous launch announcements by north korea have made similar announce 9:in the past. but they have presenced ahead. and south koreans have grown familiar with the events. >> south korea cannot deal with this, so i have great concerns. >> if they launch, they law firm, i don't feel it's a
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threat. >> reporter: south korea is pushing for greater sanctions this time around and there has been plenty of public pressure on china to punish it's ally for ignoring beijing's calls for strength. but it's not showing it. picking the very day that a senior chinese official touched down in north korea for its impending rocket launch. >> coming up on the program, the so-called undecideds. and the sewage problem has raising a real stink between washington state and one canadian city.
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>> in the field of candidates seeking the republican nomination, it's growing smaller. today, senator rand paul announced that he is suspending his campaign, and republican was fifth in the iowa caucuses, 4% of the vote. and according to the report, rick santorum is also leaving the race. the remaining candidates continue to jockey in new hampshire with six days to go. erica pitzi is in manchester, new hampshire tonight. and so erica, for second place among the republicans?
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is he second place in the republicans? >> you could say that, but we have republicans not wasting any time. and they're hitting new hampshire hard. we're talking about some of these candidates doing upwards of five events a day, back-to-back, and they're certainly working hard to try to sway voters to get out and vote for them. this is the first primary vote of the presidential season, and it's important probably for these guys to be out there, and girls, carly fiorina is still in it, to be out there and hitting the road as hard as they can. because you have a lot of undeclared voters in this state. the latest poll showing 44% of new hampshire voters may still not know who they're going to vote for, and primary, less than a week away. >> it's game time, we have six days to go. the republicans criss-cross new hampshire to be the next
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commander in chief. hoping to ride the momentum from his strong showing in iowa, senator marco rubio is slated to do 100 events in new hampshire. this is his 77th. his campaign said it raised $2 million since the iowa caucus, dubbing it marco meant um. >> i just love his message. i think that it's very positive. and i love that he's very concerned about leaving an amazing country for my kids. >> reporter: not everyone is vinceed yet. and the latest polls suggest that at least one-third of all new hampshire voters are undecided. like small business owner, kenna beckwith. >beckwith when i listen to marco rubio, he's bashing the other party. and i have heard it from the other candidates as well. and it takes them down a notch for me. i don't want to hear that. >> reporter: voters packed in
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to hear governor john kasich, who is neck-and-neck with rubio, with the national debt clicking higher every second, kasich insists that he will cut it down and cut taxes, but he admits that new hampshire is his last gasp. >> if i get smoked [ audio difficulties ] >> we have knocked on 180 doors the last days. and those at home and answering have been overwhelmingly considering or committed. >> reporter: fresh off his win in iowa. >> everyone said that, trump had it won, and it was over and done with, and there was nothing you could do about t >> reporter: senator ted cruz seemed to draw the loudest cheers on wednesday, despite running well behind donald trump in most polls here. >> this is in iowa, and i need to learn about him. >> reporter: 19-year-old college student, jacob, is not
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the only one undecided. some have not pick aid party yet >> the democrats are saying good things, and the republicans saying good things, and i wish that there was a way to incorporate all of the the
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interesting. i talked to one woman that you heard in the story, and she said i want to know how relatable are these guys? so i want to see them in person, and i want to look at this person and say, would i have this person over for dinner? and would it be a good conversation and feel good having this person hanging out with me in my home? and that's the person that i want to be president. >> sounds like a george w. bush test. that's interesting, and erica, good to see you. erica pitzi in new hampshire. and bernie sanders and hilliary clinton agreed to four more debates. the first will take place in new hampshire, just days before the primary in the granite state. as we reported earlier, the two
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campaigns agreed to host a debate in flint, michigan next month. as that city deals with its water crisis, the other debates are expect to take place in may. condemning religious intolerance, president obama calls for inclusion as he makes his first visit as president to a baltimore mosque. severe storms followed by the threat of tornadoes.
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>> president obama paid a visit to the islamic society of baltimore today. and it was the first time that he set foot inside of a mosque in the united states since becoming president, and mr. obama used the occasion to denounce the rise of islamaphobia, and assure muslims that they are part of the american family. >> in muslim communities across our country, this is a time of concern, and frankly, a time of some fear. like all americans, you're worried about the threat of terrorism. but on top of that, as muslim americans, you also have another concern, that that is your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few. >> and we welcome to the program, hoda howell, with the
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muslim public affairs council. and she joins me from baltimore. hoda, good to have you on the program. and let me start here. i'm going to give you a choice between a couple of sentiments here. are you feeling more of he finally did it, or finally, he did it! and thing visiting a mosque and delivering this particular talk. >> i would say that he did it! exclamation point, and i think that's the sentiment of a lot of american muslims, and certainly the american muslims that were in the room today, lessoning to the president's speech. you know, i heard the sentiment from quite a number of folks, that well, it took seven years for the president to visit a mosque and have an address, but i think today, in 2016, in this
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heightened climate of islamaphobia, it was the most appropriate time for president obama to visit a mosque and have this address. >> what is meant by the statement -- because i've heard it a couple of times -- he's making the speech now because he has nothing to lose. it seems to me that the country and this president have a lot to gain from this speech today. >> absolutely, i think that this was an address not just to american muslims, but to america at large. you know, certainly what the president said today [ audio difficulties ] so at this time, i hope that it makes an impact, and i hope that people have really received his message, and i hope that it resonates with the american public that we are indeed much stronger as a nation when we're united.
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>> so i know that you were there in the room, but in your heart of hearts, i need you to be up front and honest with me, hoda. are you, first of all, are you surprised -- i know you're happy that he made the address today. but is there a part of you that even says, why did it take so long? >> certainly. from the very beginning of his administration, my organization and myself, we have been advocating for the president to visit a mosque. but as we all know, circumstances surrounding the president's background, his perceiving a muslim himself, which is not even a bad thing, i can understand that there are certain things for him and his administration to consider. am i upset that it took seven years? no, because he did it. >> let me put this up for a second, the number of americans, or at least the percentage of americans that
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still think the president is a muslim. it's 29%. 29% of americans. i mean, is that troubling to you? what does that say to you? what does that number say to you? >> it says to me that 29% of americans still need a lot of educating. >> and i'm going to leave that there, all right? to how he thinks the nation should move forward, and look, you've given us a lot of thought. and you work in this area, and how does the country move forward together? >> yo you know, i think that the president's highlighted a lot of examples of american muslims and americans of olfacts and all backgrounds. the great work that we have been doing moving the country together. we have not stood sil, and we're not stagnant. but doing a lot of great work.
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whether it's women's empowerment or youth empowerment, we're being entrepreneurs and doctors and lawyers. >> i want to play a sound bite about the president's remarks today. this is when he's talking about the kind of relationship that we need to have in the country. >> there's no one single profile of terrorists. we can't deal with slowly through the prism of law enforcement. we have to build respect. and that's how we'll keep our communities strong. >> hod a. we can't securitize our relationship with muslims in this country, and i thought that was a powerful moment. >> absolutely. the president is spot o we cannot have a tour itised relationship with american
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muslims, why? because we're concerned with multiple issues. we want our children to grow up safe and happy. and we want to send them to the best schools, and we want to ensure that our economy is strong so we can grow in a vibrant country. >> what was your favorite moment from today's talk of the president being educator in chief? >> something that i learned in the president's speech was that even president jefferson had folks call him a muslim. and again, as if that's a bad thing, and i think that the old adage that history repeats itself is very true, and the history teacher in charge gave us quite a history lesson today. >> are you -- are you bullish moving forward, are you optimistic about this relationship?
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about muslims continuing to grow and thrive in america? even in this politicized environment? >> i am absolutely optimistic that american muslims can continue to grow and thrive in this environment. because we have shown that even in the face of fear and hysteria, our neighbors are reaping out to us, and we continue to thrive in all industries, whether it's public policy or the tech field, we are continuing moving forward as american muslims. >> hoda hawa, good to have you on the program and be well, thank you. >> thank you. >> a dirty debate in canada has environmentists divided on whether british columbia should clean up its act and stop dumping raw sewage into the observation. >> reporter: it's the provincial capital of british
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columbia. a city popular with american and canadian travelers alike. it's named for a queen, victoria, and dubbed the city of gardens, and it's also the only north american city to pump all of its untreated sewage straight into the ocean waters. 20 million gallons every day. >> victoria is a high-risk environment and we need a plan operational by 2020. >> the region needs a 21st century solution, a more thorough treatment for human waste and everything in it. >> if you look at how we have lived on this planet in time memorial, it's very different. so we're spewing out gross, harmful stuff. >> this is the current system. raw sewage flowing into this pumping station, and through these metal screens. that's the only treatment it
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gets. the bigger chunks are separated out and that is sent to landfills, and the liquid is pumped out. >> the water gets shot through this check valve, out through the main pipes. >> reporter: there were two pumping stations and two outflow pipes, which despers the mostly liquid waste two miles offshore in the strait of juan defuk a the canadian-u.s. border runs down the straight. they were not too happy about all of sewage dumping, so they launched an informal tourism boy dot cot oboycott for the cif victoria. and it led to an agreement between victoria and the governor of washington that a
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sewage treatment plant would be built. that was in 1993. >> i thought that it was about there. >> mike lawrey was the washington governor. and 23 years later, i asked if he was angry or amazed that there's still no treatment plan. >> well, all three words. it's frustrating, but it's very angry. the health of the ocean is -- there are very few things on the big picture that are more important than the health of the ocean. >> but there are those like brian who says that touching sewage is just fine, that the waves and the current make it harmless, and spending a billion plus dollars to clean it up is a waste of money. >> it's natural material, it dekays, and it returns to the environment. and that's what's happening here. >> he said that local conditions are important. and sewage disposal like this wouldn't work in other places.
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whether to upgrade is a question for decades, a fecal mascot, a floaty, on the facebook page. the plan for the 3/ 3/4 of a billion-dollar treatment system fell apart with the not in my backyard political pressure. five new plans, and pick one in the next few months. >> it's long overdue. the region has been talking about this project since i was 15 years old and if i have my way, we're going to get it done sooner than later. >> but right now, there's no site excellented, no plans drawn, and no start date for construction. victoria's sewage plans remain at sea. allen schauffler, british columbia. >> so the storm that struck in the midwest yesterday has made its way to the east, and we're talking about freezing rain and snow hitting the east coast today. and the country has been
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dealing with the storm for days now. kevin is here, and we're talking about what, blizzards to tornadoes, and now we have flooding to deal with? >> this is day five of this particular storm, and we're going to have a day six of it as well. i want to give you a highlight of what is happening with the storm. i can only take you back to monday night. but in california, one dead laws of weather related injuries, and 10s of thousands of people without power, and across the rockies, 30-40isms was common, and denver, colorado had 500 plus flights canceled. and now putting it into motion, how it played out in iowa just after the caucuses on tuesday. we had major problems there, as well as road closures in parts of minnesota. and then yesterday was a big severe weather day down here toward the south. 12 tornadoes in mississippi and alabama. and now what we're dealing
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with, all of the rain coming out of the front, we're dealing with flooding conditions. in parts of tennessee, what it looked like there yesterday, we're talking about ashlyn city, tennessee, and it doesn't stop the water from flowing, and of course that caused big problems there. and then we're talking about north carolina today. and in boone, we had water rescues there as well. in the region, watches out and warnings, and all the way out here toward parts of new jersey. i want to show you what we expect to see over the next couple of hours, because the severe weather is still going to be a major problem. we have right now, flash flood warnings out and severe weather warnings. and tomorrow, severe weather down to the south. >> the case of bill cosby, the
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decision on whether or not to dismiss the criminal charges against hem. and calls are louder for the gas leak in california.
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>> a loss for bill cosby and his legal team. a judge refusing to dismiss the sexual assault case against him. and a last-minute bombshell witness may have influenced the
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judge's decision? john terrett tell us when this decision. >> reporter: yep, let me quickly remind you what we have been doing in norristown the last couple of days, the judge has to decide if the decision not to prosecute the comedian was appropriate and legal forever, and that's what they have been talkingabout. and right at the end, the civil attorney for andrea comstat. and she said that she didn't know about this. and she learned about it from a press release from bruce castor's office, and most damaging, they feared that bruce castor didn't prosecute bill cosby all of those years ago because he was running for office, and he didn't want to alienate the fans of dr. cliff huxtability, who is the character that bill cosby
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played on television, so the case goes on. >> what closing arguments did the defense and the prosecutor put on today? >> we have twody graphics, and first, one that has what the prosecution has say. and the key point, it was not put in writing anywhere, and there was no letter saying that this is what bruce castor intended to do. and the prosecution said that the da didn't have any authority to make such an agreement. and nothing is binding, forever. and now we have an onscreen graphic for the defense, and as you might upwards, they put forth a completely different argument, saying that they had the ability to prosecute or not prosecute. and it amounts to a promise in writing, and cosby ride on that before testifying in his civil
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deposition, but the judge faced fofavored for the prosecution. >> when does the trial start? >> reporter: that's the thing, we do not know. but there's another hearing slated for march 8th, and of course the trial will start later in the year at some point. so the discovery now between the two sides, and i should point out that just because the prosecution has won this first round doesn't mean that they will go on to win the entire case. they have to prove beyond the ba reasonable doubt that the allegations for the prosecution are true. >> new york real estate heir, robert durst, appeared today in new orleans, and he was arrested in march. the fbi feared that he was on the way to illinois to avoid
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the prosecution. he was prosecuted last year after an hbo caught him publicking a confession. they have filed charges over a california gas leak that has gone on for more than 193 days. thousands of metric tons of methane have gone into the air. and breathing is difficult for the thousands of residents in porter ranch. stephanie has more from los angeles. >> the d.a. filed four charges against southern california gas for failing to notify the public they days after it happened. they need to be accountable for its criminal actions. the gas leak in porter ranch has turned this upscale southern california town upside
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down. >> my family has been sick, my friends sick, and my community is suffering >> reporter: for more than four months, healthane and toxic fumes have been spilling out of the ground into the air, and according to the attorney general, it's a public health and environmental emergency. but now the los angeles district attorney said no more. the da filed criminal charges against the gas company. the misdemeanor complaint accuses the company of failing to notify the public within three days when it was discovered last october, and emitting a toxic substance into the air and it carries heavy fines. >> we have learned that if you file a misdemeanor and the company is convicted, you can use that misdemeanor to bump the next violation up to a felony >> reporter: it's the first criminal case, filed on the heels of a long line of civil lawsuits. >> people have been out of
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their homes since october. and a lot of businesses are suffering, as well as homeowners and children have been displaced and by using the criminal justice system, it's a little bit faster than the civil system, and we'll be able to get relief fairly quickly for those victims. >> reporter: so cal gas responded to the criminal charges, saying that we have just been notified of the filing and we will defend ourselves vigorously through the process. the attorney general has joined a civil suit on behalf of the california resources board. claiming of violations of safety laws. the ag is seeking an injunction on civil penalties. >> went them to obey the safety violations and county codes. >> reporter: meanwhile, i family has filed the wrongful
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death suit. claiming that it hastened the death of their mother. velda rockman was diagnosed with stage cancer in march, and she had difficulty breathing and it caused her to rapidly deteriorate until she died on january 25th. >> if convicted, so cal gas is physicalling a maximum penalty for the $1,000 per day on the air pollution charges, and the da said that those charges will go toward victims in porter ranch as part of the restitution. >> stephanie, good to see you. a carnival in coal loan, how they are celebrating after the mass sex assaults on new year's eve.
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>> it is carnival week across western germany. time for thousands to celebrate lent, but in the city of cologne, it's the first mass public event since the new year's eve sexual assaults against women. >> reporter: a team of party goers puts the final touches to their costumes. for them, mid winter means only one thing. carnival. this thursday is known as lady's night. but this year, the claims of
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sexual and physical assault on so many women on new year's eve are on people's minds. >> it's the best way to keep calm now, and what happened. and yeah. to look be at who was guilty and who was not guilty, and i guess it's not the best way to just say all the refugees are bad people, because that's not true. >> in an effort to reinforce that, the authorities have been handling out leaflets to refugees and recent migrants, point being out the dos and don'ts of carnival season. and people welcomed the idea. >> they didn't have to be. because some people are not very good. bad people. >> but if awareness campaigns are the gentle side of the official policy, so the tougher
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side is also on show. police have drafted in 2,000 officers to secure the common good. what happened in this city on new year's eve has changed public opinion, not just here, but across germany. where once the manual or the of people were in favor of the government's refugee policy, now, there are many doubts. doubts that this city hazy mayor has tried to address. >> many people are asking the question, what will happen during carnival? what's going to happen when carnival is over to make cologne safer some there's only one clear answer. cologne will act during carnival. >> but in the city center, reaction to that seems mixed. >> i find the situation is more tense. i'm not feeling entirely safe. for me personally as a woman, it's an unpleasant feeling. >> i was there just now in the main station. there are lots of policemen, i
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felt very safe there at this stage, but one is more aware than usual. >> reporter: back at the carnival, events are in full swing. pleasing the crowd here seems relatively such. but on the political stage, it's a different matter. opinion polls of suggest that people the radical changes to refugee policy. whether the governments can perform them is another question. aljazeera, cologne. >> okay, the clock is ticking for one lucky lottery winner in southern >> john siegenthaler is back with more of today's news right now. >> thanks tony. the count down to the first in
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the nation primary next tuesday. with six days to go, most of the presidential candidates spent the take on the road in the granite state. erica pitzi is in the state, erica. >> back to back, they really kind of have to because when you take a look at new hampshire there are the latest polls showing that about 44% of new hampshire voters are considered undeclared. they don't necessarily know who to vote to for. the candidates crisscross nfer as they campaign to become the next commander in chief. senator marco rubio is slated to do 100 e