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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 events in new hampshire.
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this is his 77th. his campaign says it raised $2 million since the iowa caucuses, dubbing it marcomentum. >> i love that he's concerned about leaving an amazing country for my kids. >> not everyone is convinced, the latest polls suggest that at least one-third of all new hampshire voters are undecided like small business owner kenna beckwith. >> what strikes me is he is bark the other party and i've heard it from other candidates as well and it takes them down a notch for me. i really don't want to hear that. >> voters packed in events from john kasich who is neck in neck with marco rubio.
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kasich insisted he will get the debt down and cut taxes while he's at it. but with polls not so high, he admits new hampshire is his last gasp. >> if i get trounced, i'm going to ohio. >> we've knocked on 180 doors in the last 180 days. they are considered or committed. >> it was over it watts done there was nothing you could do about it. >> senator ted cruz seemed to draw the largest are crowds on wednesday,. >> i figured i needed to learn about him. >> 19-year-old college students jacob barrigan isn't the only one undecided here. some haven't even picked a party
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yet. >> i wish there was a way we could just incorporate all the good ideas and have a great candidate. >> all right you may have noticed the only gop candidate who was not on the campaign trail here in new hampshire today, the front runner donald trump was in arkansas. still in arkansas, although he is expected back in new hampshire tomorrow john. >> speaking of donald trump, he went on a rant about ted cruz's victory in iowa. said cruz stole the caucuses. was cruz responding today? >> yes, this goes back to essentially one of cruz's campaign staffers had issued a tweet just before the iowa caucus saying dr. ben carson had dropped out, that was of course not true. the cruz campaign has since apologized but donald trump jumped on that capitalized and is saying that cruz definitely stole the election calling it fraud and cruz today did
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respond. he's really just calling this a trumper-tantrum and that is a quote. >> all right erica thank you very much. jaylen newton small, she's in manchester new hampshire the tonight. welcome. donald trump accusing senator ted cruz of stealing the iowa caucuses. how is that possible? >> hi john. well it looks like his little peace treaty, sort of speech he gave right after he lost the iowa caucuses where he was very polite and nice and sort of gracious, that evaporated incredibly quickly. he has accused ted cruz of stealing the iowa caucuses, of basically, i don't know how that would work considering you know it's 1682 separate caucuses you would have to rig somehow but that is basically what donald trump is saying and i think he's trying to hint somehow there is
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something a little nefarious about ted cruz, isn't playing by the rules, which is kind of ironic coming from donald trump a guy who is all about breaking the rules. but he's a politician who's clearly on his heels who is worried, he's losing momentum after losing iowa and could very well lose new hampshire now. >> so rand paul and rick santorum are suspending their political campaigns now. both have consistently been polling low. what about endorsements from them to either of the remaining candidates, do they really help? >> endorsements are really always good, they give you good pr and media bump. not many who support one candidate listen to whomever that candidate endorses, for the numbers they were polling i'm not sure they would necessarily go to another candidate. i think most of those voters
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would probably help ted cruz. from rand paul they are the tea party types who are looking for fiscal conservatism. a few of them might go to donald trump but it's more likely they would go to help ted cruz. >> there's video of jeb bush asking his supporters to applaud for him at a speech. you know, symbolic in many ways i guess. but you know is this the end of the bush campaign? is it going down in flames in new hampshire? >> well, it could very well go down in flames in new hampshire. he certainly i mean did not do very well at all in iowa. although you know he did do better than i thought he would do. chris christie flew all the way to iowa and spent days campaigning in iowa trying to knock jeb out of the race and chris christie failed at that. if you are jeb bush you are still in the race more than you would be if you had lost iowa to chris christie or done worse in
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iowa than chris christie but marco rubio is really sli solidifying the establishment wing of the party. the question with very little attention if you have to ask your audience to applaud for you, do you really want to keep going on at that point? or do you want to back another horse here? >> all right jane newton small thank you very much. >> john, thank you. >> the remaining are democratic candidates will take part in a town hall tonight. hillary clinton fighting back allegation he by challenger bernie sanders, saying she is only progressive certain days. she called the statement a low blow, described he them as progressive. bernie sanders held a news conference to talk about his contents against hillary
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clinton. now to the water flight in flint, michigan. the call for ranses is growing in the -- for answers in the city is growing. we begin with libby casey in washington. >> kiana dawson and her family live in one of the hottest spots believed to be for lead contamination. it is the dreaded burgundy zone. >> thank god we have been doing what we've been doing for so long. >> dawson calls herself lucky, her kids tested low for lead, and switched to bottled water when symptoms started showing up. >> so my daughter, her allergies would start flaring up, it would be a big eye one day, i incessat
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sneezing one time. >> it takes up to five weeks to get results, a lot of times to think about it. >> how do you begin to not use any water at all? when all you do is turn the tap and it comes out? it's so tempting and taunting. so just go ahead and use a little bit. >> danielle brown is the executive of an organization, complorg her clients to get their kids tested for lead. she's also telling them that high levels of lead is not the only problem. the epa is sending out teams to search for chlorine in the water. the epa determined the christ enrichment center doesn't have enough chlorine in the water exposing them to bacteria. >> then you go back, you say oh
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my goodness, how many lunches have i had, how many times have i gone to the bathroom. >> to playback, confusion is king. >> i just can't take a new piece of information. >> here's something else. the michigan department of healthy said next week it's going to start investigating all the cases of skin rash, being complained about, that's nothing new, they have been complaining about skin rashes for years, but all the issues were pushed off to the side when the lead issue came up last fall. >> obviously that was andy rosegen not libby casey. here is libby. >> what happened to the water supply in flint, michigan, today it was members of congress asking the tough questions. and leaders on both sides of the political aisle are critical at
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all levels of government and how they dealt with this crisis. outside the u.s. capital, prayers. >> following us in playing that you minimize the damage that was done to our children. >> reporter: inside a hearing room, outrage. >> i want 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. if we don't do it, nobody's going to do it. >> members of congress are looking for answers. who made the decisions that caused flint's water to be contaminated by dangerous levels of lead? local residents watched also hoping for answers. >> they're struggling. they've come over here all the way here from flint, i don't know how they got here. and mr. chairman, they're also americans. they're also americans just like you and just like your children. >> reporter: but the hearing was notable for who was not
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there. the former emergency manager of flint darnell early who was appointed by michigan's republican governor. >> we're calling on the u.s. marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena. >> early's lawyer says a subpoena arrived late tuesday and didn't give him enough time to attend. >> what's disappointing is one of the people who is probably most culpable for the situation won't take responsibility for it. and i think he needs to appear here. >> reporter: republicans also pointed the finger at the federal government blaming the environmental protection agency. >> but the epa has failed in its responsibility. >> but democrats say it was reckless decisions at the state level that made these decisions. they want to layer from governor rick snyder. >> we can't get the governor at
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this hearing to give responses for actions that are going to affect 9,000 children. >> democrats are also critical for michigan, done in the name of saving money and 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 the congress is no closer to resolving who's responsible. or what should be done for the people of flint, michigan. john, the democratic candidates for president will debate in flint, michigan next month, that just announced today. and this will be just days before voters in michigan go to the polls. they'll get to hear personally from hillary clinton and bernie sanders, and you can bet it will
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bring continued attention to the water crisis in flint. john. >> all right libby thank you. in maryland, president obama made his first visit to a u.s. mosque. he condemned what he called inexcusable political rhetoric against muslims on the campaign trail. mike viqueria has moor. >> for many americans listening to president obama it was the message they had been waiting for. >> you fit in right here, you're part of america too, where you belong. you're not muslim or american, you're muslim and american. >> part of what brought mr. obama to the mosque, heightened islamophobia and attacks in paris and san bernardino. >> you're worried about the threat of terrorism but on top of that as muslim americans you also have another concern, that is your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for
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the violent acts of the very few. >> mr. obama slammed antimuslim rhetoric from leading republican presidential candidates, a major issue for many muslims in the audience, including naeen mohammed, whose work with young children leaves him concerned. >> they don't know how to separate what a politician might say. from getting elected. >> his first time in search years mr. obama visited a u.s. mosque. at a this is too long. for warda khalid. >> all of america could have benefited from hearing it a lot sooner. >> though i.t. was a long time coming, once it happened, those who heard it were overjoyed. especially welcome mr. obama's account of islam's part of u.s. history, brought over as slaves
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and continuing to the early days of the republic. >> suggest he was a muslim, i was not the first. >> ted cruz's victory in iowa has set up a new round of anxiety about muslim americans. >> that guy speaking directly about muslims, it was very timely that people know that we need to come together. >> reporter: one speech from mr. obama is unlikely to change perceptions or right every wrong said many in the audience but for many it's a welcome start. >> maybe some will think twice when they hear the speech. >> mr. obama delivered a speech at the israeli embassy and tomorrow the annual national prayer breakfast where the president will appear. the white house says, all of these speeches indicative of the
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president's policy effort to reach across the lines of american society, back to you. >> mike viqueria. sulla ahmed joined president obama at the mosque earlier today, welcome sulla. i heard two threads, one that the president should have done it sooner and two, that it was very timely. why wouldn't he have done it at some point before now? >> well we ohave loved to have him visit a mosque search years ago, but better late than never. first year versus his last year of presidency. but it's a good time, it's a great opportunity for other presidential candidates to viskt
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mosques and defend islam. >> when i think of this president who's been accused of being a muslim who's been in office for quite a bit of time and this has become -- the rhetoric didn't just start in this election. i can't quite figure out what it was that kept president obama from addressing the issue in the same way. >> well, whatever it was, i mean giving us a couple of hours after seven and a half years, i think it's a long time overdue. i think he definitely circulate have been much stronger, if he wanted to address it right away he should have gone and supported muz limes and sai muso i'm not a muslim but i support their right to be here. we have reservations about his policies, we could have influenced a lot of his policies if we got involved earlier but better late than never i questions. >> i listened to his speech and
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he addressed one of the issues, he said many of the people at the mosque had told him that they were concerned that often when there are attacks by terrorists, sometimes they're told that they should speak out against it, they should condemn it. they don't feel that they should all -- that that should be necessary. at the same time, though, he suggested that muslims need not only when there is a terrorist attack but they need to be more present, more visible in the country on a series of issues. tell me what your thoughts were about those statements. >> i agree. i think muslim american community has a responsibility to get involved in all walks of life, especially in the upcoming presidential election, to get involved in all of the campaigns, invite candidates, meet with them, volunteer, vote, and have them in your homes for fund raisers and reach out to them and influence their policies. i mean the biggest fear for the gop right now is rad cam islam. if they start visiting mosques
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and understanding islam, all their fears will go away. we have many views in common, we have traditional family life, traditional marriage, we support business, trade, there are a lot of economic issues that are important to the muslim madam chair community that actually republicans are great at help a lot of people and we'll serve all of our national security challenges. >> so you believe that there are lots of muslims in this country who would vote for a republican this time? >> i think so. if they start reaching out to muslim americans in key electoral states especially key states where we have large muslim populations i think we can turn the election around. but we need to see real effort not superficial showing up in a mosque to see once in a blue moon check that off.
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we need serious thought and i just invited rubio and we hope to have senator ted cruz also visit a mosque. i think you know we need to have these people learn about islam from muslim americans and that's the only way we can change their narrative on islam and muslims. >> we'll see whether that happens, it's good to see you, thank you very much. the u.n. envoy to syria that is suspended peace talks in geneva. staffan de mistura has announced a three week pause due to continued violence on the ground. more than 250,000 people have died in nearly five years of war in syria. 11 million people have been forced from their homes. coming up next on the broadcast, a ruling in the bill cosby case on whether the comedian will get sexual assault charges dismissed. and california's massive gas leak and what new criminal charges mean for the company
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responsible, after this.
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>> a pennsylvania judge has failed to throw out a swam assault charges against bill cosby. john terret is in norristown, pennsylvania with that. john. >> good evening to you john. a bombshell testimony coming at the end of the two day hearing in norristown. comes from doris triani, andrea constant's attorney. didn't know anything at all about any legal agreement between the district attorney and bill cosby not to prosecute the comedian. she said she learned about it in a presle press release, and then
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that bruce castor, didn't prosecute bill cosby all those years ago is really because he didn't want to alienate the fans of dr. cliff huxtable, and his fans. >> the arguments on each side? >> beginning with the prosecution, we have a full frame graphic to explain to you what the major argument is. from the prosecution, any agreement if it existed did not exist in writing, there was no letter saying the agreement was going ahead. the d.a. had no authority to do this anyway, nothing is forever. as for the defense we have their key points on screen as well. the d.a. has the authority to
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prosecute, prosecute and promise to not prosecute. amounts to a promise in writing and the defense says cosby relied on that promise before testifying in the civil deposition. in the end john, the judge favoring the prosecution's arguments and the case goes on. >> the case goes on. is there a chance for the defense to appeal this decision before trial or does the trial just move ahead? >> reporter: well, the next hearing is on march the 8th and that kind of thing will be discussed then. it's also worth bearing in mind that just because the prosecution won this first round doesn't mean they'll win the entire case when it gets underway. threal have to convince a jury of -- they'll have to convince a jury of 12 men and women that the allegations are true beyond reasonable doubt. >> real estate professional robert dirst has pled guilty to
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a gun charge. the plea could pave the way for dirst to be extradited to l.a. to face murder charges. a tv documentary on the murder of susan berman in 2000, the focus of the hit podcast serial was in the court asking for a new trial. adnan sayad, ross coourts say he's guilty. coming up next, investigators thousand say a bomb probably blew a hole in a somali airliner, who might be responsible for it. and the zika virus, the confusion and misinformation in one puerto rican town where the advisor havirus has spread.
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>> we begin this half hour by a mystery of a mid air explosion. it unfolded more than 10,000 feet above mogadishu, one man was killed, it's believed he was sucked out of the jet. courtney kealy has more. >> reporter: shaky cell phone footage showing dangling oxygen masks and passengers remaining
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incredibly calm a moment after an explosion tore a hole in the side of the airplane. recorded the scary scene from the seat as the plane flying at 11,000 feet turned back to mogadishu to make an emergency landing. >> i saw a space, small area of the plane missing, and that air was floating in and out and the oxygen masks started to drop above us, so everything looked a bit more critical. then after a while, you know, me and others, everyone realized there was something ahappening in front of us. i was terrified, most people were terrified and most people responded differently to that kind of shock. >> reporter: what the passengers did not see initially was the large hole about three feet in diameter in the plane's fuselage. the serbian pilot who landed the plane says he believes it is the
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responsibility of a bomb, but initially, the government said, it blamed the damage on air pressure problem. pilots managed to land the aircraft safely. all passengers disemparked safely except for one. there is investigation into the cause of one missing passenger. local authorities says the body of a 55-year-old plan was found 15 miles from mogadishu, and may have been sucked out of the plane during the incident. 22,000 troops are battling the armed group al shabaab, an al qaeda affiliate. courtney kealy, al jazeera. >> kyle welcome. >> good evening. >> how tough is it to land a
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plane when you got a hole in the side? >> it's very tough and keep in mind the pilots don't necessarily know what's going on in the back of the airplane, like the passengers do. they did a fantastic job. this is very similar to the incident in hawaii several years ago where the roof came off, similar to that put not as catastrophic. in this situation, i'm leaning towards an improvised small exploifecomploafcomploif device. explosive device. if it was structural failure you probably wouldn't see that black burnt residue around the hole. >> when you say structural failure you mean something on the side or the skin or the interior of that aircraft that failed that allowed the hole to
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open up? >> yes, that would be for example if it was an older airplane which the airbus is not, from continuous pressurization cycles takeoffs and landings, you might get a flexing of the metal of the aircraft, and over time that causes fatigue, and over time the metal could break or flake or peel away. i think it's an improvised explosive device. >> the somalis are saying it is not. it's hard to base that information on. >> it's best to wait and digest the information but i'm about 75% sure it's probably a small explosive of some sort. >> the problem may be a security problem? >> exactly. and this airline, there's two other previous incidents in the 1990s where two other individuals attempted to bring
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down an aircraft from this airline. >> you say small. how big or how small does it take to blow a hole that size? >> a fairly small device. if it was a larger device you would have a massive hole, and it would be catastrophic and the whole airplane probably would come apart. >> we have seen these things depicted on movies and television shows about what happens when a hole, you know, when you hit a hole, a hole opens up on a plane or a door comes off of a plane at 10,000 feet. could you describe it? >> it would be basically like an aerosol can, if you poked a hole in the side of a hair spray can, all the air comes out. >> can you breathe? >> depending on how fast that air came out probably not. >> it's hard for people to breathe. >> sure. >> things are flying around inside? >> the oxygen masks were
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deployed. it would be pure chaos inside that airplane, regardless the size of the hole. >> obviously, the fear is if you are close to the hole you don't want to get pulled out of the plane. >> exactly. all that air is coming out at a very high rate. it's a miracle that this plane landed safely. >> it's a frightening scene. kyle great to see you. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> an l.a. district attorney has filed criminal charges against a southern california gas company. the gas leak is more than 100 days old. stephanie stanton is in l.a. with more stephanie. >> yes john, the l.a. county d.a.'s office held charges, since the district attorney says the company needs to be held accountable for its action he.
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the gas company in porter ranch last turned this community upside down. >> my friends are sick my kids are sick, the community is suffering. >> methane has been spewing out of the cracked well into the air, creating a public health and environmental emergency. but now the los angeles county district attorney says no more. the d.a. filed criminal charges against the company, accusing it for failing to notify the public after it was discovered in october and for emitting a toxic substance into the air. >> we learned if you file a misdemeanor and they violate the law again, it is prior, what that means you can use that misdemeanor to bump the next violation to a felony.
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>> the first filed in a long line of civil lawsuits. >> people are out of their homes, they've been out of their homes since october, 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 civil system and we'd be able to get some relief fairly quickly for those victims. >> socal gas responded to the criminal charges, saying we have just been noifd of this filing and we are still reviewing it, we will defend ourselves vigorously through the criminal process. kamala harris has also joined a suit, claiming violation he of state health and safety laws, civil penalties and restitution. >> if we wanted to send a message to corporations that they have to obey health and safety code violations, county codes and state codes.
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>> meanwhile, a porter ranch family has filed the first wrongful death charge against socal gas, 79-year-old zelda rothman was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in march and was doing well until she started to have trouble breathing, the leak caused her health to rapidly deteriorate, and she died on january the 25th. a death that has added to the suffering of the porter ranch community. if convicted the socal gas company is facing a $1,000 a day charge for emitting air pollution into the air those toxic fumes. as to those fines, the d.a.s they will go to the victims of the porter ranch gas leak.
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zika virus is now appearing in the united states. nine cases all thought to be contracted overseas. puerto rico has twice as many infections and one town is especially hard hit. robert ray reports. >> the colorful small village of falardo, puerto rico has a problem. of the approximately 20 cases of the zika virus in puerto rico one of third are in fajardo. every evening the health department sprays the streets, hoping to kill the mosquitos that carry the virus. >> it does not take care of larvae, it does not take care of the eggs but it does give unfortunately the community a false sense of security in the sense that they then don't do what they need to do.
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>> while health officials monitor standing water and sanitation in the neighborhoods, searching breeding spots, they cannot catch them all. >> this is someone's pool here in puerto rico in one of the hardest hit areas. you can see it's not well maintained. this is what scientists are so concerned about. you see the affiliate here. what you're actually seeing on top of this water is mosquito larvae. you scoop thup and ther this ups the breeding ground for the mosquitos that cause the zika virus. in puerto rico's capital of san juan, doctors are alerting pregnant patients because of the potential correlation between the zika virus and microcephaly, a rare neurological condition in which children are born with unusually small or deformed heads. all they can do is ask the women to wear long sleeves and use mosquito spray. >> i never encounter anything like this. the closest that i can recall something like this i have to go back to 1980, and i wasn't even
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in medical school by that time, when hiv came out and we had a lot of fear out of something that we knew very, very few amount of information. so i compare that to the level. >> dr. persaro says the communication and lack of information from the officials is to blame for some of the panic. for christina gonzalez who is due next month the lack of information is concerning. >> the lack of information, we're all, we know that the mosquito is in puerto rico since forever. and we know about dengue and chikungunya. but this one is like another whole story. because we know that it can maybe -- maybe can affect the baby. >> although there have been no reports of pregnant women contracting the disease in puerto rico, across the island
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are just beginning to wrap up their warnings here as the world health organization says there could be up to 4 million cases of the virus in the americas by the end of 2016. robert ray, al jazeera, san juan, puerto rico. >> researchers at boston university says former nfl quarterback ken stabler had the brain disease cte. he had stage 3 cte, the second most severe. the brain disease is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. renaissance of sorts, a treatment that has some therapists on the wrong side of the law. "america tonight's" christof putzel has the story. >> really at the end of the day the verbal was the worst. a punch heals, you know.
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words don't. words stick with you for a long time. >> reporter: the physical and emotional abuse that an andrease asked not to use his last name, years of conventional therapy did little to help. then one of his therapists made a surprising suggestion, perhaps andres would get more from the therapy, if under the influence of psychedelic drugs. >> ideas open up, anger goes away, you realize you're not that scared kid anymore, all those scare mechanisms you built up when you were a child, you don't need them anymore. >> as life changing as these evangelists have been for
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andres, rick doblin is the founder of maps, the multisnraish disciplinarmultidi. addiction and depression reducing anxiety among those with cancer and terminal illness even helping adults with autism. >> the results have been extremely promising in terms of outcomes. >> how do you feel about certain therapists that might be doing this underground to help their patients? >> i'm not going to recommend that but i'm not going to condemn it either. >> sigh monday is preparinsymone mdma to patients. >> how many are you seeing? >> several hundred. it's a lot. >> what you're doing is illegal.
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>> yeah, bothers the hell out of me. >> why would you do it? >> mdma available to me, my life would be hugely different. >> it could be years before the government decides whether to make psychedelic assisted psychotherapy legal. andreas.. >> what do you think of a 1960 hippy dippy? >> i'm not doing it because i'm part of something else, i'm doing this because i'm trying to make myself better. it's me doing what i have got to do to live and live well. >> christof putzel, al jazeera. >> you can see more of christof's story tonight on
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"america tonight." heavy rain, freezing snow and high winds, toppling trees in syracuse, new york. there was heavy rain today in the southeast as well along with thunderstorms and flash floods. meteorologist kevin corriveau has the forecast. kevin. >> that's right john, we're going to be looking at another day of this weather, especially in the southeast where the frontal boundary is, but we've been dealing with this system since last saturday when it entered into california. the only states that haven't been impacted are in the northwest. when the storm made its way south of there. 44 states have had some sort of impact with this storm. right now, the storm down here in the south, we have seen a lot of active weather, yesterday it was the tornadoes down here in mississippi and alabama, that storm system is moving fairly slowly, bringing a lot of rain across this region and we have been dealing with flooding across this area. i want to show you all the flood
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warnings that are still in effect for almost every single state here in the southeast, and for parts of georgia we are still looking at flash flood warnings in that area as well. now, the threat of severe weather is still not over yet. if you look at this line of thunderstorms, you notice those very intense tops right there. right now, we're beginning to start to see those very high tops start to really start to diminish over the last couple of hours. but over here towards the carolinas we still have that threat and we're going to be watching this for the next several hours. tomorrow as we go through the next several days, most of the severe weather will be down towards the south and in florida we'll have the next threat. back to you. >> kevin thank you. coming up next, kosovo's first oscar nomination. we'll hear from the movie called shock.
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>> more than 15 years after the war in kosovo, the story is being told on screen. the first oscar nomination in history for kosovo. in tonight's first person report, we hear from the director and the actor who helped inspire the movie. >> shock is based in kosovo based on true event in the 1990s, based around two young boys, that friendship growing up after the war.
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i knew absolutely nothing about kosovo and in 2010 i flew over there just for three days and on the second day the ayeslandic volcano erupted and i was stuck there for three weeks. i learned all about the country and the history and i couldn't believe what had happened over there. everybody there has in one way been directly affected by the war. >> i've lived through it. we were not able to go to the schools, they closed the media national television newspapers radio everything they close it. >> and felt that i needed to do something. so over the next four years i began to learn about the culture and visiting back and forth until i was ready to write this film. the film is actually based on three true stories which i've interwoven. the actual middle story about the bus stop is based on ashraf's true story about him growing up during the war. >> he says to me, i just want to
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offer you a role but how do you feel to play dragon which was serbian police that miss treat e when i was 14. little bit of shock for me. i said i will play it, i knew it very well how strong how powerful was the police ban. how shocked i don't know. >> this short film is the first ever nomination for kosovo and the reaction is absolutely unbelievable. the entire country is behind this film, it's a huge huge deal for everybody involved. >> after the independence of kosovo, this is the most -- most important thing that happens to the country. >> in a way it's become more than just the film. it's become a symbol of their country and them being recognized. >> everybody is just stopping us, hugging us, they said they made us so proud.
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>> everyone on the street to the president of kosovo it's been very humbling to be part of this country's history. >> shock is available on demand. it's also playing with the other oscar nominated live short action fliment films. up next, honoring the dead, one man's work to restore the cemetery where his family members are buried.
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>> tonight, one man's mission to honor those who helped build a country. dan smith, a retired pastor, is restoring african american cemeteries, abandoned no but not forgotten. >> at 70 years old the retired pastor and vietnam vet has a new purpose. his passion lies in restoring the final resting place of his ancestors. >> that was a lot of trial and error there, trying to make a cross. >> reporter: at least once a week smith drives up this dirt road in volusha county florida to an abandoned cemetery. >> do you remember the first time you visited this cemetery here? >> i was roughly maybe about four or five years old. this was back in about 1950.
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all this was black folk, property at one time. a lot of these folk were related to me. >> the cemetery was established in 1885. a place for the african american community here to bury their loved ones. >> and they had a wooden box remember. back in the 1880s they put them away in a wooden box so you know the wood's gone. >> it is home to an unknown number of people, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, even veterans. decades of neglect, left the area in disrepair, marks lost, head stones toppled. >> i tried to locate where my parents was, once i located them, it was hard to get back to find them again. >> now with help of volunteers smith is changing that. using metal detectors they are on a quest to identify graves and restore them. so far they've found more than 125.
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thanks in part to volunteer pagee callen, a girl scout who felt excellefelt compelled to h. >> they're a part of our history and i don't think you should forget that. it's important to make it nice again, you should respect elders, living or dead. >> each of these pink flags are placed where they believe they have found remains. the goal is to replace the pink with permanent markers. >> one hallowed ground, head stone by head stone, smith says it's work he is taking on because no one else has. >> my grandmother mary smith took pride and i took that pride right on to try to show respect and care for them. but before, there was just no action and i don't know why it was neglected and who can you
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blame? there's no one to look around and blame. >> ash-har quraishi, volusha county, florida. that's our broadcast. ali velshi is next. >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight. addicted in america this could save a lot of lives. america is in the midst of a heroin epidemic that