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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with a look at the top stories. >> while the manhunt is over, there's a lot we do not know. i can tell you that there will be more arrests. >> two escaped florida inmates are back in gaol. now the investigation into who help them get out of prison. a bribery scandal rocks the navy after two high-ranking officers are arrested. >> striking workers walk out on a day of protest after two killed on the job. [ ♪ theme ]
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it was a tip that led police to two killers who walked from a florida prison weeks ago using forged documents. officers say the tip came from an acquaintance. inside a panama city motel room police found joseph jenkins and charles walker. both of whom are back behind bars after this morning's court appearance. robert ray is at the motel in panama city where the fugitives were caught. that would be a big relief for officers today. >> you got that right. exactly above my shoulder is the motel in panama city beach where the two convicted killers were apprehended last night about 6:30. this morning the judge here in bay county decided that he was going to charge both with one count of escape, and they are in gaol currently with absolutely no bond, no way of getting out, as investigators are grilling
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them, we are told. and the long few days here in florida, as they have been searching for the killers. >> for five days florida authorities were on a manhunt, investigating and searching for convicted killers joseph jenkins and charles walker. on sunday we learnt that a tip led police to the fugitives. >> bay county sheriff officer deputyies, panama officers, the united states officers and le agents late saturday received key information through an associate of one of the inmates, helping us to pinpoint their location. >> both men were able to walk out of prison thanks to forged documents sent to the clerk of the court. once out they walked into a gaol in orlando to do what is required by law - register as felons, have mug shots taken and be fingerprinted. no red flags went up until the mother of a murder victim heard about walker's release in a letter from the correctionses
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department. the judge, whose name was forged on the papers was impressed. >> i have never seen anything like this. you have to give them "a" for being imaginative. family members of the fuj ties pleaded to the cameras. >> -- fuming tifs pleaded to the -- foouj tifs pleaded to the cameras. >> we love you, believe in you. we want you to surrender yourself to someone that you trust. >> with the reports out that the two men were on the loose, it two men huddled together, hatched a plan and made their way to the coconut motel in panama beach in florida. authorities zeroed in on them. >> they voucheded the room, 20 task force members and using the pa from a car instructed them that they few where they were and they wanted them to come out. >> neither were armed. the apprehension was without a fi. they were arrested and -- fight. they were arrested and taken to
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the bay county gaol. on saturday morning a judge charged them with one count of escape. they were to sit in the gaol until october 25th until they are transferred back to the prison they escaped from. >> while the manhunt is obvious, there's a lot we don't know. i can tell you there'll be more arrest, and we'll backtrack to those who carried out the fraud. >> this is an ongoing investigation. the incident embarrassed officials, eager to find accomplices of jenkins and walker and put them behind bars as well. here is new information. the hotel behind me, myself and my photographer walked into the lobby there about two hours ago and asked the manager if we could see room 227 where the killers were apprehended. obviously they denied our request, but told us interesting information, and that is this:
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on friday, at some point, a 38-year-old man walked into the hotel and asked for a room. he asked for two double beds. the two double beds, the room was given to him, was room 227. so clearly an accomplice with the two killers. the manager went on to tell us - we asked him where was the guy from exactly - he went to the back room, looked at the form that the person filled out. he said he was from panama city. interesting news. as you could hear, authorities in the story said that they are looking actively for people that helped the guys and perhaps that's one of them there. >> that is interesting information. it matches what authorities said earlier. have they made progress though in tracking down who these accomplices may be? >> we are not aware of any new
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progress. we made a call half an hour ago. a call was not returned. we know this. they are absolutely going into the two convicted killers in the bay county gaol and are asking them every question they can and are going hard at them. they probably are on the track of getting someone or other persons that are involved in this. another thing that is interesting is that they said that they are pursuing a tip for someone who was supposedly offering forged documents to other prisoners, and asking for $8,000 for the formed documents. it seems like there's a lot of different tentacles that authorities are looking at now. i bet they'll be close to getting people here sooner than later. >> there's a lot of questions in this case still. robert ray live from panama city. >> federal investigators have charged several navy officers with corruption charges. a singapore based contractor is accused of overbilling by
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millions for work on navy ships. a navy commander and csi agent were charged. the ceo and a company official were arrested in san diego. more from washington. >> al jazeera confirmed the story that appeared in the "the washington post," a commander and captain has been charged in a kickback teen and an official from ncis. the allegation is the two officers would steer ships to certain companies where glen defense asia would win the contracts for supplying the ships. the navy was overbilled. and they got luxury travel. they'd hire prostitutes and brought tickets to a lady gaga concert. the investigator for ncis is charged with tipping off the company whenever there was a criminal investigation. the two officials from the company, three navy officials have been arrested and more
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could follow. the $200 million contracts worth the contracts and this company have been cancelled. >> secretary of state john kerry will meet with pakistani prime minister nawaz sharif this evening. sharif's visit comes as the white house where are confirms aid will be restored to pakistan. it was suspended after relations between the two deteriorated over osama bin laden's capture and drone strikes that killed pakistani civilians. >> transit strikers in california suspended picket lines. the decision came after a train hit and killed two workers near san francisco. lisa bernhald joins us from walnut creek california. >> what have investigators learnt today? >> well, they are just arriving here now. the ntsc has taken over the investigation, and has just arrived at the scene. they are going to hold a news conference in three hours to see what they learnt.
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the train involved in the accident is still on the tracks here. those ntsv investigate scores say they'll be out on the tracks shortly, taking a look at the safety procedures that led to this incident. bard has interviewed the several people who were on board the train when it hit the two employees on the tracks yesterday afternoon. also here are members from calocia and the state public commission looking into what led to the accident. all of those here now are in a sombre mood. >> flowers mark the spot where the train struck and killed both workers. a radio transmission between the train and the transit system captured the moment. . >> let me know when you are ready to proceed after the
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break. >> bard emergency. >> bard emergency. >> train 963 we struck individuals at 16 decimal 2. it may be bard employees. >> an agency spokesman said one worked for bard and one a contractor. standard procedure calls for one to inspect the tracks and the other to watch for trains. bard officials were stunned by the news. >> our hearts and prayers go out to the families of two workers killed on the bard tracks. this is going to take a long time to investigate. i am confident that we'll get all of the facts and information gathered. we will get it out to the public as soon as it comes in. it takes a long time to get to the bottom of these things. >> the agency says the train was on a maintenance run with an experienced operator at the controls. at the time of the accident the
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train was run in automatic mode under computer control. >> the transit strike will look at whether it was relevant to the accident - in terms of the training and experience of track operators and train operators here. the sciu union, the larger union is picketing. they have been holding picket signs in one hand and candles in the other. >> lisa, any word now on when a contract might actually be made? >> no word. and no further negotiations scheduled. however, there are union members who say they have reached out to bard and say the accident puts things in perspective. it seems that sides might be softening. they seem eager to return to the bargaining table, they reached out to the federal mediator. there is hope that negotiations will resume.
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but i don't believe we are closer to ending the strike before monday morning's commute. >> certainly a lot more to consider there. in san francisco, thank you lisa bernhald. we appreciate it. >> treasury secretary jacob lieu says the government shutdown was a close economy. lew says the u.s. can't afford to be put in that position again. >> there was a faction, particularly in the house that took control of some of the direction of this debate. i would look to what republican leaders have said themselves about how inadvisable it is and how it can't happen again. the message we have to send going forward is that there was a turning point on wednesday night, and it won't happen again, it can't happen. >> florida senator mark rubio said a unified party will be necessary to reach a future deal on spending. >> a suicide bombing killed 55 at a cafe in baghdad.
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the the bomber blew himself up and detonated another explosive hidden in the cafe. >> police and students clashed is egypt after students at a cairo university staged an antimilitary protest. police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. staging the protest. 55 students have been arrested. clashes began when the students tried to take their protest off campus. after being held for several months 74 egyptians are free and leaving libya. militia men held them hostage. in exchange they demanded the release of detained relatives in egypt. it's unclear whether the demands were met. >> more than 40 were dead after a suicide bombing in the syrian city hama. a pro-opposition group said the afac targeted an army -- attack targeted an army checkpoint and most killed from civilians. it's believed to be the work of
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an affiliate of al qaeda. >> a state funeral will be held for hundreds of migrants who drowned when their boat cam sized off lamb bed usa. we met a family who covered dignity to a mother and son who died at see. >> the scolaros visited their family mausoleum. their flowers this time are for the dead, buried next to their closest relatives. they offered burial plots to a woman and her 4-year-old child - two of hundreds of migrants that died in the shipwreck on october 3rd, off the coast of cystly -- sicily. trans-tran they would have been >> translation: they would have been forgotten if buried elsewhere. this way, when i say a prayer for my grandfather, i will say one for them too. >> the mother and child are among those promised a state funeral by italy's prime
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minister. they are now part of a few who are given a dignified burial. most of the almost 400 migrants who lost their lives in the shipwreck are buried in cemeteries around the sicily cities. despite promises of a state funeral they were given a sombre ceremony. all that is left to mark them are numbers on a wall. >> on monday italy's government will hold a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the tragedy. it is an event with government dignitaries but no coffins. >> translation: this shows the difference between the local population who rolled up their sleeves to help and a government that makes grand statements with little concrete contribution when faced with tragedy. >> in the meantime tens of migrants arrive on the coast of sicily undeterred by the prospects of becoming another forgotten number in the island's
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sement ris -- sem et ris. >> the united nations says an increasing until of syrian refugees are arriving by boat in southern italy. there has been close to 8,000, many children, arriving by themselves. to talk about this we are joined by a senior protection officer for the united nations high commissioner for refugees. thank you for being with us. how big of a problem is this for europe, seeing the refugees coming? >> a lot are coming now towards europe. if we look at the neighbouring country, there's 2 million syrians in neighbouring countries - jordan, turkey, lebanon. still the most are nearby in neighbouring countries, and only a token are coming to europe. >> what is the future when the
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refugees arrive in europe? what is the future for them and what services are they given? >> they do have an asylum procedure here. they are received and are going to transit centres here in italy. however, many of the syrians do have family members further up north and they prefer to migrate towards countries like switzerland, germany, sweden, where they find other family members >> are there issues with other european countries taking in refugees. we heard of germany offering temporary houses to some. how prepared is the rest of europe to help the refugees? >> we have one good action going on at the moment. so that 17 countries in europe have offered to take 500 syrians. this is a good start.
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it's an initial program. but when you multiply 17 times by 500, it gives less than 10,000, and having the number of 2 million refugees outside syria in the neighbouring countries, it can only be a beginning. more needs to be done by the european country, by the european union. >> when you consider the millions suffering, what more does europe need to do? >> first of all, certainly a lot of help in the neighbouring countries. secondly, we have to reinforce also this here. in italy, a first reception country, greece is such a country, malta takes a good number of people in - so we need to reinforce the systems in these countries that they can carry and help, and take their part of responsibility to assist
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syrian refugees and also other refugees like somalis and eritreans. >> when you talk about countries like italy, what is the long-term solution for the refugees? are they granted asylum, can they stay in countries like italy or are they moved to other nations? >> i mean syrians deserve asylum and should receive an asylum status immediately. we know the situation well in this country. there is not many doubts on their quality of their refugee claim. that means they should be integrated in italy in the receiving countries. italy can't take everybody, but can take a good number. should help them to integrate in society and shelter them as long as there is a need, before they can go home. that's once we have a peaceful
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situation in syria. >> numbers grow, and so far no signs of peace. bate shoouler live from rome. thank you. >> firefighters are working to contain dozens of fires burning near sydney. a state of emergency has been issued in the state of new south wales. one man is dead. hundreds of homes have been destroyed. high temperatures and winds kept the fire danger heightened. dozens of fires are burning. they threaten more houses. . i have been tracking the dry conditions across parts of australia and new south wales specifically, where we have not seeing the moisture we need to help out with the wildfire situation. along the coastal areas is where we deal with the strongest winds. temperatures 80s, and 90s. combine that with the dry conditions and strong winds - it will keep the fire danger high
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in the area. we have total fire bans in the area over the next 36-48 hours. meanwhile still tracking - typhoon francisco weekened in the last 24 hours. it's expected to make a curve towards the north, heading to south japan. it weakens as it does so. we are still reeling from all the damage left behind from typhoon wipha. rescue efforts and the clean-up continues here, thanks to all the landslides that have taken place here with all the rainfall in the area. closer to home in the eastern pacific, we have tropical storm raymond. it's a weak storm with winds of 50 miles per hour. it will push out to the sea. we have a little moisture streaming in along the coastal areas of texas into the frontal boundary. elsewhere it's dry. across the upper midwest we have tracked light rain and snow.
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close up look is the south-east, where it's been a quiet afternoon, spotty showers along the front. into the upper midwest we are expecting rain and snow as the temperatures cool into the overnight hours. even around minnesota where we are sitting at 46. 30s are in place, and we are going to keep the cooler than average air in place as we head into the evening hours. frost advisories have been posted and freeze warnings across parts of southern wisconsin. frost advice ris as far south as ten assee. the -- tennessee. temperatures not warming much. we'll stay in the 40s for much of minnesota. >> still ahead on al jazeera america. traditional clothing made in bangladesh is no longer welcome in some parts of the country. >> the death of an alleged victim of whitey bulger has been ruled a homicide.
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bangladesh is no longer welco bangladesh is no longer welcome
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the death of an alleged extortion victim of famed mobster james whitey bullinger has been ruled a homicide. 59-year-old steven raicks died of sign jid poisoning. he hoped to testify against the boston gangster. he learned he would not be called as a witness. his death was unrelated to bulger say police. >> some superstorm sandy victims say the flood insurance checks are not cutting it. they blame assessors hired to assess damage, relying on computers instead of expertise. some home owners are shortchanged by tens of thousands of dollars. >> a massive train is burning in canada after a train exploded. it was carrying liquified
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petroleum. fire is so big emergency crews decided to let it burn out. thankfully no one was hurt. >> a friend of ours, their house burnt down from that. i guess the car ended up - the rail road car ended up in their yard. >> you may remember this is the second time this year a train carrying petroleum exploded in canada. last time 42 people were killed in july when a train blew up in quebec. >> take a look at the tag on the clothes you are wearing. some are maid in bangladesh. bank alley -- bangali men are not necessarily wearing what they are making. >> it's the south-eastern version of the sarong, offering welcome relief from heat and humidity. almost all bangladeshi men owned a lungi or had one at some point. the lungi is not welcomed
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everywhere. i have been told by the hotel behind me that i can't enter because i'm wearing the lungi. it's close to a national dress, but for many it's a symbol of a backward lifestyle. >> one of the more upmarket areas in the capital considered banning leungies. that would have been a problem for this man and his colleagues. almost all wear leungies. >> translation: leungies are comfortable to wear while driving a rickshaw. it is easy to get on rickshaw and pedal. >> the proposed ban led to an outcry. people came out to defend an item of clothing that has long been a part of their heritage. they did back down in the face of criticism saying this did not consider banning the lungi. it is still enormously popular. it is so informal, that there are no records on how many
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lungis are sold each year. it's estimated to be worth more than $100 million. >> bang la derby men wore lungies. when you are at home and want to relax, nothing beats a lungi. >> ironically they wear western trousers to work. >> it's more professional to wear trousers to work. >> the lungi may lose ground to western clothing. as long as these people work out doors in the heat, it looks unlikely that it will disappear from public view. >> still ahead - the secret italian burial for a world war ii criminal. flying high overhead, a generation of drones to serve journalists instead of the military.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at the top stories: two convicted murderers who escaped a florida prison appeared before a judge. joseph jenkins and charles walker used forged documents to get out of prison. they are recaptured in a panama city motel. >> two naval officer and an nci agent were arrested for corruption, helping a singapore contractor overbill the defense department. >> transit strikers in california suspended the picket line after a train killed two workers near san francisco.
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the accident happened in the midst of a transit strike involving the bay area rapid transit agency >> drones have been used in war zones. a group of researchers is using the unmanned aircraft in a unique way. we tour a lab rattery making drones for journalists. >> for the media frontier the sky is the limit. matt was watching a demonstration of an unmanned landscape when he had an epiphany. >> it blew my mind. i watched and thought there is every tornado i covered as a journalist, every hurricane, flood, wildfire - you know, biblical disaster. use your imagination. >> drones served as the eyes and arms of the u.s. military and intelligence agencies. we believe the capabilities of $1500 drones could be as useful to news organizations.
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>> he walks into my office and says, "i want to create a drone journalism lab", my first thought was what is that? >> with a $50,000 grant from the night foundation the university of nebraska launched the world's first uab lab for young journalists. >> we are literally creating this new tool for journalists to use, because there is no - there are no guidelines, there are no suggestions on how you should use this, what you can use it for - it's just making everything up. i want to keep doing that. >> the picture on your set might look a little wobbly. with refinements it can look like this and eventually drone journalism could mean no place is out of reach. they are still a work in progress. a drone is already in use in australia to cover cricket. could airborne papa ratsy and
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unmanned car chase coverage be next? the technology is so far ahead of the law it's left many questions unanswered. >> somebody says, "well, if that thing flies over my house i'm getting my shotgun out and i'll shoot it down." as silly as it sounds, it's not clear whether or not they could do that. when we think about it we are writing the rule book. >> for now commercial drones are illegal in the u.s. aviation authorities are crafting new laws that could have drones like this filling the skies by 2015. >> this is interesting. we want to bring in someone to talk about this. this is the founder of the professional society of drop journalists, with us via skype from illinois. a lot of people, when they hear this will cringe and say, "why should journalists use drones? ". >> to put it simply the april is we want to help inform the
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public. government agencies had the opportunity to have unprecedented eye in the sky, but many times that information doesn't make it to ordinary people. so part of the goal of drone journalism is to bring the perspective to inform the public. >> there has been cases where it was successful. journalists used the machines as drones to survey crowds and see how large protests were. what about the concerns of privacy though? >> privacy is a concern. i understand the aircraft has the potential to go on private land and film people in their backyards. honestly, having dealt with the technology, i think it's a little overblown. the equivalent that we are dealing with cannot stay aloft for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. they are susceptible to changes in the weather. you need good conditions to operate them, and pretty big skill set too.
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they are not that easy. i think that what might be a bigger concern is the safety aspect of what matt says happened when someone shoots them down and out of the sky. it falls on the crowd trying to film. >> we saw video of people throwing things at the camera, floating above them. they are not discreet. you can see them above you. they are not very small. >> the closer you can get to the subject you are trying, the crowd, the better. there are films online of people taking drones, and flying them close to wildlife, like moose, and getting an incredible blue for film making. the closer you can get generally the better results you have. it puts you closer to people that may want to take your drone out of the sky. >> this is a murky issue for journalists. >> we are trying to work out the legal frame in the united states.
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there's one court case in the works that might determine how small unmanned systems uas, in the industry could be used commercially. it's the wild west now, in the sense that there isn't commercial integration of drones in the airspace. we are waiting for rules from the faa. pretty much the only people having access to the skies for small drones are universities, public agencies who can write authorisations from the faa and hobbyists. >> right now journalists in the united states cannot use the drones. >> that's correct. journalism qualifies as a commercial enterprise so journalists are not exempted from the fa rules saying you must have proper authorisation to fly the aircraft. >> considering the murky ground, it's difficult, they don't work well. do you see this as something that will take off. do you think people around new york city at big news event will
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not have to look above and see drones flying above them. >> there are kinks to work out. some are regulatory - in the sense we need rules to abide by. some are technological. it would be easier if they were easier to use. journalists could use them for reporting, floods, disasters and oil spills and this kind of thing. it's not here yet. it's around the corner. that's why a lot of people, including myself are experimenting in the space to see what could be done. >> it's tempting for journalists. it gives you pictures you cannot get any other name. thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> all right. in other news jpmorgan chase would pay a record $13 billion fine over its mortgage practices. ceo jamie diamond spoke to eric holder, attorney-general , but
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was not able to convince holder to release jpmorgan from criminal charges. that $13 billion covers $4 billion for struggling home owners and $9 billion for the government. >> i talk to someone who represents investors and won millions for his clients. tom, thank you for being here. it's a strong message that the government is sending - a record fine. do you expect this to change the way banks operate? >> no, it won't. it may for a little while. nothing will change until we criminally prosecute senior executives who are involved in the wrongdoing. there's hope that that will happen. as part of what we are hearing the settlement will be, it's not been finalise the. the bank has to cooperate and point out the individuals in the banks who are involved in creating detectivive mortgage products that blew up, costing
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millions. >> talking about the senior executives being prosecuted - so far it has not happened. the government has a lot of pushback for that. when a bank is charged $13 million, is that not reason enough not to do anything wrong? >> not really. it's someone else's money. sometimes it's partly insurance and partly earnings money. who it hurts in that way is the shareholders because the company makes less money and the share price is not as valuable of course. i'm not saying this is not important. fines are important. attorney-general holder and president obama have to both be commended very much for getting this record multi-million fine. as long as you let executives pay the banks' money out and don't hold them individually responsible you'll never change the conduct. >> why doesn't the government hold individuals responsible? >> we are in the middle of the process. hopefully they will. >> they haven't so far.
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>> they haven't. and it's been five years. >> what are sox of the reasons? the. >> some of the reasons are the guys have good lawyers. government lawyers are understaffed, they don't have the resources. sometimes you'll see the government lawyers. they work hard. the sec lawyers work hard. they do without secretaries, without staff, and then they are going up against individuals who can afford massive law firms, people, infrastructure, and sometimes it's a money fight. >> could it be they haven't done anything wrong, they are removed from the day to day operation, they don't know what is happening below the ranks. >> it's possible some people didn't do something wrong. >> they pursued middle managers, not the top executives you are talking about. >> correct. when you talk about products that created bill yops of dollars of revenue for the banks. everyone was aware of the product, including senior management including the money coming in. if you are talking about someone
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at the bank overcharging you and me on the checking account, i wouldn't expect a senior executive to be aware of that. i would - and they are quite aware - of products like mortgage securities that brought in billions of dollars. >> they saw so much money coming in. >> correct. >> your point is they should be asking questions. >> often they are >> and that they know what is going on. >> correct. >> do you expect more frn ceo jamie diamond, fall out? >> there is, yes. he had a sterling reputation a couple of years ago - i'm not sure why. more and coming out. it's the same fellow that said a trader was losing a certain amount of money, a london whale, and told congress and the public it was a tempest in a teapot and later it was refield he lost $6 -- revealed he lost $6 billion. his reputation has been tarnished.
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i think this will continue. by the way jpmorgan said that. they had to set aside $6 billion. the numbers are huge. 6 billion for legal fees for additional problems it has, that are ongoing. so this is not the end of that story. >> they face criminal investigations. >> yes, they definitely do. >> it's an interesting topic. we expect the record settlement to be finalised in a couple of days. >> thank you for coming in. >> in other news, a nazi war criminal who died under house arrest in rome will be buried in a secret location. eric priebke was convicted of the worst atrocities in the world war ii. he claimed he was a victim. >> from the grave erich" priebke is defending his actions. >> the experience for me was the same as everyone else and it was a terrible thing for us to do such a thing.
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into this video statement from the connected nazi war criminal was released by his lawyer a week after his death. >> translation: for the rest of us, me included, it was terrible. >> there was nothing respectful about erich priebke's funeral in rome. after the ceremony his body was seized by italian authorities. now it's been revealed he'll be buried in a secret location in italy. but it won't be in rome because city officials banned him from being laid to rest there. in 1944 erich priebke was serving as an officer in adolf hitler's brutal ss. he was responsible for helping oversee one of the worst atrocities in italy during the world war ii, the killing of 335 people near rome, most civilians.
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after the war he fled to argentina on a vatican passport, before being extradieted to italy years ago. in the video statement erich priebke said he would have been shot if he hadn't followed the orders of his commanding officer. >> translation: naturally not possible to refuse. schulz told us it was an order from hitler and we had to obey, and whoever was not prepared do that had better be ready to go with the victims, because they would be shot. >> germany refused to take erich priebke's body, fearing his grave could be a site for naasie sympathisers. relatives of his victims want him created as has been the case with top nazi war criminals. it's week 7 in the nfl. key match ups. the latest in football coming up in sport in a bit. the leaves are changing in the great smokey mountains.
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the tourist dollars are gone. we'll explain why at al jazeera america. him created as has been the c e him created as has been the c e with top nazi war criminal
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fall is here. the government may be up and running. the impact of the shutdown is being felt across the country. the gates of the great snoeky mountains national park is open, but for many the local businesses depending on visitors - it may be too late. jonathan martin has more. >> steve garrett and his league of lambas are getting their footing again. during the government shutdown they were stuck hanging under the shelter. business came to a standstill. >> pretty much immediately the phones stopped ringing, emailed
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stopped coming, my reservations stopped coming in. >> october is one of the busiest months. we get over 9 million visitors a year. and october we get 1.1 million. they are coming in to see the fall colours. >> the great smokey mountain national park straddles north carolina and tennessee. it's the only free park and the busiest. when it closed for 15 days local businesses like old dad's general store suffered. >> it was around 40%, which is a big drop. i mean we depend on the park a lot. and with it not open, it really hurts. >> realising mother nature would not wait for the government to figure things out the governors of tennessee and north carolina brokered a deal to get the park gates open. the damage was already done. a study by western karolina university shows what local businesses know. north carolina and tennessee lost more than $30 million in
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visitor spending, $12 million in lost wages and $3 million in local and state taxes. >> while some businesses wiltered, others flourished. >> fortunately the people in the park had 48 hours to get out. then immediately we, as a city, wanted to help them - those folks coming out find a place to go camping and places to stay. >> there may be better news for tennessee and north carolina. the states may get a partial refund on money used to get the park open, regardless of what happens in washington dc, mother nature is putting on a show in the smokeys. >> it's good timing with the peak, 4,000 feet. it's pretty. we have a couple more weeks, two or three weeks of colours to go. >> for knows banking on the fall. the crowds are too little and too late. >> i'm not sure we'll recoup it. i think it will be something - water under the bridge at this
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point, unfortunately. >> jonathan martin, great smokey mountains national park. >> seeing the beautiful leaves, fall is here and football even is here. >> that means football season is around. a big day in nfl today. we can't say anything about tom brady, because, you know what, he's been playing with nobodies, because the patriot's offence getting a boost. the all-pro tightan missed seven games, dating back to last season because of multiple surgeries on his back and forearm. there he is suited and booted. on the first drive it's gronk like he was never gone. braidy with a little love. boulder gives the patron a 7-7 tie game. still the rookie quarterback
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makes a boo boo. intercepted by logan ryan. he is gone. 79 yard. pitchers with their first lead. second quarter brady hands off to steven ridley. 18 yards untouched into the end zone for a third touchdown. in control 21-10 at the breaks. third quarter mark this in your category of something you don't see every stay. tom brady with a miscue. the first pick 6 since september 25th, 2011. it's creeping back in. giveno smith - -- gino smith, it's his ball game. a little magic. running in for the 12 yard score. in overtime with the score tied at 27, from 42 yards out - let's go home. jets win this one 30-27. more afce action buffalo and
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mima. it's thrown to the wrong-coloured journey. buffalo seven has the lead and ryan hooks up gibson and check out the run. leaps over his players and there he goes. now the dolphins - they take the first lead of the game. finding gibson. this time on a yard score. second hook up giving the dolphins 21-17 lead. the bills down 21-20. they drive the length of the field getting dan in position for the game-winning field goal. that's the ball game there. 23-21. eagles versus cowboys is a big rivalry. the head coach is not going to put effort into winning the game. every game is dead. in reality it's not another game. the winner of the match up takes the top spot in the nsc east. that's a big deal.
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cowboys think so. cowboys up 10-0. fourth quarter dallas with insurance. roma finds terence williams. roma 317 passing yards. cowboys hold off the eagles 17-3 the final there. >> to the capital, bears and redskins - nice run, up and over into the grass with a touchdown. 10-3 bears. with the game tied. it's thrown over the sideline. it's intercepted. all 255 pounds of mother goes into the pick six. 17-10 washington. and a great team went to work. devan took the punt, breaks the tackle. goodbye. 81 yard touch down, his 13th career punt return, tied at 17. rg three in washington strikes back. he finds a big tightened jordan reed in the end zone for the
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score 31-14. r g3 hands off to roy who goes in for a 3-yard touchdown. redskins go on to win this one. in detroit how about a battle between the two teams. andy boltan passing to a.j. green, getting the green light. running 82 yards to the promise land. up 7. before the half bankles down 10-7. andy hooks up marvin jones, shaking up on the play, but the bankles taking the lead into the half. third quarter again - 32 yard touch down. the first touch down. bankles 20-10. the lions came back. that is a game-winning field goal as the bankles mike nugent - game over. >> the falcons take on the buccaneers.
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mike glennan drops and fumbles. it's picked off and taken to the house to score. atlanta scores the traditional way. matt ryan finds the kids. tampa shows light. mike to vincent - a one-handed snag. scoring from 59 yards out. tampa still this is the matty deep to douglas. 35 yard pass as the atl wins 31-23. i told you it will be a big nfl game. >> a lot of sports. >> we are halfway through, more at 6 o'clock. >> tune in then. ebony is back with weather next.
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a pleasant day over much of our nation, it's been chilly across parts of the midwest where we deal with rain and snow, where temperatures are
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holding into the 40s and 50s around minnesota and much of wisconsin. let's head to the south-west where we'll feel the warmth. we have a temperature in the low 70s around la. we are headed for a high of 80. a few more lower to mid 80s. take a look to salt lake city. and denver - we'll make it into the low 50s. we are watching an area of disturbed weather dropping down across the four quarters region. it's colorado that will be impacted. once you get into the high elevations, above 7,000 feet, that's where we are encountering light snow. snow mixing in with the rain and the dakotas. we have a mixed bag. weather advisories have been dropped. temperatures cool. we'll see frost and freezing conditions over many elections, for now it's mainly light rain
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and wind. we are finding whipping around rapid city 29 mile per hour wind gust. winds have been pulling in off the great lakes. we have seen moisture pulling in across interior sections of new york, and pennsylvania winds are gusting off the lake. there has been a persistent band of rain around buffalo. it has waned. watching a few showers around earie. a little damp in spots. across the safety high pressure building in behind a passing frontal boundary that sits across the northern areas of florida. not a lot of rain, just a few isolated rain showers. it's about all we'll see. through the remainder of the evening - quiet weather over the nation. that's where we are expecting as we get into the monday for the work week ahead.
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with a look at the top stories. >> two convicted murderers escaping a florida prison escape a judge. charles walker and joseph jenkins used forged documents to get out of prison. they were recaptured in a panama city motel yesterday sfoo. naval officers and an ncis agent have been charged with corruption, helping a singapore based defense structure overbill the defence department millions of dollars. >> economic and military aid will be on the agenda as secretary of state john kerry meets with pakistani prime minister nawaz sharif. white house officials confirm

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