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happy national hot dog day. mustard day is august 2nd. that's the show, i'm jen rogers in for ali velshi. thanks for joining us. >> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. no truce yet. the leader of hamas spells out demands to off the the conflict -- to sympto stop the conflict. planes out of israel grounded for another day. what it means for israel's economy. >> flight 17, a day in the netherlands for the victims. nigeria, sad anniversary of the kidnapping of over 200 school girls. and the final voyage, over
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two years after it capsized off the coast of italy, the costa concordia heads home. tonight, the compiled leader of hamas list -- the ex island leader of hamas listed terms he would consider for a humanitarian truce. secretary of state john kerry spent the day with israeli and palestinian leaders. phil ittner has the story. phil. >> reporter: john, a very busy day for secretary of state john kerry. he moved over to tel aviv where he had a meeting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. and then the palestinian authority president mahmoud
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abbas. there are a number of very major issues to be discussed but right now the most pressing and urgent matter to be dealt with is to find a way to stop the fighting. >> we had a good conversation today about how we can take further steps and we're doing this for one simple reason: the people in the palestinian territories, the people in israel are all living under the threat or reality of immediate violence. and this needs to end for everybody. we need to find a way forward that works. and it's not violence. >> now, once that is in place the world can start to look at more underlying issues, in the past secretary of state kerry has said that that will also of course be something that needs to be addressed. but right now, with the
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bloodshed haas tha that's happee priority is to stop what's happening right now. john. >> as you know, egypt, qatar, turkey, all involved in those talks. what's their role? >> john, those nations you mentioned are trying to take a prominent leading role. traditionally, that's a role that egypt has had a leading role in. but there's bad blood between egypt and hamas, not least muslim brotherhood. and qatar as well, we do know the head of the political wing of hamas is residing in qatar right now. all of them of course would just like to fundamentally see some kind of peace deal to end the fighting. and as far as that is concerned, the head of the political wing of hamas had this to say about a
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potential peace deal but only if certain conditions are met. >> translator: many still insist that we should ceasefire, then negotiate. u.s. officials have expressed that they are willing to offer assurances that following the ceasefire, we've had experiences in the past and this is not credible. simply the answer is: to have agreement on certain demands, ending the aggression, lifting the siege, then we can have a ceasefire in place. >> now, john, you know everybody seems to be talking about an immediate -- a ceasefire for humanitarian means. there are a lot of negotiators in the region, the ban ki-moon is there, headway being made, as we speak the conflict still does
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go on. john. >> phil ittner from london. phil, thank you. the israeli invasion has prompted an international investigation. in geneva, the international how many rights council voted to form an investigation. the united states was the only country to vote against the investigation. european members abstained. >> all palestinian armed groups strictly abide by applicable norms of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. this entails applying the principles of distinction between civilians and combatants, respect for the right to life of civilians including children should be a foremost consideration. not abiding by these principles may amount to war crime. >> israel issued an angry
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response to the vote. media advisor said this: should be rejected by decent people everywhere. it goes on: the predictable result would be the human shields by hamas. one child killed every hour in the last few days in palestine. nick schifrin, what's changed on the ground if anything? >> reporter: john, good evening. nothing has really changed on the ground. in fact, all evidence points to fighting increasing stronger than ever and that means life for so many gazans, have been
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increasingly more difficult. the dead, the defined daily life, there's little else. for 900 years this greek orthodox church and the mosque next door have shared a skyline. all are traumatized says gaza's arch bishop. >> they came out from their ruins of their homes, they see people are killed and so they run. >> reporter: they sleep below the chapel in the banquet hall. privacy is impossible. each family sets up its own fort. and in the afternoons, all nine
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members of the family share a bench. they are from sheu shujayea whis nearly destroyed this weekend. the israeli bombers give five minute warning. >> i have been here for five days. we haven't changed clothes. if i waited to take anything for myself or my kids, we would be dead. >> after his family fled their homes, he ignored israeli warnings and went back for his children's clothes. today his body is on the hospital, the black bag of his clothes on his gurney. his mother has lost a brother, a sister, a father. and left him with nothing. >> we have no one. we can rely only on god.
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>> mahmoud abib, lived and died next to his brother adnan. gaza city has hosted dozens of funerals. and every day, she has another reason to wipe tears from her eyes. she and 34 members of her family are living in the church cord yart. she was -- yard. she. >> my daughter fell down and lost her baby. we are palestinians and we have lost everything. >> reporter: a few miles away, carried by his neighbors, surrounded by his family. they buried mahmoud habib, may god have mercy, they keep repeating, may god have mercy.
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so much death and displacement here in gaza and there's so much hope that this ceasefire hope and john kerry's talk, we have people who don't speak english ask us, will this succeed? the desire is really, really high right now across gaza. >> nick you have been there almost two weeks on this trip. how have things changed in the past two weeks? >> yeah, things have not gotten better at all these days. and let me give you two small examples. all of the businesses in this city are shut. this is usually a burgeoning city that is busy and crowded. it is really an empty place right now, a shell of itself and also trash. there is a lot of trash that simply aren't being picked up. but let's speak two bigger numbers. 40%. that is the percentage of gaza that the u.n. says a no-go area,
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simply too dangerous for residents to be. and then 1 in 10, that's the number of displaced that we're now talking about, 140,000 people here is about 10% and that's the number of people inside u.n. shelters. as we showed you last night there's a lot of people in private homes. and john just to give you a sense of the personal story, our translator here was talking to us, he has had to move his family five different times simply because one house was too dangerous, he moved again, that was too dangerous. finding a place that is really safe is nearly impossible. that will give you a sense of what is like here. >> thank you nick. qatar funds this network, al jazeera america. airliners in and out of tel
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aviv have been banned. lisa stark has more on that. >> reporter: john, the faa says it continues to evaluate the security situation in israel. it says the government there has provided the agency with what it calls significant new information, which is being evaluated, to try to see if the faa feels the airport is safe and secure for passengers to land. at the state department deputy spokes wom mari woman maria har: >> if you are a passenger on an airliner, you would be pretty nervous about that. iron dome is pretty successful but security of american citizens is top priority but that's why the faa made this decision. >> the kind of antiaircraft missile that apparently brought down the malaysian flight over ukraine less than a week ago, but as you can imagine aviation
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officials are taking no chances at this point. now there has been a lot of push back from israel. they're not happy about the economic impact of these flight bans and they are not happy about any political ench nn it - message it might send. faa's decision was out of place. >> translator: you will not reward hamtion by allowing them to -- hamas by allowing them to disrupt life in israel. i very much hope that at the end of the day they will be the ones who resume flights to say there will be no place for terror. >> protected by the iron dome system that israel has, the faa is expected to make a decision by midday thursday whether to continue the ban on flights or whether to lift it. john. >> lisa stark, lisa thanks it. israel has a lot to lose if
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the flight ban is left in place. paul beban is here. >> hurting the country economically. more than 30 carriers from the u.s., europe and asia have now suspended flights. but israel knits that it is open for business. israel's iron dome defense system may be knocking rockets out of the sky, but all it took was one to ground nearly all international flights and rattled the country's economy. the airline industry won't suffer that much, because there are so many different places, they fly all over the world. but in israel's case it's going to be an economic challenge for them to overcome. >> reporter: it's too soon to count the economic cost. but if the conflict drags on,
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tourism is already hurting. hotels restaurants and resorts were on track for a record year, a boost of 17%. but now the country's hotel association says, in some places occupancy is down to as low as 30%. and the timing couldn't be worse. july and august are the peak of the tourist season. israel's national carrier, el al, is still flying in and out of ben gurion but it is expected to lose between 40 and $50 million because of the conflict. new york city mayor michael bloomberg staged a high flying protest, and received a welcome on the tarmac from israeli prments benjamiprimeminister be.
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>> there is no reason for faa to instruct planes not to come here. >> while they are calling it overreach given the events in the ukraine, it is perfectly understandable. >> translator: after the recent developments i would say this is a natural reaction, after one plane was shot down. of course they are cancelling flights. >> the overall short term economic impact should be relatively small but the bigger impact is one of perception. if the ban lasts too long, therefore too dangerous to do business john that's when analysts say would start to do serious damage. >> there was already a travel warning by the state department and obviously this has more dramatic impact. paul, thank you. valey nazer serves as senior
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advisor to the state department. ali welcome. >> thank you. >> let's talk about a humanitarian ceasefire. do you think that's in the cards in the next few days? >> it is possible but it would require a lot more effort on the part of the united states to convince the various regional actors to lean on israel and hamas to make a compromise. i think there is a lot of work to be done. >> why is the united states so important to this process? >> because the united states is the only international actor that has raps to both sides, not with hamas but to arab countries that have influence both on palestinian thompt and influence -- authority and on hamas and united states has influence on israel. it's the only international actor that has the relationships to bring this conflict to an end. >> hamas has demanded today,
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they refused to have a permanent ceasefire unless the blockade is removed. again, is there any chance that will happen? >> no i don't think so. because that would be a major concession by israel. and israel is not willing to make that concession. israel is willing to consider stopping the fighting. but it's not willing to consider a settlement that would go beyond that, that would have a political and a military dimension. from hamas's point of view now that they have absorbed the worst of israel's fury and they have been at war there's no point for them to just agree to a ceasefire without at least being able to take something back to their people to show that they have got something from israel that makes life better than it was before the war started. otherwise this would have been an enormous amount of pain without any gain for them. >> you say absorbed israel's fury. an enormous amount of pain, more than 600 people dead, how much
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more is israel willing to absorb without giving had on this issue of blockade? >> i think hamas feels that it has more room to go. that international pressure is now mounting on israel, that they have already taken a great deal of blow and i think that they feel they have support so far from the palestinians to stay the course. there's no evidence of pressure from palestinian public on hamas to give in. and so long as there's no pressure from the palestinian public on hamas to give in, i think hamas is going ocontinue on this course. the reaction of hamas suggests -- >> as the death toll rises would that change? >> well, i think the death toll right now is playing in hamas' favor. >> really? >> it increases pressure on egypt, turkey, qatar, united states, not raising pressure on
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hamas. hamas is seen as the victim and israel is being put in a difficult position. so long as that is the case, it is the advantage of hamas to continue the course. >> the foreign policy record of the united states, what's been wrong with the way the president's handled the situation? >> i think if you looked at it, through a longer period, since 2009, there was a period of neglect of the arab-descraim issue. issue -- -- arab-israeli issue. the president said he would act in seeing to a peace process. didn't happen during his first term. it happened during the second term but largely the initiative of secretary kerry. it is left open whether he had the backing of the white house. when that deal fell apart, the white house was slow to getting onto the band wagon, of
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preventing this crisis to erupt as it has. to stop this crisis, to stop ise fighting, it is not good for united states image and actually hurts united states main allies in the region, particularly egypt, saudi arabia, turkey and qatar and can radicalize the region to united states advantage. right now stopping the fighting the u.s. is doing the right thing but the united states did not do enough to prevent this from happening in the first place. >> we will watch and see what happens in the future. ali nasar, good to have you on the program, thank you. today alexander gurst tweeted this photo, he wrote, my saddest photo yet, from the international space station we can see rockets and explosions over israel. the photo has been retweeted thousands of times. up next: lawyers are calling it
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cruel and unusual punishment. the execution of an arizona murderer takes hours to complete. and the return of the remains of victims of malaysia flight 17.
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>> a developing story out of arizona tonight. authorities say it took nearly two hours to execute a convicted murderer. jonathan betz is here with that story. >> developing tonight, after a series of botched executions around the country, this is one the inmate's attorneys tried to stop but the state went ahead. hour and 57 minutes for joseph rudolph wood to die this afternoon. his lawyers tried to stop the procedure while it was happening by an emergency stay to the
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court. the inmate was gasping and snorting for about an hour. >> mr. wood was gasping and fighting for air for an hour and 50 minutes. there was a deacon there. he turned around and looked at the gallery, kind of was looking all around while he was being prepped. and then he gave his last words. >> now, an arizona republic reporter who witnesses the execution says lines were run into each wood's arms. after wood said his last words he was unconscious by 1:57 p.m. but by 2:05 he gasped about 660 times. he was on death row for killing his ex girlfriend and her father
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in 1991. the other drugs used if other botched executions away was a violation of their constitutional rights. the u.s. supreme court ruled the state did not have to disclose the drugs. arizona though used the same two drug cocktail mix that ohio did earlier this year to execute inmates and that took over 200 minds. >> jonathan betts, thank you. s megan, what's your reaction to this one? >> well, my reaction ask certainly one of grave disappointment. the prolonged and very gruesome execution of mr. wood is certainly the predictable consequence of an experimental execution procedure that was
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shrouded in secrecy. despite repeated requests from mr. wood's lawyers, the arizona department of corrections refused to disclose per nent information about the drugs -- pertinent information about the drugs. >> like with who? >> they informed the lawyers what the drugs would be. that it would be a combination of drugs. but they refused to turn over information about the manufacturer, the sourcing, the expiration date, the lot number, the type of information that would allow both the lawyers but more importantly the courts to ensure that the drugs were what they purported to be, were potent and were pure and worked like they were intended. >> this cocktail has been used before, in other areas, like ohio. >> this was used once before, as was mentioned in the report
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earlier, the horribly boxed execution of dennis mcguire in ohio in january. >> so what do you think should happen now? >> i think one thing that must happen that should have happened before mr. wood's execution and that is that the courts need to put a stop to the state using experimental execution procedures. and they need to put a stop to states being allowed to move forward with executions, where they hide the relevant and pertinent information about how the executions will be carried out. >> all right. >> this execution demonstrates the importance of judicial scrutiny and that courts must order disclosure of all of the relevant information. >> megan mccracken, thank you very much for joining us. coming up next, another passenger jet has crashed, this time in taiwan. we'll have the latest. and we go to neighborhoods
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>> this is al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler in new york. and coming up, a day of deadly violence in. 100 days after the kidnapping of dozens of school girls. after a series of dangerous explosions the new proposals to try to make oil transport trains safer. and as the costa concordia finally leaves the italian coast, a survivor tells her story. >> investigators want to find out what caused a passenger plane to crash in taiwan this morning. the airliner was attempting a second landing when it crashed. the turboprop plane was flying from the island of penghu.
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in netherlands, a day of mourning. the bodies made their way from the airport to a military base. david chater has that story. >> 40 bodies all of them yet to be identified. carried out of the cargo planes with the dignity and respect they deserved. a marked contrast on the battlefields of eastern ukraine where the flight was shot out of the sky. [ bugel ] >> reporter: the dutch royal family and prime minister were in attendance at the ceremony at the military base, and more than 1,000 relatives of the victims.
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their anguish and grief could only be sharpened by the fact that no one knew whether their loved ones were in the coffins before them. it could take weeks or months to fully identify all of the victims. it will be a grueling time for relatives standing, watching the bodies taken to the hearses. the war isn't remote in the ukraine. the refs of the bodies will be loaded over the next two days. the scale of this tragedy continues to grow, not just in terms of human grief but also in its political impact.
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the calls for justice of the victims are growing louder. how much longer can european politicians continue to ignore them? david chater al jazeera, eindhoven. more air fire in eastern ukraine today. pro-russian intrafts shot down ukrainian jets today. nazane rvetionn mushari reports. >> the ukrainian su 25 went down in a wheat field. they're searching for pilot. this man says they found a parachute and some blood a few kilometers away. they think he may have escaped to ukrainian held territory. their jets were hit by antiaircraft missiles. pro-russian fighters admit they
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brought down at least one of the jets. the war planes are supporting ukrainian forces on the ground. these troops are only a few kilometers from donetske, ukrainians accuse russia of arming the separatists. a few months ago this commander was a chemistry teacher. now he is leading his troops to war. >> even if we cannot do that we will still take city. >> reporter: this ukrainian brigade has lost five soldiers in the past week. they will still go ahead with a final major push on donetske. it is absolutely crucial for the ukrainian forces to take the city if they are to defeat the separatists in the east of the country. this latest incident will make a ceasefire admonish difficult. separatists don't want kyiv to rule here and ukrainians want to take back control of the border with russia. many people have already left
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this region. those that have stayed are waiting for next big battle. dividing their country and destroying their lives. nasane mushiri, al jazeera, eastern ukraine. >> the doctor sheik omar khan is now being treated by doctors without borders. he is suffering from ebola. two separate exproation in the central part of nigeria have killed 44 people. a suicide bomber struck a convoy in the first bombing then a busy market two hours later. roy araga has there story. >> police say the first attack targeted a prominent muslim cleric who had been very
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outspoken about the boko haram. several other people died. shortly after that attack autoexplosion took place targeting a very crowded market area. there has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks but they would appear to bear the hallmarks of boko haram. of course this happens as the country has been marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of almost 300 school girls in the northeastern town, despite the international pressure despite the spotlight, 100 days later there has been very little made public about the search and rescue efforts. >> this is raya raga reporting. welcome thanks for being with us. >> thank you for bringing me. >> talk to me about what the nigerian people have to say about the fact it's been 100
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days? >> well, people are very disappointed that 100 days after over 200 school girls were kidnapped from this tiny place the nigerian government has not been able to find them. they keep telling the nigerian people they don't know their location, don't know their whereabouts. they haven't been able to rescue just one person. >> some of them escaped. >> about 54 of them escaped and for the president of nigeria met them for the first time yesterday, since the kidnapping took place. so there's widespread disappointment across nigeria. >> what is going on with the government there? why has the government not been able to produce results in this investigation to find these girls? >> what the government took a long time to accept there was any kidnapping that took place. and secondly just widespread well-known global nigerian government of incompetence.
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soldiers well mobilized, the alliances are not well paid. in fact boko haram is known to have more money than the nigerian army which is a shame. this is of course a result of corruption at the highest level of the military and civilians handling this. a lot of money spent every year on budgets for the military and nobody can explain why the military cannot combat what everybody would call a rag tag army of ambiguous tants. just look at any one force the size of virginia. >> more attacks and more bombings, not just the nigerian school girls who suffered as a result of boko haram. >> oh, absolutely. >> how could the government go about trying to revolve of resolve this? >> the responsibility to resolve the problem but also it's
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important for nigerian people to look at house they can pressure the nigerian government. >> how can they do that? >> there's a lot of civil society pressure going on right now. what we have been saying all the years that this government is not competent, they have not been able to deliver on the promises they made to nigerians since 2011 since president goo goodlow jonathan came to power. due to the nigerian people to say well it's oarch with incompetent government. there was a major, major process call occupy nigeria, where nigerians actually wanted to replace this government if they could. that protest could not last, because the military who could not fight boko haram was used to suppress the civil society at that time calling for real reforms in the country and this
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is what we are left with, two years later and government could not secure the 200 nigerian girls. >> could you get outside help? >> i'm not the one to advocate for outside help. because nigeria should be able to take care of its problem. the sixth largest producer of oil in the world, with a country that has just presented a recalibrated base, with the economy that is bigger than south africa, it reduces all outside people to some -- i don't know how to describe it. but it's not something that i can accept within myself, that nigeria that ended sierra leone and liberia could not deal with boko haram. >> thank you for coming.
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>> thank you for having me. the economic downturn is having a lasting effect on the suburbs. robert ray has that story. >> the idealic outskirts of cobb county hides a reality years in the making. poverty. >> the greatest types of things that would surprise people living in suburbia, they would see a vastly different view of the world. >> the number of suburban atlanta residents ha living undr the poverty line has grown a staggering 159%. >> people who have never experienced poverty don't know what to do. >> one of a handful of charities that serve the poor in the suburbs of atlanta. must offers food, shelter, employment services and even a
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summer lunch program for children in need. but groups like must have struggled to keep up with the rapidly increasing demand for their services. that is completely unlike their counterparts in the cities who service the urban poor. so this relatively new safety net here in the suburbs which is patchy and thin at best is at a breaking point. >> our summer lunch program has grown 37% per year over the last four years. from 97,000 meals to 247,000 this year. honestly we're scratching the surface. >> from 2000 to 2012, every area, saw major increases in their suburban poor. rising an average 65% nationwi nationwide. more than twice the pace of growth in cities. >> more than 90% of foreclosures happened in atlanta suburbs.
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middle wage jobs were lost. >> we are seeing our living wage of two, with two children, is $17 an hour. there are not a lot of jobs that pay $17 an hour. >> beth ray says most of her clientele are older workers like ken, a former truck driver for 20 years who fell out of work when his company shut down. fortunately, for fluen he got a full time job at a coca-cola plant earning about $11 an hour. but he is still living paycheck to paycheck and hoping to return to a middle class lifestyle sometime soon. >> i know a good place to be right now, i'd like to come and work for i think i got a good chance of moving up. >> reporter: robert ray, al jazeera, atlanta. >> some ex convicts are going back to school in oregon. they are taking classes on how to be better parents and keep from going back to prison. allen schauffler reports.
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>> you got it? >> there you go. >> reporter: this happy family playground scene wasn't always so happy. >> i was either at the bar getting drunk or once i fell back into my addiction, i was never there. >> reporter: on parole after serving two years in state prison on drug charges, michelle went through training to become a better mom. the three month program targets families split by crime and incarceration. , employees women and men have been in the parents inside and out training course. we went in to visit those still inside. this father of two daughters gets out in september. >> it was a reminder every day, every time i went to the class that hey, you're a father and
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you have two people out there that need you, they love you. >> reporter: to learn responsibility, inmates in the class carry a teddy bear everybody they go for a month. >> you become quite attached, as a constant reminder what it means. >> you say you are bonded with your bear? >> very much so. >> a five year study by the oregon social learning center shows women 48% less likely to get rearrested than nongraduates. men, 27% less likely. >> you a little scared about what's ahead? >> of course, yeah. it's been a long time. i know there's a lot to fix and try to do better. but i'm ready for it. >> reporter: michelle newell said, what started in the classroom is now a lifetime job. >> the things i caused and the things my kids had to see me go through, i can't take that back
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but i can change that each and every day and make sure they never ever have to go through that again. >> reporter: and so far her hard work in the course is getting good grades. >> she is awesome, awesome, the coolest mom ever. >> and getting kudos from the only ones who count. response to high pro file accidents, libby casey is in washington with more on that story. libby. >> john, the obama administration is responding to a series of accidents the most disastrous of which happened in quebec, canada one year ago. 47 people in lak magantec, the u.s. department of transportation is responding by
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issuing a set of proposals to make rail travel carrying oil safer. they include better braking abilities, also slower speeds and upgrading the cars that carry crude. the cars that can't be upgraded would be phased out in two years. this doesn't kick in meld -- immediately, they are just proposals. >> i would like to have this happen yesterday. but we have to have a pilkington period. we -- we have to have a public comment period. the bottom line is we have to be very clear that we need a new world order on how this stuff moves. >> reporter: the public comment period is open for 60 days, john, during which anyone can weigh in. >> we've been reporting this situation for months and months
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and months. why are public safety measures taking so long? >> the infrastructure is aging, everything from the cars that carry the oil to the rails. the oil business is booming, we see these reserves in north dakota and montana, the bakken shale formation producing so much, it's got to get to market. the rail companies say they're concerned they can't make those upgrades in that two year window that the obama administration is talking about and the american petroleum institute is pushing back on a regulatory study that came out last month saying the bakken crude is more dangerous than other forms of crude. the other side of this debate, advocacy groups say two years isn't fast enough. we need to get these changes made a lot quicker. >> libby casey, thank you. coming up next, the costa
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concordia, the survivor that managed to get on the very last rescue vehicle. and the fight is underway for the families of victims of flight 17.
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>> good evening, i'm meteorologist kevin corriveau. we have a couple of bumpy stormy places across the country. we have a line of strong thunderstorms maine to virginia. with these thunderstorms we have seen quite a bit of wind damage coming out of here. take a look. yellow dots, northern new hampshire, new york, massachusetts. we're not done yet. this is going to continue to make its way towards the east. if you are at the airports, la guardia, newark, one hour to one hour and 30 minutes of delays. massachusetts, connecticut, new york as well as into new jersey.
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we are also looking at what's happening here across arkansas. look at this line of thunderstorms, how quickly it makes its way down to the south. a lot of problems in terms of wind. dallas says thunderstorms coming into play here. take a look at storm damage here, we also had hail as well in these areas, dealing with flooding as well as we make our way towards the next couple of hours. severe storms affected, rain and flooding. that's a look at your weather, news is next.
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>> coming up tonight on al jazeera america at 11:00 eastern 8:00 pacific. the new risk found in hysterectomy procedures that could increase cancer risks in women. countless pictures of cities around the world, now your help is needed to help identify all those pictures. 11:00 eastern 8:00 pacific.
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the wrecked ship costa concordia has begun its final voyage. the wreck is being towed to genoa where it will be scrapped. more than two years ago it went to ground. >> tatiana will never forget the night she was about to do die. she and her family managed to get out. they very nearly didn't. >> translator: it was very serious when we realized what was happening. we were told to stay in our cabin which we did for 45 minutes and the crew was telling us that everything was fine. everything was under control. but we made the decision to leave the cabin anyway and at that moment we realized that almost all the rescue boats had already left. we managed to board the last rescue boat available and it really was the last one. >> reporter: 32 passengers died as the concordia began to
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take on water. as passengers screamed and scrambled to get off, tatiana tried to calm her children. she didn't want them to be traumatized. part of the reason she stayed away from court when the captain went on trial. >> translator: i suppose those people who were trapped in the boat much longer and who were not as lucky as we were as a family, they want to go to court and get a settlement. and i totally understand them. >> reporter: for two and a half years the costa concordia has laid in the waters off the italian coast. only now has she been moved. the fear was this liner could break up at any moment. >> i'm sorry they decided to dismantle the ship. i'm very sorry. >> reporter: the costa concordia will now be dismantled. the sea will return to normal. the lives on those on board who survived probably never will.
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phil lavel, al jazeera. bodies of those who died aboard flight 17 were returned to netherlands today. thousands paid their respects. here is a closer look at the national day of mourning. [ bugel ]
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>> and we also leave you with this image from the day of mourning today. these people in amsterdam dressed in white, releasing hundreds of white balloons, joining a silent moment of remembrance. i'll see you at 11:00, paul beban has the headlines in a moment. america mobile app,
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available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm paul beban. here are tonight's top stories. secretary of state john kerry was in the middle east today, pushing for a ceasefire between israel and gaza.
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meanwhile, the human rights council voted to call an inquiry against the conflict. extending a ban ever airlines in and out of tel aviv. those are the headlines. >> on "america tonight": [ bugel sounds ] >> united by an unspeakable horror. netherlands hofns victims of the downed flight as the answers are held up. due to further conflict on ukraine's border. a call to bring back our girls. international call hasn't been