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authorities are or not. nothing has been confirmed. been a tense day. a press conference had to be postponed. [no audio] >> i'm sorry, we seem to have a problem with the reception there to boston. from aet the latest correspondent. >> new video shows a day of triumph and celebration of the boston marathon. cheering crowds, oblivious to what was about to happen. the police want more photos or videos from the day. someone may have unwittingly films the person responsible.
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forensic specialists have been scouring the scene, searching through tiny bits of debris for clues and evidence. >> as president obama has said, the fbi is investigating this as an act of terrorism and the full force of the federal government will support the response and the investigation. >> investigators now believe the explosives were packed into pressure cookers. these nangle pieces of metal are all that remain. inse parts have been used homemade bombs by extremist groups before. they also recovered a circuit board, which is being examined, and a backpack, which was being used to hide the devices. we now know that three people died. two young women and an 8-year- old boy. others have terrible wounds. vigils have been held again across the city this evening. it is a city still bewildered by what happened these two were in
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the crowd when the bomb went off. moments later, he called his mom saying, i've been hurt, really bad. boththers both frost -- lost a leg. -- the brothers both lost a leg. >> one will cry and then the other one will. it is heartbreaking. victims have been identified. krystle campbell was one of those killed. her mother paid tribute to her. >> i cannot leave this has happened. she was such a hard worker in everything she did. >> boston is a city that mourns for its dead. tomorrow, president obama comes to sharon agreed, and to reassure a nation shaken by the attacks on the marathon. >> a busy day in the investigation where we do seem to have fixed the sound problems
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that we have with boston. lord trevelyan is there. we have been getting conflicting reports -- laura trevelyan is there. we have been getting conflicting reports. describe for us what we know and what we do not know. time, thereoint in are two things we know. boston police and the fbi have said that no arrests have been made in connection with this case. and we also understand that a press conference with information from the police and the fbi was do about half an hour ago, but was postponed. that is due this evening. those are the two things we know. the rest of the realm of speculation and contradictory information is something like this -- has gone something like this. about 20ternoon,
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minutes until 2:00 p.m. local time, so a few hours back, we heard that a suspect had been identified from the video footage. then we heard an arrest was imminent. , thatest had been made was also reported. hundreds of reporters rushed to the federal courthouse in boston. then there was an evacuation of the courthouse. the then the fbi and the police have said no. it is a very confusing time. when people heard on a street address had been made, as was incorrectly reported, people got very excited. the whole city has been traumatized by what happened and they want to see progress. i think that is what fuelled speculation and inaccurate reporting. we're still waiting to hear from the police and the fbi here in
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boston. >> a reminder that we are not to jump ahead of ourselves in terms of what we know and do not know. for more now, i'm joined on this investigation by a 25-year veteran of the fbi. he was also part of the new york joint terrorism task force and also joined by the former state department spokesman, p.j. crowley. you're involved in the investigation with the bombing of the uss coll in yemen, the al qaeda plot. describe the scene. what are they looking at? >> these are still photographs and video they have been able to obtain from various sources, department stores, individuals, television stations, and this is figuring prominently in to the investigation. it was reported earlier today that the photographic evidence is what has led to the identification of a person.
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it is important now to not jump the gun. there's a lot of difference between identifying somebody in terms of -- you can see them is a male carrying a backpack versus having a name, address, social security, identification .umber, a birthday days are two different things, knowing what someone looks like an -- these are two different things, some on the site and knowing who's someone is. >> are they going through the pictures frame by frame? are they looking at a particular angle? >> this is the starting point that takes you from the crime scene out to people, and then from people you understand motives. and that gets to the strategic logic -- level. are we dealing with something domestic, is it someone we have seen before? is it part of a movement? suggest a different
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approach by that group or a different group? going specifically to the network and then the network to the strategic, that is what they're doing. >> and what do you read into the confusion that we had through the course of the data whether or not there is a suspect under investigation? 1, #1 popeyes the meat -- >> # the media in the u.s. wants to be out in front of the story and to break the news, if you will. sometimes when you're the first one, there are mistakes that can be made. we also ought to watch the wording very carefully. when you use the word arrest and i generally implies that an arrest comes after a charge of -- it generally implies that an arrest comes after a charging document, or certainly a complaint. i certainly do not think the fbi has charged anybody with this crime. that does not mean that people are not being questioned. there's nothing wrong with asking someone who may be of investigative interest to tell
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their story and to come in and talk. they can do that voluntarily. that is far different from an arrest. i do not have any inside information as to that being what happened. but it could be one reason for the confusion over someone who is arrested versus someone brought in for questioning. >> does the passage of every hour change the equation? >> time is the most critical for the time -- the crime scene, because it is perishable. you want to act on that very quickly. you want to collect all of the physical evidence you can in the shortest amount of time before it gets degraded, or rain comes or whenever. and clearly, what they have done a good job of that. we have seen photographs of the remnants of the bomb that was encased in pressure cookers. that, there's the self-imposed pressure. we want to find this person
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before they act again, but it is more important to be thorough and accurate than to be fast. there are thousands of photographs, electronic surveillance, a videotape. there's also cellphone mette data that can be analyzed. there are informants that they're coming through, intelligence information. lots and lots of information to come through. it is better to have more than not enough, but sometimes that means taking a little bit longer to sift through. >> and with every hour that passes, people memories changes and they cannot exactly remember what they saw. act again, but it is more important to be thorough and accurate than to be fast. there are thousands of photographs, electronic boston to a we hadom this curious parallel with the events of 9/11 in washington, d.c. with both the president and a senator receiving letters that contain ric andin -- ricin.
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coincidence.edible are these things connected? we should not say that they are. does that fit within the realm of the conflict that we have been waging for 10 years, 15 years? or is this some fashion of escalation? does this change your perspective and what you are dealing with? >> thank you both for joining me. now let's go to london where is tight security, of course. more than 2000 mourners gathered today for the funeral of margaret thatcher. among those were the -- were queen elizabeth and dignitaries from boston to a we had this around the world. thousands lined the streets to pay respects. a small number also protested. >> they did not stop all the clocks, but they did simons began. they did cancel prime minister's questions. -- they did silence of big ben.
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they did cancel prime minister's questions. all marks of respect for the only female prime minister in 150 years. the clock -- the crowds all applauded. she was driven past downing street for one last time. ♪ never seen will another like margaret thatcher. britain may never see another funeral quite like this one, not for a politician rather than a member of the royal family. her coffin was transferred to a gun carriage. her route, lined by officers wearing black never see muzzless,
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pointed down as a mark of respect. the presence of her majesty, the queen, her final honor, extended to no other prime minister since the death of winston churchill. this was a funeral not just for a public figure, but a grandmother and mother. carol thatcher and her brother, mark, watched as his dot -- his daughter, amanda, read from the bible. it sounded to some like a rather thatcherized message. >> having her loins girded with truth and having on the breastplate of the righteousness. >> it also contained a message of moral certainty. >> i am the way, the truth, and the life. no man comes on to the father but by me. >> this was not a moment of speeches, save for one, a family
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friend, the bishop of london. that persons should not make the sorts of judgments that politicians make. >> after the storm, in the light of the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm. the storm of conflicting opinions centers on the mrs. thatcher who became a symbolic figure, even an ism. but today, the remains of margaret hilda thatcher are here at her funeral service. line year, she is one of us. >> one of us, a thatcher phrase for those she's is being on her side. all of muzzles pointed this was enough to move george osborn. he sat, eyes blinking, a tiered clearly on his cheek.
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later he treated, "it was an overwhelming day. -- de." it -- an overwhelming de." it was quite a sendoff. it was the funeral she wanted, the one she discussed not with just david cameron's government, but with tony blair's and gordon brown's 2. and after all this up -- a celebration, it ended as predicted, with the cheers of margaret thatcher's supporters. news, st. paul's cathedral. >> saying goodbye to margaret thatcher. you are watching abc world news america. still to come, ancient human ancestors that stood just 3 feet tall. how did the so-called hobby people of indonesia becomes so little? scientists have found the answer.
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founder of ae company which supplied tens of thousands of women with faulty breast implants worldwide has just begun. >> shuffling into court, to face the with many duped, thousands worldwide has waited to see him. some looked on with this belief as the man said to have made millions from his alleged fraud, claims he is now living on a pension of 1,500 pounds per month. there is nothing on his face could i cannot read anything. he does not care about us. were britain, 50,000 women fitted with the substandard implants. they had been filled with an industrial size -- industrial style gel used to make mattresses.
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>> they're doing everything they can to postpone the trial, but it will not succeed and it will go on and he will be judged. the company became the world's biggest supply -- the third biggest supplier of implants. the airequipment gave of respectability. the reality was very different. in police interviews, he said for 13 years his staff, all of them standing trial with him, had hidden from european inspectors the gel the reusing. yet nothing but disdain for the women he -- for the women who suffered. they were psychologically fragile, and what were only after its money. they had to go to a conference center to accommodate 3000 and 500 witnesses.
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theilty verdict would open gate to compensation claims worldwide. >> the u.s. senate has rejected a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for people wanting to buy guns. it deals a blow to president obama's campaign to curb gun violence after the new town school massacre. mr. obama joined by relatives of the victims has just spoken from the rose garden at the white house. ben wright joins me now in the studio. what did he say? said theesident minority of the members in the senate have let the american people down. he was livid. there was a presque -- press conference by harry read in the last few minutes, too. they know that's the chances of gun reform in the wake of that massacre, they have died.
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they had hoped it would shift to back projects for people wanting to buy guns on the internet. numbers.not have the forry to pass, they needed 60 votes. that is the threshold in the senate. for it, 46 against. >> i understand that the president was calling members of the senate last week trying to get them to come on board with this gun legislation. we know the families of the new town victims have also been making their case for these background checks. 90% of the american public wants these background checks. what happens in the senate? >> early on, the white house's hopes for much more radical than control like an ammunition cat
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and -- ammunition cap and a ban on certain guys compound they thought that at least -- on certain guns, they thought that at least members of congress would respond to certain things. it is clear that the vast majority of them feel they are safe in voting down the background checks. they do not think it is going to harm them in the polls. is thosenteresting five democrats who chose to join them. >> from rural, gun loving states. >> exactly. inre are up for reelection 2014. they thought very hard about it and decided to vote with republicans and vote it down. that is in their own political self-interest. >> one of the things president obama said in the rose garden was a minority has decided it does not want to protect children's lives.
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i am struck by the emotional weight of what he has said. that is pretty tough to say to the senators who voted against this bill. >> those senators who voted down his background check amendment, he is saying they carry a lot of responsibility is something else happens again. the president was livid. he knows. joe biden knows. is the moment four months after the shooting that all of their hopes for reform have ended. >> looking around the world, president bashar al-assad has accused western countries of backing al qaeda in his country and has warned they will pay heavy price for military involvement. described the two-year uprising against him as a war.
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and does it injured -- hospitals have been overwhelmed by those injured in the quake along the indian border with iran. they have been described as the hot but people, just 3 feet tall with small brains. there are remaining in just one island in indonesia. there has been speculation about how they have evolved. a new study says they could be a group of chrysler the humans that actually became smaller. >> meet what is otherwise known as a hub it. it is a tiny species of human. this is what it might have looked like. ever since the hobbit's
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discovery on the indonesian island 10 years ago, researchers are puzzled over its origins, especially how such a tiny species of humans might have evolved. there are three main theories. some critics say they are not a separate species at all it emerged from a modern group of humans whose size was restricted because they had a disease. others believe it evolve from a primitive ape-like creature that traveled from africa a million years ago. new research suggests that hammaren does arrived on the island and shrunk. erectus arrived on the island and shrug. >> here is a case where it might have operated in quite an extreme way on a human population that was on that island for hundreds of thousands of years. >> many, including professors
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trigger, have their doubts about the dwarfism idea. it has been published many journals. instead, they believe the people are descended from a tiny- brained apes-like creature. more study has to be done to help settle the debate. shrinking,rkable, how bad people. i thought i was getting smaller. that does it for today's show. if you would like to reach me and the bbc team, you can find us all on twitter. thanks for watching and i will see you back here tomorrow. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: the senate rejected a bipartisan proposal to impose background checks on some gun buyers, dealing a blow to the white house and to gun control advocates. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight: we get reaction to today's vote and what it means for the future of gun legislation. >> ifill: then, conflicting
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reports caused confusion over the status of the investigation into the boston bombings. we have the latest on what's known and what's not. >> brown: letters sent to the president and members of congress were believed to contain the poison, ricin. todd zwillich of wnyc reports on the suspicious packages. >> ifill: and britain's first female prime minister is buried. in london, thousands turn out to wish margaret thatcher a fond farewell, others to bid her good riddance. >> brown: marcia coyle has analysis of today's unanimous ruling from the supreme court that blocks human rights cases abroad from being tried in the u.s. >> ifill: and judy woodruff talks to the author of the new book "clean," about his deep dive into the myths and realities of drug addiction. >> it's seen as a choice: "if you're having problems in your life because you're using drugs or you're drinking, stop." well, people who are addicted would stop, if they could. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by:
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>> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the campaign for new curbs on guns ran into senate opposition today that it could not overcome. 41 republicans joined with five democrats to kill the proposal that was thought to have the best chance of passing. "newshour" congressional correspondent kwame holman begins our coverage. >> this bill protects honest,


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