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we need to know what's going on in our back yard and i think al jazeera does just that. >> this is al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. top stories this hour. major merger, that has at&t buying out directv. and the promise begs its are internet service. what about the next emergency. stress test in the world cup in brazil. the race against time. will police be ready for any
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threat? the historic trip pope francis is making to the middle east, in our sunday segment, the week ahead. >> good to have you with us. any tonight, at&t has formally agreed to buy drectv for about $45 billion. the two companies approved the deal earlier today. drectv is the largest satellite television in the united states with 45 million subscribers, the fc is expected to closely scrutiny niez thclosely --scrut. directv is the best option for us because they have the premier
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brand. joining us to discuss what this means, to both at&t and the consumers, is bill wyman. good to see you bill. we've seen other telecom giants merge, how is this different? >> it is a little bit different and quixotic. this is different. at&t is a mobile carrier with a smawd broadband internet service in about 6 million homes. drectv is the 20 million subscribers so we're seeing a new loins growin alliance. here, the satellite broadcaster going up against the time-warner cok cast merge. >> -- -- comcast merge. >> at&t does provide some cable service on its on but they
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might -- its own but for complicated reasons they might move that up to satellite. satellite of course isn't available to every home in america. you have to get a satellite on your roof to get that service. that said, we would like to see at&t with directv start to provide more alternatives for americans. the dirty little secret is that most americans don't have choice for broadband and internet. if they have that choice, it is good for us because our bills will come down. >> the second largest provider of television programs, what does that mean for directc subscribers? >> i can tell you they have better customer service, better quality and more technologically innovative company. i'm worried if at&t culture takes it over we might start losinlosing some of that innova.
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cox and other capable companies have some of the worst reputations in america. directv is something different than that. there's promises that they'll keep their prices for three years. >> what does that mean for other monopolies? does that foster competition? >> this is an interesting phenomenon. there is some new technologies in the realm of dsl which actually promises to increase the speeds, ten times or maybe even 100 times, can, both of those may be bringing almost fiber-quality speeds into american homes in the next few years, providing alternative to those traditional cable companies. >> more details sure to come in
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the next 24 hours after our bill wyman arts and culture contributor, thanks to see you bill. >> thank you thomas. >> tens of thousands of residents are prepared to return home after raging wildfires drove them out. burned through 20,000 acres and several homes. as lisa bernard reports, crews are already preparing for the next assignment. >> cal fire eric and his crew doesn't stop working just because the fires are out. >> get to the heat source and make sure that's fully extinguished. >> 1300 were called to fight wild land fires. once they were contained, rather than relax and e exhale crews ae inevitably preparing for next one. >> we're on readiness.
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at any time we can be pulled out of here to the next fire emergency. >> triggering an early start toft fire station -- to the fire season. back into service immediately. cal fire is scrambling to hire firefighters knowing that this season may be more demanding than usual. >> putting on academies for new personnel, getting them on board earlier than previously. >> fire says homeowners should also be prepared for longer than normal fire season. this home was prepared because the homeowner cult back the brush on the property. that stopped the flames and allowed the firefighters to get in here. >> we are treating this like the first inning of a baseball game. just going ohave to chip away at it and stay physically fit, stay healthy and not go too hard too early.
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>> he says vacations have been postponed this year, with training starting in february instead of may. crews have prepared their families as well. because the dry forecast and the dry earth this year will likely mean more fires and days on the road than in the past. lisa bernard, al jazeera, san diego california. >> the worst floods in decades have been devastating serbia and bosnia. in bo bosnia, authorities fear t the floodwaters could dislodge mines from the '90s. nazneen masiri is there with this report. >> the air and the ground, the priority is to get to the old and the sick. this is 88-year-old jesenka. we meet her after she was rescued by the serbian army.
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her house was submerged under a meter and a half of water. she was alone for days without food or drinking water. this is a massive operation. they are threatening to overwhelm serbia's emergency services. the serbian prime minister says the floods will cost billions of dollars. this man is a personal trainer from belgrade, he's here to help rescue those left behind. >> the people are going to ask you. >> how many people do you think are left? >> we don't know. >> it's not clear how many people died here. every official we ask tells us they have to wait for waters to recede to see the actual damage. as you can see some of the water is actually pulling back but there are still many house he
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completely submerged by the -- houses completely submerged and people waiting to be rescued. this plan wouldn't give us his name. he says he's seen dead bodies. he's angry at the authorities for not arriving earlier. >> translator: they came too late. we had no warning about what happened. the toy is destroyed, it is so sad for us. we have no food and nowhere to live. >> reporter: in bosnia ootd another -- another menace is hiding underneat, land mines. and the country's biggest power station is now under threat. capacity at the power plant has also been cut. water has reached the basement, a total shut down, will black out most of the country. for now, it's stopped raining.
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but the worry is there could be another flood surge from the drena river in bosnia. >> the ground is already saturated. people are wondering where the water will go. >> dispute or oil and gas reserves, are shipping lanes used by both countries to send everything from food to electronics to the u.s. scores of people were injured. they were among the first to be evacuated. tensions escalated whether china moved an oil rig to part of the south china sea that vietnam claimed. >> the vietnamese authorities appear to be containing the disturbances. police broke up this small protest in ho chi min city.
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waters claimed by vietnam. the intention today was to show support for the government's efforts to chase the chinese rig away from our waters. >> the skirmishes in those waters had been going on for almost two weeks and the worry is that it soon could get out of control. like china, vie credit vietnam's government is also communist. many factories were taiwanese owned, a distinction lost on the rioters. china moved an oil rig closed to paiclosed toparasol isles. another dispute over the spratly
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islands. , speed up evacuation efforts. >> we are spending some very expedient people to vietnam. >> more than 3,000 chinese citizens have already fled the country. worried about the economic fallout, vietnam's government is promising to protect all investors. china and taiwan are among the biggest. whether they remain so is now in doubt. the response of china's government to the attack on its citizens have so far been restrained. a reason for that, the authorities are perhaps unwilling to allow protests so close to the anniversary of the suppression of the student-led protests almost 25 years ago. adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> following breaking news out of nigeria, four people have died in an explosion near the
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north part of the city. no claim of responsibilities. boko haram has carried out previous attacks there. the group kidnapped more than 200 nigerian school girls over a month ago. gunmen used antiaircraft gregrenades, he is glafned'demanding the suspension of parliament around the handover of power to libya's constitution committee. hafta's party attacked headquarters, 79 were killed. lib credit yah' -- leb lib yapss
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did. >> concerning for many palestinians, claiming sit settlers are using fake documents to gain land. >> the legal outpost was home to 50 families before it was evacuated in 2012. many have then have possessioned the court. a claim nabut denies. >> translator: they said the land was sold to a palestinian middle man, that my father sold him the land. which is not true. they say they have my father's signature. >> but his father couldn't have signed it. the man was illiterate. he was in no condition to sign anything because he was on his death bed. palestinian records also show that the middle man does not
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exist. nabut's case is not the only one. a forgery by the israeli courts primarily because the palestinian man died 50 years prior. but israeli settlers insist they buy the land legally and that some palestinians take the money but deny the sale later in order to save face and even save their lives. >> a big part of the issue and the problem is that palestinian land owners feel threatened in their own community, threatened in a life threatening situation where if they are found to be selling land to jewish people they could be killed. >> but says that is thought true. it accuses israeli settlers as using false documents as a tactic, even though it is proved later. >> these claims even though they
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are not real help them to have another six months, another year. for them -- for the outpost not to be evacuated. >> reporter: which is what is happening to nabut now, with at least five illegal structures sitting on his land. he says it is not just about property, it is about family. >> it is an insult to the dead and the living because the dead can't defend themselves. >> he says that land and honor are the same and that he won't give up on either. atia abowi, al jazeera, the occupied west bank. >> president obama will be traveling with two other religious leaders who will travel into the west bank. >> pope francis is anticipated are trip to the holy land will focus on two things, religious and reconciliation.
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coming here to the western wall underneath the dome of the rock. he'll come to the can church of the holy sepulcher and while here he will have to confront a spate of violence, vandalism, graffiti even death threads against christians in the holy land. >> they started with the small things and now they come to the personal threats, the presence of the christians in the holy land could be threatened if there is no peace. >> the pope's trip here is also political, he'll come to the home of 13,000 palestinian is refugees. the pope will concentrate on
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thirefugees. 17,000 why syrian refugees, bethany beyond the jordan, that is the place where jeeves is believed to have been baptised. but what pope francis wants to do is highlight this crisis. by the end of the year, this will be the largest refusing rfs since -- refugee crisis since the end of world war ii. >> first on al jazeera america, yemen in the middle of a major campaign against al qaeda. but the country's foreign
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minister says they can't do it alone. it's cracking and it needs major repairs. it's just one of the dams in the u.s. in bad shape. details on expensive repair as al jazeera america comes right back. back.
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al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> they're locking the door... ground breaking... >> we have to get out of here... truth seeking... >> award winning, investigative, documentary series. chasing bail only on al jazeera america >> welcome back. yemen is launching its biggest crack downed on al qaeda in years. but it wants outside help to pay. alshem albara. >> yemen's are battle grounds. the army is making gains, it has recaptured some areas like mahped and azan where these fighters established a state of their own, a leader, a judiciary and an army. yemen's foreign minister says his government will not allow al
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qaeda to destabilize the transition. >> al qaeda has created a threat for the transition itself. that's when second, of course is it has always been a threat to the stability of yemen as far as point of view of economic development, investments, the government could not just stand and watch. >> reporter: these soldiers are celebrating recent victories. but yemen's army has been divided and weakened by years of instability and conflicts. it is now under pressure to win the latest battle. but that requires huge resources which impoverished yemen cannot afford. >> look at the course of these extensive operations on yemen's budget and military. it is beyond yemen's abilities. yet we are continuing with these
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actions in order really to preserve the safety and our citizens, security of the country. and we hope that knowing the magnitude of the challenge we face, that we'll get more support. >> reporter: the fight is mostly led by these fighters. but neighboring saudi arabia and the u.s. say they are stechg in, one way or another, to -- stepping in couple, one way or another to help defeat one of al qaeda's motte efficient affiliates outthe afghanistan and pakistan. a war with al qaeda, a war that will turn costly if the fighting continues for a long period. officials are frustrated. they have been expecting the international community to deliver support at this particular time. al jazeera, barra.
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>> armed men identified as ukrainian national guardsmen shut down a referendum vote at a town hall in donetske. they took over the building and opened fire on a crowd outside. >> after the elections this problem could end. this situation is escalating to prevent the elections from taking place. >> fighting continued throughout the day between pro-russian insurgents and the are russians camped outside of slovyansk. turkey's worst mining disaster, three detainees have been arrested. executives of the mining company are among those being investigated for the are disaster. north korea is are apologizing for the collapse of a building.
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ing officials say 92 families have already moved in. they say irresponsible construction caused the collapse. tonight al jazeera america will debut an eight part series examining the u.s. legal system. it's called the system with joe berlinger. part 1 focuses on false confessions. >> i've done a lot of cases that involve false confessions but this has a special push to it. >> there was not even false confession. there was not confession at all. cirs tikristin did not confess s crime. instead, labado claims she was raped in a parking lot and defended herself, by stabbing. when a homeless me homeless mann
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a dumpster, they caimed came and questioned her about an not a suspect in a murder case. she was led to believe by their silence that they were talk going the same case. that is one of the biggest travesties that we are dealing with here. >> the system with joe berlinger debuts at 9, 6 pacific. south korea's president announced that the country's coast guard in response to last month's deadly ferry sinking. president park says the coast guard failed in the rescue effort. more than half of the 476 people on board died, the government has come under fire over its response to the sinking, once again they failed coming up.
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pope francis preparing for his historic trip toll holy land and not going alone. what he plans to accomplish on our sunday segment, the week ahead. rebecca. >> the same system that has produced funnel clouds in montana, will produce a system that could spark new wildfires in the west. i'll show you next. next. ♪
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america, let's get you caught up on the top stories we're following this hour. at&t has formally agreed to buy drectv fodirectv for about $48.. directv is the largest satellite television service in the u.s. all elevation has been lifted, in southern california.
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the balkans have been reeling from the most sever floods in decades. thousands in serbia, bosnia and croatia. >> regular look at the work week ahead. pope francis and his upcoming visit to are are the holy land. he'll be visiting. >> historic visit by pope paul rm eviction. vi. >> ever done international travel. it really opened up the first beginnings of an era in which the papacy would reach out toll world. >> reporter: on that vifs vis,
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the embrace twin pope paul, other tensions in the region still sim erd. simmered. >> he understood there was a lot of tension between the palestinian cause and the still relatively new israeli nation. it was after the 1948 war, between the two defining conflicts of the israeli-palestinian history. >> on his upcoming trip pope francis will traveling with a rabbi and a muslim leader. >> this is a pope that always walks humbly. the holy land, a place with so much credit emotion, are ax in arm with two friends. >> 40 years ago he visited the holy land but arrived just as the yo yom kippur war erupted.
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he spent much time why hold up in the hotel before he could safely leave. second pope to visit, making the trip in 2000, the second millennium of the birth of jesus. the pope also focused on repairing divisions between the jewish people and the catholic church, including placing a note to god in the western wall, one of the holiest sites in the be christian religion. always required nimbleness and credit deft diplomas. the francis effect, many eagerly await what he may bring to this
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holy land. wherland. courtney an keely, al jazeera. >> hebrew graffiti found at are holy sites in jerusalem reveal death threats to airbus. abram scora and omar aboud are both from his area. rabbi abram skuru, washington, d.c, this evening is father tom reese, founder of the national catholic reporter. thanks for being here. i want to start with the significance of the interfaith level concluded juda jew judaisd
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request. >> in fact john paul and john xxiii were given -- were actually given sainthood recently, because they played a very significant role in the outreach of the catholic church, particularly to judahism and islam. i had the privilege of welcoming pope benedict to my synagogue, the first papal visit to a synagogue in the united states. i stood near president shimon perez, welcoming him.
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this is a rye firmings o re rea. >> more than 10% of the population, 214,000 christians live in the west bank and east jerusalem, about 8% of the are population. most are members of the greek orthodox church. only 12,000 christians live in the gaza strip, and jordan is home to 174,000 christians, only 2% of the population. more than half are eastern orthodox while roman catholics make up 45%. father, muslims make up about
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two-thirds of the population. what challenges will the pope face? >> well, the pope is going there to -- for a number of reasons but one of them is exactly what you're talking about. he wants to bring hope and encouragement to the christians in the middle east, who are caught in the middle of all the extremism that is going on there and suffering from violence and other problems. this is where christianity started. some of these people have families that trace their christian roots all the way to the apostles. and he wants to be there with them, praying with them, encouraging them in the hard times that they are experiencing. >> rabbi schneider, you will be traveling to israel this week, will there be any expectations? >> i believe it is a r
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reaffirmation. i'll be with pope francis at the wall. one picture is worth a thousand words and the symbolism of having the third pope, actually the fourth pope visiting, shows you the evolving relationship between the children of abraham. so the expectation is also, as you heard father, christian minorities are being persecuted in that part of the world. global antisemitism is a major concern. and pope francis has a gift of communicating. he has captured the world with that gift. so his presence in this area, where you have so much conflict,
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shows that religious leaders have a role to play in uniting people instead of dividing people. and i think another important message and we have to worry about what we teach our children. children aren't born with hatred. and i think that pope francis again has a gift to convey the importance of educating our children no to love and not to hate. >> father reese, christians are being targeted. what can pope francis say to hold the faith? >> first of all he can say that he understands what's going on, his heart is with them. for instance while he's in jordan, he -- you know they had a list of important people for him to meet. and he says i don't want to meet with the important people. i want to meet with refugees. so part of his visit will be to
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visit refugees and to be with them, to encourage them, to give them hope. you know, just his coming there brings attention to their plight. and this is -- this is part of his gift. to be with the marginalized, be with the poor, be with the refugees to embrace them and their cause. and he does that so beautifully and so wonderfully. and i think that will be the great encourage to the people, the christians in the holy land. >> and father, he'll be meeting with israeli president benjamin netanyahu. will it be political? >> he wants to move forward the peace process between israel and
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palestine. people have been trying to move that forward. diplomats have given up on it once again. but the pope is never going to give up. he knows that the route to reconciliation, the route to peace, is by a conversion of heart. where people recognize that they are brothers and sisters. that they share the same god. and that they can live much better at peace with one another. we want to see the day when religion is a force for peace rather than for division in the holy land and in the middle east. and i think that's what the pope is trying to help towards. >> and we should point out to our viewers, relations between the vatican and israel haven't always been smooth. in fact 1867, the church viewed the relationship as unthinkable. in 1984, pope piuus xii called
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for protection in holy places. it wasn't until 1993 that the vatican formally recognized the state of israel. pope francis in a sense carries less badg baggage because he's noneuropean. >> i think first of all in buenos aires, he has a close relationship with the jewish community. after the attack of the jewish community where so many innocent people perished, his message was clear against antisemitism. as i said, the relationship has evolved. there was a time before -- that's the turning point. the turning point really and i think father will agree, is john
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xxiii, r re reaffirmation. at a given point in history, there were difficulties and conflicts between -- but i think we have to prove as religious leaders today that we stand for peaceful co-existence and also stress that a crime perpetrated in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion. so i think in this sense, pope francis and i also must say i'm going to be -- will be at the holocaust memorial. i think his very presence, putting a wreath at that memorial site -- >> let me ask you, how would you measure his success on this trip? >> there are no instant solutions. you know, i attended with john
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paul ii, assisi. i attended with pope benedict, assisi. i think that's my conviction, his conviction, every conflict comes to an end. 100 years war, world war i, world war go, every war comes to an end. he's a messenger of peace and social justice. >> i want to ask you the same question father, how would you measure his success? >> if they get out of there without a disaster, they consider it a success. i think we have more hope for pope francis hscantily aplayses us. but i agree with rabbi, we can point people in the right
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direction. try to inspire reconciliation. but it is going to take the people in the middle east to work together, to put a side just like catholics and jews have, put aside the past and move forward into the future together. because it --fully other direction is just disastrous for us. and i think that's a message that he can bring. a efnlg in of hope a -- a message of hope, a message of reconciliation. he's not a miracle worker, it's not going to suddenly be solved. but he request push people forward and remind people that this is something we have to work on. >> pope francis has a greater tolerance if you will, a different view on gays and divorce. christians in the holy land still follow strict beliefs.
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>> this is not the issue in which the pope is concerned about. he told us not to obsess about these issues and to think these are going to be issues when he goes to the holy land is certainly obsessing about them. you know, we're talking about in the holy land is life or death. food or starvation. the children of various religions killing each other and hating each other. and as the rabbi said, how we educate the next generation. what kind of textbooks do they learn about christians and jews and muslims. what do they learn from their schools? these are the things that the pope is concerned about. and this is what the concerns of the people on the ground are. and that's what i think they want to hear him talk about, when he comes to the holy land. >> it is also significant, the meeting between the he can yo el patriarch, very close friend to
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work with and try to think about peace and reconciliation in former yugoslavia, southeastern europe. also a very, very spiritual leader dedicated to peaceful co-existence. and these two religious leaders, rome and con tant constantinopl. >> how historic that meeting was, that embrace of the pope and the patriarch. that put aside 900 years of antagonism. >> that's my point. every conflict comes to an end. >> we'll have to leave it there. father tom reese, rabbi arthur schneier. on tuesday, six states are holding primaries, on wednesday,
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the house foreign affairs committee will debate the humanitarian crisis in syria. and initial outlook for the 2014 atlantic hurricane season. still ahead, the aging american infrastructure, you've heard about bridges and roads, but about dams? and less than a month from the kickoff of the world cup.
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>> on techknow... >> i'm at the national wind institute, where they can create tornados... >> a greater understanding... >> we know how to design for the wind speeds, now we design for... >> avoiding future tragedies >> i want a shelter in every school. >> techknow every saturday, go where science, meets humanity. >> this is some of the best driving i've ever done, even though i can't see. >>techknow >> is there an enviromental urgency? only on al jazeera america >> welcome back. president obama urged congress this weekend to authorize funding to repair the nation's infrastructure, roads and bridges throughout the country are in need of desperate upgrades. but the president didn't include
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america's dams in his address. the average age of many of america's dams is 52 years. are al jazeera's allen schauffler has the story. >> there is a crack, a big crack. >> you can tell something's wrong. >> engineers now believe improperly cured concrete and mathematical errors during design and construction 55 years ago, led to weakness in the spillway which cracked along the seam because of the constantly pressure of all that water. >> a fracture that was 65 feet wide, gaping open about two inches with water flowing into it. so when we reduced that water elevation, it set that pier back in place. >> the lake level behind wanapum has been dropped nearly 30 feet.
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the summer tourist season, dependent on boating and fishing, are high and dry. reaching the lowered river, added a new pump and generator so he can water his crops. >> a lot of extra work and money. >> well, it is, you got have water so there's no getting around that. i've got water to my farm and that's awhat counts you know. >> the damming is operating below capacity with repair pegged at $60 million. new bedrock is needed across the entire stretch of spill ways not just the cracked one. grant county says it will be fall until the spillway is fixed. allen schauffler, al jazeera, vantage, washington. >> rebecca, dry conditions not
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good. >> montana, bringing a lot of rainfall and showers and thunderstorms. but these have become severe in eastern montana. reports of funnel clouds twice we've gotten these in the last two hours and wind and hail reports as well. in fact golf ball sized hail is entirely possible in these powerful storms. tracking across eastern montana but now we're going osee that risk continue into the evening through parts of wyoming and the dakotas. otherwise we are looking at drought area specifically california, arizona, new mexico, where we've been so dry without very much rainfall at all. and now this same storm system is going to be spinning its way down over the drought-ridden area and we are going to expect a lot of that rain evaporate into the air. when that rain evaporates, the cold heavy air crashes down
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causing heavy gusts. so if we get to lightning sparked with wildfires, the wind gusts will encourage that. wind gusts are still very strong in northern california because of this low pressure system but wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour in the inland veams of southern california. -- valleys of southern california. temperatures cooling for california. cool air to the west, cool air to the east, toasty warm in the midsections of the credit states, get ready for freezing temperatures, low to mid 30s. >> rebecca, thank you. we're just a few weeks from the start of the world cup in brazil but many are worried that stadiums are not ready for visitors. players and fans are giving one
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stadium a test run. >> i'm in the stadium in sao paulo where in a little over three wreaks time, the first match between the host brazil and croatia will kick off. what's going on now is a test match between the league sides, public transport being one of them, communication, crowd control, how telecommunications work, many other aspects to see how that will fit into place on june the 12th. it's a glorious stadium. it will be a lovely sporting arena. the only thing is, not everything is quite finished. thousands of seats have not benefited, building litter clutters the site. people we spoke to don't know what's going on, don't know where anything is, we have a big problem here and just a little
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over three weeks to, we must have faith, they don't have faith in the authorities. what they're all saying is they have faith in god. >> coming up next on al jazeera america, they are a gateway to america, how museums are changing to appeal to children.
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>> welcome back. museums are a gateway to our past but these institutions are also trying to work ahead to the future. on international museum day, many museums are focused on figuring out how to make younger can americans engaged. alexi reports. >> who committed this murder is a mystery. hidden in the petrie museum's are archives. young americans are credit notably absent in the museum going population. while museums are once full of
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glass case and silence with touching forbidden, now whiz bang technology and even live hack at tha --habitat. about 5.5 million people visit the natural history museum every year. that's about 22,000 a day. museums like it around the world still a battle to keep the youngsters interested. britain's government sponsors as many as national museum, but in return they have to draw a wide audience. >> the amazing opportunity to meet scientists, to see some of the nearly 80 million specimens behind the scenes, get their hands on those objects with handling activities. >> across london, there's plearnlt to settle on the cutty
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sark. ravaged by fire in twif, its director says -- -- in 2007, its director says, why it's more than that. >> we do tracking surveys, we do focus group work, to try and get a sense of what people want. >> research, a key part of a museum's arsenal, to keep an ever-changing audience coming back for more. alex o'brien, al jazeera, london. people in the nation's capitol got a look at what it's really like to lift off in a jet pack. >> three two one! >> the device uses hydrogen and nitrogen to get airborne and because the demonstration happened so close to the white house, organizers had to get special clearance from the faa. looks like fun. thanks for joining us. that will do it for this hour.
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i'm thomas drayton in new york. the premier of the system with joe berlinger starts right now. thanks for watching. >> can you tell me about the day that the police came to your door, and started talking to you... is that something you can talk about?