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martinez, whose son died in the santa barbara shootings last week. >> after a week dominated by the veteran's affairs scandal and topped by two high profile regular he's nations. president obama tried to change the dialogue in his weekly address today. he turned the conversation to climate change. the president proposed regulations would substantially cut carbon emissions. randall pinkston is in washington, d.c. president obama's proposal is going to hit the industry in a big way. what is he planning to do. >> reporter: it is said to be the biggest single source of emissions. in today's address the president
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address what he is sure to be getting from main of his critics. >> special interests will claim that these guidelines will kill jobs and crush the economy. let's face it. that's what they always say. but every time america has set clear rules and better standards for our air and water and our children's health the naysayers have been wrong. they said acid rain poisoning our lakes would kill business. it didn't. the air became cleaner, acid rain was cleaned out and it didn't hurt our economy. >> what is the response to all this. >> reporter: the critics are already out there. the response coupling from mike enzi who said the president's plan will cost 800,000 jobs.
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>> if it succeeds in death by regulation we'll all be paying a lot more money for electricity if we can get it. our pocketbook will be lighter but our country will be darker. it's death by delay for the keystone pipeline. we all want clean air and clean water. we don't want costly regulations that make little or no difference. >> the president points out that the new rules regarding th from the epa regarding coal firepower plants, the cap and trade which was pioneered by republican governor named mitt romney and another named arnold schwarzenegger. >> i heard of both of them. members of congress were calling for the head of veteran's affairs to resign in the wake of the scandal. the president seemed to stand by
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him, and erik shinseki insisted that he would stay on the job, but that changed yesterday. what happened? >> reporter: well, first of all we had the interim report about the phoenix report from the v.a. center where 1700 veterans didn't even have an appointment and was still waiting. the same facility where there is the accusation that is not proven yet that 40 veterans died. and then you have the report from veteran secretary erik shinseki that the same problem exists in many v.a. medical centers across the country. the president left the window open last week when asked if he would fire shinseki, and he said as long as he's doing a good job, there wasn't a reason for him to leave.
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but shinseki resigned saying he would be too much distraction and get in the way of the v.a. getting fixed. >> defense secretary chuck hagel spoke, and one chinese official said if you treat china as the enemy, china will become the enemy of the u.s. >> secretary of defense chuck hagel using blunt language in dealing with china, and what he sees as possible destabilization of the region when china is dealing with territorial disputes. he thinks what they're doing is something that could impact the international opportunity. >> china has called the south china sea a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation. that's what it should be. but in recent months china has undertaken destabilizing unilateral actions asserting it's claims in the south china
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sea. >> the broad bed disputes in southeast asia and the china sea. he talks about thailand and the military coup and what that could mean to the population in tie. >> and we also respond when nations retreat from democracy, as in thailand. we urge the royal thai army to release those who have been detained in restrictions of free expression and move immediately to restore power back to thailand through free and fair elections. >> secretary hagel went on to underline the pivot or rebalancing to asia as it draws down forces in afghanistan and earlier in iraq. they're looking at the united states to have a bigger footprint in the region includes diplomatically and militarily and underlined the shifting the forces.
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60% of air force and navy will operate in just six years. >> a truck loaded with explosi explosives blew up a restaurant frequented by government officials. it was blown up by an american. his photo appears in an online video purport to go show the bombing. it's believed the first time an american has carried out this kind of attack in syria. the police have arrested a third suspect in the gang rape and murder of two cousins, both found hanging in from a tree in india. state officials have also fired two officers for ignoring a report from a father of one of the victims. the killing of the 14 and
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15-year-old girls has sparked national outrage in india. human rights active its say rape is not taken seriously by indian officials. well, mexico has a new weapon in its fight against crime. police have launched a new helicopter service to cut rising crime rates. the officers are putting the new tools to use. >> reporter: it's the eye in the sky. latest effort by police in the state of mexico to hunt down and capture criminals. from hundreds of meters above these police officers monitor neighborhoods for suspicious activity. >> before we started these fliers, criminals would escape. they would scale walls and rooftops and get away. then it would be too late. but know with these helicopters we can arrest them. >> reporter: the pilots are in constant radio contact. they monitor city streets with the help of hundreds of security cameras. whenever they suspect a crime
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the pilots are called in to back up the operation. homicide are down 12% on a national level, but not in the state of mexico. in the first two months of the year murders rose from 303 to 374. extortions and kidnappings are also up dramatically. some government officials believe the spike in violence could be the result of cartels looking for new territory as the government tries to push them out in the neighboring state. the surge in crime worries mayors like this one who approved the plan to use else. >> we're seeing killings and kidnappings that we didn't see before in the state of mexico. we're trying to take those preventive measures so it doesn't spread to other cities. cities. >> reporter: extra boots on the ground may not be enough to curve the violence.
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>> it is important for the federation to help out the state of mexico government. because on the one hand federal forces are well trained, well paid, and well organized, and they work well together. offer, the only way that crime levels in the state of mexico will fall in the medium and long term is through the reform of municipal and state police departments, especially through the judiciary. >> reporter: for these officers fighting crime from the sky not only gives them a new perspective but also a powerful tool that they hope will eventually make their city safer. al jazeera, the state of mexico. >> in the state of doneskt pro-russian protesters have taken to the streets after a week of fighting. dozens of rebels were killed in clashes, and an army helicopter was down by rebels, killing 14 more. ukrainians voted for petro as
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it's new president. tourists have rated moscow low. >> reporter: it is not popular pore globe trotters. in taxis, value for money and value for hotels, moscow came in 37th in urban destinations. i admit there are challenges. for one, the alphabet. and then the almost constant d
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diabolical traffic. how are you supposed to get across. and new york's great restaurant and nightlife propelled it to second and barcelona came in third. with so many seemingly superior destinations we were surprised to find any tourists on moscow's red square at all. >> most people were friendly, tried to speak english as much as they can. >> we stayed outside the city area. and it was depressing, especially with this weather, but in the inner circle everything changes. everybody is nice. you see people cleaning and it's beautiful here. >> reporter: soviet communism was suspicious of outsiders, and russia had 74 years of it. that's a difficult legacy to
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overcome. but revamped parks are making moscow's urban landscape for attractive, and the i don't thinker generation is doing it's best to help. >> not too many people speak english. that's the main problem. people in russia have started traveling also, so we have tourist who is come to moscow. >> reporter: moscow may not be the easiest destination for foreigners, but it is improving. and anyway, who said travel was supposed to be easy. al jazeera, moscow. >> well, a volcano in indonesia has erupted spreading volcanic ash up to 1,864 miles away. it has been spewing ash since friday. life throughout the indonesia bali has been canceled, and it could be days before services return to normal. the volcano was one of the many active volcanos in indonesia. now that volcano in indonesia is also causing chaos over the
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skies in australia. the flights in and out of darwin were canceled due to volcanic ash. hundreds of passengers have been effected but officials say it's unclear when flights will resume locally. police in california have launched an internal investigation into the handling of eliott roger. roger is th wases responsible for the six killings in southern california. earlier today i spoke with richard martinez. his son was among the victims. he told me that this tragedy is proof that better gun laws are needed. >> if you're a farmer or rancher living in wyoming, you got cattle, you need a raffle. you got wolves, that will kill your sheep, it's a tool and
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appropriate tool for the purpose, the need that the person has. i don't even have a problem with people owning a handgun if they feel the need for self protection in their home. i don't have a problem with that. but you don't need three guns. you don't need 400 rounds. you don't need a rainfal rifle in the city. it serves no purpose. we don't let people keep nuclear bombs in their basements, why? because it's not reasonable. >> when the deputies spoke with eliott they said they had to reason to suspect he posed a threat to himself or anybody else. coming up al jazeera america, people fight to keep their homes. >> the most sought after item in the united states. i'll tell what the smart phone industry could do to stop them.
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>> welcome back. since the 1940s. the complex in new york city has been home to thousands and it will stay affordable is in doubt. there are signs of a potential doubt of a property, and tenants are trying to stop that from happening. mary snow explains it's not just about middle class. >> we already have 32-- >> gearing up for a fight to hold on to the a refuge for the middle class in new york city. at stake, stuyvesant town peter cooper village along the manhattan's east river. but with fears of a potential sale steinberg and fellow tenants worry that the affordable housing that has allowed them to live here for
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decades will be wiped out. >> we're fighting for everyone who lives here. >> reporter: steinberg, who is 67, and retired pays a little more than $1,300 in monthly rent, about half the cost of market rate. regulated rents by the city are the hallmark of stuyvesant town built in 1947 for world war ii veterans developed by metlife with the city's help. owners have changed hands over the years, deregulating rents for some of the tenants and deregulating more rents will be the priority for new owners. >> it's a certain. how quickly they can do so. >> reporter: in 1986 this complex sold for $5.4 billion. but the buyers eventually ran out of money, and lenders took control. >> they thought they could raise
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rents more quickly than most people have ever done. >> reporter: the developers and blac black rock in that deal that field. capital is now in control of the complex. in the meantime bloomberg reports fo fortress investment group is preparing a bid. one urban development expert said stakes are high for new york city if stuyvesant town and peter cooper village lose their availability. >> i don't want to sound dramatic, but it is dramatic. we've been losing middle class housing for several years. >> reporter: as for stuyvesant town peter cooper tenants, their hope rests on mayor de blasio.
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>> stuyvesant town is the poverty child. >> reporter: mary snow, al jazeera. >> committing a crime for a smart phone is becoming more common in new york city. installing a theft in the phone. >> she was care mat tic charismatic. very funny. >> reporter: her sister megan, a 23-year-old with lots of friends, a passion for volleyball and a zest for life. megan was killed during an increasingly common crime, targeted for her iphone as she walked down a st. louis street in broad daylight talking to her mother. >> we now know it was a couple
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of 15-year-olds driving around looking to commit a robbery. they saw her talking on her phone. all of a sudden my mom just heard a gasp, and then some shuffling sounds and then the phone went dead. >> reporter: according to federal communications commission 40% of all robberies in large cities involve cellphones. 3million devices were stolen in the united states last year alone. >> annie. >> annie and her family have joined forces with law enforcement to convince smart phone makers and carriers to install kill switches that can render a stolen phone useless. >> reporter: the industry has fought back saying it could make phones vulnerable to hawkers, it could cost the industry millions of dollars in revenue, but public pressure is mounting. major industry players have agreed to include free anti-theft switches in the
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phones. but there is a catch. you have to activate the switch before it's stolen. >> thieves won't want your phone if it's a useless piece of plastic moments after it's reported stolen. well, this is a great deterrent. if it's something that's opted in, maybe that thief has the chance that you didn't take the time to set it up. >> reporter: annie said the kill switch should be automatic. >> if it's something that can save a life, it absolutely has to be implemented. >> reporter: to stop what is not a victimless crime. kristin saloomey, al jazeera new york. >> in three days apple's developer conference will begin in san francisco. the company has made its biggest rumor official saying it has acquired beat headphones for $3 billion, but it's expected to announce updates to its ios system and possibly review a new iphone. coming up on
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al jazeera america, it's not your normal scavenger hunt. i'll tell you about the big pay out next.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john henry smith. here are today's headlines. police have arrested a third suspect in the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls in northern india. six men including six police officers have been arrested. other two officers were fired for not investigating the case. chuck hagel's response in china has prompted a stern response were beijing. a chinese general responded telling the wall street journal, quote, if you take china as an enemy, china will absolutely become the enemy of the u.s. after a week dominated by veteran affairs scandal. president obama tried to change the dialogue to climate change today. the president proposed a set of regulations that will cut carbon
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emissions by 25% but would be a blow to the coal industry. the price of your cup of joe could go up. a change of weather is causing coffee plants to die in guatemala. a fungus is marks leaves with a rust causing them to fall off. there is no cure for the fungus, and a warm climate is expected to persist. last month the price of coffee hit a two-year high. >> good saturday to you. i'm meteorologist eboni deon. we have wet and stormy conditions as high pressure builds. we're dealing with a lot of moisture coming off the gulf of mexico. really pumping up that gulf of mexico moisture all the way into parts of the upper midwest where that moisture is interacting with an area of low pressure. we're dealing with a frontal
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boundary that is stalling out here. a lot of rain and threat of strong to severe storms. right now most of the rain has been over louisiana. as we head a little further north we've been watching the rain across i-80 and heavier rain moving into western areas of cans. as we track this wet weather throughout the day you have to keep an eye out across central and northern portions o minnesota and wisconsin. we could see two to three inches in those localized areas and that could cause flooding. keep that in mind. damaging winds and large hail will be a good bet and a few isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out. so pretty active weather. we've been watching this
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flare-up of storms around new orleans throughout the morning. it's still raining there. keep in mind many areas have dealt with from two and a half to six inches of rainfall within the last few days. and now additional one to two inch rains could increase that flash flooding threat. a number of areas along the gulf coast as well as biloxi, watch out for that in low lying areas. in the tropics, it's quiet in the atlantic now but hurricane season starts tomorrow and we'll watch this area of weather off to the west of guatemala. >> thanks. i think we can all agree finding money on the ground is great. and it's even better when someone tells you where to look. tweeting the lotions of up to $1,000 a day in hidden bills. he's using the twitter handle hidden cash.
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the philanthropist is hoping that his generosity will help others to do the same. thanks for watching. i'm john henry smith. head to >> it didn't take long. >> it didn't take long. just a matters of days after the just a matters of days after the president publicly supported the president publicly supported the secretary of veteran's affairs secretary of veteran's affairs an efforts to fix the problems an efforts to fix the problems in the medical care, erik in the medical care, erik shinseki is out. shinseki is out. that's the inside story. that's the inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. >> hello, i'm ray suarez. the veteran's administration the veteran's administration medical system was overwhelm medical system was overwhelm with new cases from with new cases from america's america's recent wars and the needs of recent wars and the needs of vietnam vets well into the vietnam vets well into the highest needs highest needs