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ruling against him stands, the estuary, but some of their cultural history will be lost. hi everyone this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> in court - the boston bombing suspect faces potential jurors faces a look at lone wolf attacks black brunch - protesters take a new approach to plagued awareness about unarmed african-americans killed by police. back on track... >> we'd be connecting california together. >> california's high speed train
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project. is it worth the $68 billion price tag? and portraits in music - from louie armstrong to bob dylan and janice joplin the fe and work of art king he's using foms kill americans. -- bombs to kill americans, three died in the boston marathon more than 62 were wounded. today, dzhokhar tsarnaev came face to face with jurors who could decide his hate. more than 1,000 from the boston area are in the jury pool. dzhokhar tsarnaev's attorney said it means he can't get a fair trial. here is john terrett. >> dzhokhar tsarnaev's defense attorney asked for the start of the trial to be delayed and moved away from boston. they were both denied.
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choosing the jury for the trial could take several weeks. >> reporter: to his accusers dzhokhar tsarnaev confessed to the boston bombing in a handwritten note found in a bike. security footage showed him leaving a back pack close to a young victim the youngest to die. to the defenders, dzhokhar tsarnaev is the victim of an overbearing elder brother, now dead who they say intimidate him into taking part in the attack. almost two years on and boston is a city that wants the trial to start and be over. can the youngest dzhokhar tsarnaev get a fair trial in a city where he's accused of injuring more than 262 people and killing three. the defense team lobbied to move it out of the city like the 1997 trial of oklahoma city bomber timothy mcvay, held in denver
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colorado. former federal prosecutor says picking a jury from the pool of 3,000 people may seem onerous, but it's not impossible. not everyone watched 24 hour cable news. >> there's a lot of people who don't watch the new, they know of the bombing but know nothing about it. the question is whether or not those people can put aside what they know and be fair and render a verdict based on the facts as they find them and laws as given by the judge. >> reporter: jury selection is expected to take several seeks. dzhokhar tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all 30 federal charges against him. if found guilty on any one, a second hearing will be held to determine if he should be put to death. among dzhokhar tsarnaev's defense team attorney julie clark, who saved others from the death penally, including the unibomber and the olympic park
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bomber eric rudolph. >> john terrett reporting. prosecutors say dzhokhar tsarnaev and his brother were not affiliated with any group. they are not the first people accused of using violence to make a political point. paul beban takes a closer look at the lone-wolf attackers. >> that right. when the individuals act alone, they are nearly impossible to identify or investigate because they are anonymous. they are hiding in plain sight, not drawing attention to themselves until they act. >> taking no orders following no commanders tactics, methods and goals their own. the only thing all lone wolves have in common is that they act alone. >> they are not on anyone's radar. they are not using traditional channels of communication to communicate with other cell members. you don't have the ability to infiltrate organizations. >> theodore a uni bomber a
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paranoid schizophrenic, his male bombs killing three, wounding two dozen more. timothy mcvay, a war vet, killed 178 and injured 600 with a truck bomb in oklahoma city. eric rudolph killed two, injuring 11 more in a series of bombings abortion clinics, gay nightclubs and 1996 atlanta olympics. eric frein, a survivalist with a grudge against law enforcement shot two it troopers and eric frein evaded capture for two months. the threat is not unique to the united states. lone wolves struck for all kinds of reasons, all around the world - europe asia the middle east and africa in the west since september 11th the overriding fear has been lone-wolf home-grown attackers, driven by the idea that the u.s.
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is at war with islam. i.s.i.s. released videos calling for supporters over the world to kill americans or europeans any way they can. al qaeda preached similar tactics. dzhokhar tsarnaev said he and his brother were motivated by the notion of war between islam and america. in may 2, 0132 british born muslim converts killed a british soldier in london. a muslim convert attacked four new york city police officers with a hatchet before being gunned down. two attacks in canada in october were carried out by men who converted to islam, and in december, in sydney australia, a gunman held 10 people hostage in a cafe forcing them to hold up a flag in the window. in virtually all lone-wolf cases there are questions about the attackers mental health and social isolation, that can make
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them more difficult to detect. >> law enforcement can't arrest someone for thinking violent radical thought or being a suspicious loner. >> typically you don't have a shot at identifying them until they do the pre attack - i guess the preparatory work because surveillance. a view try runs. >> dry runs before turning plans into action. by the time lone wolves do that it's too late to stop them. intelligence about a suspect is not enough. in 2011 russia advised the fbi and the c.i.a. that the elder dzhokhar tsarnaev brother was a person that should be monitored. looks like an opportunity missed. >> absolutely. >> to the other big story, oil prices are at their lowest point in five years. good news for drivers, but around the world it can have a
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destabilizing effect. >> a free fall with no end in sight. the cost of the crude below $50 a barrel ex stocks took a hit, the do you closing down 330 points. oil is cheap, because there's a worldwide glut that could wreak economic havoc and redraw lines of power. global oil production is spiking. russia hit a record. iraq oil production is at the highest point since 1980. in the united states output levels are higher than they have been for 30 years. o.p.e.c. heavy hitters, saudi arabia continued to put the price of crude oil, fuelling speculation the kingdom is using pricing to wield political pressure in the region. u.s. oil producers are cutting spending. the national average price of the gallon is down to $2.20.
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that's more than a dollar lower than a year ago. as great as low gasoline and oil prices are, it could be problematic. i talked to ali velshi. >> at some point, oil at this price, and we have seen it it's not inconceivable. lower prices of oil. the problem is easy oil. there's not much oil. the kind you get in texas, where you drill a whole and the oil comes out. >> it's in a deep see n shale or canada, locked in the oil sands. it takes energy to create the oil, natural gas. it is more expensive. a lot of people say without a 6 or seven in front of the price of oil. a lot of companies will shut down reducing supply. so that is the problem. you can't sustain the type of oil the world uses at 50 or 40.
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>> we'll just if that's the price of oil. we'll figure it out. a lot is thrown out of work. most people say oil needs to be at least in the high '60s as high as 80 to keep the oil. >> it dropped fast. how long could it take to rise? >> most people i talked to don't think it stays low, but it could go lower before it goes up. assuming you think oil will settle at 60 or higher you may have to go through 40 and 30 to get there. there's nobody i'm talking to who says that this is ridiculous and oil will not go lower. this went below 50 bucks, no one expected that to happen. it's a mug's game i've gotten used to not figuring out the prices. >> that's ali velshi watch ali velshi 7 eastern and 4 pacific washington a changing of the guard on capitol hill. tuesday, the 114th session of
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congress begins. for the first time since 2006 the g.o.p. will have control of the house and the senate. libby casey is in washington at the white house with more. >> john republicans have been riding a wave of confidence since midterm elections. now they get down to the tough work of governing and will have to decide which issues to fight for. republicans have a hefty to-do list as they take control of congress. first up approving construction of the keystone pipeline. it's already passed the house multiple times, the white house won't say how the president will react to a keystone bill crossing his desk. there are other priorities the president will veto. >> look you know he obviously doubled down in defending obama care which is a terrible piece of legislation. we'll vote on that if we can put either repeal or take out
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pieces of it like you know destroying the 40 hour work week the medical device tax, the individual mandate. >> incoming senate majority leader mitch mcconnell will lead a caucus of 54 republicans, not enough to overcome a filibuster much less a presidential veto. he'll need white house support, and may find it on corporate tax reform or trade deals with issue and europe. the biggest tool - control of the burst strings. they plan to use funding for the department of homeland security to block the president's actions on immigration. it's a goal of conservatives who say g.o.p. leadership should pivot the election. top house republican john boehner faces his first test in 2015, and is expected to win a third term as speaker. not without push back. it may be a battle in the gst op
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congress -- g.o.p. congress. >> expect the battles to be not just about agenda but style. mitch mcconnell trying to set a toll. to gain american confidence so the republicans can keep the house in the senate, and maybe send one of their own to the white house in 2016. >> libby casey reporting. >> watch the special report on the new congress tomorrow - 8:30 eastern, and again at 11:30. >> congress and the white house considering cutting aid to the palestinians, an effort led by palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas, to join the international criminal court. mahmoud abbas hopes to bring war crimes against israel. under u.s. law it means the elimination of 400 million in aids to the palestinian authority. president obama hosts the leader of mexico at the white house. the trip coming as the mexican president peno nieto tiles with
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a number of issues unsolved murders of college students. and a strategy that is not paying off - david mercer reports. >> reporter: it's early saturday and this man opensities tortilla shop. his business is located in one of mexico city's wealthiest areas, he rarely earns $300 a month. he struggles to support his family, and with customers buying fewer tortillas than ever life is harder. >> translation: the minimum wage is about $4.50 per day. it's not enough. we have to pay rent transportation, food school supplies, shoes, clothes, everything we need. the minimum wage is not enough. >> with sluggish growth and a weakened pay load.
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they need an economic boost. >> it's a message that the mexican president will bring to washington when he meets with the u.s. president obama. economic cooperation could take a back seat to a pressing issue. >> the meeting with president obama comes at a crucial point in his political career. the popularity dropped to 40%, the lowest approval for a mexican president in two decades. when the leaders met in 2014 the u.s. praised mexico's energy reforms and the capture of drug bosses. in late september '43 students disappeared in sworn mexico. the case became a symbol of systematic corruption and violence, and mexicans call on peno nieto to step down. despite assistance from the
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federal bureau of investigation, the students are still missing. analysts say security is likely to take top spot during the president's meeting. >> obama will say to peno nieto "you're going have to make changes to your cabinet to improve human rights and the rule of law" if you are not able to do it we'll look for someone who can. >> reporter: with mexican congressional elections pen yen yetta was teen to restore credibility. what is less clear is what his visit to washington will have on millions of mexicans back in the united states the flu season is getting worse. according to the center for disease control, cases are widespread in 43 states. you see it in the red. the highest levels of illness are there.
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last month the c.d.c. warned that it does not protect against a common strain but officials recommend getting a shot. doctors in nebraska's medical center are monitoring a patient for ebola. the american health care workers was exposed working in sierra leone. the patient has not tested positive for ebola, but officials say they are taking every possible precourse. >> reporter: an american healthcare worker exposed to the virus arrived at the airfield. taken by ambulance by the police air force, tested for the disease. >> even though he or she has not shown any symptom of the virus, patients will spend 21 address in a bio-containment unit. >> reporter: the hospital treated three patients since
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september. they came to omaha gravely il and dr sallia died. in west africa the ebola outbreak claimed 8,000 lives. liberia had the highest death toll guinea and sierra leone account for more than 45-00 killed by the virus. the outgoing chief is hopeful the disease could be wiped out by the end of next year. >> it's going to go on for not just weeks but months more. we believe we will do it in 2015 end ebola in 2015. and we are going to do it by working closely not just with governments of the countries, but the communities. >> reporter: part of the effort overseen by u.s. troops and workers like these on the front lines in guinea.
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>> the way to fight the virus is to make sure we can bring the best social mobilization and money in that respect is paramount to succeed in fighting the virus. >> and that means packing stacks of cash into these cases and loading them into trunks that money to be delivered into fighting the epidemic. we need to make sure everyone involved is motivated and paid on time in the travel against the virus. in the case of this the operation was to supply payment for indemnity, for the person or retreatment centers. they are the ones treating the patients. we had to make sure all the people would get the money on time. >> bitter cold is beginning to blanket much of the country, and a snow storm threatens the mid west. rebecca stevenson is here with more on that. where is the freezing weather
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coming from? i guess the north? >> that is one place. as we go back to where it started, we have the liberia plateau, it's minus 51 today. it's where the storm track is sitting, where the air mask is. the storm mask goes up to the north pole. grab the cold dry air and drop into the united states. in the end, we are getting a little bit of moderation from minus 51 but are seeing temperatures dropped down in parts of southern canada minus 17. you can see the high temperatures 1 degree from minneapolis. they'll see the temperatures getting colder. >> the midwest has been hammered harder than the north-east. >> definitely. >> the pattern will continue. >> the pattern will continue all the way through the weekend. and we'll see the wind chills that's what can freeze the skin
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so the fast when the win kicks in with the cold temperatures. highs will not be that much warmer. tomorrow as we look at the chicago high temperature, 13 degrees, and it's interesting when you consider that the polar vortex january 6th, 2014 was the last time chicago had a sub zero high. now we are looking for high pressure potentially hitting record high pressure in some areas into the north midwest, making people get headaches, migraines and arthritis from the high pressure. >> winter has arrived. >> yes, it has. >> it was tragic day for the u.s. ski team. two junior members killed in an avalanche in the austrian alps near soden australia. the victims identified as 20-year-old ronnie burr lack and 19-year-old bryce astle.
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four other skiers with them escape the the avalanche next - the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. we'll hear from the first openly gay navy seal. back on site. construction on california's bullet train starts soon after a 2-year delay. [[vo]] an america tonight in-depth series. >>my first column was, “hey, where are the weed-smoking moms at?” [[vo]] one year legal. >>i'd try chem 4, alien dog, and girl scout cookies. [[vo]] and it's become big business. >>the state of colorado is profiting immensely off of this. [[vo]] now, we cut through the smoke and find out what's really going on. >>we can show marijuana is leaving colorado. [[vo]] the highs and lows of a year on pot.
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same-sex couples can get married in florida. the first wedding happened in miami, hours after a court ruling that put an end to the state's ban. it makes florida the 36th state to make gay marriage legal. the same-sex marriage debate rages. we want to bring the story of brett jones, the first openly gay navy seal and has a lot to say about his life in the military in now.
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he was outed while serving the country under the don't ask, don't tell policy. in the first perp report he talks -- person report he talks about his experience. >> i joined the navy in 1993. as a navy seal i did two deployments overseas. it was the best job i had. i had known i was gay since i was 6 years old. i was out of the closet before joining the navy. upped the policy i had -- under the policy i had to keep it a secret. i wouldn't talk about my sexuality at work which proved to be difficult at times, because the seal community is such a close-knit one. i believe the culture within the teams is generally homophobic. i was terrified that my seal brothers would find out. i thought when they did, it would be something really bad. and so there would be times when i would have to - i would have to do a bit of lying when it came to the girlfriend department. the military found out i was gay
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when i left a message on my boyfriend's answering machine. he was in the navy and he had somebody that worked for him listening in to his messages. she heard it she reported it. the navy launched an investigation into my sexuality that lasted several months. during the investigation i certainly felt that i was sort of bullied. it was a horrible time. once my brothers found out i was gay, they were amazing. they came by the house with pizza and beer and do little things to cheer me up. i worked hard to become a navy seal. i was a good one. it hurt. it felt as if my family was being ripped away from me. the investigation entailed them discovering that we had bought a house and car together had gone on vacation together. they tried every way to get us to admit it. eventually we decided that we
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needed to get out of the military, and we received an honourable discharge. i would like to live to the day to see where it's not a front page news when somebody comes out. when a gay cr or athlete or navy seal comes out. that it's just - okay he's gay. and nobody really cares about that. they care about more important things. >> and you can read more in his book - pride, the story of the first openly gay navy seal. >> next protesting the police - in restaurants from one coast to the other. we talk to two participants of the so-called black brunch the controversy sounding chris christie over the dallas cowboys. also... >> there's a sinking feeling in and under the streets of old town seattle. i'm allen schauffler checking in on the tunnelling project that has stopped dead and is causing
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welcome back to al jazeera america i'm john seigenthaler. coming up, one of the grand jurors in the michael brown case wants to tell all and is filing a lawsuit so make it happen full speed ahead for the california bullet train remembering iconic photography - the photography of art king. more controversy tonight surrounding ferguson, missouri. a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer darren wilson in the shooting death of michael brown sparked rioting in november. now a member of that grand jury is suing to be allowed to speak about the deliberations. diane eastabrook has details. >> the american civil liberties
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union of mississippi filed the complaint in federal court on behalf of the jur. the case is -- joouror. the says is unusual because it involves public debate. not allowing the juror to speak is a violation of his first amendment and a form of amendment. >> this is just about this case unique facts and circumstances where, for instance there's no need for secrecy. we know the tart of the investigation was darren wilson as opposed to that you have a need for informed debate with complete information. is the grand jury the right way to deal with it. the public has to be able to have full and complete pictures. elected officials can pass the laws. this complaint only applies to jurors, or anyone else upstairs
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on any other gruries in the state of the missouri much. >> thank you. there's reports that two new york city police officers have been shot. the reports say they were shot in the bronx by an armed robbery suspect, and the manhunt is under way. the condition of the officers is unknown. they are being treated at a hospital in new york. this comes as the city's mayor tries to repair his relationship with the n.y.p.d. major bill del blasio praised the department for reducing crime in the city and claimed that police officers who continued their protests against him are hurting the families of their fallen comrades. roxana saberi reports. >> the mayor wanted to focus on record-low crime statistics he and the police fielded questions about tensions between the n.y.p.d. and the mayor. >> reporter: a day after officers turned their backs to
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protest mayor bill de blasio at the funeral of a fellow officer, he and the city's police commissioner expressed disappointment. >> it was in relation to the families that lost their loved one. i can't understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that. i don't understand it. i'm sorry. i do not understand that. what was the need in the middle of that to engage in a political access. i don't get it. >> tensions between the mayor and the n.y.p.d. have been running high in recent weeks. many officers feel bill de blasio sided with protesters who took it the streets, after a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer. the protesters accused police of racial violence. the mayor said he warned his bi-racial son about the dangers of the police encounters. bill de blasio tried to diffuse
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tensions. >> my thought today is that actions speak louder than words, and time will tell. >> reporter: the police commissioner admits the essential, protests and two funerals led to a slow down in arrest. >> we had things impacting on activity levels. the crime numbers continued to grow in the city. >> reporter: comments came after protesters called for records in eric garner's grand jury hearing to be made public. four groups filed petitions. information that is usually kept secret. the distribute attorney who handled the eric garner case said while the public's thirst for information relating to the matter is palpable and understandable. satisfying the thirst would impair the effectiveness for the
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proceedings. a judge will hear arguments for and against disclosing the proceedings later this monday a twist to the sit-ins of the 1960s, protests were taken to new york restaurant on sunday. mostly african-american celebrators briefly interrupted patrons. they read aloud the names of african-americans killed by police. similar protests in oakland california. black brunch participants are in our studio. welcome to both of you. nice to see you. thanks for being here. what is a black brunch? >> a black brunch is an action that african-americans can use to go into restaurants during brunch. it's a tool for... >> yes,really a tool - go ahead.
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>> it's a tool for healing. around the lives that have been lost as well as plaguing awareness, and getting people to stand up and join us. >> so you did it in new york. >> where. >> on the lower eid site. midtown. >> what was the reaction. >> there are various reactions. after we say the names and a few facts, we ask people to stand up for freedom and justice. and in a number of places we had people to stand up and plagued... >> there were a number of tweets, pictures there, and - sometimes people are with you, sometimes they looked uncomfortable. is that the idea? >> absolutely in some senses. we want people to take a minute.
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people felt inconvenians. >> why brunch? >> brunch is a meal that people have who have the leisure to sit and have the finances to go and have brunch right, and so it is symbolic of white privilege, and we chose the meal because while people are having brunch friends and family are shot in the street. >> i'm going to assume restaurant owners were not too happy about this. >> no they weren't. the point is disruption. saying you will be uncomfortable for 4.5 minutes, symbol icing the 4.5 hours that michael brown was in the street. you'll be uncomfortable, because we are uncomfortable every day of our lives. we are going to be uncomfortable, no one should be spared. this is one country.
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>> are you willing to be arrested for this? >> i haven't been so far. personally i might be willing to be. >> during the 1960s sit-in movement. there were a lot of people arrested for sitting at lunch counters. >> and my mother among them. for this action it was specifically designed to be non-arrestable. in the iteration of our civil rights movement we have a lot of allies and we are working with them to put their bodies on the line, and seeing that for african-americans, we are under threat of being arrested all the time. we are trying to see these actions, not get arrested unless they are making a choice to do so. >> so you think you are making a
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difference? >> i believe i'm making a difference. we think more and more officers are speaking out. we see this issue being on people's minds. this has been going on for a long time. this is jim crow you know we vamped. mass incarceration has been going on for a while. so the fact that we are having this conversation is a sign that it's working. >> do you see it growing. there's a movement. other cities are thinking about doing it. do you want it to grow. brunch today, dinner tomorrow. where are you headed? >> i think absolutely again, black brunch is a tool kit, and it's a model that people can replicate in their own cities. that will grow we hope in more cities. it's one tactic out of many. we believe in the diversity of
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tactics. >> you sound very respectable, respectful to the people that you approach. is that the way it work or does it get tense? >> i mean when it did get tense, it was people, you know owners who sort of were aggressive towards us put their hands on us. shouted ex-pleatives at us. we are following and away in the footsteps of previous and civil rights people who are nonviolent, meaning that we are going to go into the spaces hold the spaces. we are not - we not a movement. >> good to see both of you, thank you very much in new york jury selection begins in one of the country's famous missing trial ace. et eton packs vanished while walking to school.
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it helped to ignite the missing child movement. the suspect allegedly admitting to killing the boy in 2012. his defense attorney said he had nothing to do with the disappearance a wake was held in new york city or mario cuomo. he died in manhattan, he was 82 years old. his son, governor andrew cuomo was inaugurated the same day was his father's death a statement made about a presidential run. chris christie gets the shaft when he goes for a high five and sarah palin is head to head with him mike hucklebee announced he's looking at a 2016 presidential campaign he won the iowa caucuses and ran out of
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money and organizations to keep up in the primary against john mccain. until saturday night hucklebee had a show on fox news. not any more. >> there has been a great deal of speculation as to whether i was to run for president. if i were to rule it out i could keep doing this car. i can't make such a declaration. i will not make is decision about running until late in the spring of 2015. the continued chatter put fox news into a position that is not fair to them. >> hubbing has a lot of -- hucklebee has a lot of goodwill with socially conservative voters. more moderate voters are supposed to be in the camp of chris christie. that was before the weekend. the new jersey governor is friends with jerry jones. at a crucial moment in the game chris christie went in for a double hi five. rejected and awkward.
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according to c.b.s. bonus point to christy wearing the same outfit as fat albert. chris christie's brother wrote: welcome to national politics. finally, remember sarah palin? republican party's 2008 vice presidential nominee posted a picture on facebook that she thought was amusing, showing treg using the family dog as a step stool. some praised her and others cried sexual abuse:
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palin responded with this: president obama revealed that he ate it as a child, not that he enjoyed it. he made a joke about it. >> what's the difference between a hockey mum and a pit bull? >> a pit bull is delicious. by the way peter called for a truce with palin on the issue. that's today's power politics. next it's been two years in the making. california's bullet train project. it will become a reality. tunnel trouble in seattle blamed on
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high speed rail is coming to california. construction is scheduled to start this week on a high speed train system that will connect the northern and southern parts of that state. the first portion - a 29 mile segment near fresno. the project is expected to cost nearly 70 billion, was held up for two years due to court action. martin is a professor emeritus of urban planning and is in l.a. tonight. martin, did you think you'd see the day when this project would get the go ahead. >> yes, i thought that it had strong political support from powerful interests in california, for quite a long time. my hope is that it will be successful over the long term but there are enormous risks involved. financial risks primarily, but the possibility that unforeseen
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environmental problems will arise, and there are lawsuits ahead. but i did believe that it would occur. >> how long do you think it will take? >> how long will it take for the system to be operational - probably 15-20 years at the best. unforeseen events could make it take longer. but the important thing is to build useable segments so that people can begin to benefit from it while it's a partial system and build it for the full system. >> people talk about the system on the east coast, which is not a bullet train from boston to washington d.c. a higher speed train. in california the landscape that the population be different. how many people will use it who will use it? >> i think it will be used by
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business travellers who value their time highly and benefit by fast train. i believe that families on vacation will for example, have to pay multiple fares to go the same distance that they would share the cost in an auto mobile. for recreational travel i don't think it will be heavily used. it's primarily attractive to upper income busy business clientele. it's more likely to complete with airplanes than auto mobiles. >> how long will it take to get from san francisco to l.a. >> 2 hours and 25 minutes in the end. >> today it takes how long? >> an hour and a quarter. you can fly between any one of three or four in the south or north. time differs.
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the air plane trip involves checking in going to security accessing the airport. the high speed rail system goes from downtown to downtown. >> who will pay for it? >> that is a really interesting question. that's the $64 million question. the voters approved 9 billion. the federal government contributed 3.3 billion, and we are starting to charge for pollution for greenhouse gas emissions, called cap in trade. the governor and the state legislature committed 25% of the revenue from that towards the instruction of high speed rail. that leaves the majority of the cost unaccounted for. it's bold to start.
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there's a strong belief that once you start building public support is more popular. >> and can be more expensive as it goes along. the sooner you start the lower the cost. why are they more successful in japan and europe but in the u.s. hasn't caught on. >> the distances the geography. the system in japan is similar to the system in los angeles, in terms of configuration. the population density is higher along the corridor. and people can connect to well developed urban transit systems to get from the home to high speed stations, here we have to develop that. that's why the project is risky.
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people believe we don't do it. others are confident we will. >> martin i hope i live long enough to ride it from high speed trains to the stand still under seattle thanes to the world's -- thanks to the world's largest boring machine, critical. the right now the machine is stuck in neutral. it's putting a hold on everything. allen schauffler is in seattle. >> this is the pioneer square district built after the great seattle fire. it's mostly three and four storey brick and masonry buildings - old and fragile. bertha, the drilling machine is stuck a couple of hundred yards that way, 120 feet down and is causing problems. >> the j&m cafe has been part of pioneer square. it's part of the controversy shaking up the neighbourhood. there's a giant drill.
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the tunnel machine is stuck, broken and repairs may be making this part of town sink. >> there's water coming in that never used to come in. >> the general manager took us underground to show us why he and others worry about growing cracks in their buildings. >> more than double. it hooks more. >> 124-year-old building you expect cracks. >> this is crazy. when they have sensors - they are watching the cracks. >> likely but not yet proven cause. millions of gallons of groundwater pumped out so contractors could reach the bogged down machines and make repairs. >> that came down last night. >> yes. >> this stuff that has fallen out overnight. >> city inspectors are watching 30 buildings after sinking was detected last month, above the 7,000 tonne machine, dubbed
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bertha. >> a section of the highway that the tunnel will replace sank an inch and a half during the time. an inch and a half more than the broken down tunnelling machine tunnelled in more than a year. >> birtha stopped moving part way through a dig. >> it's almost a comedy. it's not that funny for this attorney who can point to his own cracked walls and has a front row seats for the underground engineering drama. >> the pit they are digging to pull the head of bertha out is there. >> reporter: he believes the sinking and settling could land in court, bumping up the price tag. >> it wouldn't surprise you if there were lawsuits to come out of this? >> no. >> the settling has stopped. work on the repair pit resumed. contractors hope to drill and
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finish the tunnel by august 2017 two years later than first planned. but the head of the state transportation department says nobody can provide a true time line for completion. $3.14 billion project. >> here is the reset for 2015. keep an eye on the buildings in the pioneer area. repair bertha. start trilling this year hope to -- drilling this year hope to finish by mid to late 2017. >> that's allen schauffler in seattle. our picture of the day is next. he's taken photos from everywhere from you ratha franklin to the rolling stops. the iconic work of the art
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you might not recognise his name, but you know his work. art king is an influential photographer of his era. his most famous image may be the one entitled a great day in harlem but he has taken pictures of everyone from cher to the womb. his son talks about his images. >> art king freed photography from the limitations and boundaries of literal interpretation and remember stayings. some of the music photos the
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who, wrapped in the british flag it's famous. he had a knack of coming up with ideas. i think his vision channelled the truth, and he had an uncanny ability to see things from the inside out. he would say that a personnel point of view was everything in the picture. and that you really had to get up close and in the face of your subject and definitely don't take no for an answer. for music for example, performance shots were an a waste of time. art king never photographed a performer in concert. he said if you want to shoot a performer, you have to grab and own them twisting them into what you want to say about them. he came up with a big idea calling for etch in jazz to meet at a certain location and that
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he would shoot a group portrait. they showed up at 10 o'clock, hoping that a few people would show up. they were bowled over to see 58 of the greatest names in jazz showing up. >> proud of my father's role as an agent of social change social awareness. social justice photography was important. he believed in equality. art's images are timeless. they exist out of time. they speak to the ages. they may have been shot in the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. they don't reference the period they dig in deeper speaking to universal troops. >> art died in 1985 his son curates and archives his photographs. >> now to our picture of the day. how is this for still life.
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water on lake michigan. the image snapped as temperatures grip the country. i'm john seigenthaler. thanks for watching. "faultlines" is next. we'll see you back here tomorrow night. >> the united states is in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history. but it's not a crisis of illegal drugs. it's one of prescription painkillers - oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other legal narcotics, all related to opium. collectively they are called opioids. >> these are the opioid painkillers. and prescriptions for drugs like these have more than quadrupled over the last 15 years - to the extent that the us now consumes more than 80 percent of the global supply of these drugs.