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unless there's a peace deal, the draft resolution, unless the president leer but the
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state department says that he told secretary of state, john kerry, today that he intends to sign. national guard troops, hundreds of wildfires in washington state, the army units were joining the crews on the fire lines, and later this week, the fires have blazed through about 1500 square miles in eastern and central washington over the past weeks. sabrina register joins us with more. and sabrina, you're in shalen, washington, and my understanding is that these days, it's virtually a ghost town. >> reporter: it is, tony. you know, you walk around town and you do see some people, but those are really the long-time residents here, and this is a very popular vacation town. certainly in the month of june, july and august and the tour resists have stayed away. there are massive wildfires not just burning here, but all over the state, several of them,
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including on one to close to the town of chelan. this is a supply company, and you can see a tree here, a chard remain here, and if you look over, it's just the shell of this lumber company. you may be thinking lumber, of course it caught fire, but the owner tells me that all of lumber was inside at the time and that's why the fire really surprised him. >> our building was all metal with metal siding, and all of the lumber was inside, and we thought, oh, we're the titanic, we're not going down. >> reporter: and he was able to get himself as well as all of his employees out safely. and they were able to grab a couple of things like computers, but while everyone is safe, the building is a total loss, and as you see, it extends this way, extensive damage throughout the building.
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if you look beyond, you can see clouds bubbling up the mountain there, and the winds have been picking up, which is helping with all of the smoke we have been experiencing here in town, but the bad news, there's a red-flag warning for the next few hours, and the firefighters are worried about it, because it means much more gusty conditions, much more than we have been experiencing, but it has picked up in the last 24 hours, and because of the conditions, they're watching the forecast very very closely and hoping for the best. >> okay, sabrina, thank you. and forecasters are tracking a severe weather system that's tracking to the east. and kevin has more on that. >> reporter: this is very much like a springtime situation, and we have had a lot of cool air coming in from canada. >> don't you say cold y >> reporter: no, cool, and because of the cold air from canada, that mixing with the warm air of the gulf, and over
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the last 24 hours, we saw six tornadoes pushing through, and we saw about 65 wind damage reports coming in. so this is what we see through parts of illinois to wisconsin, that's where we see the tornadoes come down. really only an f tornado, and that's on the scale there. we're going to be seeing a lot of activity from the south to the great lakes. with that frontal boundary, we have such warm moist air here that it's going to fuel the thunderstorms in the next 24 hours, and we'll be seeing flooding as well as the frontal boundary continues to push to the east. if you look up here to minneapolis, 71°, and that's cooler air, for this time of year, and chicago, only seeing 72° there. now i want to take you over here toward the atlantic,
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because we're watching tropical storm danny, and that system back here is forming and it's pushing to the west. let's get closer, and i want to show you the track as we go to the next day or so. this is from the national hurricane center, and as you see, a tropical storm turning into a category 1 hurry up, but by the time it reaches the island, we think that it's going to go back to a tropical storm. the good news, it's going to bring good rain through the caribbean, and those islands, cuba and puerto rico, are in a drought situation. >> okay, kevin, appreciate it. thank you. israel's supreme court is temporarily suspending the detention of palestinian lawyer, who has been on a 65-day hunger strike. doctors who are treating mohamed allen said that he has suffered brain damage. he is said to be in a medically induced coma.
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and he's being treated as a patient and not a prisoner. thailand police say that the bomber in ban be cock's deadly bombing did not act alone. two suspects in red and white. and they released this sketch of the man considered to be the main suspect. they are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. millions of students are heading back to college this month, and a look at the people protecting them on campus.
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>> there was more he evidence today of the continued tensions between the police in&the black community in and around ferguson, missouri, in and around the death of michael brown. people in north st. louis took to the streets after a man was killed by a gun. they gathered once again to protest police violence, and as some protesters are finding out, they are having to answer for similar demonstrations one year ago. >> reporter: one year after the massive police response to the unrest following the death of michael brown, st. louis county has just now begun
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sending out summons to many of the people swept new arrests in ferguson. the police response was widely criticized as heavy handed and unconstitutional as the militarized police cracked down on even peaceful protests, tactics that the justice department said helped to incite rights instead of diffuse them. washington post reporters were arrested while covering the story in a ferguson, mcdonald's, and they got their summons just a few days ago. >> to have these charges pop up now a year later, it was surprising and shocking to me. especially since they rebuffed every attempt by myself or ryan to receive any paperwork abouts this charges. >> the american civil liberties union and more than a dozen other organizations called issuing summons now a "blate an violation of constitutional rights and appalling."
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they asked the st. louis county office to do the right thing by dismissing the cases. st. louis' justice system is under intense scrutiny, racial bias and issuing tickets to generate revenue. they have called ferguson's court a mechanism for funding on the backs of the poor. last week, a protest marking the one-year anniversary of brown's death, hundreds more were arrested. the missouri state prosecuting attorney refused to rue some of the cases, and that's just one of the things that has people scratching their heads about this. as one st. louis university law professor put it, what's the message here? iif the case is too weak for the
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state, it should be too weak for anybody. >> a former university of cincinnati police officer charged with killing a man that he pulled over, ray pled guilty to manslaughter charges, after kenzie stopped him for a missing license plate. the shooting has raised questions about the proper role of campus police officers. and robert is the executive editor of campus safety magazine and joins us from los angeles. robin, good to talk to you. you have helped me today. in our earlier conversation, how much of the campus security conversation that you remind me is happening all the time, but we of course are paying more attention to, is whether campus police should be armed. and your paper has done some work on this question. what are you finding? >> well, we're finding that
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since virginia tech happened in 2007, campuses are increasingly arming their police officers, or adopting sworn police officers to be on campus. you know, there's always a give and take in the discussion on campus as to how many police officers should be on campus, should the officers be sworn, and should they not be sworn? should they carry weapons and should they not? that discussion has been ongoing for years, i mean since i started with the magazine back in 2005. >> is it fair to say that the intensity of the conversation, it has grown since virginia tech? it's essentially driven by parents in and i have kids in college so, i get this. parents concerned about the safety of their children? >> well, you know virginia tech was definitely a driving factor. even in the dark ages when i was going to college, my
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parents were really concerned about safety, as i'm sure yours were, so it's not a new phenomenal. i think that there's more attention being paid to t. with all that's going on with title nine, with the department of education, as well as all of the active shooter incidents that have occurred. >> yeah, so this may seem silly, but as we talked earlier, it just popped in my head and i'm asking, why do we even have college police? taxes are paid by the citizens of those communities to support a police force, and so i guess why aren't city cops taking care of on-campus incidents? i know in many cases they do. >> well, campuses are kind of like airports in that they have a sort of different type of policing situation than a traditional city or county or state.
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and so also a lot of students -- also, they have parents that are very concerned about security. so they're really calling for campuses to have their own police force. and also, sometimes the outside communities are very interested in campuses policing their own students, because let's face it. students, a lot of times they don't live on campus, but they're young adults, and they may want to throw a party or two or three, and a lot of them live off campuses. so campuses are really interested in managing those populations so they have good community relations >> so robin, this is something else that i didn't know until i had the conversation with you earlier. i guess i should have though. all campus officers are not created equally, and there are all kinds -- correct -- of security officers, and describe for me the interesting mix of security officers on campuses across the country. >> obviously, you have your sworn police officers, who are just like every other police
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officer, as far as they have to go through the academy, and the things that i also want to keep in mind is that a lot of these police officers receive training above that, which is compliance training, and training on title nine compliance, addressing sexual assault on campus, and as far as how to police when you're patrolling a building, or a campus as proposed to a city street or a county road or things like that. >> so those are kind of the differences, as far as the police officers are concerned, but you also have non-sworn security officers, you may have sworn officers who may not carry weapons. and a lot of it depends on the state law. >> it's a mix, right? >> absolutely. >> so here's the thing. i suppose part of the question here is responsibilities for these officers. and in the aftermath of the
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university of cincinnati shooting, there have been changes, and we put together a full screen. no full active traffic or pedestrian enforcement, no traffic stops, conduct high-visibility patrols for backup, and calls for service, take immediate action on crimes in progress. so here's the question. do you think -- do you expect that these campus security officers in the future will take this moment, classes are starting up again in weeks, right? -- will double down on the messages of how these young people, these kids, can help to protect themselves this year? >> i don't know if they will double down necessaryally as a result of this indi. but there are cases where they have continually called campus
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security and safety and health in general. but i don't know if this will generally call more attention to how the campus police patrol outside of their perimeters, and i don't know if it's going to necessarily change that much from the perspective of policing. >> robin, thank you, good to talk to you. the executive editor of campus safety magazine. learned a lot today. and good to talk to you. just ahead on the program, guilty plea. an energy executive admits that his role in environmental disaster and the punishment he faces. siberian mess. oil spills in russia by the thousands and how the government is trying to keep the problem under wraps.
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>> undocumented immigrants. it's a hot topic among the presidential candidates, and now many counties are refusing to issue birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants.
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and doesn't the constitution guarantee citizenship to anyone born in this country. >> that's exactly right, tony, and the 14th amendment says just that. and no state shall make or import any law that takes away their rights x yet 25 families in texas are suing the state, saying that there's discrimination against their mothers by denying them citizenship. i spoke to one woman who is undocumented and she said that she has a one-year-old daughter who does not have a birth certificate. and for that reason is being denied services at day cares and doctors offices. this is not for lack of trying. juana has been to the local office many times, and tried to present her form of i.d. this is a mexican issued i.d. given to her by the consulate. but they no longer recognize it.
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and parents have no access to any other form of i.d. they have not issued drivers licenses to the undommed and these people don't have a passport or a valid u.s. visa, and so the parents are stuck. >> what are these kids going to to do? they have no birth certificate. and that's outrageous to me, and it's discriminatory. now, the state says that it's not trying to discriminate against issue, it's just an issue of security because they could not be verified by the state. but the state attorney said that it's de facto discrimination. >> heidi, what's the state's motivation really behind this? >> that's something that we're trying to figure out. the state said that it's not about politics, and certainly not about discrimination, but when you look at the timing, this is certainly suspect. these complaints from
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undocumented parents started coming in last summer, and that's when we saw the waves of undocumented immigrants coming across the mexican border, and it's just others the state of texas launched it's lawsuit against the immigration. so lawyers are looking at this and saying it's no coincidence. >> heidi joe castro. an advocacy director with united we dream, which works on behalf of undocumented immigrants. and she joins us from washington d.c. are you surprised to see the issue of birthright citizenship front and center of the debate from the gop presidential candidates? >> no, i'm not surprised at all. i think the republicans are using their way of saying, we basically don't want latinos or immigrants in this country, and this is our way of doing it. exactly what's happening in texas, i actually grew up in
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texas an undocumented immigrant. and i remember how hard it was to be undocumented in that state. and it's just a matter of how they're trying to push their agenda saying that we will not allow immigrants in this country, though many of them benefit from our work and what we do in this country. >> among the people that you work with, your social circle, do you ask the question, why? why this is such a point of emphasis for the gop? >> i mean, the circle that i mainly work with, undocumented immigrated youth. and some parents, and to many of us it's very clear. the gop continues to say, you know what? we don't really care about immigrants, and basically, when you have statements from trump or many of the republicans who
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are basically saying, all we want is enforcement and the problems in regards to immigration. >> wasn't there a gop autopsy after the 2012 election, and part of that autopsy was the conclusion that winning more of the hispanic vote was going to be necessary for success? >> right, we'll be thinking that republicans learned their lesson. i remember clearly, right after 2012, they basically came out and said, if we don't address immigration reforms specifically, and don't address the latino vote specifically as republicans, we'll lose again, and it seems that they're going back to the same mistakes, and we see them putting in a lot of potential polls, or the policy briefs are saying, that we want enforcement only, and we want to criminalize immigrants, and that's all they're saying, and it has nothing to do with we
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want to create a pathway. even jeb bush, who says i believe that immigration is an act of love, but as soon as he said that during the debate, he turned around and said, and we want to do a lot of enforcement. so basically, he's trying to pretend he's for immigration, but yet saying no. but you know what? we have to enforce all of these laws, and anyone with an over stayed visa like i did should be deported. >> the last one for you, i just want to hear it from you, what would real immigration reform look like? >> i mean for many of us, it means to have an actual pass to be able to not have to leave with the fear of being deported. and not having to think, tonight may be the last night that i see my mother or father or brother or sister because they may be deported. them treating us like humans, and giving us rights and gives
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that any other human deserves in this country. and so basically, the decriminalization of black and brown people. what's happening, it's a continued criminalization in the so-called criminal justice system that basically says, if you're brown or black, i'm going to pull you over. and there are different consequence, because we basically have to give an explanation, and it's completely un-american, and it's something that we don't accept. and it should be fixed. >> if it's what the community feels, it's what the community feels. great to see you. an acting director with united we dream. this summer, hilliary clinton's campaign for the white house has been up staged by her private emails, and how she handled communications as secretary of state. and it seems that the news for
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clinton is not getting any better. >> reporter: six months before voting begins in the presidential race, there's every indication that the fbi investigation of hilliary clinton is intensified. >> did you wipe the server? >> with a cloth or something? no. >> hilliary clinton is using jokes to brush aside her email controversy, the fbi is treating her case as a criminal investigation. clinton insists that she did not break any laws. >> i did not send classified material and i did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified. which is the way you know whether something is. >> the u.s. criminal code, entitled 18 section title 24, makes it admissible by up to a year of prison to keep
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documents deemed classified as an unauthorized location, and it does not depend on the document or materials being stamped or marked as classified. an intelligence community inspector general has already reported to congress that at least two of the clinton emails that his office reviewed out of 40 contained material that was top secret, the highest communication. and they have aggressively worked on these issues in the past. david petraeus, the former army general and cia director, had turned over classified information to a buyographer that he was having an affair with. petraeus pled guilty to a misdemeanor and was find and sentenced to probation. clinton are saying that the petraeus comparison was unfair, because his was intentional. in contrast, clinton said that
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her personal email system was linked to the mishandling of government information, it was inadvertent. >> in retrospect, this didn't turn out to be convenient at all. and i regret that it's such a cause celebra. >> it's a request. and they turned over the emails to the state department, not in digital form with the metadata attached but in 35,000 printed pages, and then they deleted emails that they it deemed personal and tried to wipe the server. >> we have turned over the server and they can do whatever they want with the server to figure out what they want to there. that's for the people investigating it to figure it out. >> law enforcement circumstantials say that the fbi will try to recreate some of the information on the
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server, and in terms of handling of the classified material, the investigation will try to determine if mrs. clinton tried to delete emails that might have been of interest to investigators, and some could qualify as ob be instruction of justice. a felony, and something that mrs. clinton as senator voted for. in the meantime, law enforcement sources say that dozens of analysts and investigators are now working on the email investigation, even as the clinton campaign tries to dismiss it. to clinton supporters acknowledge the controversy over her email and the investigation are hurting the campaign, and they admit that the story is not about to go away. in addition to what the fbi is doing, a judge in a civil lawsuit has ordered clinton's staff to produce their emails, and mrs. clinton under oath
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later this fall. >> david fin dianne feinstein as are rallying to clinton's defense, and it's so much that is classified, how on earth can anyone keep track of it all? >> on that pine, the government has said it's too much classified information, and less information should be classified. but the problem that clinton has, some of the information, according to the national security analysts, was so sensitive, and programs that any cabinet secretary would have had to have known were classified and handled with care. and to me, in the cases, it doesn't usually apply. >> david, appreciate it.
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>> the group be behind the fidelity website said that it dumped to hundreds of people who cheat on their spouses. >> here's the background. in july, hackers broke into the ashley madison website, the website to help married people cheat on their spouses, and it has 37 million members. and the hackers call themselves the impact team. and they have files of data. log-in detail. and email addresses, payment transaction details, and encrypted passwords. they posted it because ashley madison had not been taken down. it's causing real fear in the nation's capital of the washington has reportedly the highest membership. and many ashley madison customers work finish the federal government.
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more than 15,000 of the accounts were posted on government and military servers. while this is great fodder for comedians, everybody is vulnerable to hacking. >> it's a worldwide phenomenon, and even china, as we know, what's going on there? >> so china said that it arrested 15,000 people for alleged cyber crimes, part of the six-month-old probe called operation cleanup. and the government said 74 chinese doc cases, hacking personal and financial data. and china's internet is tightly controlled and regulate bid the government. and the government has long been accused of hacking into u.s. sites, everything from corporate spying to military espionage. and china, i had interviews with chinese officials and they always deny those claims, and
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they say it is the victim of u.s. cyber attacks. >> what else do you have tonight? >> this is an interesting show. we're talking about the talk that african-american parents have with their children in america, and how that talk is changing. researchers suggest that it's becoming more ominous with encounters with black men and the police, more of the jim crow era. so instead of the positive and dag what you can, it's more keeping a low profile with the police. somebody says that's a lot of anonymousnonsense. if you don't break the law, you don't get in trouble with the police. >> appreciate t. brother, thank you. and you can watch aljazeera america, right. and up next, russia has thousands of oil spills every
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year, often in remote parts of siberia.
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>> former congressman, lewis stokes has died. he served 15 terms, beginning in 1958.
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and president obama released a statement today, noting that the congressman had a deep belief in fairness and equality. and he added, lou leaves behind him a legacy in the young leaders that he inspired. a former president of a west virginia energy company is pleading guilty to charges stemming from the chemical spill that left 300,000 people without water. at a freedom industries facility in charleston, west virginia, it sent the toxic chemical into the river. robert has more on today's hearing, and robert, what kind of punishment is this gary southern facing? >> reporter: well, you know in court today, the judge said that he could face 30 days, or up to three years. we'll see when the sentencing comes down in mid december, and $300,000 in fines. and if you look at it, that's
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about 1 dollar per amount of people that couldn't drink water for weeks here in charleston, west virginia. 300,000 that is. and we have been trying to talk to mr. southern since this all went down in 2014. this is the guy that famously came out in a press conference last year with a bottle of water, and as reporters were asking questions to him, he kept drinking the water when all of the people here couldn't drink it or bathe in it. quite an ego he has, so we decided to do a little full full-court pressure ofull-court. >> we're not going to be talking to the media. >> mr. southern, are you the example of a greedy executive who doesn't care about people? >> sir, excuse us, please. >> exhume, you need to answer
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these questions, are you going to plead guilty? >> and you know, he doesn't answer the questions, and his attorneys push people around and get all bullyish out there, but even afterwards, he said nothing, so i think a lot of the people here, we were speaking to them in sorts, asking the questions that we want to know, will mr. southern ever apologize? clearly, he doesn't have enough man in him to say i'm sorry to the public here in charleston, west virginia. >> man up, mr. southern! so are any other company executives facing prison time over this bill? >> absolutely. there are five other executives that are facing potential prison time of 30 days, up to two years, and $5,000. and the second in command is facing up to $200,000. and on top of that, the company, freedom ministries, are also facing fines for their
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bankruptcy filing and all of shuffling around they did after the spill, tony. >> and what are the people in the community saying about this, robert? >> they're mad. to be totally blunt, mad as hell is what they are. you talk to anyone on the streets, including the council people and the government officials, we spoke to one earlier today, and let's listen to what she had to say about the fact that the water, she thinks s. still not safe. >> i don't think that the water system is safe. and no changes have been made. we still don't have a second intake, and we don't have a source water protection plan, and we don't have probably enough stored water, so we're as vulnerable as we were on january 8th. >> reporter: and you know, that's why it's known as chemical valley. a lot of people here are fed up. there have been three major incidences since 2008 and three workers have died.
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and a year and a half ago with the spill into the elk river, tony. people have had enough, and they want these guys to go to jail and pay big fines, but a lot of people don't think that the federal government should have given out these plea deals, and gary southern, who should have spent years in jail, should have gotten that. >> robert ray in your face, that's aljazeera, thank you. among all of the oil producing nags, russia has the worst record for oil spills. thousands are reported each year. in western siberia, they're recovering from a recent spill. >> reporter: as any detective will tell you, the work is far from glamorous. she's no detective in the true sense, but she's an environmental be activist for green peace. and she's on the hunt and finding it. the investigation has not been
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particularly thorough. >> the company brings the fresh sand into the soil and it's covered under the layer of the fresh soil. >> on june 23rd, unknown amounts of crude oil flood food the river in southwestern siberia, and it spread out across the flood plan. >> the company announced that they spilled only 450 kilos of oil, but you see all over the traces of the oil all over, and even on that bank right there, there's a small part of the river, so we see that 450 kilos cannot pollute such a big area. >> as the oil spread across the landscape, residents started posting pictures of black water gushing from their taps, and animals coated in crude. a month and a half later, they're still tallying up the damage. >> we lost everything that was here.
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we were promised that they were going to replace the soil, but what about the food? there's a winter to get through. >> we just don't know how bad this spill is compared to other russian spills, because the data did not published. not the amount of oil that leaks or the amount of land that's polluted. what we do have is the number of pipeline ruptures. 12,000 in 2013, that's an average of 32 every day. russia's environmental watchdog has moved to investigate this leak, and several executives in the local subsidiary have lost their jobs. but the root of the problem is russia's oil infrastructure. modernizing it is costly, so every year, millions of tons of crude are spilled, largely unpunished, and fines, if they are, are small.
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>> it was blown out of all-pro portion by environmental organizations, which we know are often pursuing unrelated to ecology because they make business out of it. they played on all human emotions, and oil companies are considered fob rich. >> he says that the cleanup work goes on, but these diggers are removing floating booms are the only efforts that we could see. and the story of this oil spill is still written all over this landscape in black ink. aljazeera, russia. >> and for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler is here. >> hi there, tony, coming up tonight at 8:00, e cigarettes, they're becoming more popular, and now a major new study that says they're much less dangerous than traditional cigarettes. but that contradicts other studies, and we'll talk to health professionals to help sort it out.
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and ten years after hurricane katrina, significant progress on the war on blight. he says that thousands of run down and abandon properties have been rebuilt. but how much has changed? it depends on who you talk to. >> they have done a great job. it was almost every block, every neighborhood and every house. >> i'm mad. i'm more than mad. i'm ticked off by this. because nothing is being done. nothing, my friend. nothing. >> we're going to visit neighborhoods that have been rebuilt. and others where blight remains the number-one concern for residents. and this story of climbers who scaled one of the toughest peaks in the world. we're going to talk to the director and climber about a new documentary about their journey. all of these stories coming up in 3 minutes. >> a rare glimpse of an underwater giant. look at these images of a massive jellyfish that lives deep in the ocean.
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jellyfish? you don't have a good perspective on this, do you? it was found at 3,000 feet below sea level in the gulf of mexico. that's all the time we have. thank you for joining us. john is back in minutes.
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>> hi everyone. this is al jazeera america. i'm jeeg. john siegenthaler. >> game changer. the stunning new report on e-cigarettes. health officials say they help people quit smoking. >> to reduce their harm from smoking. >> they're now considering giving them out for free. born in america, but denied a birth certificate