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woman: this is "bbc world news america." is made possibley... the freeman foundation; by judy r d peter blum-kovundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected eds; and by cons ibutions to this ation from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ laura: ts is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am
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laura trevelyan. a festival in californiaith a shooter killing three people to the shooter was 19. >> just heard pop, pop. we went behind some tents and took cover. laura: president trump is battling with a democratic congressman in the city of baltimore. eresidents and officials fighting back. plus, the duchess of sussex in her new role as guest edor of british vogue. meghan markle chooses women breaking barriers for the cover. fothose watching on pbs an around the globe, welcome to "world news america." more details about the shooting at a california festival on opsunday which left three and of the shooter dead.
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this, a six-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl and a man in , hi20's. the gunman has been identified as a 19-year-old who usedn ak-47 type rifle which was bought illegally in nevada. officials are searveing for a mo dave li is in gilroy, californiv and starts ourerage. >> what's going on? andave: as the shotsg out, f there wairst confusion. then panic eventually, disbelie for most of the weekend, this was the scene of a hpy, popular food festival, around 18,000 people in attendance. by sunday evening, it turned into the latest erican mass shooting. the 246th in this country in this year alone. >> pop, po pop. we went behind some tents and took cover. we knew right away when we saw a lot of people running away. >> we thought it was a firecracker. when i looked to thside, we
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knew it wasn't. >> we turned at the same time and saw him standing. he was within 10 feet of uot he shot one he put the clip in and he started moving back and forth, walking towa our tent because that is where most of the people were in that area. and he just started shooting. dave: police said they took less than o minute to shoot dead the man once he opened fire. even with that rapid response, the gunman was able to cause carnage with what police described as an ak-47-like fle. >> there would have been more bloodshed i believe.he withumber of people in the small area they were in. i think it is very fortunate they were able to engage him as quickly as they did. dave: six-year-old stephen o mero is the first victim identified. he had been visiting with his mother and grandmother and were both wounded. also among the dead, a man in his 20's, and a girl aged 13. police confirmed the killer to
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be santino legan, a 19-year-old man who was able to evade security by cutting through the festival's perimeter fence. he was able to avoid california's gun laws, the most strict in the country, by simply traveli neighboring state of nevada to buy the weapon legally. dave lee, bb news, in gilroy, california. laura: for more, i spoke with jack thomas, a former official at the homeland security department. the police are looking at the ideological leanings of the suspect. how will they determine his motive?is jack: s important. we see so many of these shootings in the united ates. iw'm interested in is how this 19-year-old young man became radicalized or in some way, to take these kind of actions.at s the most important criteria right now for investigators to search into. we know he apparently had
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postings, he spoke about a book called "might is right." which was written in the 1890's by someone named ragland red beard. this is not on anyone's top 10 summer reading lists how does a 19-year-old know about those things? that is what i'm interested in. vat areass he accessing? what website is iting? who is he talking to online that is getting him to possibly radicalize, white supremacist manner which is what i think we foy have. that is where ths of this investigation is going to go now. laura: we do know thatun was purchased legally in nevada. california has very strict gun laws. what does that say aut how a shooter can exploit our nation's gun laws? jack: again, there is another hole we have to find out. t how dos young man know that? but again, in many cases, we have poor gun laws. what you see in this situation, an indidual who can simply leave the one state with the
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st draconian gun laws, drive across the border and pick up an assault rifle like an ak-47 type of weapo i think this is another area that probably calls for federal legislation to try and put a dike in these kind of loopholes. we will see other people doing it. we will see copycats. i never knew i could do that, so will drive to another state and buy a gun i could not buy in my home state. got to take care of these problems. laura: the organizers at this hastival did have metal detectors, they a bag checks, they were anticipating trying to stop problems. could they have done anything? mo jack: i think they did what was probably prudent and reanable under the circumstances. what we have here is this individual kind of creepy crawled his way into the festival by going -- i think he cut acss a stream bed and he went along the perimeter and found an area where there was nobody around and he snack in. -- and he if you have a determined
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attacker, you will find is difficult to stop those individuals as we see in this case. laura: from cinemas to schools to festivals, are mass shooters always looking for that soft target? is that our vulnerability as an open society? jack: it is. there are thousands and thousands of examples of soft targets. sporting events, high school football games, the list goes on and on. if you want to cause damage and you want to kill people, it does not take a rocket scientist to find out a way to do that and find a venue where he or she can start popping off pele and taking lives. it is really pretty easy. we havto find a way to harden our targets. laura: jack thomas, thank you so much for joining us. jack: thank you. laura: this weekend, president trump took aim at deic congressman elijah cummings, the fchairman the house oversight committee. his district includes parts of
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baltimore. mr. trump described disgusting rat and rodent infested mess. residents and officials took offense and it is the most recent attack on a of color.man earlier, i spoke with ron christie, a former advisor to george w. bush. than once again, the president is going after a member of congress who is not white. what is your reaction? ron: i don't think this is good politics. if y look at what the president has done, elijah cummings, a congressman from baltimore insulted the president by saying ur border strategy is not a sound one. what is the president immediately do? he attacks the individual personally. then he has disparaging things about his district in west baltimore which many people in the u.s. consider to be racist. laura: michael steele, the lieutenant governor of maryland and republican says the president has a particular venom for blacks and people of color. is it delibeelte? ron: micteele is a good friend of mine and we have
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discussed this many times over the past two years. he believes this is deliberate. i don't know what is in th president's heart. i could never presume to know what is -- what is in hearts. -- his heart. certainly for me, the optics of this look bad. first he started off by insulting congressma lewis, a civil rights icon. then we talk about the infamous squad, four black women of color. and now mr. cummings. you start to say, is this att n? is there something more deliberate or is thisal coincide i do not believe in politics that anything is coincidental. laura: the president is trying to expand his base. what is the political sk particularly in terms of independent voters? ron: i think the risk is a strong one. who wins elections in america? it is the independent voters. those folks from key swing states. the people who say -- who voted for president obama who de vded e for mr. trump are saying after eight years of the first black president, is this what we need in america today?ep laura: as you ointing out, republicans have to defend the president on a daily basis against thaccusation that he
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is a racist. you have said this is not good for america. isn't there something here that is above politics? ron: there should be. this is noligood. cs is about addition, not subtraction. when you are saying divisive things, that is pulling people apart, not bringing them together. you are supposed to unite theun y as president of the united states. i had the honor of working for a president for four years and we spent every day trying to figure out what can we do, not bause it ishe republican or democrat thing to do, that is best for america? these tweets and twitter storm is not good for america. laura: democratic presidential candidates will debate tomorrow night. does this put identity politics at the heart of their debate? ron: it do. this is the real fallout about what the president has done with his twitter storm. we should be talking about infrastructure, health care, how to make sure we can provide for social security and what are we talking about?re wealking about racialce politics, and distractive -- district -- destructive
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tweets that are not bringing this country together. the 20 democrats odethe stage anoit will be talking about donald trump on what he has said rather than what they will do. laura: ron christie, thanks for being with us.e. ron: pleas laura: of course, weil have full coverage of tomorrow night's democratic debate there in detroit. meanwhile, in other news from around the world, at least 52 people have been killed in a prison riot in brazil. it saw rival gangs battle for five hours. local media are reporting gang members from one prison blocd invaded another part of the jtel in paris s officials say 16 of the dead were decapitated. a week into his new job, boris johnson has spent his first trip to scotland reiterating that he is very confident a new brexit deal can be reached with the eu. he insisted there was scope for a dew withdrawal plan, provi there was goodwill and common nse. president trump has signed a bill ensuring victims compensation fund related to the
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9/11 attacks never runs out of money. this ends years of gridlock in congress as more and more first responders were dying of ground zero related illnesses. police in frankfurt have arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of pushing a mother and her son in front of a high-speed train. the eight-year-old boy was killed and his mother is in hospital. passengers ran after the suspect and helped to arrest him. russia's opposition -lexei navalny was treated for swelln g and rashess body. his doctor said he had been exposed to a toxin agent. it comes after police detained hundreds of anti-kremlin protesters over the weekend. russian officials claim he suffered an allergic reaion. ainsford reports from moscow. reporter: let out of hospitalk
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and bac to his cell, these are the first images of alexei navalny fortnite afteri he fell ill suddenlyll in police custody. fortnitefortnite his own doctor films as the opposition activist is discharged agains wishes. mr. novell only has long been vladimir putin's sharpest critic. now, he suspectsbe he may have en poisoned. he was in custody because of this. a mass rallyco in mw on saturday over a local election that protests believe is being rigged. many were battered as riot police swooped while over 1000 were arrested. alexei navalny was detained before it even began. locked up r a month, calling people to the protest. they came anyway. the next morning, he was rushed to hospital. his skin stinging, eyelids swollen to the size of ping-pong balls. doctors diagnosed an allergic h reaction b political team did not buy that.
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>> he really was poisoned by some unidentified chemical substance. it was and where it was nobody can tell. it has not been determined at the moment. reporter: the activist was serving his sentence. he says he has no allergies but has not ruled out an innocenat medical expln. mr. navalny team does have reason to worry. two years ago, he was attacked twice with dye. the second time, he almost lost sight in one eye. after this incident, his doctor has collected tissue samples to be sent for independent analysis. alexei navalny has now been return to this detention center. the mystery of whatever caused his illness still uned. while his medical team and supporte push for answers, russia's most prominent opposition figure is now back where he spent so mu time in recent years, behind bars. sararainsford, bbc news, moscow. laura: you are watching "bbc
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world news america." still to come on tonight' program, some teenagers are now miigionaires after winning b at the fortniteit world caps. s one way e-sports are exploding in the u.s. language is one o of most advanced forms of communication. in the northeast of india, there is a unique way of communicating. known locally as the whistling village, it has a tune or song for each person. take a look. [singing] ♪
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[speaking foreign language] ♪ laura: former boeing engineer has told the bbc that work on the production line ofma the 737 was not adequately funded. the aircraft is currently grounded aer two crashes which killed 346 people. the 737 max is the company's fastest selling plane and has earned billions of dollars in sales. boeing denies the claims and says it is the 737 max one of the safest aircraft ever to fly. .richard bilton repor
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richard: the 737 max 8 been a commercial triumph. 50 those sales helped create a bonanza for shareholders. the chief executive also pocketed more than $17 million. but critics say boeing has taken its eyoff the ball. >> if you superchge the incentives on top executives and tell them that their job is to get the stock price up, they are not going to pay that kind of e tention they need to pay to ensure they prodsafe playing. -- plain. -- plane. reporter: the max was not a safe plane. two brand-neaircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. first, in indonesia. and then in ethiopia. the prime suspect in both crashes is boeing's computer software. 346 people died.
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deni milana was one of the stewards on board the indonesian flight. >> i miss him all the time. he always hugged me and gave me a kiss. not anymore.i st thought, did he suffer? richard: boeing may have been awash with cash, but insiders say they were under constant e.essure to keep costs down on the production l >> certainly, what i saw was a lack of sufficient resources to do the job in its entirety. will not fly on a 737 max.en it's frigg to see such a major incident because of a system that did not function properly or adequately. richard: boeing says its former engineer comments are incorrect
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and it did not cut corners on the max. says it balances investment and value to shareholders and that it always held true to values of safety, quality, and integrity. but 346 people died o's killer planes. richard bilton, bbc news. laura: w thiskend, a lucky teenager won $3 million at the fortnite world cup, a videogame tournament. it is one example of how the e-sports industry is taking the world by storm. global revenues from pro-gaming nscompetitere hit $1.1 billion this year, everyone is trying to cash in. professional stadiums are being ilt in the u.s., and more universities are offering e-sport scholarships. for more, i was joiand earlier bycumen, senior managing editor. you are there in queens at this tournament. tell us, what is the appeal of
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e-sports? >> that's right, i went out iu authorize st a giant tennis stadium where tens of thousands of people are watching 100 guys, and they were all guys in this competition, play fortnite which is a battle royale videogame. it is such a bizarre thing to see because you are watching it on the giant screen anay because it is just a bunch of guys in chairs in front of computer models you can't see. but there is an energy there ana when yourite player is there on screen, you cheer. when he gets knocked out, you boo. everyone else is watching at o home on twitother streaming platforms. there is a big community aspect to it.th laura: how comwinning chenager got $3 million? why is there so oney? dan: there has always been a lot of money ivideo games but now that they found a way to turn it into a competitive sport where you can tap into that sponsorsp money and that athletics associated money,e ther more in it now. the key to fortnite is a clever
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plan where the baseline is free -- of the base game itself is free to download and play this game. you can play it on your game console, your phone, laptop, ipad. it works great on everything.t then they you for extras, give them $10 here, $10 there for decorations. it is apparently profitable ghenhat everyone does it and they can fund these gigantic competitions. laura: is it much fun as a spectator sport? i have watched my teenage boys and my husband play. it looks kind of boring to me, rtnite and video games i general. dan: it is so fast-paced that you have to keep up on what is happening because these guys are not just running around. they are building things. it is like a construction simulator and fighting, shooting game. that said, people have always liked watching other people play video games. that goes back as far as the old arcades where everyone would gather around someone's shoulders and watch them play. there was that docum, king of kong, about that.
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and then these twitch streamers, those are the guys that make the real money even more so than the competitive guys and they are entertainers at the same time. because they are giving you a running commentary while they are playing. that is the real catch there. laura: it is a very young audience isn't it? how does it break into tns middle-age meam? dan: it is a young audience, but the videogame audience in general is also very broad and goes up into the 30's and 40's.g everyone ww up playing games. it is a very young, competitive base. people who have played this game professionally are all basically teenagers. .hey lowered the eligibility age to 13 for fortni the guy who won the lion is 16. the oldest player in the tournament yesterday was 24. he said he was out there reppinh old dudes. laura: thank you so much for joining us. dan: my pleasure. laura: s is a royal duchess, a
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mother, and a guest editor of the fashiomagazine british vogue. meghan markle takes on the role for the september addition, -- edition, considered the most important and prestigious one of the year. the frt cover features 15 women who the duchess calls changemakers. the data has calls them trailblazing changemakers. here is sophie raworth reporter: these are the women chosen by the cover of british zvogue from nland prime minister to the teenage climate change campaigner. she described them as ss and breaking barriers. >> my force for >> ihink jim amanda is incredibly inspiring. reporter: the issue is widely considered the year's biggest and most important. meghan markle chose not to grace the cover hersulf saying it be boastful. instead, she selected the 15 chmen, each championing a cause
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and ask them whage they want to see in the world. >> one change i have noticed over the course of my career is just how polarizedw.he world is i do think there is a solution and it is ultimately as coming back to the humanity that we all share. rkporter: the duchess said the last seven months g with british vogue editor in chief had been rewarding. ste said she hopes their collaboration woulr the fashion magazines focus on two -- on to values and causes represented by the women. laura: r sophieorth of their on the multitasking meghan markle. you can find more on t news on our website and see what we are working on at any time, check us out on twitter. i am laura trevelyan. thank you for watchic world news america." ♪ announcer: funding for this presentation is madpossible by... the freeman foundation; by judpeter blum-kovler foundation,
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pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs; and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ...is just up here. that's whe... man: she took me out to those weapons. i think we're off to a great start.
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