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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris, with a look at the top stories. a two-star american general killed in america after an african soldier opens fire in a military base. israel withdraws its troops in gaza ahead of talks that hopefully will lead to a longer truce. a second american aid worker with ebola arrives in the united states for treatment. more people in africa show symptoms of the virus.
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an american general was shot and killed in afghanistan in app apparent insider attack. the pentagon says a man dressed in an afghan army uniform fired at a group of international soldiers at camp caringa, a military base west of kabul. he is believed to be the highest ranking american officer killed - his name has not been revealed. we are joined from kabul with more. what do we know about how that attack happened, and has anyone claimed responsibility for it? >> well, what happened this afternoon, african army soldier opened fire from inside the building, from the window of that building. to a group of n.a.t.o. high-ranked officers that they come to visit this training
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camp. it is the biggest military academy in afghanistan, located here in eastern kabul. he managed to kill a 2-star american general, the highest ranked american officer since beginning of the war in afghanistan, getting killed in here today. then injured 15 others, two general injured, one is a german general, another afghan general, responsible or in charge for that camp. no one has tape responsibility for the backyard. the taliban issued a statement, is said the guy is reliable as an afghan, and afghan soldier who opened fire there did not take claim for that attack. >> as you know, there's a history of insider attacks in afghanistan. it is clearly an ongoing prob
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for international -- problem for international forces there. >> yes, in fact the particular academy was opened recently, less than a year ago. that's the second attack in the same academy. the first was last year, in okay, which two international forces were injured. the taliban are saying it's their new tactic, that they are trying to use their infiltrators in afghanistan gan security forces -- afghan security forces to open fire. behind 2014... >> okay. live from kabul. appreciate it. thank you. the white house and the pentagon are keeping a close eye on what is happening in afghanistan. rosalind jordan is in washington. what has been a reaction from the pentagon to this incident? >> obviously the pentagon is, as a whole, saddened by the loss of
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this general. they are not identifying him because they are in the process of contacting his family. that said, this is perhaps the highest ranking u.s. general officer to die in action since the september 11th attacks. there's a concern. people are asking whether it is safe for u.s. forces to remain in afghanistan. essentially the response from u.s. general kirby is you can't mitigate all of the risk of. >> i think we have been very honest that the insider threat is probably - it's a personishes -- perniceous threat and it's difficult to ascertain and come to terms with the scope of it wherever you are, particularly in afghanistan. afghanistan is still a war zone.
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>> and there's also this, tony, the ongoing question of whether the afghan army is going to be ready to take over all security at the end of 2014. that's regardless of whether the u.s. and afghanistan sign what is known as a bilateral security agreement, or bsa, allowing the u.s. forces to remain in a training and support role in 2015 and beyond. regardless the pentagon believes the afghan military is on track for securing its country. >> the afghan national security forces continue to perform at a strong level of competence and confidence and warfare capability, they have had a good year securing not one, but two national elections, and stopping or minimising the impact of countless numbers of attacks throughout the country in kabul. >> obviously the investigation
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is just getting underway. it will be conducted by afghan and isaf investigators, of course, with the alleged assassin having been killed, it will be difficult to find out his motivation. certainly they'll be looking at his associates to see whether or not it was a planned attack or a tragic one-off. >> rosalind jordan for us at the pentagon. >> for the first time in a month it is quiet in gaza. a 3-day ceasefire between israel and hamas took effect, and israel withdrew ground forces from the border areas. egyptian mediators are trying to get both sides to agree to a longer truce. palestinians are returning to their homes. >> reporter: this is where israeli forces took cover, while fighting an armed palestinian group. the evidence of their preps in the front room -- presence in the front room of this flat in bate han un is clear, so, too,
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the israeli shelling in a home of what was once a family of seven. the people that owned the house are the lucky ones. it's still standing. one day they may rebuild and move back in. that's not the case for many others. with tuesday's withdrawal of israel's ground forces from the gaza strip , and the start of a 72 hour ceasefire, many have come back to assess what is left. this man shows where his house stood. all it is now is a pile of rubble. this is the first time he has seen his home since israeli forces ordered him to leave, more than three weeks ago. >> god help me. only god can protect us from these criminals. >> over in gaza city, and people have started going out to the streets. for many the first stop is the bank. getting access to cash has been difficult since the conflict began. most are taking out as much as they can. >> for weeks i couldn't leave my
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house. i ran out of money completely. i have 25 family members staying with me, i couldn't get food for them. as people salvage what is left of their lives, there is hope a ceasefire will hold. many know from experience how fragile it is. >> well, israel's bombardment of gaza destroyed some of the areas, importantly infrastructure, including a power station. garbage is piling up. there's not nearly enough electricity to treat waste water and sewerage. we have more from gaza. >> reporter: untreated sewerage is flowing into the mediterranean sea. people fish, they don't catch much. they have to try, knee-deep in filthy water. the smell is terrible. >> translation: we may get sick from the sea, what can we do. i want to help my family survive. we need to eat. >> reporter: even when gaza is
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not in a war, it's doesn't have enough electricity to treat the waste produced by 1.8 million. it's worse. this sewerage pumping station was bombed, a pool of waste blocking the wastement the overflow runs to the sea. for the last two weeks, 30,000 cubic metres of raw sewage a day flooded into the streets in northern and central gaza. >> our effort now is to take the sewer to the ocean, even if not treated. the problem is not - we are not capable to bring the sewerage from the treats to the facilities. sewerage in the streets flooded the areas and contaminated areas. >> reporter: in this refugee camp on the sea, waste water trickles through the streets. >> translation: children are playing besides the sewerage. i can't start to describe how bad the smell is.
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i'm afraid for the children. it's a problem before of the war, now it's worse. >> reporter: if that was not bad enough, mounds of rubbish is bigger. 200,000 people have moved to the center of gaza city, doubling the amount of rubbish produced to around 700 tonnes a dayment all of it is ending up -- day. all of it is ending up here, in the middle of the city. >> the lapped fill site is -- landfill site is in east gaza, in the middle of fighting. the beaches are empty, cafes deserted. when et sea breeze -- the sea breeze comes in, the stench of rotting garbage and sewerage drifts across the city. here is a look at the toll this conflict. 1900 killed, mostly civilians. 520,000 palestinians have been
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displaced. 270,000 are staying at u.n. facilities in gaza. on the israeli side 67 killed, most of them are israeli soldiers. tomorrow marks 30 days since the fighting began in gaza. be sure to join us for "30 days of war", a look at life, death and diplomacy in gaza. airing tomorrow 11:00pm eastern. on al jazeera america. british fighter jets scrambled to escort a plane after a passenger made a bomb threat. the airline says the crew notified authorities after receiving threat of a possible device on the plane. the flight landed and the man suspected of making the threat was arrested of the there are fears na the ebola virus is spreading beyond west afri africa. british airlines cancelled flight to sierra leone, and
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guinea. ginee has hundreds of cases. nigeria says it has two confirmed cases. authorities believe patrick sawyer passed the illness to his doctor before he died in lagos. anyone else that came into contact with the u.s. citizens has been quarantined. nigeria has eight other cases. a second american aid worker with ebola arrived in america for treatment. nancy writebol joins kent brantly. both are receiving treatment with an experimental job. robert ray is there for us. what can you tell us about this treatment? >> good afternoon. there is - there has been a lot going on today. the battle in west africa continues to stop the spread of the ebola outbreak. there's another war behind me at the hospital. watch this. >> american aide worker nancy writebol landed in atlanta in an
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airborne emergency room, equipped with an isolation unit. her concerned family offered a public message of support. >> i love you. and then i'm going to encourage her just to - just that we know that god is good and we trust him. >> the other patient, her colleague, kent brantly, made the same trip from liberia over the weekend. they are the two patients with ebola to be treated on american soil. both are said to be improving after receiving an experimental drug. >> what it is is a cocktail of anti-bodies which are proteens which the body makes to block the virus. >> the ser 'em known as zmapp was harvested from animals. dr brantly received a second dose yesterday, nancy writebol got her second dose this
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morning. as they undergo treatment at emory, the treatment of workers is praised by christian military groups. >> if they had to suffer through this to see tens of thousands and more lives saved, they would say "i'm willing to go through what i have gone through. >> reporter: sim is an organization that nancy writebol was working with in liberia. it proofs the press on -- briefs of press on her condition. >> nancy is weak. she shows signs of improvement. she is showing signs of progress, and is moving in the right direction. >> the west bank announced a $200 million emergency relief fund, distributed to the governments of liberia, guinea and sierra leone, to pay doctors and educate locals. volunteers from the u.s. and around the globe continue to
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suit up and head overseas, where the virus claimed nearly 900 lives. >> tony, the hospital behind me, the university, they are watching the vital signs, and let the two patients fight the infebz. we don't -- infection. we don't know what the outcome will do. the patients are stable but in good condition. >> robert ray for us in atlanta. the treatment kent brantly is receiving is one of a few unproven treatments, there's no vaccine. jacob ward jones us live -- joins us live. how closer we to eradicating ebola. >> it's a shame, we could be closer as it has not changed as a disease. there are two promising drugs,
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we are not seeing research taking us to a vaccine in the world. i asked the question of dr michelle barry, a professor of tropical diseases and medicine at stanford university, here is what she said. >> the vaccines that have been around for a while have not been fast-tracked, is that ebola virus is - how shall i put it - a disease of people overseas, not america. it's not going be very profitable. in the travel medicine arena, not many will take ebola. so it's not going to be very profitable. >> when you look at it 3,000 people only have been affected by ebola. and the people affected here are living in three of the poorest countries in the world. it's not a target market for the pharmaceutical industry. >> that's the statement there. what about the experimental serum, is that something that we
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could hope to see go into wider distribution? >> aside from the fact that there's really not a market for this that anyone seems to be interested in, it's almost impossible to know. i would say it's impossible to know whether the serum had anything to do with kent brantly's recovery. it could be the placebo effect. that has inspired recovery. there's no way of knowing it. ebola could teach us about h.i.v., it has similarities, the relationship between humans and animals. the population of gabon, the country nearby, 15% is estimated to be naturally immune. we could have research breakthroughs, if we put our mind to it, but nobody is going throw the money at it. >> often if there's an opportunity to make money on something, the research stalls,
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even though it could do good. would you agree with that? >> that's correct. in this case they have thrown money at it when they were worried that this could be a bioterror weapon. it will not make the $10 million leap to get into the private market. >> that speaks volumes a new york hospital will know if one of its patients has ebola. mt sinai quarantined a man that visited last month. the doctor said it is not likely that he has ebola. test results are expected this week. the ukranian military is pushing ahead with an offensive to take back rebel-held territory. government forces fought 26 tombs over the past -- times over the past 26 hours. these images show the damage caused by the ongoing assault. ukraine is worried about russian military exercises conducted across the border. tens of thousands of troops have been moved to reason miles of
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ukraine. the u.n. says more than 117,000 people have been forced to fully eastern ukraine because of the fighting. the president says it has taken three-quarters of rebel-held territory back. securing the region is difficult. we have this report from outside donetsk. >> reporter: this family walks to safety. they are from a suburb of donetsk. a suburb where ukrainians are battling separatists. they have relatives and friends they could stay with. she can't afford to reach them now. the camp for the displaced is their home. >> translation: the events that are happening now feel like a play, not real. one side pushes the other. in in endless conflict a lot of civilians have been culled by shrapnel and gunfire. >> reporter: for a few hours a day people are allowed to leave
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donetsk. driving out along the corridor, some tied white flags to their cars. hoping that will be enough to protect them. in the sunflower fields ukrainians wait for their orders. they are pushing forward. progress has been slow and dangerous. >> these ukranian fighters are getting closer to donetsk. they are meeting resistance from the pro-separatists. you cap see how close the shell landed to their position. >> this is, of course, a propaganda war. russia says the men are ukranian deserters, who crossed the border. ukraine says they are prisoners of war and should be returned. one thing is clear. many of these soldiers do not want to be here. >> you want to return to your families as soon as possible. >> yes, as soon as possible to see our family. >> that is unlikely to happen. kiev says it will not stop until it retakes the land.
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just after we left the ukrainian checkpoint was shelled by separatists, forcing people to turn towards the fighting. it is tearing apart their country. coming up an al jazeera america - it is primary day in three states. it could be the tea party's last shot to grab a spot in the elections. that's coming up in politics. and the man accused of providing steroids to people like a rod. alex rodriguez charged today.
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what is going on here - concerns about tensions with russia and ukraine sent stocks lower - that's what we are told. the dow lost 140 points - not sure if i believe the stuff we are tole, the way the markets are reacting. exactly. media giant ganet is making changes. it is spinning off the
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publishing business from broadcasting and digital organization, following similar moves from time warner and others. ganet owns 46 television stations and websites. in the politics, 91 days until the november midterm elections. tonight the match-ups set in several states. david joins us with more. this is primary election day in missouri, michigan. the tea party has tried to unseat senators. they have nothing to show for it. tonight is the last serious shot. kansas senator pat roberts has been in congress for 34 years, hobbled by issues of residency, and that he rents a room from a supporter in his home state. he's challenged by milton wolf, a radiologists.
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he would be in better place had he not posted x-rays of patients and joked about them. >> breaking news in the race for u.s. senate. candidate milton wolf is under investigation by the cannes assist medical board for his conduct as a doctor. sources show wolf exposed private patient x-rays on facebook. >> if wolf loses and robert wince, and a tea party challenge is fended off. this will be an election in which no incumbent loses. arkansas democrat mark prior is facing a tough election challenge from tom cotton, and cotton is now hammering prior over illegal immigration. >> our southern border - chaos and crime. washington made the mess. senator mark prior voted for amnesty, citizenship for
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illegals. he voted against a border fence three times. now he ignores the crisis. >> the add is called exceptionally misleading and the surge in migrant children has not caused border chaos. as we head towards election day, the dema goingary is ratcheted up. indiana congressman said that he and another conservative discussed children emigrating from central america, possibly having the ebola virus. >> he said, look, we need to know from a public health stand point with ebola circulate and everything else - that's my addition, not his - we need to know the condition. >> for the record, there has been zero cases of ebola documented in the western hemisphere, including central america. none of the migrant children who arrived in the united states
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have the disease. in iowa, steve king was confront by migrant bashing by two dreamers, people whose parents came it the united states. what of the congressman's hand and listen to what he said. >> no, no, please, please. stop a mg. you are good at english. you know what i'm saying. >> i was raised in the united states. >> so you understand the english language, don't pretend you don't. >> you are, you are saying something not true. >> you are very good at english. congressman steve king. amazing. in tiny dorset minnesota, mayor bobby tough lost an effort to win a third term. tops is five years old. his up to has no form of government and a population 9-28. at an annual summers vest fall the -- festival. a 15-year-old neighbour was the winner.
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mayor tough says it was fun but time to move on. he raised money for charity and declared that ice-cream is a necessary food. >> that's good. >> that's the power poll. >> thank you. a 2-star general and other american soldiers killed in afghanistan - we'll look at what happened and what it means for the u.s. preps in that country going forward. -- presence in that country going forward. that a number of.
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an american 2-star general and 14 other coalition troops have been killed in a shooting at a military base in afghanistan, in an insider attack. the shooter believed to be an afghan soldier after opening fire on u.s. troops. the pentagon spokesman says the general is one of the highest
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ranking soldiers killed since 2001. joining us is lawrence korp, an assistant secretary of defense, and a senior fellow at the center for american progress. i have been looking at this, and the numbers here, three americans among the dead, 14 injured. larry, this is tragic to be sure that we are at this place where a general has been kill. it's happened in the past. you'll remind us, and the fact here is that it will likely happen again at some point; correct? >> well, there's no doubt about it. it peaked back in 2012, when you had a lot of attacks on coalition forces. there was a german general wounded today. it seemed to have died down during the election season. now, given the chaos and the election, the fact that we don't know how long the united states and n.a.t.o. allies will stay, it's not surprising that you
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have someone unhappiway what is going on -- unhappy with what is going on, he he could have been from a village where there was collateral damage to people he knows. >> i'm curious as to where the general security team was and how it was deployed. you know a little about this, and you worked with generals in that space before. is there anything you can tell us about how high-ranking military officials may be protected. i know some generals like to go and see and touch and be tactile on their own. >> it's up to the germ. when you have someone like general mccrystal there, he went to the front lines out armour, he was in many ways fearless. this is inside a base you assume that the person was a member of the - you know he was a member of the afghan military, so you don't screen them. if outsiders come in, we are frisked to make sure we are not
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bringing in anything. probably not. because he may have been part of providing security for the general. >> right. so the taliban, as you mentioned has not claimed responsibility, but it is important to note here, right, that the taliban is not the only group that doesn't want coalition forces there. >> well, in fact the taliban was thrilled about this. a spokesman said it's not just us that don't like the foreigners, and a lot of people see us as a second coming of the russians, or the british, trying to colonise them. it's not that widespread, but it is there. >> let me ask you the big question - are we going to see what is happening in iraq, happened in afghanistan. i don't mean to be this negative about it, when coalition forces leave at the end of the year?
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>> we talk about training and foreign forces like in vietnam, where you train them in iraq and afghanistan. you can get them technically profirpt. you can't make them be loyal to their country or leaders and be willing to fight and die. that happened in iraq and vietnam. after we left you had a terrific military in terms of training and equipment. they didn't want to fight for the government in saigon, the iraqis doesn't want to fight for maliki. >> lawrence korp, the former u.s. secretary of defense, and the senior fellow at the center for american progress. >> in bangladesh the families from the ferry sinkings say the government is not moving fast enough. navy rescues slowed. search teams cannot find the ferry, because they do not have the right equipment. more than 200 were aboard the ship when it capsized.
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the country's shipping measures says 125 people are presumed dead. >> in turkey a round of police officers have been arrested for spying on the prime minister. police compound in istanbul and 13 provinces were raided. 38 officers were contained for conducting wire taps. 30 others were awaiting trials for spying. part of the police force are behind a corruption scandal aimed at overthrowing the government. in lebanon, a 24 hour ceasefire has collapsed. lebanon has been trying to take back the city from fighters that came across the border from syria. the truce was supposed to give time at giving aid to the city. zeina khodr has the story. >> reporter: they were risked out of the cell. three members from the lebanon forces released on tuesday,
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among 30 held by photos linked to the self declared islamic state and syria's al nusra front. it was mediated by muslim clerics, and called a good-will measure to end the conflict threatening to destabilize the country. the lebanese army and government says they are not interested in negotiating with what they call terrorists. the only deal or solution they are ready to accept is one involved armed fighters releasing captors and withdrawing. ar sell is on the nearby border with syria. the army regained control of strategic hilltops of up to 3,000 fighters are believed to be holed up. the only way up is syria. the syria government and allies, hezbollah, have been closing in on their positions. this will not be an easy battle for either side.
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the lebanese army has not stormed the town, wanting to avoid civilian casualties. up to 100,000 refugees, along with 30,000 lebanese live there. the war spilled over to lebanon op several occasions. the lebanese army is describing the battle as the most soars. it is day four of what could be a prolonged and deadly conflict if a deal is not reached. a protestor gathers outside an abortion law trial in texas. that story and other headlines. >> abortion providers say 18 clinics in texas will close in august if a state law takes effect. hundreds of protesters gathered outside the state courthouse in austin. >> we fought against this bill last year, and we continue to fight it. nothing in hb 2 does anything to improve the health or safety of
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the abortion procedure. >> a judge will decide whether texas can implement disputed provisions of the law, requiring all abortion clinics to meet the same standard as ambu latory standards, crews are clearing roadways following a mudslide leaving one dead. 2500 people were stranded after thunder storms caused mudslides on sunday. police are urging residents to stay in their homes while bulldozers clear the roads. a landslide in utah cleared roads. aerial video shows how wide the affected area is. the home collapsed on itself when a wall of mud slammed into it, no one has been hurt. more rallies in support of an ousted c.e.o. thousands of market workers rallied. the family opens supermarket chain has been in turmoil since firing c.e.o.
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the company board stand by a decision. it started a 3-day job fair to replace employees who skipped work to protests. >> the protests have gotten bigger. >> and they are not there aring foods to some stores. it's a huge -- they are not delivering foods to some stores. it's a huge mess. >> this is a good story. we should head on up there. the obama administration is moving to speed up the shutdown of coal burning power applicants. it's an effort to -- coal-burning power applicants. it's an effort to help change. >> reporter: by 2017 the last of the coal-fired power plants in the state of massachusetts will be out of business much the latest to close - a 63-year-old operation whose chimney stacks spewed coal dust over the seaport town of salom.
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if all goes as planned, it will be torn down, taking its place will be a smaller photo gepic facilities driven by cleaner natural gas. under the deal the natural gas-fired plant will be shut in 35 years. by then enough non-fossil fuel energy sources will be available to replace it. >> environmental groups reached that agreement with a utility, in keeping with massachusetts's target of more than a quarter of its electricity generated from renewable sources in the next five years. >> the settlement that we reached in regard to this plant is a great example of how we cap use natural gas in the near term to make sure we keep the lights on and create a careful intptional transition -- international transition. >> to some that is full of holes. >> we think that is terrible. there's no way to meet the
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mandated coal if they burn carbon. the economist are if you build the plant it will shut out the development of actual renewable energy like wind and solar and waste technology. >> massachusetts has wind and waves. u.s. do. of both the technologies lags beyond europe. off the massachusetts coast. the first proposed u.s. offshore wind farm is years away from construction. its promoters admit the price of electricity is double that of power. clean power advocates say the economics of renewables are changing for the better. >> in some places onshore winds and solar are reaching parity. >> in the courts and on the streets the activists wam the fight for their state -- wage the fight for their state to step off the gas pedal. >> coming up, the men accused of supplying steroids to major
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league baseball players. 40 years after resigning the presidency, tapes of richard nixon explaining what happened are released. details coming up.
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pass charges filed against sepp at the center of a -- seven people at the center of a doping scapdle involving -- scandal involving matthew rodrigues and others -- alex rodriguez and others. former clinic owner was charged and one of a-rod's cousin. he was suspended for the 2014 season. xavier pope has more. good to see you. thanks for the time. >> good to see you. >> tony bosch, the founder of biogenesis in florida indicted. how significant an raft is this?
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>> -- an arrest is this? >> this is significant. basically it will be putting the clothes on the steroid scandal. >> really. >> you see that there's a civil suit against major league baseball that was dropped. part of the evidence that the federal government used was part of the fact-gathering of mob. it agreed to not - to help him out in any criminal charges that he would face. is this a symbolic arrest? >> right. >> that's what i'm wondering. >> what do you think they want. they have him, and you would think they have the files. there was a whistleblower that helped to blow the lid on this. what do you think they want. are others connected to bosch that the deo and the feds are going after? >> possibly. there are other players that may be indicated. there's reports that those other players names may come out in discovery. so we may see more inspections
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by mob. this may be major league baseball working with the federal government to close the case, so to speak. >> to close a chapter on the steroids era. we look at pictures of alex rodriguez. what does that mean. he's planning a return to the yankees in 2015. i don't know. can you imagine that happening? >> tony, i don't see alex rodriguez ever playing another day for the new york yankees. he's been in a contention relationship. it's worse over time. different allegations lobbied back and forth. more evidence may come out against alex rodriguez to make him worse. >> if you are saying that you don't believe the yankees would have him back - i don't know what the contract language says - if they could avoid it, you wonder then what other team would take him. you ostensibly could be talking about the end of alex rodriguez's career.
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>> that's right. i'll say here on the programme that i don't think alex rodriguez will ever play another game for major league baseball. >> do you think - maybe you mentioned it a couple of times. i want you to put an exclamation point on it. do you think the book of arrest may close the steroid's era in major league baseball? >> i believe that this closes the era of steroids in baseball. i think major league baseball wants to move past it. 20 players have been inspected. you may see the other players related to this indictment suspended in the league. closing the chapter. >> i'll ask a question i know twitter will love, but in some ways isn't the damage already done in the wake of a scandal that we are seeing if you look at major league baseball now, you are seeing fewer home runs, there are some people who suggest that ending the steroids
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era while a hugely popular thing, for reasons you'll outline, has made the game a bit more predictable and boring? >> well, since baseball has started, other players were looking to get a competitive edge. that is not going to stop request the end of steroids. you have human growth hore mope issues, and other -- hormone issues and other issues. >> stim u lants. >> as well, yes, so this is not going to end players trying to cheat. let's make that clear. this is just going to end the steroid era. >> gotcha. what grade would you give baseball post mark maguire, the shadow of barry bonds, sammy sosa. what grade would you give major league baseball from that point on cleaning up the sport? >> i would give major league baseball a b minus. we commend them after the fact when it was a little too hard to
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ignore the issues with performance enhancing drugs in the sport. a lot of professional leagues are conservative. it hits them in the face. i think major league baseball wants to be more proactive. >> he's a friend of show. a sports attorney in chicago. good to see you again. thank you for the time. >> likewise. >> a german court agreed to drop a bribery case against formula 1 racing boss bernie eccleston in exchange for a $100 million payment. he may have avoided a gaol sentence, his grip on the sport could be at risk. sarah coates has more. >> reporter: he has always made the headlines. put for the 83-year-old, who built the sport up into a global money spinner over four decades, the stories have not always been favourable.
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eccleston wept on trial in -- went on trial in april over allegations that he paid a $44 million bride to a banker to secure sales of f1 shares to a bidder. faced with the prospect of a possible 10-year gaol term he agreed to pay $100 million for prosecutors to drop the case. >> translation: i have a feeling he is relieved. apart from being fairly treated with regard to the way the trial was conducted, can focus on his job. >> the decision means eccleston keeps his gripe on a sport he's dominated for 40 years. ekel son became a big -- eccleston became a big player when he formed the f1 construction group. he won the right to negotiate television deals - his company receiving a 23% cut of agreements.
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there have been controversies such as in 1997 when he donated over $1.7 million to the u.k. labor party. months later the labour government proposed to exempt formula 1 from a ban on tobacco sponsorship. in 2009 he caused an uproar, describing hitler as a man who could get things done. >> despite highs and lows, ek ol ston remains in charge of european union. it could be the beginning of the end for the formula 1 supremo. >> he is 84 in october. there has to be a change. apparently cvc capital partners who own formula 1, and who eccleston works for, they realise what happened in this case, they need to move on, and are looking to the future. >> reporter: whatever lies ahead, whenever he does decide to call it a day, formula 1 will be a very different sport
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without him. we love this story, the san antonio spurs made a trail blazing move, announcing that beckry hammond will join the coaching staff at the end of san antonio stacks the first female assistant coach to be played. lisa boyle was an assistant coach with the cavaliers. but didn't travel to away games and was not paid by the team. >> good, big story. this week is 40 years since president richard nixon resigned in the wake of the watergate scandal. we are getting a new look inside nixon's fall from grace thanks to the former president himself. we have more. >> videos of nixon speaking about his last days as president hits the internet. he describes the toll his
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resignation took on him and his family and the decisions during his last week in office. >> i didn't want to quit. also, i thought it would be an administration of quilt. which it was. >> in this interview nicole mitchell describes his fall from grace in his own words. >> the nixon presidential library and museum and the richard nixon foundation is releasing 28 minutes of interviews with the former president. part of more than 38 hours of interviews recorded with an aide in 1983. 10 years after he resigns. >> he's pensive, more thoughtful, reflective richard nixon and is talking in terms of his legacy, with distance from watergate. >> transcripts have been available online. this has been sitting in the archives and at the nix job library in california. with a release on youtube.
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the nixon library hopes more than learn about this part of america's history, a goal that nixon may have had when doing the interviews. >> this was his gamble with history, that you can sit with the interviews 30 years ago, and release them and maybe a younger generation who didn't live through water gate or vietnam can have fresh perspectives on nixon and his president say. nixon appears emotional. he reads a letter his daughter left him. >> it says "daddy, i love you. whatever you do i will support.". >> reporter: nixon said when he decided to resign his wife resisted. >> she was quiet, listening to the others, which she usually does. she came very emphatically against resigning. >> reporter: historians say no other president agreed to be interviewed in this way. the videos may help to change the image of nixon's
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administration as one of the most secretive. >> the true irony is the administration will be studied so exhaustively, it may become one of the most transparent in hist. >> reporter: three segments are online, for released by saturday, august 9th, and that was nixon's last day in office back in 1974. >> good stuff. appreciate it. coming up on al jazeera america - a controversial photo shoot that some say uses a girl's gang rape as inspiration.
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pictures. part of a photoshoot. the entire series is called the wrong tern. they show a woman fending off various men in the back of a bus. now, people associate these pictures with a 2012 gang rape in new delhi sparking massive protests across india. critics say the images glamourize rape. bollywood music director wrote: . >> sophie writes: >> the photographer said that the shoot was not based on the new delhi gang rape. it's a personal artwork, noncommercial and removed the pictures from the website. one of models from the shoot
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apologised from witer, writing this: . >> what was it, is the question of what was it. >> the photographer gave different reasons, saying it's about women empowerment, and showing that these types of things can happen to rich women as well. >> different answers though to explain it. >> it backfired. >> that's what happened when you step right in it. thank you. a museum in philadelphia found a skeleton in its closet worth sharing. they announced a rediscovered - that is rescoffed a human -- rediscovered a human skeleton that is 6,500 years old. the bones were found in a storage room. they have been sitting there since they were excavated from southern iraq and that was more than 80 years ago.
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do we have a few more of these pictures? >> okay. all right. that's all we have time for. i'm tony harris in new york. "inside story" is next on al jazeera america. >> the war to end all wars didn't. but it did change things in ways big and small. world war i began 100 years ago this summer, and we live in the world it made. it's the "inside story." >> hello, i'm ray suarez. 100 s