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the required extensive effort. conservationists shovelled dirt on to the ground to solidify the mud. he is being monitored and is said to be in good health. ♪ back to the polls, voters in four more states have their say on who should represent their party in the race for any white house. the vice president visits the middle east, his hopes of tightening ties with allies. and turkey and europe reach an agreement that they say will help thousands stranded on a der per rate journey. ♪ but we're going to begin with breaking news in the
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freddie gray case. the maryland court of appeals has ordered baltimore city police officer william porter to testify against his fellow officers. both of the officers are facing manslaughter and assault charges in gray's death. porter's attorney have argued he can't testify while his case is pending. voting underway in michigan right now. state officials are saying they expect a record turnout for today's primary. as many as 2 million people could vote there. michigan one of four contests today which also includes a primary in mississippi and republican-only contest in idaho and hawaii, but mymy has the most delegates. the water crisis in flint, the state economic crisis, and failing schools all on the minds of voters there. bisi onile-ere it looks like a lot of people are going to be
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voting today. what are you seeing and hearing now? >> reporter: hi, del, yeah, the polls have been opened for a couple of hours. and election organizers are telling me they are expecting a record turnout. many voters have a lot of issues on their mind, education, clean water, unemployment, and poverty. some of the most recent polling numbers show that trump and hilary with in the lead. trump leads with 30% support, with cruz, kasick, and rubio trailing behind. and clinton has 55% support. so just to explain to you the significance of this primary here in michigan, i was talking to an election organizer who said that the absentee voting, those ballots are in, and that they show there is more turnout with those ballots than in 2012, so a lot of people are turning up at these polls. a lot of people are very
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concerned about the future and the direction of our country. >> and there was that townhall meeting on the democratic side. it was heated. any sense that that townhall meeting changed any minds ahead of today's vote? >> reporter: well, since that debate, del, i have talked to quite a few political analysts here who also watched what transpired between hillary clinton and bernie sanders, and they are telling me the majority of them that if you were an undecided voter, chances are you still may not have a good idea on which way you are going to go, but bernie sanders made it clear, say recently, that he has a good chance of winning michigan and beating clinton as long as the voters show up and show support. i want you to take a look. >> if the american people begin to stand up and fight for their rights, for example, there's overwhelming support to raise the minimum wage.
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republicans don't want to do it. but if republicans look out and millions of people are engaged and say you are going to raise the minimum wage or you are going to learn what unemployment is. you know what will happen? minimum wage will go up. >> i worked with nearly all of the republicans that i served with, and when i became secretary of state, i did the same. i'm not saying this is easy, but as my good friend knows, you have to work at it every single day. you have to find the relationship, build on it, and find common ground. >> reporter: and the candidates on both sides of the aisle, they have been here criss crossing the state for the past couple of days, and we attended a rally by john kasich, and he is really hoping for a win here in michigan. i'm told by many political analysts that i talked to, that what happens here in michigan can certainly change the course
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of some of these campaigns. >> bisi onile-ere live in detroit for us. thank you very much. lincoln mitchell is the national political correspondent for the new york observer, he has been with us throughout the campaign. there is talk that ted cruz is gaining ground as is john kasich. is donald trump fading or are the other two rising? >> a little of both. trump was never scoring 50%, 50%, 50%. and john kasich should be able to finish second in michigan, win ohio and expand that support to other parts of the midwest. so that will damage trump. and it is certainly possible the trump act is wearing thin. >> if trump scores big tomorrow, is it over for the republicans until the convention? >> only if they want it to be. the stop trump movement has become a 48-hour story. if you are serious about stopping trump, you have to ask
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the question how do we win a substantial amount of delegates in california. can we find a favorite son to run in new york. let's pressure somebody to drop out for a reason that doesn't all together make sense. trump if he wins tomorrow is on a path to have a big plurality, and potentially a majority. however, the republican leadership has to do a better job of stopping him. >> is anybody talking about an upset for bernie sanders? >> in michigan? >> yes. >> certainly not in mississippi. right? >> right. >> in michigan it may be tighter than the polls show. he has to break 45% in michigan for two reasons, one we're in the part of the campaign where delegate counts matter. there have been a few flaws in the sanders campaign, one of
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their flaws is they don't have a delegate count strategy. they walked away from the deep south where hillary clinton is winning by much larger margins than she may have. and sanders narrative becomes important. if he can fight hillary clinton almost to stand still. let's say he loses with 46% of the vote, then he can make the argument i'm not just appealing in this these all-white enclaves. >> in 2007 one of the things that emerged was that hillary clinton had an agenda, and she had people she wanted to protect in the obama administration. what going forward does bernie sanders want? >> it's hard to know. bernie sanders has a long history as an elected official. he doesn't have a long history as an insider, horse trader type. so what does somebody like that want? he is too old to run the next
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time. he has talked about political revolution in this very campaigny terms -- >> can he get the things he has campaigned on? in other words free college tuition? is that something that is even doable in washington? >> it would be doable if he sweeps in big democratic majorities. that clip that you showed you can't get a republican congress to do that. they will risk losing their seats. if he is the nominee, and that's a big if, and if he wins by a big enough majority that he brings in a democratic congress we can move towards some of those things. whoever the nominee is, is going to have a tough time. >> if donald trump starts to fade, do you see him horse trading trying to form an alliance? >> one thing that donald trump has said since he started this campaign, and for decades before, is he is a negotiator.
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it's hard to see donald trump not being tempted to try to make a deal. >> lincoln mitchell thank for being with us. >> thank you. one person who is not running michael bloomberg, in an op-ed he said an independent bid could put donald trump or ted cruz in the white house, that is a risk he is not willing to take. he also called out the democrats saying they have moved too far to the left when it comes to wall street and trade. planned parenthood in utah asking a federal appeals court to reverse a decision to cut off its funding. it happened after the release of those secretly recorded videos. they showed planned parenthooded employees discussing the sale of fetal tissue. the united nations is now talking about the legality of that tentative agreement between
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the e.u. and turkey to address the refugee crisis. al jazeera's mohammed jamjoom is live for us in turkey, and can you tell us more about the deal and why rights groups are now so concerned. >> reporter: well, del, it's important to emphasize that while the deal was broadly approved yesterday, it hasn't been implemented yet. there is going to be a follow-up meeting possibly next week to try to make sure that they can go forward. essentially what the deal says is that turkey will receive about $6.6 billion in aid to help with the refugee crisis. 3.3 billion has already been promised in november when another meeting had taken place. that hasn't been delivered yet. yesterday they asked for $3.3 billion more to help them
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contain the refugee crisis. also as you mentioned, there is this deal that should be in place, whereby any refugee that is in greece that is returned to turkey, there then be a syrian refugee in a camp here, that would go to europe. they want to set up a plan where for every refugee returned a refugee would go to europe. and turkey is asking for help in trying to contain this crisis. they say the reason they need this money, is they want to bolster their forces here, nay want to make sure they have more naval vessels and patrols by the coast guard, because it's very difficult to try to ensure that these refugees don't actually continue to cross from turkey into greece. that's one of the reasons a meeting is happening here. thousands of refugees every day
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take these makeshift boats and try to go into greece. that is still happening, and even where we are here right now, there's a meeting going on behind us between the turkish prime minister and the greek prime minister, we're just a couple of miles away from a part of the city where there is a vast human smuggling trade that happens every day. there are hundreds of refugees trying to ensure that they can try to get into greece. so it's going to be very complicated, but turkey is asking for help because they want toston. the flow of refugees. >> based on what you have seen, the people you are talking to, do they think it is going to work? >> reporter: the refugees you speak to here, don't feel their journey will impeded any time soon, so long as they have the money to pay the smugglers. but that being said, there is still a great sense of worry
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that if this plan is implemented, that these people who are so desperate will have to return to places that they tried desperately to flee, escaping death and destruction along the way. we heard earlier in the day from refugees in greece right now, who are desperate to get their message across that they don't want to be sent back. let's take a listen to some of those bites we heard earlier today. >> translator: we're going to stay here. it's impossible for us to return back to turkey, because we have nothing left there. we'll stay here and go forward and hope that either germany or sweden will accept us. >> translator: i appeal to the entire world to come and see us, and the conditions that we're in, and to have some cam passion for us. it's enough. enough. have some compassion for these children, for the women, all of the single mothers.
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mercy, please, don't send us back. >> reporter: when you hear the desperation in people's voices it really hits home as to just how much fear these people have. and just to give an indication of how harrowing these journeys are, even at a time when the weather is getting a little bit warmer, just two days ago there was a boat that capsized just a few hundred kilometers from where we are now. 25 people drowned as a result, including 10 children. even though there are these measures that these countries are trying to take now, this flow of refugees doesn't seem like it can stop unless a lot more happens, and these people are extremely desperate, and they say they want to keep going and try to find safety and security for themselves and families. >> it is desperate and difficult. mohammed jamjoom thank you very much. iran today saying it has
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test fired several ballistic missiles that defied u.s. sanctions. it also comes two months after the united states sanctioned businesses and individuals that are linked to iran's missile program. an arrow space commander saying sanctions will not stop tehran from developing ballistic missiles. >> reporter: vice president joe biden is in dubai this morning, part of his middle east tour. on monday he went to the air base in abu dhabi. that base hosted u.s. and [ inaudible ] troops fighting against isil. >> these are partnerships that are built and nurtures right here on this base. you capture the images that provide us with the intelligence we need to target the enemy and to protect our forces. you control the skies over iraq and syria. matter of fact, you all control the skies of the whole damn
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world. >> his tour will also take him to israel and the west bank. that visit could be key in restarting the peace process now that benjamin netenyahu has canceled his trip to washington. his visit was to coincide with a major pro-israeli summit. he said he didn't want to travel to the u.s. in the middle of a primary season. up next survivors of a commuter train crash in california talk about their scare. and the details of the millionty million dollars judgment.
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this is our american story. this is america tonight. a mud slide may have caused this accident. it happened in a remote part of a county outside of san francisco. at least 14 people were injured, four seriously. even the people who weren't hurt say they were shaken. >> right then the train flipped over, and then i saw people, you know, falling over from -- from the other side of the train, because the train flipped, and -- and then the next thing we knew, the water -- we started seeing water coming into the bottom of the train. >> reporter: all 214 passen gers on board have been accounted for. the investigation is ongoing. chicago police have charged a man with the killing of a
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9-year-old boy. they face charges for the execute style murder of the 9 year old last november. police say the 9-year-old was the target because his father had gang ties. a nashville jury siding with erin andrews in that high-profile privacy case. john henry smith has more. >> what amount of damages if any do you award the plaintiff, erin andrews. 55 million, correct? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: the jury decided the nashville mare -- marriott shares the blame, a former insurance salesman used a hacksaw to tamper with the peep pole in her room to record andrews. andrews broke down several times during the trial. >> everybody thought that i was
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doing it for publicity and attention, and that ripped me apart. >> reporter: the jury found barret 51% liable. the hotel and its management company owe the rest, some $27 million. andrews lawyers successfully argued that the hotel made it far too easy for barret to confirm andrus was staying there, and then get a room next to the then espn reporter. >> marriott could have just called me and said we're putting this man that requested to be next to you, is this okay? and i would have called the cops, and we would have gotten him. they could have stopped this, and i'm so angry. >> we continue to believe that this was not foreseeable, that
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what mr. barret did had never happened prior to that. >> reporter: on twitter andrews wrote: john henry smith, al jazeera. virginia is now the first state with a legal framework for daily fantasy sports sites. exempting the practice from state gambling laws. the legislation will take effect later this year. it seeks to distinguish fantasy sports play from gambling. the law will allow virginia to regulate an merging industry and protect consumers at the same time. when we come back, overcoming adversity on and off the court despite battling a rare disease.
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>> the separatists took control a few days ago. >> and a global view. >> now everybody in this country can hear them. >> getting the story first-hand. >> they have travelled for weeks, sometimes months. >> what's your message then? >> we need help now. >> you're watching al jazeera america. >> a day to celebrate women around the world. google creating the special doodle on international women's day. it has been celebrated around the world since 1911. march madness a little over a week away, but it is a division ii star that is making headlines. andy roesgen has his story. >> reporter: here is landis,
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look at the finger roll. >> reporter: at first glance this 6'6" starting guard from florida has it law, a mean drive, quick feet, a killer 3-point shot. >> line drives. >> reporter: but when coach ryan marks was considering recruiting landis anderson for his division ii team, something seemed off. >> i keep moving the phone like closer and closer, and after a minute, i'm going he really -- like he is only playing with his left arm, like what is the deal here? >> reporter: anderson has a neurological disorder that allows him just limited use of his right hand, but a disability, his mother was having none of it. >> i remember struggling to tie my shoe and saying mom i can't do it, and she got on me about it. >> reporter: she learned to tie her own shoe with one hand just
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to prove it could be done. >> it was my mom that showed me that tough love, and pretty much taught me i could do whatever i wanted. >> reporter: and it didn't hurt that both of his parents played collegiate basketball. during a stellar high school career, landis was always so focussed on being a better player he never realized he was at a disan taj. >> i would hear parents say, stop him, he only has one arm, and i can remember looking up at my mom, and she was giving me like this scary face like you better play harder. >> reporter: today even with a face mask, to protect an injured eye, landis is thriving. coach marks looking beyond his disability and saw something extrordanaire neir. >> he had this upbeat energy and
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tenacity with which he attacks every day, so i -- i guess -- whatever the antithesis of feeling sorry for him, those are the feelings i have for landis. >> reporter: for years he heard that he would definitely be playing big time division i college basketball, if only -- >> at a younger age it just pushed me harder, but as i got older, i just loved playing basketball, and having fun playing the game. >> reporter: and it shows as the starting guard, he averages 8 points a game, all the while maintaining a 3.8 gpa in criminal justice. thanks in part to landis, the team is 28-3 this year, the best record in school history. the team treks to bran son, missouri this week for the division ii national tournament.
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the division i tournament, the big dance as they call it will produce stunning playing and break-out stars. landising anderson won't be one of them, and for him, that's okay. >> sometimes thoughts creep in, like what life would be like if this injury didn't occur, but i'm happy. >> reporter: andy roesgen, al jazeera, illinois. and finally, at this hour, a florida mayor trying to score political points with his next trip. he is traveling to cuba and is going to come back on a raft. he says he wants to understand what cuban migrants go through when they try to illegally reach the u.s. his trip is planned for mid-april. he is 30 years old. johnson and his wife say they intend to get from havana to key west in about two days. thanks for watching, i'm del
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walters in new york. the news continues next live from london. refugees vow to keep trying to reach western europe as the u.n. questions whether the e.u.'s deal with turkey is legal. this as health workers say 70% of children stuck in one camp in greece are now sick. ♪ hello, you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up, two people are killed in turkey by missiles fired from syria. two israeli policemen shot by a man on a motorbike in pi