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>> good morning, i'm bill walters and these are stories we are following at this hour. >> i dealt with him, i know. he is a potsological liar. >> a stark warning, and this morning, gunshots force u.n. investigators to return to damascus as their convoy is destroyed before they begin their search for chemical weapons in syria. >> crews fighting fires at yosemite national park. >> i don't think a sign will stop a bully or a fight. >> students in chicago heading back to school this morning, just months after dozens of schools there are shut down.
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>> he has admitted to the massacre of 13 people at fort hood texas. now a jury is going to determine if nadal hassan gets the death sentence. ♪ theme >> that attack on the u.n. convoy coming as the obama administration said there is very little doubt that chemical weapons were used by the syrian government in an attack on their own people last week near damascus. it was the single deadliest event in the civil war. the entire world is watching the events in syria as the u.n. prepares to investigate the attack site. u.s. and european leaders are already saying it may be too little, too late. it is worried the evidence will be corrupt.
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officials from around the globe are meeting in jordan to discuss the crisis. although that meeting was set before last week's attack, officials say that syria is at the top of the their agenda. the very late evident, we return to david jackson, joining us from beirut. the u.s. is saying it is too little, too late. what are they saying in syria? >> well, that has been the outlook all around, no question about it. it's all about too late, too late. every nation that is gathered in jordan for the meeting of military leaders and what we've heard diplomatically is that if the syrians had nothing to hide from any of the chemical weapon attacks that took place last wednesday, they would have allowed everybody in right away to look at what was at that site. now, we have word that the u.n. inspectors have already been fired upon going into that area, so not only is it too little, too late, it's not going to be
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easy. everybody waiting to see what the initial findings will be once they get in there on the ground. >> what are they saying about that u.n. convoy fired upon when it was syria the government itself that said that there would be a ceasefire? >> they did say there would be a ceasefire, that's right and of course, they can't speak for the rebel's side, but this is expected that it would come from the government side, the gunfire that did occur. nobody here was surprised by the fact that that would take place. there's such an overwhelming pal of negative activity, i guess i would say about anything that goes on in syria, at least speaking from lebanon here that if the u.n. inspectors have trouble on the ground, that was trouble that was expected by everybody here. they think they will get something accomplished today, people are expecting that they'll make their way in on the ground and take a look at what happened there last wednesday. today, everybody's watching and waiting and seeing very closely
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what the developments might be coming out of that site. it's in damascus. it's a question of whether they'll get on the ground quickly. >> has the government offered any evidence to counterclaim that the site has already been contaminated? >> no, everybody just worries that it's been contaminated because there's been ongoing bombings and attacks since wednesday last week. there was a lot of ongoing combat in that area and that combat has mostly been initiated by the syrian government, bombers, jets bombing that area continually. it's a rebel strong hold. they did not cease any of the firing until today. everybody thinks that the area has been compromised by that on going fighting and by the fact that it took more than five days to get everybody in on the ground. the entire area is suspect and questionable in terms of it being compromised, but people
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are still hopeful that they will have enough evidence there on the ground when they come back out, perhaps even later today, that they'll be able to pinpoint something. >> david jackson joining us live from beirut. thank you very much. >> general wesley clark is the former nato allied supreme commander. he talked to aljazeera about the situation in syria and what the u.s. strategy there should be. with more on the general's view between the diplomatic and military muscle needed, we turn to morgan. >> the general it is any actions the u.s. takes must be linked with a diplomatic strategy, including building a coalition to put pressure o on the regime. >> according to general wesley clark, u.s. military intervention should be part of a you multi-prong strategy.
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>> the most important thing is to make sure what we do militarily has political purposes moving toward a resolution of the situation. there's no point in just firing a weapon and dropping a bomb to drop a bomb. i think you have to start building a coalition of the willing around a regional organization. i think nato and the arab league should join together. i think there should be strong resolutions if the u.n. security council cannot act because of blocking by russia and china, these regional organizations must act to restore stability in the region and to prevent the escalation of the conflict. >> the president has already spoken with his french and british counter parents and the u.s. recently moved a fourth war ship closer to syria. general clark said it's unclear whether this indicates an eminent attack. >> that's something only people on the inside can know. moving forces in helps and adds that the pressure on the ashad
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regime. we know you've got to have the diplomacy in line first. it's not so much about the military options, it's about the whole package coming together. >> clark is suspicious about the ability of inspectors to acquire conclusive efforts this morning. >> there has been an effort to erase that effort or transplant it to indicate the other side. it doesn't mean we shouldn't go in there and look. >> the president is moving with a lack of forcefulness according to some. general clark disagrees. >> the approximate president was doing what he thought was right to be able to hold down the possibility of the syrians using those weapons. i think his in tent was that the syrian government wouldn't cross that red line. now they have, apparently, and so, we're going to see probably a much tougher u.s. posture in the region and some engagement. that engagement maybe militarily
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significant, but it will certainly be diplomatically significant. >> a strategy to the general says will take time. >> general clark is no stranger to this type of crisis. in the 1990's, he led a nato-backed operation during the kosovo war, a plan that could be used as a blueprint for syria. >> yes, kosovo is a blueprint as the world was called to do something during that conflict, as well. while the world debates what if anything to do next, there is still the issue of the victimses, joins us now is christopher stokes, the director of doctors without borders. thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you, hello. >> are we seeing any new patients suffering from neurotoxic sometime systems? >> not at the moment. it's important to understand that these hospitals supporting, some directly and some supporting are very hard to
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access in terms of getting information, understanding what was going on. to our knowledge, not since the alleged attack of last wednesday, not fresh neurotoxic symptoms. >> has the death toll changed from 355 or the number of people admitted to hospitals still standing at 3600? >> yeah, what also needs to be understood is there still is as your previous correspondent mentioned a conflict on going inside these areas. it's not only an issue of neurotoxics agents, you also have fresh wounded doing to the on going fighting. these hospitals really are in need of supplies and resupplies. they really are working in the most impossible conditions. the conflict is on going with civilians in discriminately targeted in these areas. >> the hospitals are in need of supplies. we learned this morning that the u.n. inspectors themselves are being fired upon.
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is the situation in syria becoming so unsafe that even doctors without borders cannot continue to operate? >> well, it's true that syria's really quite an exceptional humanitarian crisis. it's also an exceptionally difficult environment for us to work in. this neurotoxic release that took place wednesday of which syrian doctors have informed user looking for scientific proof to see exactly what happened is a case in point. these are areas incredibly difficult to reach, clandestine clinics. peel have to bring in supplies on foot, going across front lines. it's really a very hard, nearly impossible environment to work in. they still have teams in the north. for example, we have no international staff around damascus, because the government of syria doesn't allow us to work there, and so it's
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absolutely impossible to cross the front lines for the moment. there is no authorization for aid workers to do that. >> there is a question that came up yesterday following a report on 25 years after the use of chemical weapons on citizen ins iraq that there were genetic markers to future generations. are we concerned that this may be the case in syria? >> this is not something that's been identified in the scientific literature. what also has to be clear is those, the people who were in highly intoxicated areas close to where the rockets landed would have died quickly. those who survived exposure to a neurotoxic agent would normally still be alive today, so the mental damage of these attacks and this conflict, that will continue for a long, long time and these patients need all form
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of other care, including general psychological report as well for the survivors. >> that is christopher stokes, the general director of the brussels branch of doctors without borders. he joined us via skype. >> representatives from 10 countries have now begun meeting in jordan. they want to evaluate options and determine the best course of action in dealing with the evolving crisis in syria. we go to london, barnaby phillips, the prime minister is cutting his vacation short for a meeting. what can you tell us about that meeting? >> well, what we know as you said is that he will be in the building behind me tomorrow, tuesday. the british seem to be perhaps a little further down the road toward a decision. one gets the impression than the
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americans, although in public, of course, there are pains to stress that they are thinking of one mind and let's be realistic in practical terms, there's only so much that britain or france for that matter could do without american assistance, but listening to the tone of the british foreign secretary william hague speaking in london this morning, he said that as far as he was concerned, there was no other possible explanation but that the president's sources had been responsible for the alleged chemical attack of last wednesday and that britain felt it had the right to take action without you a resolution from the united nations security council. as he put it, the u.n. security council has failed to shoulder its responsibilities when it comes to the syrian crisis and given the urgency, the gravity of the humanitarian crisis,
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britain felt it would be reacting within the confines of international law to take action. the practicalities and whether it can be done i imagine will be on the table at the meeting at downing street tomorrow. >> as always, we have it you to stay with us for continuing coverage of the developments in syria, as the u.n. weapons inspectors begin their investigation under fire, as we have been reporting, and as always, we urge you to stay informed with the help of >> roads and camp ground in yosemite national park are shut down as the wind driven flames have forced many to evacuate. 134,000 acres have been scorched and the windy dry conditions mean the fire will likely spread more. aljazeera's melissa chan has
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been reporting for days. >> this is as close to the fire line as we could get. that we watched team bottle the flames on the ground and with help from above. we're just west of yosemite national park. firefighters are going to pull back down this road. the fire has jumped the highway. steep, tough terrain and dry conditions have transformed this wildfire into one of the biggest in california history. firefighters and meteorologists say it's so immense, it possesses its own weather, able to generate wind, rain and lightning, making it unpredictable. >> we are worried about this fire getting larger. we are pouring resources in, firefighters and engines from across the country. it is teams mapping out plans to
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evacuate residents in necessary. more arrive by the hour to relieve those. a typical shift lasts 24 hours. >> we spent the first probably 30 hours out protecting a subdivision right by the fire. they were air dropping all around us. >> we're on structure protection, trying to prevent the fire from moving from the forest to the residential neighborhoods themselves. >> the fire moves north. firefighters will build containment lines to stop its advance towards homes. more than a week in what is known as the rim fire has left charred evidence of its path, cutting a line across the green, leading blackened oak and pine and smoky did he saylation. it may be difficult to imagine when spring rolls around, new pliabilities will sprout, though it will be decades before the trees will stand mighty once again. >> we spoke to kelly houston, the deputy director of crisis communications for the governor's office of emergency
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services. he gave us the latest to the there it is on power and infrastructure. >> the fire has been threatening the infra structure, the power plants downstream from the reservoir and some of the power lines that are up in that remote area. there's few and far between power service, some high voltage lines. what's really concerned about is not necessarily the impact to the water supply, but really the power and the transmission of that power down the hill into the san francisco bay area. >> he also explained that while there were concerns the fire could affect san francisco's water supply for now, he says the water remained safe and is being routinely tested for any possible signs of contamination. >> while concerns remain through the night with with the shifting winds near that side of the fire, we check in with our meteorologist with a look at the current conditions there. >> unfortunately, the rim fire is going to continue to grow. we expect to see gusty winds in excess of 10-25 miles per hour
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as through the next couple days. this gives you a perspective of what the firefighters are working with, very consistent with these fires. they continue to try and combat the blaze, but unfortunately, the winds are going to play a role as we trek on into the day. further to the north, there is a fire watch across central and eastern portions of idaho due to gusty winds pushing across the region. we could have hail within the next 24-48 hours. we have moisture streaming in from the southwest that's been in undated with heavy rain. idaho where we need the rain, they're not going to get any significant rainfall. it is going to perpetuate the threat there. across the southwest, we got meaningful rain in downtown las vegas. we had quite a few flooded roadways. today, we're going to see moisture traveling in out of the southwest pushing into las vegas. even southern portions of
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california, very close to the san diego area, so flash flooding looking to be a major problem there later in the day. take a look at the southwest right now. not a lot of activity. we do have the remnants of tropical storm streaming in that moisture. later in the day, we expect the greater amount of instability in the atmosphere. we do have tropical storm fernan that made its way across shore. the least wave across chicago, minneapolis climbing to a high of 98 today. typically this time of year, it's 79. it's going to be a very hot week ahead. i have all the details coming up very shortly in the show. thank you, dale. >> when we come back, charges of bribery and the prospects of the death penalty. the trial for china's disgraced politician now coming to an end. >> oil joint b.p. said it
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uncovered evidence of fraud. why they now claim they shouldn't have to pay everyone demanding compensation for the 2007 gulf oil disaster. >> the muslim brotherhood, going underground at egypt's military run government showing signs of stress and strain. we will take you live to cairo. ]
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>> it is the final day for court supervised claims administrator to respond to b.p.'s claims that the company says it uncovered new evidence and instances of fraud and conflict of interest. it stepped from a settlement program that a warded settlements after that massive oil spill in 2010. according to b.p., two attorneys that serve as a panelist for the program ever conflicts of interest. another attorney is accused of helping people submit fraudulent claims in exchange for a portion of the awards. in june, a u.s. direct court judge temporarily suspended more than 700 settlements until that investigation concluded. >> events marking the 50t 50th anniversary of the march on washington continue today in the nation's capitol.
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the 1963 march culminated with dr. martin luther king's i have a dream speech. today includes a freedom festival. it will host the k through eighth grade educational initiative. >> president obama awards the nothing medal of honor today to army staff sergeant ty carter. it is the country's highest military honor, awarded for personal accountion of valor above and beyond the call of duty. he is credited with saving the lives of his fellow soldiers during a tab ban attack in afghanistan back in 2009. he will be the fifth living soldier from the wars in iraq and afghanistan to receive that award. >> the high profile trial of chinese politician is coming to an end. he could facing the death penalty. the trial wraps up with some new
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details from bo she lie himself. >> if it wasn't this, then you've got to think that something else extraordinary he said, because this is an unexpected twist. he was talking his long time ally, the police chief who the flights in february 2012 to the nearby consulate started the ball rolling for this entire political scandal. he said the two of them had an extremely special relationship, that they were as close as paint and glue and described one incident. one legion came to his wife with a letter expressing his love for her, that he hit himself in the face, slapped himself around the face seven or eight times, accused him of being abnormal.
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he said i was abnormal in the past but now i'm normal. at the point, bo walks in on him and takes the letter away. at that point, he realized that he knew about the relationship, had harmed the family and that's the reason he flew the coop and ran off to the u.s. consulate. does any of this have any legal weight? you have to say no, this is a series of accusations that he is making so that they couldn't be repute 80ed. this adds to the case that he's generally trying to make that he's been on the trippings of all the wrongdoing. if there was some kind of cover up to any attempt to investigate the death, he's really saying all of this murky material involves his wife and his own
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actions were motivated because he thought that he was trying to frame his wife for this murder because of the background of this relationship which had become acrimonious. >> courts in china are controlled by the communist party and a conviction is expected. again, bo denies all the charges he faces. >> relative calm is beginning to return to egypt as the fight prepares to move to the courts there. deposed president mubarak has been released from prison and placed under house arrest. hhe will be tried. >> nadal faces sentencing after he was convicted of murder at fort hood texas. >> students heading back to class in the midwest. we'll take you live to chicago. >> over 100 countries are now pledging not to use chemical
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weapons, but history shows there are several global powers that still have those dangerous arsenals. >> i'm john henry smith. tiger woods can't find a comfortable bed. sports, coming up.
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>> i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." this is "america tonight." sglovrjs our -- >> our news coverage reveal more of america's stories. >> welcome back to aljazeera, i'm dell walter, u.n. weapon inspectors driving in their convoy were hit repeatedly by
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gunfire en route to the site of the alleged chemical weapons attacks. they were forced to return to their hotel. there are no reports of injuries. >> california forestry officials say the wild of yosemite national park is 7% contained. strong winds are pushing the flames back into the park. >> the nation's third largest school district back in session this morning. students in the midwest navigating school closures and teacher layoffs. >> u.n. secretary said the world is watching syria as chemical weapons teams investigate a site near damascus. 335 people were killed in an alleged chemical attack last wednesday there. he said the u.n. must be allowed to conduct a full thorough investigation. many u.s. and european leaders worry the evidence is already tainted. the obama administration said there is very little doubt that
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chemical weapons were used in an attack on their own people. the military is ready to act on orders from the white house. security officials across the globe are meeting in ahman jordan. >> u.n. weapons in speckors will soon be at the scene of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack and you said damascus. the syrian government the has agreed to suspend fighting in the area, while it continues to deny responsibility. >> we've said it once, twice, we offer again our assurances that we have never used not there nor anywhere else in syria chemical weapons in any shape or form. >> senior british officials say
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evidence has been degraded or destroyed. >> we cannot in the 21s 21st century allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity, that people can be killed in this way and there are no consequences for it. >> russia said there is evidence syrian rebels are responsible for the attack. a warning any military response targeting the regime would be a mistake and in flame the volatile region. military action is among the options being considered by the obama administration with encouragement of some members of the u.s. congress. >> you can destroy the runways, assad's one ways, his munitionses and fuels, there are lots and lots of things we can do. we can destroy the arian air force. >> it captain be a unilateral
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american approach. it has to have support internationally, not just politically, but militarily. >> joining us now is manager of the foreign policy research program on the middle east. thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> the obama administration is saying that is likely at a syria did use chemical weapons against it's population last week, which is a much tougher stance than over the last couple of days. what do you make of this? >> i think the obama administration is now reacting to very strong evidence of a chemical attack. i think that the united states is now moving alongside hopefully a grand coalition of partners to try to contain the syrian conflict. there was a lot of discussion in the united states prior to this point about arming syrian rebels and trying to define winners and losers and who was to be our best ally in the future syria.
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i think that discussion was a bit problematic and right now the focus is moving to how to contain the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction beyond syria's borders and how to protect our allies and our bases in the region. i think we'll move forward in doing so perhaps with the military option, but within a larger diplomatic framework within a coalition. >> it's been years now since the president talked the red line that could not be crossed and some say it was crossed a year ago. why are we now starting to see what some would say is a coalition of the willing? >> well, there has been hesitation globally to intervene in syria, and if you look at the map, there's essentially been a classic balance of power situation with russia pushing back very fervently and china and russia vetoing most efforts in the u.n.
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i think at this point, the chemical weapon and scale of the deaths is very troubling, causing a number of nations to now want to come together and deal with the situation. again, i think the big evident priority for the united states has been to contain the situation, and not to choose between syrian rebels and regime but try to limit the spillover in the sectarian conflict. >> while this debate continues, people are dying in syria. is this an example where diplomatic talk is just cheap. >> i don't think so. i don't think lives are cheap, but i don't think diplomatic talk is cheap. the u.n. cannot be everywhere at all times. there are different methods of influence and exerting leverage in countries. syria has long been cut off from the international community. there had been years where the united states was trying to
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engage him to bring him into the fold. the situation in syria has devolved since. we regret the loss of live to syrians. it's a matter of the united states determining how it can best affect the situation in syria and what it's interests are. general martin dempsey's letter laid out the cost of military options, what the options are. i think that the president will proceed, keeping those in mind. there has been a cost for inaction, but there is also a very heavy cost for acting in terms of american blood and treasure and the debate about iran and afghanistan ha fueled that concern moving forward to quickly. >> thank you very much. more than 100 countries have signed on to the chemical convention of 1987, banning the
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production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. while stockpiles have never been in doubt, there is no reliable information on how many chemical weapons it has, because syria has never signed that convention. the u.s. destroyed stockpiles. they say 75% of its stockpiles have been destroyed about that russia declared that it had the largest stockpile, 40,000 tons of chemical agents. so far, it has destroyed 60% of its stockpiles. north korea never officially acknowledged the existence of a chemical weapons program but is thought to possess massive amounts of the deadly agents. south korea once declared a stockpile of unspecified chemical agents which it says it has since destroyed.
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china said it is in compliance with the chemical convention and its programs have now been taken apart. stay with us for continuing developments in sir you i can't as u.n. weapons inspectors try to begin their investigation but already are under fire. we urge you to stay informed with the help of more than 400,000 children in chicago make their way to school each and every day. their return to class comes months after the largest mass school closings in u.s. history. the teachers union called the closings a blood bath. 12,000 children will be going back to school in unfamiliar neighborhoods, raising concern with a lot of parents there as their children will now be forced to walk longer distances through violent gang areas. we report. >> 8-year-old crystal hall expects to meet new classmates as a third grader. >> i'm going to have to make friends all over again. >> for mom, it's a bit more
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harrowing. >> it is very dangerous around here. that's why even though my daughter's in third grade, i still walk her to school. >> last may in the face of a $1 billion budget shortfall, the chicago school board voted to close down to forty nine poorly performing schools. all but a handful of them are in the economically depressed high crime south and west sides. kids from different blocks will meet for the first time. >> kids are coming from everywhere, you know and rival gangs, parents don't get along and cousins don't get along, big brothers don't get along and when they see each other, it's not about the law. >> safety is so much of a concern that the city has torn down dozens of vacant houses and boarded up more on designated safe package routes. >> when you get in there, you're going to see needles, used condoms and mattresses,
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discarded alcohol bottles. you'll see where they've been tagged by different gangs. >> after 17 years on academic probation, betsy ross elementary showed signs of improvement, but enrollment dipped to a third of its capacity, causing it to shut down. >> the reverend lives across the street from the school. >> they are making a good school, a safe school, now a warehouse. >> no longer a place for students, the building is now a storage space for beat up district furniture. at receiving schools where displaced schools have been resigned, new furniture has been moved in over the summer. they've also been outfitted with wi-fi and air conditioners in every classroom. school districts officials declined repeated requests to speak on camera about changes or concerns, opting to talk only after the school year begins. parents are waiting, too, to see if any of it works. >> i don't think a sign will
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stop a bully. i don't think a sign will stop a fight. >> you think you're going to be safe? yeah, because i'm going to be here to protect you. >> grown up worries for a little girl headed off to third grade. >> we are joined live from chicago. usher, can you walk us through the specifics of that safer package program that you talked about? >> absolutely. safety is at the front of parents' minds, getting their children to and from school today safely. they've got these safe passage signs around the city to basically deal with 12,000 students affected by the school closings. there are 53 new routes throughout the city in additional to the 39 already established. they say they've got 600 new staff members with the safe passage program that will be posted along those routes for five hours a day during school hours to get students to and
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from their homes safely. >> there has been evidence that the program is working, i guess the question that has to be asked is is crime down, has crime fallen along the safe passage routes? >> officials say that the program has been effective in the past. there were 39 other safe passage routes already established in the last few years. district officials and chicago police indicate that crime has been down 20% around those safe passage areas and say that incidents conflict in schools have dropped by a a third since those safe passage routes have been established. >> the bottom line is back to school should be fun. ash-har, thank you very much. >> well, i don't want to add fuel to the fire, but it's going to be a very hot day across the
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midwest, certainly across chicago and definitely on into minneapolis, where we're going to continue to deal with exceptional heat, minneapolis climbing to a my of 98. tip there i this time of year, 79. typically this time of year, chicago reaches 81. exceptional heat can be very dangerous for outdoor activities. get any tasks you need outdoors done in the early morning hours and after the evening after the heating of the day has subsided. tuesday at 92, back into the 80's on wednesday and thursday, but still the upper 80's, which is very unusual for this time of the year. as a matter of fact, the last time chicago has dealt with a heatwave like this was in mid july from july all the way until august 24 at the approach of this heatwave, temperatures have actually averaged 2.7 degrees below normal. it's very warm across chicago.
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later in the day, the outer rim of the heat, we're going to have to deal with strong thunderstorms, capable of producing damages winds, hail, even the chance for a few isolated tornadoes. that exists from anyone applies into duluth. we are looking at tropical storm fernand making land in mexico. it will bring rain from veracruz to hidalgo. we want to be careful there. back to ewe that rape welcome in other parts of the country. >> in egypt, a much calmer day as the tale of two trials is delayed. mubarak's trial and those of leaders of the muslim brotherhood have been put off for now. we have more on the situation there. jonathan.
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>> those trials against the muslim brotherhood have been put off until october. certainly the crackdown against that group continues. every day the government announces more arrests among its senior members and leaders and frankly, anyone who appears to be sympathetic to the group. it has led to a feeling among egyptians that the situation is improving. there's a lot of support for the military from the egyptian people frankly because it's seen as the best way to try to restore piece and prosperity, despite its heavy-handed tactics. there's hope among the egyptian people that the country is slowly turning to normal. >> jonathan beds coming to us from cairo this morning. >> the first woman to become a member of the new york stock exchange has died. she passed away saturday after battling cancer.
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she began as a fraynie working $65 a week. she bought a seat on the stock exchange in 1967 and became first female director of banking. >> amgen has made a deal to buy onyx pharmaceuticals. the f.d.a. approved their new bone marrow application next year. the deal still requires approval by regulators from the federal government. >> major nidal hasan is going to go before a trial again today. the punishment phase of his trial will begin just days after a court martial convicted him. a military jury convicted him of 45 charges, including premeditated murder for the shooting spree at fort hood
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texas. the jury could recommend death, making him the first soldier to be executed by the u.s. military since 1961. >> afghan president karzai visiting the pakistani capitol of islamabad today. this will be the first high level meeting from the leaders since the swearing in of the new government in pakistan. karzai is looking to restart the peace process with the taliban who dismissed him as a u.n. puppet. >> rescue crews are working to find any swine of survivors from sunday's deadly train derailment. the train crashed in the southern part of mexico. the train meant as the beast is meant to transport goods but through the years has taken illegal migrants into the u.s. the remote area so remote ambulances couldn't reach the scene. people scrambled to help until
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rescue crews arrived by helicopters. >> an exciting finish in golf, tiger woods in the hunt until the final hours on sunday, but falls short yet again. john henry smith joins us now with that story in sports. >> tiger had extenuating circumstances this weekend. all week, tiger woods had been dealing with a bad back and wouldn't you know, he tweaked it from what he says was a soft hotel bed, but despite the pain and stiffness, the big cat was there in contention. on 13, though, can you say back pain. tiger obviously in pain. ball sails into the swamp. this is the second straight year he's had a stiff back at the event from a bad mass stress. tiger despite the back stiffness got it going. he had a chance, check out the approach on 17.
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boy, he knocks it stiff. he would birdie that to move within one shot of the lead. tiger needed this putt, it's a long one, not happening, but despite the back pain, tiger guts out a second place finish. >> i felt great until that tee shot, on the 12. i was perfectly fine, playing pretty good and hanging right there at the time he just made a double at 11 and i was only one back. i figured that i was in a perfect spot, and unfortunately, i just couldn't finish out the rest of the day. >> i started out the day with a wing and a prayer. i played a good round of golf, still i thought it was good enough, but the closing holes threw up a challenge for these guys and luck was definitely on my side today. >> at the little league world series, both teams undefeated. something had to give in
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sunday's game. we start with japan, but california answers back. cortez comes up clutch, ripping it to left. that would plate two runs. just like that, california is back on top 4-3, but buckle up, because this roller coaster ride was just speeding up. bottom of the fifth, strikes again, there's a rainbow to center. that's gone, his second home run of the game. japan ties it up at four. later that inning, comes up clutch, slapping one down the third base line, let the celebration begin, japan goes on to win 6-4. japan has done it again, they are ikibon. that means number one in japanese. >> it was a tough loss for california, japan silenced the booming advance. california manager told me how much this experience meant to his players.
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>> they're just a good team. i know they're going to hold their heads high, a couple of them are disappointed, but they'll be out there, they'll be fine. >> what's the significance of this right now for you and your players? what does it signify? >> they'll never forget this the rest of their life, neither will i. but you know what, we'll be playing, we're off and running, we'll be fine. it's just a game. he played a game, they played it very well and we gave it a sporting charges and that's all we can do. >> clutch hitting with a addition in mrid approach and defensive plays all loud japan to carry the world championship banner for the ninth time. the japanese players stayed on the field for a long time soaking in their championship moment. then, a few hours after the game, the japanese team reemerged on the field in full uniform, continuing their celebration under the lights
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with family and friends. >> we started this journey with over 7,000 little league teams and now over 45,000 games later, japan is the last team standing. let's go back to the studio. >> thanks, mark, what a great event. finally soccer, organizers of the 2002 world cup in qatar are mulling over changing the event from summer to win ther, why? day time temperatures in qatar often eclipse 105 degrees in the summer. >> if you're the number one golfer in the world and made a lot of money, can't you afford to bring your own mattress to the tournament if you're having back problems? >> you would certainly think there would be a good bed in the entire metro area for him to sleep on. two years in a row. >> tip to tiger, bring your own bed. >> it is a growing concern in households around the country, the high price of college
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forcing students to evaluate other options. ç]
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college is one of the most important choices a person can make and so is deciding how to pay for it. taking on student debt can affect you for the rest of your life and there is now a real debate about whether college is still worth it. jennifer london reports. >> it's a catch 22, because i can't go to school without the loans. >> 39-year-old motor of four is working toward a degree in business management. >> the amount that i owe in answer to the loans, it's about $22,000 at this point. >> at this point. and she's only two years into her studies at l.a. city college. >> it's going to affect my saving for retirement and things because the money that i'm behind in student loans could be allocated to my retirement and savings and things like that. >> from private schools, you might get more funding, because they're private. >> across town at university of los angeles, a third year student is paying for school
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with student loans. every semester comes with a sacrifice. >> i couldn't study abroad over the summer. it definitely makes me angry to go through this and to kind of -- it's definitely a restraint on your decisions. you don't feel a lot of freedom, i can't stay in school forever and learn what i want to learn. >> students find themselves in a difficult position. they need to pay for school now, even if that leaves their long term financial future uncertain. >> 39 million students are stuck between debt and a diploma across the country. a report released in august from the public policy think tank dimos show student debt has quadrupled to more than $1 trillion in 2013. >> when students leave school with tens of thousands of dollars of debt, they are forced to spend the first 10 years of their working lives repaying this. >> robbie hilton smith is a policy analyst.
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>> 10% to 15% more of their income going to the student debt, and that's not going to other things, not going for retirement or down payment for a home. because they're not able to do other things, that money doesn't recircumstance lately into the economy. >> economist christopher thorn berg said getting that college degree is worth the price. >> that's going to be one of the best investments you will ever make, and if you borrow some money, that is a good thing for the person and it's a good thing for our economy overall. >> it's just a matter of you're sacrificing how much you're willing to take. >> a sacrifice more and more students are making at a higher and higher cost, jennifer london, aljazeera. >> aljazeera continues in just two minutes.
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