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hello and welcome to al jazeera, i'm john than betz live in new york. >> sarin was used. sarin killed. the security council must be prepared to act next week. >> secretary of state john kerry urges un action against syria. and now the syrian government admits neither side can win its bloody civil war. pope francis warns that the catholic church needs to stop obsessing on the divisive issues of abortion, days by, and birth control. ♪
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the time to act on syria is now. that's the message from secretary of state john kerry to the un security council. he said the un should act swiftly. >> we need everyone's help in order to see that the security council lives up to its founding values and passes a binding resolution that codifies the strongest possible mechanism to achieve the goal and to achieve it rapidly. we need to make the geneva agreement meaningful, and to make it meaningful we need to eliminate syria's cw program. it is important that we accomplish the goal in new york and accomplish it as rapidly as
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possible. >> the un disarmament chief tells al jazeera that the chemical weapons inspection team will return to syria next week. >> they will go back within days. just today i had a number of discussions, and we are very much hoping that they can go maybe not monday but maybe tuesday or wednesday. at the very latest. they are ready to go. >> rosalyn jordan has the latest now from washington. >> reporter: the purpose for john kerry's statements was to set the record clear. the secretary of state made it very clear that the u.s. does not question who was responsible for the sarin gas attack in an eastern suburb of damascus on august 21st. in the u.s.'s opinion and it says it is backed up with the result of the un inspector
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report, it was the responsible of the regime of president bashar al-assad. the president is making it very clear when the general assembly of the united nations convenes next week in new york that the u.s. wants to see as much action as possible taken to make certain there is a resolution supporting the efforts to remove chemical weapons from syria. the u.s. is not looking for everything that is going to possibly weak company has been a diplomatic approach to dissolving this crisis that has already capped the two and a half year long civil war. that said the u.s. is taking note that the syrian regime may be indicating it has gone about as far as it can in its civil
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war against the rebels, and certainly the u.s. is going to be doing whatever it can to try to drive for some sort of political conference in geneva in order tend to the civil war. >> syrian's prime minister says the war has reached a stalemate and the government will call for a ceasefire this weekend. in an interview . . . the fighters oppotion assad are far from united one battle played out along syria's border with turkey. and that's where western-backed rebels fought with al qaeda-affiliated fighters. heavy clashes with the free
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syrian army, al jazeera correspondent joins us live. who are these groups and why are they fighting? >> reporter: well, jonathan, the rebels fighting against the syrian regime belong to different groups with competing ideologies, and interests. on the one hand you have the al qaeda-linked fighters and on the other hand you have the free syrian army, and they are backed by the west, something of course that doesn't go down quite well with the al qaeda fighters. this recent round of violence on wednesday and thursday started when the al qaeda-linked fighters demanded that a german aid worker, a doctor be handed over to them, because they suspected he was a spy. the moderate rebels refused to hand him over, and this turned
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into a much larger turf battle. this is exactly the kind of fighting that has complicated the nature of the syrian conflict. you worry about who these weapons are going to end up in the hands of, and how divided these groups are. so once again, a huge battle. we have seen one of the largest battles between the various rebel groups and this time in a very important strategic border area. >> when you talk about the infighting, what is the impact for its neighbor there, turkey? >> well, it's a huge impact, really, because what we have been seeing is essentially al qaeda-linked fighters operating within a rage of just three miles away from turkish territory. that is not likely to make
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anyone happy, particularly since the turkish government allowed the al qaeda-linked fighters to enter the area. it is the primary concern sited to me by many turkish residents they have already been seeing stray bullets pock mark their buildings here. many towns aboss the border have been affected. people die on the turkish side as a result. they have seen their country brought into the conflict. their government shooting down a syrian military helicopter that steered mistakenly into its country. and they are worried with the al qaeda-backed fighters so close to the border, they could turn their weapons against turkish
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citizens. so they promptly shut down the border crossing. and although we have seen a ceasefire reached between these groups in the past few hours, the coming days are going to be crucial to see if this is a sign of what is to come. >> is there a real threat that those alchi -- al qaeda-linked groups could take control of the border? >> what we have seen is the al qaeda-linked troops have gone back to their area. the border crossing until now remained in the hands of the more moderate rebel fighters, but if they lay their hand on the border crossing, it will quite problematic, because it will be the first time we see the al qaeda-linked fighters in
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control of the border crossing. and this fell into the hands of the rebels last year, when we have seen them push back government forces. so it would be an unfortunate turn of events should al qaeda manage to control this crossing. >> okay. thank you. now to colorado where the death toll from the flooding disaster has risen to seven. meanwhile more than 5,000 gallons of oil has spread into the south platte river. state energy officials say the company that owned the damaged tank has put absorbedant booms to soak up that oil. mexico is struggling to cope with back-to-back hurricanes, flooding and landslides continue to devastate some regions.
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so far at least 97 people have been killed and many are still missing. lawmakers are gearing up for battle on the house floor tomorrow. they are set to vote on a republican bill that would fund the government but defund the president's health care live. mike viqueira should be joining us live from washington in just a couple of minutes. ♪ before we get to that, we want to talk about what is happening in mexico. it is no long ear hurricane. now a tropical depression. manuel is continuing to slowly move to the eanortheast at 7 mis an hour. maybe not the winds are the big problem, but the fact that the storm is moving so slow and dumping a lot of rain in the same area, that is the big
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concern. the wind now 35 miles an hour. 6 to 12 or 20-plus inches of rain because this storm moves so slowly inland is the problem now. that is leading to flash flooding and mud slides. we're walk -- watching a storm that may be developing in the gulf of mexico as well. we want to talk more about those deadly mud slides and flooding in mexico. let's go now to davis mercer with more on that. >> reporter: tropical storm manuel has now moved up to the northwestern part of the country. we have heard that there could be up to 45 centimeters of rain dropped in that area. we have heard there could be heavy, strong winds. there have been evacuations, the state is on red alert, and
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schools have been cancelled, but so far we haven't seen the same sort of deinstruction as we did in the southern part of the country. on wednesday i was in alka pullco where the majority of the people have been trapped and killed in landslides, and some of these regions are incredibly remote and very mountainous, and it was simply days and days of rain-saturated soil that came down in landslides and one landslide, more than 100 people were buried. and now there are dozens of dead and still many who have disappeared. these are the kinds of situations and scenes that the emergency services are trying to get to, but the emergency services are having difficulty getting there. because of the infrastructure that is being cut off by the floods and landslides a lot of access is only by helicopter.
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the government is slightly limited in what it is able to do with helicopters in terms of pulling people out. they are having difficulty reaching these people. there is more rain in the forecast when we were there on wednesday it started to rain just before we left on a military flight. kay only imagine how worried this must have these people who have been living basically in the wild without much help whatsoever from the outside world. now to the looming shutdown in washington. lawmakers are gearing up for battle on the house floor tomorrow. they are set to vote on a republican bill that would fund the federal government but defund the president's health care law. mike viqueira joins us live from washington, d.c. with more on this. mike what are we expecting from congress tomorrow? >> jonathan it is interesting. democrats fighting with republicans, that's nothing
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knew, but republicans fighting with republicans, that's what is happening now. and really gumming up the works, and putting the country in jeopardy of going over another fiscal cliff. for conservatives a call to arms. ted cruz and a group of house members are drawing a line in exchange for a vote in favor of keeping the government running, they want to cut off funding for president obama's healthcare law. >> this is bad stuff, and we have to do everything we can to halt it, stop it. >> friday the house votes on whether to do just that. like all of the earlier attempts the president has promised a veto, and the senate run by democrats isn't likely to give in to conservative demands. >> we will not blink. don't get it into your heads that we will. >> reporter: republicans are crying foul producing a video of the president negotiating with
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everybody but them. >> so while the president is happy to negotiate with vladimir putin, he won't engage with the congress to come up with a plan that deals with the deficits in our economy. >> the video demonstrated a little bit of odd putin envy on the part of the speaker. >> reporter: later in the month the nation is expected to bust through the legal debt ceiling. if congress doesn't vote to race it, the country could face a crisis. senator cruz promises a filibuster if they don't get their way. >> we'll fight with every ounce of breath we have. >> jonathan, we want to shake our heads and roll our eyes at this continuing gridlock. it is having real world
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consequences. witness the sequester put into effect some two years ago, and there is very little light at the end of the tunnel. there is usually a last-minute compromise, a lot of people don't see that happening this time. >> thank you. big banks could face even more regulatory scrutiny in the wake of j.pmorgajpmorgan's admi guilt. it's admission of guilt and almost billion dollars shows violators won't be getting off with just a slap on the wrist anymore. >> this is sending a message to the banks that they need to be more careful in how they communicate with their boards of direct directors. it is known as the bp oil spill but today a former
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employee of haliburton has been charged in that disaster. he allegedly destroyed evidence relating to the 2010 oil spill. he is the first individual to be charged. >> reporter: the charge stems from computer simulations run by haliburton about a month after the bp oil spill, the results of which were destroyed. after the oil rig explosion, federal officials required all contractors involved to conduct internal investigations. anthony was halburton's ceme cementing inspector. haliburton had suggested that bp use 21 centralizers which keep the casings centered in the well, bp opted to use 6.
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both showed little difference in the number of centralizers used, so he allegedly ordered the evidence destroyed. the company accepted a plea deal today related to the allegations. for that they will pay a $200,000. meanwhile he is charged with a misdemeanor for unauthorized destruction. and still ahead inside the mind of a killer, did aaron alexis slip through the cracks? plus where the investigation stands in the navy yard shooting. find out why some residents in alaska are unhappy about the checks they are getting in the mail. al jazeera america - a new voice in american journalism - >>introduces america tonight. >>in egypt, police fired teargas at supporters of the ...
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♪ just three days after the shooting rampage at the nav i have yard in washington, d.c., employees there have returned to work. a navy spokes woman says who areas will remain closed, billing 197 and another space used by investigators. an alabama woman said she had an unpleasant encounter with aaron alexis last month. >> he was in our face and going off. he was loud. >> he says alexis approached her family after her aunt laughed at a joke. she says alexis angrily accused a family of laughing at him. we have a clinical professor of
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psychiat psychiatry. doctor thank you for being here. how is it possible this man slipped through the cracks? >> well, his behavior was underestimated almost at every turn. for example, in 2004 he shot the tires out of somebody that may have blocked his car, et cetera. he was not handled very severely for that. i think that is the sort of thing that would have lead him to being brought to jail and at least looked at. not necessarily at a psychiatric emergency room, but if they saw signs of mental instability they might have wanted him to be evaluated further. but at the very least let's say he was not blatantly psychotic or whatever, he would have
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developed a record of being jailed for that, and dismissed from the navy right then and there and so on -- >> but are those signs enough? shooting out the tires of a car, shooting into a neighbor's apartment, accidentally allegedly. is that enough to raise alarms within the mental health system? >> yes, they are. certainly the prison system, but even the -- the japanese have a saying fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. >> what do you think should have happened then after the initial arrests? >> he should have been first brought into prison and looked at very carefully. his records would have been gathered so he would see whether there were other run ins, and the material would have showed him as being a paranoid, very
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distrustful, hot tempered guy. now at that point, i don't think that enough information was available back in 2004, 2008, to identify him clearly as a schizophrenic. but it was afterwards that he began doing other things besides getting trouble on the job and so on especially in the more recent months as a very distrustful person who was waiting to identify people against him. >> there were references in police reports that he was hearing voices. and was troubled. >> that was a month before the massacre. he did confront police and told them he was hearing voices and voices were coming out of the wall, and maybe a microwave.
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the police said, if they are following you, see if you can walk on a different street. so they took it literally. >> do you feel like the police dropped the ball? >> yes, they did. >> why do you say that >> because when a person says three people are following me. well, so far not a big alert, but if they say the voices are coming from the wall, and the microwave is causing these vibrations, now you don't have to be a rocket scientist or even a terribly well trained policeman to say hum, this sounds mental. he should have been taken to the emergency room and then they could have seen how violent he had been in the past. >> you believe police departments have become more
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lenient with people struggling with mental health issues. >> that's my experience. >> what do you mean by that? >> because years ago if you had done some of these things, especially talked about hearing voices and getting signs of dilution and being very paranoid, you would have been -- even if you told the policeman that, the policeman would have taken you by the arm, taken you to a psychiatric emergency room, and very likely you would have been admitted and evaluated, but now you have to be crazier, and almost hit the policemen before they take action because they are so concerned about not violating the civil liberties of the individual, and pussy footing around unless the situation is more dramatic, that many of these people slip through the cracks. >> so they are not recognizing the signs of mental health issues and following the proper
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channels. >> either not recognizing the signs, or they have raised the bar higher. perhaps doing something that -- >> to get their attention. >> to get their attention. >> dr. michael stone, we appreciate your incite so much from columbia university. thank you for being here tonight. >> my pleasure. ♪ >> home depot is joining a growing list of businesses making changes to their health care coverage. they are shifting their part-time workers to new marketplace locations. enrollment in the public exchanges begins october 1st. and wells fargo is cutting 1800 jobs because of lower demand for
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mortgage refinancing. re-fys have plunged over 1% since may. these job cuts are in addition to the 3,000 workers the banks have laid off so far. ♪ i'm jessica taft, week 3 of the nfl kicked off tonight with plenty of drama as andy reid returns to philadelphia for the first time since being fired as the head coach. reid knows the way off of the bus. he is now turning the tide with kansas city, and has the chiefs off to a 2-0 start which matches their entire win total from last season. and the game also marking the return of donovan mcnabb. he came with reid to get to the super bowl, but the relationship ultimately ended rocky when an
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aging mcnabb was benched by his head coach. and the dodgers have become the first team to punch their ticket into the nl west playoffs. we'll have much more after the break on al jazeera. ♪ real money. victoria azarenko
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welcome back to al jazeera. i'm jonathan betz here are the top stories tonight. secretary of state john kerry is sending a message to the un regarding syria, hurry up. he urged them to be prepared to t act next week. he also calls for transparency and accountability. the death toll continues to rise in mexico as rescue workers continue to search for people caught in landslides. revolutionary remarks from the leader of the catholic church, pope francis criticized his church's obsession, his words, with abortion, gay
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marriage, and contraception. he called on the church to become a home for all, not just a few. >> reporter: pope francis is aiming to make the catholic church a more welcoming church for all. in a candid interview with a publication that has the vatican's blessing, francis shied away from questions on homosexuality and abortion. a stark contrast from his pedestri predecessors.
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his remarks echo the same ones he made on a flight home from his first foreign trip, in which he said if someone is gay, who am i to judge? >> it's time for people to reconsider the catholic faith and they have been wondering what it means when catholics are leaving the church. and when you have a leader like this, you can't help but think wow, there is really something going on that is interesting. >> reporter: the pope's remarks aren't changing the policies of the catholic church, but the tone is decidedly different. it is big news today, so we're joined by father matt malone. he is the editor and chief of
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america, one of two magazines involved in putting together this interview. father thank you for being here. >> my pleasure. >> so your magazine helped make this happen. how did it happen and why did the pope agree? >> it started with us simply saying why don't we interview the pope. it seemed unlikely, but we had lived through six weeks of unlikely and unprecedented events. and we started this collaboration, and the pope agreed. he decided he wanted to speak to the people of god in a new way and bypassed the usual bureaucracy in the vatican and spoke directly to the jesuit journalists of the world. >> you said this was unprecedented. it is actually fairly well, didn't it for popes to give
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interviews? >> it's very rare. the most immediate precedent is pope benedict. but his interviews were very heavily redacted. no pope has given an interview quite like this, that was so direct, intimate, simple in its language, and heart felt in its approach. >> what did you first think when you saw the comments? >> i thought, wow, this is amazing. popes traditionally do not speak like this. and when i sat back from his comments about some of the hot button issues and took the whole thing in, i thought to myself what we are really seeing here is the birth of a new genre of papal communication. one that is less fatherly and more brotherly. one that is really focused on
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the heart of the message of the church. >> and new again raw in painel communication but also in the cher it feels like. >> yeah, i think that's fair to say. the pope hasn't changed the teachings of the church in any way through this interview. what he has done is highlighted different aspects of the church. church's teaching. for instance one of the things that he talks about here is the need to extend a certain pastoral welcome and sensitivity to gay and lesbian people. and the modern church has held that view for quite a while, but what he is saying is that that's not only a part of the church's teaching, it's the most important part, and it's that emphasis -- it's that shift in emphasis that is so significant. >> what do you think the less tolerant believers in the church are going to do? >> well, i think this is something new, unprecedented,
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it's a different approach and a different way of communicating, and because it is new, it is going to make some people uncomfortable and some nervous. but in the end the pope was very clear in this interview, and if you give it a careful reading, you'll see he is talking about what is at the very heart of the christian message, which is we have been created and redeemed by a god who is love, and everything that the church believes and says and does only makes sense in that context. >> do you ever think he might get to the point where he actually comes out and endorses, approved homosexuality and does not view it as a sin. >> the church has always made a distinction -- >> the acts, right. >> the sexual acts, right. that has been fairly traditional teaching -- >> but do you think it could get to that point? >> i think that that's unlikely. but if it -- if we were going to
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move in any direction, understanding that teaching differently, this is how we would start. >> this is how we start. it is an historic moment frankly in the catholic church, and father thank you for coming in today. >> my pleasure. the house has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from the foot stamp program. the bill passed without a single democratic vote. 217 in favor, and 210 opposed. it is the second part of the farm bill voted on in july. provisions include cutting $39 billion over ten years for food stamps. thousands of people hit by massing flooding in colorado are now being hit financially. many of those effected did not have flood insurance. some are turning to fema for help. >> reporter: jesse and will collins were among the first
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people allowed back into lyons. >> it was utter devastation. >> they had four meet of mud in the house where they lived and worked. >> everything that was about waste high is gone. >> we owned our business outright. it took me 30 years, 30 years to get to here. >> reporter: just down the street, fema's swift water search and rescue team was going through the neighborhood trudging through high water to make sure everyone has been accounted for. these boots on the ground are part of the rescue process, but now fema's attention to turning to money to help people get back on their feet. this is a street here in lyons, there is not supposed to be a river running down this street. a lot of folks in these small
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communities don't have flood insurance. fema says so far 10,200 people have signed up for help. the agency has $4.3 million for cash grants, unemployment assistance, and temporary housing. >> we're a piece of the recovery package that people have. >> reporter: he says the federal government can only do so much. >> we're not able to fully compensate you for your losses, but we want to make sure you have a safe, secure, and habitable place to live. >> we were on top of the world before this, and we -- we start from zero again. >> reporter: jesse and will are hoping fema ma's jump start would help them get back on track. >> i always thought if something happened it would be from a fire. flood was the last thing from my mind. >> for these two and others the long financial recovery process
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is just beginning. well every year alaskian residents receive a check from the state's oil wealth fund. it's typically met with joy, but there was some disappointment when this year's check amount was announced. it will be $900, but that is down from the $2,000 boundy back in 2008. alan why the drop off in the money? >> reporter: because it was a bad year in 2009, jonathan, and this is a fund that is given out based on a formula that rolls back five years and '09 was a bad, bad year. $576 million will be given out to alaskian residents who qualify for the pfd fund. a nice little gift every year from the state and the oil companies who do so much business here.
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>> i need coffee to survive the whole day with eight kids. [ laughter ] >> reporter: donna could use a little help. with eight kids living here in their first house after four year's of homelessness, supplies are in short supply. so what does the money mean? >> all of that is going to go towards my children and all of their needs. >> most of the kids are sleeping on the floor. they have clothes, but nowhere to put them. each has a list of wants and needs. >> i need a bed and curtains. >> a hello kitty alarm clock to wake me up in the morning for school. >>sy want to decorate my room. >> reporter: the dividend comes from a $47 billion investment fund. the payout varies, this year it
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is a bit higher than expected but still on the low end historically. the fund is still feeling the effects of the recession and 2009, a very bad year, which is still part of the five-year rolling average of investment earnings. next year '09 won't be in the mix. angela rowdel says this is a handout alaskians have earned. >> it is a payment to live in alaska? yes, but it is also because this is oil that belong to all alaskians. >> reporter: chris donnelly is fairly typical in the way he spends the money. his family looks to the future and a bit of winter fun. >> my kids have been getting their dividend ever since they were
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[ technical difficulties ] >> today residents tried to block the filing of the detroit bankruptcy and make their voices heard. what happened in court today? >> reporter: jonathan the federal bankruptcy judge heard from a lot of people. he heard from detroit residents, lawyers, and retired city workers, and that's primarily where all of the focus was today.
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these retired workers are terrified there will be cuts made to their pension benefits if this bankruptcy goes through. weeks after the bankruptcy filing, residents and retired workers finally got their day in federal court. more than a hundred of them were on a list to voice their opposition to what could be the largest municipal bankruptcy in american history. outside a handful of demonstrators hit the pavement. >> retirees will go hungry. many of us will lose our homes. we work ten, 20, 30 years, many of us, with the promise of this pension. this is our life blood. >> reporter: about half of detroit's $18 billion debt is owed to those who work or worked for the city. although there isn't a specific plan on the table to make any cuts to those benefits, the bankruptcy filing suggests
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otherwise, and retirees say that is not going to happen without a fight. >> this isn't about detroit. it's about the pension funds throughout the country, and none of them will be safe. >> reporter: they call into question whether the city's emergency manager had the authority to make the bankruptcy filing in the first place. they also believe their pensions are protected by the state constitution. >> it's not entitlement. everybody who works and one of our benefits was our pension. we worked hard. and we earned those pensions and we made plans accordingly, and now just to say you might not have it, i mean, that's -- i don't even have the words for it. >> reporter: the judge has now heard from the community, his decision on the future of detroit is expected next month. and a little over 100 people were on the list to speak each person was given about three minutes to talk. i have talked to quite a few
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people making their way out of the courtroom today, and many say they find comfort in knowing that they were at least able to voice their concern before the judge. jonathan? >> that is encouraging. thank you for that report tonight. a texas appeals court has overturned the money laundering conviction of tom delay. prosecutors claimed he redirected corporate donations to candidates for the texas state legislature. he was given an eight-year prison sentence, but was allow to remain free during the appeal. prosecutors say they will now take the case to the state's highest court. caroline kennedy is being considered for the post of u.s. ambassador to japan. if confirmed kennedy said she would strengthen ties between the u.s. and its fourth largest trading partner.
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>> if confirmed i look forward to working with american business, to expand and promote american exports and trade. in addition i will work to increase exchanges between american and japanese students, scroll lars and citizens, so that future generations will understood our shared history and continue to bind our nations closer. >> if confirmed kennedy would be the first woman to hold that post. >> okay. joie chen what is coming up at the top of the hour? >> good evening, jonathan. on "america tonight" broadway is responding to a late night call. broadway calls it the actors chapel, cradled between broadway and 8th avenue, every saturday night, his pastor shepherds a
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call for prayer. we'll go to church off broadway and learn more about calls for change coming from the pope. his warning for the catholic church. those stories and more at the top of the hour, jonathan. >> thanks, joie. in sports andy reid turns to philadelphia for the first time since being fired by the eagles. that story is next.
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there's more to financial news than the ups and downs of the dow. for instance, can fracking change what you pay for water each month? have you thought about how climate change can affect your grocery bill? can rare minerals in china affect your cell phone bill? or how a hospital in texas could drive up your healthcare premium? i'll make the connections from the news to your money real. ♪ time now for sports with jessica taft. so the emotions are running high in philadelphia, huh? >> yeah, absolutely. different uniform for andy reid,
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same mustache though, don't worry. in philly the only thing missing as far as drama goes tonight is that sound of the bell that normally signals the start of a heavyweight fight. andy reid returning to a place he knows very, very well. however, he needed directions to the visiting locker room. he came to philly armed with his new team who is off to a 2-0 start. adding to the emotions of the night was also the return of donovan mcnabb, the quarterback who lead the team to a super bowl appearance. however, mcnabb and his long-time coach had a rocky relationship in the end after reid benched the qb in his final
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season in philly. and this move stunned cleveland fans. mcgehee racked up 731 yards in 10 games with the broncos last season before suffering a knee injury. and in baseball the dodgers have gone from worst to first. the boys from la la land have come all the way back to clench the nl west and become the first team to punch their ticket into the playoffs and speaking of playoffs, it's the final countdown to golf showcase showdown. tiger woods has the lead, but can he hang on to it. >> right now tiger woods in my opinion has a slight lead in the player of the year race over mickelson and adam scott, but if one of those two guys wins the fed ex, i think they will be named player of the year.
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player of the year is voted on by the players on the pga tour. this is not media doing it, definitely not fans doing it. these are the players, so they understand the value of every win. you win a major championship, it's kind of the equivalent to winning four regular pga events. tiger has won a couple of regular tour events, but two wc events and the player's championship, so it's going to come down to this event to decide player of the year in my opinion. >> todd, finally there is a chance that steve could win the fedex cup championship would ever winning on tour this season. i wonder at the tour headquarters if they view that as a good or bad thing? >> well, i mean first off you have to go hats off to steve. he has played 12 events this year, he didn't even play the
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first playoff event the barclays outside of new york city. yeah, that's probably not the best scenario for the pga tour. holding the fedex cup and the $10 million check, without a win on the pga tour. but they are probably going to change some of then point structure heading into next season. but the pga could not like steve, in my opinion to hold that trophy without a victory. >> so tiger has the lead going in, but it's really anybody's $10 million purse to win. it's a huge purse plus 2007, tiger woods has won it twice. when there is money involved, he seems to be really good. >> there's motivation. [ laughter ] >> yeah, exactly. >> i didn't realize the purses were that big. >> it is with this scenario,
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because it is whoever gets the most points in this playoff scenario. if he could just carry that over to his need to break that drought with the majors, then that would be something else. >> that might be the motivation to do it, $10 million. >> yeah joosh, exactly. >> thanks jessica. coming up david warren has a look at our weather. ç]
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♪ i'm meteorologist dave warren, we are starting in mexico. we have tropical systems, one weakening, and one possibly strengthening. manuel, tropical depression, but still a problem because it is moving so slowly. and here in the gulf this is slowly organizing. it does show some potential to become a little better organized in the next 48 hours. this is colorado, that is the south platte river, this is the flooding traveling from the east through colorado and into
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nebraska. this shows how it went to flood stage and will remain there until at least saturday or sunday. so that's why these flood warnings are in effect along the river, extending all the way into nebraska. now also making its way east is this big storm. through the midwest. this is a big system which will continue to push east. ahead of it we get the showers and storms and warm air. temperatures are still about 80 in chicago, and were up to 90 in kansas city. that's where the heat is, it clears out and moves east, by saturday and sunday it will be pushing towards new york and new england. a look at the headlines is coming up.
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>> you're al jazeera. i'm jonathan betz. here are the stories we're following tonight. secretary of state john kerry wants the u.n. to act with urgency. kerry urgen urged the security l to meet within the week. and the deputy prime minister said that the war has reached a stalemate and will call a cease-fire. neither the armed opposition nor the regime is capable of of defeating the other side.

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