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>> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. the budget topped the agenda as law makes in washington get back to business. the united nations said u.s. drone strikes have killed more civilians than the government is willing to admit. >> police in florida are trying to track down two convicted killers who used forged papers to walk free. >> back to business or simply business as usual, the budget tops the agenda, but republicans have one plan, departments have
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another. time is short. lawmakers have until mid december to agree on a long term budget. if they don't and it's business as usual, the impact will be felt well into next year. libby casey is in washington for us. libby, are things getting back to normal down there? >> they really are for the most part. federal workers are back on the job. you know, it is a ripple effect, though. even as those workers go back, the personal economics of so many other people who are tied to the government, who work at tourist sites are going to take a while to rebuild after the government shutdown. that's not just here in washington, it's around the the country. one more note of normalcy, the white house is going to restart their tours next month. tours have been off since march, when the the sequestration cuts, these across the board budget cuts went into effect, the white house said this isn't a priority and we can't afford to do it
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anymore. it got a lot of public pushback. people come to washington hoping for these tours, usually get connected with their member of congress to get them and they haven't been happening. we expect to see them a few days a week through mid january, when this current funding of the federal government is running out, then they're going to have to reevaluate after that. >> the deal reached this week calls for congress to come up with a long term budget plan by mid december. how real the accident i realist? >> members of the house and senate coming together to work on fiscal issues, and we heard from the two co chairs of this group, senator patty murray, department of washington state, congressman paul ryan, republican, of course, the former vice presidential candidate, we heard from them yesterday morning that they are moderating expectations somewhat. >> chairman ryan knows i'm not going to vote for his budget.
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i know that i's not going to vote for mine. we're going to find the common ground between our two budgets that we both can vote on and that's our goal. >> we want to look for common ground to get a budget agreement. our goal is the good for the american people, to get the debt under control, do smart deficit reduction and grow the economy and get people back to work. >> key phrase there, common ground you. heard them both use it. that gives an indication that they might not be looking for the grand bargain, the big deal, they may be looking at places they can compromise. they start from a very different perspective. republicans don't want to do so any new taxes. they also would like to cut agency spending, and they want to reduce or refine benefits to entitlement programs. democrats have some very different ideas. the other end of the spectrum, they want high are income taxes, end the quester cuts in place and they want to preserve entitlement programs. >> well, libby, thank you so much.
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i got to tell you, jeff sessions' face was priceless when patty murray said we're not going to vote for your budget. libby casey at the white house for us. thank you. president obama is trying to fill a key spot in his cabinet. he tapped the pentagon's former top lawyer to head the department of homeland security. >> today i'm proud to announce my choice to lead them, an outstanding public servant, whom i've known and trusted for years, mr. jay johnson. >> thank you trusted honor of this nomination and the trust you placed in me to carry out this large and very important responsibility as secretary of home land security. >> aljazeera's alan fisher is in washington for us. what do we know about jay johnson? >> he's a lawyer, a long time friend and supporter of barack obama, very heavily involved in raising money for him in the first campaign. he served in the clinton administration as the lawyer for
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the mayor force, then became the main lawyer at the pentagon. i think it's interesting that he doesn't have really experience of managing democrats. he i--democrats. there's going to be a change in the way he approaches things. najanet napolitano was interestd in immigration. this is more talking about keeping americans safe. we're going to hear a lot about drones, because jay johnson has written about drones, how to degrade al-qaeda. he has said a lot about doing that sort of operation. his signature piece of legislation undoubtedly came when he was at the pentagon and there he helped craft a joint report about don't ask, don't tell. that was something president barack obama mentioned specifically during the ceremony in the rose garden just a few hours ago. >> it's interesting that written record will be much talked about during the senate confirmation
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hearings. i guess he likely to be confirmed? >> there doesn't seem to be much people can object to, although his stance on whether or not it's right to use drones will undoubtedly draw ire from libber tarns. when he was in the white house as part of barack obama's national security team, he argued for a wider interpretation of when it was right to use drones and when it was right to hold people in indefinite detention. perhaps his interpretation was wider than the people in the state department. that may cause problems in the senate confirmation hearings but the white house is fully confident that he will be the next secretary of homeland security. >> the congressional clock is starting to wind down hear. do we know when the confirmation hearings will take place. >> senate is off on vacation next week. after that, they'll have to start looking at possibly getting jay johnson into position very quickly.
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janet napolitano is back in california, there she is running third level education, and doing the job there. i think they'll be keen to get someone at the helm of homeland security as soon as possible, because it's a huge department, but it's also a very important department for the united states government. >> absolutely. alan, appreciate it. thank you. >> now to the affordable health care act. depending who you ask, it's a success. of course, there are also many vocal critics of the program issue. now today, we examine both sides of this he can streaky divisive issue. we start in the state of georgia where obamacare is known as a bad word. >> after 20 years of working for financial advisory firms, as he ili welsh decided it was time to open her own business, but now she'll need her own health insurance. >> my clients, who also are self employed, i've told them to just
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wait until november or december, because i knew there were going to be glitches. >> she's talking about health, riddled with software glitches. >> they clearly weren't prepared for an october 1 rollout. the long term implications, in a year or two, this will be a distant memory. >> for welsh, one of 36 states in georgia that did not open up their own health care exchange, she finds the federally designed website frustrating. >> i'm fully registered, my application sent in. i am now able to see a button that says view your results. i can't get past that right now. >> do people in the state of georgia have any assistance navigating this process. >> in reality, no. people have their personal advisers. i'm working with my clients and with friends and family, but
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there's no assistance from the state at all. there's supposed to be a role called a navigator. the state has approved six people. that's not meaningful. >> so for as he ili, she's on her own the state of george. >> has decided they don't want to assist people getting insurance, by design. the governor said to the federal government, i don't want your money to expand medicaid. that is affecting some hospitals, especially here in atlanta. >> i think part of it was not wanting to appear supportive of the policy of the obama administration. >> that decision is hardest felt here. grady hospital, one of the few places in atlanta that the uninsured and the poor come for medical care. >> under the affordable care act, we stand to lose $45 million a year. >> administrators say operating grady is a break-even situation. this means clinical services like mental health will be eliminated if state lawmakers fail to resolve the budget
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shortfall. the new health care law that provisions aimed at helping hospitals that care for the poor, but in order to benefit from them, states need to be fully onboard approximate the affordable health care act. without signing on, prominent health care specialists spell out some potential negative outcomes. >> there would be a huge loss of care in the community. we would end up with increased prison population and increased homelessness. there's not an upside to the decisions with we make. >> welch is determined as a consumer to wait it out. >> it can be a significant cost savings and if it was something else they were waiting for, a discounted movie ticket or something else, they'd go through the hassles. i've seen people wait in line to get a new iphone. >> uninsured americans have until december 15 to sign up for coverage to take effect january 1, when most americans will be required to be insured. aljazeera, atlanta. >> and now for a different
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perspective on obamacare, this one is more positive, and for that, we head to as he can ar s, california. >> on the day the health care exchange opened shop, paul went on line to buy insurance. it took some time and effort. he shopped around, looked at different plans and what each had to offer, and then. >> then it says i completed my application. >> paul will have insurance starting the first of next year and it will cost him one dollar a month. with a few clicks, his life has changed. >> without it, i wouldn't be ail to do it. the policy they're afghanistan me is worth $500 a month, and i would call it a disaster policy, in case i broke a leg or had a heart attack, it would cover major expenses and i wouldn't lose my life savings or my house. >> california made an early commitment to obamacare, meaning
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a smoother launch with time to set up its website. some people have waited years, even decades to get health care coverage. the state's goal is to sign up about a million californians by the end of the first year. >> dana howard over at cover california says high web traffic is proof of consumer interest and public support for the new exchange. >> do the numbers. when you go on to covered c.a. and do the shop and compare and put in your information and see what you get back, you realize that this is going to be good. >> getting that kind of message out may be the biggest challenge. the countries health system, already difficult to navigate is after all, requiring with a threat of a penalty that americans buy insurance, but four some who followed health policy closely, out of necessity, the changes are a
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relief. paul considers himself a typical middle class american, not someone poor, but a beneficiary of obamacare. >> i didn't have medical insurance, and i had it in years past, but the premiums just went up and up and finally i had a make a decision, it's either do i eat or do i pay for the medical n, so i haven't had it for some years. i really wanted it, to be covered in case of an emergency. >> his message to those uncertain about coveredcalifornia is simple. go check it out and decide for yourself. here's at least one believer. >> so the man profiled in our piece pace just a dollar. that mind sound pretty low. couldn't get much lower, right? it's because the california exchange provides options, pay a low premium in exchange for high deductibles and copays. >> a manhunt is underway for two convicted killers who simply
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walked out of a florida prison with forged release documents. joseph jenkins and charles walker were serving life sentences at the franklin correctional facility. we have been following this story throughout the day, pulling together the pieces of this paper trail. how did this happen? >> police say these convicts used fake documents, fake signatures, ordering their early release. the signature was that of judge elvin perry. he was the judge in the case of the anthony trial. i spoke to convicts who now works with authorities. he said it's not difficult to put together a fake document but it had to have come from the outside. usually documents like this go from the judge's chamber to the clerk's office, to the department of corrections, and then to the prison. from there, it's verified with the clerk's office, so somehow, that documentation by passed the
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judge's chamber and went through the rest of the chain. >> has this happened before? >> it has, in pennsylvania, you had a case two years ago. you had a convicted i.r.s. scammer that forged documents and was released early. in wisconsin, a prisoner used a bogus document, released and later caught. you had some attempts in kentucky and florida. >> can this kind of thing have happened at a federal facility. >> it's very difficult, because it's much more computerized, more oversight. it would have been very difficult in federal prison. >> the manhunt continues. maria, appreciate it, thank you. >> we are looking at australia now, not much in the way of clouds, but there is a lot happening here. a bad fire situation, over 100 fires with a third of them out of control, and that's because the weather really picked up.
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the wind has picked up, the air is very, very dry and there's no rain out there, so they're doing what they can to fight these fires, but a number of still out of control, and the weather, although the temperatures have pulled out a bit, the wind still pretty gusty and changed direction. here are all the active fires picked up by the satellite. these are hot spots, maybe not an out of control fire, but hot spots. you see well to the southwest of australia, many, many fire locations there. this is a view of sydney. it's under their somewhere. these are clouds, but a lot of this is smoke. the red highlighted areas are the fires, picked up by the satellite. here's the situation in sydney. this is overaustralia. these are not really clouds, but this is smoke and ash flowing off fires moving to the southwest. the wind has picked up. even though the temperatures have dropped, as the wind picks up and changes direction, it can rapidly influence how you're fighting these fires. we'll look at more on this plus the tropics and national
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forecast, big change in temperatures is coming up later. >> appreciate it. thank you. next up, a strike leaves hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded, plus google hits a major milestone and joins a very exclusive club. >> the government shutdown wasn't bad for all businesses in washington, d.c. we'll explain.
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working from home, if possible. commuters this morning say simply they are fed up. of course, it's not just bart riders who are impacted by this strike. many others who commute by car every day now share the road with many more people, making for a much longer commute to and from work today. still at odds are the two sides overpay and benefits and work rules. they were very close apparently on the economic points. bart offered a 3% pay increase every year for the next four years, but what the two sides could not agree on are these work rules, rules such as bart's desire to change a policy, where a worker could work four days in a row for example, then call in sick and on the sixth day get overtime play. bart wants to update the technology to this 40-year-old system. the workers say that would take
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too much power away from them. it's a big economic impact on the bay area. in july, we saw when there was a four day strike, it cost this region an estimated $73 million per day, and with no future negotiations scheduled, this strike could last longer and cost more. >> how about this, google is now worth a grand. google shares broke the $1,000 mark, closing at $1,011. it had a one day gain of $122. the stock is soaring after the search engine giant posted strong earnings that blew past expect is as. google made $3 billion in the quarter and said clicks on ads jumped 26%. >> now that the nutdown ended, government workers are back on the job, it's a bit of a relief for the federal employees and for all of the small businesses that rely on them, as customers,
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doug is the founder of a food truck that caters to federal workers. doug, we met last week. i was on owe real money" and wanted to have you back. certainly with the news that the shutdown is over, you had your trucks out in a couple of areas where a lot of federal employees work. how was the turnout? >> it's interesting, tony, we're here, beautiful day, day after the shutdown, expecting great turnout and in fact, there were about two thirds of the number of people that we would normally see. this is in, downtown d.c., ground zero for food truck activity. >> what do you think little? do you think folks decided to take the rest of the week off and get back in full force on monday? >> yeah, i'm not sure. the people that were in line were extremely happy and
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graddified that the ordeal is over. unfortunately, there weren't that many people coming out. in fact, the longest lines around the square were at subway, where they sell $3.75 sandwich. i think that does tell you something. >> it does. you mentioned that things were tough one reported a 40% drop in sales during the shutdown. how have things kind of picked up with people starting to go back to work? i'm thinking specifically of that kind of signature meal or dish that you guys prepare. remind me of it again, what is it? >> that's a fresh maine lobster roll, you should have one. so, people had shifted their purchasing to lower priced items on our menu.
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unfortunately, that's still the case. i think people are still afraid that they're not quite out of the woods yet, they kicked the can down the road, and, you know, they're just still a little bit leery. >> that makes sense. how much money do you think you and the other owner-operators lost during the shutdown? >> if i had to like a total quantity, that's hard to say. i know our profits for october, i would not be surprised if they were down 70% to 80% and we're one of the stronger trucks out there. i'm really afraid for some of the smaller organizations, just one truck, i wouldn't be surprised if they lost money. last week, we lost money two days, and we rarely if ever lose money when we go out. it's still a big concern. >> let me try one more on you. you talked about the food truck city getting a surge in sales
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this time of year, the holidays coming in, just before the winter months. did you essentially lose that critical bump in profits because of the shutdown? >> absolutely, tony. >> ok. >> october is typically the last month of the season here in d.c., because of the weather. it's also a time when there's a lot of october fests, beer festivals, the trucks go to and make two months of business in one month of october. we are feeling it. i'm afraid that because of the shutdown and the lower sales numbers, that trucks aren't going to have the cushion they need going into the longer winter months where it's really hard to get people to come out to trucks. >> doug, what is it again, the lobster what now? the lobster, tell me what it is again. >> the red hook lobster pound fresh maine lobster roll. two ways, maine style and connecticut. get us into the studio, we'll get you some. >> all right, doug, good to talk
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to you again. the best to you and the rest of your owner operators, appreciate it. >> there was one business that did really well during the shutdown, liquor stores. the mayor of washington, d.c. says alcohol sales jumped 3% during the work stoppage. the numbers are based on the collection of the city's alcohol tax, right? so mayor vincent gray refused to speculate on why the sale of booze went up, but we can probably figure that out. >> let's check in with ross now. he's here with the headlines in sports, and good news for the patriots. >> yeah, rob gronkowski has returned. the head coach bill belichick wouldn't confirm his status sunday against the jets.
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the seattle seahawks are flying high, off to their best start ever, improving to 6-1 on the season after spanking the cardinals last night. wilson threw for three touchdowns while the hometown boy zack miller living large, hauls in that incredible touchdown grab. game five of the american league championship series was a pitching rematch from game one. anibal sanchez was the star in that one, but last night, mike napoli, cane hit it any harder? that is boston strong. napoli unloads a 460-foot rocket. red sox for three runs in the second and go on to rough the tigers, winning it to take a 3-2 series lead. game six is back in bean town saturday. it's game six tonight in the ncls. the cardinals have the lead over the dodgers and will try to close things out tonight at home.
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it's the cy young award winner clayton kershaw versus the rookie michael walker. >> did you see that catch? >> probably the best catch of the playoffs so far. >> all right, ross, appreciate it. see you later in the program. next up, aljazeera questions about the u.s. drone program and civilian casualties. more than 2 million sirens have fled the country because of violence, forced from their homes. we will take you to one of the refugee camps.
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>> 2000 aljazeera america. here's a look at your top stories. a manhunt underway for two convicted killers who walked out of a florida prison with forged release documents. they were serving life sentences at the franklin correctional facility. >> the bay rapid area transit workers are on strike for the second time in four months. the shutdown leaves san francisco area commuters looking
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for a way to get around. >> president obama officially announced his choice to be the next homeland security secretary. the president nominated jay johnson, the pentagon's former top lawyer. if confirmed, he would succeed janet in janet nap pal to know . >> in a report to be presented to the u.n. general assembly, the drone strike casualties to civilians are higher than confirmed. this report contradicts what the white house has been saying about civilian deaths from drone strikes. >> tony, you're absolutely right. this report goes to the very heart of the issue between the united states foreign policy and the president's oath to protect the american people wherever they are in the world, but particularly within the
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homeland, and the affect on foreign policy. the report in the interim stage, the full report won't come out until 2014, the interim report is going to be published before the general assembly october 25. he said the way more civilians are being killed than the united states government is letting on. we have a photographic that better explains. the report says 450 civilians at least have been killed by drones in pakistan, afghanistan and yemen since 2004, so we're going back to the bush administration, here, as well. he says in his report that pakistan confirmed, the government of pakistan that 400 people, at least 400 people have been killed by pilotless aircraft and ben emerson's conclusion is at least another 200 what he calls no one combatants have been killed by drones in pakistan, going back
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to 2004. >> why is pakistan reporting such a high number of deaths? >> pakistan is key ally in the united states battle against international terrorism, but the interesting thing about the two countries is that there's a great difference between washington, d.c. and islamabad. although they are on the same side when it comes to combating international terrific, they are idealogically different in many ways. you saw the difference in the way the osama bin laden affair was handled, the united states going in and killing him. it turned out he was living within a mile of west point, the pakistani equivalent, anyway. that speaks to this difficult relationship. pakistan of course is also a nuclear power, which means that you to have treat it with great respect for that reason alone. i think that we have this difference between the two figures here, the united states saying very little, pakistan claiming at least 400 dead since
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2004. it's going to come down to i'm afraid only history will tell. >> all right, john, appreciate it. thank you. >> we should tell you that some lebanese residents are getting weary of the ref fee problem created by the civil war in syria. as andrew simmons reports, the new challenge is to just coexist peacefully. >> more than a thousand people a day in lines to register as refugees. this is the valley where in some towns, sirens now out number the lebanese. when the war began, these people were welcomed, but not anymore. >> sit down and give them all your lies, a lebanese taxi driver tells this woman who says she suffered outright hostility. >> when we come here, they insult us. isn't it enough that someone told me we deserve worse than chemical weapons? >> nearer the syrian border, another cue, a sign of how
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desperate survival away from the conflict has become. it's the end of the holidays when families should be together in an atmosphere different to this. no dignity here, and a desperate situation. >> a as port, an i.d. can mean a bag of fresh beef, but a growing number of people no longer qualify for food handouts. this mother is one of them. >> i've been stand, inc. here trying to get a piece of meat. my child has a fever. >> then a lebanese man having tried to drive through the cue vents his anger at the road block. >> by the end of the day, this donated meat will feed 4,000 families, but it isn't enough. >> we try our best. we tell people wait until the end of the day, if we have meat left, we'll geoff them. >> most of these people return to buildings without running
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water at rents they can't afford. she and her sister, who's husbands are both missing in damascus said they'd sooner be home in the fighting. be breaks down before explaining. her sister takes over. >> her and her daughter are sick. i forced her to get up today. if she's sick, we all have a problem. we're the only ones who can take care of the children. >> but at least they have a roof over their heads, unlike hundreds of thousands in these makeshift settlements. they are helplessly inadequate and the dryness will soon be replaced by rain and snow as winter desends on the valley. it's a place that once had promise for those escaping war, but it's becoming a living hell. every day the numbers increase along with the resentments of the lebanese living alongside. what prospects do they have? no one here has any hope. >> that was andrew simmons reporting from the valley in
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lebanon. >> as the death toll in syria climbs, medical aid is blocked. doctors without borders have limited access to syrians in critical need of care. we sat down with one of these doctors. >> tony, doctors without borders runs six field hospitals in rebel held areas and supports 70 medical facilities in contested areas of syria, but they say it's often hard for civilians to get to those places. the doctor works with doctors without borders and just returned to the u.s. after three months in syria. he's here to tell us about the humanitarian crisis that's been devastating for the countries men, women and children. doctor, you spent the last three months in syria and lived where a lot of the fighting is on going. what are the types of injuries your team treated the most and what kind of care do the majority of syrians need. >> we treat victims of violence,
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gunshot wounds or shelling injuries. we treat other medical problems inside syria now, and this is patients who have burns, general medical problems, including diabetes, hypertension, where they would normally be able to get care but no longer are able to. we do vaccinations. we've done over 70,000 vaccination this is year. we do maternity care for helping deliveries. we've done over a thousand already this year for that. >> because of all the violence, how does that affect your access to people who need medical care? >> it's quite difficult. we are unable to reach some of the furthest places in the front lines, just because it's too dangerous for us to go there. in this sense, we support some local syrian teams that are dentists, nurses, whoever is
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able to fill the gaps, give them training and supplies. for us to get into the country means having to go through check points, working with all kinds of armed groups in order to have access to those areas and make it a safe space for our teams to work. >> if there's one message you would give to the international community about the needs you saw on the ground there, what would it be? >> just as there was a will to get chemical weapons inspectors there, there needs to be the same will to help all the victims of the conventional weapons. there are people in internally displaced camps without tents for the winter, which can be quite brutal. some suffer from injuries to the war who don't have access. there are people who have basic health problems that should normally be taken care of, as syria had a good health care system before. the international community needs to find the political will
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to allow humanitarian actors, medical actors to find safe places to work in syria and allow the population access to the who you has not tarian medical actors. >> doctor, i hope that if you return there, you'll stay safe and your colleagues, as well. as he explained, tony, many syrian areas remain under siege, sealed off from even doctors. >> thank you. >> new information now on the deadly attack at kenya's west gate mall last month. officials say one of the suspected gunman seen here dressed in black is a norwegian born in sow mail i can't. kenyan officials identified the body of two attackers found charred alongside ak47 rifles in the burned out section of the mall. >> uganda is on high alert after fears of a similar attack to the one in kenya. the u.s. embassy said u.s.
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intelligence warned of a threat because of that, issuing a maximum terror alert. >> in paris, thousands are students are protesting the deportation of a 14-year-old girl. the girl was on a school trip when police arrested and deported her and her entire family back to kosovo. protestors are demanding that they be let back in the country. >> in india, the search is underway for buried treasure, all because of one priest's dream. we have the story. >> a priest says the dead king of this area came to him in a dream, telling him that a thousand tons of gold are buried somewhere underneath here and should be used to help the country. one junior minister put his faith in the priest and ordered a team to investigate. they started digging earlier this month and after 20 meters, they hit something, but an
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official with the archeological survey of india says they don't know what. even so, the dig has attracted a lot of people. they came from all over, and those who couldn't make it could still tune in, causing police to cordon off the area. no gold has been found, but already, there's a dispute about who should get the predicted 1,000 tons of gold. legally, anything found belongs to the government, but other local priests here agree with the priest that some should stay in the area. >> we have asked for 20% of the gold. we said that the country can have the rest and the district benefit from the 20%. >> it's behind the temple where the digging started. there are several layers of rock and dirt to go through, so finding anything, if there's anything to find could take several days. officials from the geological and archeological surveys of india are facing criticism that this dig has no scientific merit and is sparked by superstition.
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>> villagers who live near the ruins say they have more faith in the priest's vision than they do in science or the government. >> i know this priest very well. all of his other predictions have come true. he only wants what's best for everyone here. >> the district magistrate says it could take days or even a month to uncover anything. for now, it's just a dream, but one that many people here are convinced will come true. aljazeera, india. >> nasa has a new mission, coming up, how the agency is tackling climate change. >> the boston red sox really roughed up the tigers in mother ways than one in game five. ross will be back with sports in about a minute from now. >> hi, i'm phil torrez. coming up this week on techknow: >> it's going to get bumpy over here it looks like. >> we drop like a rock,
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and then you experience zero g's. >> this is a modified dc8 with about 28 different instruments on the outside. >> it's one wild ride. we're flying at 300 feet over the gulf of mexico. come aboard nasa's laboratory in the sky.
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>> it is a rare mission for nasa, exploring planet earth. a laboratory in the sky has tried to learn about climate change. it is part of this weeks tech know, the show featuring science and life changing in know vases. fill torres joins the mission. >> from a distance, our plane looks like any other. close up, you can see it's anything but. >> i'm minutes away from board, inc. this plane with nasa experimentalists. this is about 28 different instruments on the outside, all trying to measure the pollution and atmosphere. >> it's a three pronged attack, besides the dc8, nasa launches a lear jet and e.r.2, modeled after the u2 spy plane.
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the men and women are learning more about climate change and the role humans play in it. >> >> it's 9:00 a.m., everyone seated, and it's wheels up. we are flying right into clouds and storms. it's a bumpy ride and lots of turbulence. >> everybody grab a seat. it looks like clouds coming up ahead. have a seat right now. i even hit my head while i was trying to get back to my seat. there's things occurring in the air that you just can't see. we dropped like a rock and then you experience 0g's.
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>> we're two hours into the mission, flying at 200 feet over the gulf of mexico. at this flight, we can fly directly over ships and rigs to measure emissions being put in the atmosphere. >> if we don't do anything about it, we're going to continue wrecking the air. the job is to conduct the symphony on the science of the aircraft, making sure the scientists are getting what they need and making sure we're doing it safely. >> how cool was that? tech know's fill torres joins us live from houston. phil, what did it feel like up there flying around directly into those storms? >> right. it's not your average flight. for one thing, it's about 90 degrees on that plane because of all the machines there.
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they were targeting the turbulence. that's where the good clouds were that the scientists were getting the data from. when you hit the turbulence, you grabbed on to something and make sure that wasn't one of the 31 machines that all cost several hundred thousand dollars. >> tell me about the paths that this plane took. i guess there were a couple, starting low, collecting data. it sounds like a lengthy process. was it? >> yes, it sure was, because they're trying to get from the ground all the way up to 35,000 feet, because they're really interested in how these clouds form in relation to different pollutants in the air. a lot of those start low, so we'd hit 300 feet, then swoop up and around and hit the same patch at about 500 feet, a thousand feet, 10,000, all the way up. it was a very windy ride and pretty intense. these guys did it 18 times for this mission. >> what can nasa actually discover with this plane that it can't, right, with other
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instruments, satellites weather balloons, for example? >> you know, it's really about the department of data for these guys. they have 31 different instruments on there. they have all these different probes sticking outside of the planes, so they can get a lot of resolution going into a cloud, where as a satellite can maybe -- >> did we lose fill? oh, my goodness, we lost phil. you can check out techknow right here on aljazeera america every sunday. >> ross is here with the day in sports. the red sox are a day away from the world series. >> they can taste it like a lobster. the boston red sox are one victory away from punching their ticket to the world series. the winner of game five, last night it was the red sox and
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tigers, the winner of game five goes on to win 67% of the time. that might mean something to you or not, but at least you can say you learned something from my sportscast. in the second inning, mike napoli, swinging that magic stick unloads a 460-foot rocket. the red sox exploded for three runs in the second. that is boston strong. david ross is out, but avila would later leave the game with a knee injury. boston wins to take a 3-2 series lead. game six back in bean town saturday. iglesias comes up with the catch. catch of the postseason, as he robs david ortiz. tonight's the night in the nlcs for game six. the cardinals have the lead over the dodgers. they'll try to close things out at home.
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the boys in blue have their cy young award winner versus the rookie. >> in the nfl, the cardinals looking for payback. they got spanked 58-0 the last time. in the first, wilson guns it to a wide-open sidney rice. somebody might want to suffer him. that's 31 yards, a 7-1 lead. an incredible grab as seattle would go on to win it 34-22 to improve to 6-1 on the season, their best start in franchise history. >> all eyes will be on the a.c.c. number five florida state will take on number three clemson. our college insider graham watson from yahoo sports joins us live from denver to break down this manster matchup. this is must-see t.v., featuring
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two heisman quarterback contenders. >> yes, florida state and clemson quarterbacks are two very prominent heisman contenders and only one can be left standing after that. winston is a great red shirt freshman, he's played unbelievable all year, kept his team in gales. todd boyd has been in a matchup like this with georgia at the beginning of the season and he won that one. i kind of give him the edge, just because he's already been down this road before, but winston is definitely a lot of fun to watch. people are bog to have a good treat watching it. >> we've got to give love to missouri. the tigers are 6-0 and can really make a statement against number 22 florida. is missouri the biggest surprise of the season so far? >> well, you know, full disclosure, i'm a missouri grad, so i'm going to say yes, they are the biggest surprise of the season. i don't think anybody expected
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them to do as well as they have done so far, 6-0. this is a team last year that played pretty poorly and didn't go to a bowl game for the first time since 2004. they beat up georgia pretty good. florida is coming in, really beaten up. missouri is without a quarterback but have a kid they really like named mattie mock. as long as he doesn't screw up, flow interceptions, fumble the ball, i think missouri has enough players around him to win the game. >> number 13 stanford looking to bounce back against ucla. stanford has looked at times like a national championship team. is that dream still alive for them? >> they can still win the pack 12, can tell play in a b.c.s. bowl or championship. they can't lose another game. stanford hasn't lost back-to-back game in four years and i don't expect them to lose this one. i think ucla is underrated, but
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tan ford is so good in the trenches and good at their various passes, especially at quarterback. i think they're going to be eager to get back on track and ucla does not have the fire power to stay with them. >> real quick on the selection committee, it was announced condoleezza rice, barry alvarez, what are some of the obstacles that that selection committee will have to face picking those playoff teams? >> the first one is public perception. people are going to be on this group and a lot of people are going to scrutinize them and how they pick the teams and four teams out of all the teams out there, this is going to be very, very tough. i think that is where their biggest troubles are going to lie, making sure the public stays onboard with them and that they're able to select the best teams out of a group of a lot of really good candidates out there. >> all right, thank you very much. college football, playoff starts
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after next season, but this season is the last of the b.c.s. >> full disclosure, my son is a mizzou tiger. >> another typhoon is taking aim at japan. we have the weather up next on aljazeera america. on august 20th, al jaz
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desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you. >> we're watching the pacific now, especially everybody in japan, typhoon francisco opinion this is the view from space, with the bands of thunderstorms around it, a very well organized storm, and it continues to intensify, the latest information coming in is now the storm just below a category five, wind 155 miles an hour moving northwest at 11 miles an hour. it was 300 miles northwest of guam. the question is where is it headed. the track with this storm over the next five days will continue to move it to the northwest, and here is japan. it will certainly tart to turn to the north, now because it's going over water that was churned up and colder from the
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last typhoon, they forecast it to be 100 miles an hour. often we see that if the storms go over the same track, it can't maintain the same intensity. still with heavy rain over areas that are still cleaning up, watching this forecast closely. >> the temperatures have dropped a bit. through the midwest and down through kansas, oklahoma and texas, it's 40 degrees in denver and overnight tonight into the 30's, many areas seeing freeze watches or warnings in effect, meaning the air temperature could drop below 32, but quickly warming up by to really. 2:00 in the afternoon, mid 60 said from oklahoma city through wichita and dropping slightly overnight tomorrow night. the temperatures are dropping to the freezing mark in the midwest and colder on monday in minneapolis, very cold air there with a temperature of 28. a look at the headlines, coming right up.
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♪ >> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. same-sex marriage also begin on monday in new jersey. the state's supreme court ruled to uphold an earlier decision. governor chris christie said the determination should be left up to the people of new jersey, but he'll comply with the court's decision. a manhunt is underway for two convicted kill whose simply walked out of a prison with forged release documents. officials say days after their release the two fugitives even registered like they were registered to do with the orange


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