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>> this is al jazeera america, live from new york city. this is tony harris. drone strikes in the middle east call war crimes. >> the 11 of us are committed to pursuing every avenue available to bring this tragic event to an end. >> disappointing news about employment in the united states. >> america's use much drones is under sharp attack.
two international human rights organizations have accused the u.s. of violating international law, a charge that u.s. officials strongly deny. we have more on this story. >> reporter: tony this, comes just a few weeks after president obama declared publicly that america's use of drones is legal, and only targets enemies of the united states. but the reports release today charge the united states with indiscriminate killing of civilians. >> reporter: the drone strikes in the tribal area of pakistan. investigators say they researched nine of 45 known drone attacks which occurred between january 2012 and august of 2013, in one strike they claim 18 laborers were reportedly killed. >> the most challenging situation we had to face was the complete and utter secrecy of the u.s. authorities. because of that we cannot be 100% certain but we are extremely concerned that these and other killings documented in
our reports may constitute war crimes. >> reporter: expressing concern about u.s. drone policy. >> more has been declared that the use of drones is not only a continued violation of territoriaterritoryintegrity. i would stress the need to end drone attacks. >> reporter: yemen is frequent target of drones killing 473 people among them civilians. >> and we found that despite assurances from president obama that it's doing it's up most to protect civilians from harm that
in fact, many cases its killing innocent civilians, even dozens of them if not more. this is a clear violation of international law even if it is not the u.s. intent if it indiscriminately killed it should be held responsible. >> reporter: and president obama spoke at the united nations general assembly. >> we use drones and target those who continue to be a threat to the united states. >> reporter: and amnesty international accuses the u.s. of escalating the use of drones. reports that there were 42 drone strikes in pakistan. in 2009 president obama's first year in office, there were 56. in and 2011, 127. >> the use of drone strikes has dropped but not enough.
the u.n. estimates more than 2,000 people were killed in the u.s. drone attacks, 400 of them civilians, tony? >> randall, how does the u.s. justify the use of these drones? >> first of all as a man of law the u.s. says that america is still at war with al-qaeda, and the second justification is that it keeps american troops from being on the ground and being exposed to danger. >> randall pinkston for us, thank you. it is being called the last push for peace but it is proving to be a difficult sell. the friends of syria met in london hoping to bring the syrian opposition on board. al jazeera's barnaby phillips has more now from london. >> reporter: the foreign ministers who met in london call themselves the friends of syria, but they are certainly not friends of the syrian government, and they've longed
struggled to find an opposition with whom to do business. william hague tried to reassure those who came to london. >> we include moderate armed groups represented by the syrian national coalition continue to need our strong collective backing. there can be no peaceful collective settlement in syria without participation of the moderate opposition. >> reporter: but speaking afterwards the leader of the syrian national coalition announced tough conditions if his group is even to attend talks in geneva. >> if the aim was to remove the criminal from power and the war criminals are tried, these are our true demands and where we stand and to build on these principles we will rid syria of the spreading fire. these are requests not
conditions but it cannot be a success without these. >> reporter: the americans believe there is no alternative to diplomacy, that nobody can win this war. >> it is clear that both sides will continue to fight and to fight and to fight and to fight. in the end the greatest victims, the people who suffer the most are the syrian people themselves who are being driven from their homes and killed in the most wanton violence. >> reporter: the foreign ministers who met here know getting the syrian opposition to unite is one thing. agreeing on an agenda is quite another. at the end of the day of diplomacy in london we're none the wiser as to when the geneva talks will be or even if they can take place at all. >> we want to let you know that www.aljazeera.com is providing special coverage of the plight of syrian refugees.
it includes stories, analysis and reports of syrians displaced from their homes and their country from the syrian war. you can find it all on www.aljazeera.com. there are reports that saudi arabia plans to change the nature of its relationship with the united states. saudi arabia is one of america's closest allies in the middle east, but those reports may be blown out of proportion. >> we know there are issues, particularly syria and iran and to a great degrees will egypt that the saudis and the americans don't necessarily see eye to eye, but there are open dialogues between both parties, and the issues are being discussed sometimes very frankly, but to call that situation a divorce in the making or a separation in the making, i think that's a slight exaggeration that is not called for. >> we'll have more on the
u.s.-saudi relationship later in this newscast. we still don't know why a student open fired in an absolutely in nevada monday morning, but a teacher is hailed a hero. the student killed a teacher and two students before taking his own life. sparks middle school remains closed. and a call for justice fo fa missouri teen. hundreds of people lan to protest the prosecutor's decision not to charge a boy accused of sexually assaulting two young girls in early 2012. jennifer martin joins us now from maryville. the rally comes just a day after a special prosecutor was assigned to reinvestigate the case, if you will. what was the town's reaction to this? >> reporter: as you mentioned a lot of people are expected to be here. we have a dozen people showing up so far. this town is not used to getting
this kind of attention. keep in mind this was originally supposed to be a protest. protesting and calling for the local prosecutor to reopen the rape case and bring new charges. now that we know the case is going to be reopened this has turned more into a rally, a group gathering to support these two allege rape victims. >> maryville, missouri, a town of just 12,000 people finds itself in the national spotlight as hundreds of demonstrators are expected to rally in support of daisy and her friend page. the two girls claim they were sexually assaulted in 2012, but then assault charges dropped by local authorities. sheriff darren white said the controversy has given the entire town a negative perception. >> anybody from the community that even attempts to respond to one of these allegations suddenly becomes a target. >> reporter: most of the town square is shut down and the police have called for help from other departments.
the girls, one 14 and the other 13 at the time say they were raped by two 127-year-old classmates. one is accused of recording the i want on his cell phone. the local prosecutor dropped the charges and saying that there was insufficient evidence and the victims refused to cooperate. >> it's unfortunate that the prosecutor was put in a position where he had to dismiss the charges. >> reporter: but the parents and the girls say they did cooperate. but they say the charges were dropped because one of the attackers was an outstanding football player and from a prominent family. >> reporter: a nub article led to an online campaign that fueled new interest in the story. now a special prosecutor has been assigned to reopen the ca
case. >> i'm thankful. >> ultimately the truth and the facts are going to come out in this case, and i hope when they do the people who have been so critical of this community are big enough to accept what the truth really is. >> reporter: and the sheriff here in the county say they expect this to be a peaceful rally, however they have seen some posts online referencing the possible counter protest or counter rally so they've called in extra officers just to be safe. >> jonathan, thank you. five men charged in connection with the september 11th attacks were back in a military courtroom today. the latest pretrial hearing at guantanamo bay focused on allegations they were mistreated while being held in prison. roslyn jordan has more. >> reporter: u.s. prosecutors has the responsibility to look at all evidence and present it to a judge to decide if the
information should be part of the defense. but the defense is saying this is hurting their ability to defend their clients in the death penalty case. the prosecution said it has a right to review classified information in keeping with the judge's earlier protective order in order to keep classified information from being released or to the wrong people. however the defense said that are already parties including members of the media, filmmakers and human rights groups that have more information about how their clients were treated when they were held allegedly by the c.i.a. between 2003 and 2006. they say, however, they're not allowed to have that information, and they argue that they need it in order to make the best case possible to not have their clients sentenced to death should they be convicted. it's also coming up even though there is the protective order on the classified material, that the defense is now arguing that
it's violating the u.s.' treaty obligation, the u.n.'s convention against torture. it says that the u.s. should allow these men to argue that they were tortured as a mitigating circumstance as it were. however, the judge, james paul, has not yet decided what to do with these two conflicts. if anything they could spend the rest 69 week here at guantanamo litigating this one matter. >> meteorologist: hello there, we're seeing a dip in the temperatures across the central part of the united states. right now chicago is only at 39 degrees and last night it went below freezing. many places in this region did go below freezing and we are seeing this polar air mass make its way down here towards the southeast. what we're dealing with now temperatures are dropping.
if you see these blues those are temperatures that are colder than what they were this time yesterday. cincinnati is 12 degrees colder, chicago is 7 degrees colder and omaha is 6 degrees colder. we do have advisories and warnings in effect. we have freeze watches, freeze warnings as well as frost advisories across most of the ohio river valley. if you have plants you'll want to bring them in. as well as you may want to bring in your pipes--your hoses and turn off your pipes because they could freeze overnight. so that is just one thing to be aware of. now across the northeast we had showers going through. new york was spared a little bit but most of the showers are now pushing through over boston as well as portland maine. we don't expect those to last too much longer. cloudy conditions will remain over much of the northeast. >> the price of an education is going up at some california community colleges. we'll tell i couldn't and the angry reaction to the plan.
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>> a new law has outraged students and public advocates. for more on this controversial new lone jennifer london joins us from long island beach city-e in long beach. why was this law necessary? >> the law was brought forward for two reasons. one so they could graduate and/or transfer quicker. two, they say this bill is needed to bring in additional money to the california community college similar which has been suffering under extreme budget cuts for years. not all students, teachers and
even educational activists see it that way, and it's probably not surprising to hear, tony, that this controversial bill has been at the center of debate for weeks. it's production time at long beach city college and on this day students are writing and talking about this. >> this is a chance for a lot of students to actually get the opportunity to take classes when state funding isn't available. >> they say it's an opportunity for your students. >> the opportunity is to allow six california community colleges to charge five times as much for popular classes taken during winter and summer session. instead of paying $46 per unit unit, the same class would cost $207 per unit. the fee hike is called an experiment by california's governor. >> many students say on the
surface it sounds like a good idea, all for the high demand classes for the winter around summer sessions but they also say if those classes aren't affordable, doesn't that defeat the purpose? >> it creates a two-tier system for those who are able to pay more out of pocket rather than us, us as in low income students we can't afford that. >> as controversial as this is, there are many that are viewing this as the best option that we have. >> california assembly men das williams authored the bill. >> our community college system which is supposed to be open access to all essentially turned away half a million students last year. they were allowed to come into the college but they weren't given any of the classes that they need to transfer or get a two-year certificate. >> reporter: under the plan participating colleges can funnel a third of the revenue back into the school to help with financial aid, and if students have to spend more for high-demand classes like english
and math, which are often wait-listed williams said they'll actually spend less in the long run because they get the classes they need to graduate or transfer sooner. the faculty disagrees. >> california community colleges were founded upon the principle of equitable access. what this does is turns that on its head and said there is a segment of courses available only to those who are economically privileged. >> reporter: last two colleges agree and are taking a pass. one is undecided and two are not even eligible. which leaves only long beach. >> we have a lon mission to ense that we open up as much opportunity for students. these courses are only in addition to what we would normally offer and students can choose to make the investment or not. >> reporter: with course offerings declining by 21%
since 2008 because of budget cuts, it's clear something needs to be done. but ultimately it will be up to the students to decide if the state's experiment makes the grade. as you heard in the piece the president of long beach city college approves this plan, and he is going to urge the board of trustees to move forward and vote in favor. tony, the vote is expected later this afternoon, and we are told that students do plan to gather here at lbcc in protest. >> jennifer, what else is the state doing to alleviate this budget crisis? >> reporter: well, last november california voters passed proposition 30, a tax increase measure, and it was designed to bring in this additional revenue that these community colleges need to badly. there are 112 community colleges throughout california. as you heard in the piece they have been suffering because of extreme budget cuts.
so far it appears that prop 30 is helping a little bit with the addition of 3300 classes for t the 2012-2013 semester but clearly much more needs to be done and the proponent of ab 955 say this is the solution. >> jennifer london, long beach california, good to see you. thank you. >> in business, stocks rising after the weaker than expected jobs report. go figure that one. the dow climbing 75 points. hitting a new record. investors betting maybe this is the answer here. the tepid employment numbers mean that the medicine will continue it's buying economy. ali velshi will be talking about all of this at the top of the hour with his program. we have a few minutes with him. how negative was this latest jobs report. >> reporter: it wasn't negative. it was not great.
i'm glad the world has understood to stop paying attention to the 7.3 unemployment rate going down to the 7.2. the second number is the net jobs created. we're up 148,000. that's not great. we need 150,000 to 200,000 just to keep the recovering going. it's 45,000 fewer than created in august. that's showing a bit of a downward trend. that's worrisome. and then the third number is what is troublesome, the percentage of the people who could be working out there, who are working or actively looking for jobs. that's come down to a 30-year low. it's not a terrible report. it's certainly not a good report. we need a little bit better. forget about the stock market. these days i can't tell i couldn't the stock market goes up or down. it does its own thing. >> how can unemployment fall if the economy is still this weak?
>> reporter: that's a good question. the unemployment number is contemplated from a very different set of numbers that the job creation number. there are two different surveys taken and they're representative--they're like tv ratings. they don't know how many people are watching right now but there are sample sets, and there are two different sample sets taken during the week, which is why it's entirely okay for them to say opposing things. the economy is fair to middling, and there are not enough people working. >> we'll have more. >> reporter: right here at 7:0 . >> ali velshi, thank you. after last week's shutdown and the debt ceiling drama, it's business at usual. on the end,a bill promoting the foster children and a net will get back to work net monday.
fast food workers don', we havet report. >> reporter: the fare is fresh, locally sourced and custom made. the quality of food is excellent here. it's not greasy fast food, it's good quality ingredients that i want to feed my five-year-old daughter. we love it. >> reporter: and in a city whose jobless rate is 16%, in a state where the minimum wage is $7.40 an hour the starting pay here is $12 an hour. >> they pay us quality. it's higher than most other fast-food restaurants. it makes he's want to come in
and work harder and succeed for them. >> reporter: while workers at mcdonald's and wendy's are walking off the job for better wage, here at moo cluck moo. >> we would like to challenge that. we feel if we have a better qualified worker, pay them more, we'll get out of it what we're putting into it. >> reporter: another key business model, building it's ties to the local community. >> management with lighter ambitions. >> the future is world domination. plain and simple. we're giving people an alternative of food that is not
good for them. they've heard the rumors, they've seen the dietary information, i think rapid expansion is in the works. give us 50 years and see what happens. >> reporter: maybe giving a city that all the world knows as motown a new nickname, moo cluck moo town. >> michael eaves is here with your sports headlines and there is a football scandal in miami. >> reporter: yes, good news, bad news, it dates all the way back to 2002. even though the football and basketball teams are losing scholarships and the athletic department as a whole will be on probation, they did not issue any further bans leaving it open for the seventh ranked hurricane football team to potentially pay in the bcs title game. we're just hours from the world series tomorrow night at fenway park. this is the fourth time that they have matched up, the last
>> welcomwelcome back to al jaza america, tony harris. here are your top reports. u.s. drones have been used to kill its enemies but many call it war crimes. secretary of state john kerry met with man to discuss the ende syrian conflict, and the jobs report is out, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.2%. the report was delayed due to
the government shutdown. a report criticizing the u.s. of using drones to kill its enemies. strikes in yemen and pakistan many say violate international law. the u.s. conducted 364 drone strikes in pakistan since 2004. george w. bush carried out the first drone attack. his administration launched 48 of them in all. after president obama took office the drone strikes increased more than six times the number from the previous administration. talking to the family of a grandmother killed in one of those strikes. >> reporter: this is the family whose 68 mothe 68-year-old mothd grandmother was killed from a drone strike. all they have left of her is
this photo from her i.d. card. these x-rays show the injuries sustains by his children during the strike. >> every was working in the field in our crops. that's when the drone hit. when the missiles struck it was so powerful that some of the children tumbled down the steps. >> reporter: it was carried out by amnesty international. >> to explain why these people have been killed. if it were clearly, it must provide compensation and investigate those responsible for those killings. >> reporter: according to government and ngo statistics the u.s. has launched 330 to 370 drone strikes in pakistan between 2004 and last month. the united nations says during that nine-year period more than 2,000 people have been killed in drone attacks and 400 of those are believed to be civilians.
it's difficult to get accurate figures, but few expect drone strikes to end any time soon. earlier this year president obama called the strikes lawful and part of a legitimate campaign against terrorism. >> relations between pakistan and the u.s. has been tense particularly since 2011 when osama bin laden was found living not far from the pakistani capitol. but in a sign of warming ties the obama administration has requested more than $1.5 billion in military and civilian assistance for pakistan. while drone strikes will no doubt continue to be a problem between the two countries, it would appear this relationship is on the mend as the u.s. prepares its exit from afghanistan by the end of next year. al jazeera. >> amnesty international has put forward suggestions that include releasing more information about
u.s. airstrikes including details about those who have been killed, insuring that u.s. policies follow international human rights laws, and stop using claims the government can use lethal force in any region where it's involved in war. the organization has also asked the u.s. to protect the rights of all team, not just u.s. citizens. they also want the u.s. to make sure that people accused of attacks on the u.s. receive fair and public trials. earlier i asked noreen shaw from amnesty international whether she believes the u.s. is guilty of war crimes? >> we've documented our cases of rescuer strikes. this is after an initial drone strikes villagers rush in to bring medical assistance and recover bodies. after ten minutes of an initial drone strike we found that the u.s. government was committing a second strike. if this new and intentionally targeted rescuers that would
constitute war crimes. a split of two long-time allies, the united states and saudi arabia. they announced they would make a major shift away from the u.s. it's because of disputes over syria and over issues. if the u.s. is worried it is not saying so publicly. we have more now from washington. >> reporter: the leaders of u.s. and saudi arabia have always been extremely friendly exchanging kisses and extravagant gifts. but now there are signs that the relationship has hit a really rough patch. the saudi intelligence chief reportedly told diplomats that his country would shift away from the united states. allegations that secretary of state john kerry seemed to di dismiss after meeting the saudi foreign minister. >> i saw the comments printed several days ago before this conversation took place.
i think people need to touch base and get a sense of from the foreign minister exactly how he sees this. >> reporter: saudi officials have made clear for years they've been unhappy with much of what the obama administration has done. calling for egyptian president hosni mubarak to step down, cracking down on protesters in barang but it's. much more tense lately. the saudis unhappy with the u.s. overtures towards iran and it'sry fusal to launch strikes in israel. the action that saudis said that it would not take a seat. >> reporter: still there are analysts in washington warning the obama administration not to take this lightly. >> i think america would be make a mistake to under estimate this
report. saudis are not those who take risks and make statements they're not concerned about. >> reporter: but there are strong economic ties between the two countries. the u.s. expert exports and imps $56.6 billion. much of that is oil. but now the u.s. producing oil, the oil market versus barely moved on the latest news. and saudi arabia has looked to the u.s. for most of its military hardware. in fact, just last week the u.s. agreed t--washington does not sm all that worried that will happen. >> bad news for lawmakers with congressional approval ratings hitting an all-time low. americans disprove of how everybody handled the shutdown
practice including the president, democrats and congress. but republicans are taking the biggest hit. at the white house, mike viqueira joins us live. mike, for the first time in 40 years polling the approval congress has hit--will you walk us through the numbers and why the g.o.p. took such a hit here? >> reporter: well, before we go through the numbers. let's put it in a little context. what is the up shot of this? how will this affect the political mode, the motivation of members as they tackle the big issues in the short term with congress so unpopular especially on the republican side. immigration and the budget being the two top items that are on the docket right now. the "washington post," you're right, had a new poll. the over all congressional rating, 12% approve of the job congress is doing. that's a new low of 80 years of polling. 85% disapprove. that's nearly unanimous. republican--we were talking
about congress as a whole, but now republicans approval rating, 63%, the lowest in many years. after the bruising they took over the shutdown strategy over the debt ceiling strikes, will this civil war within the republican party, will it be resolved in time for progress to be made on some of these big ticket items, and will this--these kinds of polls get through to some of the hardest of the hardcore. >> how did the president, and i'm thinking the president and the democrats, how did they fare in all of this? >> reporter: the president's strategy seems to have paid off in the short term. he had the outside game. he was above it all and he let harry reid do all the dirty work pull he's 50/50 in this poll. congressional democrats, not as good of a story, 46% favorable, and 49% unfavorable. but again when you compared it
to the republicans, they come out on top, at least for the time being. >> mike viqueira, it looks like a lovely evening in washington, d.c. >> reporter: absolutely. >> in washington, d.c. for us, thank you, mike. a nodding syndrome is little understood but devastate the lives of children in east afri africa. many are working towards a cure but there are still many questions about the serious disease. we have part two. >> reporter: in the remote regions of southern sudan, uganda and tanzania, there are thousands of children who are suffering from nodding syndrome, and there is no cure. >> there is nothing that i can do. i can keep giving him malaria pills, but it is not working. the government is not helping, no one is helping us. >> reporter: the center of disease control in atlanta has been studying this unexplained
neurological disease since 2009 after a plea from the ugandan government. >> it's troubling to see. it effects children ages 5 to 7 who were well before that, and they start getting progressive bobbing of the head, which gives it the nodding disease. >> reporter: the nod something a type of seizure. eventually effected children become mentally and physically stunted. dr. scott dowell has been traveling to the impoverished region in africa for the past four years working with health officials on the ground studying the symptoms of several hundred children looking for a cure. >> there have been lots o of ids that might cause nodding syndrome, environmental toxins, exposure to chemicals during war, eating strange things. >> reporter: first discovered in the 1960s, nodding syndrome continues to spread with a cure nowhere in sight this little boy will most likely die soon.
he suffers from seizures. his mind is slipping away. 's losing control of his body. he has no way of fighting the disease. >> three of my children had the disease. two already died. he won't last much longer. >> reporter: another of the cdc scientist dr. james campbell has also been in africa looking for answers. >> these are children who lived or were born in idp camps, internally displaced persons camps. the concern is did something happen in the camp? lots of people have been looking at trying to ask the right questions in terms of what could have happened in the camp with food source, water source, toxins emissions. >> the world's best scientists are desperately researching, the cdc alone has ruled out 30 possible explanations for the origin of the disease. they estimate over 7,000 children have already been affected by nodding syndrome in
uganda, south sudan and tanzania, and that number is growing. >> if you want to visit historic places, i'm thinking arlington national cemetery, for example, soon you'll be able to do it without even leaving your home. google hired someone to walk the cemetery foot by foot. it is part of the company's mission to capture every nook and cranny of the earth on camera. maria joins us now. >> reporter: google has been doing this, going to places hard to reach. you can't go to them by car. they use these devices. they hire people who use these backpacks with this device on top. it has 15 cameras all around it. when you stitch these images all together you get panoramic 360-degree view. this is from the colorado river, the views from the black bridge,
arizona, the grand canyon. if you like to go underwater go to wilson island, the great barrier reef in australia. soon google will be showing you panoramic views of the arlington national cemetery. they've hired people go to the cemeteries and get close up much tombstones. now officials are happy about this because they say this draws attention to the face. thegoogle basically had this dee on a car going through cities all over the world. here you have the upper east side of the metropolitan museum. this did bring several lawsuit filed because google had he accidently taken data from wireless networks. google paid $7 million after an investigation from 38 states. but we also want to show though. they actually go into businesses. this is a business in text with
antique items and you can go to restaurant all over the world. this one is in paris. why would google want to get images of every nook and cranny places from all over the world. all the tech analysts tell me this is a race to collect images. google can could this and no one else can compete with them, and they also can use these images for devices like gps devices and devices that haven't been invented yet. >> wow, look at all of that. that's massive data collection. is that a supermarket? >> reporter: it's a cheese shop, oh my goodness, you can find really everything and anything. >> right, don't change the image. you know that's a love of yours. maria, thank you. coming up we've got lots and lots of good news for you. good news for baseball fans. good news for those of you who love a cup of coffee, and for those who love high tech gadgets
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let's talk about football and miami. >> reporter: ncaa coming down on the university of miami. an 11-year scandal involving improper benefits. with the ncaais ncaa issuing a t that outlined the sanctions which include scholarships. former booster shapiro claimed he spent millions of dollars between 2002 and 2010 on football and basketball recruits, athletes and coaches. because of those self-imposed sanctions miami did not receive any post seen bowl ban. now to baseball, the boston red sox and the st. louis cardinals in game one series. back in 2004 they had both won
two world series title. this is the fourth time these two teams have matched up in the fall classic. the last time in 2004 and boston won that series 4-0. joining us from boston is our own john henny smith. one thing that we should be guaranteed to see the matching between jon lester and the cardinals' adam wainwright. >> reporter: absolutely. they had what it took to get past a great tigers rotation, and they'll have to work more magic in the fall classic as they contend with the cardinals rotation statistically speaking is the second best in all of major league baseball. and the best of the second best is pitcher adam wainwright in his three starts he has been brilliant striking out 20 and only walking one batter so far. he said he and monthl molina ha.
>> i love it. i'll spend a good amount of time today and tomorrow coming up with a nice plan. we'll get together tomorrow and we'll figure out a way to do it. >> reporter: well, both wainwright and jon lester are 2 and 1, but wainwright will be coming off nine days rest when he throws out the first pitch in the 2013 world series pitting boston against the st. louis cardinals. >> reporter: john, there was roster news that the cardinals added adam craig. he has not played since september 4th with a mid foot sprain. what is his plan for craig in the series? >> reporter: well, you can see why they wanted craig in the lineup. they were batting six weeks ago. an incredible average when the pressure is on, so he thinks that he has seen enough in
practice games that he can put craig into the line up as a designated hitter when the teams are in boston. when they are in st. louis they have to use national league rules he expects to use him as a pinch-hitter. and they are happy so far with the play of adams in craig's place. >> when i was in st. louis in the matchup series, they definitely won a rematch with the red sox going back to that 2004 world series. how much are the players and coaches talking about this rematch? >> reporter: you can certainly see why they would want a rematch. let's look back, cardinals had won 105 games, and they say that may have been the best team that cardinals ever fielded. not only did they not get it done they were swept by the boston red sox 4-1, and they told the story about how the
divisional series against houston that year took a lot out of the cardinals, how they had to go seven games and there was a big celebration. before they knew it they were down 2-0 in the world series. they say that taught him about the urgency of the moment at this point in the season, and you can bet he's not going to let his team look past any game in the world sewers. >> reporter: news regarding john ferrell rewarding his efforts from taking boston from last place to first place in the east division. >> reporter: and well deserve. when you look at where the boston red sox were last year, a near mutiny on their hands with bobby valentine at the helm. the switch is basically flipped, this team had the best record 97-65, that was tied with the st. louis cardinals. manager mike m matheni said he
applies it towards his feelings that the they havfeelingsof thee with the red sox. >> john henry smith joins us, i appreciate the time. we'll hear more. >> can't wait, michael, appreciate it. thank you sir. it's almost an annual ritual of sorts, the announcement of ipad. apple's new version of its tablet is called the ipad air it's lighter and faster than earlier models. the new ipad mini will also go on sale and the company is cutting prices on the mac books and mac pros. according to a new marketing study that came out last spring 63% of americans drink a cup of coffee. >> reporter: i don't drink
coffee. i'm a minority. >> smart man. i wish i could get off it, i won't tell you how much i drink. >> reporter: a lot. >> plenty, but there was a bit of good news. the price of a cup of joe may actually be getting cheaper. we get this report now. >> reporter: if drinking a cup of coffee is part of your daily grind it could become an increasingly cheaper habit. that's because of the sun. production will exceed demand by nearly 4.5 million bags. that's on top of a 10 million bags surplus from last year. the packed warehouses are driving warehouses down. on monday the price of coffee tumbled to $1.12 per pound or $2.48 a kilo. that's the lowest it's been since march of 2009.
at the store one might expect $10 for kilogram bag. that means $0.10 a shot. that's not what the local brewers are charging. it can cost up to $3 in most markets. the coffee chain starbucks is facing scrutiny this week because it's been accused of overpricing, $4.50 for medium size latte, a third more than in the united states. the cost of rent will often contribute to the price of designer coffee. even though the price of beans is on the downward trend, it's most likely at the supermarket where one might get more brew for the cup. >> i'm coming u up to 2:00 a.m. cheers in doha.
>> meteorologist: you have to love when the weather cooperates with your coffee. what's happening in brazil? >> i'm sorry, you're going to need that. >> meteorologist: absolutely. >> thank you. >> meteorologist: sorry about that. we're looking at brazil. tony talked about the coffee. i love my coffee. what is happening we're now getting in the summer months across brazil. our summer, we have dry weather. we are going to be seeing the showers come down from the north and it's going to get much wetter. that is going to be the problem there. where the weather is not cooperating is out here in china. we've been talking about the
story that is a combination of weather and the pollution situation. take a look at what is happening across the region. the visibility has gotten so low. we're talking about visibility down to a half mile or less in some locations and that is extremely hazardous. not only for your health. we're also talking about what is happening on the ground and in the air flights have been canceled across the region. come back here and i want to show though particular map in general. what you see every here are those reds, these purples, these maroons are the numbers of how high the pollution is. the numbers used to maximum out at 500. now we see it going up much higher than this, but it is not just asia that is dealing with pollution all across the equator many people in places are also dealing with this. i'll bring you more in the next few hours. everyone have a great night, and that's a look at your national weather.
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. this is tony harris with a look at today's top stories. a new report is criticizing the u.s. of using drones to kill its enemies, violating international law and could be classified as war crimes. many of the victims of the attacks have been civilians. >> everybody wants to know why, that's the big question. the answer is we don't know right now. >> police in sparks, nevada, say they're actively trying to find out why a 12-year-old student open fired monday at a military school. a boy killed a teacher, wounded two students and then killed himself. weaker thanxp
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