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outrage growing against america, new information suggests the nsa has been spying on dozens of leaders around the world and some of them are not happy about it. a heated congressional hearing on health care, the main take away, it could take weeks to fix serious flaw plaging the websit. the fda is recommending tighter controls in an attempt to stop precipitation drug abuse. saving elephants on the other side of the world. ♪ ♪
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i am stephanie sy, this is al jazerra america. leaders in europe are angry the u.s. over paying allegations according to newly published nsa document. they tapped the phones of at least 35 world leaders: it has embarrassed the u.s. and strained relations with some of its strongest allies. >> reporter: there is more employer asment for the obama admin nation, the strove of documents leaked by edward snowden has produced another bombshell. the controversy is growing and so is a rift with a close ali. angela merkel expressing outrage on the fact that america listened in on her telephone phone calls. >> i have made it clear to the american president that spying between friends is unacceptable. i said that in june when he was in berlin and in july and also
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yesterday in a phone call. it's not about me, it's about the privacy of all jeff marijuana people. between allies there must be trust. and this trust must now be rebuilt. >> reporter: at the white house, spokesman jay carney did not deny the spying had taken place. >> what i can't do and won't do is answer every allegations that appears in print about intelligence activities. >> reporter: this, as the white house tries to limit the fallout. >> the revelation that his have appeared of late have obviously caused tensions in our relationships with some countries and we are dealing with that set of issues through diplomatic channels. but -- and we are also as the president has said clearly and publicly, engaging in a review of our intelligence gathering operations. >> reporter: as carney spoke, another shoe dropped in the spying scandal. the guardian newspaper is out with more from nsa leaker edward snowden. a confidential 2006 memo reveals the nsa has encouraged senior
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officials in the white house, state department, and pentagon to share phone numbers of foreign leaders. so they can be bugged. such rolodexs may contain contact information for foreign, political, or military leaders to include direct line, far, rfd cell numbers. 200 phone numbers were provided to 35 world leaders, producing 43 previously unknown phone numbers. these numbers, plus several others have been tasked. in other words, they were bugged. in merkel's case, there are unique sensitivities. >> she grew up in east germany so she was used to being bugged by the east german secret service, she didn't expect a december crating ali to act this way. >> reporter: after spending the day meeting with her european counts are parts merkel had more to say. >> we said that we need obviously the activity of our
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intelligence community to his insure the safe it i and security of our citizens, but that at the same time once the seeds of mistrust have been sewn, it makes it more difficult. >> reporter: and general keith alexander, he is the head of the national security agency just gave an interviewing, expressing frustration says and accused people of selling the documented leaked by snowden. he wants to come up with a way to stop the leaks. back to you. >> thanks, mike viqueira reporting from washington. now that the government shutdown is over, president obama is shifting his focus to policy reform. mr. obama ants immigration to be the top priority saying the stalled bill needs to be passed by the end of the year. even wins if we work together to get it done. in fact, if there is a good reason not to pass this common sense reform, i haven't heard
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it. so anyone still standing in the way of this bipartisan reform should at least have to explain why. >> the president is already facing push back from republicans. house speaker john boehner says the house won't be calling for a vote on the senate immigration bill any time soon. contractors who built the u.s. health care website were grilled by a congressional panel on thursday, but as rochelle caray explains, the experts took a backseat to the republicans and democrats asking the questions. >> reporter: what started off as an investigation in to what happened with the website turned in to questions of government policy. questions the technology experts were not willing to answer. >> so once again here we have my republican colleagues trying to scare everybody. >> reporter: when house committee members drilled them about the technical problems, they heard the problems started at the, quote, front door. >> consumers must pass through this front door in order to enter the ssm application. unfortunately, the e i.d. m
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created a bottleneck preventing the haves majority of consumers from accessing it. >> reporter: lawmakers were told the contractors were not prepared for the bottleneck that occurred when thousands try to log on. >> since then. cms have worked closely together to troubleshoot and solve the front door problem. >> reporter: but later republican lawmakers wanted to know what role the obama administration had in managing project and whether the site was rolled out too early. >> it is not our position to tell our client whether they should go live or not. >> many of the critical components developed by these multiple vendors were overwhelmed. >> reporter: it's a line of questioning republican lawmakers would press. >> we want an explanation on how this system will be fixed what, it will cost, how long it will take. >> reporter: democrat on his the panel spoke out in support of obamaed administration's role saying the glitches were about the technology, not policy. >> will the chairman yield? i will not yield to this monkey court. >> reporter: the house hearing is not over, republicans have
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been demanding to hear from katherine, she happened agreed to testify did you but not until next wednesday. >> the contractor said that problems are being mixe mix fixy and anyone who wants coverage shut be able to get it by the first. appeal did he need. denied. margo has details from beijing. >> reporter: and it's over, the appeals court has rejected the plea to lessen or overturn the life sentence that he was given for corruption related crimes this, means he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. now, the outcome of this trial was pretty much controlled by the central government irregardless of the process. this is something that the public here is very much aware of. even though it has been made to feel that the whole process has been transparent. he is a very high-profile
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example of just how serious the government is about cleaning up its ranks of corrupt politicians. now, bo of course not going quietly. he has insisted to the very end that he is being treated unfairly and is the victim of political power play. all in all, the chinese public is feeling that until a more reliable system of checks and balances is put in place, or in to some sort of structure, no amount of government drama or high jinx can convince them that the anti-corruption campaign is working. >> reporting from beijing. a man who opened fire at a tennessee navy base was reportedly a recruiter who had been relieved of duty. the shooting happened on thursday in tennessee, two navy reservists were wounded before the gunman was wrestled to the ground, their injuries are not life threatening. still no word on two americans kidnapped by pirates off the coast of nigeria, they were grabbed off a u.s. oil supply shift in the gulf of
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guinea. one of the kidnapped men is the ship's captain, the other is the chief engineer. the pirates released 11 other crew members. piracy has been a growing concern off the west african coast. more than 40 attacks have been recorded this year with 132 people taken hostage. ♪ ♪ >> meteorologist: we are seeing those temperatures still continuing to down this morning for many parts of people in the northeast, we are seeing temperatures going down in to the mid 20s and with the winds chill, some of you mawindshieldw 20s. a lot of watches and warnings in effect not cold and freeze, frost could be a problem when you wake up in the morning. out towards the northwest, completely different story. we are looking at still the same situation that's bring something really nice weather to many parts of the west. first of all, area of high pressure is dominating and that has been there for over seven days now. so that's bringing us a lot of
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sunshine and warmer temperatures to many people out in that region. if you took the satellite image you may see a few gray areas, that's some clouds coming in but no rain at all that we have seen over the last 24 hours. seattle it will be cloudier on friday. those temperatures will stay in to the mid 50s and the sun will break down on saturday but go back in by the time we get to next week. now, down here towards southeast -- southwest, excuse me, we are looking at showers that cropped up across parts of arizona now moving to utah not bring too much in terms of accumulation there. but for los angeles, you will be cooler as we begin the day today about 72 degrees there, and then as we go towards the weekend we do expect to get in to the low 80s. well, the temperatures across texas had been diving, that same air mass has caused all the cold conditions up to the north is finally coming down in to the central part of texas, look at the temperatures there, we expect to see for dallas, how about 68 degrees. that is your high. san antonio you are going to be seeing still nice warm
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temperatures at about 80 agree dez. in corpus, 83 degrees for you there. dallas 68 as i said those temperatures begin to come back up. but on sunday, it is going to be a cloudy and a very rainy day with lightning possibly in your forecast. a deadly explosion at a mexican candy factory near the u.s. boarder what authorities believe caused the fatal blast. the fda looking to crack down on access to pain medications. the health concern that has them tightening the rules. and how one city is using a classic children's game to save lives. ♪ ♪ what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >> they share it on the stream. >> social media isn't an after-thought, it drives discussion across america. >> al jazeera america's social media community, on tv and online. >> this is your outlet for those conversations. >> post, upload and interact. >> every night share undiscovered stories.
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>> while you were asleep, news was happening. >> here are the stories we're following. >> find out what happened and what to expect. >> international outrage. >> a day of political posturing. >> every morning from 6 to 10am al jazeera america brings you more us and global news than any other american news channel. >> tell us exactly what is behind this story. >> from more sources around the world. >> the situation has intensified here at the boarder. >> start every morning, every day, 6am to 10 eastern with al jazeera america. an explosion at a candy factory in northern mexico has left at least one person dead and several missing. officials say a boiler exploded at the plant not far from the texas town of el paso. adam rainy picks up the story. >> reporter: the blast occurred on thursday afternoon, many of the injured presented second and
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third degree burns after the blast. what happened was that a boiling vat of sweets exploded up in to the ceiling of the factory, bring that go ceiling down on to the work floor, perhaps trapping some workers in the process. more than 200,000 mexicans work in factories along u.s. boarder. there is wide-ranging safety records at these border factories, but the fact is international companies invest and open these factories because they can pay lower wages here in mexico and they have less oversight from the government. there are worse safety records than perhaps other countries in the world especially than in europe and the u.s., but that's not to say that all factories are prone to blasts like this, but investigators are looking to see what exactly caused this blast here in northern mexico on thursday. >> adam reporting from mexico city. the archbishop from st. paul in minneapolis is responding to new allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
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he has order aid review of college i files at the archdiocese. following revelation that his archdiocese leaders tried to keep the abuse allegations under wraps. he wants the names of 33 priests accused of sexually abusing children. he also wants files on priests open so that they can be inspected by law enforcement. the food & drug administration is looking to make it harder for people to get their hands on highly addictive precipitation painkillers. the move would limit access to vicodin and oxycontin containing the narcotic hydrocodone and are among the most widely abused drugs in the country. the new rule lowers the number of refills a patients could get. patients would be required to take the precipitation directly to a pharmacy instead of having a doctor phone it in. if approved the new regulations could take effect as early as next year. a new study out of canada is raising legal and ethical concerns it suggests better outcomes if people in need of a kid any were simply allowed to
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buy one. the university of calgary study claims patients who can purchase a kid any rather than wait for one to be donated could live longer and save mon knit long run. and it looks like there are plenty of people willing to sale one, 54% of canadians surveyed said that they would be willing to sell their o organs some fors little as $10,000, selling human organ is is illegal in the u.s. and most other countries. and for those that do receive a kid any, the path ahead after surgery is not always easy. they often have to spends the rest of their lives on precipitation drugs to stop their body from rejected the transplanted organ, but as al jazerraljazerra reports a new breakthrough could change that. >> reporter: when 40-year-old craig was diagnosed with polycystic kid any disease in his mid 20s, he knew eventually he would need a transplant. >> shows up on an mri and
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basically sift cysts form on thd any and renders it useless. >> reporter: when it came time to find a donor, older brother shane stepped up. >> we have had a close relationship. it is a difficult decision but i don't think there was ever consideration not to do. >> reporter: but in the midst of medical misfortune they found a unique opportunity. it was a chance to take part in the second phase of ground-breaking clinical trials here at northwestern memorial hospital. research that could a chief ultimate goal of a life-saving surgery, transplantation without rejection. dr. joseph leventhal is a transplant surgery and director of the living donor kid any program. for the last few years he and his team has study stem cell research on transplantation. >> the holy grail in our field has been to achieve donor-specific trans plan action tolerance where you don't need anti-rejection drugs to control immune system.
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>> reporter: that idea is being tested by fusing tell cells from the donor to hepa chief a duly mean system to trick the recipient's body as to seeing in the you kid any as it's a own. >> you have chemotherapy and radiation killing your immune system. and create room in your bone marrow for the infusion of the stem cells. >> reporter: the chemotherapy and radiation are part of the strategy used to reset the immune system. if successful it could mean avoiding the need for daily hands of thes of a ofdailyhand n pills. >> they are poisons in the right amount to control the immune system. >> reporter: taking those drugs for the rest of her life is something lindsay porter has been able to avoid. >> my kidneys weighed about eight pounds a piece. all of my other organs were sort of being crushed together.
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>> reporter: her stem cell infusion allowed her to gradually wean off the drugs after only a year. she has been off them now for more than two years. it's a significant financial savings as well. the average transplants patients will spends up yards wa*rdz of $2,500 a month on pos postoperae medications. for craig and the nearly 100,000 people in the u.s. still on the kid any donation waiting list, it means a chance at a better quality of life at a greatly reduced cost. al jazerra, chicago. and in some cases a person's body may reject the transplanted kid any that case they have to go back on die alice or have another transplants. saving people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest is a race against time where ever minute can be critical. there is an unusual new effort in seattle aimed at helping to improve the survival rate. alan explains.
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>> reporter: james seu a veryjay luckily man and knows it. >> i am super grateful and lucky to be here. >> reporter: two years ago when the radio station engineer suffered cardiac arrest, one of his friends knew where to find one of these. an automatic external defibrillator it zapped his heart back to live. >> it's craze this technology exist because i am able to sit and talk to you because all those thing happened. >> reporter: there are 1.2 million aeds in public places across the country. 180,000 more get installed every year. miracles in a box. at about $1,500 each. >> when a bystander has a defibrillator and is able to use it before the paramedics arrive, we know that that doubles the chance survival. >> reporter: which is great, of course, as long as this helpful bystander knows where to find the near he had aed but what if you were a street corner or any street corner and somebody
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killed over in front of you, how old you know where to look. dr. graham nickel has launched a month long scavenger hunts hunt. patterned after a similar effort in philadelphia. >> do you have an aedo premises? >> have what? >> reporter: contestants like rob register online then go out searching and report every defibrillator they find. >> no, not luck there. it was worth a shot. >> reporter: there is a facebook page. a twitter identity for contestants to follow. 20 preselected golden aeds worth $50 for the first person to find them. and there is a nice pay off for the winner. >> the individual or team that reports the largest number of defibrillators will win $10,000. >> reporter: but the bigger pay off is the data. which dr. nickel and contestants hope can be used to create a comprehensive aed map. something 911 operators and
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others could use. >> it's huge putting all the information together and it's the only way to do. you can't have one person doing it it would take forever. >> reporter: dr. nickel plans to replicate the game if four more cities next year. something jamie supports it all his heart. >> put it on a map and if people know where it is, they can use it, and somebody's life gets saved and that's the way it's supposed to work. >> push right arrow. >> reporter: alan, al jazerra, seattle. >> by the way, in seattle and surrounding king county where doctor nickel has been conducted his scavenger hunts the survival rate from seven cardiac arrest is above 50%, the highest in the country. new environmental rules creating uncertainty for elephants that have played a pivotal role in one country's logging industry. and a mix up moment for singing legends james taylor in front of red sox nation during game two of the world series. uncovers unheard, fascinating
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twit ser getting ready to go public the social media company's ipo is expected gun rate $1.6 billion. as cat turner explains the stock price should be somewhere around $17 a share. >> reporter: there has been a lot of anticipation and speculation around twitter's plans to put its shares on the stock market and now we finally have some numbers that investors and advertisers can work with. 17 to $20 a share, slightly lower than the estimated cost a month ago. putting the company's evaluation at about $11 billion. what happens next is that the company's executives and financial advisors will be around the country and make presentation to mutual funnels, hedge funds and other financial institutions and encourage them to invest in the company. a public video online presentation will be put on the internet shortly. the only thing we have to compare it to the most recent one is facebook which debuted in 2012 at around 30 a dollars a
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share and basically went in to free fall it was a very tumultuous experience, it was a humiliating experience for the company as well. only recently has it managed to crawl back and get its stock price to turning a profit. facebook is now currently valued at about $127 billion. the good news for twit, he most people think it hasn't reached its peak on the social pedia platform and hoping a good debut on the new york stock exchange in early november will help restore confidence in consumer internet companies. >> cath turner reporter. it is a tradition that dates back thousands of years, working elephants in myanmar used for carrying timber. but the government is now imposing a ban on timber exports and as we report, that leaves thousands of elephants in the region with an uncertain future. >> reporter: 36-year-old was originally caught from the wild and trained. now his handlers say he is strong, and obedient.
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ideal quality for his a timber elephant. >> they need to know the nature of his elephants. some of them are nice, while others are wild. >> reporter: myanmar has more captive elephants than any other country. more than half belong to the myanmar timber enterprise the government's official logging agency. others are in private hands. the times are changing fast. from tooel april 2014 log exporl be banned while that's good for the forests. the elephants and their handlers face an uncertain future. >> the handlers might be worried, even the government servants in officer are worried. when logging is reduced whatever is not economical will be he flamed. >> reporter: private owners like him who has 20 el facts are in a dilemma. >> we are in a situation where we have to sale our elephants.
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if we don't get any help, we have no choice. we will just release them in to the jungle. >> reporter: like in other countries, the elephants could be trafficked, sold, ex-lightedd or abused f released in the wild they are clash with farmers. elephants are left with a shrinking habitat. wildlife conservationists are concerned about their fate. >> the government those associated witassociated with t, those close in the elephant in the junking they are all responsible i believe. >> reporter: the big question is whether elephants will remain relevant or be relegate today tourist spectacles, like these white elephants. white elephants are considered incredibly auspicious in buddhism because the buddha's mother dreamt of a white elephants the night before he was born, ironically nations have gone to war over white
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elephants and here they have been reduce today curiosities. the elephants face a turning point, they have survived wars and dictatorships, now they must survive democracy and a free market. al jazerra. >> there are around 5,000 elephants living in captivity in myanmar. sing james taylor took to the field last night at fenway park dirk game two of the world series between the red sox and cardinals. ♪ oh, beautiful for spacious skies ♪ ♪ for amber waves of grain >> flanked by survivors of the boston marathon bombings taylor sang america the beautiful during the seventh inning stretch. he had a bit of a flub earlier in the night as he was about to perform the national anthem, he started america the beautiful, realized his mistake and made a seamless transition in to the star spangled banner that will
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do it for this edition of al jazerra news, i am stef seu sy, thanks so much for watching. >> hi, i'm lisa fletcher and you are in the stream. a nickel mine in minnesota is it a false choice to tell minnesotians they have to choose when work and the environment? ♪ >> our digital producer, wajahat ali is here and he is bringing in all of your comments and questions via our social networks. waj is lot of people in our community didn't know about the controversy up north


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