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you're watching "al jazeera america" live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with a look at the today's top stories. a killer typhoon in the philippines kills thousands and destroyed homes. deal or no deal on iran's nuclear program. people around the world remember the night of broken glass. in the philippines the death toll from typhoon haiyan continues to climb. the red cross says as many as 1200 might be dead. the country continues to assess the damage.
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craig is in manila with more on the monster storm. >> reporter: this is the moment when the storm hit a city of more than 200,000 people. once the winds whipped in from the coast with gusts around 300 kilometers an hour, and with it came floodwater. people used mattresses to stay above the rising waters. this is the kind of scene rescue crews are seeing as they reach isolated areas. >> a tornado just passed us. and it lasted for four hours. it was just crumbling, you know. i mean, at first it was the ceiling that went off, and then the roof just started flying in all directions and then the water just started coming. >> reporter: the survivors are desperate. we've got some looting going on
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at a drugstore by the looks of it. >> we're opening as many stores as we can so the people have access to food. there is some looting going on, and we've deployed the army as much as we can. we're trying to secure power and water, which are the basics. >> reporter: with communications down and roads out, emergency organizations are struggling to organize relief. the philippines military has only three hercules aircraft to fly in soldiers and aid. other countries are promising help. >> we're bringing in food, medicines, water to water filtration plants. we're also bringing body bags because a lot of people are dead, and they want to make sure we manage the conditions of the dead. >> reporter: people are starting to identify bodies. the whole human cost will take some time to count.
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>> we think it will be substantially more. we're not prepared to say how much more at this point in time, because that's being figured out at this time. >> reporter: it's hard to overstate the devastation here. one united nations official compared it to the 2004 indian ocean tsunami. the government says there is a 1-kilometer wide strip inland from the sea where everything has been destroyed. it had sent out weather warnings early and often, but there was no preparing for this. craig leeson, al jazeera, manila. >> unicef is one of the organizations on the ground in the philippines. today a spokesperson told al jazeera more than half of the typhoon's victims are likely to be young children. >> we have 1.7 million children who are expected to be affected by this disaster. this is a country that has already seen three emergencies in recent times. fighting in certain places, and then the recent earthquake in
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october. so this is just yet another blow. what we're seeing is utter devastation in some parts, but airports are closed. it's very difficult to get in. you know how difficult it is to get communications out at a time like this. children are the most affected in these sorts of situations. they're small. they're vulnerable. they cannot swim. they slip out of their parents' arms. we estimate from tsunamis and other incidents similar to this that you usually have 40% to 60% of the victims are children just simply because they cannot cope. >> incredible loss of life now. more on this storm with eboni. it's headed to vietnam, right? >> it is, but it's in a much weaker state. as it continues to move through the south china sea it's weaking down to category 2 or at least equivalent to that when you compare to a hurricane. winds have come down to 103 miles per hour. still, very strong system, but as it continues to go right
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along the coast of vietnam, it will continue to weaken further. it's tracking off to the west-northwest in more of a northerly direction. that will bring it into northern areas of vietnam late on sunday, and as it does, it will come into just south of hanoi as a strong tropical storm. further weakening is expected but lots of moisture to be gathered by the system, and we're going to see a lot of rain dumped right on top of towards hanoi from a few inches upwards to just about six inches or even more. we could even see a foot of rain in a few locations, and that's why flooding will be a big concern with this. the south china sea and all this water will kind of gather up across the area, and we will see lots of heavy rain through the day on sunday. just kind of paralleling along the coast with the track of the system. as we get into the day on sunday, that's when conditions are expected to go downhill around hanoi and northern areas of vietnam. once it interacts with land it will continue to weaken.
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we're talking about a tropical storm at landfall and eventually dissipating over the next 48 hours. jonathan, back to you. >> thanks, eboni. world leaders are in geneva working on a possible deal on iran's nuclear program. there are reports an announcement could come soon. what's on the fable? the production of iran's nuclear capabilities and economic sanctions. phil is following the talks in geneva live. is there a deal or not? >> reporter: well, jonathan, whatever we're going to hear, we expect to hear it pretty soon. things with getting ready here, it appears, for a press conference. could happen eminently now. will there be an agreement? that's the big question. it doesn't like like anything conclusive has been reached here. there seems to be some sticking points, but as i say, the talks are wrapping up.
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>> we lost the audio for a quick second, phil, bullet i think we got you back. you say the talks do not look encouraging at this moment? >> reporter: well, they don't look like they've reached an agreement, but there is word at least some things trickling out that they do intend to re-adjourn sometime as soon as possible, possibly within a week. this is not concluded. it never really was expected to be a final resolution to this issue. it doesn't look as though they've reached agreement at this stage yet, jonathan. >> explain to us what happened, phil. just a day or two ago everyone seemed rather optimistic. >> reporter: well, that's right, they did seem optimistic, but there was this flurry of
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activity, all the high-ranking dignitaries coming in and the top diplomats arriving in town to talk about this. there appears to be a couple of stumbling points. the french foreign minister said it is the -- a plant in iran that is the arak plant that has a by-product of plutonium. there's the issue of the already established stockpile of enriched uranium. it has to be stressed just the fact they have come together at this level and these talks are so intensive, that is significant in and of itself. it has been said in the last 24 hours the americans and the iranians have had more direct talks than they have in the last three decades. jonathan. >> that is a major development on its own. phil, thank you for your time. >> for more on the ongoing talks let's go to kelsey davenport
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with the arms control association from washington. what do you make of this? we thought there might be an agreement reached in geneva. now it's looking unlikely. >> i think the important thing to remember is that diplomacy is a marathon. it's not a sprint. these are very complex issues, and they are going to take some time to resolve, especially when you have seven countries sitting in the same room. this has been going on for quite some time. if we look back at the last meeting three weeks ago, we have to look at what they said then. the talks with forward-looking. >> the fact that the french delegation questioned publicly whether this would do enough to really curb iran's nuclear ambitions, do you think france had a good point? do you think it pulled more countries onto its side? >> i think france is right to be concerned about the reactor. it could produce plutonium suitable for weapons. that reactor is at least nine
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months away from operation, and it probably would be another year after that before there's plutonium separated for weapons. we do need to address the arak reactor, but finding an interim agreement now that addresses some of the most proliferation concerns like the stockpile of enriched uranium is really more pressing. >> what do you make of this point that the idea was not even to have a permanent agreement but to basically buy all sides more time, have iran stall its nuclear program, and maybe ease some sanctions to that country? do you think that in itself was a good diplomacy move? >> i really do. we've been attempting to negotiate with iran over their nuclear program for over a decade. there's a great deal of mistrust, and i think taking some small steps will go a long way to showing both sides that they're serious about reaching an agreement while addressing some of the most serious
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concerns. for the united states that's the uranium stockpile, and for iran it's the sanctions. >> is iran doing enough to show the world it can be trusted? >> well, iran has come to the talks with a new proposal, which is what the p-5 plus 1 asked for and following through on what president rouhani said. they're ready for direct and serious negotiations. of course, with he need to see they follow-through on that talk with actions, but right now i think we need to be willing to engage with them sort of seriously on negotiations and give these talks the time they need to play out. in the u.s. that means we need to ask congress to hold off on further sanctions right now. >> even though israel is so outspoken and so concerned, netanyahu called this idea the deal of the century for iran. does he not have a good point, though? >> well, i think israel is right to be concerned about its safety. a deal that limits iran's nuclear capabilities and
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provides for more stringent monitoring and verification measures can assure the international community that iran's nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes, and any deviation from these purposes for weapons would be immediately detected. so i think we can come to an agreement with iran that allows it to keep some of its nuclear program. full dismantlement of that program, which is what netanyahu is insisting on, is unrealistic. >> kelsey, thank you for your time tonight from washington. >> thank you for having me. >> we're watching to see what develops in geneva. we have a camera and crew there at that press conference waiting for the world leaders to emerge from the meeting to see if they reached a deal. it's the big question tonight whether an agreement has been reached with iran over the nuclear program. as soon as it happens, we'll bring it to you live. for decades iran is known fost for the strict regime. rouhani is showing openness
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within his borders. we have more. >> reporter: in iran there is a list, and on it are the names of those whose defenses range from the criminal to the political. many of them are students and academics caught up in the disputed 2009 election. he was one of them on that list for four years, and that meant with no official explanation he was also banned from attending university. >> translator: i was in journalism, and dust the post-election incident i was briefly arrested. last year i took an exam for my masters during the ahmadinejad regime. they banned us from studying. we got no clear response. verbally i was told i was not allowed to study. >> reporter: that is until now. he's been allowed back to university, and he thanks the new president for that. one of iran's most respected
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economic and political minds says hassan rouhani has used the first 100 days in office to begin the process of taking the country back from radicals. he himself was jailed in 2009 and banned from teaching. >> i have been in jail for more or less one year, but personally i have no complaints because it has been a cost which i should pay for my nation and for my country. i'm so happy that after the four or eight years, everybody is clear at the moment for everybody. >> reporter: those eight years belonged to the previous government of mahmoud ahmadinejad, which fired hundreds of professors for not sharing its ideology. it also jailed thousands of, journalists, human rights campaigners, union leaders, activists and academics. it closed dozens of reformers newspapers and black listed the
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country's large organization of journalists. since rouhani's election the judiciary has released hundreds of prisons. many will remain in jail or under house arrest, including the leader of green movement. in iran's complicated political system, what iranians conclude is that the domestic situation is changing but very slowly. since rowhani's election some iranians have gained back their freedom, but whether it comes to other domestic issues like human right or gender equate, internet censorship many iranians are hard-pressed to see any improvement. the constitution is still the constitution. the law is still the law, and the president swore to uphold it, not to change it. al jazeera, tehran. moving now to syria, the fighting intensifies in aleppo. members of the syrian national council are deciding whether to attend a proposed peace conference in geneva.
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we're in istanbul with more. >> reporter: the issue of the coalition's participation in the geneva 2 negotiations whenever they actually happen has always been the trickiest issue for the coalition, and it remains the big decision they have to take over the next couple of days. on one level this negotiating body representing the syrian opposition can't not show up as an international meeting of this magnitude. on the other hand, if they show up and across the table from then are representatives of the assad regime, they lose what little credibility they have left with syrians inside the country that sacrificed so much for the revolution to get to this point. religious leaders in germany marked the 75th an verser of the broken glass when they rampaged through germany and austria destroying jewish homes and synagogues. we have the story from berlin.
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>> reporter: they marched in silence in ceremonies across the country to remember a day that angela merkel described as one of the darkest moments in german history. through the streets of berlin they carried a banner that said remember, commemorate and take part. the mayor said the active rememberness today was as important as it had ever been. >> translator: especially a time when the witnesses are dying out and becoming less and less, we have to find new ways to look back upon it. to intervene if injustice is happening to somebody, even in democratic society today, in order to make clear to everybody that we have an inner liberalism which means we intervene and accept people as they are. i think we still have a lot to learn. >> reporter: it was 75 years ago that the nazis launched their attacks upon german jews. it became known z a -- as the night of broken glass. mobs of party members roamed the streets smashing the windows of
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jewish-owned shops and beating up occupants and setting fire to synagogues. at least 90 jews were killed, 7,000 businesses destroyed. this was merely the beginning of the nazi's campaign to rid the country of the jewish population. germany's leaders have used the anniversary to warn the country to be watchful for the dangers of anti-semitism. it is a timely reminder. a recent report showed that across europe it is on the increase. harry smith, al jazeera. well, it wasn't easy but a family-built business in florida managed to survive the recession, it is now thriving. see how ahead. plus, chinese farmers fighting for rights. the old policy that they say hurts families and china's economy.
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a decision on detroit's bankruptcy status is expected in the next few days. the eight-day trial wrapped up on friday to decide whether the troubled city will be the
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largest ever to file for bankruptcy. detroit has more than $18 billion in debt and liabilities. many city workers could lose the retirement benefits if they allow bankruptcy. they say city leaders didn't do enough to protect the pensions before filing for chapter 9. florida slowly climbing out of the great recession after having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, it's now at 7%, lower than the national average. as part of the champions in the economy series, al jazeera visits a family-owned business in miami that survived the recession but is now expanding. >> reporter: dbk concepts is the kind of company where employee birthdays are celebrated. danny katz started his business in a bedroom 25 years ago. the company, which refurbished handheld bar code readers from companies like starbucks and ups, has grown from 2 to 150 employees. >> i kind pinch myself a lot of times, to tell you the truth. even though we reached over 150
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employees, we're still trying to keep that small town feeling. it gets harder. i don't know everybody's first name back there anymore like i used to. it's a mixed feeling because you have to grow to give more, but you can't know everything. >> reporter: even so, there are many long-time employees such as alex anned dra suarez who view their co-workers as an extended family. >> i've been here for 15 years. this is part of my family. >> reporter: responsibility to his employees is one of the things that weighed on katz when he considered uprooting the company about 15 years ago. >> i was concerned about being able to get the work force that i needed here in south florida. >> reporter: through networking and referrals, local officials helped katz find employees and train them. because he staids, he was able to leverage local and state tax incentives. dbk concepts was hit hard by the recession. for the first time he was forced
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to lay off people. in order to stop the hemorrhaging, he convinced employees to work a seven-hour workday. they have rebounded and is poised to grow after landing new business. over the next several years, the company expects to almost double its work force. one of the new hires said getting the job was a relief after being unemployed. >> i'm grateful to be here, especially that now i am working and i can contribute to the society. >> reporter: katz admits despite the company's brighter outlook, he's still too worried about the uncertain economic climate to expand his building. >> i'm on the edge. even though we're doing well, i'm holding back from starting it because i'm uncertain. >> reporter: for now katz is grateful he stayed in miami and is in a position to expand his work family. al jazeera, miami.
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all righty. time for the sports headlines with ross. so it's saturday, and that means college football today. >> a lot of people doing that tomahawk chop things because all eyes on number 3 florida state. the seminoles are in the national championship picture, after stanford beat number 2 oregon on thursday night. plus they have a freshman winston a heisman trophy contender. he put on a show today against wake forest. he threw two touchdowns and the seminoles spanked them 59-3. the drama continues between richie incognito and jonathan martin. he actually landed in l.a. yesterday, but incognito declined to say why he was there. fyi, jonathan martin is staying there with his parents after leaving the team because of the alleged harassment from incognito. here's the latest update. incognito feels shocked and betrayed by martin because he
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thought we were friends and viewed himself as a tough love older brother. in light of the scandal, the nba cents out a mem toe to all 30 teams reminding them harassment or hazing won't be tolerated and they specifically mentioned the miami dolphins incident. they want players to treat each other like decent human beings. >> it seems basic, ross. i don't think you need a mem foe for that, but i guess you do. after the big debut on wall street twitter took a bit of a tumble. it closed down more than 7% finishing the day at $41.60. that's 60% above the price set for the ipo. not everyone is celebrating. some residents of san francisco where twitter is based say high-tech money is pushing out many long-time residents who cannot afford to live in the neighborhood. melissa khan has more. >> reporter: when twitter employees and other tech workers come to live, new buildings shoot up block after block. supply doing its best to keep up
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with demand. but the start-up economy has left san francisco's less advantaged behind. >> now it's mostly about money and greed a. it's very competitive. the i.t. crowd is a very competitive crowd. >> reporter: this artist has lived four decades in the city's mission district. he says he's being evicted to make way for tech workers, and community activists say he's not alone. >> what we're seeing is a lot of gentification in our neighborhood in different forms. one is tenants are being bought out by their existing landlords to make room for newer residents that can pay higher rental fees. >> reporter: many people are not happy that the city offered a tax break to keep twitter in town. supporters of twitter, starting
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with the mayor, argue that the company has benefitted the city's economy bringing along new businesses and reviving a once shabby part of town. that, they say, will more than offset the cost of the tax break. >> we see the beginning, i think, of a renaissance that people want to be here. >> reporter: others disagree. >> yes, there are new businesses opening up around the corridor, mid-market, close to where twitter's headquartered, but a lot of businesses are leaving that can't afford to be there anymore. >> reporter: for people like renee, the new businesses are just too expensive. >> it's sucking the soul out of san francisco. it's sucking the soul out of the mission district. >> reporter: regardless, the forward march continues. with each new ipo dividing the city more and more. part of the price of success. melissa khan, al jazeera, san francisco. it's a source of hope for millions of americans struggling with mental illness and
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we're awaiting a news conference from the talks in geneva. those are live pictures there. earlier we spoke with darrell kimball, executive director of the arms control association. it's a group of experts that provide nonproliferation strategies and he explained iran's nuclear capabilities. >> iran has insisted for many years and in these negotiations that they have a right under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty to pursue the peaceful use of nuclear energy includes the enrichment of eyre uranium which can be used for power reactors or higher levels for weapons grade. the p5 plus 1 say we will recognize that right if you resolve the international community's concerns about the nature of your program. there are concerns about past activities that iran was involved in that could have potential military dimensions
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and the iaea continues to investigate the issues. it looks as though what iran is prepared to do is halt the enrichment of eyre rohn yum to 20% level, which is above normal reactor fuel grade levels and closer to weapons grade. they're also showing a willingness to stop the introduction of additional centrifuges, the machines used to enrich uranium. the idea is to provide about six months of time to negotiate a more far-reaching deal that involves more extensive sanctions relief and rationing back iran's nuclear capabilities. in china communist party leaders are discussing unprecedented economic changes. land reform is expected to be a big issue at the weekend meeting. millions of farmers cannot buy or sell land they've worked on for generations. it's the old communist system that some fear is hurting
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china's economy. andrew thomas explains. >> reporter: she has lived in beijing all her adult life, but she's not official a resident of beijing nor are her twins, despite having lived in the city their entire lives. they don't hold a beijing registration certificate because their parents came originally from a rural province, and that matters. without the certificate, the adults can only apply for lower-paying jobs. the family can't access beijing's health services and can't buy property or a car. the children are restricted to certain schools, and they can't even apply to the city's universities. >> translator: we pay tax lie beijing people, but because of the system we're treated differently like we're a second class people. >> reporter: for many rural chinese, the system feels like part of a con. the government encourages urbanization, but discourages against them once they arrive in
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cities. for those still in the countryside, the big complaint is they don't have the same land rights. in cities it's established and they can buy and sell by mortgaging it, but not here. although people had specific plotsal indicated 30 years ago, they can't trade them. he would like to sell his 700 square meters and things he'd get $50,000 for it if he could. >> reporter: you'd use the money to rebuild my house and send my daughter to a better school to get a better education. >> reporter: allows people to raise capital on rural land could help drive the economy by putting disposable income in the hands of millions. >> people in rural areas earn six times what they do. it would be good for the country. >> reporter: china's political leaders appear to have heard that message. all the speculation is that rural reform is at the top of
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the issue for the bosses. the government is well aware of the grievances of the rural chinese, including those now living as second class citizens in cities. reform, land rights out here and the systems in abeijing will be slow, but it could be at the planary that it will begin. andrew thomas, al jazeera, china. in ireland while jobs are still difficult to find, more and more people are choosing to study agriculture because it's the one place where opportunities are soaring on the emerald isle. why ireland is the place where the buffaloes now roam. >> this scene at university of college dublin is a little unusual. for once these students have no fear of being out of work when in college. >> the group just before me that were studying ph.d.s in food science for the previous four years, they've all been given jobs straight into industry. in fact, we can't even hold onto
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them because they're wanted so much in research in development. >> reporter: they're providing their own commentary on how they feel and having to emigrate because unemployment at home is at 30%. this week one supplier announced 500 jobs. hardly surprise this course had 4,000 applicants for 300 places. >> they have major investments occurring in ireland in the food groups, and they are employing irish. so it is a great opportunity for irish students to stay in ireland and not emigrate to find employment. >> i love the weather. >> when the rain comes in, the milk comes up. >> reporter: they have seen interesting results almost. this is ireland's first buffalo herd grazingly extremely happily in the gloom. they have also mastered the art of mozzarella and cheese production and has turned into a growth industry of its own. >> we have no problem this year.
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it's growing. we're getting positive feedback, especially when you get an italian from the south of italy telling you it's as good if not better than at home, you know we're doing something right. >> reporter: ireland that exports more food than what it assumes, is celebrating what it grows. >> what you find now is that the new generation are realizing there's so much to be said for using local produce, low carbon footprint. you know, endorsing our own produce and using seasonality. absolutely, a lot more people are going into farming. it's a good business decision now as well as a worthy business decision. >> reporter: ireland isn't the only poor country in the euro zone to see more people go back to the land, but it does show signs as a plan for growth. it would be a welcome thing if better food security ended up being an unintended consequence of the economic crisis. laurence lee, al jazeera,
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ireland. >> some encouraging news there. australia's wildfire season continues to plague the country. this time fires are burning the gold coast region. the smoke was so intense the dreamland theme park in queensland had to be evacuated. more than 7,000 people had to leave and animals were also moved. a federal judge has ruled that trying to change a person's sexual orientation through therapy is still illegal in new jersey. chris christie signed a ban on the practice in august. some therapists argue it violated free speech. california was the first and only other state to ban the treatment. some 30 million americans suffer from eating disorders, and insurance companies don't always completely cover the treatment. the new health care law is changing that. kaelin ford spoke with one woman who knows the cost of the disease. >> reporter: for years she struggled with an eating disorder. >> for me one of the hardest parts was first going into treatment. >> reporter: eventual giing to a
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treatment center her parents paid for out of pocket. >> each day was almost $1,000, and for a two-month stay that's $60,000. my insurance company did not think this an eating disorder was significant enough to have it covered in any sense. >> reporter: 20 million american women and 10 million american men will struggle with eating disorders at some time in their lives according to the national eating disorders association. lynn runs the organization and talks to patients and families every day. >> it has been horrific to try to get treatment for an eating disorder, and it depends on where you life. i mean, i know stories that somebody goes to a treatment center to get treatment, and it turns out insurance doesn't know you're not thin enough. the person has to drive home and lose more weight for them to qualify. imagine this? that would be like saying to a cancer patient, well, your tumor is not big enough before we're going to remove it. >> reporter: insurance companies
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typically pay for physical care to help patients pay weight back, but many families struggle to pay for mental health streement themselves. >> families have gone into debt. they take second mortgages on their homes and go through their retirement accounts. you'll do whatever you have to to save somebody in your life who might die, and eating disorders can kill. >> reporter: that will change with the new law that forces insurance companies to cover mental illnesses the same with way they cover care. >> that incredibly important law combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioral health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation. >> reporter: staying healthy is something she works hard at and helps others with at the crisis hot line. >> it's something you have to think about consciously every day and work towards it and remind yourself why you're doing it. you're doing it for yourself,
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and you're doing it for your family. it can't be done without proper treatment at all, whether that's therapy, an inpatient treatment center. >> reporter: treatment that patients can now count on. for the millions of americans who struggle with mental illness and addiction, the announcement is a source of hope that there will be able to focus their energy on healing rather than on cost. kaelin ford, al jazeera, new york. busy day in college football. we have the details ahead in sports. plus, let the games begin. a different kind of games. indigenous tribes gather in brazil for their version of the olympics. that story is next.
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the world renowned artist cristo is having trouble finishing the project. it involves draping miles of fabric over a river in colorado. some opponents have launched a legal fight to stop the project fears it might hurt the environment. paul beban has the story. >> reporter: it's called over the river, and this is the river, the arkansas in south central colorado.
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what he wants to do is suspend hundreds of huge panels of silvery cloth, nearly 6 miles of it in eight sections along a 42-mile stretch of the river. his drawings show how the sunlight will filter through the fabric. the best way to do it will be from underneath on a raft drifting through bighorn sheep canyon. >> we have 300,000 rafters in the summertime going down it. that is spectacular to experience a product from the space of it. it's a creative play of lights of the fabric reflecting in the water. up not down. >> reporter: they've been working on "over the river" for over 20 years. they got approval from state and federal agencies because much of the project is on protected land. >> there will be fabric. >> reporter: he's raising the $50 million it will cost by selling hundreds of preparatory works that he makes by hand.
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cristo and his late wife and collaborator became famous their outsized and some say outlandish projects, every one controversial in its own, and "over the river" is no different. >> all our projects have this journey. a thousand people of people try to stop and thousands try to help us. in some way, the public hearings i say to the opposition, your part of the project. willing or not willing, you are related to the project and created that energy. >> reporter: cristo said they traveled all over the rocky mountains scouting 89 rivers before deciding this one, the arkansas, was perfect for their project. critics of "over the river" say this is anything but the ideal location. >> it's on a scale of a mining operation. >> reporter: ellen is the vice president of r.o.a.r.
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they have taken legal action to stop "over the river" saying the work to install the anchors, cables and fabric will damage the lan -- landscape. >> it's a major construction project in an area of critical environment concern. >> they say they'll minimize the damage and others support the project. >> i think it will create a lot of attention for this part of colorado, and i think it will do a lot to put this area of the state on the map. >> reporter: assuming cristo wins the final rounds of legal rangling, work could begin as soon as next summer. construction will take another two years, but whether it's completed "over the river" is up for just two weeks. he's famous for outmaneuvering and outlasting his opponents, but at nearly 80 years old, "over the river" could be one of the last works of his long and winding career. paul beban, al jazeera,
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colorado. okay. our friend ross shimbuku is here with sports because everybody today is talking about alabama. >> alabama fans are obnoxious right now. can alabama pull off the thr threepeat? tonight they have to man up against number 10 lsu. the crimson side have rolled by everybody so far and have lit up the scoreboard as well averaging 47 points in the each of the last four games. lsu has sparked on offense. you can expect a shoot-out tonight. alabama is favored by a 12-pack at home. the last time the tigers went into tuscaloosa two years ago they beat bama, and they hope to do it again. kickoff cannot come soon enough. it gets underway tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. what do you say, coach? >> every one of these games we play with these guys has been very, very physical. you know, it's a little bit like
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a heavyweight fight, and you certainly can't, you know, fade in any round. >> we know it's going to be a blow-for-blow type of game. it's almost the team that gets the last few punches in is the team that wins. i always love playing these type of games. everybody expects so much. >> all right. i have a feeling that number 3 florida state will cheer for lsu tonight because the seminoles have a chance to be the number one team in the entire country. oregon lost to stanford on tuesday night, and if bama loses tonight -- just saying, but first things first. florida state had to take cares of business against wake forest. the heisman troe fie contender went right down the pipes. that gave florida state a 21-0 lead. at that point the route was on. wake forest tried to make a game counter, and price is picked off by nate andrews. you can kiss it good-bye.
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they had 56 yards to the happy place. florida state racked up six interceptions on the day as they go on to spank the demon deacons to improve to 9-0 on the season. missouri quarterback james franklin dressed up today but did not play against kentucky. no franklin, no problem. the tigers had a special play on special teams. they blocked the punt here, and missouri is loving life. very next play, henry josie cashes in. tigers are up 14-3. later in the second, mock is filling in for franklin. the red-shirt freshman was getting his groove on like you would not believe. the kid threw five touchdowns on the day including this rainbow connection to beckham. they hammer the wildcats to improve to 9-1 on the season. number 7 all burn clicked on all cylinders on tennessee. in the second, game tied at 13-13. check it out. davis shakes and bakes his way
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for the touchdown. get into the happy place. takes it 85 yards from the house. tigers never looked back. just before the half, nick marshall decides to keep it himself, good call. the quarterback keeper off to the races. marshall rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another as the tigers win big 55-23 is your final. in the nfl michael vick continues to nurse a bad hamstring for the eagles, so nick foles gets another start. can he do it again tomorrow against the packers? john henry smith recently spoke to our nfl insider to give us the inside scoop on that hop topic as well as the other key match-ups in week ten. >> it seems like we were just talking about this a couple of weeks ago, and the first time michael vick was out and nick foles didn't respond well. he played games back-to-back and no touchdowns against the cowboys and got hurt in the game as well. he's back now.
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seven touchdown passes and a perfect quarterback rating ought to get you another start, and he got another start. they aren't ready to commit to him yet, but he looked good last week. now he needs to show that consistency to keep this job. >> how much trouble are the green bay packers in without aaron rodgers? >> do you realize it's been 21 years since the packers have had a quarterback miss back-to-back ga games? the last game rogers missed a few years ago was with a concussion. here we go. he'll be out three to four weeks. they think they can weather the storm with seneca wallace. he didn't show up until september 4th. they're confident that he'll be better than monday night, because he only had four reps with the first timers in practice last week. he'll get more this week, and they need him to play well. >> let's talk about the super bowl champions for a moment. what is going on with the running back tandem in baltimore, particularly ray
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rice? he sdint doesn't steam effective this year. >> the ravens lost 13 starters from last year. the passing game and defense okay. the running game, no one expected this. they had 28 yards on 17 carries, and joe flacco was the leading running back of all things, rusher during last week's game. they do need ray rice to get going. he has only 259 yards. they rank 27th in rush offense. they even went to the pistol formation five times to try to get that thing going. they think they can get it going. he's confident he can still play and play well. they need to do it, and they need to do it quickly to help out that team if they're going to turn it around. >> baltimore ravens suffering that super bowl hangover so to speak. >> thanks, ross. i expect to see this in the highlight reel, because brazil is going to host the 2014 world cup and 2016 olympics, but another competition is set to begin. it's brazil's indigenous games. hundreds of tribes get together.
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gabriel joins us live from the games in brazil. what's it about? >> reporter: if the allegations of what happened with this team turn out to be -- a chance for indigenous people getting ready for competition. indigenous tribes from all over brazil pouring into the city to take part in the 12th edition of the indigenous games. they'll compete in traditional sports, bow and arrow, blow dart competition, and wrestling among others. football breaks with the tradition, but it is an event. this is brazil, after all. >> translator: in previous years in canoeing we were championing, and then in the tug-of-war we got to the finals and lost. this year we came to try to win the games. >> translator: we came here to share with other tribes that are
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our brothers, too. we will going to integrate monday different ethnicities and meet new tribes. >> reporter: the world cup and olympics are coming to the country, but there's a case to be made the indigenous games are the most colorful. what they lack in big sponsorship or tv deals they make up for with passion. this is the biggest cultural gathering of indigenous people in brazil held every other year. there are more than 1500 indigenous people from more than 40 tribes taking part in the games, but for them, it's about a lot more than simply competition. >> translator: it's our tradition. it's our culture. this is why we came from so far away, to share our culture with the outside world. >> reporter: before the games can begin, they participate in a ceremonial fire dance to celebrate being together. fe filling the air with tribal song
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and distance, energy transformed into bouts of athleticism in coming days. >> we were hoping to chat with gabriel, but we had problems with his live shot. finally tonight, 194 people make a big guest list at a wedding, but we're talking about the wedding party. yesterday a couple in sri lanka set a record for having the most brides maids, 126 women took part in the marriage ceremony along with 25 groomsmen, 20 page boys and 23 flower girls. the groom's sister-in-law is one of the country's biggest wedding planners. no word on what the lavish nuptials cost, but i'm sure it's a lot. that's the kind of party you want to go to. when we come back, eboni deon will have your national forecast. stay with us.
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>> only on al jazeera america. hi, i'm meteorologist eboni deon. it's been a windy day across the northern plains tracking an area of low pressure that brought rain across the great lakes. not seeing a lot of activity with that now as it pulls off to the east. however, we find the winds whipping up, so we have to watch out for travel plans from chicago into minneapolis and back into north dakota where we still do have wind advisories in effect until early this evening. just about another two hours before those winds start to ooevenl eventually wind down. you spread the rain from texas into the lower mississippi valley. as that rain continues to work eastward into mississippi, alabama and georgia, it starts to break up. so mainly a few spotty, light rainshowers is about all we are seeing. temperatures here have been a
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bit on the mild side, but as we head further north, winds gust upwards to 33 miles per hour in fargo, 26-mile-per-hour gusts in minneapolis and chicago. winds are now gusts over 30 miles per hour. temperatures, big contrast. we're see some 30s around fargo, but we're feeling very nice around st. louis around 68 trees. so enjoy it while you can. big changes on the a over the next couple of days. chicago is it in line for not only a cooldown with a high of only 43 by monday, we're talking temperatures only in the mid-30s by tuesday with a little bit of wintry weather. in fact, we see that much colder air behind a cold front with a threat of wintry weather conditions across montana. that's where we have winter weather advisories and a storm warning in effect across the northern rockies. lower elevations a few inches and upwards to a foot across the higher elevations.
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this is "al jazeera america" live from new york city. i'm jonathan betz with a look at tod today's top stories. typhoon haiyan is headed towards vietnam after tearing through the philippines. the country is still assessing the scale of the disaster. they estimate as many as 1200 people may have been killed. a spokes woman for unicef told al jazeera many victims were young children. haiyan is expected to make landfall in vietnam on sunday. the storm is one of the largest on record when it hit the philippines yesterday. religious leaders in germany marked the 75th anniversary of krystallnatten the infamous night of broken glass whether they rampaged through germany and austria destroying jewish homes, businesses and synagogues. it comes from the broken gla


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