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>> live from new york city, i'm tony harris. and this is al jazeera america. new scenes of desolation and desperation from the philippin philippines. and the non-stop effort to help a struggling to survive. meanwhile one president tells another fix it. and it's official, the world's biggest airline is formed in a massive merger the sun is rising on another day of despair in the central philippines four days after typhoon haiyan tore through, and hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for help.
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the final death toll could be between 1,000 to 2500. two americans have been found dead in the philippines. the state department said their deaths may be typhoon related. and president obama spoke with the philippine president and offered his condolences and any assistance that the country needs. misery has taken hold in some of the worst effec affected areas. s. >> reporter: it's not until you see it from the air that typhoon haiyan's devastation becomes truly evident. when it struck very few were able to understand its power. the church is at the center of the community, people in the affected areas are bess separate for food, water, and shelter. the weather is deteriorating again, leaving people to look for protection in whatever is left in their homes. >> we have to stay here because
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we don't have money to leave. we do haven't anything to improve our shelter, either. >> reporter: as weather moves in, aid stays grounded meaning those who have received little will receive no assistance from outside. the locals do their best to clear what they can in few storms that they have. >> the storm took houses completely away. others were able to stand up to the force of the waves despite the fact water rose halfway up. there are many people still missing presumed buried beneath the rubble. struggling with the pain of losing her one-year-old niece
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and seaing her home destroyed. they never were afraid of storms as they have experienced so many but now they're afraid to stay here. >> we came back home, every time it rained we'd leave. >> reporter: days would pass before the storm striked but for many areas it's as if it just happened. >> the sick, the injured, and those who survived the brunt of typhoon haiyan are league airlifted to a military base in cebu. the base itself is overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who need help. >> reporter: they lumbered into the air force base with precision and delivering cargo for the philippines. for those who couldn't walk, they were carried, the sick, the old, and those who wanted to
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escape the disaster. the injured and sick were taken to a hospital. the horror of losing a family far outweigh the the storm. this woman managed to cruel ought of from the storm after it passed. they were among the lucky ones. the doctors are working around the clock overwhelmed by the sheer volume of injured, and every now and then a ray of hope. >> today we have a spine fracture, so mostly trauma injuries. we have pregnant women coming in. >> reporter: after the c 130s are loaded with relief with supplies for those who have
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endured the hardship yet another day. >> international governments are helping with aid. >> reporter: relief supplies are not always getting to those who need it most. the government say they're sen sending in more troops to control the looting, and two brave survivors willing to go back into the area. in cebu many who were there during the storm they're waiting here for a c 130 aircraft to take them back into the devastated area. why? because in those bags are food and water, things that they say their family needs to survive. these survivors say the government's aid isn't reaching their families fast enough and going back is their own option.
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>> i am scared. but i have not tried because my family is in tacloban. >> reporter: international relief is on the way. the united states has directed the carrier of uss washington to head to the philippines and provide support. u.s. marines are already on the ground but as bad weather begins to close in the survivors wonder if they'll ever arrive in time. al jazeera, cebu. >> joining me on the phone from cebu city in the fillance is julian anzou, the asian regional communication manager. tell us first of all what kinds of services your organization provides children?
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>> we're focusing our response first on the needs of the family. what we're doing is delivering food, water, and essential non-food items to those affected. we also specialize in providing food to feed the children, providing psycho-social support for children whereby we create childhood spaces where children come together and we help them overcome their trauma. many children are traumatized. many children have lost family and family members and parents, and they need psycho-social support. >> has difficult has it been for you to get your people into the hard hit areas obviously thinking of tacloban and given that many roads are closed, many bridges are out, to what extent
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have you been able to get your people to the hard-hit areas? >> absolutely, it's been a major challenge they have reached communities in different cities. we've reached other communities, but it's a valley. there are three main issues, really. the first one is insecurity. that's why it's reported there is looting and vandalism. people are becoming increasingly desperate there is also the issue of transportation, and actually getting to the impacted community, getting aid in is a challenge. today we're going to cebu city, and we're getting a transsupport on the ground is very limited. once you get to the city, it's a challenge.
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yet another challenge is mobile communication. it's being restored but it's still touchy. all these challenges make it difficult to operate. >> from your experience how difficult is it to get children to feel safe and secure in the aftermath of a disaster like this, and how much more difficult is it to provide your services to children who may have lost parents or have found themselves displaced? >> yeah, it's very difficult. first of all we have to reach those children and make an assessment of what the situation is, and then setting up safe places for children. there are issues around child protection. our experience shows that children in an emergency children will be vulnerable to issues such as child
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trafficking, and it's a major challenge logistically as i was talking before. >> we appreciate your time. july an anseau for child fund international. we should tell you that a group of 100,000 marines have arrived to support the philippine forces which are struggling to reach thousands of people who need urgent assistance. that makes for 200 u.s. troops who are now on the ground to help while earlier estimates butt haiyan's death toll at 12,000. the philippine president is newest mating that 2500 have died. volunteers in the philippines are working non-stop to help their neighbors. we'll bring you their stories coming up later in the newscast. the white house has confir confirmed that enrollment figures for the affordable care act will be released later this week.
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and earlier reports from the wall street journey said fewer than 50,000 americans signed up through the website. that's less than 10% of the administration's targets. while those numbers were leaked former president clinton said that president obama should honor the commitment to those people asking to their keep their healthcare plans. white house correspondent is in washington for us, and mik mike viqueira, has the white house responded to clinton's statement? >> well, this is something that the white house and president obama didn't need. there is a ground swelling right now. 3.5 million people, that's according to the associated press. that's their figure roughly who have been told their existing policies are not going to work any more. they're going to be discontinued because their policies are not isn't with the minimum standard of the affordable care act. the president said they're going
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to get better care and many of them are going to get subsidized to afford that coverage, but 3.5 million people are 3.5 million more than who expected when they heard time from time gene when the president said if you like your policy you can keep your policy. joining with republicans, president clinton really under cut president obama. >> i personally believe even if it sakes takes a change to youw that the president ought to honor those people and the policies that they've got. >> reporter: i don't know what that music was about, but it was certainly dramatic. the problem for the white house is that they say no how, no way. they say they're considering making change here but they're considering changes that would make the new policies more affordable, not allowing people
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to go back to their old policies. >> there are numbers in the wall street journey, talk about those for a second if you will, and the significance. >> reporter: well, the white house had set a goal. this is something that had been leaked from republicans on the house of representatives. 500 people to sign up in the website in the first month. the figure from the wall street journal is 50,000 people. now the white house has been busy back headaling the last week lowering expectations and officials calling it a disaster. they're trying to low ball it and saying the problems with the website plus the fact they didn't expect team to rush to this. the white house now say those figures will be announced officially by the end of the week and they're likely to be in that ballpark, 40,000 to 50 thundershowers people so far. had a does not body well with
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what is happening with the website in the launch. they say that that website will be up and running by the end of this month. >> sounds like we're going to get a document dump. mike viqueira for us. >> yes, mike, thank you. it is a deal that creates the world' biggest airline. earlier today the justice department signed off on a merger with american airlines and u.s. airwaves, and they blocked the merger until now. john terrett has that story. >> reporter: the merger being able to take off after all. >> one, it will eliminate overlapping routes that they both shared. and those prices are going to go up. but it will make a more efficient airline in some ways where planes that were under sold on certain roots will be at capacity. so that will drive ticket prices
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down. >> reporter: there was suing to stop the merger. they filed the lawsuit back in august arguing that the corporations, the parent bankrupt american airlines, should be forced to scrap it on the grounds. if they went ahead more than 80% of all u.s. commercial aviation would be in the hands of just four companies. but now the u.s. american deal is back on. but there is a price to pay for the new mega airline. landing slots and gates at dozen major airports must be given up to win antitrust approval by the department of justice. competing low-cost carriers would be given more access to boston, chicago, dallas, los angeles, and miami. >> reporter: probably the be thing for consumers is competition. some of those smaller airlines,
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jetblue and southwest, they'll figure out a way to make a profit and to serve routes that are being skipped by the big airlines. this is going to be an opportunity for the smaller carriers. >> reporter: they say their merger is the only way they can compete in what is increasingly a consolidated global aviation industry, and the final settlement must be signed off by a judge. al jazeera new york. >> a decision on gay marriage in hawai'i, and how twitter is he helping to reach rescue victims in haiyan. and has the serge on wall street been a good thing or something to worry about. we have ali velshi up next with that story. sound complicated. but don't worry. i'm here to take the fear out of finance. every night on my show i break down confusing financial speak and make it real.
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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. >> so moments ago the hawai'i senate approved gay marriage. the bill is now headed to
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governor abercrombie for his signature. 1 states currently allow gay marriage. in indiana it's a different story. the state already has a ban on same sex weddings. but as it shows us, lawmakers want to strengthen the law. >> when beth moved back to her hometown of bloomington, the state legislature had already been debating gay marriage for years. >> i think it's not surprising that the indiana legislature would attempt to do this again. i think there is a political base that would have that expectation that they would pursue this agenda. >> that agenda has been pursued every year since 2004. this year is no different. the latest attempt has the backing of lawmakers were both parties. it's a amendment that says only
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marriage for one man and one woman would be valid or recognized as a marriage in indiana. a status similar to unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. >> allowing same-sex couples to be married has implications for inheritance tax, pensions, a number of very basic benefits that heterosexual couples take for granted. >> there is growing and notable option. this week indiana became the first institution to openly support equal rights and oppose the amendment. >> opponents of the amendment make an economic argument.
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>> we recruit for the best talent everywhere around the world. anything that sends th the messe that indiana welcoming of people of diverse backgrounds makes our job more difficult to get that talent. >> reporter: some of the state's largest employers like pharmaceutical company, eli lilly and simon malls have joined a coalition against the amendment. the indiana family institute has spoken in favor of the ban on its website but would not do an interview with al jazeera. for couples like beth and trish, it's not just about economics, it's about equal rights. >> what i care about is equal protection under the law for trish and i, and to be a full-fledged citizen of this great hoosier land, and to be treated at such. >> the resolution must pass both the house and the senate in two sessions. it passed nun 2011. if it passes again in session it
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would be put to a public vote in november of next year. al jazeera, indianapolis. >> michael eaves is here with a look at sports, he has the latest on this miami dolphins hazing drama. >> reporter: one day before dolphins owner was scheduled to meet with martin that his teammates bullied him came the news that the team would postpone the meeting. they asked the dolphins to schedule the meeting after wells meets with martin first. martin left the team two weeks ago following a taunting incident in the team's locker room. police discovered more than 14 grams of marijuana after
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pulling vo over in after going8 in a 35 mph zone. and finally nascar driver trevor bane said that he suffers from multiple sclerosis. despite his recent diagnosis he will drive both the nationwide and sprint cup races and he plans to run a full nationwide schedule next season. those are sports headline at this hour. >> appreciate it. let's get a check of weather. kevin is standing by. >> meteorologist: that's right, tony, we've looked at a lot of rain in the last day. this is what it looks like on our board. this is a tropical disturbance that would push through. this is the beginnings of a tropical storm or a tropical typhoon. we saw three to five inches of rain in some locations. this is not what you want with
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the current relief efforts going on. tacloban saw very heavy rain showers for 24 hours. they're now clearing out, and that is good. we don't see any tropical disturbances. i'll bring you more information later in the show about what those temperatures are doing, but here in new york it was snowing at 7:00 in the morning. it didn't stayen the ground. it was actually too warm on the ground for that snow, but we are picking up snow still across the appalachians as well as we're seeing some lake-effect snow coming off the great lakes. the warmer water, dumping it on the down stream side of the area. that will be a problem for people this evening. tony, thank you. >> stocks are on fire, and there's been some concern raised, particularly for mom and
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pop investors. well, perhaps they could bear the brunt of this. the dow has hit new highs, as you know, but dipped more than 30 points. ali velshi is going to be talking about all this and the dynamics of it. ali, so stocks are rising, isn't that a good thing for the ordinary investor. >> reporter: it's a great thing. but i keep telling them and i deep talking about a new record. we've seen 30 of them in the last couple of months. one has to wonder if enough is an enough. this market generally speaking has been on an hour had-year eighth-months run when it bottomed march of 2009. it has steadily moved upward since this. this is a long bull market which means 20% increases or more. we've seen 24% this year alone. and the problem, tony s not that markets go up and going down. because going down gives a buying opportunity. the problem is people pipe on,
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the more i talk about how it's a new record, we have more evidence that people put more money in october than they have in years in stocks and mutual funds. that's where i want to drill down on this and say, guys, just know what you are doing. just because everybody else is in there, it doesn't mean that you should be. >> there is a lot of air in that balloon--pop. >> we've had longer bull runs, in the 1990s it lasted most of the decade before it crashed in bear market territory. but you know, there have been longer ones, shorter ones, the average is four years. >> ali. i want to ask you a question. i know i can ask you anything. i read something in our 4:00 p.m. news hour that said that the united states could be the biggest--is this correct? the biggest producer of oil on the planet by 2015?
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this is from the international energy agency. >> reporter: one of the guys studied it at the wall street journal, they say we're already kind of there. we'll be there for a few years. saudi arabia will pump it up in a few years, but there's that contest. when we were kids growing up thinking that the u.s. would be a bigger energy producer than saudi arabia. now this is oil and natural gas, but that's a big deal. >> well, i thought about it. i read that, and thin the barrel yesterday, and i thought, whoa, things are changing. ali, good to see you. see you at the top of the hour. from al jazeera america, neighbors helping neighbors in the philippines getting essentials like food to people who are struggling to cope with this disaster. and we'll look at life for the roma community in america.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at your top stories. 50,000 people have signed up for
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health insurance through state-run websites since they went like last month. that's according to a consulting firm that tracks data, and the justice signed off on a merger between american airlines and u.s. air ways antitrust concerns had blocked the merger until now. the creation of one company would make it the largest air carrier in the world. and aid is pouring into the philippines from around the world. the country's president said that typhoon haiyan is believed to have killed 2,000 and 2500 people. and millions are without the basics, we're talking about food, water and shelter. workers are having a difficult time getting supplies to those who need them. despair setting in as survivors await help. we have more from cebu. >> a cry from help from the children of cebu. haiyan landed ruthlessly in the
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northern part of the island. most managed to survive. but many are left with nothing. >> we ran to the mountains, and we're still staying at a little hut used to dry sugar cane. >> reporter: cebu has yet to receive any aid although many manage to survive, they also badly need water. >> mary and her husband were just burying her mother when the storm hit and ruined six houses around them. she's hungry and has been drinking condemned milk for five days. even if we get a little bit of help we would be grateful. all of us here would share it. a few organizations and volunteers have already reached vebu. >> what is to address the problem with the water, the sanitation and the shelter
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because of the constant rain and you have no homes to go back to. >> reporter: only three hours to the south the military is airlifting food and water on tacloban. the air force base in cebu is the center for the relief operation. here many are in need, and there were problems with the distribution of supplies to tacloban. >> one, the weather is a bit not cooperating at this moment, and we have limited aircraft due to the archipelagoic nature of the country, we need to transport this via airlift, through ships, that's one of the concerns of the central command right now. >> reporter: the children in the north of the island are not giving up hope that someone will bring them food soon.
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until this happens they continue to beg even at night. al jazeera, northern cebu. >> let's take you to the capitol in the philippines where filipino groups are working hard to help their neighbors. >> reporter: wanting to be useful, volunteers are coming in droves to this government warehouse in manila and working around the clock to help relief efforts to help the victims in the philippines. >> i wanted to help those who were badly affected by this storm, even a little, the smallest way that i can. >> reporter: the strongest storm on record, and affected nearly 10 million. dozens of countries even with territorial disputes are sending aid, money, equipment, personnel, food, and medicine. stretched and overwhelmed by the
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disaster, filipino officials are grateful for all the assistance. the goal here is to come up with 20,000 family pack as day. in them food and water to last people several days. but there are still major distribution problems because of the extent of the damage to the roads and the airports. so once the bags leave here it does not necessarily mean that they're going to get delivered to those who need them. relief workers have had to walk for hours to find some of the survivors, and they're prepared to keep going for as long as they're needed. >> there are goods that need to be repacked, we will keep going. we can say how long that will be, but what is important is that we see this root together and really help the victims. >> reporter: there is now a strong sense of a shared purpose. typhoon haiyan may have wiped out community but filipinos are determined that it will not keep them down. al jazeera, manila. >> social media and in
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particular a new technology is playing a big role in accepting help to the hardest hit areas. maria, we have more about that. >> reporter: tony, thanks. u.n. aid workers on the ground are getting images like these. the images are of the hardest hit areas. these image images images are bd and they're being filtered through micro mapping. it filters 250 and 500,000 tweets, text, and images, and it filters them by hashtags and names of town and also by the damage in those towns. a group of volunteers then go through these imagines one by one. they're hittelled down by 5,000, and they rate their relevancy, mild, moderate or severe damage. and this is the area where the
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eye of the typhoon hit. you can see these images are some of the hardest hit areas. i spoke to the woman who is in charge of the volunteers around the world for doing this, and she said that this technology is very important for this reason. take a live. >> for the past three or four days there has been no information coming out from the rural areas. the first responders have not been able to get to the rural areas. >> in the philippines they actually have more mobile phones, apparently, than lights. so messages are still coming out from these areas, and we're man injuring them and then seeing exactly what is happening in those highlighted areas. >> going through 0 seconds to 5 minutes thanks to some 500 volunteers around the world. and people can volunteer by
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going t to the website. >> tsarnaea's attorneys is a they are supporting their client. eric holder was the first speaker. on wednesday president obama will welcome the leaders of the federally recognized native american tribes to washington. while in office the president has made many promises to this often forgotten community. patty colhane looks up to how he
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lived up to that. >> reporter: for most americans the plight of the native americans is rarely seen mostly tucked away on the broad expanses of their reservation. but today that scene changes. they're called to washington, d.c. their main concern, the economy and jobs. a normal complaint, but for the native american community it is a much more urgent problem. the problem, more than 28% compared to the national average of 15%, and they say more than most they have been severely impacted by a cross the board spending cuts known as the sequester. >> it's hardest on tribal governments because most tribes across the country are completely reliance on the federal government for operations of programs and
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services. when those are cut off then the poorest of the poor suffered. >> i can't get anyone into in-patient treatment because there is no more i intreatment. >> but you won't hear many of them complain about this president who campaigned for their vote and still broadly has their support. >> this guy is second to noon . >> reporter: but not when you look at the numbers. under president obama national parks get slightly more money than native americans. both just around $2.5 billion. the groups represented hearsay their plight is about much more than money. for them it's as much independence and recognition, and this is two things that this
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president is delivering to these people. al jazeera. >> the four people have been known as nomads and gypsies. the four-year-old girl who police claim was abducted by a roma couple pot the spotlight on this group that might have emigrated from india to europe centuries company. many have come to the united states. we spoke with roma here in new york. >> reporter: many told me that they left europe fleeing discrimination and looking for education and housing. they say in the usa they're still better off. but still they fight the image of uneducation. >> reporter: the stereotypes are
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everywhere. the reality tv show american gypsies paints them as fortune tellers, scammers, and ready for a fight. >> my uncle sucker-punched m him for no reason. >> reporter: he moved to new york when he was 17. >> they don't know, what they are, what they are doing, and where they come from. >> reporter: he and his friends are roma from macedonia in eastern europe. they invited me to join them for certify. they said they left europe to leave many behind. >> we're all equal. >> here they have a better shot at us. >> the first in his family to finish college.
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graduating from julliard with a masters in music. but still they hesitate to tell americans they're roma. >> some we do, some we don't. we say that we're turkish macedonians. >> which is good because we don't have no country. >> not a lot of people are aware. >> we're italians from roma. >> ironically the neighborhood they just moved from is known as the brooks' little italy, home of 300 macedonia roma families. there are no shops clearly marked as roma, and the neighborhood is a an italian restaurant. >> reporter: many avoid standing out because of fear of discrimination. >> i went into a place to eat, and the guy is telling the shop owner why he let's these gypsies in to eat. some roma, she said, fear mixing
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with non-roma could di dilute tr culture. >> being out in the world does not mean that you'll lose your gypsiesness. >> reporter: at a mosque founded by sonya's uncle, roma prayed side by side with other muslims. ishmael is changing to, they hope to keep the roma culture strong while helping the world understand who they are. >> the culture is interesting. we have a lot to alter. >> for him it's about being an american. and tony, many roma in this country come from different
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countries and practice different customs. some preview to homeschool their kids and arrange for their kids while they're still in their teens. >> the latest in this convoluted story. and a fresh outlook. including yours. >> what do you think? >> stories that matter to you consider this unconventional wisdom. weeknights 10 eastern on al jazeera america
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we came over from bars loan n and our first impression was the garbage on the street. >> reporter: the appearance of the city is lamentable. especially for people who come from abroad. they think it's a third world country. >> reporter: the private companies would not speak to us on camera. but off camera they told me that they are prepared to be flexible, but the union versus to meet them halfway. >> we're very, very lucky to have work. we want to keep our jobs, but we don't want jobs that are paid so badly that we can't feed our children. that's what the companies are trying to make us accept.
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we want to keep our dignity. >> this strike is just one symptom of the economic crisis. the spanish government has opted for privatization to keep the public deficit down and make services profitable. but workers ask what about the human cost. madrid is in a mess, and it won't be easy to clean up. >> so what is the latest with jonathan martin. >> since leaving the dolphins a week ago following an taunting incident, jonathan martin ha haa meeting with dolphins owner, but
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it has been postponed. he was going to meet with martin in los angeles to get to the bottom of the allegations. but into the news, they asked the team to reschedule the meeting with martin until wells has spoken with participant first. his attorney, that martin will issue a video statement sometime atwell, but did not say that state would be better or after. evening he had reed to a contract, the nine-time pro bowler left after 11 seasons in baltimore. but rei reed has been relegateda backup role. and dwayne bowe is facing marijuana possession and
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speeding. he was found with 14 grams of marijuana after being pulled over for driving 38 in a 35 mph road. when the winter olympic games kick off in february it will be the fifth to feature women's ice hockey. highlighted by gold medal in 1998. as the team prepares to capture gold in sochi, they're kicking their preparations into high gear. >> reporter: we're definitely pushing harder. if anything we're training smart, and we're full time as a team, which is really exciting. we come to the game working on symptoms and conditioning. >> reporter: julie chu knows a thing or two about preparing for
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competition. after all she has been on the ice hockey came for the last olympic games winning silver and bronze medals. and she draws on her experience to keep the eyes on the prize. >> it is such an incredible journey, especially for hockey because it's over pretty much a week and a half, two week period we have to make sure that we don't expense too muchave what . >> reporter: being seen as a role model surprises her. >> when i started playing hockey the dream of being an olympian was not there because women's hockey was not a women's sport until 1998.
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now that i've been fortunate to represent our country with amazing other players, it really is a great honor, and it humbles me because i would never be here unless my mom and dad said i could play hockey when i was eight years old, and a girl at the time asking to play hockey was non-existent. >> while she may be comfortable with the liable "pioneer," she's looking to become a pioneer again to become the first asian-american woman to play ice hockey i. >> michigan state taking on kentucky. and duke will take on kansas. these feature the three top freshman in the country. three players who could be the
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top free picks. and finally a harlem globe trotter suffered a tragic while performing his signature move. he puts his feet on the backboard, catches it when the you board and rim crashed down on him. lucky for him, he only received a gash in his head and a discloaked shoulder but that could have been really dangerous. the bottom of the board just missed him he puts his feet up. campcatches it, and then dunks t again. >> is that what he does? >> yeah, it's pretty bad. he's okay. >> it's official now. the world nethe new world trader building is now the tallest building in the country. chris has our report.
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>> reporter: one world trade center ross rose from the ashes of september 11th. it's the entire on top that makes it the tallest building in the united states. bringing it to 1776 feet, or 351 meters while above's willis tower. >> one world trade is a tallest building to its architectural top. but the willis tower still has the highest occupied top floor. >> reporter: they rejected the idea that the spiral was more antenna than architecture. >> i think those seeds of emotion, pride, whatever mix of motives might come together originally still have an echo in the symbolic power. >> reporter: for more
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new yorkers, indeed, for more americans, one world trade center stands as a monument for those killed on 9/11. the height is symbolic, 1776 is the year that the founding fathers signed the declaration of independence. >> i think it's an icon for the city. >> it's a symbol not only of the united states but of what happened here around us. >> i don't put too much importance on it being the tallest building. the importance that i see is what it stands for. >> reporter: world trade center one will be considered the third highest building in the world once it becomes occupied next year. the standing may change but the building forever will loom large in symbolism for americans. al jazeera, new york.
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on august 20th, al jazeera america introduced
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>> this is what it looks like on
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the radar over here on chicago. the snow has gone through, but what we're dealing with is lake-effect snow. you can see it. there's that band where the front s but you can see the snow coming off lake superior, and lake michigan. you can see the direction of the wind because the snow is moving to the south. that means the wind are coming from the north. that's the way it works. from chicago they would be dealing with as the snow covered most of the region. was it enough to build a snowman? some people did. they built a little one that will melt very soon. temperatures are 29 degrees. these are temperatures that are warmer than what they were yesterday. yesterday we were dealing with that cold air mass across that area. the air mass is shifting to the east and it's coming over his or hecoming over.we are dealing wit snow here.
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so syracuse, you may see a little bit of accumulation. temperatures, you can see how cold they are, albany at 29 degrees. we're also dealing with the wind. we're talking about 12 mph winds. that will be the feel of the temperatures down 18 degrees. boston, you're feeling more like 19, and in new york more like 20 degrees. we expect the temperatures to come back up. 50 degrees on thursday. 50 degrees on saturday, and on sunday we expect to see rain in the forecast. that cold air is spending you down to the 50ers and memphis, 43 degrees as well. that's a look at your national weather. your headlines coming up next with tony.
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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. aid is pouring into the philippines from around the world. the country's president said typhoon haiyan is believed to have killed between 2,000 to 2500 people. secretary of state john kerry said it would be a mistake to add more sanctions on iran days after leaders in geneva failed to agree on how to reduce iran's nuclear program. about 50,000 people have signed up for health insurance through state-run website since they went live last month according to a consulting term that tracks insurance data, a

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