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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. these are the stories we're following for you. >> deadliest tornadoes we have ever had in the month of november in illinois history. >> states hardest hit by this month's tornadoes. and typhoon haiyan, trying to get aid to where it's needed. mission to mars, a mission to mars, arriving within the next ten months. you are looking at another milestone on wall street.
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the do you crossing 16,000 for the first time ever this morning. right now the blue chips are up 47 points, any close by the way in positive territory would mean yet another record high for the dow. that would make it the fourth in as many days. our other big story of course the cleanup continues in the midwest where hundreds of blth were damaged or destroyed by severe storms that moved through on sunday. they spawned powerful tornadoes and as a result, authorities now saying at least six people there are dead. one of the hardest hit areas is central illinois. usher careshi, how are people there coping? >> del, we're standing here in what was once a residential neighborhood. as you can see behind me, most of it has been completely decimated. just a short time ago, we did see some residents coming back into what was left of their homes trying osalvage what they
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can but again this area last been just completely devastated by these storms. we understand more than 500 homes were damaged or destroyed in these storms that ripped through here yesterday. the governor declared to be disaster areas, for seven of the counties. he came through here in washington, illinois and talked a little bit about how severe the damage was and what was going to be coming up with assistance and he talked about what the assistance and how that helped out. let's listen to what he has to say. >> the young boy whose name was brendan hunter, he heard the sirens here in washington and he told his mother we better get to the basement because he was told in school when you hear the sirens get to the basement get to safety. his mother said wait a minute.
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he said no he insisted on making sure his mother got to the basement with his brother and we want to salute that young main age 6 and all the people of washington and all the people of illinois who have come out today and yesterday and they'll be here tomorrow to make sure we take good care of those who need a helping hand. >> and del, state officials say that they have been able to search about a thousand structures for people or survivors of these storms and they have not found anybody else. but they do say that there have been no more reports of repliesing persons at this time del. >> and usher people normally around this time of year are getting ready for thanksgiving. this have to be stunned. >> absolutely. that's one of the things that state officials talking to us said, that's aat the top of their list is priorities, trying to find shelter for these homeless people who literally have lost everything. we have got the thanksgiving holiday that is coming up next week. some people will have hotel
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rooms that are paid for because of insurance, others will find permanent shelters before the holidays next week. that's at the top of the priority list that officials are attempting at this time del. >> usher, thank you very much. another three people died in the town of brookport, residents going back to the home to are survey their damage. jonathan martin has their story. >> ppadukam kentucky, more than 25 seriously injured in fact there were so many people injured last night that the community had to set up a makeshift hospital at one of the elementary schools. authorities are going door to door, double and triple checking, to make sure rch is --
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everyone is accounted for. this storm came through around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon, they were not expecting it. they were coming back now, after the curfew was put in place, authorities say they're here they're trying to restore power and people are just picking up the fees but we expect an update with new foargs within the next couple of hours. i'm jonathan martin, al jazeera, brook port, illinois. eboni was it freak or unexpected? >> like what we dealt with yesterday with that severe weather outbreak, we were watching areas across the midwest, we have been dealing with warm where front, temperatures were climbing we made it up to 70° in chicago. we had an unstable environment,
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we had a very strong jetstream and that was kind of pushing the storms off t to the east. a lot of wind energy, that allowed for those supercells to spawn tornadoes not only into illinois but into indiana. we still had lots of wind damage over 500 severe weather reports yesterday. del. >> eboni, thank you very much. now to the philippines. it's been a week since mien struck. authorities are still -- haiyan struck. authorities are still trying to get help to where it's needed. 4 million have been displaced, nearly 13 million have been affected by the storm in one way or another. the philippine president now visiting some of the places,
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benigno aquino is visiting those places. officials say the process is slow, they say they have few resources to work with. and today the u.s. pledged an additional $10 million in aid, that brings the total u.s. contribution to more than $37 million. al jazeera's paul beban is in giyan. >> airport at guyan was built in world war ii and probably hasn't been this busy since then. the light is starting to fade so this activity is going to slow down. we have seen aid nonstop. the military officers said he lost count a long time ago. there is aid coming in from all over the world. that plane behind me is being unloaded from u.s. aid equipment. there is food water tarp all kinds of materialle. over here are evacuees lined up,
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a man on a trenc stretcher thats brought in, but it was a much more orderly scene than it was a few days ago. last time i was here. about a company of marines have established a camp off to the ride in the grass. they say they're going to be here until they are told to go home. i want to talk real quickly to a communications official here from the international committee of the red cross. alberto remind me your last name? >> albert madraso, from the international committee of the red cross. tell me what is the most basic need now? >> about four days ago we are here to -- with done the rapid assessment so we saw the need for food of course water, and so right now we are bringing in 72 tons of food and then right away, or immediately, we distributed prospect. >> are you getting out to remote
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areas, where there is a lot of children, a lot of fever, a lot of issues that aren't being dealt with, people need medicine far from places like guyan. >> for places we have seen, people are in dire need of food, that is why we are basically putting up with our basic health care unit in the coming days. >> thank you very much. sir. size said i spoke to a couple of the u.s. military officers here. they say they are really going full tilt here, this is maximum capacity for them here. the question is how long is this operation going to need to go on? i actually spoke to marine general paul kennedy he was here a little earlier before going back to his headquarters in manila, their duty is to hand over to ngos like doctors without borders. they are going to provide as much assistance as they can but
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again it is an operation that is going to be going for a very long time. >> paul beban can in quiuan. 40 people died when government forces moved in, there were fears today, that today's protests would be just as large. once again callings on egypt's military leader, general abdul alsisi to leave. paris, gunmen, at a tv station in the french capital. al jazeera paul brennan has more. >> the first images of the man every police officer in paris is now hunting. this was last friday. at the offices of the 24 hour news channel bfn tv. ignoring an elderly man making his way up stairs, the gunman
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pulse out a shotgun. for some unknown reason the gunman was unable to shoot and he quickly fled the building. fast forward to monday. the gunman has lost his inhibition. at the office of la liberatione, he opened fire. critically wounding him in the chest. the spaim team is working on both incidents. prosecutors say the links are overwhelming. >> two 12 caliber bullets and one unexploded mu anything have been found by forensic investigators. we also found 12 caliber munitions, further analysis is underway. >> the gunman was again able to evade police, appearing nearly an hour and a half later across town at the offices of the bank,
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society general, he opened fire on the building's exterior. no one was hurt. ordering the driver to drop him on the champselisee. police are facing difficult questions, not only the speed and effectiveness of monday's events but also, whether they could have done more after friday's frightening incident at bfn tv. >> now french media outlets have been given increased pr are visibility. >> as long as this person is still on the loose and we don't know the motives this represents a threat. this protection asked for by media outlets is proving the to be vital. >> police have issued more cctv
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are video and urged anyone who knows anything to come forward. again a major alert is ongoing. paul brennan, al jazeera, paris. nasa is headed back to mars, the new explorer is on its way. >> three, two, one, main engines start, ignition and liftoff of the atlas 5 with maven. >> julia yarborough is there live and what are scientists hoping to learn this time? >> well, del you dropped out at the tail end there but i will tell you that it was a very successful if launch of the maven, we just saw, images of that as it lifted off. that liftoff took place aat exactly 45 minutes ago. and we are about two miles from the launch pad of where maven went into the heavens. and as the clock ticked down ot
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minus zero we could hear a deep low grade rumble. a split second later we could see a spit of flame, 50 seconds later maven had disappeared into the clouds, we could still hear it, we could still feel it but it had vanished. it cost nasa $650 million and the point is to study the upper atmosphere of mars. scientists believe water existed on mars, very similar to earth's climate some four billion years ago, but today it's a dry cold planet and so its mission is to determine what happened to the climate of mars, what happened to the water, what happened to the upper atmosphere. this mission will allow them to hopefully glean clues of what happened on mars and move forward with research here on earth. del. >> julia yarborough, joining us live. maven is about the size of a school bus.
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>> al jazeera america brings you live coverage: typhoon haiyan. >> relief efforts are well underway here in cebu. >> we have a problem with no homes to go back to. >> clean water, food, medicine, all vitally required. >> the australian medical team arrived. >> this is a government warehouse that is preparing relief for the families most effected. >> al jazeera america is there
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with continuing live coverage. >> the water rose to half-way up to the second story. >> to find out how you can help, go to aljazeera.com. >> welcome back to al jazeera. mayhem in the midwest. a string of tornadoes ripping across five states on sunday killing six and injuring dozens more. central illinois was the hardest hit. homes and businesses completely flat.ted. residents are back trying pick up the pieces. maven blasting off from the kennedy space center in florida. she took off a short time ago. all part of nasa's first mission to study the atmosphere on mars. it will cost taxpayers more than $600 million. more than 400,000 people displaced by hurricane haiyan,
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priority: getting food, water and medicine to survivors. but new questions are arising even as those supplies pour into the country. questions concerning the safety of the food that is being handed out. veronica pedrosa reports. >> total devastation has been typical in coastal areas of eastern leyta. this is part of palah city. resident after resident told me about their ordeal. dramatic stories of survival have become commonplace. everyone is in the same position. traumatized by their experience, thankful to be alive and worried for the future. for now just getting enough food to eat for a few days is the focus. aid is coming through. but the people here say it's not enough and it's not always good quality. >> we survived from the calamity. outthe few days after we are about to -- pr yet a few days
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after, we are trying to eat this type of rice, we will get sick by this rice that they say we are given. >> pr he goes to city hall daily to ask if there's anything for people in his area. he noticed that some sacks of rice were bad. >> translator: nearly every sack had rice like bad. black, lumpy, not fit for human consumption. >> the rice is yellow and old. the can deformed. because whatever's inside seems to have expanded. this town has been hit particularly hard because six of its districts lie actually on the coast. and when people need help, there are key institutions that they turn to. with you is of course city hall where the mayor holds office.
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the building's been destroyed too but it's a hive of activity. getting medical care and hoping somebody can help. the mayor says that the rice is fine and that the can didn't come from city hall. she said they're giving out as much food as they can. >> we always give them, as long as my staff of rice comes, i give it right away. sometimes there's 12 sacks sometimes there's nine sacks, whatever i have. >> local governments' links with their constituencies are sharply in focus for how well they're actually helping people after typhoon haiyan. veronica pedrosa, are al jazeera palot, the philippines. boeing says it will decide soon where it will build its new
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777x passenger plane. it's looking at all its option he. machinist union rejected cuts and benefits, they did so, so that the plane would be built near seattle. google could be domg a mall near you. the company opening up pop up stores, winter wonder labs. >> 56% of parents over the age of 50 haven't talked about key financial issues such as wills and health directive with their kids. 70% of those over age 25 haven't talked to their parents about retiring. a prominent syrian labor leader has been killed in heavy air fighting. around ah ah le are aleppo.
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the u u.k. based opposition group reported that four army generals died. the claim could not be independently confirmed. the bombing took place as government forces press a major offensive against rebel positions in damascus and aleppo. forces loyal to the regime of bashar al-assad appear to be forcing the fighting into isolated pockets. this home made artillery piece may lack pinpoint accuracy but shows considerable ingenuity. rebel fighters held on in the are rebel akara, a town near the lebanese border. earlier, a thousand families fled the town and families are
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still crossing 52 lebanon to find safety. the syrian exr opposition lost e charismatic leader, even as gun fire crackled and sthels explode a short distance away. >> always be ready to react fast by staying in communication at all times. okay? >> claiming to have about 10,000 fighters, talheed is the largest and most powerful of the opposition leaders in aleppo. a boost for the assad regime. rob reynolds, al jazeera. trying remove those fuel rods to stabilize the fukushima
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>> workers at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant are now starting to remove those fuel rods from the reactors. it's a year long process and extremely dangerous. >> a delicate dangerous operation begins at reactor number 4 of the fukushima nuclear plant. this remote controlled crane is fast removing some of the spent fuel from the cric crippled com. the fuel rods are brittle. if they break or become exposed to air, huge amounts of radioactive gas will escape into the air. >> we hope that the removal will be done on schedule properly and safely. >> there are about 50 to 70 fuel rods stored inside an assembly.
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it will take roughly a week to move 22 assemblies to a more stable pool that will keep the fuel cool. with more than 1500 fuel assemblies requiring removal this is a year long operation. >> i would assume that the electrical company there have serious evacuation plans. they are not made public so as not to raise the fear but they must have very serious evacuation plans in case the worst happens, in that swimming pool. but the workers, one must give them high respect that they are going there and they know how dangerous that is. >> the earthquake and tsunami of march 2011 badly damaged all four reactors at fukushima. but unit 4 avoided a milt down. tetco says the current experience will help it deal with the other three reactors where radiation levels ever much higher because of core melt
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downs. tetco mass continued to face criticism because of its handling of the crisis. a process of decommission could last decades. joannjoanna blundell, al jazeer. >> weather conditions certainly quieting down across the midwest but it is windy across this area. we are drying out as high pressure builds in. much colder air producing snow showers into the up of michigan, still impacting a number of are location is here across the midwest. winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour in chicago. we had winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour at one time. those winds will continue to settle down as we head through evening but driving down those temperatures. 32 in minneapolis. yesterday in chicago very mild,
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much warmer than we typically see this time of year. we made it up to 70 yesterday but today low '40s that's it. winds whip around the great lakes. markhead michigan the snow can is coming down. accumulation 1 to 3 inches. northwest we are watching a new storm system moving in. it's a cold front and along with that front lots of moisture in advance of it. some of this rain will be changing over to snow especially once you get into the cascades of washington. that is where we do have those winter weather advisory in place. coastal course he, watching out for wet weather, to dampen that ride for you, also watching the winds they're going to be out there strongest right along the cascade cascades. give yourself some extra time. the snow will fall at around
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4,000 feet. del. >> thank you eboni. credit techknow is next. the intersection of hardware and humanity and we're doing it in a unique way. marita davidson is a biologist specializing inning innings innd evolution. kosta grammatis is an engineer who designed a buy ontic eye. i'm phil torres, i'm an entomologist. today, technology perfma

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