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tonight we remember sotloff and foley and all of the journalists who die in the pursuit of their noble mission. i'm ali velshi, thank you for joining us. >> hi, everyone. this is aljazeer aljazeera amer. state of fear, the islamic state says it has beheaded a second american journalist. how ca can it be stopped? and rebel forces in somalia, growing a terror network. and stand off in pakistan, after three days of clashes, the prime minister tries to rally support. can the worst political crisis in decades be destabilized?
and the cdc says that the ebola epidemic is out of control. doctors say they know what to do, but can they do it in time? >> . >> and five days on the border, the isolated texas county struggling with a flood of migrants and little help from washington. a special report. >> tonight, the self proclaimed islamic state, showing another gruesome video that shows the beheading of another american journalist, steven sotloff. they threatened his life in retaliation for u.s. strikes in iraq, and tonight it has apparently followed through on that threat and it's making more threats. josh is in erbil.
josh. >> the strikes are part of the beheads, but the u.s. does not negotiate with terrorists, and they are continuing with the strikes, and they are making a difference on the ground. in the last two weeks, i've traveled the 600-mile front line between kurdistan and the islamic state. and officer after officer has told me that the strikes are a game changer. and in fact, before, i would say two or three weeks ago, you saw islamic state push all the way from the syrian border to the iranian border. and in fact, the kurdistan region no longer boarded the rest of iraq, it just bordered, and they have been able to take back village after village, and the mosul dam, which was significant, and in the last two days, they were able to crush the siege. and it was a humanitarian crisis about to happen. the islamic state has had that
siege going for about 70 days, but it's also strategically important. emmerly sits on the highway to baghdad, and now that they control, now that kurdish and iraqi forces control the highway with the aid of the u.s. airstrikes, they have effectively isolated the eastern flank of the islamic state, and they have connected kurdistan to iraq once again. >> josh rushing in erbil, iraq, and thank you very much. dan was working for the new york it times when he was kidnapped by the taliban in interstate. and he escaped after seven months, and david joins us now. what is the islamic state trying to do here? >> i think first of all, build its credentials in this bizarre jihadi universe, where it might help them with recruitment of some people when they kill captains like this, and threaten to kill the british.
>> now? >> i think there's a sense that the west is wee weak, that we're obsessed with the measures of this world and we fear death. and they seek death and believe that paradise is waiting for them, so this is a sense that we will cave-in if we kill enough people. >> one of the things that you said in the last conversation, a lot of the kidnaps are about money, and these don't seem to be about money. >> the grim fact here, as we said before, the european hostages with the americans who died, sotloff and foley, they used them for fundraising and now it seems that the american and the british hostages appear to be taken for money. >> why would they do this? >> the journalists are targets of opportunity. we're unarmed and in these places and it's very easy to
abduct a journalist. they may sense that the journalists get a lot of publicity, because we fellow journalists care a lot about these cases. >> i think that a lot of americans are wondering what's going on. and this is sort of beyond comprehenscomprehension. and it's not just killing people, but to do it in such a visible way, is there some strategy to this? >> it's a failed strategy. i think, and i think most people in the region are repulsed by this. it might give the islamic state a boost short turn in terms of fundraising, but it's turning populations against them. and the strikes are working, and the kurds at least are fighting and taking back territory. this is horrific, its horrible. and arabss and muslims and people in the region, its
terrible as well. and it's hard to believe this, and i think it will backfire on them. >> this has an organization that's replacing al qaedas the popular jihad group. >> it's a very small group, and they essentially exist in a vacuum. one of the things that i noticed in my captivity. these are young guys, and they get to play this game. it's not a game, they're killing people. but when you're around them, they live in a bubble, an alternate universe, and there's no power. >> no real control. >> the highest estimate for islamic state ask about 127,000. you have militaries in the region, the iraqi military with hundreds of thousands of soldiers, so there's no pressure on them. but the one to solve are the safe havens and the
sanctuaries, and the lawlessness in syria and pakistan and somalia. it's a huge, decades-long effort. >> they're pretty empty, right? led by the tribal leaders in some of the cases. every country has tried to fight back in afghanistan and it seems they have not succeeded. every big power. >> you i can definitely say for most afghans, when this happens, they are disgusted when people are beheaded. the people don't want to live under this kind of rule. and they are discussing how we can hem them, not in an american ground invasion, but i believe that people in the region are disgusted by this. >> just a second, david. i want to go to vike viqueira, what's the reaction from the white house? >> john, the administration was caught somewhat by surprise.
we were in the middle of the daily briefing in the afternoon when the reports of this video, the second gruesome video now depicting the murder of american journalist had surfed, and later, the state department said that the intelligence community was trying to verify the authenticity of the video, and if you recall with james foley, it took 24 hours to do so, and in the meantime, they are appalled by the brutality of what they have seen, and i should add that president obama, shortly after the briefing, took off to europe, and he has a previously planned trip to estonia to address another world crisis, this one between russia and ukraine, and then to a nato summit where issues like this are going to be on the front burner. there's a problem that the rest
of the white house, the president appeared, and he said stay tuned. what i'm told is what's happening behind the scenes in terms of deliberation, it's an effort, and derry is going to let many of the sunnis in the region, onboard and in a more coordinated strategy, to go against this group, which everybody publicly agrees is barb eric, the president said that the countries will do one thing, and then go and support theit is and the jihad i was and the terrorists, but that's the condition in washington right now. >> david, back to you, how do you measure the white house's reaction to this? >> it's very unclear, and it's
not good for the president to stand up and say, we don't have strategy. there was a fundraiser for the chaos around the world. and he said the world is more chaotic because there's more social media. they need to hear, there's a strategy, not boots he could, but the effort to work with the local forces to control this group. you can't declare they're barbaric terrorists and say we're going to have limited response. you hear it, and you're going to be serious about this years-long effort, or it doesn't matter what they do. >> aljazeera's sue serton is from the same area. >> james foley and steven sotloff were both taken from southern syria, and it's a
place where others have tried to see how much was going out to that area. because abdeduction has become almost a national sport there. and it's not just a worry that you might be killed by the airstrikes and you may well be captured by forces in syria, but it's the growing threat of abduction. it has been going on since the summer of 2013 when steven sotloff was taken. i was in the same town, the same day that james foley was taken, and as luck would have it, for me, of course we managed to go through that town safely to our destination, and leave without anything happening to us, but he's not just a jermon, there have been media blackouts, and in the
hope that there was no publicity and people didn't know about it, and there might be a better chance that they might be released. that of course didn't happen. and then we had the dreadful state when james foley was beheaded, you saw steven sotloff in the video, and he was beheaded. but if you go up against the campaign of the islamic state, steven sotloff will be the next one to be punished. and it looks like that is the case. and then the video with steven sotloff, another person is named, a british person, he's now being threatened, so how long is it going to go on? but as you say, the problem is he with can't stop doing our job. we still have to report as well as we can, but it looks like the campaign is targeting journalists in a very dreadful way. >> sue torten reporting from
air, and a u.s. airstrike in another work. al qaeda al shab ob. the u.s. carried out an attack 100 miles south. they targeted al-shabaab's leader, but it's unclear if he's among the people killed. aisle? the commitment, the violent extreme i was who 3-pointends progress in the region, as well as threatened to conduct terror attacks against the people around the world. >> al-shabaab controlled most of somalia.
>> reporter: al-shabaab has been under threat for more than a year, fighting off attacks bill the army and the union forces. they have focused against kenya, when nairobi was attacked by al shabaab gunmen. 67 people were killed. and the u.s. retaliated, sending in navy seals under al-shabaab's leadership. and they came up empty. this most recent strike puts the group on notice. >> they have gone with the last few years, a few days before, to carry out a spectacular attack, and then feed into the frenzy of the media coverage, which is the oxygen for t. >> abu zabair is one of al-shabaab's founding members. the 47-year-old was born in so
many alia but went to college in pakistan. he and three others formed what is nonnasal shab abin 2003. they joined al qaeda and it's ambitions. late last year, he consolidated by killing some of his main opponents, and without him, the group won't be the same. >> the organization as we know it will go down to the grave with him. he might imagine different forms, but his departure will be extremely significant. >> the group has already begun interrogating villagers suspected of helping americans, and they are committed to defeating al-shabaab, both inside and outside of somalia's borders. >> watts is a senior fellow at the foreign policy research substitute. aninstitute.
and how big is al-shabaab in the region? >> in the region, al-shabaab is the threat. and they have been able to expand their operations out throughout the horn of africa into kenya and tanzania, and they have extended as a terrorist outfit. >> and the reports indicate that the airstrike was to take out ac met gadani. and what's the significance of taking him out? >> what's important, he was an iron fisted ruler of the terrorist group. and afternoon his death, he reasserted loyalty to the group. by eliminating him, he has many enemies, and i think we'll see the fracturing of al shabab
into many other groups. >> so we're seeing the fall of al qaeda and the rise of the islamic state? >> what's really fascinating about this, there has been a battle going for the past seven or eight months between old guard al qaeda and isis, and they are now dominating northern iraq. ababu zabir, with his death, there will be a new leader emerge, and the question is will they pledge to al qaeda or the new rising star, isis in iraq. >> if the united states fights al shabab in somalia, is this connected to the u.s. strategy when it comes to fighting the so-called islamic state in syria and iraq? >> i think it's really indicative of what we'll see in the future in terms of counter
terrorism. we're not talking about fighting states or even groups, but fighting net works. we see two competing networks today. you see old guard al qaeda. and now this emerging group, isis, and to defeat both of these, the united states has to change their approach. >> so they try to take out leaders. with drone strikes? >> in this case, it's with drone strikes, but in the days'ding up to this, there were strong advances from the army, and this stronghold around al shabab. and with this eliminated, you have to ask will our partners in the area be able to pick up the slack? >> is it a successful strategy? >> it's yet to be seen. >> how did it work with al qaeda? >> it has worked very well. you see with al qaeda, the
fracturing, and it's not just about the united states, but they're focused on other interests in iraq, mainly building the stake, and fighting the shia, one of our adversaries. >> thank you can't parent bomb syria or iraq, you target a lot of in about people. >> i can say that we're not parting civilians, and when we hit civilians, we're not going through carpet measures. >> will the measured approach result in pushing the can down the road, or will a group like the islamic state, creating a safe haven, change the capacity to do big attacks on the west? the threat is for europe than most of america. >> good to see you. now to the crisis in ukraine. tonight, president obama is heading to europe for four days of meetings with members of nato. the first stop, he will talk
about irane, and then heel travel to wales, where ukraine will be a big -- putin said that he could conquer ukraine in kiev in just two weeks if he wanted to. wanted to. the comment was made to the outgoing president of the european union. he didn't deny t. but one said that the remarks were taken out of context. as the fighting continues in eastern ukraine, residents are caught in the middle. more than 1 million residents have fled their homes. >> reporter: the biggest problem is they may be chronically underestimating it the truth of the situation, and in month, yes to 250,000 people
people, and the as a result is a million versus the months of conflict here. they move from their home to another part of the ukraine or across the border into russia, they are going to stay with relatives. and so the true picture may be far bigger than that. what we're also hearing in relation to statistics, more casualties. 15 ukrainian servicemen have been killed in the last 12 hours. that's the briefing that they gave in kiev. and there are more statistics. the imf came out today and said though they will give the latest disbursements of their bail out funds, they are going to give it to kiev, but in the the fighting subsides in the east, there's a very real prospect that the ukraine an
economy will fall short. and that puts in doubt the next disburse. some $2.7 billion, which is due as the conflict continues. >> coming up next, an urgent plea from the cdc about the ebola virus, and the consequences if it's not brought under soon. and guatemala, how drought could make the americas crisis even worse.
the u.s. for treatment and they made full recovery. the centers for disease control, the head has just returned from the region with a warning on the outbreak, and he said something major has to be done immediately in order to stop it. >> reporter: six months after the ebola virus reasonabled west africa, the disease is still not under control. in atlanta, the director at cdc gave dire words. cdc director, thomas freeden, said that the ebola virus in west africa is spiraling out of control. >> there is a window of opportunity to tamp this down, but that window is closing. we need action now. >> he says this is the first time that an ebola outbreak has spread across many countries. >> we need financial assistance, we need human resources. the doctors and nurses in
clinic00 manage many. and we need measures for infection control. >> ebola has killed more than 1500 people this year, and the world health organization said there could be as many as 20,000 cases before the outbreak is under control. >> we thank you, but we need more from you. and we also need those countries that have not come onboard yet. the whole world is responsible and accountable to bring the ebola threat under control. let's do it. action, action and action. >> unsafe burials, without proper protection and isolation is worsening the spread of the virus, and even with the experimental trials of the vaccine in the u.s., the international health unit said we can't count on that. there's no time to wait. >> instead, the cdc is pressing a larger scaled response to
combat the ebola virus in west africa. they're concerned that it could cross more borders, and not just on the continent of africa. robert ray, aljazeera, atlanta. >> a major study tonight in the gulf of mexico, hall burt has agreed to pay $1 billion to settle several claims. a company on the drilling rig that exploded four years ago. 11 workers died, and it poured crude oil into the gulf. the biggest in u.s. history. up next, five days on the border, tonight, the devastating financial toll that the immigration crisis is taking on one county. and in the midterm elections, passing the 1 billion-dollar mark. and how that money is being spent. @
crisis, our week-long special report. and plus, pakistan on the brink. how growing unrest is threatening the government. and a $2 billion casino goes bust after just two years. what it means for the future of atlantic city. >> tonight, the so-called islamic state appears to have carried out another horrific act. the group released a video of what it says is the beheading of an american journalist, steven sotloff. they threatened to kill sotloff and now 350 troops are being deployed to iraq to protect american interests, and kurdish forces are helping to push back the islamic state.
>> this is a village where yesterday the islamic state was holding this village. they first got there in june. there were airstrikes from the u.s. last night. and now peshmerga has gone in and taken the village. in fact, this village has been so recently taken, they have not taken down the islamic state flags yet. you can see them on top. umba, firing here. it started out as a fire, but it was one of the peshmerga guys firing on what might be an >> reporter: ed. the islamic state. [ machine gunfire ]
guns cracking in the distance. we have just crossed about 3/4 of a mile of open territory. here with the pesh soldiers to find out they're behind the wall because there's actually a sniper around the corner, and they sent a unit out this way to clear out the sniper, so we're taking cover and getting a little bit of shade at the moment. the peshmerga are starting to gain a momentum against the islamic state. but they say that the momentum, which is so important on the ground, is at risk, and they are wondering whether to send more support and fight here. on the front line, we realize that the pesh are not alone. they're fighting in a coalition that would have been unimaginable only a few months ago. setting aside the checkered
history, the pesh are fighting alongside the iraqi army, and these fighters from the league of the righteous, who formed during the years of u.s. occupation here. on the way back from the battlefield, we came across this convoy where the troops are amassing alongside of their own. these are shia fighters, and the u.s. army when they were fighting here in iraq, this is al sadr, the head of the army. they declined to speak on cam, but they weren't shy about letting us film. the u.s. facility, this all hands on effort to push back the islamic state. josh rushing, aljazeera, northern iraq. >> you can see more of josh's reports coming up at the top of the hour on america tonight.
a political crisis threatening the stability of the u.s. ally that has nuclear weapons. thousands of protesters have been demanding that pakistani prime minister sharif resign because he rigged the election that put him in power, and sharif is refusing to go. the lawmakers throw their support behind sharif. joshua white worked in the pentagon. and joshua white is now the director of the asia program. and welcome. who'd you see as the biggest concern over what's going on in pakistan? >> well, john, pakistan, asia and beyond, we're talking about
one of the largest muslim states, with nuclear weapons, and a country that has both ex sported and sustained various militant groups. they are talking about the draw down of nato forces there afghanistan this year, and the need to have a functional relationship with pakistan, and the pakistani government that is stable. and a government that we can talk to. >> so what is it about sharif that has disenchanted certain elements? >> well, like every pakistani military leader, he has his flaws, corrupt like so many others, but these protests emerged out of protests over the elections, a potential rigging of the elections in 2013, but they mushroomed into something of much larger, and frankly, the groups protesting the federal government have a fairly weak base of political
support, so when you bring in cranes to the capital of islamabad to get over to the statehouse, you're making a statement. and the government has been in many ways besieged. >> do the voters really have the chance to call the shots now? or are these flawed leaders as you call them, are they really in solid control? >> well, we have no illusions, the military is still the ultimate power broker in pakistan, and they maintain significant control over pakistan's foreign policy. but it's important to realize that the most important thing that can happen to pakistan's democracy, is it continues to exist. there's a fairly low bar, but in washington, particularly the administration, its important to have longevity, a suck sex of civilian governments, and over time, that's the only way that pakistan has the chance to
overcome its economic and political pathologies. >> the state is calling for calm and little action, actually. and so how is american intervention viewed by the general public in pakistan? >> i think its important not to mistake the state department's comments for disinterest. i think that the government, the u.s. government and the american people broadly have learned that sometimes it's wise to say less rather than more, so you don't insert yourself into the debate. and there's also a view in pakistan and perhaps in the united states as well, that the u.s. government broadly prefers to work with the khakis, with the generals rather than the civilian leaders, because democracy is messy. consistency and tradition, and that's in the interest of the united states, and it's also in the interest i think of the
pakistani people. >> josh, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, john. >> now to the immigration crisis in the u.s. and what the u.s. plans to do about it today. the obama administration says that there have been no moves to immigration. the move to stop the democrats in the midterm election. >> the decision about how to address this challenge, and how to wield his own executive authority in order to address it. the top priority is not politics. >> all this week, we're taking a closer look at the immigration crisis, but the choices made and how people deal with the consequences of the undocumented migrants every day. in brooks county, texas, many die, brocks county is located
near the border, but with a bankrupt sheriffs' office and only four deputies, the county is finding it hard to cope. >> once rich with oil fields, now nearly bankrupt with fields of body. 400 sets of human remains. migrants who crossed the border, only to die immigrating. it's like a boeing jet going down every three years, that's how many people are dying. is that number real to you? >> yeah, its true. >> the immigration crisis is constant in terms of both human lives and dollars. last year, the county spent $600,000 to process the bodies. and the county employees took a 3% pay cut. the serve, a 38 year veteran,
gave up 10 perfection, and he works a second job in private security. >> you're the number-one lawman in this county. and you have to work a second job. >> $30,000 doesn't make it. >> those who couldn't get out have quit. >> this is when i started. >> how many are left? >> four. >> four deputies, who patrol an area nearly the size of rhode island. they, along with a meager staff of dispatchers, are the lifeline for the 9-1-1 calls from the desert. >> reporter: 9-1-1. >> too often, the caller is dead by the time they're found. so why so many bodies here, 80 miles north of the border? well, the u.s. border patrol checkpoint down the highway is key. the sheriff said smugglers will drive immigrants no farther than this point, and here is where they take off on foot
through the rough terrain, and the nearest town is 15 miles away. >> we get everything that comes through. >> because brooks county doesn't touch the border, it doesn't qualify for immigration, so they had to sell their town's vehicles to meet the budget >> so we're quag through your sheriffs' office. >> this is my dealership. >> most of these vehicles received from smugglers. 40 go up for auction this month. >> is this one right here, it will probably bring about 3,000. >> the money keeps the department alive, but even this place speaks more of death. a family of five migrants from el salvador died when their smuggler crashed this truck during a police chase. >> a girl way back in there. >> on the floorboard? >> yeah, on the bottom. >> she died there. >> yep. and there was another guy
thrown here in the front. >> what does it say about the desperation of people, and the smugglers? >> well, i mean the guy got out, he lived. >> the smuggler got away? >> the driver. >> the driver got away. >> the migrants had already paid him $2,000 per person, so as the smugglers get richer, the county gets poorer, while more migrants pay with their live. heidi jo castro, aljazeera, brooks, texas. >> our special on the immigration crisis continues tomorrow. we'll meet one rancher found dead on his property. what needs to change. a special, who is the most affected by the immigration crisis, and whether there's a solution. friday at 11:00, 7:00 eastern 7-
>> people in guatemala are quickly running out of food. david mercer reports. >> reporter: in this cornfield, surveying the damage, his corn should be 2 meters high, but 40 days without rain in the middle of wet season, has ruined his crop. for millions of guatemalans who grow their own food, it's a disaster. [ speaking spanish ] >> farmers here don't need to have a job. if we have corn, we can survive, but with this drought, it's going to be very difficult. >> central america is suffering from one of its worst droughts in decades. in guatemala, the government has declared a state of emergency. the guatemalan government said that more than one quarter of a million families have been affected about the drought. but the biggest worry, the 500,000 children at risk of
malnutrition. he only has enough corn reserves to last a few more months. with a failed crop and jobs hard to come by, he's worried about how to feed his family. lorensio said his only option might be to go north. [ speaking spanish ] >> interpreter: i'm thinking of migrating to the united states in january. i can't sit here and do nothing. i have to do what's best for my children and grandchildren, so i'll have to leave here. >> already, they have seen some immigration in parts of gate guat hit by the drought. >> we tell the people most likely to migrate about the risks of going to the north. but they don't want to hear it. but they say that they would prefer to go to the united states and find work rather than see their families die of hunger >> reporter: wait and see to how the government opinions responds to drought. food shortages can only be
endured for so long. aljazeera, guatemala. >> from guatemala to washington d.c., joie chen is standing by to tell us what's coming up on america tonight. >> good evening, this evening on america tonight, losing the fight for chicago. it has been the focus of america tonight. our team spent weeks there last summer, and one year after the fbi called it the murder capital of america. chicago is still one of the most violent cities in the nation. the murder rate has dropped but the number of shootings is at record levels, and the community leaders say that it's getting harder to protect the next generation. >> trying to keep him alive, telling him to breathe and calm down, keeping him up. >> you were there when he was shot? >> yeah. i'm trying to coach him into living. >> one year after his in-depth
report, fight for chicago, "america tonight's" christoph returns to the street to see what, if anything has changed. we hope that you'll join us, john. >> interpreter: than thank >> it's another sign that summer is coming to an end. campaign spending already past $1 billion. and david schuster with more on power politics. >> reporter: john, the money in this midterm election psych many has almost reached the total of the 2012 election year. the figure will reach $4 billion, which is three times the 2012 record. the money is pouring in from groups, and the spending caverns listed by the supreme court. and most of the money is going into the battle for control of the u.s. senate. the battle for attack ads. tom cotton is trying to switch the senate from democratic to
republican hands, and he's getting a huge boost from a conservative group that just launched a 2 minute long attack ad. >> mark fryer has stood silent as the liberals have supported left-wing judges who have supported their left-wing views on the bench. mark pryor did not protest when the obama administration mutt politics ahead of national security. >> in kentucky, where the campaign is reaching $100 million, a single race record, republican, mitch mcconnell released an attack ad accusing grimes of being too cozy with president obama. >> why was she a delegate for obama's re-election after he vowed to bankrupt kentucky's coal industry? obama needs grimes, but kentucky needs mitch mcconnell.
>> republican challenger, joni ernst, in a tight race with bruce. and he supports medicare, and ernst wants to change it. >> joni ernst wants to cut medicare and end its guarantee. seniors are going to pay thousands more while insurance companies rake in bigger profits. the lack of compassion really bothers me. >> two months before the election day, the campaign is prompting candidates to focus on get out the vote operations. al franken, a former comedian, gave marching orders to his volunteers this past weekend. >> now, the election is 68 days away. now, i know many of you have jobs. many of you have families. ignore that. >> clever. and that's the wrap for today. john. >> david schuster, thank you.
and detroit's plan to emerge from bankruptcy in the hands of a federal judge. whether to waste away the debt. the plans, tens of thousands of retirees, >> reporter: with the start of this trial, the city's restructuring plan is up for intense scrutely. much of it has been worked out in remediations and deals, including the so-called grand -- the deal that included spinoffs for the detroit institute of arts in exchange for private funds, but not everyone thinks that the deal is so grand. outside the federal courthouse, protests for retirees. many could still lose 5% or more from monthly pension checks. >> the retirees should never have been included in this. the michigan substitution guarantees our pensions.
>> there are a number of things that i could have recommended or a lot of other people could have recommended, to improve the city services and improve the cash flow. the city has a cash flow problem. >> reporter: the city will pay other creditors, a major bond insurer stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. >> maybe they're taking the approach that we have nothing to lose, so we're going to fight to the end. and not agree to anything short of what we want. >> the judges expected to hear from about 80 witnesses with a stream of evidence that could take more than a month to present. his job will be to make sure that the plan is legal and fair, and if he doesn't approve, it will be back to the drawing board for all parties. bc, aljazeera, detroit. >> and coming up next, with another casino closing it's doors, why atlantic city is a bad bet for the gambling industry.
severe weather across the region. especially here, this is a tornado warning that is in effect for the next 10 minutes, and it may be extended or moving here towards the east. for vermont, severe thunderstorm warnings, and this is going to continue through the rest of the evening. tomorrow, temperatures are not expected to be as high as they were today. but they're still going to be very comfortable for many people in boston, 84°, and philadelphia, 88, and washington, coming down from 95 to 88° as well. but we'll also be dealing with the heat index across the area. so for some of the places, it's going to feel more like 92 to 94° because of the humidity. we were going to be seeing better weather out here toward the west. very dry conditions, but the weather over the next couple of
days is going to be here in the southeast. notice the reds in parts of tennessee, kentucky, and down here toward alabama. and that's where we see the severe weather really breaking out on wednesday. and even up here toward minnesota, it's going to be a severe weather day as well. and that will continue as we go toward thursday. that's a look at the national weather and the news is coming up right after this.
placed their last bet at ravel casino this morning. it used to employ thousands. >> reporter: the revel casino this morning and a casino giant, only here for two years. cost $2.4 billion. and it has closed. as has showboat and as will the trump plaza this month. if you add in the club, which closed in january, that's 8,000 jobs gone this year alone, with a total of 30,000. it's a huge amount. and we met a woman until today employed by the revel. and she was upset and didn't want to talk, but you can see from her body language what she doesn't say. >> it's so sad. i don't know what to say. it makes me cry. >> don't cry. >> reporter: did you enjoy
working there? >> really, i did. this was my first casino. >> reporter: what are you going to do now, ma'am? >> i don't know. hoping that it will be off soon. i don't know. >> reporter: just to show you how big the revel casino is, but what is to be done about the job losses? there will be a mass signing on, and they expect to see 10,000 people come. but the city fathers say they have to do something about that. and they have to expand the range of activities did. just as las vegas did, and to move away and not based solely on gambling. 25 million people still come here for the beach every year. and it's the most popular beach resort, apart from miami, on the east coast. >> that's john terret reporting. and tonight, refusing home
mortgages because the borrowers are black. and 70 years after making gone with the wind, the plans to restore scarlet o'hara's estate. tourists gather for a celebration meal, under the sea. serving at an under water tunnel at a popular marine underwater park. china's mid autumn festival. i'm john seigenthaler, and "america tonight" is next.
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