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that's the "inside story." . >> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. an act of terrorism. the fbi officially classified the investigation into the san bernardino shooting. inside the apartment the suspects' landlord opens their door and the crime scene to the media. remembering the victims, the 14 lives taken and the one who is survived. what friends and family are saying.
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>> it was terrorism. that's how the fbi is now describing the attack in san bernardino. tonight we're also getting our first look at the female suspects. here's the picture tashfeen malik. the fbi suspects the couple was inspired by extremist groups but found no evidence that they belonged to or took orders from any organization. in the meantime, a potential clue has emerged from the world of social media. according to a facebook executive, malik used an an alias to pledge her allegiance to the isil leader. just as calls were coming in from the inland region. we have more now from san bernardino. alan schauffler now. >> yes, tony, from the very
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beginning this has been a very massive jurisdictional response and investigation, local, federal and state agencies involved. but as of this opportunit--as of this afternoon there is no question of who is in charge and what they're looking for. >> the fbi formerly takes over the case leaving no doubt about what direction the investigation is headed. >> as of today based on the information and the facts as we know them, we are now investigating these horrific acts as an act of terrorism. >> the agencies assistant director for los angeles said that decision was made with good reason. but offered few details about what is already known. the thousands of rounds of ammunition the dozen or so homemade bombs and extensive bomb-making materials discovered in their garage.
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cellphones have been found in trash cans they say that could be key evidence in nailing down a motive and did tashfeen malik and syed farook receive any help. >> we're americans. it's not us versus you. it is we. we're also affected. i was born in san bernardino. this is my whole life. >> attorneys for the family of suspects syed farook held a press conference. >> thorp--theythe families were totally shocked. there is no evidence that the
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shooters were aggressive, had extremist views. they were totally shocked that this could take place. >> the associated press is reporting that a facebook posting ostensibly by tashfeen malik praising the leader of isis was brought forward to officials by a facebook representative. it was posted about the time the killings started. the agency is looking into that and into a claim made by the media arm of isis that two of its supporters launched the attack. >> i'm not surprised if they would claim. maybe they did, maybe they didn't. it only helps them to be able to attach themselves to an act like this. >> fbi and local law enforcement says they no credit edge evidence of looming terrorist threats locally or across the u.s. assistant director bodic provided other information. he said one of the threats that they're following is communication and who these
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folks talked to. they believe one or the other may have communicated with people who have been under their watch in this country. he also added that they are working with their foreign partners with agencies overseas to track down international communication between these two and anybody who might have helped them in this. >> alan, what more did you learn from your featured piece? >> well, for one thing what we heard from many different quarters, that there was absolutely no indication in terms of behavior from the suspect that this is something that could happen. he said that he was completely normal. he didn't--they weren't fast friends but saw him very often at the mosque, and he was completely shocked that this happened. he called it an atrocity. he said if anybody had idea, if the members of the mosque had any idea they would have turned them in in a heartbeat.
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>> appreciate it. thank you. in washington fbi director james comey made his first public statements about the california massacre. >> there is a lot of evidence in this case that doesn't quite make sense so we're trying to be very thoughtful to understand it and make sense of it and understand the full extent of what we have here. so far we have no indication that these killers are part of an organized larger group or formed part of a cell. there is no indication that they are part of a network. again, i quickly add it is early. we're still working very hard to understand, but i want you to know so far we don't see such indications. >> a retired fbi special agent joins us from kansas city, missouri. great to have you back on the program. james comey-- >> thanks. >> we have a lot of information that doesn't make sense. you've been a part of some important investigations. what does the director mean when he says something like this, we have a lot of evidence that
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doesn't make sense? >> well, the whole thing doesn't make sense to begin with. >> yes. >> the idea that two seemingly normal people can live a lifestyle of normality, and then plan and execute this attack in such a way that they did. i think what he's referring to is that there are a lot of missing pieces to the puzzle here. >> yes. >> and what the fbi needs in a case like this, you need a timeline. that's what they'll be working on specifically. we want--they want to try to take a step back and in a timeline put illustrate every second of every day in the days and weeks leading up to this event. then the communications are a big part of that as well as you mentioned in your report. >> i think that's so interesting. jeff, does the fact that this is now a terrorism investigatio investigation change anything about how the investigation
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proceeds? >> it's really just a label, tony, and it has to do with the people that are working the case, the terrorism agents. there will be a lot of people from a lot of areas working on this case. it's symbolic in a way. it's a label of terrorism case that we're talking about, it's not an attack on those individuals as tragic as it was for the individuals and their families, but the attack on america. it broadens the whole investigation as to who was involved in other parts of the country, in other parts of the world was it a matter of simple inspiration or specific direction? >> that's so good. >> i'm excited because this is really good territory that we're mining through here. how important is the question that you just raised her. were they inspired or were they
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instructed to act by isil? >> that's a very important thing to find out. isis has said attack america. >> yes. >> and anyone that can--can buy some weapons can do that based on that direction. but was the trip to pakistan? saudi arabia? did he meet with specific people in those countries that told him this is what you do and this is how you do it. if that's the case, if they're doing it to him, then it only makes sense that they're using other people as well to plan future attacks. that's what the fbi has to really be looking at as we move forward. >> that's so interesting. how important is for the fbi--i think i get the answer here--to establish clear linkage whether it's isis or any other extremist group beyond what we think we know now, which is a facebook
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post. that would seem to be really important to do. >> right, and the fbi, as you know is a fact-finding organization. so establishing the clear lin linkage is just as important as establishing no clear linkage. at least we know there wasn't any. they'll be looking at cell phone, other forms of communication, social media as well, e-mail communications, and a lot of it, which is most likely preserved in different areas. that's how they're going to try to trace it back to see if anyone else was involved in this country or in other countries in a general conspiracy. and who else might be involved. >> how good is the fbi of taki taking--we've got a couple of smashed cellphones. how good is the fbi of mining those phones, mining information
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on a computer. >> they're very good at that. there is nobody in the world who can do that better. even if you have digital evidence that's been destroyed, they might be able to reconstruct and pull off data from that--from those destructed hard drives or solid-state memory. you have to remember, too, that we might need help from the cell phone providers, the companies that send those text messages may have records of those as well and other communications, which could help us. you can destroy a cell phone but you can't go to the cell phone provider and destroy their records. >> good to see you, joining truss kansas city, missouri, good to have you on the program. at the home of the suspects today there were dozens of people rifling through the house and personal belongings, but they weren't investigators. they were journalists let in by the landlords.
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melissa chan joins us. what are authorities saying about that today? >> well, it was very surprising. we heard that there were journalists going through the home o, and we thought it was authorities giving people a tour. it didn't add up. we raced over there, and we saw plenty of journalists. essentially this is what happened. >> a free for all at the home of syed farook and tr ussfeen malik. >> this is a strange situation. we have dozens of journalists and we barely see any law enforcement officers, and the front door is open. anyone can walk in or out. >> inside a ransacked apartment, and papers left behind by fbi investigators of what they took away as evidence. with so little information about the mystery shooters, reporters
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packed into the tiny home. was there anything here that could explain what could motivate a couple to leave behind their six-month-old chi child. >> okay, we're coming over here to what may have been the main bedroom. >> some go through the room li live. >> spread out are credit cards and >> all the while the landlord stood outside in the middle of the media scrum. >> he said that he didn't know who actually called him. >> they just said to release the property to me. they didn't say-- >> did they say that you could let people inside? >> yes yes. >> during friday morning's press conference the fbi confirmed that it had wrapped up investigation of the shooter's apartment. >> once we turn that location
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back over to the occupants of that residents or once we board it up, anyone who goes in at that point, that has nothing to do with us. >> although miller may not have had the right to let everyone in. >> the landlord does not have the right to allow somebody else to enter the property of one of his renters without going through that proper process. so based on that we've escorted people out and resecuritied property. >> he eventually someone arrived to board the front door up. the tour was over. and shortly after a police officer showed up. >> i'm with the police department. will you come with me? i need to talk to you. >> to whisk the overwhelmed landlord out of the limelight. >> actually miller's wife, the landlord's wife decided to call the police department because she wanted to extricate her husband out that have crazy situation, tony. >> smart woman, strong woman. melissa, look, have any of the news outlets that broadcast that
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scene live say anything about their actions? >> many saying they regretted showing person photographs and i.d.s. they did explain that the landlord did let them in in the first place. >> melissa chan for us in san bernardino. coming up, the husband of a victim who was a member of the mosque where the gunmen worshiped. coming up, stepping up the fight against isil. why germany voted to escalate its military presence, and why opec decided not to cut oil production despite low prices.
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syria, but with limitations, al jazeera's paul brennan explains. >> the vote in germany's lower house was overwhelming. a margin of 445 in favor to 146 against. and it reflects a wider mood broadly supportive of military action. nonetheless german lawmakers face emotive questions. >> do they want to get in war with isil. >> there needs to be a damn good argument to vote kno no. it's time to act. above all for the victims we want to protect. >> an possibly poll on friday found 58% of germans in favor of action even though the same poll
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found that 63% believe the risk of an isil attack on german soil will increase as a result. the parliamentary vote stopped short of authorizing german airstrikes inside syria. instead berlin is sending support forces including six of these tornado reconnaissance jets equipped with technology. there will be german refueling aircraft and navy frigate and personnel. >> we're making a contribution because of our tornadoes week make available highly detailed images of large areas in a very short period of time. that's an ability which does not exist in the region. >> the french president françois hollande made a surprise visit by helicopter to the aircraft carrier to visit the pilots an crews who have been making
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airstrikes. a french journalist who spent ten months in isil captive glit this will have considerable counter effect. if you listen even at the syrian human rights activists they say we do not need more bombs. we need protection. we need less--a decrease in violence and not more nations bombing us. >> yet the bombing continues. the syrian observatory for human rights say that heaven government bombardment on friday killed 26 civilians and nearly a third of them children. the coalition against isil is growing. but so are the casualties. paul brennan, al jazeera. >> opec announced today it would keep production near record highs despite near record low crude oil prices. oil closed at just over $40 a barrel down from $107 a barrel
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set in 2014. the low price has strained the economies of some opec members, and that has caused conflict inside the group. barnaby phillips has more from inside vienna. >> this is energy taking place in europe this week. oil ministers from the opec countries gather in vienna. but in paris leaders spoke of the addiction of fossil fuels. in vienna the concerns are different and more immediate. saudi arabia, the biggest producer say there are necessary evils to put rival non-opec oil producers countries like the usa and brazil out of business. but the weaker economies went in to this meeting saying that saudi arabia should cut production to force prices back up.
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venezuela's oil ministry told me his country is not alone in its financial difficulties. >> some say we're desperate in changing the price, but this is a mistake. >> but you are desperate. >> all the countries are very worried about the price. all the countries, including the saudis and whatever countries, okay? it's not just only venezuela. >> but after seven hours of talks opec announced there would be no cuts in production. it agreed only to monitor events in the months ahead. i asked the nigeria oil minister how many pain continued low oil prices is going to cause his country? >> how we're going to look at this is how do we make opportunity of the pain quote/unquote caused by the reduced price, we'll create efficiencies in production,
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efficiencies in cost, and transparency, everything. efficiency in the local economy because this was due a long time ago. >> opec members have their disagreements on how to achieve a higher and more stable oil price. but the fact is opec is not as powerful as it once was. most oil is produced by other countries. and so opec's ability to fix the global oil price is limited. barnaby phillips, al jazeera, vienna. >> another solid jobs report for the month of november, that could mean interest rate hikes for the near future. ali velshi is here to explain it all. >> the stock market is up, the dow gaining 2% after news that the u.s. economy added 211,000 jobs in november, tony. the unemployment rate unchanges, the official unemployment rate at 5%. that's still pretty good.
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the report revised numbers as always from the previous two months 26,000 more jobs created this year than we thought a month ago. wages were up by 2.3% in the past year. that is not fantastic, tony, but it is better than inflation at the moment, which is very low. bottom line this report signals a strong economy. there are many other things to measure when looking at a strong economy, but jobs really are the most important and that's looking pretty good. >> janet yellen has signaled, right, an try rate hike in the near future. now depending on the health of the economy. in your opinion is the economy in good shape right now? >> yes, well, you and i have spent a lot of time talking about the fact that there are such great wage disperty and an income gap that there are some people for whom it does not feel like any sort of recovery. i tweet this information out at 8:30 in the morning when the job numbers come put. i just said jobs, the unemployment rate is 5%, jobs
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are 211,000. immediately i got people tweeting me response with responses that implied that i didn't get that there is a real economy out there in which people are really hurting. but the bottom line is for the fed's purpose they need a reason to race interest rates. two days ago they said they were going to raise interest rates. the economy seems to be meeting the requirement that the fed is looking for. that's very different from saying it's a great economy. we're near what they call full employment. more jobs are created. gdp growth is 2%, not great, not terrible. wage growth at 2.3%. not great, not terrible. the fed thinks that wages will grow. that's what economies i speak to say. it's good enough for the feds but doesn't mean it's a great economy. >> got it. what else are you looking with the. >> we're looking at
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radicalization. a word thrown around a lot. we'll look at the process that a person goes through from living a seemingly normal life to become angle extremist. >> you can watch ali velshi right here al jazeera america. when we come back, we'll go to san bernardino. my conference with a man whose wife was injured in the attack. and the remembering the attack on a planned parenthood clinic, an officer is laid to rest.
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>> tonight the first images of the woman who was involved in the attack this is tashfeen malik and along with syed farook. it is said that malik used an alias to declare her allegiance to isis on facebook the day of the attack. we talked with a man who prayed shoulder-to-shoulder with farook at the mosque. what did he say to say? >> i spent a great part of the day with a man who spent farook fofaro--who spent time with
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farook for a year and a half. he described farook as a quiet individual. he said that he was shy but very devoted to his faith. he now feels betrayed by a man who he once considered his spiritual brother. >> this is shocking to us. it doesn't make sense. we actually don't understand. i don't know, i honestly don't know. i think tha that it's a mix-- but he had some issue with work. at the same time, he got some ideas maybe through the internet that justified killing, which is not part of our religion.
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our religion-- >> do you suspect his wife had anything to do with that, driving him down? >> we were wondering how he could convince his wife through that. now through the media now we're starting to think it's the opposite. she was the one who convinced him. especially about the baby. how can the mother leave the baby behind? even if you have crazy ideas, how can you convince her to die and leave a baby behind? so maybe it seems more that she is the one who convinced him to leave the baby behind. >> what do you make of that? she pledged alliance to isil over social media in the midst of the attacks. >> i heard about that. now it's possible. as muslim we're totally against
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isil. they don't represent us. we wish they didn't exist. we wish that the united states and the whole world find them and end this because they're just a bad example of claiming islam. we feel that they kidnapped islam. we're not allowed to kill people in islam. we're not allowed to rape women, burn them alive. >> he said that they did have a conversation just a couple of weeks ago about that downed russian airliner reportedly brought down by isil. he when they were discussing the the incident he said that farook remained silent. at the time he didn't find it unusual, but now he plays that conversation over in his own mind. the mosque that the two of them attended did receive threats on
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their answering machine. the fbi looking into that, and the san bernardino officials standing outside of that mosque today during friday prayer. >> i took that issue up with our next guest. i spoke with a man whose wife was shot on wednesday. he updated us on his wife's condition. >> she's physically doing very well. she's emotionally still not balanced. she still is breaking down just remembering her coworkers, who she worked with, you know most of them are gone. the entire office cubicles are empty except hers. >> how has she described what happened that day to you and to other family members? >> well, the day i was not here. i was out of town. i was in san francisco. i tried to reach her. just normally i try to call in the middle of the day, and she
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didn't answer the phone. then i heard the news that there was a shooting going on. i looked at my tracker gps to look at her phone, and she was at the same location where this incident was going on. i was panicking for one hour. my stomach was getting sick. i don't know what happened to her. i talked to my daughter and my uncle here, and everybody was getting worried and getting sick. finally i got a call from her doctor. the doctor told me that she had three gun-shot wound. two in the arm, both arms and one on her abdomen. i took right away the next flight home. i went straight to the hospital. we were very emotional, and she described the day, way she faced the day while she was in the hallway just reaching out for her seat at the time that bullets started flying through above her head, hitting the wall, and a group of people were screaming and shouting, and she
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entered into the bathroom again with that group and stayed in the bathroom and realized that she had been hit. her hands were bleeding, both hands, and then she was there until the police came and rescued them. >> can you believe this has happened? >> i can't believe this has happened. i was--the whole time i was thinking why this happened? who did it? and why did they do it? this has been going on in my mind. it was described to me that they caught the suspects, they were killed, they were one of the coworkers. then i understood that one of the co-worker did this incident. >> what is your reaction to the news now that ayed farook was responsible for this, along with his either fiancé or wife? >> i heard that he goes to the same mosque, he had been going to the same mosque that we had been going, but i never had a chance--there was no interaction in the last 17 years that i have
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been in this community. >> what are your thoughts about the now fact that this incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism? >> well, killing innocent people it should be considered an act of terrorism. whatever cause behind they should be able to find out, and also same time i want to unveil this message. crime and religion, they have no correlation. >> is your wife muslim as well. >> yes, she is. >> is there something that she would have you express to everyone watching on her behalf? >> she has been working with this co-worker several years. i know farook has been with the company for five years. i don't know how they've been working together, in similar office location, i don't know that detail, but she has never
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noticed anything unusual that would alert her or other coworkers to report the police or any other authority. >> i want to thank you for your time. thanks for agreeing to speak with us. >> you're very welcome. >> and the best to your family. we're finding out more about the victims of the california shooting. most of them worked in the same county public health department. larry daniel kauffman was not a co-worker but a familiar face because he ran a coffee shop in the inland regional center. we spoke to his partner. >> daniel is an amazing person. i've been telling everybody that. it sounds like a cliché that his smile lit up the room, but this was really true about daniel. daniel touched so many people's lives. i've had people contacting me saying they met daniel once ten years ago, but he had so much an impact with his personality that
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they remembered him. and so now they're reaching out to me to give their condolences. that's an amazing person, especially nowadays that somebody ten years later can remember somebody they met once for an hour, and had that much of an impact on somebody's life. >> well, friends took this picture shortly after ryan ray has found out that his partner died in the shooting rampage. am up next, planned parenthood fight, why the university of missouri is caught in the middle of it, and brown university's 100 million-dollar plan to improve race relations.
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>> the police officer killed in last week's shooting at a planneplan planned parenthood clinic was buried today. he was one of three people who died in that attack. al jazeera's jim hooley is with us live in colorado springs. jim? >> good evening, tony. we're out in front of the clinic where the shooting took place last week. you can see that the place is still closed. no word when it will reopen. all the focus in colorado springs is on the church and services for officer swazey. the place was mobbed. his family was there and fellow officers, too. all of them overcome by emotion. >> in honor guard carried the
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flag-draped coffin into the church jammed with 5,000 mourners. fallen officers remember their colleague. >> during his hiring phase with us and quickly became known to me that was mature beyond his years. >> this 42-year-old, the father of two young children was gunned down last friday. the police say he was killed by robert louis deere, who stormed the planned parenthood clinic and began shooting. >> from ice skating, playing the guitar, speeching scripture, training his colleagues, his dedication and drive was as unshakeable. >> pike's peak has been tarnished. the man randomly killed three
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people. >> we must not as a community let these horrific events of the last month define us. we must move forward with strength and caring. >> in 2007 the very church where officer swazey's service was held was the targetin target of a shooting that left five people dead. all of these attacks have left people reeling. >> just the numbers, cars going by honking their horns, showing solidarity, i think a lot of people are trying to understand and we can't comprehend the pain. >> still support for the second amendment remain strong for people here. after the aurora shooting i in 2012, voters recalled a lawmaker who voted for tighter gun controls. the same day of planned parenthood shooting, gun sales were strong in local shops, and there was an increase in the amount of people making appointments for concealed
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carry permits. >> and the services for the two other victims killed in this attack last week are now set for next week, and like the services for officer swazey today, they will be open for the public. >> all right, jim. on capitol hill republicans passed a largely symbolic bill to deny fund to go planned parenthood. the president said he will veto the bill. but in missouri an university is caught in the middle of the fight. live with more on this, andy? >> tony, do you remember the big protest last month that sacked the school's president? demonstrators also demanding that the school side with planned parenthood. in that group's battle with state lawmakers. the planned parenthood clinic income columbia, missouri, had been performing abortions from the mid '90s to 2012 when the doctor on duty began to get
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scared and quit. the clinic went three years without providing any abortions at all until july of this year when a new doctor finally secured hospital admitting privileges and the clinic secured it's license renewal. but the very next day-- >> always plenty. >> this was released. the first undercover video of an anti-abortion group that claimed planned parenthood sells fetus parts for profit, something that the group has long denied. anti-abortion activists used that moment to urge state lawmakers to put pressure on the university of missouri because it's the university which decides which doctors receive admitting privileges at the university's hospital. >> but there would not be the taking of unborn life in columbia in central missouri. >> state lawmakers leaned heavily on the school to change those rules for admitting privileges affecting colleen mcnick louis, the obgyn, who
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was performing abortions at the clinic. >> that pressure worked. the school said in a statement that it was, indeed, changing the rules after hearing from those conservative state senators. >> we've had a 40-year--more than 40-year relationship with the university of missouri. they had no reason to end that relationship. >> the school said it's inter erupt chancellor was not available to talk to us about the decision. he did release a statement saying that he appreciates both sides, but agrees with the changes. >> i'm just appalled. that politicians play with women's lives. and access to healthcare in the way that they do. >> senators in the legislature's so-called sanctity of life committee who pressured the school didn't want to talk with us, but it's supporters are thrilled the university got the
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message. >> i'm very proud of them for standing up for what is legal and right. >> the bottom line is in a big college town where the clinic was performing 30 to 40 abortion as month, the abortions are now on hold. >> my only option is to drive hundreds of miles to either st. louis or kansas city, kansas. >> i'll let you finish when you clarify. >> with protesters on both sides squaring off on a regular basis, figuring out who is going to win this battle depends on who you ask. >> god is going to win. that's the final say. >> we'll stand, and we will fight. >> and because the doctor lost her admitting privileges the state then moved in and revoked the license for the clinic but planne planned parenthood fought back. >> andy look, this is not the only way that lawmakers in
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columbia had tried to stop women from getting abortions, correct? >> correct. as of 2014 abortion doctors are now required to ask a long list of questions to patients including do you want to hear the heartbeat of the fetus and the no 72-hour waiting period meaning if a woman here in columbia wants to get an abortion. she has to go several miles away for the initial visit and then wait 72 hours and go back again. >> for more on what is coming up at the top of the hours, jonathan betz is here. >> the investigation in san bernardino now being treated as a terrorism investigation. >> we have no reason to believe that this killers are part of an larger group or form part of a cell. >> we'll have live coverage in san bernardino in washington including reports that one of the suspects pledged allegiance
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to isil. and we'll have more on those men and women who lost their lives in the attack. >> thank you. for weeks college students across the country has led protests over race relations. on thursday students at brown university took their protest to the office of the president. they say the school's new diversity initiative does not go far enough. >> i can't let you in my office. >> brown university president blocked student protesters from her office but agreed to talk. >> you can stay in that rotunda, which is a tried and true place for student protests at brown. or you can stay right here but that's how it's going to be. >> the students opposed the $100 million diversity action plan. compared to diversity parameters at some other colleges it is huge. yale, for example, recently
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announced a $50 million plan. a draft of brown's proposal spells out a core goal, to establish a set of concrete achievable actions that will make brown more fully diverse and inclusive, including a promise to hire more than 50 faculty of color. >> my reaction to the diversity initiative was one of feeling like it wasn't enough. >> there are several gaping holes in the diversity inclusion action plan. >> these students are part of a group who want a new plan. >> there is no mention of psychological services for students at all. >> at a glance brown's campus is the picture of diversity. 37% of the class of 2016 are students of color. but some claim even here treatment is unequal. this man said he was harassed by campus police while skateboarding. >> this is my experience that i've had, and students of color
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have had similar experiences. >> the president understand the student's concerns. >> why doesn't brown need a bigger vision? >> that's a great question. so in large part it's because the institution like many other institutions in academia has set benchmarks for itself in the past about hiring and diversification and has not managed to reach those goals. >> another proffer endorses the plan but thinks student should look at diversity beyond race. >> there is diversity of religious and philosophical commitment, there is diversity of interest, taste, and preference that has nothing to do with ethnicity. diversity is a very richfield of inquiry. we should be opening our students' minds to the full range of human experience.
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>> brown's diversity initiative was povertied in large part by student activism and is not only happening here, there are similar movements on campuses across the country. >> ucla, princeton, yale, and university of missouri are some of the colleges that students of color point to racial problems and demand action by college administrators. sociology proffe professor said that protests are strongly influenced by th the "black lives matter." movement. >> we're making sure that we have a voice. they can't say you got in, don't complain. now they must deal with the realities that we're facing. >> those realities, discrimination, inequality and the like exist beyond the campus gates where students will apply the lessons they learn here. randall pinkston, al jazeera,
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providence, rhode island. >> reactors that are set to start debates on climate change.
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>> first, new american commercial nuclear plant in the 21st century is about to go online. some say it's a move forward. but activists say another nuclear plant is not the answer. >> along with the tennessee
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river it's the fishing. >> hit, miss. depending on the weather. >> that concerns these locals but not the nuclear plant that's been providing carbon-free electricity to the region for a generation. soon its twin will go online. the first u.s. commercial nuclear reactor completed in the 21st century. after delays and post-fukushima safety upgrades that doubled cost estimated to $4 billion. but officials of the government-owned utility who built it say they have no regreets. >> the nuclear is clean and it's second to hydroin cost. it was a sound business decision. >> yet, nuclear power is having a difficult passage in the country which first developed it for peaceful as well as military purposes. while it is one of five plants under construction five others
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closed. and utilities have announced plans to shut down eight more saying that more regulations, soft demands and competition from gas makes it not profitable. there are also catastrophes like chernobyl. >> is this the gamble we want to take in order to boil water when there are so many other superior ways to meet our energy needs. >> polls indicate that americans do favor more nuclear plants and it's backed by some climate activists who see nuclear as an important element in the fight against fossil fuels. climate scientists say ruling out nuclear power would only worsen the aspects for climate warming. >> there is plenty of gas in the ground. if we now go down a route of renewables plus gas we'll lock
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in gas and guarantee that our children and grandchildren get a climate situation that is out of their control. while the u.s. hesitates india and china power on with their own programs for harnessing the atom to carve a path towards energy independence. tom ackerman. tennessee. >> be sure to tune in for" climate sos." a special report on climate change. you can catch it on saturday and sunday right here on al jazeera america. academy award nominee robert logia has died. he has been battling alzheimer's disease for the past five years. he's best known-to-for roles in "big" and "scarface." he was 85 years old. and the rock world is remembering frontman scott
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wyland. he was found dead last night while on tour for his new band. he was 48 years old, police say today that they found a small amount of cocaine on his tour bus. they sold more than 10 million albums and won a grammy ward in 1994. that is all the time we have for this news hour. jonathan betz is back with today's news right now. we do begin tonight with the mass shooting in san bernardino. and for the first time the police are saying they are investigating the situation as an act of terrorism. allen schauffler, what have you learned today? >> jonathan, this is a massive act by state and local authorities, as of this afternoon it is very clear who's in charge and what they're looking for. 48 hours a