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water -- it requires this new warning. >> the top stories at this hour, guilty was the verdict. the white house said there will be no u.s. boys on the ground in syria, and the u.n. is pushing harder to get to the bottom of chemical weapons accusations. >> we begin this hour with two military trials involving
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massacres by american service men. one involves the sentencing of an army sergeant who killed 16 civilians in afghanistan. the other, an army psychiatrist who killed 13 of his fellow service members. in that case the verdict unanimously came in guilty for the murders in 2009. let's start with heidi jo, and heidi jo, the court has wrapped
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court-martial begin, and that's where things get more implicated. would sentencing him to death give him what he wants? would that be justice? these are questions never before asked in a military court-martial until now. former army international law chief chris jenks believe the jury will sentence him to death. >> it will be tough to look back on the road and feel comfortable with. >> reporter: the man who gunned dowdown soldiers may never be executed. >> no one has been executed in two decades.
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>> now there are five soldiers sitting on death row. one has been there for 25 years. >> historically that suggests that major hassan will languish on death row. >> what if hassan waives the appeals, could he be bumped to the top of the line for execution? jenks said that would present the government with another dilemma. >> i wonder ho it would look perception wise if an islamic service member on death row is executed in five or ten years while others are still languishing. >> reporter: survivors and family members have accused the government for choosing political correctness other justice. hassan faced no terrorism charges despite a jihadist motives. if jury members now condem hassan to death the government
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as this jury decides if he lives or dies. >> heidi shou castro at fort hood, texas. you allen schauffler now joins us. whatveral of them spoke after te
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sentencing. >> our family members are six feet under, and there is no way we can visit them at all. they're gone. and these guys go around put all the kids, murder them, put blankets on them and burn them. [ speaking foreign language ] >> when you're sending people to fromnistan or any other place
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the joint base lewis accord in washington. government is pushing to allow investigators into the site of this week's attack. they will try to negotiate access to areas where the attacks too place. samples from victims from the incident have been sent outside the country. president barack obama has called the situation an event of grave concern.
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suffering most are those too small to defend themselves. there are now 1 million revenu revenueys. al jazeera has more from a camp in northern iraq. >> reporter: normally described as one in a million is a compliment. here its anything but. for million syrian children this is now their life. ibrahims is 10 years old. he likes to tease his sister. he arrived in camp a day ago, but so far it's been an adventure. for one so long he's seen a lot. >> with bombings we were scared, we ran away. we were being bombed. they just destroyed us. now i'm here. i just wanting to bac back to school, go back to my friends. >> reporter: in iraqi kurdistan 10,000 children have arrived here since thursday, and the u.n. said registering them is top priority. >> now they are identifying all
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of the children of the school-age, and also the children with special needs. so these information will be relate to unicef, and unicef then after will walk on them liberally. >> reporter: this camp has a long way to go before it's ready to deal with the needs of children. but the agencies involved are confident it will happen. >> this camp and means others like it require schools and rehabilitation centers. imagine if this was your reality or your earliest member. all of that requires resources. >> for now children simply help out as best they can and play in the dust of the camp. >> well, president obama has said the claims about this week
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>> mike, appreciate it, thank you. a fast-moving wildfire has now made its way into yosemite national park. fire officials say the rim fire has roughly doubled in size today. 165 square miles are believed to be scorched at this time. melissa chan is tracking this blaze and will have more from inside the park. >> the latest is that this fire has reached the western boundary of the yosemite park and has crossed that boundary as of this
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morning on friday. over is hundred thousand acres destroyed. we're standing in one of the charred areas where the fire has swept through in the last couple of days, still seeing smoldering smoke coming from the ashes. the number of buildings under threat has gone up from 2500 to 4500 and containment is at 2%. now over the past couple of days they've had a really good run in terms of protecting buildings from the flames, but this morning they told us the number of buildings destroyed has gone up to 16. now the good news, no deaths but there has been one injury. right now some 2,000 firefighters are fighting this fire. the cost of this fire, $1 million to $2 million two days ago. as of this morning, $5.4 million. the deck cha ration emergency state means more resource also arrive here and hopefully over the weekend that means they will make some head way on this fire. >> of course one of the biggest factors for fire crews is the
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weather. rebecca is here with more on that. >> meteorologist: it's true. when we're looking at fire weather. we're looking at several things. first, lightening. second, wind, and third, where is the humidity, is it high or low? now in california alone we are seeing fires at this time they're currenting numbering 14 large fires. there are several smaller once. but as we look at how many were started just by lightening in the month of august, that is only the month of august. this does not count the beginning of the year we have 22 lightening-started fires. now we're watching a swath of lightening come up from the south and stretching into idaho, specifically southeast idaho. we've still got this large complex burning in the central idaho mountains from the saw tooths even up to the beaver ber mouth mountains to the
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continental divide. the warnings are out for fire weather. the gusty wind brought by the thunderstorms in addition to the heavy rain has brought in flash flood warnings in pocatello. when monitoring the fire weather conditions, but i'll also show you where we could get severe weather later tonight. >> san diego has lost their maybe. bob filner quick tate after a long list of sexual harassment claims against him. and keep a close eye on your credit card statement. you could pay more for every dollar you charge.
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>> connected, inspired, bold. >> welcome back, everyone, for more on the bales and hassan cases we're joined by jeffrey s. corn, a professor of law. good to talk to you. let me set this it up for you and have you take it on. you have two cases here, two soldiers, both guilty of multiple killings of innocence. one kills american soldiers and the other kills afghan civilians. the one who kills american civilians could be put to death. the one who kills afghans is allowed to enter a plea arrangement to avoid the death penalty. are the two men being treated differently because of who they killed? >> in my opinion the answer to that is no. i know that's been one of the criticisms that's been made over
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these two cases, but the way i look at this is that the evidence of the massacre at fort hood supports the conclusion that major hassan's crimes were much more depraved than those of sergeant bales. now don't get me wrong. what sergeant bales did was terrible, and we know he'll spend the rest of his natural life confined at fort leavenworth in prison. but the level of planning, the level of pre preparation, the cm demeanor in which major hassan went about assassinating soldiers, not only assassinating people who he had already depa decapacitied and indicates why these facts are handled
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different. >> i interesting. given your experience, maybe this speaks a bit to politics, but i'll let you determine. given your experience was there a chance a judge would have accepted a plea deal in the hassan case that would have feign the possibility of death off the table? a chance of that happening? >> well, listen, judges normally enter findings of guilt based on a statement of guilty. when the general chose to send the case to trial as a capitol case, major hassan was barred frobarredfrom pleaing guilty. the only way he could plea guilty was if they greed as part of a plea deal to take the possibility of capital
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punishment off the stable, and they ultimately chose not to. i say that that was a legitimate exercise of prosecutal discretion. >> professor corn, i apologize for getting to you late today, and because of that we're about to lose our window with you, geoffrey corn is professor at south texas college, a law school there. i appreciate your time. thank you, sir. >> in some other words worrying trends in the housing market. the latest figures are taking many economists by surprise and could be a sign rising. mortgage rates are taking toll on consumers with more analysis. here is ali velshi.
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good toomes sold in july. that's what the number was. back before the recession there was a lot more building, so new homes from 15% of the market. but still puny by comparison. why do we care? because when you buy an existing home maybe you buy some furniture. maybe you bu bring your old furniture. you get some people involved. you pay a realtor, lawyer, appraiser who makes one, this pt of data is really, really important. >> what is behind this?
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is it just the spike in mortgage rates? >> hard have talked about this for years. i don't like to make a trend out of a month, but something i one. >> more on this at 7:00? >> yes, i'm g going to talk abot the housing industry in general. >> can't wait, "real money with
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ali velshi." good to see you man. the plunge in new homes sales comes at a time when many americans feel nervous about the economy, but there could be more trouble ahead. >> reporter: laying the federal reserve for the economic jitters for all that we're feeling right now. it's chairman ben bernanke let slip he's thinking about cutting back on the stimulus that may be prompting up the economy. he said there are enough signs out there to lay off the gas, but some experts do not believe the economy is healthy enough to stand on its own two feet. concerns that interest rates will leap more than what they are right now. once the federal reserve starts cutting back, that could have severe consequences. >> reporter: and it's not just the cost of a home will rise, the cost of a student loan and the cost of servicing your
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credit card debt. >> reporter: thwiping down the reserve's economic process is a tough job. it's all about the timing. >> the reason why they're doing this is they think the economy is at a point where it could be self sustaining. now that remains to be seen. again, there are lots of risk out there. we could see a rate spike which definitely would be negative for many people. but the underlying economy through the ups and downs where we're in a 2% gdp growth. it's not what we hope for, but it's not the end of the world. it's not europe. >> reporter: remember, it is late august, the height of the summer season. don't expect things to become clearer until fall when the next big set of economic data is expected to be published. al jazeera, new york. >> after years of a lot back and forth the professional football is finally closer to an agreement on human growth
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hormone testing. we have more on that in sports. >> reporter: it took eyes from washington to speed this process up. the threat of congressional intervention looming they have made progress on the testing of human growth hormone. today, the league agreed to that provision. japan officials say the league of highly radioactive water at the fukushima nuclear bid, monday's leaks is the worth since last year. tokyo is unconcerned because it's a safe distance from the city. tokyo is in a bidding race for madrid and istanbul for the 2020 olympics and paralympics. and vince scully for the 65th consecutive season. he started calling games back in brooklyn in 1950.
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he was inducted in the baseball hall of fame in 1982. an alleged, indeed. >> all right, michael, appreciate it. icon bo bob dylan is used to breaking rules, and the latest exhibition of his pastel portraits is no exception. it's not just who they are but where they are. these are dylan's pictures is a blend of real people. that's a first for london's national portrait gallery. it usually hangs the faces of the famous. >> it's a departure for us. the portraits are not famous faces. they're real people but they're not known to us. they're known to bob dylan. we're also about extending the balance of portraiture. this does that in the way it looks at portraits and asks us to think do we have to have
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representation of real people, and i think he has given us something to play with her. >> 50 years after administrate administrate mounted his famous march on washington, america takes stock of how much has changed and how much is left undone. that's next.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera. i'm tony harris. here is a look at your headlines at this hour. a military jury convicted major
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in nadal hassan for the 2009 shootings at fort hood. the penalty phase starts monday. he faces the death penalty. army staff sergeant robert bales was sentenced to life without parole for killing 1 16 afghanistans last year. russia is now joining calls about the syrian chemical wells attacks. they're urging immediate access to the attack sites for an immediate u.n. inspection team. president obama insists they will not sent troops into syria. 42 people are dead and 500 injured after two car bombs exploded outside of pro mosques in northern lebanon. it happened in the coastal city
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of tripoli as reporters were leaving the mosques after prayers. we have the latest from lebanon. >> reporter: they just finished friday prayers, and then panic struck. security camera footage caught the moment of the explosion. this is one of two mosques targeted by a powerful car bombing in lebanon's northern city of tripoli. the explosions were minutes apart. dozens of people mr. killed an and--were killed and injured. there was no claim of responsibility but officials say the attacks had one mission, to create sectarian strikes in lebanon. many here are supporters of the syrian opposition. >> this is the work of the syrian government. they sent message to sunnies in the north. we will not be threatened. >> reporter: these bombings are seen as an attack against
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sunnies. hezbollah is fighting along side the syrian government. this is a country polarized by the syrian war. and tripoli is a volatile city. those who support or oppose the syrian government have engaged in gun battles over the past. it is a time of heightened tensions. the blasts were not unexpected. a few days the lebanese army stepped up across the country. they say they're fighting a total war against those who are trying to start a sectarian war. >> i feel that it has leaped over into lebanon. >> reporter: lebanese leaders believe those behind the playses in tripoli were responsible for the bomb, in beirut southern suburbs. they're clearly trying to contain tensions and play down
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the sectarian nature of the attacks but there is no doubt that lebanon security is at risk. >> protests in egypt were peaceful compared to other fridays, but thousands of people still took to the streets across the country. one person was killed in cairo. bernard smith has more from cairo. >> reporter: egypt's anti-coup protesters have a new wer protet and slogan. raba in arabic means four. potterresters of mohamed morsi were all but absent, and in attempt to not alienate those who do support morsi. >> this is not about morsi right now. if i'm against morsi, it's my right, but it's my right also
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that i'm being agains here for l those who died last week. >> reporter: this march was through the giza district of cairo. the organizers deliberately sought to avoid confrontation with residents at at any sign of trouble the protesters rerouted. >> the previous organizers of the previous protests are either died, in jail, or on the run, the younger generation in the protest are trying to bring the movement amongst younger egyptians. >> reporter: they want to persuade those who stayed at home to join them. there was no visible security presence along the march, but organizers say secret police were amongst the crowd. >> if the people were afraid they wouldn't come again and again to prove that. like you can see here, you can see it still huge protests. maybe it's not the same number, but still they are there, and we
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will not surrender without taking the rights of those people killed. >> reporter: and on the back street of giza the march came to an end. residents with sticks who we weren't allowed to film made it clear that the march wasn't welcome. the protesters left peacefully. bernard smith, al jazeera cairo. >> it may be san diego's mayor bob filner's last day. the council is now deciding whether to accept or reject the deal in the past few weeks 17 women have accused filner of inappropriate behavior. stephanie stanton is following the story for us from san diego, and steph that was agreed
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upon during those earlier negotiations that we a earlier in the week. they were between fil filner ean and council members and the city as well to try to negotiate some kind of settlement in which filner would be required to resign. we understand that there are possibly a financial pay off involved with this settlement, and that does not sit supporters for bob filner. take a glitch the people of san diego have made their voices heard. they're coming out in unison to state that they do not want mayor filner in office. we have this process set up. let him be recalled. >> i ask that each of you stand with the majority of san diego and vote no.
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allow the recall process pan out. do not let this man off. do not pay a dime of taxpayer money to this man. ms. jackson and the other victims are ensatellited to announces its decision. >> interesting, stephanie. do we know why filner ultimately decided to step down to offer his resignation. if i'm being cynical about this, is it because he received a deal
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he couldn't the head here. stephanie stanton. thank you. police in las vegas say more arrests may come
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this is the 900-page document we call obamacare. it could change costs, coverage, and pretty much all of healthcare in america. my show sorts this all out. in fact, my staff has read the entire thing. which is probably more than what most members of congress can claim. we'll separate politics from policy, and just prescribe the facts.
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come. >> police have released sketches of the suspects. >> around 20 teams were created by the officials. and we wondered who could go to such places because people don't generally go to such places during the daytime. one of the suspected culprits have been arrested by the police. all the suspects have been identified. >> reporter: this latest attack comes eight months after a vicious gang rape in new delhi sparking nationwide protest. the young woman in that case died. under immense public pressure sexual assault laws in the country were reformed, but opposition politicians say little has changed. >> nobody is safe. no woman is safe. i don't know what is happening. there is no fear of law in the mind of people because they don't get punished. they get away with it.
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>> reporter: mumbai residents are shocked by this attack. >> living in a very safe city, but nowadays what is happening is ununderstandable to me. what is going through people's minds when they behave this way to us women, to our children, to other people, is it because there are too many people in the city? >> reporter: police have promised to throw their full weight behind the investigation as the young victim recovers in hospital. >> it was the second time this year the pakistan has released indian fishermen. back in may 45 were let go, both nations arrest dozens of fisherman for illegally fishing in their waters. many stay in jail for for years.
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97 fishermen remain in jails in the pakistani capitol of karac karachi. >> let's get you caught up on the day in sports now. michael eaves is here, and we're starting with the nfl. >> reporter: yes, with concussions in football-related injuries that have been in the news a lot lately, the nfl has fallen under heavy criticism about the lack of concussion related research. some even accuse the league of withholding concussion related information. the league asked espn to pull out of an investigation regarding head injuries in the nfl. the nfl deny that they discussed epsn from divorcing itself from front line. i spoke with a filmmaker whose
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latest project examines the correlation between football and concussion. >> what i'm trying to do with this film is take the helmet off and make you care about these people. be in their living rooms and feel like you're alone with them and with their lives. you'll see that them. >> the human rights in nfl players needs to come back. if it's okay to stand in the stadium and clap because he makes a great play, and it gives you a chance to get away from your week of work, your week of misery, and you see your favorite player make a great play and your favorite team win a game, keep it there. what he gave then and what he needs now, there has to be a human interest there when the cheering stops. >> when you see john mackey before he passed away and some of these other veterans go through these rough years of
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dementia, alzheimer's and things of that nature, you sort of need a face in order to bring an attention to it. unfortunately that's what has happened of late. we've seen these gentleman succumb to these injuries and more people are paying attention to it. >> to see them in that condition, it was difficult to shoot it because i have a strong connection to their lives. they invited me in because they wanted people to see it. as a culture we don't want to see that. we want to look away from it. when we see someone get hit, everyone sits there, people are praying, and then they take them off the field, they're waiting for this. then it's this, and then okay, he's gone. whew, 36, what are we doing. eventually we'll have to reevaluate what the game is, and we have to understand what we're rooting for. i think the thing that has made a difference is guys like
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leonard, these guys started sharing their stories. they're isolated. they're in a culture that makes them suppress their pain. they don't want to seem weak. they don't want their teammates to know that either because they're in competition with these guys. they run into problems, they don't want to admit it because it's a sign of weakness. it's not what a macho guy does. but what they're doing is they're getting together like a real fraternity and comparing their stories and seeing the similarities. the elephant in the room is--it's outside the room now. you can't ignore it. >> well, regardless of how potentially dangerous football related head injuries can be long term it's not going to stop the upcoming informal season o season--nfl season or pre-season. it appears if the patriots starters can use a little more
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time on the playing film. they received a thrashing by the detroit lions including an interception of tom brady. two buccaneer players have contracted the penicillin resistant staph mrsa. they both discovered the problem in their toes. the bucs have taken steps to sanitize their practice facilities in the wake of these incidents. if not treated properly mrsa can be life-threatening. as he waits for clearance from his head coach, robert griffin iii continues to find himself in the headlines. first it was the public comments disagreeing with the approach that shanahan is taking for rg 3 knee surgery, then it's his clothes. he was fined $10,000 for wearing this t-shirt monday night. on game day players have to wear only league-approved gear when
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they hit the field. they are sponsored by nike but rg3 is sponsored by adidas. >> can't do it. mayor bob filner has officiallyexual
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stephanie staten for us in san diego. thank you. rebecca stevenson is next with the check of the forecast, and at the top of the hour it is "real money with ali velshi." รง]
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>> meteorologist: hi there, i'm meteorologist rebecca stevenson. how often do you here about a severe thunderstorm in san diego. that happened to them in the last hour. several lightening strikes stretching.
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>> meteorologist: we've got a tropical storm we're watching. these oranges colors are the cold cloud tops. we're watching that closely because we expect it to move to the north-northwest. it does not look like it will make landfall. it looks like it will fall apart and track out to the pacific. but the impact will be felt. we're already feeling it tonight in the baja peninsula. and then up to san diego county. that should expire in the next then showers moving up to
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arizona, wyoming, and even nevada. it will feed more storms to the southwest over the weekend. we'll continue to watch these storms for you for the weekend ahead. meanwhile, in the northeast cooler and drier. we'll monitor the temperatures for you. in the meantime, tony, back to you. >> a couple other items before we leave you, microsoft investors do not look like they're shedding any tears over steve ballmers plan to retire. he's going after a controversial 13-year reign. he may have the last laugh. his net worth is up to $790 million. he's the secondest largest shareholder in the company. we have update on news coming up right afte for you right after .
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>> welcome back, everyone, to al jazeera. here are the headlines at this hour. a military jury convicted major nadal hassan for the 2009 shooting rampage at fort hood. hassan represented himself during the trial and did not call any witnesses. the penalty phase starts monday. he is faces the death penalty. arm staff sergeant robert bales was sentenced to life without parole for killing 16 civilians in afghanistan last year. he pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. washington state police are on the lookout for a teenager who is suspected of beating a 88-year-old world war ii veteran to death. another teen suspect


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