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♪ ♪ this is al jazeera america, live from new york city it. i am tony harris with a look at today's top stories. european officials visiting washington voice unease over revelations about nsa spying. penn state agrees to pay close to $60 million to settle claims involving former coach jerry sandusky. and a federal court rules on restrictive abortion laws in texas. ♪ ♪ the white shouse under fire after another country comes forward to complain about america's surveillance program. a newspaper out of spain suggests the nsa tapped more
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than 60 million phone lines in that country over a one-month period. this comes as a european delegation is in washington looking for answers. al jazeera has this report. >> reporter: at the white house the presidential spokesman refused to be drawn on reports that the you u.s. tracked millions of spanish foe calls but repeated the nsa surveillance programs are being examined. >> we are doubling a review. we are mindful that some of these disclear us disclosure had tension in our relationships. with new capabilities we recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence. >> reporter: tensions spiked with reports in germany suggesting president obama was briefed on the surveillance of german chancellor angela merkel's phone in 2010 and fast tracked any information gathered correctly to the white house. in the fast few days anonymous administration officials told the u.s. media that was false. and that a white house review only discovered the surveillance
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of world leaders in the summer. the bugging of merkel's phone ended soon after. for european parliamentary delegation its visit to washington is about more than the bugging of world leaders. it's about the surveillance of 10s of millions of its con stitcconnecticut stitchconstitu. >> trust has to be rebuilt. and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end we are fighting a battle in terms of security, we need to get that balance right. we are concerned, too, about security and we made that very clear. but also there is a balance to be struck with privacy of citizens and i think these frank exchange need to rebuild that very important trust. >> reporter: their first meeting, however, was with the house intelligence committee chairman mike rodgers. he says europeans should be grateful for the surveillance as it's keeping them safe. that's a theme echoed by the white house, officials are briefing journalists that more
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information from whistle blower edward snowden may soon emerge detailing their cooperation in the dragnet surveillance of their citizens if not the monitoring of their leaders' phone calls. al jazeera, washington. >> a british man has been arrested and charged with hacking in to the computer systems of several federal agencies including nasa and the u.s. army. 28-year-old lovie love was arrested last friday at his home northeast of london he was invited in new jersey where he used a serve tore carry out the attacks. love also faces charges related to attacks in virginia it cost the government millions of dollars. >> jersey hayes begun in to the hacking scandal that brought down the news of the world in 2011. eight people, including two of the papers former editors are now on trial. rory has more now from london. >> reporter: the defendants arrived on time for their trial but the storms that hit the u.k. southeast overnight meant that
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not everyone could be so prompt. proceedings got underway maybe three hours late. no matter, this is likely to be one of the u.k.s longest trials in years. the phone hacking sandal sent shock waves through the british establishments. both rebecca books and andy are friends of the prime minister david cameron, andy worked as the director of communications. revelations that celebrities and crime victims had been hacked by the news of the world brought rupert murdoch's newspaper down and overhauled press regulation in u.k.: this trial and first and foremost a human story with two powerful public figures rebecca brooks and andy right at the heart of it. but it also represents that huge tension that exists between the need for a free press and the awareness that sometimes that freedom can be abused. besides those two former editors of the news of the world, there are six other defendants.
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the charges, which all deny, include conspiracy to intercept communications and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. the trial could go on until next april. rory, al jazeera, london. a victory today in texas for pro choice activists. a short time ago a federal judge declared new abortion restriction is his unconstitution and is blocking the enforcement of the new laws. heidi-j.o. is in austin about more. >> reporter: come tuesday the ban on abortions will be put in place. that was the one element of the restrictive abortion rule passed in texas last summer that was not contested by this lawsuit. the other two elements, one that required abortion doctors get admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, well, that has been struck down as unconstitutional. clinics say that rule alone would have put a third of the abortion providers in texas out of business as of tomorrow.
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in his opinion the judge wrote that the rule was without a rational basis and places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion. the second element of the law that was ruled upon today, required doctors to use fda regimens for administering a medically -- an abortion-inducing drug to their patients. now, the judge ruled that that rule was constitutional on face value. however, he added the very important caveat, that it is up to the doctor to determine whether following that fda regimen would endanger of life or health of the patient. now, abortion clinics in texas already responding to the ruling saying that the judge today blocked a very dangerous law. whole women's health a plaintiff saying they have been on the phone all day with pay she wants assuring them that their procedures will carry on as scheduled tomorrow. as for the state of texas, from the very beginning they have
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vowed to appeal any ruling that was not in their favor. the next step would be to appeal to a court in new orleans that is considerably more conservative than the one here in austin. president obama welcomed his new head of the fbi today, james was formally sworn in as the bureau's leader. he took over last month from robert muller who served 12 years in the post. the president praised him for his hard work. >> jim has dedicated his life to defending our laws. making sure that all americans can trust our justice system to protect the rights and their well where. it's just about impossible to find a matter of justice that he has not tackled. it's to to imagine anymore qualified. >> during his tenure he blocked
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senior white house officials from getting attorney general john ashcroft to re-authorize the administration's controversial wire tapping program while he was hospitalized. penn state has reached a massive settlement with section abuse victims of former football coach jerry sandusky. jonathan bet city. has more. >> reporter: it's mark the end of a troubling period for penn state. a settlement with sandusky's victims. nearly $60 million to be split among 26 young men sexually assaulted by the former assistants football keep. in a statement the university president said we hope this is another step forward in the healing process. we cannot unundo what has been done but must insure that it never happens again. the agreement releases them from further claim. insurance will pay for the settlements. it comes after months of negotiations after a injury
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convicted sandusky last summer for abusing boys. the case rocked the nation. graphic accusations of rape, sometimes in the university showers. and then claims of a massive cover up by penn state. sandusky continues to insist that he's innocent. he remains in prison while he he appeals. while his victims and the university try to move on. jonathan betz al jazeera, new york. >> joining me to explain the details is attorney dominick romano. good to see you. i wonder, did you expect the settlement to be larger? >> some people did. >> yeah. >> there were rumors it could be as much as half a billion. but if you look at the other resent settlements of abuse skapblsdz earlier this year the archdiocese of los angeles with the priest abuse scanned think. they were all 10,000,004 people. got about two and a half this. one comes out about to about $2.3 million per person of the 26 that settled. 23 fully executing and three pending execution. >> can you explain how universities and attorneys come
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to the figures that they come to in terms of trying to reach a settlement in cases like this? >> one is press defense. the duration of the abuse, severity of torment these people had to endure. >> that's essentially what they factor in in. >> did you think the school actually stood to lose more either in dollars and cents, prestige, by going to court if these cases had actually gone to court? >> no doubt. and also the amounts could have been far bigger. >> right. >> as we know. and it would have been protracted and, you know, it's remembering everything that happened too. it goes in to the news and it gets highlighted all over again. so certainly there is great value in to coming to a swift resolution. >> so if you are the university on a daylight today. we heard a statement from the president but if you are a university on this day with this kind of set thement for this number of victims, 26 young men in all.
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is this the first step -- no, no, is this the final step in put this is scandal behind the university or just the latest step in that process? >> this is the latest step in the process, they have implemented 115 different changes accord to this university. this is not all the money they have played there were other settlements. there was you $50 million in legal fees,p.r. experiences and implementing policies against child abuse and sexual awareness about these types of things. >> dominick it, appreciate your time and appreciate you commenting about the settle. thank you. dominick romano. ♪ ♪ >> meteorologist: hello, everyone, we are looking at some very cold air out here towards the west, low pressure is you were iting. you can almost see the circulation over there between california and nevada. and we are getting snow, mixed precipitation as well this is going to continue at least for the next day or two days. so a little closer in you can
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see across the sierra nevadas you can expect anywhere between 8 and 12-inches of snow in the higher elevations. we are also seeing some snow up there towards montana, idaho, wyoming, also some snow in parts of utah. higher elevations you will also see some snow there. a lot of warnings in effect. winter storm warnings, we are theming from colorado, utah, over towards nevada, even up towards the north. so we are watching if you are on the roads you have to go through those overpasses, that is going to be quite tricky. you want to definitely do it during the daytime not in the nighttime. those temperatures at night and in to the morning are going to go down quite low. elko, nevada, 20 a degrees there. salt lake city, you are in that bowl, so you will see the temperatures quite warm, but up towards park city could it 20 degrees colder there. cheyenne seeing about 29. now, very quickly, st. louis tonight if you are there for the game. things will look quite nice. partly cloudy one conditions, no rain in the forecast. tony, back to you. >> kevin, appreciate it. thank you. still ahead on al jazeera america, we will talk about one member del days in washington to
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get answers interested extent of nsa spying in europe and a year after hurricane sandy an american landmark reopens to the public. and make it real.
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all next week america tonight investigates the campus rape crisis. >> serial rape is the norm on college campuses. >> i know that when i did report, i was blamed. >> then this friday at nine eastern, we open up the conversation in a live town-hall event. sex crimes on campus, a special week of coverage and live town-hall on america tonight nine eastern. only on al jazeera america.
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we need to figure out why this kind of massive activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end, we are fighting a battle of security, we need to get that balance right. and we are concerned, too, about security and, we made that very clear. but also there needs to be a balance struck with the prior seu of citizens. >> claude spent the day meeting with members of congress and white house aids, he's the head of the european delegation sent to washington to discuss reports that the nsa has been eads dropping on world leaders and joins us now from washington. it got to have you on the program. to the question a couple come to mind quickly here.
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what is the extent of the surveillance program? >> well, we have met with a number of officials today, we are not tend of the visit, we met with under secretary coin on the issue of swift financial transactions. we met with acting secretary at the homeland security department. we have a whole range of visits and, of course, we are in congress earlier today. and the answer to your question did we get answers, i think it's just the beginning of a process. i don't think we ever expected today get crystal clear, yes or no to what are i essential i ann extraordinary set of allegations coming from edward snowden and that's the crux of this. this is an extraordinary period in history where you have where you have a set of allegations which are producing a rethink in how we treat this issue you of mass surveillance. >> if i could jump in here.
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because i don't want to lose the time with you. if you don't expect to i get a clear answer to the extent of this program and why it's happening, what is the reason for the visit? what document to learn here? >> well, i mean, it's slightly an absurd question. you have to try. we are a parliament of inquiry. we have to try and we have to do it on behalf of citizens. we can't sit around and not try and come to it the united states and ask the questions because two things are happening here spying -- >> did you have to come to the united states to ask these questions? couldn't you have asked these questions from your base? forgive me -- >> i mean. >> go ahead. >> well, doesn't an answer or not? >> i will be a gracious host. so answer the question, meis. i apologize. >> i am happy to. >> okay. >> the answer with we are doing it both in the european union and here. we are having 17 or 18 hearings, we have been interviewing people
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in the european union, but where it's not possible for people, sr. people to come to the european union, we are picking just three days in our inquire i which is extensive inquiry just to come here. it's blight and the right thing to do. citizens of 2720 reus that means went to see people like general alex endalexander. we are negotiating deals like swift passenger name records. anti-tear ore deals with the allegations from edward snowden say have potentially been corrupted. we have a duty on behalf of our citizens to come here and question the people that put the deals together with us as to whether that has happened or not. has the nsa done that. >> even if that by your own admission doesn't lead to clear answers to your questions, correct? >> yes.
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>> okay. so if you are a foreign leader, don't you walk around, and i know there are two separate case says what's happening with foreign leaders and european citizens, but if you are a foreign leader don't you walk the planet with an expectation and assumption that foreign intelligence services are targeting your communications? >> yes, you do. but as you have seen with angela merkel, you don't expect your friends to do it to that extent. and you asked the right question and the answer to that question also is you don't expect the sheer scale and disproportionality of this. what i mean by that is the mass surveillance revealed by edward snowden in spain, in france, in germany, has been of such a proportion and scale that that was not expected. and the spying on leaders has been of such a length of time and invasiveness that that was not expected. so it's about scale and
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proportionality as well. yes, people expect spying. yes, friends on friends spying is not entirely unexpected. we are not being naive. but friend on friend spying to this extent, mass surveillance of european citizens and, indeed, citizens around the world by the nsa allegedly is something which needs to be investigated because it's not just a human rights privacy issue this also has commercial implications. if mass data is being take own this scale and encryption is being compromised, that is also a commercial issue too. >> okay, so you are asking for information about the extent of the program, and why it's happening, are you asking -- are you suggesting a better balance than what exists right now moving forward with the realities that friends do spy on friends? >> yes. we are asking, none one, where we are making deals like swift, pnr, all of these things, that we get to the truth because we can't -- you have to reestablish trust between the e.u. and u.s.
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on this, this is important. secondly wear we are saying getting some proportionality on this. we are not expecting admissions todd tomorrow but saying let's start a process of some accountability. we have a problem, too, in the european union. we have some member states that have very bad accountability with in relation to intelligent services and surveillance, so we have a problem and we are dealing with that, too in, this inquiry. this is part of a process to get this right. because we are moving in a world where electronic communication now is a much bigger paradigm than it was. this is something that we have to get done. it's not a simple and easy answer but it's not a spill simple set of allegations either. >> terrific. i appreciate your time. and the best with your trip to washington, d.c. would love to know what you learn and we'll certainly look to read the report. >> thank you. i hope i wasn't too impolite. >> it's fine, w we are just tryg
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to work it out. >> thank you. i am in the states i should be more plight. another sign the economic recovery may be weakening. >> pending home sales plunging nearly 6% in september. ali velshi will be talking about this in great dough detail coming up on his program real money at the top of the hour but we have a couple of minutes with him right now. good to see. >> you you do. >> what is hitting home sales. >> it's an interesting measure. so many of the economic indicators are things in the past. pending home sales are homes under contract, signed and done within two months, they are done 6%, that's the biggest drop in more than three years. i think it's the same stuff we have been talking about tony. interest rates going up a bit i housing afford building going down this, worries me a bit because the economy is so dependent on housing. it has so many more to do with whether or not you are in the market to buy a house or sale a house. housing creates jobs, demands, you know it. >> absolute. >> i you move in to a new house, no matter how good the house it you are going to do some work on
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it, buy appliances, get carpeting, cabinets, whatever the case is. it really affects a lot of things. so this tells us, gives us a sign, there mighting might a sn in-housing. >> you are concerned about this. and how serious is this drop in sales? >> el with, for the most, it's okay. it's not serious. it's a big number we have seen housing prices up 11.7% in the last year, the housing market is still pretty strong and good in my business we look at trajectories. right, we want to see patterns, they can go up and down as long as they don't go up and down too much. some people thought the housing market had gone pretty frothy so they are okay with it pulling back a bit. i say this to you, it's something to be concerned about even if you have nothing to do with the housing market that it could slow down the economy. we are not there yet. >> you are going on spends a good chunk of time on this in your program? >> we'll talk about housing and also talk to you about these apple sales. and here is the thing that you ever to pay attention for.
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that is worth sticking around i know you like to get out of there, stick around, there is $40 billion sitting around in 401k accounts wasting away with no one claiming the money. i will introduce you to somebody who is looking for you to see if you get -- you have some money coming to you. >> amazing. give me someone else's money. >> stick around. $40 billion. you might have a share of that. >> i need that. i got kids in college, ali appreciate: thank you. >> all right, buddy. >> see you at the top of the hour. for the first time since super storm sandy pounded the northeast almost a year ago, ellis island is open to visitors. it was extensively damaged when the super storm hit new york half bore, john has the report. >> reporter: tourists returned to ellis islands, the first ferries dock carrying eager visitors just as they have for years, but super storm sandy put a stop to that a 14-foot storm surgeon undated the islands, there was no power for months. on monday things back looking up
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once more as tourists returns so did the smiles on the faces of the island superintendent and his staff. who have been through a lot since sandy. >> we literally lost our entire infrastructure. all of our hvac systems. our telephones, data systems, our electrical systems. everything that was destroyed. it was all in the basement. our offices were destroyed. everything was destroyed. we have our offices back up and operational. we have interim power and everything. we've got the schematics done. we have started doing the permanent fixes and the rest of the fixes will probably take about seven months. and we should be operational, fully operational and back up and better than ever in this spring. >> reporter: the national park service which runs ellis islands and liberty island says the cost of repairing both will be upwards of $77 million. 21 million at ellis island alone. but they say the money has brought a level of protection,
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not previously seen at this monument if a similar hurricane does strike, they reckon they'll be up and running in two to four weeks not a year, and at a fraction of the cost. it's no coincident that ellis island, through which 12 million immigrants were processed and in 16 years of active service is reopening on the same day as laid dilady liberty's birthday. what better way is there to celebrate her 127th an verse i but visitors to ellis island may have to wait a while for some of the or tacks stretching back to the time when they processed millions of immigrants hoping to make it in to the new world a little more drying out is needed before it's safe to return the 1 million documents once on permanent display here. the target date for getting them out of storage and back on the island is may the first of next year. john terret, al jazeera, ellis islands, new york. ♪
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♪ i am michael eaves, first mitchell game five at busch stadium is scheduled for a little more than three hours from now. with the series between the boss tonight red sox and st. louis cardinals tied at one game a piece following last night's 4-2 win it was yet another bizarre ending with colton wong got picked off first daze to end the game. we'll have a live report from busch stadium later. in nfl news, arizona cardinals general manager says the team has no intention whatsoever to tray star receiving larry fitzgerald during of the off season despite media reports to the contrary. he signed an extension in 2011 paying him $120 million through the 27 type season. sunday fitzgerald became the youngest player in nfl history with 800 receptions. and in hockey, the islanders and sabres have hooked foul a trade. bufbuffalo sending thomas vaneko the islands nurse exchange -- and matt molson in exchange for first round draft pick next summer and a secretary round
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pick in 20 if 15. vanek four goals, 9 assists in 13 goals in season for will you. those are your sports head lines more sports news in 20 minutes here on al jazeera. for anything and everything for your smart phone. now tech developers are moving
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welcome back, everyone to al jazeera america, i am tony hey i was in new york. a look at the top stories. a victory today in texas for pro choice activists. this afternoon a federal judge declared new abortion restricts unconstitutional and is blocking the enforcement. new laws. penn state university has reached a massive settlement with sexual abuse victims of former assistants football coach jerry sandusky. the university announced it would pay over $60 million to a dozen people. a group is trying to sort out. nsa spying allegations. they met with the chair of the house intelligence committee mike rodgers. members of the delegation spoke after their meeting about global eaves dropping concerns. german chancellor angela america and other world leaders are upset about allegations of national security agency has
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been spying on them. early early i spoke with the former u.s. ambassador to nato about whether the reaction is for their people or if it is personal. >> i don't think we should discount the personal feeling of violation that someone like chancellor merkel has. when she realizes it's her very own cell phone that she has in her hand that's being listened to. i can see that there is a personnelment to this and a genuine reaction, but from the establishments in european governments a lot of this is for public con zukauskus. the publics are upset so the government needs to show that they are upset. and it's also convenient for the government to his deflect everything towards blaming the united states rather than having anyone scrutinize what they do. >> let's zero in on chancellor merkel an al annal an ali. how much is going to need to be done for her to be satisfied?
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what has to happen? what left of the transparency -- does she want to know what do you have? toll at that time? >> i wouldn't say that each and every communication is asking for too much. probably not even achievable to regurgitate but i think what the germans want is an honest answer, what did you do? what are your methods and practices that you were doing. and i think we have to ask ourselves a slightly different question, because i think that we do recognize it's a dangerous world, everyone is out there spying. i certainly don't want our government fueling behind in that world. -- falling behind in that world. we have to ask ourselves where is the benefit of spying on an ali like germany when we could just call up and ask. what do you think about this, what are we doing together, i am concerned where that information is concealed by countries that don't share our values and don't share our interests. so maybe more it is a manager of intelligent we ought to be prioritizing some different areas and that would allow us to be more forth coming with some
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of our a.l. lies. in damascus for talks with the syrian government. it is the latest attempt to build support for peace talks planed in geneva next month. here is the latest from beirut. >> reporter: he has arrived in damascus and supposed to meet with senior officials of the jean government as well as bashar al-assad himselfful he will hear what would be the conditions for the syrian government to attends in geneva conference. the syrian government has been clear all along and its position hasn't changed since the geneva one conference back in 2012. it says it will not sit at the table with any rebel fashion that took up weapons or has foreign support. that puts out of the equation the entire syrian national council. what damascus has been trying to do is trumpeting a patriotic opposition. one it would speak to that many
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in the syrian national council would tell you that this is a hand-picked opposition that in the end would actually put forward the interests of bashar al-assad himself. so a very difficult situation there. coupled by the fact that you have an opposition that is fragmented. 19 rebel groups, quite influential on the ground had issued a statement saying it will consider anyone who actually goes to those talk as a traitor and that the geneva two talks, if they happen indeed, would be a -- would go against the aspirations of the syrian revolution. and then you also have among the regional players not much of unity there either. he has been trying to go to saudi arabia, saudi arabia has refused so far to talk to him. it's very angered since russia and washington did not go ahead with the strike. it's also very angry about the international community and its
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position towards syria's use of chemical weapons and towards the entire chemical weapons. so very complicated situation. we are still at the stage where these are talks about the talks. he is just gauging the temperature trying to figure out whether he should issue the invitations to the conference in the first place or it is a useless effort. police departments nationwide are cracking down on an offense hidden world, czech x trafficking. we are talking about staffs of hotel chains, roxana is with me to explain. >> tony, advocates say that minneapolis st. paul ranks among nations top 13 sent force sex trafficking which is the buying and selling of people for se examine: they say the most common plays for find sex traffickers in minnesota is in hotels and motels. one county just leased this
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training video asking all hotel employees to look for signs, those signs including customers consistently refusing housekeeping. people paying for their rooms in cash. and older men traveling with younger girls who look vulnerable. the video introduces a woman who says her neighbor got her in to sex trafficking. >> he had to have been in his 40s. and he says, well, hey, i'll give you this 50 to 150. [ audio difficulties ] to act for me. that's a lot of money at the age of 12 so i was all for it. >> aheaadvocates say most victis are girls born in the u.s. the average age is 13 to 14 when they are first trafficked. and on any given weekend night. 45 girls under age 18 are sold for sex through the internet and escort services. >> men report, who are buying sex that they can go online and with a click of the button, they can essentially order a girl to be delivered to their hotel room
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in less time than it takes to get a pizza delivered to their room, which is an outrage and we have to work together to stop it. >> advocates say the best way for victim to his fight back is to call 911 or confide in someone they trust, like a social worker or a teacher. >> you can get a person for sex faster than you can get a pizza delivered. you gotta think about that for a second, right? >> i was amazed. >> that's -- all right. so roxanne, a i am curious about minnesota. it's not necessarily a place that you would think of as being a hot bed for this kind of activity. but why is it happening so -- with such prevalence in minnesota? >> the advocates i spoke to said that one reason minneapolis st. paul sits along two major highways it's a thoroughfare for ca cars and traffic people can get there there and away from there quickly. and it borders canada which is easy to get to. >> roxana, appreciate it. thank you.
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tomorrow marks one year since super storm sandy slammed in to the coastal communities of new york and in new jersey affecting million and displacing thousands, while some have bounced back, many are still struggle to go get back to life. air shows us a tale of two recoveries as part of our special series, surviving sandy, one year later. >> reporter: on a blustery october day, with waves prime for surfing, and a boardwalk fit to strolling, this part of the jersey shore looks pretty good considering the bad that ravaged the town just one year ago. you can still see remnants of super storm sandy, but belmar, new jersey has bounced back. >> the ocean had her way with us but here we are, pretty much back to the normal. >> reporter: frank owns d.j.'s bar and grill a shore staple for 60 years. steps from the beach, d.j.'s was hit hard. >> the ocean just came in and broke through all the windows
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and doors and when we got here the next day, there were pieces of the boardwalk strewn all over the place. part of our kitchen floor collapses. our prep kitchen was ruined. >> reporter: all in the damage total $1.4 million. listen surance paid the maximum policy limit and fema helped too. that, plus a small bank loan, put him back in business. the bar even had a profitable summer. >> government did their job. really did their job. this time around. >> reporter: especially because the local government made an aggressive effort to rebuild the boardwalk destroyed by the storm. >> without the boardwalk, we would have been toast. >> reporter: belmar mayor matt doherty knew rebuilding that one and a half mile walkway was right to the community. >> belmar has had a boardwalk since 1875. so it is part of the character of the town. we have 140 small businesses in town that depend on tourists coming in the summer months. >> reporter: it took $10.4 million to build the boardwalk from scratch. fema paid for almost all of it. seven months after send, the brand-new boardwalk was in
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place. made of synthetic wood, complete with hurricane straps, this one is strong enough to withstand another super storm. with its brand-new boardwalk, and most business owners and residents back on their feet, belmar, new jersey is a stark contrast to other shoreline communities slammed by the storm. like in staten island, new york, where people are still struggling to rebuild on a daily basis. >> that's where i keep my pots right in the box. >> reporter: still without a finished kitchen, one year later. the flood waters forced scott and dema to rebuild their home inside and out. the price tag, nearly $160,000. they say they received some relief from their homeowners coverage, but not much from flood insurance and even business les from the government. >> a year later, we are told that fema is not going to help us. >> reporter: and includes help with elevating their home. something fema requires to meet new flood insurance standards. that comes at a cost of up to
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$10,000 a foot. for the a ma gloves that could many another 50 grand, but they don't know exactly how tie ohio to go in fema finalized the flood maps. >> we plan to elevate and we were told that if you put down ceramic tile and hang cabinets, that there is a chance that, you know, we'll be taking a chance on breaking everything. so we have basically been on hold waiting for flood maps, waiting to get in touch with the architect. it's probably easier for us to walk away at this point. >> reporter: instead, they are in it for the long haul, though some are already long gone. >> besides two abandoned houses on this side, i have the house directly next door for sale. the house next to it. they are getting ready to demo the house. so the entire neighborhood has changed. >> reporter: businesses were forced to pull out too. at least for a little while. like rainbow bridge productions and morrisey contracting. two christian-based companies run by minister joseph morrisey. >> we had actually worked for a
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really long time to finally get our own headquarters. i had been running my business out of our home and we were really literally ready to roll open the doors for business a week or so before the storm hit. and it just came and just took everything. >> reporter: it took all year for him to get his businesses back up and running. because the storm took out his home too. >> our house was devastated. it was ripped off the foundation. >> reporter: joseph, his wife and two young kids spent the year moving from place to place, living off fema rental assistance, that is until just recently. >> you have to reapply every three months. so i just reapplied for the next three months and they denied me. >> it's just -- >> reporter: for them, the recovery has been overwhelming. [ crying ] >> reporter: while he admits he duds not know what will happen tomorrow, -- >> we do not want to let sandy dictate our lives. and we never will.
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>> reporter: which is why this mother is set on serving her family a homemade holliday meal. their first in two years. >> that's the purpose in getting a stove without even having a floor down yet was so that we can actually cook the turkey, and i don't care if we sit around the coffee table, it doesn't matter. i am having thanksgiving in my house. >> reporter: it's that determination that keeps these survivors forging ahead in hopes that some day it will all be behind them. like the way it is for bell marks new jersey, a year after sandy stormed a sheer. >> despite the fact that the orb en did what it did, i have a any found appreciation for how lucky i am to live here. i mean, i look at the ocean with new eyes again. even though i have been here 45 years now pretty much. looking at it every day, i am seeing it again for the first time. and i am digging it. >> reporter: erica, al jazeera. >> our special series surviving sandy, one year later continues tomorrow morning at 7:00 on al
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jazeera america. 114 elderly residents have been found at a california nursing home two days after the facility was touchdown, administrators say the patients at valley springs minor in alameda county were left with only a cook, a janitor and one caretaker relatives say they didn't know their loved ones were unattended and think the facilities owner should be charged? >> what they have done is negligent and they should be prosecuted for what they have done at this facility and other facilities. abandoning elderly people and elderly abuse is just criminal knowledgingbasically. >> police are searching for the owners, california department of social services has nod said why it was shutdown. coming up neck, it is the tale of two sports, the ancient charm of the modern pentathlon and a show down in the fall classic. >> reporter: that's right, it is
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with the mid foot sprain relegate today only deron hing and finch hitting ears been inserted in to the starting lineup tonight and will play first base. first time he's played the field in september. everyone remembers this play in game three where he stumbled and tripped over the boston third baseman on his way to home plate. seemed to injury himself again on that play, but, nonetheless, major mike matheny say says he l be at first basin steads of matt adams, that's breaking news. let's go to busch stadium where jessica is standing by. that's interesting news because earlier the lineups came out and allen craig was not in the start be lineup. >> reporter: absolutely. that's what's happened all series long just the other day, we had jonny gomes after the late scratch victorino comes in and end up being the unlikely hero of the game. so really great news for the cardinals, he's their r.b.i. leader, and this is his first start in the field as you said and he has been the hero of associates in those late innings
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off the bench being able to d.h., at first, it's a luge play when he got the obstruction call and last night getting the big base hit that put the cardinals in scoring position where they could have come back to powe poe thepotentially win the game. big news from him because he is one of their leaders. and we have news of the pitching matchups, too. of course we have the aces going at it tonight, john lefter and addison wainwright. jon lester everybody looking at from game one when he had a little, what somebody thought was rosin in his glove. and as he was telling us in his podium conference he was saying, hey, everybody it's well documented how much i sweat. it's essentially sweat that he has in there and so the people are going to be pay attention that glove and looking to see and making sure that he is doing everything on the fair and the way it's supposed to be. as for adam wainwright, he says he's not focusing on anything else but his members.
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stkrepts a good firshe didn't ht outing in game two. and he said he was actually horrible, his members were, and he's been watching video, actually been watching his motion in the mirror so he's hoping that he can get that back and get back to the basics. and earlier both managers talked about those lineup changes as well as their confidence in their pitchers. >> shane is much improved from yesterday. and probably could have started today. so he's available at full capacity. the only question going in to today was the duration in which he might be on the field. so rather than putting ourselves in a position where if we have to make a move and force our hand to eliminate a player this way we can use him at our discretion. so he is available. with the change in the lineup, i just feel like today might be something where we have to lean then out the lineup a little by behind david and we have made a subtle change, nothing dramatic. but it's going to -- it's going to require -- as we have seen,
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we haven't really put together many big innings. and that's a credit to their pitching. and we feel like the more we can then then out and give us better chances up and down the lineup that's where we are at today. >> i think that's something the guys around here appreciate from myself and the rest of the coaching staff. we just have the utmost faith in them. and we believe that no matter what is out there, that we will get it done one way or another. but with that being said also, we don't take lightly the fact that our aces, our ace and when he's on the mounds we feel that we have a great chance. >> reporter: we talk about having faith and, of course, that pitching staff, the cardinals talking about having faith still in their rookie, young colton wong who got pick after last night to end the game. he was visibly upset after the game. you could see the tears in his eyes as he was talking about the unfortunate play. and, of course, matt carpenter was on the podium today saying, you know what, nobody blames him. that's not the reason why we lost the game. there were other things that happened. but certainly they want to get
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their rookie in to let him know and give him a little love and say it's not his fault. but certainly he was having a tough time swallowing that that's the way it end. also carlos beltran said, hey, the best thing we can do to get him back on track and focused on it win game five tonight here in st. louis at burke stadium. >> if they do that, they'll go up 3-2 with game six and seven scheduled for back in fenway park start on the ground wednesday, jessica taft live at pw*rbusch stayed stadium. saint lewis doesn't want to be to have bag to fenway park having to win two games that's why tonight's game is so important. >> can't wait. appreciate it. it is a support that can trace its origins back to the ancient olympics more than 2,000 years ago, but in recent years, modern pentathlon has had to fight to keep up the times, here is our report. >> reporter: it may be called the modern pentathlon but this sport has been part of the
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olympic games since 1912. indeed the vents which comprises five very different disciplines can even trays its roots back to 708b.c. and the original olympic games. modern day pentathlon is the brainchild of the father of the modern day olympics. and it's designed to simulate the skills required of a 19th sen injury calvary soldier dropped behind enemy lines, you have fence, shooting, horse jumping, swimming, and running. but the question is, does a sport designed in the 19th century have any relevance to spectators in the 20 i was. >> i study art and am also an artist in my sport. i tried to go with the media and with the interests of the younger people. we have a one-day format first in 1996 in atlanta and i said, no, we have to go away from the shooting. we have to go to go air pistol shooting.
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after that, i thought, no, let's go for the new technology, laser shooting. environmentsly friendly shooting. so very safety for, for the kids, for everything. so this was another dig step. and then the combination of shoot and run, like we have in [inaudible] this gives another exciting moment. >> reporter: how important is it for the sport that you continue to have olympic recognition? >> you know, the point is we are an elite sport. to run the five disciplines, to participate in pentathlon is not easy. you can be a good swimmer, maybe you are not good at riding horse, this still is what you have. not everybody can very you need quite a lot of intel generally for run this sport. we are in the a mass sport, we are an elite sport. and so if you are not in this box of olympic under the olympic rings, it will be very difficult to convince a government to support you. >> reporter: this events, the champion of champions, brought
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the tap talent in sport, frenchman christof winning the overall title. >> it's very nice. my last competition, and today is my day today. fencing is good. and after it's easy for me. >> reporter: so with its olympic status assured, the sports bosses say their priority now will be to raise modern pentathlon's profile with events like these as it build builds to towards recipients went to 16. >> meteorologist: game five of the world series and some people though out to the west are pulling out their shovels. all the details when i return right after this. coming up on "real money," how the ripple effect of the housing slow down can purpose hurt even if now the buying or selling. plus $40 billion is sith around in unclaimed 401kth, could somaccounts, couldsome of it bey
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♪ >> meteorologist: hello again, game five of the world series will start in about one hour and about 10 minutes or so. and it looks pretty nice out there. we are looking at some partly cloudy conditions, so you may want to bring a jacket. >> meteorologist: the clouds clouds are rolling in. we think by the end of the game, about 11:00, 12:00, it's going to get down to about 55 degrees, so it's not looking too bad at all for many people here. unfortunately, though, out here towards the west, it feels more like winter. we have an area of low pressure that has come in off the pacific and really kinds of anchored here across parts of nevada. you can see the circulation right there in the upper elevations, we are getting a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow, expect to see about 6 to 8 maybe even higher inches of sonoma calm lighting isnowaccumulating.
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that will be a big problem. a lot of warnings and watches out for many people across parts of colorado, utah, as well as in to those northern mountains. so if you are traveling as i mentioned before, you may want to know what the conditions are on those overpasses, sphrerbls in thesespeciallyin these areask and you will need chains in certainly locations. out here towards the northeast we are looking at some fairly decent weather. been a little cooler. last week we were talking about what was happening with the world series in boston, well, on the second game they had their coldest -- third coldest world series ever in boston last week. we don't expect to see that coming in to play but as we go towards wednesday, for the game, we expect to see about 53 degrees and low overnight of about 39. that's a look at your national weather, tony has your headlines coming up right now. ♪ ♪
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this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i am tony hair wisconsin a look at today's top stories. victory today in texas for pro choice activists. this afternoon a federal judge declared a new abortion restrictions unconsultational. and is blocking the enforcement of the new laws. penn state university has reached a massive settlement with sexual abuse victims of former assistants football coach jerry sandusky. the university announced today that it will pay nearly $60 million to over a dozen people. a group of european lawmakers are in washington trying to sort out nsa spying allegations. members of a delegation spoke after one of their meetings with u.s. officials. >> we need to figure

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