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>> only on al jazeera america. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are the stories we're covering for you. the grim remembrance of the sandy hook across the united states, and another school shooting. and a procession brings nelson mandela's body home. >> it's been one year since that tragic day when 20 children and six teach percent killed at
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sandy hook elementary. president obama and the first lady lit 26 candles at the white house and observed a moment of sigh glens a year ago a small peaceful town was shattered by unspeakable violence. 20 school children and six teachers were taken from our lives forever. it has filled us with grief. the victims were educators and kids who could have been any of our own, and the hearts were broken for families who lost a peace of theipiece of their hea. >> let's go to "moms demand action," a gathering. what is this event about? what is happening there?
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well, richelle, "moms demand action" was started a year ago the day after sandy hook incident took place where 26 lives were cut short. these moms have gathered to honor the victims of sandy hook, to pass out bells and ring bells so that they can--they're tel telling congress, they're sending the message that they no longer will be silent. they want gun laws changed. we have demand in action here in florida. tell me why everybody is here and what is the purpose of your organization. >> we're here to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the new town massacre. we're here to honor the lives of those who were lost. moms demand action in america is a grassroots organization. we have a chapter in all 50
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states, and we have over 100,000 members. we have members of all denominations, background and we have nra members. we want a change in washington which has not happened yet. >> this is a bunch of moms who decided they wanted to make a change because they're tired of seeing this occur over and over, tell me your story. i understand that you have a 14-year-old son. why did you get involved? >> i got involved for the same reason. my child should be safe, but every other child should be safe when they go to school. 14 years old we had columbine that happened. the day that my son's light was coming to the world 12 other lights were extinguished. i was devastated. someone should do something about it, and they didn't. then i thought who is they. they is me. it they is all of us.
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everyone here wants change. we vote people in office to speak for us, to hear hour voices and do what we ask them to do. so far not one federal law has been passed to make a change. to reduce the amount of gun violence. so we're using our voices. as you said, no more silence. apparently we're not speaking loud enough, but they're going to hear us. >> thank you for being with us today. this has been a solemn occasion, but the group has gathered again to remember those victims, victims of sandy hook and events like these are taking place around 35 states or more in the nation. back to you, richelle. >> she's quite a passionate spokesperson for her organization. yesterday's school shooting played out an all too familiar scene. 18-year-old carl pearson walked into arapahoe high school in seaso shot a student and
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then shot himself. what is happening at the school today? any signs of critical condition. we expect to hear from the sheriff and learn her identify. in the meantime she remains in the hospital in critical condition. here at the school not a lot of activity. it still remains on lockdown. the e and what he knows about the shooter. >> he's quiet and has weird
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logic. just weird ideas. not something that a normal high schooler would think about? >> like what? >> a self proclaimed communist, things like that. he just didn't--he's really
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to settle. richelle. >> thank you so much. as you heard in our newscast following th the newtown shooti, there was an outcry for action but gun violence has risen. >> to say how many people have been killed since newtown is hard to determine. a comprehensive list from last
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year the cdc predict as of today roughly 11,610 people have been killed by gun homicide. newtown shootings prompted groups around the country to push for new gun control measures that means raising money and lobbying. in the end gun lobbying groups raised five times more lobbying money and it was chump change compared to what the gun control groups raised. much of that lobbying money went to passing laws in state legislature around the country. in a burst of auctioneerly every state passed at least one new gun law since the newtown massacre. of the 1500 state gun bills
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introduced 109 were signed into law. 70 of those loosed gun restrictions. most of those passed in states with republican legislatures. there was a flurry of talk restricting gun use in an effort to reduce the number of people killed by guns right across the country. but the data shows differently. the number of gun homicide in america have gone up and laws have been passed since the shooting, but they expand rather than restrict the rights of gun owners. >> john terrett reporting there. in south africa, a hearse carries nelson mandela body to where he will be buried. we're live from kunu with more,
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alan. >> reporter: richelle it was quite a day as the public flocked to the main high in th . it will go to kunu to the family compound as you see behind me. tens of thousand us of people through the city saying good buy to nelson mandela. services will be held tomorrow, world leaders gathering to witness much of those proceedings. now we're staying here in this area for a couple of days with the family of our driver, who lives in johannesburg but grew up here. he was born and raised here, and doesn't come back here much, maybe once or twice a year. in driving us here we were actually enabling him to come home as well, to see his mother, to see his family when he might not otherwise have done so. today let's take a look at that
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homecoming. >> that's my mother. >> reporter: homecoming. another favorite son of the region back where we grew up on a vary visit from the big city. >> i'm very happy to be home, to see my mother, my family. >> his grandmother, who also grew up on this farm, gathers all of us for a song. [♪ singing ] >> and a prayer offered in thanks for our safe journey with their grandson at the wheel on the 800-mile trip from johannesburg. it is the other home coming with the much more famous member of the same tribe that is drawing the attention of the world this
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weekend to this remote rural area of south africa's eastern cape bringing road closures, detours, and a heavy police presence. [♪ singing ] >> local villagers are being kept out of the funeral itself but thousands turned out to line parts of the route from the airport to give nelson mandela a cheering chanting good buy as the pro session rolls towards madiba's final resting place. the funeral services flashed live all over the country. >> working temporarily as a driver after being laid off from his full-time job at a gold mi mine, is immensely proud that
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mandela will be laid here. >> i just hope that god will bless the country of nelson mandela. >> he's very proud that nelson mandela will be buried here and very proud that they got a chance to meet him several times growing up as a young boy when nelson mandela would come back k to open a school or some other civic act. the family is meeting in the compound right now, and to find out what might be going on let's bring in a man from the same clan. >> right now they're going to welcome him. they'll welcome him to the house
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and wife will be behind the door dressed in black, welcoming him back home. after small talk they will go out to crawl where they will go out and dea tell the cow that ty are accompany him. >> they'll go out to the corral and they'll tell the ox or cow that it will accompany him. >> yes, and the chan will say that it is gone well. >> is the animal cooked and eaten? >> the part of the animal will be taken out to the fire, eaten by the family and then the
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tribe, the elders. and the rest of the animal will be eaten throughout the funeral. the head and the feet will be eaten after the funeral. >> and the implements used to dig the grave-- >> unfortunately, we lost the signal there. it's such an amazing lesson we're getting about what is going to happen and what is happening now leading up to the burial of nelson mandela. we'll try to gait back to you. that was alan schaffler reporting. we apologize for that and we'll get the signal back for you very shortly. in california there is a very strong connection to nelson mandela among those who fought against apartheid. >> it is you, the people of the
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bay area, who have given me and my delegation strength and hope to continue. >> reporter: 1990, and the end of an eight-city tour for nelson mandela. he chose to change the people of the san francisco area. commemorating nelson mandela this past week city leaders invoked the area's own contribution to end apartheid. >> san francisco, the university of california, and the state of california played a leading role in being the initiator of the divestment movement from south africa.
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>> anti-apartheid protest students took place here in the 1980s at uc berkeley. including a sit in and rallies that brought thousands of students. >> demonstrators scuffled with police and more than 150 people were arrested. >> students, community people here again overnight all day long in solidarity to ask our regions to divert. >> nancy skinner now a state assemblywomen, was a student who led the anti-investment committee. >> we felt we were morally i am ply crated in the regime that was denying the people of south africa their freedom, their ability to participate in government and other parts of democracy. >> larry wright harass a longshoremen unloading ships at
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port. he recalls how union members refused to remove cargo off ships. >> every day there was a demonstration. every day the longshoremen refused to work. they tried to negotiate to get the ship unloaded but we refus refused. >> reporter: the movement gain momentum. >> until the world stood with south africa through means of divestment it's struggle would never have reached its fruitful conclusion. >> reporter: for city hall showed how decisions made here decades ago and ten thousand miles away from south africa showed it could make a difference. al jazeera, california.
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>> meteorologist: well, the big weather story of the day is the big snowstorm that is sweeping through much of the east. we have rain in chicago, illinois, indiana, and across ohio and back into pennsylvania. this snow is going to make its way up the east coast and present problems for travelers. we're looking at heavy snow coming town across much of illinois right now at chicago, o'hare and midway. we have delays. if you're traveling across portions of i-70 through portions of ohio, pennsylvania, around the pittsburgh area and i-80 through the new york state thruway we'll be dealing with this through tonight and tomorrow. this is a look at 12:00 a.m. monday. the front will be offshore. in the meantime it will be producing heavy know from
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illinois and back into ohio. this extends into western portions of pennsylvania and all the way into new england where we could see up to a foot of snow here today. a lot of major interstate, a lot of folks traveling, we want to be careful on the roadway because we'll have to deal with the chance of freezing rain along portions of the mid atlanta, washington, d.c. philadelphia. if you're traveling along i-95 you'll want to take it easy. we could see a foot of snow in new york, north of boston. new york city could see anywhere from three to five n- of snow. today if you're on the road again we want to take it easy, 12-plus inches of snow in new england. know in detroit all the way back into new york. we could see rapid snowfall and early tomorrow morning.
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richelle, i hope you have your snow boots ready and the jacket, it's going to be a snowy day. >> thank you. this week michigan voted to become the ninth rate to enact a controversial abortion law that bans insurance companies unless women buy a special policy specifically for that purpose. al jazeera's david hawkins reports. >> reporter: sometimes politics gets personal. very personal. >> i'm about to tell you something that i've not shared with many people in my life. but over 20 years ago i was a victim of rape. and thank got it didn't result in a pregnancy. >> gretchen whitmer, tried to convince her colleagues to vote against a law that would force
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people to purchase an abortion policy. >> if this was the law then i would not have coverage because of this. >> whitmer's emotional appeal did not work. >> i do not believe the argument about rape is valid. i'm a former police officer of 41 years. rape is a horrible crime. i took victims to the hospital. they're given medication so there is no conception. so there is no need for an abortion. >> reporter: to put the measure before the legislature anti anti-abortion advocates gathered 300,000 petition signatures, 4% of the state's voters. >> abortion is not healthcare and a lot of people feel strongly about it. you don't have to be religious to be against abortion. it takes the life of an innocent
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challenge. >> reporter: rick snyder vetoed similar legislation because it did not include rape, incest or in cases where a woman's life was in danger. but once this is approved by the legislature is veto-proof. >> what we've seen extreme group right to life use a loophole to circumvent the veto of the governor and the vote of the people. >> reporter: it's unclear how many people will be effected by legislation. >> this is a political loser for republicans and people who voted for it. women are watching. >> reporter: democrats and pro-choice advocates say they will overturn the law in march or take action at the ballot
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box. >> the deputy head of national security in kiev city had two others under investigation for police attacks on pro tesser prn november 30s. protesters continue to rally against the current government. they began rallying when the president decided not to sign the trade deal with the european union. in a rare move protesters asked the armed forces to help change the ruling. protesters want the prime minister to step down. they're asking for an interim government to step in until elections are held in february. the military claims to be neutral. the egyptian president announced a vote will be healed on january 14th and 15th.
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the vote is to replace ousted president mohamed morsi who is considered too religious. the president will up hold freedoms and rights to uphold a more democratic state. coming up the lunar landing for china. >> start with one issue ad guests on all sides of the debate. and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story next only on al jazeera america
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sense of security but today again it reminds us thattñ
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm richelle carey. here are today's headlines. a somber anniversary a year ago a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers in newtown, connecticut. china's probe touched down on the moon this morning. it's carrying a solar powered
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rover called jade rabbit. thank you for watching al jazeera. i'm richelle carey, "inside story" is next. >> new drug trials for alzheimer's disease target people who don't have the disease but as much of a 50% chance of getting it later. i'm ray suarez, and that's the "inside story." >> five million americans suffer from alzheimer's disease. by the 2050 that number is expected to double. by that time the cost of treating the disease will hit

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