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carter >> anxiety and evacuations after a fiery train crash in north dakota - 20 cars up in flames after the train carrying food and oil derailed. >> a family's fight to keep hope alive - a judge ordering the hospital to keep the girl on a breathing machine for another week >> israel frees 26 palestine prisoners, the release part of a deal to broker u.s. peace talks >> taking to the air to help a ship stuck at sea - the latest g
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way to approach the boat stuck in ice in antarctica. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> a fiery oil train collision has forced the evacuation of a small north dakota town. the accident hopped outside the town of castleden west of fargo. a train derailed monday afternoon, and another carrying crude oil ran into it, setting off a series of explosions that burnt 21 railcars. the county sheriff's office is recommending nearby residents evacuate because of thick smoke pouring from the crash site. containing the site has been challenging because of temperatures near negative 20 degrees. >> a temporary reprieve for the family of a girl declared brain dead. a judge granted an extension to keep her on life support for
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another week. melissa chan joins us to talk about the ongoing legal battle. >> according to the hospital jahi mcmath was dead weeks ago when she went into cardiac arrest shortly after her operation. the family disagrees and went to court. >> i have to do what's right for jahi mcmath. >> a judge granted a one-week extension of life support. >> our attorneys filed a new complaint in federal court filing an order and injunction. we also suggested that the judge file a temporary restraining order and our attorneys are filing an appeal. >> a court appointed neurologist confirms the hospital's conclusion. >> unfortunately the medical condition of jahi mcmath - she meets the criteria for brain dead. >> medically brain dead is different to a coma. a patient in a coma has neural
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activity in the brain. with brain death there's no neurological signals. the mcmath family says they have seen movement, signs of life from the girl. the hospital maintains its position. >> in similar cases where patients are deceased or brain dead, there's an effect known as the lazar ath reflex or effect. it is common in the deceased for their muscles to move. it is not unusual or shocking, nor is it a sign of life in the body of jahi mcmath. >> the attorney representing mcmath says it's not about whether jahi mcmath is dead or alive, but about basic civil liberties. >> it's about choice, em-powerment and the rights of people. >> the fundamental conflict circles around different notions of death. jahi mcmath is dead after three rounds of medical examinations
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by doctors in and out of the hospital. the court fight continues. the fight has one last chance to make their case. >> jahi mcmath's family says an unidentified hospital in new york agreed to admit the taken. the family is arranging an air ambulance to transfer jahi mcmath across the country. >> two deadly bombings in russia is raising safety concerns. the two attacks happen nipping in volgograd. a train station and a trolley bus were bombed, leaving 33 people dead. peter sharp has reaction from volgograd. >> talk to the people of volgograd, and you quickly pick up a sense of anger, a sense of fear, a sense of frustration. this city of 1 million people has lost more than 30 people killed, and more than 100 injured, many seriously. some of them children.
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the people are angry. they feel let down by the social service, by the police, by the security forces. they feel not enough is done to protect them, to protect their families. the city is all but closed down. there is no longer any faith in local transportation service, the trolleys run, and they rattle around the old city, virtually empty. today, on monday, about 400 local people gathered to protest about what has happened here over the last 24 hours, and the police cleared them off, saying their appearance on mass was another target for the people who are carrying out these bombings. >> that was peter sharp reporting from volgograd, russia. >> al jazeera is demanding the release of a group of journalists in egypt. correspondent peter greste, produces and a cameraman are in custody in cairo.
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egyptian authorities accused them of broadcasting false news in relation to the muslim brotherhood. all are experienced journalists working for a number of newsagency. >> egypt joins syria and iraq on a list of deadly countries for journalists. >> israel released a group of palestine prisoners, part of a deal to resume talks between the two sides. the release led to prays and criticism. >> this woman has been waiting for this moment for 21 years. no one could stand between her and adnad, released from an israeli prison the the first person he hugged was his mother. [ cheering ] . >> after, asked how she felt. "my heart is trembling." >> 10 miles away bella remembers
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the way her life changed. she was wearing this dress. >> when i give him life. >> bella was walking in a jerusalem market when 211-year-old palestinian approached her. he stabbed an israeli boy. bella shielded him from an angry mob. the crowd turned on her. >> i feel the energy on me. i feel they go killing me. they asked me "if you not go inside, we kill you." for 27 minutes she was a shield. fellow israelis spit on her, burnt her. >> translation: i chose to sanctify life - mine and the terrorists. as port of the ongoing peace talks israel agreed to release 100 palestine prisoners. as a welcome home gift among families building them a house,
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they know what bella did, and they thank her. "she shows humanity." he says, "we would have done the same thing." some labelled her a hero. because of her it was a crime to yell, "criminal." then the death threats. >> i was socially ostracised. >> she was renounced. bella stands with israelis and protests adnan's release. adnan's family calls him a hero. i'm proud of him, i'm happy what he did. >> that shocks bella. she will only wear the dress if adnan renounces violence, if there's peace, or she'll be buried in it. she doesn't know which will happen first. >> while bella focuses on the
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past, adnan starts his new life. with this reception, he says, it's as if i was never imprisoned. bella gives him his chance. he said he doesn't need anyone to save him any more. >> israel plans to release a total of 104 prisoners in four stages, all of the palestinians released monday were serving 19-28 years for the deaths of israeli civilians or soldiers. >> an historic flight between the u.s. and cuba, for the first time since 1960, a passenger plane from key west landed in cuba. before the revolution, it was a regular flight. monday's flight carries nine people, coming two years after the green light to resume flights. >> turning to the cop flict in south sudan. uganda is demanding that the
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rebel leader in south sudan accept a crees fire. it's the latest call to stop sectarian violence that killed 1,000 people in the last month. >> we are in the town of mohl okayal back in government hands. some of the images in the report may be disturbing. >> recent fighting turned this bustling place into a ghost town. apart from government soldiers, the town is almost deserted. this is the man in charge for now. he is a commander of the government forces who control it. . the fighting was a continuation of the school that started in juba. up to three days later, when they begin loot k, they recaptured the town from him. >> bodies are still in the streets, eerie reminders of the
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battles that took place. dozens of bodies are buried in a mass grave. certainly hundreds of people lost their lives. some of the town's residence told us that the rebels set up a base outside of town. >> have you heard gunfire? we have full control. we will defend it and are pursuing the rebels. >> the town center was the worst hit of. >> this is the main market. it's here that some of the worst fighting happens. the market was luting during the fighting. most of the shops at the market were banned. days later some are smouldering. with south sudan's poor infrastructure, it will be a while before vital supplies such as food and medicine arrive in this town. >> translation: we are hungry. there's no food in town.
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those with money have nowhere to buy food. >> most of the residents here have sought shelter at the u.n. peace keeper's base. it's unlikely they'll return to their home soon. at least as long as the rebels are nearby. >> uganda and other east african nations say they'll go after rebel leader riek machar if he rejects a ceasefire offer. >> a new plan to rescue a crew trapped in the antarctica ice. >> crime at a new low and how gang members are working to keep it that which. -- keep it that way.
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>> three separate attempts have failed to reach a ship trapped in the ice off antarctica. dozens of passengers and crew members have been stuck on the vessel for more than a week.
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a new plan to get them out of there has been hatched. >> they arrived by sea, but will likely leaf as air passengers. that may be the only way to rescue dozens trapped on this cruise ship embedded in the ice. several attempts to reach them by icebreakers failed. a chinese helicopter will bring the 74 passengers and crews to safety. on board all they can do is wait. >> it sounds worse than it is. everyone else is safe and sound and comfortable below decks, where they are having a cup of tea or coffee. >> this is not a typical cruise ship. it's full of scientists hoping to recreate a century's old trip to the south pole. they left port last month. >> we have food and water. everyone is warm. we have plenty of fuel on board. we have shy of two weeks words of fresh food.
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>> the passengers keep the world updated on their plight, sending out messages that they are doing well. they never intended to ring in the new year, there's a chance they'll do that tomorrow. >> before that ship got stuck, it was on a month-long voyage to study the environmental changes in east antarctica. >> well, the last day of 2013 for some people will be cold as the arctic air lingers to the north. down to the south, across the gulf coast we are seeing showers. by the end of the day we'll see the showers start to dissipate. we'll see rain towards the north-west. unfortunately it will be a rainy last day for you. you can see the showers come in before, but we expect to see more off the pacific in the cascades. we expect to see the rain turn
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to snow. here it will cause an accumulation. as we go to the east, we expect more snow. in there be like 2-4 inch accumulations across idaho, montana. rain showers for much of the week there, tuesday, thursday, friday, rain, maybe getting out of the rain on wednesday for the first day of the year. saturday 44 degrees. still looking at fire danger in california, that's because of the dry air and gusty winds across the region, temperatures coming down from last week. now we are looking to the mid to low 70s. still no rain in the forecast. los angeles reaching a high of 73. we expect to see the temperature go up as we go back to thursday, increasing fire danger and not
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changing too much as we go towards the end of the week. >> here is the rain we were talking about, extending across parts of louisville into mississippi. it will not be a fact for dallas. you will remain dry. the first day of the year - 63 degrees. >> the number of police officers killed in the line of duty by guns dipped dramatically. 111 officers were shot and killed in 2013, an 8% drop from last year, according to the national law enforcement officer's fund. that's the fewest number of deaths in a quarter century. better safety measures included bulletproof deaths. police and the outgoing mayor are calling it a victory for policies, including stop and frisk. >> residents say police are not
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alone in trying to stop the violence ♪ say, can you see the... ♪ >> new york's finest and newest. these 171 graduating police officers are ready for the streets and are safer than ever. >> if you compare this decade, we can literally say we have saved more than 9,200 lives in the last 12 years. >> up until last sunday there were 333 whom sides in 2013, down 50% from 2001. 101 shootings, down 32%. mayor michael bloomberg and commissioner ray kelly say it's because of zero tolerance and stop and frisk, and operation crew cut. >> focussing attention on people and hot groups, gangs and drug crews turns out to be effective. >> in brownsville there's a different way of thinking.
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this is a violent neighbourhood. home to gangs on the streets and online. >> shandook ran with a crew called the bloods. >> i was looking forward to it. i got up and found a way of being violence, i could. >> he turned a total of 15 years in prison. he got out, got clean and got married. and worked with community leaders trying to stop boys getting into gang violence. >> it's talking to the communities, mothers, children. going the school. >> when a 1-year-old boy was shot dead in brownsville three months ago the n.y.p.d. had no leads. within a few hours locals introduced them to the shooter.
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this intersection is surrounded by developments and a lot of crews in and around the area. >> the animosity is so strong that if you wind up you are walking into trouble. it's a concept call occupy the corners. >> community leaders standing on the streets breaking up confrontation. in their eyes the n.y.p.d. are the om ones to be congreat utilitied over the impressive statistics. >> the incoming mayor, bill de blasio, has promised to do away with the stop and frisk >> some are opposed to a plan to test drones for private use. >> getting a second chance to see ground-breaking technology giving blind people their vision
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back. >> drones could be making a big move from military to mainstream. the federal aviation administration says six states will test drones for commercial use. the decision is welcome news to some, but raising concerns for others. al jazeera's juan carlos molina
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has details. >> from the battlefield to the skies across america. drones are on the move. their uses are evolving - from military to down to earth tasks like farming, law enforcement and emergency services. >> we designed this for unmanned search and rescue. >> if you have something lost in the woods, he'll go up, fly around in a pat irn that you preprogrammed. >> that resolution prompted the faa to give the grooep lights to begin testing commercial use of drones. washington made a push for more domestic drones. congress passed a law in 2012 providing the faa to provide military, commercial and privately owned drones in airspace. that expansion can mean thousands of new jobs. states including new york,
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nevada, texas and alaska will work with the faa to develop safety in operation rules. the sites include government agencies and two yusties. virginia tech is one. >> vel conduct risks for drones. >> the research we do here is for the betterment of mankind, it's not to sti in people's backyards. >> it's those concerns. >> drones will be commonplace all across the country, and that's why we think it's important that congress thu pass legislation, putting privacy in place. it's important to have a strong standard put in place.
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the six sites are the beginning as america looks forward to sharing the skies with drones. >> and some delivery corporations are taking advantage of the government's drone proposals, amazon and ups are exploring ways to deliver packages using drone technology. >> finally, a medical miracle that can restore vision. an artificial retina will be available for medical use. our correspondent tells us what it's like to see again. >> dean lloyd, an attorney lost his sight 30 years ago. in 2007 he got it back - at least in part. >> the point of life is i haven't seen anything in a long time. it had some exciting effect. how useful it would be for me was a different issue, concern. >> lloyd volunteered for a clinical trial and was one of the first recipients of an
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artificial retina, the argus 2. the device went on sale in 12 u.s. cities. the implant receives a signal from an implant on the glasses, it stimulates the back of the eye, producing a low resolution sketch of the world. it's not true site but highlights points of contrast and makes it possible to broadly identify options. >> i'm getting dirt, grass, foliage. >> you can tell the difference between one surface and another. >> that's correct. you have to think about that to make it useful. >> the device is approved for treating retinitis pigment owesa. this dr helped to develop argus 2. he says the next step is to move it off the my and into the back
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of the head. >> if they are patients with glaucoma or diabetic disease, if we go to the next step we should be able to restore some level of vision in those patients. >> the tiny implant requires manual assembly under a microscope, driving the price to $145,000. only a few insurance companies agreed to cover that expense. >> the f.d.a. required the company to build this task. simulating warm, wet, salty conditions of the eye. the company intends the implants to be permanent. they are rated just for five years. it's a question of how long titanium, platinum and sily cum will last. >> you have to take the low resolution in a relatively small
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field and scan around to get the entire picture. >> the doctor that helped develop the device says they have developed a device that can be mounted in the eye, if they don't have the technology in hand. >> the argus 2 is like a train and what we are talking about is more like a plane. >> the argus 2 may not have changed lloyd's world, but has given a sense of it. >> i would say you are are 6 foot, 2, 3. you are a tall person. >> a blurry 60 pixel view is primitive compared to the eye. restoring anything like site, by replacing the rhett know is a milestone in efforts to understand the human body. >> that will do it for this edition of al jazeera news.
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