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check check check just when we need it most. >> hi there, everyone, thanks for joining us. i'm thomas drayton. >> we begin with security at the winter olympics. the u.s. is comparing a contingency plan to protect u.s. athletes and citizens in the effect of a terror attack. it involves military warships and planes on standby in case evacuations are needed. it comes as russian security forces are searching for a suspected suicide bomber. as allen schauffler explains, authorities are looking for a young woman being called the black widow. >> police are looking for female suicide bombers and released information about one in particular, her name is rusana,
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from dagestan, linked to caucuses emirate, a terrorist seeking on independent homeland in southern russia. the group taunted russian authorities and threatened attacks on the sochi games. a poster with her into n is has been posted at the airport. it's been sent by russian federal security to enforcement agencies in and around sochi. the u.s. olympic committee is working with the state department and local russian law enforcement doing what they can to ensure the safety of americans travelling to the games. security documents say she is the widow of another member of the caucuses emirate killed in a shoot-out with russian forces. she's described as haing a scarred left cheek, a limp and a stiff left arm. she may have arrived in sochi as long as 10 days ago.
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40,000 police have been deployed in the sochi area, with the opening ceremony 17 days out. the pentagon says if the russians need extra security they'll have two naval vessels on standby. >> allen schauffler will have more on the olympic security. >> syrian peace talks are back on. first, the u.s. said iran shouldn't be allowed to participate unless it agreed to preconditions, including establishing a transitional government. iran would not agree. on monday the u.n. withdrew the invitation. after the announcement syria's main opposition coalition agreed to attend the courts which began on wednesday with a conference, before moving to geneva on friday. as the diplomatic intrigue
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unfolded, it was a day of violence in syria. 16 people were killed after two car bombs exploded on the border with turkey. as nick reports, it happened in an area held by fighters. >> just two days before a conference designed to start a peace process, syria's war is as vibrant as ever. monday's attack. more than a dozen killed. the bombs targeted vehicles going into syria, and destroyed nearby shops and killed customers. >> we are right on the syrian turkish border. it may look calm, but 15 minutes ago, a mile beyond the crossing there were two huge explosions, one of them a car bomb. i spoke to an eyewitness who saw dozens of bodies. most of the victims were women and children trying to flee the war and come to turkey. >> we were at the crossing and heard a huge explosion.
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five minutes later another explosion went off. many people died. >> in aleppo, which has seen the worst fighting, two car bombs cut rebel headquarters. one was big enough to create a ceetor. a man tried to extinguish the fighter, but both cars burnt for hours. both want to oust syrian president bashar al-assad. the infighting clearly weakens the campaign. as assad continues his assault. government fighter jets dropped missiles on two targets. which is controlled by the opposition. the air strikes destroyed dozens of homes. survivors were carried away on makeshift stretchers into makeshift ambulances. as people look for more
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survivors, they found only the dead. in the yarmouk refugee camp children took cover from fighters. the gun many targeted refugees as they foraged for food. conditions are so bad people are dying of hunger. many say the snipers shot dead women and children. >> at this hour we are awaiting the arrival of u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon in switzerland where the peace talks will get under way. neighbourhoods in fallujah are becoming ghost towns. militant groups took control of fallujah, and they negotiated with community leaders to allow local police into the city. those talks fell apart, and the rebels kidnapped local clergy men instead. 27 were killed when seven bombs exploded in markets on monday.
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it's the third week of a standoff between the warring sides. >> the growing unrest in ukraine is escalating into an intense standoff. i want to show you some pictures of kiev. all right, we want to point out this is pretaped. clashes continue as we talk about the situation here, clashes continue monday between riot police officers, and protesters. thousands of demonstrators are rallying in defines much new laws limiting the right to protest. it's escalated into accusations by both sides of the attacks. jennifer glass is in kiev with more on the developing story. >> in terms of movement, not much has changed in 24 hours. this is the front line between this side, the protesters, and the police on the opposite side of the barriers, hundreds with shields and roy ot gear -- riot
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gear. protesters have been firing fireworks at the police lines, and the police respond with a flash grenade filled with the kind of pepper spray to move the crowds back. as you see, it hasn't been terribly effective here. there are thousands of people here, down here, coming to see what is happening to support the protest here. the protesters say they'll do what they want, stay for as long as they can until they get what they want. they are making a lot of noise, making themselves heard here so the police know they are here and despite concessions by president viktor yanukovych saying that he will hold talks with the opposition, a lot of people here don't hold off hope. there has been disturbing signs. the prosecutor general said this street protest is a crime against the state. menacing words against officials as clashes go on. >> the united nations says it is
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running out of food for displaced people. more than 100,000 people are facing the risk of starvation. the u.n. world food program has 40 trucks of rice that were invoiced to enter the country. they are stuck at the borders. drivers are refusing to cross over because they fear they will be targeted. u.n. officials say they are considering airlifting food to bangui. in the midst of those charges there's a new president. they have their first female leader. she has seen as a ray of hope in the midst of a bleak humanitarian crisis. >> outside the national assembly everyone wanted to know who would be the new president, someone whose authority doesn't only come from the barrel of a
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gun. inside they voted. the process was slow, painstaking. the members wanted to show in this broken country something could be done right. then the announcement and victory to the lady in pink. catherine, samba-panza, the mayor of bangui, and styling herself as the mother of nation. this was her message to the militias. >> translation: i launch a strong appeal to my children in the anti-balaka movement. send a signal by putting down your guns. and to my children in the seleka movement. put down your guns. >> the speech was well received, especially by women. until now the most senior political positions in the country have been held by men. kath grin samba-panza takes on
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enormous responsibility. she's the head of state in a country where the government ceased to exist. if she is to succeed she'll need the support of the international community. the new president was showered with messages of goodwill. in a country that is poised on the edge of an abbize, this was a welcome day of hope. >> it may be the first sign of fall-out from a target credit card security breach, where two people were arrested at the mexican border, and why it could be the tip of the iceberg. >> and a school cheating scandal in the city of brotherly love. it's not the students on the hot seat, it's the teachers.
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>> welcome back. texas police are investigating how two mexicans got their hands on information tied to the
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massive target data theft. the breach exposed personal and banking information of for than 110 million customers. the pair were arrested trying to cross to the u.s., carrying more than 100 fake credit cards, created using information stolen during the target breach. they were used to purchase tens of thousands of merchandise at different retailers. officials are investigating an explosion at an agricultural factory. workers were trapped under a collapsed building at the international nutrition plant at omaha. authorities don't know what caused the explosion, but said there were no hazardous chemicals at the 3-storey blast. >> a second blast killed more, and left a third burnt. >> new jersey's lieutenant
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governor is firing back against another claim of wrongdoing. the mayor of hoboken said the mayor threatened to hold back money. mayor dawn zimmer said it was because she refused to support a project. the message was delivered and she was told it was from chris christie herself. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false, but illogical and does not with stand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. >> the governor's office hays hoboken received millions in relief funds and calls the allegations part of pol tickets. zimmer says she has documents to
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back up her claims and spoke to the attorney-general's office. >> 11 days after the leak in west virginia many are afraid to drink the water despite guarantees that it is safe. state lawmakers are discussing regulations aimed at stopping a similar field. we are going to talk about the ongoing situation. we continue to test the water supply every hour. a non-detect level. we'll continue do that and to try to get the smell out of the water as quickly as possible. you know, if people are not comfortable drinking the water, they should use bottled water. we are trying to get things back to order as quickly as we can. it's been a long ordeal for the people here, and we are hoping that in the next few days it will be back when people can use the water and have confidence.
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>> are you drinking the water? >> occasionally. >> more than 200 reported feeling sick after drinking the water. >> a propane shortage is hitting the country as a bitter winter comes in. the drop in supply comes after a cold winter that peaked in sub zero weather. 17 states declared an energy emergency and residents are asked to cut down on propane usage. >> hello again, this morning we are looking at alberta clippers making their way across from canada to the great lakes, pushing to the eastern sea bored. you can see the areas of low pressure, bringing fast-moving snow showers. we are concerned as we go towards tuesday, we'll see a bit of activity, talking anywhere
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from virgin to massachusetts. highway 95 will be a mess, and the metro airports will have delay, if not cancellations. here towards the north-west we are looking at a different high pressure. you can tell, because you see the clouds going up to vancouver and down to wyoming, leaving this area cloud free. we expect a high of 45 degrees, down to salt lake city and 41. for seattle showers may come into the forecast. highs of 50. down towards california, there's a lot of problems with a low humidity and heat across the regions. some of the fires are contained. doesn't look like we'll see rain in the forecast. temperatures warm at 82. look at the 80s - tuesday,
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wednesday, thursday, friday. it's not until saturday we get back into the '70s. clear across texas. dallas, no rain in your forecast. it will be a beautiful day. temperatures at 63, dropping back on thursday to 40. >> pennsylvania attorney-general is looking into the school system. dozens of teachers have been linked to cheating that dates back more than a decade. richelle carey has more. >> it is a major cheating scandal to hit a city, and the largest. scores of educators, up to 38, are -- linked to an investigation. it ranges from public to charter schools. it's based on information provided to the reform commission. the allegations surfaced in 2001 after patterns were discovered
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in standardized tests. they looked at the test scores, classroom by classroom school by school. for instance, huge test score increases from one year to the next. or unusual numbers of erasures of wrong answers to right answers. >> evidence of cheating was reportedly uncovered, noving teachers, principals, administrators, a councillor and security guard. >> they tampered with the booklet or gave improper instructions to students. they did unethical things to inflate the scores, the test scores of students in the philadelphia schools. >> cheating scandals made headlines across america. one in atlanta involving nearly 200 educators. in that instance the focus was on making the scores better so
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district could receive aid based on the no child left behind. the pennsylvania department has said to file actions against 69 current or former school empl employees. >> we should point out union officials blame the cheating on performance increases. the distribute superintendent is deeply disappointed by the behaviour of the educators. buried alive. skiers trigger an avalanche. wait until you see how this one ends. >> there were a lot of families that don't have access to qidi or computers in their home. >> now the families have a place to go. they are not just searching the web. a library that is going digital.
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>> with the n.b.a. a few days
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away from an all-star break. basketball insiders are starting to wonder what is up with miami. they came into a game against the hawks losing three out of the last five dames. if things were to get better to lebron james against atlanta. carol added 19, overcoming a game-high 30 over james. a 121-114 win. >> now to hockey, because the sport continues to struggle to keep fans, but saturday's brawl between the canucks and the calgary flames did not bring the same level of outrage that we saw following the comments with richard sherwin. at least the national hockey league leadership is paying attention. the league office is handing
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down penalties on monday in the wake of a premeditated fight in the opening second of the game. bob harley was fined $25,000 for his responsibility in the fight as it was deemeded prejudicial to or against the league. canucks' coach was suspended for 15 days after he tried to fight his way into the flames locker room during the first intermission, calling campbell's actions dangerous and an embarrassment to the league. we are on the ice monday. the lead hosting the los angeles kings. he scored a pair of golden bosses. johnson had the win in 13 home games. i'm williams , that's a look at sport for this hour. >> look at this. talk about an incredible perspective of an avalanche. one of the ski ers who caused it
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was wearing a camera mounted on his hell: he guided over frer snow. moments later he was in danger. it was a medium sized avalanche and he was lucky to escape unharmed. >> imagine a future without hard-cover books. it's happening at a san antonio library where the print page is the thing of the past. the new bibliotech is helping to educate the community like no library before it. >> it's a library without books. where instead of hushans, the walls talk. it's 12-year-old favourite place to go after schools. they don't have book books. they have the digital ipad books like that. >> the family is among the 13,000 people who signed up for
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library cards since it opened in southside san antonio. the area is 88% economically disadvantaged. 17% of the population lacks basic reading skills. >> there's a lot of families that don't have access to wi-fis or computers. >> the new library has 20,000 e-book titles. patrons can download or check out one. libraries 800 ereaders. it is good for the adults that may have difficulty with reading or maybe at a lower reading level. the devices will read to you. honey is a nursing assistant and a mother of three, and like more than a third of adults, she never graduated from high school. >> now that my daughter is in middle school, a lot of words they cannot pronounce. >> since discovering bibliotechs
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her reading level jumped. a puppy would be more desirable and valuable. the staff says n electronic library has operational benefits. without storing paper books bibliotech can perform the junctions in a third of size and at a third of the cost. they haven't lost an e-reader yet. what is to keep the expensive ereaders from working out the door. first of all, there's no internet access through these. secondly, all the e-book content disappears after the two week loan term, making these useless until they are checked back in. this is the book i'm reading now. >> bibliotech is the brainchild of country judge nelson wolf. >> the more people read, the better off we'll be in this country, so we want to expand that as much as possible. >> this nook in the bear county court house is a bibrio tech
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satellite unit. 93 people on jury duty signed up as bibliotech scrolls to the next chapter of reading in the new age. >> the bibliotech cost $2.2 million to build and operate. meanwhile a traditional library in texas will have an operating budget of more than $100 million. >> no one told a pod of dolphins they weren't allowed to enter a californian surfing competition. this shows the dolphins cruising beneath the waves. they pretty much stole the show. surfers paused to watch as the mammals cut through the waves, showing off their stuff. that will do it for this edition of al jazeera. news at the top of every hour. thanks for watching. we leave you this morning with a
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