>> nato's leader calls it the most important meeting in the history of the alliance. president obama is wales for a key summit as nato debates the cries in ukraine. >> they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice. >> a fiery promise from the vice president, pledging vengeance against the islamic state group as family and friends pay
tribute to journalist steven sotloff. >> the state of emergency in ferguson, missouri is lifted, but the justice department is just getting started investigating the police department following the shooting death of michael brown. >> it came completely out of the water and got the bottom of the boat, flipped her over and knocked my kayak completely over. >> attacked by a great white 100 yards off the coast of massachusetts. how two young women survived the frightening encounter. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm libby casey. >> the nato summit is getting underway in wales with the islamic state and ukraine and russia on the agenda. >> saying nato must be united against the threats all face, the u.s. is announcing hundreds of troops will be in ukraine
next week for military exercises. >> president obama and prime minister cameron aren't pulling punches when it comes to russia. what are they saying about moscow's rule in eastern ukraine? >> president obama has called what is happening in eastern ukraine an example of brazen aggression by russia. that was echoed in london and around western europe. it is a claim moscow denies and the kremlin has said if nato takes aggressive steps, it will change its own military doctrine. all of this means the meetings could be the most critical since the fall of the berlin wall some 25 years ago. president obama and other world leaders gather in wales for a two day nato summit. >> our nato summit here in wales
will be one of the most important summits in the history of our alliance, a crucial summit at a crucial time. >> a joint op ed was issued by president obama and british prime minister david cameron that reads in part: >> those tough words coming at talk of a ceasefire proposed by russian president vladimir putin is met with skepticism. >> what is actually happening on the ground, and we are still witnessing unfortunately russian involvement in destabilizing the
situation in eastern ukraine. >> the centerpiece of putin's seven-point plan calls for pro-russian separatists to end their military offensive while ukrainian forces would pull back and stop airstrikes. ukraine's president parishen co said he supported a plan leading to peace. >> we haven't seen a lot of follow up on so-called ceasefires. marking the first time american troops having on the ground since the nation began.
>> sooner or later, nations fight back. >> now, there's already been a meeting in wales with the ukrainian president poroshenko along with the dominant nato member states, but clearly, this is top of the agenda in those discussions out there in wales. >> we're getting live images of the nato secretary general and british prime minister welcoming the nato leaders one by one as the summit gets underway. it is likely these leaders will come out of the meetings with a solid military plan for ukraine? >> a military plan that would include nato troops on the ground is highly unlikely. they may provide military weaponry and that sort of thing. there may be nato movements in
eastern europe, in the greater region to send a clear message to russia, but this again is considered such a serious issue, the changing borders at the ends of a gun makes this a very important meeting. we'll see how that goes. >> as you heard, russian president vladimir putin and poroshenko are meeting on friday, but the battle on the ground remain at a standoff. >> fighting has been halted. what we see in the last couple of days is more skirmishes. when you get the daily briefings from the ministry of defense in kiev, they talk about contacts
in specific areas. it appears that patrols are encountering each other entering gun battles and withdrawing. there are no large scale pushes anymore and it has all the marks of coming an contractible conflict, which both sides will end you have having to come total negotiating table to try and solve it. that may be the exact intention of what president putin wants, given the fact that the west believes, he has put his troops into the front line into ukraine specifically to prevent him from losing face in this conflict. it's going to be a real slap in the face for poroshenko who appeared he was going to push the pro-russian separatists all the way to the russian border. >> we're going to talk to a former member of the joint chiefs of staff about just what the u.s. can do to end the cries in ukraine. >> u.s. officials are still
seething over the murder of journalist steven sotloff, killed by the islamic state group, promising justice and vengeance. more than 100 americans are fighting with i.s. right now. lisa stark is in washington this morning. a lot of emotion in the aftermath of sotloff's murder. >> absolutely. secretary of defense chuck hagel said it makes you sick to your stopple ma'am. president obama has said americans are repulsed by the bar baism of the murder of two american journalists now and made it clear that if anything, this makes them more determined than ever to continue the fight against the islamic state group. >> president obama issues a blunt warning to the islamic state group, his number two, vice president joe biden has even stronger words, vowing retribution for the beheading of american journalist steven sotloff.
>> when people harm americans, we don't retreat. we don't forgive. we take care of those grieving and when that's finished, they should know, we will follow them total gates of hell, until they are brought to justice. >> last night, students held a vigil at the university of central florida where sotloff studied before heading to the middle east. his family talked about him through a spokesman. >> today we grieve, this week we mourn, but we will emerge from this ordeal. our village is strong. >> the reporter had a passion for his job and for life. >> he had a fondness for junk food he would not overcome. bess spite his busy schedule, he always found time to skype his father to talk about his latest golf game. >> it was revealed that sotloff was not just an american. he had israeli citizenship also.
>> he didn't go out there as a jewish reporter, or as an american reporter. he went out there as for lack of a better term, a student of history. >> sotloff's murder comes two weeks after fellow journalist, james foley, was murdered by the islamic state. >> there needs to be a sense of outrage and you need to see the might of america applied forcefully, directly and pretty soon. >> president obama has vowed to take action. >> other objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy isil so it's no longer a threat to iraq, but also the region. >> and details on how the u.s. will accomplish that difficult goal will be a topic of discussion on the sidelines at today's nato summit. >> the u.s. at the nato meeting attempting to build a true international coalition to take on the islamic state group. >> can u.s. officials really
deliver on all the rhetoric we heard coming from them yesterday? >> a lot of understandable passion from u.s. officials. as you know and you heard, the goal is to destroy the capabilities of the islamic state. the u.s. admitted that this is a well-armed, well-organized, well-oiled man at this point, so it won't be easy. the president has indicated he is in it for the long haul, this will not be a quick or easy fight and set no time frame for the bombings in iraq or any actions he might take. >> thanks. >> we are in erbil. >> the effort to push back islamic state fighters centers in tikrit. it is a strong hold right now for is state fighters. the iraqi army is attacking on
three sides. there is an army to the north, but is a well mined path between them. the fights is going on now. we are told iraqi troops, we are told by the iraqi government, iraqi troops are in the city of tikrit, but it is a big city and the suggestion is that they are not in the center. there has been a lot of push back. as all this is going on, leaflets have been dropped warning the people to get out of mosul. that usually comes ahead of airstrikes and possibly a larger operation that could involve american airstrikes and could involve iraqi air force strikes. the city of mosul is now a strong hold of isis, as well. it is unlikely that the iraqi government would want to take on two major battles at the same time, so right now, the focus is entirely on the city of tikrit, as we anticipate further battle in mosul.
we have heard just recently that five troops have been killed. these are peshmerga and iraqi army troops in the town south of tikrit. that is evidence of just how bloody this fighting can get. after the airstrikes have occurred, there is likely to abbatle on the ground, the kind of house to house battle we saw in falusia and that can be very deadly. >> there may be more citizens traveling to take up arms. don morgan said he followed the wars on line and became attracted. >> somebody has to defend islam. >> this guy is from smallstown north carolina. he's not from the middle east. he's not from a messed up family situation. he's a hometown guy.
>> morgan said he doesn't consider himself a radical. he tried to go to syria, but didn't get in. he is facing federal gun charges not affiliated with i.s. >> if somebody is going to show their allegiance to another state, to this islamic state, then i think it is quite right that their citizenship should be rewarded in this country as forfeit. i see no reason their passport should not be taken away. >> prime minister david cameron is pushing a proposal to do just that. british authorities are raising their terror threat throstle severe. that is a warning that an attack is highly likely. we're going to talk to terrorism expert william braniff. >> al-qaeda pushing into out asia.
al-qaeda announced it is now operating on the indian sub continent. their-game is to raise the flag of jihad. we're hearing pledged loyalty to afghan taliban leader seen by some as a snub to the islamic state group. >> back at home, the federal investigation in ferguson, missouri about to get larger about a month after that shooting death of unarmed teenager michael brown. >> the justice democratic is set to announce a probe into the ferguson police department. we have more. john, what do investigators want to know? >> the attorney general went to ferguson, said things would change. this maybe the first indication of the realization of those words. what they're looking for is police training and practices, including patented stops, arrests and the use of force. they want to know if there is a history of discrimination against mines. there is a civil rights probe.
the shooting leading to days of violent protests. the missouri governor declared a state of emergency. that order was quietly lifted on wednesday, as things slowly returned to normal. a state grand jury is looking into criminal charges for officer wilson. some, including michael brown's family want him charged with murder. as for michael brown, juvenile court officials revealed that he wasn't facing any charges as a juvenile when he died. police have said that he had no criminal record as an adult, either. >> a lot of information coming out before this case even gets to the grand jury or to a trial. >> it's a story of course that's going to run for a long time yet. >> thank you. >> in another case that we have followed closely here, he is calling it a terrible tragedy that he wishes he could take back, apologizing in court to the family of that teen he shot and killed on his porch. the judge calling this one of the saddest cases she has ever
seen, then she sentenced wafer to spend 17 years in jail. bisi onile-ere is live in detroit. a lot of emotion in court on wednesday. >> good morning, del, yes, it was a very emotional day in court. members of mcbride's family spoke about their loss and theodore wafer told the family he was sorry moments before he was sentenced. >> to the parents, family and friends of ranisha mcbride. >> moments before the ruling, theodore wafer asks for forgiveness. >> i apologize from the bottom of my heart and i am truly sorry for your loss. >> the 55-year-old suburban detroit man is beginning a sentence of up to 32 years in prison for the shooting death of 19-year-old ranisha mcbride. that means 17 years behind bars
before he is eligible for parole. he faced a life sentence for the shotgun blast to the face that killed mcbride. wafer told a jury he thought someone was breaking in, but they found him guilty of second degree murder, manslaughter and felony use of a firearm. >> i caused the loss of a life that was too young to leave this world. i'll carry that guilt and sorrow forever. >> an autopsy determined mcbride had alcohol and marijuana in her system and police say she had gotten into a car accident hours before she was killed. her family maintains she was looking for help and addressed wafer before he spoke. >> losing my sister was one of
the most devastating times of my life. >> she tried convincing the judge to go light. >> i do get emotional about this case and about mr. wafer. i'm sorry, and my dad has told me don't cry in court. >> you are not a robot. >> i'm not and i really care about this man. i do, ted. >> and i feel i let him down. >> one life lost and one rind is how the judge described this case. initially, mcbride's family wanted wave tore spend the rest of his life behind bars. i had the opportunity to talk to mcbride's father after the sentencing yesterday and he told me that he is pleased with the outcome of mcbride's family. they have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against wafer. >> what about wafer, does he plan to appeal? >> yes, his attorney made it very clear that she was not
happy with the sentence and plans to appeal. >> bisi onile-ere live in detroit this morning, thank you very much. >> it seems summer is just ending, but severe weather is already making that transition of the fall season in the middle part of the country. >> nicole pitch he will is back and you say our pumpkins are in danger. >> our pumpkins for halloween already are in jeopardy with this severe weather. this is minnesota outside the twin cities. that was hail you saw, two or three inches, coming down so hard that it damaged some of the pumpkin crop. it might be hard to find that perfectly smooth pumpkin in the season and apples, it destroyed those crops. it's going to cost you more to have that appl apple cider laten the season. >> you can see that severe weather continues. hail and wind is the biggest
threat with all of this and will continue on with wisconsin. illinois will get in on all of that. this is the core of it, southward the general thunderstorms and the other side of this is temperatures that could drop 10-20 degrees. i'll have more on that coming up. >> pumpkins with acne. >> the u.s. is going after the islamic state. >> just how should that be done? we'll talk with a terrorism expert on the risks posed by engaging with i.s. >> it is a rough experience. sometimes i felt like giving up and stuff, but i said i can't do that. >> they are finally free, two brothers in north carolina speak out after being exonerated. both men spent 30 years on death row. >> a sinkhole caused this problem. this was all caused by a water main break. how those on the bus escaped.
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>> today's big number is $5 billion. >> that is the price tag for tesla's new giga factory. they will build it near reno, nevada. several states competedding for that massive factory. it is going to make lithium eye i don't know batteries or tesla cars. >> when this is fully up and running, the factory will employ 6500 people and provide battery cells and that's almost as much as all the world's battery factories combined. >> as we have reported this morning, the u.s. is promising that it will not slow its fight against the islamic state group even though i.s. plans to kill another host acknowledge. that threat comes after the murder of american steven sotloff. the penalty says the people who killed him will face justice. >> a terrorism expert from washington, d.c. joins us.
i want you to listen to the sound byte from the president. >> like people around the world, americans are repulsed by their barbarism. we will not be intimidated. their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiff everyone the resolve to take action against the terrorists. our reach is long and justice will be served. >> critics say the i.s. does this for publicity, but how do you ignore something so heinous and as a society should we? >> isn't the reason they would adopt this tactic, it puts the administration in an untenable position. they have to acknowledge the loss of an american life, and yet doing that, they bring attention to their very
adversary. it's fortunate honor the victims and highlight the victims, because ultimately, this is a bankrupt organization. it doesn't live up to the righteous idealogy. >> is i.s. different or the latest in a series of terrorist groups. >> it's the latest in a series. you can create a continuity. it is incredibly well-funded, equipped and holds a huge amount of terrain. as a state, which is what it is trying to establish itself as,
it's much weaker. so if we're thinking about it as a station state, this is not the strongest organization in the region. the fact that it's in a really messy situation, it's hard to engagementively in iraq and syria. >> those other groups are now gone, will we one day be talking about i.s. the same way and if that is the case, will bombs end the i.s. threat or cause the problem to spring up someplace else? >> terrorism and counter terrorism is an iterative process. if we just destroy the islamic state through military action, something else will fill that void politically. one of the reasons the administration is proceeding with a little bit of caution is they really understand the need
for a political scenario that would on that ve 80 the likelihood of a group like i.s. bringing up after the defeat of the islamic state. >> senator al franken thinks the united states should be doing more, wants the address department to address recruitment across the country. what can and should the u do about home-grown terrorism? >> the united states actually is in the early days of implementing a really effective strategy for homegrown extremism. the paradigm is called countering extremism and the idea is you identify people at risk, flirting with radical ideas and conduct and intervention before they engage in criminal or radical behavior. these individuals have to be referred to the criminal justice system. we should be doubling down on the strategy. there are 18,000 law enforcement negotiations across the country. this is not an easy thing to do, but is the right way to do
counter terrorism is a sustainable way that is aligned with our constitutional values over time. >> thank you very much. >> let's get another forecast check. meteorologist nicole mitchell is here. >> good morning, we are into september, so starting to get changes out there. look at the difference between minneapolis ahead of the front in the 70's and behind that, about himmings 48 degrees. as this comes through, even the high temperatures for the day really drop about 15-25 degrees. chicago later into the week, wimp could be into the 90's today, 70's by the end of the weekend. that's going to have a lot of people over the next days start to go rotate out, maybe some of the summer clothes for the fall sweaters. it's changing. >> i'm stuck in the fact that you say my pumpkins are ruined. >> so sorry, del. >> gathering for a nato summit. >> talking about the ukraine cries, we'll talk to retired
colonel. >> i saw four feet of its head. four feet of it came up out of the water. >> terrifying moments after a great white shark attacks two kayakers off massachusetts. >> watching mother nature's fury, a volcano erupting. >> california city on alert search forego a missing cobra. the escape is making headlines around the world.
>> louisiana's ban on same sex marriage is ruled constitutional. >> how many customers may have been impacted by a security breach at home depot. >> the nfl season returns tonight. former nfl running back joins us to talk about how off-season distractions may impact the game. >> a look at the top stories this morning, the justice department will investigate the ferguson police department following the shooting death of michael brown. it is separate from the investigation into brown's death. >> a family friend of steven sotloff describes him as a gentle soul who loved football. he also spoke arabic and challenged the i.s. leader to debate islam. >> president obama is inwalls for nato meetings. members are considering a rapid
response force that could be deployed quickly in eastern europe. we want to go now to james bays, live in the summit. what should we be looking for over the next two days where you are? >> well, del, we're looking at a summit innate toe with 28 members. there are 60 world leaders here, about 60, including president obama. it's described as the most crucial summit since the end of the cold war. that is simply because of the range of conflicts that are simultaneously taking place in parts of the world. ukraine and the situation in middle east and africa and other areas. there are an unprecedented number of challenges. that is why this summit is to important. >> ukraine is a top priority. the leaders are going to be briefed by poroshenko.
what type of message is that going to send to russia? >> i think they're going to approve this rapid response force. they already have one, this is a very, very rapid response force, called the spearhead force. 4,000 troops can move in two days notice. the idea is to deter president putin and assure nato members, eastern european nations which border russia who are now deeply concerned for their own security. that is why this is going to be put in place. they hope it will send a clear message to moscow. >> these summits are known for tough talk. a new op ed have david cameron and president obama saying the islamic state group must be faced. are the nato members ready to do that? >> well, not just the nato members, but other countries who
are here, like australia, some of the regional countries. the king of jordan is here, which borders iraq and syria. you have the president of turkey, also one of those countries in that region and a nato member, so wide ranging discussions, talking of this being a coalition built similar to the desert storm coalition, which george bush built against sadaam hussein in 1991. they're talking about building a coalition like that. they are not talks about an action like that. >> retired air force colonel is a former member of the jointly chiefs of staff and joins us this morning for more on the nato summit and the u.s. role there. good morning. what does president obama need to put on the table at this summit to push back against
russia, as we watch that's happening in ukraine? >> there are a lot of things that the president can do. first of all, i think we have a pretty good start when he spoke in estonia about the need to consolidate actions against russia. a lot of this is coming very late in the game and the russians have gained first of all cream mia, of course and also gained territory in the east, as we all know, so the big thing that he has to do is he has to maintain a degree of resolution that he is not known for, so when he's out there talking to all the nato leaders, has he to make it very clear that he's got a line in the sand and he has to delineate whether that line in the sand is the ukrainian polish border or the ukrainian-russian border and that is the key to what happens after that. >> you raise a question about how the other nato allies view
president obama right now in light of the events over the past year. is he the key guy to watch at the conference or will angela merkel take the lead? >> i think a lot of europeans see angela merkel as taking the lead and in essence seizing the lead. a lot of european nations, particularly eastern european nations, like poland, and the baltic states, have some very different views on germany's role in this. they are not very happy with germany taking the lead role from the u.s. i think in many cases, we see that the bam that administration has referred to angela merkel and the german administration, but the eastern european nations are not historically comfortable with that, because of many instances in the past, but in particular, world war ii, and it has become one of those areas where the united states has a great opportunity to lead, and they should exercise that opportunity because they are,
whether the united states like it or not, the de facto leader of nato. >> announcing the creation of a rapid response force and also base a new handful of nato bases in eastern europe, but they are not going to be called permanent bases, because that would violate a treaty with russia. why bother to uphold treaty agreements given russia's current behavior? >> that treaty is one that is in fact called into question at the nato summit. the president indicated that they are going to review that, but in general terms in foreign policy, you always want the other guy, in this case, russia, to abrogate the treaty or do something that directly violates that treaty. they may have come close to doing that and i think the administration is studying that so when they get to the point they say we have clear russian violations of this it truey, they will feel free to put
permanent bases in eastern europe. right now, we are talking about these temporary bases, as well as exercises that will be going on in ukraine, which is a major step in the direction that the united states had said it wouldn't go. >> retired air force colonel in washington, thank you so much. >> tensions are easing in pakistan where protest leaders are willing to negotiate a truce with the government. they presented thor proposals on wednesday, demanding the resignation of the prime minister there. thousands of people tried to storm his house over the weekend. >> in washington, d.c., a jury considers the fate of four americans accused of killing 14 iraqis in baghdad. >> they used to work for the black water security firm. >> they were first accused seven years ago, now four former u.s. security contractors will learn if they will go to jail for an incident that sparked global outrage during the u.s. occupation of iraq. it was september, 2007.
19 black water security guards were evacuating a u.s. state department official from a nearby car bombing. the guards say that as their heavily armored convoy approached baghdad's missile square, they felt threatened by a car. 14 iraqis were killed and four others wounded in what was alleged indiscriminate fire by the guards. shortly after, black water's founder attempted to justify his men's conduct at a congressional hearing. >> most of the attacks in iraq are complex, not just one bad thing, it's a host of bad things, car bomb followed by small arms attack. r.p.g. followed by shaper fire. >> government and eyewitnesses contend not only did the guards fire recklessly at unarmed civilians, but boasted about it afterwards. they argued three of the four defendants are guilty of manslaughter, a fourth of murder. at a congressional hearing, members of congress asked if the
shooting was symptomatic of a larger problem. >> we have to question whether it created a shadow military force that are not accountable to the united states government or to anyone else. >> this case is seen as pivotal to the question of whether the security contractors so relied upon by the u.s. as it's waged war around the world are accountable. there's also the question of what orders they were following. >> then there's what they said privately to the contractors, which is at the end of the day, do whatever you have to do in order to get our people home safely. i think it's fair to say that the state department pretty much looks at companies like break water as sort of disposable assets. >> it has been renamed twice following repeated scandals and one official was accused of threatening the state department's chief investigator in 2007. a recent investigation found the
state department has awarded more than a billion dollars in contracts to the company since then. the contractor has settled a separate legal claim involving the attack in the square. now jurors will render their judgment. aljazeera, washington. >> the men could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted. >> they are now saying that this year's ebola outbreak is the worst in history, worse than any of the other outbreaks combined, nearly 2,000 people dying. the u.n. said it will cost more than $600 million just to stop the spread of the virus. nancy writebol survived ebola and is now talking about what it was like when she was infected. >> well, the night i was evacuated and when they put me on the airplane, i was bad. when i said goodbye to david, i was not sure that i would ever see him again. >> writebol was working at a medical clinic in liberia.
she received those weeks of treatment and that controversial drug zmapp in the u.s. she said she's grateful to be alive. >> a disturbance at the same juvenile center where 30 teens escaped earlier this week. police were called out again this morning after 20 teens reversed to return to their dorms. the early morning video show kids attacking one of the guards, body-checking him into a railing. some of the teens were involved in monday's escape. six teens who broke out are still on the loose. >> it is a whole new world for half brothers, both released from prison after spending decades behind bars. 50-year-old henry maccallum has never used the internet or a cell phone. the two were exonerated in the murder and rape of a girl. there is d.n.a. evidence linking another man to the crime. >> it was a rough experience. sometimes i felt like giving up and stuff, but i would say no, i
can't do that, because life move on. i knew one day that i was going to be blessed to get out of prison. i just didn't know when that time was going to be. >> i couldn't have made it out had it not been for the lord. >> prosecutors say they are now looking at reopening the case. they could charge a different man with the girl's murder. >> a federal judge ruled that louisiana's gay marriage ban is constitutional. the district judge said the ban does not vital a person's right to due process or equal protection. the decision is a blow to gay rights advocates, who have seen more than 20 consecutive rulings nationwide. the plaintiffs in louisiana vow to continue their fight all the way to the supreme court, if necessary. >> i hope my hope's on the right side of history. i move forward because i know equality and justice always prevail. i know moving forward, we will
be successful here in louisiana and the united states of america. >> right now, gay marriage is legal in 19 states and the district of columbia. >> a kayaking trip off the coast of massachusetts takes a terrifying turn for two young woman. >> they wound up face-to-face with a great white shark who attacked one of their kayaks. we have more with the story. >> it is hard to imagine what was going through the minds of these two young women. they were trying to get photographs of seals in massachusetts. that's when the shark believed to be a 12-14-footer came up from below. >> we were just talking and paddling, and i look over to talk to her and it came completely out of the water and got the bottom of the boat, flipped her over and knocked by kayak completely over. >> they were left shaking after
their encounter with the great white. >> i saw at least four feet of its head. four feet of it came up out of the water. >> the shark knocked her into the water, leaving parker struggling to rescue her friend. >> it bit through the boat. there's bite marks all the way through the bottom of the kayak. >> she was sinking and i slipped over, holding on to the bottom of the kayak and it was petrifying, waiting in that water for the harbor master to come and not knowing if anybody was going to come get us. >> a neighbor heard the girls screaming and called 911. the time it took to rescue them was unnerving. >> the scariest part was waiting, sitting in the water, wondering where he was. you didn't if he was under you or around you. >> the bite marks are from a great white. experts believe the same one was seen earlier in the day and it may be this one spotted not far
from plymouth. the girls say somewhere under the water is proof of their encounter. >> i'm sure there's great footage of us screaming. >> yes. >> it is not uncommon for a shark a mistake a surf bored or kayak for a seal. they tried to track down the shark, but had no luck. >> a massive sinkhole trapped a city bus intel pee, arizona for hours. the driver noticed water on the street and all of a sudden, the back right side of the bus fell into a hole. all 12 people onboard had to escape through the, i dose. a water main break caused it and the i had took cranes to pull the bus out. >> disney and dead mouse are going ear to ear in a legal battle. the performer wants to trademark his mouse ears, but disney
claims they're similar to their iconic brand. maybe he's right, maybe they're right. >> he has 3 million quitter followers. >> in california, the search continues for a cobra in the thousand oaks enabled. it bit a dog. it's leaving residents oning. the dog owners got a photo of the snake. you can see there, it's not native to the area. they believe a neighbor who collects exotic animals brought it in. >> the snake has 3 million twister followers as well. >> ditch residents decided to keep traffic medians pink, painted that way accidentally. it was from a wrong color code
submitted to the paint supplier that it looks like the pink pedestrian cross walks are there to stay for now. >> bright nerve the day. >> home depot customers are waiting to hear if they're victims of a major hack attack. >> experts say it may be bigger than the target breach just last year. we'll talk to an expert about why this is happening and how to keep your information and money safe. >> welcoming a rare addition to a safari in israel. what makes this baby rhino special and immediately puts her on the endangered species list. >> plant or animal, you decide, or maybe an animal that looks like a plant, our discovery of the day has scientists scratching their heads for decades. ...
>> they are not mushrooms or jelly fish. they don't fit any existing animal group. >> they were discovered in australia in 1986. these creatures may be one of the earliest forms of life. scientists are searching for more to conduct d.n.a. tests to figure out just what they are. >> bette bernie madoff has diedf cancer. >> home depot stepping up its investigation into a data breach that could affect millions of customers. two security firms are said to be looking into whether any credit or debit card data was stolen, promises free credit man forking if the breach is proven
to be true. our tech media and marketing consultant joins us. i think the question people are asking right now is how does this keep happening and why aren't companies working to fix it. target lost millions after they were hacked. >> you look at it and say really, again? how does this happen? unfortunately a lot of this technology is not really updated in realtime. they apply patches when they find holes. if you're not working on this stuff 24 hours a day, hackers are. all they need is one break to grab as much as possible before it's fixed. >> it could be bigger than the target breach. who's smarter, the hackers or these companies that hire experts to stop themselves from being hacked? >> it was described similar to terrorism. the police department and f.b.i. have to be on target every single time. all the hackers need is just once. a hacker finds a breach, grab and get out, he is looking all
the time. the people securing systems have to be on call 24 hours a day, watching for everything that looks suspicious, and you can't really do that. there are always going to be hacks. >> we are talking about target, apple and now home depot. are these just 18-year-olds sitting there with a snack bar or state sponsored terrorism? >> back in the 1980's, it was 15-year-old's trying to figure out how to get free phone calls from ma bell. i was one of them. this is now organized crime out of russia where kids can sit at home, usually younger, but organized. they sit and talk with underground bulletin boards. there is dark net, an underground internet where the forms and files transfer. when you get the credit cards, when you get them one need to be
sold immediately. when you're looking at that many millions of cards, it's hard to sell and get them into use when something like this is found out. you're probably not going to get touched. best thing you can do, keep an eye on your credit report, order it once every six months. if anything looks out of order, call. >> peter, thank you. >> an active volcano in iceland is pumping out lava near the base of the volcano and creeping toward a nearby river. scientists believe there may have been a major eruption beneath the volcano. >> this time lapse video shows the spurge of ash over and over. it is one of the most active in
south america. >> let's get another check of your forecast and for that as always, we turn to nicole mitchell. good morning, nicole. >> good morning. we want to look at the tropics. i just came back from my tropical military duty and there is another hurricane that my military colleagues will be flying to tomorrow. this is going to parallel the coast of the baja peninsula. that's the concern, could dump three to five inches of rain as it does that. dolly has gone away in mexico before dumping a lot of rain. it will lose that moisture in the four corners region over the next couple of days. >> the birth of a rare white rhino creating a stir in israel. it's the first female rhino born in more than 20 years. >> two males were born over that same time. they are endangered. >> there are 20,000 of them left in the wild. >> a new law entennessee makes it a crime for pregnant women to
take drugs, possibly landing them in jail for as long as 15 years. >> we're going to talk about why some say the law does more harm than good. >> migrant making their way to the u.s. underestimate the desert challenges. one rancher knows all too well -- >> standing at a crossroads... >> my parents have their plan. i'm gonna do what god asks me to do before what they ask me to do... >> can a family come together? >> do you think that you can try and accept me for me? >> life changing moments... >> my future is in my hands right now... >> from oscar winning director alex gibney, a ground breaking look at the real issues facing american teens on, the edge of eighteen only on aljazeera america
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al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> there blocking the door... >> ground breaking... >> truth seeking... >> we have to get out of here... award winning investigative documentary series... special episode ferguson: city under siege only on al jazeera america >> president obama and fellow nato members gathering this morning for a high stakes summit, topping the jeb da, the ukraine crisis and the terror of islamic state group. >> we don't retreat, we don't forget. >> president joe biden warning the islamic state group about the killings of american journalists as those closest to steven sotloff pay tribute to him. >> fast food workers in 150
cities across the u.s. are set to walk off the job, demanding some of the biggest chain restaurants super size their wages. >> kicking off the nfl season today, but the image has been sacked in the off-season, thanks to fumbles by both players and the league. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm libby casey. >> i'm del walters. >> that critical meeting of world leaders is underway in wales. >> 28 of the most powerful people in earth will discuss what can be done to stop the islamic state group and the crisis in ukraine. with u.s. forces set to arrive there next week for training, going into the summit. the nato allies challenged not to get trapped in isolationist policies. what are they saying about russia and ukraine? >> they are saying that the actions, what is happening in eastern ukraine is an example of
brazen aggression from russia. that is something moscow denies, but we have seen a number of things in recent days of social media, picture put out of suspected russians inside eastern ukraine. the 28 members of the nights toe alliance met today in wales. this is top of their agenda, ukraine, because it is belied by many that given the situation, this could be one of the most critical meetings of the nato alliance since the collapse of the soviet union. standing shoulder to shoulder in wales, the 28 nato member alliance are gathering for their most important summit since the end of the cold war. >> our nato summit here in wales will be one of the most important summits in the history of our alliance.
a crucial summit as a crucial time. >> nato's first order of business, a show of solid dart with ukraine as western leaders, including the u.s. met on the first morning with ukrainian president poroshenko. ukraine's importance was made abundantly clear in an op ed issued by president obama and david cameron that reads in part: >> those touch words come as a ceasefire is met with skepticism. >> what is actually happening on the ground and we are still witnesses unfortunately russian involvement in destabilizing the situation in eastern ukraine. >> the centerpiece of putin's
seven-point plan calls for pro-russian separatists to end their military offensive, while ukrainian forces would pull back and stop airstrikes. ukraine's president poroshenko said he supported russia's readiness to implement a plan that would lead to peace. he'll take that step friday during talks with accept are activity leaders. before arriving in wales, w. expressed doubts about russian calls for peace in ukraine. >> we haven't seen a lot of follow up on so-called announced ceasefires. >> while the president stated he would not intervene militarily in ukraine, u.s. soldiers will take part in training exercises in the country next week marking the first time american troops having on the ground there since the crisis began. >> citizens like nations will never settle for a world where the big are allowed to bully the small. >> sooner or later they fight back. >> those 28 leaders have had a
photo opportunity. they've gotten together what is normally called the family photo. this is the beginning of a two day summit and it is interesting, i think symbolic to note that one of the very first things we saw out of wales here on the very first day of the summit was actually a meeting with the ukrainian president poroshenko who was also there along with the major power players within nato. >> he has been there, briefing nato members. tomorrow, those ceasefire negotiations involving russia resume. does his presence in wales send any type of message to russia? >> i think absolutely, it send as clear message that nato is going to stand with ukraine, at least in some capacity. few expect any kind of actual military participation by nato, but we could see military support for the government in kiev, and clearly, this is
something that is meant for the kremlin to get its attention, as to whether the western alliance stands. del. >> phil ittner live in london this morning, thank you very much. >> u.s. officials promise justice and vengeance for the murder of journalist steven sotloff killed by the is state goop. students at the university of central florida held a vigil for him. he was a student there from 2002-2004. lisa stark is in washington this morning. how much pressure is president obama under to take swift action against the islamic state? >> whatever internal pressure the white house may have been feeling, the murders of steven sotloff and james foley, the other american journalist before that has certainly raised the stakes and increased the rhetoric both inside and outside the administration. a former commander-in-chief of sencom and envoy to the middle
east believes the administration is moving too slowly. >> we watched two americans beheaded. the threat to take other americans, potential tourists or embassies around the world, there needs to be a sense of outrage and you need to see the power and might of america applied forcibly, directly and pretty soon. >> the president has indicate that had his desire is to degrade and destroy the capabilities of islamic state. the u.s. authorities indicated it's a well-armed and well-organized group and this could be a lengthy campaign. congress comes back to town next week and there have been increasing calls by members of the congress for the administration to go to capitol hill and seek authorization for continued action against the islamic state. a lot of members of congress now more than ready to do that, especially with what has happened with these two american journalists. >> chuck hagel also weighed in
on the threat of the islamic state. did he have specifics? what did he have to say? >> well, he said that the murders of the journalists make him sick to his stomach, he said, but he said all options are being discussed or on the table. they are weighing options for the president, the administration has made it clear they're going to continue the military strikes in iraq. there have been more than 120 of them. the question is will they take military action in syria where the islamic state holds a white swath of territory. at the state department, the spokeswoman said yesterday the u.s. will not be con strained by geography. that's clearly one of the options the administration is looking at, the military expected to report back to the president about what he can do moving forward. >> lisa stark in washington, thank you, lisa. >> let's go to the front lines now. in erbil, the government forces
are trying to out of the attacks from the north. are the offenses working? >> the wane focus now is on tikrit. iraqi army and shiite militia forces are approaching from three sides, every side from the north. they would like to attack from the north, as well, but there is a well-mined path in between. the iraqi army are attempting to attack that town from all sides. we are told they have been pushed back in some instance wide receivers are not in the center of town. that is an islamic state strong hold. the main focus now is there. what we can expect is probably significant urban combat to come there in tikrit, the hometown of sadaam hussein, an islamic state
strong hold. iraqi army or peshmerga forces with the iraqi army have seized the mosul dam. that is between syria and the strategic town of mosul. we've had u.s. airstrikes in that area. there have been iraqi strikes, but mosul remains very much an islamic state strong hold. leaflets have been dropped warning citizens to get out of that area. that usually happens before a major attack, an air attack or an air and ground attack at the same time. it remains to be seen, del, whether this has been effective, but we do know that the i.s. state has been pushed somewhat to the south, but remains in these two strongholds. >> we heard it said time and time again that things wouldn't thank unless there is as no government in place. it is now in place in baghdad. is there a different ideology coming out of baghdad than in the past?
>> the problem is that the maliki administration really set up what happened here. it was a shiite-run administration, alienated the sunnis, refused to give them major roles in government. that left a lot of angry sunnis. it was a soon any dominated government under sadaam hussein. those people gravitated toward the islamic state people. there can't be a major change in strategy. what is set up are sunni strongholds now attacked by a largely shiite army force, by peshmerga in the north, those are kurds, not sunnis. you've got a confrontation that was really put in place under the maliki administration. however, what's happened is that the islamic state forces have so alienated people, one of the things they've done is kidnapped a number of women, their troops have married them or even sold them off, we've been told. that's angered even the sunni
tribes that had applied with them. they're very muchalian nateing people. that may help conger them in those regions. >> al-qaeda leader al zawahiri said the group is head to go southeast asia, saying the flag of jihad will be raised on the sub continent. he took a swipe at the islamic state group, pledging his loyalty to afghan taliban leader. >> the u.s. is saying it's open to a proposed u.n. coalition on gaza, saying both sides must achieve a two state collusion. that draft resolution calls for the reestablishment of full control over gaza by the palestinian authority. >> the justice democratic may announce that it's investigating the entire ferguson police department. federal investigators want to know if there's been a history
of discrimination against minorities. last month a white officer killed an unarmed black teen, sparking days of violent protests. federal and local authorities are investigating brown's death. >> a federal judge has upheld louisiana's ban on gay marriage. this is a defeat for gay rights advocates. we are in new orleans this morning. these advocates vow to fight this ruling. that's right. in this case, the federal judge sided with the state. this is something we haven't seen happen in a lot of these recent rulings. gay marriage advocates have continued and vowed to fight this until the end. the judge acknowledged that his say and ruling is likely not the final one. >> we're definitely surprised by the ruling, but we're going to move forward. we're going to bring about simple justice and equality here in louisiana. >> the previous 20 federal court
battles went in favor of gay marriage. the u.s. district judge said louisiana's gay marriage ban, adopted in 2004 can stay. he ruled the state does not have to recognize marriages performed elsewhere. >> we felt we have a strong case, considering the long line of federal cases ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in recent months and we will look forward to the appeal. >> gay marriage is now legal in 19 states, and the district of columbia. the ruling, the first to uphold the man since the defense of marriage act was shot down last year. he said: >> the ban was one of seven passed in 2004, all placed on the ballot in an effort to drive out conservative voters for then president george w. bush.
>> anyone who was part of that campaign against the less bean and gay couples here in louisiana knows how much animosity there was, and we are very, very disappointed with this decision, and we will be definitely appealing. >> that appeal could take time. the next level is the fifth circuit court of appeals in texas, which is set to hear a guys over gay marriage in the lone star state. this could end up in the supreme court before then. >> i move forward because equality and justice always prevail. i know moving forward that we will be successful here in louisiana and across the united states of america. >> gay marriage opponents applauded this decision, saying that this decision really confirms that states, not the federal courts have the right to define marriage. back to you. >> jonathan, we already know this isn't the final word in the court, so what makes this ruling
so significant? >> not just the fact that this breaks the streak of victories for gay marriage advocates, but also a legal expert says it's significant in this face. the 80-year-old judge has been on the bench 30 years, appointed in 1983 by ronald reagan and believes his experience carries weight, but he has controversy surrounding him. four years ago, he blocked a moratorium on drilling in the gulf after the b.p. oil spill. it was reported by wall street journal and others that he had financial interests in making that decision. for that reason, this case is being looked at for the judge. >> only day, september 4, it is snowing in alaska. >> my friends in alaska are so depressing. it's such a wet summer, nicole mitchell and now they're already
getting snow in alaska. >> there are parts of the northeast corner of the state under blizzard warnings now. these images aren't from the warning, but wind gusts 40 miles an hour, two to four inches forecast today. with snow like this, you have temperatures in the 30's. that makes the lower 48 not to bad in perspective. we have a cold front, but not into the 30's. in the 70's, 40's behind that this morning, but even temperatures this afternoon, 50's and 60s as the front goes through, because it's dropping temperatures 20-25 degrees easily. it's also got a storm. >> i side. we'll have more on that coming up in a bit. temperature contrast, minneapolis ahead of the system, 90 degrees today, billings into the sitting's and chicago by this weekend dropping into the lower 70's.
overnight temperatures in the 50's. it starts to feel a little more like fall. >> born in minnesota and worked in alaska. >> we love the snow. dog mushers are thrilled by the snow and so are skiers. not everybody is unhappy. >> thank you. >> one rancher with a big heart as big as texas is looking to stop the wave of migrants crossing the border from mexico. >> the good lord knows what i'm doing. i don't care what anybody else says. i really don't, as far as aiding and abetting, i don't have the heart to let somebody just die. >> live in tax with the personal connection motivating him to help those seek ago better life. >> the man who was one ins charge of one of the biggest cities in the world is going back to where he made his name. the surprising move made by former new york mayor michael bloomberg. >> a terrifying scene at a badminton tournament. that video and others captured
underway. the leaders of 28 nations tackle issues including the islamic state and the cries in ukraine. >> let's get a look at our videos captured by citizen journalists around the world. up to seven inches of rain in just one day. >> that nato summit dividing residents in georgia. some gathered, holding up signs claiming the alliance committed war crimes. a pronate toe rally was also held nearby. >> a terrifying scene in vietnam, a narrow is scape as the roof collapsed. you can see it crashing down. no one was hurt. >> the big investment one high tech automakers announced today.
>> today we take a look at a texas rancher. we are joined live from dallas with his story. >> more than 900 square miles of land forms brooks county texas. this is a burial ground for migrants who attempt to walk 34 miles in the desert to get around a border patrol check point that blocks the only highway north from this county. this is the land of life and death struggles and of moral conflict for the ranchers who find themselves in the middle. >> the 70-year-old is now used to the discoveries. in the two decades he's managed the ranch at the edge of the desert, more than 20 bodies have turned up on his 13,000-acres. >> when you find somebody dead,
you're extremely lucky to find him in the first place. why? because the buzzards, the eagles, the coyotes, the hogs, everybody eats on it and spreads the bones all over the place, so you might not ever find them. >> the gruesome findings are all that remain of the migrants who cross the border only to die of dehydration under the 100-degree sun. the local sheriff's office has recovered more than 400 bodies in six years. the chief deputy says there's no telling how many more are undiscovered. >> anytime you find one, you are probably missing maybe five. >> after seeing so much death, durham, who's half mexican is determined to keep those who set foot on his ranch alive, so
leaves water along the path. >> i fill the thing up with 10 or 15 jugs every other week and we've got seven in there. >> how many lives has it saved? >> i have a hard time to know. >> those who reach his porch receive food and an invitation to share their stories. he records the conversations to bring attention to the polite. this boy followed the life to his home after a struggler or coyote left him for dead. >> he'd been walking for three days. there were 18 of them, and the coyote got mad and abandoned them and left them there. >> the fate of those others remains unknown. as for the boy, durham called border patrol to pick him up. he wants more border security, because the fewer migrants who cross, the fewer deaths on his
land. >> the good lord and i know what i'm doing. i don't care what anybody else says, i really don't. i don't have the heart to let somebody just die. no. >> at the same time, you do see them as illegal crossers. >> sure, they are breaking the law and i will turn them in. >> there are times, though, when he can do nothing but call the coroner. >> he was pretty well inside there, and sleeping, and then he came over here and died. he died right here. >> the body of a young man was discovered in february. >> somebody lost a loved one, and they don't even know it and they might not ever know it. >> it took months to identify the 28-year-old guatemalan. he planned to work in new york for five years, then return to his wife and five children living in positive vert. >> they're going to keep coming. this thing is going to keep happening. you to have accept it as a way of life. try to save and help people as
much as you can. >> to durham, it's the act of trying that keeps the fight going. >> the saddest part is that most of these migrants have no idea what they will face. the smugglers tell them this will be a quick walk. once the money's paid up front, there is no more reward for human life. >> 13 is so politically charged, has durham received flak for helping these migrants? >> he says he certainly has, but to him, it's his conscience that matters, not the criticism of others. >> thank you very much. >> coming up tonight, a story of those missing while making the journey across the border, still missing and the americans trying to get answers for their families. you can watch that tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. >> the detroit's financial officer is expected to be the city's first witness in its bankruptcy trial.
the motor city looks to shed $7 billion of its $12 billion debt. some say the city should pay 75 cents on the daughter to settle debt. >> tesla motors is expected to announce plans to build a high tech battery factory in nevada. it will create 6,500 jobs. the plant will make batteries for tesla electric cars and other clients. >> president obama and world leaders gathering for a nato meeting dubbed the most important since the end of the cold war. james bays is live in wales with more on the topics dominating the high stakes summit. >> in detroit, farming in the city isn't just a hobby, but a movement aimed at providing most of the produce its residents eat. that story coming up. >> a controversial law in tennessee sending pregnant mothers caught up in addiction to jail. why doctors say this does more
harm than good to women. >> a look at hour images of the day. the dam in china releasing floodwaters for the first time. >> it is the largest most powerful hydropower project in the world, stands 600 feet tall and provides power for more than 18 million homes. >> justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> faul lines, al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> there blocking the door... >> ground breaking... >> truth seeking... >> we have to get out of here... award winning investigative documentary series... special episode ferguson: city under siege only on al jazeera america
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joins us to talk about what is a slew of controversies overshadowing the season and what the league needs to do to move past them. >> houses in line in atlantic city, casino workers trying to get unemployment benefits after four hotels shut down. we'll talk about what's next. >> a look at this morning's top stairs, a federal judge ruled louisiana's gay marriage ban is constitutional, saying it does not vital a person's right to due process or equal protection. this decision is a blow to gay rights advocates who have seen 20 consecutive rulings in their favor nationwide. >> the murder of steven sotloff has a family friend challenging the leader of i.s. debate islam. >> president obama and other
nato members are considering a rapid response force that could be deployed quickly in eastern europe. we are live in donetsk. we understand that petro poroshenko and vladimir putin are working on a possible ceasefire deal. does it look likely from where you are on the ground? >> good morning, there is scant evidence of any ceasefire having any possibility of holding here in eastern ukraine. what we're hearing in the last just couple of hours is that there is a major tank offensive by what is described at russian tanks towards the strategically vital city of mariupol. they have pushed to within 10 kilometers of the town. there are sporadic clashes
between pro-russian fighters. it seems the pro-russian rebels are pushing them back basically along huge, wide front. no prospects at the moment of a realistic ceasefire on the ground. >> what are major sticking points expected to dominate the talks on friday? >> >> the plan bother similarities to the plan to the ukrainian president outlined in june. reuters reports president poroshenko in wales at the summit saying that he expects a document to be signed which will set out a stage by stage peace plan. that's breaking news in the last few minutes. the reality is that both russia and ukraine see it in very stark and different materials.
russia wants ukrainian forces out. that's the same position as the fighters here, ukraine saying this is our sovereign territory. we're not giving it up. >> thank you. >> there was a tribute for slain journalist steven sotloff at university of southern florida. he was a stand there and classmates gathered to remember him. >> a close friend says his death will not cloud all of the good he tried to do. >> today we grieve in that this week, we mourn, but we will emerge from this ordeal. our village is strong. we will not allow our enemy to say hold us hostage with the sole weapons they possess, fear. our thoughts go to his family. his jailors never broke him. >> saying that sotloff was no war junkie but was drawn to the middle east. he tried to find the good in
people and concealed a world of darkness. >> joining us is clinical psychologist, joining us from los angeles this morning. thank you for being with us. grief over a death is usually something we experience, because we know someone who's died. what does it mean in a case like this when we're touched by the killings of people we may not even know so far away? >> they're absolutely can be a collective mourning, especially when we're witness to the coverage and for those who chose to look at it, the video and images of this kind of loss. i think it's drawn people together. this was our countryman doing good work. there is empathy brought up and a lot of fear. those emotions can bring strong feelings in people, including grief and fear and anger. a lot of strong emotions, so yes, it feels like grief. even know we don't know him, i
think we are on the same page as both the victims of these crimes. my condolences to the families and the loved once. this is a horrifying loss for everyone. >> you talked about the fear. there is a threat that other people, journalists or aid workers could be killed. how does that play on the public conscience? >> i think what it does is heightens awareness at one level. i also think it fosters a sense of helplessness. a lot of people are watching this happen and feeling like they can do nothing, and that sense of helplessness adds to the sense of grief. we are so used to being in control in our lives, of being able to managing, something's going wrong, to fix it. here's a situation where the globe feels there's nothing they can do to make this better and good, i innocent people are losg their lives and that's horrifying, so collective grief from people that don't even know
these gentlemen. >> how do you deal with this grief, cope with it in a way that ultimately is productive? >> i think this grief and this fear and these emotions are a very real thing for anyone watching this, as they should be. these are significant losses. this is an awful things happening, but in terms of coping with it, i don't think that brushing it under the rug is the right thing to do. i also don't know that people should immerse themselves in the coverage. i think we should be responsible and be informed, but then to talk to other people, share this with the people we care about and say how do you feel about this. sometimes people people as though is it even odd i'm having that reaction. it's not. being able to talk about it and share it is a big step to coping with it, especially when we feel so helpless. >> thank you so much for talking with us. >> thank you for having me. >> we want to go back to james bays at the nato summit in wales where they are talking about the
i.s. and crisis in ukraine, but also trying to do something about it. what have we heard so far? >> they've been talking so far about afghanistan, which was originally going to be the focus of this summit, things not going well in afghanistan. it shows you the state of the world, that afghanistan is nowhere near the top of the minds of the word leaders, even though you've got that disputed election. they are so concerned about other conflicts taking place around the world, which happened right now to be more serious, as you say, very near the top of the list, ukraine, detailed discusses coming up on that in the next hours, also the sis and it's hold about parts of syria and iraq and the very brutal tactics its using. >> no one thought that the countries would be talking about protect be their borders, but
ukrainian president poroshenko is going to be a guest and they are trying to reach a ceasefire. will his presence be a good bargaining chip? >> potentially. there is always a balance for nato leaders, whether you actually come up with something to try to deter president putin or come up with something that an tall nices him. poroshenko has said he wants to reenergize the bid of ukraine to be part of nato. well, that is something that really upsets the russians. that's a red line for them, that cannot be crossed, but it will be mentioned here in this summit. the official position from nato is that yes, they invited ukraine some years ago, in 2008 to join, but right now, ukraine doesn't meet the criteria to become a member of nato, because
those involved not having a border dispute when it becomes clear that ukraine has a very big border dispute with a very big neighbor. >> james, thank you very much. >> thousands of fast food workers will be off the job today in a fight to super size their wages. >> workers in 150 cities will demonstrate. they want more money and a union. >> edgar gonzalez and melinda ramirez are proud parents, but for this couple, life is a struggle. they both work at mcdonald's but earn more than california's minimum wage of $9 an hour. edgar, a community worker in his spare time said its not enough. >> i have to work cleaning the lobby and tables and at the same time, i got to be in the back duke the delivery, at the same time, i got to go taking orders. it's stressful. we're not taking from mcdonald's. we're asking them to give back
what they took from us. >> fast food workers have been campaigns for months for the right to unionize and see their minimum wage rice to $15 an hour. those in the industry are among the lowest paid workers in the u.s. the national restaurant association say protests are organized by unions desperate to boost members. >> molina who's worked at mcdonald's for five years and now a manager said being paid $15 an hour would make the difference. >> we would be able to pay our rent on time, we would be able to put foot on our table. every two weeks we get paid and we don't see that money. we just see it go through our hands. >> there are an estimated 4 million fast food workers in the u.s. and many have families. his fight for a higher wage is now part of a growing political movement. >> the campaign to raise the wages of fast food workers i gaining momentum not just here but across the country.
when you look at the economics of their situation, it's not hard to see why. according to a recent study, almost 17% of all workers live below the poverty line and even president obama has lent his support saying all they want to do is provide their families with pride and dignity. >> let's go live to diane h he n chicago. they want $15 an hour, a big jump among the minimum wage. do they think they're going to get it? >> well, it is a big jump and could be a tough sell, but they're optimistic that they can. i am joined by douglas hunter, a mcdonald's worker for four years. you haven't had a raise in four years. do you think you can get to $15 an hour? >> sure. justice is on our side and we're going to win this thing. i can't say exactly when, but i know we're going win it, because faith is on our side.
>> what is your take home pay and is it easy for you to live on that? >> i take home $750 a month. my rental is $775 a month. i have a daughter, providing school clothes and different things for her that she needs. it's really a struggle. i think we can do better. i think workers deserve better from mcdonald's. we worked, put in stress, we work hard for this company, and mcdonald's broke $5 billion last year, shush they can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour. >> are you willing to stand here all day in the rain to protest. >> i'm willing to do whatever it takes to get mcdonald's and burger kings, and these huge companies that are making all this money to the table. >> thanks very much. these workers will be out here all day today. right now, there are 200 people here. >> live in chicago this morning, diane, thank you very much.
>> in atlantic city today, casino workers are expected to apply for unemployment after losing their jobs in the closing of casinos. a oh fourth is set to close in two weeks. >> michael bloomingburg will resume control of his media empire. he said he will do so by the end of the year. >> a controversial law entennessee pits women against the state. the law makes it a crime to use drugs during pregnancy. >> the women can be charged with aggravated assault. that could land them in jail for 15 years. >> shannon castillo knows addiction. the daughter of a her win addict, almost inevitably, she says she became an addict. shannon has been clean and sober for three years, but up to the birth of her he would effort
daughter, she relapsed and found out she was pregnant again. >> immediately, i was terrified. i knew what was about to happen. >> her doctor wrote her a prescription for more opiates. >> he said you can't stop. >> if she did the same thing today, she could land in prison. as of july 1, women can be jailed with charges as severe as aggravated assault against their own babies for using drugs during pregnancy. addicts often give birth to newborns dependent on drugs and going through painful withdrawal symptoms. the new law is the first in the nation to specifically target pregnant women for drug use. they can avoid jail by getting treatment. jessica mansion a woman's rehab
program in nashville. there are six beds here for pregnant women and only about 50 state-funded beds in all of tennessee. >> do you know when you call up treatment centers, treatment programs, one of the questions you are asked is are you pregnant or could you be pregnant. in almost every center in the state, a positive answer to that question will screen you out of the program. they will not take you if you're pregnant. >> there's plenty of other programs. i'm telling you we are going to find programs that we can to put these women in. >> what i'm hearing already is some of the women are saying they're not even going to go to the doctor, because they are afraid that the doctor may report them. >> decades of research led the medical community to define addiction as a chronic brain disorder, not a behavioral problem. intends, state lawmakers and law officers reject that view. >> people say addiction in as illness, but it's a different kind. it's not like cancer.
if i have cancer, i can't go into a program and get rid of it. people who are alcoholics can quit drinking. what you are forgoing is the consequences. that woman has a choice the baby never had. >> it takes more than just making a decision. there was many, many, many times that i used and i didn't want to. >> shannon is working with addiction specialists, trying to start a treatment center to work with other pregnant women who face the same battle she fought with addiction. that battle may be harder know, as the penalty these women face becomes more harsh and the help they need so hard to get. aljazeera, nashville, tennessee. >> so far, at least three women have been charged with aggravated assault. under the new law, the government physician show 129 pregnant women receive treatment in tennessee last year. >> in a change of note, are you ready for some football?
>> the nfl kicking off the season tonight surrounded by controversy. we'll talk about that, weighing in on whether it is fourth and long for repairing the league's image. >> my heart is racing so fast >> standing at a crossroads... >> my parents have their plan. i'm gonna do what god asks me to do before what they ask me to do... >> can a family come together? >> do you think that you can try and accept me for me? >> life changing moments... >> my future is in my hands right now... >> from oscar winning director alex gibney, a ground breaking look at the real issues facing american teens on, the edge of eighteen only on aljazeera america vé
>> a live look in wales where the nato summit is getting underway. this is a remember answer for those killed in the line of duty. they will discuss a lengthy list have issues. >> we are going to switch gears and talk about football. the nfl commissioner is going to wait out the legal pros before punishing ray mcdonald. he was arrested saturday on felony domestic violence
charges. the nfl is clamping down on offenders with a six time ban, second time for life. >> the 2014 nfl season starts tonight in seattle as the seahawks host the green bay packers. >> the football focus remains on the field after a controversial off-season that led the league to adopt new policies. we have more on that. a tough off-season for the league. >> it has been, but for perspective, first, there are almost 2,000 players who play in the nfl, twice as many as major league baseball. with so many players, it's no surprise that a few are going to go astray, enough to keep the league's chief damage controller very busy. >> the commissioner says reputation as a disciplinarian has been put to the test. >> something i to have lift with the rest of my life. >> after ray rice knocked his
fiancee unconscious, the two game suspension didn't go over well. >> the nfl missed an opportunity to send a message to its thousands of employees. >> saying he got that one wrong, he later instituted a six game punishment for first domestic violence offenses and lifetime ban for a second. it wasn't even a week before the 49ers ray mcdonald was arrested on a domestic violence charge. >> i appreciate the love and support. >> knowing people were watching closely to see if he would deal as harshly with a wayward team owner as he would with a player, goodell suspended indianapolis colts owner jim irsay six games and fined him $500,000 for a d.u.i. some players, including coats player jerry hughes have complained $500,000 is a slap on the wrist for a billionaire
owner compared to wes welkers four game suspension for testing positive for a banned stub stance. >> i'm sorry, i made mistakes. >> goodell has had to suspend a kicker for the first time, sitting the broncos matt trader down four games for alcohol abuse. with all of this, as well as growing pressure for one of the league's oldest franchises to change a nickname many consider racist, there's no doubt goodell feels as peyton manning feels. >> i'm excited football is finally here. >> again, some perspective. offer season arrests declined 30% this past off-season. according to a website, arrest rates continue to be lower for the league's 25-29-year-olds and in society overall. >> robert bolland teaches sports business at nyu in new york. we are joined by superbowl
champion rickee waters. you can show us the ring. he is in san francisco this morning. welcome, gentlemen. when baseball was hit by the steroid scandals, attendance dropped around the league. we haven't seen that in football. why not? >> live attendance is in some bit of decline in football simply because ticket price and home experience is going very strongly. the popularity of football seems to be increasing, maybe despite all predictions and all fault of doom and gloom, it's the one thing we stop and watch and now is our biggest entertainment program. >> i knew guys you played against and am not going to name the team, but they're pregame ritual was trying to run over animals to get stoked. you were in the locker rooms. are we looking at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to behavior problems in the nfl? >> i think what it is is just a small microcosm of the world at large.
these players are human beings and under a tremendous amount of pressure to always be at their best, to always perform at the highest level no matter whether they're injured or whatever their situation is, so it's going to be a tough situation for them. i think it's about how to deal with that stress. >> do you feel that the league has taken the right steps dealing with this situation involving the players in these scandals we're seeing? >> definitely. you can't condone these things that are happening. i think it has to do with leadership. you have to have the right leadership. when i came into the league, i had great people to emplate, i had ronnie and roger craig and john taylor. i had so many guys that would talk to me and help me through things, because you're so young. when i went back to school at notre dame, i went to finish up and get my degree and was around players. i realized how young they are and how much they don't know or understand about life. you just need leadership one need the veterans to support these guys and to show them how
to handle these situations properly. >> mr. bolland, he went to notre dame. that priced itself on academics as well as athletics. a lot of players don't tog these schools. do you remember the league is doing enough to crack down on the situation? >> i think the league is doing whatever it can, but the horse is already out of the barn door and you're trying to close it after its out. the nfl has been very reactive, trying to do everything they can, but it's also a business issue. they need to relate oh to the sponsors and protect the image of the values of the game, which have been very, very strong and traditional over the years. >> there's been a lot made about concussions and new helmets they are talking about to soften the blows to the head. a lot of people are talking about these low hits. which are the biggest threat are are they both a big problem? >> they're both a big problem. the concussion is something that people didn't know enough about and i think bringing it to the
forefront was a good thing. now we understand the situation and it can only get better from this point on. that's where a lot of this stands is to just get it out there for people to understand what's going on, see that go these are hum beings playing this game. the sport is always going to thrive. there's no better way to decompress than watch a well-played football game after a hard week of work. >> rickey, you're the one with the superbowl ring, robert, you're the one -- thank you for being with us today. >> the latest on the discussions at the nato summit in wales as word leaders debate what to do about the islamic state threat and how to handle the ukraine crisis. >> coming up in two minutes, more on the fight against the islamic state group. >> we'll see you back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. we'll see you then.
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