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ease. >> thank you so much for being on al jazeera, sir kens >> welcome to al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm david shuster with a look at today's top stories. >> poses a significant threat to nato members. >> president obama and nato leaders agree on steps to confront the islamic state group. and in eastern ukraine after months of fighting a cease-fire has begun. the pentagon confirms the death
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of the al-shabaab leader in somalia. >> president obama's efforts to build a coalition in th the--against the islamic state. he said it will require more help from the united nations and others in the middle east. >> we'll support them from the air but ultimately we'll need a strong ground gain and we'll need a sunni tribe in these areas so they start taking the fight to isil as well. >> reporter: phil ittner has more now from london.
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>> speaking at the nato summit in newport, wales, the president said the priority is to degrade and destroy the islamic state group. that was aentment echoed by other representatives from the 28-member alliance. there was a ten-member group. doing humanitarian admissions anaid missions they say finding a consensus was a very real threat from the islamic state
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was not difficult. >> there was unimity that isil poses a significant threat to nato members. there was a recognition that we have to take action. >> now the host nation, the united nations, has a particular concern about the islamic state group. not least of which those two videos that were recently released showing the beheading of american journalists was apparently conducted by a british national, and that has shocked and angered the united kingdom. prime minister david cameron said there is a possibility that the u.k. could actually conduct airstrikes in the region against the islamic state, but only if the government in baghdad asked for that. the government here has also said that they may look into the possibility of sending soldiers to the region, and that is a pretty unique position within
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europe. they are reluctant to put soldiers in harm's way especially in light of the iraq war, which many here regret being a part of. but britain said they may send troops to the region, but they emphasize that they would not be there for combat operations but for coordinating humanitarian assistance. still the islamic state a major topic of discussion during this summit in wales. >> phil ittner reporting in london. airstrikes have weakened islamic state group in iraq. and their brutality may be their undoing. >> reporter: we were in a vilsack today, today they're digging up a mass grave, so far
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body count 35. they seem to be truck drivers from the south of iraq, which implies they were shia killed by sunni militants. there are multiple car bombs in and around baghdad today, and something that could prove to be strategically notable is that a sunni or a tribal sheikh was killed by the islamic state today. it's notable because the describes have allowed the islamic state to operate if not enabled them to operate in certain areas. when you go back to anbar when al-qaeda was big in 2005-2006, it was the tribes who turned against al-qaeda for killing tribal members and pushed them out of anbar at that time. so the assassination near mosul could turn out to be an interesting event in days and weeks to come. >> the fact that tribes do turn against the islamic state could be significant. a lot of groups, a lot of people watching all of this are
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horrified by the action of those members of the islamic state the president said it will defeat thet the islamic state. is diminishing the islamic state the most hopeful scenario in all this? >> reporter: could be, i have yet to hear people come up with a strategy of what to do about syria. that is the base of their operations. the islamic state in the meantime you hear them looking at other places like egypt. so it could spread in a way that the u.s.--it is a global war approach again to the islamic state, much like al-qaeda. diminishing president obama has used 9 word making them more manageable. we'll see how that plays out in time to come. >> that's josh rushing in erbil,
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northern iraq. there was a memorial for stephen sotloff. the 30-year-old was abducted a year ago and earlier this week the islamic state showed a video showing sotloff beheading. the pentagon announced a breakthrough to somalia. al-shabaab's leader ahmed abdi godane. he claimed responsibility for an attack in nairobi that killed 67 people. his death may leave a turn power vacuum in the group. mike viqueira, what do we know about this strike gym. >> reporter: you reported that the somali government reacted to the killing of godane by
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american bombs on the godane south of mogadishu. that is the capitol, somalia has not even had a central government for the better part of two and a half decades. godane and his group al-shabaab had occupied mogadishu up until two years ago when they were driven out by ethiopians and many other african nations. the spokesman there said it is a significant operational and symbolic blow. this is an individual who had been in charge, godane of the al-shabaab network for some six years. his predecessor was killed by a similar airstrikes. while in wales the president talked about this operation by u.s. military forces, and lauded the military for their
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effectiveness and threw some parallels as you were talking with josh rushing in iraq. just listen. >> president obama: we have been very syste systemic and methodical going after people who threat arabian-u.s. operations and homeland. >> that deliberation is what the president has been criticized for by those here in washington and others across the globe. the strategy against the islamic state group. in the meantime the president very eagle for point to this operation in somalia as a demonstration of the capabilities and what this administration is doing to fight terrorism. >> mike, while the administration still tries to come up with options to deal with islamic state, and we heard from the president over and over, the goal is clearly to
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destroy and defeat, the president said it's not enough to push them out of iraq, and it's in the enough to simply contain the group in syria, it seems to suggest that some sort of action in syria is eventually going to come. is that enough to sort of hold off the political pressure that the president is getting from congress on this? >> reporter: well, i doubt it, and a couple of things on that, david. first of all, congress is going to talk a big game. it will be a freebie for them. it will only be three weeks until they're gone for the november election. if this comes to vote in congress, it is a difficult vote for republicans and democrats and many will be split down the middle, and many will not want their members to take a position on something as volatile as this going into the elections. having said that, frankly, the president and the administration had mixed messages. let's not sugarcoat this.
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he said they will go after isis, and then the vice president said they're going to chase them to the gates of hell. there has been mixed messages as the president forms this policy, a policy that must include president and officials on down the line, a coalition not only nato members who were there in wales over the course of the last several days, but sunni arab countries around the region, an unified front coalition to drive out the islamic state group. >> talk dominated by the crisis in ukraine. just as countries began considering sanctions on russia, pro russian separatists and the ukrainian government agreed to a truce fire. it is still holding we have more from donetsk.
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>> reporter: donetsk late afternoon, the area where many rallied and recruited is once again a place where children can go roller skating. head of the talks have been confident predictions that a deal would be possible. it appeared a realization on all sides but the military conflict in eastern ukraine is not longer winnable. at the nato summit the president described his interpretation of the plan. >> in this there are 12 practical steps to establish peace and stability in part of the donetsk and luhansk region of ukraine. with respect to the sovereignty, integrity and territory of ukraine. this is the key issue now, the basis for finding a peaceful solution of the crisis on the east of ukraine.
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>> reporter: but even after the signing pro russian leaders warned their separatist ambitions are undimmed. >> this does not mean that our aim to break up ukraine is over, no. the cease-fire is just a necessary step in order to stop bloodshed among the united people 2347 there have been significant bloodshed over the past five months. more than 2600 people have been killed according to u.n. estimates. 1million are estimated to have fled their homes in the face of artillery and rocket attacks. on the front lines outside of the city of maripol news of the cease-fire agreement coincided with a barrage of rockets aimed at ukrainian military positions. the soldiers here remain deeply skeptical that the truce can hold. >> in the end there is always peace, but on which conditions. if they take all our forces from our territory. if separatists put down our
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weapons, then we don't have a problem. >> reporter: a wary silence descended across the conflict zone. after five months of bitter fighting and violations of previous cease fires it will take some considerable reassurance before the people of eastern ukraine will believe in this deal. the alternative is a frozen conflict. a war which neither side can win, and nobody wants that. paul brennan, al jazeera, donetsk. >> u.s. aviation officials are investigating why a small plane crashed off the coast of i can't make can--jamaica just a few hours ago. a pair of f-15 fighter jets were ordered to follow the plane because the pilot failed to respond. >> reporter: the pilot unresponsive. the six-seater turboprop like this one, it left rochester,
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new york, about 8:30 this morning bound for naples, florida. but an hour and a half into the flight the faa said the pilot became unresponsive, stopped responding to radio calls to traffic controllers. the military were notified. they scrambled fighter jets to see what was going on. >> the plane's occupants did not respond to attempts to communicate. and norad used jets to monitor it. norad will provide more information on that. we've been in touch with the two countries in whose flight space it went through, the bahamas and cuba. >> the plane kept flying on at 25,000 feet. it flew past florida. it flew into cuban air space. it flew past cuba and then crashed no doubt running out of fuel about 14 miles north of jamaica in the water there. now the plane registered to
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rochester businessman and developer larry glazer, mr. glazer and his wife jane were on board that plane. the county executive maggie brooks said that the couple will be greatly missed. >> the people who knew them are certainly going to be forever touched by their passion for and their love of this city. i don't think i knew too many people that loved rochester as much as larry glazer and his wife jane. >> reporter: the most likely explanation for this tragic accident is loss of pressurization, lack of oxygen in the plane. it happened in 1999 to pro golfer payne stewart. he and five others died after the learjet they were flying in depressurized and it, too, ran on for hours and ran out of fuel and crashed. this is an insidious problem and pilots may not realize they're losing oxygen. they become disoriented and lose
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consciousness and at that altitude it does not take long to lose consciousness. >> labor department said today the job growth in the united states slowed down in august raising questions about the state of the economic recovery. real money's.ali velshi joins us with more. what does this mean? is there a seasonal reason why it was low, perhaps? >> reporter: yes, this is based on a survey. they call people up and find out whether they're working, august is a tough months. of the last 15 years 12 times august has been revised up. these revisions come for the next few months and the average revision is 30,000. if you add the 42, you're in the 175,000 category. that's still well below what
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economists are expecting. they were looking for 225,000 to 250,000 jobs. thithis is disappointing, but it is just a month. there is also another reason why this might have been interesting. and that is do you remember the story we've been talking about market basket, this northeastern chain where the workers were protesting because the boss had been removed in a power struggle? well, thousands and thousands of workers from market basket were given zero hours. they were part time workers. you got zero hours you're counted as unemployed. so the labor department said there is a statistic, they just said it was a grocery store chain. we subsequently called them and they said yes, it was market basket. we don't know what the numbers were, but bottom line, most people think we'll see a jump back in september because of that and revision in august. not great news, not as bad as it looked. >> for all the invest he is out
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there, is there anything in the economy that looks fundamentally unsound? >> no, it's soft, mushy. it's not too hot, it's not too cold. that's not a terrific way to have a growing economy. there is uncertainty. our biggest trading partner happens to be europe, and there is a lot of uncertainty out of europe. this unemployment did not give everyone a reason to be cheerful. it did not give investors a reason to worry too much. that said at the end of the day the s&p closed at yet another record. investors to some degree are ignoring what's going on both in america and in the world. they're buying stocks and doing well doing it. >> what else is coming up on "real money"? >> reporter: we're looking at cities and suburbs and why more people are leaving suburbs and getting in the metropolitan area. we'll talk about the implications of it for people who live in cities and suburbs. >> looking forward to that. ali, thanks as always. >> reporter: all right. >> the third american infected with ebola is now being cared
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for in nebraska. and we'll tell you how a video game, yes a video game may help to develop a cure for the deadly disease. also in power politics democrats in tight races are increasingly nervous that president obama may take executive action on immigration reform. we'll show you why next.
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>> in today's power politics. 60 days, and while democrats in tough races have urged president obama not to take executive action on immigration reform before the election the president left the possibility open of ignoring their political request. >> i suspect that on my flight back this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we looked at, and we'll make an announcement. i want to be clear. my intention in the absence of action by congress i'll do what
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i can within the legal restraints of my office. it's the right thing to do for the country. >> the president is considering giving a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants who have been in the united states for more than ten years. some have said publicly that the white house should not take unilateral action and it could hurt the party badly in november. but the president unscored today he may not wait. we'll see what happens. in louisiana today a state judge threw out a court challenge to senator mary landres bid. landru owns a home in washington, but she listed this home her parents' house in louisiana to satisfy state
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election requirements. she and her siblings own that home. and them mor the judge decided they could move forward if they is elected again. >> in the state senate ernst sponsor an amendment to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest and would ban many common forms of birth control and wants criminal punishment for dollar doctor who perform an abortion. >> expect to see more ads like that one in other races as democrats try to portray republicans as extreme and radical. and general elections candidates in both parties usually try to move to the center on some issues. in the colorado senate rate
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challenger cory gardner is touting bipartisan energy proposals. >> so what's a republican like me doing at a wind farm? supporting the next generation. that's what. i'm cory gardner. i cowrote the law to launch our state's green energy industry. now i'm working across party lines to encourage the natural gas our economy needs. >> there are candidates taking on ads proclaiming that they're moderate. finally the issue of internet security. it is now a theme in the south carolina governor's race. you see earlier this year the state department of revenue was hacked. democrats accused republicans nicky haley of not doing enough to report on the scandal and engaging in a cover up. now they're running this. >> when criminals hawked into target and stole millions of credit card numbers their ceo stepped down. she refused to release the
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official report of what happened, and that's not being accountable. we cannot trust nicky haley. >> that governor's race in south carolina is getting interesting. that is today's power politics. as the nato summit the president spoke about immigration reform. what can he do? we'll talk about the options and political ramifications in-depth coming up next. plus thousands of migrants have disappeared. their families are looking for closure. we'll tell you the story of two texas volunteers who are trying to help.
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>> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america >> president obama has been saying for months that he's getting tired of waiting for congress to do something about immigration reform, and today the president said his advisers have presented him with options for executive action. and the president today laid out some of the administration's goals. >> i intend to take action to make sure we're putting more resources on the border that we're upgrading how we process these cases, and that we find a way to encourage legal immigration. >> the president said he plans
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to act soon possibly before election day. but he did not offer a specific timetable. a lot of democrats are taken back today in the wake of them saying to the white house don't do this before the election, there is the president leaving open the possibility that it could happen perhaps in the next couple of days. >> absolutely. we've seenal franal franklin and al nelson who came out and said you cannot take unilateral action in the midterm. now i'm not convinced he's going ahead full throttle but he leaves the window open. that's big news. >> he said he needs to find it some way to help illegal
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immigrants. with a stroke of a pen he could make them legal citizens. republicans call that amnesty but that appears to be on the table. that would be huge. >> that would be huge. if he does that before the midterm you can bet that turn out is going to be big. i have my doubts he'll go that far before the election. but certainly after if he doesn't do it before he's going to do it after. that is going to raise some real serious questions because we have democrats saying that kind of unilateral action is not only unconstitutional, but it also raises big problems from a policy perspective. but the president has said since the house can't get its house together and pass a bill, he's going to act. >> maybe there is something about the president makin bringing it forward. the house has refused to take it up. if the american people don't like it, then they have that argument with their members of
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congress, their constituents, whatnot, and the american people get to decide. >> yes, i mean there, are all kind of speculation. maybe he's doing this to base the republicans into actually impeaching him, which they have said if he goes this far. i don't know if republicans would go that far, that would be a real loser for them. we hear from activists that this could get the base out. as lord of the democratic party he has got to be very careful about how he proceeds. you know, he does have to be pragmatic. if they lose the senate and lose it big he'll have to take the blame before the election. he has two years ago if he's facing a republican senate and they're outnumbering the democrats as much as they may, that will be bad news. >> here's the flip side. let's suppose that they're going
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to lose the senate any way. oh okay, the republicans will take control of the senate, it's unlikely that the senate and house will agree on anything time soon the president will kick himself saying i should have acted by the end of the summer and roll the dice. >> he may very well say that, and i think the republicans have a 60-40 chance of taking the senate. >> regardless. >> yes, the math works for them. everything works for them this time around. they probably get the six that they need. that said the president has time after the election to move big on it. you know, he could act, but given the way that president president obama tends to operate and how pragmatic he is in a whole range of policy issues, i think something on immigration i don't expect he'll go big before the election but i think we could see him move on something like border security and say this is what we're going to do
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after. it gems get this done. if the president gets it done after the election people will be supportive of that. that, you know, is something that he'll be able to take and move towards 2016 and help the democrats. >> i think you're right but sometimes his own consternation drives his own party crazy. latino voters will think that he's going to do something, and then like lucy in peanuts, continually pulls the ball away. >> i'm not clear why in juneauing the map that they were facing he promised to take action before the end of the summer. that's what i think the big mistake was. he promised to take action before the end of the summer. now he has to turn back on his promise? those kinds of promises that seem to get him in trouble and his remarks at nato can also get him in trouble. he has got to be very careful. if he's going to say it, he has to do it. he has a history of backtrack on
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these things, which is problematic. >> always great to have you in. thank you. all this week we've been bringing you stories from brooks county, texas, this remote part of texas is the center of the border crisis. migrants have died there, the department has estimate five times as many people walked into the desert and were never seen again. heidi zhou castro explains how relatives' search for loved ones who have disappeared. >> the phone has been ringing every morning for the past week. on the line a guatemalan father whose 20-year-old son julio has disappeared in the southwest texas desert a months ago. the young man has made his way to minnesota to reunite with his father who he has not seen in 20
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years. border. >> no one knows what happened to him. >> border control is swamped here. the sheriff's office has only four deputies. that leaves the south texas human rights center with a staff of two full-time volunteers as the last beacon of hope for migrant families. eddie a retired union leader opened the center in november. and a nun has come to help. she's trying to find where julio disappeared. they have zero training for this. what they do have is drive and informed guesswork. >> maybe we go out to this road. >> reporter: another migrant told julio's father his son had fainted from exhaustion. the companion left julio under a tree. close to some hills and a water source. that was a month ago.
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in 100-degree heat with no food or water there is little chance of survival. they're looking for a body. >> 1.8 miles is what it said. >> from that same road we were on? >> yes. >> reporter: we hit the road to retrace julio's last known steps. he walked into the desert. he must have been relieved to see a smug ame smuggler's car waiting on this highway. >> he was waiting to finish the last leg, and then the car sputters out and he is on foot. >> a police officer saw the migrants and chased. julio ran for an hour before he collapsed in the endless scrub. >> do you think there is water over here that maybe attract him? >> it's logical that a desperate person may go this way but we find no body. >> careful where you step,
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sister. >> what am i looking for, eddie? >> you just want to be careful with where you step. >> all right. >> and keep your sense of smell. >> your chance is like winning the lottery because this land is so vast. >> reporter: we find another place that seems to fit the migrant's description. a pond a hill a tree. here on the ground a discarded jacket, and this could be a breakthrough. a shallow grave. >> there are some bones buried here. there are a lot of bones buried here. a closer look reveals they're just cattle. but another day without answers is another day of tournament for julio's father. >> if you were dead, your parents, your husband would be looking for you until the day of their death. we simply want to ease their burdens. ease their hearts and make it right. >> reporter: of the 20-some cases they have received this summer they found two bodies.
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they have never found anyone alive. but a search is never called off. because it comforts families to know someone cares. >> he may have, i don't know, been strong enough to move. >> and is looking. >> that's heid heidi castro reporting. join us for a special one hour "five days along the border." we'll look at the impact the flood of undocumented migrants have had on the united states, and a search for solution. that's tonight at 8:00 and 11 eastern. urban shield started today in oakland, california. it comes after a debate in this country of how armed police forces should be. and melissa chan is at the
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export and has this report. >> reporter: they have buyers from other countries such as israel, brazil, can tar. the police sabrazil. >> you had in a pa and sonoma wine country and the philadelphia police department. we had a chance to look at the very much doctors. here's what onat the vendors. >> they're going to show me how this works. ouch, it's like a very expensive paint ball toy you have here. but when we talked to people about the military indication of police in ferguson no one wanted
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to talk about ferguson. they talked about safety. they pointed to the boston marathon bombings and how all this military gear was useful. >> a lot of people will say it's the militarization of the police and a lot of people say it's the policing of our military the crux of the matter is in the world and in the united states we keep having nut cases with the sole intent of killing people. >> in the post ferguson hearing many are talking about the militarization of police. do you think there is a real concern there? >> there's no concern there. it's a function of perspective. what people see as militarization of police has an evolving mission especially since 9/11. the police are facing different threats than they traditionally faced in the past. >> reporter: now there will be a training exercise over the next
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couple of days dealing with natural disasters and emergencies. none of this that you see behind me would have existed without 9/11. there has been funding for had military gear for police stations across the country. a lot of americans have been surprised by the images they've seen out of ferguson over the past few weeks but for many police officers this is very much the norm. melissa chan, al jazeera, oakland, california. >> there has been a peaceful end to police stand off. roxana saberi has that story and more in news around america. roxana? >> reporter: adam maltoes was taken into security in florida. his ex-girlfriend's four-year-old son was with him and unharmed. four bodies were found near the ex-girlfriend's home. the police believe he killed them and fled with the child.
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the small town on hawai'i big island is in danger of becoming a hot mess. lava from the kilauea volcano's flow is close enough to announce state of security. many are advised to evacuate. something crept on the ground in southern california but it was not lava. police caught a deadly cobra. it had been on the loose since monday when it attacked a dog. they're trying to determine where the snake came from. finally chicago's little league champs are getting major league money. getting a share of the profits from the sales of its t-shirts. dick's sporting goods has already sold 12,000 shirts.
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>> that is going to attract kids to give baseball a chance. >> we did all the work. >> the kids from chicago came within a game of winning the little league championships this summer but they lost to south korea in the final. >> where can we order those shirts? just go to dick's sporting goods? >> i think dick's sporting goods online, if there are any left. >> $164,000 to help those kids. that's wonderful. coming up the video game that scientists believe could help save victims of the ebola virus, and we'll show you how a music program right here is helping one 18-year-old prepare for a college education.
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>> a third american infected with the ebola virus arrived to the u.s. for treatment. the doctor contracted the virus in a hospital in liberia where he was delivering babies. he's being treated at the university of nebraska in omaha. >> reporter: the doctor and his aid colleague was flown from west africa to atlanta and admitted to emory hospital behind me and placed in an one of a kind isolation unit where their vitals were monitored and given the serum zmapp. they're now recovered and doing well. on friday morning another aid worker flew to omaha, nebraska, put into isolation, that person is being monitored closely. his vitals are being looked at,
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but he has not been given the experimental zmapp because there are no more doses but there is "s" a possibility of a blood serum that may be injected to help his cause in getting better. we heard from one of the doctors from the university of nebraska medical center in omaha. >> it's inevitable that we'll see this spread worldwide and it's important to shut down this outbreak as soon as possible. you're all familiar with this happening. you saw this with mhrs cases just recently. these global diseases present local issues to us here in nebraska and the united states. >> the 51-year-old doctor who is being treated for the ebola infection in omaha, he was never around anyone with th the infectious disease.
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he was not treating anyone. he was delivering babies. how did he get the ebola virus? we'll find out as he's being treated medically at the omaha infectious disease center. >> as ebola spreads and doctors look for new ways to fight the virus, researchers have turned to the world of video gaming for help. allen schauffler has that story. >> reporter: wwe want to design a protein. >> reporter: it's a game called "fold it." zoran popovich who developed it calls it a 3d jigsaw puzzle. >> what would fit nicely in that spot there. all of a sudden the virus would not be able to do the stuff that it is doing. >> so it will inhibit that
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virus. >> that's right. >> reporter: the idea is that it will develop proteins. players all over the world participate and helped to develop anti-aids proteins. the whole point of the gamers who attack the ebola puzzle is to have a real-world impact. so the journey from the onscreen fold-it solutions in this case five steps. >> so that's a strand of dna. >> that's a lot of strands of dna. >> reporter: dna made to order, not found in nature. dr. david baker run of the university of washington's institute of protein design where the ebola fold-it effort has given scientists new leads. >> there are brand new proteins that never existed that fold-it players made that actually work. >> reporter: the fold it puzzle
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has been online for six months. there is no actual ebola virus anywhere in this line. >> in the lab we can be working with it in real life. >> you're doing that with the ebola proteins. >> translating that into vaccines or treatments could take years with gamers becoming keyboard bio chemists as they lay. >> if you want to try it, head to fold .2. 15 students across the country were give the course in documentary filmmaking and sent home to document their senior year. the stories and serious like this next one show the challenges facing young people. randall pinkston reports how
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music is helping to change lives of teenagers in new york city. [♪ music ] >> reporter: 18-year-old stephen douglas is a member of the occur russ. his mother was called to bring him in for an audition. he was in third grade. >> i didn't know what to expect, but i obviously did a good job, and i've been here ever since. [♪ singing ] >> reporter: stephen soon learned that they offered more than music. >> at one time i was really back sliding, and it helped me, it motivated me to want to do better in school. >> reporter: francisco nunez, a successful musician created this chorus in 1988. >> i wanted to start a program where i could use music bringing
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people from all over new york city together and give them an opportunity to learn. >> reporter: from nine children 26 years ago the program now works with 1400 throughout the city. the occur russ stephen in performance all over the world. >> i visited japan, china, hong kong, sal salzberg. >> the music is just the means of making a great person. hold on, i count. >> reporter: stephen grew up in a high-crime new york neighborhood with an older brother and single mom who worked two jobs. >> how would you say that the choir made a different in his life. >> first of all, discipline. apart from that, it keeps him from the streets. >> reporter: stephen said that her own rules helped. >> if you do anything to break the law, you have no mother, i'm
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not coming. >> it's easy to quit. that's what a lot of people want you to do. they want you to be another statistic. >> reporter: but stephen did not quit thanks to his mother's encouragement and nyc who encouraged him and got him to the traditions. >> they paid for him to go. chaperoning, they did everythi everything. >> reporter: stephen was searched in every college he got to. >> with god and if you put heart into it, it will happen. >> reporter: whether sane or not i always dreamed about doing something good and being remembered for it. ♪ close your eyes ♪ make a wish >> reporter: college freshman passing at the age of 18.
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♪ we're going to celebrate >> what a great piece. you can catch the premiere of "edge of 18" this sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. there is no reason to be alarmed but earth is going to have a close call with an astroid on sunday. jacob ward will explain, and then it's "real money with ali velshi." >> reporter: i'll tell you how a group of clerks and cashiers has an impact on the monthly job report. and why moving on up in the middle class does not mean moving out to the suburbs any more. we'll have more on that on "real money."
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>> nasa said earth will have a close encounter with an astroid on sunday. it will zoom by our planet as close as some satellites do, but nasa said it will not hit earth. science and technology reporter jacob ward with can we trust nasa on this one? >> reporter: yes, we can definitely trust nasa on this one. this is called rc 2014. it's 60 feet in diameter. it will be moving incredibly fast when it goes by at 2:18 on sunday. it will be over new zealand but it will be need to be a quick
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amateur astron astronomyier. this is just one of the rare ones that is going to whip right by us although at a very safe distance. >> it still seems close. any chance this could disrupt satellite communication or gps. >> reporter: there is absolutely no chance. it will be 3,000 miles above the most far out orbital satellites we have. so our communication systems, gps, all of that should be fine. there is an astroid initiative that nasa runs, a club for telescopes, and it worked on august 31st a telescope in arizona picked up this one. the next night someone in hawai'i found it. in the future we'll need a more sophisticated system. there is a privately funded
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telescope called the sentinel in the works. that is going to have a 200 radius view. if this one were to hit earth, if this astroid would protein design to hit earth. it would break up in the atmosphere and cause an explosion, it would hit in the ocean. it wouldn't do any of the things we worry about. unless you have something about twice this size, three times this size then you're looking at a big crater and stuff being thrown in the air. if that were happening, i think i would probably be at the top of the show, and i would have a very different look on my face. we're going to be fine this weekend. >> any time we can have you at the top of the show, that would be great. thanks as always. that will do it for this hour. "real money with ali velshi" is next. he'll talk about some of the latest jobs numbers disappointing for the economists today, but the economy relativ relatively mushy as ali put it.
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remember, you can always get our news any time on www.aljazeera.com. that's our website. be sure to watch the news updates tonight and over the weekend. "real money" starts right now. >> last month was the worst of the year for job creation in america. don't get carried we. i'll tell what you is good in this report and how one single company may have put the dent in the numbers. also the cease-fire just signed in ukraine. we'll talk about why both sides decided to back off at least for now and what nato's next moves will be. forget corn and wheat, we'll take to you a farm in indiana where they're raising fresh shrimp. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money."

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