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7:30 am iraqi army helicopters are striking islamic state fighters. they are trying to beat back the fighters ... president obama delays taking action on immigration. the move unleashing a storm of criticism from his opponents. ceasefire breached - heavy shelling breaks out again between ukranian forces and pro-russian separatists. violently storms sweep the country, leaving a path of construction in its wake. remembering joon rivers. the "new york post" is carried to a waiting hearse. i'm john terrett live in new york city. as a who's who of friends and
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family prepare to say their final goodbye to a legendary comeed yen. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. live from new york city, i'm morgan radford. immigration reform is on hole. president obama saying he's delaying executive action until after the november election. he blames the border crisis for the delay, pointing to a surge of immigrant children entering the united states. the decision contradicting a promise he made in june to go at it alone in implementing a complete immigration system overhaul. it's sparking criticism from the immigrant community and republicans. as reported, the president is playing politics with their lives. [ chanting ] >> for months immigration activists marched in protest at what they say is a lack of political will by the white house to make sa decision on what to do -- make a decision on what to do about 11 million
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illegal immigrants lying in the united states. it's a problem getting worse as thousands of children showing up at the southern border, most ark without parents, saying they are fleeing drug-related violence in their home country. the white house asked the u.s. congress for 3.7 bullion to deal with the -- billion to deal with the problem, but got a frabz of that. pam -- fraction of that. president obama vowed to force reform, and to begin framing an immigration overall. >> i expect the recommendations before the end of the summer. i intend to adopt the recommendations without delay. >> reporter: it was a pledge reiterated last week. friday the president spoke at the close of the n.a.t.o. summit in europe and said a decision was coming. >> i'll make an announcement soon. >> reporter: on the flight back to washington president obama checked his mind and said he will not act until after the u.s. congressional elections in
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november, to ensure republicans don't splittizize imoperation -- splittizize immigration reform. >> i'm act because it's right for the country. it's sustainable and effective if the public understand the facts on immigration, what we have done with unaccompanied children. >> reporter: fear of losing votes is a more likely delay. members are at risk and could lose control of the senate. >> you have democratic candidates to the senate worried about keeping their seats. they got through to the white house saying, "don't do anything, hold on, wait a few months. if you act on immigration reform, we could be doomed." >> activists are significanted saying it's in the about -- disappointed saying it's not about approximately ticks but the people. >> many know someone undocumented - family or
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friends. we are experiencing the effects of making this a political football, which has been done by both parties at different times. >> regardless that inaction will continue. white house officials say immigration reform is not likely to happen before the end of the year. >> meanwhile senate majority leader mitch mcconnell called the president's mood cynical because president obama said he's not saying he'll follow the law, tweeting:. >> the u.s. launched new air strikes overnight against the islamic state group in iraq. military officials say they targeted the area around the haditha dam in anbar province. defense secretary chuck hagel said it was part of a joins operation with iraqi forces, to protect american and iraqi interests. >> haditha dam is an important
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facility for iraq. it is, i think, the second-largest hired electric dam in -- hydroelectric dam in iraq. consistent with guidelines for military action, to protect our people. and critical infrastructures if iraq. >> islamic state fighters tried to capture the dam but were fought off by ricky and sunni -- iraqi and sunni forces. a truce in the ukraine was breached by shelling in the east. government forces say they were hit by military attack near the port of mariupol. a civilian was kill, the first casualties since the ceasefire was agreed to on friday. for more, live to paul brennan. there's reports of fighting today. what can you tell us about that?
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> certainly there is fighting, and it's pretty intense as well. it's up near the airport. the donetsk international airport has been held by a small force of ukranian soldiers for a couple of months, three or four months, and they have been hard to dislodge, despite the best efforts of the pro-russian separatists, and despite the ceasefire coming into effect 36 hours ago, there has been fighting in the last 12 hours. we have been up there ourselves. we heard a concerted barrage of explosions, and sounded like a rocket system. we heard that, and east of the airport, small arms fire. it is clear that there is conflict going on, despite the provisions of that ceasefire deal signed on friday. it seems that it's a ceasefire on paper only. >> but that's interesting, because you mention the current ceasefire signed on friday, but have we heart anything from
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ukraine or russia about the broken ceasefire, and what does the new fighting mean for something that is longer term. >> well, there has been no official response to russia, to what happened in the last 12-24 hours. there has been a briefing by the ukranian national defense council spokesperson in kiev. he said there has been violations of the ceasefire conditions, but the situation was under control. that's optimistic. he said at the moment we are not talking about cancellation. ceasefire. it seems that there is the appetite to maintain an effort to push for peace, despite what is happening on the ground. the hope is it may be ill discipline, perhaps, by the conflicting parties, the fighters on the ground, na it might subside and the politicians may get their teeth
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into stptive talks -- substantive talks. the signs are not looking good. >> paul brennan from mariupol in eastern ukraine. >> palestinian president mahmoud abbas is hinting at ending a deal with hamas. he criticized hamas for running a shadow government in gaza. meanwhile al-shabab is announcing a new leader and plans for revenge. the new man in charge, ahmed omar is a former al-shabab commander. u.s. air strikes killed ahmed abdi godane, the former head, last week. somalia has been on high alert. authorities fear retall yachtery attacks. the al qaeda-linked group wants to overflow the government. >> an american detained in north korea is expected to face a trial. state media announced matthew miller's trial date on saturday. charges are unclear.
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the 26-year-old was arrested in april after he tore up his visa. he is one of three americans detained in north korea. there's no sign of the wreckage of a small plane that crashed off of jamaica's coast killing a new york real estate developer and his wife much search crews scoured the caribbean. they found no signs of debris on friday. they believe it sank. larry and jane glazer's plane flew on its own for 1700 miles before running out of fuel and slamming into the sea. funeral services take place in new york city for comedy legend joan rivers, it is by invitation onlying but will include red carpet arrivals as joan would have wanted it. we go live outside the temple where the funeral will take place. we know joan rivers had a lot of high-profile friends. is there any idea who will show up and what are the security
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concerns that cam with that? > those are two great questions. we are expecting a who's who of show business. we don't know who is coming for certain. joan rivers was in show business for 50 years, living in this city pretty much all of her life. anyone associated with new york, television, theatre movies or politics - she loved her politics. she didn't do much on statement. politics, all the areas, they could all be here. we'll have to wait and see. the service gets under way at 11:00am at the temple. if you are a well-known person, security will be tight so show business or no, you'll have to arrive early and present your id so they know who you are. >> as we wait to see what happens at 11, tell me about the emotional moment that happened yesterday. i understand her casket will not
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be there. what happened as it was moved from the funeral home? >> yes. well, the casket won't be $. we know this. it was removed from the funeral home from the east side of manhattan and taken to a creme torium in new jersey. we have pictures to show you of this, it's short, but comes from the "new york post" who had a photographer present. melissa, joan rivers daughter, grandson and six pallbearers put the casket into the hearse before it wind off. let's go on a bit further into yesterday. we have other pictures to show you. this is from yesterday evening, this is melissa, joan rivers daughter, taking a moment, to go and see the public memorial built up outside joan rivers eastedside home, and she's looking at the cards, flowers and teddy bears put there by the
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many fans melissa says joan rivers was not only her mum, but her partner and best friend and can't imagine life without her. >> it's interesting we talk about these things happening in new york. what about the city of angels, she had the presence in los angeles. are there plans out on the west coast? >> it's interesting. if you look at jope rivers career -- joan rivers career spanning 50 years, she marvelled at the end of her career she was a global superstar. everyone knew her. she went to africa, and they recognised her there. she was amazed. that's the effect of the worldwide web. she lived in the city pretty much all of her life, she also worked in the city of angels and hosted "the tonight show" and many programs. we are told yes, melissa will have a receiving in los angeles
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next thursday, september the 11th, next friday, september the 12th, for all the people in l.a. who knew and loved joan rivers may not have been able to make it to new york on sunday. >> john terrett joining us live from new york city. thank you for buying with us. firefighters are making gains on a wildfire burning near yosemite national park in california. officials say they have contained about 60% of the 300 acre fire. evacuation orders have been lifted for 300 homes, caught in the line of that blaze. a firefighter suffered injuries, no homes have gone down. >> time for a check on the national forecast. we turn to meteorologist nicole mitchell. >> from where we can use the rain to where we had too much. the weather system from the midwest to the great lakes to the north-east causing problems and flooding. most of the damage has been of the wind damage variety, all the oranges that you see popping up
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overnight as the line goes through. as it moves through, causing areas of lightening. there were a couple of concerns as the system moves across the system. the front is moving out. cooler air behind it. as it lingers through the south. there'll be a hurricane - more on that. moisture from that into the south-west bringing areas of moisture. i mentioned a cool down, temperatures into the '80s, behind the front. it's definitely feeling a little more of the taste. especially with overnight temperatures. back to you. >> thank you. don't go anywhere. next, we tell you about a particular fall from grace. >> using a woman, neglecting a woman, being a coward. >> why accusations of abuse of power, plagiarism and bullying
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is tearing down the church of a pastar. >> and children being sent to hospital because of a virus. who is at risk. ♪ close your eyes ♪ make a wish ♪ broke out the candlelight ... he is making the wish. we tell you about a teenager whose wish to do greater things are coming true - thanks to the choir that taut him more than singing. don't go anywhere.
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a mystery illness is sweeping through the midwest sending hundreds of kids to the hospital. there has been more than 1500 reported cases of a respiratory
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ill possess in 10 -- illness in 10 states. the hospital of colorado has seen 900 cases. it could be a rare disease. it starts like a cold but can get serious, particularly in kids with asthma. >> he was unresponsive. he was laying on the couch, turning white with blue lips. >> there's no vaccine, and antibiotics do not work. the best chance for avoiding that is washing your hands and practicing good hygiene. >> turning to a mega-church controversy. a fourth pastor left. all four are part of nine elders calling on the lead pastor, mark driscoll, to write a restoration plan. he is abused of bully, and abuse of power. >> reporter: in the pull pit of
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mars hill church, mark driscoll used blunt talk to build an empire. >> you are a man. you are disrespectful, you are quarrel some. being married to you is like a life sentence. the guys scratching on his wall, one more day. one more day. >> i think we are seeing the slow demise of a very talent individual. >> reporter: dr james wellman studies megachauches and called pastor driscoll a major figure, a flawed but brilliant preacher, appealing to a generation looking for guidelines. >> if you are on the computer doing porn, if you do games online, stop it. study the bible. repent, pray, become a disciple of jesus christ.
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find a woman and marry you. >> how dare you? who the hell do you think you are? abusing a woman, neglecting a woman, being a coward, a fool. >> reporter: thousands of mars hill members report a dark side to driscoll. members ron and errol submitted won an aids charity. they broke with the church over leadership and disciplining of twoedlies. >> he said he would destroy he, make sure i could not minister again. he effectively did what he could. >> smith calls driscoll brilliant, but a bully and a monster. >> people wonder why i call him a monster. the reality is that he preaches well on a sunday and depp grates families -- den grates families monday to sunday. >> reporter: 30 former and
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current pastors lefed camps against him of plagiarism, misuse of church funds, verbal abuse, making himself more important than the church. >> at that point mark driscoll became the brand and all the resources went into improving that brand in the name of reaching more people for christ. i think mark driscoll fell in love with himself. >> reporter: late this summer driscoll told his congregation he's taking a 6-week leave, buts never directly addressed the charges against him. >> i'm deeply, genuinely sorry for the times i have not done my part to live peaceably with all men. >> snith and others doubt the sincerity. >> i think he'll re-emerge a changed man, a humble man, but powerful. i look forward to that day. >> reporter: we asked several times to speak to pastor
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driscoll, but church leaders say he's not doing any interviews, and his final sermon will serve as his statement of the current situation at mars hill. mars hill church says it has more than 15,000 members in multiple locations throughout the pacific north-west. >> the glitz and glamour of the venice film festival comes to a close. the convoluted comedy that took top honours, stay tuned.
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take a look at how the dust storm rolled into phoenix arizona. the massive cloud stretches across the horizon, covering parts of the city. wind gusts were up to 40 miles per hour, and all of this kicked up by hurricane norbert off the baja peninsula. the storm is expected to bring heavy rain to phoenix next. welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford. let's get a look at the forecast with nicole mitchell. >> different type of storm late yesterday and overnight. the system through the north-east causing wind damage to a lot of lightening. places like massachusetts. here is what it looked luke. you can see the blowing indicating that the wind. two people in the hospital. you want to head indoors when
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you see that. causing a lot of damage - things like trees down, damage out of queens, and you see that there. you may be picking up debris. it came down on the car. insurance companies called this morning. as we continue, that has cleared out cool and pleasant air. it's a great day to get hiking in as we head a little closer. the boundary of the front is lingering through the south. it will be a firing point. we were showing the storms in the south-west. and more of that now is the monsoon flow that we have had in place. but on east side of this hur gape, it is shooting more moisture northwards. over the next couple of days - today and tomorrow, watch for enhanced moisture in the south-west because of the storm. our new series "edge of 18" prem iers tonight. 15 opportunity were given a
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course in documentary making and then sent home to make a video of their senior year. we have a report on how music is changing the lives of teenagers here in new york city. [ sings ] >> reporter: 18-year-old stefan douglas alan is a member of the choir. his mother was called to bring him in for an audition. he was in third grade. >> i didn't know what to expect. i obviously did a good job and have been here since. ♪ ♪ hush my darling ♪ don't fear my darling ♪ the lion sleeps tonight... >> reporter: stefan learned that ycp offered more than music. >> at one time i backslided. they helped me. it motivated me to want to do
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better in school. >> reporter: a successful musician created this in 1988. >> i wanted to create a programme to bring children all over from new york city and give them an opportunity to learn. >> reporter: from nine children 26 years ago it works with 1400 across the city. the chorus stephen is in performs over the world. >> i visited japan, china, hong kong. salzburg. >> the music is the means of making a great person. learning about poise, and it's not ... stephen grew up in a high-crime neighbourhood with an older brother and a mother who worked two jobs. how did it help him? >> discipline, and keeps him
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from the streets. >> reporter: stefan's mum said her rules help. >> if you do anything to break the law, tell the cops you are an orphan, because you have no mother, i'm not coming. >> it's easy to quit. a lot of people want you to give up. >> stefan didn't quit. thanks to his mother's encouragement and ycp, helping him prepare for college, and getting him there for auditions. >> they paid for him to go. they send a chaperone, took care of everything. >> reporter: stefan was accepted into every college he applied to. in new york they offered the most finance support. >> with god, if you put heart to it, it happens. and it has. >> whether i was singing i dream about doing something good.
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>> reporter: stefan douglas alan, college freshman, safely of passing the "edge of 18." ♪ we're going to celebrate you can catch the premiere of "edge of 18" at 9:00pm eastern. >> a pimon sat on a -- pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence it took the top prize at the venice film festival. it's described as comedic sketches exploring the human existence. it's the first swedish film to take the top prize in venice. coming up in the next hour - militarizing police departments, why the urban schedule project is coming under fire in the wake. michael brown shooting. and protecting your privacy on
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o a new round of american air strikes raining fire on strategic new targets in iraq. the obama administration response and why the haditha dam is important. president obama facing a fire storm over immigration, why doing nothing is creating critics on both sides of the aisle. plus, lightening, whipping wind and pounding rain. mother nature unleashing a barrage of wicked whether for
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the west coast to main. deadly fall out. and the final curt ape for a comeed -- curtain for a comedic legend. live at her funeral after a touching good by from her daughter. welcome to al jazeera america, thank you for joining us, it's our pleasure. i'm morgan radford. officials say areas around the haditha dam has been targeted. the dam was tried to be captured by the islamic state group, but they were fight off. >> we go live to baghdad to jennifer glasse. why is the islamic state group so interested in this region? >> well, this is close to the syrian border. it's a major electrical water facility, the haditha dam is the
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second biggest provider of electrical power in the country and is a stronghold of the islamic state. before that it is a stronghold of iraq when the marines were $. it hasn't quite gone away and is an area that the united states is focussing on and the air strikes launched a front this that war, the first time they have lunched air strikes since 2011, when they pulled out of here. >> u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel came out this morning in defense of this offensive. what did he have to say? >> well, the secretary was explaining the rational for the air strikes. they are a departure, a widening of the u.s. campaign. it's in line with what the united states intended to do in the night against the islamic state group. >> haditha cam is important for
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iran. it is, i think, a second-largest hydroelectric dam in iraq, consistent with what the president said are the guidelines for military action, to protect our people, and critical infrastructure in iraq. >> we are told that campaign will come closer to home on the outskirts of baghdad. iraqi officials expect will welcome u.s. air strikes around the perimeter to prevent it used as a staging ground for attacks on the capital. >> jane arraf joining us life. the al qaeda linked group is warning of bitter consequences of the killing of his predecessor. ahmed omar is a former al-shabab commander. u.s. air strikes killing the
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former head ahmed abdi godane last book. somalia has been on high alert with authorities fearing retall yachtery attacks. the al qaeda-linked group wants to overthrow the government. >> president obama is putting on the brakes on sweeping immigration reform, delaying action until after the midterm elections, a move that critical election ear politics. president obama tells nbn news he wants to make sure the republicans don't politicize the issue. >> i'll contact because it's rite for the country. it will be more sustainable if the public understand what the facts are, what we have done on unaccompanied children and why it's necessary. >> it has analysts saying he could bow to pressure from within his own party. >> you have democratic candidates worried about keeping their seats. they've been getting through to
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the white house saying "don't do anything." hold on. if you act, we could be doomed. the president promised in june to use powers. families are upset, claiming the white house doesn't have political will. mitch mcconnell is calling the president's move cynical, tweeting: the president's delay on immigration is drawing fire from both sides of the ail. at 8:30 we break down the debate. one republican, a democrat and a spirited debate on weekend politics. >> government forces say they have been fit by an artillery
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attack near the port of mariupol, and hours ago a civilian was kill, the first casualty in the fighting since a ceasefire was agreed to on friday. harry fawcett has uncovered the situation. >> reporter: it took little more than a day for the ceasefire to go up in flames. this was closer to the center than anything that came in the proceeding days when pro-russian forces swept in from the east. >> what is clear from the events is that the ceasefire is well and truly over. what we saw when we were out beyond the eastern fringes was a deal of damage on ukranian forces. it could be that russian backed forces move in towards the strategic city. >> earlierry on saturday the cae
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fire appeared to hold. a battle was brought to the doorstep of a kindergarten. this is one of three ukranian tanks that took up position here. >> translation: how can the you capian army -- ukranian army, our defenders, hide in a kindergarten. there was no warning. what if children were inside. the heroes hide in the kindergarten. where are they now? they have left us to our own destiny. >> reporter: a lesson to children who will not come back soon. children who feel sick when they see a soldier in the street. >> a few hundred metres away a tank is split in two. behind it, nervy soldiers garteding mangled -- guarding mangled metal. >> many family decided to get out. the rumours were that more shelling was coming. >> given the power of the onslaught a day earlier, the
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fear was understandable. this was one target. a ukrainian artillery position. >> on saturday they salvaged a field gun and started to take it back to town. this was a sensitive operation. seconds after we filmed the images, soldiers fired shots to warn us away. now it's clear they had every reason to be jumpy. their enemy making the most of their losses, an onslaught leaving mariupol under threat of falling out of ukranian hands. there have been reports of new fighting in the region this morning. artillery and rocket fire. we will continue to bring you the latest as soon as we get it. >> scenes of improves for an american doctor infected with ebola. dr rick sacra is being treated in omaha in nebraska. his family says he's doing
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better but still very sick and weak. no sign of the wreckage of a small plane that crashed off the coast of jamaica, killing a new york real estate tycoon and his wife. the jamaican coast guard searched the waters on saturday and found no signs of debris spotted on friday. larry glaser's plane flew on its own for 1700 miles before running out of fuel and crashing. strong storms swept across the nation, kicking up rough winds in new york city. security cameras captured a moment that a large tree branch crashed on to a car. in chicago, a storm took down an industry, killing a woman ride are her bike. she was an actress in chicago's theatre community. she was bisick lipping with her husband. torrential rain in
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massachusetts. look at the lightening, injuring two elderly women. you can say mother nature was a party crasher at a church fest fall. this is what it looked like in a tent when 70 miles per hour wind rushed in. killing five. several roads were closed. this morning a large part of the country from the midwest to the north-east is cleaning up. that storm leaving behind cool are temperatures. meteorologist nicole mitchell is tracking that system. >> yes, some of the temperatures, 10-20 degrees cool are. as you can see the history - a lot of damage as the storm rolled through the country. especially wind damage out here. more debris coming down. this is from the north-east. a lot of people will be calling their insurance companies, as we go back in the midwest.
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large hail hitting the apple crops, your apple cidar may be more expensive because of the storm. it cleared out. the front has come through. the cooler comfortable air is in its way. the boundary is through the southern tier. it'll be a line for more showers and storms. a lot of clearing behind us. you did have the storms replaced by almost a touch. especially some of the overnight temperatures in the 50s and '60s. not only are we watching boundaries south wards. look at the moisture. some is associated with the hurricane. you see this off the baja peninsula. this is a counterclockwise flow, turning up the moisture where we see the monsoon close, enhancing the moisture. more showers and storm. that's what we'll be dealing with today and tomorrow, when
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the moisture flow will be enhanced. you see this is an area from texas to california. dry of draught conditions. california can use this moisture the more of anybody, but seeing a taste of it, more arizona and new mexico getting some of that. this is a flow through the course of the day. we'll have more on that hurricane and the problems it's causing in a little bit. back to you. thank you so much. a who's who expected to turn out for the funeral of trail blazing come eedian of joan rivers. it is by invitation only and expected to include a red carpet fit for the queen of comedy. john terrett is live here in new york city, outside the temple. rivers knew just about everywhere, everywhere in new york. are there any ideas as to what a
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listers will show up and the security that they'll have to deal with. >> they are two fantastic questions. first of all, who will turn up. i think it's a safe bet you'll see pretty serious a-list celebrity and politicians. joan rivers was in entertainment for 50 years, living in the city for all her life. if you think of anyone living in new york, television, movies, broadway - and politics. she loved politics. it's a fair bet they'll be here at some point today. the service gets under way on fifth avenue. i'm told the security will be tight. if you are an a lister you are told to turn up earlier i and bring id. >> it's an emotional day for rivers' family as her casket was moved from the funeral home. can you tell us a little bit about what happened? >> well, i can.
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we have pictures which i'll get to. to set this up, we know for simple that the casket will not be present. we know that because it was removed yesterday day from the funeral home here on the east side, and taken to a creme torium in jersey for preparation ahead of the funeral service. we have pictures courtesy of the "new york post" newspaper. it's short. melissa, her daughter, grandson cooper and six poll bearers put the casket in the hearse before it goes to new jersey. this happened later on in the evening, melissa rivers came out and took a moment. she took a moment to pause and take in the makeshift memorial that sprung up outside joan rivers eastside home. you see her looking at the cars, photographs, teddy bears and flowers, and being emotional with it. she said her mum was not only her mother, but her business partner and a best friend and
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can't imagine life without her. >> there's a service planned in the city of ages, where joan spent a lot of time in l.a. what can you tell us about that? >> again, you have to remember that she spent her entired life in show business. and became a global superstar through the internet, and that surprised her. she was shocked and people knew her intimately because her programs were exported around the world. and you could get her online. she was prevalent in new york and l.a., and was the first host of "the tonight show." milliza rivers and her -- melissa rivers and her son will have a receiving event for all the people in hollywood, who may not make it to the east side
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here today for the journal at 11:00am. >> john joining us live. always a pleasure. >> coming ut, outrage on the streets of oakland, from cities, coast to coast. those are demonstrators protesting the youth of military hardware, like the scenes we saw during the riots in ferguson, missouri. we talk to a former assistant sheriff to find out why the equipment is necessary. >> it's 2014, no one cares if you are gay any more. >> talk about navigating the wonder year. we look at life as a teenager in america. the preview of our new series "edge of 18." compromising photos hitting the internet after a celebrity hacking scandal. we talk to a woman victim of a similar crime about what
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happened after the incident. stay tuned.
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. >> chant chant hundreds of protesters taking to the streets in oakland
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california, where they say the police should not be militarized. they gathered outside the urban shield conference, bringing law enforcement from across the nation to learn about new equipment. law enforcement say it's equipment to protect police officers. >> it's a shame to have equipment like this. we'd rather not have a bullet-proof vest on when we go to work. three weeks after, a whack job goes into l.a. x and shoots up the place. the city will not host the conference next year. the event goes through monday. president obama ordered a review of the programme that supplies local police with military equipment. jim baker is a former assistant sheriff and assistant of a group providing training to local police departments, and joins us live from san francisco. good morning to you. we recently witnessed the upheaval in ferguson over the
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militarization of police. why is equipment needed for the battlefield needed on main street? >> it's an interesting question. good morning to you. >> it's two fold. the the threats presented to the citizens the united states are more sophisticated and dangerous. incidents that began in 1997 with the north hollywood shoot-out, where the two criminals robbing a bang were wearing sophisticated arm hour, and held to bay the police department while they shot 18 people. the police department didn't have proper weapons or armoured vehicles to retrieve people shot and injured in the street. that became an awareness factor that the criminals had more sophisticated equipment than law enforcement. over the years we could go on
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and on with the sophisticated attacks. is that an challengexceptio rule? >> if you look throughout history it's continuous. we had virginia teching columbine, theatres in aurora colorado. airports in l.a. x. every year, every other month we watch trag dis on the new. sophisticated threats, bombs going off at finish lines of marathons, things that happen that our first responders - law enforcement, fire, e m.s. have to be prepared to deal with. it's a fact nobody likes, but is a reality. >> it's interesting, listening to you describe virginia tech, colorado, and others, and makes me harken back to the boston bombing. how does that differ from
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something like ferguson, where we talk about a teenager that wasn't armed and protesters? >> we have two different ku discussions. one is about the militarization of police. another was the force and crowd control method proper. they are two different discussions. everywhere wants to put it into one kugs. ferguson of armoured vehicles and rifles on scene. that's the ex-temtent. whether or not the use of force was excessive, it will come out. the point is that the other threats across the country are real. let me give you a quick example. in 2014 alone, between january and june. there has been in school shootings alone, 31 separate
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shootings throughout our nation with 19 deaths and injuries. not including the pub reply sissed -- publicised. fbi indicated well over a million gang members attached to gangs. heavily armed statistics indicate that over 2,000 u.s. citizens are killed annually by violent gang members. >> i want to jump on the heels of that statistic. given the statistics and the gang members. i'm an average american. i have never seen a gang, can you respond to the critics saying americans are scared when they look luke military officials and look like they are ready for a war zone when they are here to protect and serve. >> when you have every day incidences, the police act appropriately and look
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appropriately. new town connecticut is a small up to, and they have an unbelievable critical incident. aurora colorado was a small up to, a suspect came in, started shooting and killing many people. at the end of the day the number one responsibility is to protect the citizens. they expect and demand first responders and local police departments can handle critical incidents in their cities. the big question is in ferguson, are police ready to handle threats because police are expected to and citizens demand they be prepared. the real question is how should law enforcement deal with crowd control. no one is talking about that. >> a question we happy the senate committee will answer on tuesday. >> absolutely. >> thank you jame baker for being with us. our pleasure to have you tonight on al jazeera
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america there's a documentary series called "edge of 18', premiering tonight, following high school seniors as they prepare for a leap into adulthood. alex gibney introduces us to three of those. >> some of the kids ask powerful questions - where do i fit in? how do i make a difference? how can i better my life? is there going to be a place for me out of high school? >> this is a time of uncertainty, and there doesn't appear to be a clear path for anyone to follow. >> my application process is a little different from normal high schoolers. not only do i have to apply for the colleges and get in academically. >> do that. that's pretty. >> i have to apply for the dance school separately, and audition to these places. >> is there mail for me today? >> yes, you have one from
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arizona. >> whoe hue. >> i want to thank you guys for accepting me for me. [ clapping ] . >> this is an academy of our university. this is my dream school. california. >> yes. i wanted to go to california. >> it's the other side of the country. >> hanoi, a kid who came out as gay. his father is a macho character that can't accept it. >> any problem you have, when somebody cried - you're gay. we can't help you. you know this is right. >> papa, it's 2014. no one cares if you are gay any more. >> and yet he has a forthrightness about confronting his parents that i don't think i had the kurm courage to do. >> it felt great, confronting my
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father, letting him know just because i'm gay doesn't mean i'm weak. >> after high school i have two options - whether or not i should go to ministry full time, or go into college this fall. >> he's a preacher at the age of 17. and he's trying to reckon with his faith at a time his parents don't share it. yet that teaches us a lot about the power of religion. you know, i don't want to be someone that says you can't do ministry, but i don't want you to waste the hard work that you have done by making a decision not to go to school. >> i think the biggest challenge for the kids is how to find a way forward with a sense of ambegs and compassion. >> my parents have a plan they want me to follow. i'll do what god asks me to do. >> i don't want to be gay any
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more. take this curse off me. >> i feel like i won't fit in, and i won't know what i'm doing. episode one of "edge of 18' premieres tonight 9:00pm eastern. president obama delays executive action on immigration, plus hilary's hint about her future and bid for the oval office. weekend politics after the break. iraqi kurd are bringing valuable assets to market, despite a ban from baghdad and washington.
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>> that is not the reason. i have been consistent about why this is important. the country is going to be better off if we have an immigration system that works. what i determined is i want to make sure we get it right. i want to make sure... >> looks like election year politics. >> that's first up in weekend politics, president obama delaying executive action on immigration, explaining his decision in an interview with n.b.c. democratic strategist and aid to new jersey governor, and a republican strategist and aid to karl rove join me here this morning. thank you for being with us. >> good morning. >> let's jump into the immigration delay. is this a broken promise by the president or is this his strategy to getting the senate and keeping it? >> i don't think you can say it's a broken promise unless it doesn't happen at all.
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clearly it's a delay and there's political implications associated, big ones. it's unfair to say the president hasn't acted on immigration. remember the senate democrats did pass a preps i-immigration reform bill. it was rejected by the house republicans who did not take action on it after going back and forth. and them not doing it. the president passed a version of the dream act, that happened. more needs to be done. a bipartisan efforts has to happen, we have not seen that from the republicans, we have seen no cooperation. >> despite what was said, is this simply an election year politics. >> this is an example of where the president's inaction is harming the country. the fact of the matter is we are having the particular debate because of the executive order that the president signed in 2012, which is what created the influx of immigrant children
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coming to the borders, and the fact of the matter is the president could solve the problem with an executive order, but has chosen not to, to save a handful of democrats in red states, who are in trouble. that is the fact. the country is worse off. >> whether or not you agree, you have to admit there's a perception of inaction. what do you say to the latino communities when he promised "we'll do this at the top of my agenda", what do you say it keep the communities on the democratic ticket. >> i want to throw in a little fact. the republicans are suing the president over taking executive action, for them to say it's an example of ipp action, him not -- ipp action is not fair when they are suing him for doing what they say he's not doing. your point, which is a fair point, is a do think the
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president needs to sit with the groups, establish, not a time line, but some sort of strategy for moving forward. he is - the reality remains that he needs to pass real comprehensive reform. the house is controlled by republicans, the president can't act alone. he cap do piecemeal steps which he will do, should do, but at the same time republicans have to be on board. unless something changes, republicans need to be on board. >> speaking of political change, i ask you about 2016. hillary clinton gave an epic hint saying by the beginning of the year i'll probably know whether i'll run. let's listen. >> i do have a unique vantage point and set of experiences about what makes the united states operate well, and what doesn't. and what a president can do, and
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should be doing. >> john, carlo, i don't know, that sounds like a serious sell to me. what do you think? >> i'll lee the prognostications to my new democratic friend. it was a good opportunity for hillary clinton to go to mexico, be in the company of one of the world's richest men be diplomatic. she took the opportunity and made the most of it. >> i want to go back to something you said earlier. when we talked about immigration reform. hillary has been vague in speaking about immigration reform. can she be that vague in strategising if she wants to run? >> absolutely not. no one can choose to be vague if they choose to run. that's when the pressure will be on and debates will happen. whether they are formal or in the media, that's when they'll
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be pressed. i think that's why she's not rushing into making a formal declaration. i think part of it is because she wants to take the time and see how the issues play out, and also start to formulate specific positions on some of these topics. there won't be a way around it. speaking of going full throttle, another person was on your team. chris christie was there, but refused to talk about immigration. can he do that? >> not for much longer. chris christie suffered by comparison. chris christie was going to mexico bolstering foreign policy, and when pressed he said it will be the force of my parliamentary. >> that's when he was talking about vladimir putin. >> that rings hollow. i think that he was already on shaky ground with that answer. >> the comparison, governor
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christy and secretary clinton - it didn't play well. i'm a chris christy tap, an admirer. he has to step up his game. >> let's talk about mitch mcconnell. we are talking about the kentucky race, he's ahead over alison. what do you make of her chances? >> i think this will be a tough battle for her. there's no way around it. she has a real opportunity, the fact that she a polling within four points of mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, wannabe senate majority leader which is a problem. the fact she is polling closely at a time when the president's popularity ratings is not what he wants them to be. historically they've not been high in kentucky. with some issues, it doesn't matter, because they've not been high. she's a woman, they have not
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faired as well as they should. the fact that all of the factor, and she's this close, and the money. all of those things, and she's this close. >> four points is within the margin of error. >> when the books are closed. it shows when the polling was tight, it was not a serious opportunity for alison grimes. ken is the reddest of red states. the president is not popular. mitch mcconnell has the problem. he's not the most dynamic campaigner, he's getting up there. it's no surprise. mitch mcconnell will win this. i don't think it was in jeopardy. what about chad taylor, he dropped out on thursday, leaving greg norman the independent and robinson. >> as i understand it taylor is on the ballot. he may have dropped out.
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>> is he a contender? >> i think depends how closely the democrats follow it. maybe they will vote for him. the question of pat roberts is in trouble. cannes sans seem to think he's gone robinson. he can't afford to do anything or give opponents ammunition other than show him a heartland senator. it can't be easy. >> how crucial is the race. did the democrat encourage him to drop out. sirpt mccaskill talked to chad taylor. he was not raising money or traction from an electoral stand point. unfortunately they - look, we are fighting, to retain the senate and expand the map and the playing field. this is a step in that direction. now we talked about the
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president not getting certain things done. that will be harder if the republicans control the senate. they said we are not going to work with the senate. >> no, terra makes a good point. going back to the robins race, this is not one on the republican party's radar. any time the effort and capital has to spend, defending a seat to begin with is a problem. it's a problem that we republicans wish we didn't have. democratic strat gyming and republican strategist thank you for leaving us. >> iran's kurdish region is resuming oil production despite the growing preps of the islamic state group. they reason sent 200,000 barrels of day of oil abroad with
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opposition from baghdad. josh reports from the kurdish regional capital kirkuk. >> this flame has been burning for longer that were recorded history. it was written about in the fifth century b.c. a sea of gas and oil fuelled tensions. today kirkuk was between a rock and semiautonomous areas. it's no secret that the kurds long for independents. the kirkuk area is a mix of arabs, turkmen and kushes. baghdad is not keen to let kirkuk become part of kurdistan. >> independents of kurdistan without kirkuk is unthinkable. the land is kurdistan, there's no dispute. >> reporter: what is disputed is what is beneath the land, and
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that is oil. it's home to a rich oil field and enough there to tip the balance of power in the region. when the islamic state went to northern iraq, the kurdish army retreated across hundreds of miles of territory. in kir cook the peshmerga resolved to surge forward, each as the iraqi army fled, bringing kirkuk under the influence of the kurdish government. while they had the fields in their possession, kurdistan has yet to benefit from the oil. >> production and expert of oil from kirkuk basically stopped. really, production has come down, when i started, it was around 450,000 barrels to about 230 to 250 barrels before these events started. we are down to nothing, basically. >> kirkuk is the richest oil field in northern iraq.
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it's not the only one. in the last few years, the kurds developed other fields, built a pipeline through turkey, and to the desmay of baghdad they have deported their own oil, filling tankers with crude and selling it. the kurds are fighting for economic independents on another depront. the u.s. courts of law. a ship full of $100 million of law was seized off the coast of texas. the iraq oil military filed a lawsuit to stop it entering u.s. refineries. baghdad withheld payments to erbil, which the government needs to pay employees. leaving the government billions shorts, increasing need for the oil revenues. once the oil in kirkuk flows, it will course through kurdistan. they lipping -- linked
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kurdistan to the pipeline. taking one more step towards an independent kurdish nation. the kurdish government says they have already sold 7 million barrels on the international mark. the greek economy may be better after eight years. they are expecting the economy to grow for the first time since the financial crisis. the greek prime minister says his country has seen unprecedented success. he is promising to drop taxes on oil and income raised to offset the crisis. [ explosion ] explosive protest in a columbian village after the vaccine ghardy sill. more than 200 pre-teen and teenage girls have gotten sick. health official and the
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president dismissed the glam saying garda sill which could prevent cervical cancer is safe. dozens of celebrities victimized by a hacker due to photos being leaked on the world wild web. we talk to a woman with photos leaked conversations after the break. >> one of those celebrities, jennifer lawrence, how "the hunger games" got her a spot in the guinness book of world records. cable cars are a way of life for a city of more than 3 million people. stay tuned.
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news... actress jennifer lawrence breaking a world record thanks
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to "hunger games." the sequel takes the title for the highest post-apocka lipticcal movie. the record it likely welcome news for jennifer laurence after a week that saw a hacking scandal leave intimate photos of her and others posted on loin. our next guest in 2008 an ex-boyfriend leaked naked photos of her while she was a student at harvard and writing a blog. it led to her being stalked by another man who published personal details, and those of friends and family. she chronicled her experience in an article for "time." welcome lena. you said "i am not the person i used to be before this ordole. it left me mentally unstable,
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physically debilitated and socially isolated." why is that? what about the ordeal surprised you the most? well, after i started talking about my story, which is something that started five or six years ago i met a lot of others that had been through similar incidents. i realise the detrust i feel about my friends and anxiety were symptoms of post traumatic stress. others had similar experiences, and have gone through similar emotional upheavals in their lives, where they found themselves unable to work, heat, socialise for sleep in a normal way because they are simply terrified of the judged of others, and the havoc it wreaked in their lives and careers.
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>> i want to touch on revenge important. you said: who should be held responsible in situations like this? what do we do to prevent it? really, what about the critics who say you shouldn't have taken the photos in the first place. what do you say to them? >> it will be a difficult situation. obviously there is a single perpetrator. in my case, i think that the reason it had a great impact on me is there are other people more than willing to use the photos against me, to use it as a judgment of my moral worth. and i think whether you are a celebrity or not, someone has an
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expectation of privacy. if you are in a relationship with someone and intimate photos are taken, you expect them to be used in the context of that relationship. just like if you have a relationship with a therapist, you expect your secrets to be confidential. whether you write a blog or act, that's your wright. when that is ipp fringed upon, not -- infringed upon not just by one person but a broader public, it makes you paranoid and question the moral society. it saddens me to see this type of crime and violation is becoming more prevalent, it does allow us to have a conversation finally about what are the motives for this behaviour. why is it that individual people - all the people googles
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for jennifer lawrence's pictures, what responsibility do they have to themselves and each other. do they want their privacy to be infringed upon in a similar way? that's the type of world that we are becoming. >> what is the responsibility then on the viewer? what does it say. you mention the moral fabric of our society. we created this to look or not look culture. should people hit the pause button, is it an occupational hazard of the digital age we live in? >> i think that it may very well - i think technology makes it easier for people to look in each other's private lives. i think the crux of the issue is that we few our bodies and sexuality as something foreign.
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when you have photos or salacious sex scandals. the reason people lax on to that, is as a society we are -- latch on to that is as a society we are uncomfortable. in the absence of that there would be no interest in an incident like this. the deeper problem - it's not that people have a curiosity that is incident. the deeper issue is that people use this as a way to judge each other, to put each other down, to feel better about themselves, and a lot of this comes from a place of insecurity that i think leads to people justifying their before by saying this person put themselves out there, so they are someone that we can, as a public look at and kauk at, but that is only because there are so few people willing, perhaps, to be honest or open about sex. as long as that is behind closed
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doors... >> do you think it will wane so we can't have the discussion? are you concerned officials will turp a blind eye to the issue after it's out of the spotlight? >> i don't think that's the case. these days you see the issue played out in the schoolyard. you see teenagers navigating technology and their sexuality and coming of age at the same time. i think people are seeing what the ramifications are, when we don't model the type of behaviour that we would like to see from young people. anyone who is googling for the nude photos, jennifer lawrence's, mine or others, everywhere is culpable in creating a society where it's permissible to invade privacy, and there's a lack of respect
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for boundaries. whether you are talking about women, public individuals or your, you know, average teenager who is going about minding their own business. not that you are asking for scrutiny, but you are placed in the spotlight. >> thank you very much. lena. it's been a pleasure to have you with us this morning. the city of la paz in bolivia is mostly unchanged over a century. the opening of a cable line is changing that. >> reporter: at first glance la paz looks far from the cutting edge of public transport. most parts of the city have remain the unchanged. narrow streets are jammed with people and traffic the the mountains criss-crossed by well worn footpaths.
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the installation of a modern system changed that. >> time is a precious and hard to come by commodity. we expect to help the customers cave 12 million. >> it's about more than beating traffic, it's about integrating two areas. the poor and the wealthier who live down up to. >> part of the city that sits atop the mountain is home to a million people. most are indians. many live below the poverty line. the arrival of the cable car brought about an economic bonanza. julio set up a stand to sell fresh orange juice. that, she said, changed her life. >> translation: i was thinking of emigrating to brazil to look
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for work. now i don't have to. i can support my husband and children, pay my utilities and my debt. >> that is the purpose of the cable car. to integrate the city's neighbourhoods, making the economy flow freely. jamie says she says two hours a day in a commute to a small bookstand she maintains downtown. she no longer has to pay for daycare, she can take the baby's trolley in the cable car. even though they cost more than $200 bullion to build. the free lines are delivering benefits. all right, that will do it for us in new york. coming up, the latest on men air strikes -- american air strikes on the islamic state group. we leave you with a look at new york city, where friends and family of joan rivers are gathering to remember the late
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comedy legend. have a great morning.
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