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>> breaking news overnight, three nato soldiers killed in an explosion targeting a military convoy in afghanistan. >> thousands of troops and millions of dollars, president obama unveils his plan to is to be the spread of ebola. >> the storms were intense, you could hear the wind roaring, you could hear stuff knocking into the doors. >> the strongest storm to hit the baja peninsula of mexico,
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stranding tourists, leaving destruction in the wake. >> the minnesota vikings allowing adrien peterson to play, but new allegations of child abuse have surfaced. >> welcome to aljazeera america. >> we begin with breaking news out of afghanistan this morning. a powerful explosion targeting an american military convoy, we don't know the nationality of those killed, but at least three nato soldiers are dead. >> we'll stay on top of that story. >> to our other top story, president obama heads to the c.d.c. today, unveiling plans to help west africa combat ebola. >> his plan includes 3,000 troops and millions of dollars of medical supplies. we are live in washington, d.c. this morning this morning, lisa, how much pressure was the president turned to make that pledge. >> clearly this epidemic has been spiraling out of control.
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there are 2400 people who have died, thousands more infected. the u.s. military has the unique capability to help coordinate and ramp up the global response. >> the white house says the threat is an extraordinarily serious epidemic. today with the center for disease control as a backdrop, pop will announce the u.s. will lead a global battle to deal with the crisis. >> the president identified it as a top national security priority, and he looks forward to receivinging an update from the experts at the c.d.c. >> senior white house officials say the president will announce initiatives, among them, 3,000 military personnel sent to west africa so assess with the outbreak. the u.s. will help build 17 treatment centers in the region and train 500 new health care
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workers a week to fight the disease. the defense department will create a joint command center in monrovia, liberia to coordinate the international effort. the u.s. will provide protective equipment, including full body suits, gloves and masks to protect workers. families will also get help. u.s.a. i.d. will lift thousands of home health kids to liberia. >> we fail to respond and allow it to spiral out of control, it could mutate in a way that could end up being dangerous for people back here in the u.s. right now, the risk of an ebola outbreak in the u.s. is very low, but that risk would only increase if there were not a robust response on the part of the united states. >> the robust response will cost money. the obama administration is asking congress for $88 million to fight the disease in again
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knee, sierra leone and liberia. the department of defense is seeking $500 million for the definite's overseas contingency fund. >> the u.s. government has already spent an unprecedented amount of money for an epidemic and outbreak like this, more than $100 million, response teams, there have been at least 100 people from the c.d.c. on the ground, trying to diagnose new cases. senior administration officials say even at that level, it's clear much more needs to be done. that's why the president today will announce these additional steps that he will be taking. >> lisa, the international aid community saying that at least 1,000 beds are needed in lie berra next week alone, liberia. how soon is the white house expected to implement these additional resources. >> this is not something that is going to happen overnight, unfortunately. senior administration officials say the executive order has gone out from the president to the
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military to get started, but they say it will be a few weeks before they can get those forces on the ground to really begin this effort in earnest. >> we are sending forces over. is there a concern that more american personnel are going to contract ebola and then come back to the united states? how does the administration plan on protecting the citizens of the u.s. against that? >> well, clearly, there's always a concern on the folks that are going over there. this isn't an airborne disease, to contract it, you need contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is ill, but we've seen a lot of people obviously get ill who are treating these workers. they will be wearing the best protective gear possible over there and flights coming from that air and passengers are screened when they're leaving those countries and coming to the u.s. the u.s. feels that that will offer protection. >> lisa, thank you. >> in 15 minutes, we're going to talk to an infectious disease specialist about the president's
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announcement and ask him if money and troops are enough to slow the outbreak. >> more now on that breaking news out of afghanistan this morning. a powerful explosion rocks a u.s. military con view near the american embassy in kabul. let's go to jennifer glasse, live in co kabul. do we know if any killed were americans? >> three nato soldiers were killed that in blast, a convoy coming out of a largely american base. one of the dead was polish. that announcement came out of warsaw just a few minutes ago. only american and polish forces were seen at the site, right after the bombing, performing first aid. we don't know the nationalities of the other two dead. it is a very, very high likelihood that they were indeed american soldiers. >> give us a sense of how powerful this explosion was.
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>> it occurred at the height of the morning rush hour. it could be heard, the blast could be heard across kabul. i live about four miles away and i heard it. there was a huge plume of smoke and the cars on the road, including those arm vehicles carrying nato troops were blown off the road. 17 cars were damaged, and many of them scattered across that very, very busy road here in the center of kabul. >> the u.s. embass is one of the most secure locations in kabul. how did the suicide bomber manage to bypass security? >> that's what afghan security forces will be looking at. this road is the main road between the u.s. embassy and kabul's international airport. there are check points, a heavy military presence, obviously at the gates that leadses to the
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road at the u.s. embassy. there's a heavy military presence at those gates that are home to an american military base. an awful lot of security. it's inside the ring of steel, the check points police have around the capitol to keep on eye on anybody driving through the capitol. apparently the suicide bomber waited for the convoy to come out of the gates this morning of that military are base and rammed his vehicle, a station wagon full of explosives into that convoy, killing three soldiers. we know that one of them was polish and three other afghan soldiers killed and 25 afghans wounded. >> the u.s. now expanding its fight against isil for the first time since president obama unveiled his strategy. u.s. army jets coming to the i do of security forces in
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baghdad. congress is reviewing that plan to train and equip the rebels. phil ittner is live in london. those talks wrapping up in paris, did reach his goal. >> there was a joint statement that there needs to be an international effort in addressing and dealing with isil. >> later this morning, secretary of defense and hagel head to capitol hill to testify about the administration strategy to defeat isil.
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>> i believe it's in our international security interest of the congress to act quickly. >> a key to that strategy, relentless airstrikes, which on monday expanded for the first time beyond protecting americans and humanitarian missions, hitting isil targets near baghdad. that new air campaign coming at secretary of state john kerry was in paris, shoring up international support, including france, which has begun surveillance missions over iraq. while secretary kerry said there is a coalition, they are short on details. >> based on the favorable response we are receiving, we will at some point be able to announce important commitments from our allies and regional governments. >> notably absent was iran, not invited, despite forces reportedly fighting isil in iraq.
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monday, secretary kerry indicated a wiliness to work with iran. >> we are not coordinating with, are not planning to coordinate with iran in anyway on iraq, period. >> iran's supreme leader fired back, saying he spurned a u.s. invitation to join the coalition, saying america's hands were dirty and intentions murky. also excluded, syria. >> we think that the people we're going to be working with are the moderate opposition in syria. that's who we think are the alternative to isis. >> the push to arm and train rebels with $500 million is gaining steam. differences remain. >> this cannot be seen as a western invasion of another country for regime change. >> when you talk about the international support and in particular the arab nations, one of the things that did come out of paris we are hearing from the
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state department about 10 nations are willing to be included, but they haven't been willing to be named, so an important development there. we will have to see how this progresses. there will be a follow up meeting on how to deal with isil sometime in the coming weeks in bahrain. the actual date has yet to be announced. >> phil, the u.s. and french militaries have been busy in iraq over the last 24 hours. what about the british? >> the british have said that they leave open the option to conduct military actions. of course they're deeply concerned because of the presence of british nationals, the factual that a british national was the latest beheading victim, but britain is in a particularly complicated situation and it is domestic, because there are a number of political issues that are here, not least of wimp the upcoming vote on scottish independence, there is a general election plan for about nine months from now and of course the prime minister
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here suffered a devastating political defeat a year ago when he proposed to go into along with the ask you. a bombing campaign in syria, so there's a domestic situation, but britain so far saying that they leave their options open. >> phil ittner live in london this morning, phil, thank you very much. >> isil is trying to change what's taught at iraqi schools it controls. in the city of mosul it band history, literature art and music, ordering certain images torn out of textbooks. many parents are refusing to send their kids to school. >> that historic agreement between ukraine and the european union has been ratified, about an hour ago, the two sides agreeing. it seems a rebuke to russia and will open trade barriers as part of the deal, ukraine will be able to export to the e.u. but can't import until 2016. >> wildfires are threatening
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more homes in california. >> a small month near the oregon border is threatened. they're fighting the fires and heat. >> there are 6,000 firefighters across the golden state battling a dozen wildfires. together the blazes scorched nearly 10,000 acres and burned hundreds of homes. the latest fire broke out monday near the small town of we'd, california and ripped through 400 acres. hundreds of firefighters are battling flames and at least 1500 people have been evacuated. the forecast calls for more wind and heat with little relief in sight. >> it just came so quick. a fire storm. the wind just took it so quick. these houses didn't have a chance. >> there's nothing left. my lawn's all burned up. all that's left there is bricks. it's completely gone.
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everything, my clothes, all i have is what i got on. >> in central california, firefighters are hoping to hold back a growing blaze near the entrance to yosemite national park. 600 residents are still not allowed to return to their homes. that fire engulfed 650 acres and is 35% contained this morning. a third major wildfire east of sacramento has burned more than 8,000 a acres and more people are being told to get ready to leave. >> thank you very much. >> meanwhile, thousands of american tourists are stranded in mexico this morning. hurricane odile coming ashore as a powerful category three. parts of the beach resort are in shambles and folks are having trouble getting out. >> we booked a hotel room to be at the airport anytime there might be a flight going so we can be on stand by.
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>> the cabo airport just reopened. there was looting reported in the stores. >> i was there just a couple of months ago. it is a mess down there. let's return to nicole mitchell. she's in the air force reserves and flies into those hurricanes for the military. >> my colleagues have been very busy. we do this until they make landfall. at the point, there's weather information over land. the strongest on record to hit the baja, california, those records go back to the 1960's, more accurate in this area because of satellite area. you get a counter clockwise flow, it's more the eastern side that will see the moisture come northward. the four corners region getting the moisture out of this as it moves closer to the united states. this has been a phenomenal season for the eastern pacific, more active than the atlantic in general.
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looking at the numbers, versus the averages, 15 named storms versus four major hurricanes, this year and the season goes until november, we are not close to the end. we are past all those averages, 17 named storms, half of those major hurricanes. part of the reason for that is we've had exceptionally warm water that helps feed the storms into this area. what we're going to watch now as it moves interior, spreading moisture northward. i'll have more details on that flooding potential coming up in a little bit. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> there are new questions this morning about adrien peterson, accused of abusing his son with a tree branch. >> there are allegations he hit another of his children. john, he sat out last weekend but the team plans to let him play again. >> the vikings still have plans for peterson to take the field against the new orleans saints. the team's general manager says peterson has every right to play while the legal pros works itself out. >> just one day after the
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minnesota vikings benched superstar adrian peterson in the wake of child abuse allegations, the team decided to reinstate him, leading to tough questions. >> what part of those photos of that child don't tell you that it's abuse. are you comfortable with those photos? >> when you look at the photos, the photos are disturbing. i understand that, but to be clear, you know, any matter that's involving the child is very important for this organization, but we also think that it is right for him to go through the pros legally. >> not long after making those statements, new allegations surfaced that peterson struck one of his other children. text messages were obtained rewarding the incident. peterson's lauer released a
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statement that read in part: >> peterson released his own statement wednesday, saying i am not a perfect parent, but i am without a doubt not a child abuser. he also reveals that he's met with a psychologist and says he now understands there are other ways of disciplining a child that maybe more appropriate. he insists that he disciplines his kids the same way he was disciplined growing up. that's something some of his viking teammates relate to. >> growing up, my mom did the same thing to me, just to get her point across. >> i'm from the south, i probably got it a little worse than that growing up, i feel like i'm a better person for it. >> i don't want to say he didn't -- me personally, he didn't do anything wrong, so... >> peterson was supposed to be in court tomorrow to answer a
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plea. that hearing is pushed back until october because of a conflict with his lawyer's schedule. >> the fallout from the scandal affecting the minnesota vikings bottom line, the raddison hotel chain dropped its sponsorship of the team saying it takes the matter seriously. coming up, we'll talk more about this, the racial divide over corporal punishment and why some say adrian peterson did nothing wrong. >> the suspension of ray rice will be appealed. video surfaced of him punching his then fiancee in the elevator. they have until midnight tonight to file their appeal. >> the nfl is taking steps to change how it handles domestic violence in sex assault cases, hiring a group of advisors, all women with experience in those types of cases, creating
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training programs for all 32 teams in the league. >> president obama heading to the c.d.c. this afternoon to layout a strategy for fighting bell la. >> will sending thousands of american soldiers help and what are the risks? infectious disease expert joins us next. >> a tractor trailer overturns on a texas bridge, the scramble to keep it from tumbling over the edge. >> i could one of them. i was going to school to be a cop, but i lost my mind over these kids. >> a carjacker's remorse, this thief admits his crimes. why he stole a cab and led police on a chase.
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>> you're looking live right now president world health organization holding a news conference to discuss the outbreak of ebola. they're in switzerland. later this morning, the president heads to atlanta to announce a major new niche active to battle ebola, including military and medical assistance.
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some 3,000 troops are going to be on the ground to help the world health organization, saying so far 28 people hundred have died, thousands more are infected. >> an infectious disease expert joins us this morning. good to see you. as an infectious disease doctor, what is the most important thing you want to hear results from president obama's announcement today about automatic aid. >> i think what he's doing is really good, spending the money in west africa. i thought we'd hear we were spending money in the u.s. this money is being used to create beds, treatments and deliver supplies to west africa, which is important. >> 3,000 soldiers heading to west africa. if i'm a soldier or parent of one of those soldiers, how concerned should i be that one of them will be infected. >> the risk of them getting another severe west africa
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infectious disease like malaria are much higher than this. in this epidemic, we've had no western health care workers -- >> there is a shot regiment they go through before heading to the region. >> that would not be my big concern. my really big concern is with this response, that there are two important things we heard less about. first this is about behavior change, not just a logistics operation to create hospital beds. hospital beds don't stop the spread of this decease in as much as they get people to take infected to the hospital to stop interacting with them. people with ebola need to seek care. hospital beds help with that. they need to be isolated and stop being in contact with other people they can spread the disease to. those would be the main things. the other thing we really need to see is a long term investment in surveillance and public health infrastructure in that region. >> you've been in niece regions.
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many are former war zones. how concerned are you about soldiers in uniforms and trust factor of people coming from the united states saying we want to help. >> it's a really difficult exercise, because the u.s. military is very good as delivering logistic health care capacity. they'll do a good job on that. this is a region ravaged by war. western militaries historically are not good as behavior change across large regions of the globe. >> thank you. i know you're going to be back with us in our next hour to talk about a growing issue in this country, the enterovirus. thank you. >> it has popped up in alabama, state officials saying four children testing positive for the respiratory illness. it's been reported in hundreds of children now in 10 states. the virus causes cold like symptoms, including runny noses, coughing and wheezing. >> let's get a quick check of the forecast, nicole mitchell is back. nicole. >> one of our big stories is all
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the moisture funneling into the western region and definitely flooding, already start to go occur in some cases, the watches are up and it's all because that have moisture being enhanced. we've already had the moon soon flow with the tropical system. that's not the only place we'll deal with that wet weather. i'll have more coming up. a boundary moved through the eastern half of the country, wet in the northeast and behind that, a lot of 60's right around the great lakes this morning, temperatures feeling much more like fall behind that system. back to you. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> fighting back against isil in iraq. >> the first time u.s. fighter jets launching airstrikes near baghdad. >> the case against a 12-year-old put on hold. she's accused of is to being a classmate, a crime allegedly inspired by the slender man. the reasons behind the judge's decision. >> making the case for staying together. britain's prime minister trying to win over scottish voters days before they decide whether they
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want independence. >> a real fish story from down under, why a goldfish underwent emergency surgery. it's one of the stories caught up in our global net.
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>> you're looking live at the new york city skyline this tuesday, september 16 where an anti smoking campaign hasn't cut down on the number of smokers. good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this half hour, scotland on the eve of an historic vote with that we are live there as the country decides whether to remain part of the u.k. >> the act stress in the movie jane go unchained in handcuffs. >> a growing wildfire danger in colorado as firefighters battle
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nearly a dozen blazes across the state this morning. together, the fires burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed homes and buildings and have forced 2,000 from their homes. >> three nato soldiers dead in afghanistan after a car packed with explosives went into a military convey. it took place in kabul. >> the u.s. expanding airstrikes against isil targets in iraq. u.s. fighter jets attacked positions south of baghdad monday to protect iraqi security forces and kurdish fighters have been making gains in northern syria, capturing about a dozen towns that had been under isil control. let's go streit imran khan in baghdad. what kind of impact could that have on the fight against isil? >> well, in the previous government led by prime minister
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al-maliki, he kept the positions of ministry of interior and defense to himself, exclusionary policies that allowed iraq to get into this place in the first place. the new government by offering this out to the sunnis, they hope it will be much more inclusive. the idea that it will be a sunni minister of defense means this will be a much more inclusive government, allowing the international community particularly the americans to be able to give help. what they're trying to do is put in a unified government, allowing for international help and internal help. >> with u.s. airstrikes hitting south of baghdad and the president's new strategy in place, does the new iraqi government feel it has the fools it needs for this fight? >> certainly officially. that's what they're welcoming all of these airstrikes, welcoming the conference in paris and the help of the international community, giving them, but there are misgivings.
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people want it to be a lot quicker and they want a much more concrete idea of exactly what kind of help they're going to get. the iraqi army is in bad need of an upgrade, hoping for military help for that. officially, although everybody is welcoming the international help, they're wondering exactly what that help or shape that help will take. >> part of that help is the strong show of support, right, monday in paris, for iraq's new government. how is this coalition and effort being received on the streets of baghdad? >> people of in a wait and see mode. we don't have a minute at her of interior or defense. these are being voted on today. people wonder once we get these in place, will things change for us. the war particularly is of clear interest to a lot of people here but even are more interest is education, electricity shortages
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across this country. people are worried about inflation and the price of food here. these are things people are worried about. if they can make steps on that as well as the crisis with isil, but most people are in a wait and see mode. >> 10 arab nations agree to join the fight against isil, egypt, lebanon, jordan, kuwait, saudi arabia, bahrain, qatar and the united arab emirates and oman. we are joined privilege from washington, d.c. this morning with an ambassador. do they have enough skin in the game to satisfactory a skeptical american public that says this is more of their battle than ours? >> i think so. i'm very encouraged to see the coalition come together, give great credit to secretary kerry for stepping out and for those 10 nations to come together.
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i would argue that we in the west tend to be singularly focused on the ca kinettic part, the military. the 10 nations bring a role of undermining extremism. >> what do you say to critics arguing that many of the nation inside this coalition are also behind the formation of isil? it gets very complicated, but the key issue is how do you move forward. i mean, the islamic state group is what it is. you've got a commitment from these countries to move forward. we want to thwart the advance of the islamic state, but then, a
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campaign of religious die through undermine support for the idea. you need political support for the new government in baghdad. you need a government that includes itself to an inclusive government, so every government in iraq believes their government represents them. if you do that, the sunni major city countries are in support that have, that undermines the base of support for the islamic state -- >> but this is -- >> and then we try to move forward. >> this is a regional problem -- >> go ahead. >> -- saying that would be a deal breaker, so how fragile of an. an. alliance is there? >> i suspect as we move forward,
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you will see the opportunity for conversation, and so i would not dismiss a future role of iran in the conversation. clearly, they are at odds with the islamic state group, and i think there is a possibility there. rather than waiting for all of those piece to say come together, we take those 10 nations and move forward, and then hope you've got an inclusive group that would reach out to others. >> james smith, joining us from washington, d.c., mr. ambassador, thank you very much. >> coming up, we're going to get the latest on efforts to build that coalition against isil. phil ittner rejoins us from london at 8:00 a.m. >> more than 500 people are feared dead after migrant workers boat sank off malta. the passengers included palestinians, egyptians, syrians and sudanese, traveling from
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egypt to europe when it went down. survivors say it was rammed by human traffickers in another boat. >> the only way in syria they can he is skate is by sea. >> the crisis in libya seems to keep getting worse and now the u.n. is trying to find a solution. >> it is unsafe but become a sea route used by thousands. this boat rescued 102 people, three others drowned, three more are missing. it's estimated that so far this year, 100,000 people have reached the shores of italy on often unsea worthy craft. when you look at libya, you see why people take the risk. the country is gripped by the worst violence since the death of muammar gadhafi. >> we find ourselves at a critical moment in libyas
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democratic position. a faltering political process has brought the country closer to the brink of conflict and strikes. >> members of the security council are concerned about the harsh toll the crisis has taken on civilians, with 300,000 displaced or fled the country due to the violence. we support the efforts of the u humanitarian agencies now assisting the displaced and conflict affected populations. >> security council diplomats stress there is no military solution to the problems of libya. they say there should be dialogue between all the sides, but they've been trying to get that dialogue going for almost three years, since the death of gadhafi. aljazeera at the united nations. >> the u.n. security council adopting a resolution to tighten those arms embarring goes against libya. >> the manhunt continues in the ambush shooting of two
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pennsylvania state troopers. one died, another was critically wounded. authorities are doing everything they can to find the people responsible and they had a message for the shooter. >> you are a coward. you committed this spineless act and attacked defenseless troopers, shot them. they had no opportunity to defend themselves. >> i want you to know that our troopers are working around the clock to bring to you justice. >> authorities say the shooter may have on going issues with law enforcement. they've now raised the reward to $75,000. >> you are about to hear a starterling confession played out inside a new york courtroom monday for the man who admits killing a 60-year-old. pedro hernandez said he strangled the boy but he was still alive when he tried to stuff him in a plastic bag. he put the boy in a banana box and dumped it on a pile of
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garbage. >> the two girls accused in the slenderman stabbings is going to undergo a mental exam to see if she can stand trial. a judge determined the second girl is incompetent president of both of them allegedly stabbed a classmate a number of times in may, trying to please the fictional character slenderman. the survivor is back at school. >> two days before scotland votes on its future and david cameron is urging them to think twice about independence, saying a yes vote will end the u.k. forever and deprive scotland of a lot. >> independence would not be a trial separation. it would be a painful divorce. we want to you stay, head, heart and soul, we want you to stay. >> lawrence lee joins us this morning from scotland. lawrence, it is not just cameron
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pleading with scottish officials not to leave. >> no, indeed, stephanie, it's all about the vow inside this marriage that all three party leaders, not just mr. cameron, but the other two major parties from westminster have now been making, pleading with the scots not to go through with this divorce, saying you can have change, even if you vote no for independence, and clearly inside this view is an acceptance that over the course of the years many scots have become entirely disillusioned with many of the policies imposed on them by westminster. there's a god half the voters inside scotland to carry on the analogy who have packed their suitcases saying i'm off. i've absolutely had enough. so really now it comes down to trust. do the voters here trust westminster to actually make these changes, some of which are
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quite vague, and also do they listen to david cameron when he says look, if you do walk out the front door, we're locking it and you can't come back in. >> lawrence, i understand that you are standing there overlooking the u.k.'s nuclear facility. how do things like that play into this referendum debate? >> yes, of course the westminster politicians are keen to talk about all the things they say scotland would lose, this is one of the things the u.k. would lose, as well, not just the oil revenues, clearly important here, this is where britain's nuclear deterrence is based, nuclear submarines. these locks are very deep, the submarines can go off to sea on the continental shelf. there is nowhere else in british waters that offer this. the scottish nationalist campaigners have said they don't want any nuclear submarines here anymore and have vowed
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themselves to get rid of them and that's clearly disastrous for the military and political establishments down in london. there's nowhere else they can go. there are rumors of them talking about to the americans about having to go off to the united states, but in terms of the status around the world of the u.k., if it lost scotland, and lost the nuclear fleet, that woulding disastrous for them. >> so many issues at play. lawrence in scotland. thanks so much. >> g.m. will allow more families to be paid for deaths connected to faulty ignition switches. the company once accepted the blame for only 13 deaths, monday up to 19. the company has another 100 claims being reviewed. attorney ken fineberg said it's a tough task. >> were we constructing accidents that occurred 10 years ago, the car is gone, the black box data is missing, and we have to use circumstantial evidence,
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photos, police reports, to reconstruct the accident to show likelihood the ignition switch. >> g.m. setting aside $400 million to compensate victims because of those faulty switches. so far, 445 claims have been submitted, 125 of them involving deaths. >> check out this dramatic scene in texas, crews scrambling to keep a flat bed trailer from tumbling off a highway overpass. traffic backed up for miles on the george bush turnpike in dallas yesterday. a crane was dispatched to the site to help move the overturned struck. an oklahoma man carjacking a cab leading police on a high speed chase. he didn't slow down after ramming another car. he pulled off in a field, police using g.p.s. the suspect offering this advice before taken into custody. >> you kids watching this, don't get this in you all's head. don't do no crime or you will do the time. >> he confessed to other thefts
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after arrested, saying he robbed the cabby because he has 11 kids and another on the way. >> all right, let's look at other stories caught in our global net. in this case, literally a net. in australia, a goldfish named george is doing swimmingly well after undergoing micro surgery to remove a life threatening tumor. the pet's owners wanted to save him, so she spent the $200. the most interesting part about this story is they had anesthetize the fish. you submerge him in a bucket of water that is filled with general anesthetic and that's how they knocked him out. >> by the time i came home from work, all my children's fish were dead, i rushed out and bought more. >> people are smoking more. adult smokers increased 16% last year, up from 14% in 2010.
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there are now more than 1 million smokers in new york. city budget cutbacks are blamed for the economic turn down and the cut back and increase in the number of smokers. >> some apple itunes users are saying thanks but no thanks for you two's free albums. it was added to their accounts last week. apple has set up a web tutorial showing users how to delete the album following complaints about the sudden addition to their music library. i guess not everyone appreciated u2's new album of songs. >> say that when you buy it for me for christmas. >> you're thinking c.d.'s. >> i was. >> raising questions about corporal punishment. >> should you hit your children? >> are you a kind-hearted altruistic person? why that may affect the size of your brain. >> a back yard surprise.
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>> time now for one of today's discoveries. it seems a generous heart could mean you ever a bigger brain. >> neuroscientists studied the brains of kidney donors and found those who practiced extremal truism have slightly bigger brains. >> researchers saying that many participants refused to be paid fortunate study. a lot of them showing up hours early. >> we want to update you to a story we brought you yesterday. there's a new audio tape that
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shows false arrest claims by an actress. she said it was unfair for police to handcuff her, alleging racism because she's black and her boyfriend white. the recording released by t.m.z. shows different. >> i have every right to ask you. >> i have every right to say no. >> you do not have every right to say no. >> i have a publicist and i work as an actress at a studio. >> i'm going to get your i.d. >> she made her film debut in django unchained. >> nearly 50 years after bravery on the battlefield, two vietnam veterans have been given the medal of honor. the president praised majoriany atkins who ran through enemy fire to rescue fellow soldiers. army specialist donald slote was
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killed in action in 1970 shielding fellow soldiers from a grenade. >> as we have been reminded again today, our vietnam vets were patriots and are patriots. you served with valor, you made us proud and your service is with us for eternity. >> congress granted a special exemption to honor them to be awards. >> it's not just mexico that's been dealing with the tropical weather recently. we had a system that grazed past the philippines and now is making landfall in china, also causing problems here, so something else we'll have to watch over the next couple days, you can already see causing significant areas of flooding out there and high winds. now, this is what we would
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consider a category one in terms of those winds right now, but definitely causing problems. we have been talking a lot about what is now tropical storm odile as it loses intensity over land. in the south, a tropical storm is developing, polo. this has been a very active part of the world this year. back to you guys. >> nfl star adrian peterson has been cleared to play again this weekend by his team. the vikings sat him sunday after he was charged with beating his 4-year-old son. now new allegations surfaced that he may have hit another one of his children. the controversy is launching a nationwide debate over spanking
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your children. thank you both for being with us for this important debate. nba hall of famer charles barkley defended the use have the corporal punishment in an interview sunday. >> i'm from the south. whipping, we do that all the time. every black parent in the south is going to be in jail under those circumstances. i think the question about did adrian peterson go overboard. >> in research, you found that black mothers with children in kindergarten and the third grade spank them significantly more than white hispanic or asian mothers. is corporal punishment a cultural issue? >> it is in part. i think that there are definitely cultural differences in how often parents will spank their children and whether they think it's reasonable and necessary. there's wide variation within any race or cultural group.
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what we found in research is there is no difference in the effects of spanking on children. in that same study, more spanking led to more aggression over time for all race groups. >> you have said parents should be able to spank children as young as two. why do you think spanking is necessary and aren't there other ways to discipline children? >> there are other ways. they are few and far between, there's timeout, disapproval, physical restraint, but what happens when these methods fail, and that's when spanking delivered in a very proactive, not reactive way, can be useful, with children two to six years of age when reasoning is not effective. i find that in my practice for the past 30 years, i've been able to teach parents how to do that. the research, however, is based upon studies where parents have not been taught how to spank, but rather have been asked
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whether they spank regardless of the method or setting they find themselves in -- >> your response to that, is there a proper way to spank that doesn't do long term harm to children? >> i don't know if there's a proper way. many parents spank in a way that doesn't cause immediate physical harm to children, but spanking is never necessary. there are so many other ways to raise children and discipline children without violence. spanking is violence, it involves hitting. any other person, it would be consider assault. we consider it discipline when the victim is a small child. >> in your experience, how often do parents spank in the sort of controlled manner that you described versus in a reactive way and can you really control that? >> you can control that. child abuse rates are about two to 3%, 80 to 90% of parents spank their young children two, three, four years of age. i believe you can control it and
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the issue is how important is behavioral control with children and their development. it is important. unfortunately, there's not an endless array of other options available to parents. however, milder measures should always be used first and then a proactive few swats to the bottom delivered to a child who reverses to comply with the milder measures. >> there are definitely other methods and many parents are raising their parents without spanking them, which shows it's definitely possible to do. around 80% of cases of physical child abuse started as discipline. >> thank you both. >> coming up, a serious respiratory illness spreading nationwide. >> where the enterovirus has been found now and what parents need to know to keep their kids
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safe. >> stopping homegrown terror, finding isil recruits in the u.s. and stop them before shipping out. >> we are back in two minutes with more. hope you'll stay with us. with us. >> on tech know, fire, devastating and out of control >> what's at stake here? >> there's approximately 360 homes... >> but now experts say they can predict how a blaze might spread >> this has been in a fire, now we gotta get the data out of it >> playing with fire... >> you guys are working just to save lives... >> i hope so... >> tech know every saturday go where science meets humanity >> sharks like affection >> spot on... >> don't try this at home... >> tech know, only on al jazeera america
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>> a deadly attack in afghanistan this morning, an explosion tears through a military convey. we're live in kabul with the latest. >> communities racing to escape more than a dozen wildfires, now inching closer to their homes. >> president obama set to announce a new initiative fighting ebola. we have details of his plan to
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send troops to south africa. >> a sweatshirt some say disgrace as national tragedy. the design that's left consumers up in arms and a closer look at shock marketing. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. >> three international troops are dead in afghanistan, apparent targets of a suicide attack. >> an explosion hitting a military convey near the u.s. embassy. the toll ban has claimed responsibility, got it if is of those killed not yet released. >> jennifer glass joins us. good morning. the u.s. embassy grounds are as we all know in a very secure area of kabul. how did this suicide bomber make it all the way there without anyone noticing? >> that's right, stephanie. i think that's the question that afghan security forces will be asking themselves. this area is inside the so-called ring of steel, that's a series of check points around the afghan capitol to keep an
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eye on all the vehicles and millions of people who live here and that road itself is a main road betweenen the u.s. embassy and international airport at the other. there are check points on both ends and a military presence. there's a u.s. military base on that very corner. it seems that the suicide attacker waited for that convoy to come out and used the crowds as cover. it all happened at a very busy time of day. >> a nato convoy leaving an american base was the target of the taliban attack, a bomb packed into a station wagon. the blast scattered vehicles across the main road between the u.s. embassy and cob bull's airport at the height of the morning rush hour. >> when i go to the vehicle and started walking, an explosion happened. the same vehicle i was in was destroyed. the attack was an american vehicle. >> several were killed oh or injured. it was in the center of the city
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where security is tight. it's inside the ring of steel, a series of check points that encircle the capitol. the wounded afghans retreated to a nearby hospital, more than a dozen of them. the attack comes at an already difficult time for afghanistan. >> afghanistan right now is in the grip of a political crisis, as well, because the two presidential candidates can't agree how the second round of elections run offs went. a new president hasn't been named for two and a half months now. the economy is stagnant and attacks like this one actually just add to the uncertainty that afghans feel about their future right now. >> how big is the international military presence in afghanistan right now? >> 40,000 nato force, 30,000 are american forces. that mission ends at end of
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2014. the united states, president obama announced 9,800 u.s. forces will stay behind after 2014, but for all that to happen, they need a new security agreement with the new president and there isn't a new president here at all. a lot of concern that the taliban has been using this vacuum for opportunity to fight, the afghan army standing on its own for the first time, taking casualties. it's a very per i willous time for afghanistan. >> jennifer glasse reporting from cob bull, thank you. >> this morning the u.s. stepping up efforts to go after isil. this is the first time since president obama announced his plan to fight back against that
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group. >> domestic issues restricting what they may or may not be able to do in the region. scotland that traditionally been reluctant to engage in military action in that region, so there's concern in london that any definitive action or declaration of action could adversely affect that upcoming vote. of course, there are also stinging from a number of political losses when it comes to the region. there are still a number of concerns for london, not least of which is that there are
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british hostages held on the ground, so any kind of bounty campaign may end with more beheading videos, so a very complicated situation for great britain. they are keeping their options open, right now, nothing definitive. >> secretary of state john kerry exchanging words with iran. what is iran saying about this international coalition to fight isil? >> very interesting in the relationship that we see and the language coming from both tehran and western capitals. tehran said they were invited to be in paris but they said no, because they said that america has blood on its hands and its intentions are unclear, of course the state department saying they had put forward an invitation. what is interesting is we are hearing from the french foreign ministerry.
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there is a lot of interesting language this morning, del. >> back here, a dozen major wildfires are raging in california this morning. fueled by powerful winds and stifling heat. >> the newest fire ignited in northern california forcing hundreds to evacuate. we have the latest. that fire doing serious damage to a rather small community. >> the population is fewer than 3,000 people and the tiny town of weed, california. it's near the oregon border. practically everyone who lives there is under siege from a 400-acre wildfire burning everything in its path. >> >> it just came so quick. just a fire storm. it's just the wind just took it
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so quick. these houses didn't have a chance. >> within just a few hours, at least 100 homes went up in flames as a wind-driven wildfire ripped through a small community near the oregon border, forcing 1500 people to flee. >> right behind me, a tree was in flames. it was so close to me, i was shaking in my boots. i could see the fire suddenly jump. >> the fire is wreaking havoc on the tiny town, destroying a catholic church and lumber mill. more than 1,000 homes and businesses are still threatened, those some are already gone. >> there's nothing left. my lawn's all burned up. all that's left there is bricks. it's completely gone. everything, my clothes, all i have is what i got on. >> meanwhile, the king fire is still raging east of sacramento and growing by the day with more than 8,000-acres scorched. triple digit temperatures are making matters worse,
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containment dropped to a mere 5% from 10% earlier monday as the fire spread in the high heat. >> extreme fire behavior,ment temperatures are a little warmer, humidities are down, there's a breeze on it. perfect time for a fire to burn. >> near yosemite national park, this fire is still burning out of control, driving out nearly 900 people, damaging homes. some barely made it out alive. >> i screamed, jesus help me, because it was pretty scary, and just like facing hell on earth. >> 6,000 firefighters on the front line across the state. the extreme heat has exacerbated their efforts. the wildfires have been releasing unhealthy smoke into the air, prompting air quality alerts. >> while those residents dealing with wildfires, thousands of american tourists stranded in
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cabo, mexico this morning. >> nicole mitchell is tracking the storm. how bad is the damage? >> it's very significant in this region. this is the strongest hit we've ever had on the baja peninsula. this isn't like the gulf coast he where we're used to it, the baja peninsula rarely sees a major hurricane, but owe dea ode a blow. >> the beach resort pummeled by pounding surf, torrential rain and winds topping 120 miles per hour. >> the car completely flipped over on its side, cars looked like they were probably bumper
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cars during the worst of the storm. >> the ain't was shut down through early this morning. thousands of tourists, including americans trapped, many riding out the storm in hotel rooms. >> everybody basically got in their bathtub and held each other tight, and made it through. >> some took cover in one of more than 100 nearby shelters. others were forced to camp out in stairwells. >> here's some of the damage. >> this man was on his money moon when odile came to shore. >> it wasn't the greatest way to spend the last night of our honeymoon, the storms intense outside, you could hear the wind roaring, stuff knocking into the doors. >> parts of downtown looked like a war zone. open air restaurants and lounging ripped apart, sprawling hotels hammered by debris, palm trees snapped in half like tooth picks. even the local mcdonald's took beating. this downgraded storm is still packing a punch, bringing moisture to mexico and arizona,
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states still cleaning from the remnants of hurricane norbert last week. >> speaking that have moisture flow that's moving into the united states, so a hurricane has a system that's counter clockwise, what that means for the moisture flow, the water vapor image shows this pretty well, is its funneling it up the east side. more the four corners region versus where we would like to see this moisture on the western side, california where we have the fires going on. that's going to cause flooding rain, where we just had it last week from the last tropical system. >> there are so many americans down there, they call cabo an lucas california south. >> president obama will unrail military rance, including 3,000 troops to fight the ebola virus. >> we are live in washington, d.c.
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the u.s.a. coming at an opportune time as the world health organization announced daunting statistics this morning. >> w.h.o. has refusely said that the next nine months, there could be 20,000 new ebola cases in west africa. now that seems like a conservative estimate, according to the w.h.o. assistant director assistant general. >> this health crisis we face is unparalleled in modern times. the gravity of the situation is difficult to get across with just a few numbers, but with 5,000 now infected, twice the number when we met a couple of weeks ago, over 2500 dead, nearly twice the number when we met a couple of weeks ago, you start to get a sense of the rapid escalation now we're seeing of the virus. >> clearly health officials are behind the curve.
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they are not -- the epidemic is outpacing all of their efforts. it's why the u.s., the president today will announce a major uptick in the response to the epidemic, including sending 3,000 military personnel to the region. >> exactly how do they plan on protecting american personnel heading to the region? >> ebola isn't transmitted through the air, but is transmitted if you're in direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of someone infected. the folks dealing with patients will be in full protective gear. the c.d.c. is on the ground there, and also here in the u.s. to screen passengers coming from the affected countries, people coming into the u.s. to try to catch anyone who may be infected with this virus. >> lisa, thank you very much. >> g.m. is paying more families compensation for deaths
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connected to faulty ignition switches. the company originally accepted the blame for only 13 deaths. >> then on monday, g.m. increased that number to 19. >> torn ken feinberg has received 445 claims. he reports that 31 are eligible for compensation. of those, 19 are for deaths. that figure is higher than the 13 deaths g.m. initially linked to the faulty ignition switch defect that led to the massive recall and congressional hearings. since the fund is accepting claims until december 31, that number is expected to rise. feinberg did not identify the victims or offer details about their claims, but families who have lost loved ones will receive at least $1 million. feinberg talked the difficulty investigating some of these
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claims. >> the age of the accidents, you see here, where we are constructing accidents that occurred 10 years ago, but the car's gone, the black box data is missing, and we have to use circumstantial evidence, photos, police reports, to reconstruct the accident to show likelihood the ignition switch. >> i reached out to the center for auto safety. it called the report disturbing, because the number of death claims right now is 50% higher than originally revealed by g.m. g.m. released a statement saying we have previously said that ken feinberg and his team will independently determine the final number of eligible individuals, so we accept their determinations for the compensation program. what is more important is that we are doing the right thing for those who lost loved ones and for those who suffered. >> g.m. was fined earlier this year for $35 million by a federal safety regulators within
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the automakers at the center of several federal investigations has estimated it will cost between $400 million and $600 million to settle claims. however, g.m. has not put a limit on the amount it will spend for compensation. bisi onile-ere, aljazeera, new york. >> accident victims have until december 31 to file a claim with the fund. >> major league baseball is now taking a second look at how it handles domestic violence cases. commissioner bud selig said it's needed in light of the controversy surrounding the nfl. he said we understand the responsibility of baseball to quickly and firmly address off field conduct by our players, even potentially in situations in which the criminal justice system does not do so. >> meanwhile, the nfl players union has until just before midnight to appeal the league's indefinite suspension of ray rice, cut by the baltimore ravens after video of him in a
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hotel elevator. the union has mentalled to make the deadline. >> the nfl is looking to make changes in domestic abuse allegations. >> it's hired advisers to handle the cases confronting the league. >> after banners flew over two different nfl stadiums demanding roger goodell's resignation, a new senior advisory board was announce'd, saying that they will help lead and shape the nfl's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault. freel was in the district attorney's office. smith is the former executive director of the national coalition against domestic violence. goodell said while freel will be
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involved in all decisions, the group will oversee development of the nfl domestic violence sexual assault policy and improve training and education programs for all league personnel. the nfl has yet to issue any punishment for two other domestic violence incidents rewarding ray mcdonald and greg hardy, who was bedroomed sunday. meanwhile, the vikings reinstated adrian peterson after the team deactivated him in the wake of his arrest for child abuse. a texas grand jury indicted peterson after he whipped his 4-year-old with a switch, resulting in welts and scars on the chile's legs. the statement announcing the reinstatement read in part:
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>> we are trying to do the right thing. this is a difficult path to navigate recording the judgment of how a parent disciplines his child. >> the raddison hotel chain that you saw behind the g.m. has now dropped its sponsorship of the vikings. adrian peterson facing a new allegation that he may have abused another of his kids. as of is set to play against new orleans sunday. >> a mysterious respiratory illness affecting children around the country showing up in another state. what needs to be done to protect your kids. >> a daring midair stunt not going according to plan. that video and the others captured by citizen journalists around the globe. >> don't do no crime or you will do the time. >> one man's words of wisdom, you could call them after leading police in oklahoma on a wild chase in a stolen cab.
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why he says he took the vehicle.
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>> time now for the videos captured by our citizen journalists around the globe.
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this typhoon slamming into southern china with winds of 70 miles an hour. schools and government offices have been closed. >> spain seeing a strong storm, including vivid lightning strikes, this footage near a beach. >> a pilot in guatemala during an air show, a plane crashing into an ocean. the pilot survived. ouch. he walked away with minor injuries. >> up next, the new concerns over an uptick in cases of a respiratory illness. >> thousands could lose health care coverage because they haven't verified information they put down under the affordable care act. more than 115,000 enrollees haven't confirmed their citizenship status.
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their stated income didn't seem to match federal tax records. >> fewer americans are now uninsured. federal physician show fewer people without health insurance this year. >> more children coming down with the enterovirus, now in alabama. four children have tested positive there. it's affected 10 other states. it has cold like symptoms. >> an infectious disease experts joins us. the c.d.c. is asking hospitals to send samples if they suspect this virus. what do they do with those? >> they are going to put them in a fridge and probably not do much actually. we don't know very much about this. it's not a fatal disease yet,
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but the c.d.c., one function is to monitor. it collects samples and see what happens. >> what's so unusual about this particular virus and should schools be the front line of the defense? >> we don't know why this virus is unusual. it doesn't seem to be common worldwide. we have had little outbreaks, this is a large outbreak. we don't know why it's happening. it may be that the american population is any eave to this virus. it may be that it has changed a little bit. schools should be thinking about decontaminating surfaces, encouraging hand washing, using alcohol. we don't want to sterilize our kids but -- >> they do that any ways, put this into perspective with the flu which schools deal with every year. >> this is for the vast majority
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of people who get it will be like a cold, not even time off work. it makes some sick enough to take an intensive car bed. that's what we should be worried about. that's what the c.d.c. is checking, where is it going, how is it moving. >> let's switch gears and talk about ebola, the president's plan, 3,000 boots on the ground to deal with the crisis, he wants a lot of money. will this be enough to contain ebola in west africa. >> this is an excellent start, the right way to begin. it's certainly enough to address the immediate needs. whether or not it's enough to stop the epidemic, we don't know. you have to keep measure has gone you're doing and adding resources. with this epidemic, we have to spend enough until it's stopped. >> thanks for being with us this morning. >> parts of the u.s. will be dealing with wet weather today. nicole mitchell is back.
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nicole. >> the big crux of this is part of what we're seeing, moisture coming into the region, that's our biggest concern. already the flash flood watches coming up, because moisture coming in, the rain coming down. this is the next three days. you can see how much this spreads across the region. four corners, eastern california not making it as far as the fire areas. that's not the only area of wet weather we're going to be seeing today. up and down portions of the east coast. you can definitely see a little rain moving through that front that we've been dealing with and behind that, rein forcing those more fall like temperatures, fall officially one week away now, more of those temperatures around the great lakes in the 60's because of that. on the other side, in the 80's. >> the u.s. expanding its fight against isil while the justice department looking to stem the threat here at home. we are live in baghdad with efforts to stop the group's
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spread there. >> british lawmakers and even celebrities making a final pitch to scottish voters deciding whether to end they're union with england. why some say independence is a bad move. >> a sweatshirt from urban outfitters leaving customers seeing red at an offensive design. how the retailer can bounce back. >> a new episode of the ground breaking series, edge of eighteen growing up fast... >> my quest is to find me, and me is not here... >> fighting for a better future >> if you gonna go to college, you gonna end up dead on the streets... >> life changing moments >> i had never been bullied, everyone hates me... >> from oscar winning director, alex gibney, a hard hitting look at the real issues facing american teens. the incredible journey continues... on the edge of eighteen only on all jazeera america
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>> on tech know, fire, devastating and out of control
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>> what's at stake here? >> there's approximately 360 homes... >> but now experts say they can predict how a blaze might spread >> this has been in a fire, now we gotta get the data out of it >> playing with fire... >> you guys are working just to save lives... >> i hope so... >> tech know every saturday go where science meets humanity >> sharks like affection >> spot on... >> don't try this at home... >> tech know, only on al jazeera america >> you're looking live at scotland, voters preparing to decide whether they want independence from the u.k. we'll have a live report in a few minutes. >> welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in our next half hour, president obama honoring two americans who put their lives on the line during the vietnam war, his praise for them during the medal off honor ceremony.
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>> backlash by i tune users, how the company is helping them get rid of unwanted music. >> firefighters in california battling wildfires, blazes destroying dozens of homes and buildings. 2,000 have been forced to evacuate. >> two nato troops dead in afghanistan, a military convoy hit by a suicide bomber. dozens more were hurt. the taliban claiming responsibility. >> the u.s. is expanding airstrikes against isil targets in iraq. u.s. fighter jets attacked positions south of baghdad monday to protect iraqi security forces. kurdish fighters have been making gains in the north, capturing a dozen towns that had been under isil control. >> let's go live in baghdad. we are awaiting that big decision from iraqi lawmakers, a new minister of defense. how will that affect the fight
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against isil? >> in the last few moments, we've heard the iraqi parliament postponing the vote on the minister of defense and also the minister of interior until thursday. they weren't able to get a consensus, couldn't agree on a candidate. this will hamstring the fight against isil, because this position is crucial. we need a minister of defense to bring in the soon thees. they've been promise that had position. you need a united government to move forward. the americans are going to be quite disappointed that this has been postponed until thursday. they hoped once you got a minister of defense in, they could then help reequipping the iraqi army and help in intelligence gathering and things of that nature. iraqis haven't been able to agree on a consensus candidate, so postponed the vote until thursday. >> with the new strategy in place and a growing number of countries some arab joining the
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coalition, is the new iraqi government more confident in the fight against isil? >> it's absolutely confident. it's welcomed this initiative. officially, it says this is exactly what they needed. it should have been done a long time ago. once you've spoken to a number of lawmakers, they say we need a solution in syria if you want to battle isil. there needs to be a political solution or concerted effort to get rid of the group there, otherwise they will regroup and come back into iraq. americans have said they will go after isil wherever they see fit but nobody is talking about syria and that's a big concern. >> imran khan, thank you very much. >> about 100 americans are fighting isil now. the justice department is launching a program to find potential recruits in the u.s. before they sign up.
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>> the message is just as chilling as the voice. >> i'm from america. >> an american proudly joining the fight in syria. to stop them before it's too late, today the u.s. attorney general launch add new fight. >> we have established processes for detecting american extremists who attempt to join terror groups abroad. >> eric holder announced pilot programs to encourage more people to come forward if they suspect someone is becoming radicalized. the idea is that community leaders, law enforcement and religious leaders will work together to spot potential recruits. >> we can work to identify threats before they emerge, disrupt homegrown terrorists and apprehend would be violent extremists. >> more and more countries worried their citizens have joined isil and could return to launch attacks at home. already a suspected french isil
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fighter is caused of killing four of brussels this year. >> in germany and indonesia, possible isil suspects made news with court appearances and arrests. the u.s. government believes 100 americans joined the fight in syria, including a 22-year-old from florida. and douglas mccain, 33 from san diego. both have died, but many others are still fighting and tracking them can be incredibly difficult, especially once they slip into syria. >> my goodness, living in the west, i know how -- >> which is why the u.s. is know focusing on stopping them before they leave. aljazeera, new york. >> the c.i.a.'s latest estimates on the number of isil fighters has grown to 20,000 to 30,000. >> there is an earthquake rattling nerves and tall
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skyscrapers across tokyo, a 5.6 magnitude quake struck at noon. services were cut but restored after the quake. there were no reported injuries. >> ukraine and europe economically closer, signing off on a deal that opens up trade barriers. it is seen as a rebuke to russia. ukraine was able to export to the e.u., but can't import until 2016. >> it's coming down to the wire in scotland. in two days, the country votes on whether to be independent from the u.k. we are joined from scotland. good morning. could web nearing an end to the 307-year-old united kingdom as we know it? >> >> it's just too close to call, and certainly the westminster establishment is extremely worried that the party could be over, and that's why the prime minister david cameron along with the other two major party
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leaders in london have all signed this view as their calling it, a solemn view to the people of scotland to try to improve things, but only as long as the voters of scotland don't vote for independence. they said it can be changed implicit in it is the acceptance that westminster has done things over the years that scots may not have liked. after all, almost half of all scots are saying we're ready for a divorce, packed the bags an are standing by the front door. the west minute at her politicians are saying we accept you need more power and things like health care, a bit vague perhaps. much less vague is the reminder if they vote for independence, they're going to lock the door and there's no way back in after that. >> from an outsider perspective, scotland is home to britains nuclear arsenal. how concerned would british allies be if this referendum passes. >> this is an issue clearly that
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is deeply concerning to the westminster establishment. they've been reminding the scots of what scotland has to lose. this is the u.k.'s nuclear deterrence here in the very deep locks of western scotland. they can go from here into the sea and disappear off the continental shelf. there's nowhere else that offers anything like this, and so, the leader of the nationalists, when he gives his own vow and says we want a nuclear free scotland, it's a nightmare for the military establishment. there's been talk that they might have to move the submarines to the united states. this is one of those things that has the potential to diminish the u.k., not just for losing scotland but potentially its nuclear deterrence and status in the world, as well. >> reporting from scotland,
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thank you. >> if scotland leaves, they may to have redesign the union jack, a combination of the flags of england, ireland and scotland. >> the manhunt continuing this morning continuing the shooting of two pennsylvania state troopers. one is dead, another critically wounded. authorities are doing everything they can to find who's responsible. they have a message for the shooters. >> you are a coward. you committed this spineless act and attacked defenseless troopers, shot them, they had no opportunity to defend themselves. i want you to know that our troopers are working around the clock to bring you to justice. >> the reward for information now $75,000. >> a judge has ordered a mental exam for one of two girls accused of stab ago classmate to death to please a fictional character called slenderman. the two 12-year-olds stabbed a
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classmate several times in may. a wisconsin judge determined a second girl is not competent to stand trial. the survivor is now back at school. i misspoke earlier, she was not killed. >> two and a half million dollars is how much microsoft will pay for the company that takes a game. it wants to beef up the gaming division and will make it available on p.c.'s and play station. >> >> there's been attention recently about so-called in versions, companies trying to cut tax bills by moving overseas. >> there's one fast food giant's recent decision spark ago new debate about how to fix
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america's tax system. >> both democrats and republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes. >> we now our tax system is broken, it frankly gets in the way of economic growth. >> that was early 2014. then months later, burger king sparked the latest round of talk about tax reform when it announced plans to buy tim horton's and move headquarters to canada. by doing that, it can escape high taxes. most corporate taxes in the u.s. are 35 percent, but because of loopholes and tax breaks, many companies don't pay anywhere near that much. still, the tax foundation points out the u.s. ranks only behind the u.a.e. and chad when factoring in the highest u.s. corporate tax rate of 39%. some say it's time to fix the way companies and individuals pay taxes, but if history is any lesson, don't hold your breath. >> tax reform is one of these
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rare things, it really only happens once in a blue moon, when the stars align correctly, and i think that we're just not there. i don't know that we're going to be there in a long time. >> that last blue moon of comprehensive tax reform was in 1986. president ronald reagan lowered rates for both corporations and individuals and eliminated tax benefits and in sensist whic ce. when reagan took office, there was a greater drive for reform, since the federal income tax rate for the highest earners was 70%. it's now 39.6%. following reagan's model say experts would mean cutting popular in centives, like deductions for mortgage home interest or benefits for retirement savings. there's been more of a focus on corporate taxes, including one idea to cut the rate to 28%.
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>> i don't think proposals talked about in washington at the moment are dramatic enough to deal with this problem. >> with washington deadlocked on so many things, the outlook for tax reform is murky at best anyway. >> this is a pretty hot topic, and it may have some resonance with voters. he we have a fundamental problem, there is no consensus on what reform actually looks like. >> mary snow, aljazeera. >> according to bloomburg, companies spent $2 trillion abroad last year thanks to those corporate tax in versions. >> if you were trying to buy the iphone six, apple hit a record in the first day of preorders. over 4 million in just the first 24 hours, double the amount two years ago when the i phone five debuted. >> apple responding to the backlash for automatically handing out the u2 album without
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user consent. apple is offering a tutorial on deleting the album. >> urban outfitters doing damage control over a controversial piece of clothing. >> we discuss what the retailer needs to do to move past its kent state sweatshirt. >> honoring two americans who put their life on the line to save fellow soldiers.
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>> while this carjacker and that cab in oklahoma leading police on a high speed chase when caught, advicing kids not to go down the path of crime. he said he robbed the cab because he has 11 kids and another on the way. >> messed up, remember this, i take care of my kids no matter what. i didn't have no money so this is what i have to do.
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i confessed and i'm going to do my time. >> the cab driver was only on the job for a few days when his cab was highjacked. >> an honor for vietnam heroes. >> a controversial sweatshirt appears to trivialize the kent state massacre. >> the clothing store is known for edgy designs. this time even fans say it may have gone too far. >> some is causing outrage, showing what some say appear to be blood stains from a shooting 40 years ago. in 1970, four students at ohio's kent state university were gunned down by the national guard, protesting the seat ma'am war. decades later, the emotional wounds still run deep with university officials criticizing the garment's design. they're not alone. urban outfitters has been hammered by the backlash. the retailer responded with this
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apology: >> soon after the sweatshirt hit the web, it sold out. it's not the first time brands have made questionable marketing choices. over the summer, jay crew come under fire for introducing size triple zero. here in the u.s. it caused an uproar. >> really? really? >> offering a triple zero send as truly terrible message. >> it makes people wonder if they should be smaller, increases pressure they might already be feeling. >> in 2013, rolling stone stirred controversial featuring dzhokar tsarnaev on its cover. critics accused them of giving him celebrity status. >> a number of retailers removed the magazine from store shelves, others called for a boycott.
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despite efforts, sales doubled. >> the president and c.e.o. of the brito agency and p.r. and brand strategist joins us to discuss this further. there is an old saying that any publicity is good publicity. do you think it was shock marketing? >> shock and risk has become more prefer lent in ad campaigns these days as all consumers targeted by advertising agencies and brands fighting for the attention of the millennial. you have to fight through the clutter, the best way is through a little shock. >> this strikes me as particularly tasteless. >> it's offensive, but the problem is that there's so much offensive advertising and chatter in the marketplace, that they're betting on the fact that the consumer is becoming desensitized to bat behavior.
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we see so much of it, athletes, and their favorite sport stars and brands and actors, so at this point, it's who can shock the greatest and with the most -- >> that's kind of upsetting, but on interesting observation. do you expect urban outfitters will suffer long term effects? >> they'll ignite interest and some people turned off, but the greater consumer will be fueled and drive the attention to the store and perhaps while there make another purchase. that's what they're betting on. >> occasionally these type of stunts backfire. what type of advice would you offer companies that do step over the line? >> typically when you lab to step over the line, you have your response ready, your proactive response is already geared up, so they've made their apology and they'll move on. the consumer will forget, because tomorrow, there will be another mishap made. >> are there examples of shock
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marketing that is effective in drawing attention to the company in a positive way? >> any shock message that is put out by an advertising agency is well thought out. it has to go through layers and layers of approvals, layers and layers of lawyers. at this point, you have to cut through the clutter. that consumer has to wake up and have a message from their friend in their in box and that alone is enough to drive consumers to be interested in the brand. at this point, i don't think there's any risk short of showing a dead body perhaps. >> urban outfitters probably appeals to a younger college age demographic that may not be aware of what kent state was. >> they are more in tune to being really edgy. at this point, you have to push the envelope further in order to get any attention.
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>> thanks so much for your insights this morning. >> the global seed market controlled by just a handful of multi-nationals, the crops that farmers have been free to plant for years are now being restricted. a group of scientists and activists is now trying to change that. >> i'm violating the contract by showing this on film. >> he is not a fan of what he calls in dentured seed. each genetically modified corn seed in this jar has been patented 32 times to restrict use. chemical companies have been looking beyond patented g.m. seeds for new income. at stake now, traditional vegetable seeds and their genes they contain. >> we saw all these patterns come through on crops like this, onions, beats. if we don't do something now, this is going to be taken off
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the table. >> they helped found the open source seed initiative, what they hope will become a global library of seeds for breeders, farmers and gardeners to use freely. 73% of the worlds commercial seed could be described as indentures, genetic material pay thented by just 10 companies. as companies patent more crops, the free exchange of seed is prohibited. >> without that, you breed in a silo and only within your own material. >> the global pool of genetic resources shrinks. >> what we need facing the challenges coming with climate change, if we are going to feed, allow those people he to feed themselves, we need new variety in a wide range of crops.
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>> the m monopolization is in te u.s. >> much of what i grew as a kid is no longer available. >> like the seeds from multi-national chemical companies, these come with conditions, however they are very different. >> this is the open source seed pledge. by opening this packet, you pledge that you will not restrict other's use of these seeds and derivatives by patents or any other means. >> they have grown in popularity. supporters of open source seeds hope they, too, will become a choice for farmers and consumers uneasy about the corporate monopolization of the world food supply. >> because the seeds are considered intellectual property right now, you need permission
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to use them. you are not supposed to harvest seeds for replanting next year. >> 50 years after heroic action on the battlefield, two vietnam veterans have been given the medal of honor. in awhite house ceremony, the president praised major benny atkins, and army specialist donny slopes. his family was there to accept his honor. he was killed in 1970 shielding fellow soldiers. >> as we have been reminded again today, our vietnam vets were patriots and are patriots. you served with valor, you made us proud, and your service is with us for eternity. >> congress granted a special exemption, allowing president obama to honor these two u.s. veterans so many years after their bravery on the
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battlefield. >> he said he would sign up and go back again tomorrow. >> he doesn't care about the medals. >> california dealing with scorching temperatures. it makes perfect sense a bear would want a cool off, a dip. there were no rivers nearby, so he jumped into the family's swimming pool. you could say that the temperatures there are unbearable. >> i saw that one coming. nicole mitchell is back for another look at the temperatures. >> unfortunately that area is barely going to get moisture from the hurricane we've been watching. let's get right to it. this is a tropical storm, odile, continue to go lose strength over land now and into drier air. you can see the moisture flow with this more on the east side because of the rotation of the storm funneling it into the four corners region versus central california with that fire situation. if you think it's been busy in the eastern pacific, just a week ago, there was another storm that skirted off the coast of
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the baja california peninsula, it has been. on an average year in the eastern pacific, 15 named storms, up to four major hurricanes, the noaa prediction was pretty much on average with the climatology, this year at 17. the season goes until the end of november. we're past normal and have a couple months to go. eight of them have been major hurricanes, part that have because of warmer water in the area that let systems get farther to the north. this is the first landfall this strong, that far north in this region. back to you guys. >> all right, nicole mitchell, thank you. >> tomorrow morning on aljazeera america, after three centuries together, voters in scotland deciding whether to split with the u.k. this is a live look in scotland. we'll look closer at the issues that could change the course of history. >> that's it for us here in new york. >> coming up, the latest on the fight against isil in iraq and the situation in afghanistan. >> we'll see you right back here tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.
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