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they are made at all there's more real news from al jazeera, along with analysis and comment. and our new-look website. take a look at aljazeera.com. >> house republicans try to derail the iran nuclear deal in the 11th hour. why they say the white house is not sharing all the information they need to vote on it. >> cars and trucks being shot at on one of arizona's busiest highways. >> a major discovery today that could help unlock the history of human kind. >> we have discovered the
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largest assemblage of human history in the continent of africa. >> this is aljazeera america. good morning, live from new york city, i'm randall pinkston. >> congress will debate the iran nuke deem at house republicans attempt a last ditch effort to derail it. in political maneuvering, they say they cannot vote on the deal until president obama reveals the so-called side agreement that iran negotiated with inspectors. they are running out of time to stop a vote which could still happen this week. libby, tell us about what it is house republicans have planned to derail the deal. >> this is really a last minute change intactic by the house
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republicans. they were planning to vote on a disapproval resolution and the majority of members planned to vote to disapprove of the deal. that is on pause right now. instead, they want to take three different votes. number one, they want to criticize the white house for not releasing what they are calling side deals with the i.ae.a. and iran. the white house said these aren't side deals. they are part of any negotiated deal rewarding inspections, but republicans say look, we had 60 days to review this deal, if we can't see at a fine print, the clock hasn't started. they want to vote president obama from lifting any sanctions and number three vote to approve of the iran deal. they believe that will put democrats on the defense, because they will have to stand up and say i really do support this deal. as you mentioned, the clack is winding down. they only have until next thursday to weigh in and if they do nothing, or if they are at
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odds with the senate, the white house can proceed. >> i thought sanctions were going to be in place anyway. >> the sanctions that congress has put into place in the past, yes, that is true, but congress is just taking a stand here because they don't want to see the white house roll back on anything, because the white house does have some flexibility in terms of how it enacts some sanctions. the other world powers here, five other world powers are going to move ahead next week, no matter what, and so we're really seeing an intra party fight right now between house republicans and senate republicans. >> let's talk about the senate, poised to vote on a resolution of disapproval. that still happening? >> republicans in the senate would like to do that and are a bit critical of the house, because the house seemed like a place that could get a really solid disapprove effort he moving forward.
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because of procedural motions, senate democrats may be able to block that from going forward. we are seeing a continued debate and do expect the senate to move forward on this. they've got to be in lock step with the house and the clock is winding down. >> a series of shootings have people on edge in arizona this morning. cars and troubling along one of the state's busiest highways being shot at. police are calling it domestic terrorism. john henry smith has the latest. what are police saying? >> hundreds of thousands of drivers travel that eight-mile stretch of interstate 10 near downtown phoenix every day. police think this could be a serial sniper. >> authorities around phoenix around sure what shattered the back passenger side window of this white pickup truck along i-10 wednesday. this consider this to be the he 10th incident in 11 days of cars along that highway being
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damaged by projectiles. >> it is just a matter of time if this paver continues that we have tragedy on our roadways. >> no one has been killed or seriously hurt yet, but people who drive this stretch of highway are frightened. >> it makes me more cautious that in stretch. >> the f.b.i. and a.t.f. have joined the investigation that as yet has few leads. >> i don't know if this is a copy cat crime, if it's multiple people. there is no pattern for time, it's been different details of the week, different hours of the day. >> police suspect different weapons were used. while six vehicles were hit with bullets, the other four were struck by what authorities confirm as projectiles. >> it doesn't matter whether coming from a handgun, rifle or pellet gun, all are projectiles. >> the first shooting happened august 29. since then, this police car and
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box truck have been hit. a bullet shattered this windshield, the glass hurting a 13-year-old girl. >> i heard a loud bang. >> a bullet heat a seat on this tour bus, narrowly hitting the driver. >> the person almost took me away from my family. >> an armed civilian group that calls itself bolt force is joining the hunt for whoever is responsible. the leader of the group was detained briefly. the police put out a statement saying we prefer they luted us handle the investigation. police are offering a reward for information. >> prosecutors in washington state are defending their decision to not charge three police officers for killing a farmworker, saying the evidence shows the officers used legal force. cell phone video captured the man throwing rocks at the officers back in february.
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they then shot zambrano 17 times. toxicology reports indicate the man was high on methamphetamines. >> secretary of state john kerry said the u.s. is committed to taking in more refugees next year. officials say it will increase the number of refugees by 5,000 to a total of 75,000. a fraction of those refugees would be from syria. kerry did not give specifics. >> we are committed to increase be the number of refugees that we take and we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in syria and europe in their migration today, but that's being vetted fully right now and i think at the appropriate time, we'll have a better idea of what that number can be. >> the administration said it has already pledged $4 billion in humanitarian aid, more than any other country. >> the change in tone from the u.s. comes as europe struggles to handle hundreds of thousands
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of migrants trying to cross borders. today, danish authorities are blocking refugees after hundreds of people tried to walk over the border. denmark has suspended international train service. sweden says it will give any syrian who crosses its border refugee papers. >> in hungary, military training exercises are underway. the government will vote on whether to bring soldiers in to boltster border security. thousands of refugees are stranded in the country trying to make their way to western europe. we have more. >> the weather's terrible right enough, as if the conditions for these refugees wasn't miserable enough, it has started raining and is very, very cold this morning. these are dozens of refugees being placed on to a bus that is going to take them to a refugee camp nearby, even though there are aid workers here,
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volunteers, medics, there is so much fear that i'm hearing from the refugees that i've been speaking with, many from syria, iraq, some from afghanistan, they just don't know what's next to them. they understand that they are going to be taken to this refugee camp, but they've also heard of really bad conditions at this refugee camp. they've heard from others in this refugee camp. they are aware that many refugees in that camp have consistently tried to break out of that camp, escape for the last several days. also, these refugees don't know when or if they will be taken by the hungarian authorities to the border with austria. they are desperate to get into austria, because they have heard of a much better reception they will get. i saw the reception the refugees got there was very welcoming, very efficient and the refugees in austria were much happier than they had been in hungary,
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so a lot of desperation, a lot of deprivation and a lot of very scared, cold souls at this hour. >> reporting from hungary on the syrian border. >> states that fought against same-sex marriage now owe millions in legal fees. why some call it the price governments pay for defending bigotry. >> planned parenthood on the defense again as congress tries to cut funding for the group.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. coming up on 7:43 eastern time, taking a look at today's top stories. new york could soon have the highest minimum wage in the country. the governor will propose a $15 an hour minimum for all workers, nearly double the current rate. vice president joe biden will be on hand for the announcement. >> no school again this morning for 53,000 students in seattle. their teachers remain on strike, calling for higher pay. they have not had a raise in six years. the schools offered a 9% raise in the negotiating table, the union wants 10.5%. >> california state assembly approved a measure wednesday to law people to end their lives. britney maynard moved from
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california to or gone to end her life. >> the clerk who remained in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses is staying with her family today. her lawyer said the clerk intends to keep up the fight for her religious beliefs and that could put those licenses in jeopardy. we are live in moorhead, kentucky. she is not the only county clerk refusing to issue licenses. why is the attention still focused on her? >> it's a very good question, randall. good morning. there are at least two other county clerks in the state of kentucky alone at this minute refusing to issue marriage licenses, so why the focus on kim davis and moorhead? the answer seems to be a
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thriving lgbt community here. >> home to the clerk's office, there's no sign of kim davis that, but this couple is looking to get a marriage license in brown county just because they can and they get one. >> now we have the right to get married everywhere. >> mark's delighted when one of the deputies said he'll go on issuing marriage licenses, even if the boss tells him not to when she gets back to work. this is not the only county where marriage licenses are being refused. no marriage licenses are being issued in whitley county and none at all in a casey county, but only in moorhead is there a thriving lgbt community. >> i chose moorhead state. it's close to home and you can also find your home here. i've definitely found a home here. >> it's the kind of organization that flourishes in moorhead, but
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not elsewhere in kentucky where lgbt issues are generally brushed under the carpet. >> most people's views of the lgbt community especially in this town is kind of like, you know, we don't talk about it, don't pay it no mind, but there is really a sparking community there. it's just i think this incident kind of gave everyone a chance to really come together. >> there's evidence attitudes toward same-sex marriage are changing within the state. a poll shows 53% of against same-sex marriage now, still a majority, but down from 73% in a 2003 vote to ban gay marriage. it has split the local community and brought it together, all at the same time. >> people who are having such strong reege backgrounds and have such a conservative takes on things are forced to see their neighbors, friends and family in support of this and
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having to judge am i in the wrong or where do i play into this. >> for now, the face of moorhead acknowledge debate remains the county clerk, kim davis and in many ways, what happens next here is in her hands. >> one sidebar, randall, kentucky saying that kim davis will receive her entire $80,000 salary this year. i it will not be docked for the time she spent in jail or taken off since. elected officials get their money each 12 month period and otherwise their own sick leave and vacation time, the idea being if they take too much of that, voters will have them out at the next election. >> john terrett in kentucky, thank you. >> fighting same-sex marriage bans is piling on big bills for some states, which are now required to pay the lawyers who fought those bans. let's bring in our guest from michigan. he has a new article and has done investigation on this topic. it's published on aljazeera.com. steve, let's take a look at why
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states are footing the bill. apparently, it has to do with the 40-year-old federal law saying that the court in its discretion may allow the prevailing party a reasonable attorney's fee as part of the cost. will this law hold? >> oh, yeah, there's no doubt it will hold. several states have already paid out and also, it is part of the design of the civil rights law is to encourage lawyers who otherwise wouldn't get paid, these are not cases where anybody would get damages, their only purpose is to fight for civil rights. >> lets take a look at states that have paid the attorney fees so far. pennsylvania paid out $1.5 million in legal fees, wisconsin a little more than a million, virginia 580,000 and oregon a little more than $100,000. many attorneys did the work pro bono. are they eligible for the fees? >> yes, they are.
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pro bono usually is about the relationship between the lawyer and the client, and typically pro bono cases are taken in cases where there are no potential payouts. if a pro bono case is taken for a class action lawsuit or something like that, technically, it's not exactly pro bono. it's a contingency, if they win, they get a portion of the award or the outcome. in cases like this, there is no outcome, so the only way to encourage lawyers to take on these cases is to give them some potential that at some point, they may get paid. some of these cases take years and in many of these cases, the lawyers were doing these cases for three, four, five years and along the way, they were not doing anything else, or they were turning down a lot of other work. >> let me ask you this. if the prevailing party -- is it
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the state wins, can they then get legal fees from the pro bono attorneys? >> no. that is not how the law reads. there isn't a return there. i mean, if cases are brought that are not deemed to be credible, they get thrown out long before they get to the point where they are heard by district courts or federal courts, so there is sort of a build-in deal there. >> i was just wondering about the risk for the attorneys. there are some states that have not paid their legal bills. let's take a look at those, michigan owing $1.2 million, kentucky $2 million, south carolina and florida in the hundreds of thousands perfect some of these states, if they keep fighting this, will the bills go up? how does this work? >> they're fighting not so much that they owe anything.
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they're fighting the amount. they're fighting the fee schedule that the lawyers may have given them or the number of hours or the number -- the cost. in florida, they're fighting over whether or not the florida government has to pay for the legal fees in the appellate round of the case. they agree they have to pay something for the lower court. there is a possibility that some of these bills can go up if they continue to fight them. in south dakota, there is very much the possibility that that tate will, if it continues to file motions and fight this, could end up if they lose paying even more, because again, the attorneys still have to do work to respond. >> we should point out that kentucky is also fighting a $2 million bill. how does this attack taxpayers? are they aware and who do they blame? >> i doubt that taxpayers are
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aware. i mean, taxpayers don't seem to be all that aware of most of how their government spends their money, and if you set aside the question of whether these governments owe these lawyers who beat them, they still spent millions of dollars on defending these laws and losing. either way, there has been i guess you could say, i suppose the folks that are fighting the gay marriage lawsuits and wanting to keep traditional marriage as the only option, i suppose they would say that it was money well spent even though they lost because of the principle of it, but i think a lot of taxpayers would be surprised to know that their government spent millions of dollars on experts and lawyers and got nothing out of it. they lost. they lost big. >> thank you so much. >> japan is on alert as villages
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are washed away by flooding. thousands are forced from their homes, rescuers are turning to helicopters to save the trapped. >> a major announcement welcoming a new member of the human family, the fossil that could answer questions about where we all came from.
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>> in japan, flooding and landslide warnings are in effect. more than 20 inches of rain in the last 24 hours destroying small villages. hundreds of thousands are evacuating their homes. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell now. >> this is a great example of a tropical storm where the winds weren't that intense but still
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carry rain and cause other problems. you can see the remnants of the system passing through central japan at its max, only 60-65 miles per hour, tropical storm was able to wring out a lot of water. behind this, looks like this will curve more to the north. not a lot of tropical weather for us this season around the united states. this entity in the eastern pacific could bring some moisture to southern california. that's one thing. we are watching two fronts, one in the midwest and the other both bringing rain today. you can see some of these areas, heavy rain in the chance for some stronger storms in the central portion of the country, so watch for that, wind and hail the primary threats here and through the next couple of days. the east coast gets it today, a little break between that next
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system and more rain into the system. this last system knocking temperatures for the eastern portion of the country down 10 degrees, so a little more comfortable after all of this goes through. >> now to a new member of the human family, a scientific discovery in africa. some new members of the family tree making their debut, a group of fossilized bones found in a cave in africa. >> unlike other fossil deposits with cranial and dental remains, this has preserved for us information from across the entire skeleton for multiple individuals. >> scientists believe the fossils are at least 2.5 million years old, we are back in two minutes with more al jazeera morning news, you can keep up with the news throughout the day on aljazeera.com. >> we're here to fully get into the nuances of everything that's going on, not just in this country,
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>> house republicans make an attempt to derail the iran nuclear deal, but talk of secret keys is dividing the gop. >> drivers on edge in arizona, someone is shooting cars on a freeway piercing windshields and rattling nerves. >> anytime that you have multiple shootings against american citizens on a highway, that's terrorism. >> the u.s. looks to step up efforts to help refugees fleeing their homes, pledging to bring
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in thousands more. >> this is aljazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. >> congress today is set to debate the iran nuke deem as house republicans make a last ditch effort to derail it, saying they can't vote on the deal until the white house reveals the so-called side agreements that iran negotiate with atomic inspectors. the clock is ticking on a vote which could still happen this week. libby casey is live this morning in washington. good morning, tell us more about what republicans are trying to do to send the deal off track. >> good morning. house republicans have changed their strategy really at the last minute. the plan has been all along to take a vote, disapproving of the iran deal and really, the house does have the votes. republicans are behind it and
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some democrats are, as well. that's on hold. now republicans want to take a series of three votes. number one, they want to vote to approve of the deal. they feel like that will put democrats on the defense. number two, they want to prevent the white house from lifting any sanctions and number three, they basically want to criticize the white house for what they're calling side deals between iran and the iaea. the white house said these are a normal part of any inspection process, but republicans want to read the fine print and say if they can't, the 60 day window they have to review the deal really hasn't started. they want to have a third vote on that front. going through these decisions about just how to proceed, the clock is ticking down. congress only has until next you are thursday to vote to disapprove and show that they want to reject the deal. >> has happens by law. the senate is expected to vote on a resolution of disapproval.
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can he was work when there are at this point enough democratic to say support the deal and maybe sustain any potential veto? >> it doesn't look like it can at this point. the white house is definitely sitting more comfortably than when we were all trying to count votes and see how things were lining up. democrats should be able to block a vote from even coming forward, but are still working through their own strategy. do they want to be seen as stopping this on procedural grounds or take a full vote. there is that disagreement, the real fighting now is above republican ranks, conservatives in the house are pushing back against other republicans. the house and senate are taking very different strategies, much to the chagrin of some republicans who just want a basic vote to disapprove of this and go on record saying they don't agree. >> it does look like the white house will get its way at this point. that is not stopping
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presidential candidates from weighing in. >> we are hitting a new height in the rhetoric, in the conversation, in presidential candidates weighing in. there was a big rally with senator ted cruz, running for president and donald trump, both lambasting the white house for this deal, which they deride as stupid and insane. we are seeing presidential candidate hillary clinton talk about it. she supported the deal, but gave a threat to iran that under a clinton administration, it would not be able to get nuclear weapons and basically saying that she would not be afraid to use military force. the former asks also taking some credit for laying the groundwork for the sanctions that have led to iran sitting down at the negotiating tail, so a lot of president candlepresidential cae
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using this right few for political fodder. >> bernie sanders is shown leading for the first time with 41% compared to hillary clinton 40%. that is within the margin of error. another 12% would vote for president joe biden, even though he has not decided to run. >> a federal judge has cleared the way for a congressional lawsuit challenging president obama's health care allow. house republicans claim the obama administration violated the constitution spending public money on reduced health care co payments for lower income people. republican lawmakers contend congress never specifically approved spending that money. the obama administration says the funds were allocated. >> a series of shootings have people on edge this morning in arizona. cars and trucking along
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interstate 10 are being shot at. police call it domestic terrorism. john henry smith has more. >> hundreds of thousands of drivers travel that eight-mile stretch of interstate 10 near phoenix each day. police belief this could be a serial sniper. >> authorities around phoenix aren't sure what shattered the back passenger side window of this pickup truck along i-10 wednesday. they consider this to be the 10th incident in the last 11 days of cars along that stretch of highway damaged by projectiles. >> it is just a matter of time if this behavior continues that we have tragedy on our roadways. >> no one has been killed or seriously hurt yet, but people who regularly drive this stretch of highway are frightened. >> it makes me more cautious to be in that stretch. >> the f.b.i. and a.t.f. joined the investigation that as yet has few leads. >> i don't know if this is a
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copy cat crime, if it's multiple people, there is no pattern for time. there's been different days of the week, different hours of the day. >> police suspect different weapons were used, while six of the 10 vehicles were hit with bullets, the other four were struck by what authorities only confirm as projectiles. >> whether it's coming from a handgun, rifle or pellet gun, all of projectiles. >> the first shooting happened on august 29. since then, this off duty police sergeant's window and this box truck have been hit. before that, a bullet shattered this windshield, the flying glass hurting a 13-year-old girl. >> i heard a loud bang. it startled me. >> a bullet his this tour bus, narrowly missing the driver. >> the person almost took me from my family. >> an armed civilian group bolt force is joining the hunt for whoever's responsible. its leader was briefly detained by police wednesday.
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the arizona department of public safety put out a statement saying we would prefer they let us handle this investigation. police are offering a $20,000 reward for information. >> thank you. >> the kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage that licenses won't be at work today. kim davis is now expected to return to the office monday. ten licenses were issued during the six days that she was behind bars. her lawyers said the clerk intends to keep up the fight for her religious beliefs. that could put those licenses in jeopardy. >> john, good morning, davis is not the only county clerk in the state refusing to issue licenses. why is so much attention still focused on her? >> that's right, stephanie, no sign of kim davis this morning, but there are two other clerks in the state of kentucky who are refusing to issue marriage licenses at this time. why the focus on kim davis and the town of moorhead?
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the answer seems to be a thriving lgbt community here up at the university, which is not prevalent in other parts of rural kentucky. >> moorhead, kentucky, home to the clerk's office, there is no sign of kim davis. mark is hear with boyfriend, alan, looking to get a marriage license because they can and they get one. >> now we have the right to marry everywhere. if i wanted to get married here, i could. >> mark is delighted when one of kim davis's deputies tells him he'll go on issuing licenses even if kim davis tells him not to when she gets back to work. no marriage licenses are being issued for same sex couples in whitley county or casey county. only in more head is there a thriving lgbt community, alliance based at the local university, moorhead state. >> i chose it because it's close to home and you can also find
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your home here. i've definitely found a home with alliance. >> the primary focus is to work for lgbt rights. it flourishes in more head but not elsewhere in kentucky where lgbt issues are generally brushed under the carpet. >> most people's views of the lgbt community especially in this town is kind of like, you know, we don't talk about it, don't pay it no mind, but there is really a sparking community there. it's just that i think this incident kind of gave everyone a chance to really come together. >> there's evidence attitude towards same-sex marriage are changing within the bluegrass state. a poll shows 53% of kentuckians are against same-sex marriage now down from 53%. the davis affair has split the local community and brought it together, all at the same time. >> people who are having such strong religious backgrounds and have such a conservative take on
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things are forced to see their neighbors, friends and family coming out in support of this and having to like judge am i in the wrong or am i -- where do i play into this. >> for now, the face of moorhead acknowledge debate remains the county clerk, kim davis, and in many ways, what happens next here is in her hands. >> one footnote, kentucky confirming within the past 12 hours that kim davis will receive her entire calorie this year. it will not be docked for the time behind bars nor the time she is now taking off. >> john, thank you. i want to get more into this. there are a lot of legal questions going forward in the kim davis case. she insists any license handed out with her name on it is not valid. joining me is a senior fellow at the american progress center fund and is following this case. good morning, should gay couples that have been issued licenses ins rowan county in recent days
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be worried that -- be worried about the validity of their marriages. >> you can never predict what the state courts are going to do, and ultimately, this is a question of state law, whether these licenses are valid. that said, i'd be very, very surprised if a court declares them invalid. these licenses were issued you because of a federal court order saying that licenses must be issued. there's a kentucky law that says in the absence of the clerk, licenses can still be issued under the authority of the county's judge executive, so there's no certainty here, but it would really be shocking if a state court said despite the federal court order and despite the fact that state allow does provide accommodation, because of this formalistic flaw in the license, they are going to invalidate peoples marriages. >> davis has said one way to resolve it is for kentucky to
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change its laws so the county clerk isn't the only one who issue licenses. >> i've heard talk from an attorney working closely with davis' team. that seems to be something they are pushing for. a lot of it would depend on how the law is written. what the supreme court said in its marriage equality decision is that same sex couples have to be able to receive licenses on the same terms as anyone else, so if an opposite sex couple could walk into davis' office and say i want a license and the same-sex couple must be able to get that, as well. if they want to write davis out of the process whatsoever, so long as they maintain equality between same sex and opposite sex couples, i think there is a way to write davis out of the
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process. what's been interesting about this is even amongst people who agree substantively with kim davis that they don't agree with marriage equality, there seems to be a real backlash against what davis is doing here. i mean, davis is a public official. you know, imagine if you were a cop and someone called you up and said someone is breaking into your home and the cop said oh, you know what, i don't approve of you, so i'm not going to do my job. imagine if a firefighter did that or any other government official did that. i think even amongst conservatives, a lot of people are saying this is going too far, you don't get to not do your job or vital federal court orders when you're a state official. >> thank you. >> dramatic images out of japan this morning where flood and landslide warnings are in effect. more than 20-inches of rain fell, causing levees to break,
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destroying small villages. hundreds of thousands of people are evacuating homes. japan's self defense force had to rescue people from their rooftops. three people are missing so far. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell. what is behind this strong storm? those pictures are extraordinary. >> this is an excellent example of you don't even need a hurricane or typhoon, if the storm has a lot of moisture in it, this is just a tropical storm, and you just saw the video there, but as it moved over the country was able to ring out moisture, lending to flooding. about a million people impacted at one time and even possibly fukushima and that radioactive area, some con testimony nation that could cause problems once again. this was a hurricane way back when. it is now a tropical storm. this looks like it will move to the north. let's get back to the united states and see if we could have flooding concerns on our own, not of that scale.
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this tropical storm in the eastern pacific, you can see the moisture shield making its way into southern california, arizona, there is spotty showers especially if they are in burn areas could cause isolated flash flooding and those two fronts moving across the country, one to the east and south, the other to the midwest bringing moisture for today, we have a chance for stronger storms. centers around kansas, wind hail the primary threats if we see strong storms. bolt of those will move along. the one today and another one, a little bit of a break for the east coast but what most people will notice is temperatures significantly cooling off from those 90's to more 80's and eventually 70's, a little more realistic for this time of year. >> controlling the flood of refugees, hungary keeps hundred was people in camps as the u.s. considers its options to help.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. taking a look at today's top stories. a south carolina judge will decide whether to let a former charleston police officer out of jail. he is charged with murder for shooting walter scott in the back after a traffic stop. the judge expressed concerns over slager's safety. >> the new york police department is investigating why a former tennis star was detained outside a manhattan hotel. he said five white police officers handcuffed him and threw him into a floor over an investigation into stolen cell phones. he was only released when a retired officer passing by identified him. >> secretary of state john kerry said the u.s. is committed to
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taking in more refugees, increasing the number by 5,000 to a total of 75,000, a fraction will be from syria. kerry did not give specifics. >> the e.u. is planning to cope with the in flux relocating 160,000 refugees across europe with germany poland and france taking the greatest number of people. under e.u. law, britain, denmark and ireland are not obligated to take part but could choose to do so. italy, greece and hungary are excluded because of the large number of refugees already in those countries. >> in denmark, authorities are blobbing refugees from passing through their country to reach sweden. denmark's closed the only highway to sweden today after hundreds of people tried to walk over the border. sweden said it will give any syrian who crosses its border refugee papers.
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thousands in limbo, families trying to find a way out of hungary. we are live on the border with serbia. i can see it's not great weather. >> conditions for these refugees that are here were already miserable, today they have gotten far worse. all day it's been range, the temperature dropping. it is extremely cold, so many of the children, the mothers, the fathers here many from iraq, syria, afghanistan just don't have the supplies that they need. although there are aid workers here, charities here, but these refugees say they need more. they are very concerned at this hour, because they are heading to a refugee camp set up down the road from here. we have not been able to get access to the camp nor have other journalists. we've spoken with human rights watch. they are very worried about
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conditions in that camp. they believe that people are overcrowded in there, not getting the supplies they need. behind us, you see there are dozens of refugees waiting for another bus out in the cold, putting some tarp in front of them, above them, rather, so that they can stay dry, even though they haven't been able to accomplish that, because it's rained all day. they are going to be going to that refugee camp. they are very worried about the conditions there. i spoke yesterday to a woman from syria, she left syria last month. she said the journey has been so hard for her that when she got to greece, she was beaten by a police officer and because of that lost her baby. she was three months pregnant at the time. these people are in severe emotional pain, distressed. this woman just wanted comfort and compassion, a place where she could take a shower and sleep for a while. >> meanwhile, the hungarians say
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they are overwhelmed. there are reports of having their army bolter security along the border. how are people responding to that where you are? >> they are fearful. we heard they are planning on enacting a law that will law troops to be deployed to the border with serbia to staunch the flow of refugees coming in. they are also building, trying to complete the building of a wall. we were at that wall yesterday. this is a razor wire fix, rather and yet still, the refugees are trying to come in. they are worried about what this development means and worried about wondering how the refugees that are behind them, the next row that includes loved ones, relatives of the ones already here, how they are going to get in, mison and go into austria or
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germany from there. a lot of chaos, a lot of confusion, a lot of sadness and certainly fear, especially at this hour as far as people who have traveled so far and how they are going to complete that journey and find opportunity and comfort for themselves in the months to come. >> reporting from hungary on the serbian border, thank you. >> prosecutors in washington state are defending their decision today to not charge three police officers for killing a farmworker. they say officers used legal force when they shot and killed antonio zambrano montez. his family is outraged by the decision. >> 17 shots is not the way to take somebody and then consider that justice. >> amid angry reactions from community and family members, the prosecutor announced wednesday that he would not file charges against the three police
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officers who killed a 35-year-old migrant farmworker in february. >> i believe that a unanimous jury would not find the presence of malice and absence of good faith yard in this case. >> police dash and cell phone video from by standers captured the moments leading up to the shooting. zambrano is seen throwing rocks at police. after officers used stun gun, they fired their pistols. >> protests started large, but eventually quieted down. for the last two months, weekly releases from the prosecutor's office shed new light into what happened. a toxicology report shows zambrano was likely high on meth. bullets struck him in the back of the arm and buttocks. after seven months of investigation, the family's frustration is clear. >> you guys justify somebody -- and not consider the 17 shots on
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one individual. >> last week, a second lawsuit was filed against the city and others involved in the shooting. zambrano's two daughters and wife are asking for $25 million. zambrano's parents are asking for $4.8 million in federal court. >> i make tough decisions every day and i don't care what the consequences of those are when it's based on soundly good judgment. if we don't like the law as laid out, we can petition to change it. >> police officers of given the right to pretty much decide when, if and how they are going to take your life. >> even without that information, the prosecutor decided the officers should not be held accountable for zambrano's death. dozens of republicans threatened to veto any funding measure that includes support for planned
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parenthood. the house judiciary committee held hearings. a controversial surfaced after the release of videos by anti abortion activists. >> california senate could allow terminally ill patients to end their lives. the state approved the end of life option act wednesday. the law was motivated in part by the story of britney maynard who moved follow california to oregon to end her life. an activist said the law has enough protections to ensure vulnerable people do not make decisions they are incapable of making. >> two doctors need to determine that the patient is mentally competent and if there is any concern by either physician that the patient may not be mentally competent, the person has to be referred to a psychiatrist and will not be able to obtain the
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medicines. >> if passed, california would become the fifth state to allow assisted suicide. >> one texan has a change of heart about fighting for isil and returns home, but now faces 30 years in prison if convicted. we'll speak to his lawyer next. >> stopping diabetes. the alarming number of people battling this disease and the enormous number of people who don't even know they have it.
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>> house republicans are attempting last minute maneuvers to derail the nuclear agreement with iran. the majority plans a series of
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votes demanding more information on the so-called side deals that iran negotiated with atomic inspectors. the whites house has enough votes in the senate to block a vote altogether. >> police in phoenix trying to figure out who is behind shootings on one of the busiest highways. the latest was wednesday when a truck windows were shattered. there have been 10 shooting incidents in 11 days. a 13-year-old girl was injured by flying glass. >> flood and landslide warnings in effect in japan where 20 inches of rain have fallen in 24 hours destroying several small villages. >> the f.b.i. is stepping up efforts to prosecute americans accused of joining isil. this week, two men pleaded guilty to providing material support to the group. in the accident, a 20-year-old faces charges carrying a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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according to his family, he never traveled to syria and never signed isil. he had a change of heart and flew home from turkey instead. his attorney joins us this morning. the criminal complaint against your client alleges that he got to turkey with the intention of joining isil but turned back before he left the airport in istanbul. is that right? >> that is correct. he had cold feet even before he got to turkey and voiced concerns when he was at a stopover in malaysia. >> he never even got to istanbul. >> he did get to istanbul and then flew back to houston. >> he could face 30 years if convicted on these charges. is prosecuting someone like him who ended up not joining isil, whose family did the right thing by convincing him to come back
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at odds with the government's larger goals in your view. >> in my view, yes, there is. there needs to be an off ramp for people who make the right decision, back out of the and come home. it would make more sense to exploit his understanding of the experiences in talking with people who otherwise might be considering that choice, why he chose organize. >> do you think he should face consequences? the f.b.i. said he helped a friend get in touch with an isil recruiter. what is his defense to that? >> the evidence that we're developing indicates that his friend was actually more of the prime mover than he was, was certainly more radicalized under the circumstances and had every intention of going through whether my client did or not. we disagree with the premise the government presented in the complaint, the indictment. in answer to your question should there be consequences, i don't think there should be criminal law consequences.
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>> by the time he was arrested, he had been back in houston for more than a year, he was delivering pizzas. what was he up to when arrested? does the f.b.i. have any signs that he was again trying to join isil at that point? >> no, they don't. in fact, they had him under regular sir veils for i think about six months, and i believe they probably tried to run an informant on him in order to see if he would bite on any suggestions to go back and none of that occurred, which is curious, because they didn't develop additional evidence as a result. there were a number of arrests around the countries, 60 cases now pending and houston hadn't made its contribution to these cases, and this is maybe all they've got was this one where he came back. i can't speak on the government for what motivated them in terms of their timing, but it did seem
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strange to me. >> how does your client feel about these charges, under house arrest now. does he feel he did anything wrong? >> well, you're asking me to convey his thoughts or his words to me and of course i can't do that. that's privileged. he is not happy about the charges, nor is his family. it's a huge addition reputation and their a year anxious and concerned, as is his community. >> tom berg, thank you for your time this morning. >> this raises questions whether the government is approaching this in the best way. does this prosecution make sense in the greater strategy of keeping people from joining isil? >> i don't have access to the
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information on that case so don't want to speak to the case but certainly it is a short sited view to the problem. i think it is based on a misunderstanding of how terrorism actually works. >> how does terrific actually work? >> the f.b.i. clings to this flawed theory that people get infected by some poisonous ideologies and then are on a pathway that will lead them to terrorism and the only way to break that is to have them change their ideologies. empirical study shows this isn't true, that the role ideology plays is only one factor. in a lot of these cases, what is drawing people is the conflict and conflict draws people to all sides of it. americans even outside our military forces are going to the region, fighting on all sides of this conflict. if you fight for a particular group in the conflict, you're treated as a crazy radical, rather than understanding the issues and understanding that
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the research shows most people who fight in a foreign conflict do not come back to western countries and become terrorists. it's putting resources in the wrong part of that issue. >> what we see happening is dozens of cases like his, the charges are always the same, a conspiracy or familiesing to provide material support to isil. in essence, their arresting a lot of people and prosecuting them. how do you approach someone that is showing signs of radicalization? do you just ignore it? >> that's the problem is that the evidence shows that radicalization and violence do not have a causal connection, so rather than focusing on who is becoming radical, who is intending to travel, they should focus on who is actually doing what and understand how these conflicts work and understanding -- >> how do you understand that who is actually going to do harm before they actually do it?
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>> that's a very difficult thing. i'm not saying this is easy, but what i'm suggesting is that we should use research and science rather than clinging to an idea that we know is wrong. this has been disproven. while there is a problem of people going overseas to fight, that is not necessarily a terrorism or national security problem. what we have to do is make sure we focus our security resources where they are effective. when you engage in counter terrorism programs like so many of our programs that actually make the problem worse in order to solve, that's not an approach that's going to be successful. >> that's the key there, is whether it makes it worse. >> exactly. >> former f.b.i. agent, thank you for your insights. >> thank you. >> the f.b.i. is take--the military is taking steps to
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allow women into combat positions. >> starting next month, army officials must show of cause why a woman should be excluded from any job. the navy says women will be able to join thele heat fields team and air force is moving to requirements based on ability, not gender. >> homelessness is on the decline. more than half a million americans still do not have a permanent place to live. the problem is worse in some place than others. 110,000 people are homeless in california, the most of any other state. new york is second with 80,000 individuals. washington, d.c. has fewer than 8,000 homeless people, but that
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translates to 1% of the city's population living on the streets or in emergency shelters. >> leaders in this country's two biggest cities, new york and los angeles are beginning to respond to this crise. as john siegenthaler reports, their answers don't satisfactory everyone. >> on this wall in los angeles, the mural tells the story. l.a.'s skid roja one dubious distinction, the highest concentration of homeless people in the united states. nearly 2,000 are encamped in a 50 block area. >> you have these missions that's down here, and you go up in them, you have beds that's dirty and nasty and might come out of there with a bedbug. >> it's a crisis across the u.s. thousands of people like john live on that little streets. >> i litsch on a bench in the evening overnight. >> he has to sleep up right on the bench until the city park occur tee lifts at 6:00 a.m. when he can move to the grass
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and lie down and go to sleep. >> according to a recent poll, 53% of new yorkers say they've seen a rise in homeless people compared to a few years ago. those numbers backed up by that the city's police commissioner. >> it's reached a tipping point, to use that term that they did become more visible some summer. >> it's that visibility causing a backlash from voters and former politicians. former mayor rudy giuliani without naming deblasio blamed liberal policies writing the so-called progressive view that people have a right to live on the sidewalk is not only legally devoid of any merit, but is inhumane, indecent and dangerous. the moyer this week acknowledged the problem, but blamed the 2,008 recession and his predecessors, rather than his own policies. >> this is a historic problem decades old. it has gotten worse as the
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economy that squeezed people more and the price of housing in the city has gotten sky high. >> according to the coalition for the homeless, the number of people living in new york shelters hit 58,000. >> it's beginning to feel a bit like the late 1980's, early 1990's. at that point, everybody agreed homelessness on the streets of new york were out of control. >> 3,000 live on the streets, 40% of them have mental health problems. >> we estimate 2% of that population are the ones that scare the hell out of everybody. >> new york and other cities, including los angeles have announced crackdowns on homeless encampments in spite of strong opposition. >> what is an encampment? when these people are sleeping out here, they don't have anything over their heads. >> the nypd is trying to be compassionate but note the homeless cannot be you canned
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away or criminalized. >> those people sitting on the sidewalk with a sign, hungry, i need help, et cetera, there is really no legal way we can deal with that person unless they are creating fear or intimidation. >> john siegenthaler, al jazeera. >> a controversial new finding when it comes to alzheimerer's disease, saying the seeds may be transmitted from one person to another during certain medical procedures. they only looked at eight patients. doctors believe it occurs because of certain genetic mutations or random events happening in the brains of elderly people. >> if you look at the number of these people that came to autopsy inside their brain, they contain in four to six of the brains out of eight that they contained the amyloid deposits characteristic of alzheimer's disease. >> researchers say the new
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evidence is preliminary and should not stop anyone having surgery. he emphasized you can't catch alzheimer's by living with a person with the disease. >> as the rates of diabetes continue, there is more concern. >> government researchers looking at sways taken by 26,000 people from 1988 to 2012. they found that a third of all diabetics don't even know they have it. >> the national institutes of health and its partner say the u.s. has a problem with diagnosing diabetes. >> the prevalence of diabetes is high and a lot of this is undiagnosed, and this suggested we need greater emphasis on screening people at high risk for diabetes. >> since 1988, researchers found doctors are getting better at figuring out who has the condition, but screening has been unseen. >> diabetes doesn't cause
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symptoms in the early stages. it's usually only after it affects your heart, the nerves that you actually get diagnosed. sometimes for people, their first warning that they have dive beats is actually a heart attack or stroke. >> after looking at data compiled by national surveys, researchers found one third of caucasians with diabetes did not know they had the condition. compare that to 37% of african-americans and 49% of hispanics. however, the number that surprised scientists was among asian americans where more than half are affected. it is the first time undiagnosed diabetes has been measured in that part of the population. >> part of that may be related to the body mass index, which sort of relates to weight. asian americans in general may be thinner than caucasianss. what will happen is we suspect whether they go to the doctor, perhaps they are not on the radar as having diabetes potentially.
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>> more than 12% of all americans have diabetes. it is a leading causes of medical complications. the u.s. spends more than $245 billion every year to treat the disease, and there are fears that without better diagnosis, the problem will get worse. >> diabetes continues to rise and it continues to rise in all able and sex, race, ethnic groups, and in groups according to education and income. >> you heard reference to prediabetes. when researchers say prediabetes, they are referring to blood levels that are high but not high enough to have diabetes. it is likely linked to obesity rates. >> a second death now connected to a salmonella outbreak from tainted cucumbers. the bacteria killed a woman last month. one woman in california also died. the recall affects the limited brand cucumbers.
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more than 300 people in 30 states have been sickened. >> starting december, any dish with 300 milligrams of sodium must have a warning symbol next to it on the menu, applying to chain restaurants with more than 15 locations in the u.s. >> why a proposal to restructure loans could be a win for some, but a big loss for others. >> a new link in the evolutionary chain unveiled today. scientists revealed a facile of one of her ancient human answers tories.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. it is 8:49 eastern.
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lawyers from microsoft are warning a court not to let governments read emails from across the world. they are fighting reading information on a server located in ireland. the government said it has a right to see materials on those servers, because they are owned by a u.s. company. >> the e.p.a. admits it was not prepared for the colorado's toxic spill. last month's accident poured millions of gallons of sludge into rivers. he said the e.p.a. did not consider the worst case scenario. >> the federal government set to announce today millions of more dollars to help in the national backlog in testing rape kits. tens of thousands have been sitting across the country in police stations. cronk allocated more than a billion dollars over the last decade but funds have not reached the necessary agencies. >> new york could have the highest minimum wages in the
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country, proposing a fifteen-dollar an hour wage for all workers, double the current rate. the state approved higher wages for some fast food workers. vice president joe biden will be on hand for the announcement. >> entrepreneurs are beginning to see the student loan crisis as an opportunity to make money. >> jami shares a tiny studio with his fiancee. as a recent graduate, he sticks to a tight budget to keep up with monthly student loan payments. >> my student loan was more than $2,000 a month. >> he is one of 40 million americans paying off student loans. the u.s. government profits handsomely, charging all borrowers regardless of credit worthiness the same interest
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rate. data shows it will earn $66 billion on loans issued i between 2007 and 2012. the private sector wants a piece that have growing money pie. >> here's the thing to keep in mind, unlike mortgages or auto loans, student debt is not backed by an asset. if you default on your mortgage, a lender can foreclose. if you stop paying your auto loan, a bank can repossess, but if like more than 11% of americans who fail to meet your student debt obligations, your knowledge, your skills cannot be taken away. >> david cline is company founder of common bond. the company started three years ago. it raised $100 million from investors anxious to meet the demand for student debt refinancing. the secret to its success is screening process for applicants. >> we'll take into consideration somebody's credit history. we'll look at their fica. we'll look at if they have any
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major settlements or payments outstanding over 60 to 90 days. we'll look at bankruptcies. we'll look at income, we'll look at employment. these are things the federal government just doesn't. >> and because the company looks at so many more factors, jami managed to get a lower rate. he says now he's saving about $200 a month. >> the rate you were paying before was how much more? >> it was 22% a.p.r. more, so, yeah, definitely more. >> it doesn't refinance undergraduate loans. within three years, it says it has already lent out more than $200 million. it then sells those loans to investors. common bond expects to generate up to $15 million in profit this year. we decided to focus on a population of people whose earnings potential is high and employment prospects quite high, as well. >> common bond also goes one
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step further. it aggressively monitors its clients payments. it's created a community of sorts for borrowers and hosts social networks for them around the country. >> do you believe you deserve to be treated differently because you've been so financially astute with what you're doing? >> i'm not sure i deserve to be treated differently, but that's how risk pools work. >> investors are confident they will get steady returns. >> one way to address the student debt crisis is to make college more affordable in the first place. president obama said he is trying to do that. his new plan is called america's college promise. it calls for spending $60 billion over the next take cade so all americans can get two free years of community college. the president is launching a national advisory board and advocacy campaign to build support for the program. >> seattle teachers return to the negotiating table this
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morning as some 53,000 students spend another day out of school. thousands of teachers walk out of classrooms early wednesday. it is their first strike in three decades. teachers say they have not had a cost of living wage there in six years. the district offered a 9% wage which the teachers rejected. >> scientists revealed a new species whose bones were found in a cave in south africa. while it lived billions of years ago, it could explain where we came from. >> it's called the scientific discovery of a lifetime. >> we stand on the shoulders of giants, as we look for these extraordinary finds that are revealing information about not just our origins, but the origins of our species. >> in 2013, the bones of 15 people were found in a small
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cave about 30 miles northwest have johannesburg. the findings are now being shared with the public. the fossils are around two november 000,000 years old. scientists have named the species. it has traits similar to ours. it has feet and hands and walked upright. >> we see a creature that has a fascinating mix of characteristics that include human like features with some features that are most comparable to some of the most primitive members of the lineage. >> scientists say this is the biggest find since lucy in 1974. she is a million years older, but this discovery helps connect the dots to modern day humans. >> it's a creature that looks like no other we've found before. it looks like no other in the mixture of very primitive things with very human like characteristics and it's different from any other in some
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characters that we've never found before at any other site. >> the bones will someday go on display in a museum. now, researchers hope to extract d.n.a. to figure out where they fit in human evolution. >> the nfl kicks off the football season tonight. the superbowl champs, the new england patriots defend their title with quarterback tom brady on the field following so-called deflate gate. they will take on the pittsburgh steelers. off the field, it's the cheerleaders who are getting support. more than a dozen state lawmakers in new york sent the commissioner a letter urging the league to make cheerleaders employees. they are now independent contractors. many complained they are not fairly compensated. >> that's it for us here in new york. thanks for watching. more news coming up live from doha. you can camp the latest news on our website at aljazeera.com. have a great morning.
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