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human kind. it's thought the species was alive up to 3 million years ago. it had feet for long-distance walking, human-like hands, and a brain a third of the size of the human brain. you can find more on our website, ♪ house republicans trying to derail the iran nuclear deal in the 11th hour, why they say the white house is not sharing enough information. cars and trucks being shot at in arizona. police try to figure out if it's the work of a single sniper. and a major discovery that could help unlock the history of
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human kind. ♪ this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy. congress today is set to debate the iran nuclear deal as house republicans make last stitch effort to derail it. they say they can't vote on the deal until the white house reveals the so-called side deals. libby casey is live in washington. we just heard the senate will vote today. what impact will that have? >> reporter: well, the first step stephanie is whether or not they can get past the democrat filibuster. republicans will invoke cloture that means they can bring the
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bill forward and get it going. democrats have enough votes to block it. the wild-card is will all 42 of those democrats indeed vote to filibuster? will they block this from moving forward. democratic leaders admitted they weren't entirely sure. because some may believe in letting this issue breathe and letting everyone vote on it. what democratic leaders want to do instead of having to use this procedural motion to stop things, and they just one vote up or down, but they want it to take 60 votes to formally disapprove. if that happened they would win the day. but republicans are going to go for the procedural steps instead. >> tell us more about house republicans plans to send the deal off track, and what are democratic house members saying? >> reporter: it really looked like both bodies of congress would try to move forward on these votes. and the majority of members of
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congressing want to disapprove, and the house looked like a pretty sure bet that they would indeed take that vote and push back against the white house. but there is a lot of fighting inside the republican caucus, so they have thrown out the game plan and started fresh. what the house is now pushing to do is pushing to vote to approve the deal. they want to put democrats on the offensive. they also want to push back against the white house for these so-called side deals with the iaea. the white house says this is just normal procedure, but republicans don't like the fact that they haven't seen the details, and they want to formally push back against the white house and say you cannot lift any sanctions. democrats are actually feeling pretty good right now, and we heard that from the minority leader, nancy pelosi this
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morning. take a listen. >> the senate has indicated, the senate republicans, that they are not going down the same path as the house. so they will have the simple and clear rejection of the agreement in the senate, and over here we have a poe pewry to get a vote. >> reporter: if they didn't get their ducks in a row, everything goes forward according to the white house plan. >> that is not stopping presidential candidates from weighing in, however? >> reporter: absolutely not. we saw a big rally on the lawn of the capitol, with ted cruz and donald trump blasting this
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plan, calling it stupid and insane. we also saw hillary clinton come out and supporting it. she was secretary of state and she says she played a role in getting other countries on board with sanctions to push iran to come to the negotiating tables. everyone engaged in the presidential race is using this at the 11th hour to make political hay. >> libby thank you. israel's prime minister is personally warning british officials today over the nuclear deal. benjamin netenyahu met with david cameron. he called iran one of two forces of militant islam, the other, he said, is isil. protests are calling for his arrest for alleged war crimes in gaza. frayed nerves this morning for drivers on one of arizona's busiest highways. the drivers have been shot at near phoenix. and police are on the hunt for
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leads. >> reporter: authorities in and around phoenix aren't sure what shattered the back window of this pickup truck as it drove along i-10. but this is the 10th incident in the last 11 days of cars being damaged think projectiles. >> it's just matter of time that we have tragedy on our roadways if this continues. >> reporter: no one has been killed or seriously hurt yet, but people who drive this stretch of highway are frightened. >> it is scary. >> reporter: the fbi and the atf have joined the investigation that as yet has few leads. >> i don't know if this is a copycat crime, if it's multiple people. it has been different days of the week, different hours of the day. >> reporter: and police say they expect different weapons were used. six of the ten were hit with bullets, the other four were struck by what authorities can
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only confirm as projectiles. >> it doesn't matter if it's coming from a handgun, rifle, or pellet gun, all of those are projectile. >> reporter: the first shooting happened on august 29th, since then, this window and this box truck have been hit, a bullet shattered this wind shield, the flying glass injuring a 13-year-old girl. a bullet hit a seat on this tour bus, narrowly missing the driver. >> the person almost took me away from my family. secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is committed to taking in more refugees next year. it says it will increase the number to a total of 75,000. a fraction of those will be from syria, but he did not give specifics. >> we are committed to increasing the number of refugees that we take, and we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage
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with respect to the crisis in syria and europe, in their migration today. but that's being vetted fully right now, and at the appropriate time we'll have scenes of exactly what that will b be. >> i think 5,000 is far too low a figure, but this is a subject we have to discuss. there is precedence for us receiving refugees after the vietnam war, the vice president went to a international meeting and said that the u.s. would be willing to accept -- something like 14,000 a month. a month. of southeast asian refugees -- different people. and when the u.s. took the lead on that, other countries followed suit. >> the obama administration has been on the defensive about its
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efforts to help victims of the syrian crisis. it says it has already pledged $4 billion in humanitarian aid, more than any other country. europe meanwhile is struggling to handle hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing its borders. denmark has suspended international train service. sweden says it will give any syrian who crosses its border refugee papers. and in hungary, live pictures are showing thousands of migrants trying to get to the border. entire families, you see a man there carrying a stroller. and you can see a lot of people are covered in plastic, attempting to stay dry. hungarian police say a record number of refugees, more than 3,000 entered the country today. the government will soon vote on whether to deploy soldiers to
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enforce the country's border. >> reporter: every refugee that i have spoken with today says they are freezing, and while they are getting help, there are charities and aid workers here, and medics, the refugees say it is simply not enough. the military is being ready to be deployed to the border here, and there are training exercises going on right now in hungary. that's one of the reasons all of the refugees we have been speaking with, why they are so concerned crossing over into hungary, they don't know how long they will have to stay in camps and how long before they can venture on into austria and germmy after that. they have no way to stay in touch with family members back home, o family members still behind them making the journey. yesterday i had a 16-year-old syrian boy come up to me. we let him use our phone to call
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his father in damascus. and there was so much worry. so that's the level of desperation that we're encountering here in hungary with these refgies who have no idea how long they will be here and how long before they can try to go on to a better future. the fbi is stepping up efforts to prosecute americans accused of joining isil. this week alone, two men pleaded guilty to providing material supplies to the group. and in texas this man faces similar charges, which carries a maximum of 30 years in prison. but according to his family there is a difference, he never flew to turkey, he changed his mind and flow home.
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>> there needs to be an off ramp for people who make the right decision, which is to back out and come home, and it would make more sense to exploit his understanding of the circumstances, and the experience he had in talking with people who might otherwise be considering that choice. >> do you think he should face any consequences, because the fbi also says he helped a friend get in touch with an isil recruiter. what is his defense to that? >> the evidence we're developing indicates that his friend was more of the prime mover than he was and had every intention of going through whether kohn went or not. so we disagree with the premise that the government has presented in the indictment. in answer to your question, should there be consequences? i don't think there should be criminal law consequences. >> his lawyer says he was under surveillance for months after he
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came back from turkey and showed no signs of radicalization. the case raises questions on whether u.s. policy is focused on the wrong solution. >> the evidence shows that radicalization and violence do not have a causal connection. so they should focus on who is actually doing harm, and understand how these conflicts work. a u.n. security council report says at least 30,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries have joined isil since it began in 2014. the majority have been in the last nine months. dramatic images out of japan where flood and landslide warnings are in effect. the area has received more than 20 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. that has caused levies to break and destroy hundreds of villages. you can see japan's self-defense force had to fly in and pluck people off of roof tops.
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nicole tell us more about this storm. >> what is impressive about this, this never even made it to typhoon. tropical storm only went to 66 miles an hour, but it shows you how just moisture can cause problems. so this is the area that has already passed. behind it is tropical storm kilo, you might remember that as a hurricane near hawaii a couple of weeks ago, that is expected to curve to the north. what we're going to look at today, we have a couple of fronts moving across the country. both are going to cause us some problems through the day today, and definitely each has areas of moisture that we will be watching into the midwest. that is our best chance for actually stronger storms. this has just been elevated to an enhanced risk of severe weather possibly even isolated
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tornados. but as the two systems go through, the one through the east coast starts to pull off a little bit later into tonight, then a little break for the east coast in between the two, and then especially into saturday and sunday more of that rain. you might remember yesterday parts of -- especially the northeast schools were closed. by the time the reinforcing front drops through that will be another possible 5 to 10 degrees. so cooler weather ahead, with the exception of california. temperatures in the hundreds and not a break for the next couple of days, also poor air quality because of the fires. >> nicole mitchell thank you. bernie sanders again ahead of hillary clinton. a new poll giving his campaign
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welcome back. it is 10:48 eastern, 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 minimum wage for all workers. the new york police department is investigating why james blake was detained outside
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of a manhattan hotel wednesday. he says five white officers handcuffed him and through him to the floor. blake was only released when a retired officer passing by identified him. and no classes again today for 53,000 school children in seattle. thousands of teachers remain on strike. the teachers haven't had a raise in six years. the schools are offering a 9% raise. prosecutors in washington state are defending their decision today to not charge three police officers for killing a farm worker. they say officers used legal force when they shot and killed the man. >> reporter: 17 shots is not the way to take somebody and then consider that justice. >> reporter: amid angry reaction
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from community family members, the prosecutor announced he would not file charges against the police officers who killed this man in february. >> i believe a jury would not find beyond a reasonable doubt in this case. >> reporter: video captured the moments leading up to the shooting. he is seen throwing rocks at police after officers try using stun guns with little effect, they fire their pistols. protests started large but eventually quieted down. for the last two months, weekly releases from the prosecutor's office have shed no light into what happened. a toxicology report shows that he was likely high on meth, and bullets struck him in the back of the arm and buttocks, but the family's frustration is clear. >> you guys justify somebody's
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life, and not consider the 17 shots that were -- on one individual. >> reporter: last week a second lawsuit was filed against the city and others involved in the shooting. his two daughters and wife are asking for $25 million. his 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 sound legal judgment. and if we don't like the law the way it is laid out, i guess that is something we could petition to change. >> the legislature gives officers the right to decide when, if, and how they are going to take your life. >> reporter: sabrina register, al jazeera, washington. new poll out this morning, shows the race for the democratic presidential nomination is getting tighter in
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iowa. bernie sanders is leading there for the first time with 41%, compared to hillary clinton's 40%, that is, though, within the marge of error. another 12% said they would vote for joe biden. sanders trailed in that same poll back in july. welcoming a new member to the human family, the fossil find that reveals new details about our ancestors.
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a new study says half of americans either have diabetes or could soon have it. randall pinkston explains. >> reporter: the u.s. has a problem with diagnosing diabetes. >> a lot of this is undiagnosed, and this suggests that we need greater emphasis on screening people at high risk of diabetes. >> reporter: since 1988 researchers have found doctors are getting better at finding out, but screening needs improvement. >> it's usually only after it has affected your heart, the eyes, your nerves, the kidneys that you get diagnosed. after looking at data compiled by national surveys,
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one third of caucasians didn't know they had the condition. however, the number that surprised scientists was among asian americans where more than half are effected. 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. so asian americans in general may be thinner than caucasians, and i would suspect when they go to the doctor, perhaps they are not on the radar. >> reporter: more than 12% of all americans have diabetes. it is a leading cause of medical complicati complications. the u.s. spends more than $245 million to treat theevery year. >> diabetes continues to rise,
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and it continues to rise in all age, and sex, race, internet nick groups, and in groups according to education and income. >> reporter: randall pinkston al jazeera. a controversial new fining when it comes to alzheimer's disease. the seeds may be transmitted from one person to another during certain medical procedures. doctors have long believed that alzheimer's occurring because of gentic mutations. >> if you looked in a number of these people that came to autopsy, they also continued certainly in four to six of the brains out of eight, that they continued the an lloyd deposits characteristic of alzheimer's disease. new clues unveiled today in
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the history of human kind. scientists revealed a new species in south africa, and while it lived millions of years ago, it could help explain where we came from. [ applause ] >> reporter: it's being 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 origin of our species. >> reporter: in 2013, the bones of 15 people were found in a small cave, about 30 miles northwest of johannesberg. the findings are now being shared with the public. the fossils are around 2.5 million years old. it has many traits similar to ours. feet and hands, and walked up right. >> we see a fossil that has
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human like features. >> reporter: scientists say this is the biggest find since lucy in 1974. lucy is a million years older, but this new discovery helps connects the dots. >> it looks like no other homonim in the mixture of primitive things but human-like characteristics. the bones will some day go on display in a museum. for now researchers hope to extract dna from them to figure out where they fit in human evolution. thanks for watching. i'm stephanie sy. the news continues next live from doha. have a great morning. ♪
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>> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello, welcome to the news hour, i'm jane duetton lye from our headquarters in doha. russia's foreign minister confirms that military and humanitarian aid has been flown into syria. tens of thousands of people in japan are forced from their homes as once in 50 years rainfall triggers severe flooding. refugees are held in camps in hungary, as they prepare to


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