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the weekend. for chicago you you will be warming up over the next couple of days. it is going to be freezing thank you very much. the news continues now this is jails. brussels a city on edge tonight. in the u.s. the killings in france prompt a bill that could conflict the tourism industry in america. plus it was a year ago when a cleaveland police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old while he was playing with a toy gun. the family says they're still looking for justice. a deeper look at renewed look at
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activism in a campus. good evening. the terror alert is at its maximum level in brussels tonight. soldiers and police are patrolling the capital city that has become a folkal point in the investigation of last week's attacks in paris. the country's prime minister warns that the city faces a serious and imminent threat. subways are closed and much of the city has been brought to a standstill. the department is telling americans living in prisms to stay home. paul brennan has the story from belgium. >> reporter: belgium soldiers now patrol where once were just brussels police and the city woke to a security level not scene for nearly a decade. the p.m. was in constant contact with the chiefs and called a special sitting of cabinet in the morning. he did not reveal the nature of the danger, but urged the public
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to avoid crowded places. >> translation: the analysis of the situation leads us to identify particular locations. we believe shopping malls, events, demonstrations and transport are the main targets. the whole of the brussels region has gone over to enhanced threat level four. >> reporter: all four of brussels main underground metro lines have been shut in response to the raised threat level. notices are warning the public to switch to over ground transport alternatives. it is a city on edge. people have been used to seeing police and even army on the streets. the closing of the met trow ramped that up to a new level. the description has been less than it could have been because it's a weekend, but the longer these stations are closed the bigger the potential for problems >> reporter: on friday a third brussels man was charged with terrorism offences connected to the paris attacks. the security alert was raised
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after raiding this apartment in month molenbeek. weapons was found. prosecutors are denying reports that explosives were also found. this witness saw the search operation unfoamed. up-- unfold >> translation: it began around 6 p.m. and went to midnight. police came from all directions. they shut off all the roads. i saw them go in. they had a robot too in the corner café over there. >> reporter: the main focus of the massive security operation is this man, salah abdeslam, who escapped capture after the paris attacks and is still on the run. he is highly dangerous and believed to be hiding in brussels. despite the tight security and rain people are refusing to be afraid. >> i think that we have just learned to live with it and we can't just stop living because of the security process.
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>> if they blocked the pe trow and the public-- metro and so we're worried. >> reporter: the security forces have been under intense pressure since the attacks. now the public are seeing and feeling the effects the french national anthem was center stage today in soccer stadiums across france eight days after the paris attacks. all the premier league soccer matches like this one in paris went ahead as scheduled. this was the first held in the city since the attacks. across europe todays players and fans remembered those who died. turkish police have arrested three men, a man suspected to have scouted out targets in paris. he was arrested at a luxury hotel in southern turkey.
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authorities also arrested two syrians on a highway near the hotel. it is believed they were sent by i.s.i.l. to secure passage for the belgian into syria. way is the mood on the streets there today? -- what is the mood? >> it's interesting you played that national an them a moment ago. you hear that a lot right now in paris across this neighborhood, the neighborhood that was most touched by those attacks, several bars and cafés attacked that night last friday a week and a day ago. people are still gathering. there's a sad mood but defiance, people going out more. there's also increasingly the willingness to criticise some leaders too as we found out in this report.
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>> translation: united in grief and celebration, people continue to pay their respects at more than half a dozen vigils, looking for community, support and solidarity. this sign says, we are united. just around the corner signs of a new reality, constant surveillance, relief for some, concern for those who prize freedom above all else. >> having in 1984 top of world, which nobody wants, vulnerability is going to exist and everybody is going to be vulnerable. everyone can potentially be a victim. >> the state of emergency is a good thing. it is necessary, but we have to take into account our liberties too >> reporter: there is a feeling of raw emotion at these vigils here, but day after day cruor starting to here a wider range of opinions as people come out to express themselves. up until now there has been
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little criticism of the government. there is support for the hundreds of police raids and the bombing campaign in syria. some, though, expect more from their leaders. >> i want, you know, the police to be stronger and go where they know they are. now people say enough, we really want the government and europe to act so our young children are not in thi this their sight. >> reporter: many express support for the government, but such unity may be short-lived as the french start to question their leaders >> even today, we don't is a lot of questions about the reason why this happened once again in france last week. this will come in a few days or in a few weeks.
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>> reporter: for now, the national anthem is sung on many a street corner. >> reporter: so that political analyst said people aren't being polling yet because emotions are still raw, but in the coming days people will be more comfortable to stand up and be counted with their true sincere opinions while the french are still dealing with that trauma, the tragedy of last week, i'm wondering if you're hearing them talk at all about what's going on across the border right now in brussels, in belgium. >> reporter: they do. some say that the actions of the
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belgian government are taking are, perhaps, what the french government should have taken when they had some information from the iraqi government that an attack was imminent. others say that's, perhaps, expecting too much. there's always all kinds of warnings, but one thing is the french people don't feel out of danger yet. the parisian water authority only allowing pea personnel at certain sites because the p.m. has warned that there could be chemical or biological attacks. that followed an announcement in the city-- a hospital in the city that suits had gone missing, suits to protect people from ebola or highly contagious diseases have disappeared from the hospital along with 30 protective boots. that hospital reported that. they alerted the government. i've been speaking to people asking why there's so much trephining going in and out of
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paris so much. even on the weekend when we returned from belgium, many told me they were afraid to take public transportation. that said, me and my crew we see lots of people out, but everyone i've spoken to say less' people are taking public transport. because there is a little bit of fear, some perhaps overly thinking about where you could be attacked, but who could blame these people right now. they're hearing the belgian government raising the issue of imminent threat the activist group anonymous says it uncovered information about planned attacks on sunday. an event in atlanta is amongst
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the cities. here is a quote that we have from the authorities. new details are emerging about yesterday's deadly attack on a hotel in mali. the security teams were changing shifts. they killed one carped and injured three others before making their way further into the hotel. >> reporter: shaken and still in shock survivors walk back into the hotel. they're here to pick up their belongings. inside the remains of the carnage. the smell of gun powder hangs in the air. too hard to bear for some. this woman, a delegate at a conference on renewable energy, hit in room 333 for hours
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praying that she wouldn't die. >> translation: i was in the room. i tried to hide under my bed. i was very scared. i thought about jumping off the balcony. >> reporter: 170 people were held hostage before the building was stormed and shooting the attackers dead. people are still being treated for gunshot wounds. mali pt declared a ten day state of emergency and three days national mourning. >> translation: no city is safe, whether paris, bamako, moscow, anywhere. we're all at risk. it's affecting all of us. >> reporter: this is the worst attack bamako has experienced. yet 24 hours after this attack, it's almost as if bamako is back to normal. survivors are picking up their luggage from the hotel and going
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home. meanwhile, the investigation continues. security forces are after three suspects on the run. al-mourabitoun used twitter to claim responsibility for the attack. this wasn't confirmed. the eyewitness says the attackers spoke perfect english. >> translation: i was hiding in my room and i felt reassured when i heard people speak the malian language. i knew it was then safe to come out >> reporter: this attack is a severe blow to a country that is desperately seeking foreign investment. monday eke and her fellow investors are likely to stay and mali can ill afford to see them go there were americans in the hotel during the attack. one of the 18 victims aid
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worker. >> we are devastated by the loss of our daughter who was doing the work she loves. we have no further comment at this time that's a spokesman for the family. hillary clinton knew her and remembered her today saying, she represented the best of america's generous spirit. the 41-year-old mother served in the peace corporation and worked in healthed and development. she was the ex-wife of one of clinton' senior advise request advisers. there is more than one islamic group operating in a dangerous section of the world. >> reporter: good evening, like many african nations mali is a land locked country with miles of bush and scrubland where rebel groups can hide.
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it's embroiled in its worst political crisis. two years ago the french had to go back into the north of the country um here to put down an al-qaeda led insir gen see. there are five groups operating in mall. here they are. the group claiming responsibility for the hotel attack is a reasonably little known group called al-mourabitoun. it is allied to al-qaeda. the leader used to be an an al-qaeda leader. it is active in all of these countries right across the northern part and the western side of the continent. when it comes to gun running, it doesn't help that mali is near
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libya where the groups are active and also nigeria where only this week a report by the institute for economics and peace said the brutal terror group boko haram is the world's deadliest killing more people last year in 2014 than the islamic group did ptputin wants a stepped up fight against terrorism. he is calling for a worldwide response after six russians were killed yesterday. early this morning i.s.i.l. took responsibility for downing a russian airliner. moscow released new foot edge of the air strikes on syria. pavement utin says it's not enough to wipe out rebels. 20 days ago a peace agreement was signed. the agreement ended three years
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of war between serbs, croats, muslims. many people died in that conflict. critics say that despite the cease fire 20 years ago. war time divisions remain today. almost two weeks ago the nation saw a student protest lead to the resignation of a college president. it sparked campus demonstrations around the country. up next a deeper look at the rebirth of student activism from coast to coast. later a republican-led house of representatives pushes a bill that would limit travel from syria and iraqi to the u.s. donald trump wants even more the presidential candidate doubles down on his call for surveillance of some mosques in america.
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that's why if we're ever late for an appointment, we'll credit your account $20. it's our promise to you. we're doing everything we can to give you the best experience possible. because we should fit into your life. not the other way around. it's that time on saturday night when we take a deeper look. looking at the rebirth of activism on college campuses. a look at what's fuelling the unrest and how it differs from clemming protests-- college protests of years gone by >> reporter: chanting for college debt relief, lying down for racial respect in new york. successfully demanding the
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outsrefreshings of a dean in california and the president of university of missouri our. reaching back to the days of mass demonstrations. >> i think there has been a lot of - there hasn't been enough student activities. i think it is good. >> reporter: these aren't your father's come protests. there are no grand plans to end the war or ban the bomb. more personal with immediate demands. when it comes to racism on campus, the head of african american studies at north-western splines why >> -- explains why >> students in the 60s had an easier time raising the issue of racism because they were part of the struggle, black liberation movement. today there is this widespread notion that america is a color blind society. we have a black man in the white
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house. students face a challenge of being taken seriously. >> reporter: millions follow the example of dr martin lutistser king and turn their cheek in the face of insults. students are taking names and keeping score. >> students are being threatened. we have administration. i have been under constant attack and under threat. >> reporter: he says minority protestors started speaking up after last year's violence. the campus back lash has ban fierce. a single sentence can send off a panic >> this is a first amendment that protects your rights and mine. >> reporter: the aclu warns against schools trying hard to be exclusive that they wind up stifling free speech and using campus police as the thought police. another concern close to their
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hearts these days is their wallet. college students surrounding the country re country took to the street in the million student march demanding changes to higher information. they want cancellation of all student debt and a $15 minimum wage for college workers. sometimes the push for affordable college intersects with the push for racial conformity u >> we're all paying to go here. i don't think i've had an african american teacher yet. >> reporter: while money may play the biggest protest, after the school's black football players walked out. it could have cost the school millions of dollars >> suddenly money is involved. you have to quit. just resign >> reporter: do you think that was the case? >> yes. that's funny. >> reporter: skin cal or not,
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in university of missouri and in california, they got what they wanted. as the saying goes, any port in the storm joining me now for a deeper look, a writer and also self-described citizen of the world and professor of history of social studies at new york university. thank you for being here. in your research on student activism around the country, you point to the free speech movement at berkly for civil disobedience. you call the university of missouri - missouri invention. >> i point out that before there was the berkley process on campus, there was off protests.
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the main difference between the two - they had that similarity. the tactics and the free speech movement were the same that were used off compass. the gay students new leverage. they call that the berkly invention. it's new on campus taking over buildings. >> yeah. initially it would be black, nonviolent. they have protests, they had class boycott and they occupied administration building. in 1970 the commission on campus after the jack son and kenneth state tragedys, they called that the berkly invention. similarly what happened last week, you could say it's the
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missour eye invention. it was very ghandian with football players into the play, they said if they didn't have the president step down, a demand of the student movement, they would boycott the game and that would have cost the university over a million dollars. so this invention toppled the campus. it inspired protests around the country. students are powerless generally. if you can show them a path to power it's very magnetic it also resulted in the appointment of an african or american, not because he was black, but years of experience as the deputy chancellor. tell me about this use or decision by athletes to become
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involved in student protests. it seems to me that most campuses student athletes don't get involved. >> you don't often see student athletes getting involved that don't have to to do with sports programs. to go completely outside and join in with the rest of the student body, that is something special in this moment and the fact that this is a division one school. this is a school that people care about football. it could go to a ball game. for them to take that substance was very-- stance was very brave. it had an ripple effect. just 24 hours, the president resigned did it come down to the money, the threat that if they didn't play the school was going to lose a million dollars for fitting the game?
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>> i would say that was a big part of it. the university had a poor record on race. in october the month before there was a home coming parade where student were protesting in the streets, the president's car was right before him. he didn't get out of the car. essentially, if one of my students is out in the street saying there's something wrong with the the university, i will get out of the car and meet with them. the university has a poor record. i think that the money gave the students leverage but also the president had a poor record. he didn't have anything to stand on how was the system got out with social media? >> it is the one thing that is really different that makes the protests different than years earlier. you could be a 20 years old
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student in your dorm room and you have all these thoughts >> translation: maybe you could write a banner in the 1960s, but now you can write a tweet. whoever retweets that and you end up being a national figure in something that you tweeted. so the hashtag that something that people could grab onto, historical context, it was something that everyone could relate to. it went viral that context i want to get to in a minute. 1950 was the first year that an african american student was accepted on campus. some students have begun standing up for the rights of other groups after the university of new york, a stage was protested. members of the black lives matter movement joined them. a petition has been circulated on the campus calling on an end
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of the complex and the city of new york's involvement with any companies that students say enable the occupation of palestine. in the 60s there was a close association of jewish american jewish citizens with blackss who were fighting for recognition in the south. what does this mean about the old jewish coalition that many say went the way of the wagonlong ago? >> it is a mixed story. there have been jewish on both sides. i think there is a more division within the jewish community. there is a lot of pressure. a lot of them are finally have having those assumptions questioned. can you allow students to speakers to speak. i think it is a much more
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divisive issue, but it already had traction we were talking about the historical antecedents. one organizations was named the gain gained, name for games, who was the first african american to apply for law school there. that went to the supreme court. how important is the historical past relevant in whether student decide to go active? >> i think history is always relevant, no matter what phase of life you're in or what you are doing. it's particularly relevant with student protests because you need to know what has been done already, what has worked, what were the conditions when certain grievances were actually given face time, with the university of missouri you have a football
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team using that leverage, million dollars you're going to lose at a specific time if we don't meet these demands. how that might impact other universities or other schools, we have yet to see we have been looking at the university of missouri for the most part of princeton was a use of the name of newson's name not being used. there was another protest, i think around the country there have been these protests. these protests are focused on issues on campus. earlier protests, the one that you participated in when you were involved with the interpartheid, or vietnam war. our students more single-purpose
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focused than they used to be back in the day? >> i think that there is concern about both issues. there has been more concern with domestic issues. i think this one about race and cultural awareness is about the way the university functions. i would say it's a crisis for the university. the university has not been doing a good job of providing an environment where students of color feel safe and valued. i think students are fed up with it. i think it starts from there, but it can lead to - like you were saying, there's potential to reach beyond there. remember in the 60s it was a draft. the war all over the tv. it was i big political issue. here i think the military establishment has been pretty good at trying to keep these issues from being in the headlines for students we noticed in that earlier protest we mentioned, the issue of the prison industrial complex, schools doing business with companies that do business with that kind of entity, also protest about tuitions and
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studented loans. so the issue goes beyond race on many campuses >> correct. student: activism has such a long history. i'm from the university of mitchigan. we had many rallies. these are important to student just as they are to any person in america or in the world but also these issues that are more difficult to pinpoint. micro aaggressions on campus with race. it's hard to demand - list demands that the university can fulfil. having this conversation, how do you create an environment instead of waiting until afterwards. how do you create an environment that is well coming to all different types of students we have to mention gender >> >> absolutely
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sexual assault on campus. that question you raise, how do you deal with those issues, how do you tackle them, that's something we could discuss in another program. thank you for joining us very much on al jazeera america. taking a deeper look at the new campus activism. republican candidate donald trump says this. >> i want surveillance of certain mosques. i want surveillance hillary clinton's response next. it was a year ago when a cleaveland police officer shot a 12-year-old who was playing with a toy gun. the families call for justice next. you
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tomorrow marks whoop year when a child was shot by a police officer. a grand jury is still looking at evidence and deciding whether any charges will be filed. al jazeera andy roseton joins us from cleaveland where there is a vigil taint >> reporter: there is-- tonight. >> reporter: there is a church vigil going on. they're grieving and sadistsing over the-- seething over the grand jury. the grand jury came back quickly in other cases.
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why not here? inside this cleaveland recreation center where 12-year-old tam ir was playing a year ago before he died, his family and friends and total superannuationers gather-- strangers gather to pray and to remember tam ir. >> he was a mother's boy. he loved his mum deaverly. he is going to be dearly missed. he is dearly missed. >> reporter: outside the center at the very spot where an officer shot rise within two second of pulling up, the mood was much, much, colder. >> there are certain people that need to for what they deed. they need to pay and with their lives because he had no business taking a life be you - shall when you didn't know what was going on. the family is furious that a year on there is still no resolution from a grand jury. they claimed the prosecutor seemed on their side in the
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beginning, but that has since changed. >> the prosecutor's behaviour has been very veining and eerratic-- strange and eerratic. he has been engaged in behaviour that is not normal. >> reporter: the prosecutor has announced the results of three experts who have all said to the jury that the shooting was justified. >> that to the family appears to be designed to try to get the public to accept an injustice. >> reporter: they're trying to get him to remove himself from the case but that's all they can do besides grieve for tam ir. >> reporter: the defense attorney said the grand jury is to take the basics of the case and then decide whether to indict. he says it makes no sense that the prosecutor is bringing in all these expert witnesses now. they should only come in, the defense attorney says, once a
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trial has started after the grand jury makes a decision. that's probably giving the prosecutor some cover to behind a non-indictment in this case. that's their accusation thank you. what can we expect tomorrow? >> reporter: tomorrow morning, another church service and a candle light vigil tomorrow night and monday they will march to his office with thousands of petitions to order that he recuse himself from this case recapping, the terror-- recapping the case, high alert at brussels. a folkal point in the investigation of last week's attacks in paris. the country's p.m. warned today that the city faces an imminent and serious threat. the subways are closed.
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most of the city has been brought to a standstill. the u.s. state department is telling americans living in brussels to stay home. the paris attacks the u.s. house of representatives to pass the bill that wrote block refugees from entering the country. some law makers are focused on the wrong problem saying that the biggest vulnerability is the visa waive program. it allows at least 90 million visitors with little screening to enter the u.s. every year >> reporter: compare the programs. on the one hand obama wants to admit 10,000 refugees in a process that takes one to two years. the visa waiver program admits 20 million visitors to the u.s. annually without getting so much as a visa. >> the program has many, many people going through it, millions. it takes virtually no time as opposed to 18 months to 24
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months, and there's much less vetting. we need to really tighten up that program. >> reporter: democrats on capitol hill an republicans say they want improvements accept between people travelling between paris and syria from ease. >> there are the visa waiver is a risk. >> reporter: many people travelling to the u.s. for 90 days with no visa necessary >> this program is important to the business community and the tourism industry. i have supported it. i also believe it is the soft underbell eau of our national security policies. >> reporter: senator says millions of people are loud into the u.s. with little compassion. she is proposing preventing any travellers to syria and iraq in the last five years getting a
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visa waiver. they can still travel to the u.s. but on a traditional visa. requiring that applicants provide fingerprints and photos and making sure passports contain an electronic chip to store bio- mettic data. american passports have contained an e chip for the last five years. >> they can ring up this passport which has my fingerprints and my actual photo. this prevents this passport from being tampered with. >> reporter: a former top homeland security official says the changes may sound good, but they're complicated >> we anti been able to put information technology in the path of a traveller without disrupting flow in an airport. that has not been done on our end. we are going to ask airports to do it on their end? that shows the dilemma. gentleman members of congress
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will concentrate on the turning to the race for president, donald trump is not backing down on his anti muslim rhetoric. to the contrary, he is ramping it up. the republican can date told a rally that certain mosques should come under surveillance now that we have had the paris attacks. >> i was surveillance of certain mosques, okay, if that's okay? i want surveillance. you know what? we've had it before and we will have it again time was not wasted. this was what the democratic candidate said to a rally. >> i can tell you it's important that we don't listen to the voices, including those coming from republican candidates for president, who would paint with such a broad brush, would want us to somehow
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isolate, register muslims, go after islams. our enemy are these criminal killers who misuse a religion in order to recruit people and give them the training to go out and kilmore people. -- kill more people she stated her report for stepped up security. it has to be defeated in the ground, in the air and on line. new concerns about a bacteria in china that could be too strong for antibiotics. >> reporter: it could arise anywhere the world braces for a super bug next. >> reporter: the storm system that has pushed through the mid-west. we can see a lot of that snow in michigan. temperatures are going to be some of the coldest that we've seen this seen all the way down to texas. more on that when we return.
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rough weather in chicago. the airport forced to cancel about 350 flights today. the first snow fall of the season was heavier than anticipated. area parts of the west are seeing the impact of storms with as much as 17 inches of snow falling. more now from kevin >> reporter: it is definitely not over. we're going to be seeing much of that snow going across of the
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lakes this haven'ting and over tomorrow. the air is spring around michigan now. you can see that chicago is starting to clear up. they did have delays. the flights that weren't cancelled were delayed up to about five hours, incoming and outgoing. that is still going on. the storm was out here towards the west. i want to show you some video outside of chicago. look at how the snow brought down the visibility. very dangerous if you were on the roads in this particular area. the snow is falling heavier and faster than they could get out there and clean the road. so for that area, things are much better. we do have some warnings to talk about. those are across parts of indiana and michigan. winter storm warnings and advise riese for six to at eight more inches of snow. temperatures have dropped hipped this system.
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chicago is at 26 degrees, but when you factor in the wind it feels more like 11 degrees for them. tomorrow morning will be quite cold. we will see this region into 20. the snow is going to stay across the great lakes and into ontario, but through chicago you will get better during the week. dallas is 53 degrees now. freeze warnings and watches are across this region all the way down to about 22 degrees in the morning timeframe. oklahoma 25 there is a new health concern after scientists discovered a super bug in china. it comes as the world health organisation is trying to warn people about antibiotic
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bacteria. >> the world is heading towards a post antibiotic era in which common infections will once again kill. >> reporter: a warning this week from the world health organisation. health officials say bacteria is getting stronger. so strong it is now able to fight off the drugs that used to stop it. >> if current trends continue, sophisticated interventions like organ trance plan trance-- transplantation, cancer therapy will be more difficult or too darnous to undertake. >> reporter: a highly resistant bacteria. this is known as mcr1 has an alarming power. it can transfer its super strength to a range of bacteria,
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including e. coli. >> once it pops up in one country, it could be a global event. we request see a problem in china in a matter of hours, within a plane night that problem can arise in america and other countries as well. >> reporter: health officials say these dangerous super drugs are the result of antibiotic abuse. in china farmer feed their big these antibiotic. >> each time you and i take an antibiotic, the bacteria lives on our bodies are more likely to become resistant. >> reporter: about 700,000 people die every year from super bugs, but officials say if action isn't taken soon, the number of deaths could shoot up to 10 million by 2050. health officials worldwide are lobe eauing to put more--
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lobbying to only use these medications when prescribed it is unusual to find a heavy police presence at a book festival, but that's what is happening in bangladesh this weekend as brave writers ignore threats and show up. next. plus one of the most famous dresses worn on the big screen is up for sale. we tell you how much it could be worthwhile after this.
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internationally acclaimed authors are in bangladesh this weekend for the country's fifth literature festival. this creation of activity has been over shadowed on attacks on writers. >> reporter: the biggest festival of the year. he was asked if he would change his ways. he was told to prepare for any consequences. the threat can't be easily dismissed. four writers and a publisher have already been killed this year for writing that their attackers believed insulted religion. >> translation: others can tell me they disagree with me, but i believe in freedom of opinion. you can't force people to agree by hitting them on the head. it seems other than trying to do that by making threats.
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okay, go ahead. see what you can do >> reporter: such is the cloud under which this le literature festival is being held. security is present and body scanners and metal detectors in place. >> we have terrific support from the government. the intelligence have been working for a long time. we do feel confident about the level of security. >> reporter: the festival isn't just about literature. there is food, traditional music and games. book lovers an others seem determined to enjoy the event. despite their worries about the rising number of religion ow lis motivated attacks-- religiously. two people have been killed recently, writers. there is a positive feeling about what the festival is trying to do >> it's also a feeling of great vitality, enthusiasm, a great
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tool for free speech. i think it's a great thing. the stepped up security dampens the mood of what should be a celebration and with threats continuing to pb made against secular voices in the country. they wonder how many more like this could be held there's no place like an auction house if you want to own an iconic dress. 800,000 and 1.2 million dollars is expected to net for the sale of dorothy's dress. if you want to own anything from
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