tv Weekend News Al Jazeera December 5, 2015 7:00pm-8:01pm EST
this is al jazeera america, i'm bisi onile-ere, in new york. here are the top stories. escalating tension, turkey's president says he doesn't approve of russia's aggressive tone following the downing of a russian fighter jet searching for clues - the federal bureau of investigation does not no much about the pakistani woman that went on a shooting regime with her husband
in san bernardino a closer look at gun laws in america, and how they vary drastically from state to state changing education, the senate set to vote on a bill getting rid of the controversial no child left behind law. aw. we begin tonight with breaking news. there was a stabbing in the underground. police are threat fling or treating as a terrorist attack. three were injured in the nice attack at the lleyton stone metro station in london's north-east. this is it cell phone video of police in the stand off with a man. british authorities claimed this is for syria, before police used a stun gun to detain him russian president vladimir
putin is vowing to make turkey pay for downing a fighter jet another the syria border. turkish president recep tayyip erdogan says his country is not the one using inflammatory language. >> we have never approved of russia's tones and methods in escalating the crisis. now, they are not using their language, we are speaking the language of diplomacy, we are being patient. >> turkey's officials are looking for sources of energy. turkey relies on russia for the majority of gas and a third of oil. russia announced it would restrict imports this week. the two countries have been delaying one another's boats from leaving the ports. we have this report from istanbul. >> we understand from turkish officials that samson port, that they are inspecting four russian cargo officials. turkish officials say they are
exercising their right to do this. normally they don't go to length or thorough searches, preventing the vehicle from leaving the port. the suggestion is it's a tit for tat action, not only for russia inspecting and delaying a turkish vessel, but because of economic sanctions because of sanctions imposed on turkey, they are not supposed to kick in until january the 1st. but we are hearing reports of cargo, trucks, containing fruits and vegetables turned back from russia border post. they'll have to come back to turkey. >> secretary of state john kerry gave an update on the fight against i.s.i.l. speaking at the brookings institute in washington d.c., the urgency to defeat i.s.i.l., referred to buy the arab bake acronym d.a.e.s.h., cannot be overstated. >> d.a.e.s.h. is an overt declared threat to the interest
of the united states, and to law-abiding men and women across the globe. it has fuelled a refugee crisis placing a burden on our friends, jordan, turkey, lebanon and all of europe today the coalition launched over 8,000 air strikes against i.s.i.l. in iraq and syria. kerry reiterated that one of the keys to defeating i.s.i.l. will be a political solution to the war in syria, one that must include the removal of syrian president bashar al-assad from power. the foreign minister agreed the political transition in syria is necessary. laurent fabia says it cannot continue while bashar al-assad is in power. we can begin the transition while bashar al-assad is in
government, but the final version he must not be in power refugees from syria, iraq and afghanistan continue to across the boarder between greece and macedonia. thousands from other nations are stuck, making the way deeper. they have blocked access to people deemed economic migrants and not political refugees. the decision led to violent clashes with police. a growing number of american iraqi politicians argue a greater ground force is needed to win the war in iraq. ground troops say they do not want ground troops in iraq. turkey's decision to deploy troops was called a hostile act. as imran khan reports, the iraqi army could use help. >> kurdish peshmerga keep a wash on i.s.i.l.'s position, and have
had success. and hope to defeat the group in other parts of the country with help from their allies. >> translation: until now the international coalition uses air strikes. as a former officer, you will not win the war from the sky. the americans must intervene with or without the agreement of iraqi government. >> but recep tayyip erdogan said we do not ask any country to send ground forces and continue such troops an act of aggression. they were concerned about the human rights violations against areas reclaimed from i.s.i.l. it goes on to say :
one of those groups accused of abuses is the popular mobilization force, a shi'a militia operating as part of the iraqi army. president obama will not authorise air strikes. to support them. it goes back to the 2003 u.s. invasion and occupation of iraq. that's when american diplomat paul bremer was sent by bush to oversee the group. bremer made a group of decision, including disseminating the iraqi army, that many said saw the escalation of the rise of isil and terrorism in iraq. >> i did not disband and destroy the iraqi army, there was not a single member, unit, standing to arms on april 17th as the general advocate testified itself. the question was not to disband. that was a mistake.
the question was shall we recall the army. >> reporter: hindsight is useful to understand the future of iraq and syria. the only real debate is whether ground troops are needed. whether they be western arab, turkish or iranian. in the fight against i.s.i.l. that debate is still raging tomorrow night we'll look at the fight against i.s.i.l., with more countries joining the battle. if there's a clear strategy that everyone can agree on. that's "the week ahead" tomorrow night the white house announced a few moments ago that president obama will address the nation in the wake of this week's shootings in san bernardino. the investigation into the shooting is looking at at pakistani woman who joined her husband syed farook in killing 14 people. the fbi says it knows little about tashfeen malik, as does her mother-in-law. pakistani intelligence
investigates tashfeen malik's ties to militants there. meanwhile a radio message was released claiming responsibility for the attacks. [ speaking foreign language ] the message said i.s.i.l. supporters attacked the center in california, killing 14. it called for god to accept the attackers areas martyrs. joining us live from san bernardino with the latest is al jazeera's melissa chan. what can you tell us about the update there? >> the latest is the fbi executed a search warrant on a home, not far from san bernardino. the home belongs to a former neighbour and friend. we have reports that this man in question could have been the one that purchased the semiautomatic rifles used in the shooting. we are hear in san bernardino, and after the last few days of may hecs.
it's worth -- mayhem. >> it's worth taking a look at how the town is trying to recover. >> it's the city's annual holiday festival. everyone is out despite a harrowing week for the residents. out front. the san bernardino police department and s.w.a.t. attempt. these two men had been first responders on wednesday. >> it's definitely overwhelming the response from the community. everyone - we are hear for the community. they are here for us. it helps us. they are coming up, shaking our hands, giving us hugs. >> walking around in this park on a beautiful sunny saturday. you don't get the feeling that this is a community so terrorized over the last few days. people admit they have been scared. they are saying we should stay in our houses and not go to malls and stores and public
places where there's a lot of people. >> reporter: others say life must go on. >> we'll move on, we are strong. and will move on. if we have to. >> the attack, stumping investigators appear to have had an extraordinary suburban life is an fbi investigation. treated as a terrorist attack. in the weakly address he pushed for more gun control. >> we should make it harder for criminals or terrorists to get their hands on a gun they can use against men's. >> people in san bernardino tells us nothing ever happens here, a quiet down in the suburbs of southern california. >> it will take a while to heal from everything everyone has gone through. this is one step forward in the hope to do that. and seeing the kids with their smiles on their faces and they
are so young and innocent and enjoying their day. it helps the rest of us. >> and, indeed, here for a few hours, residents do seem to have forgotten the horrors of this past week. >> just to talk more about the investigation, president obama's involvement - he was briefed this morning, saturday morning, by the secretary of homeland security, fbi director and the attorney-general. and took the opportunity to make a call to the french president francois holland to tell him about the san bernardino shooting - obviously an contact that the government takes it seriously, and that there are global implications melissa, what can we expect next in the investigation? >> well, there are no - there has been no press briefings today. it is saturday here, and so we don't know too much. we know they are investigating through this weekend. i'm standing - i should explain
where i'm standing, in front of the inland regional theatre. it remains closed and in terms of life getting back to normal. the earliest that this place opens up is likely tuesday. that can be moved to later. >> thank you, appreciate it. >> world leaders at a climate summit reached a draft agreement in the fight against global warming. >> so decided. thank you. >> the rough blueprint is in the hands of environmental and foreign ministers, tasked with negotiating a final deal on friday. the main issue is how nations can develop the final agreement. we'll look at the climate summit venezuela will head to the polls on sunday for an election seen as the referendum on the ruling socialist party, short igements of goods and a
basket -- basic goods and a basket case for the economy, many open the door for an openings win if elections are fair. lucia newman report from caracas. >> reporter: at a community center, working class mothers scramble to get free baseball caps. electoral propaganda from the ruling socialist party. ahead of the arrival of a top candidate. we are assured that the voting system is tamper proof. >> translation: the system had been 100% audited and will reflect the will of the people after they go to the polls on sunday. >> reporter: indeed, this time around the opposition coalition is satisfied venezuela's electronic voting system gives sufficient guarantees. is that enough. >> it's not the voting confidence that is raising red
flags, but everything leading up to it. at the top of the list is use and abuse of state reporters. tipping the playing field in favour of the ruling candidates. here, the socialist candidate is distributing a benefit to young mothers. >> the government overwhelmingly controls the venezuela television network. it's against the opposition. >> n.g.o.s monitoring the campaign are afraid. >> i'm not the people have the vote to cast properly. when they go out. they won't be something. they won't be afraid of losing the jobs if thi don't vote the way they are supposed to. >> for the first time, no
international observer groups have been accredited except for one. the south american block. >> translation: we have a double responsibility, which is why we are appealing for a peaceful election day. and secondly, that all players recognising and reporting the results of the vote. >> with so much at stake, the stability of the nation will almost certainly depend on it coming up on al jazeera america - someone blocked from buying a firearm in one state may have better luck a few miles away. a drastic difference between gun laws state by state next americans recruded to join i.s.i.l. new research about who they are, and the sting operations used to stop them.
buying a firearm in one state violence escalating in america. the medical community calls it a public health issue and wants government-funded research to search for a solution. federal law bans that, before shots were fired in california, researchers called for the law to change. patricia sabga reports. >> reporter: hours before the 35th mass shooting in the united states, a plea from doctors around the country for congress to lift restrictions on gunning for research into gun violence.
>> there are 89 people a day dying from gun violence, we can present this if we have the data to take in the measures we need for two decade the n.r.a. backed dickey amendment blocked the centers for disease control to research the causes of gun violence, a constraint the n.r.a. lobbied congress to extend to the national institutes of health in 2011. the dickey amendments says research caned be topped with money on gun control. researchers say researching the causes of gun violence sa a legitimate use of fund for what is considered a public health crisis. last month house demands took the same tack, arguing the u.s. spends 240 million on traffic safety research, 223 million on food safety, and 331 million on tobacco effects, but nothing on
firearms that killed 33,000 americans annually. >> this is commonsense that we would put money into researching the different ways that we can prevent gun violence. while still maintaining the second amendment. they are not in conflict at all. while many gun rights advocates see the argument as a fig leaf for gun control, former dickey calls for the amendment that bears his name to be repealed, arguing that research on gun violence could have continued without infringing on the rights of gun violence there are stark differences in gun laws across the country. some are stripped. others lenient. here is a look at how stom states compare. in san bernardino, laws are strict. all sales must go through a licensed dealer and the state
constitution does not guarantee the right to bear arms. compared to you far, and the laws loosen up. the minimum age to own a firearm is 18. owning a machine gun is allowed. on to the east coast. new jersey, a permit is required to possess any handgun, including antique guns. out west in arizona, where owning a gun is easier. owners with a permit can carry the gun openly or concealed. and no hands-on firearm training is required. across the pacific to hawaii, permits mandatory, backhand checks and a 14 day waiting period is required. back to the east coast for what is the most lenient state for gun ownership, vermont. the legal age to purchase a handgun is 16 years old. in days you wondered, no, it
does not require a parents permission. robin thomas is the executive director of the law center to prevent gun violence. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for interesting nee. california has the strictest gun laws in the guidelines. gun owners must pass a backhand check to pass a written safety test. >> some say it leads to gun violence. is it shocking that this happened in your state? >> it's shocking when it happened everywhere. legislators and the people took all possible threat to reduce violence. notwithstanding the horrific events of last week, california has a low death rate in the country. i attribute that to the legislation.
it is very comprehensive to address the problem. it is difficult to find ways to discuss the shooting and tragedy, we have seen a reduction in gun violence in california in the last 20 years. >> there's gun laws, and in missouri and alabama where it's the weakest. there's no restriction on the amount a person can buy. a gun owner has to be licensed. can you explain why gun laws are so lax in the states. >> well. in the u.s. we have a limited federal laws which apply to a few specific incidents. if you buy a gun from a dealer, not a seller. that's it. the only law we have at the federal level. they are immune from the federal protection act and get the best immunity from liability anywhere in the country. then you have state laws.
each state, depending on the politics, the make up of legislature. unfortunately, when it comes to gun control laws, in states where you have a political issue, nothing gets done. arizona was brought up before, and has the weakest laws in the country. there was no background check. you can carry loaded firearms, no background checks or permit. it's astounding to me that we are not doing more about this. law-abiding gun owners, n.r.a. and gun owners and owners in general support commonsense, intelligence, gun laws like background checks and basic restrictions to keep the community safer. legislators and officials failed to do anything to protect our communities and implement the reforms. >> we heard a lot from both
sides. your organization ranks gun laws state by state. would it have contributed to gun laws in states like california and new jersey. california has led the way for two decades in passing the reforms we see on the books now. it was right after the tragedy is the sandy hook elementary school in 2013 that the legislation picked up in other states, states like new york, new jersey, colorado, marylands, delaware, massachusetts. there's a wave of states painging constate -- passing constitution since that. many based on the constitution we see here. >> what we saw with california leading the edge, and when the political opportunity shifteded in that time after the shooting in newtown, a set of states, connecticut leading the way. passed laws to take a step
forward. it's been a sea change. there has been 117 laws passed since the shooting at sandy hook. in the last couple of years we saw 20 states pass laws strengthening domestic violence. 18 states require a check of some sights in all sales in the state. you have seen a huge amount of leaps forward at the state level that you don't hear about. >> my last question for me is for the first time in 100 years, the "new york times" published an editorial that peace puts the lawmakers feet on the fire on the issue of gun control. >> do you think it will lead to a shooting on the federal level. >> i hope it does. it's hard to have optimism, particularly on this issue, sith the american people are fed up with the tragedies, the fact that it continues, and not once
after the tragedies, virginia tech, newtown or oregon, does it do anything. i think the american people are tired of seeing the federal legislators not step up and representatives their interests. if 92% of the american people support background checks, we have to ask who are the federal legislators representing if not the 92% of american people. it's tragic and will not stop until action is taken. i hope that this is the time that some progress forward is made. >> thank you so much more your issue on gun control. >> school may be disrupted in chicago next week. the teachers union set to vote on a strike if hundreds of jobs may be cut. details next.
welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at the top stories. british police are treating a knife attack in the london underground as an act of terrorism. three people were injured in the attack. they claimed "this is for syria", before a stun gun was used to detain the victim. one gun was used. the residents of the town of wednesday's shooting are trying to come to terms with what happened. mementos adorned memorials or shrines secretary of state john kerry gave an update on the
fight against i.s.i.l. the group has become an overt threat to the u.s. and its friends. and is the root cause of the refugee crisis. he reiterated that the key to defeating i.s.i.l. will be a political solution in removing bashar al-assad from power a study is going on as to who i.s.i.l. is, researchers at george washington university looked at 71 people arrested on charges related to the groups since march 2014. some numbers stood out. the vast majority of troops, 86% are men. more than 80% are u.s. citizens, and almost three-quarters under the age of 30. 40% of them have converted to islam. >> the fbi used sting provisions to locating potential i.s.i.l. recruits. some say it amounts to entrapment. >> ashar quraishi looks at the
controversy. >> you are doing yourself by forgiving them in october 2014, the chicago area was rattled. he was planning to fly from istanbul to join i.s.i.l., planning to buy three airline tickets for himself and two people. >> young people are usually passionate and concerned about what happened in syria. they made the wrong choices, going and joining i.s.i.l. and other terrorist organizations. >> before leaving, hahn wrote a letter it his parents explaining that he could not justify living in the u.s. saying:. >> and we condemn the brain-washing. >> at a court purposes his mother spoke to those she held responsible. >> we have a message for i.s.i.l., and the social media recruiters - leave our children
alone. >> reporter: his attorney specialises in cases like this, and says law enforcement's attempt to predict dangerousness gets into murky territory. >> the issue is someone predisposed to commit the crime. >> that is very, very difficult when you talk about young kids. i think that's part of the reason there's a perception in the muslim community, that the kids are being entrapped. >> in october hahn pleaded guilty to providing material support. and faces 15 years in prison. there's no question he was brain washed or taken advantage of. >> with the rise of i.s.i.l. in the middle east. there has been a renewed effort to cancel the threat on soil. >> we have investigations in every state and there has been a notable increase in arrests. for march 2014 to june 2015.
26 people, mostly men charged in federal court with supporting i.s.i.l. they have been accused of plotting attacks in the u.s., in the name of i.s.i.l. >> one of them was 20-year-old john booker junior. charged with attempting to carry out a suicide bombing at the u.s. army installation. booker has been on the radar for six months, attending prayers at the islamic center. >> several months after he began to come, i got a call from the fbi agent. >> the center's imam and advisor to the kansas department. the fbi would cancel booker, they would post messages. the posts were saying the job indicated that he wanted to become a martyr. he was ready to meet allah, and he was ready to join jihad.
>> at what point did you realise he needed more than spiritual guidance? >> well, i think after maybe 2-3 weeks after we began the talk. he told me he had been on medication. i had discussed with the fbi agent to see if they could try to get him help, along with the islamic center, mental health help. >> in an unclassified fbi report, booker checked into a mental health facility and noted that he did not have access to a vehicle or firearms. eight months later federal investigators say an fbi informant told booker he had a cousin that could get people overseas and asked booker what he wanted to do. he answered anything, anything you say is good i will follow you. they told booker if he was ready to fight, he would have to prove it. booker respond:
he was provided with what he thought was an explosive-filled van. booker drove the van to what he believed was a little used utility gate allowing him to enter the base undetected. once on base, he was to unload the devices. the bomb was a fake, booker arrested and he faces life in prison. >> fbi and joint terrorism officers arrested six men. >> the investigation fits a pattern of cases. >> they are concerned that social media is pulling in young people. paraded out by authorities. >> violent jihad, and he did constitute a threat to those of us in the united states. the fbi in kansas would not comment on the ongoing john booker investigation. >> if someone is expressing ideas that the government things are troubling, they feel that it
is appropriate for the government to come in and push them along. >> mike german spent 60 years with the federal bureau of investigation, specialising in undercover work and terrorism, and is critical of the tactics. >> because there are bad people out there, and half of the violent crimes are unsolved, for the government to spend the resources necessary for an undercover sting operation, distracts from the real cases. >> the fbi did not grant requests for an interview with fbi director james comey, in response to criticism, every undercover operation involves deception, a tool in fighting crime. the federal bureau of investigation's use of techniques is subject to oversight. internally and by the courts. >> we asked what law enforcement should do. >> if you find someone on the path to recognisation, what do you do about them.
encourage them to commit a crime and catch them. why don't you have a programme of rehabilitation for them, rather than have them continue the radicalization plan. pull them back. in the absence of measures, there's concern that those vulnerable to i.s.i.l. predators may choose the wrong path chicago's public school teachers to vote on whether to call a strike. the district says it may have to cut thousands of jobs in an effort to shore up offenses. as deest reportses, the teachers union is saying that it's prepared to fight for the jobs. >> reporter: two years ago thousands of angry chicago school teachers took to the streets to fight the close of 50 schools. they love the battle and are bracing for a bigger one. the loss of up to 5,000 jobs, a
fifth of 27,000 public school teachers. >> we are willing to be realistic economically. we are not willing to take up the profession, to look at deep cuts. chicago's public schools and teacher's union have been at a stalemate over a new contract since the previous one expired. the district is struggling with a shortfall, saying job cuts could save it more than half a billion annually. the school district says a strike is not a solution to the financial crisis saying in a statement: the union is seeking a one-year contract with a 3% pay increase, teachers may agree to less if jobs are safer.
>> people employed for longer may consider a freeze. that's in sharp distinction to what the district is demanding. rallies nor federal mediators helped negotiators. a strike could force the district's hand. even though a training would not happen until next spring the senate will vote next week on every student succeeds act. it's a bill aimed at replacing the 2002 no child left behind. the act has been widely criticized for allowing the government to hold schools accountable. essentially it enabled the shut down schools when students performed poorly on standardized tests. the new laws keeps testing in place, and returns much of the control of tests to state and local school districts. the former vice president of policy with students first - thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me.
>> the no child left behind act is unpopular. what the new measure brings is a shift of accountability in that the federal government, the power is reduced. for parents with children in the public school system, should they be concerned? >> some parents should be. any time you pull back the federal oversight, you put more responsibility on the hands of the state. it gives districts a stronger leverage to play in terms of what they do to hold educators accountable. and puts pressure on the states to do that. we have seen in the past when that is the case, that states are lax about whether some students, poor students and students of colour, whether they meet the same targets. >> parents should keep an eye out on the changes. some critics say the no child left behind is focused on testing and not enough on learning. the old policy is not going away is it. the testing will be in place. they'll have to report the data
out. so i think those reforms are institutionalized. what is missing is any specific law, that states have to test districts and they'll have to do something, and there'll not be a mechanism. you have to intervene in the schools. here is what you need to do. it goes back to the federal oversight. some studies suggested that the achievement gap between minorities and pore students narrowed. >> do you think the new measure will solve the problem. >> it's a huge issue, there are double digit gaps. students that are proficient. i don't think this measure does a lot to address that, particularly if you have schools that are, you know, low performing. maybe that are at the bottom of the list. states will not do a lot with those schools.
>> that is a huge concern, it's been a problem for decades. >> when we talk about the common concept of the bill that was fast, does that go away. >> the common core standards. they are in place for most of the states that adopted them. the government never acquired states to adopt them. i think the power of the federal government to do that, and to incentivize states, to pass standards, that goes away as well. >> do you think it will improve education in the united states. >> even if it's a mixed bag, there's a lot to say. >> the intent is to create more flexibility at the state level. it could have been done without taking away some of the teeth that the federal government has. i would worry specifically about the schools that are hanging out above the bottom 5% of schools.
>> when it comes to accountability, where does it stand when it comes to teachers, will they feel the pressure. >> no, they'll feel the pressure less as well. you know, what the duncan administration has done. the current administration did, that states were evaluating teachers, using measures of student learning to evaluate teachers. the federal government will not do that. i think you'll see some states pulling back on that. there's special interest groups chipping away at policies. >> speaking of teachers union, diane eastabrook out of chicago did a peace a few minutes ago about a potential teacher strike. >> what do you think about the timing of this. >> it is soon. we had a strike in chicago, and they were out for seven days. teachers across the board raifed about that. it seems soon to come back.
the first call pressure that chicago is facing cannot go away. i'm not sure how this could get resolved. >> if they do go on strike, it can't be good for the students. the idea that you can look at any public school. you can close that and the students don't need to come. >> strikes are never good for students. it's about the adults and their fights and arguments. and it's the children and families taking the brunt of that. >> thank you for joining us. >> still ahead - how does the human brain work. scientists yet to figure it out. there's one place they may discover new clues. kevin is here with the weather. >> we are watching a major storm system off the pacific. we are looking for rain, high elevation, and we'll bring you all the details of that forecast when i return.
the human brain sets us apart from other animals on the planet. yet we know little how it works. in seattle a research facility opened this past week as al jazeera's allen schauffler reports. doctors hope to learn more about how we think, and who we are. >> reporter: another day in the lad. an example of human brain tissue, stablilize it in a high
pressure freezer, slice it thin, and bond it to a sheet of carbonized glass in an indoor vacuum akin to outer space. >> pressure here is one ten millionth of the pressure in the atmosphere. >> recombine the slides and get a remarkable view inside the brain. >> to explore and measure the architecture of the circuit of the brain. the things that make us us. >> what are we looking at? >> these are slices of the human brain. we are in our core. this is a laboratory that we use to record actual living cells from the brain. >> individual brain cells, neurons are stimulated to study how they interact, how messages are sent between cells. >> getting lots and lots of numbers, which is what we are trying to do here, characterising.
thousands, tens of thousands of neurons, we need the numbers to understand how subtle changes can lead to larger changes in behaviour. >> whether it's colourfully slices of cerebellum, the organ or spinning 3d images, the brain is the heart of the matter here, how it works and what happens when it doesn't. >> you probably have someone that suffers a neurological disease, do you? >> yes. >> if you want to help the person now, if you want to help those people, we need to know. there's a lot of urgency to the question. >> backed by a billion dollars, since tes opening 13 years ago. the institute is a non profit organization. what researchers learn in the labs, they share. >> between the university and a start up we have milestones,
products, but the products are free. things that we give away. >> it is open source science. every possible data point generated in the institute's 200 million seattle headquarters is made available to other researchers anywhere in the world. >> pharmaceutical companies, universities, biomedical research centers. cancer centers, clinicians. >> reporter: it's terry gilbert's job to teach those people to use the online tools. >> it's free. the data is free, it's yours. >> cell database, mouse and human brain sources. >> it's critical to get people's tools into their hands, in a way that is useful to them, and makes sense, and they can apply it in their studies. >> you are giving away the keys to the kingdom. >> can you imagine a better job.
>> the president finds this small piece of us a field of research without limits. >> it's by far the most complex piece of organized matter. it has has many cells as stars in the galaxy. roughly 100 billion. the universe with a new home. >> randall pinkston is here with a look at what is coming up. >> the stabbing at a subway station calls it a terrorist attack. iraqis divided over the approach to fight i.s.i.l. >> in san bernardino, the community tries to return to normal after the deadly attack on a civic center. plus... ..success at the paris climate change summit. we have a look at the international efforts.
all of it ahead at the top of the hour. >> thank you so much, randall. kevin is here now. >> we'll gone across the ocean, and start here in parts of europe. we have had a major storm system across the u.k. and up towards scandinavia. i want to show you the video that has come out. what it looks like across britain. and some elections where the rain fell. evacuations are going on, and one of the wins recorded in scotland. 112 miles per hour there. and the danger is not going to let up, we don't think. until tomorrow. come back to the wall. what we can expect to see here across the united states. on the west coast we look at a weather system. this is a major one. we see a bit of rain and snow. and that rain has begun to fall across parts of seattle to portland oregon as well.
if you look at the watches and the warnings, where you see the green that is flood warnings and watches in effect. where you see the purple and the pinks, that is the winter storm watches, we expect to see over the next 3-5 days, believe it or not. anywhere between 36 and 48 inches of snow in the higher elevations. in terms of rain we expect to see between 6-8 inches of rain. for seattle, it will be a soggy week. for the rest of the country, we are looking nice across much of the area. a lot of these temperatures will be well above average. >> we like that. >> we do like that. >> thank you, kevin. >> high winds force n.a.s.a. to cancel a resupply mission to the international space station for the third in a row. the unmanned rocket delivering several thousands pounds of food and parts to the space station crew. there's a 40 million chance of acceptable weather. and a last opportunity on monday
if needed. >> n.a.s.a. is calling pictures of pluto the best ever of its surface, six times better than the last. the photos of a 50 mile wide strib revealed icy planes and a mountain range. the images were taken back in may during a fly by by the new horizon space station. >> the owner of the indianapolis colts doesn't just invest in the players, but bought a luing wick drum set for 1.75 million. ringo star used it for the recordings of sons like "can't buy me love", and "i want to hold your hand", heat holds a trio of guitars by paul mccartney and john lennon. i'm bisi onile-ere, keep it here, the new us continues next with randall pinkston. have a good night. ight.
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