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stepping up to fight. the u.s. asking for help to bring the battle to i.s.i.l.'s door. >> we witnessed a mayor putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound uproar in chicago - the city's mayor needs to go controversial comments, the supreme court justice suggesting affirmative access, putting african-american in schools that are challenging. >> and a vote to end an era of no child left behind.
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[ gunfire ] at least 27 iraqi soldiers have been killed today trying to push i.s.i.l. out of ramadi. as the u.s. calls for help in the fight gains the group. welcome to "your world", i'm stephanie sy. >> and i'm del walters. the pentagon wants others to step up. lawmakers question the wisdom of a campaign focused on the air. dictry ash carter says he's been working to form a larger coalition. >> i wish that the sunni arab nations of the gulf would do more. >> they are willing to do so. >> i had lengthy conversations. >>. >> so have i. >> let's go live to imran khan. iraqi forces, as we have been
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forting out fighting to take control. how closer they? >> what they are is they've taken over the south-west of a key neighbourhood. that is a number of bridges taken directly to the center of ramadi and the stronghold of i.s.i.l. fighters and surrounded the city on three sides. this is key. one of the big ways that i.s.i.l. had to defend, and in ramadi. they had a bridge that was collecting them. once the iraqi security forces took the bridge, they were very big, very key military base. they did them with the help of u.s. coalition air strikes, and close to air support from the u.s. now they are facing a tougher fight, in range of i.s.i.l. shelling and mortars that are falling on them.
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and they lost soldiers in a shelling attacks. >> remind us again why is ramadi so important. >> well, ramadi is important because it's the heart of the sunni community in iraq. it's where a lot of the sunni community, the politicians in baghdad come from, the largest constituencies, and where people - where the community defeated al qaeda with the help of the u.s. trade links. this is a key thing. have you jordan on one side, syrian on the other. i think it has access to the rest of the arab world. that's why it's important not just for baghdad, but i.s.i.l., which is why it was a place i.s.i.l. came into. >> and secretary of defense ash
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carter saying they are willing to help iraq if they make a request. have they made the request, and if so, are they accepting it? >> they made more than one request. the comments are surprising to a number of lawmakers that i have inton to in iraq. they said we have arrived for help. we have been giving help. the ramadi population had close support. a lot of thinking is this may be for a domestic audience. >> the war is that there should be troops on the ground. this might be ash carter saying to the domestic audience, this is what they are doing. it might be him putting pressure on haider al-abadi, and the sunni arab allies this they may get and the u.s. may come and join in the fight. it's surprising. iraqis are saying not only have we formally asked for help, but informally we've been asking for
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it all the time. >> imran khan live in erbil and iraq a minnesota man is in custody for alleged ties to i.s.i.l.: he was arrested in minneapolis, charged with supplying material support to the group. he is one of 10 somali americans plan toing go to syria. three men pleaded guilty, one is in syria? >> funeral services for one of the san bernardino massacre victims. there's information coming in about the couple carrying out the killing. investigators want to know if one of them was preparing an attack years ago. >> reporter: well the question that may never fully be answered to our satisfaction is how a pharmacist or health inspector turns against the u.s.
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the picture that the fbi director is describing is something that is a different dimension of threat. home-grown terrorists who otherwise did everything else on their own. >> san bernardino involved two killers, radicalized for a long time before their attack. >> fbi director comey says syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik began to talk about carrying out terror attacks. >> they were radicalized before dating online. and online as late as early as 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and lived together in the united states. testifying before a committee, director comey said the radicalization began before.
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syed farook left california in july 2014, where the two met face to face for the first time. they got engaged and travelled to the u.s. married in august 2014. comey says he can't say if the relationship was arranged bit the group as part of a plot to carry out the troops in the u.s., but agreed that such a varn would be a game challenger. >> last week it emerged that tashfeen malik pledged allegiance to i.s.i.l. on faish. the facebook says so far, they found no direct link between the couple and i.s.i.l. or other terror groups. >> we are working hard to understand whether anyone else was involved with assisting or supporting and equipping them. >> that includes marriage by former neighbour. they had planned on carrying out an attack in the u.s., as far
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back as o 20120. it's into the cleary they never went ford. marquez checked himself into a mental institution. investigators have conducted interviewers and is trying to see if they gave the couple two of the weapons used. there are reports that the authorities my bring gun charges and whether he brought the gunfire brought in the hootings. >> we are learning about suspicious financial transactions. the fbi is looking into a 2800 loan. investigators reportedly don't believe it came from an individual or a group funding the attack al jazeera's paul beban
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reporting in chicago, police say they'll explain how they plan to hire the superintendent. it comes a day after reforms. demonstrators responded saying he and the top prosecutor should resign. [ chanting ] the people in the crowd say they are angrily over a series of police involved shootings, including the death of la can mcdonald. emanuel taking responsibility, promising change. >> i take responsibility for what happened because it happened on my watch. >> he had a great speech writer, that's what that sound like. i don't believe a word he says. >> the mayor's reform plan, conducting its own review, fired by rahm emanuel. >> baltimore's mayor is pleading for calm as the trial of a
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police officer in the death of freddie gray is winding down. >> the officer taking the stand, his testimony at times heated. >> reporter: 26-year-old william porter was on the stand for four hours, and told jurors he never thought freddy grey was injured, insisting gray seemed alert in the back of a police van. the ride ended with gray suffering a spine injury proving fatal. prosecutors pressed porter on what he did, why gray was not saturday belted in and why the officer never called for a medic. porter said he felt he and gray had hoot all respect. seatbelts on prisoners assist the department policy. officer porter testified he never felt one used at the job. porter testified he delayed the
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request for a doctor to the driver of a band. the officer, during the fourth of six stops that day. no medical attention was sought until the final stop when border found gray unresponsive. with the defense now presenting its case, the jury could get to weigh in soon. baltimore's mayor is urging residents to stay calm once a verdict is announced. we have to respect their opinion, we don't have to agree with it. that is not what this is about. in is about respecting the process and our city. >> a for instancism pathologist testified for the defense that he believed gray suffered a spine injury at some point between the fifth and sixth stops. that backs up the assertion that gray was not fatally injured when he asked for medical attention. >> as the trial winds down we
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hear familiar calls for calm, is there an indication that there'lls be unrest. >> many activists are ready to protest. one indication of what the city might be expecting is the fact that baltimore police say they are not asking any officers. that's the departure of what was done in april. john henry smith, thank you very much the man accused of killing three people at a mt pleasant neighbourhood clinic in colorado says he's guilty. robert deer was in court, interrupted the prosecutor laying out the murder charges against him. >> killed baby... >> duty to protect the constitutionally of the proceeding. >> deer had nearly 20 outbursts during the hearing, and his lawyer had serious concerns. the next hearing is scheduled
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before christmas. >> there's anger over words that a supreme court justice said on wednesday. >> she was denied entry. the justice suggesting that the programme it flawed saying black students came from lesser schools where they do not feel they are pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them. al jazeera's has more on the fall out. >> demonstrators gathered outside the high court worried this they'll toss out african-american in admissions. the university of texas selects the freshman class. the case involved abigail fisher, but did not get in, and blamed a diversity policy she says favors minorities. the law favors the constitutional right. >> i don't believe this students should be treated differently.
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hopefully this case will end racial classification and preferences and admissions at the university of texas. >> and three-quarters of the class is made up. the rest are admitted based on a long list of criteria. more than a decade ago. the supreme court colleges can use race to create a diverse student body. a lower court as twice upheld the programme. this is the second time it has come before the supreme court. an attorney for the college said now is not the type, and this is not the case to roll back student body diversity in america. fisher's lawyer called it an oddius classification, and to use it, you have to explain with the concrete objective it.
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it pushed back, wondering what was acceptable. the justice saying race race. i want to know which are the things you could do that in your view would be okay. >> justice kanthy scalia admitted it would be a good thing to admit as many blacks as possible saying: that drew an incredulous reaction from civil rights activist reverend al sharpton. >> when i head judge scalia suggest that blacks do better at schools that are not as fast as ut, i didn't know if i was in the courtroom at the united
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states supreme court or at a donald trump rally. >> this is liking areally to come down to one -- likely to come back to one justice. coming whack to no evidence to base a decision saying we are arguing the same case as if nothing would happen. >> this comes at a time of heightened concern. the president says if the court eliminates its affirm mfiaction programme. this will be a step backwards for the country. >> i'm confident that the justices will recognise diversity in an educational environment, and our holistic policies critical to achieve that. >> at least one person is dead in the storms slamming the pacific north-west. heavy rain has been falling for a week in places like portland,
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causing trees to fall, hitting a house. the storm causing mudslides and sinkholes. a lot of roads are inundated. the traffic is incredible. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell. you warned us we'll not get a break and they aren't. . >> in the next couple of days, we are not getting a big break. the rivers are cresting because all that moisture is moving in. there's river flooding, even if you are in a place getting a break from the rain. here is everything we have. into northern california, and by later, tonight into tomorrow, into southern california with light rain. the heavy stuff staying north ward. you see what we have now, back behind that, a round of moisture. when we have a break, it's not quite over. the heaviest rain, we are
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looking for the coastline, 1-3 inches. we are saturated. i would expect that the place that we'll get a little more rain is northern california. we are seeing colder air, we had worm air, even though we had the systems, that is upping the snow totals that we see, places like the sierra, the higher elevations, two feet not outer of the question. other winter weather advisories, and high winds. and flood concerns for the next few days. . >> you've been doing this so long, are we really seeing the extremes we've been talking about? into we don't want to look at one storm. when we have pattern after pattern, that's a scenario. >> thank you very much. >> security breach the government trying to determine how the taliban managed to pull off an attack at an airport.
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>> and a lacy escape. several people coming that close to being buried under falling rubble. sure, tv has evolved over the years.
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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. a group of afghans want to know how fighters go past the checkpoints and attacked the base. >> the air base is considered one of the most secure places in the country. >> actually, they decided to launch the investigation. the largest military base in the south home, not only to forces, but to 2,000 n.a.t.o. forces, a
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number of checkpoints to get in. afghan authorities say they are looking into how the attackers got in, not only got in, but with so many weapons, fighting went on for 24 hours tuesday night into wednesday. among the dead are women and children, because of the area where the taliban is fighting, is home to families of military officers and retired military officers, and to give you an idea of how close the taliban got, the body guard of the afghan core commender was one of those killed. there was a hostage situation at one point. we have seen the afghan army displaying the weapons captured from the taliban, but a serious attack. >> on the ground in kabul, the head of afghan's intelligence agency resigning claiming that president haider al-abadi is taking the wrong approach to
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fighting the taliban i.s.i.l. took responsibility for a suicide bombing at a mosque. several killed and injured. worshippers injured leaving the building. the suicide bomber tried to enter and was stopped by officers, when he blew himself up 27 iraqi soldiers killed stood. defense secretary ash carter defended the u.s. strategy, calling for allies to step up and do more in the fight and we want to talk about that with al jazeera national security contributor. >> good morning. iraqi forces have been fighting in and around ramadi for months. they have recaptured the center from i.s.i.l. with sinjar recaptured last month, that was a kurdish force. are we starting to see a military strategy paying off in iraq. >> so far it's working.
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they have to prove they could hold the ground. in the past they haven't proved to do that. they can show victory and show i.s.i.l. has been defeated, and that is an important p.r. mood. we saw yesterday the head of the media relations putting victory on the twitter feed. >> it is a significant strategic matter. it's the largest city in the large province. the g.c.c., a coalition of gulf countries is meeting in saudi arabia. defense secretary carter issued a call to action. here is what the exchange was with senator john mccain yesterday. >> i wish that particularly the sunni arab nations of the gulf would do more. and going back. >> they are willing to do so. >> i have had lengthy conversations.
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>> and so have i let's unpack that. senator john mccain, he has a lot of ties to leaders in that region. what is he basing on, that he believes the gulf countries are willing to put in ground cases. egypt, maybe jordan. we have seen that sunnis have a place inside syria and inside of iraq, than they do fighting i.s.i.s. that is really driving the foreign policy, they are not that interested. >> that and yemen. they are more concerned with yemen and getting bashar al-assad out of power. >> they are concerned what does iraq look like when this is over. is it dominated by iran. turkey, for example, having troops in the north, their future future. it has to be talked about, kurdistan. that is the next war. the battle for the gripe, the
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economy of kurdistan. >> and you can't talk about that without talking about the fact that iraq is accusing turkey of putting ground troops in northern iraq. the turkish president told al jazeera, that they were invited to go in, that is the cluster that we are looking at. is it wise for the u.s. to get more involved in the midst of these sectarian rivalries. >> we have to accept the fact that there's not going to be in ground force taking on i.s.i.s. it doesn't make sense to get involved with the civil wars. we put military pressure on when we can, maybe working other avenues, taking down the p.r. campaigns, we have to put pressure on turkey, recognising that they have influence in the region and figure out what they want. doesn't seem that turkey trusts them. we need turkey to do c, d and f
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and make sure it happens. >> thank you for your insights. >> still ahead. why congress is leaving behind the no child left behind law, and what it means for students and a hoops hale mary that you have to see a high schooler pulling off the shoot of a lifetime.
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>> partly cloudy to your world this morning. more than two dozen iraqi solers have been killed as government forces try to push isil out of the ramadi. on capitol hill, the pentagon wants more allies to step up to help fight the group. one of the victims of the san bernardino's funeral is taking place today. there will be about a dozen memorial services held over the next week for the shooting victims. chicago police will detail how they plan to hire a new superintendent. mayor rahm emanuel called for far reaching reforms, but protestors demand that the mayor
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and top prosecutor revine. >> donald trump saying that he has now changed his mind about visiting israel at least for now. in a tweet, he announced i have decided to postpone my trip to israel and schedule my meeting with benjamin netanyahu after another date after i become president of the united states. >> in the u.k., a petition to ban trump from visiting that country has now surpassed 400,000 signatures. trump said many of his muslim friends agree with him but many prominent muslim americans do not, including muhammed ali. >> in his statement he says: >> mark zuckerberg is speaking out, in a quote he said:
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>> there are many americans who will say they do not know a lot of about islam. jacob ward takes a closer look at one of the world's fastest growing religions. >> there are 1.6 billion muslims in the world, ruffle 23% of the global population. the vast majority live outside of the middle east in countries like indonesia, india, iran and turkey. these numbers are hard to picture here in the u.s. where muslims account for less than 1% of the population but islam around the word is on want rise, the fastest growing religion on the planet. by the end of the century there will be more muslims than christians in the world. they have more children. each woman has an average of 3.1
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children. muslims are the youngest people of any religious group, median age is seven years younger than non-muslims. muslims around the world share a few basic beliefs, the belief in one god and the prophet muhammed. when it comes to social beliefs, there is a tremendous variety. when you ask whether they wish to live under the strict code of sharia law, they say a variety of things. in afghanistan, iraq and pakistan, they say they do want to live under those laws. in queen europe and asia, numbers dip into the single digits. muslims around the world report unfavorable feelings about isil, virtually all respondents in lebanon have a negative view of the group. nigeria, as many as 20% of the population of muslims there believe that isil is doing
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something favorable. pakistan, 62% of muslims do not off an opinion one way or the other. del, stephanie, there's no one muslim culture around the world but here is a last piece of unity. people in countries with large populations report a growing worry about extremism in their countries. the obama administration is under pressure to detect extremism. some syrian refugees are about to get a new home in canada, the first plane load due to arrive today from jordan. they have been carefully screen. most of them have private sponsors. canada will resettle 10,000 refugees by the end of the year. another plane load is expected today. in texas, republican leaders trying to block the resettlement of refugee families. it clears the way for 21
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syrians, many children to begin their lives in texas today. law breakers tried to block them. the fall cost of crude oil is hurting alaska. the govern is now promises a state income tax and reducing the oil dividend checks residents receive every year. with oil prices nearing seven year lows, the governor said the state is burning through money. no child left behind the legends of george w. bush has a new law ready to take its place. president obama says he will sign the law today. >> the yeas 85, the nays 12. >> it's a major makeover that
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everyone loves to hate. democrats joined hands with republicans to make it happen. >> this is the biggest rewrite of our education laws in 25 years. >> championed by george w. bush, no child left behind was a high water mark in federal oversight in legislation. >> it's a piece of legislation which believes in setting high standards and using accountability to make sure every single child gets a good education. >> from the start, the law was a magnet for complaints from teachers and parents, and a symbol of federal overreach into policies many believe are best set by the states, but congress struggled for years on a rewrite until now. >> we have an opportunity today to reverse the trend of the last several years toward a national school board. we have an opportunity to make clear that the future, the path to higher standards, better teaching and real accountability will be through states, communities and classrooms and not through washington, d.c. >> the new law keeps federally required testing in grades three
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through eight and once in high school but the states get more say in evaluating schools and teachers. other measures, not just test scores would be considered, such as graduationing rates and school conditions. >> the law over emphasized testing and how oftentimes, those tests are redundant or unnecessary. >> states will come up with their own plans to reform underperforming schools. more money will be sent toe states to send children to preschool and common core, the education initiative hated by conservatives is obsolete. it is welcome by teacher groups who say the fight against overtesting now moves to the states. >> i am worried that there will be some states that think that testing was a good thing to do that. that would be wrong for kids. we need to stop that. we need to start focusing on how we get to the unique needs of children. >> 13 years after no child left behind was passed, now a greater
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role for the states in schools. mike viqueira, al jazeera, washington. negotiators in paris worked through the night to finalize a claims change deal. the penalty of france's there are as i will many difficulties to work out. the people at the summit describe a cautious sense of optimism that the strongest climate deal will be reached. >> this is the main negotiating chamber. hopefully at some point at the end of the week, there will be universal agreement a as to climate change. the gavel will go down at approximately 6:00 on friday, but these things have a habit of going on. >> this is the new slimmed down draft text, still a long way to go, i have to say. the number of brackets have been reduced from 700 to 300, so we're on the right track but it's going to take a while yet. there is this kind of idea of
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reducing the target, two-degree target to 1.5-degree. this text has three options, that's the sort of thing that this document is full of and they're going to have to resolve here. also the choice of words, shall or should or other or designed to implement or achieve or carry out. all those individual words have to be fixed up. the president of this conference wants it all to be over, the gavel to go down 6:00 friday night. looking at this, you have to wonder whether or not that is going to happen. >> these events have a habit of going on and on and on and last year in lima, we all ended up sleeping on the floor for a night, but this year, journalists were presented with sleeping arrangements, so this one has very much got our name
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on it. >> at least nick will be comfortable. the devil is in the details in this agreement. the sense of optimism we've been reporting on since the start has sort of shifted of late. we'll have to look to see whether they come up with an agreement there. >> what they're talking about in paris has a direct impact on us all here. when we talk about the weather, we're not talking about climate change in isolation, we are talking about what is on the ground. >> around the world, we have seen changes and nuances, we have storms but could have more exthat streams in the future. this is an el niño year, so we expect more storms on the west coast, as well. anywhere especially in the northwest, we have been inundated in the last week with rain. a lot of this has been more tropical slow. we've had system after system, that's why it's been a week of rain. the final frame, you can see almost like popcorn behind it, that is cold air cumulous. this system is bringing in colder air with it.
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that's going to be one of our many changes in this week's sweeps across the country. a lot of places have been well above average, in some cases 20 degrees above. denver today at 65. for december, not too bad. we've already started to feel cooler air move into the nest and as a couple of the previous systems have brought light rain across the northern tier of the country in minnesota for example, this will sweep across the entirety of the country. as some system continues to pull its way out and this gets us through saturday evening, it starts to pick up more gulf moisture and possibly widespread storminess saturday into sunday. i'm jumping right to the saturday forecast and this is where that is by then. we could especially the southern edge of this will watch. we have a couple of days to do that. there could be stronger storms, some of those severe thunderstorms not out of the question. you can see behind this, yet another system coming in for the northwest, so we're not really getting a break.
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in the meantime, the temperature changes will be rather dramatic. i pointed out those 60's in denver, by the time we yet to sunday, temperatures in the 40's. there will be a big dividing line, 60's and 70's ahead and more 40s in the air behind it. if you've gotten really used to that pattern, some people getting alleged spoiled for december, finally about to change. change in beijing this morning, clear air, the red smog alert now lifted in the chinese capitol, strong winds helping to bring about relief. you can see the sky. schools are reopening, driving and pollution limits have now been lifted. solar panels have been popular in california for sometime but new changes mean it won't count in the state progress in renewable home energy, leaving some homeowners leaving left in the dark. >> we met j. marvin campbell on top of his roof.
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giving his solar panels a good rinse. >> these panels cover about 60% of our energy use. >> campbell and his wife mia live in culver city, california. they decided to go green 15 years ago. >> the utility, edison, you know, wedding something in the bill about you should look into solar panels and everything and how we would be doing a service, helping out, helping the grid, so we said yeah, let's do that, and we did, and it's been good for us. >> it's also been good for the 400,000 other californians who have embraced solar, lower utility costs, plus a feeling of pride helping the state reach its clean energy goals, a win-win all the way around. that was before this happened. >> today with great lakeshore and excitement, i sign this bill into law. thank you. >> in october, governor jerry brown signed an ambitious piece of legislation. it requires the state to
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generate half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, but rooftop solar panels don't count. >> it leaves out an important player, that is homeowners, farmers, schools and other businesses that want to be able to go solar, and right now, utilities in california are really threatened by their customers going solar, so really, what this is about, it's a power play between the you at this time and consumer. >> it's good for me, and if you did it would be good for you, it's just bat for edison. >> tonight, we'll tell you why solar panels are excluded from the mandate to go green. al jazeera. we're getting a new look at saturn's largest moon with a composite image released by nasa. they show the moon's surface instead of that hazy atmosphere we are usually see. the images show the same type of
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process as we see on earth. the nobel peace prize is officially being awarded this morning. >> this year's prize is truly a prize for peace awarded against a backdrop of unrest and war. the tunisian dialogue quartet was recognized for its efforts to build a democracy amid revolution and turmoil. when we come back, teens working tobacco fields. >> the health hazards they face and why some say the government is to blame. a new era in salt lake city. what the mayor who is openly gay wants to accomplish. these lucky pedestrians managed to escape that, a deluge of debris. sure, tv has evolved over the years.
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it's gotten squarer. brighter. bigger. it's gotten thinner. even curvier.
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but what's next? for all binge watchers. movie geeks. sports freaks. x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. tand that's what we're doings to chat xfinity.rself, we are challenging ourselves to improve every aspect of your experience. and this includes our commitment to being on time. every time. 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. >> dramatic video coming out of london this morning. look at that. the roof of a three story
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building collapses on to the busy street below. it happened over the weekend, but the security camera footage was just reds. the debris barely misses people walking by. >> the people that are almost directly affected get out of the way and right afterwards, it seems like people say that was interesting. >> the city council says that high winds caused that to hop. let's go to north carolina now, three couples challenging a law that allow officials to refuse to perform gay marriages. they can opt out of performing the marriages if they object on grounds of religion. the couples say they are violating the first amend and using taxpayer money to advance religious views. next month, the first openly gay mayor of salt lake city will take office. she's asking top city officials now to step down. al jazeera has more. >> if there was any indication
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that salt lake city is a liberal bastion in a conservative state, it's jacki. >> this his it, your new home away from home. >> my new digs. >> very good, it's getting late, you've got to get inside. >> she hustled into a city council meeting. >> what's on the agenda tonight we're talking the transition. >> she will become the first openly gay mayor in salt lake's history. >> it's a dream come true for me. i put this out there 10 years ago, and said this is something i really want to make sure i do. >> her political path did not come easy. she first won a seat in the state legislature in 1998, already out as a lesbian. >> officials i served with wouldn't look me in the eye when i got there or take my hand. it was really a different time. a lot of people were still in the closet.
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we had a lot of work to do. >> today, salt lake city's gay community's quickly exercising its political muscle. >> january 5 is my first full day in office. >> derrick kitchen won election as a city councilman. >> if you can win as an openly gay man or openly lesbian single mother in salt lake stay, utah, you can do it anywhere. kitchen sued to successfully overturn the same-sex marriage ban. >> if you control the narrative around sexual orientation and focus on issues that matter to people, the bread and butter issues, then i think you can overcome obstacles when it comes to your orientation. >> she has her own political battles brewing. weeks after winning election, she told all democratic heads as well as the outgoing mayor's office staff to hand in their resignations. critics called the move unprecedented, shocking, appalling.
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>> that's no way to begin one's they were as mayor, when you really depend on these people at the top in their democrats and even in your office, most of them for your success. >> the new mayor also takes office as the mormon church appears to be backing away from a trend toward more tolerance of the gay community. the church recently announced it would ban same sex couples and their young children from taking part in church rituals. >> there is no question i will just work with them at every turn possible, right, on issues, and really establish a relationship with them that they haven't had. >> please come talk to me. i want to have a chance to visit with you. >> she herself is not mormon but she is a single mom raising her adopted 6-year-old son, archy. >> and do the picture. >> she says he and his education remain her great evident priority, even with all the work
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ahead. she will be sworn into office january 4. al jazeera, salt lake city. a dengue fever vaccine approved. it affects millions around the world and there is no known cure. new calls for the u.s. and tobacco companies doing more to stop child labor in fields. the trend is more common in the u.s. than previously thought. as al jazeera reports, working on those farms is making many teenagers sick. >> the first time i worked at a tobacco farm, i was 12 years old. >> this 16-year-old keeps working in these fields to support her family, even though she often gets sick. >> sometimes when i get home, i feel headaches, my feet are soar, my whole body's soar as a
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matter of fact and i feel nauseous. >> human rights watch interviewed more than two dozen 16 and 17-year-olds hike her. nearlial reported nausea, vomiting, headaches and dizziness. >> my heart was pounding really, really, really fast and it was just terrible. a thousand throw ups and i had a headache and i just wanted to cry. i just wanted to go home, but i couldn't. >> these are symptoms of what's called green tobacco sickness or nicotine poisoning. even when it isn't inhaled, i had can be be a scoreboard through the skin. the c.d.c. said it rises when tobacco mixes with rain or sweat. the department of labor wrote in this report:
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>> many of the teens interviewed were also exposed to pesticides and post never got training to protect themselves. >> they talked about seeing tractors spray fields where they were working. many felt suddenly ill. >> the work is so hazardous, the group says, the federal government and tobacco companies should ban kids under 18 from jobs that put them in direct contact with tobacco. >> what would you say to a family whose children work in tobacco farming and that family release on that child's income to help it get by? >> we think tobacco companies and the j government have responsibilities to transition kids out of poe bako and find them appropriate alternative opportunities. >> human rights watch has already seen some progress. last year, the two largest tobacco companies in the u.s. announced they would ban the hiring of kids under 16 on tobacco farms. >> you're saying a 16-year-old is still vulnerable. >> even teenagers at 16 and 17
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look fully grown, but their brains are still developing. they are too young to walk into a store and buy a pack of cigarettes yet working long hours tending the tobacco that goes into those cigarettes. it's not right and it has to change. al jazeera. major league baseball urging teams to install more netting to protect fans, between the dugouts and the field level seats. the guidelines follow a season where several fans were injured because of foul balls. many say they will follow those recommendations. it applies to spring training at ballparks, as well. an amazing basketball shot from minnesota. oman oman threw a hail mary that went the full length of the court. with just. >> wow. [ laughter ] >> that's a shot. >> that's a shot. >> there's only 1.6 seconds on
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the clock, giving the team the three points it needed to win. the coach said he'd never seen anything like it. >> good safe bet he won't see it in another 30 years. that's almost on the line. >> the pentagon offers help to take back ramadi. >> canada welcomes the first syrian refugees today. we'll take a look at the different approach between canada and the united states in the approach. >> images matter. >> innovative filmmaker, spike lee - on his controversial new movie. >> the southwest side of chicago is a war zone. >> taking on the critics. >> and another thing... a lot of the people have not seen the film. >> and spurring change through his art. >> we want this film to save lives. >> i lived that character.
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>> we will be able to see change.
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>> the international community including our allies and partners have to step up before another attack. >> fighting isil, but congress said if the strategy is working, they can't see it. change at the top, despite promises to fix chicago's police department, protestors want the mayor to go. canada opening its doors to syrian refugees, the first wave of thousands expected there. a supreme court justice's question over race in a college
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admissions is fueling outrage nationwide. good morning, welcome to your world this morning. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. iraq is making progress in the fight to retake rimadi from isil but more than two dozen sole injured were killed in the battle today. >> an effort is now being questioned on capitol hill in washington. lawmakers are calling the strategy flawed. the pentagon saying it wants more sunni arab nations to join the fight. ash carter saying it has offered to help the iraqi government in the fight for rimadi. >> the united states is prepared to assess with additional unique capabilities to help them finish the job, including attack helicopters and accompanying advisers if circumstances dictate and if requested by
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prime minister abadi. >> imran kahn has the latest from erbil. >> the iraqi counter terrorism center announces they have taken key parts of rimadi city in the last 24 hours, firstly, they say they've taken to the largest neighborhood in the southwest. that's very important, it has key bridges which will take you into the center of rimadi where isil fighters are predominantly based. they've taken back the command center. they are very close to the center of the town, within isil shelling and mortar range. 12 were killed and 36 injured in the fight. if ray madi is willing to ask for more help in taking rimadi,
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the u.s. is willing to give help. i've been swelling to lawmakers and to iraqi citizens about what this might mean and they say well, prime minister abadi has asked for help already. airstrikes going on, u.s. helicopters supporting iraqi troops, they are getting the kind of help they need. they don't know where these comments have come from. it may will be this is intended for u.s. audience, trying to explain the u.s. role within the coalition to u.s. citizens themselves, particularly as the war against isil is ramping up. >> that is imran kahn on the ground in irbeal, iraq. mike lyons told us earlier on your world this morning that the foreign policy goals of some coalition members may be at odds with what the u.s. hopes to
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achieve. >> these sunni based countries are more concerned fighting against iran and making sure sunni's have a place inside iraq than they care about fighting isis. that's driving their foreign policy. they're not that interested -- >> that and also yemen, and getting assad out of power than fighting isil. >> that's right. they're concerned that what does iraq look like when this is all over? is it going to be dominated by iran, turkey for example having troops in the north, they're concerned about the future kurdistan, which is on the table, has to be talked about. that's the next war taking place there, this battle for this group, autonomy of kurdistan and turkey can't have that happen. >> iraq is now accusing turkey of putting ground troops in northern iraq, turkey, the turkish president told al jazeera this morning that they were invited to go in, so that's what kind of cluster we're looking at. is it wise for the u.s. to get
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more involved in the midst of these sectarian and regional rivalries that go back decades. >> we've got to accept the fact that there's not going to be this ground force that is going to take out isis for a while at least inside iraq. it doesn't make sense to get involved in these civil wars. >> lions said there need to be alternatives found to boots on the ground, including pressuring turkey. the funeral for one of the victims of the san bernardino shootings. she died last week when her coworker sayed farook and tashfeen malik opened fire at that office party. there is no information this morning with the couple that coward out those killings. investigators want to know if one of them was preparing attack years ago. >> well, of course the question that may neverren fully acknowledged to our satisfaction is how a pharmacist and county health inspector turned so
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violently against the u.s. the picture the director is describing here is something he called a different dimension of threat, homegrown terrorists inspired by foreign organizations, but who otherwise did everything else on their own. >> san bernardino involved two killers who were radicalized for quite a long time before their attack. >> f.b.i. director james comey said sayed farook and his wife tashfeen malik began talking about carrying out terror attacks months before. >> they were radicalized before they started courting or dating each other on line and on line as early as the end of 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and married and lived together in the united states. >> testifying before a senate judiciary committee hearing on capitol hill, director comey said the couple's radicalization began before the emergence of
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isil. farook left for a trip to saudi arabia in july 2014 where the two met face-to-face for the first time. they got engaged and traveled together to the u.s., and were married in august, 2014. comey said he can't say if the relationship was arranged by a group as part of a plot to carry out attacks in the u.s. but agrees with lawmakers that such a scenario would be a game-chainer. >> it would be a very very important thing to know. >> malik pledged allegiance to isil on facebook just before the shootings. the f.b.i. found no direct link between the couple and isil or any other terror group. >> we're also working very hard to understand whether there was anybody else involved with assisting them, supporting them, with equipping them. >> that includes farook's relative my apparently and former neighbor marquez. marquez and farook had planned an attack on the u.s. as far
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back at 2012. it's not clear why the two never went forward with the plot. marquez checked himself into a mental facility after the shootings and hasn't been charged with my i'm and is not a suspect in last week's terror attack, but investigators have conducted extensive interviews with marquez trying to determine if he sold or gave the couple the weapons that used in the shootings. there are reports authorities may bring gun charges against marquez and that if a room may have asked marquez to buy the rivals so his name wouldn't be connected to the weapons. >> the fib is looking into a $28,500 loan that farook took out before the attacks. investigators reportedly do not believe that it came from either an individual or a group that was funding the attack, but certainly looks like a sign of the couple makes preparations for their attack.
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a group of sir yes or no refugees is arriving in toronto, the first to move to canada. a military aircraft is expended this evening carrying 150 people who were living in refugee camps in jordan. the canadian government plans to resettle 25,000 syrian refugees by the end of february. al jazeera's robert ray is live at toronto's pearson international airport waiting for those arrivals. good morning. what do we know about these refugees and how the canadian government is preparing to resettle so many refugees in just a few months? >> good morning, stephanie. you know, it seems the canadian government is quite prepared and welcoming of the syrian refugees that will land we're told at 9:15 p.m. eastern tonight. at the airport here, the international airport in toronto, they have their own terminal in the infield of the older section of this airport
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set up specifically for the processing of the syrian refugees. there's even a place, a kid's area for kids to go and play while the parents sit in cubicles and are interviewed and ask security questions as to, you know, their background and why they chose canada to come in tonight, so they're quite prepared and ready for this influx of refugees, which they have say 10,000 of them will be here by the end of december. the interior or immigration minister spoke yesterday to the press. let's listen to what he had to say. >> as of now, we have 11,932 applications in process. we have 1,451 permanent resident visas issued, and interestingly in both beirut and amman, jordan, we are processing people
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at the rate of 400 per day, so that's 800 per day if you combine the two countries. >> they expect up to 25,000 syrian refugees by the end of february, an incredible amount of people canada is welcoming from places like jordan and lebanon, refugees from syria and iraq, many of them who had been in resettlement facilities in both lebanon and jordan. >> we know that many of them are families with young children that we've been seeing in the video here, robert. what's been the public reaction to the government rolling out the welcoming mat to so many refugees? >> well, that's a great question, and it's very interesting, because if you look at canada and the u.s., there are stark differences between the welcoming of syrian refugees. a recent poll up here in canada showed that 65% of the public here is ready for it and
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welcomes the syrian refugees. you compare that to the neighbor to the south, the united states, just 28%, according to a bloomberg poll back in november welcomed the syrian refugees, so quite the difference. you know, canada has always been welcome to refugees over the years, they have a very open policy, it's just a bit of a different place, a different attitude right now up here in canada, but they are ready and it seems like they have got all the different steps to take care of these people and these families coming in, and we should note that after the sir you know refugees tonight are processed, they'll head to a hotel in the area where then they'll decide, officials will decide as to what community they'll be placed into, over 60 communities here in the ontario area. >> we look forward to your updates, robert ray in toronto, thanks. later today, 21 syrian refugees will arrive at their
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new homes in texas. it comes after a federal judge blocked that state's latest attempts to stop families from resettling in houston. texas is one of more than two dozen states opposed to taking any refugees that are fleeing the war in the middle east. they argue there could be isil operatives among those migrants. germany's government will issue special i.d. cards to asylum seekers linked to a centralized data system in an attempt to keep track of everyone entering the country and improve the back logged asylum process. most fleeing the war in syria have entered germany this year alone. donald trump changed his mind about visiting israel for now. in a tweet posted about an hour ago, he announced i have decided to postpone my trip to israel and schedule my meeting with benjamin netanyahu at a later date, after i become president of the u.s. the israeli prime minister had been urgedding to cancel the december 28 meeting after trump
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called for keeping muslims from the u.s. and after controversial comments to a jewish group. the head of afghanistan's intelligence service resigned in the wake of an attack in the airport in kandahar. he was complaining that president ashraf ghani was taking the wrong approach fighting the taliban. as we report, investigators now want to know how they got into what is supposed to be one of the country's most secure places. >> they decided that they'll launch an investigation. the kandahar air field, the largest military base in the south, home to afghan forces and 2,000 nato forces is a very secure air field, a number of checkpoints just to get in if you're taking a commercial flight, even tight are on the military sides. afghan authors are looking into how attackers not only got in, but with so many weapons that fighting went on for more than
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24 hours tuesday night into wednesday. among those, 70 dead are women and children because the area where the taliban were fighting is home to families of military officers and retired military officers and to give you an idea of how close the taliban got, the bodyguard of the of a fan core commander was one of those killed. it was quite fierce fighting that went on. there was a hostage situation at one point. we've seen the afghan army displaying the weapons that they captured from the taliban, but a very serious attack on that air base. >> jennifer glasse reporting from kabul. the attack happened hours after afghan president afghan arrived for peace talks. a state of security in washington state where days of heavy rain led to landslides an flooding. this is near seattle where emergency crews are cleaning up a land slide.
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several rivers remain under flood warn ins, multiple highways are closed. it is similar in oregon where at least one has died. some of the most severe flooding is near portland. >> what's fascinating about that is all of the storm systems we are sees are pushing east, bringing a lot of rain with them, as well. >> so far, it's been the northern tier of the country and we have had lesser months of rain. this next one is making it across the country with heavy rains and storms. more of this is getting into northern parts of california, so we're going to have to monitor that area, as well. we have had little breaks, you can see that earlier in the frame, a little break in between storms, but this next one is in, there's another behind that, so the breaks have been pretty brief and sad rated. this has been going on for at least a week at this point. the ground is saturated. this next system is colder, so more areas will see snow out of this than we've seen in the
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previous rounds, especially like the sierra, highest elevations. that's why we have the winter storm warnings in effect. could see the very northern parts, up to two feet widespread through the region higher elevations, at least a foot with all this. you can see flood advisories, coastal flooding with winds welling up the water to river floodings, as well. interior, more of the winter storm advisories and warnings, even areas of high wind. this is a potent storm system moving its way across the country this next one but even behind that you can see something on our doorstep. i've looked ahead the next few days. even though the chance for rain aren't as heavy, we are definitely still going to be under this and because we are saturated even if it's an additional inch or two, it's going to still cause problems. chicago's mayor saying he will be transparent over fixing that city's police department.
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>> protestors aren't convinced what needs to be done to bring change to chicago. the accused planned parenthood gunman speaking up in court. we'll tell you what he had to say about the shooting.
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>> chicago police promises to explain to do how the department intends to find a new superintendent. >> mayor manual called for far reaching reforms. it was still not enough for protestors who want the mayor and top prosecutor to resign. while protestors were on the
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street, the mayor explained what he had done wrong. >> i should have given voice to the public's growing suspicion, distrust and anger. >> rahm emanuel said he should have done mortar change policies that tie his hands on how he is allowed to respond to police shootings, specifically that police videos can't be released while an investigation is on going. >> i own it. i take responsibility for what happened, because it happened on my watch. >> earlier in a rare address to the chicago city council, rahm emanuel gave a slow angry burn of a speech saying the city residents deserve action and answers and will get both. he said restoring broken trust will take a long time. at times, everyone in the room could hear the protests happening right outside council chambers, but emmanuel was tough on the police department, too, promising to end the code of silence among officers. >> police are not protecting the
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city of chicago when they see something and then say nothing. >> he got emotional when talking about policing in black neighborhoods, how those residents often aren't getting the respect from police they deserve. >> that has to change in this city. that has to come to an end and end be now. no citizen is a second class citizen in the city of chicago. >> still, protestors were not impressed. >> that sounds like he had a great speech writer. that's what that sounds like. i don't believe a word that he says. >> this should have happened years and years and years ago. you can't say you got to get the apple off the tree. you can't get him out the barrel, the barrel is spoiled. >> this controversy blew up with the release of a video shooing a police officer shooting a black teenager dead. it took a year for the release
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of the tape and the officer to be charged with murder. all the officer's sworn accounts of the shooting that night seem to contradict what was on the video. with the release of more police videos looming, there are likely more protests ahead. al jazeera, chicago. >> corey brooks is pastor and founder of new beginnings church in chicago, live there this morning. pastor, thanks for being with us. chicago has had its problems with its police department for years. why rahm emanuel and why now? >> we've had the problems for years, but he is the mayor, and there's a lot of discussion about whether there was a coverup as it receipts to the laquan mcdonald video. there have been ongoing problems with the chicago police department and a lot of people are very upset bit and we want something done about it. it's his time, his responsibility, and he's right, he does need to fix it. >> pastor, ok, you get rid of
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rahm emanuel, the police superintendent is gone, fired by rahm emanuel last week. this leaves behind a crack couple, the next person comes in, announces a blue ribbon panel. that takes months. does chicago have that much time? >> yes, we do. it's about accountability, transparency. when you decide to be in leadership with that responsibility of leadership becomes transparency, and we cannot afford to have people in those type of positions who are not being accountable to the public and not being answer parent with the public. if you assume the role of the leader of the city, then you have to assume the accountability that goes with it. >> do you think that mayor manual just did not release the tape because he was trying to protect his political hide with that election? >> you know, they're calling for a department of justice to investigate the chicago police department, but we also believe
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there needs to be an investigation at the mayor's office, that because there are a lot of people who feel like there was a coverup, that this video did not come out because there was an election and it could have very well swayed the outcome that have election. because of that, if he wants to be transparent, if he wants to be forgiven, if he wants us to believe and trust him again, why not allow an investigation into the mayor's office so all of us can now whether this was hidden or whether he's right, that he did not see the video and put it out in a timely fashion. we never will know the truth unless there's an independent investigation of that. >> this is a man who was once the chief of stamp for the president of united states. you're asking the justice department to come in. are you confident that the justice department will be transparent? >> well, i think there should be an independent prosecutor or independent investigation outside of the department of justice. i think they're good for chicago p.d., but i think when you're talking about the mayor's office
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and the ramifications with it, i think there ought to be an independent prosecutor or independent investigators, someone needs to come in outside of those agencies and look at what's going on in the city of chicago from the mayor's office. >> pastor corey brooks, the founder of the new beginnings church, pastor, change very much. >> thank you, i appreciate it, thank you. the man accused of killing three people at a planned parenthood clinic in colorado springs says he is guilty. robert dear was in court wednesday and interrupted the prosecutor laying out the murder charges against him. >> kill the babies, that's what planned parenthood does. >> we need to protect the constitutionality of these probation. >> protect babies. >> protect beaks is what he says. he had nearly 20 outbursts during the hearing. his hear said he had serious concerns about his client's competence. taking the stand in his own
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defense. >> a baltimore officer accused in the killing of freddie gray testifies what he says happened in the back of a police van. supreme court justice anton scalia questions affirmative attacks. why he says it may not help black students who get into top colleges.
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>> i felt like i was just nothin'. >> for this young girl, times were hard. >> doris' years in a racist, impoverished setting had a major impact. >> but with looks, charm... >> i just wanted to take care of my mom. >> and no remorse... >> she giggles every time she steps into the revolving door of justice. >> she became legendary. >> the finer the store, the bigger the challenge.
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>> welcome back. time to take a look at today's top stories. 27 iraqi soldiers have been killed today in the government efforts to push isil from rimadi. the battle has been the subject of intense debate on capitol hill. the pentagon wants more sunni nations to join the coalition. a group of 150 syrian refugees is arriving in toronto today, the first group to move to canada as part of the new resettlement pushes, coming in from camps in lebanon and jordan. one person is dead in storms slamming the pacific northwest, heavy rains have been falling for almost a week in places like portland. storms creating mudslides and sink holes, highways had to be closed, many roads still
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completely flooded over. a baltimore police officer has taken the stand in his own defense in the trial against the killing of freddie gray. >> every said he didn't do all he could to keep gray alive. john henry smith has more. >> 26-year-old william porter was on the stand for four hours. he told jurors he never thought freddie gray was injured, insisting he seemed alert during a 45 minute ride in a police van on april 12. the ride ended with gray having suffered a spine injury that would prove fatal. [ screaming ] >> prosecutors pressed porter on what he did that day, why gray was not seatbelted in and why the officer never called for a medic. porter said he felt he and gray had mutual respect and was upset over his death. while seatbelts on that prisoners is department policy, officer porter testified he never saw one used on the job or during weeks of training in the police academy, and porter
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testified that he relayed gray's request for a doctor to the driver of the van, officer good son during a series of four stops that day. no medical attention was sought until the final stop when porter said he found gray unresponsive. grape's death sparked violent protests in baltimore and with the defense presenting its case, the jury could get to weigh in soon. baltimore's mayor is urging residents to stay calm once a verdict is announced. >> we have to respect their opinion. we don't have to agree with it at all. that's not what this is about, but this is about respecting the process and respecting our city. >> at one point, the prosecutor asked if there was a stop snitching culture among police and whether that's why he hadn't initially reported the name of the officer who place gray in the police van. porter said he was offended by the question and that he never hid information from anyone. >> after he left the stand,
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another with the testified who seemed to back up officer porter. >> that would be the forensic pathologist, and he testified for the defense that he believes gray suffered his spine injury at some point between the police van's fifth and sixth stops. that would back up officer porters assertion that gray was not fatally injured when he asked for medical attention at that four order stop. >> that gives you insight into what would happen in the following trials. baltimore is just one of the cities addressing just how often its police force operates. in washington state, the justice democratic has been working with the seattle police department for three years. al jazeera is in seattle with more. >> hey! hey! put the knife down! >> august, 2010 was the last straw. >> put the knife down! n gunfire ] >> native american wood carver john williams walking with a knife in his hand shot and killed by a seattle officer. the naacp and dozens are
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community groups reach out for help. >> things in the community happening with the police department was out of control. the prosecutor's office decided to not file any charges and we knew that seattle king county police democratic was out of control. >> they asked the justice department to investigate and the if he said found a pattern of biased policing and improper use of force. two years later, threatened with a civil rights lawsuit, the city agreed to federal oversight and a federally oh pointed monitor institute changes in policies. new chief catherine o'toole spoke to us after her hiring. >> the more we can work clap are actively, the better to make this a much more effective police organization. >> police departments in the cities often have been addition
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functional. >> chairing the commission to serve with the connection to the community during the reform process, the intervening years have hardly been peaches and cream as she puts it. a group of officers filed a lawsuit claiming the new federal guidelines put their lives at risk. this was thrown out of court. >> your golf club. >> what about it? >> can you please set it down? >> there have been controversial high profile arrests and repeated anti police protests. lopez sees progress but slow progress. >> because it's not just about the seattle police department or any police department. it is about the community it impacts and that there is trust in both, both ways. i think that's the best way to have the most significant meaningful reform. >> is meaningful reform taking place? >> that depends who you ask. >> dave cromen has followed the process for seattle website cross cut. >> seattle has had its major bumps in the process but is still on a national level being celebrate as an example for
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other cities. >> is that appropriate? >> i think it might be actually a little too early to say. the department which justice is still here. this thing is not over. >> many involved give chief o'toole credit for helping push reform and many say federal involvement has police, government and community groups connecting in ways they never did before. more officers are wearing cameras, more of that video is available to the public. the federal monitor has been generally positive about spd progress. >> let's go. >> the naacp has a different take. >> well, my recommendation to the people of chicago, don't get your hopes up. obviously d.o.j. comes in by the time they finish whatever they are here to do, it could be five years later and you still see no results. >> full d.o.j. assessment about the way seattle police are operating now could take another year. al jazeera, seattle. there is anger this morning over something a supreme court justice said during wednesday's arguments hearing the case of a
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white student who claimed she was denied entry to the university of texas because of race. justice anton scalia saying the program is flawed, saying: >> britney cooper is an assistant professor at rut doors university and writes about race relations. she joins us via skype. first your reaction to what justice scalia had to say. >> scalia continues to have abhorrent race politics. he's really at the center of an activist court that is deeply committed to dismantling every major racial justice program that we legally achieved in the 20th century, and so this blatant attack on affirmative action is one more example of the way the court is attempting to take african-american citizens back in the mid 20t
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20th century. >> some suggest that the words of justice scalia are racist and that being said, do you believe that justice an anton scalia is prejudiced? >> he engages in the rhetoric often and i certainly think that the kinds of ruling that he puts fort on the court have a racially disparate and harmful impact on african-american people. i do think that we have to begin to think about racism less in terms of the in tent or individual symptoms of a person and more of when those people have power, the racial impact of the kinds of policy that is they put forward or in this case, the kinds of judicial decisions that they make and what those things mean for us at the policy level. >> i was curious in reading your bio that you attended howard university, thurgood marshall of course being a howard university graduate, replaced by clarence tomas.
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what do you think thurgood marshall would be saying and do you believe clarence tomas would say something? >> he's absolutely a part of this attempt to dismantle affirmative action policies. somewhere thurgood marshall is turning over his grave. the comments that justice scalia made that insinuate that historically black colleges and universities are slower institutions really suggest that he has no knowledge of history, so these schools have a history of producing more skype activities, p.h.d.'s, more engineers, more professor, because historically they have been the institution that african-american students could actually attended, particularly when they could not attend white institutions. it's also important to say that i went to howard university because i got a full scholarship there, that scholarship was actually part of the national merit scholarship program and that program had an affirmative
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action component in the 1990's when i was taking the test that helped top achieving african-american students who did incredibly well on the psat's. it made us have itable to all kinds of colleges and universities and i chose howard over what others would consider better white colleges and universities. >> i wanted to show you this quote, this is the actual words that he said, i'm not impressed the university of texas may have fewer black students. maybe it ought to have fewer. is there any truth in your opinion to what he is arguing? >> absolutely not. abigail fisher did not get into the university of texas because she did not have the grades. there were others who had higher grades than they are and better test scores than her who also didn't get into the university of texas that were black and latino. there is no issue of fairly active action.
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this case shouldn't even be ahead of the court. i don't care that justice squall i can't is not impressed. he has white male privilege and doesn't have to be impressed with the disparate racism. i am not impressed with his failure to uphold the most fundamental rights in this country of all people who are qualified to attend a good institution of higher education. black students certainly deserve that right and we really should stop curtailing this push among white students to try to take away that right because of these trumped up ideas because of affirmative action. >> thank you very much for being with us. >> thanks for having me. president obama plans to sign a sweeping no education law today to take the place of no child left behind, president george w. bush's signature initiative. mike viqueira tells us the rewrite gives states more say on education standards.
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>> the yeas 85, the nays 12. >> it's a major makeover that almost everyone loves to hate. democrats joined hands with republicans to make it happen. >> this is the biggest rewrite of our education laws in 25 years. >> championed by president george w. bush, no child left behind was a high watermark in federal oversight in federal oversight in education. >> it's a piece of legislation which believes in setting high standards and using accountability to make sure every single child gets a good education. >> from the start, the law was a magnet for complaints from teachers and parents, and a symbol of federal overreach into policies many believe are best set by the states, but congress struggled for years on a rewrite until now. >> we have an opportunity today to reverse the trend of the last several years toward a national school board. we have an opportunity to make clear that the future, the path to higher standards, better teaching and real accountability
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will be through states, communities and classrooms and not through washington, d.c. >> the new law keeps federally required testing in grades three through eight and once in high school but the states now get more say in evaluating schools and teachers. other measures, not just test scores would be considered, such as graduation rates and school conditions. >> the law over emphasized testing and how oftentimes, those tests are redundant or unnecessary. >> states will come up with their own plans to reform underperforming schools. more money will be sent to states to send children to preschool and common core, the education initiative hated by conservatives is now obsolete. it is welcome news by teacher groups who say the fight against overtesting now moves to the states. >> i am worried that there will be some states that think that
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test and sanction was a good thing to do. that would be wrong for kids. we need to stop that. we need to start focusing on how we get to the unique needs of children. >> 13 years after no child left behind was passed, now a greater role for the states in schools. mike viqueira, al jazeera, washington. >> there's some weather hitting the west coasts to the least and that could mean changes for much of the country. let's bring in nicole mitchell for more. >> while the west coast has really been getting it the last week, a lot of the rest of the country has been relatively quiet, nothing really significant. this next round is going to move its way more across the country, causessing widespread impacts. in fact, you can see behind this, this cumulus, we call that cold weather cue coming behind the system and is indication of colder air. that is one change we will see. we've seen a little disturbance, round after round of disturbance. the one moving through the midwest now has brought temperatures. billings today, 42.
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yesterday was 65, just a couple of degrees away from a record 30 degrees above average, but still 42, a 20-degree drop is still 10 degrees above 35, the normal temperature this time of year. it's all relative, we've been that warm. the temperatures are going to change. we've already seen that. we'll go from little bands of rain to something much more widespread. as this pulse into the midwest, we're concerned about getting into this weekend, the moisture wells up, we could see stronger storms in places like texas, or louisiana, so timely, a pattern shift for the rest have the country. >> 48 hours if you're on the east coast to get those holiday decorations up. i think of cloudy with a chance of meatballs. down to the wire in paris where negotiators have one day left for an agreement combating climate change. people worked through the night to finalize the deal.
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this morning, the president of of the conference said there are still many difficulties to work out, but there is optimism that the strongest climate agreement ever is within reach. >> i hope that we'll be able to finish tomorrow. >> nick clark is live in paris. we've enjoyed watching your reporting there in paris. going into this, there was optimism is specially because the u.s. and china had reached an important deal. is that optimism sometime the feel where you are? >> well let me give you a little time line. yesterday we had the release of the latest in carnation of the draft text, which is 29 pages long, saturday was 59, so they are making progress. now we have rumors that the latest in carnation of the draft
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text electric produced after negotiators and politicians and delegates have been working through the night to iron out all those differences, bracketed agreements that were in the text before. it is suggest that had by no means confirmed that this latest text could be close to the final one that that previous ones and that all the n.g.o. teams here need to have. you can see hudles of n.g.o.'s here discussing this possibility, because it is very early if that happens. this is to be concluded friday night, which is a big ask. usually these things go on that for hours, possibly days. between now and then if this is informally agreed, they've got it translated into myriad of lanes, there's not much time enough between now and 6:00 friday night. i'll be astounded if the gavel
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does come down at that time. >> are there technicalities left or major stiring points, nick? >> what they did with the release of the text yesterday was to really just get rid of the minutiae and hone in on the main agreements. for a long time, we've talked the threshold of two degrees c. above which temperatures should not rise above preindustrial levels. states had been pushing for that to be changed to 1.5, because scientists say that is a more realistic target. within the latest version of the text which we saw yesterday and we'll see what happens in a half hour or so with the new one, there were three options, one was to keep it to two degrees c., the second was two degrees c., scaling up to 1.5 and the third one was 1.5 degrees c.,
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these options are the things they are ironing out. we'll see in the coming hours where we are at. >> some scientists say that two-degree celsius number is somewhat arbitrary anyway. we're going to point out security flaw in very sensitive equipment. >> the device that you're about to be hooked up to in a hospital more than likely has not gone through any kind of cyber security review at all. >> life saving equipment being threatened.
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♪ >> that was madonna holding a surprise street performance overnight in paris. >> a huge memorial has grown to remember victims in the paris attacks. she was singing with her son and her guitarist. >> a warning over medical devices and equipment in hospitals at america's tonight's lisa fletcher discovered, patients could be at risk. >> it's a sound familiar to anyone who's ever walked a hospital holloway, the infusion pumps, life saving devices that deliver antibiotics, morphine, chemotherapy and nutrients. in this age of terror threats and cyber attacks what you don't know about those devices and
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dozen was other medical devices will shock you. >> every gaming console that you can buy at the toy store, the nintendo wii, the x box have gone through cyber security reviews. the device you're about ting hooked up in a hospital more than likely has not gone through any review at all. >> you're telling me a sony play station has more cyber security review than a morphine infusion pump. >> certainly. the nintendo wii has better security than those medical devices we've seen. >> what kind of equipment are we talking about and how do they do it? >> it's really across the board, ventilators, m.r.i.s, c.t.'s, x-rays, baby incubators, infusion pump that is deliver life saving medicine and nutrition. our expect says almost any device on a hospital's network
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can be hacked. company your point with question of how, he discovered hundreds and suspects there are probably thousands or tens of thousands of back door pass words, hard coded passwords that the manufactures know and technicians know and associated with all this equipment on the wi-fi of the hospital. the hospital can't change those pass words, so they're out there, lots of people have them and it's as simple as getting on your laptop, putting in this hard coded password and manipulating the ski vice, they can control the dosage of radiation coming out of an m.r.i. our expect demonstrated how you can do a lethal dump out of an infusion pump from 10,000 miles away, set it back to its original settings and no one would ever be the wiser. >> is that is startling and disturbing. i know in your report, you're going to get more into it. thank you for joining us. you can see more of her reporting tonight at
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9:30 eastern. >> one word, wow. abandoned and alone at the airport. >> what officials in malaysia are doing to try to find the owners of these jumbo jets.
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>> these are live images out of chicago, protestors it appears to be with the black lives martyr movement, a protest in the windy city involving the shooting death of laquan mcdonald. many want the mayor to step
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down. >> obviously they were playing dead. there is a mystery at the airport in kuala lampur. 3747's abandoned. there's an intense search for whoever owns those jets. >> the three abandoned planes have been inviting on the tarmac of the international airport for more than a year now. requests to the last known owner to remove the planes have been ignored. malaysia airport has placed advertisements in the local papers saying it reserves the right to sell the planes if no one comes forward within 14 details of the notice to claim the planes. this is part of a debt recovery process. the proceeds from the sale of the planes can be used to set off debt owed to the airport. it declines to however how much is owed to the airport in parking fees and other charges, but the plane's may not fetch
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much. the bowing 747's from the 200f. line, a model that's been out of production since 1991. a big honor from a group for tunisia, officially awarded the nobel peace prize. >> this year's prize is truly a prize for peace awarded against a backdrop of unrest and war. >> the tunisian national dialogue quartet receiving the prize, the committee recognized for efforts to build democracy amid revolution and turmoil in tunisia. >> that's it for us here. >> coming up next from doha, the latest on the fight to push isil out of rimadi in iraq. dozens of security forces died today in that fight. your word this morning is back tomorrow beginning at 7:00 a.m. eastern.
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>> argentina's outgoing president stays away from the inauguration of her successor, getting underway right now. welcome to al jazeera from doha. iraq suffers more losses in ramadi as the u.s. says it's ready to help retaking the is it i from isil. in alaska in the northwest corner of the united states, on the f


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