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♪ trading halted. chain easy stocks plunge once against triggering the second market shutdown in a week. >> i was publiraped while at saint george's as a freshman in 1978. >> allegations of abuse at a prestigious prep school some say dates back deck it's a. >> an ongoing gas leak prompted state of emergency in california. fleischer. worldwide worries this morning as investor panic grips china again. stopping trading after markets nose-dived for a second time in
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a week. >> this morning, stock futures in this country pointing towards a big sell-off here when the markets open. >> china's 7% sell-off wiped off value in just 15 minutes. analysts say investors are reacting to the chinese government devaluing the un and what it signals that the economy may be doing worse than expected. chinese markets have lost nearly a quarter of their value. more from beijing. >> the new year really has got off to a bang on china's jittery stock markets. trading was halted twice on monday. on thursday, the same thing happened again. the first session lasted just 12 minutes before the index dropped by 5%. that was enough to halt trading for 15 minutes. trading then resumed. the market then dropped by 7%
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after just three minutes. so on thursday, just 15 minutes of trading was possible. why is this happening? china, currency, the yuon is continuing to weaken. >> that's further confirmation the world's second largest economy is continuing to slow. also on thursday came reports that the head of one of the country's biggest security changes was under arrest for corruption and insider trading. but all eyes will be on the market on friday because this is when china's government is planning to end the restrictions on selling shares. this restriction came in to force during the market turmoil in august. this could lead to a lot of cheap stock coming on to the market putting down prices even further. the government has said it plans to limit the scale of these thesell-off but hasn't specified how. >> that's feeding in to the market uncertainty. >> adrian brown report from beijing. the sell off echoed in tokyo, fell 2 and a half percent. hong it kong stocks were dragged
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lower. were the index losing 3%. in dubai, the stock index fell more than three%. >> stephanie, that nuclear test in north korea is among the things that are rattling investors this morning. south korea says it is planning its retaliation, resuming the cross border propaganda broadcasts. so also beginning talks with washington that could lead to the deployment of u.s. warplanes or sub marines in the area. north core e al claims it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, something the u.s. says is unlikely. >> it is not consistent with north korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test. there is nothing that has occurred that has caused the united states government to change our assessment of north korea's technical and military cape able capabiliti capabilities. >> u.n. security council condemning those tests, verifying what type of bomb went off could take days, even weeks.
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a rescue operation is underway cities hour to save miners trapped 900 feet underground. seventeen men stuck in an elevator in lansing, new york outside of ithaca. officials saying no one is injured. the mineers, they say aren't in danger. they have been trapped for nearly nine hours. not clear what caused the malfunction. >> the texas state trooper who arrested sandra bland after a traffic stop will soon be out of a job. the texas department of public safety said it will fire him after he was indicted for perjury. ted claimed in an affidavit that he had bland leave her car as part of his investigation b, but video showed an increasingly tension exchange between the two with encina threatening to shoot bland if she did not get out of the car. bland was found dead in her jail cell. three days later, her death was ruled a suicide. a baltimore police officer, william porter will have to testify in the trials of two colleagues in the death of freddie gray. that's the ruling of a circuit court judge.
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porter's trial ended in a mistrial last month. the trial for officer caesar goodson, facing the most serious charges of the six officers in the chase starts monday. a sheriff says he is hoping for a peaceful resolution. ays alan schafr is warning protest orders they should expect criminal charges. >> another freezing cold night here at southeastern oregon but there were some very heated emotions on display at a community meeting that had been called by the harnie county sheriff. 500 people or more packing a small gathering hall on the grounds of the harnie county fairgrounds and speaking their peace talking about the situation at the wildlife refuge 20 miles south of here which has been taken over by a group of anti-government protesters. the basic message coming out of this meeting: thank you. goodbye.
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major people expressing thanks to the group that took over the refuge headquarters for bringing to light the issues of land use manage and problems dealing with the federal government's regulation in a ranching and farming community. but at the same time, the message is also an unmistakable we'll take it from here. we appreciate what you have done but it's time for you to go. it was sheriff dave ward who set the tone for this meeting. >> i don't believe that just a hammond handful of people have the right to come until from outside of our area and tell us that we don't know how to live our lives because this counts e has been living their lives the right way since this state began. >> reporter: how this all is going to impact the situation out at the refuge where these people are still hoed up right now is just hard to say. they said in the past, they are willing to stay for months or even years, and they haven't backed down much from that. alan schauffer, burns, oregon.
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>> several bro pate jumps in alabama say they will ignore the state chief justice's order to not issue same sex marriage licenses. justice moore said it is in effect despite at a time sfrort ruling making same-sex maejz legal. requiring alabama specifically to sxlie. in his order, moore said there are too many questions about how to apply the high court's ruling. this morning, a bill undoing the affordable care act is making its way to president obama's desk where it awaits certain details. it passed the republican controlled house on wednesday. as al jazeera's libby casey reports, the g.o.p. hopes to use the veto to send a message to voters. >> ayes 240, nays 181. the motion is adopted. >> more than 60 republican attempts to roll back the president's signature healthcare law, but this one is different. >> this is the first time if
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five years we will finally, put a bill on the president's desk that defunds obamacare. for years, senate democrats have been blocking and filibustering these bills. >> reporter: republicans finally, able to get the senate on board in a vote last month using reconciliation, a process that only nealed a simple majority to pass. despite at veto threat from the white house, republicans are still declaring a political win trying to focus on g.o.p. priorities in 2016. >> we are standing for life. we are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth. obamacare doesn't work. >> it's her judge, not their judge. >> the democrats say the fight over planned parenthood is one they can win in congress and in public opinion. >> every woman in america should just think of herself, her own decisions, and how they want to put themselves between that
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woman, her family, her doctor, her faith, her god, in decisions about family planning. this is a very personal assault. >> a battle over planned parenthood has been brewing for months after videos made by a group claimed to show officials profiting from fetal tissue t no taxpayer dolla dollars pay for planned parenthood. the fight over abortions and healthcare has et up the presidential race. >> i don't support giving planned parenthood $500 million of the federal government money. >> i will defend the affordable care act which the republicans are trying to repeal but they never tell you what they will pulled in its place. both sides say this fight is far from over. who preciles will agained upon which party wins the white house in november. libby casey, al jazeera,
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washington. >> we are following breaking news out of paris right now. french police are inc. investigating what they are calling a possible case of terrorism. these are live pictures that you are looking at, and you can see security forces being what appear to be a cordon there. officials say an armed man was shot to dead by officers in a northern part of the city. the man was reportedly wearing wires extending from his clothing and an explosive squad is on site. well, of course, continue to follow this story and we will bring you more details as we get this them. >> the company that was going to build the keystone exxon pipeline is suing the obama corporation. trans canada is asking for $15,000,000,000 in damages. he says the white house decision was arbitrary shoeing through nafta's challenge process. a state of emergency has been in porter ranch involving a
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major gas leak at a storage depot. it was discovered last october but the local gas company hasn't been able to put it out. al jazeera's jennifer london has the details. >> reporter: this is what an environmental disaster looks like: a massive natural gas leak spewing methane into the air since late october captured by infrared cameras. downwind of the leak: 30,000 people living in the upscale bedroom community of porter ranch, 28 miles north of downtown los angeles. >> it's impossible to go outside. we have to close all of the doors, all of the windows. >> first came the smell. >> i thought i left the barbecue on. so, i ran over to the barbecue. >> sam and netta say in the beginning, the stench was annoying, then irritating, then sickening? >> our 3-year-old, bella, she has had three sinus infections in the last 2 and a half months. our 10-year-old daughter is continue wutsly coughing, lia.
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she has very bad my glainz. >> the leak is come from a blown well at the natural gas storage facility owned by socal gas company. first detected on october 23rd the leak has continued to release methane for the past 10 weeks. l.a. city council member is also trying to get answers. porter ranch is in his district. >> how does something like this happen? today's environment? in today's environment where we have technology that we can monitor these kind of situations, why does something like this go so unchecked for so long. why are the regulatory teeth not there? >> are you able to get answers to these questions? >> no. i am not. >> the gas company says it is working as fast as possible to stop the leaks but with no safety shut-off valve, drilling a relief well is the only option. >> will take months. residence say they need help now. >> why is it taking so long to relocate people? >> yeah. we understand, and we are
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sympathetic with the customers. we don't want anybody to have to stay in their home any longer than they want to. >> reporter: but you have peek stuck in their homes, in essence. why aren't they being relocated? >> we are working through the backlog. what we acknowledge is that this is a nuisance for tower customers. >> is a nuisance the right word? i mean when you've got people that have to be moved out of their homes because they are getting sick and schools are being closed down, is it just a nuisance? >> in terms of the impact on health, we understand that certain people are more susceptible to the impacts of the odorants that are in the gas. we understand that. >> the city of. >> will l.a. has filed suit against the handling of the leak and declared a state of emergency. the governor's state of emergency declaration makes it easier for dealing with the impact on the community.
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it makes for meyers to strengthen oversight and regulation of gas operators throughout the state. >> this thing has gone on far too long. the governor, himself, is frustrated with the blow process. >> the state items al jazeera it's launching an investigation into the cause of the leak and the gas company's response. but for thousands of families, that does little to help them breathe easier as methane gas continues to escape into the air above their homes. jennifer london, al jazeera, porter ranch, california. staying with southern california, there is more rain in the forecast there. the area has been hit hard by heavy rains and winds causing down trees, road closurs and car accidents. ranges are causing mudslides like this one threatening this house the slide started wednesday when and the residents for they are going to go have to evacuate school. wildfires wiped out education making mudslides like this one more likely. >> talk to people in the midwest. they will tell you that rain
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system now causing flooding concerns where they are. wait a couple of days. >> we have been talking in california how is this system of storms. so even though california and parts of the southwest are dealing with one system, that's actually the second system. the first system is now pulling into the mid section of the country. i will have more on the west coast coming up. let's take a closer look at this. anything from snow in the northern tier, places like north dakota, minnesota, wisconsin, through rain through the southern edge of this. this is troublesome because over the next couple of days, even though it's not a lot of rain, at most, maybe 1 or 2 inches as it moves along, look at where this is, versus the mississippi river, for example, and how this lines up with all of the flood warnings that we still have because of that epic rain that we were dealing with recently and a lot of the riverside coming together, thebution of moisture as it travels downstream n some cases, some places haven't crested the flooding from that.
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then when you add the rain on top of this, it kind of exacerbates everything. like i said, on the northern tier of it, where you see the brighter pinks, from the overnight snow t will taper off later this morning, fargo, six to 10 inches by the time everything issed and done not out of the question for the snow. what you see behind that a lot going on. because of the systems coming outed of the west, the eastern half of the country and this takes us through the day on friday becoming a lot more active in terms of rain. not heavy amounts of rain in the most case but more rain and snow. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> when they are come back, they are fight to go get to america? >> thousands of cueban my glanced grants stuck in costa rica get the okay to continue on their journey. okay. >> no. i can't. >> and the agonizing pleas of a woman forced from a hospital. the investigation now into her
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this morning, nuclear experts are investigating north korea's claims that it successfully tested a hydro generally bomb. u.s. officials are skeptical . y verification, being told could takes days or weeks. the united nations looking at sanctions and the u.s. and south korea are planning their response. let's go to jim walsh, a research associate at mit, also an expert at international security issues. he is joining us live this morning from watertown, massachusetts. that i see for being with us there seems to be a agreeing consensus it was not a hydrogen
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bomb but seems to be little doubt north korea is pursuing the technology. do you foresee harsher steps than sanctions. >> i think the h and h bomb here probably stands for hype. i don't think it was a hydrogen bomb. i think you are right that that is clearly the focus of the nuclear program at this point. some people have guessed it, that what north korea did was test what is an intermediate did he have ice on the way towards an h bomb. i don't think they are going to stop sanctions or no sanctions working on it until they make progress. it has to be said. their progress has been slow. all four nuclear tests including the most receipt, the result have been small. it is not -- has not generated the yield or the explosion one would have existed in success tests. i think they will keep beavering away at it but they have ways to go. >> here is the problem. >> it is perhaps the most
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sanctioned nation on the planet. those tests continue. is there a different strategy. you say strategic parts the policy of the obama administration, policy it has had since 2009 and i think it is tant amount to we are going to kick the can down the road. i understand in 209, he extended his hand to thee nor korea and they had a nuclear test. my own guess is obama said, well, to heck with that. i've got a recession, two wars, a lot of stuff to deal with. if you don't want to talk, then we are not going to talk to you. that was the birth of strategic patience. the u.s. is supporting its ally, south korea. that's all well and good and i don't think there is a magic solution to this problem. there is the chance for escalation or miscalculation.
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you reported earlier this morning that south korea will likely begin those broadcasts, those propaganda broadcasts that seem to really, really i the north koreans for some reason. you will remember at the end of the summer, this past summer, there were shots fired over that. so what i will be looking at over the next day or so is whether south korea starts up these broadcasts, which i think they will, and then what will north korea do, and will that start a cycle of at this titit that carries people into places more dangerous than what we are right now? >> there seem to be growing speculation that kim jung ung may be in trouble domestdidcally and this this this test was an attempt to stave off his enemies inside. your thoughts? >> i think that's a perfectly plausible explanation, del, there is a major party conference coming in may. the conference that has not been held since 1980, quite some time and that the young leader has
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nothing to show for it. this nuclear test at least allows him to go to the important meeting and say, look what i have accomplished scientifically and for national defense. that's one theory but i have to say, del, in reading the korean papers this morning and over the last 48 hours or so, i have seen, like, five different explanations for why he is doing it. some think it's because it's his birthday tomorrow. others are tying it to the fact that they had sent a band, an all-girl group to china and that they were sent home or brought home because of a dispute with china, and this is about that. so unfortunately, with north korea e a, as you say, the most opaque country in the world, we have far more theories than we do about the internal workings there. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. iran says saudi warplanes have attacked the iranian embassy in yemen. the iranian foreign ministry says saudi arabia is, quote,
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responsible for the damage on the embassy building and injury to some of its staff in yemen's capital but an associated press reporter who visited the site says there is no visible damage. the saudi-led coalition fighting in yemen said it will investigate claims. thousands have been cleared to come to the u.n. a small group due to fly out next week thanks to a deal between several central american countries. al jazeera's adam rainsy with them in coast areka. >> the weigait for nearly 8,000 cueban my grants stuck in costa rica might finally be nearing an end. details of a plan for central american countries to help them continue their journey to the u.s. were finally, released on wednesday. >> costa rica's foreign minister announced the plan at a conference in the capitol where he was joined by represent at this from the u.n. and the international organization for migration. the pilot program is set to
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beg begin with a single flight on january 12th. 180 cuebans will pay for a flight to el salve adore and bus ticket. the $550 fee covers central american visas. >> we have been very clear from the beginning. eith neither the government of costa rica or any other government is going to cover the travel costs for these people. the migrants have been stranded in costa rica since november 15th when nicaragua refused to give them transit visas on their way to the u.s. cubans benefit from the an old and, some critics say, outdated law that allows them to apply for residency if they just make it to the united states. no other migrants have that right. janet segay is five months pregnant and wants to get to the u.s. soon. >> i was going to leave before i got pregnant. everyone says i was crazy for risking my life and my child's,
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but the truth is: i am doing it for my baby who will thank me one day. >> migrants find ways to pass the time but they want to be back on their way north. officials say they don't know when other flights would follow. tofings weeks after january 12th. >> at this school where hundreds of people are camped out, no one from the government has come to tell them when they might be going or who might be the first to go. >> there has been a defendant total lack of information. they will tell you, you are going next week and then on monday, they will tell you it's wednesday and on wednesday, they will say it's friday but no one shows up to tell you. there is no reliable information. people are suffering. >> officials hope to win the trust of these skeptical migrants once these flights get underway. adam rainy la cruz, coaststa ri
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>> thorn a thousand troops could be recipients of the medal of honor, the pentagon reviewing cases of 1100 decorated men and women serving since the september 11th attacks in 2001. the review was ordered then, in 2014 by former defense secretary john hagel. lawmakers are calling those honors long overdue. >> sexual abuse allegations going back a decade. >> the claims from former students at a rhode island prep school. >> a show of support. the profess poor despite efforts by her university to fire her.
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>> officials say an armed man was shot to death by officers at a police station in the northern part of the certify. the man was reportedly wearing wires extending from his clothing and an explosive squad is on site.
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you protect the french nation. you protect also the french way of life. our freedom. it is precisely the freedom which the terrorists wanted to attack because our culture, our joy inspires only hatred in them. president hollande said the job of the police is unprecedented in the wake of the paris attacks. he promised to strengthen security with 5,000 extra police posts. jacky rowland joins us live from paris. i imagine security was as high as it possible could be acknowledge anniversary of the
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charlie hebdo attack. >> the man approached the police station in the 18th district of paris. this is a neighborhood that has quite a lot of unemployed youth, one of the poorer neighborhoods to a large extent. he was carrying what was initially described as a knife but now hearing it was like a small butcher's ax. there were reports he may have been wearing something that looked like an explosive vest but police are now saying that after anti explosive experts came to the scene, they are not ail to confirm that in fact this was a fake device, there were not any explosives in this vest. there are reports unconfirmed that he shouted the words allah akbar while attempting to enter the police station but was shot dead by police. >> do we know if he had accomplices, if there is other police activity in the city.
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there was a bomb squad on site. was the police station evacuated? >> the police station and the surrounding areas have been cordoned off. there's quite a large security cordon around the area obviously as you noticed. security forces on a high alert because it is a very sensitive day, the anniversary of the attacks on the charlie hebdo newspaper. whether or not he had accomplice we don't know. it's worth pointing out that there has in recent weeks been a kind of rash of similar attempted attacks. there was an attack on an overground commuter train, an attack with a knife against a couple of police officers a few weeks back. there was an attempt by a man again armed with a knife to stab a couple of soldiers who were patrolling in the southern town of nice. we're not suggesting that these attacks were in any way formally linked but there does seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment for the individuals armed mostly
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with knives to carry out attacks against members of the security forces. >> is there a sense of tension on this affords of charlie hebdo around paris that you're noting? >> there is underlying tension any way, stephanie, not specifically because of the anniversary of charlie hebdo but of course that major attack, those attacks that took place here on november 13, less than two months ago. in many ways, those attacks which had far greater death toll and far more wide reachinging their target have in many ways had more of an effect in terms of making people teal less secure in the city. >> jacky rowland on the phone with the latest from paris, thank you. an investigation is underway in rhode island into the state's most prestigious prep school, st. georges graduating movers and shakers for decades is embroiled in a sex scandal.
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al jazeera's january terrett has more. >> i was publicly raped while at st. georges in 1978 by a fellow student with at least five witnesses. >> harry groom said he kept the details of his alleged sexual assault by another boy hidden for 25 years but on the rhode island campus, he said the accounts of attacks were well known and even joked about in the year book. >> my sole reason for being here today and coming out and naming -- or coming out in public is to provide a forum for the victims, many whom are male and don't have the comfort level to talk about this. >> groom says in 2002, he contacted st. george's current head master and outlined what he called the graphic details of his rape but nothing was done. he is among 40 former students dating back to the 1970's who now say they were sexually abused. >> i was threatened not to tell
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and if i told anyone he would come after me and i would be in trouble. i said nothing to anyone. >> ann scott was in 10th grade when the athletic trainer raped her. she said she remained silent for years while fighting bouts of depression and anxiety. >> they are very clever, very sneaky, they are very good at covering their tracks. >> the forme former presidential candidate howard dean and george prescott are among alumni. sexual misconduct was revealed against 26 students. while the 100-year-old institution did fire some of the accused, it never reported suspects to authorities. attorneys for the alleged victims criticized the school report which did not say whether those fired ever revealed sexual misconduct to their future employers. >> we want to know whether this is like the catholic church, whether the bad apples got
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farmed out to other places where they'd have a feast on unsuspecting victims. >> st. georges would the school has taken steps to right the wrongs of the past. ann scott and others want the truth but don't want to hurt the school. >> we want the school to do the right thing and come out stronger and part of that means being ever vigilant. l.a. prosecutors deciding not to charge bill cosby next to two sexual assault cases there cite time limits and evidence. one victim was 18 years old, the other was involving a woman who was 17 at the time. pennsylvania prosecutors filed the first criminal charges against the comedian. we are learning about a woman who died after she was removed from a florida hospital. >> you seem to be ok. >> no, i can't breathe.
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>> they begged you to leave. you wouldn't do it. >> that video was made public wednesday and shows barbara dawson being removed from the hospital. the police were called when she refused to leave the hospital after she was discharged. an autopsy found that she died of a blood clot in her lung. the family's attorney said critical minutes passed before medical assistance arrived. >> you used the word that he made that assumption. we now know that that assumption caused barbara dawson her life. >> an investigation has been launched. the state is looking into whether the hospital violated any rules. we are following the latest from upstate new york where a rescue operation is underway trying to save miners trapped 900 feet below the surface. it is happening at an elevator, officials saying no one is injured and that the miners aren't in any danger.
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mark cline is the spokesperson for the cargill salt road mine. he joins us by phone. mark, thanks for being with us. give us an update on how many miners are dropped and what you know their condition to be. >> well, we're bringing -- we've already brought up eight. it's going a little faster than we thought. at about 10:00 last night, the 17 miners were on their way to work in the mine and at about 900 feet, the elevator stop and it was stuck. there are safety brakes on it, so it was stable. we'd been in constant contact with them all throughout the period, sending down water and what not. we practice mine evacuations onn a regular basis and so all of that work is coming to play here today. i know it's a great
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inconvenience for everybody. you wouldn't want to be stuck on an elevator, i wouldn't want to be stuck on an elevator, but i think the preparation everybody makes for these things, including local authorities who are obviously closely involved in helping us, you know, is at this point making things go ok. >> mark cline, thanks for being with us. 17 miners trapped to begin, eight evacuated, nine still stuck 900 feet underground. thanks very much. chipotle will cooperate with the federal investigation into a norovirus outbreak. the chain says federal prosecutors in california and the f.d.a. are looking into the outbreak tied to a restaurant. in august, nearly 100 people connected to that restaurant were sickened. there's no link to the recent e-coli outbreak at other locations. the fate of that professor who wore a hijab to show solid
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dart is in the hands of authorities. even if she is not fired, she will lose her tenure and has to undergo a two year discussion of her faith. >> my desire is still reconciliation. as i said, tenure means for life, and this is also more than about me. it's about my colleagues at wheaton college and across academia, because if tenure means nothing, then we're all in danger. >> school officials saying wheaton college support freedom of religion and say she was suspended because of comments on facebook and not because she wore a head scarf. there are growing fears that california is facing one of the biggest natural disasters in years. after years of record drought, heavy rains and flooding are slamming the west coast raising concerns about the bridges, dams and levees. al jazeera's jacob ward explains. >> you can't say we didn't see
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it coming. at the end of 2015, just five-inches of rain turned this drought baked california hillside into a disaster. now that el niño's rains have arrived, the risk to california is clear. >> take those small events and have it rain longer over a large area and that gives you an image of how things could go badly. >> geologist jeff mount is an expert on california's rivers and water supply. >> we are not ready as a state for the very large floods. >> california has over 13,000 miles of levees, which have been called a mess, a katrina type disaster poised to flood california. >> there's two kinds of levees, those that have failed and those that will fail. eventually, your levee system will be overwhelmed so the question we always have every year, is this the year. is this the year that the levee system somewhere is overwhelmed.
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>> encompassing 1,000 miles of waterways, it is home to thousands of people and the state capital. mike is an engineer with the california department of water resources. he spots a major levee repair going on here and shows it to us. it's a fix that costs $5 million to $10 million per mile. it's a rehab that apparently rarely happens. >> something of this scale, maybe once a decade, if that. >> repairs are crucial. for decades, report after report has warned of possible levee breaks in the delta. there's one area mike is particularly worried about. >> we're working our way up to sea level here. a portion of this island is actually located above sea level. >> at first, it's not exactly clear what the problem is. >> this is a very peaceful setting, but you are talking about this being ground zero. why is that? >> this is one of the lowest points in the system and i would not be a bit surprised if this
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winter that we had waves crashing over these levees taller than you. >> wow. wow. that seems unimaginable. >> given a strong enough storm, it may be a reality, with catastrophic results. mother nature may be giving california a 1-2 punch, first a record drought and then a possibly catastrophic el niño. it's decades of neglect of california's infrastructure. >> we stopped paying for this stuff a long time ago. why should we be shocked? we have the nerve to be surprised that these systems are falling down around our ears, bridges failing, roadways failing. we chose not to pay for it. >> the truth is that california and the nation will pay one way or another. the question is whether the bill has just arrived in this state. jacob ward, al jazeera, sacramento. >> parts of california are getting a break from the rain,
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but the reprieve will be brief. let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell for more. >> there's areas of rain not as widespread with the heavy rain for today. this takes us back a day, just want to set the stage once again. we have been on the second system of a set, so there's already another one back in this atlantic if we watch it. the current one is starting to pull interior a little bit more and then you can see a bit of a break, so i would say friday is our best chance for a break, maybe not a break the entire day but we'll take a little break at this point. moisture now, into southern california, northern california a little bit dryer. this all continues to move interior, so now, even though we still have especially for california flooding concerns, more of the snow is going to be moving its way through that southern tier, like higher elevations of arizona looking for that. the next system comes in saturday, or saturday night, depending on where you are. we do still have another round
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behind all of this. with all the moisture moving in, at least the western portion of the country, temperatures are still staying places like los angeles, typically in the 60's, more in the 50's, so staying cooler than average, as well. >> a 1-2-3 punch. nicole, thank you very much. elevating baseball i am mortality. >> the slugger and catcher making their way into cooperstown. from what we wear to how we operate our homes, digital devices that are making for a much more interconnective world. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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are newly voted members of the baseball hovel. griffey gave this reaction to espn. >> it means a lot. you have -- it's a small group. >> griffey is most famous as a seattle mariner. his number 24 flew over seattle's space needle. he is one of only three players ever to hit over 500 home runs and win 10 gold gloves. he set a report, getting 99% of the selection vote. as for piazza, he's considered one of the greatest hitting catchers to ever play the game. he hit 470 between home runs, a record 396 of them while playing catcher. he didn't just hit for power. he finished his career with a .308 batting average. it took four fries for him to be selected. there have been long been questions over the suppplements he admits taking as a player which include a muscle builder later banned by the league,
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though he insisted he never took any actively banned performance enhancing drugs and he has never been implicated in any p.e.d. use. two players not selected, barry bond and roger clemens. both were directly linked in an m.l.b. performance enhancing drugs investigation. piazza was asked about that saying there's no doubt the issue that been a dark cloud over the game but at the end of the day people know how especially gape is and we have to learn about that. pitch roy halladay took a more direct approach, tweeting: >> ken griffey, jr. and mike piazza will be officially admitted to the hall of fame july 24 in cooperstown, new
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york. >> roger clemens and barry bonds received 7% to 8% increases in their voting percentages this year, still putting them far short of the votes needed to get into cooperstown. >> is there still a chance they could be voted in, in coming years? >> it's certainly possible. both have several years left on the hall of fame ballot but a possible explanation for their vote percentage increases could be that the hall of fame purged 109 voters this year who the hall said hadn't actively covered baseball in 10 years or more. those voters tended to be very harsh on pe.d. users. john thorne has said there are some in the voting ranks who may not be content to leave a traitor in the hall of fame plaque room. in las vegas, a tech enthusiasts are touting new equipment for day to day life, things like a camera in the french connected to an app, so you don't have to remember how
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much milk you have at home. we have more. >> the internet of things, i.o.t. short is the buzz word at c.e.s., a world where nearly every aspect of every day life is computer controlled and interconnected. german technology company bosch showed off a refrigerator. >> you can look up with your app the last photograph made from the inside of your fridge. >> see if you're out of milk. >> for example. >> every device in the home can be remotely controlled. these are the first steps on the road to a fully wired world, says i.o.t. consultant elizabeth kolaski. >> we have now five devices in our home, in five years we will
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have 500. >> including the clothes on our backs. a shirt is made with tiny sensors. >> we record everything about your heart, your art requires, your artery variability. we record your respiration. you don't feel anything, you just wear the shirt. >> tokyo based telepathy created ammon quell to play games on the go and stream video to friends half a word away. >> you can share your vision, the exact vision you see. that is an experience. >> some wonder will advanced technology fundamentally change humanity. >> we're moving a direction we're encapsulating the human species inside technology. in the future, you're going to see implantables, exo excel stonns when you're entire body is covered by a computer. what does it mean to be human?
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those are the questions. >> there are answers here for smaller ones, too, remember the old proverb build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door? a company did just that. >> when the mouse goes in, it detects the mouse through the two plates, and then delivers enough current to quickly eliminate the mouse. i get a text message that tells me hey, the garage just caught a mouse. >> somebody's still got to do the yucky task of getting that mouse out of there. is that the next step? >> maybe humans are still necessary for some things, after all. rob reynolds, al jazeera, las vegas. the latest star wars movie breaking yet another record. >> nothing will stand in our way. >> the force awakens soaring past avatar to become the top grossing movie of all time in
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north america. disney saying this surpasses the $765 million record on wednesday. it didn't say, though, exactly how much money the movie has made so far we saw that record coming. [ ughter ] stay with us. ahead in our next hour, the latest on a shooting at a paris police station. u.s. stock futures taking a dive, the global panic over beijing's volatile market. we'll be back in two minutes. we'll see you then. unconstitutional policing that stretches back through generations. >> it was a coverup for what had happened. >> the absence of any accountability just speaks so loudly. >> fault lines: al jazeera america's
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french authorities shooter and kill an armed man near a paris police station as the city remembers the attacks of charlie hebdo. early morning plunge, china suspends trading, sending world markets into a tail spin. >> i am proud to be a rancher and i'm not going to let people be my face. >> an oregon community divided over an occupation on federal land. a california disaster, a gas leak leads to a state of
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emergency near los angeles. good morning, welcome to your world this morning. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. we are following breaking news out of paris, a man shot dead in the northern part of the city outside you a police station. >> this happened on the first anniversary of the charlie hebdo attacks. a man with a fake bomb was shot and killed by police. there are reports he shouted allah akbar. we have the latest from paris. >> what we know, he approached a police station in the 18t 18th district of paris. this is a neighborhood that has quite a lot of unemployed youth, one of the poorer neighborhoods to a large extent. he was carrying that was initially described as a knife but now we're hearing it was probably more like a small butcher's ax. the police station and
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surrounding areas have been cordoned off, there's quite a large security cordon around the area. obviously as you notice, security forces are on a lie alert because it is a very sensitive day, the overs of the attacks on the charlie hebdo newspaper. whether or not he had accomplices, we don't know. it's worth pointing out that there has in recent weeks been a kind of rash of similar attempted attacks. there was an attack on an overground commuter train, an attack with a knife against a couple of police officers a few weeks back. there was also an attempt by a man again armed with a knife to stab a couple of soldiers who were patrolling in the southern town of nice. we're not suggesting that these attacks were in any way form ally linked, but there does seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment for individuals armed mostly with knives to try to carry out attacks against members of the security forces. >> reporting from paris, and we'll continue to follow the latest on this story.
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investors in the u.s. getting ready for a big sell off after a chinese stock market had to stop trading. $640 billion were wiped out in value in just 15 minutes. analysts say investors are largely reacting to the chinese government devaluing the yuan. chinese markets have been trading down since april, losing nearly a quarter of their value since then. al jazeera's adrien brown has more from beijing. >> the new year has got off to a bang on chinese jittery stock markets. trading was halted twice monday, on thursday, the shame thing happened in shenzhen and shanghai. it dropped 5%, enough to halt trading for 15 minutes. trading resumed but the market dropped 7% after just three minutes. on thursday, just 15 minutes of
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trading was possible. why is this happening? china's current, the yuan is continuing to weaken. that is further confirmation the world's second largest economy is continuing to slow. on thursday came reports that the head of one of the countries biggest security exchanges was under arrest for corruption and insider trading. all eyes will be on the market on friday, because this is when china's government is planning to end the restrictions on selling shares. this restriction came into force during the market turmoil in august. this could lead to a lot of cheap stock coming on to the market, pulling down prices even further. now, the government has said it plans to limit the scale of the selloff but hasn't specified how. that is feeding into the market uncertainty. >> that is adrien brown reporting from beijing. that selloff echoed across all of asia, in tokyo, the nikkei
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falling 2%. in dubai, the stock market falling more than 3% in early trading. the nuclear test in north korea is one of the things rattling investors. cross border propaganda broadcasts are considered an act of war. seoul began talks with washington that could lead to u.s. war planes into the area. north korea claims it successfully tested a hide bomb, something the u.s. says is unlikely. >> the initial analysis that's been conducted is not consistent with north korean claims of a successful hide bomb test. there is nothing to change our assessment of north korea's exhibits. >> new sanctions are threatened. verifying what kind of bomb went off could take days or weeks.
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>> earlier, our guest told us north korea was incapable of creating a nuclear device. >> some suggest what north korea did was test an intermediate device on the way towards a hydrogen bomb. i don't think they are going to stop working on it until they make progress. it has to be said that that year progress has been pretty slow. all four nuclear tests, including the most recent, the results have been rather small. it has not generated the yield or the explosion that one would have expected in a successful test. i think they'll keep beeferring away at it but still have a ways to go. >> the sanctions clearly around working. it is the most sanctioned nation on the planet and yet tests continue. is there a different strategy that might work? you say strategic patience. describe that. >> strategic patience is the policy of the obama
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administration, the policy since 2009. i think it's tantamount to we're going to kick the can down the road. i totally understand why the president adopted that. back in 2009 when he was came into office. he extended his hand toward north carolina and northbound responded by having a nuclear test. obama said i've got a recession, two wars, a lot of stuff to deal with, if you don't want to talk, we're not going to talk to you. that was the birth of strategic patience. u.s. is supporting south korea and that's all well and good. i don't think there's a magic solution to this problem. what happens is when you just sort of kick the can down the road, north korea does make incremental progress and there's always the chance for escalation or miscalculation. >> the white house also saying it disputes those claims by north korea, they say the initial data not consistent with detonating any type of hydrogen bomb. iran says saudi war planes
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have attacked the iranian embassy in yemen. the iranian foreign ministry said saudi arabia is responsible for the damage on the embassy building and injury to some of its staff in yemen's capital, but an associate press reporter who visited the site said there is no visible damage. the saudi-led coalition fighting in yemen says it will investigate the claims. the texas state trooper who arrested sandra bland after that traffic stop last summer will be out of a job soon. he will be fired after he was indicted for personal. he claimed in an affidavit that he had bland leave her car as part of the investigation. the video showed an increasingly escalating exchange with him threatening to shoot her if she didn't get out of the car. her death was ruled a suicide. >> a baltimore police officer william porter is going to have to testify in the trials of two of his colleagues in connection with the death of freddie gray.
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that is the ruling of a circuit court judge. porter's trial resulted in a mistrial last month. the officer for officer charles good son facing the most serious charges starts monday. a standoff by armed protestors at a federal believe in southern oregon has now entered its sixth day. >> i don't believe that just a handful of people have the right to come in from outside of our area and tell us that we don't know how to live our lives, because this county's been living their lives the right way since this state began. >> that's the sheriff of harn they've county, oregon, hoping for a peaceful resolution. he has warned the protestors to expect criminal charges. as al jazeera's allen schauffler reports, the origins of some dispute lice in just who owns the land. >> oregon's harney county is a big place, beinger than maryland and eight our states and the biggest property owner is the federal government. >> this is a very large
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geographic county. >> tom sharp runs a small cattle herd on a thousand cakier ranch here, all private land, which makes it easier for him than most. >> so to support one cow, you better have about 30-acres per cow to support the forge requirements for that animal there, so it takes a lot of land. >> to make it work, many have to lease federal land and face government restrictions on water access, where livestock can graze, how fences are built, how fire suppression is handled and more. rules are required to protect water, and life in general. >> it sometimes families as though we are being squeezed out because of issues and new regulatory measures imposed upon us. >> to survive, ranchers and farmers have to learn to deal with all of that and most do.
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those restrictions are at the core of the case being made by the armed group occupying federal property, and have been a source of friction between the government and the hammond family, friction that led to dwight and steven hammond being sent back to federal prison under terrorism laws on arson charges which sparked the current protest. >> we would very much like to see the hammonds released from the federal prison system as soon as possible. i think that would go a long way in appeasing the concerns of this community and ranchers nationwide. >> it's a particularly western type of friction. the fight over water and grazing and grass lands. east of the mississippi, the federal government owns about 4% of all land, but in the 11 western states, it's 47%, and in harney county, it's 73%. >> the land mass on this planet is limited. we have what we have. we're not making more land, but
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the population is growing, and the multiple uses of our lands, whether they be private or public, continue to expand, also. >> many issues, maybe stake holders and certainly more conflict and compromise ahead. >> sometimes, we forget that food just doesn't come off of the shelves of the convenience store, but is actually being produced upon the land. >> allen schauffler, al jazeera, burns, oregon. the company that was going to build the key stone pipeline is suing the obama administration. transcanada is asking for $15 billion in damages. it says the white house's decision to block the pipeline was arbitrary and unjustified. it is suing through nafta's challenge process. there is a rescue operation underway in new york, seven salt miners were trapped overnight inside an elevator. about half of the man, eight in
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all, have been freed. no one has been injured, but they say the miners aren't in any danger. that elevator getting stuck about 11:00 p.m. last night. earlier, we talked to mark cline, the spokesman for the cargill salt mine. >> at about 10:00 last night, the 17 miners were on their way to work in the mine, and at about 900 feet, the elevator stopped and it was stuck. there's safety brakes on it, so it was stable. we'd been in constant contact with them all throughout the period, you know, sending down water and what not. you know, we practiced mine evacuations on a regular basis, and so, all of that work is coming to play here today. i know it's a great inconvenience for everybody. you wouldn't want to be stuck on an elevator, i wouldn't want to be stuck on an elevator, but i
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think the preparation everybody makes for these things, including local authorities, who are obviously closely involved in helping us, you know, is at this point, making things go ok. >> cargill mine officials saying the cause of that malfunction under investigation. >> really down playing things, that spokesperson. more rain forecast in southern california. the area has been hit hard by heavy rains and winds this week, causing downed trees, road closures and serious flooding. this house is threatened in a los angeles suburb. residents fear they will have to evacuate soon because of mudslides. vegetation has been wiped out in droughts, making mudslides like this one more likely. >> as they say, that mountain ain't going to stop that rain from moving east. nicole mitchell, it is a mess out there and that is moving forward.
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>> finally moisture has made it to the other half of the country, so we're watching the first storm move its way into the central united states. of course we're already on storm number two and there's a storm number three back in the pacific, so it's going to get more active in general in our weather pattern. as we hone in on this, it's mostly rain concern but you can see the northern edge has had snow. place like far go, i'll touch on that in a second. as we do in on the rain area, southern pores of louisiana and heavy stuff, most of this has been moderate. behind it where the mainly has gone through, somewhere like dallas, you can't see the rain on the radar, but we have reports of drizzle and fog where that has moved through. that's a concern this morning at least making things flow. a couple of things to slow us down for today but the rain is troublesome because in this area we already had that major flooding event. some of the rivers haven't crested yet. even though widespread, this is only going to be maybe one or
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two inches over the next few days which typically wouldn't be significant for this region. it's going toed a to those places still cresting river rise and that cresting on all of those. on the northern half of all of this is the snow concern. places like interstate 29, a little touch and go with new snow on the ground and the grades that you see here, that's the area of fog we're dealing with. this region of the country will get more active for the repeat of the week. an invisible gas leak causes a california neighborhood to three. what house speaker ryan was able to do that john boehner could not.
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not their choice! >> democrats say the fight over planned parenthood and health insurance is one they can win both in congress and in public opinion. >> every woman in america should just think of herself, her own decisions and how they want to put themselves between that woman, her family, her doctor, her faith, her god, in decisions about family planning. this is a very personal assault. >> a battle over planned parenthood has been brewing for
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months after videos of a group claim to show officials profiting about selling fetal tissue which plant parentshood denies. in october, republicans threatened to go as far as shutting down the government over funding. the fight over abortion and health care has heated up the presidential race. >> i don't support giving planned parenthood $500 million of federal government money. >> i will defend the affordable care act which the republicans are trying to repeal, but they never tell you what they would put in its place. >> both sides say this fight is far from over, but who prevails will depend on which party wins the white house. al jazeera, washington. >> jason johnson is a political science professor and al jazeera political contributor. he is in atlanta this morning. jason, thanks for being with us. so much for detente, paul ryan talking about wanting to get
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things done but yesterday the house voting to do away with obamacare, marking the 62n 62nd time. is it not a waste of time and what's the difference? >> the difference is that this time it actually went to president obama's desk, so paul ryan can tell conservative caucus members and freedom caucus members, look, we're actually getting things done, but it really doesn't make a difference. it does not make much of a difference politically. the republican base is unhappy and angry anyway. it does not matter. this is not something that is going to quell the anger in primary voters. paul rain wanted to show he was doing something and this is the first step to swell concerns that he is not at committed to the republican cause as john boehner. >> how much is this that he could have fought to defund plant parent hood. does this signal the end of his honeymoon with the republican caucus?
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>> i don't know how much of a honeymoon he ever had. if you think about the way john boehner left, he said you kids are making too much noise, i'm pulling the car over. paul ryan didn't want the job. he was the only person they could find to take the role. there were always, always concerns, arguments and frustrations about him having the position. i don't think he's ever been in a nice place. there was a house member, republican house member from idaho just yesterday who said not only is the honeymoon over, paul ryan has a year to show us he's committed to the cause. i don't think this is going to keep him safe. i think this is a step in a direction of trying to pass some bills during a 2016 year where getting anything done is going to be difficult. >> republicans say when the republicans seize control of the white house, they are going to undo everything obama did. what has to happen for a threat to obamacare and planned parenthood and do you ever see
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those numbers shifting that much? >> 1600 pennsylvania avenue, the white house, that's the most important number. del, if the republicans win the white house, then they can get rid of obamacare. the problem is this. you have to look at what the consequences of that will be. it has been five years since the affordable care act got passed. the republican party through a presidential election and two midterm elections have not been able to come up with an alternative. as you see what just happened in kentucky, you had a republican win, the governor's mansion in kentucky saying i'm going to get rid of health exchanges, get rid of medicaid expansion. here we are in february, he's pretty much backed off and said i can't do it. i think the gop will have a lot of difficulty repealing all of the affordable care act because millions of americans enjoy it. they can win all the numbers they want, but i don't think here going to be able to get away with it, even if they did win the white house. >> i can't let you go without talking about donald trump raising the question that ted
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cruz might not be eligible to run for president because he was born in canada. is this a case of what's good for the goose is good for the gander? >> anyone who believes in donald trump's understanding of geography, it shows he knows ted cruz is real competition. they're going to throw every single thing they can at each other in the hopes of securing this nomination. whoever wins iowa has be a excellent chance to take momentum and run through the rest of the primary states and donald trump knows his greatest competition now is ted cruz. >> strategy wise, it has to be making the trump campaign smile that people are talking about it. >> it always makes them smile when things are talking about him but will that change how people with him vote in iowa? not likely. >> thanks very much.
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>> thanks, dell. >> several pro date judges in alabama will ignore the state chief justice's order to not issue same-sex marriage licenses. wednesday, roy moore said the state's same-sex marriage ban is in effect despite it being made legal nationwide and federal injunction requiring alabama to comply. moore said there are too many questions about how to apply the high court's ruling. there are more than 1,000 u.s. soldiers who could be recipients of the medal of honor, the pentagon looking at 100 decorated men and women all serving since the september 11 attacks in 2001. that review was first ordered back in 2014 by former defense secretary tear chuck hagel. lawmakers say these honors are long overdue. security worries in paris. >> a man killed outside a police station as the city marks one year sings the attacks at charlie hebdo. bringing down the power, fears that russian hackers
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pulled off the first ever cyber attack on an electric grid.
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>> still living in these tent cities. >> we're back to square minus one. >> the city is a powder keg at the moment. >> you see transactional sex and no one is held to account for that. >> the united nations has never accepted responsibility for this. >> an ali velshi on target special: welcome back to your world this morning. taking a look at today's top stories, wall street futures are
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sharply lower this morning at investors worldwide react to a big selloff in china. the shining high composite fell more than 7% halting trading for the second time this week. there are growing concerns over the health of china's economy. the standoff in oregon now in its sixth day. the sheriff is still hopeful for a peaceful resolution but warns the protestors to expect criminal charges. an investigation is underway in paris where an armed man was shot dead outside a police station in the northern part of the city. this is a live look outside the police cordon there. officials say the man was carrying a fake bomb. there are reports he was shouting allah akbar that. the paris neighborhood was locked down after the shooting. jacky rowland joins us from that neighborhood. what more do we know about the man killed by police?
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>> well, he was running towards the police station carrying a knife or maybe rather a small butcher's ax we are being told by police sources. the reason that the police opened fire on him was because he appeared to be wearing an explosives vest and that's why the bomb squad was called in and why the whole neighborhood was cordoned off. the police have now been able to establish that it wasn't a real vest, that any apparent wires or anything were fake, but still, there is an investigation going on here, because one cannot simply assume that the man was alone, so obviously the police are continuing to keep the neighborhood closed while they complete their investigation. >> have the police said anything else, iraqi, is this considered an all out terrorism investigation or a one off?
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>> it is being investigated as a potential terrorist organization, that's the terminology used. whether it's a one off, it's hard to say if this is an isolated incident. there have been a number of similar attacks or attempted attacks in recent weeks not only in paris but also in other stirs in france. on one occasion, a man with a knife tried to attack a couple of police officers who were traveling on a commuter train. in another incident, another man with a knife tried to attack a couple of soldiers on patrol in the street. we're not in any way suggesting that these incidents are planned or connected formally but it does seem there is a bit of a trend at the moment for these isolated attackers to attempt to do something against the security forces armed often with something as simple as a kitchen knife. >> i know you just arrived in that neighborhood, but what has the reaction been aren't there? what's the atmosphere like?
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>> it's worth saying that people all over paris and particularly in some of these neighborhoods are still kind of the tense, quite rattled after the attacks of november 13. it's worth bearing in mind that one of the attackers involved in the shootings and the explosions on november 13 actually came to this neighborhood later the same night and abandoned his rental car not very far from here. he also went into a little shop in the neighborhood to buy a new sim card for his phone. he is still on the run. in these neighborhoods, police are edgy because they're concerned about suspects and ordinary people are concerned not only because of the threat of attacks but the concern about police search and police raid operations which obviously adds to the general feeling of insecurity. >> sure. jacky rowland reporting from
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from paris with the latest, thank you. the incident coming as france marks one year of the attack on charlie hebdo. 11 were killed on that day. flowers lay outside the former newspaper's headquarters in paris. all told, 17 people died when two gunman stormed the office of the paper and a jewish supermarket. today french president francois hollande honoring police sacrifices. >> you protect the french nation. you protect also the french way of life, our freedom, and it is precisely this freedom which the terrorists wanted to attack, because our culture, our joy inspires only hatred in them. >> holland saying in the wake of the november attacks the job of the police is unprecedented. he promised to strengthen security by adding 5,000 more police posts.
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there are allegation that russia was behind a power outage in western ukraine. officials are investigating as hackers carried out a nightmare scenario, taking down a power grid. >> they are investigating whether russia is behind a power grid attack in ukraine. it came after ukrainian activists cut power to crimea. multiple reports say malicious software was found on a ukrainian power company's network. russia is blamed for the outage. if confirmed, this would be the first documented cyber attack on a power facility, a scenario security experts have warned about for years. >> before the internet, it was safe. you had to get there physically to protect it. now on the internet, anything that touches the internet wireless has the ability that
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comes with being connected to the internet. >> security officials have been trying to assure an attack on power grids doesn't happen in america. some u.s. power facilities were the target of a malicious software campaign in 2014 and last spring, the department of homeland security warned power companies about the malware known at black energy, writing if you're connected, you're likely infected. the majority of power outages are attributed to accidents and natural causes. last year, a power outage in the nation's capital briefly put the white house in the dark. terrorists and criminal activity were quickly ruled out. the local power company said a piece of falling metal was to blame. >> russia has not commented on the attack, the russian government complaining they've become a target of cyber attacks after the crisis with ukraine worse wees. >> what are the questions security experts are going to be looking to answer? >> basically how were hackers able to get into a power
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company's system. there have certainty been temperatures in the past but this would be the first event that leads to a blackout. if it came from russia, was it with the russian government consent or on behalf of the russian government, those are the questions. >> they are all frightening. thank you very much. we are learning more about the death of a woman as she was being removed from a florida hospital. >> i can't breathe! >> you seem ok. >> no, i can't breathe. >> can you touch your hand -- >> that video was made public wednesday. it shows 57-year-old barbara dawson being removed from the hospital. the police had been called when she refused to leave the hospital after being discharged. an autopsy found that she died of a blood clot in her lung. the family's attorney said critical minutes passed before medical assistance arrived. >> you used the word that he made that assumption and we now know that that assumption caused
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barbara dawson her life. >> the police have launched an investigation and the state is looking into whether the hospital violated any rules. a state of emergency has been issued in porter ranch, an l.a. suburb over a major gas leak in a storage depot. it was discovered in october, but the local gas company hasn't been able to stop it. we have the details. >> this is what an environmental disaster looks like, a massive natural gas leak spewing methane into the air since late october, captured by infrared cameras. down wind of the leak, 30,000 people living in the upscale bedroom community of porter ranch, 28 miles north of downtown los angeles. >> it's just impossible to go outside. we have to close all the doors, all the windows. >> first came the smell. >> i thought that i left the barbecue on, so i ran over to the barbecue because we smelled gas in the air. >> they say in the beginning,
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the stench was annoying, then irritating, then sickening. >> our 3-year-old, bell la, she's had three sinus infections in the last two and a half months. our 10-year-old daughter is continuously coughing, leah. she has very bad migraines. >> the leak is coming from a blown well at the gas storage facility owned by so cool gas so. first detected october 23, the leak that continued to release methane for the past 10 weeks. l.a. city council member mitch aglander is trying to get answers. >> how does this happen in today's environment where we have technology where we can monitor these situations, why does something like this go so unchecked for so lock. why are the regulatory teeth not there. >> are you able to get answers to these questions? >> no, i'm not. >> the gas company said it is
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working as fast as possible to stop the leak but with no safety shut off valve, drilling a relief well is the only option and that will take months. residents say they need help now. >> why is it taking so long to relocate people? >> yeah, we understand, and we are sympathetic with the customers. we don't want anybody to have to stay in their home any longer than they want to. >> but you have people that are stuck in their homes in essence with. why aren't they being relocated. >> we're working through the backlog. what we acknowledge is that this is a nuisance for our customers. >> is nuisance the right word when you have people that have to be moved out of their homes because they're getting sick and schools are being closed down, is it just a nuisance? >> in terms of the impact on health, we understand that certain people are more susceptible to the impacts of the odorant that are in the gas. we understand that.
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>> the city of l.a. has filed suit against the gas company for its handle of the leak and declared a local state of emergency. the governor's state of emergency declaration makes more resources available for dealing with the leak and the impact on the community. it also calls for measures to strengthen oversight and regulation of gas operators throughout the state. >> this thing has gone on far too long. the governor himself is frustrated with the slow process. >> the state told al jazeera it is launching an investigation into the cause of the leak and the gal gas company's response. for families, that does little to help them breathe easier as the gas continues to escape into the air above their homes. >> staying in california, storms that are hitting that state are not letting up. in fact, there are two more headed for california's coast. let's bring in anymore mitch on that. >> once things got going, we've had round after round now. here's the broad picture going back 24 hours. we have one system in the
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midsection of the country, the current one that we are under, and if you look back in the pacific, another poised that will be heading more into this weekend. putting this into motion, the current one is starting to pull out a little bit more, so we'll see more breaks over the next couple of days. more breaks, less heavy in a lot of cases where we are getting flow into southern california. that's where we have more of those flooding concerns up and as we get interior, we are starting to see the higher elevations have more winter weather advisories, storms go up because this system is now pulling out. over the next couple of days, so the current one moves out, a little bit more of a break into tomorrow and by saturday or saturday night, depending which part of california we're talking about, some of this next one makes it a little more into the northwest as well, so we're going to have a couple things to watch about. with all of this activity,
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temperatures here, somewhere like los angeles running not quite 10 degrees below average. in the meantime if we head to the other side of the country, finally back to average for a lot of places up and down the east coast into the 40s versus 20's and 30s a couple days ago, so at least the cold snap is a memory. >> that is a relief. remember the warm winter? poor sales are leading to changes at maizys. it is going to shut down 36 stores, part of a plan to turn around slumping sales. sales at its macy's and bloomingdale stores falling. the average apartment rent nationwide is now nearly $1,800 versus $1,100 just one year ago. an investigation is underway
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in riled into one of that state's most prestigious prep schools. st. georges has graduated some of new england movers and shakers but now is embroiled in a sex scandal. >> i was publicly raped while at st. georges in 1978 by a fellow student with at least five witnesses. >> harry groom said he kept the details of his alleged sexual assault by another boy hidden for almost 25 years but on the rhode island campus, he said the accounts of his attack were well known and even joked about in the year book. >> my sole reason for being here today and coming out and naming -- or coming out in public is to provide a forum for the victims, many of whom are male and don't have the comfort level to talk about this. >> groom says in 2002, he contacted st. george's current
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headmaster and outlined what he called the graphic details of his rape but nothing was done. he is among 40 former students dating back to the 1970's who now say they were sexually abused. >> i was threatened not to tell and if i told anyone, he would come after me and i would be in trouble. i said nothing to anyone. >> ann scott said she was in 10th grade when the athletic trainer raped her in 1977. she said she remained silent for years while fighting bouts of depression and anxiety. >> they are very clever, very sneaky, they are very good at covering their tracks. >> the former presidential candidate howard dean and george prescott are among alumni. an investigation conducted last year into sexual misconduct was revealed against 26 students.
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while the 100-year-old institution did fire some of the accused, it never reported suspects to authorities. attorneys for the alleged victims criticized the school report which did not say whether those fired ever revealed sexual misconduct to their future employers. >> we want to know whether this is like the catholic church, whether the bad apples got farmed out to other places where they'd have a feast on unsuspecting victims. investigation is ongoing and the school has taken steps to right the wrongs of the past. ann scott and others want the truth but don't want to hurt the school. >> we want the school to do the right thing and come out stronger and part of that means being ever vigilant. l.a. prosecutors deciding not to charge bill cosby next t >> when we come back, a crisis of faith. >> there's no reason to revoke my tenure on the basis of suspicion. >> considering firing a professor for comments she made on social media. cooperstown has two new members. one was a rather controversial
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wheaton college in illinois is taking steps to fire a tenured political science professor, suspended last month after she wrote a facebook post linking muslims and christians. she wore a hijab in solidarity. we have her story. >> i won't ever be put in the corner again. >> surrounded by supporters including the reverend jesse
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jackson, she defiantly said she wasn't intimidated by her suspension and now possible firing by wheaton college. >> wheaton college cannot intimidate me as the enemy of the month as defined. >> hawkins is a christian, and the only black female tenured professor at the liberal arts school. she posted on facebook that she stands in religious solidarity with muslims and as pope francis stated, we worship the same god. hawkins, an associate professor of political science had also begun wearing a hijab as support. receipt chon requested that hawkins submit a statement explaining her beliefs which she said she did. officials have had several conversations with her about school doctrine and its belief about the nature of faith. the administration said it was not suspending her for wearing the hijab but for the facebook
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post. in a statement, the school said: this week, the school added that hawkins declined to participate in further dialogue about the theological implications of her public statements. hawkins disputes that, saying the school kept changing the goal posts on what they wanted to hear from her. >> i said i had dignity. i've and your questions and my statement stands. >> with tears and a tight smile, hawkins listened at speakers, including alumni defended her. >> today is a sad day to be an alumni and student of wheaton college. >> on campus and on line in the last few weeks there have been demonstrations in support of hawkins but critics have also spoken out, saying she broke the rules and now hawkins fate lies with wheaton's board of
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trustees. al jazeera, chicago. >> telling al jazeera even though religious freedoms are central to the issue, so are the issues of academia. >> the issue is what does tenure mean. i've worked at the institution for eight and a half years. i've won teaching with a orders and there's no reason to revoke my tenure on the basis of a baseless suspicion. my desire is still reconciliation. tenure means for life and this is also more than about me, it's about my colleagues at wheaton college and across academia, because if tenure means nothing, then we're all in danger. also if academic freedom and even religious freedom and voice within the confines of a college's right to define statement of faith, if my religious voice is squelched, so
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can my current colleagues at wheaton college. she said the muslim women she knows made the choice to wear the head discover. baseball has two new hall of fames. >> the controversy behind one of the inductees. >> the absence of any accountability just speaks so loudly. >> fault lines: al jazeera america's hard-hitting& >> today they will be arrested. >> firing canisters and gas out of& >> emmy-award winning investigative series.
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there are two new members of the baseball hall of fame. >> while the vote for one was nearly unanimous, the other was
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controversial. >> one was a first overall draft pick, the other a long shot 62nd round pick. these two pennsylvania natives both defined baseball for the 1990's and beyond and now both ken griffey, jr. and mike piazza are newly voted members of the baseball hall of fame. griffey gave this reaction to espn. >> it means a lot. you have -- it's a small group. >> griffey is most famous as a seattle mariner. overnight, his number 24 flew over seattle's space needle. he is one of only three players ever to hit over 500 home runs and win 10 gold gloves. he set a record, getting 99% of the selection vote. as for piazza, he's considered one of the greatest hitting catchers to ever play the game. he hit 427 home runs, a record 396 of them while playing
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catcher. he didn't just hit for power. he finished his career with a .308 batting average. it took four tries for him to be selected. there have been long been questions over the suppplements he admits taking as a player which include a muscle builder later banned by the league, though he insisted he never took any actively banned performance enhancing drugs and he has never been implicated in any p.e.d. use. two players not selected, barry bonds and roger clemens. both received too few votes. both were directly linked in an m.l.b. performance enhancing drugs investigation. piazza was asked about that saying there's no question the issue has been a dark cloud over the game but at the end of the day people know how especially
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is and we have to learn about that. pitch roy halladay took a more direct approach, tweeting: >> ken griffey, jr. and mike piazza will be officially admitted to the hall of fame july 24 in cooperstown, new york. >> roger clemens and barry bonds both received 7% to 8% increases in their voting percentages this year, still putting them far short of the votes needed to get into cooperstown. >> is there still a chance they could be voted in, in coming years? >> i'm not sure what a tinker's chance is but i would say it's certainly possible. both have six years left on the hall of fame ballot. if they don't get selected under that criteria, they could get voted in by the veteran's committee but that can't happen until 2023. it might take me until 2023 to
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look up tinker's chance. another reward for the latest star wars movie. >> nothing will stand in our way. >> it has soared past avatar to become the top grossing movie of all time in north america, surpass be the old $765 million record on wednesday. it did not disclose exactly how much the movie has made so far. >> i got to tell you, i'm going back, because there are just parts of it you want to see and i think that's the titanic effect, you see it once and want to see it again. >> that's why it's making so much money. >> it's a tinker's chance that it's going to succeed. >> that's it from us here in new york. >> the latest on a shooting in paris, a man shot and killed after pulling a knife at a police station. as always, you can go to aljazeera.com. have a great day.
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