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>> diplomatic talks. >> it's been described as biblical rainfall amounts, colorado residents scrambling for higher ground. >> i think this is a wonderful opportunity for us to right the wrongs that happened 215 years ago. >> centuries after his death, a
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former slave is given a new final resting place. >> a suicide bombing near the u.s. consulate in afghanistan left 12 dead. the tab ban claimed responsibility for that attack. aljazeera's james ferguson reports on the events. >> it began with gunfire as taliban tried to access the building. >> an explosion took place at the gate, then a number of insurgents entered the consulate gate. we don't know how many of them there were. >> the attack included a car bomb, civilians and security forces were among the casualties, and quickly rushed to a local hospital. guards from the compound took the force of the blast.
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>> my brother was a security guard at the u.s. consulate. he was injured as a result of today's attack and is now in the hospital. >> the taliban says the consulate had been an intended target for sometime. american diplomatic missions have been targets here for years. the target borders iran and had largely been considered secured. james cunningham issued a statement saying: >> no areas in afghanistan are completely secure from taliban attacks, the group still controls large areas of the country. the u.s. military will pull out most of their troops by the end of next year and it's unlikely they will leave behind a
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defeated taliban. jane ferguson, aljazeera, kabul, afghanistan. >> syria's penalty has publicly greed to secure and destroy his chemical weapons, but bashar al assad said it will only work with the u.s. stops threatening military action. he said his government will start sub bitting information on the stockpile a month after signing an groom. >> with this, the chapter of the so-called chemical weapons should be ended and legally speaking, syria has become, starting today, a full member of the convention. >> meanwhile, russia's president said the latest statement from
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syria is a positive sign. he says syria's move to ban chemical weapons shows syria has serious intention to embark on that path. let's move to aljazeera's phil litner in syria. how is that affecting the talks rewarding syria today? >> well, that's an interesting development. how much that will affect the talks here, well, i'm not really sure, because we still have a huge gap between the russians and the united states. the russians are saying the fact that syria has agreed to sign on to that chemical weapons convention is enough for the global community to take away the threat of a military strike. the u.s. still stands by its position, that the syrians only sign or greed to sign that, and
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agreed to give up their weapons because there is the threat of a military strike, so to take that away would take away the syrian incentive to do that. the envoy to syria spoke about a possible reassumption of peace talks. frankly, unless this chemical weapons issue is resolved here, that political process is going to have an even harder time of succeeding. >> so, this is the million dollar question. where do we go from here, phil, what now? [ scoffs ] >> that is absolutely right, that is the million dollar
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question. a lot of people are looking at caged optimism with the statements made here about the resumption of a political process, but frankly, the russians have said and perhaps they are 100% right on this one, that if the u.s. or the west strikes at syria, that a political process is going to be null and void. there can be no coming back from a military strike. while secretary of state kerry and the russian foreign minister have this major issue to deal with, the question of those attacks on the 21 of august in which chemical weapons were used and syrian stockpile of weapons, until that is resolved it's going to be difficult to resume a peace process, even though there is some, and i say some optimism that this might somehow be a breakthrough moment, if that chemical weapons question can be resolved, that ultimately
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it will lead to an end to that bloody civil war. >> phil, thank you so much. >> now president putin's op ed in the new york times was met with mixed reactions. president obama said he's hopeful that the negotiation in geneva will reveal some results. former acting director, professor martin, we need you at times like this. thank you so much. >> good to be here. >> did president putin accomplish what he set out to with this surprise op ed? >> it surprised everybody, but i think he was directing it to his home audience. he needed to show his supporters in russia that russia was going into these meetings being very strong. some mentioned that the tone was sort of patronizing towards the united states. i think that was intentional. he said ever since the end of
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the cold war, the u.s. has been patronizing. now we're in the driver's seat, we can be patronizing towards them. >> that was his intended audience, but who is he now influencing. >> it offended many in the united states audience, but i think we should be willing to go into this thing. it's ok putin feels strong at home. we're more likely to get a compromise with the home audience. the close cohort of supporters in his immediate network, he needs to show them that he's still strong and can make compromises and still be a strong leader and he's not deserting them for doing some foolish. >> who is in the driver's seat, russia, the u.s., both, who's really in the driver's seat now? >> i think we need both people to come to some kind of a compromise. as you pointed out, things are -- the question of the role of force in the u.n. security council resolution, whether
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under chapter seven or not is currently a complete sticking point. by showing how strong he is to his domestic community, to people in his former k.g.b. network, people who have economic interest in syria at home, like defendants industrial companies in russia, by showing he is strong and tough shows he can make some sort of compromise with the united states without sacrificing that strength at home. we should see it as a possible development, even though the p.r. value of the united states was probably not very good. >> is the international community at this point because of the combination of two things, the u.s. would say the international community is at this point because of the threat of military action, others say putin's op ed played a role. is it a combination? >> putin's op ed i don't think played any role in the outcome internationally. one thing that is striking is he was still insisting that he thought the rebels were the ones
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responsible for the chemical weapons attack, even though the evidence started coming out from the u.n. on the ground investigation that indicated that the kinds of weapons used, they didn't say this in the report, but experts know the statement that these are the weapons used with these chemicals in this manner all pointed to the syrian government. >> rebels do not have that capability. >> exactly. >> we will be calling on you again. we appreciate it. >> record rainfalls are falling in california near boulder. stephanie has more on that. >> overnight, several thousand more residents were told to head to higher ground. rescuers are struggling to reach folks trapped by the rushing floods. >> flash flooding is imminent. >> in what is being called a 100 year event, heavy rains at least seven inches in less than 24
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hours fell on colorado thursday, resulting in the deaths of at least three people. >> we anticipate that as the day goes on that we may find that we've lost others. >> boulder has taken the hardest hit. late thursday night, authorities called on thousands for to evacuate as a nearby creek began rising to dangerous levels. >> streets became rivers, walls of water crashed down mountain sides, swallowing anything in their path, including cars and trucks. floodwaters poured into homes, causing some to collapse. >> the water was raging, like the colorado river through our house. >> bridges and small dams built along the mountains that buy sect the state have little match for the raging waters. >> you need another hand? >> residents are helping each other out while firefighters make rescues. >> we've lost roads, bridges, we've lost homes, cars, and we are just now beginning to try to
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assess the scope of the damage. >> at the university of colorado, parts of the campus were left underwater, as many students took to higher ground. >> we are pleading with students and people on this campus to stay indoors. >> lyons was cut off by what city officials describe as a 500 year flood. >> we decided to evacuate before the mountain slid down the hill, and as we left, then the big mud slide happened and all this rock right here was all blown through. it was pitch black out. >> late thursday, president obama stepped in, signing an emergency declaration for colorado, providing federal funding for rescue workers to fight the floods. >> there are fresh calls to make sure this is a real emergency and disaster. i think when we look at this from the information we have so far, there's little doubt that this is going to be classified
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at that level. >> the forecast is not encouraging. there's no relief in sight until at least the weekend. >> the national weather service is warning of more flash flooding in loveland, colorado today. the major river in the area, the big thompson is more than four feet above its flood stage. this is an active situation in colorado. >> it's pretty much unimaginable. now jay gray joins us with more on how officials are dealing with these record you rainfalls. jay, good to see you this morning. are they getting federal help now to deal with this disaster? >> yeah, rochelle. in fact teams on the ground here doing what they can to support the local and state officials and crews that have been working on this for more than 24 hours. give you an idea of what's happening now, you can see the raging floodwaters here. they've washed away not only this roadway, but parts of this community. that happening, a scenario playing out across the region
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right now. as we talked about, there are thousands forced to higher ground because of the floodwaters here and unfortunately, forecasters warn we're likely to see on again-off again rain through sunday. that's going to add water to what's already a dangerous, deadly mix and something that they're going to have to deal with for quite some time. we're uphill. >> absolutely. i anticipate many updates throughout the day. we hope not to see the kind of rescues we've been seeing for the last few days, either. >> no. it's been a rough time, and not only the water, remember this. the water's obviously the major issue, but there's major rock slides associated with all of this rain, and that's cut off some of these communities and making it difficult on those teams, as well, richelle. >> all right, reporting live from boulder, colorado. >> it has been raining day after day. let's get more on what these people can expect for the next
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few hours. nicole. >> that's part of the problem. this has been going on all week. what we've seen out here is a very moist flow because of the weather patterns. we have low pressure that's off to the west, kind of high pressure sitting off to the eastern side of this and that funnels moisture in, some specific moisture and it just keeps cranking that in. that means we're oversaturated, which means any new rain and you see those dramatic flooding scenes continue. we are going to continue to watch, you know, very dangerous, any roads that you see, it only takes two feet of water to wash a car away, six-inches to wash you away. with breaks in the rain, we are so saturated that water is still if you know he will go into those rivers where upstream is flowing into downstream rivers. sometimes we can have that details after the rain has ended, or immediately after the rain has ended, so that's going to be a problem, even when you
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get breaks in the rain, flooding is still a concern. the green is flood warning, darker greens, the watches, potential for that. it's not just colorado. as it shifts, new mexico is going to be getting under that and more rain in the forecast. this will start to wane a little bit into the weekend, but we are looking at areas of heavy rain colorado into new mexico, the corridor of where we'll see all that, but some of these locations, especially as this moves up the mountains and that lift, the flow up the mountain funnels that rain and squeezes it out of the clouds. we've had places seeing more rain in the last week than think typically do in a whole year. it's going to stay a very dangerous situation here. coming up in the next half hour, i'll talk about who else is seeing the rain as we head into
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the weekend. >> fire tears through the jersey shore boardwalk that was just rebuilt after hurricane sandy. >> i said i feel like i want to throw up. >> how much damage was caused to the community that spent the last year in repairs? >> the four men convicted in the rape and murder on a bus learn their fate for the crime that sparked outrage all over the world. >>
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>> welcome back. late night rainstorm brought rethree firefighters working to put out a fire that started thursday in new jersey. the fire hit two beach towns still rebuilding from super storm sandy. >> thursday's fire destroyed what mother nature had spared on this stretch of jersey shore. new jersey governor chris christie straight to the scene in shirt sleeves looked shaken. >> i feel like i want to throw up, and that's me. after all the effort, and time and resources that we've put in
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to help the folks at sea side park and sea side heights rebuild, to see this going on is just unthinkable. >> the fire started at a custard shop. wind quickly swept it blocks along the beach in the two towns. hundreds of firefighters fought to control the flames. some of them suffered minor injuries. several businesses were destroyed. the fire comes days after the end of the summer tourist season and almost 11 months after hurricane sandy slammed into the jersey shore, causing billions of dollars in damage. many homes and businesses had yesterday to be rebuilt. the season was slow for me chants, fewer tourists came with fewer dollars to spend. >> oh, no! >> now this, another blow to the shores economy. >> businesses had rebuilt themselves during the summer are destroyed, and it's really sad. >> local officials have yet to determine whether the fire was
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suspicious or accidental. aljazeera, sea side heights, new jersey. >> homes destroyed, cars burned, one person killed as another wildfire makes its way across northern california. the clover fire picked up speed since starting monday near the town of redding. 8,000 acres have burned, 200 buildings, including 68 homes burned. one man was found burned in the rubble. some residents started returning to their homes thursday. full containment is expected this weekend. >> california lawmakers worked to approve a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's license. it would require a special mark and notation on the license. governor brown has promised to sign the bill. >> a new report by the national alliance to help homelessness finds it remains a big problem especially along the san francisco bay, where a group of
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homeless people are facing ejection from their encampment. we have more. >> he calls himself scrappy, scrapping for junk and salvaging what excel for cash. he keeps more than he sells and over the past three years, scrappy has built an incident trick shelter, complete with a core gated metal front door. >> this is the albany bulb. once a landfill, it overlooks the san francisco bay. it is the permanent home of some 60 people. >> 36 people out of 62 have no income whatsoever. there are 39 men and 23 women. >> the homeless have found their way to the bulb to avoid the streets and to find community, but now the city of albany that owns it wants the homeless out. the council voted to enforce an ordinance prohibiting overnight camping, a first step in
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evicting people for good. proponents of the law say the area is for public use and the homeless make it dangerous for everybody else. catherine said the bulb is a good, safe place for her. >> i can go with me, and my dog. i know what it's like to be on the streets. >> despite statistics, america's homeless remains visible with life as hard as the pavement. >> are they as clean, do they sometimes smell a little bit some maybe they do, but they still, they love, they live, they're human. >> this isn't the first time the city has evicted the campers. in 1999, the city told everyone living here to pack up and leave, but one by one, the homeless returned. and by 2006, the bulb was once again occupied. >> the homeless say back then, the city did not provide enough
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transitional housing or services. today, the city says it is studying not only housing options, but also help with storage and pets. the evickses could begin as early as october. >> hit by budget woes, fib officials say they have no choice but to shut down offices around the country for 10 days next year. the furloughs could save the government $16 million per day. closures will most likely fall near holidays with the first round scheduled for thanksgiving and christmas. plans for agents to return to work if there is a terrorist attack or major crime. >> there's been a drastic increase of the number of close calls in the air, airplanes flying too close more than 4,000 times, double the previous record from 2011. there were 1900 close calls that year. the report does not clarify if
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there are more air safety incidents or better reporting. officials are focusing on improving air traffic control tactics and communication with pilots. >> a few lucky customers scored tickets for $5 through the united airlines thursday, but the airline quickly caught the mistake. it shut down booking on line and by phone. the company has not said whether it will honor the rock bottom tickets sold. >> stay tuned, negotiations over syrias chemical weapons, secretary of state john kerry said he is cautiously optimistic. russian president food tin said syria is serious. >> a case that rivetted the country and the world. >> chasing the digital dream, what it takes to succeed in silicon valley. >> i'm mark morgan, week two of the nfl season kicked off last night.
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the jets went into the lie on's den in foxborough. coming up later in sports.
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>> welcome back. i'm richelle carey. these are stories we're following. the taliban claiming responsibility for a car bombing that killed at least three in afghanistan today. nine attackers were killed. the bombing happened near the american consulate. all personnel are safe and accounted for.
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>> major flooding in colorado killed at least three people, cut off entire towns and flooded major roadways. rising water toppled buildings and stranded motorists and their cars. there are reports of mud and rock slides. the hasheddest hit area is boulder county where six inches of rain has fallen. >> talks resume with u.s. secretary of state john kerry hoping to place syria's weapons under international control. syria has said it's willing to destroy on its chemical weapons stockpile if the u.s. gives up threats of military action. meanwhile, russian president vladamir putin is praising the syrian's decision to join an international chemical weapons pact. there are no reports that a unique military weapons unit is
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scattering the stockpile. officials in the u.s. and middle east said syria is scattering these weapons so they are harder to track. they've been spread across 50 locations in the country. >> meanwhile, there are no reports an he will light military weapons unit in syria is out scattering the weapons stockpiles. officials in the u.s. and middle east say that about these weapons. we are joined live from moscow. secretary of state kerry went into the meetings with big differences. is there any indication that those differences are being ironed out? >> unfortunately, there isn't any indication that they're being ironed out, but we don't have any bad news, either, if you follow me. both men appeared in the middle of the morning geneva time. they met initially last night. their statements in the press
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conference were rather terse, along the lines of we have a lot of work to do. we're not going to tell you outside too much right now, but we want to carry on working, so you might characterize their appearance as brisk and workmanlike without being overly optimistic. behind the scenes, there are serious differences between the american and the russian approach. >> i understand that they don't want to update us every minute along the day, but surely there will be updates later today so we know what's going on? >> yes. the russians only warned that this was not going to be a quick and easy process. if you look at the size of the delegations that they took and that the americans took, with a lot of technical people, experts on chemical weapons, there is a
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lot to get through. let me just remind you of some of the difference points of view between the american and the russian approach. the russians are animate that any agreement should not be backed up with an american threat of force. they are saying look, we've taken our syrian allies this far, they've agreed to join the international chemical weapons convention. they've agreed to hand over their weapons. it's not necessary. it's not logical to threaten them. of course the american approach is very, very different. president obama believes that without the threat of photos, we would not be here today, that president assad would not have given ground to the extent he had and russian diplomacy would not have shown i suppose you might say the urgency and the imagination which it has displayed over the past seven days. resolving those positions are going to be very difficult. then you have president assad appearing on television last
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night, saying that as far as he was concerned, this is a two way process, that the americans in particular, he mentioned, although we know that other western countries have been involved in this effort have to stop arming the rebels in syria. that's going to be another tough sticking point. we're waiting for threws as to how it's going, but are not getting them yet. >> thank you so much. >> the leader of al-qaeda is calling on followers to strike inside the u.s. in an audio message released september 12, he says they can defeat america on its own soil. the message could not be confirmed. it was posted on a website commonly used by al-qaeda. >> protestors have taken to the streets for the fourth night in turkey. the unrest started as a protest against the turkish president but turned violent when one of the protestors was killed.
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he fell from a building, but protestors say he was hit by a tear gas canister. they have been firing tear gas to disperse crowds. >> in new delhi, four men sentenced to death convicted of gang raping and killing a woman on a bus, the case has triggered outrage. special prosecutors asked for the death penalty, but it's unknown when it will be carried out. we have live outside the court house where the men have just launder their fate. >> the death sentence has been welcomed across india and even as we can see outside, scenes of celebration and relief in many respects on the part of the average indian coming to find out the sentence and react to it. a man here tells me that this is the sentence he believes that everyone who commits rape in india should receive. now that's a very farfetched statement, but certainly is the mentality of many across india following this very, very public
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case in september last year. the question many are asking going forward is how long will this momentum last when it comes to talking about women's rights and safety across india? this case has at this point come to an end in terms of sentencing. we don't know when the punishment will be handed down exactly given the appeals process that is likely to take place. the biggest spotlight is on how long can india keep the momentum going when it comes to protecting women across the country. >> a cold front is causing problems across the count arery. we have the details. >> we've had a lot of activity across the country the last couple of days, and a lot of that is due to a cold front that's been moving across the country. as we look, we are going to see that this is now in the midsection of the country, very easy to pick that line out heading through the northeast. as this has moved, it has created a lot of cold air, so places that were well above
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average are now blow average, kind of a nice relief, because some of the temperatures were in the 80's and 90's and oppressive this kind of year. it caused strong storms. you can see this moving through, the heaviest line of storms dumped a lot of rain, had wind damage as this passed through. you can still see a couple lingering showers along the northeast. most of that is confined to the morning hours. what we're going to notice heading into the weekend is the temperature differential. already today, we're going to have much cooler high temperatures, places like toronto, at 54 degrees, as we get to the coastline. temperatures in the 70's, although some of that is early in the day, so the temperatures will hang 60's to lower 70's through the course of the day. now, where we've seen more dramatic changes, these are the morning temperatures, you look at thunder bay, 38 degrees, get north into duluth heading into
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the boundary waters, 40 says and mid 30's. that means this is one of the first times this year we've seen frost and freeze advisories for this region, in some cases in the early 80's and 90's early in the week, so cooler air has moved across the region. we've got the hurricane out in the atlantic. we have a system that could move into mexico over the next couple of days, slight chance that would bring moisture to texas, and that would actually be some very beneficial rain. we'll talk more about the flood concerns in the next half hour. >> week two of the nfl kicked off thursday night. for more, let's get to mark morgan in sports. it was an ugly game. >> it really was, not aesthetically pleading. with the jets, we are always entertained. >> all the time. >> with the jets on going soap
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opera continues. mark sanchez is out with an injured shoulder and says there is no doubt that he won the competition over rookie gotten know smith, but his perspective irrelevant, he is out for the season. we pick it up, tom brady got things going early on, brady, watch this, nice play fake, he finds a wide open aaron dobson, 30 yards later patriots up 7-0. second only to drew brees, who's streak end the at 54. jets pull within 13-10, suddenly things tighten up. jets still down three. smith trying to lead the comeback. final minute picked off. he had two intersections. geno threw two picks. he was hit at the end of the play. man gold flagged for the late
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hit. tempers flared, two jets pliers ejected. the patriots had more punts, but hang on to win a sloppy game 13-10. >> it's an outstanding football team. there's no way if you turn it over four times. we were going to keep competing and try to give our receivers an opportunity to win. >> proud of our team. i thought they once again stepped up, made the plays we needed in the fourth quarter, you know, conditions weren't great out there in the second half, but did a better job of taking care of the ball than last week. that was key, had stops on defense, that's the field position in kicking games, always room for improvement, but good to be 2-0, get two division wins. >> with the nfl season underway, there is no shortage of hot topics.
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rg3 and ndamukong suh headlines starting with suh's low blow on the resulting fine. >> i think he has zero chance of getting that fine reduced and he's awfully lucky that he didn't get his second career suspension. this is his sixth fine over four seasons. he is a repeat offender. he has got to stop. he got the captainship this year and they expect him to be better than that. he's a great player on the field, but he's got to quit being a dirty player on the field. >> robert griffin iii, what's the bigger concern, his surgy radar knee and subsequent rust or the redskins defense? >> they have a lot of problems in washington, but i think you're most concerned about rg3. he looked better in the second half, but the two things he did well last year was a high
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completion percentage. he was fourth in the nfl last season. he didn't do that especially early in that game, and then the turnovers. he only had five interceptions last season, two in his hitter 14 throws the other night. >> you have an interesting article coming out tomorrow about johnny manziel's future as an nfl quarterback. do league leaders think hing as effective on the pro level? >> he's a very interesting prospect. only two guys were drafted in the third round that were under 6'2" in the modern era. he could join that elite class. i talked to six nfl scouts anonymously and four think he is a first round pick. the concerns are obvious. we talked about his size, his arm strength is another, and then of course the off field issues. he's going to have to address those if and when he comes out. everyone expects him to come out after this season.
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i think he's probably going to. doug flutie said he sees a lot of himself in manziel. we're going to find out maybe as soon as this time next year. >> that's it for sports. auh find several times in the nfl. >> it's not working. >> a man was buried who died 215 years ago. why he's never been laid to rest had everything to do what what he was, a slave. we report. ♪ >> a scene that would have been extraordinary in 1798, his name was fortune and he was a slave. >> i think this is a wonderful opportunity for us to right a
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wrong that happened 215 years ago. i do know that as a baptized person, he deserved a dignify funeral. >> the wrong that happened in life followed him in death. his owner, a doctor skinned his corpse, boiled his bones and used them to study human anatomy. eventually his skeleton became a museum exhibit just across the street from st. john's. >> the most emotional part for me, knowing that there was actually a slave that was here and his bones were right basically in our back yard. >> he was on display from the 1940's to 1970 when attitudes changed and the museum put his bones in storage. the bones were hidden, but fortune's story fascinated people. in 1996, a project began to learn more about him. >> what we learned from mr. fortune's skeleton is that he had a very physical life. he was a strong skeleton. he was probably about 5'5" tall,
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but worked very hard and so there are breaks in his hands. he has a very twisted, severe ankle. >> all of this evidence of a life in bondage. >> 215 years ago, this was farmland. fortune's owner raised wheat and potatoes on 75 acres. foreign did the back breaking labor from planting to harvesting. >> a former president of the naacp has a committee that recently commissioned a university to use modern technology to investigate fortune's death. >> they found that there was some type of blow to the back of his neck there, and we don't know if that was done accidentally, or on purpose. >> fortune was about 55 years old when he died. on a rainy september day, two centuries later, he was finally laid to rest. as a pastor noted, not as a
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slave, but as a child of god. aljazeera, waterbury connecticut. >> quite a story there. north america's tallest mountain is not as tall as once believed. the magic behind the mystery. >> voyager's major milestone happening in outer space and why scientists can't believe what they're finding.
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>> twitter is going public. the social network company tweeted thursday, of course they tweeted it that it submitted a filing with the securities exchange commission ahead of an initial public offering. it has been anticipated after facebook went public may of last year. >> silicon valley, the start up boom means competition to survive. big bucks are only for a lucky few. we look at one of the valley's major technology conferences. >> the event is called disrupt and reflects the technology and
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industry's values. in silicon valley, a glut of start ups means intense competition to survive with some doing absolutely anything to grab investor attention. these entrepreneurs believe they've got a good bankable idea. can they convince consumers? with so many websites available, this website believes there's still room for one more. >> it is experts compete to build your next vacation. it's crowd sourcing travel timing. you tell it where you're going to go and what you're into and our experts will give you ideas for your next trip. >> moto takes any photo and interprets it into music. it's the third company its founder started. >> it is very hard. i've never given birth, but i kind of think it probably feels similar. you have good days, bad days,
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you have a lot of rejection, you have support. >> so many start ups, so many upbeat tuesday, but most will fail, won't last past two years. venture capitalist don't think this reflects poorly on the industry. people tell us it's what makes it successful. >> fail fast. that's something you here a lot here. it may not sound like the most efficient process, yet the money keeps coming. the industry believes this is the best way to do business. >> you know, it's hard for people outside the industry to look at it and understand just how much failure is built into the system. as an investor, we know there's going to be huge follow off and hope there's going to be a few big winners that makes everything make sense. >> it's about chasing the dollars and chasing the dream on to the main stage that's called start up battlefield. >> over the course of this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon, we're going to see 30 companies. >> past winners of the competition include a company
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called mint sold for $170 million and another called yammer sold to microsoft for $1.2 billion. he make their pitch. >> it is my distinction pleasure to introduce you to koter. >> all right, hey, guys, i'm john shoe, the c.e.o. and founder of quality. >> to a crowd of investors listening below. some start ups here will indeed make it big. some have already attracted investors with plans to roll out their product on line or in stores soon, but appearances deceive. silicon valley likes it's slightly geeky image and celebrates its winners, but with winners come losers and not everybody recovers enough to make their next pitch.
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>> california's legislature agrees to raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour, one of the highest in the country, boosting the current minimum wage 25%. the increase now is up to the assembly and governor. the minimum wage hike would be the first in california since january, 2008. washington state has the highest minimum wage at $19.19 an hour. owning a home is the american dream, one harder and harder to reach. immigrants in the chicago area have been helping to sustain the housing market. >> home buyer wanted to piece of the american dream, but couldn't afford it. >> i used to rental, just like almost everybody else and then as my family was growing, i needed to bigger place to live. >> originally from ecuador, he came to the united states in the early 1990's. after years of hard work, the
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41-year-old father of two and his wife finally bought a two bedroom home, but it was a struggle. the path to homeownership has become complex. without a significant down payment, good credit and steady income, some middle class immigrants have had a difficult time securing a mortgage. >> victor found help from the resurrection project, a non-profit that assists immigrants to become homeowners through financial guidance and government loans. >> we are creating a demand for housing in communities where previously because of the foreclosure crisis were on a decline. now, we've had immigrant families, spanish speaking families who are very interested in investing and starting, being a part of the community there. >> according to a study that looked at 40 years of census data, immigration homeowners have been sustaining the
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industry across the nation. >> they add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of the home across cities. >> home prices over the last decade have gone up from $2,500 to nearly $5,000, a direct result of more immigrants buying homes. the study says that immigrant homeownership pumped $3.7 trillion into the u.s. housing market, stabilizing urban areas as long term residents moved out. in the chicago area since 1970, 900,000 residents moved out and 600,000 immigrants moved in. that didn't happen in st. louis, baltimore and detroit, where the housing crisis was more severe. >> try to imagine chicago with 600,000 of its residents gone. the city would have a lot more problems in a lot of neighborhoods, experiencing more of the urban decay that you would associate with detroit. chicago is doing a lot better, and a large part of the
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difference between the experiences of the two cities can be attributed to the positive impact of immigration on the community. >> researchers point out an increase in home prices means less affordable housing options for people living in areas where the cost of living is already high. for victor, finding a house that fit his budget was key to finally creating a better life for his family. >> it was my dream since i first came here to have my own place for me and my family. this is a dream come true, basically, owning a home. it is part of the american dream, and i'm glad i now have a home to call my own. >> a foundation for his family, and a life well lived. >> never before has a human built spacecraft traveled so far. after three decades in space, nasa's voyager has finally left our solar system. >> the sun creates a bubble around itself, which envelopes
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all the planets and provides a short of a shield between us and what's outside in interstellar space between the stars. this is the first time we've had a spacecraft leave the bubble so we can determine what's really out there trying to get into this bubble. >> the unmanned satellite entered into. >>er stellar space more than a year ago and is now 12 billion miles from the sun. scientists delayed the announcement, because they didn't know what it would look like when the spacecraft crossed the boundary. voyager one and two were launched days apart in 1977. they are not sure when voyager two will cross, but they believe it's not far behind. >> north america's tallest mount in is not as tall as once believed, mount mckinley is 83 feet shorter. this was thought to be 20,320 feet, but now is shown to
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be 20,237 feet. >> it looks like a scene from a disney movie. a balloon is lifted off thursday using only helium filled balloons. instead of a hot air balloon, jonathan strapped himself into more than 300 balloons, yeah, like from the animated movie "up." he hopes to be the first person to use this cluster balloon system. if all goes according to plan, it could take three to six days to reach his destination. good luck to him. >> we are live with the latest on the jersey shore fire that swept through sea side park last night, a rough ending to a most difficult year. >> coming up next in sports, week two of the nhl is highlighted by brother against brother. >> it will be another rough day with flooding in colorado.
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i'll tell you what is causing all the rain, plus when we might actually see a break. >> aljazeera continues. we're back in two and a half minutes. thank you so much for your time.
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>> good morning. these are some of the stories we're following. devastation at the jersey shore again. a flagger good afternooned new jersey governor after seeing part of the boardwalk engulfed in flames. >> fleeing the floods, evacuating their homes in boulder after water levels rise again. >> secretary of state john kerry latest description, cautionly optimistic talking about the mood in the discussions. >> up, up and away, the man

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