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government shutdown. senators expected to go back to work today to try to end the stalemate. but still no break through in sight. food fiasco. the computer outage that kept shoppers from using their food stamps get a reboot. and millions travel to mecca to take part in the hajj. ♪ >> hello and welcome to al jazeera america i'm morgan rat d
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radford in new york. the house republicans were uunable to broker a deal this week. the rum republicans came away wa sour in the roll in theirdy minutdiminished negotiations. i know he is trying to say which republican senator he can pick off in the senate. i hope we stand strong he is we- so we can speak with one voice. harry reid and mitch mcconnell met saturday morning. after ward reid spoke about his history with mcconnell. >> we have done things for a long time together. i know him as he knows me. we don't agree on everything and
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that as you know an under statement. we were whips together a long time ago. we have fond memories of our days together. we did good things together. we revamped government together as whips. this is what legislation is all about. if we have political scientists out there now, this is a classic case of what legislation is all about. the problem we have had in recent years is we have too little of this. too little of sitting down trying to workout problems. that is what we are doing now. a debate continues over raising the debt ceiling there are few key dates to look out for. october 17th the government will no longer be able to borrow and use an estimated $30 billion in cash. that cash will run out sometime between october 22nd and the end of the month. benefits for social security and medicare and veterans could be put on hold.
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and by october 31st the government must pay $6 million in debt interest or default. on november 1st 60 bill dollars is due. and those payments could be delayed another two weeks. and on the 15 another $29 million in interest payments are due if the economy shows a defawltdefault could happen. new york state will pick up the $60,000 a day tab to keep lady liberty running. several other states have agreed to keep parks open. the federal government has astruck a deal to re-open rocky mountain park. >> so many people happen too see the park opening once again. this town has been hard hit.
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flood waters devastated this town one month ago and then the government shutdown the park. the govenor agreed to spend state dollars to open the park here so that means that it will be taxpayers footing the bill. in arizona the grand ca canyon s open. the state agreed to pay $650,000 to keep it open for another week. >> this landmark attracts millions of visitors and i reviews to have government policy deprive tourists to see this magnificent landscape. >> it's money that the state is unlikely to get back. , but that is the bargain that the state is willing to make. the situation is similar in south dakota where the state will spend $15,000 each day to keep mt. rushmore open. here in colorado the tourists are back. the nearest city to rocky
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mountain national park. it's businesses that are depending on tourism. >> that is the draw for people without the park the park wouldn't be here. >> a month ago flood devastated the area. when i heard of the possibility of the park opening up it was hard to believe. it was too good to be true. >> to re-open the park taxpayers will pay $40,000 a day. some say it's more about symbol symbolism than the economy. that is why new york state taxpayers will pay $61 million a day to re-open the statue of liberty. the governors of other states will have to decide what they will do. will they use taxpayer dollars to re-open their parks? colorado has a greed to pay $360,000 to re-open rocky
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mountain national park through to october 20th. meanwhile in washington extra security around lincoln memorial. the site is usually unmanned but park police had to call in a small army to guard it. that is because angry protestors pushed past barricades angry it was closed due to the government shutdown. crisis averted. food stamp recipients can use their card again. that is after a glitch in the food stamps program had been fixed. the major states including california and texas were among those impacted. cyclone phailin has hit the india coat line. line -- coastline. the storm week wea weakened befg
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land fall. these are the pictures of the damage. and the extent of the damage won't be fully known until later. reports say at least three people have died. a new report say 800,000 people have been evehicl evacuated. the death toll seal seems low fa storm this size. can you explain to us why? >> well mainly that is because of a communication issue. the storm moved northward mainly an spared most of the brunt of the storm. because of that the electricity is out in most of the region. and we are not getting reports from several districts for hundreds of miles from here. there are tiny small fishing villages and communities. with the pou power out and the government being remote. it will take a couple of days to find out the extent of the
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damage and get things like death tolls. the immediate concern has turned into the crop and farmland here. behind me you can see a field and that is a rice field and there are coconut trees. rice is one of the staple food products of this region. and a lot of it is on the coast in the path of cyclone phailin. any damage would have a immediate effect on the economy and a devastating effect on the food supply. there are man goes an mangos ans that could be affected there is eight to ten inches of rain fell and it's caused flooding in those areas it will take time to note the full extent of the damage. thanks so much for being with us this morning.
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at least 2 million muslim pill graplepilgrims are expectee part in this week's huge. hajj. the pilgrimage is the largest gathering of muslim people in the world each year. and this year many say they will pray for peace in egypt and syria. and still to come to al jazeera it will be the first major marathon since the terror bombing in boston. a first hand look at the effort to keep the race in chicago safe. up next. opening doors ... opening possibilities. taking the impossible from lab ... to life. on techknow, our scientists bring you a sneak-peak of the future, and take you behind the
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secretary of state john kerry says a partial griel agret was reached with afghanistan on a security deal. kerry spoke of president karzai saturday before leaving afghanistan and both men say they have agreed on a series of
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contecontentious sue he soverei. on the issue of war crimes committed by soldiers. karzai says the afghan court should have jurisdiction and not the u.s. court. there are no survivors after an overcrowded bus crashed when it veered off a cliff into a river. the passengers were on their way to a celebration. some of the bodies were recovered 300 feet away from the crash site. and last year 4000 people were killed in similar accident in the andes. violence in sanit santiago . many were arrested and the pro protestors were marching against columbus day. now like america chile
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recognizes columbus day as a national holiday. chicago's marathon on sunday is the first mapl major u.s. rae since the boston marathon bombing in april. they are keeping 45,000 runners and 1.7 million spectators safe. >> forty-five thousand people have signed up to run in this years' chicago marathon. police are on heightened alert. >> we are going to have eyes on the ground on every foot of the marathon route. and packages and supicious behavior will be addressed is the best way to put it. >> it comes on the wake of the boston marathon bombing in april where 3 people died and 200 were jrtd. were -- injured. securing the route through chicago nations is a challenge. >> what an urban marathon like
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chicago does is we transform an urban roadway into the marathon course. that transforest fir transformar stone. concorner stone we secure the roadways. >> they require a robust security detail. in june grand park was the site of a massive rally celebrating the chicago blackhawks stanley cup victory. 200,000 people attended under the close eye of law enforcement. still marathon organizers have tightened security measures. people will not be able to pick up bibs for others. and these bags are the only thing permitted in the park on race day. as in years' pass four security check points will give runners access. spectators won't have access to the start and finish lines. in addition to the tens of
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thousands of security cameras around the city. extra mobile cameras will monitor the race. >> post boston we'll do our job so everyone can have fun. as a group and the country we come together. >> the second largest marathon in the world and the first major marathon since boston. in oil rich north dakota people are learning about a pipe line leak days after it happened. a wheat farmer first found the leak 11 days ago nin nine miles nortnortheast of taego. they say the leaks were contaminated and the area residents say they should have been told about the spill sooner. they believe the leak to be much
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smaller. a plan to set up canada's first under ground nuclear waste facility is running into opposition. environmentists and people on both sides of the border are concerned that the waste could contaminate the great lakes and drinking water for 40 million people. >> plans to store radioactive waste deep underground. nearby homes and summer is cottages. >> some of is it i it is going e radioactive for a hundred thousand years. we can't plan and guarantee what is going to happen in 100,000 years. a utility wants to dig waste containers 680 meters under the
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site. the thick limestone bedrock won't allow the radio activity to contaminate the water. >> we understand the geology where we are going to be placing the waste and we don't see any impacttimpact at all. >> storing radioactive waste is controversial but putting it next to lake that shares drinking water is another issue entirely. legislators came from michigan to express their opposition. the grea. >> the great lakes are our life and livelihood. they matter to us in michigan as much as anybody. we are a state defined by the great lakes. >> polls show wid widespread sut for the nuclear industry in the quiet country towns around the bruce power plant.
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thousands of plant employees work here and the community actively sought the construction of a waste storage facility. >> we wanted to be proactive and take the leadership mo positions opposed to taking the easy way and just saying no, h we won't kercanare consider it. this is canada's first attempt and quieting both side of the debate is going to be impossible? in san francisco contract talks have resumed in hopes to adivide a crippling transit strike. two unions are demanding pay raises for workers. months ago the workers walked off the job. the five-day strike stranded hundreds of thousands of commuters and they say they'll walk out monday morning if they can't reach a deal. and coming up on al jazeera
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these drivers can't rev their engines because they are being fueled by the sun. we'll tell you who took the first price in australia just ahead. and typewriters may seem like a thing of the past but they are still being put to use in one country. closest to the story, invite hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you.
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the first pictures of former nsa contractor edward sno snowdn has been released. he sought asig asylum back in a. etche was presented with the sam adams award for integrity and intelligence it's given by former u.s. security officers and in his accep sentence speece speech he said it was a throw to democracy. >> these programs don't make us more safe they hurt our country and they limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative and to have relationships and to associate
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freely. sixty-seven people are now under arrest in st. peters petes russia after a gay activist march turned violent. in june a law was passed in russia that bans homosexual prop propaganda. it's been gaining international aattention with russia hosting the up coming winter olympics. after the cyclone phailin moved on shore we got an exceptional amount of rainfall. these towns are so shallow we have big concerns about fooding anfloodingand mud slietdz. slide. slides.
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we are expecting to see eight inches but definitely higher in some spots. the storm surge came on shore and it's a absoulte wash out for so many areas. this was a huge cyclone. so flooding was expected and we are going to be watching out for mud slides causing more damage. adding on top of what we are already seeing this morning. we go to the south china sea. here is a new storm to talk about. naori. it moved across the philippines and flooding. big concern for that storm. not only did it move across fill philippines it's moving to vietnam. it's moving to an area that is well above saturated. this map is showing in the bright red where we have had well above norm rainfall. that is in the very spot we have the cyclone phailin hitting
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india and it's in place for vietnam and moving into thailand is expected to get rain from that storm as well. let's move on and talk about what nari is going to bring. we expect it to make landfall tuesday or wednesday. it's going bring concern of heavy rain and mud slide. here in the you had we have showers in minnesota and down to texas. they have cold air behind it and you have winter storm watches in the mountains and frost advisory and freeze warnings in place for the dakotas. we are not going to get much in the way of snowfall in the dakotas. all of the snowfall is going to come with the storm system and dump into the central idaho mountains and western montana and into the mountains of northeast nevada. and texas you are in the way of
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rainfall too. first it's going to be the northwest and you can see the spin of the low pressure system and tracking toward the rockies and into nevada as well. texas you get a bull's eye as we get into monday primarily. it's going to be soggy. austin on up to dallas. a lot of rain lows to start the morning cool in billings and minneapolis and denver in the low 30s. and the northeast we'l we'll ben the 50s for the east coast. the high temperatures staying cool and fall feel as we get into the mid 60's. and harnessing the power of the sun and taking it to straight to the finish line. a team from the netherlands have won the solar challenge. each vehicle was allowed five kilo watt hours of stored energy but the rest of it had to come exclusively from the sun. >> leslie, you are one of the
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drivers, congratulations an amazing achievement and this car did it all powered by the sun. what was the toughest moment? >> it was hot inside of the car and on the fourth race day we had wind gusts of 60 kilometres-per-hou40kilometres-r weighs 60 kilograms. and you have big trucks cruising past you and i had a grasshopper hopping around all the time while i had to focus. it was an exciting race. >> it wasn't sunny the whole time though was it? what do you do when the sun is not shining? >> we calculate the whole race how fast we have to go every 15 minutes. we knew the rain was coming and we saved energy in our battery so we can continue cruising on the last bit. >> and what was it about this car that proved it's victorious request spirit? >> we had three advantages over the rest of the competition. we had better limits over our solar panels and we had lenses
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that focus sun light on small but efficient solar cells and we had the most ai arrow dynamic design. out with the old and in with the new. her typewriter is her life line. she doesn't know when it was built. all she knows is it's older than she is and she is 35. because they bought it secondhand in 1995 and she has been here with her two friends outside of a bus terminal ever since they are the last of the street typists. it used to be a clattering rank of a dozen lined up here. internet cafes have taken most of the business.
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there are enough people willing to pay 50 cents a page for job applications and business correspondence and love letters. >> i have a colleague of mine who is looking for another job and the typists know how to write it quickly. if i had to do it myself, i wouldn't do it well. >> but the three friends know their days are numbered. they only need to look to their neighbor to see that. which is why the government is sending them on a course on information technology. >> i'm excited by it and i'm looking forward to the day i get a computer. i'm lucky to be getting those skills because once i graduate i can give up this really old machine. >> still there are plenty of people who will be sad to see them go. of course in the age of the internet and the smart phone, this really is a dying art. there are plenty of people that bring their documents here. because they believe some how the old fashioned look makes
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their letters look a little more persuasive. >> across town the keyboard is the only thing that is familiar. none of the typists had worked with computers until a month and a half ago. now they are developing skills in the government run program to drag rwanda into the digital age. the software is english and the jargon unfamiliar. this is not about career development, this is about survival. thanks so much for watching al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford. stay with us for more news after the break and in the meantime you can get u updates on-line on where you can join the conversation. see you again at 4:00:00 easte.
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