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america live. al jazeera with a look at today's top stories. u.s. intelligence directors defend global spying programs under scrutiny in congress. >> i want to apologize to you that the website is not worked as well as it should. >> congress demands answers about the affordable care websites. new standards for health insurance companies, are forcing some consumers to make changes. so two big stories dominating the discussions today in a heated hearing lawmakers grilled a key obama
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administration official over the troubled health insurance exchange website. mike will have more on that in just a moment, congress also had some tough questions for the nation's intelligence leaders. about the nsa spying controversy, and they made one thing very clear. >> what we with do not do is spy unlawfully on americans or spy indiscriminantly on the citizens of any country. >> let's turn now to randall pinkston, he is live for us, give us more details. more of the flavor of that hearing today. >> well, tony, rather than a grilling i'd have to say you would describe the appearance today by the top intelligence officials before the house committee as a love fest. the committee members defended their work, and complimented the work they had done in gathering intelligence, not only here in america but also abroad. the national director and the nsa director general
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keith alexandar focused on something called section 215, the information collection process that allows the scooping up of meta data, the phone calls and the text messages and the like, but they did not -- they say they were -- took special steps to make sure the content of that data was not revealed to anyone. i am totally opposed to what they tried to do, i think the nas is doing a outstanding job, and for us to tie its hands will cost american lives. >> now, that was not a general keith alexandar who said that meta data was under lock and key, that very few people had access to it, especially not the leaker edward snowden. the former analyst who made public so much top secret information that caused this whole controversial in the first place. the speaker you just heard was congressman peter king. he was talking about one of the suggestions being
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made by the committee to reform the way the nation gathers intelligence. to modify, to amend, the patriot act, so that there will be some restrictions put into place on how the information is gathering. for example, they are saying that they no longer will have a dragnet collection of phone calls. that there will be stronger restrictions on who is targeted, and there will also be a new position placed on the super secret court to protect rights and inspector general and in a privacy advocate. those are the measures that some members of the committee want to take, but some members of the committee say that they are not necessary, because our agencies are doing a great job keeping america safe. >> okay, so randall, how has the white house responded to these allegations of spying on world leaders. >> well, the white house is taking pains, you must
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say, to talk about something that ordinarily doesn't get a comment, you talk about security matters as always, we don't talk about security matters. but today the white house released a statement, in which it specifically denied a report in a german publication, indicated that president obama had a conversation with an intelligence official about intelligence gathering on germany and specifically chancellor ainge la merkel. they are saying it didn't happen. so the question is, did president obama know and if he did, when, and if he didn't know, why didn't he know. >> those questions were being addressed this afternoon and earlier today congressman peter king told me that the president should have known. >> right. randall for us, appreciate it thank you, in another let's call this one then a heated hearing, a congress looks for answers on the
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troubled health insurance marketplace website. a house committee had tough questions for the head of the centers for medicare and medicaid services that is the agency responsible for overseeing the changes. did anything really come out of the house hear. >> this one definitely wasn't a love fest, we can say that for sure. the head of that agency that runs the r the ard toble care act, running the implication, obviously on the heat seat today, weighs and means committee, and after weeks remember this website, healthcare.gov this is where you go if you don't have insurance, to shop for a policy, it has had props glitches they were first called. the administration said this was all about the enthusiasm on the part of the public, so many people are logging on, it just can't handle it. now they are admitted that there are serious problems. they have assign add czar to looking after it. they are say it is bulk of these problems will be
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fixed by the end of november. boomage while, the head of the cms has this to say. >> i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. we know highway you need affordable coverage. we are working around the clock to deliver the shopping experience that you deserve. >> and a no small irony, many people have pointed 24 out, that republicans have tried to defund the government in order to kill the affordable care act, obama-care as they would have it, are now holding a series of hearings wondering what in the world is wrong with this website, why people can't get on and buy the insurance that they are trying to kill to take away. dave camp is the came of which committee. he wants to know how many people were able to log on successfully, a very sharp exchange. >> do you not have any
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idea of how many people have enrolled? >> folks are still in the process of enrolling both in the state base exchanges and in the federal exchanges. >> are you getting those numbers? >> amount i getting those numbers, not yet. >> you have no numbers on who is enrolled? you have no idea? >> we will have them available mid november. >> so tony, what is the upshot. we have been through that exercise, clearly that won't happen. not only republicans many democrats are calling for a delay in that individual mandate. march 31st is the deadline. you can face a fine, and now many democrats have joined republicans in pushing the administration to push that back given all the problems with this website. and buying an insurance policy online. the boss head of the h.h.s. health and human services cabinet secretary testified
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before the house tomorrow. >> yeah, this was the warm up today. tomorrow is the main event. all right, appreciate it. >> at the white house for us, thank you. there are now several published reports that millions of americans who currently have health insurance have been told they cannot renew their current plan. 24 contradicts what the obama administration has previously said. david chuter joke joins me now. >> the president has presently said anyone who likes their coverage can keep it, but for untold americans it may not be true. some insurance companies are required to make adjustments in order to comply with the new healthcare law, and that means some consumers are being forced to change their plan, unless they have had them prior to march 2010. starting next year, insurance companies must meet certain basic minimum standards called essential health benefits. including doctors visits maternity care, mental health treatment,
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prescription drugs, pediatric dental care is more. any plan that does not include all of these can no longer be offered. so insurance companies are sending cancellation letters to people whose existing coverage lacks the standards but may be cheaper. the people who are most effected are those that buy insurance themselves such as freelancers and independent contractors in all nearly 14 million americans buy insurance this way, nearly everybody else who gets their insurance already has a plan that meets the new standards. >> for those that have to change their plan, what's the cost. >> well, tony, the great irony in this, and that is according to the kizer foundation, about half of the people who get these cancellation notices ultimately will pay less than they are paying now for their plans mainly because of the tax benefits. and cheaper plans they can buy on the new healthcare exchanges. the other half will have to pay more, for insurance than they are
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paying now. and many of these people don't understand why they should be forced to pay for things in their plan that they don't want or think they will need. that's where the aingeer and the criticism of the white house comes. >> well, how big of a political hit is the administration taking? >> given the previous statements about americans being able to keep the coverage they like, he is getting hit fairly hard. white house officials believe all of this will depend on whether overall healthcare costs drop, with the insurance exchanges work, and the people that don't have insurance now actually join the system. the white house ink cysts it has all been clear, some will have to pay more on the front end by presenting those in order to bring total healthcare costs dow jones over the long term. thank you. take a look at the dow right now. my understanding is the numbers will reveal a new high. wow, look at this.
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to close at 15,068. the preif yous record, was 15,676. that was set back on september. september 18th. the wall street is pleased obviously with the positive anyings reports that are coming in, and feeling the fed will not pull back on its stimulus programs starting tomorrow. so one year ago, super storm sandy slammed the shore impacting tens of thousands of people. many families are still struggling erica continues our original series surviving sandy one year later where a loophole in the national flood insurance program has survivors still stranding. it is is first home they had owned before super storm sandy slammed into their shoreline town.
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>> it was hart breaking. >> yeah. >> it was heart wregeing. >> but it was kind of -- it was tough to separate out our situation from everybody else's because there was such a collective heartbreak. where are you one year later? >> basically, exactly the same place we were. this is basically where the foundation cracked all the way down through the footing. which buckled the inside of the house and the floors. >> first things first, fix the foundation, since they had flood insurance, they thought they were covered, but when they went to collect their claim with the national flood insurance program that's run by fema, they were flatly denied. even if the earth movement is caused by
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flood. >> it made absolutely no sense that you can have a whole part of your house be excluded from a flood policy even if caused by a flood, and it's all caps in the policy which is like having car insurance, and they don't cover anything below the windows. even if you are in a car accident. >> avenue sandy to elevate their home. >> you isn't add on an extra five feet of concrete block on top of a foundation that's not sound. it's just the most terriblic justice i have ever siege. >> public adjustor says the family is one of thousands of sandy survivor whose have fallen victim to this federal loophole, that he says was originally designed to prevent sink hole coverage. >> that's part of the problem, is this flood policy was written by congress. so it would literally take an act of congress to change the language to
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help storm victims. that is unless a high. >> rahing state leader stepped in like governor cuomo did for new yorkers plagued by this predicament. >> the federal money he made available to take care of this exclusion, saves thousands of people. there could be thousands more that are still stranded because they live in new jersey. governor cristty made his voice heard early on. >> 66 days and counting. shame on you, shame on congress. >> but he has been silent on this problem. >> he has the same money, the same access to it, he can wave his hand and make this go away. >> they need this to go away soon, because the clock is ticking. >> the rental assistance we are getting from people that runs up in six months. they simply cannot afford to pay rent on top of their mortgage, and they do not have the cash to
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rebuild the home. plus, they are three small children. who have their own feelings about the storm, and then there's jeff. >> you okay? >> yeah. >> who was recently diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease. >> so we have all those things unfortunately have come to a head at the same time. which puts us in a slur uniquely disastrous position. >> what gets them through each day is their kids. >> really if we didn't have them, i don't know how we would have made it through this year, they are so funny and full of life, so as long as way have that coming through the door, every day, then they get home from school, it makes it easier. >> that was erica fitsy reporting al jazeera has reached out to governor cristty's office several times and no one has returned our calls or emails. so scope in mind, the money that governor cuomo promised to help those effected by this problem in new york, is coming out of the federal sandy
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relief fund. that's state leaders can use at their discretion. john terry joins us now from seaside heights another area hit hard by the storm, and john, what was the impact of sandy along the jersey shore. >> you know, tony, you have to remember those that dies. that's terrible for them and their loved ones. but if you can separate that, there are two long term legacy issues. one is economic, the businesses along the boardwalk were badly hit by the you remember so. can you believe that almost 350,000 homes and businesses were effected by hurricane sandy? what an extraordinary number. and those businesses who have come back have struggled. a lot of the missed memorial day, then they had a lousy july 4th and labor day, and if people don't come down from new york, then clearly they are going to have a very tough time. so that's really the business side of things. on the emotional side of things and the aesthetic side, it is blight. because people who are -- this is a legacy area.
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a lot of heritage money here, and those people have been able to repair. but if you don't have money, waiting for the government aid which has been very slow trickling through, a lot of people have aban conned their homes. so now the jersey shore has urban blight all along it. you know thousands of families lost their homes. joining now with a look of the on going efforts to recover and rebuild. >> sandy caused an estimated $65 billion in damages that's the costliest storm since hurricane katrina. the u. housing of urban development, nearly 48 billion-dollars in pledged aid money, only $5.2 billion has been tapped by cities and states as of august. recovery efforts are still underway, and there's no official number before the amount of people that are still
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displaced but take for example, hard hit areas. like new jersey, as of last month, annuation mated 26,000 people were still unable to use damaged or destroyed homes there. and in new york city, officials calculate that 2,000 homeowners and renters are still in temporary lodging. and some hones may never come back. and hard hit stanton island the state is offing to buy about 500 properties to convert them into opening space and provide a buffer. now thousands were destroyed. more than 14,000 disaster loan applications. rah bit over 4,000 have been approved. >> thank you. meteorologist dave warren is here with a look back on the storm. >> the big change was that there was an area of high pressure that
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developed in eastern canada, very unique and rare situation, because the winds around this turning this from east to west. so this turned the storm, and it really hit at a perpendicular angle right around atlantic city. just north. that's where the storm made land fall and it was actually a pop tropical storm. it was not a hurricane, it was a post tropical storm, but still very powerful, but north, well to the north, is where we had all the this wind, piling up the water, and the increased waves and height of the water led to devastating storm surges. nowhere near where the storm made land fall but this is all up to energy, new york, long island and all the way up to boston. so we had tremendous storm surge amounts well far away from the storm. just a massive storm, a huge wind goaled extending over 900 miles. >> you can see sandy is up there at 65 billion,
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the cost of recovery is certainly very high with this. and watching the potential there for storms to continue to develop, but hopefully not take that same track. that's one storm we watched last year, now we are watching another one today. we will have the national forecast coming up later. >> appreciate it, thank you. >> our special coverage of the storm continues as we speak to a family impacted by sandy, their story one year later, plus, an al jazeera america special the repeat predator of profile of sex assault suspects, on campus p
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love nicole, she is a financial journalist, and you are back on the program. hey, this is complicated. >> i love when you put your glasses on, it means it is something serious. >> go ahead. >> it means i am blind. >> the london stock exchange. >> just launched the islamic market index, which will identify companies that cater to islamic principles this is the first of its kind for a western country. >> yeah, this is a big deal. how do you make a stock index based on a fundamental principle that money doesn't have intrinsic value. so you do that by linking it up to stuff that has instringic value like machinery, like land, like stuff.
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so no stocks no fancy auction and futures and funky instruments that the stock market uses. this is simply on financial prescription. s. >> for a western country to be doing this, what does this say about the strength of muslim invest. >> it is huge right now. this is not a political statement, this is where we are looking at islamic finance booming. up 50% compared to traditional banking. there is going to be $2.1 trillion i believe. in funding coming out of the muslim world, and london wants it to be with them. >> they want to be the hub outside -- >> so help me with bit coin, please. everyone from ali valshi so now you are talking about bit coin, what is bit coin? >> it's like digital fun bucks. >> digital fun bucks. >> so it is digital currency is, you spend
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real money -- >> coins there. >> no, you spend real money to get this online money, that you can use on world press, you can use on okay cupid. >> i don't know what any of that is. >> on amazon and whatnot, we are seeing a big trend from virtual to physical before we saw physical to virtual. so now this is going from physical that you fund these from your bank accounts. or your credit caughts and now to physical again because there is going to be an atm in canada. >> so this is not happening in the states in. >> no. >> and it isn't going to happen in the states in. >> i don't think so. let's just call a spade a spade. there is little regulation. in canada, so you have to put your palm on the a.t.m. >> come on. >> only $3,000 they don't want any money launders to you get it? >> now she is just goofing on me. >> great to see you come on back and visit with us again. make more fun of me. i love it.
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>> a warm of locusts this is crazy. billions of them are destroying crops and leaving millions without food. al jazeera reports now from madagascar. >> these farmers were helpless when a swarm of locusts descended on their rice paddies. they eight everything, leaving the villages hungry. these new growth now, but they are fighting the warms will return, their animals are also suffering the locusts eight the food for the bulls can are now too weak to plow, so everything has to be done by hand. >> the locusts came from the south, they flew silently in a huge swarm, we were very surprised. they passed like a huge cloud and they blocked out the sun. >> the warms effected 70%, with the annual cyclones this year's harvest is down 21%. the world food program and the u.n.s food anding
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ary cultural says a third of rural households are hungry, with nearly 10 million more at risk, the recent warms first appeared in 2009, but a political and economic crisis that's gripped the country since a coupe that year, left officials helpless too. >> all the conditions were ripe for locusts to warm. and at the same time, our political, social, and economic crisis saw the fight against locusts was too slow. they detective have any money storks the locusts grew out of control. >> 2 million hectares of land will be sprayed but madagascar still needs to raise a quarter of the money needed for the three year plan. >> this is the best time of year, because the insects are on the ground reproducing and laying eggs. >> the reduced harvest means staple foods are
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more expensive, so there's more demand at feeding programs like this. wfb feeds nearly a quarter of a million children a day. it could be their only decent meal. a brief reprieve from a life made harder by factors out of their control. natural, and man made. tony page, al jazeera, madagascar. what a world series so far, huh. >> you hate to see the series end, but it could end tomorrow night. it now moves back to fenway park, where the red sox will have a chance to close out the cardinals in game 6. that would claim the third world series title if they can pull it off. behind the pitcher of john lester, in last night's game 5, given the red sox 3-2 advantage, boston looking to secure its first championship at
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home since 1918. on the hard wood, it is the opening night of the nba season, as the league tips off tonight, first game, features the two time nba defending champion hosting the chicago bulls who are welcome back star point guard derek rose after he missed all of last season. the heat are looking to become the first team to win three straight since the lakers back in 2002. now coming up later we will have mark spears to tell us who should be considered the favorite. everyone thinks the heat, right, not necessarily. >> all right, appreciate it. the bang before your buck list delivering the most to students for the least amount of money. and one year later catching up with families after super storm sandy.
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>> welcome back everyone to al jazeera america. here is a look at your top stories. >> i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. ogee joy about the brocks with the affordable care act, the head of centers for medicare and medicaid services was testified before a sharply are under review in washington.
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a bipartisan plan, put forward tuesday would stop the widespread surveillance of records. it has been years since they hit the northeast, many people are still dealing with insurance claims, the clean up, of hurricane sandy is estimated to be around $65 billion. as the nation marks the one year anniversary, in many areas the recovery effort is moving forward. how are you, a year later now, how are you getting on? >> well, things are moving along kind of slow. we have done most of our
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renovations except for our kitchen. so we just got a stove about a week ago. and the only thing left to do is the elevation. we are in a hold pattern. >> i will talk about that in a second. mostly been for you, for you extended family to get from the day after the storm to where you are right now. >> equaled spend -- it's been a long struggle in the very beginning. it was all about just getting everything out of the house, and cleaning it up. after that it has just been a struggle. we have no answers it is very hard to get information, and it's just been a struggle. >> did you expect it to be as difficult as it has turned out to be? to get the answers you
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want? no, absolutely not. i thought that 56 hurricane katrina, and other events like this that there was a plan in place, and to find out there was no plan, no plan of action at all, was really disheartened. >> you have flood insurance, correct. >> yes, i do. >> so you are in better shape than a lot of residents of stanton island, and other hard hit areas tell me about this elevation, you have to raise your home tell me why that's being required? >> if we don't raise our homes up to the fema requirements. we are going to be hit by very very high insurance rates. we are talking like ten or $15,000 a year. in order to save the money, we would have to do the elevation. soto save money in the long run.
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>> i want to talk to you about beacon of hope, which you founded. what's the burp, and more ginly, what else needs to be done in stanton island moving forward? >> the purpose in beacon of hope was just an advocacy group. we were getting so much misinformation, we attended meetings and were able to pass the correct information on, of it has become really now we have adopted the friendship club, and we take care of the senior citizens there. and we have a upcoming event for the children, of sandy, which is a home depot workshop, so the kids can get together. they haven't seen each other in a while, and get to spend the day together. >> i am wondering about your i motional life since this happened. you appear to be keeping your head down, going about the job, you
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founded this organization, but what's been the most challenging for you personally? in terms of keeping your life on as even a keel as possible? >> on the very beginning it was really tough. the anxiety and the depression were extremely ex-freely bad. there were points where me and my husband didn't even leave the house. w the help of a little bit of medication, and just time going by, and things showily improving, we have gotten much better. the both of us have returned to would recollect now. but the family situation, my extended family, has basically been torn apart. due to the hurricane. >> yeah. i appreciate your time, thank you for taking the time to talk to us. >> you're welcome. >> and the best of luck moving forward and specifically in pulling the family back together, let's go to chris nelson now, chris is a special council to the mayor of
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new jersey. it's good to talk to you, chris, one of the hardest hit areas in new jersey. during this storm, how are the residents there holding up? >> we are holding up well. if you think about it, a year from today our little tongue of 2.2 miles was split in 3. we had the ocean come over throughout the entire length of town, but it created three inlets from the ocean to the bay. so considering those circumstances and i am standing here today we are doing pretty good. >> how would you evaluate the level of help, assistance, guidance, you have received? >> this is something like no town on the jersey shore has been through before. and the support we have received the federal aid that we received. we lost complete infrastructure. we lost water and gas,
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electricity, sewer. and people starting to rebuild. >> are people starting to rebuild and in a way that will help them in terms of getting insurance. are they elevating their homes as well? >> absolutely. i'm a perfect example. my house went from three feet off the ground to now 12 feet off the ground. hopefully we are in for thanksgiving. a lot of folks are doing the sang thing, what we are really counting on is the beach to get fixed. and to put a sand project in place, which extends the beach, out into the ocean. and that buffer will definitely protect the ocean for coming over and hitting our homes again. >> we work for the state
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to get that going. hopefully it will start in january. it is a federal project, and it is critical those two go hand in hand. >> thank you for talking to us a year after that, and the best in the continuing efforts to recover. thank you so much. >> it's a common misconception that when a woman is sexually assaulted on a college campus, her attacker made a one time bad decision. but so groundbreaking new rec., suggests the men behind these life altering crimes are often repeat offenders. this week, america tonight is focusing on a problem that a special series called sex crimes on campus. chris has the story.
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>> congressman peter dental college, with a post card perfect campus, is known for its commitment for social justice. so it is even more striking that this campus has reports of rape and sexual assault? i ended up walking back to his place with him, once we were there, he -- raped me. >> this woman now a junior says she was raped in her first year. her outrage grew after learning her college has disciplined her attacker for a similar offense. >> he wasn't suspended? >> no. >> and he wasn't expelled? >> serial rape is the norm on college campuses. we have numerous cases with three or four women coming forward. >> associate professor has been teaching for
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seven years. a long with fellow faculty member the two have become activists. >> i have been here since 2011 over that time i have talked with dozens of young women. >> such stories of sexual predators getting multiple assaults are not all that unusual. in fact, researchers tell us the overwhelming majority of rapes on college campuses are committed by repeat offenders. >> each of the offenderred had on average 15 offenders. training prosecutors and police on sex offenders. his research reveals a remarkable fact. >> the vast majority of sexual assaults on campuses, over 90%, are perpetrated by serial offenders and those were prolific, so the average number of rapes for each
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one of those was six. >> six serial rapists. >> these were the serial rapists. nearly 2,000 male students at a massachusets college, about their sex lives. 6% of the man described their sexual encounters in a way that met the legal definition of rape. meaning they had sexual intercourse without the consent of the woman. often using either force or alcohol. of that growl, a majority has assaulted multiple women. >> am al jazeera, in los angeles. >> sex crimes on campus airs this week. tonight, they follow students at a fraternity party and its roll in campus rape. with college costs rising parents and studenting are trying to find their best match for their education and bottom line. for the right match. we take a look.
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>> tricia the daughter of immigrants from india hopes to one day become a pete yeah trigs. she is a premed major at queens college, who lives at home. her tuition is just under $6,000 a year, which is all her family can afford. the president of queens college says it provides large amount of student aid so students don't have to pick off job to pay their tuition. >> we are getting students from very modest means first in their family to go to college, maybe first in the country, without us they wouldn't be able to transcend their particular situation. financial planner says cost has everything to do with how families pick schools. >> from working class families they are selected the colleges based on the affordable, bases on the convenience of their son or daughter commuting. >> with tuition on the rise, many families are looking at where they can get the most bang for the buck. the washington monthly has produced one of many lists that ranked
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colleges on just that. and queens college is number two. their study looks on more than 1600 colleges. getting marketable degrees at affordable prices. >> washington monthly. a record for producing cutting edge scholarships as well as its effectiveness and encouraging its students to give back to their country. and measuring the value can create very different results. other lists have different criteria, and the results aren't always as positive? >> for example, the salary research firm pay scale looks at a schools return on investment. ranking a worth on annual income. while the tuition might be higher, so are the salaries of its graduates. tuition at harvey college in california is eight times that of queens. at $46,000 a year, yet it
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ranks number one, while queens falls to 338. i believe that the students are not using them in the decision making process. i belief the lists and the rankings serve as an affirmation that the student is made the correct decision. that they are going to be proud of the college going to be attending. >> he said it is also a way for schools to tout their name. >> each of these can contribute in many ways to what a good education is. for example, princeton review ranks us high on class and race interaction, now, given that we live in the borough of queens can is the most diverse, we want that. >> school rankings may not be the most accurate tool, but students and parents look at them. >> al jazeera, flushing new york. >> and overnight man hunt for an accused killer comes to an end in a small texas town, maria ins in is back with a look at other stories making headlines today. >> thank you, tony.
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police found him hiding in the woods just east of dallas. police wanted him in connection to a shooting that left five people dead, including members of his own family. officers managed to track him down in a wooded area, so far they haven't release add possible motive. also, former congressman jesse jackson jr. has reported to prison. p son of civil rights leader began serving a 2 1/2 year sentence. jackson had until this friday to report to prison, jackson pleaded guilty last august, in federal court to misusing campaign funds. it's new charges for south african olympic track star. prosecutors add new gun related charges to his file. these charges are separate from the case that has him facing murder charges when police say he killed his girlfriend back in february. he contends he shot her in self-defense. thinking she was an intruder. and finally, archaeologist off the coast of north carolina have recover add pirate treasure. yesterday they raised
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five cannons from the ocean floor that belong to the infamous pirate black beard. she was found in a boat wreck card that dates back to 1717. the archaeologists say it looks like it was made in sweden which hints that black beard bout or stole his equipment from different countries. >> thank you. al jazeera america, with just a few months to ago, is russia ready for the winter olympics. and the nba regular season getting underway tonight, when we return, michael eaves is here with a day in sports.
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determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of
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those that exist as well. for migrant workers.net many of them coming into russia illegally. his russian girlfriend
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has tried to support him. he tried to take his employers to court. >> i was told that they bribed the police, and the prosecutors of this, they refused to work on my case. when i complain they told me to leave town and not come back, there were threats. according to human rights works they have been rounding up hundreds because of alleged violations and immigration and employment regulations. they are being held in cells where the conditions have been appalling. >> we have missed this. >> this footage was taken by a lawyer on his mobile phone at one of the detention centers a flimsy metal shed set up in the courtyard of the police station. some of the men have been kept here for more than a week. with nowhere to sleep and forced to buy their own food. the police aggressively denied they were even holding anyone. >> deprived of any legal council, spender courts are being deported the men and denying them
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their legal right to appeal. a company give as man a job and promises to sort out his documents including the permission to work. to their advantage, they cheat on them. >> even this russian worker was having trouble getting paid but his unorthodox method sowing up his mouth created such a scandal that his employers paid the money they owed him. >> al jazeera. >> michael the world series is so good, i don't want them to take a day off, i want them to keep playing. >> i don't care who wins or loses i just want seven games.
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in ten years and all they had to do is win one of the last two games at fenway park. in the 7th give. red sox the chance to close out the cardinals at home tomorrow night. now that is a daunting task to say the least, even for a cardinals team that won 43 road games during the regular season. it is not something we haven't seen before. and the guys know what we
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have to do. we have to play the game. we have to lock arms and trust each other, and play the game. >> with baseball taken a day off, the nba get as chance to own the national sports spotlight, when the regular season tips off with the heat shooting for a three pete. to become the first team to win three straight since the lakers 12 years ago. earlier yahoo sports writer about the top story lines entering the scene, including the return of chicago bulls point guard who missed all of last season with a knee injuries. he is shooting with both hands now and he is healthy. he is confident, so i think he will be even better than he was before. he was a fantastic player before, the problem is the miami heat are still great, the indiana pacers are great, and the one thing i remember from two years ago is lebron james with a 6'8" frame,
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guarding derrick rose. i think paul george can do the same thing. so i think when it is down to play offtime, i know they can count on those two long guys probably stifling them and figuring out a way to get past the bulls in the playoffs. >> all right, let's talk about the competition, because it is stacked with rose and the bulls. brooklyn is going all in. can the miami heat pull off the three-pete and win their third straight nba championship. >> when the 2014 nba finals arrive, lit be 40 jeers since the last team had been to an nba finals fow years in a row. the miami heat can do that. but i think this is the indiana's pacers year. and the reason being, they are one win away of knocking out the heat. a lot of people forget that and they are improved. he will be back in three weeks.
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they will will be better because of them and bias of lewis who can sort for a lot of teams i like the pacers making it to the final. can the chippers maybe the up and coming warriors take that next step, and become legitimate title contenders. >> i covered doc rivers in boston when he got garnett and ray allen, he did a masterful job of getting them together quickly and winning a title. i think he can definitely get this team to the finals. maybe get their first champion. he is challenging chris paul, to play better, he tells him he hasn't done anything yet. he is getting jordan to defend, i think more defensively than alley-oops and he is trying to get blake griffin to face the basket more, shoot jumpers, so i think you will see a better clippers team. golden state, this team is good, has deep, size, an electrifying player,
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they have be a team that can really hurt some feelings come playoff time. >> all right, as for the other l.a. team, kobe bryant coming off an achilles injury, when can we expect kobe back on the court, and what should our expectations be. >> well, i think people have to stop worrying about when is he going to play, and when he is going to practice. he hasn't even practiced yet. he said that kobe will probably need several weeks of practice, once he is able to get back, before he is even able to play. once he is able to at least run some laps shoot jumpers, practice, i think they will finally have a better idea of when he arrives. until then, it is the pau gasol show. >> earlier today -- >> oh, man. >> he said that lebron and miami are the favorites. but he believes there's eight teams, eight, brooklyn? >> that have a chance. >> the knicks? >> not so much.
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>> but spurs? thunder? pacers. >> oh. >> going to be a great season. >> chicago. >> have to get tickets. >> i need a press pass. >> meteorologist is tracking a strong storm system, details in your national forecast coming up. >> audiences are intelligent and they know that their
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desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you. storm that hit northernhe europe. deep low pressure, and it creates powerful winds. hurricane force winds at least 13 people have died from this storm. now we are looking at a storm here in the pacific northwest with the storm coming down. meaning that storm came down melts and then freezes on contact. this is a big storm, and this is what it looks like on the advisories. there's that spin over nevada and it will continue to lift out and move across the northern plains this will take a few days as it moves
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across the country. first off the cold air is here. temperatures have drops into the 50's. 52 in portland. sew some cooler. s. it is pulling up warmer air ahead of it. it will create temperatures climbing into the 80's, behind the front here, dropping into the 50's. what does it mean. mrs. the storm and here is the rain, lookses like heaviest rain holds off. but coming down across the great likes thursday afternoon and evening. the temperatures will be climbing before the storm gets here into the mid 60ty's and 70's. there that's rain. and a bit breezy, but it is dry for the weekend. a look at is headlines is coming up.
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