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on the website aljazeera.com/considerthis. >> good evening welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. going forward - washington's historic security agreement with afghanistan. what the long-term deal means for the mission and our troops. paying tribute - a solemn moment shared by two presidents who honoured j.f.k. and his legacy >> final dive - minutes underwater without taking a breath. inside the stream sport that ended in tragedy for an american. >> plus, "are we there yet?", the worst video but one players can't get enough of.
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is it >> in just a few hours in afghanistan we'll be meeting to talk about a deal that's - that's tribal leaders will meet to talk about a deal that could change the u.s. mission in their nation. it's up to them to approve or reject a security pack announced by secretary of state john kerry. that agreement was posted on an afghan government website allows for some u.s. troops to stay on the ground through 2024. a main sticking point - whether u.s. service personal will have immunity. that has been resolved, and john kerry clarified a key part of the deal. >> it's chain, quip, resist. there's no compatrol for the united states forces. and the bilateral security agreement is on effort to clarify for afghans and for
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united states military forces exactly what the rules are with respect to that ongoing relationship. >> the pact is a setback. they opposed the deal, afghans want the troops out. jane ferguson has that story from kandahar city. >> for many in kandahar life has been hard. they are squeeze the between a major foreign military base and a strong taliban presence. the loya jirga will take place in kabul to debate the future of such bases in the county. people like this shopkeeper in the city want them gone. >> translation: thanks to god we are muslims. the americans - everyone knows who they are. no islamic country wants to give a place for infidels - especially afghans and pash
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tunes don't want to give them bases. >> several representatives traving to the jirga should reject agreement. some have little faith in those going to the capital. >> translation: these elders have not consulted people. they didn't talk about the issues. ordinary people are not aware of it. >> most of the kandaharis we spoke to want foreign forces out of the afghanistan. they have seen some of the most brutal fighting here of past 12 years and much less restriction and development. in other parts of country opinions on the bilateral security agreement are diverse. in kunduz some are mindful that a lack of troops could leave afghan forces more vulnerable than ever. >> if the agreement to sign is go. if foreigners leave we'll be
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left behind. if they stay they'll help us. they are good for the security of afghanistan from every point of view. >> head north to mazar-e-sharif and resident remind us of international politics at work. >> translation: this agreement is not in the benefit of afghanistan. america wants it to be their colony. we are already their colony thee want military bases here. >> across the country opinions on security agreements range from support to suspicion and fear. elders gathered to come to a consensus. they'll shape the lives of millions they represent. >> tonight in pakistan, a u.s. drone scribing has killed four people - three miss ills striking a madrasa. it is controlled by the heck
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arny group, associated with the taliban. >> now to a new plan to deal with sexual assault in the military, numbers are alarming. a study says there was nearly 30,000 cases of unwanted sexual assaults. senator debated whether to change the way cases are handled. we have more from capitol hill. >> many senators say they are concerned about sexual assault in the military. there are two distinct camps on how to deal with it. some support kirsten gillibrand saying it should be taken out of military hands. senator mccain says it should not be. >> i say it as passionately as i can to my colleagues, if we do not trust the commanding officers who take the young men and women in to battle - if we
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don't trust them, then we obviously better re-evaluate our structure of the military. >> now, one of the 52 senators that supports the kirsten gillibrand amendment and wants sexual assault cases out of the an military hands is senator claire mccaskill. from alaska. a military-oriented state. >> there are many commanders, our code of military justice may be uniform. i think we are seeing strong evidence that its implementation is anything but uniform. >> despite senator claire mccaskill's and support for the kirsten gillibrand amendment it did not get anywhere on the senate floor. the pentagon has pushed back, instead top brass are supporting efforts by senator claire mccaskill, democrat of missouri, atting in layers of oversight
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but not taking them outside the chain of command. one thing that senator claire mccaskill is proposing, making sure that commanders can not throw out court martial convictions. if someone is convicted of raping a fellow officer, the commander can throw out the conviction. look at how that changes and how the defense authorisation bill moves through the senate. the senate treading water, not coming to agreement. >> that's libby casey reporting. let's bring in brian louis, a former navy petty officer and one of a few male sexual assault victims that have come forward. kirsten gillibrand, did you support her amendment or the one defeated, to take this out of the chain of command - why? >> it's simple. you heard several proponents
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saying they want commanders to be involved in it. i say they've been way too involved, to the point they have become part of the problem. and they are the ones that have been retaliating and in some cases perpetrating the crimes. so we need to take that problem and fix it. which means taking it outside the chain of command. >> if the number is correct - 30,000 unwanted sexual assaults - how is it possible to solve this problem if you don't take it out of the chain of command? >> it's not. it's the military commanding officer is not in a position to affecti affectively choose between rapists and a victim who both are in the same unit. >> you have said that this is a problem with regard to men and women, and is one that a lot of
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people don't understand for know about. can you explain sna. >> yes. out of the 26,000 unwanted sexual contacts that occurred in 2012, about 53% or 14,000 concerned male victims and little attention is given in that regard. several senators today made remarks on the senate floor, including senator claire mccaskill, and repeatedly using the word women when addressing all survivors, when it should be men and women. >> what do you think the us government - what do you think of the u.s. government's performance when it comes to these problems? the military response and the government in
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general has been poor in responding to the crisis that has plagued the military for the last 40 years. commanders are operating with little to know oversight. there's no justice for the victim in any of the process, and ooen after the victim gets -- even after the victim gets out and wants their record changed, there's no effective stood for the victim to have any sort of redress even outside of the military. >> brian, we appreciate you sharing your story with us tonight. >> developing news out of florida. trey raydul the congressman who pleaded guilty to drug charges announced a leave of absence and said he'll donate his salary to charity. he was caught buying co-cane from an undercover cop and was sentenced to a year of supervised probation. >> in iraq a wave of deadly
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violence, a series of bombics shook baghdad leaving 35 dead. the blast striking shi'a neighbourhoods. the security situation in iraq is dire. united nations has more than 55 moneys killed in violence there since april. in geneva talks over the nuclear program are under way. the u.s. and its partners want iran to limit nuclear capability, iran is seeking to limit negotiations. let's bring in kavay afrais. >> abay a former advisor to iran. >> the parties had productive meetings bilaterally and
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multilaterally. the meeting was short designed to set the schedule for the substantive negotiations tomorrow, perhaps it will extend to friday as well. i'm optimistic and think that we are close to a deal, and that it is eminent. tomorrow morning the foreign minister and foreign policy chief catherine ashton are working on a draft of a final agreement which will be circulated to the p5+1 representatives for consideration and input. there's the likelihood of a positive result. >> if there's no deal, do you think iran will walk away from the talks? >> i highly doubt that. i think we have come way far in
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this process, and according to mr zarif's deputy, some 90% of the issues have been resolved. the remaining 10% will likely be hammered out during the course of this round. >> the israelis are unhappy about this. is there anything the u.s. and other countries can do to reassure the israelis? >> well, i don't speak for the u.s. government. i think that the israeli government has its own hidden agenda and wants to deflect attention from its own problems with the palestinians and arab neighbours and is not for nuclear proliferation concerns. this deal should address a lot of concerns of the international community, including israel and iran's peaceful nuclear program.
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>> same-sex couples in illinois can plan june weddings. illinois governor pat quinn signed a deal making gay marriage legal. thousands attended the ceremony in chicago. the governor signed the bill at the same desk abraham lincoln used to write his inaugural address. illinois is the 16 sth state to legalize same-sex marriage. hello, for over 40 years there has been satellites doing unique work. they have not just been collecting weather image, but working in geology and surveying areas. i want to take you to 1991. this is an image picked up. this is when the iraqi forces left kuwait burning oilwells. it took 10 months to fix.
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here in brazil, this is 1975, deforestation in 2012 looks like this. in some years annually over 1,000 square miles were cut between the two periods. i want to take you here and show you what happened in parts of antarctica. it took two years to make the image with 1,000 images. it's the most high resolution image of ant arctica. te didn't realise how bad the plume was in norway until looking from satellite. useful images from space. we use this in the weather center when we are looking at typhoons and hurricanes. >> the rev reigned billy graham is in hospital. the 95-year-old is breeng treated for respiratory problems. he's expected to return home in a few days.
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one of the world's foremost scientists died, dr fredrik sanger. he won two nobel prizes. he was 95. next - the tail of the tape. >> i never pulled a firearm. i never displayed... >> how suspects may use 9 is 1 calls to make a better court case. >> plus - pull over - the buzz ride turned viral video game. it's so bad, it's good.
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>> it's part of the george zimmerman story that you don't hear about but should. the man accused of murdering and acquitted in relation to trayvon martin pulled a gun. we want to focus on calls and how some calls like those are used to spin cases in court.
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juan carlos molina reports. >> on monday police in florida responded to a 911 call with mark schneider, gaming an argument with her boyfriend, george zimmerman, took a violent terms:. >> george zimmerman, who made headlines for shooting trayvon martin had been living with mark schneider. and she could be heard addressing someone else. : >> after the police arrived a 911 dispatcher got a call from the house, this time from george zimmerman, who barricaded himself inside the home. >> he goes tonne say mark schneider broke the table and got violent towards him when he told her he was mogg out. >> i never pulled a firearm, i
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never: >> george zimmerman came out and was arrested without incident. during the samantha scheibe 911 call he made the statement: >> that game, according to legal experts is using 911 calls to begin to build their case on recordings that can be released for public record. the practice is more prevalent since 2006 when the supreme court ruled some 911 calls could be used as evidence. during the trial zimbabwe's call before the shooting, along with those made by neighbours were key pieces of evidence to help george zimmerman get acquitted. following his divorce his wife made this call:
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>> the charms were dropped. true or not, accusations made on 911 calls live on and can way the opinion in the court and the public arena. >> let's bring in jamie floyd, our legal contributor. what do you make of the 911 duelling phone calls? >> i think we are living in the age of the reality tv. listening to that piece, and watching - it felt like watching a reality television show. people are beginning to, as juan carlos molina pointed out, try their case in the court of public opinion and social media and with the 911 dispatchers before we set foot into a court room. >> what does that mean for the legal system? >> it means we have to rethink the value of the evidence,
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perhaps it means our rules of evidence a considered in ta dirnt context. >> there are different rules as indicated in the piece. they are admissible in trial. the prosecution will admit a 911 call. usually it's from a victim. they can be introduced by a defendant. the judge has to allow it. perhaps the court will pull back if they feel it's staged. >> plenty of people were upset with the decision the court made in the trayvon martin case saying, "we told you so." look at what happened again. there has been a number of incident where he's had confrontations with the police, since that decision.
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does it matter when it comes to the legal system? >> each case has to be taken on their own mer ied. frankry, we want be talking about this clays if it wasn't george zimmerman. he knows, and we know if he has a 911 call, it will go viral. the average person makes a 911 call and we never hear about it. i don't know if we have an epidemic 911 calls we have to worry about, but the public is aware the 911 calls will be released into evidence. >> good to talk to you. >> one of the many legacies of john f. kennedy was on display the the medal of freedom award was created. 16 americans were honoured, including former president bill clinton, country music artist loretta lynn, baseball great
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ernie banks and tv lejened oprah winfrey. >> early in oprah winfrey's career her bosses told her she should change her name to susy. i have to pause to say i got the same advice. they didn't say i should be suesy. >> some of the other honorees include sally ryde, a female astronaut and ben bradley -- benjamin bradlee, he headed up the coverage of the watergate scandal. >> michael eaves is here with sport and baseball news. >> this is the hot-stove season. the detroit tigers and texas
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rangers pulled off a blockbuster trade with prince fielder traded to the ranger for second base ler ian kinsler. the 29-year-old signed a $9 million he had 279, and kinsler hit 277 with 13 home runs and 72 rbi with texas. new york yangee third baseman alex rodriguez walked out of of a grievance hearing after the commissioner was not ordered to testify. alex rodriguez called it a farce. the players union filed proceedings and hoped to overturn a 211 game suspension for violating drug agreement and labour contract. >> the president of fifa said the conditions for workers for the work if qatar are
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unacceptable. cutter was criticised over pay and other issues. the middle east is taking the situation seriously. sports head lines for this hour. sports news later. >> coming up. the last breath - the dangerous sport of free diving. >> it took a week of deadly turn. and a chance encounter. kennedy's final resting place and how it was chose ep.
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. welcome back to al jazeera america on this wednesday, november 20th, 2013. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here is a look at the top stories. >> security pact, u.s. reaches a tentative deal with afghanistan - covering the framework for a future u.s. appearance, including u.s. troop presence through 2024. afghan tribal leaders will vote on that agreement. >> the senate is debating proposals on how the military hant sexual assault cases. under one plan they'll be
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handled by military lawyers, not commanders. the pentagon says more than 30,000 military personal were victims of unwanted sexual exact last year. tonight the florida congressman who pleaded guilty to drug charges says he's taking a leave of absence. henry trey raydull spoke to reporters and said he'll donate his congressional salary to charity. he was caught buying cocaine from an undercover cop and sentenced to one year supervised probation. >> the millennial generation is getting a failing grade when it comes to managing debt. according to the credit ratings agency, 19 to 29-year-olds have an average credit score of 628, below the national observing.
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younger people are using fewer credit cards and have the lowest balance. they have a high rate of late payments. let's bring in personal finance journalist jemmifer streaks. why is it that they have bad credit ratics? >> they are having a hard time paying the bills - whether it's a student loan debt, credit card payment. they making them late so it results in low credit scores. >> is that usual for younger people? >> with this generation it is because they are graduating and the jobs are not there. they are graduating into a market. it's stagnate economy, low job rate and they are having a tough time. >> wouldn't you expect younger people who are getting started and looking for jobs and all those sorts of things to have lower credit scores?
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>> well, it depends. if you are in college and you have been doing well. typically you have been able to get out of college and get a good job. it's not necessarily the case now. they've been able to handle their debt, at least make the payments on time, but this generation is not. they are struggling. >> are millennials taught to save? >> they are. they are taut the same lessons we've all been taught, to save, think before we spend money, save for major purchases, but it comes down to do they have an ability to save, are they making enough money to cover day-to-day expenses and saving money. >> arrangement the credit card companies aggressive to get these customers? >> they are. a lot come out of college because they are approached by the credit card companies while they are in college, before
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graduating. they are all walking around with one or two credit cards. >> the report said they have fewer credit cards; correct. ? >> yes, they have one or two. if you max it out and not paying it on time or the bill on time it affects your score. >> how does it affect them financially later in life? >> it will have a huge impact. when they want to buy a home, refinance or try to figure out what they'll do with the massive student loan debt, that's when that lower credit score and the way they pay their bills in their 20s will come back to diet them. >> jemmifer streaks, good to talk to you. thanks very much. >> now to a new figure from sunday's tornado outbreak. the storms killed eight and caused an estimated $1 billion in damage, a record amount for this month.
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55 tornados confirmed from the sunday storm. the most in one day so far this year. on to an extreme sport making head lines for a tragic reason. it's called free diving. nicholas mevoli was new to it. the 32-year-old from brooklyn new york trained by holding his breath under water in friend's bath tubs. he was attempting a world record in the bahamas, and it host him his half. he died after rising to the service. science and technology contributor jake ward is with us. i have a lot of questions to ask. what is free diving? >> it is the act of descending underwater without scuba gear. in life, spear fishermen, oyster farmers dive out oxygen. free diving is a test and a race against death. how long and how deep can you go. >> it's dangerous. >> yes, it's incredibly
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dangerous. the sport has several disciplines, the most extreme is no limit. you can use any method. jets and weighted sleds. nicholas mevoli, who died, practised a newer, conservative discipline called constant weight diving without fin, no machinery can be used, divers must descend under their own power and kick to the surface. >> i understand he was knew to this. could that have explained his death? >> he was knew and was celebrated as being one of the most extraordinary amateurs. in 2012 he began training and basically rose to the top of the sport since then. he became - he was attempting a world record in this particular event and had, in fact held the
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american record of 100 metres, and then ended up competing - getting the silver medal in greece in september, but reported in coming up from it that he spent the rest of that night spitting up blood. >> obviously it's a specific type of experience that's drawn to this sport. i would assume after his death that people will look closely at the sport, right? >> i think that's absolutely right. he was basically, you know, a prodigy in this. had basically been the kind of person that really shows how dangerous the sport can be. if, you know, you were to look across the breadth of this sport - when you hear the aida, the governing body talking about it. they say it's normal for people to come up and be fine. i'm hearing reports from experts
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of people coming to the surface unconscience. you are supposed to bring a yoga-like zen. you are not supposed to tense up. in this case nicholas mevoli was reported to have paused at about 220 feet and then kept going at that point. the number one rule in this sport is when the body tellses you you need to get out of the water. you need to get out. it may have been his fatal mistake. >> thank you. >> next, a rod goes awol - storming out of his drug hearing, details in support. plus... >> i'm attending an onlun fundraiser. if i push this, i'm told something wild will happen. how about that. we'll be back and let you know what the folks are dancing for and tell you about the desert
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>> today laying a wreath at the grave site of john f. kennedy, president obama, first lady michelle - they were joined by bill and hillary clinton for a tribute honouring kennedy two days before the anniversary of his death. >> dallas became known as a city of hate. a group of artists want to change it to the city of love. mark schnyder has the story. >> store front windows along the main street are covered with 18
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by 18 drawings, col arches, and favourite phrases. president kennedy's motorcade came down the street minutes before he was assassinated. that next defined dallas. the love project aims to redefine it. >> i'm pleased the focus is on love and not death. it's important that people are going to move on while it remains a real sadness in the hearts of people that live in dallas. >> there are approximately 10,000 art pieces in 65 venues across the city, turning dallas into a giant art gallery. >> if it's spreading, everybody within texas and the country and then the world can see that dallas is not the same sass it used to be, nor does that one person who kal killed j.f.k. portray all. >> the message was got out through social media - urging
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people to get together, or work on their own to create the dallas love projected. >> we are trying to give love a voice so it can be as loud and out there and in the public and in your face as all the noisy messaging about the hateful things that are going on. >> i know that art can transform lives. when i saw thousands of people p participating i got out my pens et cetera. >> they'll go to places where people can't get out to see them. so more can feel the love. >> then there's the eternal flame, kennedy's resting place. it's at arlington national cemetary. how the site was chasen is an amazing story. mike viqueira has it for us.
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>> the eternal flame draws visit scores from around the world. it was supposed to burn in boston. as the nation reeled from tragedy some in the kennedy family wanted john f. kennedy laid to rest at home. in 1962 paul fuqua was a part-time tour guide at arlington house. it sits atop a hill overlooking the cemetery. one day, eight months before dallas he had an unexpected visitor. >> it was late afternoon, early evening. cars pulled up. gentlemen with ear phones popped out and said the president was here. >> almost unthinkable now. the president was out on a lashing. >> he said he and his friend from driving around looking at the city, looked up here. neither had been here so they thought they'd come here. >> paul fuqua led them on a tour
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of the house. >> we came out here. the city was incredible. >> we paused a little longer, and the city was beautiful. then they said, "you know, this is so lovely i could stay here forever." >> a friend with the president remembered those words as the family debated the site of the burial. he told them the story. paul fuqua had more visitors there. robert kennedy asked if that could be done, could it be a grave site. secretary mcnamara said yes tsks army, he could convert it to that use. that was it. >> the day came. kings, queens and leaders from around the world joining the grieving widow john f. kennedy, shrouded in black. in a kort age half a mile long.
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full honours for the commander in chief. >> that's me. >> but not all the military that day was american. two irish men, jim sreenan and hugh o'donnell found themselves at arlington. straight from dublin, irish cadets. they impressed j.f.k. they saw the honour cordon perform. >> we were in awe of this man, the irish catholic, the leader of the free world. once home the president spoke of them. when the time came, she sent for them. >> the stunning message was get your act in order as quickly as possible, get your gear
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together, we are going to the kennedy funeral to do the funeral drill. >> once in position they were anxious, astonished to find themselves at grave side. >> how do we get to this, what if something went wrong. you were there to do a job, get on with it. >> 50 years later we are sitting here and it still is something that i would never ever forget. >> a young tour guide and a team of irish cadets leaving a memory with a young president and playing a role in playing him to rest.
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>> michael eaves is back with a baseball trade. >> a huge one. two seasons after signing prince fielder to a 9-year the detroit tigers traded him to the texas rangers for ian kinsler. fielder had a limited no-trade clause, but texas was a team he
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said he would be willing to go to if traded. the tigers were sent $30 million in cash to the rangers in the deal. ian kinsler has four years and $62 million remaining on his contract. if you go inside the numbers, you have to remember field field -- prince fielder hit behind others. >> the hearing for alex rodriguez's grievance against major league baseball took a term and the new york yangee player stormed out. alex rodriguez called it a farce because the independent arbitrator refused to order commissioner bud selig to testify. associated press said alex rodriguez slammed the table and
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cursed. alex rodriguez appeared on a guest an mike francesca's radio show, sharing his version of event and harsh words. >> i lost my mind. i banged a table, kicked a briefcase, slammed out of the room. i felt the system was restrictive and was not fair. what we saw was disgusting. the fact that the man from milwaukee that put this suspension on me with not one bit of evidence - something i didn't do, and he doesn't have the courage to come look me in the high and tell me this is why i did 2/11. i shouldn't serve one inning. this guy should come to our city. i love new york, i love being a yankee. my daughters grew up in new york.
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the embarrassment that this guy put my family through. and he doesn't have the courage to see me and tell me, "this is why i'm going to destroy your career." i thought it should end with bud selig thursday and me friday. put your money where your mouth is or we can go to milwaukee. >> you were going to testify. >> i was going on friday night. you let the arbiter decide. i am sure bud selig and whoever will be the beneficiaries of the decision, will be in my position. i didn't do it. after this is done, we'll go back to reed smith. we'll have a lot of people waiting. >> were you guilty of any of the charges? >> no. >> did you do anything wrong? >> no. >> did you obstruct anybody, witnesses or do anything they accused you of doing. >> no, now to college football.
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a report of sexual assault against jamesin winston was stalled because the victim stopped cooperating. a different version emerged with strong accusations against the tallahassee police development. the family released a statement claiming a tallahassee detective warned her her life could be made miserable if she pursued charges against jamesin winston because tallahassee was a football down and police failed to take a sample from jamesin winston or interviewed his room-mate. because doing so would alert jamesin winston to being a suspect and the matter would have gone public. >> jamesin winston and his attorney continue to say he has done nothing wrong. >> in sport a fight in mcal. three days before.
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main event tensions were heated. >> [ bleep ] [ bleep ] >> the incident started over cancelled practice. it ended up with conditioning coach who saw in the video manny pacquiao's trainer in the stomach. roche suffers. neither manny pacquiao nor rios were involved in the altercation. this is the set up for the fight coming up on saturday. everyone was talking at once. other are than the booeps. i couldn't hear anything. >> a record was set. chris paul had 11 points and rebounds. 12 straight games with double
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digit points and assist, no one has done that to open a season. it's lights out on brode way for spider-man musical. on 4 january it will perform for the last time in new york. investors will a lost $60 million by the time it closes. the musical. the most extensive was losing revenue due to competition. the show will then move to las vegas. from geeky cult favourite to philanthropic force, it may be an odd game. it's desert bust and it's a modern-day telethon. the objective to drive a bus from tuscon to las vegas. people pay money to keep the bus going. donations target almost $200,000. >> alan joins us from victoria,
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british columbia. >> the game is odd. the people that play it are odder. can i have line dancing back there. >> i'm looking away because i am driving the bus right now. i am driving the desert bus for hope. this is a fundraiser, it's not your daddy's fundraiser, it's something different. not your daddy's telethon. this is a wildly interactive fundraising effort for the modern age. >> there it is, the few from the desert bus for home on screen and on the road. down here you'll find a cramped baseball studio where something weird and wonderful happens. viewers check in from 126 country in of the last few days.
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the more they pay the longer the event runs and the bus rolls. >> dance and song challenges from a hyperactive chat room brings in donations. so do online drawings, silent auctions and auctions live for almost anything. >> the disdisappointed limited edition is sold. >> there's the bus. still rolling. it is a modern type of telethon, intensely interactive, cross communication. viewers track, tweet, post on facebook and youtube. drivers are at the wheel. >> the right thumb makes you go and the left corrects your steering. >> how do you drive while dancing? >> like this. >> the goal of the game - keep the bus on the road from tucson to vegas in real time. eight hours. do that and you get a single point. >> you just got a point.
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>> never released commercially desert bus has a following. designed by magicians, who call in to chat and donate. >> our intention was to create a dumb and boring video game, i rate it a success. >> all the money raised go to child's play. >> we have a network of 90 hospitals. it goes to consoles, video games, ipads, technology to improve the lives of sick kids around the world. >> the bus rolls on, chat room churns and donations pour in. organizers that wanted to have fun and help kids in the name of gaming. >> we look at each other saying, "how did we do that?", we are not sure. >> i have been here for most of a day, i'm not sure either.
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they are making it happen. you are looking at a wide shot of the room. can we add the driver cam. that's great. johnny running the board. how many people are chatting now? 1600 people chatting. how many on twitter. >> 7804. >> 2500 hours - thank you, appreciate that. >> 2500 hours of volunteer labour just during the week or so that the desert was has been rolling. >> how did you ended up - how did they end up in victoria if it's a seattle charity out of the curiosity? >> it's a victoria group of friends who started this thing many years ago, loading ready-run an internet sketch comedy group. there are friends and followers around the world. they hooked up with a seatle
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based charity. this thing is huge. we have people from 126 countries hooking up. >> it's amazing. thanks very much. . good evening, temperatures are ready to go into the single digits in montana. this is the cold air that we are expecting to come down, really bring the coldest air of the season across the central plains as well as the east as we go towards the end of the weekend. what will happen is this is the scenario. we have a cold front where you see snow showers. anything behind it is where the coldest air is. temperatures - you can see how they push down. they warm up a bit. there they are, pushing down through tomorrow. this is a cold front. we'll see cooler temperatures in
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chicago on thursday. after the cold front goes through, it will be the snow as well as the mixed precipitation pushing towards the textance panhandle, from oklahoma to the texas panhandle. this will be sleet or freezing rain. this is what we expect to see thursday, rain, ice, snow, combination, and a lot of problems will be at the airport. this is what we expect in chicago. minneapolis down to 6. for your holiday travel, a week away, it wills be stormy, that's what we think of the long-term forecast. if with you travel down the i 94 corridor, that's where the biggest problems there be. the west coast looks nice. john has your headlines coming up noup.
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-- now. >> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here are the top stories. the u.s. has a new security pack with afghanistan. they the deal with afghan president hamid karzai calls for soldiers to assist in training. he sachanging policy on how the military handles sexual assault case, they are debating two amendments, one has the investigation and prosecution handled by military lawyers, not commanders and the other takes prosecution outside the military chain of command. >>

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