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>> hello and welcome to al jazeera america. john siegenthaler has the night off. fire ball in north dakota, two trains collide, evacuations over the aftermath. a young girl in california, her parents struggle to keep her a alive. a cruise ship is stranded in the antarctic. a surprising look at the president's favorite tv shows.
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interwe dpinl tonight with that train derailment in north dakota. the accident set off a series of massive explosions. a train slammed into a derailed train in north dakota. making it more difficult as temperatures plunge to 20 below zero. joining us is kent bus, a member of the city council from castleton, north dakota. the images are stunning. describe what you saw and what you heard. >> well, i was driving home from work this evening, there was a huge black cloud of smoke going for several miles. once i got closer to town, you can see rail cars burning, and
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just a big mess. nobody has been injured, as far as we know. so a lot of it is simply precautionary. >> that is good news. were you able to feel or see the explosion? >> no, i -- that was all pretty much done by the time i came home. >> the video from the air is stunning alone. i can't imagine what it was like seeing it in person. just how large was that fire? >> well, i can't really tell, because they really wouldn't let anybody very close to it. it's a little ways out in the country besides so it would be very hard to get to on a good day. and you can just see it from the distance but you can definitely see it is a large accident. >> i know you've also spoken with the mayor recently. what did he tell you, are they having any trouble fighting this fire? >> they are trying to gather enough water so they can go in with foam and hopefully cover the whole works with foam, and put the flames out.
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and that would allow the citizens tomorrow to come into the community. we are under a not forced evacuation but strongly recommended from the sheriff. >> i bet. and did you evacuate yourself? >> yes, we did. my family and i are in a motel in fargo right now. >> unreal. if you can tell us how close this fire and train wreck is to the town. i want to know how close it is to the town, i know castleton is a small town, about 2,000 but how close is it to the towns? >> i would say the accident took place about a half a mile to a mile west of the town. where it happened is more of a country, rural typesetting, no houses or anything like that. it's quite close to acity park and it is a much better thing
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that it happened where it did, if it had to happen at all. if it had happened right in downtown, where the tracks do go right through the middle of town, it would have been a disaster. >> that is some good news, thanks to councilman kent bus. now to the fate of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after getting her tonsils removed. in a surprise decision tonight, her parents won the right to keep her alive. a small victory tonight melissa for her family. >> yes, jonathan it was quite a surprise. but the family has fought very hard for this. i.t. has been quite an incredible battle over the past weeks. first you had the physicians at the hospital saying jahi
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mcmath was brain dead and her parents weren't satisfied to that. finally they took it to court where there was a round of medical examinations so this family is willing to really take this legal battle. according to the hospital, jahi mcmath was dead weeks ago when she website into cardiac arrest following her operation. >> i have to do what's right for me and for jahi, until i have no fight left into me. >> our attorneys are simultaneously filing a new complaint in court requesting a temporary restraining order. we have also requested that judge brillo extend his temporary restaining order. >> just last week a court appointed independent urologist confirmed the condition. >> unfortunately, the
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conditioning by jahi, by the statute you mentioned she meets all the criteria for brain death. >> medically, brain death is different than a coma. in a coma the patient still has neurological activity. but in brain death there is none. >> in similar cases where there are patients who are deceased or brain-dead, there is such an effect known as the lazarus effect or the lazarus reflex, it is quite common for their muscles to move. it is something not unusual nor shocking nor is it a sign of any life in the body of jahi mcmath. >> the attorney representing the mcmath family, says it's not simply about the fact that jahi is alive or dead, but about basically civil liberties.
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>> no matter how they try characterize it. it is the matter of what's right and legal. >> what is in this particular case is the family has decided to take it this far along in court. jonathan. >> thank you melissa. let's take a further look at the legal issues in this case. with us is attorney riva martin. thank you for being with us, first off. we're very confused about this. why is this honestly a fight, if the family wants to keep her alive why can't they keep her alive? >> it comes down to the legal definition of death. in california if there is a cessation of brain activity the person is dead. if the legal criteria has the net for death, we no longer have the tblitio obligation that shee
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maintained. we are not obligated to provide care for that person because essentially the person is a corpse they are a dead person. >> not obligated but they could, correct? >> the hospital says medically and ethically they improper to do so. so the hospital is concerned according to its spokesperson of setting a negative pressing dent. they're concerned of opening the flood gates and having families come forward after someone has been declared legally dead and asking for the hospital to continue care. you know think about the health care system that is already burdened, the expenses associated for caring for individuals who have illnesses and the hospital is saying if we have to be concerned with caring for someone who is legally dead it is going to overburden the
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system. >> this is the same hospital she went in to get her tonsils removed, something went horribly wrong and she went into this position, the hospital is asking to remove life support. is there not an ethical issue here? >> i like many people are scratching our heads, why can't the hospital and the family reach some kind of agreement. we are hearing that the family has found a facility in new york that is willing to take jahi. can the hospital oakland provide assistance to this family in getting jahi to a center that is prepared to provide her care? that seems to be the right thing to do in in case. >> what are the options for this family? we are seeing that she gets a ruling that extends it by a week. after that what next? >> we see a couple of things happen in court. first the court issued a temporary restraining order. and the stanford pediatric
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neurologist confirmed and said what the hospital said that jahi is legally dead and the court said the hospital had until 5:00 today unless the family filed an appeal and that's exactly what the family did. it went into court and said we want the california appellate court to look at this decision and to help us sustain jahi's life. to help us sustain her on life support. so now we are going to hear from the california appellate court and i think this is going to play itself out in the court system, the family has shown they are going to be persistent and fight with everything they can to keep jahi alive. >> thank you, ria martin. for your time tonight. we will get more on this controversial story coming up at the bottom of the hour. now to the bombings in russia, two bombings coming just weeks before the winter olympics
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in sochi. peter sharp is there. >> you pick up an sense of anger, a sense of fear, a sense of frustration. in the past 24 hours this city of 1 million people last lost more than 30 people killed and more than 100 injured, many of them seriously, some of them children. the people are angry. they feel let down by the social services, by the police, by the security forces. they feel not enough has been done to protect them, to protect their families. the city is all but closed down. there is no longer any faith in local transportation services. the trolleys still run and they rattle around this old city virtually empty. and today, on monday, about 400 local people gathered to protest about what's happened here over the last 24 hours. and the police cleared them off, saying their presence altogether
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en masse was just another target for the people who are carrying out these bombings. >> and joining me is david garton ross, thanks for being with us tonight. >> my pleasure. >> i want to talk about thiss chechen leader dokuku umarov. >> for example, he orchestrated from 2009 to 2010 bombings of the moscow subways as well as in the moscow airport also the russian authorities have found that the same explosives were used in both these two suicide bombings. other than the caucasus
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emirates, it is a good bet at this time. >> why has the russian government had such a big trouble tracking him down? >> a battle hardened veteran, just like it is with osama bin laden or other terrorists. >> well, there's two ways to look at security. one is inside the security perimeter and it would be very difficult to get terrorists inside that perimeter although not impossible. but then the second thing is right outside the perimeter and you can't secure the entirety of sochi. if you move out a security perimeter then terrorists could strike just outside of it. also the moscow airport attack. in both cases a suicide bomber detonated just outside the
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security perimeter, a place that was still a soft target even though security was very close by. similarly you can do that with respect to the olympics which means it's very difficult to secure the entire area. the fact that they are striking at transportation here is a very intottic value because it says that you can't secure everything for sochi. >> and how big is this group's reach? a lot of us remember obviously the boston bombers had a connection to that region. is there any reason to believe there is a connection between doku umarov and terror cells in the united states? no reason to believe there is connection with terror cells in the united states. >> thank you for your time tonight. >> my pleasure. security forces, correspondent peter greste, two
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producers and a cameraman. all have worked for various media outlets in the past two decades. another group of palestinian inmates walked out of april israeli prison. aal jazeera paps nick shifrin hs more. >> she has been waiting for this moment for 21 years. no one could stand between her and adnan. the first person he hugged was his mother. [ cheering ] >> after, asked how she felt, my heart she says is trembling. ten miles away in jerusalem, bella floyd remembers.
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>> i gave him my life to terrorists. >> 21-year-old adnan had just stabbed an israeli boy. bella shielded him. and the crowd turned on her. >> i feel the energy of me. i feel they go kill me, they ask me if you not go on the side, we kill you, 27 minutes. >> for 27 minutes bella was adnan's shield. israeli soldiers spit on her, they burnt cigarettes open her. but she says i chose to sanctify life. as part of the ongoing peace talks, israel has agreed to release 27 prisoners including adnan. as a welcome home, adnaan is
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being built a house. from the israeli bar? >> yes. >> some label bella a hero, because of her, parliament made it a crime to yell, "death to arabs." i was socially ostracized. she is no longer adnan's defender, she stands with a majorities of israelis and protests his release. while adnan's family calls him a hero. >> i'm very proud of him she says i'm happy what he did. and that shocks bella. she says she will only wear the dress again if adnan renounces violence, only if there's peace or she will be buried in it. she doesn't know which will happen fishes. >> bye-bye. >> adnan starts his new life.
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with this reception, it is as if i had never been in prison. he doesn't feel he needs anyone to save him anymore. nick shifrin, al jazeera, ramallah. >> for the first time in 50 years, a commercial plain from key west landed in havana today. today's flight only carried nine people, part of a test operation. it came nearly two years after officials gave key west the right to resume flights. no more are currently scheduled. still ahead, icebound. new efforts to rescue a crew stuck in antarctica. and what is called black monday.
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>> tonight some good news for dozens of people stuck on a cruise ship in the antarctic. hope is on the way.
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whether it can get through is one other thing. >> they leave by sea, like i as air passengers. cruise ship is embedded in ice in antarctic. now authorities say a chinese helicopter will bring the 74 passengers and crew to safety. on board, all they can do is wait. >> it sounds a lot worse than it is. everyone else i will reassure you is safe and sound below deck where they're having a cup of tea or coffee. >> this is not your typical cruise ship. they hope to recreate a century -- old trip to the south pole. >> everyone is very warm. we got plenty of fuel on board. we've got just shy of two weeks worth of fresh food. >> for now the passengers keep the world updated about their
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plight, saying they are doing well. while they never meant to ring in the new year at the bottom of the earth, there's a good chance they will be doing that tomorrow. kevin voa. >> we've moved google earth up just a little bit. antarctica is down here. to the north of the coastline, this is one we're concerned with, going to move down towards antarctica straight through. that's the one that's going ocause a problem. we don't think it's going to ease up across the region until we get to friday, then friday, saturday sunday looks good. we need to watch those if the rescue efforts don't work. what's happening here in the states? we have a potential other storm in the making. this one is going to cause quite a bit of problems on the eastern
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seaboard. it is beginning in the gulf of mexico, the computer models are having a little bit of a difficult time deciding how close to the coast it will be. that will determine how much snow we will get, they do think at the time move up the coastline, anywhere from eight to 12 inches of snows by friday evening and a lot of heavy rain will be across the southeast, right now things are looking quite good for new year's but jonathan it is going to be quite cold out there tomorrow night. >> very cold indeed, thanks kevin. with the nfl season now over this was a day of reckoning, jonathan smith is here for that. not a good day to start the day for several coaches. >> the first monday after the regular season has come to be known as black monday and knot affectionately so. it's when some teams fed up with
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their losing record, fires some coaches. mike shanahan did guide the redskins to a division title, but market by strikes, shanahan leaves washington with a record of 24 and 40 but now the former redskins coach says he left the team better than he found it in one respect. >> i think from now on the problems with the cap are over with. the penalties are over with. so with 25, $30 million to go forward, i believe we're in at least a situation that we're better off today than we were four years ago. >> five seasons ago, jim schwartz took on the task of resurrecting the first winless team in nfl history. within two seasons he had the lions in the playoffs but his
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teams finished a combined 2 and 14 over the second halves of the last two as soon as. greg schiano came to the buck buccaneers, but he brought too many of his college tactics to the pro ranks. had the game won and was merely kneeling down to run out the clock. the bucs also fired gm mark dominic. now, to the strangest firing. coach rod chudzinski had been on the job, even though he has ten three years and $10.5 million on his contract, the browns apparently made the move sunday night instead of monday because
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chudzinski asked them to. frazier was done in by instability at quarterback. he started three of them this last season. he leaves with an overall record of 18 and 33. now two sets of numbers summarize why these coaches are out of work. first, the six coaches fired so far countin counting meufnt's gy kubi -- houston's gary kubiak, each of them finished in the bottom half of the league in that category. don't cry for the ex-coaches. four of them are owed a combined $36.5 million. we couldn't find the numbers for kubiak and fraser, they are not for chump change, they're going
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to get paid as well. >> they're disappointed but at lies have a paycheck. okay thanks john. still ahead danger on the slopes, a world champion suffers a dramatic head injury. safety concerns for many. and eye in the sky, what washington is planning and where.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz with the top stories this hour. the russian city of volgograd has been hit by two bombings in two days. ahead of the winter olympics in sochi. many blame chechen separatists for the attacks. part of the u.s. brokered deal to start peace negotiations
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between the israelis and palestinians, many are angry that those who killed their loved ones are free. jahi mcmatt will get a reprieve, her family filed an injunction to stop the hospital from taking her off of life support. let's talk to the doctor, i know you negotiate this with families, so how do you work your way through this and how do you talk with feamsd who -- families who aren't yet ready to let go? >> this is clearly the most unfortunate situation. very clearly difficult to deal with. from a neurological standpoint you can see how someone could use objectivity and not realize
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the reality at hand. but it's a physician's job to stay objective and support and inform the family to the best of our ability. >> is it always so black and white, is there no gray area, is there no hope at all for families like theirs? >> there are some gray areas in life-and-death situations. in this particular circumstance, when a patient's clearly not having any brain activity, i think it is a little more clear cut. we do hear stories of patients waking up from coma, years after. in this particular circumstance, unfortunately, very tragic indeed. i do not think this young woman has a chance of regaining any functional capability. >> you know you use the word coma. and i'd like to kind of hit on this for a moment here. because no one's using that word with jahi. she's considered brain dead but what's the difference? >> it is a great question.
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you know there's a clear difference between states of coma which can vary from unresponsiveness to minimal conscious states to other sort of nonobjective ways of defining a person that is just not as responsive. but a brain-death examination which is usually confirmed by multiple neurologists and confirm tratory tests, means tht there's basically no activity we consider relevant calling a person legally a person. a very complicated moral question i think. >> terry sch acrechaivo, her fas fighting. the family of jahi they want to keep her alive. the hospital doesn't. why is the hospital resisting? if you were in this position how
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would you fall on this? >> you know, there is both legal and medical issues. but i assure you i don't think any medical professional would intentionally want to harm their patient. i'm sure that the doctor that was involved in this case feels absolutely horrible about the outcome. there are legal definitions of life, brain dead being a state where a person no longer exists, is alive based on legal definitions. and i think that's where the hospital is taking this stance that at least in the state of california if they've done confirm tratory tests that sayse brain has no activity, that is a state in which the person is no longer here with us. it is a very difficult situation i know for the family to digest this and the most important thing the medical professionals
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can do is support the family both emotionally and every which ways they can to get them through this horrifying period for them to understand the reality of the situation. because i don't think there's any medical intervention that can bring her back. >> all right, dr. brookshire i appreciate that. i do want to ask you about that next story coming up. that seven time formula 1 driver mike schumacher. katherine stansill has more. >> the 44-year-old went skiing with his family on sunday, in the french resort maribel. he fell and hit his head on a
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rock. had he not been wearing a helmet the injuries would have been worse. >> right now, we cannot predict what the outcome will be for him. >> reporter: fans and fellow race car drivers around the world have sent message for schumacher's speedy recovery. >> he's a well respected man, hugely successful race car driver. he has been doing other things, ski pole and parachuting. >> he was very much appreciated in formula 1. in e- >> and in schumacher's home town in germany, everyone was
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shocked. speaking of a resident of kurpin, are the situation is tragic. one would expect a situation like this to happen on the race track. it's hard to imagine that something like this could happen while on vacation. >> schumacher is one of the most successful formula 1 driver of all time. have his teammates are hoping that the drive and determination that turned very successful will get him through this. >> doctor, a lot of people say wearing a helmet seems to be doing everything right. >> exactly. that first of all tells us how severe his injury made have --
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might have been initially. i'm sure he was traveling quite fast ton skis and all i did say is you know, skiing off the marked path has dangers associated with it. just terms me the helmet, the brain had a sort of deceleration injury which caused the swelling that they're dealing with now. >> so what happens with treatment? is the prognosis good in these types of situations? >> unfortunately, the prognosis is not always good. but the resilience and the unpredictability of the nervous system is what i think is at hand here. and i commend the doctors for not rushing into any conclusions. because we've all been surprised by resilience of athletes, and
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younger people in general to be able to recover from severe traumatic brain injury. >> because what happens during these kind of brain injuries to the skull and to the brain? we remember natasha richardson actress who was also in a skiing accident, seemed to be a very small fall at the time but she died from that. >> right. i mean another tragic case, sonny bono, the kennedy in 1997. i believe that the most important thing we need to consider here is when a knee swells up, you can put an ice pack around it. and six weeks later your knee will be 79. unfortunately, when a brain swells up, and it is contained in this skull cavity, some of our best interventions including sometimes taking off parts of the skull to allow the brain to swell up, doesn't allow the person to be able to recover and brain function to be able to
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come back. >> have there at least been recent breakthroughs in this type of treatment? you talk about parts of skull being removed. you talk about the skier and how everybody likes him. >> absolutely the best in neurocare has been done to mr. schumacher. as well as doing a what we call a crana craniectomy. if it's needed. there is very exciting research to prevent the rush of blook, one ways we tend to relax the
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brain from its own metabolic cascade. >> a lot of people are praying for a full recovery for him. it's influence season. 400,000 of americans were afflicted by the flu. a year ago 31 states had widespread flu cases. the disease has been decreasing in the last five years. new jersey is going to have a lowering of crimes in their area. cath turner explains. >> new york's finest and newest. these 1171 graduating police officers are ready for the
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streets and they're safer than ever. >> if you compare this decade to the previous errors murder rate, we can literally say that we have saiferred more than 9200 lives in the past two years. >> up until last sun there were this. 1031 shootings down 10% the same period. plier bloomberg and his chief of police chris kelly. >> focusing police substantiation on those hot people and hot groups, gangs, drug cruise and such -- drug crews and such turns out to be very effective. >> but in brownsville, this is home to one of new york's most
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violent gangs. sean used to work with gangs. >> any timed i could be viability i could. i got into it. >> mcfadden served 15 years in prison for various crimes. now he got out, got clean, got married. >> who's really dong doing the work, with slim to no finances and talking to these communities, talking to these mothers, talking to these children growing up in these schools. >> when a one imreerld was shot dead five months ago, the nypd had no leads. the locals let them in the right direction. a lot of straight crews live in and around the area. the animosity between them is so strong that from you wind up on the i don't think side of the street you are walking into
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trouble. and the relentless violence, occupy the corners. community leaders staying on the streets until 2:00 a.m., in their eyes the nypd are not only ones to be congratulated soafer the city's impressive crime statistics. >> city improvements paid for out of his own pocket. take a look at some of the money he spent the public may have known knowing about. bloomberg dismairted $260 million to art and culture groups. millionaire 97 accepted hrs salary. he spent $62,000 to keep clean for 12 years plus when bloomberg traveled on city business he is
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many wrote a $30 million check to create a city program to improve the lives of disadvantaged black and l latino males. in all, the new york times estimates he used more than $650,000ive his own money. the town of malaca is in. >> recent fighting has turned once bustling ghost up to. this is man in front of malaka now. >> the fighting was the quaings
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of the third coup that star stad in juba. we recaptured the town from them. >> bodies still lies in the streets, in a town square, dozens of bodies are being buried in a mass grave. some told us the rebels set up, since you left we have full control of malaca. we will pursue you and we are pursuing the town rebels. >> this is ma ca's, during the fighting and after had it had end ep. most of the smops at the narktd
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were banned. days later some of them are still smoldering. it will be a while before.fresh food and mixing have landed in this plundered town. >> even those with money have nowhere to buy food. >> most of the residents here have sought shelter at th at th. peace keepers base. mohamed ado, al jazeera, malaka, south sudan. >> is it a shark or something else entirely near the kids in the water? plus seeing is believing, jake ward on how artificial retinas are changing lives.
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new lights use low wattage led rights, neither harmful for the trees nor dangerous for the kids that may touch them. >> many play-off spots in the n.f.l. are still to be decided. mark morgan is here to explain it all. >> hey, a lot of anxiety in dallas, wondering what the dallas cowboys would do. tony romeo underwent back surgery. kyle ortman will start quarterback in the eagles game. sher een williams of the fort
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worth star telegram weighs in. >> that lees this game in the hands of kyle orten, he made 69 starts. he's 35 and 34. but has not thrown a pass as a starter and only thrown 15 passes over the last two years. it takes the pressure off the cowboys. no doubt about that. they can go in, play loose and >> well, we are going to end the year very wet. texas to florida panhandle. but up to the north extremely cold temperatures. and they're going to be staying in place pretty much all week. let's look at what's happening out there. the snow showers pushing through, that's due to a wave in the atmosphere, kicking up the instability. going through parts of indiana as well as michigan. chicago will be a problem as we go towards tuesday because the snow's going to continue.
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temperatures are going to start like this tomorrow morning we're going to be seeing minneapolis at minus 13°, fargo minus 19. ontario thunder bay, minus 28 is how you're going to start today. when you factor in the wind chills, a lot of these temperatures are going to be five to 10° colder than what you see here. i did say we are going osee snow in the forecast, as things get better into 2014, you aren't going to be celebrating out here in chicago but we do expect to see some snow in your forecast. overnight lows 16°, at midnight the temperature is going to drop down to about 12.
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>> so have you heard about this? a family was photo-bombed by a shark of all things. look at this. a california woman snapped this photo of her son surfing with a friend. and just a short distance away, appearing to be a shark. dolphins like to get high. they film the marine animals
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gently chewing on puffer fish. it puts the fish on a slight high. jake okay ward has the story. >> dean ward an attorney in palo alto, california, lost his sight, but he got it back at least in part. >> there is a point of light that i hadn't seen in a long time. it had some exciting effect but how useful it was going to be was a different issue and a different concern. >> lloyd volunteered for a clinical trial and was the first recipients of an artificial retina the argus 2. approved by the food and drug administration this year, the device went on sale in 12 u.s. cities. the device electrically stimulates the back of the eye producing a low-resolution sketch of the world.
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it's not true sight in the way seeing people experience it but it highlights points of contrast and makes it possible to broadly identify obstacles and objects. >> so i'm getting the flight right about there. where it's dirt or grass or whatever is in there some kind of foliage. >> you can tell the difference between one surface and the other. >> right. it has to be a contrast point you have to think about to make it useful. >> the device is treating retinitis pigmentosa. a hereditary condition affecting roughly 100,000 americans. dr. robert greenburg helped develop the argus two. moving the ey device from the ft of the eye to the back of the head. >> where that optic nerve is damaged, we go to the next step, we should be able to restore
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some level of vision in those patients as well. >> the tiny implant drives the price to $145,000. only a few insurance companies have agreed to cover that expense so far . >> the fda requires this company to build this test which simulates the warm salt 80y conditions of the eye. >> using the device requires practice. >> there's only 60 pixels of information so you have to take this low resolution image in a relatively small field and so you have to scan around in order to get the entire picture. dr. mark humayan who also helped to develop the device says they
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have already developed a prototype that can be inserted in the eye. >> if we don't have the technology in the hand, i akin it to the argus is more like a train and what we are talking about is more like a plane. >> in the meantime, the argus 2 may not have changed lloyd's word but has given him a sense of it. >> 6'7". >> 6'7", yes. >> you're definitely tall. >> a blurry 60-pixel view of things is definitely primitive, but replacing the retina is a milestone in efforts to understand and improve the human body. jacob ward, al jazeera, palo alto, california. >> and that is incredible there. there is a lot more ahead on al jazeera america. including drones in your neighborhood. the government has big plans for them and a big test is coming your way. president obama calls must-see
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tv. >> this sunday... >> scholars and writers, policy makers and cultural ico
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>> welcome back. drones could be making a big move from military to mainstream. today the federal aviation administration named six states in the country that will test
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drones for commercial use. raising concern for others. juan los molina has the story. from the battle field to the skies across america, drones are on the move. from the military to more down to earth tas tasks. like mundane issues. >> you can send this up and he will fly around given the terrain, given area. >> giving six states the green light to begin testing the commercial using of drones. washington also made a push for more domestic drones. back in 2012 congress passed a law requiring the faa to provide military, commercial and privately owned drones with expanded access to u.s. air space by the end of september,
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2015. that expansion could also mean thousands of new jobs. states including new york, nevada, texas, and even alaska, will now work with the faa to help develop safety in operational rules, the sites include government agencies in international airport and two universities. virginia tech university is one, they will conduct tests for the operational use of drones. >> the kind of work we do here is not to spy on people's backyards. >> but that keeps the american civil liberties union on the sites that these are required for the testing. >> often the drones are going to be commonplace all across the country. that's why we think it's important that congress itself should pass legislation putting privacy guidelines in place. if drones are going to be throughout the united states we
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think it's important that there be a strong national uniform standard put in place. >> these are just the beginning as america looks to the future of sharing the skies with drones. juan carlos molina, al jazeera. >> this is not meth. >> it's the show breaking bad, the tv drama about a meth-dealing high school teacher. from the president's list of favorite shows it seems he's drawn to stories about politics, intrigue and sweeping world events. there's game of thrones, boardwalk empire, and the wire, president has often called it the greatest show of all times. the british series downton abbey, he's got good taste,
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