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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz. >> gunfire in a mall. three dead. police searching for why a man opened fire inside a store. >> on a milestone anniversary bombs and gunfire across egypt, killing dozens. >> the push continues in ukraine, protesters turned down a big offer from the government. >> it feels like you are in the middle. >> when love does not conquer
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all, taxes, adoption, divorces, we look at the complications from the rapidly changing landscape of gay marriage. >> we begin with a shooting inside a suburban mall that killed three and hurt five others. police say the suspect shot two workers. the mall in columbia had been opened for about an hour. police have not revealed a motive or the identity of the gunman. officers say he was carrying a lot of ammunition. the mall is closed. lisa stark is live in columbia with more. what have you learnt tonight? >> >> the mall is closed.
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police have the area cordoned off. all the parking lots are blocked off. police cruisers are around the area. people ran from the mauls, they left belongings inside. police have not said when they can go inside. sf >> a busy shopping morning turned into chaos. police, swat teems and plans rush to the ma.-- rushed to the mall. >> then came the 911 malls. >> i heard panic. boom, boom, boom. people were running, it was madness. >> the first officers were on scene within two minutes, and found three people dead of gunshot wounds, one of them the
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shooter, who reason armed with a shotgun and apparently killed himself. the two victims worked in a store on the second floor. they have been identified as 21-year-old breanna benlala and 25-year-old taylor johnson. police did not immediately identify the shooter, worried about approaching his body. >> because of concerns about weapons he may have or explosion, we are approaching this with an abundance of caution. we are getting assistance to name sure there is no explosives on the body of the deceased. >> five were injured, one with a gunshot wound to the foot. the others hurt in the rush to get out. >> authorities had to comb the mall to make certain there were no other shooters, and escort to safety shoppers or employees who had scrambled into hiding. the tactical teams went through every inch of the mall and it
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has been cleared. >> it took hours to clean the mall. andrew and his son evan left, after being interviewed by police. >> i think i initially thought the shots and thought, "it can't be shots." the scenes became too common. >> our hearts and the police department's hearts go to the families of the people that lost their lives. it shouldn't happen. unfortunately that's where we are in society. >> as we said the two victims worked in zumey's, they sale snow boards and skate boards. they issued a statement saying their hearts go out to the victims, and arranging for counselling for any employees that work in this area, and would like it. again the police expected to be here through the evening as they continue to work through what happened at this mall.
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>> lisa stark live in suburban maryland. thank you. >> these mass shootings appear in the news too often. people faced with the unthinkable. security expert michael doran said there are things people can do to be prepared. >> it's what the military call situation awareness. you do mental simulation, not in a frightening way or lay awake at night in fear. but you periodically stop and think, "what would i do if there was a fire or tornado?" you are training your brain ahead of time, programming it, if you will, and research and experience tells us that you were go in the right direction. >> moving to egypt, today was supposed to be one of pride and celebration. three years ago the country began its revolution. violence has followed, instead of democracy and peace. fights and bombings killed at
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least 29 today >> once again there are scenes of chaos and blood shed on the streets of europe, a nation divided. its leaders are projecting an image of unity. >> it was three years ago that egyptians stormed the square in huge numbers, demanding the removal of a former military leader turned president. three years later they are back, demanding a new military leader, general abdul fatah al-sisi take the job. this is a military sanction, and protected protests where only their supporters were allowed in, free to talk to the media. >> i came down today to celebrate with all my egyptian brothers and sisters, the 25th revolution able to overcome terrorism. >> that was not the case for those opposed to the military-backed government. the former premier ousted in a coup.
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a doctor told al jazeera of one case where police snipers fired ammunition into a crowd. >> translation: the protesters were not armed. they were throwing bottles at the security forces. police in the past used tear gas. on this day they used live ammunition. >> just to clarify, have you treated women or children tonight? >> translation: few of the protesters were women, but there were some children. a 10-year-old child died as a result of being shot in the head. in total putting people that came to hospital that were already dead. several people died. >> dozens are dead as egyptians turn on each other. three years after millions of egyptians united to demand technology. >> and we'll have more later in
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the show, including a recap of what changed over the past three years. earlier, a professor at u.c.l.a. , author of arab uprising, what everyone needs to know. he said it's too early to judge. >> it's hard to say what is going on at the present time. on the one hand the muslim brotherhood failed in many ways. it was increasingly authoritarian, inept, incompetent in dealing with economic and security issues. on the other hand it was an elected government. the first popularly elected president of egypt, and on the other hand it was up against a state that would not budge. it was up against a judiciary, was up against a security services and the army. every time they pushed those services pushed back. so, therefore, the supporters of the brotherhood would say there never really was a revolution.
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we were trying to push forward the revolutionary process and had to move backwards because of way the state protected its privileges. >> today marks the 28th day that three of our al jazeera colleagues have been imprisoned in egypt. peter greste, baher mohamed and mohammed badr are being held without charges. we had a letter from peter greste about conditions in prison. he says:
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>> ukrainian president viktor yanukovych met with opposition leaders and offered incentives, including top government jobs. the offers were rejected. the protests are spreading. jennifer glasse is live in kiev with more on this. what is happening there tonight? >> well, tonight we saw - actually, soon after the opposition rejected that offer by president viktor yanukovych, we saw thousands of demonstrators leave here in independent ens square behind me, heading to the former lenin museum where they tried to take over the museum. they feared there were hundreds of police inside. it's a building at the end of a street. the front line of another police line, and they were worried that
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the police would ambush the protesters. then they formed a humanitarian corridor to get the police out. and they've come out in ones and twos and threes. >> this is the latest example of ou demonstrations are spreading here, how the people are taking power in their own hands. >> when we talk about the concessions and look at the protest and anger, do you feel like the political wrangling is bringing any of the two sides closer together? >> well, i think a week ago, jonathan, president viktor yanukovych wouldn't imagine that he would be sitting with the opposition, let alone offering them the job as prime minister, and as demonstrations spread, i think he's going to make more concessions if he want to remain in power. the opposition leader would like to see him call early elections, out of power, totally out of
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power. and they told the people on the square here today that they want them to remain out to keep demonstrating, to keep going as much as they can. those demonstrations have spread all over the country. spreading to cities and towns throughout the ukraine. that, they say wore yids viktor yanukovych. we'll see what happened negotiations. they will go ahead, and what the president can offer them. on tuesday we are waiting for an emergency question of parliament that is supposed to address repress ilaws passed -- repressive laws passed last week. the opposition wants those laws scrapped altogether. we'll see what develops there. >> after three years of civil war in syria police talks are happening in geneva this weekend. humanitarian issues have been the main focus of the talks, it's the one topic that the
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syrian government and the opposition discussed. nick schifrin has that story. >> the mediator of the talks admits that he has not accomplished much. the half steps that he's making can help the people of syria who need the sps so desperately. >> the two sides spoke to each other around a u-shaped table for three hours. >> i am in the back like this, and one is on the left. one delegation is on the right. and the other on the left. they face one another. no, they talk through me to one another. i think it's a good beginning >> a good beginning because lakhdar brahimi is hoping to create human dare yn corridors. they are without basic necessities, food and water. >> especially in the city of homs.
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the opposition is putting pressure on the government to eliminate their suffering. >> there are areas that have not seen food for the last eight months. people are eating grass, cats and dogs, and that is not acceptable. >> if the two sides can agree on humanitarian issues, it's hoped that can lead to peace. >> the swiftly changing landscape of gay marriage, how it's putting some people in legal limbo.
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advocates for same-sex marriage say momentum is growing. virginia's attorney-general made a bold mood to back gay marriage. the ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional. the state is approving that. the road to marriage equality is lopping and wiping. we begin an indepth look at same-sex marriage.
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>> virginia's new attorney-general asked a federal court to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. the move is an indication of how the landscape towards same-sex marriage is changing. it's an evolution going back decades. two men in 1970 from the university of the minnesota applied for a marriage licence. a county clerk denied the application. there was a series of lawsuits that the many lost on the local and state level. the supreme court refused to hear the case. three years later maryland passed a law saying a marriage was only valid between a man and a woman. in 1996 president bill clinton find the offensive marriage act finding a spouse is the person of the hop sit sex who is a husband or wife. when federal lawmakers proposed a constitution to change the
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marriage, doma was intact. massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. a year and a half later 11 states passed initiatives banning it. >> in february 2011 the obama administration declared it would no longer defend doma in the courts. in june, in a series of landmark decisions the supreme court also allowed gay marriage to resume in california, by declining to mount a separate case. that meant same-sex couples were eligible for family leave, social security benefits and immigration rights. now, 17 states and the distribute of column bia allow same-sex marriage. four states allow civil unions. 29 states banned gay marriage. recent court rulings stopped the bans. we met one couple in salt lake
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city where the debate goes to the heart of culture. >> western clarke and brandon were married in utah. they are in a state of ambiguity. >> you feel like you are in limbo. >> the pair, raising two children were among 1300 gay and lesbian couples to marry after a judge struck down u.s. laws. >> the state and the community didn't expect it. it was out of the blue. >> two weeks later. the u.s. supreme court was asked to halt marriage to appeal. the governor said same-sex marriages would not be recognised as legal. >> the federal government recognises the marriages. utah is one. most politically conservative states in the u.s. two-thirds belong long to the mormon religion. the church's influence permates
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society, and they stress the importance of traditional family and church leaders are opposed to gay marriage. >> it's seen as the equivalent of pulling a brook out of the wall of the house. >> mormon families are dealing with a ruling by another judge. early mormons had multiple wives. the church renounced polygamy a long time ago. some practice it. >> there is confusion among mormons whether polygamy is part of the eternal plan. >> conservatives are focussed on the court fight. if same-sex marriage were legalized in utah, it changes utah culture. it changes the definitions of family and marriage. clarke and marks say what is important to them won't change. >> to having a marriage certificate or not doesn't change how i feel about the
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family. >> an appeals court will hear argument in march. >> more than 1300 gay and lesbian couples were married during the 17 day period in you tea. they'll be able to -- in utah. they be able to file tax returns. for tax purposes utah will treat them like heterosexual couples for now. >> join us is a member of the advocacy group for gay marriage and melissa murray, a prove senior of u.c. berkeley's law school. thank you for being with us tonight. what are some of the legal issues that gay married couples now fix. >> first of all, it's great to see the momentum. couples who are married need to worry about travelling across state lines. in many states they can lose their jobs and have relationships with their own children.
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we have to work at the issues to ensure that if you get married in maryland, you can move to virginia. if they move, marriage does not carry over. >> it's right. >> lesbian and gay people are like everyone else. right now we have a whole glass of citizen that can't make the moves. >> when i look at this and see the patchwork of state laws and different states allowing different levels of marriage, i oneder why is there no quick easy fix - yes or no to gay marriage? >> one of the reasons is the definition of marriage is within the pursue of the states, it's not a federal issue, so states are free to define the scope of marriage in the way they choose. in some states it's legal to marry your first cousin and another it's not. each state has its own family
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law and definition of marriage. historically most states had the traditional definition of marriages, a union between a man and a woman. as you saw last summer in the united states versus windsor justice kennedy's decision relied on that history, that history of marriage being a creature, a state law, rather than federal law. >> if it's an issue left up to the states and states have been clear with the amendments saying they do not want to allow gay marriage, why are we seeing the shift and change in places like utah? >> well, what is going on in utah is even though you have the definition of marriage at the state level, there's a larger question of whether state law conflicts with the federal constitution, the law sued decided in utah in december says that the definition of marriage that utah offers violates the federal opposition denying equal
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process of the laws. >> it's not just gay marriage, there's the concern of gay discrimination. even though a lot of states allow gay memory, some allow gaye discrimination. >> virginia is a great example. we hope we'll have marriage equality there soon. this friday they killed a bill that would have allowed second parent adoption, affecting how these married couple protect the children. >> what does gay discrimination look like? what is happening to gay couples that are legally married in the different states. >> i spoke to a couple today, and they had to recently move from michigan to minnesota. they had to leave their families, jobs and friends. in michigan, they were upprotected even though they were legally married. >> why did they have to leave? >> if you are not protected your family is not recognised as a family. you can't make decisions appropriately.
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you can't have the kind of relationship with your children. you can be denied. discrimination on that level. when you consider all the different laws, and how some states allow it and some don't, do you recommend gay couples get married or should they wait until the dust settles and there's more clarity in the law. >> if it's available to you in your jurisdiction, you ought to take advantage of it, because it solidifies your rights. most married couples, if they have children, are presumed by law to be the personality of the children. there are protections, like rights to visit your spouse. if it's available, most individuals should take it. as the other speakers point out, the rights don't travel. because states have the right to define marriage, something that
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is valid in california doesn't translate to michigan, which doesn't recognise same-sex marriage. that's the problem of the patchwork. it's great for where you are and other states that recognise it, but doesn't translate into states that want. >> if they do move, if the couples move or want to get a divorce in a state where they are not legally married, it can be difficult. do you think it's something gay couples will do. >> each couple needs to decide for themselves, you need to protect the family and each other. in most cases this is the best way to do it. >> thank you both for your time together. trying to make electronic currency mainstream. we'll take you inside the bitcoin conference in miami. . >> we have plenty of know coming down for parts of the north.
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>> and how cold it will be - coming up next.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz with the top stories this half hour. investigators have yet to reveal a motive behind a mall shooting in colombia, maryland. a young man killed two store workers before shooting himself. the gunman has not been identified. >> protesters attempted to take control of a house where riot police based their operations. a power sharing deal was related from the president. >> thousands gathered in tahrir square that changed the nation's history. it's been three years since the ousting of hosni mubarak.
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rallies were held amid security. roads were shut down. 29 people were died in violence across the country. >> egypt has scene many changes. mike hanna with a view of what happened. >> yet another round of voting in another referendum on another referendum. egyptians going to the polls this month in a developmentic process that has been overshadowed. it's three years before a popular resolution, but the promise of peace and government by the people to be realised. >> it was a promise that one as people voted in what was regarded as egypt's first truly democratic election, bringing to power what, for decades had been an outlawed organization, the muslim brotherhood. mohamed morsi was elected president by the people. >> no institution, no authority,
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none can be above this. the will of you. your will. you are the source of the powers. the nation is the source of the power. the nation is the one to decide. the nation is the one to give unity and appoint and hire and the nation is the one to fire. >> a fleeting display of egyptian unity as secular and religious unity ceded power to the government. it was within parliament itself that unity was an illusion. the secular opposition insistent that the muslim brotherhood was pressing its religious agenda in a new constitution. rival groups took to the streets as opposition to government intensified in the wake of executive decisions by mohamed morsi, that critics said were intended to cement the power of
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his organization at the expense of the people. the military emerged from the sidelin sidelines. arresting mohamed morsi, and most of the his organizations leaders, insisting the action taken in consultation with forces. >> the will of the egyptian people alone is what governs us. we respect it, protect it with all objectivity. fairness, honour and without deceit. >> sentiments echoed by the civilian interim president that the military put in power. >> the chain of justice would include all egyptians, regardless of the backgrounds. we invited all to work together to seeks peace. >> attempts of process were crushed. the muslim brotherhood declared
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a banned organization and highlighting this sequence of event two past presidents facing legal proceedings at the same time. >> the interim government insists that real democracy can only be realised in a secure environment and the maipz of security given as a reason for what critics consented are un-democratic accesses raising from a band on unlicensed detentions of journalists and those that are political dissidents. the measures backed by some of egypt's citizens, under 20 million of whom voted in favour. a vote the interim government interprets as an endorsement, but no assurance that the ballot box will be the sole means of gaining power or that the military will return to its barracks. >> a soldier and his wife and four children are among 15 killed in a series of bombings across iraq.
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the family's home was levelled by explosions north of baghdad. three were killed by car bomb, in the capital six were killed when two bombs went off near shopping parents. >> the afghan president refused to sign a deal with the united states. hamid karzai insisted american soldiers should leave afghanistan by the end of the year, unless the u.s. restarts peace talks with the taliban. hamid karzai will not sign a deal until the april elections, and demanded the u.s. end military operations on afghan homes and villages, including dron strikes. >> the relationship, which benefits them, cannot come at the cost of people of afghanistan or the women and children of afghanistan. in return for signing the agreement, we want peace for the people of afghanistan. without that, it is better to leave and afghanistan determine its own future. >> there's about 38,000 u.s.
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troops in that country. >> for some it's been a brutal winter. the town of breken rig colorado is -- breaken ridge colorado is creating a winter wonder loanla. >> jim huli is there live for us. what do you have? >> this is something you don't need in new york. this is a special tool or saw to cut the snow in the snow competition. this was used by some of the students. the artist wrapping up the work. the publy is allowed to come through and look at the finished products. we have 16 teams from around the rules. 12 different countries, and each team has their own design and theme as well. >> they've spent the last five days scraping and sanding. cutting and carving their
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creations into the snow. >> team lithuania is designing an environmental message. >> because of human intervention, >> the art is inspired by the homeland. >> it's called the northern star. >> it represents different phases of the the sun. >> the russians have a butterfly theme. >> the butterfly travels the first of microinsect or animal. >> the masterpieces begin like that, ta 12-foot high block of snow. one of the compete tars is tom day, a snow sculpting veteran. 19 years. it's great. >> team breckenridge calls the creation winter fun. >> i have a dog running down the hill with his father and so on
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the inner tube. what i'm doing here is taking out little by little. >> here is the challenge. >> the rules dictate that all of this will be done by hand. everything has to be handled. >> to stay within the guidelines, they have come up with an arsenal of actions. >> this is a trowel this we put a nailer trait tore a truss on it. we use it as a snow scraper. it will sand snow like you wouldn't believe. >> the teams worked through the night under the clair of spotlight, racing the clock. >> it's a blast. >> it's a matter of patience, pacing yourself physically and not get exhausted. >> i was supposed to be snow boarding. i'm going look at this stuff. this is more increasing than snow boarding. look at it. >> it's like an improvisation.
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>> this art will not last forever. the sculptures will remain in place for a week. it's an improvised tool. the handle has been cut off and the blade put on the end of it. we hear the winters. team wisconsin here, and team germany with a silver, and the first place going to the home town. they walked away with a golden medal. this is what we needed back east. >> carving our way out. last week it's sad the sculptures melt so quickly. >> they will. >> especially with the intense sun that we have. we have temperatures around 30 degrees. we appreciate it. >> the weather is causing havoc. mudslides in north-western
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argentina killed three. eight are missing. rains caused a river to burst its bank, soil and water pushing vehicles into roads, vehicles and houses. authorities evacuated about 600 people, casualties are spected. severe storms are affected. bitterly cold temperatures across the united states. it's not looking good. >> he was saying 30 degrees was a little warmer for them. warmer than what new york had today. it's in the 20s. we get another cold blast across the u.s. we get through the sunday it will hit the northern planes and stretch through the south-east as we get into tuesday. we have wind gusting up to 50 miles per hour bringing in a clipper system into parts of the dalent s, that will continue for the day on sunday, for the northern planes, and over the great lakes. then as we get into the evening we see blustery winds.
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temperatures are at five in minneapolis and 10 in chicago. tomorrow it will be colder than today. 15 in minneapolis for your high and sunday let's go to monday. 7 degrees below from minneapolis, and this is where we feel the cold. >> it's going to last for some time. we'll talk about records too. winter time the number of days below zero. normally you have 7. we've been cold for a while. no records, but it is the third coldest season, for the record of falls and snow totals breaking records for places like detroit. >> awful numbers there. yet another storm may have fallen victim to hacking. people shopping at michael's may
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have had accounts compromised. in a statement the ceo said: . >> michael is the latest in a stream of store hacking. more than a million credit cards were hacked in a breach. last month the accounts of 100 million target customers were compromised. >> a secure way to shop may be using bitcoin. the currency is online and in stores. the north american bitcoin conference opens in miami. 500 people are trying to make the currency mainstream. we have more. >> one thing is very evident here. this point is becoming big business. the bit coin atm is pitched here. in a few months something called
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a bitcoin embassy is opening in miami to accelerate the use to the authority. customers can pay for a glass of win or nachos with bitcoin. at the tacho grill michelle sanchez says his restaurant is the first in the is south-eastern united states to accept it. >> this is the infancy of something that is going to change the world of how we think of finance. >> if other businesses follow the money, they'll see how using bit going instead of credit cards can increase profits. bit going is like cash, meaning a customer can't run up a tab and cull the credit card company to complain about the food. >> we save 3-5% on credit card fees. we doubled the profit margin. >> tony and steven founded bit
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pay. bit pay exists to make it easier for businesses to accept bitcoin. >> with bitcoin you'll never be a victim of identity theft. you don't have to provide an identity to make a purchase. >> despite what is said, there seems to be a global wave of acceptance about bit going. it fluctuates like a stock. at its current value, there are $10 billion worth of bitcoin. dozens gather for a meet up like this one. we caught up with charles evans, an organiser of miami international bitcoin. to the skeptics that call it a ponsy scheme he says, "remember what they said about the
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internet", it's a bit of software running on the computers. the only way to shut it down is to turn off the internet. >> if you wonder are why mimy -- miami is the epicentre. they are open to bitcoin. a year ago one bitcoin was worth $13. today it's worth $800. that fluk use has some asking if this is a financial gamble. people here are betting that it's not. >> bitcoins are more popular, and can be confusing - how are they regulated. where are they stored. we have this explanation. >> the thing about the money that you and i spend is regulated about a central bank which regulates the flow of it.
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with bitcoin there's no bank. it uses a peer to peer network, moving the money between people. they are not printed in the way you print money. every 10 minutes a computer does a complex piece of maths that mines bitcoin, creates it from nothing, just maths. all across the system laptops are working up the new math and printing new bitcoins, creating them out of nothing. there'll only ever be 21 million bitcoins, helping to regulate the value. when you want to move bitcoins in and out of the real world you can guy dollar, euros, yen, and you can go on to buy product with bit copies directly. you can buy gunparts, flower, soft water. when you buy something, it generates a receipt that becomes part of a blocked chain. the blocked chain is a public
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record of all transactions down on bitcoin. every computer across the network has a record of that blocked chain, a perfect copy of the receipt. a purchase you made so all participants can check the transactions so they can't be faked or reversed. >> in the end you have to be responsible for your own bitcoins using oo wallet, a -- a wallet, a file that keeps bit coins specific to you, using a private key, a code that identifies your right to spend the bitcoins. if you lose that wallet, you are out of luck. the money is gone in the way that your cash wallet would be gone. it feels like this is an imaginary thing, people agreeing that something has value. bit gains and the dollar operate on the same principle. it's just that the dollar is older, fancier in its physical presentation, and has a tradition of a government backing it and promising that it
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would be worth something. bitcoin is people agree that something is worth a certain amount of money and that's the essence of the system. >> still ahead on al jazeera america. going for gold - when olympians need green. what athletes are going to pay the wells. >> banning football for 13 and under. we talk to the author of this in new york which is causing a wave of
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>> in sports a proposed bill in new york created a lot of controversy in the world of football. ross shimabuku is here with the story. >> when you think about it
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banning the tackling for 13 years and under. it's perfect timing. barack obama said if he had a son he would not let his son play professional football. parents are concerned about concessions and the dangers of playing football. especially with so many speaking out about how it's affected. they have ongoing lawsuits and 765 million settlement in question. here are some highlights of the proposed bill. no tackle football for 13-year-olds and under. it's forbidden as an adult and school. if they do organise a tackle football setting, civil penalties could be handed out. the author of this proposed bill, the u.s. state assembly man is here to discuss the topic. thank you for joining us. why are you trying to outlaw kids who are 13 and under from playing tackle football? >> we think it's a danger to them and their brain
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development. all the studies point in one direction - concussions, repeated subconclusive blows to the head can cause brain development damage. when you deal with young sides, some as young as six years old, playing tackle football, you have kids whose heads are bigger in proportion to their brains. and these brains are growing and what you have, basically are little bobble head dolls running around the football team and every time they are hit, their brain will spin around possible damage, you know, occurring. that just hits when they fall to the ground. >> no tackle football, do you support kids playing touch or flag football. >> i don't want to eliminate the game of football. it's a wonderful sport. it teaches team work and discipline. we want kids to have the
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recreation and activity, running around, having a good time. yes, i do. what i think they should do at young ages, let them play tag football and flag football and lamp the basics of the game. when their bodies are stronger, they are older, the neck muscles are stronger to withstand the blows. then bring them in to tackle >> you are essentially taking on the support of football. are you getting support on the proposal. >> support is coming slowly and you are right, i'm taking on a tradition. i understand that. whenever you try to break a tradition, and get people to try something new, there's going to be resistance. i'm facing a lot of resistance in the bill. i think it's important enough to keep on pushing. >> ponds of the proposal would say that kids don't generate
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enough speed to hit someone and cause concussion. how do you respond to that. >> i heart that argument but forward. the university - excuse me, virginia tech did a study. their study was with young kids, as young as 7 years old, and they have found that the hits in the 7-year-olds take can be comparable in magnitude to the same hits given to high school and college kids. >> best of luck with the bill. it's a hot topic that will bike up team with the super bowl. >> interesting debate. the winter olympics begin two weeks from today. making it to the games takes hard working talent and luck. we report on what some u.s. hopefuls are doing to pay the bills. >> this is the bill from snow board racer mick's helmet as he
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traipse for the olympics. >> to do this you need to be a certain kind of person, and as he explains, you need money. >> i have to cover all my equipment, all my travel. coach fees, program fees, good. it really adds up quick. >> all told, 35 grand to train for sochi. he says he needed more than help from his parents. back in may he turned to the crowd-funding website "gofundme.com." the hard et cetera part was to put myself out there. >> it meant asking families, frinds, strangers for money. he raised $15,000, and counting. 28-year-old mark urich is an amputee ski racing. needing one ski doesn't reduce
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his costs. skis are $5,000, outriggers, $600, a boot. to be a part of the team is 4,000, races are anywhere from $1,000 to $1500. urich tends bar to cover his tab. hoping to spend time he went to the website and raised more than $2,000. >> they can buy you a new set of schemes. >> basically i put my race licence on there. you can itemise it out. >> if he races well in aspen, he could qualify to sochi in mark. unfortunately for mick, he didn't make the team, but is aiming for korea. >> it's amazing i had so many people help me out and support my dreams, and make it easier for me to do this.
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>> ureic who has been skiing for three years says crowd funding does more than double his costs. >> it comes through in a pinch. i want to go to korea. >> the generosity of strangers and the tools of the information age helping to keep olympic hopes alive. >> as we said, chasing gold and green. that's our show for tonight. thank you for joining us. i'm betts. we'll be back 11:00 pm eastern with more news. have a good night and weekend.
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>> welcome to jam. i'm jonathan betz with tonight's headlines - investigators are yet to reveal a motive behind a mall shooting.
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a young man killed two store workers before shooting himself. five others were helped. >> renewed violence. protesters attempting to take control of ukrainian house where riot police face their proiptions. protest leaders rejected a power-sharing dam. thousands of egyptians gathered remembering the day that changed the nation history around the house. it's been three years since the start of the revolution leading to the the ousting of hosni mubarak. >> 29 people died in violence across the country. >> yet another retail chain may have found victim to hacking. thousands of customers at michael's may have had accounts compromised. a company chief executive's, "we are taking aggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the issue." >> those are the headlines. america tonight is up next.
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