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>> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm tony harris. transitional government talks breaks up less than an hour after it started. in ukraine, people clark with police may lead to a state of emergency. apps like angry birds may be leaking information about you to the nsa.
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anatoly pakhomov says there are no gays in his town. there are no signs of progress after four days of talks in geneva aimed at ending syria's long and bloody civil war. the negotiations are deadlocked over political issues including a possible transitional government. but u.n. mediator lakhdar brahimi says there is a willingness to continue the talks. discussing how women and children can leave the besieged city of homs. there is no talk about leading a u.n. humanitarian mission into that city. >> there is real need, i'm
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begging asking something be done about this area. >> nick shifrin is in that area. not a new ask from the regime but maybe you can tell us just how far apart the two sides are right now. >> well, as one official put it to me today, there is a chasm between the two sides and there is no sign that either side is moving towards other one. the main one perhaps the point of this conference is political transition. all of the parties here had to agree that they would discuss a political transition, a transitional government emmowrd empowered with all the powers, without assad, no, but president assad wants to run again as pet.
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the other thing, that they can't agree on is humanitarian assistance and tony this is perhaps the most important things that could come out of this conference at least short term. lakhdar brahimi says this could last a week or a year. and humanitarian assistance we see no evidence of the sides coming together. the coalition says we don't want them to leave and in fact they would probably be walking into a slaughter outside of homs and the men left night would also be slaughtered. louis safti says he hasn't seen a single sign that the goodwill would have political solution. when u.s. allayed bombardment on cities that we asked to be
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relieved and really are not serious about any political solution. you are you know deadly locked on a political solution that is very bloody very destructive. >> reporter: so between that bombardment that the coalition is talking about and between the no-agreement on political solution tony there hasn't been a lot of progress to be honest in the four days. >> nonlethal aid shipments to opposition groups on the ground. maybe you can give us an assessment on what is happening on the ground. ftc. >> yes, i think -- yes i think it's really important that we talk about this because we need to understand the kind of stalemate in geneva is the product of the stalemate inside syria. the opposition is not winning and not only that the opposition is fighting among themselves. what the u.s. is trying to do is help the opposition up until providing them lethal aid. that is what president obama is not willing to do. so instead in the last couple of
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weeks the u.s. has resumed nonlethal aid. mri's meels readi's meals ready. and the violence continues unapaided,-- unabated, no side here in geneva feels it can give any at all and that's why we feel this friction in. >> nick shifrin, good to see you. former u.s. ambassador to syria, i asked him about the opposition leaders and the ruling leaders of syria meeting in one room and if that shows a sign of progress. >> it is definitely a step forward and there will be many stumbles along the way, no question. because they're coming from
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totally different positions. and to reach an agreement on basic objectives of geneva 1 as i say that was nine months ago. it's going to take a lot of work, and willingness to compromise. which is not evident on anyone's part at this point in time. but they both are there. that is to say, the government and at least elements of the opposition are there. and that's a step ahead. because many of them were not willing to meet with the government saying that this would give the government a legitimacy they didn't want to give it and they were pessimistic that if they even sat down with the syrian regime they would lose standing with their followers. >> ambassador what then in your estimation comes out of these meetings that represents for you, forget what anyone else might think of it as a success
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or frail your, what comes out of this session looking -- failure, what comments out of this session looking like a success to you, a success on humanitarian lanes or corridors or getting women and children out of homs, i.t. seems possible we are not going to get a transitional government, that's not going to happen, we're not going to see the outcome leer. >> well, the suffering, humanitarian needs of the syrian people can be addressed today. the united nations has been trying to move convoice of food -- coninvoices of food and medicine into parts of the country that had been under siege by the government on one hand and under siege by the opposition on the other, to lower the temperature in the confrontation will be for me a significant beginning. >> the idea of a transitional
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government, do you see that happening in the foreseeable future or are we at a place where it is going ohappen if its happens -- to happen if it happens at all, later in the year? >> i just remind you that the assad regime has been, that's the assad family, first is father assad, and the president president, bashar al-assad, they have never lost an election. so i think there's legitimate grounds to question the point of an early election in a country so divided, in a country where millions are its population are away from their homes, displaced inside the country, and over 2 million are outside, in the neighboring countries of lebanon, jordan and turkey, what kind of an election could be arranged that would be credible? i don't think we should focus on
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the timing of an election or what an election could mean. there's a lot of work to be done to end the existing level of human suffering, and then for the political figures, to work to try to find some common ground. and they're not -- they haven't taken those first steps. >> ambassador richard murphy. homs was one of the first cities to face a military crack down following the start of military crack downs, you ask see heavy military on the roads. 750,000 people lived in the city of homs, then the war broke out and the cars were replaced by tanks. and this is what it appears to be, today. these photos show the old town of homs demolished, the red cross says it is impossible to tell how many people are left.
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unrest grows in ukraine as protest spreads throughout the country. demonstrators clash with police while trying to storm a regional government building in jakazi. the opposition met with president yanukovych. jennifer glasse joins us, any news of that meeting today? tony, that meeting is still going on. the last time these four men met on saturday the meeting went on for several hours. we have been waiting, they've been in there for a couple of hours now, so watching and waiting. >> some of the protest has spread i understand to eastern cities which is the base of president yanukovych. his support is there. when is the next move for government? >> that's a really good question. we have the negotiations going on right now between the three
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opposition leaders and president viktor yanukovych. tomorrow tuesday, there is an extraordinary meeting of the parliament. that is supposed to address laws that went in for freedom of expression. it is really unclear what the makeup of the parliament, when the parliament will be leaning when it convenes on tuesday. for the past year or so it's been a very proyanukovych parliament, passing through whatever he wants. the way the wind is blowing, with thousands of people going to their local government offices in many cases taking over their offices, with demonstrations spreading far outside the capital, they see much of dissatisfaction in the government and they will probably try some sort of change. whether or not it is enough to satisfy the people is something
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everyone is waiting to see. >> yefn glassjennifer glasse fr. state of the union address, the president's top advisors says he will demand economic equality. he will if necessary use his executive privileges to make that happen. are according to an abc washington post poll the president's approval numbers are the lowest they have ever been going into the state of the union address. mike viqueria joins us. who will the president try to reach out tomorrow, are we talking about another laundry list speech? >> it will be largely thematic, tony you put your finger on it. the theme of communicate equality is expected to rule the evening. the president will no doubt tick
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off a laundry list as you described it. mired in part tan conflict raising the minimum wage and those are part and parcel of the overall theme of income and equality that he's talking about. immigration perhaps tony the marquee issue, what the president wants to get done in his second term. but frankly the complok is ticcing.rves did the clock is ticking. the president is upside down. in other words his dproivel ro l disapproval rating. standing for office, he has run his last campaign, what does he care about the polls? if he has got anything he wants passed, he has to have democrats behind him. the house is expected to stay
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republican, the president is going oneed to keep those democrats in line, keep them from being too nervous and jumping ship if he's going to get anything done at all, tony. >> usually, after state of the unions we see presidents go on the road, is this president going to do that? >> he usually does one day, he'll start two days. suburban maryland at a costco, pittsburgh, he'll go to milwaukee wisconsin and end on thursday in nashville, tennessee. no particular preen we can discern thus far why they picked those locations, they were lathe in announcing them other than the fact he wants to hit on these themes and president thinks that these play into the larger themes he wants to about highlight. it started way back in the reagan administration after the
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air florida crash in washington. lenie was the first to sit in the first lady's box. valerie jarrod, the confidente to both president obama and michelle obama, a hero really from that iconic image, an indelible image really from the boston marathon bombings, the gentleman wheeling that gentleman who had been grievously wounded by the bombings. both of them will be in the box. agary byrd, from the fire department of moore, ohio, and jason collins the first openly gay pro-athlete in a major sport, those will be in the presidential box.
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>> mike viqueria, thank you. the white house is asking folk to engage on the issues the president will lay out on the state of the union address. is maria is on the story. maria. >> what do they want to ask the warehouse and the president, this wednesday white house officials will be answer being questions using the hashtag, #ask the warehouse. asking the president questions directly to him. obamacare and the way to the future of the internet. take a listen. >> mr. president, my question for you is about net neutrality. >> mr. president, our family is the victim of rushed obamacare rollouts. >> what are your plans to make a four year college educational affordable for our grandchildren. >> transition this economy to a
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green, renewable and sustainable economy. >> how will you stem the rising tide of poverty in america. >> al jazeera america wants to know what are your questions? use the #dear podus. the thank you tony. >> the actual address gets underway at 9:00 p.m. eastern. we've just learned that the death toll in the nursing home fire in canada has gone up to 18. all of them are believed to be 80 years old or older. and with limited mobility the fire broke out last thursday and destroyed the drejts, the toronto sun is reporting that an employee of the retirement home says he is 95% sure the cause of a fire was a cigarette.
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former secretary of state hillary clinton said today her biggest regret while in office was the killing of four americans at a diplomatic post in benghazi. her statements came during a speech today at the national automobile dealers association convention in new orleans. during her speech she admitshe hadn't driven a car since 1996 when she served at first lady. coming up on al jazeera america. are spy agencies taking private data about you off your marp? new information about edward snowden. one caves says twice what sochi needs to spend on security. and legislation that could see the end of tenure for teachers.
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>> new information from welcome back edwarwhroabedwardwhistlebl.
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jacob ward covers science and technology for us. jake good to see you. what type of information are spy agencies taking in? >> well, tony, really the kinds of information they're talking about are kinds of information that apps on our smartphones touch on all the time. pretty much any app you can think of is picking up any information they want. any time an app asks you would you like to share your friends list, plow access to youring address book or anything, you are essentially handing over an incredible information on that app, which it seems the nsa and its british counterpart are making use of.
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>> what are the information that these agencies are looking at to get this information? >> really, the new generation of apps make use of all the technology that's built into your phone. google maps is specifically mentioned in the documents that were leaked here. a british report basically says that google maps anyone using google maps is in support of a ghcq which is the nsa's british counterpart. handing over the kind of information they want. showing you exactly where you are, what your habits are over time geographically, all kinds of information that they would want. there are obviously a lot of autopsies that are not mentioned here but are making a lot of interesting and i guess, highlight which specifically is for walking around during the day, with the app constantly running in the background
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telling you when other people who share your interests as you have reported them upon facebook are in your vicinity. somebody a couple of blocks away or standing 97 to you on a street corner. that kind of forecast is of incredible use to a spy valgt, sorting out -- agency. sorting howt their hand out thes and what their uses are. goes exactly to what their sources and uses are. >> it is too much! >> it is too much. >> jacob ward, good to see you. meanwhile, the united states has put money behind the information collected on americans, that's according to the associated press. the obama administration hopes to done develop a secure
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technique, to determine who is monitoring the u.s. at least five firms have been paid to develop that technology so far. on wall street, stocks surging, not surging, struggling at the end of the day. the dow slipping 41 points in volatile trading. federal reserve meeting starts on tuesday. there are worries that the fed may trim its economic stimulus even further. meantime apple shares were up nearly 1% after its holiday announcement end of the year, tends to be best quarter for the tech titan. analysts expect strong selling of iphones and parades,. money plawn derg against two men, selling bingt.
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bitcoin on the black market site silk road. joining mees ising richard barrington. rimped thanks to have you. good to see you. >> thanks for having me on. >> i want to touch on home sales. i guess we could call it a slight dip slightly blow expectations. why is it happening right now after the surge we saw in the fall? >> well, two reasons and one is that around mid year last year we saw mortgage rates rise by just over a full percentage point. that has -- that forms kind of a head wind for the housing market. but the other thing is that recently we're beginning to see some evidence of weakness in the economy. probably the most prominent example of that was the new jobs report for december showed that the economy created only 74,000 jocks in december.
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that number had been running around twofned,000 jobs a month so it looks like the economy may have taken a step back. >> we're also anticipating this fed meeting coming up tomorrow and the what do we expect to hear there? what are you looking for as far as signs about what the fed feels about the economy and housing? >> well, you know, i'll tell you if everything had gone according to script you probably would have seen another baby-step back away from their quantitative easing program. last month they announced they were culting $10 billion in bond and mortgage backed security purchases off of that program a month cutting it from 85 bill to 75 billion. that's a cut back but still a huge stimulus program. that was done in the context of at the time, we saw the economy the pace of the gdp growth accelerate in each of the three
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quarters of the first part of the year. now you see some wreakness in the housing market and by the way the weakness in the housing market it's not just the one month, people might try and write that off to the weathered but it's actually the second consecutive month that new housing sales have dipped. and looking a lil longer term they're down for the second half of 2014 overall. so all of a sudden there are gathering signs of weakness that the fed has to deal with. you also have this subtext of course of the handoff from ben bernanke-janet yellen. the fed is a conservative organization, and all of these other factors may send them more cautious at the time. >> richard barrington is a senior why flat at money.com.
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thanks. coming up, a deep freeze headed to the united states, and 152 concussions this envelope season, today a new program that is meant to lower brain judicious just before the sprp super bowl.
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bashar al-assad 1 step down. unrest in the country, viktor yanukovych met with the opposition, ukraine has been dealing with violence all over the country, with demonstrators clark with police for a number of days now. president obama is getting ready for his state of the union address, will demand economic quality and willing to use his executive orders to make that happen. for the second time in a month antarctic like conditions are driving people indoors. several schools in illinois are closed. wind chill temperatures listen to this dropping to negative 40, january's unusual long cold spell is leading to propane shortages, as more people turn up the heat in their homes.
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some states are going to get lower than normal temperatures. let's get over to dave warren who is tracking this latest arktd blast for us -- arctic blast for us, dave. >> right now through north dakota, south dakota, minnesota, very accommodate wind chills for -- very cold wind chills. now the bitter cold wind chills is the problem as this front moves through. cold air plus the wind combined 40 or 50 below in this area. this is the wind chill warning not quite as cold but down to about zero, the wind chill better, all the way up to the northern plains. that's where the cold air is now. where it is going to be headed, it will be moisture, warm air falling into the cold air. this could either be sleet or freezing frain developing
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throughout tomorrow morning's rush hour. through the carolinas and through southern georgia and right along the gulf coast in new orleans. ice accumulation throughout the day tomorrow as far south as florida, northern florida. so freezing rain will be the biggest problem there and we'll talk about the deep freeze continuing, tony. >> dave, thank you. a potentially landmark case in los angeles, students matter is challenging the teacher tenure and layoff law. it is a case that could set national precedent. akiko fujita is with us from los angeles. >> i can tell you that this is part of a larger national push to reevaluate how teachers are evaluated in public schools. but this specific case has gotten so much attention because a lawsuit was filed by the
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students themselves. now those nine public school students are part of an organization called student matters. and they argue that the school system gives too little attention to seniority and tenure rules in place. students are often affected but they are pushed out first because of the last in, first out policy. but the plaintiffs have framed this as a fight for the constitutional right of students who they say the changes are pushing for also protects teachers. let's listen to the attorney, marcellus mcera what he had to say earlier today. >> this is not due process rights, if we are prailg in this case teachers will still have the same protections with respect to dismissal as every public employee in this state has. what we're doing is we're focusing often excess. we are focusing on irrationality
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and those constraingts that prevent the schools from doing what they are supposed to do, placing their interests first and serving their learning guides. >> the teachers union call these systems meritless, they say there are administrator proper systems in place to fire teachers, and this does not do anything to help student learning. we spoke with the teachers union earlier today, josh peshtolt. let's see what he has to say. >> we want the teaching profession raised up. we want to see improvement among our colleagues around for those not doing well, they need to work to improve their skills. >> reporter: now plaintiffs in this case say this really is
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about the bottom 5% of teachers. those who are simply bad educators but are not removed because the system is too tedious and too costly to get them out. tony. >> thank you, akiko fujita in san francisco. >> ray nagin is accused of handing howt building contracts in exchange for cash, wire transfers and vacations. ben lemoine, the charges against the former mayor, what does this trial mean for new orleans which in many ways is still rebuilding more than eight years after creents? >> yes, funny are the certainly is. obviously this is a big deal for the people here.
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this has been an open wound for some time and what former mayor nagin is facing now is most reply bribery or kickback schemes. this investigation has been at lease since 2010, federal prosecutors investigating at least six of nagin's business associates. pled guilty or been accused of charges. former mayor nagin was a target of these charges, in february of 2013. the federal government indicted him on 21 of these counts. now he goes to face a jury. a big surprise, he clearly did not make a deal, now he's facing a jury of his peers, that jury
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being request questioned the first time today. >> all right ben lemoine in new orleans. army chief and interim lead abdel fattah al-sisi is expected to be the favorite once he officially announces his candidacy. in control of the country since morsi was removed, elections are set for late sap. two years after sparking the so-called air spring the tunisia has ratified the constitution. allowing for freedom of religion and providing for women's rights. in south sudan, 20,000 people fleeing the country's violence have taken shelter at the united nations compound.
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situations are difficult and disease is causing concern. >> just a month ago this was a military base for u.n. peace keepers. now it's home for over 20,000 south sudanese. seeking ref puj here. fearful that if they step outside this space government forts will kill them. but while staying here may save them from death, these people are barely living. entire families are cramped together under anything they can find to shade themselves from the burn sun. there was nothing but flimsy shedsto shelter. david was 21 years old, growing up he dreamed of being a pro forma soccer player. now he oant this is a hom only t out of this prison.
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>> three to four days without eating food. it is like prison. >> the conditions here are miserable. sewage flows in the middle of where people sleep. this is where they go to the toilet. this is where they wash. there is a real fear that unless something is done and quickly, there could be an outbreak of diseases here at the camp making things more unbearable than they already are. the u.n. says it is doing its best. but it, too, has warned that unless urgent action is taken the situation will deteriorate. >> my worst night there is in the most could be jested camps where nothing that is moved, the rains come and the officials are living, from the disasters that come from that. that is not a situation, we really need to fix things way before that. it will be a nightmare of proportions and people can die.
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>> there are incorporate near enough doctors with only a handful of aid agencies hemming here. what organization that is try ig to help is doctors without borders. but their facilities are basic too, would be unable to cope with an outbreak if one was to happen. >> ten times density of mom by. there isn't anyplace to put public latrines. it is a disaster waiting to happen. >> although there is relatively good water available, the cues are very long. protecting these people, the u.n. and the international community have done little to improve the miserable living conditions of those now inside.
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for many here, it seems as if the world is ignoring south sudan's dmirn. reporting from south disand. >> stole a vied lal of 45th secretary gave the vile of blood in 2011. pope john xxii is likely to be made a saint nine years after his death. maria innes ferre is here. >> that closed hearing will determine if holmes should get a second psychiatric evaluation. prosecutors say the doctor who conducted the first exam was
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biased. holmes has pled not guilty by reason of insanity for the death in 12. a mall where 19-year-old shot and killed two employees reopened today, having police say they increased security in the retail component. dair yn marcus aguilar shot two people before shooting himself. possessing bomb and marijuana growing materials. police say vladislav mirtako. no charges against him but he's namely to foas bond. the state supreme court prooivets a ballot, almost anyone will be able to get
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marijuana for the slightliest complaint. and finally a new jersey royal caribbean cruise line's explore he of the seas has returned to home port. the ten day trip was cut short, because the guesses were said to have caught norovirus. >> didn't we have soot case last month or so? many. >> yes. >> that's nasty stuff. maria, thank you. among plairts in football and other youth sports, the plawch of the hit policeman cost comes right after the super bowl. mark morgan joins us from new york city and mark take your time and tell us more about this
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program. >> that's right, tony, obviously concussions as you mentioned have become a major problem in professional sports, especially the nfl. we'd like to point out that hit count is going to address programs in youth and high school football. minimize the number of youth concussions, design a way to make football safer for youth. 400 million youth football players in this country, and they take 1.5 billion hits to the head, in youth and high school football, and the goal of this program is by 2016, to eliminate roughly one-third of those hits or 500 million hits to the head, because research has shown that one-third of those hits, the 500 million hits, are needless and are really unnecessary and occur in practice. so this is something that they're going to try to implement across the country.
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and they're going to use devices and put them in helmets to measure, much like a pitch count does in baseball to measure the number of hits that each child and each football player and other athletes in high school football take during a practice and during a a given season to try to monitor. they stress that obviously each hit threshold is different for each player. it's going to be kind of a combination of parents of athletic directors of coaches and of the science community to try make this move forward and tro trtry omake football safer r youth components. john pizzi from the riverdale school outside of new york city, is going to implement this program. he said there were 20 concussions just in soccer in his school, they are going to implement it in soccer, lacrosse and football later on this season. so that's something they're going to do and tony i want to show you one other thing but go ahead for now that's it as far
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as that's concerned. i know you have a few questions about really where they go from here. >> i'm hoping you mentioned, they picked up on device he that are going to be used to monitor these subconcussion hits. that's the first time i've heard that term. did anyone get into an explanation of the types of devices? >> this is called a g-force tracker, you see that? this will be implemented to put inside football helmets. they've come up with a threshold of 20 gs which is essentially like, they demonstrated moments ago in the news conference it's much like slapping a podium very hard. it is not something that's necessarily going to make you unconscious but they will measure those with a type of tracker like this, called a g force tracker they will put in helmets of fb fbl football play. science and the athletic
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community to try to make football and other sports safer at the youth level. >> mark morgan for us in new york city. for years the medical community has suffered a shortage of doctors. rob reynolds reports on a unique solution that may help turn that around. >> jennifer hon has always wanted to be a doctor. the daughter of immigrants, strong desire to serve. >> ultimately one of my major goals in going into medicine was to hopefully work with underserved communities. >> the system of for profit health care medical tuition is hugely expensive and requires students like ha hon to get loa. >> we are acquiring a lot of debt, 40,000, 50,000 a year over four years close to 200,000 or
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more. >> hon studies at the university of california at riverside, in an area of the state facing a severe shortage of doctors. dr. richard olds is the dean of the medical school. >> because 40% of the doctors in this area, look like me, 55 years of age or older we will have a 5,000 physician deficit in this area no matter what anyone does. >> they earn far less than specialists like cardiologists or orthopedic surgeons. many doctors choose lucrative specialties in order to pay off med school debts so u.c. riverside is trying to bold experiment, the only one of its kind in the nation. certain students who choose primary care and agree to practice in the local community will get full scholarships. >> we basically give them medical school forfree.
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at the end of the day if they are a medical school dock -- a primary care doctor in the area, their medical school is free. we reverse incentives to try to get results that society in general needs. >> it's not just california that's facing a looming doctor shornlg. -- shortage. there could be a nationwide shortage of 90,000 doctors before the end of the decade. the main reason for the doctor shortage is that the country is getting older. >> over the course of the next 20 years, 10,000 americans a day turn 65. and they're the ones that use the rnlg majority of health care services. >> to fill the gap, the united states will need a lot more nova programs like u.c. riverside's and a lot more dedicated students like jennifer hon.
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robert reed, al jazeera, california. >> the mayor of sochi says there are no gays in his town and allegations of corruption surrounding the games, why one caves says russia is spending twice as much as it needs to for the olympics.
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real reporting that brings you the world.
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>> good but not good enough. apple spoig investors with holiday -- disappointing investors with holiday sales only 1.5 million iphones, may face a tougher quarter ahead, that is what apple is saying. its shares are down nearly 6% in after-hour trading. controversial new antigay sentiment surrounding the winter olympics. the mayor of sochi claims there are no gay people in the olympic
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host city. the mayor made the comments in an interview with the bbc about how russia's homosexual laws would affect the games. but there are two gay clubs in sochi. the mayor said the gays are welcome at the games as long as they don't impose their habits on others. a website that reveals the true cost of the sochi olympics, john terrett is here with us. >> thanks tony. a nice little tidbit for monday. the interactive website opens with a pretty bold statement. athletes are not the only people who compete in sochi, officials and business men also took part in the games and turned them into a source of income. now the site has been built by the prominent anticorruption many caves, alexei ei navalny.
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, making them the most expensive games ever, even more expensive than any of the summer ones where far many more athletes actually turn up. now navalny says russia has spent twice as much as necessary to build at least 10 of the olympic venues bolshoi stadium and the speed skating stadium that's very attractive as can you see. not surprisingly president vladimir putin has rejected out of hand, claims of rampant corruption. honest mistakes by investors that underestimated the cost. in a rare tv interviewed he gave comment, that anybody got this evidence of corruption please
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show this to us, so far we haven't seen anything except for speculation. last year the russian government's audit found about 15 billion rubels ofen reasonable financing, the sochi government isn't commenting but when asked the spokesman for the international olympics committee says, the ioc stands against any form of corruption. tony. >> john terrett, thank you. we're going to take a look at the day's headlines. when we return. this is are al jazeera america. back in a minute. television event, al jazeera america takes you beyond the debate.
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>> no movement in the syrian peace talks. will allow women and children
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leave from the battered city of homs, locked over a transitional government. in ukraine, president viktor yanukovych has agreed to scrap perhaps after met with opposition leaders. florida politician caught with cocaine by an undercover officer last october. he was sentenced to a year in ae to undergo rehabilitation. >> accused of selling over $1 billion in bitcoin on black market website silk road. president obama, top
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advisors say he will be willing to use executive power to advance his agenda when necessary. and you can watch complete coverage at the state of the union address on al jazeera america at 6:00 eastern. those are the headlines. inside story is next. >> is president obama about to begin flexing executive muscle in an attempt to get around not-always-cooperative congress? that's the "inside story." >> hello, i'm ray suarez. since he became president but more specifically since the republicann

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