>> it's disappointing but by now not surprising that the republican speaker is attacking conservatives look to retake the senate. heritage action and boehner have been publicly feuding since last december when they attacked. tony, that is today's power politics. >> david, thank you. oregon has officially shut down it's online healthcare exchange after weeks of trying to fix its bulky glitchy system. today the state turned off it's cover oregon website. oregon residents who will now use the federal healthcare.gov site. oregon is the first state to make such a switch. coming up, a new crop of measle's outbreak. the worst in 18 years and it may be spreading.
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>> i got to tell a disease we once thought was i will limb nateed in the united states is making a comeback in its worst outbreak in years. roxana saberi is here with the details. >> reporter: tony, the reporting of a big jump in the cases of measles. there is more reports this year than than at any point since 1996. from hawai'i to new york, california has the most with 58. new york is second with 26. washington state has 13. most of these people were not vaccinated. some of them were children. the vaccination rate is 90% above preschool age kids but a number of parents are not getting their kids vaccinated for philosophical reasons.
others fear autism or other disorders. doctors warn this is it a dangerous trend. >> there is a resurgence of measles, quite frankly, because parents are withholding their children from vaccination. then when measles are imported from abroad, it strikes some of those children and spreads in neighborhoods where children congregate. >> measles is very contagious. it spreads in the air when a person coughs or sneeze. sometimes measles can be deadly but no one has died from it in the united states. some people have got continue in the philippines where they're battling a large outbreak. and the cases here in the united states may be outdated because ohio earlier this week is looking into 15 possible cases. >> 15? okay, roxana, thank you.
a protest from dozens of family members from passengers are missing. more than 100 relatives staged a sit-in outside of a malaysian embassy. they say that they went back on a promise made to them. they read signs never give up and they'll wait there until they get answers. some have threatened a hunger strike. the search so far has come up absolutely empty. ireland is facing mounting pressure for the way it deals with the a thousands of refugee seeking asylum there. the country use as system called "direct provision" for people waiting to find out if they're going to be granted asylum. but opponents say it's not unlike prison. lawrence lee has more from dublin. >> reporter: ireland is known whereverywhere for the way thatt opens it's arms to tourists and visitors. but how to experience that with
thbalance that withthose who fa. being a refugee here is worse than home. >> i would be kept so long. i would be forced to live in a system where i lose my human sense and my dignity is affected, and i would feel less human. i don't see that i deserve that. i wouldn't have come. >> reporter: ireland runs its asylum system differently than other places. refugees are placed in buildings under a system called direct provision which means meals and a bed but nothing else. you go to another place which gives you 19 euros a week spending money or less than $4 a day. so you're not allowed to work, but you have no money. time and again refugees told us they have been forced to do
nothing, and that sends them quietly mad. stephen, who is kenyan, dos voluntary work to keep his mind busy. the government has been considering his asylum claim for the last eight years. >> we're still waiting. we don't wanting to home. we want protection. we want our kids to enjoy a life like any other normal kid, and we want to fend for our family. we don't want anything from the system. >> reporter: so the asylum may give a sense of safety but loss of freedom. this woman, a christian from northern nigerian, they had to flee with their children. they hate living under the direct provision. and that fills her with guilt. [ sobbing ] >> they make decisions for me. they make decision force my children. 2347 how could it be with
ireland with its famines and oppression by the british could have gotten such a bad reputation for carrying for those in need. >> it's very difficult to see why ireland is still signed up to the refugee convention when in fact, it does not live by the spirit of it even if it has in place a system to deciding asylum claims. >> reporter: the government refused to do an interview, and they said direct provision is the cheapest way of looking after people who are in ireland illegally. european elections are coming despite immigration being so important, the treatment of ireland's thousand was refugees is not on anyone's agenda. >> al jazeera is taking you beyond the issue of immigration with our new series "borderland." we look at those who risk it all to ride the beast.
>> reporter: 27-year-old john has tried and failed to cross the u.s. border many times. he said he wants to reunite with his mother who abandoned him when he was just two years old. >> nelson from el salvador has taken the death train four times and has experienced the brutality of the criminal gangs.
leave, and what they're trying to achieve, but i'm really pissed off at the mexican government. i mean, this train leaves every day packed with 300 people. you know, they have immigration who could stop this all the way. we have the government of mexico who is enabling this situation where they're just funneling thousands of people a week into our borders, then they face horrendous conditions. i'm just really not happy with what's going on here. >> and you can catch the third episode of "borderland" right here on al jazeera america. a quick check of wall street, disappointing earnings dragging on the markets today, ford and visa short of expectations and lost real value, and amazon predicting a loss in the second quarter. the dow finishing down, 140 points. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq also
>> on the next talk to al jazeera >> oscar winner sean penn shares his views on privacy rights, press freedom and his controversial relationship with hugo chavez >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> you flow, it is a move that could have a widespread impact on college sports. voting build to form the first union for college athletes but it could be a while before we know how the players voted, really? diane estherbrook in illinois, diane, i want to know what the vote is now, but tell me why it's going to take a while for me to figure this one out?
>> reporter: well, actually they had to impound these votes because the national labor relations board in washington is reviewing the regional boards' decision, the regional director's decision which basically said that these students could organize, be considered an employee and be an union. they have to impose those ballots, do a review and count them later. today they're reiterating what they've been saying all along. they're not professional athletes, they're not employees, and they don't think that an union would serve them well. the school also wanted to get out in front of the media today and say--address allegations that they had been lobbying these players not to join the union. they said that's simply not true. >> during the period leading up to this election, northwestern conducted this campaign
according to the guidelines and procedures outlined by the national labor relations board. in doing so we did, indeed, explain very consistently and very clearly the university's position, which is we believe our students, not employees, and we don't believe unionization and collective bargaining are the appropriate methods. >> they said today i'm proud of what the northwestern football team has accomplished. they're giving a voice to the voiceless and empowering athletes, future and current athletes. a spokesman for northwestern said regardless of what happens with this vote they think it will open a conversation between the school and players and it could do the same thing for players at other schools. tony? >> diane, how is the ncaa responding to all of this?
>> they did not speak to the latitude. scholarships, tickets for kids to go home and visit parents. this is what the union was addressing. >> michael, what is next? what happens after this vote? >> there is a review process that the school will go through with the national office of nlrb. if that review process comes in favor of the players, if if it sides with the university, those votes would never be counted. we're talking weeks, months. >> right, right, what about these claims that the university is pressuring these young people
not to join an union. >> those claims that they were contacting the football team. one of the questions was from one of the kids who said how do we get back to being students and not employees? the response was northwestern agrees with you that you men are students, not employees, that's why the university is appealing the decision. that's process has to go forward but you can express your desire to getting back to being students by voting no. another section said that the school could are bring in replacement players or ask walk-on players to cross the picture line. they never even formed a union to bargain if a strike would either be an option. to put that out there, does that not sound like pressure? >> yes, so the big conference, the big ten.
>> y, more ason m autonomy whent comes to handing benefits to sleeathletes. >> they said, you know what, look, all the schools can't do what you do in terms of benefiting the athletes. but this is what we're going to give you the power to do. it's more financial aid. it's not just the cost of scholarship. insurance for these players, including policies that protect future earnings, more academic support, give them longer time to graduate because you only get five years of eligiblility for your degrees. allow money for families to come to events, get tickets to games and not pay for things like parking when they come to campus to watch them practice and compete. >> look what happens when you have a ruling in your favor. look what happens? >> reporter: we've seen labor disputes in this country for decades. if you let the union form then
it will throw the model away. we saw it in professional sports, baseball, basketball, what has happened since? they have grown. >> oh, we've got tickets now that we're talking about. the kids can eat whenever they're hungry. all of a sudden things start to move. >> you give a little bit. >> michael yves, thank you. >> activists in syria say 30 people are dead after a government airstrike on an outdoor market. happened as the the u.n. accused blocking the area where the aid is needed. >> reporter: aid y managed to cross into the government held aleppo city earlier this month. it was the first time since june humanitarian assistance crossed through this front line. since then the only border crossing between the divided city has been closed. aid agencies have been facing
obstacles to reach those in need. >> for the past two months the e has been repeated requests to access areas that is directly affected by fighting in aleppo. today there is additional challenge. there are roads that link both sides of the government and the opposition controlled area in aleppo together that have been blocked. there are roads around the city that lead--that connect the city with other major cities in damascus that also, these roads have been blocked. >> this has forced forces to use dirt roads to the city. even that is full of opposition
and it was prevented supplies reaching civilians. >> the regime will close the corridor to the city. now, it is under siege. >> people living in the government controlled west say are a prices of basic goods and fuel have decreased on average 75% of aid distribution across the country occurred in areas controlled by the state. >> reporter: from turkey's border it's an hour's drive to aleppo city but the syrian government won't allow united nations to use border crossings that are not under its control and u.n. agencies need to respect that. if it wants to continue operating in state-controlled regions where many civilians have sought refuge. >> reporter: with all these obstacles very little aid has been reaching the people where
it is needed. >> hosni mubarak made a rare public appearance. the 85-year-old waved from the window to his supporters. this is where he's being held while he awaits for his trial. in sout south korea some of the bodies recovered from the ferry sinking was misidentified, and some victims have been wrongly transferred. in some cases the mistake were discovered after the bodies were taken to funeral homes. divers have recovered 119 10 people and 119 people are still missing. attacks on oil
infrastructure has cost iraq millions of dollars. al jazeera has more. >> in the land of black gold these men are responsible for keeping the oil flowing. they are the iraq police. the commandedder briefs his charge for another day on the front line. here across reak they mound defensive operations as well as intelligence gathering of potential threats. it's a dangerous job. this commemorates those who died in the line of duty. the iraq police will form i in 2007. after the american invasion in 2003, iraq's infrastructure was in chaos. gangs would smuggle oil and sell it to foreign countries. that's come to an end, but the
threats have become much more dangerous. the pipelines and facilities are attacked on a weekly basis. the damage runs into the millions. it is a big operation spread out across the country. >> we're facing a fierce assault especially in 2003 and going through this year. the enemy considers oil as weapon in this open war so the enemy strategy is to bomb attack facilities. i continue to ask for more weaponry and more vehicles, but so far none have been received. >> looking to the future iraq knows that energy security is important. which is why it is one of the big issues during the election campaign. all political parties are aware that securing iraq's future depends on securing its oil
pipelines. al jazeera. >> a new information on high school stabbing today, maria ines has details and other headlines. >> reporter: in connecticut a 16-year-old teenage boy is in custody after a 16-year-old girl was stand inside her high school this morning. the police are investigating whether she was stabbed because she declined an invitation to the prom. the school dance was set for this evening. it's been postponed. florida troopers are looking into the possibility of sudden acceleration as the cause of a deadly crash into a daycare center. the dodge durango was turned into the private drive of the children center. that vehicle crashed into the facility killing a 4-year-old girl. the driver is charged with fleeing the seen scene. firefighters are trying to contain several forest fires in
new jersey. one burning in ocean county and another one forced hundreds of people to evacuate yesterday. that one has been contained. no one was hurt and no homes from lost. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. in nevada the woman accused of throwing a shoe at hillary clinton has pleaded not guilty. 36-year-old is in federal custody. she's charged with by passing security and throwing a shoe at clinton, both misdemeanors. the shoe missed lynn clinton and the woman surrendered to authorities. don't expect to see cheerleaders at the next buffalo bills games. the company that manages them suspended operations following an unfair wage lawsuit. five former cheerleaders say they worked hundreds of hours for free. they also said that they had to take a jiggle test. >> what? >> a jiggle test so their bosco see how firm their bodies-- >> no, no. >> thno comments, but the girls
say that they were controlled on everything, their hair color, nail polish, everything was controlled. >> let me not say anything. >> reporter: yeah, don't say anything about jiggles. >> you know me too well. maria, see a little later. coming up on al jazeera america, the controversial path to sainthood for pope john paul ii. he is set to become a saint this sunday, but some say it is too soon. and the story of a barber in rome who knows that pope john papope johnpaul ii is a saint be performed a miracle on him.
pope john paul ii will be elevated along with pope john i. everyone remembers pope john paul ii, but it didn't take him long to be elevated this way. >> there is some controversial surrounding that as well. john paul ii, the polish pope born in 1 1920. they say don't they com say comh the moment cometh the man? reagan era, margaret thatcher, they were all around together at the same time bringing down the iron curtain and pope john paul ii had a hand in that. you see pictures of him now. he was very handsome, wonderful broad smile, and people loved him very much. catholics loved him very much.
he reigned 25 years and a lot of people in the catholic church welcomes his elevation to st. hood. they praise him now. >> let me ask you this question. there are people who disagree, and they say--john paul ii did not do enough about the sex abuse scandal during his papacy. >> it is a very fair point that a lot of people in the catholic church raise even today. and of course it is very swift for someone to become a hope if they have a selection of miracles that they point in his direction. they're comfortable about that. you're right. the issue of the church child abuse scandal broke while he was running the vatican, and he is accused of not doing enough. he did what others did, and what others try to do, which was to protect the church first. rather than putting victims first. we saw the church criticiz critt the u.n. for doing that. that is one strike against john
paul. >> pope joh paul xxi, we don't w as much about him. >> he reigned from 1958 to 1963. and it revolutionized the church. you can argue at your dining tables how much it revolutionized the church but it started the process of bringing the catholic church into the modern era. the key things was that the mass could be celebrated in vernacular. and that was not true up until then. mass was in latin. hope john xxiii was loved pope
as well. >> the pope needs perform two miracles after death. to be elevated. >> pope john xxiii has one. he was called the good hope. such a holy man that pope francis thinks there will be news of a miracle sometime in the future. based on that he's waving this through. how is that for faith? >> it means to me the pope is the man, and the pope can do whatever the pope wants to do. that's what it says to me. >> the pope is supposed to be infallible. that's a bit of a myth. they're not really infallible. catholics, big weekend for them. >> absolutely. john, appreciate it. good stuff. despite the controversy, some say they know pope john paul ii
is a saint. nick schifrin talks to a barber who said that the pope performed a miracle on him. >> reporter: johnny has always known what he wanted to be. he has been cutting air, shampooing, shaving for 60 years, he's only 66. >> this is my best--this is my work, my job, my life. >> he fills his barbershop with a lifetime of memories and momentos. some are ancient. >> does it work? >> some a mere half century old. and there's one memory he cherishes most. >> this was used on john pal the ii.
>> johnny cut his hair and shaved him, and then year later he was john paul ii. >> is pope john paul iia saint? >> yes, yes, he was one even before becoming a pope. >> reporter: but to become a roman catholic saint they must perform miracles. johnny said that a miracle was performed on him. when he was 62 he herniated a disk. his life's work watt as risk. doctors said he needed surgery. but in the hospital johnny said he saw a photo in john paul in black and white. he said the photo spoke to him and a few days later he was miraculously cured. >> when i went to the hospital i could barely walk. i looked like an old man. but after five days i checked out and i was running. >> the vatican never confirmed johnny's recovery as a miracle, but in some informal polls of
his customers they all call john paul saintly. >> many young people including me approach thanks to him. it's a very good reason to declare him as a saint. he was very special. >> reporter: john paul has his critics. some say he shielded abusive priests. others argue it is too quick to canonize him. for johnny it's simple. john paul saved and keeps saving his life. >> to me it's like he was my father. i don't call him pope but father. when i'm in need he's always there. >> reporter: thanks to john paul johnny is always here for his customers. nick schifrin, al jazeera america rome. >> he coined phrased like laughing stock, love is blind, and good riddance. how people around the world are celebrating shakespeare 450 years later.
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>> the sow arrest power cell is celebrating it's 60s birthday while oil and gas dominate the energy supply more people are harnessing the power of the sun. rob reynolds reports now from california. >> reporter: another solar panel goes up on a rooftop in los angeles. l.a. is the number one city for solar energy producing 132 mega watts. officials want 20% of the city's electricity to come from the sun by 2000, and coup is committed to have a million solar rooftops by 2016. as california goes so goes the world. solar power is finally taking off said the leading solar energy institute. >> costs have come down so much that it is competitive and it is much below household electricity
rates. >> reporter: the sun has been the principle source of energy for life on earth for three and a half billion years but it was only 60 years ago that people figured out how to turn sunlight into electricity. >> reporter: in the pore ten p s sounds. >> here is battery in protective plastic. >> reporter: solar power's 60s birthday party a. >> this is commemorating one of the biggest breakthroughs in the history of human technology, and it is the cornerstone of what is going to help us move forward to a safer, cleaner, more security world. >> reporter: 90-year-old physicists is the last living member of the team that achieved the solar energy break through. >> it is amazing what has happened over the last ten years
especially. in the beginning it was very difficult. you had to educate the public. what is this skies? what can it do? nobody ever heard of this device. >> reporter: the power of the sun together with wind and other renewable sources may be key to controlling climate change caused by industrialation. but solar power development must be speeded up. >> for 10% coverage, we need 10,000, and at the moment we are installing 50 gig bites a year. >> man at last has dipped his hand into the sun to warm man. >> reporter: solar energy is all grown up, but it still has a long way to go. rob reynolds, al jazeera, palo alto, california. >> william shakespeare probably never pa imagined millions woule
tweeting about his birthday 400 years after the fact. >> reporter: call me jul juliet, tony. tomorrow will mark 3400 years of shakespeare's baptism. and we know this from his baptism record from 1564, the 26th of april, it says william, the son of john shakespeare, and he was baptized at this church. he was also buried at this church. at the time baptisms were three days after a person's birthday. so all week long people have been tweeting out birthday messages, kevin spacey tweeted out this image. lit 450 candles in shakespeare's honor. >> oh, no he didn't, come on. >> reporter: they've also been tweeting out some of the things that we say today that maybe come from william shakespeare like no, no, whose there. that's from macbeth." in a pickle from the tempest.
>> and wear your heart on your sleeve. >> and who remembers 10th grade shakespeare glass but heart of gold, green-eyed monster, so-so, from "as you like it." be all, end all. >> anything from the son net thersthere? >> these are the plays that we're talking about. >> these are from the plays. i was juliet in high school, i didn't want to say it. i used to blush when i had to kiss the boy. this is hamlet's to be not to be. >> that is the question. >> that is the question. and you know what shakespeare also said, he said follow your spirit, while you're at it,
follow me. >> to thine own self be true. >> reporter: yes. >> there is the ap in ines. thank you. >> "inside story" is next on al jazeera america. >> after a dozen john kerry visits to israel, the palestinian peace talks look like they've unraveled even leaving president obama suggesting it might be time for a pause. it's the inside story. hello, i'm ray