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for brain's inner g.p.s. supreme court widely ending gay marriage, ending the delays for gay sex unions. several courts bound by the order, making it legal in 30 days. the court declined to hear appeals. randall pinkston, take us inside the specifics of the decision by the court. what does it mean? >> interesting. the court had several opportunities, seven, to engage in a decisive issue, whether same-sex couples have the constitutional right to get married. justices decided to stay out of
the dispute. >> reporter: the wait is over. same-sex couples in virginia rushed to get married hours after a surprise move by the supreme court. >> we never ever expected this. >> in independent and utah. after the battle in the high court the justices rerefusfused review seven case, staying the order. >> i was shocked and then exuberant. because one knew that these families in utah, on the circuit. could live. >> that we'd have to wait until june to fight out if we were successful. >> reporter: while the supreme court remained sleftenlt the ruling opened the door when the
supreme court struck down parts of the federal marriage act, the ruling was used to strike up bans on same-sex marriage. >> the lower court, court of appeals are split. there's no disagreement among the lower courts, in favour of marriage, in favour of the correct idea that our constitution requires quality for gay and lesbian couples. indiana law enforcement officers - this person says it will make a difference. >> now that we are spouse, our partners will get the same benefits as other officers. >> indiana prohibition an same-sex marriage, it is final. same-sex marriage is now legal
in indiana, and is required to be. there's nothing that can be done by constitutional amendment to the law to alter it. from the accountability center, a group that supports the marriage, says the supreme court doesn't resolve the issue for the nation. >> there's sting 20 states in in country where marriage equality is denied to gay men and lesbians. they must be wondering how long will we have to wait for our rights to be recognised. >> currently there is one state, louisiana, where is federal court approved the ban an same-sex marriage. >> it brings up is good point regarding the state where same-sex marriage is illegal. what effect will the courts have not to hear the appeals have on those states?
>> well, the likelihood to the proponents of same-sex marriage is there'll be lawsuits filed against those bans where same-sex marriage is not permitted, and if the federal judges follow suits for what we have seen. you'll see the states allowing same-sex couples to be wed. >> thank you. president obama received a briefing on the ebola virus, the same day a freelance cameraman who attracted the virus in liberia arrived in the u.s. meantime, in texas, a liberian man with ebola has been downgraded to critical, as health workers monitor people that may have been in contact with him. diane eastabrook joins us with details. do we know what the president heard today in the briefing? >> we don't know a lot at this
point. he is being briefed by tom freedon, one thing he's bringing the president up to date on is 50 people that are being monitored. including family members and health care workers, at this point none of those people have symptoms of ebola. >> you are in dallas as we mentioned. thomas eric duncan's condition is downgraded. what more do we know about his condition specifically? >> well, he still remains in critical condition. one of the things that we learnt about is he's getting bri nirks -- brinsitta, an experimental drug, a task force has been appointed. >> remember, this is the first ebola patient diagnosed in the united states.
it would be foolish to believe that there would be no lessons learnt. if there is room for improvement, we want to assure that texas learns, we document and texas implements solutions. and also today perry is calling for rigorous screenings at airports, something that lawmakers are calling for, including u.s. senator. the other patient in nebraska, in omaha, do we know about his condition, how he's treated in comparison to what mr thomas eric duncan is getting in texas. >> that's right, ashoka mukpo arrived this morning. he is being treated in a facility, texas memorial hospital, in a biocontainment unit. his father said he looks pretty
good so far. >> he walked off the off the pl gingerly waved to us from a distance. wheeled into the room. he was tentative and frightened. he's strong, his symptoms are not more advanced from when he spoke to us. >> at this stage the doctors don't know what treatment ashoka mukpo will get, but he may get the experiment at drug as well. health officials in spain are dealing with ebola transmitted outside of africa. a nurse, part of a team treating a priest tested positive. she is in isolation. she treated a missionary, who flew back from sierra leone. he died three days later. fighters with the islamic state of iraq and levant may be close to seizing a town in northern syria.
kurdish forces are trying to keep i.s.i.l. from seizing kobani, near the border with turkey, bernard smith joins us from southern turkey. >> kurdish forces in kobani told al jazeera that the i.s.i.l. fighters breached the defenses towards the east and part of the south. when we talk of offenses around i.s.i.l., we are talking the syrian kurdish fighters say they have dug around kobani. a significant advance to the east. syrian kurdish sources telling us that they are involved in street to treat and building to building fighting. this is a heavily residential area, not just a map of i.s.i.l. forces advancing through kobani. we believe that there are several thousand syrian kurdish fighters trying to defend kobani, and they said they'll be able to repel the i.s.i.l.
troops. a couple of hundred remaining civilians in kobani have been evacuated to turkey, an indication of the enormous pressure that i.s.i.l. is managing. i.s.i.l. fighters are managing to put on kobani this evening. bernard smith reporting from turkey. a teenager is under arrest accused of trying to leave the country to become an i.s.i.l. fighter. 19-year-old hasma kahn was in court and was arrested at the airport. attempting to fly to turkey. lisa stark is in washington. what can you tell us about the specific case. >> the teenager is 19-year-old. he's a suburban teenager and is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to i.s.i.l. the parents were in court for a rehearing. his mother was visibly upset
which the court hearing. he was arrested this weekend at chicago o'hare airport where he spoke to federal bureau of investigation agents. they issued a search warrant, went to his home, where he lived with his parents, found documents that support i.s.i.l., and a letter written to his parents. it said first and foremost please make sure not to tell the authorities. and also he wrote: he hoped to go to syria to join i.s.i.l. fighters.
he has another court hearing this week. >> revealing information in the letter. there was a new york man who was arrested, charged with trying to leave america to join i.s.i.l. and also a muslim convert, shannon, she pleaded guilty trying to join up with an i.s.i.l. fighter met online. the u.s. administration concerned about
fighters. >> the resistance hasn't been as heavy as it was. it was coming day. they kept probing us. we got it moving. the shots were reducing, reducing. they are recruiting back to the ocean, to the coastline so they can jump in the boats. >> reporter: this is the town square, one that al-shabab used for executions as recently as a few weeks ago. members of a new administration meet a few who live here. there's a lot of anxiety.
these people have not seen government presence since the collapse of somalia in 1991. this is the governor, who they have not seen since 2008. he keeps his promise to publicly cut hair if if day ever game. >> clearly it is a good day. it was the center. >> reporter: this man gives us a glimpse of what life was like under al-shabab. >> translation: they used to kill people by shooting them. now you'll find blood at the spot where they did it. >> the offensive is an operation, in that cutting off al-shabab's supply roots from the sea. soldiers have been getting tactical support from the u.s., e.u., and private contractors. >> special forces are securing the city, moving were building
to building. this is a place where al-shabab leaders hold many of their meetings. >> at the town square, somalia soldiers celebrate the victory, but they know that al-shabab could come back. signs of normalcy in hong kong. schools reopen and employees return to work after pro-democracy protesters clear the area outside the city government headquarters. protesters are bowing to keep up the fight. we have more from hong kong. >> reporter: the sight of civil servants going to work wouldn't ordinarily generate from. in hong kong it was a significant moment. perhaps a turning point after days of unrest. the city's leader warned of upspecified police action if government workers were not able to return to their desks.
outside the complex, barricades remain. one student leader admits to moving momentum, denying the campaign is over. >> i'll say we don't know when it will happen. >> reporter: the government's ultimatum to clear the streets has been unheeded. but the barriers were pushed aside outside the office of hong kong's leader to allow a delivery of food to police. last week there were several thousand protesters. under a scorching sun, today just a determined handful. >> with the amount of people here, we have no bargaining power. we have less than 10 people here. police pretty much can do what they want. >> the president, one of the most powerful politicians in the city, appealed for restraint.
>> we hope that the government will not take drastic measures to evacuate this place by force. >> reporter: with government workers able to return to their desk, the crisiseeses for now. >> many students are divided over whether to continue the action or call it off. >> protesters are angry at china's plans to pick the candidates in 2017. i spoke to a protesters. he told us what he thinks about the demonstrations now that the government workers are allowed back into the building. >> we seem to be getting into an
area where they are negotiating with the government to have dialogue. it seems to be more peaceful. >> protesters ignored a deadline from the government to leave the area. do you think there'll be a backlash, where the protesters will continue to deny calls to disperse. >> no one nose about the possibility. there's been a lot of rumours, and actually back the students to go home. they believe in the past two weeks - nothing happened, but many people would think it's an option for the government to use a lot of power to do the clearance. >> what do you say to the various media reports suggesting that there's not enough leadership i monks the
protest -- amongst the protesters in hong kong. >> it's true. most are different to the previous demonstrations, and most of them think that they are not mobilized by any opportunities. they come out recollects they won't have to or have universal suffer ridge. they won't leave the opposition sight unless they get what they want. >> what do you anticipate will happen to the negotiation talks as the week goes on? >> i'm not optimistic to the dialogue. actually, the protesters only want one thing - true democracy or suf rig, or the withdrawal of the mpcs did you suggest. it is impossible that the chinese government would withdraw the decision of mpc,
because of the dignity of the chinese government. there's nothing the government can do or give to the protesters. >> do you think, ultimately, the protests will be nothing more than a waste of time? >> i don't think it's a waste of time. in fact, hong kong people have showed a lot of courage, and they have - and their demonstration has been a really new thing for the people, because of the skill, and the matter. i think we still have possibilities, although the possibility is not that great. >> an investigation into how 43 students disappeared in mexico. now a mass grave may provide clues into what happened. plus, a gay teacher fired from a
grave are some of the students that went missing a week ago. adam raney reports. >> reporter: even the army can't get through. class members of the student have been rallying here, saying the government ignored pleas for the safe return of the students. rather than engage in a fight, this fore ordered his men back. a sign that the government doesn't want to escalate tense situation. they have started to collect funds for the families of the students. >> student members say they'll take over highways and toll booths until the demand is met scpshes that is to return the 43 students alive. >> reporter: they don't believe
the bodies are the remains of the students. they feel abandoned by president peno nieto who refused to talk about the case. >> translation: we call on peno nieto to demand the states return the young people. >> reporter: most of the people are 18 to 22 in the last year of a rural teachers college. they were taken away by police, who authorities say were working for criminal group. the mother of a missing wouldn't give her name of. >> nothing they told us is true. we don't believe it. we know the government has it. >> the government didn't respond to is request for app interu. interview. amidst the rumours and
speculation, federal experts are conducting tests, something that could take days. family members say they'll only trust independent experts from abroad. the supreme court refuses to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. we look at why some say it's sending a strong message. a look at what else is on the docket. and a backlash over the firing of a pregnant teacher.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, i'm michael eaves. our top story, gay marriage - the supreme court deciding not to hear gay marriage case, but upholding the rulings of the lower courts. the court, with five or six other states where appeals are pending - the marriage legal in 30 states. gay rights advocates held the ruling, opponents called it irresponsible. jamie, we need you to go through the details. if my civic letters serve me correct lay, it takes five
justices for a ruling and four to hear a case. are you surprised the supreme court would hear the cases? >> i am surprised. i know some viewers are watching when i spoke about the cases. i can't lie and say i'm not surprised. i'm in good company. pretty much every analyst expected them to cake one of the cases. i'm surprised. we thought they would take the case, because these are important cases. number two, this is the chief justices 10th year as chief. we thought it would be a legacy moment for chief justice roberts, and number three, this is the unusual part - this was a case were not only the losers, gay marriage opponents were asking the court to take the case, but the winners, gay marriage proponents were asking the court to take the case. both were coming to the court
saying we want definitive answers on gay marriage. we want to know can they please take the case. it's unprecedented that everyone on both sides of the issue were asking. i thought they would take it. >> do we have anied in, because they don't have to give a reason for not accepting communications, any idea why? >> well, they don't have to give us a reason, but it's highly confidential. the first thing the court looks for when taking a case, and this is why we were a little arrogant. the thing they look for is a split, and the split below. all the courts that looked at the question came down the same way, that is in favour the gay marriage. there's no disagreement in the courts below, and it's quite possibly a simple answer - they
are waiting for there to be a disagreement. if you have kids and they are not fighting, you don't go in the room. you enjoy your glass of wine. you wait until the kids have a dispute, and that's when you get involved. the court may be saying "there's no dispute, there's no reason for us to get involved, there's nothing to resolve, there's no split." they may be waiting. there may be one coming. louisiana has a case. it is likely that that will uphold the ban and that may be where the supreme court decides they need to get involved. >> they won't hear cases on gay marriage, but let's talk about some the cases she hear. there a case about freedom of issues on facebook. what will be examined? >> it involves a man with an estranged wife. he was upset that she blanked
him. he made statements against her, and threatened her. they were extreme statements of violence. he moved on to threatening an investigator, then started to talk about kindergarten class that he may shoot up. very extreme. all of it, he insisted was an expression of art. he was an aspiring rap artist and linked himself to rap artists m and m. he was convicted of making death threats, spend 45 months behind bars and three years supervised release, and the question is whether this is an expression, is it a first amendment case or something else. it's a pressing question for the court. whether the subjective intentions matter, or is it what
a reasonable person would have thought or feared in the social media post. >> you can understand why the local authorities felt the same way. one thing i want to ask you about, examining religious freedom in u.s. prison. what do we need to know about this case? >> it comes on the heels of hobby lobby. this one has to do with growing beards in prison. one prison in particular saying that they do not want men to have beards longer than a quarter. a particularly prisoner says i need to grow a beard half an inch or longer because i'm a practicing muslim. prison officials sit you can hide sim cards, weapons, in terms of security and communications they need to control that. it's a question of the court weighing religious freedom
against the freedom. there's 44 prisons, over 40, and the federal prison systems allowing prisoners to grow facial hair. there's another religious freedom case, and that - they are being sued for not letting a young woman wear a head dress. two similar cases on religious freedom before the court. >> we'll look out for those decisions. jamie floyd, thank you for breaking it down. to the politics, the count town continues, 29 days until the fall elections. a recent comment by president obama is a driving issue in several races. david shuster joins us. you are trying to align your opponent with president obama. >> it's a question of context. president obama gave a wide ranging economic speech about his policies for november.
it's running in republican race. mitch mcconnell, republican senator, has tried to paint alison grimes as an obama clone and is hitting her with this. >> i'm not president obama. >> but obama says a vote for alison is a vote for his policies. >> i'm not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot. every one. obama needs grimes, and kentucky needs mitch mcconnell. >> the obama comment is front and center in kansas much that campaign between pat roberts, and independent challenger greg orman. >> obama's candidate for senate in kansas, greg orman. a vote for greg orman is a vote for president obama. >> make no mistake, these policies are. >> confidante and white house
advisor david axel rod would not put obama lied in the speech. >> if you understood the speech, the context of the line is the things he's pushing for minimum pay, infrastructure, saying these are on the ballot. when you saw the peach, it was obvious that that is the way. >> you are an ad man. >> it was a mistake. >> for months republicans tried to nationalize the election, putting voter feelings into the mix. new hampshire saying the strategy in dealing with i.s.i.l., including air strikes op i.s.i.l. and syria, has been driven by a white house effort to help. >> i'm fearful that as we look at the military strategy, that it is running the november elections, and he won't have the resolve to follow through a sustained effort to destroy
i.s.i.l. >> republicans want the white house to push on the ground. white house says it's valid. but the why the that president obama is playing politics is absurd. >> senator lindsay graham is praising president barack obama's ebola response and simultaneously criticizing him on i.s.i.l. >> it seems to be all in. i want to help get ahead of this in africa. there's a series of half measures on i.s.i.l. they'll dru the conflict -- draw the conflict out. >> other news. democrat incumbent mark prior is in a tough race. his supporters are attacking republican challenger, a veteran, for voting to a bill that cut benefits. >> veteran groups opposed it.
tom voted for if. do you respect the service? i do. trust him enough to send him to the senate. not a chance. >> former vermont governor ran for the presidential nomination, is an issue in a florida race. >> remember this guy? he was an aide on the presidential campaign when proposing government health care and wanted seniors to pay more. what were you thinking. >> it was 10 years ago. he's trying to beat congressman steve sutherland. their campaign creative. it is close. sometimes they deploy the kids drinks - throwing everything but the sink and hope something sticks. >> if you go back that far, that's scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to get howard dean into it.
time to look at stories making news around america. we are joined with that. >> teachers in philadelphia are outraged after the school system cancelled their contract. the distribute wants teachers to contribute to health care premiums. the district says it has no plans to cut teacher salaries. >> opening statement in the trial for the boston marathon suspect accused of lying. three days after the bombing, he was in the suspect's dorm room when two men came in and removed a back pock. philipos lied about what he saw. attorneys say he didn't lie, he was high on marijuana and couldn't remember. >> dwyer, an n.f.l. player, pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife. cardinals deactivated dwyer after his arrest.
a new jersey coroner confirmed that the entero virus killed a little boy. he got sick at home. school officials are taking precautions. >> we need to wash our hands. we need to make sure if we see signs that children are ill, that we keep them home. >> i have my son in that school, i don't think i would send them back. >> it struck more than 500 children. the c.d.c. said four people with entero virus in their system had died. >> people in a hot air balloon in california got a ride when the balloon was blown off course and over the ocean in san diego. a couple threw a rope into the water, and several surfers pulled it back to sure. the would-be groom called the experience forgettable, but is not sure he and his fiancee
would take a repeat trip. it's memorable. >> whether it's shark attacks or balloons in the water, you want to be around the surfers. they are good at helping people out. >> a catholic high school in detroit is rethinking policies after hiring a gay chemistry teacher, who was let go after announcing she was pregnant. the decision has not been well received. we are joined in detroit. the school is coming to a conclusion. >> the church prevents homosexual relationships. barb was able to stay on the job because her sexual orientation was something she could keep quiet. when she became pregnant. a major part of her private life became public, maryland took
issue. >> reporter: barbara should be excited about the birth of a first child, but instead she's deal with the hurt of losing her job. >> it's painful. >> webb was a chemistry teacher at an all-girl's high school in a decade. in 2012 she mar jid her long-time partner. she told administrators she was pregnant. she was fired. >> it was a little bit of shock. >> webb signed a morality clause when hired. the contract forbids certain behaviours going against catholic teaching. webb became pregnant through invitro fertilisation. something oped. the determine nation letter didn't explain why she was let go. >> the actions from the past tell me the reason i was fired is because i am pregnant in a way that is non-traditional.
>> reporter: web wrote about her ordeal, saying the response is overwhelming. students and parents helped protesters and supporters that when pope francis softened a stance onhomo sexuality. >> i would say. depending upon which church you go to, who you listen to, some of the messages - you are welcome. >> it's probably a conflictual message. >> most schools will not comment on those that governed maryland. >> they know that one of their teachers is no longer there, it's a situation that is challenging for students. >> now, sister mary jane, the
policy and practices are under review. >> we have to be faithful to the catholic identity and it's a difficult balancing act to realise that and be fair and just to people in our employment. it will be an interesting road ahead. >> i think there's a potential for challenge. if anything, that is great, if that can come up. >> web has found a new job, and plans to file a lawsuit. in the meantime the nuns who oversee marion high school have a history of being advote kates for justice and peace, and plan to take them into consideration moving forward. bisi onile-ere reporting live from detroit. the brains g.p.s. system, a nobel prize awarded to three scientists who discovered it. what it could mean for diseases such as autism - next.
cl . >> members of a drug cartel are under arrest in honduras. they are blamed for hundreds of murders. they are also wanted for cocaine smuggling in the u.s. >> reporter: this is a high security facility in southern honduras. inside the helicopter two members of a notorious crime family from latin america. the brothers luis and miguel are accused of being leaders of the lost bios gang. the government describes them as a top drug cartel, controlling a significant part of the cocaine trade in honduras. >> this is a special forces operation, with the collaboration that captured the
brothers. >> reporter: honduras is a smuggling point between north and south mebbiamerica. drugs from columbia pass through honduras to reach bias in the united states. police say it's likely smuggled which the loss bias gang. deena, a sister of those arrested, was arrested in the u.s. in july. the brothers were wanted by the u.s. and likely will be extradited. >> the arrests comply with arrests by the honduran government. >> most of the 7,000 murders that took place in 2013 have been connected to the coke trade. that is an average of 20 murders a day. honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. the arrest has been described as
a blow to cartel operations in honduras. 80% of all cocaine in latin america is sold in the united states. past experience shows as long as there's demand. there'll be more gangs that will commit murder. >> the nobel prize in medicine awarded to three people, including an american, for what is called the brain's g.p.s., it may help researchers learn about diseases such as alzhiemer's. jacob ward joins us to explain. give us some specifics about the work. >> sure. this was given out to, as you say, two bodies of research. one was a professor o'keefe, an american-board scientist from the college of london, discovering place selcells, helg
to locating places setting off a neuron in the brain, known as place cells. o'keefe got half of the prize. the other half was shared by a husband and wife, mossers, from norway, who discovered something called grid cell. that is interesting. it's the part i'll focus on the the idea that in rats they discovered these cells by denoting a sq
them. a study established or they arized that it may be that the cells, when they fire up, is the beginning of a memory, the coming into being. the grid cells, we don't know if huge scraps have them. the likelihood is they do. the mossers believe humans probably have this. an interesting thing is that these are connected and fade
when we see alzhiemer's in people. there's a sense by understanding these cells we may understand alds alzhiemer's a little better. it's establishing the function and logistics, and may help in the future. >> that is a great discovery when you see people suffering from alzhiemer's. if there's a way to treat the people, curb the side of it, it would be a huge break through. that report live from san francisco. >> a campaign of solidarity, women in australia wearing hi jab in support of muslims. jab in support of muslims.
returning to brazil and peru, with other soccer loving countries. we go to bogota to see the sport. >> reporter: it may be too much to call it a fever. the temperature is rising in columbia's contribute. the country created the board in june -- crick et. the country created the board in june and is hosting its tournament. >> it's early days. we have the highest number of players on record. we have indian, australians, british, and obviously a few columbians. >> reporter: brazil and peru are international council affiliates. it's a chance for columbians to show their strengths. >> i look at columbia, we were like this 10 years ago. they have a lot of potential. we are coming here to play, but
we are saying "we can support you." >> the history goes back. it has reached heights in the 1960s, and fading away when violence pushed foreigners to leave, that, until the recent resurgence. >> the columbian team is made up of expats. there's a column bian born wicket-keeper playing. >> this man was discovered, and shows a collection of bats and a towel in his living room. >> it's something comparing to an asian battle. i said like waterloo. wellington. another side. people preparing for a battle. beautiful. >> controlling the ball at 2600 meter in bogota is a challenge. they may be getting an
unfamiliar audience to understand the game. >> it's a hard game. the rules, the way it's played is di. it's good to see the sport. >> these players believe they'll get more. that would win over powerful opponents, a step on the road to the south american cricket championship. a new campaign for women in australia showing solidarity with muslim women to wear hi jabs. >> the hashtag is wish, women in solidarity with hijabs, it's a campaign with men and women taking part, starting after a racial attack on a woman wearing a hijab on a train in australia. many woman are non-muslim
wearing head scarves. christen writes: and belinda who is christian with muslim friends, and ves na: lion ian this is a 14-year-old courtenay writing: . >> the campaign also comes at a time when australian lawmakers consider restrictions on visitors wearing full head coverings inside parliament. it's been a topic of debate in australia for several days. >> the question is do they have the same restrictions on nuns who wear head dresses. it's an interesting take. we are giving new meaning to alpha tower. with glass floor sections. the famed tower - not for the
faint of heart. it's 170 feet in the air. it's a cool $38 million the cost. i'm michael eaves, thank you for watching al jazeera america "inside story" is next. >> can an employer make a worker do something and not pay for the time? can an muslim inmates demand the right to wear a beard in prison? time for the supreme court to get to work. it's inside story. >> hello, i'm ray suarez