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and surprising talks with the most interesting people of our time... talk to al jazeera, only on al jazeera america >> national health officials make sure the people are on the front line of the ebola fight. >> i've been hearing from health workers around the country that they don't feel ready to take care of patients with oklahom ebola. >> running into the reality of what hospitals are equipped for.
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president obama meets with military leaders of more than 20 countries looking for a new strategy to take on isil. and our series five days in alaska continues to look at the high prices and the wage debate this fall. >> good evening, i'm michael yves in new york. changing treatment protocols to protect nurses and doctors. this is fears that bobble will spread faster and hit harder than ever before. west africa could see 10,000 new cases per week in less than two months. currently there are fewer than nine cases.
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thomas eric done ca duncan is the first die in the united states from ebola and now his nurse has been infected. what changes will the c dc implement? >> one of the biggest changes announced today is that they're going to limit the number of healthcare workers that will go into a room and care for someone who has contracted the ebola virus. that's pretty new news considering the fact that up to 70 healthcare workers treated thomas eric duncan who is now deceased in dallas. that's a significant number. a second thing is enhanced training. more training than being done right now. let's listen to what dr. frieden
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said earlier. >> every hour of the day there is a site manager there overseeing aspects of infection control. that individual make sure that the personal protective equipment is put on correctly and taken off correctly. in fact, in our work stopping ebola in africa this is a single most important position to protect health workers. >> so a single site manager to oversee the whole process within a hospital or healthcare unit, mike, as the they try to curb anybody else getting the virus. >> taking care when dealing with ebola patients, what did the cdc represent in that regard? >> they heard from a lot of nurses and healthcare workers
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around the country that have said, you know, we're just not ready. we don't understand the process at all. the equipment that needs to go on, how to properly take it off. which is one of the biggest ways that you can get ebola infection and then get to the healthcare workers. dr. frieden addressed that earlier today. >> any hospital, any with a in the country that has a confirmed case of ebola we'll put a team down on the ground with leading experts to care fo of the ebola infection. >> coming up in new york city the cdc is going to conduct a fairly significant training program over 5,000 healthcare workers who will be in attendance, whether they're there on site, or whether they're streaming video.
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recently we've had one of our crew members talk to someone from the area, and we'll have some of that sound later in the evening. >> heidi zhou castro is outside of the hospital in dallas, heidi, what more can you tell us about the nurse and what she's doing today? >> at this moment she's on the mend. they released an update of her condition. she has been upgraded to good. that means that her vital signs are stable. she's comfortable, feeling good, and indicators are excellent. now nina pham treated erik duncan. she just graduated school and
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got her certificate in intensive care two months ago. she broke her silence today releasing a statement saying i'm doing well and i want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. i'm blessed by the support of my family and friends, and i'm blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors here at texas health presbyterian hospital in dallas. of course, she's not out of the woods yet. now ms. pham did receive a glad transfusion from another ebola survivor, dr. kent brantley, the first person to survive the decease here in the united states. it's assumed that his body contains the antibodies and it proves to be effective in the treatment of ms. pham. >> is there an update to other healthcare workers who may have
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been exposed t in the dallas area? >> we finally have a number of workers who is in that pool, that's 76. those people at the cdc added today to the official ebola watch list. there are other people who treated thomas duncan, not including ms. pham they're being monitored and having their temperatures taken twice daily. no one else is showing symptoms. this is in addition to the initial 48 people that duncan may have exposed prior to hospitalization, and we also note that none of those people have shown symptoms either. that is great news. >> earlier, i spoke with nurse
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and president of the emergency association. i asked if nurses feel that they're getting adequate trai training to handle ebola cases. >> we had our annual conference at the nursing association. there were 500 emergency nurses. they asked if they felt comfortable to provide screening. the answer was overwhelming yes. in light of the those infected is there something that we could do differently in the emergency department to make sure that we're staying safe. and one of them is how we're training nurses how to use protective equipment. >> you feel there is lack of consistency as it relates to the training? >> i think how we've typically done training in the past is through e-mail and demonstration. what we need to do now is just in time hands on approach to
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education where we're actually getting a chance to practice the dawnin procedure so we know we're doing it correctly. >> for futures at home. when we see healthcare workers on television, we typically see people in full dress and protective gear, but we're talking about emergency room nurses who may be dealing with someone who is feeling symptomatic of ebola. those nurses are not already dressed in full gear, am i correct? >> correct. >> in that case how are they prepared to deal with someone who just walks off the street suffering from ebola? >> so the first and most important thing we need to do is the screening. acting questions about fever, travel in the last 21 days. and symptoms that are consistent with ebola. those are the three things that we should be doing on arrival to the emergency department.
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but you're right. not having that information when those cases come in to the department potentially could put us at risk. >> they said the organization is improving ways for nurses. we go to joint base andrews in washington. this comes during current strategy to degrade and destroy isil. libby casey joins us from the white house. what came out of today's meeting? >> michael, this meeting was called by martin dempsey, and it brought together 22 military leaders, counterparts from around the country. president obama did attend and the main focus here making sure that everyone is on the same page. coordinating their efforts and
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defining the mission. >> there are not quick fixes involved. we're still in the early stages. there will be days of progress, and there will be periods of setback. but our coalition is united behind this long-term effort. >> even though president obama was with a group of military leaders he emphasized that this is not just about a military campaign, michael. it's also about winning over hearts and minds and fighting what he called an ideological drain of extremism. officials giving a read out afterwards said there is a lot of conversation about how else efforts can be coordinated, not just on the ground and in the air but in terms of a big picture of fighting back against the isil rhetoric going on around the globe. >> it seems that from the moment these airstrikes started there has been criticism that this current plan has not worked.
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there has not been enough coordination on the ground. can we expect to see any strategy changes in the future? >> as this meeting is taking place it is against the backdrop of what the pentagon described as it's biggest campaign since the airstrikes began over syria. they're trying to help with the fight over kobane. this is a village that is close to the border of turkey. a syrian town that isil is making great advances in. there is a big push to try to fight that back. now the white house said this is successful so far they are category eyeing the airstrikes as a success. they admit that it would be more beneficial to have troops on the ground, some sort of force, moderate syrian opposition force that could be trained, could be supplied by outside groups. the white house still says at this point no u.s. troops on the ground when it comes to combat. that's not changing. this is all happening at a complicated moment because one
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of the groups here in dc, at andrews air force base, turkey. and turkey is someone that the u.s. has gone back and forth with over just what that country will allow the u.s. to do. how many access u.s. forces and coalition force also add to their bases, to their territory. one of the primary goals is that it leaves getting everyone on the same page that it can continue the airstrike campaign. >> libby casey reporting from the white house, thank you. there are more airstrikes begins th we are more from southern turkey. >> the coalition air campaign has stepped off on kobane on tuesday. also according to sources inside the town those are the kurdish
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fighters they have made in advance pushing isil back three kilometers to the west. having said that to the east, to the south. isil is trying to focus on the border gate with turkey and they see that as a key victory if they do manage to get it. there has been shelling there today, but they have not managed to get it yet. another development the turkish military has carried out airstrikes on positions in the east of the country. we heard from the pkk that the workers party that guerrilla bases were struck. we have different narratives coming out, the acting leader has said that the cease-fire in place over the last two years shaky, of course, with the development in kobane. he says that pkk troops have gone in, and perhaps this is a message from the turkish government from the pkk. what is significant is we'll be hearing from the actually, leader of the pkk on wednesday.
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previous messages have been one of calm, so i have to see what he says on wednesday. but it is clear that the kurds are very upset with what is happening in kobane, and the majority of those we've spoken to, that there could be a kurdish up rising here in turk turkey. >> amnesty international say that they're retaliating against isil attack by abducting sunni civilians. the rocky government supports the troops so they don't prosecute them for their crimes. >> i've seen them around the country. they man check points. they wear uniform. >> michael: a spokesman said saying in part, quote, the amnesty report is lacking in any sense. it falls under the foreign
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agenda of the u.s. and it's international coalition. they want to undermine the efforts of the islamic resistence against isil. we have won the areas, won over isil in shia and sunni areas and while doing so we have not violated any human rights. ambassador christopher stevens and three others were killed when fighters stormed u.s. consolidate. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said that gaza needs to be rebuilt. >> reporter: this is the house that housed president mahmood
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abbas and doubles as the unity government. after years of bitterness between the political factions between hamas and fattah, the cabinet now addresses the territory. the new government had his support. >> we stand by you. in community support your government put to assume the governments responsibility in gaza. this is a great opportunity to you into night gaza. under one palestinian leadership. >> it's hard to overstate how significant it is that u.n. secretary general is meeting with the political leadership here in gaza. since 2007 when hamas seize control of the leadership, they have come to do just that.
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>> reporter: this new political legitimacy has paid off. as donor conference in sunday, $5.4 billion was raised by the reconstruction of gaza. the challenges are enormous. huge parts of gaza are now republic. infrastructure are now in ruins. thousands of families live in shelters like this one run by the united nations and visited by vans. they live in a classroom here with his entire family. they say that the u.n. secretary general said that he will make good on his help. >> ban ki-moon started crying when he saw the conditions we were in. he is a powerful man. we hope there is real readiness to help us find permanent homes before winter comes. >> reporter: coinciding with ban's visit was the first shipment of construction
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materials. israel has blockade the area since 2007. the home is that the siege will ease but that's a decision for the israeli government to make, which has not said how or if it will. al jazeera, gaza. >> police took down protest bare cases on one of hong kong's main roads today. officials are encouraging police officers to use a more gentle approach trying to end the demonstrations after the use of tear gas backfired increasing public support for the protesters. coming up, two of the biggest tech companies in the country offering a new incentive for women. paying employees to freeze their eggs, but it's not without controversy. and ali velshi from "real money" talks about what this may mean
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to the economy and more specifically to your wallet.
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>> oil fell to $404 a barrel. oil is now $25 cheaper than it was at its peak in june. nice barrel there, ali. >> reporter: normally, i have to stretch it a little bit because oil dropped a little bit. this is incredible. $81.84. we have not seen an one-day drop this big in nearly two years. as you mentioned, $25 cheaper than it was in june. it was $107.26. oil has been running about $100 a barrel for the last few years. we got used to it. it gave us $3.50 a gallon of gas, it made us change our behavior about driving. we drove less. we got into fuel efficient cars and electric cars.
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we've been declining in our oil usage for ten years. the u.s. is about 5% of the world's population but consuming about 20% of the world's oil. that is changing. what's happen something that oil consumption has been visiting to other countries, but here's the thing you can enjoy the cheap price of gas, but the problem is that usually when oil drops like this, it means there are problems around the world. we just got a--what do you call it, a forecast that indicates that the growth of oil demand around the world is going to be less than we expected it to be. they cut that growth forecast by 22%. it doesn't mean that we're going to be using 22% less oil, it just means that the amount of oil that we're going to use each year is going to grow by 22% less. this is a sign of what's going on in the world. weaker economic growth.
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uncertainty around the world. we found out that the german government has cut its forecast for this year and next year because these are countries that trade with russia. europe is slowing down. china is slowing down. brazil is slowing down. and russia is definitely slowing down, and people are starting to talk about a recession around the rest of the world. this important to keep in mind. remember, it was july of 2008 oil reached $145 a barely. but on december 23, 2008, oil wa. >> it could be some issues with the over all economy. >> there is a cloud inside that silver lining. >> what do you have for us? >> one reason why oil might be down is because the u.s. dollar is very, very strong right now. again, that feels great to people because they think
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they'll get better value when they travel. but it's not a great thing when you're trying to run a global business. we'll talk to a guy who sells sausages made here in america to other parts of the world. >> a new perk for two of the biggest tech companies are offering female employees to freeze their eggs. they're trying to increase diversity into a male-dominated industry. >> michael, freezing eggs is a relatively new practice. but more women have waited to have children later. facebook decided to cover the cost after several employees requested it, but the critics say that the move will encourage women to put work ahead of children. >> you have things to do. goals to accomplish, you may not have found the right partner yet. but you want a family some day. >> encouraging women who can't
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have children now to freeze their eggs. >> by freezing your eggs you can literally stop time and preserve your fertility for when you're ready. >> but it's rarely covered by insurance and it's expensive. an average of $20,000 for two rounds of treatment. now facebook is helping it's female employees potentially covering most of that cost. and apple is making a similar offer starting this january. a company spokes woman told al jazeera they want to help women live the best years of their lives. >> it takes some of the financial burden off, it's a no-brainer decision to do this, and then feel great about having that sort of insurance policy to pursue a family later on when they're ready. >> the perk is an unusual one for companies to offer, and it may help facebook and apple to attract more women in the male-dominated silicon valley. men far out weigh women on the
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tech teams. the ratios are roughly in line with google, yahoo and linkedin, but by paying for egg freezing apple and facebook are focu encouraging women to focus on work. >> it's supporting women to help a family. and sending a message that our work is the main priority that we should be focusing on. >> they say it would be better for companies to offer other ways for women to find a balance between work and personal life. >> the best thing that these companies can be doing is actually providing an environment where people can thrive and actually have a family. >> we need to emphasize that apple says it also offers women what it calls extended maternity leave, and facebook told me it gives new mothers and fathers four paid months off. still, doctors say the number of women freezing their eggs have
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doubled in the last year. >> i can see both sides of the issue for families trying to start out, but if you want to take advantage of the perk, you can. if you don't, you can go the other route. >> probable lie a lot of women will take advantage of it. >> thank you 37. >> the "world health organization" said that we could soon see 10,000 ebola cases every week. as the world tries to prepare for more patients the reality of what can be handled is far from what is needed. >> like many people all around the country, alaskans are debating a hike in the minimum wage this season. i'm ala in ask oh to discuss the issue.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm michael yves. the midterm elections are 21
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days away, and alaska pays a critical role. alaska is one of the most expensive places to live in this country. we'll show you why our 49th state is so expensive as part of our series "america votes 2014: face days i: five days in action." >> geography dictates higher prices for everything and higher waging for almost every job. 4,000 full time workers make the state's minimum wage, $7.75 an hour, $0.50 higher than the national. alaska saided to give minimum pay wages a raise.
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>> she said her pay just has not kept up with the cost of living. you have to do what you have to do. >> but life could use an extra $0.75. >> yes, that helps, too. that helps, too. >> alaska's medium household income is 40% higher but the fourth most expensive state to live in, and one stop on our alaskan trip we pay $7.90 a gallon. oil changes the income formula. alaska is different, remember. oil revenues support the permanent fund which spins off an annual dividend payment which goes to everybody. this year it was $1,884 just for being an alaskan. >> how good is it to get the dividend check?
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>> so nice. very lucky to get that money now. i can pay some pills. mostly it pays tax. >> another thing that changes the work for wages concept is this wide open territory. there is lots of food out here if you know how to hunt it down but not many jobs. the village of iliignak is 45 miles from a major road. >> they sent a skiff to pick us up. >> he takes us across the lake and delivers us to mayor godshaw, who takes us on tour of the town. i ask her how many jobs are there here? >> i'd say about maybe four that are full time. >> just four. and all of them pay substantially more than the minimum. $12 to $14 an hour. clearly this is a place where
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getting by often has less to do with paychecks and more to do with distinctly alaskan challenges. >> this year not everyone caught their moose, you know. >> al jazeera, alaska. >> we'll have the rest of the story coming up at 8:00 eastern including how people in ask make ends meet by hunting and fishing for their own food. let's go to the key senate race, michael shure reporting that the minimum wage vote in alaska are key issues. are they choosing in that issue as well. >> what they're doing is getting out. senator begich is getting out in the areas, the ruler parts of the countryside of alaska, which is very different than anything we have here. getting out and speaking to the rural places about minimum wage.
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it's an issue that they want to own. one of the very few things that they want to own, the national party is discussing. so it's one of those issues that resonates. but again you have to take that message to very rural places in alaska, and it's not as much of an issue in the urban parts of the state. the population centers. >> michael, alaska is a very red state to say the least, and begich was elected in 2008. he did a scandal around th around the incumbent ted stevens. but he doesn't have that this year. wha >> he had a third thing going for him, a viable third party candidate who took 4% of the vote there, and 4% of the vote was more than the margin of difference between senators
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stevens and mark begich. it's going to be very difficult. what mark begich is organized. he has offices in 19 places in the state. he's going up against those who have offices five in the biggest cities, the biggest population centers. so he's doing a door-to-door campaign. very difficult to do in a state, in the lower 48. it's easier to do up there and requires a lot more travel because it is such a big state. alaska is about the size of the 22 smallest states of the lower 48 put together. it's requiring a lot of retail politics. his father was a congressman. we have one at large congressmen in that state. the begichs are accustomed of doing that. it's going to be very difficult because it's such a red state. it's a libertarian republican state and something that he'll have to work against. >> since he's been in office he
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has voted for legislation of president obama. are there issues that could earn him any favor in a state where republicans hold such a majority? >> well, michael, it's his position. he chairs the committee on ocean atmosphere and coast guard which is a big committee assignment. he has the crabbers, union and fishers union. it's sort of the smaller issues about jobs that the rest of the party and the rest the country don't have to run against. they have to go into smaller places. also with obamacare he's embracing that not saying obamacare as much, but talking about carve outs he has done for indigenous. he's talking about immigration.
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there are people who working there who are second and third generations, he's talking about economy, jobs and wages, that's what he has to run on. >> make shure joining us. thank you. >> thanks. >> every tuesday night until the midterm election we're taking a special look at the issues and the candidate. check out tonight. america votes 2014. 8:30 and 11:00 eastern. the ebola virus is grows faster and spreading farther than effort to con dane it. contain it. an u.n. medical worker died. more money and training is needed and needed fast. james bays reports. >> reporter: this is the second security double meeting on ebo ebola. when they last met on the 18th of september, there were
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2,400 deaths from the disease. that figure now stands at 4,100, 40% increase in less than a month. the u.n. expects the figures to spiral still further. the "world health organization" predicting there could be ten thousand new cases every week in just two months time. the security council was briefed by the head of the u.n.'s ebola mission. >> only got a head start on us. it is far ahead of us. it is running faster than us. and it is winning the race. we cannot let ebola win. for if ebola wins we the people of the united nations lose so very much. >> reporter: the security council also heard from the three ambassadors of the worst effected countries in west africa. >> the depth of fear, the depth of emotion that has been extended to date.
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concerning ebola must be matched by the resolute will. if all of us to beat in scourge and beat this challenge. >> as the security council met one more grim statistic they had estimated that the death toll from ebola was 50%. 50% of those who got the disease died. 50% survived. now they say because of the lack of facilities and the growing number of cases they believe the death rate is about 70%. >> well, ebola is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. the more sick a person is, the more contagious he or she is. take a look by the numbers. the average patient loses 5 to 10 quarters of fluid per day. patients can have 10 billion particles of ebola in one graham of blood.
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compare that to hiv or hepatitis-c, you can see how big that is. the cdc said that any hospital will be able to treat the osama bin laden virutreat the ebola virus. what do hospitals need to be able to treat ebola. >> it's a different case than an airborne virus. there is new and specialized techniques, processes that are required in order to keep healthcare workers safe. a video has been making the rounds in california hospitals that was produced here in dall dallas. at the local level three trauma facility. that's being treated as the definitive training video. the fact that it migrated from section to california shows how
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hungry regional hospitals are for some sense of how to do this right. >> well, with that being the case, how do the hospital deal with the waste coming from ebola patients. that's one of the more dangerous aspects treating someone suffering from that virus? >> that has been a tremendous problem. we earlier today took a look at some of the waste that is produced by seeing a patient one time. it's surprising what the implications are. >> here's the thing to consider is that for every single encounter, with every single patient you're going to e eneducate a gown. three pairs of gloves, goggles, a bonnet and respirator. all of this is not medical waste. it's bio hazard waste. it has to be sterilized or inseason rated on site before it can be shipped anywhere. that's the thing to consider.
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hospitals like texas presbyterian do not necessarily have those facilities. the automatically to sterilize all that waste. nebraska medical, one of the few places really ready to quarantine pages is one of four hospitals in the nation who could do that. they say that they are limited to three patients at a time because they cannot process the waste fast enough. there is a front end and back end that hospitals have to make, and that's one of the great unknown challenges of treating ebola here in the united states. >> so many challenges and issues that a lot of us were not aware of because ebola was a west african thing and we're realizing the limitations of some of our hospitals and other facilities. thanks, jake. >> well, there are lots of other stories making news around america. maria ines ferre is back with those. >> reporter: michael, a ten-year-old boy in pennsylvania has been charged as an adult
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accused of killing an elderly woman. the boy was visiting his grandfather when he allegedly bunched the 90-year-old woman repeatedly while holding a cane against her throat. the suspect is being held without bail. a school bus driver in utah accused today of driving under the influence of prescription pills. he was arrested for endangering 67 children on board the bus. several concerned drivers called 911 when they saw the bus weaving in and out of lanes on the highway. >> i don't get scared very seizely but my heart is pounding. oh, she almost hit the van next to us. oh, i'm shaking at this point. >> the police found four bottles of painkillers along with antianxiety and blood pressure medication in her purse. an american airlines flight
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made a landing after walls came apart. passengers heard popping and tearing sounds in the walls. the pilant turned around and landed in san francisco. no one was hurt. the cause may have been a blown faulty air dock. and also children at burlington school in kentucky will no longer celebrate with cake for their classmates birthdays. >> boo. >> reporter: that's right, they changed their wellness policy. the new rule is meant to maximize instruction time and discourage eating junk food. many parents are upset about the plan. >> i think its absurd. the school is performing as well as many schools in the direct and in the state. >> parents will be allowed to send gifts instead of food on
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kids birthday. >> i would be bummed. i'm bummed for them. i'm all about kids being healthy, but it's a birthday. it's supposed to be celebrated. thanks a lot. >> reporter: thanks. >> hurricane gonzalo has caused major damage and it's only getting stronger. now bermuda is about to get hit. >> that's right, at 5:00 the national hurricane center upgraded the storm to a category three storm. yesterday at this time we were looking at a category one storm but it's 190 miles to the north of puerto rico. it's moving away from the islands. the bad news is that it's going to be getting stronger. category three right now it is expected to become a category four within the next 12 to 18 hours. confidential, we have not seen the category storm in the atlantic since 2011. then on friday afternoon this is what we're going to be watching. we still have time for the storm to go back and forth on the
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forecast track, but if this is a category three by the time it hits bermuda, it's going to be devastating. now, across the southeastern part of the united states we're looking at quite a bit of activity here in terms of storms. right now the storms have moved through atlanta. we've seen quite a bit of wind damage, but our main concern is the tornado watches in effect for parts of the carolinas, virginia, georgia. georgia will move out but it will be the carolinas that will have the problems this evening. tomorrow, much better conditio conditions. >> the terrain, yes, thanks a lot. it's been six months since more than 200 nigerian girls have been abducted from school. today a new push to bring them home. today that's next.
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>> none of the 28 bodies found in a mass grave in mexico belonged to a group of 43 missing students. that's according to mexico's attorney general. it's feared that the students were killed by police working with a group of gang members. authorities have found another gan grave, and they're checking the identities of those remains. girls were taken hostage by boko haram. >> here the people, they march for all girls to be brought back from cam pain. they want all the girls abducted six months ago. they want to know where these girls are, and they want to know what the government is doing to find them. they say it's been a nightmare for parents who are asking for
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answers. asking to find where their children are. the group has come this far, but unfortunately, the police say they cannot go any further. they say they want to march, they want the president to tell them what the plan of action is. they say to us that there is a plan, but they can't go charging in to the area in the east. they're trying to avoid the girls who are still there, from being killed by boko haram. that's why they take their time. but as you can hear and see, they want answers. they're getting increasingly tired. they want their girls to be brought home. >> reporting from nigeria. people are rallying on social media demanding that girls be released. >> michael, the messages on social media are asking the world not to forget about the missing girls. nobel peace prize winner malala
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said that people need to raise their voices even louder and the international community needs to redouble their efforts to rescue the girls. you see the #bring back our girls, and people are using it marking the six months that girls were kidnapped. six months ago 600 girls were abducted. more than a million have not forgotten, and we're calling to bring back our girls. >> sarah brown says no more waiting to bring back our girls. and there have been rallies, in front of the nigerian consolate saying that this sign bring back our girls now. she later tweeted i want to remind you that in this darkness your voice matters. bring back our girls now. and she linked it to this petition asking the federal government of nigeria to do more to bring back these girls. >> the government has been criticized for not doing enough to bring back those girls
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abducted in the spring. >> yes. >> coming up we'll immediate an extraordinary young woman. she's 13 years old and already has a 20-year plan to be the first person on mars. that's next. then "real money with ali velshi." >> reporter: the we'll look at the plunging price of oil and how it could play in the midterm elections. and the stronger dollar could turn into a good sign of recovery but how it is something that the federal government is worried about. we'll look at that and more.
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>> nasa is working on sending humans to mark over the next 20 years. and if alyssa carson has her way she'll be on that first expedition. it's a dream she has worked on since she was four years old. she has attended nasa camp and flight academy and has talked on a nasa panel about exploring mars.
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alyssa carson joins me now from baton rouge, louisiana. thank you for joining us today. >> you're welcome. >> i was so excited to find out you're going to be on our show because i find it amazing that a 13-year-old girl wants to be the first person to step foot on mars. what is it about mars and going there that appeals to you so much? >> well, me and my dad, as we look back we think it could have been a kid's tv show that i watched where these little creatures, they went to mars, after that i saw mars as this red thing in the sky, and i thought that's where i wanted to go. so since then i've been following my dream to get there. >> in addition to all of these space camps and flight academies that you've attended, what else are you doing to prepared for this trip in your mind that you're going to mars? >> well, i'm starting on my scuba diving certification now, but also in the future i'll need my pilot license and skydiving
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certification. as well as going to the right colleges to give me a leg up when i enter the astronaut selection program. >> we were talking about exploration to mars last week here on al jazeera america, and we told our viewers that just how far it is away. it could take up to six months just to reach the planet, and nasa is looking into technology that could put their astronaut into deep sleep for 180 days for part of that journey. you're willing to go to sleep for six months, alyssa, to reach mars? >> i would do anything they would tell me to as long as i get to mars, and fulfill my dreams. >> now we also understand that there is a chance for a maiden voyage to mars, whoever goes may not come back. is that something that you're aware of, and have you discussed this with your family? >> yes, i have discussed this.
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i said before that i'm okay with staying on mars because it's cool oniz colonized it. just like when people went from england to the u.s. they never went back to england. they stayed in america and colonized. i want to go to mars. >> what do your classmates say. >> all my classmates are supportive, and they follow my dream, and they follow what i'm doing, so i'm glad to have them around. >> besides the goal of going to mars, typical 13-year-old has so many things that he or she is interested in. i wonder from your standpoint in school or extracurricular activities. what are you interested in, and do these things point to the ultimate goal of going to mars? >> obviously i'm interested in space and mars. they're showing me, but that's not all i'm interested in.
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i love ballet, piano, soccer, things like that, that i do outside of this kind of nasa bubble over here. i also do lots of extr extracurricular activities outside of school. >> you sound like a well-rounded 13-year-old to say the least. mars or bust. that's the goal. you feel absolutely confident that you'll make it happen? >> from what i'm doing now, and for what i plan to do, i'm pretty much positive i'll be on that first mission. >> well, i love the outfit today, and looking at the wall behind you you look like a very accomplished young lady. best of luck. thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> alyssa carson, hope to go to mars. >> a surprise for people taking the subway. the harlem globetrotters wrapped up training camp and decided to
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