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>> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to experts about people, and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. >> a fireball in the skies over virginia, catastrophic failure for a private rocket. >> the u.s. announcing a major security currently. the canadian attacks that has homeland security clamping down nationwide as the white house surveys damage from a net wore computer hack. >> it's now or never. you pack and you got to get out. >> a red hot river of liquid
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fire inching closer to homes in hawaii just hours away from major destruction on the big island. >> president obama speaking out on ebola. he thinks quarantines could make the outbreak worse. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. nasa is trying to figure out what caused an unmanned commercial rocket to explode just after liftoff. >> it was loaded with supplies for the international space station. we have the details. this was a major setback for nasa and the companies it trusts with these critical missions. >> this morning, nasa is coming out in support of the private company responsible for this launch. seven seconds after liftoff, tuesdays rocket went down in flames. >> a rocket explosion seen and heard for miles began as a routine flight to delivery supplies to the international space station through this unhand rocket, but seconds after
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liftoff, the rocket exploded, debris falling in flames over the launch site in virginia. onlookers watched in shock. >> oh, god. oh, god! >> what may have looked like a tragedy, nasa is calling a here mishap. no one was hurt. >> we confirmed that all personnel are accounted for. we have new injuries. >> whenness at a decided to refocus efforts on deep space exploration, the international space stacking missions have been going to private companies like the one that launched this rocket. the third resupply flight of an eight mission, $2 billion contract with the government was when this was launched. >> it's a tough time to lose a launch vehicle like this and it's pay load. it's not at tragic as losing a life with it, so we're happy to report that there were no injuries and the safeguards worked at they should have and
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all we lost was hardware. >> that lost hardware has a price tag of at least $200 million. orbital's two missions before this were successful. another private contractor space x what also conducted successful delivery missions. >> the dragon is free. >> the dragon cargo craft detached from the space station on its way back to earth. while tuesday's expleas is a setback, the crew on the space station is in no danger of running out of food or critical supplies. >> the station's in great shape. the crew's in good shape. we've got plenty of work for them to do on orbit and plenty of supplies to keep them going for quite some time. >> safety experts on the ground initiated the self destruct feature shortly after the main engine stopped working and the rocked exploded. those same officials are not sure what caused the initial malfunction in the engine.
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>> important questions. thank you. >> russia having no trouble with its reply mission. a rocket loaded with 250,000 pounds of food and supplies for the crew on the international space station is set to arrive in a few hours. coming up, we'll have a full report on the ground in moscow. >> there is heightened security at federal buildings nationwide, the government taking that step, fearing a copy cat attack on u.s. soil. this, a week after a deadly shooting in canada's capitol. mike viqueira joining us now. is this precautionary or is there a credible threat being talked about here? >> we have to stress that this is a precaution. the home land security secretary looking at what's happened in canada, looking at continuing calls by terrorist groups for attacks in the united states has taken this step. the federal protective service
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looks after federal buildings and property, a security service, a police force, not only here in washington but around the country. jay johnson had this to say in part when issuing this order: >> this is in part a reaction of what happened in canada. secretary of state john kerry was in canada in the wake of those tragic shootings and spoke of the terror threat while there. >> together on this side of the atlantic and where necessary overseas, we will defeat the advocates and practitioners of terror, expose their hypocrisy and we will win the battle of ideas. >> when it comes to this upgraded security around federal buildings and property here in
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washington and elsewhere, again, only a precaution, no concrete intelligence that any threat is eminent. >> we're also hearing about another kind of security breach, a cyber one involving the white house website. >> that's right. this is something president obama has said over the course of the last six yearsological has him worried a great deal. cyber attacks on sensitive u.s. sites. these are unclassified files, we should stress that. the white house says they took immediate steps once this was discovered two or three weeks ago. only temporary outages, no interim of email service. an unclassified site within the executive office of the president. it is reported that it was russia and russian government entities behind the attack. >> mike viqueira for us, thank you. >> a final farewell for that fallen soldier in canada.
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the corporal was laid to rest, thousands on hand to remember the man shot at the war memorial last week. stephan harper said he will never be forgotten. >> may his son, young marcus daniel cirillo someday find comfort in the fact that our entire country looks up to his dad with pride, with gratitude, with deep abiding respect. >> cirillo was a single father. his son carried a canadian flag during the procession. >> an investigator into the prostitution scandal in the secret service resigned. david niland was caught on video entering a building police were
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watching as part of a prostitution investigation. he then refused to answer questions. >> we are following breaking news out of scamee, the president has died in london. he was 77. he had recently and rarely been seen in recent weeks. he went abroad for treatment of an undisclosed illness. not clear over who is going to take his job. there is an acting president of zambia. >> construction could be hours away at lava moves dangerously close to homes. it has burned through farmland already in the town. >> tires were destroyed and now two homes are in the path. we have more. >> nerves on the big island of hawaii of frayed as people watch this natural disaster play out in slow motion. now that the first personal property has come to the lava flow, many residents are preparing to cope with the worst case scenario.
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>> molten lava making a slow assault on hawaii's big island. the first casualty, this piece of property, a shed. as a precaution. some schools have been closed down indefinitely. >> we've been preparing for it, so unfortunate, but we're ready. >> the river of fire creeping dangerously close to homes. >> we're two lots over and in the projected path, so we're pretty close to it. you can see it burning in the back yard already. >> the magma could light up a house just by touching it. residents have been preparing in different ways. this family building a berm they hope will keep the lava from getting to their property. many others are racing against time and odds to move somewhere else. >> there's no storaging available and people with animals, it's hard to find housing that will let them bring their animals to the house. >> the flow unpredictable.
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the fear it may burn the entire village. the lava is threatening gas stations, grocery stores and medical services. at risk, the town's power supply. molden rock can release methane gas. local leaders are making arrangements for resident to say take one last look at their homes. >> it's closure. this is a home for many generations in their families and this is going tube very difficult time for them. >> grief over a paradise slowly turning into purgatory. >> 50 homes and businesses are in the path of this unstoppable lava flow. >> slow moving, but still scary. >> coming up, we'll talk to a dealing withist about whether anything can be done to stop the
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lava. >> the president is praising the c.d.c.'s new ebola policy. he is praising american volunteers traveling to west africa to help. live outside c.d.c. headquarters in atlanta, the president also seeking to clarify what needs to be done to keep us safe from ebola. >> some governors like of new york, new jersey, illinois and even here in georgia ever taken it upon themselves to create their own protocols for people coming over from west africa into their states, as far as quarantining and isolation. the president yesterday making sure that he got his statement out, saying that it needs to be contained over in west africa, and that all is well here and he's working closely with the c.d.c. and others. let's listen to what he said.
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>> this disease can be contained, it will be defeated, progress is possible, but we're going to have to stay vigilant and if we don't have robust international response in west africa, then we are actually endangering ourselves here back home. >> the thing is he never mentioned the ebola czar, which we haven't heard much from or even seen. the ebola czar is supposedly supposed to be here behind me at the centers for disease control and prevention in atlanta at some point this week. we will see what has individual has to say and what exactly he is doing to help stop the epidemic in west africa and contain fright and fear here in the u.s. >> one of the reasons for the criticism is that there is one policy for civilians returning from west africa, but the military has a different approach. what are we hearing from the
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pentagon? >> the pentagon is taking it into their own hands. the president seems to be ok with that, obama saying yesterday that that, they are under different circumstances, and they should do as they feel. certainly, we know that there are some troops over in italy, including a general that have quarantined themselves for 21 days, which is the period that ebola can come out in a person, a 21 day period. they're doing that. we're not sure whether or not all the troops will be putting themselves in that quarantine yet or isolation. we'll to have wait and see. >> robert ray, thank you very much. >> coming up at 8:50, we'll talk to nancy writebol, the ebola survivor and ask her what she thinks about the quarantines and what she has done to help other quarantine workers recover. >> a man was convicted of lying
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to federal agents. he witnessed two friends taking dzhokar tsarnaev's backpack and did i see posing of it. he plans an appeal. >> general john allen told aljazeera the coalition is continuing a siege by air focusing on isil's movements in kobane. they may build training centers for opposition fighters. >> we want the free syrian elements to be able to defend themselves and the innocent citizens associated with the moderate syrian opposition and that's the intent. we are building a free syrian army that can be supportive of the moderate syrian opposition. as we talk about the political outcome in syria which is what we seek, a political outcome that does not include bashar al assad, that the moderate syrian 07 significance becomes not only a prominent voice in the political outcome, but the
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preeminent voice in the political outcome. >> close to 200,000 people have been killed in the 3-year-old civil war in syria, 800 dying in the fight for kobane alone. >> new help is heading toward kobane. peshmerga fighters are now in turkey, set to join the fight against isil. >> these aren't the only reinforcements headed to that region. >> yes, they are, we need to think about the equipment coming with them. overnight we have learned 50 free syrian army opposition fighters will be sent to kobane to reinforce the kurdish troops there on top of the iraq peshmerga who have arriving now with much needed weapons. >> crossing into turkey from iraq this morning an enthusiastic welcome by kurds for iraqi peshmerga forces decides playing rocket launchers and heavy machine guns.
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200 fighters are expect today. they are the reinforcement syrian kurds have been waiting for. the u.s. which has expressed support isn't ready to say if the iraq kurds will be the deal-breaker in more than 40 days of deadly and intense fighting. >> i'm not going to make predictions upon the impact of this. obviously we've advocated and discussed the importance of allowing the peshmerga across the border and the facilitation of that. >> it comes as the u.s. launches more airstrikes near kobane, destroying a small isil unit and four fighting positions. despite those air attacks, isil has continued its advance due to a part of lock of coordination on the ground. >> this is one component, certainly one we felt would be impactful and important to have a partner on the ground to work
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with. >> in iraq, cent com released this video of aid drops over heavily contested anbar province, delivering 7,000 meals to be distributed by iraq security forces to a tribe forced to leave their village by isil. >> this is just another example of our resolve to assist the people of iraq and deny isil safe haven as well as our commitment to assist forces opposing isil. >> the aid comes at the u.s. and partner nations conducted another nine airstrikes, bringing the total cost of the campaign there to $580 million, and rising. >> considerations for adding funding are going to have to be part of the calculus going forward. >> the 200 or two iraq perh are going in now. it's not clear how long it is before these free syrian army fighters reach kobane.
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>> a lot of moving parts. thank you. >> millions of people fleeing their homes since syria's civil war began, hundreds of thousands more since isil took over kobane. >> a deeper look at the refugee crisis, what can be done to help the countries simply overwhelmed. we'll have a live report at the border between turkey and syria. >> police say he was killed at the hands of his own partner. the dramatic 911 call after a sheriff's deputy guns down his colleague after a night of drinking. >> the federal government going after at&t. how they slowed down cell phones without letting customers now. >> our big number of the day.
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>> sites in iraq that are now in isil control, they've sold what they find on the black market. assad in syria maybe doing the same thing. >> some of that material may be making it to the united states. imports of syrian antiquities having up. >> we are on the turkey-syria border. have fighters crossed into syria? >> they've not crossed yet. the half that arrived by air to the city they'rest waiting not far from the border for that
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convoy to arrive. they've got the other half of the fighters plus the heavy weapons. that's making its way through turkey. it's taking a long time, a slow convoy. it might come here later today. we think they might not go into kobane until they have the cover of darkness. >> the turks have fought them going into kobane for quite some time. why that is? >> essentially it's because the turks view the syrian kurds in kobane as part of a group allied to the kurdistan workers party, the separatist group of turkish kurds who turkey has been in conflict with for 30 years. turkey is worried by arming the syrian kurds there, it is arming people who could one day surgeon those guns on turkey. that is why instead, turkey's happy to see these iraq kurdish
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peshmerga come through because they don't see them as such a threat. >> turkey has been calling for military help, the u.s. bombing by air, but is that enough? >> all that the syrian kurds have had is small arms and grenades and they've managed to hold isil back just with that, plus airstrikes. there's no doubt that those airstrikes have made a significant difference. i think without them, the syrian kurds in kobane would be in a very difficult and different situation, most of the airstrikes have been targeted on the border crossing just behind me he, because isil forces have been trying to get control of that to stop reinforcements from coming through. it's only the airstrikes that have kept that border crossing in the hands of the syrian-kurdish fighters. >> kobane is important because it is fortunate isil.
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>> since the war in syria began, 3 million syrians have crossed into neighboring countries. an additional 6.5 million have been forced to move within the country says boors. another $3.75 billion are needed to address the refugee situation. joining us, the syria and lebanon research at human rights watch, thank you for your time. germany's development minister said tuesday in berlin we're dealing with a catastrophe of a century here, the numbers are staggering. do you agree that this is a catastrophe? >> absolutely. the syrian refugee crisis is the crisis of our time, we are talking about the greatest refugee crisis in the world today with well over 3 million refugees in neighboring countries and many more pouring over the borders every day.
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we welcome the statements from the german foreign ministry and others who participated in that. >> what do you see as the most pressing need for these refugees? >> we are seeing despite increasing instability inside syria that border crossings are closing to refugees trying to flee the violence there and this has become more of an urgent issue in the past month as the lebanese andor danen governments are closing their crossings. we know that these countries are bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis burden. other countries stepped in to do more, provide assistance to meet needs.
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>> you have an approaching winter, a season of rain. describe what winter will be like for these millions of syrians. >> there continue to be large numbers of syrians in lebanon, turkey and jordan living in unwent rides shelters. this effectively means tents that do not keep out the cold, rain or snow that are pitched on grounds where refugees living, without adequate clothing, electricity or anything. these are very desperate conditions for families to be living in. it's not the first year we've had these challenges, but we do know as savings are depleted, there are more and more taxes on the types of assistance that humanitarian groups can be providing. >> let's see if they can get
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something accomplished at this meeting happening in berlin. thank you so much. >> as the cold weather moves across the united states in the next few days, it really puts everything in perspective. >> it does. lets talk about the weather now with nicole mitchell. what have we got today? >> when temperatures have been 10 or 20 above average and then go blow, you really people the contrast. the cold air is really more what we're feeling. the temperatures in the midwest, northern plains, bismarck 27 degrees, as we continue, we're dropping 20 or 30 degrees. it's not so much that those are temperatures below average, it's just that we've been warm. chicago just a couple of days ago, almost 80 degrees, today 49. you really feel that difference. >> oh, yeah, nicole mitchell, thank you. >> misinformation about lola having a huge effect on africans living in the u.s. >> when we wanted to play
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soccer, they said no, you have ebola. we won't play with you. >> just one account of bullying blamed on the virus. some say the problem goes well beyond the school yard. >> calling the race well ahead of everyone else, a college dropout creating a blog that's giving news organizations a run for the money on election night. >> that's not good. >> to some it's funny, others frightening. one womans experience being cat called while walking around manhattan, one of the stories caught in our global net.
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>> you're looking live at hong kong where pro democracy demonstrators continue oh to camp out. it's been one month for that movement that at times has brought that city to a standstill since protests began. >> ahead, a disabled teenager found locked inside a cage, plus
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dozens of executions ordered by kim jong-un in north korea, simply killed because they were watching soap operas on television. >> college scholarships for gaming, treated like any other competitive sports. >> a look at headlines this morning. extra security at federal buildings this morning, the government taking that step amid fears of a copy cat on u.s. soil, this a week after a gunman opened fire in canada's capitol. the out. >> jump grade is at buildings nationwide. >> a 21 day quarantine period will be in effect for the troops returning from south africa. testing of a new ebola vaccine will get underway friday in switzerland. >> a commercial rocket carrying supplies to the international space station exploded on
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liftoff. it's the first major accident since the program was privatized in 2011. overnight a rocket lifted off from kazakhstan carrying supplies for the international space station. those rockets could soon be the only option for the u.s. >> the international space station is pretty much the only area of scientific cooperation left between the united states and russia. almost every other program has been canned because of the cries in ukraine and geopolitical tensions. this rocket explosion really brings quite a number of twists with it. will it force the united states to rely more heavily on russian technology and expertise to keep the international space station operating? we don't know yet with that we'll have to see, but it is very possible that yes, it will. there's another twist, the russian space program itself has
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numerous reliability issues. there have been six failures in recent years of the proton m. rocket system, which russia uses to take stuff up to space. another twist, where it is, a lot of technology used in the rocket that's just blown up, where did that come from? it came from this part of the world, some of it ukraine and some russia. i think what this explosion does is highlight the problems that the united states is going through in trying to out-others its space program, relieving nasa of the responsibilities, putting them on private companies, which at the moment are having to buy technology from countries like are you sure you is that, because they don't have it themselves. >> in light of tuesday's explosion, russia says it's prepared to ferry adjustment supplies on its next mission to the international space station. >> will could be a new lead for the missing 43 college students
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in mexico he. forensic experts are looking at remains near a trash dump 10 miles from where the students were last seen. a number of mass braves have been found nearby but none has proven to be the students. >> south korea said as many as 50 senior military and government officials have been publicly executed this year in north korea, including 10 members of the ruling workers party shot for charges including bribery, womanizing and watching south screen cope operas. pirated versions of t.v. shows are widely available on the black market. >> an execution scheduled in missouri is on hold. 35-year-old mark christenson was scheduled to die by league injection. he was convicted of rapion a woman and killing her 213 in 1998. >> a texas convicted murderer has been put to death.
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he died by lethal injection in huntsville. he killed three rifle gang members in 2000. his company defendants both received light sentences. despite his execution, capitol punishment is on the decline. the death penalty information centers there will likely be a total of 35 executions, the lowest since 1994 when 31 inmates were put to death. last year, there were 39 executions. >> an arraignment is set today for a sheriff deputy accused of killing his own partner. he shot jeremy martin several times in the back. the pair had taken prisoner into arizona monday and planned to stay the night at a hotel. they visit add bar and argued and things escalated.
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>> it is unclear if the officer used his service weapon and unclear what caused the argue point. >> a pair ran a home for people with special needs and have been arrested. a teenager was found caged there. they removed two duties and two children from inside the residence. >> the mid term election just days away and one man in california is revolutionizing the way we get results. >> it's usually left up to the associated press and reuters, but all that accounted be about to change. >> can you build the trailer, please. >> already did? oh, you're the man. >> down a long, dark hallway to a back room, brandon finnegan dispatches big rigs all over
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southern california. >> we're building up the teams now. >> this time of year, he's busier than ever, not because the trucking dispatch business is booming. he's become an unexpected challenger to the associated press, which has owned the art of declaring winners on election night. >> i think that a lot of people in the immediate i can't have kind of fallen back on well the a.p. can give us these returns and here's our nice little map, there we go, we're town. >> finnegan, a college dropout decided he could do better. in 2012, he launched ace of spades decision desk, an elections results blog that that post the outcomes before the wire services. remember the surprised unseating of eric cantor. >> when the first county came in chesterfield, i was blown away. first i thought there was an error, because he was losing by 20 points. another county was the same way. i thought wow, this pattern is
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repeating, we can calm the race, it's done. >> he called the race for david brat 30 minutes before the networks and wires. here's how he and his band of volunteers do it. >> what is on the screen is what every volunteer will see when they go into a given state to work on election night. the assignment, particular municipalities or counties to watch returns. they drop the numbers into the spreadsheet. >> what do you do with this information? >> i watch the information as it comes in. when it becomes painfully obvious that the losing candidate cannot make up the vote, it's an easy call. we announce it on twitter, we announce it through our website, and then we go on to the next race. >> he gets about 35,000 readers on a busy primary night. he expects it is numbers to be much higher for the upcoming mid term election. given the blog's success, he says there's an appetite for a faster voice on election night. >> we're used to the big corporate behemoth with all of their staff and millions of dollars spent on election night
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with a full team, but the little guy coming along and beating them to a call? >> are you the little guy then? >> for now. >> aljazeera, fontana, california. >> aljazeera is bringing you completely coverage of the mid term election. tune in tonight at 8:30 for america votes and we'll bring all the returns on election day and the morning after. >> at&t facing charges this morning that it emotionallied with the data speeds for millions of cell phone comers. they promised unlimited data but didn't deliver. that some customers saw speeds decreased 50 to 90% if they used their cell phones too much. >> baby wipes are being recalled because of possible bacterial contamination, sold at walgreens, sam's club, family dollar and on line at
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children were beating -- they were beating the children, to come. >> more than a dozen kids started beating the younger brother. when the older brother rushed to rescue him web got hit too. i asked them where they were beaten. >> they hit me in the head, in the eyes, then the nose. >> the two boys don't want to come back to school here, worried the other kids will keep picking on them. the school is investigating what happened on the play ground, but local african community leaders say it wasn't an isolated case. >> with media attention, more and more folks have come forward and said this happened to my child on school. this happened to me on the train. someone came up to me and said i have ebola, i should stay away. >> the boys want another school where they feel accepted in the classroom that and on the soccer
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field and father wants the school officials to do more to teach kids not to bully. >> >> the student apologized in front of school officials, but on his way out, raised his fist to the brothers. >> we'll talk to ebola survivor nancy writebol about her help to other infected health care workers. >> a defibrillator has been invented that flies. it increases the chances of survivor from 8% to 80%. the drone is equipped with a camera, allowing a remote operator to instruct those helping the victims. >> if you happen to see it, don't freak out, it is a good thing. >> it saves lives, apparently.
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>> let's look at other stories caught in our global net. this is a real news story about a fake news story. the f.b.i. created a fake seattle times page to learn about a suspect's activity during an investigation and now of course the newspaper is outraged. in essence, the f.b.i. planted a software in a fake seattle times website. the suspect that they wanted to nab researching bomb making materials then clicked on it. the seattle times says obviously for their independent editorial integrity -- >> the f.b.i. has done this before, so the new story about the fake story is a real story. >> yes. >> ok. >> galileo faced the in quiz significance for his story that the earth revolved around the sun. evolution and the big bang theory don't conflict. the pope wants that shed the perception that the church is an
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enemy of science. he said in order for there to be a big bang, god had to be behind the bang. >> a experiment on video is going viral. it got my blood boiling. one woman walked through the streets for 10 hours. take a listen to some of the comments she heard. >> she counted more than 100 instances of verbal street harassment. i think every woman that has walked down the street has faced this since the age of 14, and what's notable is she's plain clothed. she is not wearing a particularly loud outfit and gets more than 100 cat calls and
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creepy guys following her. it happens every day. >> the only thing i get is people asking for money. >> we get that, too. we got both. >> changing gears. five years ago, sandy slammed the northeast, decimating the jersey shore. thousands of homeowners are still waiting for their money from the federal government. the state of new jersey that given out 25% of $3 billion set aside by the federal government. >> meteorologist nicole mitchell is back with a look at -- wow, what is that? >> that is some of the damage from sandy, so two years ago today. what i find fascinating about the storm is it was only a category one, yet all the damage it did, and the reason for that is unlike katrina that had tropical storm winds, which is a
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large storm, sandy had winds out over 900 miles, so it was an enormous-sized storm, even though it wasn't particularly strong. that's the distance from new york to atlanta. that big storm really churns up a lot water. this year is quiet in atlantic, the offering 12-6-3, this year, 8-6-2 and the u.s. only taking a glancing blow fromar sure earlier in the season. weaver seen moisture into the southwest early in the season, a couple of storms approaching hawaii. today, we have the front impacting the coast, nothing like sandy, but still can see drops of rain go through. the cold air behind this has been more noteworthy, as all of this clears out pretty quickly today, look at moisture, cold enough, that could be late tomorrow and then friday for the east coast, a couple flakes of snow going by. this is the first weekend in
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november, but it's been so mild recently, we're kind of not ready for it. a little break from the system into the northwest, so some rain is going to parse out a little bit, but more of that will come into that forecast during the day tomorrow. >> when you say a couple of flakes, we are talking about two flakes. >> i'm ready for them, bring them on. >> rescuers are working around the clock in china to find workers trapped in a mine. heavy rains triggered the cave-ins on tuesday morning. more than 400 rescuers have been sent to the seen. so far, there have been no signs of survivors. >> at least 18 men in turkey are stuck in a mine. a broken pipe sent he a surge of water into the pit. some of those men more than 300 feet underground. >> dozens of families are fleeing the lava in hawaii. >> it continues to bear down.
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we'll talk to a volcano expert. >> one time baseball slugger jose conseco recovering from a gunshot wound. how he managed to accidentally shoot himself in the hand. >> a once endangered species making a rebound, bouncing back from near extinction is one of today's discoveries. only on al jazeera america
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>> time now for one of today's discoveries, the giant tortoise making a recovery on the galapagos islands. >> there are now more than 1,000 living there. >> the island is home to the
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giant tortious. >> they have been observed there since 1973. >> the northern lights are shining brightly this year. scientists credit the increased light to solar activity that peeked last september. the aurora borealis occur naturally. >> in hawaii, lava is getting closer to homes. it has 1,000 residents, some directly in the path of the lava. it has consumed a shed. it is just feat away from at least one home. professor abbot joins us. the latest flow started in june.
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i was on the big island just a week before the flow started. describe what the flow heading toward the village is like right now and how dangerous it is. >> these lava flows, this is one of the world's most active volcanos. what's happening now, a vet is sending lava in a different direction towards this town. the danger here is to property. the good news about these kinds of lavas are gas escapes out of the lava, out of the magma relatively easily, so they're peaceful flows, slow flows. very hard on property, but nobody's going to die or have a problem with it. >> what that is when the lava reaches a house? does it catch on fire or is it drowned in the magma? >> it's a very interesting thing. if we can back to the vent where it is coming out, that's more than 2,000 degrees fahrenheit in temperature, as it flows in a
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thin sheet, it loses heat to the ground, to the air and you see those black crusts with the orange lava inside. a lot of times, if the lava comes up and cools fast enough, it will make its own insulation or protection around something, so you don't really feel the whole 2000 degrees. you'll see for some of these houses, they're going to be surrounded by lava. the wood's got to get above 600 degrees fahrenheit before it bursts into flame and we'll probably see some of these videos soon. >> can the village do anything to stop the flow, such as barricades, could they dowse it with water to keep their homes safe? >> things like this have been done successfully that in iceland, he they pump up the water to divert it other
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directions. it's kind of like building a dam to catch water. if you're in a nice, narrow camp, you can build something, in a broad area, it's difficult to build anything. the topography in the area, you don't have time to put much material up. down below, there are for more developments down below. who knows how long this flow will go on. >> the big island of hawaii is a very sparsely populated island. are you surprised that the flow has taken this path directly into homes? >> not at all. you know, if you look at a happen of the last 200 years worth of eruptions, lava flow going down the mountain, they've gone north, south, east, west and all points in between. anything built on the slopes of
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those mountains are going to have lava overrun them at time. we are talking about geological time. people are building in the path of this growing volcano. >> professor emeritus of geology, thank you for your expertise. >> i am wedged in between two people fascinated. you wanted to go, nicole, you've gone, right? >> there's a national park on the big island, so if you're able to go, maybe not when there's a lava flow going by, but really interesting to see the glow in the background, the steam coming up. >> in hawaii, these flows can impact the weather, hawaii quiet right now. the big island earlier in the
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season was hit with a tropical storm that did some damage. this has been a little bit of a rough year. as i mentioned, these lava flows can impact the weather. some of this gas that comes off, most is water viper, but some of it is carbon dioxide. versus what we emit with our fossil fuels, that's negligentable. that can cool the atmosphere. the other thing that you look at, when we saw that big lava flow and it had a black crust or surface on it, the more area that's covered in black, the more it absorbs the sun's radiation and can cause the area around it hotter not just from the lava, but the area, as well. >> i'm going to talk management to let me go into hawaii. >> field report for us. >> nicole, thanks. >> jose conseco accidentally shot himself cleaning a gun.
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it hit his left middle finger. his finger may have to be amputated. >> for sports fans, these are the two motor exciting words they want to hear, game seven. >> hits it into right, back at the wall, it is gone! >> the kansas city royals scoring seven runs in the second inning last night, blowing out the san francisco giants 10-0 in game six of the world series. >> a seventh and deciding game tonight. go royals. if they win, it will be their first championship in 29 years, if the giants win, it will be their third title in five years. >> she is one of the first american aid workers to survive the virus. we will talk to nancy writebol about how she is now helping
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others that are infected. >> a school where video games are treat no diverge than other sports. >> we leave you with a look at kobane just moments after another strike hit the besieged city. whether i'm going to be the next senator from iowa >> the candidates last chance to convince voters they're the one... they will stop at nothing to get your vote >> david young, how are you? >> run for congress >> it's important to be out here talking to voters >> director aj schnack's unprecedented series concludes >> it's certainly something that doesn't exist in politics on television >> america votes 2014 midterms only on al jazeera america
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>> techknow every saturday go where science meets humanity >> this is some of the best driving i've ever done, even though i can't see techknow >> we're here in the vortex >> only on al jazeera america >> what went wrong, the eggs motion in the sky that has nasa officials this morning searching for answers. >> president obama says the u.s. has to be on the front lines of the fight against ebola in west africa. we he talk to nancy writebol about her recovery and the controversy surrounding mandatory quarantines. >> help is on the way in the fight against isil. peshmerga fighters from iraq making their way toward kobane
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as we hear from the general in charge of the coalition strikes in isil. >> angry citizens saying no to the government to charge for using the internet. >>ness a investigators are in virginia trying to figure out what happened to a rocket that exploded after liftoff. the rocket exploded into a ball of fire. >> it was carrying supplies to the international space station. this is the first accident since nasa privatized its reply missions to the i.s.s. >> this company has a contract worth $2 billion.
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orbital science performed two missions earlier. the rocket was carrying 5,000 pounds of cargo to the international space station in what would have been the third resupply flight. almost immediately, the company says the launch began to go wrong with the main engine, and safety experts on the ground initiated the self destruct feature to the rocket within 10-12 seconds after lift you've it's a tough time to lose a launch vehicle like this and its pay load. it's not at tragic as losing a life associated with it, so we're very happy to report that there were no injuries and the safeguards both in flight and on the ground worked as they should have, and all we lost was hardware. >> still that lost hardware has a price tag of at least $200 million. while tuesday's explosion is a setback, nasa insists the crew
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are in no danger of running out of supplies. >> russia is sending its own spacecraft to the international space station, one going up last night without a hitch. >> this explosion has a lot of people wondering if privatizing space travel is a good idea. >> the fiery destruction of the rocket at liftoff is not only a blow to the spacecraft's owner orbital science corporation. it raises questions about private space flight companies seeking to capital ice on cutbacks in the u.s. space program to make space travel a profitable business. >> nasa has to be choosey on the types of mission that it's going to fund and explore. this is a cost effective way for reliable launch vehicle to say provide the needed resupply to
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the space station, allowing nasa to do the greater exploration to the moon and beyond. >> nasa contracted with two private corporation to say run supplies to the international space station. orbital sciences contract worth $1.9 billion called for eight space trips, but only two were completed before tuesday's accident. it's unclear whether additional flights will now be delayed or canceled. a second company, space x has a $1.6 billion nasa contract and is preparing for its fourth unmanned supply mission to the space station. nasa retired its fleet and has since relied on private spacecraft. >> it's a space renaissance, starting on the ground with your
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sub orbital space flights that will be taking off within the next year. >> blue or inand virgin galactic have research and development underways for space tourism, mining of minerals and precision manufacturing in the weightless environment of space. >> space x believes its first manned capsule will be ready for flight in 2016. >> the president praising the c.d.c.'s ebola guidelines, disso thissing mandatory quarantines. he says they are based on science and won't discourage healthcare workers from traveling to africa. a 20 day monitoring period will be imposed on troops coming
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back. the president saying u.s. medical volunteers in west africa are doing in his words god's work. it appears their help is in much demand. >> much demand, indeed. that could be an understatement. thousands are still needed over in west africa as nearly 5,000 people have died from the ebola virus and over 10,000 are infected. >> more than 5,000 health care workers are needed in west africa to battle ebola, according to the world healed organization. >> we need thousands have international workers, but really even more so, you need dozens of thousands, almost 100,000 local health care workers. >> the w.m.o. tells aljazeera america that is why the international community is working on training local health care workers who are already on the ground. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. on the ground in liberia. >> my main message to the
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liberian people on behalf of president obama is that we will beat this. >> liberia's president appealed to the world not to forget about this deadly disease. >> we would like the international community to continue to see this as a global threat. >> president obama says the u.s. is listening to the call for action. >> no other nation is doing as much to make sure that we contain and ultimately eliminate this outbreak in america. >> the president also says the quarantine policy's being implemented by several states could behinder the work being done in west africa. >> we he don't want to discourage our health care workers from going to the front lines and dealing with this in an effective way. >> today the president will meet with health care workers who are fighting the disease. we are hearing for the first time from a u.s. army commander, who is in isolation after
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returning from an ebola response mission in west africa. >> you can watch movies at night. i skype with my wife every night. >> after helping local authorities in west africa, 11 soldiers are being kept in an army-ordered isolation, even though they were not believed to have been exposed to the disease. >> every day, it seems a new development on the ebola front here in the u.s. and in west africa, and next week being the mid term elections, perhaps there's politicking going on with governor chris christie, govern cuomo, the ebola z. and the c.d.c. >> casey hickox is now speaking
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out. what is she saying? >> she said i don't plan on sticking to the guidelines. i remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though i am in perfectly good health. her attorney said she is not going to stick with these quarantine rules. she is in maine at a family home and is not going to abide by what the government is saying. remember, she first quarantined in that tent right outside the hospital in new jersey for three days by order of governor chris christie. >> live in atlanta this morning, thank you very much. >> coming up at 8:50, we'll talk to nancy writebol about her recovery and efforts at helping others combat the virus. >> president obama is on a five state campaign blitz with just days to go before the mid term elections, campaigning in milwaukee tuesday for candidate mary burch running for governor.
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>> republicans are patriots, they love their country, just like we do. they've got some bad ideas. that doesn't mean that we don't appreciate them as americans. i got family members who got bad ideas. they're still part of the family, but you don't want to put them in charge. >> that was wisconsin, just one of the neck and neck races heading into mid terms. his campaigning this week will take him to detroit and philadelphia. >> stepped up precautions at federal buildings across the country amid fears that an attack like the one that hit canada could happen on u.s. soil. mike viqueira joins us live. how far reaching is this new security upgrade that they're talking about? >> there are thousands of federal buildings and properties around the country that are pleased by the federal
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protective service. jay johnson, the homeland security secretary under his purr ve the service does operate has decided to beef up security at many facilities. he's very quick to point out that that is not in response to any specific intelligence, no significant threats. looking at the threaten environment including the tragic event that happened in canada last week, this is a step they decided to take. it's not just here in washington, it's all over the country. i'll reeled part of secretary johnson's statement. he said i have directed the federal protective service to enhance its presence and security at various u.s. government buildings in washington, d.c., and other major cities and locations around the country. again, not in response to any specific threat, but looking at the threat environment around the country, the continued calls for terrorist attacks coming from al-qaeda, al-nusra, isis
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around others around the world. there is an ongoing terror threat that's been off and on raised and lowered over the last 13 years, no question about it. there is a new issue of cyber attacks, this is something president obama has said keeps him up at night literally. two or three weeks ago in the west wing, called the executive office of the president came under a threat not classified material, said to come from the russian government now, a cyber attack. no interruption in service. this is the kind of thing officials are constantly on the lookout for. >> also in washington, a federal official who investigated the secret service after the 2012 prostitution scandal stepped down. he was caught on video entering a building where police were
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watching as part of a prostitution sting. he refused to answer their questions. two dozen agents were disciplined or fired as part that have scandal. >> reinforcements are on their way to kobane, jair. dozens of peshmerga fighters have landed in turkey and members of the free syrian army are joining the fight against isil, as well. that is the town of kobane in the distance. john allen said the coalition is weighing options to help with the ground fight. he tells aljazeera the u.s. may set up training centers. >> we want the free syrian elements to be able to defend themselves and defend the innocent citizens associated with the moderate syrian opposition and that's the in tent. we're building a free syrian army that can be supportive of the moderate syrian opposition, and as we talk about the political outcome in syria, which is what we seek, a political outcome that does not include bashar al assad, that
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the moderate syrian opposition becomes not only a prominent voice in the political outcome, but the preeminent voice in the political outcome. >> the u.s. has continued its air campaign. on tuesday, air strikes destroyed four isil fighting positions and a small unit near kobane. we have more from the border. >> when they make it, they'll bring heavy weapons, artillery, mortars, large machine guns, the sort of ammunition and weaponry the syrian kurds say they're desperate for. for more than four weeks, they've relied on small arms and grenade to say hold back isil forces. was, essential to holding back those isil forces have also been the airstrikes from the u.s. led coalition. without those, i think it's fair to say the situation for those kurds would be very dire.
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while those peshmerga wait to go into kobane, there have been more airstrikes around the border area, as well this morning. we believe isil forces have been trying to get control of that border area, launching assaults on it, because they suspect that this is one of the ways in which the peshmerga will go into kobane. the airstrikes made sure they targeted isil positions near the border to make sure the area is open. >> 800 have died in the fight for kobane so far. >> interpoll rejecting a request for egypt to issue a red notice, amounting to an international arrest warrant. he was convicted in abextent is that, accused of carrying out torture during the 2012 protest. aljazeera denies those charges. >> tens of thousands of protestors in hungary, sup jet
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about the government trying to monitor internet use. >> computer parts were thrown at the government leaders. what is the government saying about this tax? >> i have a feeling that once a member of the union of soviet social republicans, always a member. the government wimp is now he elected in hungary is trying to reduce the country's debt. the young citizens say this is about restricting their freedoms on line. under the plan, service providers would have to pay $3 per individual subscriber, but the people don't believe that tax will be absorbed by the companies as the government says it will, instead, demonstrators say we'll end up paying the price. >> it's going backward to the middle age, becaus because it is
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digital. >> it is not just a protest against taxes. it's more like a freedom marsh. >> they've introduced so many taxes and everybody has a feeling like this is the end of internet, this is going to kill internet. >> young citizens rallies against laws to try to deepen the countries ties with russia. if it happened here, that would bring us out into the street. >> the internet is viewed at
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free. >> in hawaii, lava flowing close to homes this morning, already destroying a shed and farmland. two homes are directly in its path. residents can only sit, watch and wonder. many of them are being asked to evacuate. >> parts of the country will be dealing with cooler and cold temperatures. >> let's turn to nicole mitchell for the latest on that, good morning, nicole. >> good morning. we ever almost made it to november and it's been pretty mild for a lot of places. this is more back to reality than really cold, but it is cold, nonetheless. >> chicago 44, just two days ago, our high was 77. now we'll barely make it out of the 40s, about a 30-degree drop. temperatures 30 degrees cooler,
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because they were 10 above average and now are blow average for the contrast. for chicago, that drop, you're feeling it for today. another reinforcing shot over the weekend could see flakes go by especially around the great lakes region, but a couple of those into the northeast, as well. a couple mild temperatures hanging on today go away for the east coast tomorrow. >> we will focus on miami. nicole, thank you very much. >> nasa officials this morning trying to figure out what caused an unhand rocket to explode. we will talk about the impact and potential fallout. >> governorred race for governor one for the ables for millions of dollars spent on ads and the nasty campaign messages they carry. a deeper look at the race. >> taking a tour of one mexican community, the first person
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view. [ laughter ] >> that and other videos from our citizen journalists around the world.
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>> in southern sri lanka, a mud slide have killed 10 and others are missing. the earth is sent down because it is weakened. >> in alaska, airlifted from a boated after injured by a falling crab pot. they lowered the rope and the man was raised to safety. >> mountain biker wore a go pro camera for the downhill race in mexico. this is his perspective of the descent, showing how difficult the terrain is. it's literally stairs, hairpin turns, jumps over spectators along the way. he won this year's event, he
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came in second in this year's particular race. >> looks like trying to get to brooklyn after the show. >> what went wrong with a rocket launch in virginia, exploding on liftoff. it was headed to the international space station, the first major accident since 2011 when it was privatized. we will talk about the rocket that just exploded. the explosion, are there concerns this may have been more than an accident? >> well yes. certainly you have to look at this as something that is a possibility. if there is sabotage or some other act that caused a real problem and deliberate act that
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caused a real problem, that has to be looked at in an investigation. in this particular case, it cannot be ruled out yet. personally, i don't think that's the case based on how the rocket was exploded and how quickly things occurred on the launch site. it has to be looked at that as investigators do a full comprehensive investigation. >> could part of this be about what was on the spacecraft that we don't know about yet? >> it is highly unlikely that there is anything of an intelligence nature onboard that spacecraft. the international space station is built in cooperation, was built in cooperation with russia. the engine itself is built by a ukrainian company, which is a holdover from the days of the soviet union being part of the
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space program, the u.s. being its rifle but partner in the space station. there was talk last night about the cryptograph associated with the launching. that's a standard practice, normal that that type of data would be encrypted. >> on tuesday, it is announced that peshmerga fighters are going into kobane from iraq to
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help in the fight. >> it is symbolic significance, 160 or so fighters from the peshmerga obviously very qualified to do what they do best, which is fight in close quarters with groups like isil, but it's 160 as opposed to several thousand. that's really the biggest issue. what they can do is advise, augustment, they can help the syrian kurdish fighters that are already in kobane, and part of what they're going to be doing is providing assistance to them in order to safeguard the remaining parts of the town that they have, but it's not enough to really mount standard offensive operations against isil. what i would look for is this is the first contingent and then we're going to have a whole bunch of other contingents coming out there if the kurdish government allows it to happen.
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they've allowed this to go forward, but we'll see. >> you say it's important we not take our eyes off baghdad. why? >> it is really the jewel in the crown when it comes to iraq. baghdad is isil's goal in my view based on how they are deploying forces, the fact that they've gone into abu ghraib, 40 miles away from downtown baghdad and of course a significant suburb of that city. what you're seeing is in filtration by isil fighters all around the city of baghdad. there is some doubt as to whether or not isil fighters can actually control the city of baghdad, but they can capture large portions of it if there is a lot of internal division and then that puts a great deal of u.s. policy, everything in that reward, and so there are a lot of things that have to be done there and we have to watch that
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very carefully. >> we thank you for your expertise, watching you from washington, d.c. this morning. >> forensic experts are looking at remains they hope could be those of a group of missing students. the remains were found near a trash dump in gurrier row state. police found multiple mass graves nearby, but none have proven to be the students. >> a father who went missing after a denver broncos game. he vanished during half time. officials found him yesterday 100 miles away in a k-mart parking lot. police say he wanted to go someplace warm. no foul place is suspected. >> weather is going to push across the "u.s.a. today," helping to usher in cold weather. >> meteorologist nicole mitchell has more. >> a lot of people will be looking for somewhere warm in the coming days. this is the front causing the problems, this has been a pretty
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innocuous front in terms of severe weather o. heavy rain. you can see the line up the east coast, a little bit of heavier rain as we head on the southern portion of all of that. not too much wet weather, it moves through quickly. you are getting rain starting to move into georgia and alabama this morning. as this moves through, that moves through quickly, already the cold air bringing it more to normal temperatures, we've been quite warm ahead of this. a reinforcing system as we get for the next couple days in the midwest by the weekend for the northeast, that one then with the colder air can bring a little bit of snow. a dusting for most places, we are not quite ready for it yet. >> which party that the momentum going into the final week of campaigning? strategists help break down the issues. >> one university handing out athletic scholarships to
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students accelling in vote games. >> we talk to nancy writebol about her recovery from ebola. senator from iowa >> the candidates last chance to convince voters they're the one... they will stop at nothing to get your vote >> david young, how are you? >> run for congress >> it's important to be out here talking to voters >> director aj schnack's unprecedented series concludes >> it's certainly something that doesn't exist in politics on television >> america votes 2014 midterms only on al jazeera america
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>> you're looking live at the turkey-syria border where forces are making their way to the border town of kobane to help with the fight against isil. good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this half hour, we'll talk to nancy writebol, one of several americans who have recovered from the ebola virus. >> let's get a look first at our headlines. nasa trying to figure out what went wrong after a stunning explosion overnight. a commercial rocket carrying supplies to the international space station bloom in virginia. it's the first major accident since the prom was privatized in 2011. >> oh protestors marching in hungian against a plan by the government to tax the internet. >> ebola aid worker kaci hickox said she won't abide by a
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quarantine. she is back home days after release from a hospital. she said the policies aren't scientifically or constitutionally just, since she's tested negative for the virus. she will continue to monitor herself for symptoms. >> with days to go until the mid terms, the florida governor's race is too close to call. >> we have more on the race. >> it's a birther battle of the governors. >> the florida governor's race is shaping up as the nastiest and one of the most expensive elections this fall you. >> charlie was paid to point judges. >> you wouldn't answer questions 75 times under oath. he pled the first amendment. >> jobs, education and the environment at stake, the
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attacks have drawn national attention. >> a political science professor from the university of miami. >> we know the direction rick scott and charlie crist is going to go in. once everyone knows that, you still have a lot of money to spend and still have a lot of time before the elections, so you have to come up with something to say, so those are going to be attacks against the other side. >> in florida, a large diverse partisan state, the governor's race has mostly played out on t.v. >> charlie swindled florida. >> the two candidates have spent $100 million on television ads. >> rick scott, just too shady for the sunshine state. >> is it true this is one of the meanest and costliest campaigns in history? >> i don't know. people like to think this is the nastiest we've ever seen, but every campaign is called the nastiest we've ever seen.
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they're all nasty, they're all dirty. >> there are issues that could possibly influence the election. a medical marijuana ballot initiative, a big issue among young voters is one. florida's stand your ground law is another. the executive director of dream defenders, a civil rights group formed in the aftermath of the killing of trayvon martin. >> we're looking to galvanize a base of people who i'll call the trayvon more tin voter, the people politicized in a moment that charged the entire company, walking with them to the polls on that day. >> the dream defenders campaign is a rare serious note in an election that otherwise has been largely known for it's
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theatrics. >> we have an extremely peculiar situation right now. >> the governor refused to take the stage because of crist's insistence on using a household fan to cool himself. polls now show more view them unfavorably, making them the least-liked pair running for governor in the country. >> sarah, great to see you. >> good morning. >> the polls in florida show a dead heat in this race. what is going to make the difference in the next six days? >> we really don't know what's going to happen. what makes the difference is who gets to the polls and who can get their people to the polls. this is all going to come down to those votes. >> early voting, perhaps, as
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well. >> people are talking about the possibility of a recount. >> this is florida, anything can happen. these guys are coming out heavy-hitting, spend ago lot of money. this is neck and neck, we really don't know. >> if it does come down to a recount, how might that work out? >> there's lots of lawyers involved, first off. this will then go to -- it all comes down little margins and numbers, right? if they have the numbers that they need to do a recount then, they have to do a machinery count. then it goes to the courts. >> do they still ever dangling ballots? >> dangling chads. >> joie chen will bring us a story this evening, aljazeera america has obtained a list of 2 million people suspected of voting in more than one state.
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it's a special two part investigation. here's a preview. >> greg is a private investigator turned journalist who's followed voting rights in every election since 2000. >> i got into this stuff when bush won by 527 votes, and now, it's a decade and a half later, and i'm hearing the cry of voter fraud. there's a million people committing voter fraud. is this really this big crime wave? here's the type of matching that they do. vincent pardy williams voted in georgia. vincent h. williams voted in virginia. they're saying that's the same guy. >> i sit as the minority leader of the house of representatives,
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this information has never been presented. i certainly intend to investigates and request information from the secretary of state about this program, about the nature of the program, about the origin of it, the resources used to implement it and whether or not we are systematically attempting to disenfranchise half a million of our georgia voters. >> part one airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 p.m. pacific. >> some say the country now more divided than ever. a recent stanford university study those people are more prejudice along political lines than lines of race. perspective employees are more likely to choose someone aligned with their views by looking for information in their resume.
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i want to go back to voting fraud. we have been complaining about this for years. what did his party do to fix voter fraud? >> what they've done is actually restrict voting for some of the most disadvantaged among us. if you look at what's happening in north carolina, some of the most restrictive voter access laws that have been created. i understand there are concerns about fraud, but it's so miniscule, there's so few actual accounts of this, but the -- >> let's talk about 2 million people voting in more than one state. that's not miniscule. >> it's not just a question of voting, it's registered, too. if they are registered in more than one place, you have to have a defense mechanism in place. you have i.d.'s for everything. to have an i.d. to vote is not unusual and that's one of the
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big issues we're talking about. if you don't have an i.d., let them vote on paper, let the vote be counted afterwards. make sure everyone can vote, let them vote but let's make sure our votes count and don't get stolen. >> this battle has been going on since the lincoln administration. party prejudice, is it real and do you think that is a growing problem in this country? >> it is real, but it shouldn't be, because most of us, we pretty much believe the same kind of things with a little difference in how we get there -- >> what about hiring people because of what they believe politically rather than how they do the job. >> prejudice is prejudice, but in terms of political parties, there really isn't that much different between us, but the reality is that because we see so much vitriol in the public realm is where it comes from. >> this country has found
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politics to be very divisive. >> is it do divisive. we have networks, one gears to one party, one to the other. >> which one are we on? >> we're on the one right now that is geared towards the truth. i had to get that in there. >> very good. >> continue. >> i think the reality that is people are divisive in many issues, politics is one of them. does it rise to the level of racism? i don't see it that way. when i finished good school and did something outside of politics, i had people say don't put that on your resume. i was like are you kidding me? that's been going on for years. >> has the level of hatred and invite roland meanness of this campaign turned off more voters and if so, does that benefit republicans or democrats? >> it depends why they're turned off. you've got to turn out your vote.
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if your voters are really upset, republicans are going to turn out. two years ago, everybody was turning out for the president. there were pick ups for the democrats. >> congress has historically low approval ratings, the president's approval ratings are through the toilet, nobody likes anybody. who's losing in this? >> i think the process loses, because we're actually losing mobilization. there are people just not coming out to vote the way we want them to come out and vote. that's specifically true for the millennials. the parties themselves as institutions lose. you have young people that are abandoning labels altogether. it's not just about party affiliation, but in terms of racial classification. they're backing away from the label. if you look at parties as institutions, they're losing,
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because they're having problems recruiting and holding -- >> that is where the network of truth is going to leave it. thanks for being with us this morning. >> a sign of the times, the university of chicago is giving scholarships to video gamers. while some scoff at the idea of calling it a varsity sport, others say it requires the same dedication as any traditional sport. i imagine there are a lot of sceptics out there. >> that's right. most likely starting with moms and dads trying to tear teenagers arm from game consoles. with acknowledgment and acceptance comes legitimacy. >> college athletic scholarships award road to the cream of the crop of student athletes. robert morris university in
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chicago is no different. >> for the first time, r.m.u. awarded varsity letters and scholarship money to video game players. a key board, mouse and head set are all they need. the 35 competitors, 35 men and two women are some of the nation's top ranked players, they he play league of legends, with 27 million players logging on each day. like their counterparts on the soccer field or tennis court, the e sport team practices 16 hours a week in a custom built arena with coaches monitoring technique and strategy. >> freshman derrick was ranked 163rd in north america when he was recruited to pay league of legends on a 50% scholarship you. >> got recruited to play video
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games. >> when he first approached me, i was like what you are talking about? this is video games. he comes in and he explains the whole thing. i show it to my parents and they said wow, it's actual a good school. >> while some scoff at the idea of calling video game play a varsity sport. r.m.u.'s e sport coordinator said he looks for as as i wills that are intra additional sports. >> hey, they're coming around here, so that story just clicked with me, it's a team game and why can't we do the same as we would for any other sport and try to get the best players to our school. >> for universities, having e sports teams means publicity, sponsorships and getting in on the ground level of an emerging
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sports. princeton cornell and m.i.t. have teams. derrek strikes a balance between playing and making the grades. >> it's a good thing to practice, also a good thing not to get too wrapped up in it. >> he maintains a perfect 4.0. after the school, there's always the possibility of going pro. >> these players have a variety of backgrounds. derrek is studying business, others graphic design, culinary arts. they don't fit the profile of a typical gamer. derrek was very much into school, religious, his parents didn't allow him to play games until he was 15 or 16 years old. in three and a half years, recruited on a scholarship. >> good for him, i say. what kind of skills are necessary to play league of legends? >> it is a very typical sort of
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strategy survival game. it's a five-on-five team oriented sport. you've got to know your role. they liken it to basketball. you've got to know what you're doing and what your teammates are doing and communicate. a lot of the same skills you use in team play like basketball come into play here. these kids are using those same skills they would use on a traditional sports arena or on a field in a game. >> that makes sense. live for us from chicago, interesting report, thank you. >> you know they'll all be your bosses one day. >> she survived ebola. >> nancy writebol joins us after the break to discuss her experience fighting ebola and the steps she's now taking to help others battle it out. >> time for our big quote. >> plenty of leaders speaking about the global ebola outbreak, including one whose country is at the center of it all:
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>> who said there's fear even in our own see site, but we feel it can be overcome with messages from our leaders. >> speaking in an interview about quarantine for health workers, calling that move an overreaction. >> ebola aid worker kaci hickox says she won't quarantine herself in maine. she spent days in a new jersey hospital under suspicion of having ebola. she tested negative for the
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virus. she said she won't be bullied by politicians. joining us is nance writebol. she was infected in liberia. since recovering, she has donated blood to other ebola patients, including craig spencer who recently received an infusion of her plasma. what do you think of these mandatory quarantine orders and whether folks should have to follow them. >> good morning. it's nice to be with you, and thank you for asking about the quarantine. we really believe that it's really important that medical workers should be able to go back and forth between west africa and we're afraid that if quarantines are put into place where they are isolated for 21
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days, that the volunteers that would be willing to go won't go mainly because they just don't have the time, you know, doctors and nurses leave their practices and their jobs and can donate two or three weeks, but then to have to come back and be in a mandatory isolation could really hurt the volunteers and i just really think that if they are asymptomatic, that it's not necessary, and necessary they might go ahead and monitor temperature daily, and if there is a problem, then report to health care workers. >> you really feel this could dissuade health care workers like those who work in your organization from going. >> yes, we do believe that. >> ok. i want to talk about your donation of blood to dr. spencer, the doctor at bellevue hospital in new york. how does it feel from your standpoint to be able to help in
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this way? >> well, i'm very grateful and i feel like it's a great privilege to be able to give dr. spencer some blood. there were so many people involved in helping to save my life. i am very happy to be able to donate to someone else who needs blood. >> obviously you are doing well, but a couple months ago, you were in serious condition when you arrived on these shores. that's the condition doctor she is spencer is currently described being in. can you help us understand what he may be going through physically based on your own experience? >> well, there's a lot of weakness in your body, fever, you know, ebola looks so much like malaria or typhoid, so there is fever, weakness, there could be vomiting, diarrhea, and
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dehydration, lots of things happening within the body. >> i know when you were over there, there were reports that you were fearing for your life. is that true? did you get to that edge? i know that you've had malaria before, so compare toyota. >> well, i did test out positive for malaria to begin with, and yes, there was a point where i was really at a low. my veins collapsed, they were having a hard time finding a vain to get an i.v. in, and a real point where i wondered filled survive coming back to the u.s. >> how did people treat you, nancy, when you started going out in public, because you hear stories of kids being bullied just for being african these days. did you feel like a leper when you came back? >> well, there was some of that, and it's just real interesting.
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there's a fear, and i really believe we need to have a respectful fear of ebola, but not of the persons, and yes, we've experienced some of that and i just trust that in educating people, that they would come to understand that it is not airborne, it's contracted through bodily fluids, and it's just really important to make sure that people who have been declared by c.d.c. and other hospitals, such as emery for myself, that they understand that no hospital or c.d.c. is going to allow you to leave if you're not ebola clear. >> nancy writebol, your perspective is invaluable in a time like this. so glad to see that you're doing better. >> thank you. >> tomorrow morning on aljazeera
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america, more on that fallout from the rocket falling from space last night. >> we are checking that. also could it be that the botched launch will affect future space missions? all that have coming up tomorrow. that's it for us here in new york. >> coming up in two minutes from doha, the latest from the turkey-syria border. >> we leave you with the images of the day, submissions from the 2014 analogy graphic photo contest. >> 6,000 photos from around the world have been entered. the winner will be announced january 15 in washington, d.c. >> we continue to follow the situation involving that exploding rocket. have a great morning. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m.
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