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incomplete it is up to the ubers of the world to be more forthcoming with the press. those are my thoughts on it. that's our show for today. i'm ali velshi. thank you for joining us. >> gunfire at library on the campus of florida state university, three shot, the gunman killed by police. >> 10 new york counties under a state of emergency and the snow keeps piling up. how much could be on the ground before this storm ends. >> immigration showdown, president obama about to reveal his executive actions on immigration. we'll ever a preview. >> it's called the worst refugee crisis in a generation, more
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than 3 million people have fled syria, the strain on neighboring countries. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. >> scary moments on the campus of florida state. >> a gunman there opening fire at the campus library. we ever the very latest. john exactly what happened? >> police in florida just held a news conference within the last 30 minutes with new information. three students have been wounded in the attack and the person who shot them killed by police. news started breaking this morning with people on campus tweeting that someone was shooting inside of the florida state library. it was packed with students studying for finals. students heard gunshots, then this. >> there has ban shooting in the library. shea where you are. >> that emergency alert went out and students huddled inside the library. some of them barricade add door. police say it took just minutes for officers to arrive on scene
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and confront the shooter. >> we do know that there were shots fired within the library and outside. in the final confrontation, it took place out front. >> the shooter was killed in that confrontation. this statement was released: >> one student is in critical condition, another stable. a third received minor wounds and not hospitalized. the shooter has not been identified, we only know it was a man. classes are closed today. the library is closed indefinitely. >> what about the system? the campuses have now set up
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systems that go into place when these things happen. did this one work? >> it seems that the systems worked perfectly as intended. the police were there very, very much in short order. alerts went out by web, by phone. certainly this could have been worse, but looks like the system put in place really came through in this case. >> thank you very much. >> president obama is gearing up for a major speech tonight. he'll reveal details of new executive action on immigration. libby casey is in washington. good morning. house speaker john boehner has already said an executive order would poison the well on possible action in congress. is the president calling mr. boehner's bluff as washington gears up for 2015? >> president obama has pledged for announce act on immigration if congress didn't move forward and the president already delayed once until after the
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midterm elections. now president obama says he's waited long enough. >> in this photo released by the white house, president obama is seen working on the speech he'll deliver to americans tonight, but it's millions of undocumented immigrants living in this country who will likely be paying the most attention. >> hi, everybody. >> an facebook, a preview. >> washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long. what i'm going to layout is the things i can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better. >> a bill passed the senate last year but the house hasn't voted on the measure and as promised, the president is going it alone, executive actions clearing the way for undocumented immigrants facing deportation to stay in this country. that is likely to include the parents of children who are already american citizens. if the adults have lived in the u.s. for five years with no criminal record, they could be allowed to get work permits and
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would pay taxes. the president is expected to help the high tech sector expanding visas for foreign students graduating from colleges in the u.s. the dreamers, young people brought here illegally by their parents may be allowed to stay. >> a lot of these people are allow aboding i consider citizens and i feel they should have the right to be here. >> the president's plan is not expected to include federal help for those millions to pay for the affordable care act, qualify for foot stamps or welfare. because president obama is acting alone through the power of the oval office, his actions could eventually be reversed. >> i think it's the height of organs for this president to go around the constitution and laws. >> to lawmakers. >> i believe his unilateral action which is unconstitutional and illegal will deeply harm our prospects for immigration
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reform. >> mr. obama says the law is on his side and supporters are citing executive action on immigration by seven presidents before him. republicans vow to fight the president, possibly cutting off funding for his plan, which could potentially lead to another government shutdown. >> one question, stephanie is can republicans target specific funding for the president's actions or would they end up hurting immigration components they do like, such as border security. another repercussion, holding up nominees, judicial or otherwise that aren't related to vital national security until the president rolls back his plans. don't expect the president to take that threat seriously. >> hearing from seething republican governors, scott walker and rick perry of texas, they say the gop should file a legal challenge to the president's plan. is there any question about the president's authority on this? at the end of your piece, you mentioned several presidents that have taken similar actions.
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>> it all depends on who you talk to and your perspective. there could be a legal challenge, the question is would it have merit. president's including republicans like ronald reagan a understand george h.w. bush have used the presidential office to tinker with how immigration is enforced. those presidents changed enforcement, allowing the families of legal immigrants to stay in this country and not be deported, so there is a precedent that the white house points to. critics say that this is more sweeping, broader, it's bigger, so we'll see how any kind of legal process would actually play out. >> how are the democrats reacting to the president's executive order? >> well, you certainly have liberal democrats pleased that the president med with his colleagues up on capitol hill last night, but there are democrats who are pushing back.
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namely, we're looking at ones who are more moderate democrats, concerned how this will play back home, senator from west virginia, missouri senator want to see congress act. the problem as president obama points out is with a divided government right now and ultimately a republican house and senate come january, it does newt look like there will be unity on immigration reform anytime soon. >> we will bring you complete coverage of the penalty's address. >> the weather, no rest for the weary in western new york state, snow falling on buffalo. that entire region, this dangerous storm being blamed for at least seven deaths. >> a state of emergency has been declared in 10 counties and the national guard activated. parents of the area already have six feet of snow on the ground, another four feet could pile up before it's over.
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>> our meteorologist has been tracking the storm. has this officially been one for the record books. >> a number of record called set. i think some monthly records are going to fall. we haven't seen -- there's one hour, two hour, 24 hour snow records, those haven't fallen yet. there are numerous problems around the region. >> non-stop plowing and shoveling since the record snow started falling. everyone is doing what they can to help each other out. >> driving down the road and seeing so many people that are still way, you know, in need, so that's probably what we're going to be doing now is get ahold of our friends and stuff like that and get them dug out. >> schools and businesses have been closed and no one can say
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when they'll reopen. new york governor cuomo toured the area to assess the situation. >> this is the greatest deployment in history of personnel and equipment to help on a snow emergency. >> 200 national guard troops have been mobilized, helping with snow removal and rescuing people trapped in vehicles on snow covered highways, including the women's basketball team who spent 30 hours on their team bus. >> we will be standing by with a vehicle removal across the street from that address. >> erie county sheriffs department released this video showing just how bad it is, cars and trucks stranded and entire neighborhoods covered, so much snow you can basically see the rooftops and houses. front end loaders are being used to clear streets and people are removing snow from their roofs
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to keep them from collapsing. 220,000 tons of snow has fallen inside a stadium. they're offering $10 an hour for anyone willing to snow it out before sunday's game against the jets. one family will definitely never forget it, thanks to little lucy. she was born in a firehouse with the help of a pediatric nurse who just happened to be stranded nearby in her car. >> some of that video you saw from yesterday was because we had a little break in the action. a system, a clipper went through. you can see more broad snow, potheen on the backside of that, we've picked up the lake effect snow again, which is very wind driven. you can see from the broader area to the final frames being more the setup of the straight line winds and it's really a phenomenon where one place you can be getting snow where you can't see, a few miles away,
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you're getting almost nothing. we have very warm water. as all that air moves over the water, it's able to pick up moisture, warm air holds more moisture. it gets over the cold land and it has to wring out that moisture because it can't hold it anymore. depending on how the winds set up, that is where you see the bands. we could see significant bands again, but do not do this. you hate being the person driving behind it. they actually ticket in some places. at least clean off the whole car. >> that could be dangerous. >> if you're behind that, that's scary. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> more protests in east jerusalem as israel prepares for more demolitions, israeli crews taking down the home of one of the alleged attackers there. prime minister benjamin netanyahu ordered security forces to destroy the homes of two other palestinian man that attacked he a synagog leaving five people dead.
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when will these next demolitions take place? >> at this stage, it's anyone's guess. there are a number of reasons for that, although demolitions of this kind are considered illegal under international law, here in israel, they do follow a fairly strict policy. part of that policy involves giving the families those who live in these houses demolition orders. what we understand is that israeli police have not been able to deliver some of those demolition orders because protestors, palestinian protestors haven't been allowing them to get near the house, so again, it is a bit difficult to say when these demolitions will happen, but one thing is for certainly, they eventually will. >> israel holding on to the
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bodies of those attackers. why? >> israelis are saying by releasing the bodies now, it could cause a scene that thousands of palestinians will come to the funerals and that will result into a big protest or are a major confrontation with israeli security forces. however, if you speak to palestinians, they're saying that they're indirectly punishing the families of the two men who were involved in that attack on the synagog. >> thank you very much. >> france is stepping up airstrikes against isil as officials have identified a second french citizen in that isil video that showed evidence of peter kassig's beheading. isil released new propaganda that appears to show several frenchman burning their passports calling for other muslims to fight non-believers
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in france. overlooked in all this is how the syrian government is still carrying out its own airstrikes against rebels especially in aleppo. can you tell us more about their campaign? >> really, the government has been intensifying its air campaign according to the observatory for human rights. in the past month, they carried up to 1,600 hits in rebel-held territories, killing up to 400 civilians. the government really has an advantage. it gives them the advantage in the war. the government is trying to destroy whatever is left of the moderate opposition, the moderate rebels on the ground who the u.s. coalition hopes to use at local partners to fight isil and serve as some sort of a counter weight against the government, yes, the government is continuing its airstrikes, the opposition has been calling on the coalition to change its
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strategy, because it's saying that you're ignoring what they're calling the crimes of the government and focusing your fight on isil. really, the coalition's fight against isil has in know way anything to do with ending the war. it seems international community is more concerned about finding a political settlement to this crisis. >> some analysts have said that the u.s. airstrikes are actually helping the assad regime. the syrian military has also been accused of using those so-called barrel bombs to strike at rebel-held areas. is that tactic working? >> well, like you mentioned, yes, there are those who believe that the coalition strategy is helping the regime. you talk to a lot of syrians today and they do believe that, they feel abandoned by the international community that have been as far as to say that the international community is actually cooperating with the damascus government. in and out international
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community of course denies that, but we heard from the former u.s. ambassador to syria, robert ford who said that the airstrikes in the east of the country are actually helping the regime, because isil is in confrontation with government forces in that area, not with moderate rebels, so you strike at isil, you're actually handing the territory to the government. syrians are increasingly suspicious. you also talked about barrel bombs. yes, undoubtedly barrel bombs prevent rebels from advancing. they even prevent rebels from governing territories. the government would have lost a lot if the government were to set up governance on the ground, which would weaken the governments even further. >> of course the barrel bombs tend to kill a lot of civilians. reporting from beirut, thank you for that context. >> in a report by amnesty international calling the syrian refugee crisis the worst of a generation, 3.2 million people
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have fled since that civil war began in 2011, many in government camps in border towns and countries. the crisis is costing turkey alone more than $4 billion. >> a south korean court has handed down another sentence in the ferry case. the president of the company that operated the ferry was found guilty of negligence and embezzlement pepsi been sentenced to 10 years in prison. six other company executives were found guilty. nearly 300 people died in the disaster, many of them high school students. >> protests rereputing in ferguson, missouri as that town braces for the decision in the michael brown case. six were arrested outside, all call for an indictment. a lawyer for brown is skeptical. >> historically based on what you see when you got the local prosecutor sitting in judgment of the local police, they normally don't indict. >> that decision could come down any day now. the city is under a state of
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emergency and the national guard on stand by to move in if those protests turn violent. >> >> the interim director of the secret service was on capitol hill. quite an eventful day. >> secret service less secret than they used to be. wednesday began with a congressional hearing about the agencies security blunders of recent history, but ended with an arrest just one block outside the white house perimeter. officials say an iowa man approached a uniformed secret service officer and told the officer someone in iowa told him to drive to the white house. in his car, officers found a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a six-inch knife. the man was arrested and charged with having an unregistered fire article. all this came as a house panel questioned the interim director about the agencies ability to
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safeguard the white house and the president and his family. clancy apologized for the security failures including the white house fence everwho actually gained access to the mansion itself. >> what hints the hardest is the range of shortcomings that allow omar gonzalez to enter the white house practically unencumbered. >> they are coming up with new ways to bolster white house security including raising the fence. for now a lower temporary barrier has been added, allowing additional time to respond to any future eves. >> one member of congress actually suggesting a moat of all things. >> it looks like a castle. >> seems like that would be more effective than what they have now. >> in 12 hours, president obama will reveal his plan to reform immigration without congress. >> republicans threatening to stop it. we will discuss where this battle could be headed.
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>> speaking out about the racial divide in ferguson, the youngest member of a new commission tells aljazeera how he hopes he can make a difference. >> an in terrible challenge by the n.s.a., raising concerns years before that program became public. >> 220,000 is the big number of the day. >> it is that snow that has already been collected at one buffalo and mark.
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>> today's big number, 220,000 tons is how much snow buries ralph wilson stadium in buffalo. >> the bills are offering $10 an hour to help them dig out. they'd get free tickets to sunday's game against the jets. of course they have to wait until it stops snowing. >> the rest of the city, 5,000 tons of snow has been removed so far, the city having 400 tons of salt on hand. the average driveway has about 25 tons of snow on it. be careful out there if you shovel. >> wedding bells set to ring today for same sex calls in
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montana. the state will begin handing out marriage licenses after a federal judge threw out the ban on same sex weddings. the attorney general plans an appeal but the governor will honor the ruling. >> president obama is going to go it alone on immigration despite warnings from republicans tonight. the president said he is going to announce the details of his new executive action. the plan could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country. the president travels to las vegas friday to support his new plan. >> we are joined by professor of campaign management at n.y.u., thanks for being here. the republicans say the president is acting like an emperor. what's next in their -- what's their next play? >> we've heard a variety of things. ted cruz said we should halt all appointments, all nominations, others have talked about things
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about impeachment and others government shutdowns. the establishment wing of the republican party is hoping to use their power of the purse to halt the president on this, but i think it's going to be very difficult for them to do. >> congress said they want the president to wait until the next congress is sworn in, the president said he has waited long enough. did he? >> he has been waiting on this a long time. he talked about this much earlier and for electoral reasons three times this year didn't take action. i think it's important tomorrow what the president is doing. he's not, you know, creating a pathway to citizenship. easy not giving green cards. he's halting deportations of up to 5 million people who aren't going to be deported anyways. this is an action not unlike president reagan and president george h.w. bush took. this is not unprecedented. it's a big issue, a big deal,
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but it is not that he is creating a pathway to citizenship. >> it seems that he has his eye on 2016 and the all-important latino vote. do the republicans have to be careful about how harshly they respond to this, because they need that vote, too. >> absolutely. that's the billing problem republicans have. they said, the republican party, we lost the election because we didn't reach out to la teen knows and african-americans. they have an issue going into 2016, so they're going to have to be very careful how they handle this. tonight lines up with the latin grammy awards. >> that's not a coincidence. >> 10 million viewers for that. >> from the standpoint of the people that will be celebrate to go night and they will be in the millions, what is there to stop the next president should the republicans take the white house from reversing the actions the president is taking tonight? >> nothing and that's an important point. the next president can
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absolutely halt this, overturn it and that's where people ever a lot of fear. people coming out of the shadows saying i want to reveal myself, have the fear the next president con overturn this quickly. this is going to be a big decision for people. >> thank you for your insights this morning. >> amnesty international wants mexico to stop detains migrant children. the human rights groups delivered more than 30,000 signatures to the president saying detention of migrant children has doubled in mexico we're talking about this year. 17,000 children are believed to be in viewed there is breaking news this morning. mike nichols has died. he won an academy award or "the graduate." he is known for silk wood, working girl and the bird cage. he was also married to diane
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sawyer for 25 here's. >> an internal debate at the n.s.a. over phone spying. top officials in 2009 urged the agency to top collecting records of americans' phone calls, warning there would be a scandal if the public was found out. this comes days after the senate passed a bill to stop the records from being collected. >> let's get a check of very, very cold weather outside. >> because the great lakes are so warm and we had such cold air moving in, it's enhancing the prolific amounts of lake effect snow out there. today into the overnight and tapering off tomorrow, look at these totals, additional two to four feet for places like buffalo and north of that watertown, one to three feet. that's very possible in addition to everything weaver had. cold air to the south, atlanta
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35, it's been teens and 20's, people saying it feels balmy. >> 25 tons of snow on the average driveway. >> and lake effect snow is lighter than traditional system snow, it's just that there's so much of it. >> there's a lot. nicole, thank you very much. >> israel demolishing homes going after people they call terrorists. >> protests ramp up in jerusalem. we will talk with the former israeli ambassador to the united nations. >> congress takes up the issue of defective and deadly airbags. we'll hear one man's story of how he was left permanently injured when an air bag exploded in his car. >> a chicago family wants answers after police kill a gunman waving a gun inside a hospital emergency room. >> what texting does to your spine. one of the stories caught in our global net.
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>> that is buffalo, new york, the snow continues to fall there. nicole is going to have an update on all of the weather coming up later, but as you can see, it is a mess. the youngest member of the new ferguson commission talks to aljazeera, he tells us he hopes to ease the racial tensions in the city. >> could bill cosby be facing legal troubles? >> scandal at uber, an executive threatening the media. can the car-sharing service bounce back? >> first a look at our latest headlines this morning. western new york state is getting slammed with more snow this morning, up to another four feet may fall before this weekend on top of the nearly six feet already on the ground. the governor is urging residents to stay where they are and not try driving. >> three students are treated for injuries and a gunman dead
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after a shooting at florida state university in tallahassee. it happened at the library. police shot and killed the gunman. classes are canceled today. >> tensions are high in jerusalem this morning, israel planning to demolish two more palestinian homes, the homes that belong to the men who attacked a jewish synagog tuesday where five were killed. >> the former israel ambassador to the united states joins us from tel-aviv this morning. mr. ambassador, thank you for your time. do you agree with netanyahu's decision to reinstate home demolition as punishment for acts like the synagog massacre? >> it's not only punishment, it's also deterrents. what else you can call criminals who go to a holy place like a synagog or mosque or a church and just bumper with the knives
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and axes the prayers there or the rabbis there. it's no different than what the allied forces, air force or others who strike terrorists homes in kobane and isil peoples. there is a real same motivation, and we should treat it as the same way the terrorism in jerusalem or the terrorism of isil. we are seeing people doing these courtly terror attacks are the ones who actually complicate things not just for us israelis, also for the palestinians. in israel, we would like to have peace. we have only one jewish state. there are 22 arab states, 57 muslim states and we would like to have peace with all of them. for us, it's not just a strategic choice, it's a moral obligation, but for peace, you need two to sit down and make compromise. >> u.s. airstrikes have not
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targeted the homes of isil members where they are children and their wives live. the u.s. state department says these actions are counter productive. israeli's own 2005 study on the issue of demolition of homes found it a destructive practice. do you have extremists on both sides now basically dictating government policy? >> well, there is no doubt that we need to couple down the situation and this is why the government of israel and prime minister netanyahu stress that the status quo is going to be maintained, certainly on the temple mount in jerusalem. he went out of his way to meet king abdullah of jordan and secretary of state john kerry. he would like to meet the president of the palestinian authority, mr. abbas, who declined. we need to see calming the situation down from all sides and from all leaders. i would have liked to hear
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mr. abbas say that terrorism should not be on the agenda, that peace and coexistence is the only way to move forward and to take the issue of religion out of the conflict. i don't think it will be helpful for anyone. >> john kerry is traveling to vienna to participate in the iran nuclear talks. should he be heading to jerusalem at this point to try and get both sides talking again? >> well absolutely, we would welcome him here very much. by that the way, stephanie, israel, we were very encouraged to hear the unanimous condemnation of the security council against this terror attacks in jerusalem by palestinian terrorists. you cannot look at it in any other way, so he hopefully, things will take a different direction with a better dynamics and i think it would be very important for all of us,
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especially leaders to really talk to their own people about coexistence and reconciliations and about what unite us more than separate us. >> again, i think a lot of folks would agree with that. former ambassador to the united states, thank you for your time. del. >> a group of international monitors say they were shot at in eastern ukraine near donetsk. officials from the osce say military fired two shots. the ukrainians were in a truck with military markings. nearly 1,000 people have been killed in ukraine since that truce went into effect in september. >> president obama is set to layout the steps he'll take on immigration tonight, addressing the nation from the white house. he'll detail his executive actions on immigration. the plan could allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. the penalty said such action is
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long overdue. >> everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. unfortunately, washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long and so what i'm going to be laying out is the things that i can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better, even as i continue to work with congress. >> the plan isn't going over well with top republicans in congress, some referring to the president at emperor obama. >> congress is going to hold its first hearings on the japanese air bag maker at a cat at a coming after a nationwide recall. defects have led to five deaths, including four in the u.s. lisa stark is live in washington this morning. this air bag controversy seems to be getting worse by the day. >> it's clear takata does not have a good handle on what is wrong with these air bags. this began as a small recall, has mushroomed, millions of
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vehicles with model years dating back to 2001, 10 automakers including honda, chrysler, ford, toyota and b.m.w. one driver is living with the consequences are driving with one of these defective air bags. >> this is what the air bag on the honda civic was supposed to do, protect him in a crash. this is what he says it did. >> all i remember was hearing a big explosion, it sounded like a shotgun, and my right side went black, which black. >> his car was moderately damaged in the low speed collision with another vehicle in may near orlando florida. when it deployed, a three-inch shard of metal, part of the air bag inflator flew out and sliced into his face and eye. >> i realized i was bleeding out of my face. i went down to sit on the curb
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and i thought i was going to die right there. >> he survived but is now blind in his right eye. the recalled air bags are made by takata, whose executives recently apologized publicly to customers. >> this is one of the most lethal defects that we've seen. if the air bag inflator module explodes, you are very likely to be killed or seriously injured. >> takata has had shifting explanations for the air bag defect. >> we believe that it's the propellant itself that takata chose to use, i am mode yum nitrate, a very unstable chemical. >> takata was ordered to provide details on the mix. the government is also demanding an expanded recall. this air bag had been recalled
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before the accident, but the notices did not show up until after he was blinded. >> if there was a rule that required in all circumstances when there's a potentially deadly recall that there be a phone call or piece of registered mail, i know we could save lives. >> the recall system should be strength they understand, he says. as for burdick, he's suing honda and takata. >> as far as recovery, i think i'm still recovering. you have to adopt and teach yourself how to do things all over again. >> now he says he is adjusting to a very different life than he expected. honda confirmed mr. burdick suffered a very serious injury due to the rupture of a takata air bag driver inflator. honda extends its deepest sympathies to mr. burdick and his family, tell us they are
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working to try to resolve this issue with mr. burdick and his family. >> what about the hearings? >> takata's security chief will testify before the senators. no doubt he will get very tough questions. federal regulators have been accused of not moving aggressively enough to check into these air bag problems. we will hear from two car makers and from another victim of one of these defective air bags. >> lisa, thank you very much. >> new reports of how police in ferguson try to keep calm and order after the shooting death of michael brown, emails obtained by the associated press show officers were told to increase patrols and eat lunch at local restaurants. the papers found police went to extra lengths to protect clergy members. members of the new committee had
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a member speak to us. >> maybe some systemic change and the youth voices will be heard and not always older folks older, i mean older than 20. >> at 20 years old, rasheem is a leader, making his mark in missouri. he's an activist on the front lines of the ferguson protest, and now taking on a new responsibility of changing the system and helping to rare a racial divide, one that's existed in his home state longer than he can remember. he is the youngest member of the governor's new ferguson commission. >> i hope that i'll be able to sit on the commission as a young person to provide the concerns and issues that young people have and waking up and feeling like your life don't matter, walking outside and feel like your getting targeted just because you're back. >> at first, he wasn't sure he would apply. he and his fellow protestors
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were skeptical that the very institutions they are rallying against could solve the problem and make a lasting impact. >> protesting got us to a ferguson commission, to a response by the governor, response by the mayor. it is important for us to be in different positions. we need to be on boards. we need to be on commissions. we need to be protesting. we need to be in the streets, in the offices, we need to be wherever they are to make our voice be heard and let them know that we mean change. >> many young protestors like him say the commission is just a bandaid that won't affect real change. >> the ferguson commission started august 9 with all those people standing out there. those are the people you need to be talking to, those and the demands and ideas are clear. if you're not making an active attempt to address what people ever already put out in front of you and you just put together a commission of people to sit in
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and act like they doing stuff, i don't think that's the most effective route. >> activist diamond davis has been on the front lines, too, working toward the same goal, bridging the divide, but sees the solution differently. >> this guy's clearly my favorite. i think i did the most thinking. >> he uses artwork to bring attention to the racial tensions. the 29-year-old designed this wall, which stands in a st. louis area called the del mar divide. >> >> if you face this side, historically, that's where the white people live, the rich people live, the more educated people live. it's also a place where poor people are taught you shouldn't be over there. the same with them, they are taught this is dangerous, this is evil. >> he erected it to bring people together and it's working. >> you ever the makings of a
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great man. my husband saw your wailing wall of the great delmar divide. >> conversation, get it out in the open, talk about the differences that we have. >> in a way, these two activists have done just that as they both push for change. >> stay with us. at 8:00 a.m., we'll go live to ferguson for the latest. >> newly released surveillance video showing a frightening moment as a suburban chicago hospital. take a look. [ gunfire ] >> police in highland park, illinois say officers shot and killed chris andersen earlier this month, saying he pulled out a gun during an argument in the hospitals emergency room. his family says the officers went too far. >> they said they tried to tell him for 45 seconds put the gun down, put the gun down. we listened to the audio tape, we didn't hear that. >> it was a hospital. they were not supposed to kill him. they could ever tasered him.
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there were so many different methods. >> place say he was intoxicated and carrying a stolen gun when he was shot. >> let's look at other stories caught in our global net. in utah, the legislative committee wants to bring back the firing squad. they would return if lethal injection drugs are no longer available, wimp is the kay now. the european company that makes the lethal drug cocktail reverses to sell it in the u.s., saying it's in humane. the last firing squad was ronnie lee gardner. >> others say it would be more humane because of the number of botched executions using the drugs. >> lighter fare, or heavier, if you will. texting can put 60 pounds of pressure on your spine. the stress could actually lead to surgery. each time you look at your phone, you're adding the weight of four bowling balls on your neck. now i get why i have back pain.
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>> that's why i still carry a flip phone. >> it doesn't text? >> no, it doesn't. >> here's something that might end up on your shopping list. the barbie doll, it is based on a 19-year-old's average body measurements. here's the kicker. even stickers come with the doll to add acne, scars and stretch marks. they are available for purchase. >> good to know. christmas is coming up. >> damaging allegation about bill cosby now hurting his career. >> he hase has been dropped by netflix and nbc after accusations of sexual assault. we'll investigate why the allegations are having such an impact on the comedy legend. >> mourning the death of a motown legend, leaving his mark
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>> joining t.v. land and netflix, bill cosby has been dropped. he has faced and denied allegations he sexually assaulted women. the allegations resurfaced. >> pull your pants up, black people, i was on t.v. in the 1980's. >> more women came forward with accusations against one of the highest paid and most beloved entertainers in the world. >> i had one glass of wine and the next thing i knew, i was coming to. the next thing i remember is waking up in bed neighborhood
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next to cosby. >> the latest allegations this week from model and actress janet dickinson. >> i had been sexually assaulted by this man. >> she told entertainment tonight it happened more than 30 years ago. >> he had given me wine, and a pill and the next morning, i woke up and i wasn't wearing my pajamas. >> cosby called dickinson's claims an outrageous lie. he has been investigated but never charged with a crime. a new biography of the star made no mention of the allegations. it seems clear cosby felt there was an agreement from the media not to bring up rape accusations. >> can i ask you with the persona that people know about bill cosby, should they believe anything differently? >> there is no comment about that, and we thought, by the way
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because it was a.p. that it wouldn't be necessary to go over that question with you. >> the canceled network projects are the first time he has suffered professionally. his northwest america comedy tour is going healed at scheduled. >> jami floyd is our legal contributor here at aljazeera. six women now coming forward, accusing cosby of rape. this incidents date back to the 1960's. legally is there a case? >> here's the deal, there was a case, a civil case, and it settled, so there's that case. in terms of criminal liability, in many places, there are statutes of limit is as on rape. now we have to be really clear. something's been mis misreported here. the one person who claimed the civil case has said she was
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drugged and molested, not raped. that case involved that woman and 13 others who said they could provide similar allegations. what's striking about this is the six women who you now mentioned, many who were just in the report have such similar stories that they tell about being drugged and either molested or they say raped. >> let me ask the question from the other side of this argument and it's an unpopular question. if cosby is as he maintains innocent, can he prove it. >> trying to prove the negative is what you're asking about. >> right. >> it's very difficult to prove it and if he went to trial, he would enjoy a presumption of innocence. it's very difficult in rape cases, it's always a he said-- >> almost impossible -- >> in the one case, the district
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attorney has been asked why didn't you go forward, he said we have a real question about hard evidence. you've got to have d.n.a., you've got to have memories that have not failed. it's very difficult to defend yourself in a case that goes back to the 1960's. >> it's time now for one of today's discoveries. people who have drain draining jobs now may have better memories later in life. researchers looked at 1,000 scottish 70-year-olds and found people who had complex jobs, lawyers, graphic designers scored higher on memory tests. one theory, overstimulating the brain when younger builds up cognitive reserve later in life. >> we have been talking about all of the snow in buffalo. let's check in with nicole mitchell again with another check of our weather.
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good morning again. >> good morning. that is our big story. we've had one push into the northwest, another potent one tomorrow. we're going to get system after system in the northwest. the lake affect areas like buffalo could see another two to four feet of snow depending where you line up under those bands. the bands, though, they're very interesting and depends on wind direction. one place can see it, another area not. temperatures back above freezing this weekend, even warm, but chances for rain. the combination of rain and warm temperatures sounds great but could lead to flooding with all that snow melting off. fifties in the northeast, above freezing in the midwest, so it will finally be a warmup. >> thank you very much. >> coming up in the next hour, a texas city votes to ban fracking. >> it's the same town where the practice was in vented.
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residents are fighting back against an industry that brought them a financial windfall. >> worries the crisis in ukraine could spread to the rest of europe, the penalty of poland speaks to ali velshi. >> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> its disgraceful... the only crime they really committed is journalism... >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people... >> governments around the world all united to condemn this... >> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile
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situation... >> the government is prepared to carry out mass array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy, let the journalists live.
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>> setting the stage for a political showdown. president obama set to unveil immigration reforms to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants. >> gunfire at florida state university, forcing that school into lockdown. the shooting left three people hurt and the gunman dead. >> the entertainment world is mourning the loss of oscar winning director and writer mike
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nichols. >> uber under fire for members of congress over privacy concerns and talk of a smear campaign. >> good morning. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm dell what theres. the president is set to layout the details of his immigration plan. >> it paves the way for immigrants to hold jobs and pay taxes, but they won't collect federal benefits. >> the president decide to go take executive action despite warnings from house speaker john boehner. mike viqueira has more from washington. >> after months of promises, president obama took to fob set the stage for action on
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immigration. i'm going to be laying out is the things that i can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better, even as i continue to work with congress. >> with a goal of allow ago reported five of more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the united states to stay, by simply instructing federal agencies to put off deportation. the president has come under fire from reform advocates who point to an increase in deportations each year of the president's term before tapering off last year. in the face of the protest, mr. obama has repeatedly said his hands were tied. >> if in fact i would solve these problems without passing laws in congress, then i would oh do so, but we're also a nation of laws. >> the president haled dreamers
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deportations. republicans have react with furry and disdain. >> we give up, we're going to let the president with the stroke of a pen provide an executive amnesty to millions of people and create an awful lot of harm in the process. >> the next president could undo mr. obama's order and there would be no path to citizenship or legality, a much sought-after forth for reform advocates. a poll suggests 48% oppose executive action on immigration while 38% support it. 14% have no opinion or are unsure. conservatives may seek to stop the president by cutting off funding to implement the plan. that could lead to another government shut down early next month. >> he should follow the democratic process. a bedrock principle of our
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nation is the rule of law. >> republicans obviously not happy with the president's executive order, but the gop is taking control of the senate in january. they'll have control of both houses. can't they just pass something they would prefer on immigration? >> the shot at getting bipartisan legislation done has essentially come and gone and canning not able to come to something that both democrats and republicans like. anything republicans pass in january would have to get enough sport to have a veto proof majority. the senate would need 67 votes, which means some democrats would have to get onboard, otherwise the president can send it back to congress. the political fall out is the other problem. while being anti immigration reform may play well in conservative districts for
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congressional members on the national stage for the presidential election, that's a more dangerous gamble. it would turn off a broad swath of the latino electorate. >> there's talk of a legal challenge by republicans. other presidents have done this prosecutor on immigration, executive unilateral action, including ronald reagan and george h.w. bush. is president obama's executive order bulletproof from a legal standpoint. >> republican governors gathered yesterday and were already reacting. it was good timing for them, because they were together at their annual meeting, and we heard from the likes of rick perry, governor of texas saying we could very well issue a legal challenge. you're right, stephanie, this has been done before in the sense that presidents like reagan, like h.w. bush have been able to deal with how enforcement of immigration is done. that came off the the 1986 immigration overhaul and what they said was we are not going
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to deport family members of legal immigrants. what the president is doing here is something similar, it's just on a much larger scope. that's where conservatives say they see some holes for challenges. remember, the president isn't rewriting the law, he's changing how it is enforced. >> which is what they did. libby casey for us in washington, thank you. aljazeera america will of course bring you complete coverage of the president's address, special coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. >> scary moments overnight on the campus of florida state university. >> a gunman opening fire at the campus library there. we have the latest. tell us what happened. >> we now know three students were wounded in the attack and the person who shot them killed by police. police say there were 400 or so students in the building that has become the scene of the crime. this could have been a lot worse. >> news started breaking overnight thursday, people on the campus of florida state university tweeting that someone
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was shooting inside of the library. it was packed with students studying for finals. first those students heard gunshots, then they heard this. >> there has been a shooting in the library. stay where you are. if anybody has a victim, if anybody has been shot, call nine with unone on your cell phone. >> that emergency alert went out and students huddled inside of the library. these pictures showing some of them barricaded a door. >> people started yelling about a shooter. basically, we were told to gather all of our stuff, not even told, it was like streamed. we ran upstairs. we heard another six or seven shots outside the building. >> it took just minutes for officers to arrive on scene, confront the shooter and ultimately kill him. >> we do know that there were shots fired within the library and that shots were fired outside. some were injured outside of the
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library and the final confrontation between law enforcement and the suspect took outside the front have the library. >> the school president released this statement: >> the shooter has not been identified. police will only confirm he was a male. tallahassee hospital said one student is in critical condition, a second stale. police say a third student received minor wounds and was not hospitalized. >> florida state is canceling classes today. the library is closed indefinitely. police say they had to hold students there until 4:00 in the morning this morning to debrief them, so a long night in tall has ski. >> thank you. >> the tensions are growing this morning in ferguson, missouri as the town awaits the grand jury
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decision in the shooting death of michael brown, six people arrested. the crowds are calling for the grand jury to indict officer darren wilson for the shooting in august. that decision could come any day now. robert ray has been tracking the story for us. how are residents preparing for this decision? >> good morning, you can see behind my businesses that have boarded up their shops. just in early november, in the anticipation of the grand jury's decision. the state of missouri is in a state of emergency, according to governor jay nixon and people going on with their lives. if this is a state of emergency, seems pretty good so far. >> what's happening in ferguson right now from talk show host to business owners. >> very, very stressful. >> the community of ferguson is waiting and watching for a grand jury decision in the michael brown case and anxiety is. >> i this is a panic attack for
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something. i don't know, i've never witnessed anything like this in my lifetime. >> awaiting a decision, the governor has already declared a state of emergency and activated the national guard. >> this is about 100% of the people being safe and having the right to speak. >> some fear that extra police and guard troops could ignite the same kind of violence that began after black teenager michael brown was killed by white police officer darren wilson. >> i think that it's too much hype, that it's like ok, prepare for war, not prepare for peace and i don't condone this. >> a grand jury meeting behind these windows is weighing whether to indict officer wilson for the shooting. peaceful protestors continue to marsh outside the courthouse, anticipating the decision. >> as a member of the ferguson commission. >> earlier this week, the governor swore in a 16 member ferguson commission designed to help find solutions to poverty and policing. reverend wilson is the co chair
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of that commission. >> we gathered the commission now so that we can begin the work of exploring the challenges to led us to the difficult circumstances and shooting of michael brown on august 9 and beyond what happens with this particular case, we've got to make sure that we reduce the capacity for this to happen again. >> teachers are giving students extra homework in case schools of closed and looking for other but the routes if roads are blocked. parents are getting ready, too. >> we try to make sure gas is filled up, blankets in the car. you never know if they're going to block our streets and we're going to be stranded. >> the overall state that we hear from people here in the past couple days is, you know, they just want a decision from the grand jury either way. you heard one of the people in the story say maybe there's a lot of hype going on, perhaps that's true. we're here, it's very quiet.
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there were six people arrested last night. five of them were from out of town, but to speculate on what's going to happen here when the grand jury decision comes down is not right. it's anybody's guess right now what's going to happen. it could go either way, del. >> also there's this new report out that gives in sight into how police have been doing with the fallout since the shooting. tell us more about that. >> there's been some interesting insight into the police system that occurred back in august. if you look at captain ron johnson with the state patrol, who was brought into take down some of the civil unrest and sort of make relationship with the peel on the street, some of the police officers are criticizing him out there, saying that he almost took an apologetic mode toward the protestors and toward the family of michael brown, rather than just being a police officer. there's also some interesting things out there that some of the police were told that they had to eat out on the street,
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take their lunch breaks, they couldn't go and be in some private place. some took note that they didn't want that, that wasn't what they thought should happen. you can see he some of the instruments within the police departments moving around, some of the confusion that occurred back in august. >> robert ray for us live in ferguson, missouri, thank you very much. >> back overseas, more protests in east jerusalem as israeli -- at israeli prepares for more demolitions. israeli crews have already taken down the home of the alleged terrorist and prime minister benjamin netanyahu has ordered security forces to destroy the homes of the two palestinian men who attacked a synagog. they killed five people before they were killed by police. >> france is stepping up airstrikes against isil as officials have identified a second french citizen in isil's latest execution video. the frenchman seen showed evidence that peter kassig has been executed. this comes as isil released another video showing frenchman
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burning their passports calling on others to fight non-believers inside france. >> chuck hagel said the main mission is to destroy isil. he is not focused on the syrian civil war or overthrowing syrian president bashar al assad. >> there are many interests and many views on assad. our view has not changed. it is assad must go. >> do you to have fight a two front war, him as well as isil? >> well, at first, our strategy is anti isil. >> hagel stressed as her i can't's civil war needs to be involved through diplomacy, not military action. >> oscar wing director mike nichols died at the age of 83. >> john has the latest. the last play i saw him direct was death of a salesman with phillip seymour half man.
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>> he won an oscar for that or a tony. his career respond half a century an filled with some of the most memorable films ever, from "whose afraid of virginia wolf eve" to" the graduate" he is remembered as one of the most acclaimed directors in the history of film and stage. he was german born. he was oscar nominated for "working girl,"" charlie wilson's war." won all four major awards in his lifetime. he's the record holder for the most tony awards for direction here on broadway with six of they will, including "death of a
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salesman." he was married to diane sawyer in 1988. just to sum up the passion he had for writing and directing, here is a quote we found. he shared this a few years ago, saying: >> i saw him at a public radio station appearing with phillip seymour hoffman. it was very evident how much he loves actors and what they can -- >> we throw that moniker around a lot, a legend, but this case is true, he really was a legend. >> i think he was one of the most i influential of all directors right up to the very end. >> congress will hold its first
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hearing an the takata air bag controversy. executives from the manufacturer will be grilled over a defect linked to five deaths worldwide, four in the u.s. the hearing comes after federal safety regulators demanded a nationwide recall of vehicles containing the airbags. >> arizona wants $3 billion from g.m., saying the automakers intentionally hid defects, including faulty ignition switches. >> insult to injury for people in western new york state. after record breaking snowfall, more coming down this morning, another two to four feet is possible on top of the more than six feet some areas have already got. the storm is blamed for at least seven deaths. governor andrew cuomo expects this one to shatter records. >> this is i am sure the greatest deployment in history
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of personnel and equipment to help on a snow emergency. >> cuomo has issued a state of emergency in 10 counties, 200 national guard troops were also mobilized to help with snow removal and rescue of people left stranded. >> the buffalo bills are looking for help with shovels, the team offering $10 an hour to clean out the snow before the game on sunday against the jets. bills estimate 220,000 tons of snow are now covering the stadium. >> for the latest on the new snow, let's bring in our meteorologist nicole mitchell. >> good morning. you guys were talking about loss of life and all the snow that had to be shoveled, interestingly, lake effect snow tends to be lighter than a normal storm system. when you talk about many places getting three, four, five, feet, a couple isolated over six feet, it's still so heavy, a couple of the lives lost were from
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examinerrion from shoveling all that. you want to be careful, take breaks, get the young kid down the block to do it for you instead. that's always a good idea. we are getting more. you can see the bigger band coming through. here it is on the initial frame, there we go, kind of more widespread. behind that, the wind flow turned back on that lake effect machine. we had a little break yesterday with the system coming through, but now you can see those bands setting up once again and that is heavy this time, because we had such a contrast. the lakes are still very warm. we had such cold air in place, it's able to pick up that moisture. what we are talking about in those heavy areas, could be an additional two to four feet if you're right under one of those bands. >> president obama taking executive action tonight on immigration reform. >> some say the president's plan doesn't go far enough. >> another incident at the white house, a man arrested after a weapon is found inside his car.
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>> a wildlife photographer getting an unexpected assistant while snapping a pic. stay with us.
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>> time for videos captured by citizen journalists around the world. >> university of california students angry about a plan to change tuition. students protested, storming a building and smashing glass doors. the proposal would boost tuition by more than $3,000 over five years. >> a similar scene in london as protestors clashed with police during a demonstration against a tuition hike. scuffles breaking out after barriers were torn back. >> a wildlife photographer getting close to a subject. jim lawrence shooting pictures at a national park in british columbia when a grizzly bear walks up, stands next to the camera and offers his own artistic take. i guess that is a vote taking he
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didn't like the way the shot was framed. >> president obama will announce details of a new executive order on immigration. the president's action is expected to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the u.s. republicans threaten a legal challenge, calling this an emperor move. after tonight's speech, the president will hit the road to sell his plan, he'll be in las vegas friday. joining us now is managing director of the united we dream network, christina thank you for joining us. should i be congratulating you? is this enough? you had called for executive action in the past. >> correct. for us, this is a victory. the reason why this is, is because we consider this to be something that we want from the community, you saw undocumented immigrants like myself, like my parents advocating this issue
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abtaking action and putting pressure on the president to take action. we've done many actions across the country putting this pressure on the democrats and the president. >> is it bitter sweet? it falls short in many place and one is that there's no protection for the parents of dreamers, your parents. you're a dreamer. how does that make you feel? >> correct. it covers some people from deportation. it doesn't cover many, and many of the members of united we dream won't benefit, their parents won't benefit. it is a bittersweet moment and reminds me of when we want actions in 2012 when we had been advocating for all young people and just some benefited. doesn't mean the work stoss. ultimately, we know this is temporary, and that we need a permanent solution and need everyone in our community to live without fear. >> you recall all those unaccompanied minors that came
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to the united states over the summer. this doesn't address that. >> it doesn't. we look forward to the briefing the white house will be holding for many organizations that had been working on the issues to understand the details of the policy. >> we spent a lot of time talking about how a lot of latinos are disappointed that the president didn't act soon enough. how do la taken knows feel about republicans who many along have not done anything at all. >> actions speak louder than words. right now, the president will be announces his executive action shows very clearly what is the party and who are the leaders who are taking this issue seriously. unfortunately, after the president's delayed, more than 70,000 deportations happened, so it was definitely at a very human cost, so this announcement, it's welcome, it will protect -- >> you don't think waiting longer for the new congress in january would help? >> i think that for the delay, it was a miscalculation.
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it resulted in still losing senate seats, and it cost our community thousands of deportations. i think for 2016, this really demonstrates that the president has taken this issue seriously and it does not fully address all the concerns of the latino community, but we will continue to make sure that we lift our voices and continue to share what our concerns are. >> managing director of united we dream, thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> aljazeera america will bring you a complete wrapup of the president's address tonight with special coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. eastern. >> there was another incident at the white house wednesday, secret service arresting an iowa man who told a uniformed officer that someone in iowa told him to drive there. officers realized something wasn't right, searched his car, found a hunting rifle,al anything else and a knife. the man was arrested and charged with having an illegal firearm.
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>> frigid temperatures gripping the country today. >> in some cases, we've had a reinforcing shot of cold air. the clipper that moved through the great lakes has dropped temperatures, single digits minneapolis, teens in chicago, one place it's warmed up, up the east coast, ahead of all that back into the are's, houston, colder than anchorage yesterday, this morning 50 degrees, much more comfortable. you can probably a few people in shorts, it just feels so balmy comparatively. it does stay cool in the midwest today. all this cool air is keeping the snow on the ground, not melting it. that changes this weekend. in buffalo, almost near 55 sunday, widespread warmer temperatures. the big concern, all the snow's going to be melting at once. we could have flooding. >> we want to take you live to paris. secretary of state john kerry talking to reporters after a meeting with french and saudi officials there. they talked about the situation
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in the middle east, the fight with isil and situation in ukraine. kerry is leaving paris to head to vienna to try to salvage nuclear talks with iran. joanne international push is underway to prevent a nuclear talks between the u.s. and iran from breaking down. we'll talk about the sticking points and what's at stake for the white house. >> uber under attacks for privacy concerns. some say the car service is seeking too much from too many.
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>> about all that's come through that snow is that shopping cart. you're taking a live look, the snow continuing to fall, some areas could get up to four more feet on top of what they have already received.
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good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in our next half hour, a texas town where fracking got its start is reversing course on the energy extracting method, residents banning fracking. real money's ali velshi sits down with poland first popular elected president discussing the strains between ukraine and russia and how his country is caught in the middle. >> western new york state once again slammed with snow this morning, up to another four feet could fall before the weekend. that's on top of the nearly six feet already on the ground. >> three students are recovering this morning after a shooting at florida state university at the campus library. police shot and killed the gunman, class are canceled. >> president obama set to layout the new details of his executive order an immigration tonight. the plan would allow millions to prevent being deported.
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the president is taking executive action despite warning from republicans. >> republicans are already furious at this move. is the president calling their bluff? >> the white house says republicans in congress had a chance to act and didn't. tonight's announcement by president obama will test the power of executive authority, but it's by no means the first time a president has used the oval office to steer national policy. >> president obama announced in a facebook video his plans to fix what he called a broken immigration system by using the power of the white house. >> what i'm going to be laying out is the things that i can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better. >> republicans see it differently. >> i think it's the height of organs for this president to go around the constitution and laws. >> i can't find that part of the constitution that allows that to happen. >> it's not the first time president obama has used his authority to impact immigration.
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two years ago, after congress failed to act, he stopped deportations of so-called dreamers, young people who had come to the united states as children. tonight's action is an attempt to flex the muscle of the presidency further. >> think of the president as sort of the c.e.o. of the american government. >> from the first president down the line, commanders in chief have used their power to direct agencies on how to implement policy. >> it's a very common tool. it's the president's main tool for trying to influence policy. >> after the last major immigration overhaul in 1986, two republican presidents extended protections against deportations for families of legal immigrants. >> president reagan used his executive authority to direct then the immigration and naturalization service not to deport those people. that's very similar to what the president is going to do here.
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my opinion is that it's absolutely constitutional. i don't think it's outside the scope of his executive power at all. i don't think, i mean, he's not passing a allow, not infringing on the legislative branch. previously, it's the legislative branch doesn't like the president's executive action, they can override it by passing a law. >> the center for immigration studies, a group fighting immigration reform said this is over reach. >> it's true a president has leeway on how to enforce immigration laws, but outright declaring that he's not going to enforce immigration laws for huge swaths of the population is something quite different. >> he said this has implications for the presidency. >> there's a bigger issue, it's separation of powers issue. if this is allowed to go through, we're going to get to a point where future presidents can say i want to have a change to the tax code, congress failed to act, so i'm going to do it on
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my own. that puts us into a very dangerous area. >> trevor burris said like it or not, congress hasn't enacted laws that deal with the current immigration system. >> it's kind of egg on their face if they start complaining that all the power they gave to the executive isn't being used the way they want it to be used. >> republicans are threatening to start a lawsuit, shut down the government or impeach the president but for now, president obama will use his executive authority to make the changes he wants to see. >> soon the work begins, figuring out just how to deem with the politics of this and also how to implement this new directive and who exactly it will impact. >> that's a big question on the state and local levels, as well. libby, thank you. >> two more networks backing away from comedian bill cosby, nbc stopping development on a new show that was going to star the comedian as t.v. land no
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longer running reruns of the cosby show after allegations of sexual assaults dating back decades. he has refused comment on the allegations. >> we are learning of an interview where cosby is caught on camera trying to evade an associated press reporter's question on the allegations. a reporter asked cosby for comment. he refuses, but counters by asking the reporter not to release the footage. >> now, can i get something from you? >> what's that? >> that none that have will be shown? >> i -- i can't promise that myself. you didn't say anything. >> i know i didn't say anything, but i'm asking your integrity that since i didn't want to say anything, but i did answer you interns of i don't want to say anything of what value will it have. >> i don't think it will.
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>> ma'am? what did you say? >> sorry. >> i don't think it has any value, either. >> i would appreciate it if it was scuttled. >> what you just heard at the end of that tape is an off camera copy associate who can be heard insisting that another a.p. reporter had agreed not to question cosby about the sexual assault allegations. >> as we just reported, secretary of state john kerry is heading to vienna today for nuclear talks concerning iran. deadline for an agreement is rapidly approaching. if there is an agreement by monday, iran could expand it's nuclear prom and develop nuclear weapons. do you think we're going to ever a deal by monday? >> i hope so. the whispers you are hearing
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now, people are saying tough things, looks like we won't get it done. that's what negotiators are supposed to say up until the deadline. it sort of pressures your negotiating partners, because they're afraid they're going to run out of time. these are touch issues. if they don't get it done, as you suggested, we could be in a very different world that would be an unpleasant world. >> what's the sticking point? >> this is a big fat negotiation with technical issues. thief made progress on most. the two biggest outstanding issues, the size and con tours, how many centrifuges, how much material is produced. on the other side, sequencing of sanctions relief. the iranians are going to ever to see something for their troubles. >> how much of a wrench has russia thrown into the discussions by agreeing to build nuclear reactors? >> russia's been a thorn in our
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side, following the controversy in ukraine, not so much in iran. actually that deal, offer to build a nuclear power plants for iran could be very positive if the other part of the deal is included, wimp is they take the nuclear material produced in iran out of iran and pros it in russia, that would give the world more confidence about the iranian program. >> you have talked to motor of the people involved in these negotiations. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu saying that iran is evil. he's that if and when a deal is reached, iran can't be trusted. as somebody who has sat across from rouhani, can they be trusted? >> you don't rely on trust, you rely on proof, behavior and monitoring. >> trust but verify. >> we've had this interim deal for a year that expires monday. prime minister netanyahu came out before that was sealed and said it was awful, now he thinks it's pretty good.
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i think that has worked out well. iran followed through, the p5 plus one followed through. any deal would have both sides to have goals. there are different types of extension. if they roll it over like in july, the new congress i think will come back and pass sanctions. if they do that, the whole negotiation falls apart. this they come back and say we're so close, we just need weeks, a month to pull this together, that's doable. there has to be progress or this is going to collapse. >> you are the one that knows all of the players p.m. jim, thanks for being with us. >> thank you. >> ukraine is turning aside russian calls to negotiate with accept are activities in the east. ukraine's foreign minister calling those fighters russian mercenaries. ali velshi spoke to former polish president lech walesa. >> on august 14, 1980, a young
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electrician climbed this gate and rallied the 17,000 striking workers who had par indicated themselves here. two weeks later, their demands were met and the solidarity movement was born. poland's movement exposed communism's first cracks in europe and that young electrician was lech walesa. he became solidarity's charismatic leader, galvanizing popular support which eventually brought poland's communist government to the negotiating table. ten years later, w walesa became president and presided over his countries transition to a post communist state. today, as the crisis unfolds in neighboring ukraine, the poles are again feeling pressure from moscow. i sat down with the man who was there from the beginning, a
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quarter century after his historic election, lech walesa again has his ian russia. >> thank you so much for speaking to us. you've been speaking to much about what is happening in ukraine with russia, and poland has been very strong in saying that the west has got to resist what russia is doing. now in the world, many people think the worst is over, the worst is behind us, but here in poland, people are still worried about russia being expansionists and wanting to do more. what are your thoughts? >> my great grandfather, my grandfather and my father always said there is no free poland without a free ukraine, and that is why the poles are so concerned about this issue, because they know it is dangerous when ukraine is not free, so the question nowadays is how many bruises with i will we get from a russia that's
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still 30 years behind us? how many problems will we still have? there are no chances for russia to win in this, because you can't nowadays use tanks and force to solve such problems. if we were in solidarity, if we work together, if we defend the peace together, the quicker russia will understand it. >> you said russians are good people who ever bad luck with their leaders. what do you think of vladimir putin? >> well, i refer to putin among others, but russia when we look at its history has always needed an external enemy. they are not able to rule their country without an enemy. these were the people from chechnya, the poles, the americans and now the ukraineens as their enemy for some internal arrangements. the philosophy of the enemy helps them keep the country,
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maintain the rule of the country. this is their philosophy and it has to she changed. this is not the right time for such philosophy and we are not able to afford such losses and rule through enemy and russia has to change its philosophy of that necessary enemy. >> be sure to tune in this evening for the next part of ally's reporting on the new cold war on "real money." >> top official executives heading to capitol hill, bankers from goldman sachs and j.p. mar began chase set to go testify. the senate committee investigation found major wall street banks ever huge sway over the markets, saying the banks own the very assets being traded like oil and coal. >> airlines cutting back on leg room, jet blue chopping down personal space by 5%. the company will start
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collecting baggage fees, leaving southwest the only airline that offers free bags on domestic flights. >> a deal to buy a casino fell apart. there were issues of jaw standing bands. it shut down in september. >> in texas, a city about to say no to fracking. >> denton is where fracking began and the companies behind it don't want it to end. >> motion passes anonymously. [ cheers and applause ] >> even as denton city council ratifies the passage of the fracking ban scheduled to take effect december 2, 275 gas wells continue to operate in the town just north of dallas. you can find them behind a hospital next to a stadium, across from a park, and just
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beyond edwin glenn's back yard. >> this was our retirement home. >> when the couple bought the house, the field behind it was quiet. >> there were just tanks back there, and they said, they told us they were water tanks. >> then 100-foot tower went up and workers began pumping millions of gallons of chemical laced water in the ground. fracking had arrived, day and night. >> you know, i may be an old, silly lady, but this is kind of scary to go to bed knowing that there's a gas rig on fire in my back yard. i guess i can only go to bed and know that if it explodes, i'll never feel anything. >> in denton, three wells exist for every square mile of hand land. the risk to human health is still under study, but residents believe their nose bleeds, asthma and cancer are related to
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fracking. she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago. within months, she says, two neighbors developed breast cancer and a third had leukemia. they all lived within a mile of three wells. >> there's too many of us in our 30's getting cancer, too many of our animals that are young getting cancer right at the same time as these wells. >> coincidence or not, there's too little evidence to know, but the perceived threat, the nuisance and the fact that 98% of denton's mineral wells belong to out of towners turned into widespread support for the fracking ban. >> whether the ban will be enforced remains to be seen. both an industry group and the state of texas ever sued denton, arguing the state's property law trumps local ordinance and that the ban should be invalidated. >> we have been using hydraulic fracturing for recovering oil and gas for more than 60 years. there is no evidence of rising
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morbidity or higher more tallty rates arched frack sites than anywhere else. >> the state continues to issue new drilling permits in denton. edwin glenn said it leads him to think no matter what voters say at the polls, oil and gas with i will win. >> you can't stop them, you know, you cannot stop these people. they have more money and time and lawyers. you just don't amount to anything. >> aljazeera, denton, texas. >> the courts not yet taking action on the request to block the ban. some in the industry want the texas legislature to step in. >> members of congress now going after uber. >> why an apology from a company executive over a smear campaign may not be enough for one senator. up next, we talk with our tech expert about what uber can do to weather the storm. >> the fire storm that faced mattel to apologize for the way
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the company portrayed an american icon. >> insightful words this morning from a political icon. >> on the value of learning from setbacks: >> we'll tell you the man behind the words on a special day in his honor. me completely. >> follow the journey as six americans face the immigration debate up close and personal. >> it's heartbreaking. >> i'm the enemy. >> i'm really pissed off. >> all of these people shouldn't be dead. >> it's insane. >> the borderland thanksgiving day marathon. on al jazeera america.
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>> who said: >> it is from the late senator robert f. kennedy. today would have been his 89t 89th birthday. >> senator al franken asking how uber uses personal data for users asking if the corporation are monitoring where riders go.
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>> this comes after a vice president at uber suggested digging up dirt on critics, including reporters. >> it's not the first time uber has run into trouble. >> uber is known for its aggressive tactics against competitors, declaring war with the taxi industry and taxi drivers have lashed out at the company that threaten thats to upend their business. it's so heated that earlier this year, uber c.e.o. spoke about his plans. >> we have to bring out the truth about how dark and how dangerous a and evil the taxi side is. >> he said he didn't they robots would be in the picture until 2035. there have been complaints that uber doesn't do proper background checks after a
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reports of a number of incidents involving drivers. its business model of price surging has drawn fire. the company defends its practice of rising prices during peak demand as a way of getting more drivers out in their cars. rival lift that accused uber of sabotaging its business by ordering cars and canceling them. the culture has drawn scrutiny, buzz feed showing advertisers pairing rides with drivers with hot chicks was canceled. >> a tech media and marketing consultant joins us. peter, thanks for coming in this morning. there seems to be this bro culture at uber which i've heard a lot about at other companies. is that the case and is that affecting their bottom line?
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>> there's a bro culture in the tech world to begin with but over the top at uber. the c.e.o. saying the reason he called the company was because he was a baller, having a car would make him look better to the women he was dating. unfortunately a lot of times when company goes big like this, when facebook had the same problem, a bro culture there, but investors stepped in and said you are getting older now, more mature and things need to change and they changed. >> would you expect investors to pull out because of this latest scandal which involved sounds like spying on journalists. >> we are talking $17 billion evaluation. there is a lot of money riding on this company right now, so no one's going to pull out immediately. you're going to see a backlash that has started from consumers. on facebook yesterday, i tweeted when i asked are you deleting
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the uber app, so many people said it's off my phone, i don't want to use it. i don't want to use a company that acts like that. there's a backlash. >> on several fronts. >> well, they're doing stupid things. >> there's been a misogynist front they're fighting, also reports that they basically sabotaged competitors in a way that seems to be beyond the pale of corporate competition. >> there's proof that these guys have made thousands and thousands of reservevasions for other services and canceling them two minutes after they show up. it's not a nice way to behave, plus the privacy aspect, they're tracking. if you take uber somewhere, someone knows that. the fact that you took a regular cab, noon new where you were going, you take uber, there's a history. if you're doing you don't want somebody to know about, that's leverage against you.
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>> the c.e.o. who made the baller comment, he's made other comments as well that i won't repeat, he did apologize on twitter. he wrote comments at recent dinner party were terrible and do not represent the company. because he has been under fire for misogynist comments, does that ring empty for critics? >> it does. it was sort of a no one apology on line. if they want to succeed, they're filling a tremendous need, but you can't fill a need for a service by being as not nice as you are. so what has to happen is they really need to clean house, bring in upper management people who are older, a little more mature, experienced working with big companies. this is fine when you were three people in a basement. you can't play around like this with a $3 billion company. i think you'll see new faces running the company. it's not new, but usually it happens before it gets to this level of cries. >> tech media and marketing
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consultant, thank you for your insights this morning yuha tell saying it is sorry for a book about barbie. the title i can be a computer engineer but depicts the character as incompetent. she needs the help of other male counterparts and can't even start her computer. it was pulled. >> let's get another check of the forecast now with nicole mitchell. >> looking at a couple areas, we have already one system into the northwest bringing rain as early as yesterday. portions in northern california, another more potent system tomorrow, we're going to have system after system and all that snow piling up in the great lakes and as it piles up, just don't be this person out here that has so much snow on the car that it can't come off. that's definitely kind of a no-do. we had a picture earlier with it stacked three feet high. >> there it is! >> you don't want to be the person behind that person.
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