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and the bitter realities of the trip to mars and life on the red planet dozens of arrests and injuries in hong kong after pro-democracy protesters clashed with police. these are live pictures of the confrontation between the police and protesters. the protesters are demanding greater autonomy. the demonstrations have been going on for two months, and has been impacting business. as you imagine when we see this. the reason is to report a drop in protests. the protests have kept tourists away. >> so far neither the government nor the protesters showed signs of compromise. rob mcbride has more from hong kong.
>> there was a big flare-up this evening in hong kong, beginning as a rally. student organizers told protesters to turn up and be prepared with their face masks and goggles. it seems that they had a plan in mind. they have been looking for something to do since, you remember, a few days ago, where they were cleared out of occupation sites. they are in the government headquarters in the admiralty part of hong kong island. it seemed they were going block the headquarters and seal off the entrances into the headquarters to stop people turning up for work in the morning, civil servants. it's gone beyond that, there has been serious clashes, upjuries and arrests. a -- injuries and arrests. this is one of the main battle
grounds between the police and protesters. the police maintained and kept traffic running through here for the past couple of weeks or so. it has been, though, the scene of sporadic clashes. it was the scene of a big clash. as you can see, thousands of protesters have taken over control of this road. they are now waiting to see whether, indeed, the police will intervene, whether they'll come back, and what they'll come back with, with how much force. police maintain they have used minimal force. it's disputed by the protesters, who are often on the receiving end of pepper spray, batons and the like. >> the pictures that you saw from rob mcbride, that is what happened over night. seems it's playing out again. it seems that the police are starting to move in on these protesters. the protests have been going on for a couple of months now. these are pro-democracy protesters in hong kong. some of what we see are police officers using water hoses on
the protesters, dragging some protesters, it seems to be coming to a head. looks like several hundred police officers and quat a few protesters as the clashes continue no escalate. we'll keep you posted. >> the seem at the border town of kobane are straining relations between the forces defending the city and turkey on the other side of the border. dozens have been killed. kurdish leaders are angry, accusing ankara of allowing i.s.i.l. to attack through kurdish territory. >> the latest attempt by fighters from i.s.i.l. to take control of kobane's crossing into turkey involved an assault including a car filled with explosives and suicide bombs. at least 110 shells were launched, tanks were involved in the attack. according to the syrian observatory for human rights. the border remains in the
control of syrian fighters, according to their spokesman. this latest push by i.s.i.l. seems to have exacted a heavy toll on the group. around 50 fighters have been killed since saturday. it would be their biggest single loss of life since i.s.i.l. began its assault on kobane. a kurdish spokesman said the car bomb appeared to come from the turkish side of the border. the military dismissed the claim as lies. video has been posted of a man smiling. the film shows grain silos, in turkey. the man e merges from between a wall and the silos. the kurdish y.p.g. says the gunman is from i.s.i.l.
turkish forces say it was a y.p.g. fighter who took shelter there. fierce resistance from kurdish fighters, joined by iraqi peshawar and backed up by air strikes stopped the town falling. despite both sides pouring resources into the site. control is evenly split between both sides. while in turkey today, pope francis and the head of the orthodox christians condemned i.s.i.l. and the persecution of minorities in syria and iraq. the pope wrapped up his visit meeting bartholomew the first, and said more must be done to help the persecuted. >> translation: some neighbouring countries are scarred by a war, taking the peace of a people, committing
every act of violence or consenting to acts, especially when directed against the weakest and defenseless. it's a contempt for the image of god. >> turkey is home to $2 million refugees from syria. thousands of christians are among the refugees. pope francis called for a counter to fundamentalism the mayor of ferguson is said to be taking steps to address issues raised since the issue of michael brown. and hopes the community can begin the healing process. jonathan martin joins us. the mayor is hopeful. maybe the protesters don't see it that way. how is the community reacting? >> 24 hours have passed since officer darren wilson announced his resignation, and we see protesters, 2 dozen gathering behind me. we are seeing some come out.
a lot of people in the community say they are glad that wilson resigned, but wished he had done it sooner, come out and resigned sooner because it could have made a greater impact and changed the tone of the protest. 2-3 hours ago we heard from the police chief and the mayor of ferguson, holding a police conference, offering details saying it had been in the works, and officer darren wilson wanted to resign, and talked about the threats they and the department received, but reiterating that this was his did you suggest, and he will not receive -- his decision, and he will not receive severence pay. >> i think it's best that we move on as a community. officer darren wilson and his family moved on at this point. the city of ferguson is looking to see how we can bring the community together. >> reporter: did you or the chief ask for his resignation? >> no. >> and the mayor of ferguson
used the opportunity to say "we are listening to people in the community and their concerns." one of the biggest is the make-up of the police department, specifically the demographics. the mayor announced a series of scholarships aimed at recruiting minorities, specifically african-americans. the people have to commit to two years with the police department. and the scholarships go to their time with the police academy. before we go, we saw michael brown's parents. they were in the st louis area attending church, at the same church that michael brown's funeral was held in. they did not speak publicly, but they were there when reverend al-sharp tonne delivered his sermon. he believes the resignation was a step in the right direction, but offers little comfort to the family. >> the affected is the family that remains with open wounds.
and just quitting your job or taking your job is not the objective. it was not about darren wilson job, it was about michael brown's justice. >> and reverend sharpton attended a number of ent and reiterated -- event and reiterated that he wants people to protest but wants them to be strategic, and wants a message, and called for an end to violence. >> let's talk about what happened at the st louis rams game today. over the past few weeks protesters have been outside the stadium quite often. tell me what happened inside the stadium, with some of the football players. >> we saw protesters outside. as the players were introduced, the rams coming on to the feel, as they played the oakland raiders, many of the players
came out with their hands up. it has become a symbol of a lot of the protests with a lot of people holding hands up saying "hands up, don't shoot." not all the players did it, but 6 or 7 came out on the field, coming ut with their hands up. >> jonathan martin, reporting from ferguson protesting brought traffic to a standstill in the capital. demonstrators blocked both directions of track on protesters are shape here across the roadway > matthew and grace swan were sentenced to three years, convicted of the death of an adopted daughter who died apparently from complications from an eating disorder. the couple was acquitted, but were detained in doha as they
tried to leave the country. they are awaiting permission to return home to the u.s. >> reporter: what are you looking forward to about going back to america? >> seeing our kids. we are excited to see our son. >> they expressed frustrations saying: secretary of state john kerry says the u.s. is worried about the delay. he said: a local qatari newspaper said according to a legal source, it's uncommon for such bans to be lifted so soon, and says the delay could be procedural. al jazeera's parent company is covered in part by the
government of qatar a man appears in court after hiding a boy behind a fake wall in the home. the boy was reunited with his mother. he used a cell phone to send his mother a test message. the father and stepmother have been charged with false imprisonment and child cruelty police at j.f.k. airport were forced to isolate a plane after a bombat least. a flight to barcelona. 200 passengers were removed and the plane taken to a remote part of the airport. officials said no explosives were found. >> up next - the world health organisation may miss an important deadline in the fight against ebola and we gear up for world aids day as 34 million are living with the disease today drought stricken los angeles
the world health organisation will miss a self-imposed deadline in the fight against ebola in south africa. the group wanted 70% in isolation. a surge of cases in sierra leone made it impossible. according to the latest numbers, 7,000 people have died from ebola this year. most of the victims are in guinea, sierra leone, and liberia. health care workers say a problem is the lack of awareness. kim vinnell introduces us to people that go door to door to find anyone infected. >> reporter: when on patrol he gets to the point. he asks whether anyone has
decide here recently. >> no way. >> or whether anyone is sick. it's a routine he'll repeat every day until the entire county in liberia's north-west has declared ebola free. >> translation: in my county, i'm assigned to 40 households in block c. there's two of us. for me, i have 20 households that i visit daily. among the 20 houses i have come across three people who were sick. >> aduku is an active case finder. one of 1,000 locals recruited to find those that may have ebola, and teach people about the disease. liberian officials believe communities have the power to lower rates of infection, even by simple means. >> since i started the awareness. it's encouraging. people are accepting it. some are going by what we are telling them. some forgot about using buckets
to wash their hands. by my awareness going around talking to them. they are starting to use buckets. >> the ebola virus is a step ahead of efforts to contain it. in liberia, 23% of the people who have ebola are isolated, and burial teems in liberia, guinea and sierra leone are in short supply. >> no secret area. we have a tradition. we have bodies, play with the bodies. united in the disease. the u.n. put $250,000 towards training the ebola detectives. on the front line, battling myths that are rampant across west africa. >> there's there for you to make a person believe na ebola is real. it's hoped they'll prove an effective weapon tomorrow is world aids day, observed every year since 1998.
it's the time to assess the impact of the disease, and focus on effort to eradicate the virus. since the disease was identified, it killed 35 million worldwide. 44 million are living with h.i.v. aids. the assistant health commissioner in charge of h.i.v. prevention and control told me that widespread treatment helped to slash the number of new infections. >> we know from a lot of studies, many of which happen in africa demonstrate that if you treat people you may have a 96% reduction in transition risks. >> that's huge. >> it's staggering. treating people is enough to make an impact. on top of that, with a messaging with condoms, the messaging with testing, and now with pre-exposure prophylaxis we have a lot of tools necessary to take this thing on the centers for disease control says 1.2 million are living with h.i.v. in the united states. officials urge everyone to be
tested. 14 million living with h.i.v. do not know they have the virus. according to the u.s. department of housing and urban development 600,000 americans are homeless on any given night. with low-freezing textures, the rush is on to team -- temperatures, the rush is on to keep people on the streets warm. we look at how new york city is dealing with the issue. >> thompson square park is where the homeless can come for a mam, comraderie and swapping stories. >> i finished doing 18 years in prison, i was released, i have no place to go. >> reporter: where did you sleep last night? >> on the streets. it's kind of like wanting to go back. i'm trying. >> reporter: after a few weeks on the street david is beginning to think prison was not so bad. homelessness hit record highs in new york. the city promised a shelter bed
to anyone that needs it, it's estimated that 3300 people live on the streets. for every person sleeping on the streets of new york, another 17 spend the night in a shelter. as the number of homeless increase, they become more visible in public spaces like this. so all of a sudden you are walking home and you see nine bodies in sleeping bags huddled together susan has lived and worked in the neighbourhood for more than 40 years, and has seen the cost of housing go up. >> there has been homeless in the neighbourhood for some time. how are things changing. >> you are correct. there has been homeless here. we have many shelters that people are not aware of. now you are seeing more homeless, a dramatic increase of people on the streets. >> with the shelter system growing as rapidly and the amount of people in the
shelter - during the day they don't have a lot of places to go. have you a lot of individuals in the shellsers at night -- shelters at night, hanging out on the corners, panhandling. >> i need a place to stay and medicine. >> reporter: city outreach workers come regularly to make sure people like david know there are warm beds available. >> have you tried the shelters? >> that's worse. i prefer to live here in the streets than being there. >> many here say what the homeless need is more affordable housing amid the post thanksgiving shopping days, black friday, small business friday. there's a day that is vitally important for americans - giving tuesday. on the week ahead we look at the charity donations. at 8:30 eastern, 5:30 pacific. >> rebecca stevenson is here
with the weather. >> talking about how cold it is outside. we have a chill in so many places. on the east coast things warm up. to the west it was cold and wet for california. looking at the pacific north-west, temperatures from 10 to 50 degrees below normal. seattle now at 37 degrees, that is a normal low temperature for you, and you are getting to that as a high temperature today. then we talk about the wind chills coming in from canada to the dakotas, where temperatures in the single digits and the teens, gather in the wind. it feels colder. it's dangerous to be outside. we have wind advisories out for the chill in the air. warnings for the north central portion of north dakota. winter weather advisories. they were stretching mainly into places that were getting a bit of ice and rain. causing slippery roadways in
parts of southern missouri and illinois together into the morning. otherwise it's all about california. a storm system hit you, and through the day we continued with the rain, off and on. we are getting plenty of mountain snow, near 6,000 feet. this is great news. this is the area we wish we had seen this. with the drought situation we want rain fall in the area. we are getting a third of an inch. we'll see things taking off through the day tomorrow. we hit a new round of rain and snow as we get into tuesday and wednesday. the only problem is snow levels going up. it's going be more rain and snow, and we'll see issues as we get through the course of the night. the potentials for mudslides and rain falls. we'll watch the potential of that as we get through tuesday and wednesday. looking at the satellite. the west - there it is.
gearing up for california. >> thank you so much floodwaters in southern france claimed five lives. the latest victim is a 73-year-old man, who died after driving his car through an inundated road. the flooding came after torrential rain struck the area. rising water moving 3,000 people along the river. flooding devastated some parts of morocco, including an area popular with tourists, we have this report. >> reporter: flood water led to passive destruction in the village in the agadeer region of morocco. it left walls in fragments, belongings buried in mud and people shattered. >> translation: everything we owned gone with the waters. what can we do. >> reporter: those that called this village home, they don't recall this much rain.
this man says he and his wife moved here from france, to build a mental health centre. floodwater washed it away. >> we lost everything. and i ask why do they give licences to build in areas affected by floods. >> translation: people are used to the situation in some ways. many built the houses by the river. else where raging floodwater damage, part of the bridge. it ate away chunks of road including an artery leading to the border. the damage left drivers stranded. >> translation: we are now waiting, i don't know whether we'll be able to continue our journey. >> since rain began to pound the south of morocco, the government says 32 people have died. that includes the child swept away by a river. others were reported missing. the people who live here say the flooding is the worst in a
generation. once the rain stopped, they face a daunting task of rebuilding the home and lives. the disappearance of 42 students led to mass raids across the country. we look at mexico's missing person problem, and an al jazeera's one on one with a man accused of recruiting young men to be foreign fighters with i.s.i.l., and 100 years of conflict seen through the eyes of a camera lens.
severence following his resignation. they are making changes in response to the killing of michael brown an american couple is being banned from leaving qatar after a court acquitted them in the death of their daughter. they were accused of killing their daughter in january 2013. the state department is urging the government to allow the government to return home. >> a convoy from russia arrived in eastern ukraine to bring aid. the convoy arrived with food and supply. the self-declared mayor of donetsk says it will be distributed to those most in need thousands converged on the streets of moscow protesting changes to the health industry in moscow. they say it will lead to the closure of hospitals and health clinics. doctors, nurses and patient gathered in their thousands.
united in opposition to the restructuring of a ram shackle health service. no one argues that it doesn't need a radical makeover of the the professionals believe the plans will lead to the closure of hospitals and clinics. 8,000 health care workers remain jobless. health care is buried on the side of the coffin, it says. thisgastero enterologist says she's living on the edge, fearing redundancy. there is a shortage of doctors. >> they fired doctors and nurses of preretirement age, those giving up to 30 years of their life. many were offered ridiculous positions as cleaning staffment the situation is critical. they fire people because they
say there's too many doctors. it's acknowledged there's always a shortage of them. >> reporter: many the elderly joined the march, concerned that the cuts would leave a vulnerable sector of society at risk to a moscow winter. >> for the second time in less than a month, they are on the march, thousands upon thousands in protest, sending a message that the rebellion from the doctors and patients is far from over the polls closed in a crucial parliamentary election in moldova. up to 2.7 million passed the ballot. many are up for grabs. many are saying they are in a battle between pro-russian and western party nis. -- parties. back to hong kong, where we have been following the process.
overnight, they begin to escalate. there's video of police moving in on the protesters using water hoses. brewed -- rob mcbride is live in hong kong at the site of the protests. what is the situation now? >> there has been chaotic scenes throughout the night time hours. many centered around this section of roadway behind me. this is a thorough fair through the island, running through the government harass. student protesters vowed to try to paralyze the government by blocking the road and the entrances to the government hours stopping it civil servants getting to work and stopping the leader, the chief executive from getting to his office. the authorities were just as determined that they wouldn't, and they came out in force to clear this road. so during the nit time hours there were -- night time hours there were battles, running
skirmishes. finally, as dawn broke, and we were starting to get into the morning commute, the police came out in force. several hundred officers using bat job, pepper spray and forcing the protesters back, clearing the roadway. it's 7:30 in the morning. we are getting into the start of a usual business day, and the traffic is moving again. the demonstrators are pushed well back from here, and the fear is that they've been pushed back as far as their occupation site. remember they have been occupying the roadways, but that the - the suspicion is that the authorities are trying to encroach on the occupation site, try to take back some of the areas, the territory that these protesters have been occupying for the past few months. >> we know, we have seen that the police have been very aggressive with protesters. that's not up for debate, it is oppressive.
how are protesters responding? are they fighting back? >> the police are saying they are using what they call minimal force. they are facing this demonstration for the fast two months. many people in hong kong say would any other city in the world allow highways to be blocked for the best part of two month, would they clear them before then. the police say they have been restrained, they have taken minimal force. you sense frustration. when they see officers, they are behind barriers, they are allowed to come out finally and retake a section of road, they come out swinging. they are swinging the batons to hit, and hurt. they are, we have seen, pepper spray used liberally around the area as they cleared through here. we have a taste of pepper spray ourselves. it's not nice, it sticks in your throat. from the protesters point of view, they say we stand here with our arms up, with nothing
more offensive than an umbrella and asking for democracy. it's a peaceful process. they would argue that they are facing far too much undue force from the police. >> how many protesters are still out there. again, this has been going on for two months now. >> that's right. the numbers fluctuate. a number of months ago people took to the streets and we talked tens of thousands, students and citizens of hong kong claiming the roads, demanding greater autonomy with china. unanimous have dwindled. people move away. they fluctuate. when a section of roadway or an occupied space is removed by the police, normally that aggravates the situation, provoking more people to come out. as part of the problem, the surge in numbers overnight. in this operation, duma was due
to the clearance of the kowloon district, which happened a few days ago in the district of hong kong. a lot of demonstrators were angry at that, that showed in the numbers that came out, and their determination to hold on to the places that they do have here on hong kong island. rob mcbride, great reporting. keep us posted on the protests as mexico domes terms with the -- comes to terms with the apparent murder of 43 opportunities, many families are looking for loved ones that went missing years ago, often searches without the help of the government. >> translation: i will not stop searching until i bury you. >> reporter: grief of the rely teefs, those that disappear -- relatives, those that disappear in guerra. they come to pray at the site of
a mass grave. >> translation: my son never d anything bad. he was hardworking. i taught him to work in the field. he wasn't doing illegal things. >> reporter: mexico's drug war left thousands dead. some were kidnapped by gangs and corrupt policeman. there are often innocent civilians. this woman lost two sons, and struggled to attend the service. after years of silence and fears, missing people are reported, she said. the presumed massacre of 43 students spread a national outcry for justice and accountability. >> they will not listen to one person. we are so many victims now, it's different for months authorities have been swamped with reports of disappearances. some recent and some dating back years. 50 d.n.a. samples are taken on
average, and 19 mass graves have been found. there could be hundreds and thousands over mexico. what the relatives ask for is closure. a proper burial for loved ones. >> we come to the cemetery. a place that is too small, given the number of people killed or disappeared in the area. the unidentified bodies are sent to the cemeteries. the directors said he has run out of space. >> translation: look at this. the area is full. the tombs go up to the cemetery wall. >> the reason is in these fields. >> traffickers bury their victims far from their towns, and many are in iguala, where the mayor was allegedly a member of the drug cartel. the authorities have endured too much suffering and have taken the search efforts into their own hands
hundreds took to the streets to march for gay rights. a new exhibit in london, taking visitors on a journey through 150 years of conflict conflict time photography is the name of an exhibition. it's war photography after the fact. each photograph was taken after conflict. sometimes seconds later, like don's iconic shell-shocked marine in vietnam. other images are made later. like this series, shot at dawn.
showing northern european fields, where world war i deserters were executed. >> they were told to follow the battalion, who had gone over the front, been assaulteded. they resisted and refused saying "we can't do it, we are exhausted." they had been marching for hours. one in 10 was executed. >> reporter: there are grainy images from the american civil war and contemporary pictures of holocaust survivors in the ukraine. another image, this helmet, after the atomic bomb was dropped. a piece of skull fused inside. >> a series documenting places where unspeakable human rights abuses were committed in libya is included. >> you see the entrance to an underground bunker, and human rights workers found live and dead bodies within the areas now, after the resolution.
>> reporter: kabul came, for the photographer, a museum of warfare. >> if you went to where they are fighting they have been using kalashnikovs. buildings are picked to pieces. almost nipped at. >> reporter: his pictures tell the story of devastation and death. as conflict photographs, they are beautiful to look at. >> in war photography there's a fine balance. you can't make the photograph too grotesque. it will not be used or seep. you can't make it pretty, because war is not. >> this shows an alternative to war reporting. it gives visitors a new perspective on conflict. and the time to reflect how war impacts people's lives. coming up next - n.a.s.a. prepares for a test of its newest spacecraft. and looking ahead hurdles this they'll have to overcome for
on thursday, n.a.s.a.'s new is space ship gets a toast. exploration flight test one involves launching an orion into orbit. success could lead to a manned flight expected to take place in 2022, and possibly a voyage to mars. sending people to mars has been a science fiction dream that a number of groups are hoping to turn into reality. doing that is a nightmarish challenge. erica pitzi reports. >> reporter: in the first space race landing a man on the moon was the goal. fulfilled in july 1969 by neil armstrong. >> it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. >> reporter: while the apollo missions proved the ability to overcome hurdles, going to mars
is more challenging. first of all, going to the moon takes three days. going all the way to mars takes months. >> that's a lot of food and water that will have to be hauled along with the crew. once we get there the real difficulties begin. without suits we would die within minutes on the surface of mars. the atmosphere is thin. a fraction of what we need to survive. what atmosphere there is on mars is poisonous. 95% carbon dioxide. the snow that falls is frozen carbon dioxide. it is cold, averaging minus 80 degrees farenheit. the winds are fierce, dust storms blanketing the planet for months. as if that was not bad enough, the thin atmosphere and the lack of a magnetic field means there's little protection against radiation. begging the question - why send humans, when robots can explore without the risk.
>> the roll that mars has is as a potential place to expand human civilisation through the solar system. >> it's the raw human experience at the core of anything that matters. >> there's plenty to see. mars is half the size of earth. with no ocean, so it has the same amount of land air. the martian day lasts 24.5 hours, and the year 687 days. some of the landmarks include the ancient volcano, which rises 17 miles high, three times as high as mt everest, coughing the state of new mexico. and valus marinerus. a valerie running 6 miles deep, as wide as 2 miles. beyond the moon and mars, the future include asteroids. unlike the movies, they are
spread far apart, some no bigger than boulders, the biggest are the size of small moons. what is important is what they are made of. >> the cool thing about asteroids is what they are made of and the low energies you need to get to some of them. some of them are easier to get to than the moon. of course, there's a lot that aren't. what have you in an asteroid is they are full of water. it is great, not only because you can drink it, you can break it apart. you have rocket propellant and fuel. have you a way to have a gas station above the surface of earth to go anywhere you want to, and asteroids are full of cool stuff. we have seen the european space agency with n.a.s.a. participation landed on a comet. comets and asteroids are related. we are engaged in prospecting
asteroids. soon we'll know what they are made of and are good for. even precursor building blocks of ice. amino acids, pep sides and everything we need to create civilisation on asteroids. last week retired astronaut chris hadfield spoke about challenges of cooperating with other nations, particularly russia, in space. >> it has never been easy to work internationally on something the scale of the international space station. it was never easy. i was hired as an astronaut in 1992. the soviet union just came apart. when i was hired there was never a thought that we'd have the russians as part of the n.a.s.a. space programme. three years later i helped fly and build their space shuttle. it laid the ground work for building the international space station. meanwhile, there's great arguments on earth over money, territory, and power and eneshia
and other reasons that we argue with each other. in parallel with that, there's a lot of cooperative things happen that we forget. some are big and symbolic. i think when there's the level of tension and aggression that exists on the surface, like we have now, it is good as a counterpoint to have rock solid examples of cooperative success. the space station is that. if you doubt it, walk outside at dusk. watch the space station go offer the it flies in the face of history, but it flies and goes up there. there was a cosmo naught talking recently about what a global symbol of success that is. any kid anywhere can walk outside and watch that thinking nearly impossible. things do happen. >> more of that will be featured
. >> police say missing ohio football player has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. it was found near campus. he was seen leaving his apartment early wednesday morning. moments before he texted his mother saying "sorry for being an embarrassment." he failed to show up to practice that day and for the rest of the week. his family says he has a history of the sports-related concussions the tech boom created a real estate boom in northern california. residents in one of the last affordable neighbourhoods are fighting to stay.
melissa chan has the story. >> reporter: palo alto california, the heart of silicon valley, where tech millionaires live and home to stamford university. in the middle, a park with one of the last places providing affordable housing in a city rich from the tech boom. the developer offered the owner millions to build luxury apartments for the valley's workforce. it could displace current residents. >> at this place, i don't know where it would go, where 90% of these people would go. >> they work in tech, but not as venture engineers. they are gardeners, housekeepers, cooks and nanies. they benefited from the growth, but have become the earliest casualties. for years they survived by paying under $1,000 a month in represent, in a city where the home price is under $2 million.
this mobile home park has 400 low income residents, many hispanic. they want to stay. this is one of the best school districts in the state. for this family, palo auto unified school district is transformative. er icca leads the battle against eviction. >> my parents came from mexico. we grew up here in palo lonto mostly. i was the first one to graduate from college in my family. >> the value of diversity is not lost on affluent neighbourhoods, some of whom joined the fight to keep it here. >> the risk of posterity is we move away a diverse group of fom
lace. >> reporter: the residence turned it into a legal fight and offered to buy the property as a collective. >> the units will never come back. i think everybody will if the park is closed. >> private landowners have the right to sell their own real estate. something residents age as they face an uncertain future with their families. low oil prices led to lower gas prices in the east. how low will they go. experts predict the average price of a gallon of gas could go down below $2 in some parts of the country. and could deliver prices in mississippi, alabama, texas, oklahoma, south carolina, and tennessee, states closer to refineries. it may not mean more money in
your pocket. they are offset by higher costs at the grocery for. >> reporter: it's a cash bonus most were not expecting. the average price of the gasoline across the country is $2.8 is per gallon, a 14% drop from a year ago. a rule of thumb estimate is that every $0.10 decline this gas prices equals $3 billion bumped to consumers. one analyst pumped the numbers this way. compared to june, you'd say 79 a month. economists say what is not visible is higher food prices eating into the pump. food accounts for more of the budget than filling up the gas tank.
one group tracking spending same times $5 billion will be saved. but expect higher food prices to cost $10 billion, compared to a year ago. beef is jacking up bills, hitting highs with ground beef up 23% at $4.15 a pound. economists say the cause is simply low supply and high demand. dairy products cost more. a goalon of milk is up. it yosts more than a gallon of gasoline. prices have been boosted in part by an increase in exports of milk. overall, the cost of the food for the year is expected to rise between 2.5 and 3.5%. economists say lowered income
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