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>> indonesia expanding it is search for airasia flight 8501 overnight. could crews ever found the tail section of the plane it could contain important clues about what brought it down. >> the new congress is being sworn in today. for the first time in eight years, republicans will control both the house and senate. today we'll discuss the key issues on the table as the 114th congress gets to work. >> with just one minute, 14 seconds left on the countdown clock the planned launch of the
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rocket was halted. >> at least two killed in the bitter cold as dangerous wind chills stretch across the country today. all 50 states this morning dealing with sub zero temperatures. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm morgan radford. >> we're going to begin with breaking news out of iraq. a mosque in that countries largest province, anbar has been hit by two suicide bombings. >> security personnel were killed, 21 others injured. we go live with the latest. >> we're going to go back to indonesia first where the search for airasia flight 8501 expanding today. improving weather mean divers can go underwater again. >> officials are trying to confirm they've located the tail of the aircraft. john joins us now. what's the latest? >> i think they think they found the bulk of the plane but can't
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say so with definitive statements yet because it's too murky to check. right now officials are still officially mum over whether a sonar image does show the tail of airasia flight 8501 or not. underwater justability very low. it may be a while before divers can confirm but a break in the weather has allowed them to gather new debris, as well. >> at an indonesian airport officials take life vests belonging to airasia flight 8501. while aboard this warship, other items are displayed belonging to passengers on the flight that crashed into the sea. >> we retrieved 10 bodies during our one week operation and several objects, which mostly were parts of the plane. all objects will be handed over to the national committee of safety transportation. >> on this tarmac, airline seats from the jetliner are unloaded from a u.s. naval helicopters as
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an indonesian military plane will take bodies to the airport where the flight took off. more than 37 bodies have been recovered. forensic teams have arrived to help identify the dead. >> i have team members and specialists who will be assisting. they will be able to not only participate in the procedures, but also observe the techniques. >> in the java sea the all important black boxes and fuselage of the plane where the majority of the the passengers are continue to elude search crews. strong currents and high winds have hampered drivers. one military official said the tail is located there. crews hope the weather will hold as they continue their search
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joined this time by muslim religious leaders who pray for the victims. >> the weather was pretty good, so that all underwater devices have started to be revealed in the search location priority. the divers have also dived lower in the search area. >> search and rescue officials say there have been no pings located from the locator beacon. it's likely covered by the sea bed impeding the signal at this time. the big problem is the very, very bad weather. >> unlike the other crashes we have seen recently, this is progress being made in this early on. time is on their side. >> it helps because the plane is in shallower water but the water is the hampering issue at the moment. >> jury selection is underway in the trial of dzhokar tsarnaev. the process should take three weeks and the jury selected from a pool of 1200 people. tsarnaev was in court monday as
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the first 400 potential jurors were brought in to answer questions. >> the man accused of ambushing two pennsylvania state troopers before going on the run for weeks has finally been ordered to face trial. eric frein was in court monday and prosecutors presented exhibits and 10 witnesses all before the judge let the case move forward. >> it's the start of answers to questions for the public, the victims, and their families. >> prosecutors showed surveillance video of the attack on the barracks. it left one trooper dead and another seriously injured. a date for trial has not been set. >> a new year, lots of changes in washington, the changing of the guard taking place in congress this morning. today for the first time since 2006, republicans will ever control of both house and senate. >> they are looking at major initiatives jorums have a hefty
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to-do list taking control of congress. first up, approving construction of the key stone xl pipeline to bring oil to canada to refineries. it's passed the house multiple times. the white house won't say how the president will react to a bill crossing his desk. there are other priorities the president will definitely veto. >> he obviously will double down on defending obamacare. we think it's a terrible piece of legislation. we're certainly going to be voting on that, if we can put repeal or take out pieces of it, like, you know, destroying the 40 hour work week, the medical device tax the individual mandate. >> incoming senate majority leader mitch mcconnell connell will lead a caucus of republicans not enough to overcome a fill best you are or presidential veto. he'll need support on some measures and may find it on
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corporate tax reform or trade with europe. their biggest tool, control of the purse strings and they plan to use funding for the department of homeland security to block the president's action on immigration. it's a major goal from conservatives who say leadership should pivot their direction. john boehner faces his first test of 2015 tuesday expected to win a third term but not without pushback from conservative ranks. >> coming up, we'll talk more about the new congress with jeannie zano. >> same sex couples are now able to marry in florida in miami dade county. clerks will begin handing out licenses in the rest of the state. florida lost several legal challenges, now becoming the 36th state to allow for
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same-sex marriage. >> vice president joe biden and the clintons will attended the funeral today for former new york governor mario cuomo. many paid respects to the third term governor during his wake. he died from heart failure. it was just a few hours after his son began his second term as governor of new york. >> the public being asked this morning to pitch in and help this little girl who survived a plane crash that killed her parents, sister and a cousin. donations are being accepted on line. the 7-year-old walked about a mile in the dark to find help after the plane went down in rural kentucky. she also suffered a broken wrist. >> the public controversy between city hall and police officers in new york is heating up. the police commissioner is blasting some of the force for turning their backs on the mayor. >> this comes as two more officers were hurt in a shooting overnight. >> that's right both officers are going to be ok. the shooting taking place just one day after the funeral of
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murdered police officer lu, all of this coming in the midst of a growing wrist between the police force and mayor who called out some officer protests against him at disrespectful. >> a botched robbery in the bronx sends two new york city police officers to the hospital. the shooting comes details after the funerals are 2nypd officers killed in the line of duty. police unions went so far as to blame the mayor for those murders. with tensions mounting, the top two leaders of the nation's biggest city delivered tough talk. >> i do not understand that. >> they were disrespect have to the families involved. that was the bottom line. >> what was supposed to be a news conference on reduction of crime turned into a beratement of police officers who have literally turned their backs on the mayor who they say has created an anti police environment by supporting police brutality protestors in the wake of the eric garner killing. they used the if you know release of fallen com address to
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display discontent. >> the selfishness of that action. >> the police commissioner harshly calling out his rank and file. >> funerals aren't a place for that. come demonstrate outside city hall or police headquarters, but don't put on your uniform and go to a funeral and engage in a political action. >> last week's meeting between the mayor and police unions did little for tensions. the police commissioner spoke. >> i share the mayor's concern about the idea of what is effectively a labor action being taken in the middle of a funeral honor the death of two police officers. >> the police commissioner acknowledged there has been a slowdown recently in summonses
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and arrests something that's been seen as another kind of silent protest but leaders insist it's the result of a mourning period rather than a deliberate slowdown. >> those two officers shot overnight were doing their jobs. it's not like they stopped performing their duties. >> absolutely, in the line of duty. >> a new york judge has agreed to consider the release of grand jury records from the eric garner proceedings. several city rights groups filed to make the records public. a grand jury decided not to charge the officer who put him in a chokehold just before he died. a member of the ferguson grand jury is suing for the right to publicly talk. the lawsuit said the prosecutor mischaracterized the grand jury process. the grand jury there declined to indict the officer there in the shooting death of michael brown. >> the capsule liftoff was
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postponed, set to carry supplies to the international space station. they want to land a reusable rocket on top of a float be platform in the ocean. the countdown underway, but then it stopped. what happened? >> it did indeed, big disappointment no doubt to nasa and space x but this happens trying to launch a complex vehicle into space. the countun was underway, seemed just fine, but 1:21 before liftoff, nasa and space x called a halt because there was a problem with the system on the second stage of this falcon nine rocket, a problem that would help steer and power that second stage of the rocket that lifts the capsule into lower space orbit. of course they had to stop the countdown while they tried to figure out what went wrong and that's what happened this morning. >> the dragon has flown successfully before, but today's
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launch was highly anticipated for another reason. what is space x trying to achieve this time with the falcon nine rocket? >> when they lift these vehicles off into space the rocket engines basically fall back to earth and are lost, not used again. it's a $54 million investment that suddenly gets a one-time use. olon musk wants to thank that. they want to take this 14 story rocket and land it on a platform in the atlantic ocean to salvage and reuse it. musk admitted there was a 50-50 chance to succeed but eventually they would get it right, dramatically lower the cost of space travel. >> i guess the question is when will they try again to launch that capsule and test that rocket. >> you'll have to get up really early on friday morning
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5:09 a.m. is the hoped for launch time. they've got to fix this problem that happened today before they attempt another launch. >> all of us on the shift will be up early friday morning lisa stark from washington d.c., thanks very much. >> coming up, we'll talk with former space station commander leroy chow. we're going to ask him about today's aborted launch and the goals it does set when it gets off the ground. >> from ferguson, missouri to montana and maine, it is bitter cold. in iowa, the high is expected to top out at eight degrees. the same thing is happening in the northern plains and midwest wind chills expected to hit minus 40 in places. schools across wisconsin are closed. >> imagine you are on a sunny beach and arrived back, welcome back. >> a little whiplash. thank you for welcome. you might go blowing on that hot
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tea or coffee to make it cooler. that's what the wind chill does to your skin. any warm object, we actually have video to show you what this does to a handled that's exposed out in this, any warm object creates a heat layer around it. if the wind is whisking that away you cool down even faster, just like when you blow on your hot coffee and it cools faster. you can see in the video how much that hand will expose how fast it got colder. that's what's happening today in places like the midwest. first you have the snow and now the wind chill to deal with. minus five in minneapolis for example, but the feels-like is much more important with winds gusting, easily negative, about 20 bismarck and far go. it's been colder at tiles. it's the next couple of days we have to worry about. tomorrow morning with more wind watch cheting up, whisking that heat away from exposed skin, minus 30 to minus 50 is what it will feel like as we get closer
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to places like chicago minus 20 to minus 40. brutally cold. you don't want exposed skin or to be outside any longer than you have to. these temperatures, 45 in memphis, today is going to drop by the time we he get into tomorrow into the 20's, as that air sinks southward. >> time to stay bundled up. all right, nicole mitchell, thank you. >> no launch today for that space x rocket. >> it was scrubbed moments before liftoff. former space station commander leroy chow joins us live to talk about why so many space watchers are excited about this mission. >> fears fighting in aleppo where rebels are battling the syrian government for control. the refugee camps the fear is about surviving an approaching snowstorm. >> sony's c.e.o. speaks out publicly about the cyber attack on his company. what he said about how the whole situation was handled.
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>> $100 million is our big number of the day. >> the money one art museum will pitch in to help solve detroit's bankruptcy. >> you pick the hot topics and express your thoughts the stream it's your chance to join the conversation only on al jazeera america
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>> today's big number, $100 million, that's much money the detroit institute of art has raised to help get the city out of bankruptcy. >> 90 million people, that comes pledges and donor payments. >> there had been talk about selling it is museums collections to help fund the recovery. the museum is now run independently and shielded from detroit's creditors. >> it's been 100 days since the new afghan government came into power. many who voted for for afghani hoped he would root out corruption. >> people are forced to stand in long lines. forms are filled out for nearby government offices.
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>> there is some work going on in government offices but not like it used to be. it's so slow, because ministers have not been appointed so other government officials can't do their jobs. >> when papers are signed, it's by acting ministers and off seven no one will enforce them. he can't solve a family dispute. he he blames the president. >> i voted him to uncover corruption but now he himself covers corruption. i made a big mistake voting for such a traitor. >> he is ruling in a coalition government with abdullah abdullah. >>
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>> i think the afghan people expected more. the afghan people understood that it was a change and they wished the change for better, but there have been certain shortcomings which have undermind the whole government initiative for the past 100 days. >> the government has made progress signing a security deal with the u.s. and nato and reopening the investigation into the company's largest bank scandal. >> here afghans work on the website. the afghan public can report and comment on whether the government is keeping campaign promises. >> we thought that there is need. the people should have the tools to make the government accountable and to force the
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democracy. >> their 100 day report card shows the administration has achieved four of the 110 promises and made progress on 23. on day 99, some afghans couldn't wait any longer. they say if there sanity new government this week, they noon take to the streets. al jazeera kabul. >> civilian casualties hitting a new high last week, more than 3100 people killed in 2014 is almost 20% more than the year before. >> no launch today for a space x rocket attempting to do something never done before. just about an hour ago the launching was scrubbed and the capsule was set to deliver surprise to the international space station. the rocket was supposed to land on a floating pad in the atlantic ocean. waking up to news this morning that the launch was scrubbed,
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why? what went wrong? >> what actually happened was there was something called a thrust vector activator on the second stage a mechanical device that helps to steer the rocket engine, moves it physically to get it pointed in the right direction for the right orbit. so the them try showed it was drifting out of limits. the earliest they can try again will be friday. >> are the recent incidents causing an extra precaution now. >> this is not an extra precaution. they were getting readings that they didn't like. that implies to the second stage may not have been a i believe to steer in the right orbit, so there was no point in launching and possibly losing the pay load.
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it makes sense to scrub it. in the wake of the failings in the last several months, i think everyone is more on their tiptoes. >> speaking of failures, this isn't the first attempt. the first two failed. was there value in those millions of dollars of tests that exploded directly over the ocean? >> oh, sure. when you launch a rocket, a lot of things have to go right for it to successfully go. we saw that when we launched shuttle, we got good at it, but still, there were moments like this where a small part went out of limits and we had to scrub the whole launching. it does cost money to recycle but it's better to do that than to relaunch with something out of limits and then have a problem. >> sure, but a lot of us are waiting with baited breath this morning to see what was going to happen. unlike most launches, the unique thing about this one was supposed to be the landing. can you explain that a little bit? >> this is something that's never been done before, where the first stage of a rocket was going to be recovered.
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space x on previous missions have actually shown they can bring the rocket down and hover above the ocean. this time they were going to try to land on a platform. the challenge on that is the platform's only 170 feet wide and the span of the legs on that first stage when deployed is 60 feet, so there's not much margin for error. it's like hitting a postage stamp in the middle of the ocean. >> joining us live from houston leroy, thanks for being with us. >> meanwhile a 1-2 punch of snow and below zero wind chills. >> let's go back to nicole mitchell with a check of the forecast. good thing they didn't try to land it in minnesota. >> would you try to do that? that is your bright idea of the day. >> this is looking at north dakota and northern plains digging out from this last snow system a minimum of a couple of inches. the big story has been the cold air, but all the snow that moved
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through is moving its way just south of the great lakes today. this is systems snow behind that. we have the gusty winds picking up, the dangerous wind chills we were talking about but all this continues to move out. it could bring places like new york city an inch or two today and not heavy amounts in a lot of cases but behind that with shifting wind, we'll have the setup of areas of lake effect snow. if you get under one of those bands, you can get to a few inches. the corridor with the systems shows pinks and purposeles. we also have the lake effect advisories as we get towards the lakes. temperatures across the region into the northeast 40's, today 20s, the temperatures have dropped 20 degrees as the system has gone through. >> thanks so much. >> will there be a chill in the air in washington, the 114th 114th congress sworn in in just a few hours. >> for the first time in nine
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years, republicans will control both houses, but what are the key issues on the to-do list? we will discuss it next. >> there are deadly protests taking place in bangladesh that shut down mass transit there. what made the people so angry that they took to the streets with bats. >> heavy rain causes a landslide in washington, moving houses completely off their foundations and trapping hundreds of people. >> a winter tradition being banned, why some towns are saying no to sledding in public areas just to stop lawsuits. that's one of the stories caught in our global net.
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>> you are looking live at the icy snowy morning commute in chicago, where it is right now two degrees. look at that. good morning to you and welcome to al jazeera america. ahead this half hour, violent protests in bangladesh, a fight turned deadly between government
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forces and backers of the opposition. >> two presidents meet today in washington. mexican leader set to ask for more help fixing his stumbling economy. >> ahead, a year of pot a preview of an american tonight series on legal marijuana in colorado. >> a break in bad weather helping divers get back in the water today in indonesia looking for the wreckage of airasia flight 8501. today, more bodies were recovered. still, it's unclear if a sonar image shows the plane's tail. >> the launch of the space x rocket is going to have to wait until friday. today it was scrubbed. the rocket was set to launch a cop school bringing supplies to the international space station and test whether the booster rocket could land on a platform so it can be reused. >> the no congress being sworn in today. republicans have control of the house and senate for the first time in eight years. house speaker john boehner continues to fight for his job
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in a tea party effort to unseat him. republicans plan a showdown with president obama over the key stone xl pipeline. thank you both for being with us. i want to begin with this sound bite from white house press secretary concerning the third ranking house member. >> we've also heard a lot from republicans over the last few years, including the chairman of the republican party about republicans needing to broaden their appeal to young people, women, gay and minorities, that the success of the party will depend on it. it ultimately will be up to individual republicans in congress to decide whether or not elevating mr. scalise into
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leader ship will enforce that strategy. >> is the white house trying to set the agenda? >> the democrats have been very clear and certainly the white house has been that steve askscalise needs to step down after revelations about revelations of the ku klux klan. >> what do you think about this? >> it's interesting that the
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white house the president who has blamed republicans for being recalcitrant in trying to reach conclusions two days -- one day before the congress even opens is trying to get them back on their heels. number one, i understand scalise is not a member of any organization. he spoke to a group. i was city councilman in a little town in ohio and people think that all campaigns are like presidential campaigns you've got staffers, schedulers, fundraisers. it's not like that, you're generally on your own. a friend says will you speak to my group, you go yeah, i'm not doing anything thursday night and 15 years later you find out what it was. i think this is a tempest in a tea pot. it's going to have no effect -- >> so let's -- >> -- deal with them. >> we hear that repealing
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obamacare is front and center one, good for the base, but could that be bad for 2015? >> they can't. they're not going to repeal obamacare -- >> they're talking about it, talking about taking it apart piece by piece. >> that's a different issue. what the republicans, i think have to do here is they can't just say we're going to get rid of that. you've got to replace it with something. this is the most wealthy country in the history of any country and the notion of not having universal access to health care i think is just an embarrassment. they've got to come up with something. so far i haven't heard any coordinated effort to do that. that's one of those things that the leadership says to keep the people on the right wing, at least keep them occupied, it's like giving the kids something to play with in the corn, just so the parents can eat. >> are the democrats concerned obama care is going to be done away with in this republican controlled house and senate? >> rich is exactly right it
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would be very difficult for them to repeal. i think we'll see tinkering about the edges. both on the left and right that's what people are calling for. you may see something like thief been talking about in the last few weeks changing the definition of a full time worker. i think we are going to see tinkering with obamacare. i don't think there's going to be a serious effort and if there was, it wouldn't be successful to repeal it. they have many other things on the agenda. number one is the key stone pipeline, which republicans feel like regardless whether the president vetoes it or not in the end is going to be a winning issue for them. i think that's probably first on their agenda obviously after the house elects their speaker. >> running against john boehner for speaker position, successful? >> if boehner had to choose people to run against him, it would be these two. that that said, if this goes to a second ballot, it would be
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historic in the last 90 years. it would be a little bit of an embarrassment for the speaker although, you know, i think he's been through this before in 2013. he faced opposition, had nine votes against him. i think we'll see a dozen to two dozen vote against him. they are not going to get there but if they did it would really be a historic moment. >> is it possible the two of you agree on this going into 2015? >> oh, yes i think that's exactly right. i worked for newt running for election. these things are just elections like any other election, and you don't just walk into an election 48 hours in advance and say here i am, everybody, vote for me. >> unity in the house in 2015.
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thanks for being with us this morning, and happy new year. >> a reminder, you can tune in this evening for an aljazeera america special on that new congress. it airs at 8:30 p.m. eastern time and 5:30 p.m. pacific. >> now to the latest on ebola. travelers arriving in the u.s. from mali will not have to go through special screenings. the country has not record any new cases in the last month. the overall death toll stands at over 8,100 and 21,000 people infected since last february. in liberia declining cases mean schools will reopen. they've been closed since july to attempt to stop the spread of the virus. >> concern in lebanon where a major snowstorm is currently bearing down on a refugee he camp. the camp is dominated by syrians displaced by the civil war. refugees there are unprepared for the weather. many of them live in tents with
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little protection from the snow and the rain. >> bangladesh is bracing now for more violence today after a day of deadly unrest. at least four people were killed all across the country on monday. they were protesting the elections that brought the current prime minister to power. we have more. >> the capitol cut off from the rest of the country bus rail and ferry services shut down, a move to prevent protests against the prime minister. >> i'm asking the b.m.p. leader to stop the anarchy killing people by grenade attacks vandalizing shops and vehicles. because of your wrong decision, you are not in parliament today. who must you blame? you must blame yourself. stop this an arc eye and look toward peace. let the people know your plans for the country to prosper and then you may ever some chance
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next time. >> monday was the anniversary of her reelection, but the opposition called it democracy killing day and called for demonstrations. police barricaded the leader inside her party headquarters in the capitol. >> the election must be held to reinstitute the voting rights of the people. this is not only our demand, but a concern of the whole world. the existing government was not elected by the vote of the people. >> at one point she tried to leave. police stopped her and she called for supporters to start blocking roads. police might have had a point about her safety. a crowd of pro government supporters tried to get through the gates and inside the building. they were turned back. away from the capitol the violence was more intense. that shootings and street battles with police left several opposition members dead in the north. the political conflict that we the opposition and the
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government pit against each other, the one wants fresh elections, the other says she has a mandate to govern. in the middle, the people of bangladesh, some taking sides others just trying to survive. al jazeera. >> the owner of transportation companies said the government pressured them to keep their buses offer the road. the government denies that. >> sony's c.e.o. talking about the cyber attack on sony pictures. he made an appearance monday at the consumer electronics show in las vegas. he had words of praise for the way his staff handled the attack. >> i have to say that i'm very proud of all the employees and certainly the partners that we worked with, as well, who stood up against some of the extortionist efforts of the criminals that actually attacked sony pictures. >> the f.b.i. now blaming north korea for attacks saying it was retaliation for the movie "the
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interview" with a plot of trying to kill kim i don't think june a man shot and killed by officers this weekend wanted to die. he left behind a note saying that he was too much of a coward to take his own life. he showed up with a gun. the officers who shot him are on administrative leave. >> two men died in an avalanche they were part of a group skiing in austria. four others escaped unhurt. >> a small town in washington state is recovering after a major landslide. officials in the town say that heavy rain caused the slide on monday cutting off the only road out of one neighborhood and trapping hundreds of residents. the town is not out of danger yet. that area is still susceptible to yet another landslide. >> taking a look at other stories caught in our global net.
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in italy completed three months ahead of schedule is the good no sir. the bad news is it collapsed after it was opened. prosecutors have launched an investigation. it happened again once before. another collapsed with four people onboard. >> the viaduct opened three weeks ahead of schedule. >> a connecticut brewery apologized over a beer label featuring a picture of gandhi. >> what would gandhi say? >> self purification?
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>> no. >> children treated for sledding injuries, now the associated press says there are a growing list of cities that are banning sledding from hills and parks. they say they don't want to face lawsuits or the bill from sledding related injuries, something that goes back all the way to our child who said. i remember when we used to ride our bikes without helmets and we were fine. >> we used to take boogie boards and tie them to the back of exhaust pipes of trucks. >> remember national lampoon's vacation with snow disks. those things are dangerous and we all know it. >> mexican president inviting president obama. mexico expert duncan wood joins us live with the reason why a group of missing students might dominate the talks. >> pulling treats off store
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shelves because they can make your dogs sick. the investigation behind the recall. >> there is a new way to determine the age of the stars. this is one of today's discoveries.
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>> it's time for one of today's discoveries. astronomers may have solved one of the great mysteries that space. a team of sign activities can predict the age of stars. >> they did it by calculating how fast the stars spin. they say older stars tend to spin more slowly as they get older. >> it's interesting. the idea of actually measuring spinning stars was first proposed in the 1970's. >> today in washington, president obama sitting down with his mexican counterpart
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nieto's first trip to the white house. >> as david mercer tells us, number one on the agenda may be help for mexico's struggling economy. >> it's early saturday morning and jorge opens up his shop. for three decades he's been making tortillas. while his business is located in one of mexico city's wealthiest areas, he rarely earns more than $300 a month. with customers buying fewer tortillas than ever, life is getting harder. >> the minimum wage isn't enough. we have to pay rent, transportation, food school supplies shoes clothes everything we need. the minimum wage is not enough. >> with sluggish growth and a
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weakened peso. they say their country needs an economic boost. it's a message the mexican president nieto will bring to washington when he meets with the u.s. president barack obama but economic cooperation could take a back seat to a more pressing issue. >> the meeting comes at a crucial point in his political career. polls show his popularity has dropped to 40% the lowest approval for a mexican president in nearly two decades. >> when the leaders met in early 2014, the u.s. praised mexico's energy reforms and the capture of drug bosses, but expectations that prosperity was ushered in didn't last. in september, 43 students disappeared in southwestern mexico. the case became a symbol of system ike corruption and violence and mexicans called on
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pena nieto. it is likely to take the top spot during the president's meeting. >> obama's going to say to him you're going to have to make changes to your cabinet to improve human rights, justice and the rule of law. i'm going to give that you opportunity. if you're not able to do it, we're going to start looking for someone who can. >> with mexican congressional elections coming up in july, the mexican president is keen to restore his political capability. what's less clear is what effect the president's vision to washington will have an jorge and millions of mexicans like him. david mercer, al jazeera mexico city. >> let's go to duncanwood, the director of the mexican institute at the wilson center. i want to go back to the statement inside the package that the president is going to
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say to the mexican president you need to make changes in your cabinet. if not we might looking to somebody who would. what do you think about that? >> i found that rather amusing i have to say. the analyst that you had on in that quote is a famous scare monger in mexico, i'm afraid. he claims thatted united states runs mexico by pulling on the puppet strings as it were. the factual is that the conversation today is going to be much more based in reality. the conversation will be celebratory in terms of the economic reforms. it's going to be celebratory in terms of the changes that happened in the immigration environment between the two countries. there is a serious component. there are grave concerns in the united states that the current state of the rule of law in mexico is not adequate, and that not only is it damaging for mexican human rights, it's
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damaging for the overall stability of the region, so the united states. >> i was going to say in fact, the mexican president facing civil unrest at home especially since the slow response to the disappearance of the college students in september. what is going to be the reception in washington for him on that front? >> the civil unrest we've seen that you're talking about is of course protests taking place in a lot of cities across the country. those protests have really died off in the past few weeks partly because of the christmas break in mexico, but also because, you know they lost their momentum after a while. however, there is still a very strong sense of discontent. when the president comes to washington there will be protests against him. there are a lot of people in mexico and within the mexican american community unhappy with what's happening in mexico and
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rightly so. there's a lot that needs to be done in the country to strengthen the rule of law. the penalty announced a package of measures that he's putting before the mexican congress to try to reduce the problem of in filtration by organized crime of local authorities. he's trying to reform the police force. he's trying to attack the question of corruption, but there are other things that need to be done. we need to continu the process of justice reform, need to continue with the process of actually improving policing standards, not just changing the structure e of the police, improving the standards of policing in the country. >> i want to go back to the images of the protestors on the streets. are you down playing the mexican reaction to the missing college students and human rights calling on president obama to press
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pena nieto? >> the numbers of people take to the streets as a way of exercising their democratic rights. mexicans felt keen lip that the government had not reacted adequately and in time to this crisis and so, there was certainly a deep sense of displeasure with what was happening in mexico. what we do see however is that movement has tailed off in the past few weeks, as i said. we will see protests again today in washington and we'll probably see renewed protests in mexico once things pick up again around the 16th of january. what's the priority has to be is that the members can he be government follows through and pushes through on justice reforms and try to improve the rule of law. that's where the bilateral
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cooperation becomes important. >> i apologize for trying to consult you off but we were running out of time. thank you very much. >> at the top of the hour, a we reported a set back for iraqis. a mosque was attacked resulting in the killing of 23 security personnel and injuring dozens of others with a suicide bombing. >> in the orchards outside the city 100 kilometers west of the capitol baghdad a bomb disposal unit is at work. they use a robot to hunt for explosive devices left behind by isil in one of the villages captured by iraqi forces. such equipment left behind by the u.s. forces is what is making the difference. the work is challenging in many ways. >> our advance is slow because
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of many land mines and i.e.d.'s, isil fighters making gains. but our capacity is limited in terms of dismantling i.e.d.'s. >> this is the capital of the province. the region remains largely under isil's control and now fighters trying to take control over rimadi too. the army are trying to avoid that. the efforts to protect the city were boosted when a tribal leader joined the fight. police were supported in patrolling the neighborhoods and districts. sunnis fighting along the government forces are the exception and not the norm in iraq. the government is baghdad is still unwilling to arm san knee militias willing to join the fight against isil.
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>> the government has not helped us so far. we have called for help many times before, and asked for assistance from many ministers in the government, but our calls seem to be fouling on deaf ear so we have stopped asking for help. >> sunni tribal leaders say they need weapons a understand air support for their militia in fighting isil, but they are facing getting help from baghdad has almost vanished. they are now seeking help directly from the united states. authorities in baghdad have grudgingly agreed to a sunni leader's visit to washington. >> senior u.s. officials say isil attacks or in effective saying daily attacks haven't hit hit the military. >> the catholics believe today was the when the three wise men
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visited jesus. >> let's get another look at the frigid forecast with nicole mitchell. it is ugly and cold out there. >> what you're looking at now is live from chicago a temperature of two at o'hare. wind chill about minus 10 and snow he that went through the system still causing problems on the road where that snow is now just south of the great lakes. you can see this on the backside in the warmer air side, there's been freezing precipitation in montana. this cold air stretching well southward. by thursday morning in the south, single digits in a couple places and definitely single digit wind chills that could mean things like freezing pipes as you go out the door. you might want to leave that
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some are calling that mission the next step in man's journey to the heavens. >> gauging one year of legal marijuana, the profits and problems in colorado after giving the green light to cannabis. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. it is cold outside a blast of bitter cold over the entire country today. there are wind chill advisories in affect across the country. >> with the wind, it is dangerous to be outside frozen pipes, roads and frozen fingers dell as millions of americans head to work and of course to school. >> a blanket of snow and much of the country is still feeling the full effect of winter. >> my hat scarf and my feet are still freezing. >> a deadly deep freeze, all 50 states including the florida panhandle and mountains of hawaii seeing sub freezing temperatures at some point
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today. the center of this blast is the northern plains where the mercury has already dropped below zero. we do have the students safety in mind first and pour most. if the temperatures are such that we need to cancel school, we're going to c cancel. >> dozens of schools in wisconsin canceling class, two transient men in milwaukee found frozen to death. to the west, blowing snow and blistering cold, causing chaos on the roads in iowa. this pile up outside des moines left tract or trailers littering the highway. further north, wind chills in minnesota minus 40 degrees fahrenheit. the dakotas taking a direct hit with a high of zero forecast for fargo. the great lakes being pounded with two feet of lake effect snow. buffalo and western new york still recovering from the last winter blast that dumped more than six feet in places. >> i was scared.
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if you were behind a truck, it was a lot of snow. my first time driving in snow today, and i'm so grateful that we made it here, because that was just really scary. >> now one of the main concerns in major cities like new york, the homeless, who often have no place to hide from the bitter cold. >> it's an independence thing and a dignity thing and pride thing that's probably not that good. i'm proactive. i keep moving. i use the community. i go out and go out for coffee a lot and spend a couple of hours here or there. >> nicole mitchell, three words make it stop. >> it's january. i think that's a tall order del. as we continue out it's going to be a couple days of this. no one is going to be balmy by the weekend unless you're on the western side of this, in the warm air. minneapolis, minus three this morning, but we can pretty much forget the air temperature itself. it is the wind chill that is
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going to be the most significant over the next few days. that's what it feels like as the wind whisks away warmth you have from your paid. minus 17 is what it feels like in fargo as you head out the door. there is spreading its way southward into the day tomorrow as the wind cranks up and more air funnels in from canada. some of the wind chills could feel 30 to 50 below zero on your skin. as i said, highs today in memphis like 45, these drop over the next couple of days, even southward, putting the temperatures 20-30 degrees below average. that means the south for thursday morning accounted have wind chills going into the single digits, as well. very cold there too. back to you. >> it is day two of jury selection set to get underway in the trial of dzhokar tsarnaev, charged in the deadly attack at the boston marathon in 2013. >> 400 people were called for jury duty on monday. let's bring in erica pitzi now.
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how long will this jury take, the selection take? >> we're looking at about three weeks for the entire process. the judge says it will take that long to seat 12 jurors and six alternates already emotionally charged and closely watched the trial taking place just two miles from the marathon finish line. >> jurors got their first look at dzhokar tsarnaev monday, with shaggy hair and scruffy beard he wore khakis and a dark shirt. outside the federal courthouse, security is tight both on water and on land. tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges in connection with the attack at the 2013 boston marathon. according to the indictment, he and his older brother tamerlan can expired to detonate two bombs hidden in back backs. liz's two sons each lost a leg in the blast. >> he's an animal.
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he knew when he dropped that backpack there were kids, em, families his intentions were to do exactly what he did. >> tsarnaev's defense team is expected to argue that he was pressured to take part in the attack from his overbearing older brother who was killed in a police shootout. hours later dzhokar was captured where he was hiding inside this boat. the judge told hundreds of possible jurors that they need to be fair, impartial and willing to i am policy the death penalty. >> tons of evidence against tsarnaev. everything will boil down to the death penalty phase. that's the number one objective for the defense to spare his life. >> his defendant team tried to delay the trial and move it out of boston. >> is it possible here in boston for dzhokar to get a fair trial? >> this is an all-star defense team. you have judy clark perhaps the beat death penalty lawyer in the country, who has represented among other people, eric rudolph, theodore casein ski
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jared loughner. >> the trial is an emotional time for the city and survivors. >> coming up in 15 minutes we're going to talk to attorney peter odum and ask what steps both sides need to take in this trial as it moves forward. >> this morning a break in bad weather is helping divers get back underwater as the search for airasia flight 8501 expands. >> overnight several more bodies were recovered. indonesian officials are trying to confirm sonar shows the plane's tail. the weather is getting better. >> nine days after airasia flight 8501 crashed officials are no closer to finding the all
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important black box flight recorders. but today search teams including divers are back in the water, so that's something. officials say the multi-national air and sea operation has two objectives to recover bodies and wreckage expanding in the open sea area and find wreckage and the plane's black box. currents and winds have hampered divers from reaching the ocean floor where officials believe the tail of the plane is located. that's where those black boxes are. there is concern time is running out. search and rescue officials say there have been no pings detected from the black boxes emergency locator beacon. they say it's likely due to the sea bed or muddy waters somehow impeding the signal. officials in jakarta are cracking down on indonesia's fast growing aviation sector, suspending air asia's singapore
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license and officials that learned the flight to take off sunday. the carrier only had permission to fly the route mondays tuesdays thursdays and saturdays, not sundays. >> elsewhere isil suspected of being behind an attack in iraq, two suicide bombers in a mosque setting off violent clashes. 23 security personnel are now dead dozens others injured. isil controlling large portions of anbar province, not far from baghdad. >> a new congress begins in several hours with republicans in control of both chambers. >> they promise an end to the gridlock, but may run into trouble getting their agenda past president obama. >> on capitol hill. >> veteran reporter has been covering the united states congress from inside this tiny radio booth on capitol hill for 35 years.
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in all that time, he says he never saw a less productive congress than the one that just wrapped up. >> it was the most unproductive congress that there's ever been. >> legislative gridlock between democrats and republicans resulted in just 296 laws, a low not seen since 1940. last november, u.s. voters made changes, reelecting a majority of republicans to the loaferrer house of representatives but replaced the democrats' control of the u.s. senate and put republicans in charge of both chambers. pressure is on the republicans now to prove they can make this new session of congress work better than the last. all right the top senate republican has indicated a bill to finish a controversial oil pipeline transporting unrefined oil from canada to the gulf of mexico will be a top priority. >> we'll be starting next year with a job creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan
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support. first item up in the new senate will be the key stone xl pipeline. >> it's expected there will be friction over efforts to repeal sections of president obama's health care reform and executive order allowing millions of people who entered the u.s. illegally to obtain work permits and avoid deportation. congress will also need to vote on whether to recognize the u.s. debt limit by march expect to get contentious to tie to issues like immigration or health care, because president obama has already said he'll veto any legislation he doesn't like. >> mcconnell is optimistic. he thinks there are a few areas where congress and the president might find compromise. >> a trade deal that's been stalled for a long time, an actual transportation bill, infrastructure roads bridges mass transit that's been stalled for years. they may be to accomplish a
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compromise on that. >> the democratic and the white house and republicans now running congress, what's expected isn't an end to congressional gridlock, just a new version of it. >> tune in this evening for an aljazeera america special on the new congress. that's at 8:30 p.m. eastern 5:30 pacific. >> same-sex marriage legal in florida. couples began tying the knot yesterday. clerks in the rest of the state will be handing out licenses, florida losing legal challenges to its marriage ban now becomes the 36th state to allow same-sex couples to we had. >> this morning's scheduled launch of the space x dragon cop school hop port poned until later this week, set to carry 5,000 pounds of supplies straight to the international space station. that's not the only reason to watch this launch. once liftoff is achieved, space x will try to launch a booster rocket on top of a floating
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platform in the middle of the atlantic ocean. lisa stark is in a very snowy washington d.c. this morning. why did the countdown stop with just over a minute to go until launch? >> it was a disappointment for sure the problem wasn't weather in florida. it was a technical glitch. it was 1:21 before lift off when engineers said we are calling halt to this. it was a problem with a steering system for that second stage of the rocket. the stage that actually lifts the capsule into lower earth orbit into space. they knew that it would automatically shut down closer to lift off so they shut down to try to figure it out. this is the second time in two months that a technical problem has stopped the launch of this space capsule. they're going to have to hope the third time's the charm.
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>> walk us through this landing. space x is doing something different with this booster rocket trying to land it on a floating pad. why are they trying to do it in the ocean? >> well absolutely. here's the problem. with these lift off the rocket, basically the rocket engines are jettisoned and lost, not used again. it's an expensive problem. $54 million to build one of those rockets so what they wanted to do was bring down this first stage carefully slow it down maneuver it and land this 14 story first stage rocket on this floating platform in the atlantic ocean. elon musk admitted it was a 50-50 chance to succeed on their first attempt. if they can do that and reuse this rocket engine, that will really cut the cost of space travel. >> hopefully, third time is a charm. lisa thanks so much.
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>> here's good news. the cost of jet fuel going down, crude oil sliding to just over $50 a barrel. >> it's having a ripple effect on the markets in the u.s. >> a free-fall with no end in sight. the cost of crude now below $50 a barrel, u.s. energy stocks took a hit. the dow closed down more than 330 points. oil is so cheap because there's a worldwide glut. it could wreak economic havoc and redraw geopolitical lines of power. global oil production is spiking. russia hilt a post soviet record. iraq oil production is at its highest point since 1980. in the united states, output levels are higher than they've been in more than 30 years. opec heavy hitter saudi arabia continued to cut the price of crude oil fueling speculation the kingdom is using pricing to
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wield political pressure in the region. u.s. oil producers cutting spending and warned there will be layoffs. according to aaa the national average price of a gallon of regular is down to $2.20, more than a dollar lower than a year ago. >> let's go now to jonah hull, joining us from london. we saw the u.s. indexes taking a hilt over crumbling oil prices. what's happening now as the london markets are open? >> in afternoon trading it has recovered ground, but certainly opened the day on tuesday down for the third consecutive day following falls in the u.s. and asia. overnight, the oil price of course forming a backdrop to all of that, but here in europe, the focus is on the european central bank's policy, creating easing to combat the risk of deflation
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and also of course renewed talk of a possible greek exit from the euro zone. >> the price of oil today are we seeing signs of volatility in the oil market? >> yes. i think we are and i think we will do for sometime to come. the international crude market of course and its u.s. counter part the west texas intermediate both trading at five and a half year lows, touching a low of $51.23 a barrel. this is the result of a glut of oil an world markets amid a slowdown in demand and that could be a long-standing issue because the saudis in particular the biggest oil producers show no signs of reducing their supply for fear of losing market share against the u.s. producers, of course a huge rise in the u.s. in oil produced by fracking. >> as you mentioned sometimes good news can be bad news.
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you talked about greece there. are we seeing now a return to the you're you row zone crisis that we saw before? >> i don't think in any of these numbers there is a sense of immediate crisis, but the potential is certainly there. later in the month grease will hold a snap general election that could be won by the far left. opposition party plans to cut austerity measures and also to cancel a portion of greece's debt. that could throw the markets into turmoil and result in a greek exit. germany is trying to reassure, saying the euro zone is a better place to withstand. the markets will tell in the end and in a moment, greek market stocks are down and also tellingly, italian stocks are down. that is where the problem lice, the worry that greece's problems may spread to other vulnerable euro zone economies. >> the bottom line is we should fill up while we can. thanks at always. >> the trial of the accused
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boston bomber is officially underway as potential jurors are weighed. >> new york's mayor signing off over those public protests by the city's officers as two officers were shot again overnight, this time in a robbery. >> an explosion so strong it blows away one man who's a little too close for comfort. that video and others captured by our citizen journalists.
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>> this morning, the new york city police department searching for a suspect wanted in the shootings of two police officers last night. they just put out this video a short while ago. the plain clothed officers responding to an armed robbery at a grocery store were shot, now listed in stable condition. this was not a targeted shooting. >> that came hours after new york player bill deblasio weighed in on the growing wrist between himself and officers. he says the nypd members who turned his back on him during a police funeral weren't thinking about the officers families.
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>> they were disrespectful to the families. i can't understand why anyone would do such a thing in a context like that. >> while the police commissioner had harsher words, he called the protests selfish saying a funeral is not the place for political demonstration. >> jury selection continuing this morning in boston at the trial of boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokar tsarnaev. a pool of more than 1200 people are now being considered to serve. tsarnaev was in court monday as the first of 400 potential jurors were brought in to answer questions. that process could take weeks. >> peter odum joins us now. how do you select a jury when the trial like this is so high profile? >> the big problem here for the defense is that almost every juror in that courtroom potential juror is a victim in the case. this trial is taking place less than two miles from the finish
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line of the boston marathon in 2013 so every potential juror in that courtroom either ran in the race, knew someone who ran in the race or was watching t.v. when the bombs went off. the challenge for the defense is to find people that can base a verdict on the evidence, rather than than on some personal experience with the trial. that's going to be a huge problem for them. >> the defense says that dzhokar tsarnaev cannot get a fair trial. are they right? >> i mean, keep in mind. let me simplify this. this is a drama that plays out in three acts. the first is taking place now jury selection critical for the defense. they have to find people that can be objective. the second phase is the guilt or in sense phase when the government has to prove tsarnaev was involved in these bombings. i'm going to tell you that he's going to be convicted of at least one of the 17 death penalty counts in this indictment, so we know the end that have part of the drama. he's going to be very likely to
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be convicted. the third part of the drama is the penalty phase. this is where the defense has to focus all its energy, finding jurors that will spare the life of this young man. >> i want to ask you this question. dzhokar tsarnaev, young, 19 at the time of his arrest, and he's being portrayed as a good student, popular with his friends. is that going to have any bearing at all on this case? are they trying to paint -- >> absolutely. >> his older brother as the bad guy and he as a guy who just went along and will that work in boston? >> i think it will. this is massachusetts a state that outlawed the death penalty in 1982. the defense has an advantage from the get go just based on the geography. you to have keep in mind that the defense is going to try and portray dzhokar as a naive weak willed college students, not the evil mastermind the government
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portrays him as. he was influenced, that is weaponnized by his brother tamerlan. if they show he was a follower and pick the right jury, he might come out of this alive. >> which happened in the washington d.c. shaper case. are you expecting a delay? >> no, i believe this case will move forward. the trial judge has denied the defense's request for a delay and first circuit has already affirmed the judge's decision, so this case is moving forward to the penalty phase. >> jury selection is also underway right here in new york city in the 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old. pedro hernandez is on trial for
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abducting and killing him after admitting to the crime three years ago. the defense said his confessions were spurred by mental illness. >> time for videos from sentencing word. a man is blown away by an explosion at a fireworks factory. the blast destroyed five warehouses and at least one person was hurt and several roads closed. >> also in columbia, two men delivering beer find a creative way to get the job done in a neighborhood with steep hills. they lined them up, turned them into a beer slide. no word on how well it works or whether there is any beer in the kegs when they get to the bottom. >> they are outlawing sledding, but not the beer slide. >> wild chase in tel-aviv where officials try to escape an
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escaped emu on the loose. it was eventually captured. >> what if there are more than 1emu. are they emi? oh my. >> no idea. >> in addition to the cold weather, parts of the country dealing with the snow we saw in washington d.c. already today. it's ugly out there. >> not just a little snow. right now d.c. is in the heavy bands of what we ever going through. this is coming through into the northeast. we have on the backside of this boundary freezing precipitation in places like montana this morning. chicago had about two to three-inch reports is what i had seen, a lot of places. you can see the heaviest band now will move out quickly. not large amounts of accumulation for the most part. on the backside of this, we start to get the lake effect cranking up. some areas could see he a foot overnight and then the other colors on this map this is for windwind chills, especially thursday
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morning, some could be well sub zero. >> when it snows like that in washington, everything grinds to a halt. >> shuts down. >> our al jazeera colleague speaking out for an egyptian jail where he's been for more than a year. what he says about his case and why he thinks he's being used as a pawn. >> the groundbreaking rocket launch is going to have to wait until friday with just about a minute before liftoff it was postponed. the second chance the rocket is giving for iraqi refugees. >> thousands take total streets for rival rallies across germany over what's called an anti islam movement. >> an off adult officer's repositions his gun goes horribly wrong. he ends up in the hospital.
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>> welcome back to washington, 114th congress, you're taking a look at a snowy white house as the deep freeze making its way across the country. school kids, you're waking up just to a delay this morning no school closures to report as of yet. good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this next half hour, america tonight will talk about the successes and challenges colorado faces during its first year with legal marijuana. >> an electric vehicle in a car race. the advantage and potential troubles. >> let's look at our latest headlines this morning. a deep winter freeze extending across much of the u.s. this morning with wind chill advisories in effect right now all the way from montana to maine. >> republicans have control of the house and senate for the first time in eight years.
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gop leaders say they'll push forward and try to end the gridlock. >> the launch of a space x rocket will wait yet again at least until friday. today's liftoff was scrubbed due to an equipment issue. the launch includes a test for whether that rocket booster could successfully land so that it accounted be reused. >> a group of michigan teenagers is particularly eager to see that launch happen, since their very own science experiment will be onboard. bisi onile-ere is in michigan this morning. this is not the first time those students are going to have to wait to see their science experiment go all the way to the sky. >> good morning morgan. no, it's not. in october this rocket was supposed to launch, but exploded, destroying everything inside. there was yet another delay back in december, but despite all of these setbacks, several students here at the middle school say they are patiently waiting for
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their experiment to take off. >> 5-4-3-2-1. we have i guess anything else and we have liftoff. >> when an unmanned nasa rocked launched last october the dreams of these iraqi reef gees living in metro detroit took flight. >> i was so excited like oh, my god, our experiment is in that rocket and it's going up. >> then moments later disaster. the rocket explodes just after takeoff. in it, commercial supplies and over a dozen science experiments, one of which belonged to the eighth graders. >> if you told me it's blowed up, i was like no, it just went fast so we can't see it. then he realized and i started crying. >> the students definitely and a tool that can test the effect that iodine tablets can have on
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e-coli bacteria in zero gravity. now nasa is giving them a second chance to see if the experiment could offer new ways to make dirty water clean here on earth and in space. >> they want to improve the world. they want to give back to their country. >> over a year ago the students fearing religious persecution pled iraq with their families. they've witnessed death and destruction, life experience that became the catalyst for their signs experiments. >> when i was in iraq, we didn't had clean water like it wasn't clean that much, like maybe sometimes people get sick, or some of them die. >> madison superintendent said that there is a lesson in this experiment for everyone. >> to see what the results of
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possibly cleaning water can have for their lives personally is a big deal, but also for our school community to say science technology engineering and math are important things for this generation of students. >> i really love this school. this school made me better, a better person, and maybe my future will start from here, since this experience. >> she and her friends hope to make a difference and believe that the sky's the limit. >> along with the experiments the rocket will also carry over 5,000 pounds of food and supplies to the international space station. again, that rocket is expected to relaunch friday. >> these students have other project that are expected to go up. tell us about those. >> there are some interesting experiments. one includes mosquito development and also micro
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gravity. they could have an impact on our future. >> bisi onile-ere madison heights michigan, thanks so much. >> we are hearing hope and frustration from one of our colleagues behind bars in egypt. he wrote an op ed piece this morning applauding the egyptian court decision to grant all three journalists a retrial. but at the same time, he is critical of those courts, saying that he the three wanted to be released on bail pending the beginning of that new trial which could take months. >> he said: >> all three have been behind
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bars for more than a year. al jazeera denying the charges against them, we continue to demand their immediate release in fact we pray for that, as well. >> in germany protestors find them receivers on both sides of a controversial issue. all across the country residents took to the streets to counter anti islamic demonstration. >> it comes amid growing racial hatred against migrants. >> denouncing a movement they say is neonazi protestors gather to show their disgust at the new anti islam movement staging rallies every monday. >> especially in our city. >> muslims live their religion here. nobody comments on it.
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it happens alongside everything else parallel. what they proclaim is too harsh. >> police kept the counter demonstrators well away from several hundred several proclaimed patriots. most were unwilling to speak he to the media. >> why are you here? >> because democracy and the freedom of opinion are important to me. >> which opinion? >> that is it. >> in the eastern city of dresden where the movement started, 18,000 people marched a slight increase on previous weeks. in the capitol berlin, it was the counter protests which far outnumbered the anti islam meme drop station. similar demonstrations took place. a recent sway show most germans believe the movement has exaggerated the threat from islam. >> angela merkel said the public
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shouldn't be manipulated into supporting them, but it's clear that in many parts of germany a minority of the public is willing to turn out in support and say they have genuine grievances surrounding immigration and islam. >> the lights of the cathedral were off in protest. it seems the debate about immigration will remain in the spotlight. >> germany has taken in more asylum seekers than any other e.u. state and says it heard 200,000 claims just in 2014. >> a bad mistake by an off duty police officer, he was in a parking garage elevator. he shot himself in the stomach. he was going back to his car with his wife when he was adjusting his gun. the bullet bounced off the
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elevator striking him in the stomach. his injuries are not life threatening, although very embarrassing. >> a bit of marijuana 101 will start soon in colorado where the state is putting nearly $5.5 million into a major public campaign. it will focus on educating citizens on the responsible ways of using marijuana. the initiative beginning this month will use radio broadcasts, newspapers and the internet to spread their safe message. >> it has been a year since colorado became one of the first states in the nation to legalize marijuana. >> it has brought with it several pretty unexpected problems. as a part of a new series, we look back a the colorado's year in pot. >> a year on pot brought colorado a new breed of millionaires. >> can you tell me what it feels like to say million. >> i'm still not used to it. >> a new breed of tourists. >> at least half of the people
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here are tourists, so the tourism has totally exploded here. >> and a new breed of jobs. >> if i can be a pot reviewer for years to come, that would be amazing. >> jake brown got a job writing pot reviews for the denver post. >> is there a way of breathing it in that you ever perfected to taste the flavors? >> it's pretty much just inhaling. [ laughter ] >> it's a pot gold rush and demand for new products is outstripping supplies. >> the good news is these products literally we had a half million dollars backlog on any given day. >> the year on pot in colorado has also seen lows. >> here's the inside of a palm, right? that's his skin peeling away. >> people cooking up home brews of concentrated pot are ending up in burn units kids and adults are on marijuana sold in food. >> i was starting to convulse and really freak out. >> you thought you were going to
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die. >> i said it probably 20 times. i'm going to die i'm going to have a heart attack now. >> how prepared would you say colorado was to enact this law. >> we were absolutely not prepared. >> as the first year came to an end, all eyes are on colorado experiment while the movement for legal marijuana gains momentum. >> america tonight's host joins us now from washington. good morning to you. what surprised you most during your reporting? what did you discover. >> there are so many different surprising things we discovered. we spent a week in denver, but i would say the most interesting thing is just the way people are now consuming marijuana. there are so many different ways. it's not just smoking a joint anymore. edibles have taken off brownies candies gummies there's a way you can drink marijuana edibles but also this concept of dabbing it's this extreme con send that traded form of marijuana and a lot of people are making this at home using butane, which can be
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dangerous. some of these people have set themselves on fire or caused explosions and end up in burn units. that we visit add burn unit and talked to a doctor who noticed this unusual trend specifically with people making this concentrated form of marijuana and not responding well to a specific pain killer. we're going to explore that. it's an interesting trend he's found with people who have become victims. >> i never heard of that. with all those edibles and drinkables and dabbing, it seems there are a lot of new businesses that ever come out. who's cashing in the most? >> it's very surprising. it's basically any kind of business you can think of has taken off in colorado. we've heard from obviously the typical people selling the pot but we've heard from different business owners, this one woman is starting a business to start cooking classes to teach people to make their own he hadbles. the concept of a social club. it's illegal to smoke in the open. hotels for tourists don't allow
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them to smoke inside, so there's a social club concept when they byop bring your own pot. the entrepreneurs, a guy in vent add machine designed for the food industry to extract things like vanilla and food lavender for foot products and noticed people were buying his machine in colorado, it now can extract t.h.c. from the marijuana, so there are a lot of people cashing in on this. >> i am fascinated and can't wait to watch this tonight. thanks for being with us this morning. tune in with me this evening for more on the series of pot in america at 9:00 p.m. eastern six pacific. >> 2014 not the best year. at the box office, ticket sales are hitting a three year low falling 5%. >> who did do well?
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the guardians of the galaxy took the top spot followed by the hunger gales mocking jay part one. captain america the winter soldier came in third followed by the lego movie and transformer, age of distinction. >> saw them all. >> that's right. >> the music industry is cheering one area of growth, vinyl records. music fans purchased 9.2 million albums on vinyl in 2014. that's up 52%. the streaming business was also up by 53%. del, you got some marvin gayes? >> i still ever all of my vinyl because i knew it was coming back. >> we have a very important guest joining us, an innovator vowing to take on the biggest names in the travel industry as they're trying now to shut down his website. >> why he says he is doing nothing wrong by helping people save money on airfare. >> charting a course of off road
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racing. one of the world's toughest races. >> time for our big quote and words in honor of today's attempted space x rocket launch. one expert on space had this to say about man's travels into the next frontier. he said: >> who is behind that word are that is out of this word, up next.
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>> who said th >> our big quote this morning is from astronomer carl sayingen who inspires people to look towards the heavens. >> the creator of a website viewing to shut his service down that lets you get cheap air fairs by a loophole in booking. >> airlines ever sued, saying it
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invites their rules. we'll speak about it in a moment but first a look at just how his sight works. >> a small startup is shaking up the travel industry in a major way. it's called skip lagged and promotes the concept of hidden city ticketing a way to save money by booking cheap flights. say you want to fly from san francisco to chicago. you could purchase a cheaper ticket to minneapolis with a stop overin chicago and once you get to chicago just ditch the rest of your journey. while it offers bargains on air fairs, it also has risks. if a passenger is caught with a hidden ticket, they may not be allowed onboard. the remaining ticket could be confiscated and traveler charged the difference in fair, or you could be frozen out of a frequent flier account or in the worst case banned from the airline. it's not illegal but frowned upon. >> airlines do not like it. it messes with their bottom
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line. they're taking money out of their pocket books. >> in november, united air lines along with orbit filed an injunction to stop skip lag from sending united ticket buyers to or to buy hidden city tickets. >> he was selling tickets through orbit's affiliate a breach of contract against united. orbits had no chose. he is not selling via orbits anymore, he's selling them through hit monk and kayak. those guys are probably going to have to jump in, too and sue. >> the total amount is brought to just over half a million dollars. skip lagged isn't bowing down in fact is putting up a fight crowd funding to help pay legal bills. >> the founder of the site joins us now live in our studios. why do you think this is such a big threat to the airlines? what are they afraid of?
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>> this has been secret in the industry for a long time and now like it's very accessible to the masses and this effect -- >> explain exactly how this works. for example if i want to go back home to carolina, there's a cheaper flight going through miami, i can get off in miami as long as i don't check my bags. >> if your target destination is miami and like you can book to some other destination and it can be cheaper to just like skip the last leg or last few legs. >> hold on. you were scared when you heard you were going to get slapped with this lawsuit? >> i was definitely nervous. the people he against are billion dollars corporations. they can outspend me. >> it's a big fight if that you're 22 years old but you're getting 200,000 click as day and haven't made a penny off this.
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why are you refusing to back down? >> i think it's something right for consumers. i people it is an investment in myself as a way of giving back to consumers. it's something in the industry no one else was providing. i believe it would have positive effects on society. >> those consumers could get banned. >> it depends on the airlines. some airlines have it against their rules for some purpose. it's up to consumers to decide whether the risks are worth the savings. >> for them. were you ever those airlines that doesn't actually explicitly forbid this hidden city traveling is southwest airlines. why do you think that is? >> southwest is very consumer focused, i think. they're also very progressive. that could be it.
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>> what kind of responses have you been getting from people? >> very positive. like consumers really see the value in what i'm doing like people have been helping with a campaign to help to legal fees, rushing to my website. >> people have been donating. >> yes. >> wow. last question, are you confident that you're going to win? >> like i said, like these people that i'm going up against are billion dollars corporations. they can easily outspend me. what's the last few, like i do have the consumers on my side, so who knows if that is all that is necessary but i guess we'll find out. >> 22-year-old whiz kid on his way, thanks for joining us. >> that's the way sprint started, by the way. morgan, thank you very much. there's another travel fight underway in argentina involving cars.
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they're taking part in one of the toughest off road races in the world. there's a competitor hoping to prove this time you don't need gas to win. >> rally fans ever no idea that one of the two cars they're watching is battery powered. they get a clue from what they hear not what they see. more than three decades of tradition and the rally has never seen anything like it, the first all electrickent industry. preparing before the start a nervous service team and a driver who says it's a crazy but brave venture. there's 9,000-kilometers of terrain ahead not a city test run like this. >> it's hardly what you would expect a whirring sound no roar of an engine or smell of racing oil but zero emissions.
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>> it's been designed and built by a spanish civil engineering company, powered by four batteries that ever to be replaced every 300 kilometers. >> during the most differ race in the world it seems crazy but all the people who made things new in the world were thought to be crazy until they try it. >> the co drivers' biggest challenge is rationing power levels and getting battery recharge from deceleration and driving downhill. it's similar to a system used in formula one racing. >> former, it's a dream because i like the knowledge. >> on average each car burns 2,200 liters of fuel. this one consumes nothing. it may ever a long way to go
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with more development but already laid down a new challenge, this rally to go cleaner and greener. al jazeera, buenos aires. >> cars aren't the only vehicles taking part in this year's race, there are motor bikes and trucks. >> bad news for you're new year's resolution to eat better, the girl scouts are releasing new cookies this year. keeping with currently customer demand, two of those new offerings are gluten-free. >> thin minutes that's all i eat. >> let's get another check of the forecast. >> maybe you can use that extra layer from the girl scout cookies with this code air. we are looking at wind chills that are negative, minus 17 for example in fargo this morning and why versus the air temperature are wind chills important? it's like blowing on your hot coffee in the morning to help it get colder, your hand, this is a
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hand emits heat. as the wind goes part it, it cools it faster. you can see how quickly this loses heat and as it starts to get bluer that is frostbite setting in. once you lose that heat. >> the next couple days, this continues to be tomorrow morning is the worst day, 30 to 50 below for places like the south thursday morning with the wind chills in the single digits, that's significant even in that part of the country. >> so bundle up. >> coming up from doha, more on a deadly suicide attack on a mosque in iraq. at least 23 are dead. >> tomorrow morning marijuana in colorado, a closer look at the winners and losers and why the black market sentence going anywhere. >> that's it from us. >> we leave you with these images of the day, two climbers attempting to make history with nothing but their bare hands in
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