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speaking out. i'm grateful to sarah for sharing her story. i just, i hope i'll see sarah again. standing their ground in hong kong. live pictures from the street where these protests have been ongoing. some pro-democracy activists still defying the deadline to leave. we are live in just a moment. as u.s. officials consider stepping up screening for ebola at airports, we'll also look at life after surviving the virus. and the remarkable story of a 25-year-old female teacher turned isis fighter. she tells us about her regrets in a cnn exclusive. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. it is 2:00 p.m. in hong kong, and deadline day for demonstrators. hong kong's chief executive told
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pro-democracy protesters to clear out of key areas by monday local time. and it seems many have complied. the size of the crowd outside the chief executive's office has shrunk dramatically, and government employees are able to return to work. but in other parts of the city many activists continue to defy the deadline. are the two sides heading toward a stalemate? kyung lah joins me from hong kong. i asked you that question about 24 hours ago, kyung, and it looked like they would. 24 hours later how does it look like you to? >> reporter: it's -- there's been a little progress. that might be the best way to put it, natalie. you can see that the road that i'm standing on is somewhat empty but this has generally been the pattern throughout the day. roads have been a bit emptier and as the day has gone on it's gotten busier. but it's not completely empty. take a look. as you swing this way, you can see that there are still plenty of people out here. this is the man thoroughfare
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here in hong kong. so for this to be completely shut down, if you've ever been to honor kong, it is extraordinary. so what's the change from 24 hours ago? that bridge right there. see that pedestrian bridge? that foot bridge was allowed to open. if you look at video that we shot this morning you will see civil servants were allowed to return to work. that was a big concession. the government wanted their employees to return to the main governmental office, to head back to work. the entire area isn't open yet, but they were able to go back. the only impediment they had were some reporters who wanted to ask some questions about what it was like to go back to work. here's what they told us. >> the ngo has been great. no complaints. seeing the normal operation of the office is very essential to the society. so i think the government and protesters should make ways to
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make the office become normal today. >> i think it will be as peaceful as -- as before. >> reporter: so back here live, that pedestrian bridge where they were speaking to us right there, and swing over to the right, that is that main governmental office. so is it fully functioning? not quite. cars are not able to get in on the other side of the building. so the government isn't completely open. but mvp of it is. many of those employees were allowed to return to work. what are we going to see later in the day, natalie? we're not sure. what we do know is that the protesters have moved from certain areas. secondary schools were allowed to open. the government in part able to return. but they say they won't completely clear out of here until they can sit down and talk about their demands with the government. that being that they have more say, freedom to pick who becomes the elected leader of hong kong. natalie?
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>> we'll wait and see if that meeting happens. thank you. kyung lah for us live in hong kong. the search for malaysia airlines flight 370 has resumed. an initial search for the passenger jet and its 239 passengers was suspended earlier this year, but now one ship has already begun scanning the floor of the indian ocean. two more ships set to join that search in the coming weeks. paula hancocks is in seoul, south korea. she is covering this story for us. and paula, many have been waiting for this moment. part 2 of the search. how did they 12k50id where to get it started again? >> reporter: well, natalie, this is basically a refined search area with the information that the australian authorities and international experts have. they have been reanalyzing basically what that satellite and radar information was telling them, and they have decided that the search area should be further south than where they were searching many months ago. they also had one new piece of
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information. they had they said a failed satellite phone call made from the malaysian airlines staff on the ground to the aircraft. now, it didn't go through, but they say the information that gave them was also helpful. of course australian authorities are very well aware that they have raised hopes in the past, or at least their politicians have, and those hopes have been dashed. and they say at this point, though, they are cautiously optimistic. jack song never dreamt he would still be wondering where his sister is. song ching ling was a passenger on missing malaysian airlines flight mh 370, a flight she wasn't supposed to be on. a mother and a grandmother, song was booked not a later flight but agreed to swap tickets with another passenger to help them out. mh 370, with 239 people on board, vanished from radar screens march 8th on its way from kuala lumpur to beijing. despite an unprecedented search in the southern indian ocean where the plane is believed to have run out of fuel, not a single trace has been found.
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as a new phase of the search begins, song criticizes what he considers to be a lack of open information and investigation. >> without investigation the searching is no use. it's not in the right area, not in the right direction. the searching is waste time, i just say. waste of time. >> reporter: but australian officials in charge of the operation are cautiously optimistic the refined search area will bring results. it covers 60,000 square kilometers. roughly the size of west virginia or croatia. it could take up to a year and cost $348 million. so how will it work? three ships will be equipped with a tow fish that contain side scan sonar and a camera to be towed about 100 meters above the ocean floor. data will then be transmitted in real-time to the ship and on a daily basis via satellite to shore. >> how fast it goes depends essentially on the sort of terrain you're covering.
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and that varies from quite flat or sloping areas to ravines and fissures and crevices which require much closer work. >> reporter: ships have spent months mapping the previously unknown ocean floor, finding dramatic challenges like underwater volcanoes. some families have lost confidence in this search. some independent experts have even cast doubt on whether this is the right spot. the teams at sea are acutely aware that previous false starts raised false hopes. australian officials say they know their priority is to give the families of 239 people on board that flight an answer as to what exactly happened. natalie? >> all right. i hope they can provide that at some point as they resume this awesome task. paula hancocks for us live in seoul, south korea. thank you. as an ebola patient in the u.s. struggles to survive, officials consider more precautions to try and stop the
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virus from spreading. that's ahead here. also, smoke rises over kobani. how isis is forcing its way into this syrian kurdish city. when i had my first migraine, i was lucky. that sounds crazy, i know. but my mom got migraines, so she knew this would help. excedrin migraine starts to relieve my pain in 30 minutes. plus, sensitivity to light and sound, even nausea. excedrin migraine works.
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it's a fresh approach on education-- superintendent of public instruction tom torlakson's blueprint for great schools. torlakson's blueprint outlines how investing in our schools will reduce class sizes, bring back music and art, and provide a well-rounded education. and torlakson's plan calls for more parental involvement. spending decisions about our education dollars should be made by parents and teachers, not by politicians. tell tom torlakson to keep fighting for a plan that invests in our public schools. welcome back. the director of the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention will brief president barack obama on ebola in the
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coming hours. the only patient diagnosed with ebola in the u.s. is now in critical condition. elizabeth cohen reports on the measures being taken and new precautions being considered to keep ebola from spreading. >> authorities are following 48 people who may have come into contact with thomas eric duncan. and the breakdown is like this. they are following seven hospital workers who had contact with duncan, and they're considered in the higher risk category. and also three family members also in that higher risk category. the rest of the contacts, 38 of them, are considered lower risk. so what's happening with these contacts is that they get visits twice a day from a health care worker and their temperature is taken and the health care worker will ask them how they're feeling. will run down the list of the symptoms of ebola to make sure they're not experiencing any of them. this helps explain how they're trying to keep ebola from spreading within the united states. but authorities also want to
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keep it from arriving in the u.s. a second time. so i know when i came back from liberia it was just about the same time that thomas eric duncan arrived and what i found was basically no screening. now, they took my temperature in liberia at the airport there but they didn't take my temperature in the united states. in fact, they basically had no screening for myself and my two colleagues who arrived, even though we said we were journalists arriving from liberia who have been covering ebola. so now federal officials say they may start having more stringent measures which may include taking temperatures from people who've been visiting ebola-affected countries. >> elizabeth cohen for us there in texas. for a better understanding of what health challenges ebola survivors could face, john vause spoke with dr. alexander garza. he's the associate dean for st. louis university's college of public health. >> doctor, for those who actually do manage to survive ebola, what are the complications? >> so a majority of them won't have lingering complications. but there are going to be a
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percentage of patients that will have some inflammatory reactions type of diseases. not diseases but conditions after they've suffered from ebola. so things like arthralgias, or pain in the joints. you can have problems with inflammation in your eyes. and there's even been cases reported where people have reported becoming blind in the after effects of ebola. >> and you say the prognosis isn't the same for everybody. do we know why it's different for different patients? >> nobody really knows why right now. and this seems to -- this matches a lot with other infectious diseases. there's other viruses and bacteria that can cause the same sort of immune response that can cause these chronic conditions. and it's really difficult to tell who is going to fall victim to these and who isn't. >> once someone is treated and survives ebola, can they have a relapse? does it remain in their system? or are they immune to it?
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is it like being immune to a cold? >> so the prevailing science is you're immune to it. so you've seen cases of this where people have donated plasma, people that have survived ebola are donating plaid ma f plasma for people who are sick from ebola. and there's talk of setting up a program where people can donate plasma. there hasn't been any documented cases of someone surviving ebola and then it reoccurring. now there, was a story on the news today about a gentleman, it was one of the american missionary physicians who is back in the hospital now after presumably getting over the ebola. and so it will be interesting to see what comes out of that case. >> we're constantly being told that if there is something good about ebola it's the fact it's not very contagious. it's incredibly deadly but it's very hard to get. it seems that eric thomas duncan became infected, if i have this right, simply by touching a woman who had the disease?
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that seems to be a lot more infectious, at least on the surface, than what we're being led to believe. >> right. so not knowing exactly what mr. duncan was exposed to, from the stories i had read, which are probably the same ones you had, he was helping a pregnant female get into a car. so it's hard to know what sort of fluids he was exposed to, what sort of bodily fluids he was exposed to, whether she was bleeding or whether she had some other bodily fluids on her. and how really involved he was with moving her around and how much he had in contact with her. now, clear ly there are people who have ebola who didn't recognize they have even been in contact with someone who is ill. that's what makes it a little bit more confusing. but you are right. it's not exactly the easiest thing to transfer. it's not like a respiratory virus where it can get expelled into the air and people can get infected. the bad thing about it, though,
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is very high case fatality rate. if you do catch the virus, your chances of surviving are around 50-50. and that's the scary proposition of this. kurdish fighters are losing their grip on kobani, syria. a defender inside the town tells cnn isis has invaded the city's southeastern edge and many kurds are now trying to escape. if isis captures kobani, it would control land stretching from its self-declared capital of raqqa to the border with turkey. on sunday turkish kurds gathered at the border to support kobani's defenders but were pushed back by turkish forces. cnn's phil black was in the middle of it all. >> reporter: you can see here there's a turkish security forces vehicle here that is coming under rocket fire from some of the local kurds who've
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been watching the fight go on across the border in syria, and they've been responding with tear gas here. meanwhile, just over here we can see another confrontation. there you can see a crowd of local kurds, and also we believe some of the kurdish people that have crossed over from syria, again, confronting, throwing rocks at turkish security forces and they are responding with tear gas. you can see a cloud of tear gas moving across the landscape there. there is considerable anger from this local kurdish population that has been watching the battle unfold across the border in syria all day. they are angry, firstly that the turkish security forces and military will not allow many of them to cross over to join the fight. they are also angry that the turkish military is not doing more to protect their fellow kurds across the border in kobani. this is a backdrop to the conflict that is taking place just over here. this is where you can see the battle of kobani going on just
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in the distance. this is where we have witnessed through the course of this morning very heavy shelling, a very heavy bombardment by iceus for isis forces into this eastern and southeastern pocket of the city. we've been watching the shells fall. there's constant smoke, constant explosions coming from that direction. people who are still in the city, officials and fighters, tell us this is -- this they believe are coming from isis tanks that are maneuvering around that eastern-southeastern approach where kurdish fighters are battling isis that have moved right up to the outskirts of the city. phil black, cnn, on the turkey-syria border. >> that city has been a flash point for some time now. u.s. vice president joe biden has apologized to turkey and the united arab emirates after implying they helped facilitate the rise of isis. biden reportedly called the uae's crown prince sunday to clarify his remarks. he had said on thursday that
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turkey's president admitted his country has mistakenly let foreign fighters cross from turkey into syria. >> and the turks, president erdogan told me, he's an old friend, said you were right, we let too many people through. now they're trying to seal their border. >> mr. erdogan denies making that comment. biden apologized over the weekend. and the two countries reaffirmed their commitment to fighting isis militants. in japan people are feeling the impact from typhoon panfong. still to come here week, following the storm as it speeds away from tokyo.
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well, it's going to take not one but two votes to decide brazil's next president. 99% of the votes cast sunday have been counted and incumbent dema rousseff is in the lead
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that's her. but she did not get enough votes to win the first round outright. now a runoff election is set for october 26th. shasta darlington has more on brazil's presidential battle. >> reporter: the tightest race in years, and it's not over yet. president dilma rousseff came out ahead with about 41% of ballots, but she fell short of the 50% needed to avoid a runoff vote. the biggest surprise came in that she's going to be facing off neves, a centrist social democrat business-friendly candidate, who got about 34% of the vote. and yet for weeks, according to pre-election polls, it was marina silva, environmentalist, socialist party candidate, who was not on the going to make it to the runoff vote but was predicted to defeat dilma rousseff. now, what we did hear over and over again was that it was the economy that was the big issue for many voters. many of them because this big brics economy that have been
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growing so swiftly for many years, actually fell into a recession in the first half of the year. >> i'm not going to vote for the current party because it's definitely not thinking about strategic way to move forward the country. >> reporter: others, especially the poorest brazilians in the northeast and the north, were more concerned that many of the social benefits and government subsidies that were implemented during 12 years of the leftist workers party could be eliminated if dilma rousseff were voted out of office. >> translator: brazil needs to continue the social transformations that the current government is carrying out. we still have a lot of poor people living in terrible conditions that need to be helped to start developing. >> reporter: brazilians also volted for state governors and dozen of regional and national lawmakers. but because the whole vote was computerized we had results within a couple of hours of polls closing. now brazil can look forward to three more weeks of heated campaigning. while dilma rousseff did win with a wide margin, these next
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three weeks could get pretty interesting with many of the brazilians who voted for marina silva migrating to neves. shasta darlington, cnn, sao paolo. >> a rising star in formula 1 racing is now in critical condition after a crash at the japanese grand prix. french driver jewels bianchi suffered a severe head injury sunday when he hit a vehicle that was clearing another crash. the track was wet from heavy rain brought on by the typhoon we've been talking about, phanfone. medics rushed the 25-year-old driver to the hospital, where we're told he had emergency surgery. pedram javaheri's in the international weather center for us. pedram, we've been talking about this typhoon that's been heading to japan and about the race and how it might be impacted. do we know whether weather was a direct impact to that crash? >> yeah. i think the numbers support it. absolutely. we had wet conditions on the
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track. we had rainfall for nine consecutive hours leading up to the event and rainfall during the event as well. at although not as significant as the one that led up to it. this storm system took a more challenging approach when it came to landfall where just about everyone on the east coast of japan impacted by it. look, it's moving at about 60 kilometers per hour, which is roughly 40 miles per hour. it's screaming across portions of japan as it moves through. a category 1 equivalent to a hurricane if this was categorized as a hurricane. that's the status it would be given. a very weak category 1. this was the scenes on monday leading eventually to monday morning causing some 600 flights to be canceled across tokyo's haneda international airport. and it's quite a mess when you take a look at a city where the metropolitan population is the largest in the world at 37 million. so if you're watching us in the united states, you take the population, the metro population of los angeles, combine it with the metro population of new york city, you have tokyo. that's how large of a scale of an impact this was.
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the rainfall totals, that's roughly 11 inches coming down across tokyo. 360 millimeters. that's roughly 14 inches around shizuoka just to the south. and wind gusts roughly 100 miles per hour. so a lot of impacts. you look at the buildings across tokyo. about 112 buildings are kathized as skyscrapers in the city of tok tokyo. that's in excess of 150 meters or 500 feet high. the reason i bring that up is the basic physics of this is the bernuli effect is anytime you force a fluid, in this case wind through a narrow area you begin tone hans the wind. in tokyo one thing you felt here with the forecast and the storm system departing, a gradual weakening here, about 64 or so kilometers per hour, down to 30 miles per hour and eventually tapering off into the 20 mph range in the morning hours. seeing conditions quiet off as the storm system begins to move away. but this particular storm,
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phanfone, as it begins to move away, is not the last we're tracking. wangfong well to the south is impacting the unincorporated area of guam at this hour. in the next couple of days. this time next week has the potential to follow a very similar track for the storm we just talked about. and this again has the potential to become a super typhoon. so very busy season still across portions of japan, and it looks like one more time here. >> and a volcanic eruption on top of that. doesn't seem fair. japan's been getting hammered. all right, pedram, see you in a bit. ahead here on cnn, a woman, a defector from isis, recounts the horror of working in a female brigade organized by these islamist militants. also ahead, family and friends gather and pay tribute to alan henning, the latest western hostage murdered by isis. sir, we're going to need you on the runway. (vo) theraflu starts to get to work in your body in just 5 minutes.
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i'm natalie allen. our top stories here at cnn this hour, search teams in the indian ocean have resumed the hunt for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. a previous underwater search was suspended earlier this year. there has been no trace of the missing airliner or the 239 people on board since it went missing almost seven months ago. the presidential election in brazil will come down to a runoff with 99% of votes tallied in the first round, the incumbent dilma rousseff is in
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the lead, but she failed to get the majority required to win outright. so rousseff will face center right candidate ayacio neves in the runoff october 26th. clashes are intensifying around kobani, syria, and a kurdish defender tells cnn isis has entered now part of that city. the fighter says kurds are trying to flee the assault but isis snipers are pinning them down. that must be a horrific scene for them. as they have tried so gallantly to hold on to their city. if isis militants take kobani they'll control a stretch of land that reaches reaches the turkish border. in hong kong the deadline for protesters to dis% has's paed. most have left the area of the chief executive's office. but elsewhere many pro-democracy activists refuse to pack up. it's not clear whether police will try and evict them. while people in northern syria flee from isis, some within the militants' ranks are
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defecting. cnn spoke exclusively with a woman who was coaxed into joining isis and then managed to get out. cnn's arwa damon has her story. but we warn you, some of the images and details in her report are disturbing. >> reporter: beneath the veil is a young heart-shaped face. eyes filled with guilt and turmoil. under perfectly sculpted brows. >> translator: at the start i was happy. i was carrying a gun. it was something new. i had authority. i didn't think i was frightening people. but then i started asking myself, where am i? where am i going? i could feel the tides dragging me someplace ugly. >> reporter: 25-year-old hadija, not her real name-s a former elementary school teacher turned member of the feared female isis hantza brigade in raqqa. >> translator: we'd patrol the streets. if we saw a woman who was not
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wearing the proper sharia clothing, he'd grab her. sometimes they'd be lashed. >> reporter: she spaekds longingly of the start of the syrian revolution, the elation of being a part of something great. but then came the violence. displacing her family multiple times. >> translator: everything around us was chaos. free syrian army, regime, barrel bombs, strikes, wounded, clinics, blood. you wanted to tear yourself away, to find something to run to. my problem was i ran away to something uglier. i ran away to people, this tunisian, who lured me into the islamic state. >> reporter: they met online when curiosity drew her to isis social media pages. he told her that he was coming to raqqa, that they could even get married. so she convinced her family to move there. her cousin omab abdullah was already married to an isis fighter and a member of the
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hantza brigade. >> translator: abdullah took me to the brigade's headquarters in the siahi hotel in raqqa. she introduced me to the commander, umar ayan. she had a very strong personality. her features were very sharp. she gave you the sense that she was a leader, not an ordinary women. >> reporter: umrayan is tunisian but it's hamsa a syrian who is in charge of carrying out the lashings. >> translator: she's female, but she's not a normal female. she's huge. she has an ak, a pistol, a whip, a dagger. and she wears the niqab. >> reporter: in the same building as the brigade headquarters is an office specializing in arranged marriages for the foreign fighters. and in many cases forced marriages. >> translator: the foreigners are very brutal with women, even the ones they marry. there were cases where the wife had to be taken to the emergency ward because of the violence, the sexual violence.
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>> reporter: burned into her mind this horrific image she saw online of a crucified teenager accused of rape. it's not the only sight plaguing her dreams. >> translator: the worst thing i saw was a man getting his head hacked off right in front of me. >> reporter: hen then her commander umrayan said she found her a saudi husband. >> translator: i said enough. after everything i had already seen and all the times i had stayed silent, telling myself we're at war, and then when it's over it will all be rectified. but after this i decided no, i have to leave. >> reporter: this is the first time she tells anyone her story. she escaped just before the u.s.-led coalition air strikes began. her family also fled raqqa but are still in syria. she desperately wants to be her old self. >> translator: a girl who's happy, who loves life and laughter. i want to be like that again.
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>> reporter: arwa damon, cnn, orfa, turkey. >> the parents of isis hostage abdul rahman khaseg are asking the world to continue to pray for him. the medic and former u.s. soldier who converted to islam and changed his name from peter after he was abducted is the latest western captive the terror group threatens to kill. cnn is honoring his parents' request that khaseg be repaired to by his new muslim name. ed and paula khasig have just received portions of a letter they received in june from their son while in captivity. the kassigs quote him telling them "i am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping and wondering if i should even hope at all. in terms of my faith, i pray every day and i am not angry about my situation in that sense. i am in a dogmatically complicated situation here, but i am at peace with my belief." and in the uk a touching
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memorial on sunday for the latest western hostage murdered by isis. alan henning's family members appearing in public for the first time since the video of his beheading was released by the terror group on friday. here's cnn's karl penhaul in england. >> reporter: in memory of their friend. >> we're all so devastated at the outcome, and we're all going to miss him terribly. >> he was just a down to earth bloke, really good bloke. we miss him. >> reporter: in life alan henning was their neighbor. in death he's become their hero. >> alan was taking some lights to a dark place. >> reporter: terrorists robbed them of a husband, adam and lucy of their father. henning spent his last christmas
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ferrying aid to syria's most needy. >> is this the first time you spent christmas away from them? >> yeah. >> aw. >> it's hard. >> where there is hatred let me bring your love. >> reporter: henning's wife had made a direct appeal to isis to let her husband go. it was not to be. >> what do you say when there are no words? what do you say when fear has replaced what is normal? what do you say when all you want to do is scream? >> reporter: yasa emir was henning's friend. he was riding along on that last aid convoy. >> alan is still in our hearts. you're going to stay in our hearts forever. i'll love you forever.
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>> reporter: candles for their friend. a burning light for their hero. karl penhaul, cnn, echols, england. >> how very touching. well, still to come here, do gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry? that's one of the issues the u.s. supreme court faces in its new term monday. we'll look at what else the court is tackling, coming next. could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. everybody knows that. well, did you know you that former pro football player ickey woods will celebrate almost anything? unh-uh. number 44... whoooo! forty-four, that's me! get some cold cuts... get some cold cuts... get some cold cuts! whooo! gimme some! geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. whoo! forty-four ladies, that's me! whoo...gonna get some cold cuts today! ameriprise asked people a simple question: in retirement, will you have enough money to live life on your terms?
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the u.s. supreme court opens its new term monday, and there is no shortage of issues on the justices' plate, including whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. here's cnn's erin mcpike. >> reporter: the supreme court's docket is dominated by one momentous, socially charged issue, whether gays and lesbians have a nationwide equal protection right to wed legally. the justices expected to decide in coming weeks whether to put same-sex marriage to the constitutional test. >> in theory the justices can avoid deciding any question, particularly when there's no division, and there isn't about same-sex marriage yet. but this is just too important. they can't stay out. it would be ridiculous for the nation's highest court not to decide this issue. >> reporter: 31 states ban same-sex marriage. and while homosexual couples seeking the right claim their relationships deserve full legal
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recognition some say courts should stay out of the fight after their citizens have voted to preserve traditional marriage. >> when a court on such an issue where there are very strong opinions on both sides like this, this is a huge issue of social change in our country, when the court steps in and makes it into a constitutional issue, it makes the court look significantly more political in the eyes of the american people. >> reporter: other key disputes grabbing the court's attention, whether a no beards prison policy violates the religious liberty rights of muslim inmates. when pregnant workers can bring discrimination lawsuits against their employers. and policing speech crimes in the digital age. just when do online threats cross the line from free speech into criminal conduct? >> it often can be hard to judge the intent behind some comments. and so the question is whether you have to show in order to convict someone of a crime based on comments they've made on facebook that they intended to make a true threat of serious
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bodily harm or death. or is the issue whether a reasonable person reading those facebook posts would have considered him or herself to be seriously threatened. >> reporter: erin mcpike, cnn, washington. there is growing outrage over the commencement speaker at a u.s. college. next hear why the college says a convicted killer was chosen to give life advice to students. at t-mobile get four lines for just a hundred bucks with unlimited talk, text and now up to ten gigabytes of 4g lte data. want phones with that? hook up everyone in the family with the samsung galaxy s5 for zero down get four lines for $100 dollars and the samsung galaxy s5 for zero down so make the switch to t-mobile today we'll even buy you out of your service contracts
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a u.s. college is standing by its decision to allow a convicted killer to give a commencement speech. 30 years ago mumia abu jamal was found guilty of killing a police officer. 30 years later he's giving life advice to graduating students via an audio merge. melissa howell has more on this controversial speaker. >> dear fellow candidates, students, graduates, parents, professors. i thank you for your kind invitation to join you in voice today. >> reporter: the empty auditorium at goddard college still rings with the voice of this year's commencement speaker. a goddard graduate and a convicted killer spending life behind bars. >> if it's done for you half of what it's done for me, i assure you, you will have been well served. now, take what you know and apply it in the real world. >> reporter: mumia abu jamal was
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sentenced to death for the murder of a philadelphia police officer, daniel faulkner, in 1981. he was later sentenced to life without parole. sunday it was his human rights act advise frm behind bars that students clung to in a ceremony closed to the media. >> it was a classic goddard graduation. it was heartfelt. it was beautiful. >> reporter: the class of 23 students voted unanimously to have abu jamal as their speaker. he attended the college in the late '70s and finished his degree from prison in 1996. this is his second time delivering a commencement speech at goddard college. the scheduled ceremony was secretly moved from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00. >> there have been certain posturing and words that have come our way that we believed led us to want to make a security-based decision. >> reporter: it's a controversy on campus that abu jamal says will be one of many to test graduates after they leave college. >> gaza, ferguson, and iraq.
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again, these are some of the challenges that abide in the world. which it will be your destiny to try to analyze and resolve. >> reporter: students declined to speak about their decision, but voices throughout the community refused to stay silent. >> i was outright, outright ashamed of, you know, being from vermont and having a vermont college do this. >> reporter: patty wolf's brother was a vermont state trooper killed on father's day in 2003. it's a pain she says the family of faulkner should never have to relive. >> the pain that you have caused this family yet again is just outrageous and should never have happened. >> reporter: but for wilmer brant this moment has made him proud to be a graduate of goddard. >> i've heard him speak at other times. he's a very brilliant man. >> reporter: and the school stands behind the decision. >> we have an obligation to allow our students and for that matter for ourselves to hear from a person who speaks about issues that they -- students
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choose to confront and that we all should consider. >> reporter: but it's a decision that some may never come to accept. melissa howell, channel 3 news, plainfield. the coldest weather in as many as four months moved into parts of the u.s. this weekend. our meteorologist pedram javaheri joins us with the latest forecast across north america. we're feeling it a little bit ourselves, aren't we? >> absolutely. you know, natalie, it doesn't look like it's going to last that long. >> good. i'm not ready for cold weather. let's have a little fall here. >> absolutely. looks like it's going to warm up a little bit. that's the good news. you take a look. autumn, of course, officially under way a couple of weeks ago but you take a look at the current temperatures. quite cold of course. this is in fahrenheit. marquette, michigan and the u.p. of michigan. 31 degrees fahrenheit. just below freezing across some of the northern extent of the united states. but duluth, minnesota, that's one of the areas, one to two inches of snow came down in parts of the duluth metro in the past couple of days. i want to take you to chicago, show you the footage coming out
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of chicago, where the coldest weather, again, in many months moving in toward chicago earlier this weekend. highs struggling to make it into the 40s in a few spots. we know snow reported in portions not only of minnesota but also in illinois around bloomington, where the average temperature around 70 degrees. some reports of flakes across this region. in fact, the twin cities area of minnesota for the first time in 72 years they reported snowfall for the first weekend of october. that hadn't happened in that many years. so that impressive bout with cold air, guess what? it's going to begin to retreat a little bit as the warmth across the southwest kind of moderates a little bit in the coming couple of days. as we take you through wednesday and thursday, the cold air moves well up to the northernmost tier of the u.s., and then we moderate the temperatures back down to reality. but at this hour southern california coming off of a major heat wave in the last couple of days, los angeles now in the, say, 11:50 in the morning local time still sitting close to 70
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degrees at this hour, while 75 in las vegas. cooling trend on your way here across los angeles. temps go down back into the mid 70s. right around the average for this time of year. phoenix even cools off. wait till you see what we have in store for you across the southwest. we are watching tropical storm simon. a weak storm. at one point a major hurricane. it has weakened significantly. going to impact portions of the mexican baja and the initial track going to finally take it over the sea of cortez later in the week. if you're watching us from tucson, from phoenix, eventually even toward flagstaff, some rainfall, potentially heavy rainfall headed your direction toward the end of the week and that will help bring the temperatures back down into the low 80s. natalie. >> pedram, thanks. we want to go back to one of our top stories. the showdown between the hong kong government and pro-democracy demonstrators. our guest now surging them to leave the protest areas but says she realized it's easier to start a movement than to leave one. starry lee serves on the
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legislative council of hong congress chief executive. we want to point out, though, that you are not directly to the issue. it's not like you're working on this for the government. is that correct? >> well, i'm the executive councilor. we are the adviser for the chief executive. but for the administrative related things it is the governments who have regular meetings to deal with that issue. of course we will collect opinion and what we think is the appropriate way to deal with that issue to him and his team. >> oh, good. thanks for clarifying that, miss lee. well, both sides don't seem to want to back down at this point. the students have pulled back to allow people to return to work. should the students end their protest? why or why not? >> well, i think now the situation is difficult for hong kong and also for the hong kong government and also for the protester because the demand raised by the protester to a
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large extent are out of the authority of the hong kong government because they are asking the national people's congress to drop the framework that was made before, and we understand that hong kong is a special administration region under the china, under central government. the role for hong kong to democracy cannot be decided by hong kong alone. >> but -- >> and central government and the national people congress do have this role. therefore, i think their demand are difficult for the hong kong s.a.o. government to address. >> should the hong kong government, though, look for any kind of compromise? is there any wiggle room for something to give these students to make them feel more secure? their future? and who is legislating for them? >> yeah, you're right.
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i understand. and all party now want to sit down to talk. dialogue is better than confrontation, right? therefore, we are setting up dialogue. but i have to say if the demand raised by the protester are something that cannot be dealt with by the hong kong s.a.o. government, i'm afraid that we will still -- therefore, i think if the meeting is set up for working out future way to go to settle that issue it will be fine. but if they cannot realize that it is unrealistic for their demand, then i'm afraid that we will still be in that. >> we appreciate your input on this. many have said that this issue has created a generational divide. we know many of these people on the streets who are so passionate are young. what does it say about the future of hong kong that they
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have a certain belief, they have certain wants, and despite how this ends up, what do you think this has done to hong kong and just the general feeling about its future with many of its young people? >> yeah, i can understand their aspiration, and my idea work and effort put on that. but therefore, like this morning i attend a large offer, other media sections. i would like to urge all the opinion leader to think and to persuade the protester, especially the young people, to understand how -- what is the practical way to move forward. they have a very ideal world. they have ideal way for democracy, for hong kong, but i'm afraid that we have to let them know that we have to find our practical path in order for hong kong to move to work our
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democratic path. it's not only the government itself with k. settle that situation. i hope all the opinion leader are working very hard like the headmaster from different university. i appreciate them. and i will do my part to calm down my supporter because we also have very different supporter who have very negative feelings toward that occupy central. we don't want confrontation. but we have to let different party understand what is the best way to move forward for hong kong as a whole. >> we certainly appreciate you joining us and your input and wish you well. and people of hong kong. starry lee for us. thank you. we'll have more news right after this.
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