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welcome t to al jazeera america. president obama considers cutting aid egypt after weeks oh of bloodshed. billions is on the line. burning up, more than 50 wild fires out of control this wes in states and they are running out of resources. >> in bangladesh, how put americans are putting lives in danger.
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>> we begin in egypt. the violent and bloody change of government there. the u.s. is rethinking its relationship, powerful mideast allie. president obama met with his security advisors today about possibly cutting the billions of aid to egypt. the same time the white house is condemning accusations by turkey's prime minister that israel had a hand in the overthrow of president morsi. we are watching developments in washington but first this report from jane ferguson. >> reporter: anti-military retestprotests in egypt has cha. they replace the demonstrations. here, around a thousand people gathered around the migathered .
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>> translator: i'm here to say no with an open chest. i know there are murders from the army and thugs with the police at any moment but i am standing here steadfast with us. >> reporter: the protests are daily now and they are noisy. they are in honor to protest and to avoid the serious crack downs. on tuesday, the anti-coup alliance says it has a new tactic to try to maintain. >> translator: the situation in this is tense what we do in each area and also depends on the curfew. there's demonstrations. every government has its own. some you will find -- the change in protests. >> reporter: the presidential candidate, the country called
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terrorism. that's the way those supporting the military-led government have been referring to those opposed to them. >> translator: issue needs to be raised. will anyone accept egypt to be a victim of a terrorism. this is the issue, egypt will not accept terrorism, at this time, egypt is against violence and terrorism has a road map. >> reporter: until recently, former vice president was part of that government. he's expected to face trial over his resent resignation in protest of the crack down on protestors. the legal action has been brought by a civilian e a civil. these people don't have that and say they will continue to protest for the foreseeable future. jane ferguson, al jazerra,
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cairo. th the muslim brotherhood hs been -- it's been banned or oppressed but some have been tolerated by egyptian leaders in the past. widespread support among the poor among social services such as medical, care, education, food and clothes. the brotherhood has done the same in other countries. it has a large presence in syria and jordon and hamas. what's the reaction there on the arrest for the spiritual leader of the brotherhood? >> reporter: well, that arrest of the spiritual leader mohammed resounded too, i guess we should have to say, some time tomorrow or the next day, there will be some form of demonstration mounted because of that.
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nasar city is seen as an important blow to the muslim brotherhood but it is also important as you just mentioned to take a look at the history of the muslim brotherhood a little bit and put all of it in perspective and he has been replaced by his right hand hand who is mahmod-ibahim. he's under arrest and one is being sought is new to the brotherhood and really new. both of these men were arrested by abdul nasaar. they spent time in prison at that point and the again afterward so they're familiar with being rounded up and basically picked up by military regimes that run the country. nevertheless, the muslim brotherhood which is stronger
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today than it has been through previous years will have a response to this. they're calling it a response, not a retaliation so we'll see what that means but certainly we expect some activity out in the streets maybe as soon -z a morning. john? >> maybe some legal action taking against the president mohammed elbardei? >> mohammed is in austria which is his long time where he worked with the atomic agency and won the nobel peace prize with them. he's been there for some period of tim time p-fr that. he's not that well known to egypt here. he was the vice president for the military regime briefly for a period of a month. he's back, yes, they're trying to charge him with basic breech to leaving the vice presidency as we were a little bit earlier. that is a misdemeanor and it has
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been brought by a private report and apparently that only leads to a small fine. but it's just an effort once again to go after some of the previous people that hamas -- essentially, everybody rounded up no matter where they are. >> all right, thanks for the report. the situation here, al jazeera mike vacheria is live in washington. >> reporter: john the president convened his national security kwoupb silnational securitycoun. that egypt and what to do with the u.s. aid that's still flowing among the carnage and the killing. under mounting pressure to halt payments to egypt. today a plat denial by the white house that u.s. aid has already been cutoff. >> this is not a faucet in which you just turn the spiket and it
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continues to flow. >> reporter: he says the president is looking at his options. >> the aid have gone out since the announcement of this. it was announced earlier, yes. >> reporter: hanging in the ballot in the united states in aid. why not stop the flow. said one u.s. official t "it's complicated." the aid covers an estimated of the egyptians military procurement. egyptian and the united states have plans t to jointly manufacture tanks. egyptian officers routinely train in the united states including abdul fatal-asisi. he's the head of the interim government but there are also larger regional security issues where the american government
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meets egyptian cooperation. security an u.s. warships routinely trance -- and events in egypt fuel the call to cutoff aid. the spiritual leader mohammed madia brought this from the white house. >> that is not in law with the standard that we expect other governments to uphold in terms of human rights. >> reporter: american officials is deep and multifaceted. a decision to cutoff aid could carry wide repercussions. >> mike, u.s. aid is not tall story. this country provides egypt with $$1.5 billions if aid each other. it should go to the military. last year the european union pledged $6.5 billion in grants. auaudsaudi arabia pledged the
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billions. >> reporter: it underscores the point we're trying to make in this. it's about more than just the money. and saudi arabia said they would cover if the united states were to withdraw its aid even temporaryly. it is about about security. in 1970 just behind me in the front lawn in the white house here the peace treaty was signed. ever since then, since 1 1979 if you add it up, egypt has been the number two recipient of foreign aid behind israel. it's about general security. it's about the suez canal and lots of things that they're not even talking about at this point. >> all right, mike vaqueira at the white house. thank you very much. more than 50 wild fires causing evacuations. thousands of personnel are with
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the flames under control. two of the worst are in idaho where more than 100,000 acres are have burned. more than 11 states living togee
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front. >> reporter: chances are a wildfire is greater by. with fire season in swing throughout the west, these air tankers especially equiped to fight fires are in high demand. they're called maps which stand for modgula airborne power system. they can drop their entire load iof fire retar retardant in juse seconds. idaho caught up with two fire fe centers in boise. the captain gave us a tour on a
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rare down time. for weeks they have been flying almost daily to fight large fires that have hundreds of acres. they can get off the ground very quickly as we saw firsthand. what we're seeing is in return. this plane just came back. the fire retardant will reload and hit it again. it's a joint program and the forest service actually owns the tank pumps. military flies the planes. >> you're essentially air traffic control. is that one sitting on the run way here? >> it's sitting there active. so it' in boise. >> we've been using maps all summer to support the fleet. they're good. they're professional. they do a great job. >> reporter: the map missions are critical in the bone-dry west. they're also dangerous. >> the smoke. the flame.
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the exploding trees. >> reporter: last, a one crashed while fighting a fire in south dakota, four members died. the first fatalities. >> friends -- >> reporter: last year's crew the crew had morehey are follows in idaho tonight. thank you. well, inmates rights advocates are condemning the move that will elect california who are on strike. one of the states one in 23 inmates stopped eating on july 8th. testing gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement sometimes for
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decades. some inmates are still refusing food. they may have no choice. al jazeera tracy grant has the latest from san francisco. >> reporter: the ruling yesterday that allows california corrections to refeed the 130 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals the last days. it's a case by case. this time, henderson orders so that mediate action can be taken for inmates who may be in failing health. the health of california inmates was appoint odd to make sure. the state complys with the constitution. the office says the federal and state governments want to air on the side and ensure we hav appropriate proposal in place. one of the groups that lobbied
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the provision. he says many people are misinterpreting the court order. it's causing canning inmates to sfarve themselves. it allows prison medical staff to the use their own provision and their own ruling for prisoners who may be income pass tateed. >> the order guarantees that the order of the preus nor will be respected. >> the practice of the meeting could have feeding from prisoner's noses and in to their noses. he says the judge's ruling has turned the prisoners and a peaceful protest in to a violent one. reminiscent of boy.
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>> the most humane thing in good faith with reasonable demands, instead the cdcr and unfortunately, the health system is piled on top. we feel like that's outrageous. >> reporter.>> so tracy joins um san francisco. what does the hunger strike mean for the policies in california f the ones that came up with a bit of saeltment to som settlement e
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prisoners but right now it still goes on. if the health of the prisoners actually gets in the way, they will have mediateediate plans to force feed anyone. >> thanks so much for the update. >> and up next, do cover investigation by al jazeera. made most likely by children. .
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♪ the sentencing phase for robert bales began this afternoon. he pleaded guilty to murdering 16 afghan civilians last year. prosecutors went through the crimes bales committed offering details of how he broke into homing chasing victims. the youngest victim just 12 years old. tanya today's proceedings we should hear from more of them as the testimony continues. we heard from the elder who described in great detail his
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family members being shot. at one time he broke down in tears and walked out of the courtroom. we also heard from a 15-year-old boy resume tomorrow. >> tanya thank you for that up tait. child labor remains a serious problem in many parts of the world. and tonight we focus on child workers in bangladesh. more than a decade -- more than
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a thousand people were killed after a building that housed several garment factories collapsed. al jazeera traveled to the capitol city and her investigation some 12 year olds sewing jeans. >> reporter: bangladesh is the cheapest country in the world to make clothing. government regulation is lax, and companies aren't legally required to make insurer insurers -- sure workers are safe. we traveled to the capitol to investigate safety conditions. this is one of very many subcontracting factories at the bottom of the supply chain in bangladesh. there is no fire extinguisher or fire exit. it's just a shack in someone's
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backyard. we found children as young as 12 working on old navy pants. >> reporter: old navy is owned by gap, inc., one of the largest clothing companies in the world. since the building collapse in april, there has been pressure on companies to monitor conditions in their factories. but worker advocates acknowledge if one business closes others spring up in its place, or in other countries where so many are desperate to help their families. how old are you? do you go to school? how much money do you make here? 2,500 is $32 a month.
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the minimum age to begin working in bangladesh is 14, or 18 if conditions are hazardous. 12 year olds are allowed to perform light work, meaning jobs that won't prevent them from attending school. shoely told us she sometimes works as long as 14 hours a day. gap declined to give us an on-camera interview. they gave us a statement saying the products we found were, quote, counterfeit or improperly acquired. but through the bar codes, we were able to match the a garments to old navy stores right here in the us. gap added that it strictly prohibits any vendor from employing underage workers. in 2007 a british journalist found children as young as ten
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making clothes for the gap store. at the time the company said such violations are rare and pledged to stop using child labor once and for all. you can watch more of that story on fault lines. tune in at 7:00 pm eastern on sunday. we ask someone from gap to appear on our program tonight, but they declined. instead gap's lawyers told us the company has carried out its own investigation and gave us this response. it says . . .
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scott nova is the executive director of worker right's consortium, and he joins us from washington tonight. welcome, scott. >> good evening. >> what do you make of this story? >> it demonstrates despite the claims of gap, and other retailers that in fact what they are allowing are grievous abuses of workers, including use of child labor and workers working in grossly unsafe factories because it is highly profitable to do so. unsafe factories are a problem throughout the gloeblt industry. the issue of worker safety is particularly grave in bangladesh. you have fires or roof collapses and the death tolls can be
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extremely high, but it's a global problem driven by the policies of retailers like gap who put so much pressure on places like bangladesh to meet ever lower prices. >> what about u.s. sanctions, could they help? >> the u.s. government has imposed significant trade sanction recently on bangladesh that is creating some incentive for the government to change its ways. but it fails to regulate the practice of factories because they believe that's what foreign buyers like gap and wal-mart want. the main reason it is so cheap is because of lax regulation by the government, so as long as buyers continue to insist on rock bottom production costs by their factories the government won't regulate and workers will continue to be exposed to these kind of abuses and dangers. >> and consumers ignore it because it is the cheapest. >> consumers care about this,
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but they get very little information about what is going on in these factories. they don't want their clothes made by workers who take their lives into their hands when they go to work, but those are the only choices they are offered, and that is what has to change. >> all right. scott thanks for your incite we appreciate it. >> thank you. marijuana is now legal in washington state and that could mean a whole new source of income for the inform there. we'll take a look at the business of pot in washington. i'm in california where the san francisco bay bridge is finally after years of construction about to open. ♪
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♪ ♪ welcome back to al jazeera, i'm john siegenthaler. president obama met with his national security team to discuss cutting some of the billions of dollars it sends to
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egypt every year. federal fire firms declared the two wildfires burning out of control in idaho as its top priorities. more than 1700 people are battling just one of the fires which has cost more than $11 million already. thousands are still under mandatory evacuations. the suspect in shooting of an atlanta area elementary school now in custody. the s.w.a.t. team rushed to the scene after the gunman fired at least one shot. a school district spokesman said no injuries are reported and all students are safe as the u.s. government and leaders overseas try to pressure egypt's military to end its violent crack down. all eyes are focused on el-sisi. and david shuster joins us now for his insider report.
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>> john, the most direct information the united states has from general sisi comes from chuck hagel. the two men bonded months ago over lunch and then in a series of phone calls. they have been speaking nearly every day for weeks, and yet sisi denied the request to respect protests. >> the honor of protecting the will of the people is more valuable to us and to me personally than the honor of ruling giment. i swear to god on this. >> this general who has never fought in combat is 58, born in cairo, and had four children. >> i understand he spent some time in the u.s.? >> seven years ago we attended the war college in pennsylvania. he wrote a paper entitled "democracy in the middle east,"
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arguing that muslim is as much a cornerstone of democracy as christianity. shortly after morsi became the first-ever democratically elected egyptian president, he name sisi commander of the military. but as morsi came increasingly unpopular, sisi began distancing himself from the president. by all accounts sisi is exceptionally shrewd and calculating. u.s. officials also tell us despite the general's continued willingness to talk to secretary hagel and others, when it comes to reactions in egypt from americans and others, he remains unconcerned. >> all right. thank you. now give me your reaction -- is this general an important player in egypt? >> right now he is, certainly.
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he seems to be very much in control. >> give me your assessment of the landscape there right now. >> it's chaotic. this is a country that is going through tremendous turmoil. it has been deep divisions that have exploded into increasingly deep divisions, and the possibility for national reconciliation, a peaceful resolution seems to be diminishing by the day. >> the military is saying the violence or intervention is a temporary necessity. do you believe that? >> i frankly am stunned by the violence and what has happened in egypt, and i'm deeply concerned about the possibility of it escalating. >> why did the military take that action in your mind. >> i think for a number of reasons. there was popular support in the street. we saw millions of people complaining about the ineptitude
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of the muslim brotherhood. and they saw this as an opportunity to crush an organization that dominated politically. >> the white house said had discussion about u.s. aid to egypt. how important is that aid? >> how important it is to egypt? it's not that important in that it's a small -- >> a billion and a half. >> a billion and a half, but they are getting over 12 billion must from their gulf allies. but it represents a cornerstone of the u.s./egyptian relationship, which has been a very long, deep, involved relationship over decades, and it also -- it's not aid that is going to people in the street, it is going primarily to the military, and provides them the opportunity to shop for military equipment that they can't get
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anyplace else. >> mohammed badie, how will egyptians respond to that. >> he did not poll at all well during elections, and he is someone who i think is looked upon with some chagrin in egypt. but to me, this is again, an escalation of what is happening there. this deep division in the country, to go after him and accuse him of ineffective treason, the suit is at this point a misdemeanor, but to even be questioning his loyalty to the state, i think again is escalating what is going on. >> isabel thank you very much. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. recreational marijuana use is now legal in washington state, and it could mean a lot
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of tax money for that state. it will license and regulate growers, producers, and retailers. >> reporter: somewhere in rural thurston county, jeff gilmore looks over this summer's crop of god bud. his marijuana roots run deep. >> i'm midwestern born. good moral center. been a career pot dealer my entire life. >> reporter: he says for years he has been giving away his pot to people who need it for medicine. >> i dreampt it. just like every kid dreams of playing in the world series. i was always dreaming of the day it would be recreational. >> reporter: what he plans is a modest growing operation, a
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quarter million dollars expansion of his current farm. not perfection not mass production is the goal. keep it small and local. >> the people that want to open up 40 shops and control the market and be the wal-mart of marijuana, you know, smaller is better. >> reporter: but the state of washington is expecting a big payoff. pot will be taxed here as its grown, packaged and sold. revenue estimates vary, but the state is expecting $2 billion plus over the first five years. under federal law this will be one of the biggest illegal drug operations in the country. understate law it's just a new voter approved regulatory structure. rick garza runs the agency that is writing the rules. he is well aware that what used to be criminal elements will now
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likely be a big part of washington's brave new marijuana world. >> i think there are a lot of people who want to winter -- enter the marketplace legally. >> get busy or get out of the way, we're coming. >> reporter: and coming soon if all works as planned to a pot store just down the street. marijuana is legal for recreational use in two states, colorado and washington. nine other states have legalized it for medical use. on this fro former washington state attorney general rob mckenna. thanks for being with us. >> you bet. glad to be here, thanks. >> thank you. we heard in that piece that if everything goes as planned, do
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you suspect everything is going to go as haven't said whether or not they are going to enforce federal law under which production, distribution, and sale is illegal. so the states are moving forward with their regulations, but they actually don't know whether the federal government will allow them to keep the tax revenues they are expecting to raise. >> you were against this law. is it just because of the conflict between the local and
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marijuana by young people is going to increase in this new world, and that's a concern. >> the hempfest was in seattle this past weekend. i guess that has been going on for several years now, but they were celebrating this law. do you -- you really believe that it's going to have a negative impact on the state of washington. can you
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generated. assuming the federal government allows the state to seattle. good to see you. we'll talk to you again. thanks. it was damaged by a earthquake in 1989, now the
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costly reopening of the san francisco oakland bay bridge is just weeks away. the city spent a whopping $6.3 billion to reopen the bridge. when it reopens it will run ten lanes wide over a 2.2 mile stretch. and at the highest point it will stand 525 feet above the water, around put on a boat bound for san francisco. the view from the east at sundown as you approach san francisco and the beautiful bay
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bridge. after years of waiting residents will soon start driving down the new span in what has become one of the most expensive infrastructure projects in the country. the journey to arrive at this moment has hardly been smooth. structural safety has challenged engineers. two major fault lines cut through this area. in the 1989 earthquake, the one that broke the bridge, remains strong in many californian minds. this bridge has been built to withstand the largest earthquake expected over a 1,500 year period. part of that includes a suspension section. it has been engineered to last a century. getting an infrastructure project of this size off of the ground takes years and lots of political will. there have been mayoral and
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state-level battles are controversy along the way. and then there's the cost. so the builders went off to where americans usually go to get a discount, china. two years ago al jazeera vis it issed the steel producer that built the deck materials for the bay bridge. made in china, assembled in the united states. the spoke to the head of the bay authority. he said if there was an earthquake he would want to be on the bridge. meeting him again, i asked him if he still feels the same way? >> sure, i do. we're two years closer on the an earthquake and that bridge will do just fine. >> reporter: in the end it wasn't steel from china that caused problems, steel bolts from ohio broke during testing. after three independent
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invest -- investigations, experts gave the go ahead for the bridge's opening. >> i'm not so sure. >> you know, you just never know these days, you know? people rush through to get things done. >> reporter: but transportation officials say the science is solid. the repairs more than sufficient. >> i think they should be reassured. i -- there have been a lot of news stories about the new span, but none of them has produced any credible evidence that it's less safe than the old bridge, and it is orders of magnitude safer. it is built to modern seismic standards. >> reporter: for more than 20 years drivers have crossed this bridge. for 20 years every time someone made this commute, they knew they might be taking a risk.
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finally the new bridge is here fo is good to go. >> quite an amazing structure. thank you. the makeup of a long-term
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cure. >> we'll be watching. joey chen thanks very much. some big name ball play verse been speaking up about steroid suspensions. gary sheffield says alex rodriguez's suspension isn't going far enough. michael eaves has more next.
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♪ well it took them more than 40 years, but the only team in nfl history to go a whole season undefeated finally made it to the white house. president obama celebrated perfection with the 1972 miami dolphins. they presented the president with an autographed jersey, and obama shared a few words of praise. >> coach shula retired with more wins than any coach in history. each time that record has been challenged, team after team has fallin short. >> michael eaves joins us to talk more about that. the president was having a lot of fun with those guys. >> he is so comfortable in that environment. i think he looks forward to those moments, takes away some of the other tense issues he has in the white house. we have some suspensions to talk
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about. two days after he plunked alex rodriguez, ryan dempster has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount. dempster's suspension starts tonight as boston continues its road series in san francisco. and yankees manager joe girardi also hit with a fine for arguing with the home plate umpire. gary sheffield never had a problem sharing his opinions, and as ross tells us, that also applies to steroids. >> reporter: gery sheffield was a nine-time all star. now retired from the game, st h steph -- sheffield chimed in on
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alex rodriguez. >> my whole take is it's a process, and that's what i had to learn. no matter what people think, you are guilty or not guilty, there is a process that has to take place. and when a-rod first got caught, my first initial reaction was, wow. you know. after all of these years i'm thinking you are this kind of player, but you had to do -- resort to this just to be that player. it just seems to me that he is not respecting the system. and they have a system in place, and if you fail once and you are still doing it after that, that means you are not respecting the system and you just feel like you can't play without it. >> reporter: if you were the commissioner of baseball how would you handle the alex rodriguez situation? >> if you are injecting yourself with something and that's a straight steroid, ban for life.
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if somebody said they had a prescription or somebody said that they are doing something else, you have got to take their word for it if they have the paperwork, but if you don't, and you are injecting yourself to enhance yourself, i think that's a ban for life. everything else should be considered within the guidelines of the system. >> reporter: how much anger average did you have when you were linked to the alleged steroid use? >> they still to this day can't tell you what i did. they say he did this, or he did that. what do you mean? you know, when you are talking about how i got involved -- because my wife wrote a check for some vitamins, and they raided the company and saw the check -- >> reporter: because they are open about it about how you trained this berry and they put some cream on your legs. >> i just had two leg surgeries,
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and when i was swatting -- when i squatted like three days after surgery my stitches burst, both legs. they exploded. so i put this on my legs to get to the hospital, and when i got to the hospital they restitched me, and i never used anything else in my life. so why would i put something on my leg to go to the hospital to hit -- home runs? it makes sense. >> reporter: he admits he doesn't watch baseball much these days. some very honest words there. >> i didn't know he was an agent. interesting. >> yeah. >> thank you, michael. "america tonight" premiers in just a few minutes and kevin corriveau will be along with a check of your weather forecast.
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♪ ♪
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mission. >> there's more to america, more stories, more voices, more points of view. now there's are news channel with more of what americans want to know. >> i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." this is "america tonight." sglovrjs our -- >> our news coverage reveal more of america's stories. my name is ranjani chakraborty, i'm from houston, texas, and i'm an associate producer for america tonight. i grew up in a very large, loud indian family. they very much taught me how to have a voice, and from a very young age i loved writing, and i love being able to tell other people stories. the way to do good journalism is to really do your research, to know your story, to
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get the facts right, and to get to know the people involved in your story. america tonight and al jazeera america, it's a perfect place for that to happen. ♪ hello again. we are looking at a very dangerous situation going on right now as we go into the evening time frame here in the northwestern part of the united states, but also in many areas of the west. we have been talking about idaho, but look at all of the wildfires that are burning in about ten states if you include alaska. and the intensities are going up or down depending on the day. right now we're focusing on idaho, but as you can see all the way through parts of oregon, california, nevada, utah, as well as new mexico. that is the big problem. but the big problem right now is these thunderstorms down here.
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they are making their way up towards the north. we are getting a little bit of shower activity here. but we're also getting the light owning. that is the lightning that actually started some of these fires. up to the north it's fairly dry. boise right now is at 95. you have hit and max heating so your temperatures are coming back down. we expect light maybe a little bit moderate rain, but we need this rain to be a little bit heavier to get a real handle on the wildfires. down towards the southeast the rain is letting up just a little bit, but by tomorrow night it is going to kick up again, especially in georgia, carolina, tennessee and kentucky. temperatures for parts of the area, right now atlanta is at 83. your headlines are next. ♪
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♪ welcome to al jazeera, i'm john siegenthaler. here is a look at the headlines. president obama met with his national security team to discuss cutting some of the billion dollars in aid the u.s. seconds to egypt every year. the white house has not made any final decisions. the federal fire officials declared the two wildfires burning out of control in idaho as its top priorities. 1700 people battling just one of the fires. thousands are still under orders to evacuate if necessary. the blaze cost more than $11 million already. the suspect at a


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