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hello and welcome to al jazeera, i'm tony harris in new york. our top stories, we are learning new details about the man responsible for the washington navy yard shootings. and about the attack that killed 12 people and injured eight. learning the realities of rebuilding in the wake of the colorado floods. and success off of the italian coast, the concordia is floating up right again. ♪ the fbi says it will be investigate every lead and look for any information on aaron
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alexis, the gunman who opened fire at the washington navy yard. the 34-year-old is the only suspect in the attack. the focus today his final tracks and tracking the weapons he used to skill 12 people. mike viqueira joins me now from the washington navy yard, where the search for a motive continues. mike, tell us what you learned today. >> today officials say that aaron alexis used an active legitimate hard pass credential to enter the navy yard, ultimately walking into building 197, and using a shotgun that he legally obtained in nearby northern washington, embarking on this murderous rampage. it turned out it was an extended confrontation with security and law enforcement personnel within that building, building 197, home to the navy sea systems
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command. kathy lanier described the shoot out. >> i can tell you there was multiple engagements with the suspect with multiple different agencies before the final shots were fired, and i would say there was a pretty good period of time with multiple engagements before that, so i can't give you the exact time. >> tony he may have had access to a handgun, aaron alexis officials say, and possibly belonging to a fallen officer. one report they were knocking down today, you may have heard that alexis had access or was carrying a semiautomatic ar-15 rifle. and say that is not the case. >> and i assume there will be a
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review on the security to these fall usties? >> yeah, this is an ongoing debate. the office of management and budget, the director of national intelligence, the department of defense, as well, and one report coming out today quite timely actually, a year-long audit by the department of defense inspector general, they found there were serious flaws in these access protocols and controls at navy installations, the result, 52 felons had routine, unauthorized access to navy installations. and tony i want tend to this report on one grace note. we're just a few blocks from national's stadium. they postponed their game yesterday. today a silent tribute, instead of the usual w they wear on
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their hats, today they wore navy blue hats with an n in tribute of the navy. >> that's nice. law enforcement officials said aaron alexis had been receiving treatment for serious mental illness, and friends in fort worth say he was just about broke. al snyder has more. >> we spoke with a former fort worth roommate and friend of alexis, she showed me this photo that shows him with a wide smile. but before he moved out, he had been upset, complaining the contractor he worked for, wasn't paying him on time or the right amount of money. >> frustrations, yeah, he did. if you are not getting paid on time, anyone would get very frustrated. but not to this point. i still can't imagine that he did this. i still can't imagine that he is
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gone and he took 12 people with him. >> friends say alexis struggled, was behind on his bills, worked at the restaurant and lived rent free. >> he lived with us for about a year now, this last year, and i never saw anything to be alarmed about or any red flags. he was very peaceful, very friendly, and very willing to help. >> reporter: one day after the rampage friends are still stunned. >> it hit me earlier today, and i kind of lost it. i don't want to think about it, really, because we used to joke, you know, he would be my brother from another mother. >> reporter: and mike says he misses his friend but is furious about what he did. and he says he can't help but
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think what he might have been able to say or do to prevent this. >> has anyone shared any thoughts on whether alexis was suffering through bouts of paranoia? >> mike and chrissy, the people you heard in that piece would say no. but the owner of the happy bowl said that alexis always carried a gun with him, because he was afraid someone would hurt him. >> all right. mike snyder for us from fort worth, texas. all 12 victims have now been identified. they are . . .
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eight individuals were injured. they are in the hospital, including a washington police officer who was shot in the leg while responding to the shooting. the two others in the hospital are also recovering from gunshot wounds. the rest suffering non-life-threatening injuries. during a news conference on monday, the chief medical officer of the hospital, made an emotional plea to end gun violence. >> we hold everyone to be precious and -- and we work with everyone as best as we can, and i'm -- quite frankly always shocked at the essenceless trauma and horrific injuries that we see, so my response to her was along those lines. you know, it's -- it just sort
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of -- it -- despair, concern, anger at the fact that this is what we're doing. we're -- we're responding to people doing terribly violent things to other people. >> the u.s. military is ordering reviews of security procedures at all military installations. the reviews come after monday's shootings. rosalyn jordan reports. >> reporter: it's easy to assume that a military installation would be one of the safest places to be, but on monday 12 men and women were shot and killed at the washington navy yard. their killer, aaron alexis was no enemy to stormed the main gate. >> we can confirm that mr. alexis had legitimate access to the navy yard as a result of his work as a contractor, and utilized a valid pass to gain entry to the navy yard. >> reporter: now defense officials and members of
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congress are asking whether security at military installations has been too lax. many with valid military ids can walk or drive on to most installations without ever being searched by military police. visitors are usually screened and their cared inspected. >> i think the military needs to start random inspections of all vehicles. everybody has to have random car inspections. >> the navy secretary as ordered a security review at u.s. installations. his boss, the defense secretary later said he wants that to cover around the entire world. an audit found that navy officials had attempted to reduce costs in screening contract workers, and that meant
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52 convicted criminals received authorized access. access the agency called unacceptable. the admiral who oversees naval security says he welcomes a chance to do better. >> we'll continue to look at this. i'm convinced the investigation that follows this will look in all of the details. >> reporter: despite aaron alexis's troubled past, he didn't have a criminal record. that raises a new question, what will the military be willing to do to guarantee its installations are safe havens for everyone. and the search continues for people who may still be trapped by flood waters in colorado. nearly 1200 people have been rescues. at least eight have been confirmed dead.
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tamara, i'm wondering if the rescue teams manage to find more survivors today? >> reporter: well, tony four people were air lifted out of boulder county area today. so that's good news. what you see behind me, those helicopters are pretty quiet today. more good news. that means the number of people they have to fly in to save, those numbers are diminishing. but we were able to tag along to swift water rescue teams today. they go house by house, many of these homes damaged and some of them destroyed. they have two missions, number one, they are looking for survivors, or someone injured. and they also have a second mission, and that is also to determine -- to assess the damage. a lot of damage, these folks found. 15 people and one dog spent the day and the next few days as
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they combed through the flood-ravaged areas looking for anyone they might be able to help. they'll be out here throughout the next couple of days searchisearc searching those waters. >> tamara how many more people are left to be evacuated? >> here in boulder county, it's a good tip that these helicopters behind us are not flying. that means they are not looking for many more people in boulder? larimer county that may be a different story. >> i should have said rescued and not evacuated. tamara thank you very much. tamara is in boulder county, in boulder, colorado. ♪ i'm dave warren, still a major problem out there with all of the flooding.
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the rivers can stay above flood stage for the next few days. this is the south platte river down there in denver and boller, and this is what it looked like before the flooding, and look at how the river just expands. this is the recent image from nasa, and shows how the flooding has increased the river systems there. we had flash flooding initially, that is the river gauge, went above flood stage last friday, and now it is seeing major flooding, and not expected to go below major flood stage until wednesday or thursday. now all of the water has worked its way into the larger rivers, and conditions like this will linger here for at least the next two or three days. flood warning still in effect for colorado. this is all along the front
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range and to the east. the showers are lifting north, so that will improve conditions for in the next few days. thank you. it is an up popular statistic, the number of people living in poverty. and it is the eve of a crucial fed policy decision. "real money"'s ali velshi is coming up next with details on al jazeera. ♪ >> just to be able to defend the title for once will be awesome, and i've done so well here the past few times i've played, getting to the semis or finals. it's been really, really exciting. i'm happy that i've been able to consistently do well here. >> australian cricket captain
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michael clarke led his team to victory against england, scoring his first tonne. england were bowled out for 227 in pursuit of australia score of 315/7. >> and now take a look at this young man who has more than a few expectations to live up to. this is argen tendulkar son of sachi, in his father the highest run scorer. than the ups and downs of the dow. for instance, can fracking change what you pay for water each month? have you thought about how climate change can affect your grocery bill? can rare minerals in china affect your cell phone bill?
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or how a hospital in texas could drive up your healthcare premium? i'll make the connections from the news to your money real.
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[ technical difficulties ] >> so you are right in saying that for the last couple of years, these have been meeting for most people to ignore, but this one is going to be important. >> why now? is there some risk, ali to doing this? could this move hurt the economy? >> yeah, sure. it may result in try rates going up. interest rates are already up more than a percentage point than where they were back in may. so this is -- if you slow down the housing market right now too much, you could effect the economy. if stocks turn south, you could effect the economy, so the fed is going to be very careful. it's a two-day meeting, and you can be sure they are deliberating, they certainly don't want to be responsible for
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slowing the economy down. >> and what else is coming up? >> i'm going to use a sports car to show you about the fed and your mortgage. and we'll take questions on obamacare and answering them tonight. >> i can't wait for that. all right. "real money with ali velshi." thanks, ali. one in seven americans are living in poverty. the numbers are unchanged from last year, showing no improvement in incomes. the news comes as no surprise to some struggling americans. >> reporter: luck doesn't offer much in this poor neighborhood on chicago's east side, but it's the best crystal can afford. >> everyone says you work hard you'll be able to make it in america. >> reporter: she does work hard but only makes between 250 and
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$350 a week. >> i want to take my kids to disney world one day. >> reporter: her situation isn't that unusual. a new report finds americans still struggling to emerge from the great recession. last year, 46.5 million people lived in poverty. that's virtually unchanged from 2011, but 2.5% higher than before the recession. and middle incomes didn't improve much year-over-year. about 3 million americans who didn't have health insurance in 2011 got it last year, thanks to an improve in hiring. robert kesner says while the census figures indicate the worst could be over, the recessions effects could last for years. >> in this recession, for a five-year decline, many people have been out of work for long
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periods of time, and they may not get back up on their feet adequately. >> reporter: maxine will start a new job soon, boosting her take home pay a little. >> we deserve to be able to feed our children and not have to stress and worry about how we're going to make ends meet. >> reporter: dianestbrook, al jazeera, chicago. there is new concern about deadly germs that have become resistant to antibiotics. doctors have been prescribing unnecessary antibiotics for decades now. the report warns that antibio c
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antibiotics may soon become useless. there are more than 1 million fewer deaths from cancer since 1991. and the number of cancer survivors, now almost 14 million continues to grow, and those living with cancer are leading fuller lives and living longer. ♪ and let's get the sports headlines. now jessica is here. >> certainly an emotional day tony. members of the nationals thanked the navy. nationals players plenty of inspiration in their game too today with the braves. they came from behind to beat the braves 5-3 in the first game
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of their doubleheader. expect drama in the nfl on thursday night. philadelphia, and the chiefs come to down. it's the first time reid will coach against the team that fired him after 14 seasons at the helm. that will be interesting. >> it will. all right. jessica see you later in the program. after nearly 20 months on its side, the concordia is up right. now the grim search begins for the two people who died from the capsize last year. >> reporter: it took all of the day and most of the night, but after a tense 19 hours the kosta concordia was back upright. the cruise ship was wrestled off of the rocking, and now resting on an underwater platform. it looks like a housing block
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hit by an earthquake. >> the damage you see, was from moving ash -- around on the rocks. we were expecting it to be [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: the residents gave the engineers a hero's welcome. >> translator: i was overjoyed. it's unbelievable the amount of work that has been employed in such an extraordinary operation. >> translator: i'm happy that pulled it up right, i'll be happier once it's out of here. >> reporter: divers will now be able to ex-more parts of the ship that were previously impossible. so far the operation has cost
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$800 million, a figure that will grow. costa says insurance won't cover all of the costs. >> the next step is the refloating of the ship. so it will take some time. now we have brought it to the upright position, and what we have to do is put a number of [ inaudible ] on the starboard side in equalize the number of the port side, and eventually we will float the vessel with the help of [ inaudible ] all together. >> reporter: so this filthy floating city will sit for at least another eight months, a reminder of the human error of its captain, and now of the incredible achievement of the engineers. chaos continues in the philippines. the police chief has been taken hostage by fighters in the
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southern philippine city. he was kidnapped when he tried to negotiate with rebels from the national liberation front. >> reporter: reunited with their loved ones after nine days of uncertainty. more than a hundred hostages have been rescued by the military. three shoulders were killed in the operation. >> translator: we were caught up in the middle of the fighting, the military was at the front, while the mmlf was hiding behind us. they used us as human shields. >> reporter: more frighters have been holding about 200 civilians hostages. al jazeera has spoken by phone
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to the commander who is heading the siege. >> translator: we can't just throw away what we fought for more than 40 years, we have no choice but to go back to the struggle. the mmlf will not be solved, because they still won't give us recognition. only death can stop us. [ applause ] >> reporter: the fighters are demanding the implementation the group signed with the government. it opposes peace talks with another separatist group. >> no one needs to die. they can fight what they believe in through other means, legal means, not like this. >> reporter: but the fighters say they have reached the point of no surrender. and still ahead, the impact of two tropical storms that have
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battered both coasts of mexico, and the dangers that face emergency responders and medical professionals. those stories are ahead on al jazeera.
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♪ welcome back to al jazeera. i'm tony harris. here is a look at the headlines. more details are coming out on the aledged navy base gunman. aaron alexis was arrested at least twice for gun-related offenses. he was a subcontractor with hewlett-packard for a navy it project. to honor the victims of yesterday's shooting, defense secretary chuck hagel laid a wreath at the memorial plaza. the wreath is next to the loan sailor statue, which represents anyone who has ever been a part of the u.s. navy. president obama has also ordered that all flags be at half staff until september 20th. the rain has finally stopped in colorado. nearly 1800 people have been rescued from areas that were cut off by washed-out roads.
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some residents have begun making their way back to their flood-ravaged homes. the mass shooting at the navy have raised questions about security. david shuster joins me now. >> tony, like edward snowden, the u.s. is once again trying to piece together an attack from an insider. >> reporter: aaron alexis entered the washington navy yard with valid security clearance. he has been hired to work there as a civilian contractor. as investigators continue examining the crime scene, the big question is how did he get security clearance when there seemed to be so many flags. he was discharged after four
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years for numerous misconduct issues, and he had been arrested twice for recklessly firing a gun, once in a fit of anger. >> all of those instances should have been examined thoroughly for an individual to be given access to a secure location. >> reporter: last month the veteran's administration began treating alexis from serious mental health issues. jay carney acknowledged this case has triggered a system-wide examination. >> they are currently undertaking a review of security clearance policy for certain contractors. and omb is examining standards for contractors and employees across federal southeast, so this is obviously a matter that the president believes and has believed merits review. >> reporter: more than 4.9 million federal government
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workers and contractors hold security clearances. officials conducting background checks review police and credit reports, but the determination as to whether an individual is trustworthy is subjective. and clearances have been granted to people with records of alcoholism, drug use and even criminal conduct. investigators responsible for updating security clearances are stretched thin. >> it's just a very difficult process and it's not getting any easier with all of the new-sources of information coming online, and people's growing ability to evade exposure. >> reporter: in the meantime the u.s. government has been put on notice again that threats and deadly attacks are coming from the inside. the ceo who works -- who runs
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the company, the experts, which was a florida it firm where alexis works, he said today he would not have hired alexis had he known about the brushes with the law. in the meantime, the democrat from delaware is promising a thorough investigation on all of this. >> what might the senator do beyond an investigation. >> he is talk about possibly holding hearings, bringing in defense contractors, and perhaps bringing in the ceo from the florida firm, and if i recalls from the pentagon to talk about who is in charge of determining how this information gets upgraded. >> thanks, david. and we just heard from j.j. green. he is al jazeera's national security contributor and he joins us to talk more about this
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issue. j.j. good to see you again. when a person of this kind of background gets cleared to be a military contractor, what does that say to you? >> it says it is a complicated system. there are multiple layers of information that are constantly flowing in. the background checks take time, they also rely on specific pieces of information, and this information can push it one way or the other. as you know already in this case with this particular individual, there were some activities that took place that didn't necessarily move to the level that would have brought it to the attention of some of the people look into it, for instance the situation in seattle where he was never prosecuted and eventually his record was expunged. so this creates a be it of a gap, and the process is extremely complicated for
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investigators who are trying to pick through in this day and time of constrained budgets and a time when people are trying to hurry up and do things, it is difficult. >> is this necessarily an expensive process? >> without a doubt. >> okay. >> one of the issues that is a problem right now is the stream of sources of information that flow into security clearance processes. all of those things have to be investigated. social media has introduced a whole new element of information, a whole new line of information flowing in addition to the human intelligence they gather from people. and then there's having to check places that people have lived. this too can -- it's -- it's money that is -- is necessary to be expended in order to get to all of these sources. >> and as you just mentioned
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budgets are tight right now. you just moderated panel talking about this particular issue, talking to members of the military and the private sector, what are they saying? >> they are concerned. because the model that is used today looks at someone's background, but as you know, and has been in the case in every single situation where someone has gotten a clearance and then turned around and did something horrible, it's always after that background check is done. so what they are trying to figure out now is how to make -- develop a process that instead of just focusing on the background of the person, they want to check on the person constantly, and make sure that all of the agencies and individuals with charge over these people are doing that, as opposed to periodic, re-examine nations of individuals for these clearances, because sometimes they do approach a deadline or
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period of expiration and they need to be renewed. >> yeah, j.j. in the case of aaron alexis, so there is the subcontractor that runs its check. >> yeah. >> and recommends this guy to be hired. is the onus on the military then to run him through its system and flag him up if there are issues? >> it is. at the end of the day -- everybody is looking at the navy, you know, as a result of this particular situation. everybody is pointing fingers at the military. >> uh-huh. >> so at the end of the day, that's where the buck stops. so that's one of the elements, and one of the people that was represented on this panel is from the military. so the military recognizes regardless of who is doing these checks and if they have a contractor doing these checks or a subcontractor, or
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sub-subcontractor or whatever, at the end of the day everyone is going to look at the military, because that person works on a process or program that is being done for the military. so they are looking to protect themselves and protect people, their human capital that is work on these facilities. >> j.j. appreciate. a federal judge has ordered a new trial for five former new orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations. four officers killed two unarmed people and wounded four others on a bridge in september of 2005. they then conspired with others to cover up the shooting and make it appear justified. the judge said the unusual extensive and bizarre actions of the prosecutors warranted throwing out the convictions. first responders and health-care workers are trained to save lives, but what happens
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when the people they are trying to help becomes the aggressors? a frightening reality in the health care industry. >> reporter: every second counts. a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death. but in some cases, those trained to deal with emergency health needs can go from healthcare worker to victim. roy is an emergency technician in royal oak, michigan. he spent nearly ten years here assisting the sick and injured, but there with days when he has to defend himself against the very people he is trying to help. >> sometimes they come in, they are drunk. they are sleeping in, and then they wake up, and they are combative patients. they start running around, throwing punches, you just never know. >> reporter: doctor terry is the
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chief of emergency medicine at beaumont hospital. he says a recent study finds that although all medical professionals are at risk, nurses are in particular danger. 25% of nurses reported being assault more than 20 times over three years, and verbally abused more than 200 times over the same period. >> our study found that there were no differences when you looked at gender, race, occupation, other than nurses, where victims more often than physicians. >> reporter: more than 20 states have some type of legislation that helps protect health-care workers. the state of michigan is not one of them, but could be. right now lawmakers are working on a bill. until legislators act, health care providers like roy are taking every precaution. >> taking care of these patients is something we do every day,
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and it's frustrating that we have to deal with certain things. >> reporter: doctors are away there is no magic bullet to preventing violent in the workplace. but with the help of education, training, and enhanced security, they hope to prevent anyone from getting hurt or worse killed. the five permanent members of the un security council have been holding private meetings in new york over syria. they are trying to draft a resolution to rid syria of its chemical weapons, and punish damascus. >> reporter: time is running out for the un security council to draft a resolution.
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the permanent five security council members have been holding behind closed doors meetings on tuesdays. the russians already appear to be backing off from the optimism of geneva in part because the u.s., britain and france are insisting on using force language. ban ki-moon urged compliance on all sides. >> based on the scientific facts, i sincerely hope that russia and the united states demonstrate their leadership at this time. >> we talked to doctors. we talked people underground. >> reporter: and human rights watch, there's little doubt who fired the surveys to surveys rockets the un report blames for spreading gas in damascus.
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they have done the math and worked out exactly where the rockets came from. >> if you connect the dots from their report, if you map out the trajectory of the rockets that they identified care rid the sarin gas, they nicely verge to a syrian army base. >> reporter: meanwhile the permanent five will likely go on meeting this week, trying to get a vote before next year's jamboree of world leaders. even if a security council agreement can be agreed by next week, the chemical weapons crisis is likely to overshadow the general assembly. and coming up next, bikers on the road in a place you might
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not expect. this is iraq. ♪ this is the 900-page document we call obamacare. my staff has read the entire thing. can congress say the same? sachin asked the indian media not to put too much pleasure pressure on the teenager. >> my son started his career. it's a humble request if he can live his life like a normal 14-year-old without thinking of
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anything other than falling in love with the sport. (applause) >> some footsteps to follow in. more on the website. check it out. all the details. get in touch with us on twitter and facebook. plenty more from me later, but that is the sport for now. >> thank you. stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is ahead with julie mcdonald, who will be in london for us. for now, goodbye. antonio mora brings you smart conversation that challenges the status quo with unexpected opinions and a fresh outlook. including yours.
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♪ ♪ welcome back, everyone. it is not exactly the hell's angels meet bagdad, but biker gangs are developing in the iraqi capitol. here is our report. >> reporter: like many youth, the world over, showing off comes naturally. this loosely affiliated group of young men call themselves the bagdad knights, and in this city full of check points, lock downs and car bombs, an empty stretch of road is a rare thing.
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their leader calls himself a [ inaudible ] jacky chan. by weekday he's a photographer, but the weekend is all about the bike and finding something for him and his friends to do. >> translator: we set up the club because there is nothing else to do. the government doesn't provide us with places to go. this provides us with chance to get together and enjoy our bikes. >> reporter: some of the bikes can reach high speeds and all of the tricks are self taught. it's a risky business safety wise and legally as well. using the road like this is technically illegal, and the authorities harass the bagdad knights quite a lot, which means they often have to change locations. he says despite what the group calls harassment, they will never give up their bikes. >> translator: it fluns my
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blood. it has been a hobby since i was child. no matter what the police do to us, i will never quit. >> reporter: getting the bikes into iraq is difficult, but it gives them a sense of identity. these men are old enough to remember the worst of the war. bikes give them a chance to think about something other than violence and security, and offers them a reason to look forward to the weekend. ♪ jessica is here with the day in sports and the return of baseball to the nation's capitol. >> absolutely. today's national's game against the brave was a chance for those in the nation's capitol to forget just for a tony moment about the tragedy that took place just yesterday at the navy yard.
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members of the navy were on hand to thank the team for all of their help in the wake of yesterday's events. no doubt an emotional day all the way around as players took the field in front of heavy hearts in front of a city that was mourning. >> almost surreal and unbelievable. you wake up in the morning and there's people getting shot at a block from the stadium. but that's the way it is, and we have got to move on and, you know, prove that we're, you know, capable of moving on from that and being a better nation. >> meanwhile the team served a moment of silence in the first inning of the game. nationals players had plenty of inspiration in their game with the braves. they came from behind to beat atlanta 6-5 in the first game of
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the day/night doubleheader. to football, thing coaches hate about thursday night football games is it's a short week. andy reid didn't have to go through a whole lot of game film getting ready for his date with the eagles on thursday. yes, reid making his return after the eagles fired him as their head coach after 14 years at the helm. reid has his kansas chiefs off to a 2-1 start. and the eagles are 1-1. mixed emotions will no doubt be on hand for reid. but the veteran coach has insisted his focus is on stopping michael vick and the offense. >> we're going to try to score points to the best of our ability, and -- and then on the defensive side, we're going to try not to, you know, allow the opponent obviously to -- to score -- you know, score points.
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i mean that's just -- i think most coaches in this league will probably say the same thing. the offense has just done a heck of a job with installing it and getting a lot done in a short period of time there. so the obvious is the production. so the -- the numbers are -- are great. so you know that it carries over, and -- from the college level you see the high schools and colleges doing it now, really predominantly throughout the country, and so it made that transition into the national football league, and it looks like he has done that very well. >> you know, imagining him on the opposite sideline and seeing him in red, you know, there's something about that, it's different for me, but, you know, i -- i'm just happy coach is happy. i'm happy he had the opportunity to start fresh and do what he loves doing. and there is no other man that loves football more than andy
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reid. >> i talked to andy when i got the job. i told him i had big shoes to fill, and he said you will do a good job, and that was it. >> and they will be retiring donovan mcnabb's jersey as well. >> all right. jess appreciate. thank you. at least 47 people are dead after two powerful storms converged on mexico. the twin storms have affected two-thirds of the country. >> reporter: these are manuel and ingrid. two storms hitting mexico simultaneously from opposite ends. dozens of lives were lost. thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged. >> translator: we are waiting for boats to come to take us
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across. we have waiting since last night. and there is no sign of help from the authorities. >> reporter: a state of emergency in place as heavy rains are still hampering rescue work. major roads have been blocked and air traffic has been disrupted. >> translator: two simultaneous events. it has effected more than two-thirds of national treasury. there have been three states currently that have not been effected. >> reporter: state authorities say they are providing food and shelter as best as they can, but for more than three dozen people, man made defenses were no match for the extreme weather phenomenon. as some grieve the deaths of their loved ones, others are
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still missing. warnings of flash floods and landslides are still in place. when we come back, david warren will have more on the mexican storm situation, and then at the top of the hour, it's "real money with ali velshi." >> coming up on "real money," i'll use this card to explain how the federal reserve affects your mortgage. and we'll clear up the confusion about obamacare and answer some questions. and what is it like to live on minimum wage? one man shares his story. all of that and more on "real money." real money.
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♪ i'm dave warren, welcome back. as we look at the tropics right now, mexico specifically, the remnants of the storms over the country, but we see some in the caribbean. still watching the tropics there, fairly active now. finally a break in colorado. this storm that has been there, that was over the southwest for days has brought all of that moisture into the colorado area, but now it is beginning to lift to the north. severe weather breaking out around idaho and western colorado and wyoming there. the area is under a severe thunderstorm watch. severe storms are possible in the next few hours. there are many warnings in effect in this area.
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that storm will then move east and impact the entire country over the next few days. heavy rain over montana, and bringing all of the warm air with it. temperatures into the 80s, that will all spread, and bring rain with it. the satellite radar shows exactly where it is now in the northwest. let's go look at chicago and you see how it gets warmer from tomorrow to thursday. there's the storms on friday, and then cooler dry air moves in. that storm impacting the midwest in the next few days. as it moves to the east, it brings warmer air, and we could have frost forming in the northeast. stay right here. headlines are coming up. ♪
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welcome to al jazeera. i'm tony harris. here are tonight's top stories. we are learning more about the aledged navy base gunman, aaron alexis. alexis was arrested at least twice for gun-related offenses, and was discharged from the navy in 2011 to honor the victims of yesterday's navy yard shooting, chuck hagel laid a wreath at the u.s. memorial plaza next to the loan sailor statute which represents anyone who has ever served in the united states navy.

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