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>> they observe. and report... >> kidnapping is a very real problem... >> journalists on the front lines... >> sometimes that means risking death >> getting the story, no matter what it takes >> that's what the forth estate is all about... that's why i'm risking my life... >> killing the messenger on al jazeera america this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm michael eaves. with a look at today's top stories. a dramatic clash between israelis and palestinians. air strikes as confess to killing a palestinian teenagers. pope francis meets with victims of sex abuse and apologizes. washington state, for the first
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time issues licenses to sell medical marijuana. tensions are rising, air strikes in gaza after rockets were fired into southern israel. at least nine people were killed in those air strikes. hamas is vowing revenge for their deaths. last week's killing of a palestinian teenager has confessed to the crime. calling up israeli reservists in almost two years. are nick schifrin is in jerusalem. nick tell us more about this dramatic escalation from both sides. >> yeah, basically we are looking at the most tense moamenmoments between israelis d
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palestinians perhaps in the last five to six years. >> obviously technical difficulties with nick schifrin in jerusalem. i believe he's back right now. nick i'm sorry we had technical difficulties we only caught the very first part of your report. >> reporter: yeah, basically, this is most tense time along the gaza border in about a year and a half. that's when the israeli military launched the large operation there. if you add the tension in jerusalem and northern israel it is perhaps the most tense point as we've had in five or six years. according to israeli military you've got more than 40 rockets fired in just the last couple of hours into cities as far as 50 miles from the border of gaza and at least 12 of those have been intercepted by the iron
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dome missile defense system. israel is really escalating. the point here is they have moved troops to the border, they have called up reservists, the first time they have done this in a year and a half. and again the iron dome missile system. this is what is blocking some of those rockets from falling into cities but israeli officials meeting tonight say how much more can we truly put up with before we escalate inside gaza. that is the issue, israel is firing more missiles into gaza and palestine is firing into israel. >> reservists outside from looking in, i hate to say this that war could be imminent between these two sides. is that the feeling through jerusalem and the surrounding
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regions? >> reporter: i think everyone is fearful, everyone is shocked at how quickly this has escalated but i think it's important to say this. the they'll military has -- the israeli military has used some very specific language. hamas has also said, we do not want to escalate. we are ready to escalate but at this time don't want to. that's what you hear from both sides. so no, by no means is war imminent or inevitable. there is still a discussion going on. still time to discuss this. but clearly, the tension is so high that the liked o likelihoor strikes, the likelihood of that is increasing the pressure on the israeli government to do that among the israeli public is increasing that is oreal cauldron into which this is -- a
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real cauldron. >> that cauldron could only use a spark and this could grow into a huge flame. nick schifrin in jerusalem. increasing number of rockets being fired into israel. al jazeera stephanie decker has more from southern israel. >> the sound that all is not well here. this is kibitz nahim next to the gaza strip. we are told this is outgoing israeli artillery fire. there have been answer increase of rockets landing here. need to do more to contain it. >> government security ministers and prime ministers and others have come and gone. we need use those arms. there's no choice it seems in the face of terror you need to beat it on the head and to remove the 12,000 missiles they
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have underneath ground. >> reporter: israel's foreign minister cited what he said is a soft approach to gaza. and joint party meeting he had with benjamin netanyahu and the lehud party. it is a blow to netanyahu's government. >> the borders are burning inside israel. the division lines between jeuss and palestinians, higher and higher no leadership. it hits netanyahu at its weakest point. >> acts of racism there has been a steady stream of rockets being fired across the border. gaza lies over there in the distance. now it's isolated by a wall, palestinians have no control over their border. fighters say, next to gaza all his life. he says in his opinion the
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israeli government isn't doing enough to move towards peace with their palestinian neighbors. >> i'm waiting for both sides, especially from our side, to do something to understand the other side, to respect them. to respect their aspirations, to respect their narrative. you don't have to agree with it. you don't have to accept it. but you can respect it. >> reporter: arnon admits his view is not a common one here. but seeing as both sides are here to say he argues that the only way to move forward is to dialogue and not by military action. stephanie decker, al jazeera, southern israel. responsibility for two deadly bombings near baghdad. imran khan reports, the government forces are pushing back taking the fight to the rebels. >> reporter: this is what activists say is the aftermath of a barrel bomb. a barrel bomb is exactly that.
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war crime if dropped on civilians. local forces say the bombs were dropped by helicopter. but an iraqi military spokesman dismissed the accusation. he went on to say a senior military commander had died in another attack. >> the head of the sixth brigade was martyred while he was visiting the innocent unarmed civilians. it happened when the terrorists used mortar rounds from fallujah. the heroic martyr was seriously injured in addition to a number of civilians. he died and joined the other martyrs on iraq's war on terror. >> are the islamic state of iraq and the levant previously known as i.s.i.l, so does the political stalemate, last
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wednesday iraq's politicians met for the opening of rk parliament. at that opening they were supposed to have elected a speaker of the house. had they done that the 45 day meeting would have elected a prime minister. now scheduled for this wednesday it is now postponed until early august. few people in iraq are confident that the politicians are able to agree on what comes next. internationally, the u.s. and u.k. say they cannot offer any more help into a new government is in place and the longer iraqi politician he delay it seems the more entrenched and confident the islamic state becomes. imran khan, al jazeera, baghdad. veght investigating whether syria declared all of its chemical weapons stockpile. investigators are talking to syria about potential
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discrepancies. hundreds of tons of chemicals seized from syria are being destroyed. thorough fraud investigation, preliminary results show that former finance minister ashraf glain ha ghani k ahead of abdalla abdalla. >> well ahead of his competitor abdalla abdalla. with 4.4 million votes to abdalla's 3.4 million. ghani had come in second in the first round. >> 56.44% for ashraf ghani and 45.6% for abdalla. >> reporter: the election commission says these results are not final. now another commission takes over to investigate complaints. fraud allegations delayed this announcement by five days. perhaps the biggest objection will that be nearly 8 million
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ballots were cast, a million more than in the first round. abdalla insists that more than 2 million votes are fraudulent. he didn't want any results announced before her his allegations were investigated. >> what is the solution for it? or in the other side, we are saying that auditing should take place. >> ghani said he did so well in his second round because he was able to mobilize his supporters especially women. his party members want 11,000 ballot boxes reexamined for irregularities before they will accept the results. jennifer glasse, al jazeera, exul. >> threimul. kabul. >> a cargo train was crog
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cross -- cross being that bridge at the time. ukrainian forces drove them out of slovyansk and other towns. more than 60 girls have escaped from borno state say they got away from boko haram on friday. meanwhile the nigerian government says it was closer to finding nearly 200 girls kidnapped by boko haram in april. a plane apparently carrying more undocumented immigrants landed in san diego today. this is the third time in a week a plane full of central american migrants landed. more than 100 women and children got off the plane and boarded waiting for buses. they were taken to a u.s. border facility in san ysidro for
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processing. the number of migrants will be deported is preparing to ask for congress for $2 billion to deal with a growing cries on the southwest border. libby casey is at the white house. libby are we getting a better sense what the obama administration wants to do with that $2 billion? >> we do michael. we're largely talking about funding to process through the legal system the children who come mostly from central american countries like el salvador and guatemala and emergency measures to house and care for them until they go before the courts. we're talking about more than 52,000 unaccompanied children who have been detained this year alone and women and children and there's real question whether some of these kids would be able to stay in the u.s. on humanitarian grounds, especially those who already have family in
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the country. president obama called this a humanitarian crisis. the white house wassing strict in its push back, largely they would be sent back home. here is white house spokesman josh ernest. >> it is unlikely these children will qualify for humanitarian relief. which is to say that most of them will not have a legal basis, will not be found through that core process to have a leel basis to stay in this country. dashes a legal basis to stay in this country. >> returned to work today but only about a month before they will recess for rest of the summer. how are members of congress reacting to this plan from the white house? >> president obama getting push back from both sides of the aisle. some democrats saying that this plan could leave children in the lurch and put them in danger, sending them back to questionable situations in their
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home countries. others say the president is sending mixed signals about those who come to the united states illegally. jeff sessions questioned what this money would go for. >> so it is a disturbing thing to me that we're in this situation. and $2 billion, make no mistake about it is a lot of money. we work hard around here to try opay for things that we need to by saving money here and saving money there. and now the president just sends over a message i'm going odemand $2 billion. >> and the white house is not just looking for money michael, it is also looking for increased authority for the department of homeland security and presidential authority is a big thorny issue for members of congress who say he has demanded far too much already. >> speaking of the president he heads to texas on wednesday but he is staying clear of the border. how are the critics responding? >> he is going down there for
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fund raisers. no plans to visit the border. democrats are defending that, saying he has many people on the ground who are visiting the border. he is getting push back from republicans who says he needs to be down there and see the situation firsthand. at this point just for fund raisers, that's the purpose of the texas visit this week. >> libby casey, reporting live from the white house. governor jan brewer's executive order denying driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, who avoided deportation, unequal treatment by the state. governor brewer called the decision misguided. she is saying the state is deciding whether to appeal. heavy rains are hoped to hold off. two mississippi bridges are closed due oflooding.
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the national weather service -- nearly 21 feet over the weekend. meteorologist dave warren is here with an update. dave. >> we are looking at that area of flooding moving down the river from north to south. additional rain is not helping the situation. the area of flooding. davenport, iowa, missouri, under flood warnings now. the cresting we are talking about, quincy illinois, south of that the river levels are still rising. here is this river gauge at quincy. you see the river cresting there. here is major flooding. there is the record flooding line. major flooding. before it crests, it will take a number of days before that level goes down below flood stage. two inches are expected today, flash flooding is expected.
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yesterday, just north of this area we had severe weather, these are 15 tornado reports from yesterday as that line of strong storms move south. flash throoding right around -- flootaround -- -- flooding arou, prepping the area in japan for this storm which is approaching. heavy rain now but it is moving just west of okinawa now and it is certainly a powerful typhoon. the latest satellite image shows it is not as severe a track. turn off to the northeast affecting southern japan in the next two to three days with winds and rain. not the best situation there. >> typhoon is not the word japanese residents want to hear. >> no, they do not. >> still to come on al jazeera america, immigrants could pay the biggest price. price.
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>> wall street's first full trading week of july didn't get off to a good start. the dow lost 44 points, the nasdaq and the s&p 500 also lost money today. soon hard to come by. several big banks are curbing or cancelling, the low cost of wiring money to and from the u.s. immigrants are caught in the cross fire unable to transfer money to their loved ones at hoax. danielle thank you of thank you for talking to us this afternoon. why are banks doing this, is it purely pressure or financial upside for the banks to do this? >> thanks for having me. there are a few things going on right now. a lot of banks are feeling under pressure from regulators to make sure the croams they have in place -- controls they have in place to detect fraud and money
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laundering and other bake secrecy problems are secure enough so things are not awry going on with them. i think some of the banks like citigroup had trouble with their group in mexico. that sends alarms throughout the industry that we have to pay close attention to what's happening in this area. so on the other hand there is now more awareness that those money laundering controls have to be in place. but in order to comply with those rules and regulations it takes a 76thed system to detect problems. so the banks say, is the money i'm making off of this remit remittances, or the economics don't make sense, a lot of groups like citigroup and j.p. morgan and bank of america are bowing out of the services. >> what do these banks do
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instead? how much does this cost anyone doing a wire transfer? >> it depends on the company. i mean even though the banks are bouging out of this -- bowing out of this, there are still traditional money services through money gram or american union. it costs $1.99 up to four or $5 depending on what services you use. in some distances, sending as little as $100 could cost you $15 in transfer fees and even larger for larger amounts. when you have more competition in the market these kinds of fees and prices oar lot lower but when you see fewer -- or a lot lower. the guys remaining in the market have the ability to up their prices because the services and the needs are still there. >> as we mentioned earlier one of the reasons banks are doing this is evidently cartels and
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terrorists have been exploiting this process to get money. and then you start looking at the places where they're likely going to limit or cancel the transfers, places like africa and latin america, that's where mostly brown people live. but last time i checked, people who are dealing with money laundering, those place are not being affect. why just africa and latin america? >> reergts -- reergt regulatorse dealing with where black and brown faces are and that has put them under alert for these countries. certainly while banks are paying attention to this across the board i feel like there's a lot of particular interest on countries that are under sanctions to the u.s. right now as well as countries with a my
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prevalence -- a high prep lens of drug cartels, we are seeing a lot of attention on mexico on colombia and a lot of other places. a lot of times when these banks get into trouble on specific issues, there are tensions for the moavment but as time goes on figure on ways they are complying with the laws and not becoming a detriment to their customers. banks can still use services outside the traditional banking space, to send home money to their loved ones but we have to look at what it means to the long term economics. >> danielle douglas from the washington post thank you for that night today. >> thank you. the olympic committee is looking at kazakhstan for potential 2020 olympic games. partly because of how expensive it last become to host them,
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that is not deterring american cities. melissa chan looks at reno and lake tahoe. >> right here is where they are trying to bring the winter games, to lake tahoe, for those who remember, the flames have come one before. the 1960 games were held in squaw valley. in some ways, the olympics has always been part of the culture. >> if reno tahoe was,. >> it was an intimate affair back in the 1960 olympic games when squaw valley only hosted countries in 20 olympic events. times have certainly changed. this year sochi games cost $45 billion u.s. borders on the irresponsible.
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but businesses around the lake say the games would bring the region valuable publicity as well as upgrades to roads and other facilities. >> again i think you need to differentiate between state sponsored games like sochi like beijing, back to 36 berlin and olympics that are really more municipal, if you will. >> lake tahoe doesn't have a budget yet but other games though cheaper tha than sochi sl cost billions, 2.3 billion u.s. torino, 4 billion, nevada more modest gambling town doesn't have the global recognition of
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its, head of the group shows me where they hold the opening ceremony. >> well right now we're on the field at mackey stadium, which is the football field for the university of nevada. >> a serious and they believe viable game plan. the last ingredient is snow. a recent survey says this area will no locker have enough snow in the future but tahoe remains optimistic. >> we understand that. in our business we hedge against that with increased investment in snow making. >> reporter: efforts to bring the olympics back here are nothing new. the region has tried on and off since the late 1980s and the feeling here is that it's high time to capture the bid. melissa chan, al jazeera, lake tahoe. >> pope francis met with victims
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of sex abuse, he says the church will be accountable but some say they're not convinced. washington state hands out its first licenses to sell recreational marijuana.
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>> poafs says the -- pope francis says the catholic church would have a zero tolerance, first ever meeting with those who have been abused. rights groups say the pope must follow his words with action. tim friend from vatican city. >> the pope held mass and then met the victims of abuse one by one. it's taken 20 years for such a meeting to take place in the vatican. there were tears and high
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emotion. according to the official communique, the pope told the six, before god and his people i express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you and i humbly ask forgiveness. it will do nothing to placate victim support groups in europe and the united states who describe the encounter as a public relations stunt. that brought this response from the pope's official spokesman. >> if you see the person that come out of these meetings with the pope you understand it was not a public relation event. but these are very profound spiritual encounters. >> reporter: but there are many victims of abuse who are angry and frustrated by the subsequent treatment. as a teenager diego, not his real name, was abused by the family priest.
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after breakdowns and panic attacks he finally told what happened to him. >> translator: i asked for help. but this help didn't arrive. since then i've had nothing from the church despite frequent requests. >> reporter: the vatican says that it's dealt with 3420 abuse cases over the last decade. 848 priests have been defrocked. 2572 have been ordered to live a life of prayer or penance, for example, in a monastery. the church has set up a special commission to improve the way it deals with abuse. but critics say what it really needs now is a strons enforcer. -- strong enforcer. tim frend, al jazeera, vatican city. >> founder of snap, survivors network of those abused by
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priests. barb, thanbarbara, thank you fog us. >> thanks for having me. >> what is your reaction to the pope's meeting with those abused? >> we know that children remain at risk. and what we are looking for is action that would protect children. the grown adults deserve to be -- to receive justice but we can heal ourselves. are but the children cannot protect themselves. so what we're looking for is really concrete action from pope francis, and it just seems as though this is one more gesture 0
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are this week. >> there's a lot of red tape and a lot of hoops for the producers and processors to go through. the hoops those guys have had to jump through have been a lot.
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>> another place where we get an indication that the big pot rollout is more like a big pot dribble-out. this is like two companies testing marijuana products before they go on sale. ed, shouldn't you be swamped now testintesting recreational samp? >> yes cez, we should be. the producers and processors are not ready. >> you don't have enough pot? >> we don't have enough pot. >> by contrast, colorado's liftoff was a huge success, that state already had a booming and well regulated medical marijuana industry. and the switch to retail recreational pot was smooth. in washington, medical marijuana was virtually unregulated and isn't written into the law. the new business of pot for fun has been built from the ground
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up. growers and processors are, many cases the first legal crop hasn't been harvested. >> it is hard for them to get up and running, that's the only places can i get product from are those people and they are still struggling. >> store owners and state reergts expect -- regulators expect a bumpy beginning. selling out in those first few days of legal recreational sales, wasn't as big of a problem expected here. 24 stores statewide have been issued licenses. by our count just seven will open tomorrow. some of those store owners are telling me they want to wait, see what the price set is and also cater to people who are looking for weekend pot supplies and they will be opening on
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friday. >> finally that niche in the market. allen schauffler live in seattle. we stay in seattle, hilary bricken, a cannabis business attorney. hilary ar you are working with businesses who want to sell marijuana for quite some years now. what is it going to be like for these business owners? >> michael it is going to be a tough week. we do not have enough pot and this is a combination of really regulatory delay and unpreparedness. as a result i think we're going to have a rougher takeoff when colorado began their recreational sales. >> how easy it is to get these licenses? let's say i wanted to go to washington next week and open up a store? is it that simple as opening any other business, or how much red tape do you have to go through? >> it is significant. it is a heavily regulated
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industry. if you wanted to come to seattle and open a store you literally could not do it because of the licensing that's in place. all of these companies had to jump through immense hoops to get these licenses issued in the first place. mafively more-massively more significant. you are dealing with so much government regulation that in my opinion it's almost a wonder that we even have stores this early in 2014. >> what are the things you have been advising business owners once they get their license and open up shop how have you been advising them once this gets under way? >> really, there is a top three advisory message i give my clientele. establishing that relationship with your vendors. very obviously there's going to be a lack of supply and a huge amount of demand and it's lucrative but right off the bat these retailers and producers
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processors work together. get your vendors in place. secondarily, quality assurance of the product. edibles alone terrify people and as a result retailers, producer processors whoever you are in the chain you have to make sure you have good product out to your customers. lastly and this is really huge i think for everyone is branding. get your branding nailed down. protect the branding. ensure that the branding is responsible that you don't market to kid and i think that's going to give a huge face lift to the industry. those are my top three recommendations to retailers moving forward into the trunlt e 21st century of cannabis. >> they are still violating federal law correct? >> that is correct. in places like washington and colorado where you have got full decriminalization, you have the
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full level from state court to criminal court. reachtsarrests and raids and pre cause, civil penalties and fines and renewals of your license with the state. i don't think they need to sweat the authorities, they have to be cognizant that they are remaining in compliance with state law. >> it will be a very interesting day in the state of washington tomorrow. hilary, joining us tomorrow. >> thanks michael. >> selfies at the towe tour dide france. de france.
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>> a federal judge is given preliminary approval to a deal that would compensate thousands of nfl players for concussion related claims.
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$675 million cap on damages after the judge questioned if that was enough money to pay everyone. the settlement will pay at least 65 years in retirees who develop brain conditions such as dementia alzheimer's and lou gehrig's disease. some universities are now using 3d to teach future doctors and nurses human anatomy. tanya moseley takes us to the university of michigan. >> this is how most medical students learn anatomy. through the touch and feel of human bones and cadavers. but recently university of michigan professor leasmedz a dalexanderda silva used 3d tech. here is what they came up with,
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a virtual human body that floats in the middle of the room look a hologram. -- like a hol gram. >> as a researcher and as a teacher this is very important. >> when i put on the glasses what should i see? >> when you step in here it will start to track you and you should see a 3d life sized body that you can walk around, you can stoop down and look underneath you can stand up higher and all of the perspectives are updated for your point of view. >> the 3d cadavers are actually replicas of real people. the bodies of a man and woman were frozen in gelatin and then sliced, to make up the 3d skin you see here. >> with the joy sticks the students can cut slice and examine. if students make mistakes they can start over. >> you have a length of cadavers
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that were donated to science and then again you have hundreds of students that need to use that. so i think this is one of the biggest advantage of technology that you can make a mistake and use the same piece. >> there are some disadvantages. the 3d pictures are not crystal clear. and for medical students, da silva says, nothing beats being able to feel skin bones and muscles. >> the technology can develop so fast and maybe what is just impossible for us now can actually become something easy in five, ten years. >> to are now this 3d cadaver is as high technical as it gets advancing the high tech practice of dissecting the dead to help the living. tanya moseley, al jazeera,
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michigan. tour de france, a hazard that comes with the fans, selfies in front of the cyclists, maria innes ferre is back. >> at least three cyclists have talked out against these selfies cause calling them a pain. these are some of the selfies that we're talking about right smack up with the cyclists, with their backs to the oncoming cyclists. daniel wrote, tour de france but first let me take a selfie. a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity. now not every cyclist is about this. this is alberto contador, he is
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giving a thumbs up in front of this woman. but the crowds are just getting too close to the cyclists. they tweeted this image out here. a woman here is taking a selfie. this is aftermath. the cyclist is on the ground here. so a lot of these athletes are saying, we appreciate the fans but please give us some room because every inch counts out there. >> there was a soccer player in mls who celebrated by taking a selfie. he got the yellow card. it's not just the fans, it's the participants as well. take a look at the runway at barcelona's airport. are you seeing this? a russian plain had to abort its
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landing and pull up, after another plane crossed its runway. investigations are happening, how there was interference.