north-east. snarling. one of the busiest travel days of the year. a powerful form forcing millions of americans to rethink thanksgiving plans. turmoil in ukraine - a tug of war between the old and the new. protesters take to the streets as the country decides whether to align with europe or russia. american-born kids living south of the border in mexico, forced to live in a country they don't know so they can be with their families. >> the unique step tennessee is taking to put the brakes on the
deadly trend of texting whilst driving. >> good morning. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. the thanksgiving travel nightmare is gripping the east coast. it's complimenting one of the busiest travel dates. those who were hoping to see loved ones were grippeded by a storm. it's a mix of snow, sleet, rain and winds. severe conditions are causing havoc up and down the east coast. winter warnings have been issued from georgia to ver mont. the storm grounded hundreds of flights in central u.s. and is threatening to do the same at the airports of new york, philadelphia and washington. joining us is randall pinkston
from la guardia. miserable for those trying to get to their families. >> everyone keeps their fingers crossed. if you leave early in the morning you have a better chance of an on-time takeoff. the arrival and departure boards are showing ontime. if you are travelling along the eastern sea board, into or out of, beware of weather. >> the winter storm barrelling east disrupted travellers. >> i missed my connection for albany. i'm hyperventilating, and i'm really crazy. despite it all millions are determined to reach their destinations for thanksgiving dinner. >> wisconsin. >> iowa.
>> 50% more travel during thanksgiving than any other time of the year. bad weather is the last anyone needs. >> it's never been this bad. we travel from school. >> many airports have long lines at the ticket counter and security checkpoints. depending on conditions - delays and cancellations. >> all it does is take a delay at a couple of airports and the wol country is affected. >> air travel amounts to 60% of holiday traffic. nine out of 10 will drive, covering a distance of 200 miles to visit family and friends. >> it will be twice as cop guested i would assume, and factor in the weather and the flooding, it will probably create a lot of traffic and slow going. >> wednesday is the busiest travel day of the each, it's only true if you fly, take a bus or train.
on the roads thanksgiving day is busiest. >> it's too early if you're flying for this tip to help. the best day to fly is thanksgiving. next year, if you have a choice, do it then. >> that is interesting advice. i never thought about that. >> what is the latest when it comes to delays at new york's major airports. are we seeing them yet? >> no delays so far. with the winds whooping and the rain moving in, it's a good bet that there would be some delays. heavy rap expected to arrive within hours. >> have you heard anything about passengers at la guardia that made a plan b. >> some of the airlines are offering a chance to change tickets without penalty.
they were anticipating the delays. and other parts of the country. check in with your airline if you have flexibility. >> randall pinkston there for us, tracking the travel. taking a look at the plane-finder-tracker. there's over 1,000 planes in the sky over the u.s. that's expected to get busier. the wicked weather could force the big balloons out of the macy macy's thanksgiving day parade. wind are high, balloons will be grounded if winds peak higher than 53 miles per hour, a balloon blew out of control, knocking a poll that injured two people. >> with or without the balloons, organizers say the rest of the play will march on. >> nicole mitchell is tracking
the weather system for us. >> to add to what you said about the macey's parade and the ba balloo balloons, it's not just the winds sustained, but gusts into the mid-30s. we have to watch both elements. as the loan skirts up the coastline we'll see gusty winds. it will be a concern. you can see where the brunt of the storm is now. most of the western half of the country is cooperative. this is where you are travelling instead. rain through the south, busy hubs like atlanta could have delays. this is moving out. impacting more of the north-east. it will be the new york airport. philadelphia. if a plain is stuck somewhere. it still could use problems. on the back side of this we've had snow, interior around the lakes. an influx of warm air. that's why the coast sees rain
and snow. because of the snow interior, that's why we have a lot of winter weather advisories. if i go south, the coastline of north carolina, this is when you know it's a potent storm, snow, rain and a tornado watch. there's enough dynamics. here is how the coastal system might rates up the coastline. into tomorrow, on the backside of that. it looks like they are on the kuch for the balloon. we'll watch that closely. in the meantime precipitation along the coastline. localized heavier spots, it's wind driven making the driving difficult. interior - look for 2-4 inches of rain. >> the u.s. is not the only taste getting an early taste of winter. europe is under snow. slowing pedestrians. the snow is likely to be higher.
snow was a surprise in poland, which enjoyed mild conditions for week. tract trailers were ordered off the road because of 74 mile hour wind. >> china monitored a pair of u.s. bombers flying over the east china sea, flying through air space. the b 52s flew over islands contested by china and japan. the training flight returned to gaum after less than an hour in the air. the air space, said china, is part of its defense zone. it's international territory. >> unilateral actions taken by china with the announcement of an east china sea air defense undermines security, constituting an attempt to change the status quo. east china sea. it serves to increase tensions. japanese airliners are flying
through the zone without notifying budget. china says it will identify the threat level of violations and will respond accordingly. the white house is plating with congress not it scuttle the iran-nuclear deal. secretary of state john kerry sent a message to lawmakers in a video, asking them not to pass sanctions unless they doan live up to their agreement. >> translation: in order to work nuclear weapons require highly enriched uranium tore plutonium. uranium, as i am sure you know is found in nature. >> at times the video looked like a lesson in nuclear physics. and why, as a result of the deal iran would be unable to produce a weapon if it decided. it explained what the deal
meant. >> let me tell you what it does not do. some people are putting out misinformation. i wanted to be clear. it does not lift the current architecture of our sanctions. some in congress are not persuaded by his arguments. iran is a threat not just to israel, but the western world. >> the indications are that when they return from the holiday members of congress will deliberate bipart san legislation only if it does not live up to the deal. the white house appears to be winning the argument. >> we cannot commit to an endless cycle of conflict. tough talk and bluster may be easy, but it's not right for our security. >> the administration asked for
help finding robert lefer son an american that disappeared on an iraqi island -- iran says it has no knowledge. this time the white house says it is respectfully asking tehran for sentence. >> two u.s. senators plan to have a bill ready when the senate returns from its recess. the measure requires the administration to certify that iran is following the rules. the obama administration is looking for a different way to finalise the security deal with afghanistan. white house officials confirm they are pushing the afghan foreign minister to sign the deal. hamid karzai says he will not approve the fact until demands are met. it will keep thousands of troops past next year. susan rice was face-to-face with hamid karzai in afghanistan urging him not to stop the deal.
>> if the deal is not signed, i said to the plt we will have. we will have to begin to plan that we will not keep troops here because they have not been invited because the dsa has not been sign muched. >> the proposal would keep 10,000 troops in afghanistan through the year 2024. all u.s. forces will be pulled out if the deal is not signed before the end of this year. demonstrations are erupting across asia. hundreds gathered at the interior ministry. they want yingluck shinawatra to step down. she is facing a no-confidence vote. this is the fourth day of demonstrations. an arrest warrant is out for a former parliament member leading
the protest. >> in india police are enforcing a new law to break up chongss there. tear gas and water cannons were fired at protesters on tuesday. the law was passed sunday by the military-backed government, requiring approval from authorities for demonstrations of more than 10 people in syria. human rights activists say it's designed to stop protesters. >> in ukraine demonstrators angry over trade talks with the european union. police fired tear gas, many of whom camped out in parliament for six days. you crepe could not afrt to cut ties with russia. the trade talks divided the leaders, including the prime minister who said he does not want hit country to become a
battlefield between the e.u. and moscow. more now from our correspondent. >> the remarks by the ukrainian prime minister came at a cabinet meeting, with the full authority of the government. it's not a contradiction of the president's position, it's more of a nuance. the prime minister sar if was saying the process would go on. it doesn't mean they'll sign the free trade pact with the europeanionion. essentially it's a game of cat and mouse going on here. the russian president made it very clear that the ukraine will not be a doorstep tore the import of european goods into russia. he's maintaining the point and is upset. putin, about the remarks coming
out of the european union, saying they should tone down the comments. the momentum is being maintained in the square behind me. at the moment, during the day, numbers are smaller. they swell during the night. momentum is maintained. people feel a sense of betrayal. the western movement, moving out of the russian orbit. they feel they are being betrayed. >> a conneticut court decides that calls made to 911 shows a newtown massacre should be released. the state want to protect the family of victims. it will be sealed while the state prepares its appeal. >> a suspect is facing murder charges after an afac in a
hospital. he is accused of the entering the medical center and stabbing five people, including a nurse. >> i know a lot of people she worked with. keep on doing what you do best. >> rachane is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. >> simply will remain behind bars, he didn't prove that his trial was unfair. o.j. simpson was convicted of armed robe. and is serving a 33-year sentence. his lawyers will appeal to the nevada court. >> find out why some banks may charge to hold your money. tennessee is the deadliest thing for texting and driving. we'll tell you what they do to
good morning, welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. why you may have one day to pay your bank to deposit money. first a look at what temperatures will do across the county. nicole mitchell, metrologist is back. the temperatures have been a crucial element of the storm up and down the west coast. ahead of a low pressure and cold front you get the warm air on the backside. because the throe has skirted the interior, not over the water and up the coast we have a change between the cold air and the warm air where the front has
been. as we look at that this is influx the warm air up the coastline. that's why a lot of precipitation has been rain. look at what this does. york 61, albany at 35. that's saved us in some respects. if the low had gone over the coast and all of this was cold air, it would have been know. look at york with flex of warm hair. by the time we get into tomorrow, it will be cold. fortunately it stayed rain with that. >> the cove si over birth control over the health reform law is in the hands of the supreme court. the justices decided to hear argument in march. the issue - whether private employees need to pay for contraceptive care because of reliagious relief. it must be determined whether a
company as the same rights at an individual. the internal reeve knew service is using guidelines to determine if non-profits should be tax exempt. the groups will be cautioned to pay taxes if it uses a large amount of their budget on political donations. >> voters in washington have backed a $15 minimum wage. it's for workers around the seattle tabbing oma airport. some are calling for a recount. >> you may be used to paying a fee if your account dips below a certainly amount. what about pays a fee to keep money in your bang on deposit. it could happen. >> through quant tittive easing or qe the federal reserve
injected 3 million into the economy by buying from banks and crediting the it the fed. after five years and three grounds. the lion's share, $2.3 million is sitting in excess accounts for the fed earning there for the banks. >> it doesn't seem a whole lot, but for financial institutions in this environment where interest rates are low, it represents a good return. >> the question of whether to lower the interest paid on excess reserves to get the banks to raise more of them was raised at janet yellen's hearing. >> it is something we could consider going forward. >> janet yellen was noncommittal. minutes from the october fed meeting confirmed the board of governors fells it was worse considering. >> whether the banks aren't lending enough or demand for the loans are not there is open for
debate. the fallout could rain down on businesses and consumers. what the banks might do is cut the interest it offers n o short-term bank deposits, checking deposits. since those rates are already low to begin with, they may chart charging people to deposit their money at the banks. banks pay a premium. while talk of charging customers may prove an empty threat, paying interest on excess reserves may prove to be another policy created in the wake of the financial crisis that proves difficult for the fed. >> some banks are thinking about charging fees for speaking with a teller or accessing accounts using mobile apps. here is what is making business news. wall street could be posed to
break more records. here is where we stand the dow jones industrial average is open at 16,072. the 43rd record high. the s&p is at 1802. the nasdaq breaking through the 4,000 mark. european markets are higher at this hour as well. investigators are positive. in asia markets closed higher there. hong kong ended at a high after china's central bank. >> hewlett packard will be in the spotlight. the second largest perform c maker swinging to a profit. it credits strong corporate demand. retailers are pulling out all the stops this holiday season. there are six fewer dates between thanksgiving and christmas. retailers from macy's to coles are reopening the playbook by
opening their doors on thanksgiving. retailers are hoping to lure customers online. >> a lot of retailers open on black friday whether at mid night or friday morning are open on thanksgiving. it's another big day. online sales begone on thanksgiving. a lot of analysts thing it will be bigger in terms of volume. >> the national retail federation estimates 33 million americans will shop on thanksgiving. >> shoppers in new gland will not line up for deals on thanksgiving. rowed island, massar and blue line prohibit most stores opening, including supermarkets and department stores. pope francis is defining his vision for the future of the roman catholic church. he wants to shift power from the vatican and put more effort in helping the poor.
>> little more than a year passed since he became the head of the catholic church. prans sis released a -- pope francis released a major work. he calls for action from within. for a church bruised, hurting from the streets, rather than one clinging to security. he wrote of charity and renewal. >> the various forms of social disparity, the fetishism of money, exasperation of consumption and unbridled consumerism. >> he called for the rich to share wealth before. whilst popes have been criticised for lavish, francis leads by example, living in a guest house, rather than the palace. some accuse him and his advisor
of hypocrisy. >> capitalism in all its riches will not live how they live. i think he's woun of the most powerful men. pope francis is focus the on human rights before. he visited lampedusa, an island of italy when many arrive. this time he calls on all catholics to help. >> where is the person that you were killing every day in his secret factory. in children used for professional begging, in those that must work in secret. let us not pretend all of us had some share of responsibility in these situations. >> pope francis hinted at reform. noticeably he didn't call for change in the key arse.
women will have more role but allowing for abortion is not up for debate. >> francis offered device. he said coninvestigations should not be torture, and urged to rite whom illies that don't bore the congregation. >> what is being done with the worst refugee crisis in syria. >> kids born in this country forced to leave because their parents are being deported. >> texting behind the wheel. what one state is doing to stop a deadly distracted driving crashes much. >> i'm john henry smith, the scandal surrounding may not come to a resolution soon for jamesin winston. details later. >> looking at interstate i76 where heavy rains and a deadly crash closed westbound lanes. therm movingg to the north-east is expected to make
welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. holiday travellers are dealing with a major complication, the storm system slamming the country with a wintry mix is hitting the north-east. it's grounded hundreds of flights and caused accidents on wet and ice yea roads. police fire tear gas at protesters in ukraine. demonstrators camped in front of parliament for six days, calling for the president to sign a trade agreement with the european union. it's day four of protests in thailand - crowds gathering at the labor ministry in bangkok
calling for the prime minister to set down. a suicide bombing outside damascus killed 15. 30 were hurt at the explosion at a bus station near the capital. all those killed were civilians. a syrian rights group opposing bashar al-assad said six soldiers were among the dead. there's no claim of responsibility. >> syria's rebel group says its terms must be agreed to before attending geneva talks. the talks scheduled for 22 january. the syrian government will attend the geneva talks and wants to eliminate terrorism. . syria's war is causing what the u.n. calls the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. here to discuss the depth of the crisis is a senior policy advisor for humanitarian response for oxfam america.
he joins us in beirut - a country that received a blood of refugees. thank you for being with us. i know you are talking with colleagues on the ground in syria and host countries. what are they telling you about the despair in this situation? >> what is clear is this is one of the largest crisis that the world has seen in a generation. more than 2 million have been displaced. most are living in the five countries in the region. in lebanon where i am, we are seeing a quarter of the population is refugees. you know, with the amount of time they've been here, and the winter conditions coming, they are suffering. the u.n. appeal, the largest so far in the world, of more than $5 billion is not fully fund the. >> with the winter coming, the refugees spread across five
countries - do they have the facilities to stay warm. >> half of the refugees live outside of camps. many in lebanon live in makeshift structures, unfinished apartment buildings. aid agencies are scrambling to get aid to them to prepare for the winter, like blankets, heating stove. assistance is needed. ultimately the people who we are working with hope to go home, but with no political solution in site fear they'll be here for some time to come. >> some are calling this the worst humanitarian crisis. what makes the situation in syria, and the refugee crisis daunting? >> well, i think, you know, the stat state governments in
addition to the 2 million people, there are millions displaced inside of syria, half of syria is in need of humanitarian assistance. with conflict ongoing it's not possible to reach them up. we are helpful because of the announcement of talks in geneva, there needs to be a solution. the refugees we are working with have their savings depleted. they are fearful for the future. >> i am sure they want to go home. to what extent do they want to coexist in the towns and cities? >> well, we have seen incredible examples of generosity with the lebanese people and people throughout the region. we were speaking to a man who sells bread. he gives away about a third of his income in bread to syrian refugees. these stories are commp. with the crisis continuing, the
refugee numbers increasing, lebanese and jordanians and others are finding it harder for them to continue to host them, to continue to help. that's why we are calling on international community to step up in terms of the money that they are offering to meet these great needs, and coming together to achieve a political solution. >> the fact that you said a third of all of those people in lebanon are syrian refugees has to put a strap on the economy and the region. >> yes, it's about a quarter. the numbers are rising. they were in the few hundred thousands. people continued to flee as the conflict continues. the kinds of support that is needed is not just humanitarian aid, but more needed and
long-term support. those kinds of projects that benefit refugees and the people hosting them can be a way of keeping people together, as well as meeting the needs. >> the u.n. appealing for $5 billion in aid. the senior advisor for humanitarian response for oxfam. >> 25 are dead after a boat carrying hatians capsized. the boat ran aground and overturned 200 miles from florida. there are pictures of the migrants clinging to the hull of the boat. they'd been at sea for nine days with little food for water. >> every year thousands of men children are forced to leave the u.s. when their parents are
deported. as al jazeera's jennifer london reports, the kids are foreigners in their parents homeland. >> a long a rutted dirt road littered with trash and broken down houses you'll find francisco villa secondary school secondary school in eastern tijuana mexico. for 13-year-old emily, who used to live in burbank california, her new school is as strange as the country she calls home. >> i like it way more over there. i think it's prettier. i have friends. i had my whole life over there. >> so did 13-year-old stephanie who used to live in southern california. >> i didn't know much about it. >> both girls are u.s. citizens, forced to leave their homeland when their parents were deported back to mexico. there are 5,000 kids living throughout the state of baja
california. we meet ana and ysidro, born in the u.s. and been there since they were babies. >> passing back we can see the difference, like trash. the walls are graffiti. >> schools in mexico struggle with a lack of funding and space. they are not equipped to handle the needs of thousands of binational students. >> they are subjected to teasing because they don't speak spanish. they don't dominate the language. >> a new pilot program funded by the international community foundation founded in san diego is critical. three times a week they come to this classroom. they learn spanish, computer skills and receive counselling. they are students with different needs and don't feel part of either place - mexico or the
u.s. >> the key is keeping them in school - away from drugs, away from other problems of delinquency. >> the kids say for them the key is realising they are not alone. >> the program helped me because i met other people who are like me and they were over there and had to come over here. >> i'm learning new stuff. i'm getting used to being here. >> the program which started in september will end in january, unless the international community foundation can raise an additional $50,000. without it these all-american teens trying to find their way in mexico could be lost. >> during the 5-year span ending in 2010 more than 300,000 children born in the u.s. were deported to mexico with parents. texting and driving may be
more dangerous than you think. 5 seconds is the amount of time eyes are off the roads. 60% say they use a phone while driving. >> we have this states from tennessee, the state with the highest number killed whilst texting. >> it's meant to remind drivers that 900 are killed from tennessee roadways this year. the colonel is with the highway patrol. distrabilityd driving is behind many of the deadly clashes. >> it's got worse in the last few years. >> it's the number one traffic safety issue in the country. >> ten si is one of 41 states where it's illegal to text and drive. in the four years since it went in effect highway deaths have
not don down. 2012 sees a high fatality rate. >> tennessee violators face a $50 fine. >> i would like a stronger law. down the line, in the future, probably 5-10 years from now it would be against the law. a report tells how bad the problem became. 7% of fatal crashes were caused by texting or talking on the phone. the number jumped to 10" a year later. compare that to the national average. a little more than 1%. many states appear to be underreporting data. texting and driving can be tough to envors. law enforcement are using a
variety. they have watched their cars for 18 wheelers so they could see into the cars. they use sobering psas. >> this is the text to me before she flipped her car. >> several lawmakers are pushing for hefty fines. >> i know if i get a 250,000 fine, i'd stop the first time i was caught. >> thp is getting ready to up the ain'te. enforcing those laws. >> state leaders believe the problem of distracted driving will get worse. they are looking for new and aggressive approaches to keep numbers like these from climbing. >> state's across the country prevented steps. 12 states forbit the use of
hand-held phones. 41 states were outlawed. >> watch your tongue while playing games on the xbox 1. microsoft says it's cracking down on using language. some users have been banned. microsoft is trying to promote clean, safe fun environments. >> time for a check of sports. john henry smith is here with news on a possible heisman trophy trophy championship. >> this is the latest on the jamesin winston. they told cbs sports that her office needs the next two wicks or longer to process the evidence. that means the florida state quarterback is not likely to face charges until after the seminoles play. if he faces charges at all. another date worth noting is december 9th, when ballots are
due. some stated the hope for a decision for law enforce. before casting the vote. with the heisman trophy wide open, why not illinois quarterba quarterback jordan lynch, breaking his rushing record with 321, rushing three scores, threw for another. leading illinois over michigan. they finish undefeated for the first time in 50 years. they have a great chance of a b.c. f berth. lynch didn't know he was breaking the record. >> i had no idea i had it. thank you for telling me. it's not me. it's the coach call, and often it's the line, it's the receivers, the running backs blocking. i really had nothing to do with it. >> the nfl levied a 4-game suspension against walter thurmond for violating the
substance abuse policy. he started three games, including last week against the minnesota vikings. he returned an interception. he's eligible to come back the weak before the seahawks season finale. with brendan brown-out suspended. >> kobe bryant, after signing a deal with the lakers, was defending himself that the deal is good for him, bad for the lakers. kobe bryant indicated he thinks the lakers have plenty of cap room to put together a championship team. the 7 and 7 lakers are 1 in 5 on the road, losing tuesday night in washington. john, with 13 game high 31 over the final 4.5 minutes, giving him a third-straight game. he had nine assists as the
wizards won. lakers' coach talks about surviving until kobe bryant returns. >> it is a concern. we have to learn to win with the team, without one thing to go to all the time. we are playing hard. we are together. we should have won tonight. it's always a concern. we'll be okay. >> in the big easy the pelicans and anthony davis hosting the wrors golden state game. they have tuesday night's party started thanks to 25 first-step points. david lee had foul troubles. when he made his presence stretched pulling the pelicans to within one late. drew halliday in the final seconds kicks it outside to eric goredan. gordon is no good.
warriors winning 102-101. >> bringing autoop sis into the 21 century. the medical community reversing courses. why gynecologists may see more men. >> much of the county is high and dry as we head into the holiday. i'll tell you about the wed conditions coming up. >> now looking live at the accident on interstate sit 76. they have closed down westbound lanes on the busiest travel day of the year. the snow is coming down at a steady pace. that's what you are looking at live there. >> looking at the skies, clean-finder is tracking 1300 flights. each red and orange plane represents a slight in the air right now.
without a scalpel. how cutting-edge software is changing the field of forensics. let's look at where the snow and rain is falling across the country. i think we have some. metrologist nicole mitchell back. >> we have a lot of it, isolated showers on the west coast. the east coast is the problem child as everyone heads out to the holiday. let's zoom in. as we get into today and tomorrow, look how quickly it races up the coastline, the area of la pressure. >> thursday and friday, it cleared up with the exception of some wind coming across the lakes. it moves out quickly, most of the moisture end today. a mix along the coast where we have the warmer air, rain. there's a big temperature contrast with all coming through. we have different snow advisories for places that will pick up a couple of inches.
>> gynecologists may treat men for certain conditions. reversing its previous policy the american board of as tet ricks show how men may be treated for sexually transmitted diseases. performing an autopsy with a scalpel could be considered outdated. doctors can peer inside the human body with a click of the mouse. we have more on the autopsy center opening in britain. >> it's the stuff of the science fiction, exploring the body in death without touching the skin. this home in sheffield is home to a pathology center where post mortems can be conducted with the click of a mouse. it sees things difficult to find. >> to have the scan and know
where the bullets are and know what the tracts like like, know where the blood is and the air is before you do the autopsy is a huge help. >> this is a typical ct scanner. when the body is brought in it's placed here. the machine scans it. 25,000 images are taken. >> the images are transferred to a computer and transformed into a 3d picture. there are various tools to dissect with. with a scalpel we can remove the layers. we are looking for any abnormalitialties, differences or foreign objects while we are doing so. >> if i wanted to focus on the kidneys, how do i do that? >> we have a function for special areas of interest. for the kidneys, for example. i'm looking at the surface.
any signs of injury. we can have a closer look and now we can see the inside of the kidney. >> results of the autopsy can be ready the same day, ideal in criminal investigations. for those who have lost a loved one it's an alternative to a regular autopsy where cutting open a body and in a number of places can be crucial. technology can't identify certain disease, but it's a dom repliment to the autopsy - allowing a computer to go where a knife can't. >> the digital autopsy center in ch chef-- sheffield is the first of 19. >> a come et heading for the sun icon is more than a
billion years old, heading for the sun. >> there's three possibilities when the comet round the sup on thanksgiving of 2013. it could be tough enough to survive the passage of the sun, and be a fairly bright naked object in the early morning sky in the first week of september. or, the sun could pull it apart, the tidal forces could pull the comet apart so it has chunks rounding the sun, putting on a great show. or if the comet is week, it can break up into a cloud of dust and be a bust. >> scientists hope the come et will give them a glimpse of times past. >> ryan caston didn't want a cake for his birthday, he wanted his friends and family to donate to a food bank. >> i had a lot of presents.
i wasn't going to play with a lot of them. i wanted to donate. >> all food bank honoured ryan as the student donor of the year. >> jewish americans are getting two holidays. a quirk in the calendar means honicca starts on thanksgiving. the last time they overlapped was 1888, and the next time 70,000 years from now. >> thomas drayton joins us with a look at the next hour. a major storm crossing the country hits the east coast on a busy travel day. delays are expected on the roads and airports. tensions increase between china and japan. china monitored two u.s. bombers that flew over the area on tuesday during a training exercise. we are keeping an eye on
several protests, including in the ukraine. we discuss the dispute between china and japan - and how the u.s. is involved. >> thomas pickering is with us for discussion. >> seattle sea hawks may be 10 and 1. details about the latest suspended sea hawk. the storm system racing up the east coast causing the travel problems. what does it mean for the holidays, i'll have a forecast. >> thomas and i are back with you in 2.5 minutes.
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>> the thanksgiving travel nightmare is gripping the east coast, complicating one of the year's busiest travel days. good morning and welcome to aljazeera america. >> the headache has begun. those hoping to visit loved ones this week were greeted by a massive storm barreling across the country you. >> it's a dangerous wintery mix of snow, sleet, ice and rain. the conditions are creating havoc up and down the east coast. the weather service i should warnings from georgia to vermont. >> it has forced hundred was cancellations and delays at airports. >> joining us now from new york is aljazeera's randall pinkston. good morning. i imagine miserable days for people trying to get to their families. >> good morning, stephanie there are average flight delays of an
hour, only for arriving flights for the most part. as the inclement weather moves north into and out of the east coast, get ready for big problems. >> the winter storm barreling its way east has already disrupted travelers from texas to pepsi. >> i just missed my connection to albany and i'm hyper vent lating, and it's really crazy right now. >> despite it all, millions are determined to reach their destinations for thanksgiving dinner. >> i'm headed to wisconsin. >> iowa. >> family is what it's all about. >> more people travel at the thanksgiving holiday than any other time of the year. bad weather is the last thick anyone needs. >> it's never been this bad. we travel every year from school like this, it's never been this bad. >> there are long lines and
depending on the weather delays and cancellations. >> all it takes is a couple at an airport and the whole country can be affected. >> the department of transportation says nine out of 10 travelers will drive, covering and average distance of 200 miles to visit family and friends. >> it's just going to be twice at congested, i would assume, and then factor in the weather and the floodings, it's probably going to create a lot of traffic and very slow going. >> while wednesday is the busiest travel day of the season, that's only true if you're flying, taking a bugs or train. on the roads, thanksgiving day is busiest. >> the port authority advices what you should do is arrive two
hours early and hopefully you own have to wait with a delayed flight. good luck. >> hopefully. what is the latest you're hearing about delays at new york's major airports so far? are we seeing them yet? >> not any substantial delays. there have been a few, but of course, we don't really have heavy rain yet. some wind conditions, but the rain hasn't arrived. that as the weather gets worse, those delays are certain to come. >> what about alternative travel plans, are you hearing anything from passengers at laguardia? >> we are hearing from airlines that are offering the possibility of changing your flight plan if you have some flexibility and travel, changing those reservations without penalty. check with your airlines if you are concerned about the weather and you obviously can take off later. actually, the department of transportation statistics show that on average, the best day to travel for the thanksgiving holiday is on thanksgiving day.
90% of those flights arrive on time. >> isn't that interesting? randall pinkston for us. >> always best to check ahead. what is the storm doing right now? let's check in with meteorologist nicole mitchell. nicole. >> we have a lot of rain out there as we've been mentioning. what we're going to see across the country today is pretty dry on the west coast. toward the east, we are going to see this is where the storm is really having its impact. it is sliding up the coste over land. we're having warm air ahead of it on the backside, the cold air. we have the contrast between heavy rain and snow interior. as we watch it move pretty quickly up the coast, it's going to dry out already by thursday. we'll start to see lake effect snow, but see high winds stick with us for part of the day on thursday. that means we're going to have
to watch closely the things like the macy's day parade and whether we'll be able to do the balloons. this will impact your travel in the teens and 20s, places like new york. you can see the difference in the winds. out of the north as we get interior. that's influencing temperatures. another inch or two of rain pretty persistently. lake effect areas, easily two to four more inches out here as all of this moves along. this is what we have right now, seeing heavier rain along the coastline. it is wind driven, so not pleasant. i'll talk about those temperatures and huge contrasts coming up in just a couple minutes. >> ok, nicole, thank you. >> a territorial dispute between china and japan now involves the united states. the u.s. threw 2b52 bombers
through air space that beijing claims to control. china more ford the planes. u.s. officials say the training flight returned to guam after less than an hour in the air. just days ago, china said the air space is part of its defense zone. >> unilateral actions like those taken by china with their announcement of a chain in a defense air identification zone undermine security. this only serves to increase tensions in the region. >> japanese airliners are still flying through the zone without notifying beijing. china said it will evaluate the threat and respond accordingly. >> security forces used tear gas
and water cannons tuesday to disperse crowds. the military-backed government passed the law on sunday. it requires approval from authorities for demonstrations of more than 10 people. the government says the law is needed to keep order. >> syria's largest rebel group said its terms must be met before it agrees to take part in peace talks. the syrian national coalition is demanding more aid and the release of prisoners. state television reports that the syrian government will attended the talks and wants to eliminate terrorism. >> the obama administration is taking extra steps to keep from scuttling the iran nuclear deal. he asked not to impose new sanctions on iran. the agreement calls for sanctions to be eased if iran eases they're nuclear program.
>> a new strategy so get quick approval from afghanistan on a security deal. the los angeles times says the administration is pressuring the afghan foreign minister and other top officials to sign the agreement soon. the deal was accepted over the weekend by afghan elders, but president hamid karzai said he will not sign it until his new demands are met. the agreement would keep u.s. troops in the country beyond 2014. >> if the afghan security pact doesn't go through, charities funded by international donors would be jeopardized and that would be a setback for children who just returned to school. jane ferguson reports from kabul. >> he and his little brother used to spend all day picking rubbish off the street to tell for a few dollars. now they go to school, courtesy of a local charity, which helps children who work on oh the streets catch up on their
studies and get back into the state educational system. >> i was collecting old paper and the head of the school came to me. that he asked me if i wanted to go to school and i said yes. >> in afghanistan, charities funded by international donors are increasingly anxious. a dispute between the americans and afghan president hamid karzai threatens to jeopardize donations if he doesn't sign the security pact soon. heated discussion between karzai and susan rice went nowhere. those running social projects here said donor fatigue is set i can in. the organization behind the children's school shut its doors in march at money from abroad ended. the small shoulder haar used to house children while the organization searched for their families and a proper school.
>> those children who are supposed to get next year to the school, those children, because of funding may not be able to. >> it has run out of funding for this project, indicative of many charity projects across the country, just struggling to survive. >> some see the refusal to sign the security pact as a risky move, that perhaps the u.s. is bluffing on cutting aid. >> they think they're in a very strong bargaining position and that may be completely out of kilter with reality, but that does seem to be the view from the palace. >> it's a very different view from the classroom.
even so, the 13 continue to enjoy themselves. unaware of the political crisis and how it could end what little they have. jane ferguson, aljazeera, kabul, afghanistan. >> we should note the u.s. spent $145 million on education in afghanistan last year. >> pakistan's army has a new leader appointed to oh one of the country's most powerful positions. one responsibility will be to direct the fight against the taliban. pakistan's army has always had a significant political role. it was responsible for out of thing the current prime minister when he last held power in 1999. >> former italian prime minute at her beryl sconey could be kicked out of politics today. he was convicted of tax fraud but said there is new evidence that could clear him. >> a teenage hitman is headed to
the u.s. after his releases from a mexican jail. jiminez was sent to a detention center for murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking. he admitted to beheading victims and said he was forced to kill. he was released on good behavior. he will go to texas where he has relatives. officials say he will be taken to a rehab center in san antonio. >> a suspect is facing murder charges after a stabbing spree in a texas hospital. bail was set at $2.6 million for 22-year-old kyron rishon, accused of stabbing five people in a medical center. he faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. >> good milk? why political gridlock in washington may sour your taste buds. >> having you paying double at the cash register. >> the time table for prices to rise. >> a narrow victory for
>> american tech companies are furious about the government spy program, and that big number you see is why. $35 billion is what the nsa scandal could cost in global sales through 2016, $35 billion. that's apple, google, microsoft, google to name a few. there's growing concern that these companies can't protect users from u.s. spying hardware. giant cisco is seeing fallout. they say orders in china fell 18% since july. microsoft in response to the spy back lash is amping up internet
encryption to protect customers, including emails. >> welcome back to aljazeera america. are you ready to pay $7 for a gallon of milk? why that might happen if congress doesn't act on a key piece of legislation. >> first, let's look at temperatures across the nation. meteorologist nicole mitchell is back. >> it depends where you are. we have chilly temperatures in the midwest, just barely in the double digits. we have a corridor of warm air with that low pressure system scooting up the coast. we have seen a lot of moisture with this, the low is going to be tracking up the east coast today. ahead of that, you get the warm air, behind it, the cold air. that really means some big temperatures contrasts. look at new york. even towards boston, temperatures in the 50's and 60's interior in the thirds, that's the dividing line between the southerly flow and the warm up and killed air. that means the dividing line between rain and snow.
so new york this morning, temperatures over 20 degrees warmer and that's why we've seen more of the rain along the coastline. i'll have more to look at the precip coming up. >> ok, nicole, the sentencing of a somali american in the attempted bombing at a holiday tree lighting is on head. a federal judge made the ruling in the case. the justice department told the man's lawyers that secret n.s.a. spying had been used in his case. he was convicted of trying to plant a bomb at a ceremony three years ago in portland, oregon. >> milk prices could soon hit $7 a gallon. congress went home without passing a farm bill. if it doesn't pass by january, subsidies for daries will run out. you can expect higher prices for corn, soybean and wheat. >> the highest minimum wage in america, a washington state suburb backed a $15 an air minimum wage. opponents want a recount. we have more from seattle.
>> the votes are in, certified by the state, but this thing isn't over justify yet. those who support a $15 minimum wage say we won, those opposed say let's take another look. that's what's going to happen. they are calling for and will pay for a hand recount of all 6,001 ballots cast. right now in this one, the yays have it by just 77 votes. >> it's a fantastic victory. what happened was voters in this community said they are tired of waiting for c.e.o.s or congress to do the right thing and took matters in their hands and said a fair day's work ought to get a fair day's play. >> they felt it was the wrong approach to this prop. they think it's going to eliminate jobs, make it harder for teenagers and others starting out to get these jobs. most of the people who would receive these benefits don't
even live here. 90% live outside the city. >> take a look at the cost per vote figures for this election. prop one supporters, remember, this was funded almost entirely by organized labor, spent the $422 per yes vote, opponents funded almost wholly by business enters connected with sea tack international airport $7,174. we do not expect this recount to take that long. 6,001 ballots were cast. we should have results by the middle of next week, perhaps late next week. >> aljazeera reporting from seattle. >> wall street could be poised to break more records today. u.s. stock futures are pointing to slight gains this morning, futures up 21 points. here's where we stand now president the dow jones industrial average opens at 15,472, it's third highest this
year. nasdaq breaking their mark for the first time since the dot com boom. >> in asia, hong kong ended at a 10 month high. >> hewlett packard could see a nice pop in its price, reporting a profit in its fourth quarter. cost cutting helped the company bounce back. >> retailers are pulling out the stops this holiday season because there are six fewer shopping days you between thanksgiving and christmas this year and they aren't waiting for black friday. macy's coals and best buy are opening their doors on thanksgiving. >> a lot of retailers who last year would just open an black friday whether at midnight for early in the morning this year
are opening on thanksgiving. thanksgiving is actually sort of now the big day, but on line sales begin on thanksgiving, and a lot of analysts thing that thanksgiving day is going to be even bigger than cyber monday in terms of volume. >> 33 million americans are expected to shop on thanksgiving. >> let the shopping continue. ratings from standard and poor said top banks including j.p. morgan may have to pay additional money to resolve mortgage related issues. >> the big storm is not only snarling air traffic, it's costing airlines a lot of money. it is estimated that every minute of delay cost carriers $78. >> watch your tongue while playing games on the new x box one. microsoft is cracking down on
cursing, suspending gamers for using foul language. gamers using x box live have reported being band for up to 24 hours. microsoft is trying to ept promote a clean, safe and fun environment for all gamers. >> a judge is putting the lid on hot sauce. the maker of the popular condiment was sued, saying fumes from the factory caused itchy eyes, asthma and headaches. the case could still go to trial. >> a humanitarian crisis is growing worse by the day in somalia, victims falling from fatigue and hunger. >> they just keep coming. they want to make the hazardous journey to yemen.
this 23-year-old and his friends are from ethiopia. >> for the four days i've been here, i've been washing cars to raise the fee the smugglers need from me. i have to make the journey. i won't go back. >> it is a sea of humanity. the image of a smuggling boom town is one they would like to shed. may not have been flocking here. >> the administration frequently cracks down, but they lack jails big enough to hold the many thousands involved in the illicit trade. >> we arrest them and put them in prison, but they need help. feeding them alone is beyond our means. sending them back to their
countries is impossible. >> at the main prison, we met a convicted people smuggler. >> the solution lies not in locking us up, but creating opportunities for people back at home. we're just serving the people's demands to be taken across to yemen. >> smugglers charged between $40 to $100. if everything goes well, lasts less than a day. hundreds of people have died trying to reach yemen. >> fear is for those who have something to lose. i have no fear at all. >> to the casual observer, that people are willing to risk death in the hands of human traffickers for a job that may never materialize may seem crazy, but the story of every migrant here shows the sadder
story of their homeland. every hardship they endure on the per i willous journey beats the hardship they escaped. >> clashes between chance in somalia are complicating the plight of the migrants. >> in the bahamas, 200 miles from the florida coast was a capsizing. 100 haitians are clinging to the overturned hull. authorities say the number of haitians trying to cross is up sharply. >> a diplomatic row between beijing and japan escalates. >> we'll talk about washington's asia pivot and other foreign policy initiatives. >> many people think that we're giving pot to kids. that's the not quite the case. >> using marijuana to treat life
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states to approve medical marijuana. families from across the country are looking to move to the state to get the drug for their children. later in this half hour, you are going to meet children with rare life threatening medical issues doing better because of this drug. the story's coming up in a moment. >> china wants the two u.s. bombers that flew over the china sea. days ago, china said the air space is part of its defense zone. the area has been contested by china and japan, a u.s. ally. joining us now to discuss u.s. foreign policy is thomas pickering. retired ambassador to israel in the united nations. good morning to you, ambassador. >> good morning. >> i want to start with this b52 incident over the east china
sea. that a lot of questions being raised, why is the u.s. getting involved in a diplomatic or territorial dispute in japan and china. >> first, the united as a result of our arrangements with japan has recognized these islands under japanese administration. secondly, it's been a long-standing policy of the united states to contest unilateral declarations of extensions of sovereignty in areas where it affects interests and i think that this is clearly one of a number of activities we've undertaken over oh a long period of time when people attempt to make claims in areas where the access has been disputed and of. interest to the united states. we have interests in that area with japan and the sea area in and around the islands, as well. i think it's part of a normal process. these were routine training
missions. we should see it in that light. i think there was no effort here to do anything but continue to assert rights, which we believe we have. >> so a normal process. with this involvement, experts believe this tension could lead to another military conflict for the u.s. do you believe that's likely at all? >> i don't. i think the united and china understand this. we went through a very difficult period, some 12w.15 years ago off the island, where a chinese interceptor collided with an american naval reconnaissance plane. we almost lost the crew. it's a difficult question. both china and the united states wanted to avoid that activity. >> do you think this will impact the president's visit to the region? >> i think the people will look at the fact that the united states is firm about its interest in the region. i think being careful about that, i think the vice president will have plenty of opportunity
to explain it. i think that while with china it may cast a bit of a pal over the visit, i think it can be explained and i think there are greater interests the two countries have that they should continue to pursue and i hope that it will do so. >> we'll see how this plays out. i want to talk about being firm here and switch to afghanistan. national security advisor susan rice went to push karzai to sign the deal. he gave her a set of conditions. the washington post-this morning, very interesting quote that said both sides seem to be betting that the other is bluffing, that the stakes are much too high for a pointless game of political chicken. does karzai have any leverage here? >> i think karzai's leverage is that he wants to appear in front of his own people and he has for a long period of time in a kind of maverick way as standing up
to the united states. he after all, while he still enjoys leadership of his home country in one way or another, doesn't want to seem to be collapsing in the face of the united states. this is interesting, because the group, the loyal jirga enforced his signing this particular agreement. it's quite clear if he waits until after the election which is his proposal and lets his successor sign, it will be very awkward, if not difficult for the united states in its planning to make this happen. i talked to some afghans. they believe over the period leading up to the afghan elections in late spring that there will be a kind of evident here to pull this together and i hope there will be. i think that the notion of a confrontation now is not beneficial to afghanistan or the united states. in the long run, this agreement is quite essential for some long term stability in afghanistan. after 2014 to give the kind of backing and support, financial
and with a small troop presence, it will be required to help complete the transition in afghanistan and to buttress the security forces, which are after all, a kind of kingpin peace of the future of afghanistan, particularly as long as the taliban attacks continue. >> as this plays out, there are reports the u.s. is looking to get a signature on a security deal without hamid karzai. can the u.s. go around karzai to get a deal. >> if both sides would accept it, foreign ministers might be able to get an agreement. i heard this morning and i think people authorized to sign on behalf of governments normally carry the respect their office implies. if karzai authorizes somebody, that may be a way out.
>> if they do go around it, would this be seen as a legitimate deal? >> absolutely. i think there is nothing written in stone in diplomacy that says all agreements committing a country have to be signed by the head of state, however in afghanistan, given some of the factionalization and uncertainties about the future situation, i think we always thought it would be much better if karzai signed off. >> do you think it was a good idea to meet secretly with the iranians to keep it private even from our allies. i think it was essential in the early stages of this to move the
discussions in parallel with the multi-lateral discussions of the permanent members of the security council plus germany into a private channel. the two sides could explore the ability of both sides to make a preliminary agreement and to test the potential possibilities for the limits and arrangements that would be included in that agreement. the united states informed israel and the allies of what it was doing according to the press reports and then began to move what it had achieved into the broader multi-lateral process. i think this is understood. i think at that time, as you remember, there was indeed a series of public statements by the united states that it did want to talk directly to iran
and the response on the iranian side was apparently, yes, we're prepared to talk but given our own domestic situation and where we have been, we like to start these in private. it made a certain amount of sense. i think the next stage in the comprehensive agreement at some point will probably profit very much from the ability of the united states and iran to speak together privately about the relationship, but more importantly about the terms and circumstances and the arrangements which will have to be made, which as secretary kerry has said is a big, big mountain to cross in a very important stage in this arrangement and one that hopefully will nail down in a very clear way a long term future relationship between the country's negotiating with iran and iran over its nuclear
program and built into that program, the kind of firewall that we need against iran moving rapidly to produce a nuclear weapon. >> let's talk about that relationship. secretary kerry was on the hill yesterday. >> i think increasingly large numbers of the american public are coming to understand how important this agreement is. secondly, i think people are beginning to read the agreement in the detail, and see that some of the negative comments about it represent exaggerations, or at least approaches that said well, what will happen if in fact iran cheats on this agreement, and the answer to that's very clear. in the agreement, there's what i would call a snap back, that we go back to the sanctions, to the full regime of sanctions. i think also, people will see in
fact, that this agreement has many aspects if not all frozen the iran program and a number of aspects, rolled it back. if this agreement is kept, iran at the end of the six months will have no more separated, enriched material than it has at the beginning. people need to look at details, where the devil always is, but it also is where i would say the outcome is shaped. i believe this deal is very much in our interest, and that as we examine it closely, it will be significant, and that inside the agreement are built-in verification mechanisms and abilities to return to where we were before, which in a sense are the kind of safeguards we need in this agreement to make sure that there is no testing. >> that's certainly a lot of work still ahead. >> yeah, this is a test case, and it's important for us to go
through and look at it carefully. >> that it is. we certainly appreciate your insight, thank you so much. >> turning now to events in thailand. after a fourth day of protest in bangkok, 3,000 demonstrators say they will stay overnight, gathering earlier in the labor ministry. they want the prime minister to step down, facing a no confidence vote in parliament. we are joined from bangkok. this was the fourth straight day of demonstrations. they've been shutting down and occupying government buildings. what are the time tables and how long will the authorities let these protests continue? >> first of all on the vote in parliament, that's's been a debate for a couple of days now. it's about dinner time here in
thailand. what is going to happen is tomorrow when people make up, that's when the vote will actually be held. prime minister is expected to survive that no confidence vote handily. this is more about a debate over her record, and some mistakes that people are seeing that some political acts that have taken place that people here have plummet u. plum melted her into this worst political crisis of her administration.
>> he shifted from a kind of back room king maker as it were in politics for decades to able rouser. he is inspiring the crowd, driving them on talking about not negotiating with the government and persuading government workers, these bureaucrats to join in a civil disobedience campaign. it's not clear what his actual goal is. >> the last time these major demonstrations were held in thailand, they did turn violent. what has been the tone of the protests that you've seen? clearly it's still going on ride now meaning.
in the evening. ai'm sorry, it broke up a little bit. i believe you were asking about the phone of the protests. it's very clear that they are saying these are non-violent protests. in fact, he said to me last night come in, have a look, we have no weapons. similarly, the government is saying they will not force these people out of the government ministries. >> reporting from bangkok, thank you. >> a connecticut core decided that calls made to 911 during the new town school massacre should be released. the judge ruled there is a clear public interest in the recordings. the state wants to keep the recordings private to protect the families of victims. there will be an appeal. >> newton high school team just
finished undefeated in 12 games. players and coaches dedicated the victim to the victims of the massacre at sandy hook elementary. >> we have the latest sports. >> assistant states torn said the state's attorneys office needs the next two weeks or longer to process all the evidence in the winston sexual assault case. the florida state quarterback isn't likely to face charges until after the seminoles play in the championship game on december 7, if he faces charges at all. another date is december 9 when ballots for the heisman trophy are due. >> with the heisman race as wide open as in recent memory, why not illinois quarterback jordan
lynch. the dark horse candidate strengthened his chance of winning college football's top award to tuesday night by breaking his own single game quarterback rushing record with 321 yards. he rushed for three touchdowns. they finished the regular season for the first time in 50 years. >> i had no idea i had it, so thank you for telling me, but, you know, it's not me that does it. it's coach, offensive line, receivers, running backs blocking for me. >> thurman returned an interception for a touchdown. he's eligible to come back the
week before the seahawks season finale. fell corner back also suspended, the seahawks signed parish hawk. >> one day after signing an extension with the los angeles lakers, kobe bryant was defending himself against widespread sentiment that this deal is good for him, bad for the lakers. the 7-7 lakers are 1-5 on the road this year after losing tuesday night in washington. wizards guard scored 13 of game high 31 to give him a third straight game with 30 or more points. he added nine assist as the wizards snap the three game win streak 116-111. >> for some college hardwood action, we head to hawaii for the semifinals of the maui invitational.
this very couch, which left her drowsy and unresponsive. >> is that mommy's sister? >> jordan suffers from life threatening epilepsy. her childhood years have tried special diets and medication. >> here's what we take now and here's more and more. >> the pills and promises didn't work. >> on hers worst night, i counted 72 grand malseizures. >> paula packed up and moved from cleveland to colorado to join other so-called marijuana refugees. jordan is on the waiting list extracted from this coveted plant. >> you can see the little glimmer of white on top of the plants here and these hold the c.b.d., the chemical compound that is essentially the medicine we grow. >> the medical pot was dex and four years ago by a family of six brothers. >> many people think that we're
giving pot to kids. that's not quite the case. >> joel stan lesays charlotte's web is different from the more common form of medical pot, because it was originally designed to help cancer patients control the side effect of chemo at her therapy. >> we had no idea that we were going to devil int delve into pc epilepsy. >> without t.h.c., he said kids don't get high, but with it's anti-inflammatory properties, they do get well. >> before charlotte's web, he spent almost a decade seizing. >> by the age of five, jackson, now 10, experienced 500,000 ceasessures. in the years since he started on the marijuana oil oh extract, he
is seizure-free. >> you're drawing your brother? >> pediatricians who treat epilepsy are intrigued, but university of colorado psychiatrist wants to see more research. >> effectiveness is defined at least for me by randomized placebo controlled trials. those are still lacking to date. we have case reports, and because of those case reports, absolutely, we should look into this further. >> for pam lyle, marijuana is the last thing she would have imagined giving her child, but now, she's planning to, saying it's a matter of saving jordan's life. >> do we have to know the answers before we stop kids from dying? no. >> clinical trials on 30 patients will be presented to a national epilepsy conference next month. carrol mckinley, aljazeera, denver. >> amazing kids there. the six family brothers, the men who developed charlotte's web say they are not a bunch of
stoners and reject all pot head store yo types. they started their business to benefit from their unique strain of marijuana. >> from hundred was thousands of seizures to zero is remarkable. >> good morning, del. >> the massive storm system crisscrossing the country ail week now hitting the east coast. delays expected on the roads, rails and airports. tensions increasing between china and japan over the disputed sea islands, china trying to attract those two u.s. bombers who flew over the area tuesday during a training exercise. we're keep unga close watch on several major protests around the world, among them, anti-government rallies in thailand and ukraine. more than 2 million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 living with h.i.v. many not getting the care they need. we'll tell you about new steps recommended to fight the threat. >> pope francis getting a films
of his vision for the roman catholic church. we're talk to a professor about how these ideas will be received by catholics around the world. >> i'm john henry smith, there's a quarterback you may not have heard of who may be on pace to win the college football award everyone's heard of. details with, next hour. >> the potent storm system racing up the east coast is causing major travel problems. i'll have your forecast
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>> good morninged. welcome to aljazeera america. the thanksgiving travel nightmare gripping the east coast today, complicating one of the busiest travel days of the year. it is a dangerous wintery mix of snow, sleet, heavy rain and very, very strong winds. the severe conditions are creating a mess up and down the east coast. the national weather service issuing winter storm warnings in 13 states from georgia so vermont, the storm grounding hundred was flights in the middle of the country now threatening to do the same in new york, philadelphia and washington. we are in new york at laguardia, randall, miserable for people trying to get out of town. how bad is the situation? >> so far, it isn't too bad here. the general rule is if you leave
early, you have a much better chance of getting on your flight and the flight taking off on time. there are delays, buenos extensive delays and certainly none of the long lines that we expect to see as the day wears on. the f.a.a. photograph tracker is showing right now only three trouble spots on the east coast, defined as delays in excess of 45 minutes. these are general airport conditions, not flight specific, though. before you go, you need to check with your airlines. before the day is out for sure, the weather is likely to be a problem. >> the winter storm barreling east has disrupted travelers from texas to pennsylvania. >> i just missed my connection to albany and i'm hype every ventilating, and i'm really crazy right now. >> despite it all, millions are determined to reach their destinations for thanksgiving dinner. >> headed to wisconsin.
>> waterloo, iowa. >> family is what it's all about. >> 50% more people travel during the thanksgiving holiday than any other time of the year. bad weather is the last thing anyone needs. >> it's never been this bad. we travel from school every year like this, it's never been this bad. >> many have long lines and depending on weather conditions, delays and cancellations. >> all it takes is a delay at a couple major airports and whole country can be affected. >> while millions will fly, air travel amounts to only 6% of holiday traffic. the department of transportation said nine out of 10 will drive, covering an average distance of 200 miles to visit family and friends. >> it's just going to be, you know, twice as congested, i would assume and then factor in the weather and the flooding, it's probably going to create a lot of traffic and very slow
going. >> while wednesday is the busiest travel day of the season, that's only true if you're flying, taking a bus or train. on the roads, thanks giving day is busiest. >> the average applies of gasoline is less expensive this year, $3.25 a gallon versus $3.47 a year ago. del, can you remember when gas was a lot cheaper and we would have thought that $3 was outrageous? how times do change. >> i can remember when you didn't burn it up sitting in traffic, as well. what are the travelers telling you about how they had to change things in order to get over the river and through the woods. >> i haven't heard too much about that yet. we don't have a lot of jam up here yet. bellhops are expecting a lot
more people later in the day, probably some waiting until they get off work. some offer the opportunity of switching reservations without penalty. you to have check with the airline, but some of doing that if you have flexibility in travel plans. >> which one of these flights right now is you? take a look at the plane finder tracker. there are more than 3,000 planes flying in the skies right now over the u.s. that's those 3,000 flights normally on the day before thanksgiving, as you can see, lots of planes will be flying. the stormy weather here is hampering air travel, so the bottom line still ahead. >> the big ones could force the balloons out of the macy's thanksgiving day parade. if winds go any higher, the balloons will be grounded. the city bans balloons with
winds higher than between three miles an hour. in 1997, a balloon flew out of control, knocking out a pole, injuring two people. >> a little bad weather didn't stop these performers from preparing for the big parade, dance troops breaking out the ponchos last night gave on lookers a preview, braving the bitter cold and rain. >> as we've been skying, this is a massive storm system. nicole mitchell joins us now with the latest. >> this is the same that caused problems in the southern plains a couple of days ago. it has been on the move impacting a lot of the country. after skirting through the south, it's going up the east coast. the rest of the country is going to be not too bad. really, it's our one trouble spot, including the winds that already picked up. these winds out of the south, almost do south in boston, that's keeping temperatures this morning in places along the coast in the 50's and 60's
versus third's interior. that's why we have a very sharp division of rain yes snow. look at the wind around this. even into thursday, we are going to see wind gusts. you mentioned 23 miles per hour sustained for the macy's balloons, but gusts of 34 can also bring those balloons down and have them not in the parade. that is still expected to be breedy into the morning. otherwise, still a lot of moisture with this system, so we're going to see along the coastline we could he hali see one or two inches of rain heading more interior where we do have the cold enough air to support the snow, and then with the wind adding lake affect snow, we could see two or four inches in isolated spots going higher. through the rest of the day moving up the coast, i mentioned new york with that with the warm air that came along the coast lines, temperatures 50's and 60's, tomorrow as the front passes through, we drop into the 30's, so back into reality on
the backside of all of this. it is one good piece of news. we were talking about the delays. a lot of airlines canceled flights, helping to limit the traffic and keep delays down. it is going to be a mess especially if you're driving. del. >> nicole, thank you very much. we're not alone. much of europe also under a blanket of snow, snowing pedestrians tuesday in central italy. snow is likely to be short lived there. higher temperatures are predicted in friday. poland had been enjoying mild conditions for weeks and in croatia, tractor trailers ordered off the roads because of winds clocked at 74 miles an hour. >> china says today that it tracked the bombers that flew over the sufficient china sea, china saying it is part of its defense zone. u.s. officials say the fraying flight returned to guam less than an hour after takeoff. the u.s. says the air space
china claims is actually international territory. >> unilateral actions like those taken by china undermines security and constitutes and attempt to change the status quo in the east china sea. this only serves to increase tensions in the region. >> japanese airliners are still flying through the zone without notifying beijing. china said it will monitor the threat and respond. >> a video asking not to impose tough sanctions against iran, calling for sanctions to be eased if iran slows its nuclear program. >> this is a beginning, a first step over the coming months, we're going to roll up our sleeves and keep working with the parties at the table in order to reach a final com presence you have agreement that
insurance iran will not acquire you a nuclear weapon. >> a few u.s. senators are working on a bill that would step up sanctions if iran does not follow through. >> in ukraine demonstrators are angry because talks were halted. police firing tear gas on protestors, many camping out in front of parliament for six straight days. the president said ukraine can't afford to cut its ties with russia after the kremlin imposed tough new restrictions on the country. leaders are divided, the ukrainian prime minister saying he does not want his country to become a battlefield between the e.u. and moscow. >> these dollars between egyptian police and demonstrators who defend an anti protest law. tear gas and water cannons fired tuesday. the law was passed by the
military government. human rights activists say it is designed to stop protests by backers of the ousted president mohamed morsi. >> protestors in bangkok are occupying tie land's department of special investigations. they say they will stay there overnight. they want thailand prime minister to 10 down. she is facing a no confidence vote in parliament. an arrest warrant is out for the former member of particle lent leading those protests. >> pakistan named a lt. general as its new army chief, leading an army of 600,000 troops. the nation's armed forces also have nuclear weapons. we are in pakistan now. what does this mean for the u.s.? >> as far as the united states is concerned, the military enjoys excellent relations with the u.s. military.
however, it is interesting to see that pakistan military is living up to its tradition of transferring the responsibility to a new general. it must be understood that the new general has served within the pakistani military since 1976 when he was inducted into the military and he has also been attending the military staff college in canada, and also attended courses in germany. he would be very much interested in continuing that relationship. however, it is a civilian government which will define the parameters of foreign policy. >> of greater concern, the nukes and the country of india wondering whether those are safe. >> as far as pakistan's nuclear
arsenal is concerned it is said by government that pakistan believes in minute ma'am deference and because india was the first country that con ducked nuclear tests and that pakistan had no other option. prom the pakistani side, the rationale is as long as india is not willing to disarm, pakistan will continue to maintain her nuclear deterrence. it is for defensive purposes, it has no long-range missiles to threaten europe or elsewhere across the atlantic. pakistan's nuclear policy is very clear and it is a quid pro quo with india. >> the prime minister of latvia has resigned, taking completely responsibility for the building
collapse. a supermarket roof fell through in the capital. forty others were injured. it was one of europe's worst roof related disasters in decades. >> pope francis, a man on a mission. we'll tell you why he says it's time for the vat kept to give power back to the people. >> plus getting the word out, teaching young people about the dangers of h.i.v. >> say it ain't so, trouble in toy land. how parents can avoid the most dangerous toys this holiday season. >> you're looking live at the scene at laguardia where they are just now starting to show up and find if they are going to get to grandma's house on time.
>> the east coast is impacted by the severe weather. atlanta's at 35, houston at 35, new york is at 60. remember yesterday, when i was saying you're going to wake up and think wow, this is really warm. it's with all that moisture moving up the coast and the low bringing some air from the south, places like new york and boston are warmer than d.c. or atlanta, for example, because of that warm flow. you can see that dramatic contrast on the coast, versus interior where we have the 30's. we have a distinct dividing line between rain versus snow as that system has moved up. this has been a warm up versus yesterday. a lot of these temperatures are running over 20 degrees warmer right near the coastline. by the time we get into to really, though, all that cold air will be in and a lot of rain. i'll show you the radar coming up in just a few minutes. del. >> nicole, thank you very much.
>> pope francis is defining his visit for the roman catholic church. the pontiff wants to shut power from the vatican and put more evident into helping the poor. we have more. >> little more than a year has passed since he became the head of the catholic church, and pope francis has released a major written work. in the 84 page manifesto, he calls for action from within. he wrote of charity and renewal, cautions people against greed and inquality he says is created by capitalism. >> the money and dictatorship of a faceless economy, the sass per reaction of consumption and unbridle consumerism. >> he's called for the rich to share their wealth before and while previous popes were
criticized for lavish lives, francis leads by example, living in a guest house rather than the palace on offer. however, some people in mexico accused him and advisers of hypocrisy. >> they would no be living how they live. i think he's one of the most powerful men in the christian religion, but also within the economy of the church. >> pope francis is poke cussed on human rights. he's visited where many arrive in italy seeking refugee status. he calls on all catholics to help. >> where is the person that you are killing every day in his secret little factory, in networks of prostitution, in children used for professional begging, in those who must work in secret, because they are irregular. let us not pretend, all of us have shshared responsibility in these situations.
>> he didn't call for change in two key areas. women should have more of an important role in the church, but will thought be priests, and allowing abortion is not up for debate. >> patrick hornbeck is in phoenix this morning, where it is very, very early, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thanks so much, del, it's great to be with you. >> the joy of the gospel is the first mission statement written by pope francis. it is already raising eyebrows. >> i think that's right. in fact, the word mission statement makes sense. i think we think about corporate missions, right, that tell us what different organizations or bodies in the world want to do, so it's the setting out of an action plan. the pope also means in that sense of mission, meaning missionary and the document talks about pope france' vision of how he and the clergy and he
wants the whole click people to be involved in reaching out to the world to become missionaries in that sense. >> he is setting himself apart from his predecessors. some would say he is distancing himself from those two. >> i think that's right. as i was reading through this document yesterday, i was struck by how many illusions there were that people might take as an implicit or possibly an explicit critique of pope ben picture. he talks about how ideas are not sufficient, there has to be an engagement with reality. he talks about a spirit of joy he wants people in the church to have, saying that christian ministers should not be in the business of seeming like they're always coming from a funeral. that was a line i found most fascinating. while i don't think it's completely true that those things characterize the reign of benedict, i think francis is moving us in a very different direction. >> to an outsider, it seems that what pope francis wants the church to do is what churches
supposed to do. is this radical or has the church been out of touch? >> it might be the case that it's both. in latin, the word radical means back to the roots. i think one of the things francis is doing in this come to is to call christianty and catholicism back to its roots. the title of the document is the joy of the gospel. i think this pope is someone who when he opens up the new testament, thinks about his faith, comes to it with an extraordinary sense of joy. i think the question is going to be, and this is true of catholicism, whether this pope is going to be able to inspire that joy, inspire that sort of civility in the people that he represents. >> now on that note, you use the vernacular, some say the vatican does not cotton well to change, so how is this change going to be received in a centuries old institution? >> that's a really interesting question, del, one other thing the pope is doing besides this document is convened a group of eight cardinals from around the
world to advice him on how the vatican might be updated. he does talk about how church structures and he said even the attitudes of people who work for the church can be unwelcoming. i think that's especially important in an american catholic church where we know a third of those baptized click in this country at some point decided to cease calling themselves catholic. >> let's look at the vatican as a business, a multi-billion dollars business, is pope francis a threat? >> no. i think that, you know, if we're looking at this in business terms, this pope has excited people around the world, click and non-click to come back, to think about their own spiritualty in ways that are exceptionally new and vibrant. he would probably be the first one to reject a comparison about that. it's about converting the human heart for him. >> does that mean that people will not sees as a threat? >> absolutely not. i think we are already beginning to see sign that is some who of
more comfortable in a traditional form of catholicism are not taking well to this pope necessarily, but the numbers of not necessarily on their side. >> those numbers, are we seeing them start to come back into the church with pope francis no. >> i think it's too alley to tell. i didn't know until this pope came into office that polling firms do take approval ratings of popes, and his is 80% plus. it would be really hard to name another global figure, be they religious or political or cultural who inspires that sort of confidence in people, not just his own followers. when people belong to other religious beliefs or none. >> taking a look at your business news, it could be another record-breaking day on wall street. stock futures are pointing to
slight gains. it is the dow jones 43r 43rd record high this year. >> european markets are higher this hour. the markets are closing mostly higher, hong kong ending at a 10 month high after central bank promises more reforce. it is expected to be a light day with traders getting away early ahead of the thanksgiving holiday. >> the holiday shopping season begins in earnest tomorrow, retailers such as macy's, coals and best buy opening their doors on thank you giving, ahead of the traditional black friday kick off. they're calling tomorrow brown thursday. in addition to luring customers to put away the turkey and go to the stores, retailers hope to lure customers on line. >> a lot of retailers who last year were just open on black
friday, whether at midnight or early in the morning this year are opening on thanksgiving. thanksgiving is sort of now the big day. on line sales begin on thanksgiving. analysts think thanksgiving is going to be even bigger than cyber monday in terms of volume. >> it is estimated 33 million americans are going to be shopping on thanksgiving. >> rhode island, massachusetts and maine have blue laws prohibiting big stores from opening on thanksgiving, including super markets and department stores. >> big bangs may need to pony up more for those sub prime mortgage losses. rating>> the i.m.f. consideringn
to put more burden on bond holders, it feels it made a mistake forcing countries such as greece and port actual to bear all the pain of their recovery. the idea of shifting some of those costs to investors facing stiff resistance from bankers and the u.s. >> hewlett packard will be in the spotlight today, posting a profit in its fourth quarter. that's despite strong corporate demand for the raise in its expectations, cost setting also helping the company bounce back. >> keep him or kick him out? a vote today that will determine the political future of italy's former prime minister. >> we're getting used to paying cash from a.t.m.'s. some banks could start charging
to oh simply hold your money. >> manny pacquiao can beat many opponents in the ring, but can't beat the tax map. details ahead in sports. >> in the skies over the nation's airports, 3800 flights now up. the question is will they get there on time and will yours take off on time. consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the government shutdown. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what. >> antonio mora, award winning and hard hitting. >> we've heard you talk about the history of suicide in your family. >> there's no status quo, just the bottom line. >> but, what about buying shares in a professional athlete?
determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well.
>> the prime minister's easy charm often works, though sometimes his behavior has seemed at odds with the dignity expected of a statesman. >> i have to bring you some greetings from a man, what's his name? just a minute, it was someone with a tan. barack obama. >> but his private life has proven even more sensational than his many diplomatic gaps. his so-called parties are infamous. he was convicted of paying an
underage girl for self. then there's the tax fraud. italy's highest court upheld a one year prison sentence which he will probably be able to serve under house arrest or community service. it was actually the you're row's debt crisis that contributed to his down fall. he lost his parliamentary majority and he was finally forced from office in 2011. >> as long as he has got voters ready to vote for him and the party, i would say he still is a power in italian politics. not as powerful as he used to be, but not irrelevant, either. >> he is a public figure with many enemies. few would go as far as the man who threw a souvenir of a cathedral at him years ago. most allies decided they can no longer support him. >> italian law requires anyone sentenced to more than two years
in prison to wait six years before running for office again. a connecticut court deciding that calls made to 911 during the newtown school massacre should be released, the judge ruling this is a clear public interest in the recordings. the state wants to protect the families of the victims. the tapes will remain sealed as the decision is appealed. >> a suspect facing murder charges after a stabbing spree at a hospital in texas. bail is set for the 22-year-old accused of entering good shepherd medical center tuesday, stabbing five people there, including a nurse. >> i know a lot of people that she works with, jacki and trudy, and hang in there. keep on doing what you do best. >> he is charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. >> o.j. simpson is going to stay
behind bars, a judge saying he did not prove that his child was unfair. he was convicted in armed robbery in a case involving his sports memorabilia. his lawyers will appeal that sentence to the nevada supreme court. >> the controversy over birth control coverage under the heal care reform law is now in the hands of the supreme court. the justice deciding tuesday that they will hear arguments in march. the issue, whether private employers may refuse to pay for their workers contraceptive because of they're religious beliefs. the issue may turn on whether the justice believe companies have the same rights as a person. >> the c.d.c. say many of living with h.i.v. and don't know they have it. we have the story. >> gabriel ortiz was 22 years
old when he found he was h.i.v. positive. he is a patient at the adolescent aids clinic in new york where they provide tests, treatment and out reach. he is part of an age group between 13 and 24 that represents more than a quarter of new h.i.v. infections. >> when i was young, we never got the education we needed in school for h.i.v. or s.t.d.'s or anything else. when i came to doctors, they never believed in any routine testing for me. they would ask me if you were sexually active but never administered testing. >> doctors don't provide routine testing, the biggest problem continuing to a rise in h.i.v. cases among adolescents. >> you can still come in, be diagnosed with chlamydia and not be offered an h.i.v. test because the doctor or the system
is not prepared to go that extra mile. i have to say, even here in the bronx in the center of this epidemic, it's not uniform that every young people who comes into care for sexual health will get an h.i.v. test. >> she says a lock of confidential resources and lack of education contributes to this. >> it's not just an american problem. it's global. the world health organization estimates that more than 2 million young people between the age of 10 and 19 of loving with h.i.v. because many don't get the support and resources they need, aids related deaths in this group have increased by 50%. >> it's not teenagers who are to blame, adults aren't getting the message to them. >> i always say there's no person on the planet that doesn't know what coca-cola is, yet they are always refreshing their advertising campaign to
increase market share. we have a problem must have more complicated yet are doing virtually nothing to give the young people the message that this is real in their lives. >> more than 1.1 million americans over the age of 13 have the virus that causes aids. experts say we need innovative ways to reach them. >> h.i.v. or the virus that causes aids is a serious problem worldwide. 33.4 million people currently living with h.i.v. or aids since 1981, more than 25 million people have died around the world. that h.i.v. treatment in poor countries has increased 10 fold since 2002. >> gynecologists may now treat men for certain conditions, a reversal of a prior policy. the american board of obstetrics and gynecology say they may treat men for sexually traps mitted infections. they may screen men for some types of cancer. advocates say this will make
cancer screening more accessible. >> china said it watched the two u.s. bombers that flew over the china sea, flying over air space china claims to control. two days ago, china said the area is part of its defense zone did that that area has been tested by china and japan, the u.s. ally. >> both the united states and china understand this. we went through a very difficult period some 12-15 years ago where a chinese interceptor collided with an american naval reconnaissance plane, and we almost lost the crew. it was a difficult and strained question, both china and the united states have an interest in wanting to avoid a repetition. people will look at the fact that the united states is being
firm about its some that in the region. i think being careful about that. i think the vice president will have plenty of opportunity to explain it and i think that while with china it may cast a pal over the visit, i think it can be explained and i think there are greater interests the two countries have that they should continue to pursue and i hope that it will do so. >> the flight triggered anger among chinese social media users, calling for stronger response from their government. >> a new i.r.s. policy could affect how much money organizations give to political organizations. the groups would be forced to pay taxes if they spend large portions of their budgets on political activities. the measure is expected to take effect after the 2014 elections. >> most of us are used to paying a fee if our checking account dips below a certain balance or when we get cash from an a.t.m. what about paying a fee just to keep your money in a bank?
aljazeera explains why this could happen. >> the federal reserve has injected roughly $3 trillion into the economy by buying bonds from banks and crediting their account at the fed. the lion's share of the new money is sitting in excess reserve accounts at the fed, all the waying a quarter point interest for the banks. >> it doesn't seem like a whole lot, but for financial institutions in this environment where interest rates are so low, it actually represents potentially a pretty good return. >> the question of whether to lower the interest paid on excess reserve to say get the banks to start lending more of them was raised at the janet yellen's confirmation hearing. >> it is something we could consider going forward. >> yellen was non-committal, but minutes from the meeting confirmed the board of governors also felt it was worded considering at some stage. >> whether the banks aren't
lending enough or demand for those loans simply isn't there is open to debate, but should the fed choose to stop paying interest on excess reserves, the fallout could rain down on,s and consumers. >> what the banks might do is cut the interest that they offer on certain short term bank deposits, checking deposits, for instance. since those rates are already low to begin with, they might actually start charging people to deposit their money at the banks. >> banks already pay a federal insurance premium on deposits. while talk of charging customers to deposit main may prove an empty threat, paying interest on excess reserves may prove to be another policy created in the wake of the financial crisis that could prove very difficult for the fed to undo. aljazeera, new york. >> some banks are thinking about charging fees for even speak to go a teller or using your app.
>> voters in a section, the highest in the nation and double the federal minimum wage for workers in and around seattle at a coma airport. some of calling for a recount. that measure passing by 77 votes. >> 20,000 people in indonesia fleeing the area near the volcano after 20 eruption is. some people are still refusing to leave their homes. >> harmless for four centuries, it is now showing its dangerous side. it has been erupting nearly non-stop. government authorities ordered villages to evacuate homes within five kilometers of the volcano. this is what we found inside the evacuation zone. >> we don't want to be in
evacuation centereds. there are too many people here. here, we follow our in extension. if the mountain gets dangerous, we leave. if not, we stay here. you are right, we are not allowed to be here. >> the authorities have a hard time enforcing the evacuation order. >> when we force them to leave, they refuse, so we try to force they will, but they don't want to leave. what can we do. >> after lying dormant, it has provided fertile ground for farmers. >> village closest to the volcano were evacuated more than one month ago. many wonder if they can ever return. people have found shelter in churches, mosques and community centers, but they have all one wish, to go home as soon as possible. >> i want to go back home. if i stay here, i'm going to be
sick. i want to go to my village. it is cold and crowded. it is too difficult to wash ourselves. >> with crops being ruined by volcanic ash, most villagers hope the mountain will calm down, soon. >> a lot of farmers have been affected by the eruptions, nearly 65,000 acres of crops have been destroyed. >> a cop put his life on the line to save a man trapped inside a burning truck. the rescue caught on the car's dash cam. new jersey officer jumped into action, pulling the unconscious driver to safety and then ran back several times to check and see if anybody else was in the car. the officer said he was just doing his job. another extraordinary rescue in florida, where a blind man helped guide a woman from a burning amount. tommy basher who is blind said
he smelled smoke and tracked it down. it was coming from an apartment where a woman fell asleep with food on the stove. the woman helped him use a fire hose to did you say the flames. the fire chief is nominating barbara for a citizen hero award. >> time now to check on sports. john henry smith here now with the latest from an investigation involving a heisman trophy candidate. >> it doesn't seem to be ending soon. assistant state attorney said her office probably needs the next two weeks or longer to process all the evidence in the winston sexual assault case, meaning he isn't likely to face charges until after playing in the a.c.c. championship game december 7, if he you faces charges at all. december 9 is when ballots for the heisman tree fee are due. some hope for a decision before casting their votes.
>> northern illinois quarterback jordan lynch strengthened his candidates by breaking his own single game quarterback rushing record with 321 yards. he rushed for three scores and threw for another to lead 14t 14th ranked illinois over western michigan, 33-14. they furnish the regular season undefeated for the first time in 50 years. lynch said he didn't know he was breaking the record. >> yeah, no idea. i had no idea i had it. thank you for telling me, but it's not me that does it. it's offense coordinator, coach cole and offensive line, receivers, running backs blocking for me. i really have nothing today with it. >> this note from boxing. despite beating brandon rei don't say, manny pacquiao is having trouble keeping his oath to philippine victims.
he owes $50,000 in taxes. he is the wealthiest man in congress. >> kobe bryant was defending himself against widespread sentiment that the deal is good for him, but bad for the lakers. on twitter, brian indicated he thinks the lakers still have plenty of cap room left to put together a championship team. the lakers don't have kobe. he's still recovering from achille's surgery. his lakers are 1-5 on the road.
lakers coach talks about surviving until kobe returns. >> it is a concern. we have to learn how to win with this team just put together and we don't have one thing that we go to all the time, but we'll get it straight. i'm not -- we're playing hard and they're together and we should have won tonight, and it's always a concern, but we'll be ok. >> in the big easy, the pelicans and their young star hosting the warriors. golden state came in losers of three in a row but got tuesday night's party started right, leading by eight at recess. pulling the pelicans to within one, holiday driving for the win kicks it outside. eric gordon instead of inside, warriors win. that is your look at sports this morning. del. >> john henry smith, thank you
very much. >> one group warns that you should watch out when you do your holiday shopping for your children. >> a third grader with a holiday spir, his burt day wish helping needy families this thanksgiving. >> rain, snow, even high winds. i'll tell you where travel is a wet mess. >> this is a live look at the window city, chicago. you're looking at the christmas tree in daley plaza where they say it ain't snow unless it's a foot.
>> welcome back to aljazeera america. just ahead, this year's trouble in toy land report and the toy yous that parents are told to stay away from. first, lets find out if it's going to rain or snow where you are. >> i want to start with the silver lining which is that most of the country is not doing badly. sunny skies for the midwest, a couple showers along the west coast. that of course we have our big trouble maker up and down the east coast.
all of interstate 95 got under this at one time or another with the system coming through. this is clearing in the south. mississippi, alabama already clearing and it will continue to clear out for the south through the rest of the day. the moisture is the low skirts up the coastline is really having mid atlantic and northward. on the backside where it's cooler, we have the snow. you can see what this does, already wet thursday, flooring out. behind this, we keep the gusty winds into thursday. we're watch that go closely in terms of the macy's parade. back to you. >> it is that time of year children everywhere making their lift and checking them twice, but a research group said parents should watch out shopping for toys. some of hidden dangers. >> at child's play toy store in washington, d.c., holiday buying is in full swing as parents puzzle over their choices. >> not every toy is safe.
>> toys have been tested and torn apart for nearly three decades to help parents make smart choice is. the number one concern, choking hazards. >> more children choke on toys than any other toy-related injury or death, s so especially balloons and small balls. >> if you can drop it through a toilet paper roll, it's a choking hazard. another big worry is lead. tests found this shield has lead levels 29 times higher than allowed. >> lead is a very dangerous chemical. ingestion is especially concerning, so a kid two years old could easily put this toy in their mouth. >> here's something parents may not think of. noise levels. this toy phone when next to a child's ear is too loud. snow. >> also on the caution list, powerful magnets.
if swallowed, they can be deadly. at this toy store, there's a prominent warning. >> for parents, the good news is that toys really are safer than ever. five years ago, congress passed tougher toy standards, and the number of recalls has dropped dramatically. >> some 80% of the toys sold are made overseas, mostly in china according to the u.s. department of commerce. they have to meet u.s. standards. the industry has its own add rice for parents, read those age labels. >> i think that sometimes, we as parents tend to think our child is senator than the others, but that age grade on rattay is so important. it's the number one rule. >> shoppers agree toys need to be age-appropriate. >> if not, there can be dangerous possibilities, sharp objects for children or things they could swallow. >> her grandson, 8-year-old maddux admits he's too young for some toys. >> can you think of ones that you maybe wanted and can't get
yet? >> a beebee gun. >> that's a tie he'll never get. >> that's this family's safety standard. aljazeera, washington. >> some of the toys mentioned, little pet shop set. small parts can be a choking hazard. a teenage mutant ninja turtle pencil case had high levels of lead. the finish err price remote is loud, hurting little once' ears. >> a third grader in florida showing his generosity. he didn't ask for toys or cake. he says he just wanted his friends and family to donate to a food bank. >> jewish americans are getting two holidays in one week.
hanukkah starts on thanksgiving this year. the eight day festival of lights is usually celebrated near christmas. the last time they overlapped was in 1888. the next time will be 70,000 years from now. that's going to do it for this hour of aljazeera. we have much more news straight ahead in two and a half minutes.