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good evening. welcome to "al jazeera america." i'm john seigenthaler in new york. the federal judge says the phone call spying program is probably unconstitutional and has not helped stop terrorism. spending to save syria. the u.n. warns of a tremendous humanitarian crisis and says it needs $6 billion to help. unfinished business. tomorrow the senate begins the debate on the budget to keep the government open another two years. it's already approved by the house. plus record changer. beyonce's sneak release of a surprise album that shakes up the music industry.
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we begin tonight with the first legal set back for the nsa's surveillance program. the federal judge said today that he believesle bulk collection of telephone records is unconstitutional and apparently violates privacy rights. this could be the first of several legal challenges to the ns a's intelligence fwaering programs. more from mike viqueira. >> reporter: judge richard leon ruled that the phone data collection that has been so controversial is likely in violation of the constitution, specifically the fourth amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. the ruling was 68-pages long. judge leon writes no court recognized a special need to
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justify continuous daily searches of virtually every american citizen, but it is important to note in the rules he stayed his injunction that this is unlikely unconstitutional. he wants to give the government time to appeal. for the time being the meta data collection continues on without any court stopping it. however, there is this ruling that the government is going to have to defend on appeal. the white house deferred any reaction to the department of justice. late in the afternoon they put out a statement. they've seen the court ruling and studying it. they say, we believe the program is constitutional as previous judges have found. we have no further comment at this time, but they add for background purposes that the fisa court, the secret court in the center of the controversy that hears appeals when the intelligence community wants to go for warrants and other investigative tools to look beau potential terrorist threats or security threats, they go to the fisa court. they say on 35 separate occasions they have authorized
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just the sort of telephonic metadata collection the court aaddressed today. the man at the center of this controversy, edward snowden, has released a statement that reads in part, today a secret program authorized by a secret court was when exposed to light of day found to violate americans' rights. it's the first of many in the few of edward snowden. there will be many more court cases like that strike down what the nsa has been doing and what he's fighting against in allowing leaks to go forward. we should point out one other item to the agenda here. president obama is hosting heavy hitters from the technology world tomorrow including the ceos from apples and netflix and others. they talk about and some of the technological challenges it has and also this issue here and the technology involved. remember, that the judge in the case today cited the already
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orwe orwellian nature of the data being gathered say that from 1979 that they have used to authorize this is outdated. the technology has changed considerably, and that's the basis of his ruling today. >> mcviqueira at the white house. we have nate cardozo from california. he's an attorney of the electronic frontier foundation, an organization questioning the constitutionality of these we're not at all surprised that the first public court ruled it unconstitutional. you know, as you mentioned in the intro, the nsa's pet secret court in washington, d.c. has upheld the programs. it's an nonadversarial
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proceeding held in secrthe issu out strongly against the constitutional of the program. >> let's talk about the fourth amendment in a moment, but let's talk about the part where stopp
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program. >> does your organization believe all this information, all this intelligencehe nsa is doing? absolutely. >> no. you say what the nsa is doing, but there's some people who participate in this tee bait, especially those who have an interest in information -- let's say freedom of information on a giant level including all the information the government has. i mean, when edward snowden leased the information he released, he thought it was a good idea not only to say the government is doing something wrong, but also to reveal all these bits of did something a little differently. edward notice den released the information he had to journalists in order to go through it and release only the parts that could be released safely. that's what the journalists who
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have the information have done. he did not just drop his entire cache of documents to wikileaks. >> there's more to come we hear, right? there are organizations that do believe that. i'm curious about your organization and what it thinks. >> you know, we think that the become public. >> it's an interesting fight as this continues in the courts. nate, great to see you. thank you for joining us tonight. >> thanks for having me. with only a few days left in the year, it's up to the senate to pass a budget to stop yet another government shutdown. the house approved a bipartisan deal next week. the senate will hold its first vote tomorrow. senators are moving on several
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stalled presidential nominees voting this evening to confirm jed johnson as the essential of the homeland security. a once divided congress is managing to get some things done. libby casey has a look at the politics behind the progress. >> are you kidding me? >> reporter: months after conservative groups pushed the gop into a failed strategy that led to a government shutdown and tanked approval ratings, speaker john boehner had had enough. the groups bring the power money and activism, but boehner said he won't be prushed around. >> i don't care what they do. >> freedom works says speaker boehner should care. >> it's unwise for the speaker to once again try and reject the facts and push back against the grassroots movement of this country. that only lends credibility to our argument that this is washington versus america. >> reporter: hedger says the groups aren't intimidated after last week's public reprimand, and this brought to a light a
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long, simmer fight. >> this just proving our message that without grassroots pressure, i don't think we'd be having this talk. >> reporter: speaker boehner may have pushed back against conservative groups in this battle, but bigger fights are ahead on capitol hill, including a looming debt ceiling deadline and immigration reform. american university history professor alan litschman says don't expect speaker boehner to come out swinging in every fight. >> that was the easiest one possible for the speaker to stand up on. look, he had paul ryan on his side, who is something of a darling of conservative republicans. they didn't give up very much. >> litschman says speaker boehner is a mag mat ipracticin mattist and this may have been an opportune moment to flex some muscle. >> what you see is what you got, the man blowing his top being frustrated with the hard right of his party undermining the gop label. two, i think he was being
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strategic. i think he was telling the hard right, we are not just going to sit back and take it anymore. >> reporter: in some battles litschman says it's savvier to retreat behind the scenes rather than make public a battle for the heart and soul of the republican party. paul ryan was already mending fences sunday. >> i was frustrated, too, but these are important elements of our conservative family. i would prefer to keep the conversations between the family. >> paul ryan and john boehner aren't at risk of losing their house seats in the elections, but to keep others safe they may need to appease conservative groups or see seats lost along with their political clout. libby casey, al jazeera, washington. more than a million of americans have been out of work for more than 27 weeks. their jobless benefits run out at the end of the month and they have to wait until next year to see if congress renews their benefits. we talked to a new york city
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woman barely getting by. >> reporter: in her mother's home, teresa conley's reaction is far from the one she knew a year ago. she spends days caring for her elderly mother who suffered several strokes, sending resumes on line and wondering how to pay her next bill. >> i love my mom very much, and a lot of times i can't give her what i don't have. >> reporter: it's a far cry from the 11 years she spent in manhattan working as an executive assistant earning the wage that gave her the financial freedom to help her father. when she was laid off last year, she got unemployment benefits. she's been living on $328 a week, dipping into her 401(k) to make ends meet. >> with my two children, my grown adults, a lot of times they, you know, won't say, well, mom, here's something. me being a parent, you take care of your kids, but then at the
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same time sometimes your kids have to take of their parents. >> reporter: the stress, she says, has taken a physical toll. >> causes weight gain, weight loss. things can go up and down. >> reporter: while the overall unemployment rate has dropped to 7%, the number of long-term unemployed without work for more than 27 weeks hasn't budged. more than 4 million of them are still struggling to find jobs. extended unemployment benefits were created during the recession in 2008 to give americans assistance who needed more time to find work. more than 1 million long-term americans receive them, but won't after december 28th when they expire. >> teresa. >> reporter: that's increasing the number of people looking for jobs at this staffing agency in new york. >> i think people are more flexible with the types of positions that they're willing
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to consider, whereas, in the past i think that people were really holding out and looking for something specific that was full-time as opposed to flektibility and considering temporary to start with. >> they're competing with recent college grads for entry level positions in what's still considered a competitive mrashth place. without a job and extended benefits, she worries how to survive in the new year. al jazeera, new york. well, the united nations is sounding an international alarm tonight making the largest request for emergency aid ever. it's asking for $6.5 billion to try to help syrian refugees. officials say the crisis is getting worse. with winter on the way millions are living in tenths, and they worry about how they stay alive. jamdz base has more from the united nations. >> reporter: without a doubt it's the worst humanitarian crisis for decades. one year ago there were a huge number of refugees, half a
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million in those countries that neighbor syria. throughout 2013 the numbers flees syria have continued to rise dramatically. the figure is more than four times what it was a year ago, 2.3 million. they predict during 2014 they could be 4.1 refugees. add to that 9.3 people in syria that the u.n. estimates are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. >> even if there was an end to the violence in syria tomorrow, we would still have a major humanitarian crisis on our hands. >> reporter: last january world leaders gathered in kuwait to pledge funds for syria. in total $4.4 billion was needed in 2013. only 60% of it was raised. the u.n. secretary-general ban
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ki-moon has this message for world leaders. he has an even larger figure of $6.5 billion. >> the international community and particularly world leaders have more responsibility to help those people. we have 9.5 million people who have been affected. this is almost half of the total population. >> reporter: one of the other problems is humanitarian access for those most in need in syria. the security council has talked about the issue, but it's not taken any action or passed a resolution on that, as on so many things regarding syria, there is stalemate. james bays, al jazeera at the united nations. it was a bloody day in iraq. there were three more incidents today in baghdad. 40 muslim pill grams were bombed on their way to a ljs festival. in karbala a couple car bombing and in mosul gunmen hijacked a
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bus and killed 12 people. so far this month 662 people have been killed in attacks across iraq. a surprise announcement from the largest group of college professors in the united states. they are angry about the way they say israel is treating palestinian. among their concerns, that israel is building settlements on disputed to her. the association is now urging u.s. schools not to work with colleges in israel. two-thirds of the nearly 5,000 members voted in favor the boycott. the ban is mostly symbolic. the group has no power to enforce it. the middle east is dealing with severe weather, snow, sleet and rain. we have more on that. kevin has more on that. >> up to the north it was the snow. down here towards the gaza it was the rain. i want to show you some video that came out in this area and show you what it looked like. 45,000 people had to be
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evacuated, and really some of the only ways to get around was by makeshift boats. powerle outages, they have that problem anyway. it was made worse by the situation. if you think about gaza, the problem is their infrastructure is not like their neighbor in syria where they have really great drainage. here unfortunately it's not very good. i'll show you the map. we're talking about gaza strip located down here very close to want sinai. the rain was ended, but they had five days of rain. normally for the whole month of the december they get 2.6 inches of rain. in those five days they had five times that amount of rain, 10.8 inches of rain. some good news. no more rain in the forecast. we're watching this little disturbance right here in the middle of terrainian. definitely not like what we saw before, but it could bring more rain by the weekend. back to you. a wildfire along the north
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coast in california is fwroeing tonight. 500 acres have burned through the hillsides near big sur, a popular tourist destination. this is one of the driest years ever in the area. at least 15 structures have been destroyed so far. hundreds of firefighters have been working to contained blaze. is washing with antibacterial soap any better? the fda wants to find out. they're proposing tougher rules on the makers of germ-killing soap to find out if long-term exposure to the soap is doing more harm than good. kimberly explains. >> for years u.s. manufactured have advertised to get rid of dangerous germs, and antibacterial soap are the answer. now the fda says there's no evidence to back up the claims. even worse, it says one key ingredients found in antibacter
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antibacter antibacterial soaps can be dangerous. only after an environment accused the government of delaying action did it is agency take action. >> people are use them every single daily. they make their kids wash with them every day. there's studies it may affect our hour moins and the brain function and reproductive function. >> now manufacturers must prove their products are more effective than soap and water, and safe for long-term use. new guidelines apply just to aenlt antibacterial soaps that require water and hand sanitizers used in hospitals aren't affected. two corporations representing the soap manufacturers vow to challenge the ruling. in a start they said, we are perplexed that the agency would suspect there's no evidence that antibacterial soaps have been beneficiary, as industry has long provided data and vgs go
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the safety and efficacy of these pruks. in 2010 the european union backed troclosan with products that come in contact with food. in march the canadian government deemed it was toxic to the environment. still, the fda is taking its time. despite 40 years of investigation, the fda says a final rule on antibacterial soap for the u.s. won't be issued until 2016. jrz, washington. still ahead on "al jazeera america," a federal judge rules part of utah's bigamy log is unconstitutional. beyonce releases a new album like no one has before.
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a controversial court decision regards utah's polygamy laws is raising two questions tonight. a federal judge struck down part a law that prohibits cohabitation. the judge says it's unconstitutional. the governor is worried about the decision. polygamy is illegal in all 50 states. joins us to talk about this is our legal contributor jami floyd. hi, jami. >> what does this ruling mean. >> well, this is a decriminalization of polygamy in utah, a state in which until this ruling came down people could be prosecuted for their polygamy marriages. while the judge did not strike down the law across the board as unconstitutional, so part of the law still stands, he did say that the part that made criminal the polygamist's behavior is
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unconstitutional. you can't persecute people for living in a polygamist relationship. >> is there a difference between cohabitation and being married? >> that's precisely right. you hill the nail on the head. the marriage part of the statute remains. the cohabitation part he struck down as unconstitutional. >> they can live like husband and wives but can't be husband and wives? >> that's exactly right. in the opinion he points out that only people in polygamist relationships were being targeted. people who say we're conducts adu adulterous relationships, none of those were being prosecuted. only people in polygamist relationships, and the state acknowledged that. that's what he said was unconstitutional, a violation of their first amendment rights and privacy right and religion freedoms. >> you say this is not about the mormon church?
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>> it is not. the mormon in 1890 disavowed polygamy, although it was part of the mormon faith officially, it is not part of mormonism. these are 30,000 people living in or around utah, at least 30,000 who are not part of the mormon church. >> the mormon sext, sect? >> the fundamental groups like the latter-day saints, which is different. >> what will happen? >> the governor as widely reported is looking into whether the ruling can stand. he says this should be a matter for states to decide, not the courts, and then the state attorney general can either ask the judge to reconsider his own wisdom, something judges never want to do, or they can appeal, john. this is a federal case, so an appeal will first go to the
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tenth circuit, one that considered a lot of polygamy cases because it's a part of the country where there's a lot of polygamy law to be considered, and it makes it's way possibly to the u.s. supreme court. >> so the prosecutors actually prosecuting suspected polygamists, they stand down for a while? >> they are supposed to stand down if their prosecutions go to the issue of polygamy. they can continue to prosecute issues of child abuse, battered women, any issues of inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor. the things they say are independent of the polygamist's relationship. of course, people living in plural marriage say they're being targeted for their religious beliefs. >> interesting story. another court decision today in detroit giving retired detroit workers new hope. a judge says unions and pension groups -- unions and pensions can appeal the bankruptcy ruling, and that could potentially keep the city from
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cutting pensions. the initial ruling allowed detroit to move forward with bankruptcy and put together its own plan for restructuring debt the state emergency manager says they're underfunded by $3.5 billion. general motors is investing more than a billion dollars at its five factories to build better trucks and more fuel efficient engines. two of the factories are in michigan. gm says it will keep or create 1,000 jobs. upset with amazon. warehouse workers go on strike in germany and bring the protests to amazon's front door. plus, life at nelson mandela. can the dream live on without him?
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night with the combatants in their training base.
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the u.n. warns the world
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about the growing humanitarian crisis. do no harm. do antibacterial soaps really work, and the fda proposed a new rules to make certain they work as tied. a federal judge says the spy agency program that collects phone call is probably unconstitutional. former nsa contractor and leaker edward snowden was in russia and said today's legal decision is likely the first of many. unfinished business. tomorrow the senate begins debate on the budget already approved by the house to keep the government open another two years. several other major pieces of legislation dealing with immigration, farmers and long-term unemployed won't be acted before the end of the year. amazon is taking heat in germany. the largest foreign market, more than 1,000 employees walked off the job. they're demanding higher wages, and one of those workers brought her fight to the global headquarters in seattle.
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tonya mosle demonstrations came here to seattle to have their voices heard. standing at the steps of the amazon headquarters in seattle, most of the protesters here joined with a german worker demanding better pay and working conditions. >> we've been trying to get amazon to deal with us and bargain with us for over a year now. >> reporter: nancy becker works in a returns department in germany. she says the working conditions are unhealthy, especially during the summer months. >> people are just literally dropping like flies because of hooes exhaustion. >> germany warehouse workers say amazon pays them just over 9
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euros, and that's $13.11 an hour. they want a raise increase, union recognition and a collector bargaining agreement. they say it's on par with orion line retailers in europe. in a statement released today amazon said, quote, we feel it's best to work directly with our employees and not an intermediary. local amazon representatives and not workers in support. >> this cuts across national boundaries. >> reporter: the timing of the walkout in germany, supporters say, is not about ruining the holiday season. >> we don't want to ruin christmas, and we don't want to -- we don't want children to cry. we're not the new grinch. we are the partner of amazon, and we are the strong partner of the workers. >> amazon says the german walkout will
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>> all right, tonya, thanks very much. with just nine days between now and christmas, the shipping rush is on. the u.s. postal service predicted that today would be the busiest mailing day of the year. the agency was expecting to process more than 600 million pieces of mail. ukraine's president is looking for help from russia to avoid an economic collapse. the president is heading to russia on tuesday. it will anger the protesters.
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they want yanukovych to sign a trade deal with the european union. it was a horrible case in india that sparked international outrage. one year ago a 23-year-old woman in new delhi died after being gang-raped and brutalized. the attack led to huge protests and new laws to better protect women, but women's rights groups say much more still needs to be done. al jazeera reports from the indian capital. >> reporter: one year ago this family was changed forever. their 23-year-old daughter was raped and beaten on a bus in new delhi by six men, one of whom was under the age of 18 at the time of the attack. the woman died her injuries two weeks later. one of the accused committed suicide, and the other five have been found guilty of her rape and murder. but time has done little to ease this family's pain.
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>> translator: a new law was made in this country. a lot has changed, but if there's one thing that hasn't changed is our society. it's very important to change that. this change happens only from within and no where else. >> reporter: the huge protests that blocked the streets of the indian capital last year have been replaced by vigils and community gatherings. hundreds of people attended events to remember a woman whose come to symbolize a national campaign against sexual violence. >> we've endured. we have not talked about it, and i think women, especially just came out and broke their silences and really lifted the veil on the epidemic that is sexual violence. >> to an extent she gave women the power to fight because i don't think any one of us want a case like that to happen. the judicial system needs to do something.
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>> reporter: across india people use the occasion to demand more action. women's rights groups voice their disappointment of the government's failure to deliver on promises made in the aftermath of the attack. in particular, the create of a multi-million dollar fund to help victims. this has creates this support system for victims of sexual assault. it has not happened, so the incense activity and irresponsible behavior, and always nobody is caring. >> reporter: one year ago sexual violence was an issue few people in india openly discussed, but the gang rape started the national conversation about the treatment of women and prompted millions across the country to deal with a traditionally uncomfortable topic. the challenge india faces goes well beyond talk, and for many
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this is an important reminder of the work that needs to be done to ensure the safety of all women. it's time to head down to washington, d.c. joie chen is standing by to tell us what's coming on "america tonight" at the top of the hour. joie. >> good evening, john. coming up tonight on the program with cuts on the higher education and we have crushing debt and we look crushing debt and until the mid ''60s it was the only option for african-americans. they still graduate 20%, but today they have a financial crisis and fighting for their very survival. >> if you get rid of historically black colleges tomorrow, you would immediately have a huge drop in the number of black scientists, black doctors and black nurses and teachers and pharmacists and black lawyers and black judges
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because hpcu's disproportion did the ately prepare stunlts in those areas. >> we'll explore whether the institutions are still relevant today. that story and much more coming up at the top of the hour on "america tonight," john. >> thanks very much. over the past ten years we saw a tremendous outpouring of love and -- ten days that is we saw a tremendous outpouring of love and respect for nelson mandela in south africa. now there are many questions about the future of that country. despite mandela's legacy, wild spread poverty still exists. nick shifrin reports. >> reporter: just a few miles from his burial site, he fears his legacy is being lost. >> it's more than we were before. >> reporter: her family has lived here for a decade. this is the same rural black south africa where mandela grew up. nearly 20 years after the political freedom, she says they have little economic freedom. are you worried about your own
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future? >> yes, i'm worried about my own future, because i don't know if i'll be able to find a job where i am without having to move away. >> reporter: up the road in the cloetest city, 19-year-old fred buckley has the same fears. he has a temp job at the restaurant. >> we have people stabbed for their own things along this area towards qunu. how can i put this? it's not that tight. >> reporter: both wonder if south africa can prosper without the man they called father. >> right now everybody has the question, what is going to happen next? are we going to be able to survive in south africa that mandela helped and make it improve? >> reporter: mandela said fulfilling the dream depended on the younger generation. >> he was known all over the world. >> reporter: fred's father alfred never had the opportunities his son has.
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every day he reminds fred not to skwaund skwander them. >> the future is bright for them if they struggle to get to the top. >> reporter: parents who struggled to end apartheid urge their kids to strive for a better life. >> i have a vision that my daughter be something which is really very important for the community and the whole. >> reporter: it's a rallying cry both embrace. fred is studding engineering. he wants to get a degree and come home and build his community. >> we should have that spirit on we shouldn't give up on where we want to do and how to do it. we should always sfrooif for the best, as he strived for freedom for us. >> reporter: his friends share the drive to right their own futures. >> their futures are there right now. they are waiting for the future.
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>> that's why they have to go and grab it. >> reporter: he's following mandela's path. like him she's studying to be a lawyer and she dreams of being on a national stage. >> you see a child when they grow up, right? they start walking. when they say that they can walk, they run. why is it better that a nation doesn't do that? we saw that when being liberated, and now we have the freedom. use it wisely. >> reporter: a generation that received the freedom he helped create now working to fulfill his dreams. nick shifrin, al jazeera, mthatha, south africa. the legend man cast in bronze. south africa's president zuma today unvamed a 30-foot tall statue of nelson mandela overlooking the capital of pretoria. there are several other statues in south africa and around the world, but this is the largest nearly 30 feet tall and his arms are outreached. it shows ms. fist in the air, a
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symbol of the struggle. it's the end of the road for the volkswagen bus, and what a journey it's been. plus a college coaching football legend calls it quits.
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in the next couple days things will start to change. we have an alberta clipper out of alberta, kancanada and that means it will move quickly and it's going to be moving down here towards the southeast. now, we're already picking up
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some snow across montana and the dakotas. the snow accumulations are not as heavy because the system is moving so quickly. as you can see right here, there is a storm. you can almost see the track of it based on where those clouds are. we are going to see problems in detroit as well as erie over the next couple of days. we expect to see most of michigan as well as pennsylvania to have snow. temperature-wise it won't as cold as last week with the other storm system. minneapolis, you're staying above zero at 26 degrees. omaha is about 39 and way down to the south tulsa a balmy 60 degrees there. here on tuesday across most of the northeast that is where the big problem is going to be. you can see a lot of snow here, 2 to 4 inches is expected in some locations. up to the north, throw, it's going to be more like 4 to 6.
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we bring you a love story tonight. it's not between two people. this is about a deep, intense infatuation for the vw minivan. it's called the cone bee, and it's ending production after six decades, but a lot of people aren't ready to see good-bye as gabriel reports. >> reporter: he left his home in california to drive up and down neshg in his bus. it's quite reliable, he said. >> he had to take a motor route in ecuador and put noo piston
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rings on it. that's it. >> like most owners, the love affair with the iconic vehicle is something different. >> you don't buy a car. you ber a relationship, and i feel it. i feel this car. >> he and other vm bus lovers fwaered in sao paulo to remember it. they're discontinuing production before the end of the year. since 1975, this vw factory in sao paulo is the last place in the world it's made, 140 a day are produced here, but now they're assembling the final few. there's a new law in effect in brazil january 1st. all new vehicles sold to come equipped with air bags and antilock brakes. there's simply no way to retrofit the vehicle to accommodate that, so the people
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at volkswagen say it's better to retire it. for the owners, back at the going away party there was nonstop talk about their adventures with the vehicle. a map traces everywhere it's been. he's taken it to three world cups and driven it in kozs of countries in four different continents. >> translator: when i have traveling in it, it's where i eat and sleep. when i'm tired, i stop the car and spend the night with her. >> we'll have to carry on the legacy of those still on the road now that no more will be made. gabriel azondo, sao paulo. martin morgan is here with the story. >> you don't even see a head
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coach anymore. saw a lot in the '70s staying around a decade. >> he just turned down $5 million. he'll get it later, right? >> he may well. after 16 years and 158 wins and two big 12 championships and a national title as well, texas football coach mack brown resigned over the weekend. they were a disappointing 8-4 this season, not up to texas standards. brown is the tenth winningest coach in history and he was essentially shown the door by officials. now one of the top football programs in the country has to replace a legend. our college football analyst of yahoo! sports joins me live from denver. was it just wins and losses that did mack
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i think he felt under siege and the momentum was shifting away from him. he wasn't the popular figure he had always been, and i don't think he liked that role. i don't want he wanted to drag texas down or be the person responsible for dragging texas down. he did what he felt was honorable and stepped away from the program. now, whether that was the best thing for texas i think we'll see, but a lot of fans are met happy about it at this point. >> there was much speculation about nick saban before he agreed to an extension in tuscaloosa. if he's not an op guys like art briles over at baylor, jim moore at ucla, gus at auburn and
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jimbo fisher at florida state, those are popular names. there's nfl names bantied about. chip kelly today said he wasn't interested and jim harbaugh wasn't interested. there's mike mccarthy from the packers and mike tomlin f get t him. >> quickly, graham, a lot of people aren't talking about mack brown's future. he agreed toght, graham watson m
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yahoo! sports. thanks for the insight. we appreciate it. it will be interesting to see where mack brown goes from here. >> thank you very much. still ahead, remembering the life of actor peter o'toole, plus. a game changer. how the release of beyonce's new record-selling album and making waves in the music industry.
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>> al jazeera'sa america investigative unit has tonight's exclusive report. >> stories that have impact... that make a difference... that open your world... >> this is what we do... >> america tonight next only on al jazeera america nearly a million records sold. sales records shattered and history made when beyonce secretly released her self-titled fifth album early friday morning. it dropped on only itunes and the only announcement was a short video posted on instagram. this so-called visual album
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clubs 14 songs and 17 music videos. i tunes says it's the fastest selling album on the site. the record-setting success with no prereleased promotion has many wondering what this means for the record industry. let's bring in claire who is a music and lifestyle reporter from music week. what does this mean for the music business? >> this is a big deal. there have been a couple of acts that have done this before. radiohead tried it in 2007 when they released in rainbows with only a few days' notice, but this is the first time a major pop star of beyonce's size has actually tried something like that. >> no advertising, right? >> absolutely no advertising. >> very little social media, except for instagram. >> yeah. she posted it on instagram, and she said surprise. there were 14 new songs for her fans. >> beyonce is already a big star and everybody knows her name. she spent plenty of money on
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advertising before and on building her image. can anybody else get away with this? >> they can, but they kind of need to be beyonce. so it's maybe a handful of people. >> if you're not beyonce don't try this. let's talk about this. talk about the music industry itself. this has turned into what used to be a dollars business to a pennies business really in some ways whether you talk about paying for the music. do people just expect to get their music free? >> they do. i mean, when was the last time you bought a physical cd, right? you can usually if she released an album the traditional way, you can download individual tracks and pay a couple of dollars. here she made people buy an entire album for 15.99 so essentially $16, and i can't even remember the last time i paid that much for a cd. >> this is unusual. the money made in the business among other things is in touring, right?
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>> exactly. she is on tour. so she's going to sort of switch to a more traditional model after this. but she just sort of did away with the initial promotion. she didn't have her billboards plastered everywhere, didn't have commercials, didn't have anything like that. all she needed was her name, instagram account and that's pretty much it. >> are people just tired of the hype? are they tired of all the buildup to music stars but to movies and that sort of thing? are they getting overloaded with this stuff? >> i think so. i mean, i like to compare this to justin timberlake's album that came out in march. before the 20/20 experience he was in bud light platinum commercials and a target commercial and "saturday night live." it was overload. you didn't know if he was promoting his album or trying to sell you beer. here all you have to do is follow beyonce yourself on instagram, and she will give you the album. >> she sold it well.
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great to talk with you. ray price has died. he's probably the best known for his version "for the good times." he released the song in the 1970s and became a big pop hit. price has been battling pancreatic cancer. he was 87 years old. two acting legends are remembered today. peter o'toole died on sunday famous for his role in lawrence of arabia. they will hold a memorial filled with song and good cheer. o'toole was nominated for more oscars than anyone without ever winning. in 2003 he was presented with an honorary award for the his lifetime of work. joan fontane's sister said she was shocked and saddened by her death. she shared the screen with orson wells, cary grant and hepburn.
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fontane was suspended by network executives for refusing to play weak characters. she died in her sleep sunday in her california home. coming up all night tonight on "al jazeera america" at 11:00 eastern time, learning lessons. the new information released about an arizona wildfires that killed 19 crew members in june. we'll get new insight from a former firefighter. plus, robots built to run like dogs and cheetahs. the federal agency paying the company to develop the technology and how a search engine google is getting involved. those stories and a lot more coming up at 11:00 eastern time/8:00 pacific. we're back in 15 seconds with the top stories of the day.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler and here are tonight's top of stories. a legal setback for the nsa today. a federal judge said he believes the spy agency spying policeman is unconstitutional, probably violates americans right to privacy. edward snowden's counsel agreed. the plan for a budget will run for two years for the government. u.n. launched a fundraising campaign today


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