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midnight tonight. since congress failed to pass an extension, funds officially run out for those facing long-term unemployment, an additional 1.9 million americans stand to lose their benefits by june, bringing the number of people affected to 2.3 million. if congress does nothing but next december, almost 5 million americans will have lost their benefits. and with those benefits averaging about $300 a week, the pressure is on for lawmakers to act. president obama has said congress should make it their number one priority when they return on january 6th. at least one bipartisan measure is set to come to the floor then. two senators jack reed and dean teller are proposing a bill that would extend benefits for three months. their $6 billion proposal buys lawmakers more time to work on a longer extension, not everyone is on board. a number of gop lawmakers oppose
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extending benefits arguing they increase dependency on the government and are unnecessary since the job market has improved. but, 57-year-old debra barrett, an accounting professional out of work since february told msnbc news, quote, my job search is my full-time job. i'm sick and tired of people insinuating that folks in my situation are not looking for jobs. the american public also appears to be in favor of an extension. 55% of say they should not let them expire. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> let's talk about the impact this is going to have on the economy if some type of deal is not reached. >> economists are expecting that this will be a drag on growth next year. the impact lots of spending and
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sort of the multiplier effect of the benefits being paid to unemployed workers is expected to reach about two tenths to four tenths of a percentage point. when we talk about growth rates of 2.5 to 3%, cutting out four tenths is a pretty big deal. the other thing to remember, right now we're in the situation where recovery could really start to take off if washington gets out of the way. we saw an early budget deal and that was a good thing for the economy, but the fact that these benefits could expire is one more thing that could drag down. we're showing a map here. let me explain what we're looking at. we have a map of states affect, this according to the "washington post" based on data from a ways and means committee and labor department. and it's important to note the darker shading means a larger share of the state's population
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will lose emergency jobless benefits tomorrow. one of the states among the other swing states, ohio. we know what this could means politically and members of congress could be hearing on breaks. mark zandi says cutting benefits would lower the unemployment rate. the theory there mostly because many workers getting benefits would start looking for work and cease to be counted as unemployed and others would take lower paying jobs they once reject rejected. what does wall street say? do they believe this extension of the time when wall street is doing so well is not good for the main street folks out there? >> i think that the analysis is exactly right. i think part of what is going to be confusing is that it will look like the unemployment situation, labor market is getting better because of this decline in the unemployment rate that could come from workers exiting the labor force. but a shrinking workforce is not the sign of a healthy economy.
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we want more people being hired and more jobs being created, not people getting so discouraged they give up. >> and these benefits are coming in, two of those are attempting to find a job, the woman i quoted there, that $300 is put into the economy, grocery, gas, whatever is needed to feed a family and $300 does not go a long way. and to put gas in your tank to try to find a job. >> one of the issues that economists are worried about is this idea that the longer you've been out of work, the harder it becomes to find a job. so those people who have been out of work for six months or longer, been out of work for a year, they are falling further and further behind. it becomes increasingly difficult for them to find work for a number of reasons, partly because potential discrimination on the case of employers looking to hire people already employed and also because the networks start to break down, sometimes they begin to lose skills or
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fall behind in that respect as well. so you're really looking at a situation where people who are out of work for long periods of time could fall farther behind those already employed. >> we thank you very much. greatly appreciate your time. >> we're also following developing news in new york where a federal judge has just today ruled the nsa's sweeping phone surveillance program is legal. the ruling dismisses a lawsuit brought by the american civil liberties union following the edward snowden leak. in his opinion, u.s. district judge pauly said it represents the counter punch to eliminate al qaeda's terror network. the judge also said the phone data collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the september 11th terror attacks happened. following the ruling, new york congressman peter king who chairs the house subcommittee on counterintelligence and terrorism released a statement saying in part, the decision is
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victory for patriotic men and women of the nsa and preserves a vital weapon for the united states and our war against international terrorism. this is the second ruling on matter and comes from a judge appointed by president clinton. the previous ruling which struck down the program came from a judge appointed by former president george w. bush, setting up what could end up being a supreme court showdown. michael, let's talk about the impact of this ruling and the opinion of the judge here going back to september 11th and many of the questions that people had at that time of how the best intelligence agencies in the world were not able to prevent that attack. >> it's very interesting because the judge in his ruling today basically bought into arguments made by senior government officials, including the former director of the fbi, robert
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muler, that had the metadata system put in place before september 11th there would have been a better chance to catch the terrorists. and then he goes why it's unlawful. >> the lawsuit was filed by the american civil liberties union and they responded in the last hour saying, we're extremely disappointed with this decision which means the relevant statutes understands the privacy implications of the government surveillance and this describes a narrow and outdated precedent to read away core -- this particular judge in this ruling who says the nsa program was legal was appointed by former president clinton and the one before was george w. bush.
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the irony should not be lost on anyone on these things. >> it's interesting, what we have here are two courts saying two different things and when that happens it typically moves up higher and ultimately will probably get to the supreme court. it will have at some point a defining decision from them about the post 9/11 surveillance programs and given all of the attention we've seen that the programs have gotten in the past year, this monumental event where we're going to be on this issue going forward. >> peter king, more of what he said in his statement. he referenced edward snowden and we know aclu filed its lawsuit after the information was leaked. i would hope judge pauley's opinion would lessen some of the adullation as well as the rabid anti-nsa hysteria that is pervasive. i don't think anybody is surprised where peter king
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stands on this. the two decisions which which is not over, the latest compelling interview with edward snowden who believes in a sense he is working for the nsa and he continues to challenge the program and he says look for ways to improve it while protecting the privacy of americans now and even the children as he referenced who were born today. >> the first decision that came out two weeks ago was interesting because it was the first time that a court backed up what snowden was saying and saying you're right, there are problems here. that gave so many of em boldened him in the public's eye that there was a court standing behind him. there was another court saying it is legal. it's going to go back and forth for a few years and at some point we'll get resolution and not going to satisfy anyone until then. as we see in the statements today, the government says they
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are happy and agency says they are not happy, different statements two weeks ago. things haven't really changed that much. >> thank you very much, michael. greatly appreciate it. >> a senior military official tells nbc news an american soldier is among the three coalition troops killed in a suicide attack in afghanistan on a major road in the capitol of kabul. officials say a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of international troops. the attack underscores the continuing threat to foreign troops even as they assume a diminishing rule in combat operations. 12 coalition troops died in afghanistan so far this month, including six u.s. soldiers who died in a helicopter crash december 7th. still ahead, the weather is making it near impossible for crews to restore power to more than 100,000 people in the midwest and over to new england. some families who spent theirs
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in the dark are told it may not return to the new year. >> the call to refund customers who did not receive deliveries by christmas says they should have packages by today. what about the refunds? a california mother is refusing to give up on her 13-year-old daughter declared brain dead two weeks ago after ton sill surgery. the mother wants to keep her on life support despite multiple doctors saying there's nothing they can do. we'll talk to an expert who specializes in medical ethics. please join our conversation on twitter. what if we could keep enough plastic waste to cover mt. rainier
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tens and thousands of people from michigan to maine are still without power as a result of last week's massive ice storm. authorities blame the ice storm for 17 deaths in the u.s. and 10 in canada, at least five have been attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning from generators they were using to keep their homes warm. in michigan, 57,000 still in the dark and power companies there say it could take until sunday to fully restore the service. in maine, more than 12,000 people are in the dark, 12,000 homes still in the dark. a new round of snow and cold and wind could stretch things out until next week. joining me now, keith carson. the people who have been hit the hardest, i understand for the rest of us it will be clear or smooth sailing through the new year. >> you're right about that. unfortunately maine one of the spots still recovering from gem nooi, the ice damage.
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they'll see snow sunday night. most along the eastern seaboard, big storm system moving up but all painted in green here because a bunch of warm air associated with it. places like new york into boston and philadelphia and d.c., it's all rain. and here's where the snow comes into play. it's sunday night. maine one of the spots still recovering and we think portland into bangor maine will see appreciable snow there into new hampshire and vermont. all of these areas shaded in the blue will be snow, that will come on sunday night. the other story after this is going to be cold air moving in to the northeast in time for new year's eve. it's not going to be record cold but it will be chilly. on monday, 39 in boston, 42 new york and 45 in washington, d.c. as we head into new year's eve, around 32 on tuesday. keep in mind, the temperatures we're showing you here are high temperatures. a high of 32 in new york.
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high of only 13 in burlington vermont and 23 in boston. if you're watching the ball drop in new york city, temperatures will be chilly, also chilly in boston. overnight lows there in the teens. >> thank you very much. have a happy new year. >> you too. >> ups and fedex are scrambling to deliver packages to angry customers who did not receive orders in time for christmas. ups, which experienced more problems than fedex will provide refunds to customers who shipped by air or international but the refund does not apply to ground shipping. the company expects to have backlog cleared up by the end of today. fedex also apologized blaming poor weather and higher than expected volume. the missed deliveries were isolated incidents. richard blumen thal has called on them to provide full refunds for everyone affected.
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joining me now, "usa today" reporter donna layland. thank you for your time. >> pleasure to be here. >> i know larger than expected but it's the holidays and christmas is a super bowl for delivery companies and i realize this has put a hardship on u.s. workers and read a number of tweets who said we did our best here and didn't see our families and we tried to carry the ball to the finish line or goal. what happened here technically. >> it seems they -- they underestimated the demand so a lot of retailers like amazon and nordstrom offered last minute delivery. they were going to guarantee shipments and those were based on promises that ups made that they could deliver. hey lot of people took advantage of that. ups estimated an 8% increase over their normal volume and it
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seems it was quite a lot more. they do hire seasonal employees like 55,000 seasonal employees which is the same as they had last year and probable hi should have had more to meet demands. that's where the backups happened. >> online spending to your point jumped 10%, $42 billion between november 1st and september 22nd. i was one of those people. i don't think i went into a store. i bought everything online. how does ups and fedex step up the game so we're not waiting for the comfort to my niece that didn't get there to get there next time? >> that's something they'll have to deal with next year. at this point what they've done is lost a lot of consumer trust. in addition to losing consumer trust, they've lost their -- the trust of the vendors that use them, amazon and all of those other businesses who are going
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to start reconsidering whether ups can handle their deliveries. and in terms of consumers, they feel extremely misled. i had gotten dozens and dozens of e-mails from people saying, you know, i wish ups had just told me the truth. so ups has been telling people to get online on their tracking system and look for their delivery date. the tracking notes that i have seen from so many people say that the package is out for delivery then they'll get that message four days in a row and the package doesn't show up. >> we said they want to give the money back for international and some other categories of shipping, but not ground. would that likely change? >> you know, i don't think it will. i just spoke to the spokesperson, not 15 minutes ago, and she confirmed to me that they are only refunding for air and international, that they do not guarantee ground
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shipping. and they will not be issuing refunds for any of that. retailers on the other hand have said that they will refund shipping if people paid for expedited shipping and some retailers are even sending a gift card or giving some sort of other credit because they want to maintain the good will. >> thank you, donna very much. greatly appreciate it. >> my pleasure. >> a big test for legalized marijuana sale licenses going out today to denver colorado businesses that will start selling recreational pot next week. it is being called everything from a social experiment to a marijuana movement that could spread across the country. and speaking up marijuana, snoop dogg and secretary of state, chats it up and even gets a fist
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welcome back, in less than a week the first recreational marijuana shops will open in colorado. the state department of revenue which oversees pot retail began issuing licensing to approve stores. owners will still have to get approval from their local jurisdiction. so far the state says most of the more than 200 licenses issued have been in denver and for those stores in denver, today is the first day owners can pick up their local license. joining me now via skype is the reporter for the denver business journal. thank you for your time. >> you're welcome. >> as i pointed out, one article quoted people saying that this is a marijuana movement. others -- critics of what's happening in colorado say it's a
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social experiment. typical arguments have always come out when it relates to marijuana but really those in support believe that colorado, it will spread this concept, this idea throughout the nation and many others will get on board here. >> well, i think there's a lot of eyes on colorado right now, just to see how we handle the retail sales aspect. we've had medical marijuana since it was approved by voters in 2000. the dispense tris have come online since 2009. right now there's 500 dispensa y dispensaries. so we expect that there's going to be most of those are going to convert. they'll be a couple hundred shops and again, everybody is paying close attention to how we tax it and how we regulate it and how bad -- if it creates addicts or attracts tourism or defects businesses coming here.
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>> to catch people up, to get a license, fingerprint background check, financial checks. a pretty string ent process people have to go through. you're not just walking in and getting license. but some of the things you noted from the taxes as well as what impact it will have on the number of people who come to colorado to purchase pot as well. who is tracking that? >> right now it's being tracked by the colorado department of revenue and each city, like denver has put it under license and excises which regulates alcohol. it's pretty heavily regulated and watched and they have websites online that show exactly where the retail stores are going to be and whose license was approved and owner's name and address. they are tracking all of the inventory closely. i think that the heavy regulation will bring a ton of
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oversight. >> let's talk about this money. could bring in 70 million in additional state revenue next year. you and i both know part of the argument behind marijuana for such a long time, legalizing it and allowing people who purchase it any way on the streets to do it in this way is that states would come around and municipality because of the money. money changes so much particularly during struggling times. >> actually what they are saying is $700 million in sales -- >> what i read here is 70 million in additional state tax revenues -- >> they are going to tax it at a 3% rate for recreational. we've heard estimates 200 million to as high as 700 million. the first 40 million of the taxes according to referendum voters passed in november goes to school construction. then a lot of it goes back to the revenue to help them regulate and enforce it.
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then the cities will see quite a bit of sales tax from this. and i think that's why denver got on board right away and make sure licenses go out and inspections are done and everybody is ready to go january 1st. 42 licenses were available to pick up this morning and it's not clear how many of those are going to open on january 1st, but at least probably a handful to ten will be open. >> also curious, on the social aspects, the director of smart options to marijuana is the person who referred to this in an interview as a social experiment. he's quoted as saying, this is the era we'll come to regret, connected to mental illness, i.q. loss and lung problems and so on and so forth. how much of the debate is still around the social believes that somehow that marijuana is this
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gateway drug and far worse than anything that you can get with a prescription? >> a lot of colorado voters believe it's no different than big liquor or nicotine doing the same thing with products not very good for you. so voters have spoken so we kind of moved past the social debate and now we're trying to make sure it's regulated and kept from the children and make sure that those bad things -- >> the oversight. >> don't materialize. as far as the tourism side of it, this is a whole interesting debate. a lot of people come in and want to buy something to smoke. you can buy it but can't smoke it almost anywhere. can't smoke it at ski resorts or hotel room or city limits. so a lot of people think that edibles are going to be what's really the rage because that you can pretty much do in the privacy of your own room. >> colorado is no amsterdam. thank you very much. greatly appreciated. >> still ahead, will a new year
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bring a new president obama? after a tough 2013 including a rocky health care rollout, does the white house have a strategy for 2014? and critical election set for next month set to clear the name of a 14-year-old boy, his name george steny, one of youngest people ever executed in this country. >> it was a situation where he clearly was railroaded and there was no evidence. >> how advocates are trying to give george steny a new trial 70 years after the boy was put to death. [ male announcer ] welcome back all the sweet things your family loves with 0-calorie monk fruit in the raw. ♪ welcome back [ male announcer ] it's made with the natural, vine-ripened sweetness of fruit, so you can serve up deliciously sweet treats without all the sugar. so let no drink go unsweetened. no spatula un-licked. and no last bit un-sipped.
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a new poll shows americans are frustrated with congress. 73% said congress has done nothing to address the nation's problems. 68% called this congress the worst ever. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from honolulu. beautiful sight behind you but this is a working vacation as the white house said for the president here. what do we know regarding the strategy from obama care to even the lapse of the unemployment benefits for nearly a million or more people? >> first the idea of unemployment benefits expiring for 1.3 americans. the president again today and i spoke to white house officials saying this is something they want to have finished and settled as soon as possible. the people who benefit from these long-term unemployment benefits get on average about $300 a week. the white house put out a report a matter of days ago where they said that if you do not extend
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this, it will hurt the economy and ultimately create more unemployed and reports said 240,000 additional unemployed americans over the course of the next year. people who say it should end where it is and the job market is improved enough to 7.0% unemployment right now and say they'll ultimately force people back to work. familiar fault lines, already exposing themselves into early 2014. one of the first fights will be over whether or not to increase the debt ceiling. you remember the last time there was that default threatening showdown not long ago, the treasury department says it's late february or early march where ultimately this thing needs to be increased once again. republicans say they want concessions and the president says it's an issue about which he will not negotiate. >> peter, we know that more than a few pundits have said that last year was the president's worst year and noted the end with the problems with the
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website. what sense do you get from the administration as far as how they saw this year ending and really what the push will be when they must hit the ground running after this break? >> well, specific to the affordable care act, obama care, i think the white house and people who have been behind this feel strongly that that anticipated last-minute surge did happen as they expected it to. it looks like the numbers could reach about 2 million by the end of this year. we're waiting to see but the numbers from the state are separate from the federal exchange and show significant growth in the series of the last several days up to that december 24th deadline. the white house on that topic specifically hopes at the start of the new year that the attention will be focused on people newly ensured and benefit from this where they want attention to be focused all along. the bad rollout precluded that from happening. this is one reason they try to accommodate people with what some describe as stretching of
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deadlines and people formerly insured but lost it because of cancellation notices. >> peter alexander, happy new year. thank you so much. new violence in egypt as tensions between the military government and supporters of mohammed morsi escalate. firing tear gas and water canons at hundreds of rock throwing morsi supporters. three people were killed and security forces arrested 200 muslim brotherhood supporters since the interim declared the group a terrorist organization weeks ago. for more we turn to david roe. thank you so much for your time. let's assess the timing and the government made this decision in the muslim brotherhood after a bombing at the police station.
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is there any indications this was already in the works? >> i think so. this was a large bombing and killed at least 15 people. it's the biggest bombing since morsi was ousted back in july. this is the most serious attack against the military led government since morsi was ousted. it looks like extreme islamists are responsible. there's a group called supporters of jerusalem, they are radical jihadist supporters of al qaeda and oppose egypt and government and israeli government. they want to provoke as much distrust between the muslim brotherhood and army as possible. >> they want to perhaps turn this into a civil war, another syria here. and when you look at the course of events from the arab spring to now, i think people look at this and wonder how this happened and how quickly transitioned to where we are from the election of a member of the muslim brotherhood to now being abled a terrorist
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organization. >> it's arguably -- it's worse now than it was in are mubarak. there are charity organizations now being shut down. i believe the egyptian military is overreacting. they are driving the muslim brotherhood to take up arms and launch insurgency to drive an end to the arms of al qaeda and they have really not criticized the egyptian military. and i think the united states needs to act here. it's a frightening spiral. >> do you believe that is the next step, course of action from the united states? >> the administration, there was no immediate cutoff in the over billion dollars in aid given to the military. the egyptian military killed more people when they ousted morsi than the iranian government did when they crushed the revolution there. when it's our ally crushing the muslim brotherhood u.s. doesn't act or cut off aid. when they crush a democratic movement, we oppose that. i think the administration needs to be more consistent. are they going to back
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democratically elected governments, islamists or not? >> thank you for your time. still ahead a mother fighting to keep her daughter on life support despite several doctors saying she has no chance of coming back from complications that left her brain dead after tonsil surgery. we'll talk to a doctor who specializes in medical ethics after the break.
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the family of a young girl who is now brain dead after having tonsiles removed, the doctors saying the surgery to perform the move is not appropriate. they resumed the teen is brain dead and instructed doctors at children's hospital in oakland to keep her on a ventilator only through monday evening. but her family is not giving up.
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>> because despite whatever roadblocks childrens will put in the way, we're hell bent on keeping this child alive. >> someone is willing to take her from children's hospital to a facility nearby here in the bay area to treat her, give her a tube for nutrition and give her a fighting charge. >> david magnus from stan ford university. thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> i have to tell you, i don't know where to begin. one of the most heartbreaking things i think i have read and seen. how does the family in your belief, your medical background and just as a human, how do you move forward with this appropriately? >> a lot of ways for doing everything wrong. this is not like terry shiavo or patients in a coma. she passed away, died december
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12th. six independent neurological exams have confirmed she's brain dead. instead of helping the family to cope with their loss or to really get through their denial of the reality of the demise of their tragic demise of their child, what's happened is a lot of confusion, and a lot of on security over the basic medical fact she's passed away and continued efforts to continue to oxygenate organs and tissues, not all of the organs of a body that is now of a patient who has passed away. none of what's happening now is for her, she's gone. what we need to focus on is the family and the best thing is to figure out how to move on past the tragic death of their daughter. >> we know why that's easier said than done. >> of course. >> we're talking about a child that went in for a procedure and this is the result of that. >> correct. >> the hospital released a statement that says, children's
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hospital does not believe performing surgical procedures on the body of a dead person is an appropriate medical practice. judge grillo ruled jahi mcmath to be deceased and instructed the hospital to proceed with the status quo. the family says it received offers from care centers across the country as far away as new york. would not say which centers but the attorney says they've been told there are beds available and they care for children like her all the time. her uncle -- >> just to be clear, it can't be the case that they care for children like her all the time because patients who are brain dead are allowed to pass away or -- we move on and give the family a little time. it's very rare at any hospital in the u.s. they are given more than a day or two when a patient passion passes away. it's false it happens all the time. the big question is the
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pediatric icu beds are scarce things. what do we tell to the families who's children will not be able to find a bed available and can't have surgeries they need or who have to have their child sent to southern california instead of a bed in the area where they live in northern california because that bed that is very scarce isn't available when it's going not to a patient or living person, but to help the family maintain their denial rather than helping them go forward and coping with the loss. >> quickly here, i could talk about this all day, not singling out this hospital, but across this country, do you believe there's appropriate support for parents especially in these types of situations to understand and if the word is let go, your choice, to be able to do that? >> there's no doubt it's hard. there is bee reefment counseling
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better at some institutions, we probably could have more available. there's a lot of study at communication at end of life, i've done studlies where we've recorded conversation around the end of life. there's no doubt we can make that better. it's a reality that for some families, the guilt and loss is too great for them to cope easily. the thing to not do is facilitate that denial. >> we'll be right back. odors in your trash. neutralize them and freshen. with glad odorshield with febreze.
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in south carolina efforts are under way to find justice for a boy executed 70 years ago for a crime he did not commit. this is the mugshot from 1944 of george stinney. now, that a hearing has been set for next month, this is a chance his name will finally be
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cleared. mark potter has the latest on this effort. >> reporter: a hearing scheduled for january 21st was requested by advocates hoping to clear the name of george stinney jr., executed in 1944. a law firm, and film maker and south carolina historian argue that stinney's trial was a tra vesty of justice and he was framed and not guilty. the events leading to the execution of 14-year-old george stinney jr. began in the tiny mill town of south carolina. in march of 1944, two white girls ages 11 and 7 were beaten to death while picking wild flowers along the railroad tracks separating the white and black sections of town. historian george fryer said -- >> the bodies were found in the creek bed in this general area and they had been brutally murdered. >> reporter: shortly after they arrested george stinney jr. and
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claimed he gave an oral confession. the family was run out of town and he was tried in this courtroom packed with whites only. ray brown, who is producing a movie about the case, says the real killer got a way and the trial was a sham. >> he clearly was railroaded. there was no evidence. nobody could find anything. >> the trial lasted just two hours and jury took only ten minutes to convict and stinney was sentenced to die. during the trial here he was represented by a court appointed lawyer, who never put on his own case. never attacked the state's case and never filed an appeal, which would have delayed the execution by a year. just 83 days after his arrest, stinney, weighing only 95 pounds, was strapped into the electric chair and put to death. >> george stinney did not do it. >> reporter: now a south carolina law firm has filed a motion seeking a new trial, which in granted could clear stinney's name.
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>> it would have been difficult, if not implausible for george stinney jr. to have done what the government said he did. >> the motion claims there is no physical evidence, no written record of the confession, no witnesses and no trial transcript. stinney's brother and sister say he was with his family at the time of the killings. >> and you had a virtual mob outside of the courthouse putting the pressure on this jury because they weren't there to see george stinney acquitted. they were there to see him convicted. >> advocates say the time has come to right a historic wrong. >> this was a courthouse lynching and i want apology for putting one of his citizens to death. >> his body rests in an unmarked grave in this baptist cemetery. advocates hope by the end of the year they'll get a new day in court. >> there were three tragedies in the case, including the deaths
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of the little girls, who would be 80 and 76 years old today had they lived. recently a man in new york came forward claiming to have been stinney's cell mating saying he told him he was innocent but feared he would still be executed. >> we'll continue to follow george stinney's case and story. that does it for this edition of "news nation." i'll see you in 2014. this been a fantastic year. thank you. yt the cycle" is up next. over . if you have a business idea, we have a personalized legal solution that's right for you. with easy step-by-step guidance, we're here to help you turn your dream into a reality. start your business today with legalzoom.
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