welcome to al jazeera america, i'm del walters. these are the day's top stories. >> on this vote, the yays are 261, the nays are 157, the bill has passed. >> the house voting on permanent changes to the health care reform laws. some survivors getting out of the philippines, but many still waiting for relief. a michigan home owner facing charges of death in connection with the death of a young black woman. ♪
the battle over president obama's health care reform law front and center again today. president obama set to meet with insurance executives at the white house this afternoon. it comes one day after the president said americans could keep their current health plans for net another year. libby casey joining us now live from the capitol. libby are republicans taking a victory lap? >> well, 39 democrats joined republicans to vote for this bill. but dell, before it goes anywhere, it would have to get through the senate. it is very unlikely it will even get to the floor there. and president obama has said he will veto it, because he put out his own plan yesterday that would allow americans to stay on their health care plans into
next year. take a listen to this, dell. >> now we find out that it was all just talk. this country is tired of the talk that comes out of washington. they want people to represent them. that's what we're here to do. both sides of the aisle, ladies and gentlemen. we need to put seat belts in this room, because the room spins so far sometimes it is hard to walk out here straight. >> reporter: now there are talks that people would be able to keep their current plans, and that's why the senate democrats say it is not something they
will support. >> this is not a bill to let people keep their health insurance plans. what this bill is, is another vote to repeal the affordable care act. this bill creates an entire shadow market of sub standard health care plans. >> reporter: one of the primary architects of the health care law, so that's the democratic push buck. >> libby thank you very much. our other top story is the recovery effort taking place in the philippines. today the government says the death toll has risen to 3,681. that is 1300 more than it was a day ago. the united states playing a major role now.
1600 members of the armed forces are now on the ground in philippines. another 900 are on the way. the philippine red cross trying to give out aid and enough clean water to avert any outbreaks of disease. and then there are the residents -- [ inaudible ] residents there can't believe they survived. steph has their story. >> reporter: this used to be a picturesque tourist town with a 16th century church as one of its main attractions. it's all gone now. it's in the east of the island which was the first to experience the fury of haiyan. >> only there's toilet -- almost three hour wash in the toilet, and then -- >> what were you thinking?
>> i think this is my first -- my first -- my last day of my life during the typhoon. >> reporter: the old town totally in ruin. the place where the supertyphoon landed first has to start again from scratch. it took five days for aid to arrive. the u.s. military is air lifting relief ash the clock. they have taken control over a destroyed airfield. and medical personnel are setting up field hospitals and people are queueing for hours be treated. >> we're worried about infectious diseases obviously, because people are displaced. there is no electricity. people live in makeshift buildings with plastic sheeting or in the schools. they want to open the schools, but families are cramped together.
so the national health authorities are trying hard now to monitor. >> reporter: this man says he has not had any help except for two kilos of rice. >> i'm asking the help -- the whole world, and it must be directly given to the homeless people here. >> reporter: one week after the disaster, the people say their main feeling is one of intense sadness for lives lost, and an ancient town gone forever. prosecutors have filed murder and manslaughter charms against theodore wafer. the 50-year-old michigan man says he was acting in self-defense when he shot a
young black woman. he is expected to surrender sometime this afternoon. bisi onile-ere is live in detroit. and bisi what did the prosecutor say was behind her decision. >> the 54-year-old has always said he thought someone was trying to break into his home when a shut gun accidentally went off. the prosecutor said that all of the evidence in this case so far shows that self-defense was not a factor at all, which is the complete opposite of what this homeowner has been relaying through his tern. yesterday toxicology report was released finding her blood
[ technical difficulties ] to govern the city during an emergency, that move coming after the mayor admitted using crack cocaine and other erratic behavior. china is announcing that it is easing its one-child policy. this week's ruling of the communist party saw some of the most sweeping change in decades. >> reporter: in future if either member of a couple was single child themselves then that couple will be allowed to have more than one child. given the fact that the one-child posey has been in
place since 1979 there aren't that many couples of child bearing age this wouldn't apply to. now china has an aging population. the abolition of labor camps is also in response of the growing popular distent that people can be thrown into the camps without any trial. it was set up in the 1950s to make people do forced labor if they agreement with
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scenes at our evolving world. techknow - ideas, invention, life. what was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned deadly today in libya. take a look. [ gunfire ] >> armed militias opening fire on a group of demonstrators. al jazeera sebastian walter is in tripoli. what happened there earlier today? >> reporter: well, it seems to have been a peaceful demonstration that was being held. the militias currently controlling security here in the capitol when shooting erupted and there were a number of
casualties. have been at least 16 or 17 fatalities and dozens more injured. it is being described to us as the single-worst incident since the revolution. this is unprecedented levels of violence, and the hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in the last few hours. >> and again, the state news agency saying 13 people are killed. you are saying the number is higher than that, and we are also hearing reports that militias have called for backup. are you hearing that as well. >> reporter: yeah, we're getting conflicting reports from around the city. it's hard to get a clear backing of what is going on. certainly there are incidents still ongoing. one of the militia headquarters are being surrounded. there is a very tense situation
here. it is something that has really been increasing over the past few weeks. clashes have been breaking out for weeks now, and this is the worst of those. >> sebastian thank you very much. one in eighty-eight children are being diagnosed with some form of autism in the united states. and now there is serious concern that as they move into adulthood there could be as many as 500,000 aadvertisic adults. >> eight. >> at it, yay! >> reporter: darnell worries about typical mom things, getting homework done and dinner on the table. >> reporter: are we going to have a shell with the beans --
>> shell with the beans. >> reporter: her 18-year-old daughter has autism. >> sometimes i feel like i'm a parent on steroids, because everything has to be managed more carefully, evaluated a little differently. nothing is quite as simple as you would think. >> reporter: savanna goes to an ungraded school and works hard at learning. >> i can look back and look at the years of pre-k to 21 as really a gift. because when you are in school, you have to go through the struggles of finding the right programs and that kind of thing, but there are some nights when i wake up in a cold sweat because those supports are gone once they turn 21.
>> reporter: this center specializes in helping young adu adults make the transition to adulthood. >> we are woefully ill equipped to deal with this increase in numbers. you have these young adults who will want to enter the work force, and whatever that will mean for them. but in order for them to thrive they need a lot of support. >> reporter: without the supports in place the uncertainty creates extra train on families. >> they are traumatized by the fact they don't know financially what to expect and plan for. >> reporter: the joy at having savanna at home is something she cherishes now but worried about for the future. >> i worry about who is going to help savanna remember to eat
your dinner, or remember to tell her that no matter what that somebody still loves you. if we're not here, how do i know she's going to get that. >> reporter: for the newsom's and hundreds of thousands of other families, it is about pushing for a national plan to ensure the autistic young people have the support they need. the record-setting streak on wall street looks to be safe. stocks higher again at this hour. in fact, we are not far away from dow 16,000 at this point. if they remain at this levels, the dow and s&p 500 will set new all-time closing highs. that would mean the fifth record finish over the last six sessions. an undate on jpmorgan london
trading case, a trader says he wants to stay in spain. he has an accused along with another employee of hiding hundreds of billions of dollars in losses. mcdonald's admitting its has mcproblems with its mcservice and it is going to do something about it. they say they introduced too many new items this year, and that hurt service. in the south, fresh water at the center of a legal battle in florida, alabama, and georgia. florida is accusing georgia of taking too much water. andy gallagher has our story. >> reporter: on the bay they still do things the old-fashioned way like harve
harvesting oysters by hand in a time-hon in order tradition. but this is a community facing an ecological crisis. the oysters are drastically declining. and they are now dumping dry shells into the bay in hopes that babies [ technical difficulties ] >> reporter: that has made it so vulnerable. what makes this bay so unique is when the fresh water meets with the salt water out in the bay, creating a unique environment for countless species. but over the last few years there has been battle over fresh
water north of here. and it's a fight florida is a losing. >> they have long be locked in legal battles with alabama and georgia. what is released downstream to florida is now tied up in legislative arguments. but activists say the loengs the officials fight the more damage is done. >> we're dependant on the fresh water, and when that goes, so will the harvest and the gateway to a billion dollars seafood industry in the eastern gulf of mexico. >> reporter: almost all of florida's ousters are harvested here in this bay. for community leaders like joe taylor it is now a race against time. >> it's really a labor of love for these people to work on the bay, and i hate to see that a vap rate and go away because we
the death toll continues to climb. the official number is now 6,381. and in michigan the 45-year-old homeowner who shot and killed a young black women earlier this month, has now been charged with second degree me merd -- murder and manslaughter. people are finding new ways to fund startups, and they might look similar to a reality tv show. [ applause ] >> reporter: this is fast pitch. and it's a little like the reality show shark tank, where hopeful entrepreneurs try to persuade people with deep pockets to invest in their businesses. but these people are always interested in raising funds for projects to improve society. 13 finalists have just five minutes each to make their best
pitches. contestants have spent honing their messages for that make or break moment. >> overyear in washington state, we receive more than 2,000 refugees fleeing persecution. >> reporter: this woman started project feast so help train refugee women. >> i fell in love with the idea of working with refugee women and focusing on their strengths. >> reporter: there are both nonprofit and for-profit groups here, they are buying for $250,000 in grants or investments. >> hundreds come in to say we are about social impact and social change, and they get the
chance to connect with all of those people. >> we're going to start tonight with a 16 year old, telling us about envie row tech. >> imagine our future powered think human footsteps. >> today i'm asking you to rolle around the concept that students themselves are a part of the solution. >> reporter: the audience picks its favorites and panel of judges decide who gets the big check. >> $10,000 goes to project feast. [ cheers ] >> i think it makes a huge difference. there were, what, 600 people that paid quite a lot of money to come to this event. >> reporter: but the end of the evening this room is buzzing with innovation, and hope.
♪ and continuing the focus on seattle, that's where the storm track is headed right now. they have plenty of rain showers pushing in, and exchanging the snow in the mountains. the storm track is directing a pool of moisture right on into the mountains. expect another two feet of snow by tomorrow at mount raynear's paradise. any of the passes you are going to be dealing with icy snowy roads. now as you can see it is rain coming in for seattle and the low valleys all the way down to port lan, but the mountains have the winter-storm warnings going
into effect. the snow will pile up quick, and we'll get some wind too, which meaning blowing, drifting snow. we'll give you the head's up on that, and also in southeast idaho the snow will be developing tonight. nevada, utah, your mountains also getting some snow. wind gusts now up to 15 miles an hour for spokane, but closer to 40 for northern california. this is where we have plenty of winter storm warnings going into effect for wyoming, but it is the winds you'll notice in the southwest. thank you very much. they are said to be the rarest dinosaur fossils in the world. they were found in 2006, scientists say one is a relative of t-rex, the other may be a newly discovered species. they appear to have been locked