CNN Student News November 11, 2013: Massive Typhoon Hits Philippines; President Obama Apologizes
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UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: (inaudible) 11th month on its 11 day in the (inaudible) in 1918 an armistice went into effect ending World War I.
Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.
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CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks, our friends in Broad Creek for getting us started today. We`re going to have more on that armistice later on. But we`re starting in Southeast Asia. A powerful storm hit Vietnam today after slamming into the Philippines late last week. Typhoons are the same thing as hurricanes. Experts say typhoon Hayian might be one of the strongest ever. It left the path of destruction as it moved across the Philippines Islands. On this map, you`ll see Tacloban. It was one of the spots that was hit the hardest. No electricity, no food, no water, houses and buildings demolished. The Philippines Red Cross estimated at least 1200 people were killed. Officials warned that the number could be much higher than that. Tacloban`s mayor said everyone he talked to had lost someone.
ANDREW STEVENS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It`s struck with terrifying and deadly force. The aftermath Tacloban city`s shattered landscape. This was home to thousands. It was not the wind who did it, it was the storm surge. Reports of a five meter wall of water that engulfed the coastal strip and spread through the city.
It`s where the CNN crew was sheltering, about a kilometer from the shoreline, the surge was waist deep and powerful.
Al around us, you hear the sounds of windows breaking, you hear the sounds of the large objects falling, crashing to the floor. And under foot, it is now just a (inaudible). And if you look behind me, I don`t know if you can see, the staircase behind me is now basically a waterfall.
But that didn`t compare with what happened here. The storm surge was the most destructive path of this typhoon. We`re about 100 meters or so from the water here, and you can see, that damage caused. These houses, these are all rough-built houses, completely flattened along the full shore, Thousands of people live along a stretch of several kilometers and you can see behind the – just how bad it must have been.
The devastation across the entire city of 200,000 people, is widespread. Winds output a 250 kilometers an hour leaving a trail of destruction.
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AZUZ: When disasters like this happen, people look for ways they can help the victims. Teachers and students, who are 13 or older, if you go the resources box on our homepage, that cnnstudentnews.com, you`ll see a link for “Impact Your World.” Check it out and see some ways you can get involved.
In an interview with NBC News last week, President Obama said I`m sorry to millions of Americans.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: I`m sorry that they are finding themselves in the situation based on insurances they got from me. We`ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them.
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AZUZ: Most Americans get their health insurance through their employers. But more than 10 million people by their own, and many of them will lose it because of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare. And that`s who the president was apologizing to. It`s one of the reasons why the law is still surrounded by controversy.
ERIN MCPIKE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Due out in the few days are the initial enrollment numbers, Americans who`ve actually been able to sign up for Obamacare, despite all the problems with the healthcare.gov website.
KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, U.S. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: I can tell you our early enrollment numbers are going to be very low.
MCPIKE: And since this. OBAMA: If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan.
MCPIKE: Hasn`t exactly turned out to be the case, on Wednesday, House Republicans will vote to ensure that Americans with health care plans they like really won`t have to switch. House Speaker John Boehner taunted him on Twitter, “President Obama says he`s sorry, but owes Americans more than that, he ought to keep the promise. Mr. Obama has promised his team will find the solution, telling NBC News ..
OBAMA: But obviously, we didn`t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law. And that`s something that I regret. That`s something that we`re going to do everything we can to get it fixed.
MCPIKE: But no fix announced yet. And as of Saturday afternoon, even the White House website was still saying, “If you like your plan, you can keep it. And you don`t have to change a thing due to the health care law.
AZUZ: Today is patriotic “Roll Call.” It`s going to take us from one side of the U.S. to the other. We`ll start in the East Coast with the Independence High School Patriots from Charlotte, North Carolina. In the Midwest, we have the Thomas Jefferson Patriots from Jefferson City, Missouri and out west we catch up with the pioneer of patriots from Pioneer High in Woodland, California.
Here are five things to know as the U.S. honors its veterans. First up, in the 1970s, Veterans` Day was temporarily made into a Monday holiday, like Memorial Day or Columbus Day to give government employees a three day weekend. Many states and veterans groups didn`t like that, though, so it was moved back to November 11th. Why then? Because it was on the 11th that the armistice that ended World War l went into effect. In fact, the holiday was originally called Armistice Day, but it was later expanded to honor anyone who`s ever served in the U.S. military. And that`s what separates Veterans` Day from Memorial Day, which happens in May in honor to those troops who`ve passed away.
The U.S. isn`t the only country that celebrates a holiday like Veterans` Day. Australia, Britain, Canada and France, also honor their service men and women around this time.
The story of how a man remembered his son, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, inspired the song that took top honors at this year`s country music awards.
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ANNOUNCER: I Drive Your Truck.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The CNA song of the year has a simple name, but it`s the deep emotion, the inconceivable feeling of loss behind the song “I Drive Your Truck” that helped earn it the honor.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (singing): I drive your truck!
ANNOUNCER: Thank you so much, Jared (ph) for what you did to this country, man.
ANNOUNCER: Jared Monti, an Army sergeant 1st class who was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save a fellow soldier. The song is about the absence of Jared, really, that deep longing for him felt by his father Paul.
PAUL MONTI, GOLD STAR FATHER, SON KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN: Very humble kid, very hard-working kid, extremely adventurous kid. It was no hill too high, no tree too tall for Jared.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In 2011, Paul Monti told the reporter with Boston Public Radio about his operation Flags for Vets. His mission to place American flags on the graves of service members on Memorial Day.
(on camera): I think I have this right – do you still drive Jared`s truck?
PAUL MONTI: Yes, I do. I love driving it because it reminds me him, though I don`t need the truck to remind me of him. I think about him every (inaudible) day.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (voice over): It just so happened that was a song writer from Nashville who was going home from work. She turned on NPR radio and heard the interview, and it struck her immediately. Today, we caught up with Monti in Rockwin (ph) , Massachusetts where he`s still living out his son`s message of strength and duty and – yes, still driving Jared`s black Dodge Ram pickup. He was pleased to hear about the award.
PAUL MONTI: It was very uplifting. It was a song that touched the hearts of Gold Star families throughout the country, as well as other families that have lost their child. You know, it`s fitting the – we have something that honors them that they can hold on to.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (singing): I drive your truck!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jared Monti was killed trying to save a fellow soldier. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Jared Monti`s truck gets bad mileage. It doesn`t matter to Paul.
PAUL MONTI: I`m alone in the truck with him – it`s just – it`s a very special peaceful feeling.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And that peace is hard to come by.
PAUL MONTI: People tell you time heals all, well, in this case it doesn`t. Losing a parent is one thing, that`s your past. But losing a child – you`ve lost your future. We don`t have those grandkids to look forward to when those – those special days of going to ballpark together, we`re going fishing. All of that you envisioned, is gone.
AZUZ: All of us here at CNN STUDENT NEWS extend our gratitude to all veterans and all military families. We`re going to wrap up today with videos of some of those families reuniting. I`m Carl Azuz. We`ll see you tomorrow.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I love you guys!
CNN Student News November 12, 2013: State of National Calamity in the Philippines; Iron Man Suit for U.S. Special Forces
CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS. When governments respond to severe weather, sometimes they declare a state of emergency or a state of disaster. The president of the Philippines declared a state of national calamity. That word, calamity, refers to a disastrous event with significant loss and suffering. That`s what Typhoon Haiyan brought to many Filipinos. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people killed, survivors who`ve lost everything. The rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing. U.S. Marines stationed in nearby Japan brought emergency supplies. Disaster teams from the U.S. and United Nations are in the Philippines.
Before they can help the victims of this storm, first they have to reach them.
ANN COREN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Above the vast blue sea that separates the thousands of islands that make up the Philippines, a rescue mission is under way. We`re traveling with the military to a remote group of islands devastated by super Typhoon Hayian, yet to be reached by authorities.
From the air, we can see the carnage. Home after home, village after village. Nowhere has been spared. On the ground lie the injured, with broken bones and internal bleeding. They`ve been waiting for days for a medical evacuation.
HILARIO DAVIDE, CEBU GOVERNOR: We haven`t seen anything like this before. I thought I`d only see this on television.
COREN: There is a real sense of desperation here on the ground. While the focus is obviously on the sick and the injured and getting them to safety, the people of this hard hit island need food and fresh water. They`ve been without it for days, and despite assurances from the government, it is yet to arrive. The problem facing authorities is logistics, getting the supplies to these hard hit and remote areas, and to the people who need it.
All these people have lost their homes. They are now staying in tents and makeshift shelters they`ve erected from the debris. And while they say they received the storm warnings from the government and took what they thought was appropriate action, no one here anticipated that Mother Nature would unleash such fury.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At my age of 35, I have experienced a lot of typhoons, but this is the worst thing.
COREN: This airfield in Cebu has become the staging ground for the country`s biggest relief operation. C-130 Hercules fly in survivors, all shell-shocked from what they`ve just lived through.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I cannot say anything yet. I`m still in shock. I`m so sorry.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A lot of people are dead, our friends are dead, some of our family members are dead, so it`s really devastating.
COREN: As the death toll grows by the day, families here desperately wait for news of their loved ones.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am the only survivor of the family, and I want to know if they are still alive.
COREN: Having had no contact since the typhoon hit, many say hope is all they can hold on to.
Anna Coren, CNN, Cebu, the Philippines.
AZUZ: Dozens of aid and recovery groups are working to help the victims of the Philippines. If you`d like to be part of the effort, teachers and students who are 13 and older, one way is to go to the resources box on our home page and look for the impact your world link.
The Washington Monument is getting its braces off. The scaffolding that was put up after the skyscraping structure was rattled and cracked by an earthquake in 2011 is coming down. The monument has been closed since the quake. But after inspections, assessments, repairs and some really cool helmet cam video, assuming you`re not acrophobic – terrified of heights – the 555-foot 5 1/8 inch obelisk will once again stand proud without a frame. The lights will come down with the scaffolding, 488 lamps all part of a $15 million repair bill. The monument has stood for more than 125 years, and for 23 presidents. It has weathered rain, snow, sleet, hale and now an earthquake, and it will continue to stand tall over the National Mall as one of the capital`s towering achievements.
In Washington, D.C. and other cities around the country, events paid tribute to America`s veterans yesterday. All those who have ever served in the U.S. military. At Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama was part of the traditional wreath laying ceremony. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 21 million veterans in the United States. The president says Veterans Day is a chance for Americans to say thank you.
Veterans Day is an American holiday, but other countries honor their veterans on or around November 11 as well. In the UK, Canada, France and Australia, the holiday is called Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday. Origin for all of this is the armistice that ended World War I. It was signed on November 11, 1918.
Over the past week, we`ve reported on the situation with the Miami Dolphins. One player, Jonathan Martin, left the team. Another, Richie Incognito, was suspended after accusations of bullying. Now, the accused player is telling his side of the story. In an interview with Fox Sports, Incognito said the alleged bullying was misunderstood. He said, quote, “people don`t know how Jon and I communicate.” Incognito acknowledged that he used racist and vulgar language in voicemails and text messages, but he said there`s a lot of colorful words thrown around in the locker room that we don`t use in everyday life. Incognito added that it`s not an issue of bullying. Quote, “this is an issue where I`ve taken stuff too far and I didn`t know it was hurting him.”
Jonathan Martin`s lawyer says the harassment that Martin faced went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. The lawyer says Martin tried to befriend the teammates who were bullying him in an effort to try to stop the harassment.
The Long Star state, the Natural State and the Beehive State. Sounds like a good roll call to me, let`s go to the map. Carroll High School in South Lake, Texas. The Dragons make today`s roll call. In Conway, Arkansas, we`ve got some Wampus (ph) Cats from Conway Junior High, and Ivans (ph), Utah is on the map, with the Wizards from Vista Charter School.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s time for the shoutout. What is Iron Man`s real name? If you think you know it, then shout it out. Is it Bruce Banner, Peter Parker, Steve Rogers or Tony Stark? You`ve got 3 seconds, go.
It`s Tony Stark inside the Iron Man suit. The character made his comic debut in 1963. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.
AZUZ: Iron Man has been around as a fictional character for 50 years, but the U.S. military wants to turn shellhead into a reality, or at least his hardware. The military is recruiting companies and academics to design a suit for special forces, and hopefully move superhero technology from movies and comic books to the battlefield.
BARBARA STARR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Iron Man`s powered suit of armor and high-tech weapons help him protect the world, and that is exactly what America`s top commando, Admiral William McRaven, wants when his men have to kick down a door.
ADM. WILLIAM MCRAVEN, COMMANDER, U.S. SPECIAL FORCES: He`s got to open that door not knowing what`s on the other side. He`s got to be in a position to be protected as soon as that door comes open.
STARR: McRaven has ordered up the tactical assault light operator suit, better known as the Iron Man suit. The idea, lightweight armor protection — possibly with battery power flowing through it – to give a soldier extraordinary ability to move faster and operate longer in battle.
Former Navy SEAL Chris Hebbon (ph) says the suit can make commandos even better.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is going to take a super soldier, a SEAL, a Green Beret, a Delta Force guy, and push him into a stratospheric level. What people don`t realize is all these technologies exist already, but they exist separately. So they are taking them all and they are putting them together, and they are adding some pretty cool things like liquid armor that becomes hardened in a millisecond.
STARR: There are plenty of ideas. Imagery from drones and satellites overhead right into the helmet`s visual display. Boots that generate electricity with every step a soldier takes. And flexible, head to toe protection, so troops can move closer to the enemy.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If they can work out the bugs and get it to where it`s functional, it`s going to allow – it`s going to take a group of guys that are already extremely high-functioning on the battlefield and make them completely unstoppable.
STARR: McRaven wants the first version of an Iron Man suit within a year.
AZUZ: All right, typical Wednesday for Carl. Work out, go to work, maybe see some friends. Typical Wednesday for Yves Rossy – go to work, jump out of a helicopter, fly around Mount Fuji. You know, in your personal jetpack. Rossy, who flies airplanes when he`s not flying this thing, designed and built the jetpack on his own. The Japanese mountain is the latest landmark added to the list of the jet man`s personal flybys. All of them have been impressive, but we`d have to say it`s the Mountain Fuji win (ph). It`s time for us to fly. We`ll jet back tomorrow for more CNN STUDENT NEWS. Have a great day.
CNN Student News November 13, 2013: The Aftermath of Typhoon Hayian; Rabbi Finds Thousands of Dollars Hidden in Desk Bought on Craigslist
CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Stories of survival and acts of desperation in a country reeling from natural disaster. An official from one relief organization describes the situation in the Philippines as hideous. First, we`re going to bring you some perspective on this. This gives you a comparison Typhoon Hayian and Hurricane Katrina. Katrina has been called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, Hayian is bigger. It might even be the strongest cyclone ever. Too early, though, for scientists to know for sure. Here`s a look at the typhoon from space: the winds and the storm surge from Hayian flattened more than 20,000 homes, 800,000 people were forced out of their homes.
Now, survivors are dealing with another storm – it`s not a strong one, but it`s making it hard for relief workers to get aid to victims. We`re hearing some of the stories from survivors of this storm. The family in this video punched holes in their ceiling as water rushed into their home, then they climbed up to the second floor to avoid being swept away. In this video, you can see them sitting up in the rafters as the water flows by underneath them. For many victims of Typhoon Hayian, the focus is now on survival. That means searching for food, sometimes walking past or over what remains of their homes in order to find something to eat.
Dozens of countries and organizations are sending help or had promised help. If you`re 13 or older, you could go to our homepage and find “Impact Your World” link. That will give you some ideas about this relief efforts and how you might be able to get involved.
It`s time for us to check in with some of our reporters to hear about a few different stories from a few different spots around the world. We`re going ahead to the Middle East for some reaction to nuclear negotiations, then some nature training in Asia for animals that don`t live in the wild. But we`re starting in Europe with the memorial service for a military veteran.
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ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In England yesterday, hundreds attended a funeral of a veteran they had never met. 99-year old Harold Jellicoe Percival died a single man. No friends, no family. For a while there, it looked as though this World War II veteran would be buried alone and forgotten. That is until his funeral home posted an ad in a local paper, asking military personnel to attend. The ad made its way to the Internet and the response was overwhelming. Some traveled hundreds of miles to be able to get Harold a funeral fit for a veteran of the Second World War.
REZA SAYAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Many Iranians very disappointed that the deal wasn`t reached in the nuclear talks in Geneva over the weekend. It`s, perhaps, Iranian people who would gain the most with an agreement because it would probably help ease some of the sanctions they`ve suffered through for years. It`s not clear exactly why a deal wasn`t reached, but it`s being wildly viewed here in Iran that at least one of the spoilers was France. There are reports Iran offered to suspend uranium enrichment at 20 percent, which would seemingly make it impossible for them to make the fuel necessary for a bomb, but there are speculations that France demanded more. All sides back in Geneva next week to try again.
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It`s training time for more than a dozen pandas born in captivity in South West China. Workers teaching them how ho climb trees. Giving them a tickle on the tummy for potty training. And also making sure they get enough food every day. There is also naptime, of course, on the lawn. It`s been a baby boom of pandas this year in China, but with just over 1500 pandas left in the wild, they need to make sure each one of these little fury creatures grown up (inaudible) strong.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s time for the shoutout. Where will you find the world`s tallest building? If you think you know it, then shout it out. Is it in Dubai, Chicago, New York or Singapore? You`ve got 3 seconds, go.
Standing more than 2700 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world`s tallest building. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout. Now, as for the tallest building in the U.S. …
AZUZ: The Empire State Building, the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the Willis Towers – all towering structural superlatives (ph). But none of them can claim the title of tallest building in the country. Not anymore, anyway. The Council on Tall Buildings – yes, there is a council on tall buildings – has just named the most skyward skyscraper. It`s One World Trade Center in New York City. At 1776 feet, it`s no coincidence that its height matches the year the U.S. declared independence. But there was a bit of controversy hovering over the Big Apple`s tallest tree: does it spire count? Chicago`s Willis Tower rises 1451 feet, if you don`t count its broadcast antennas, which the council doesn`t.
One World Trade measure 1368 feet without its spire. But the committee met in early November and decided that since the spires are permanent part of the design, it does count for an extra 408 feet and the tallest towered title.
That`s not tallest in the world, though. Dubai`s Burj Khalifa stands in more than 2700 feet. And One World Trade isn`t finished yet, so Willis remains America`s tallest completed building. Exceeding that height was a tall order, but the accomplishment is no tall tail.
All right, when you buy furniture from someone, it comes with its own history, maybe unique scuffs or features that might each tell a story. When a couple in Connecticut bought a desk recently, they discovered something that made the furniture nearly 500 times more valuable. What they did next is why we`re calling this a character study.
HALEY DRAZNIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Imagine buying a desk under $200 on Craigslist. Only to find thousands of dollars hidden inside. That`s exactly what happened to a New Haven couple. A local rabbi and his wife found a huge pile of cash after buying this desk on Craigslist. When the couple brought the desk home, it wouldn`t fit through the door.
RABBI NOAH MUROFF: The desk didn`t fit into this office by a fraction of an inch.
DRAZNIN: The couple had to pull the desk apart including the file cabinets. Behind the drawers, they discovered a plastic bag filled with cash.
MUROFF: Behind the drawers, there`s this plastic bag, like a shopping bag I`m talking about. And in the bag I already see through the bag there is – it looks like $100 bill.
DRAZNIN: After a closer look …
MUROFF: We opened it up and its` full of cash. We counted up, and there is $98,000 cash sitting in the bag.
DRAZNIN: The couple couldn`t believe their eyes.
MUROFF: Right away, my wife and I sort of, you know, looked at each other and we said, we can`t keep this money.
DRAZNIN: They picked up the phone and called the original owner.
MUROFF: I saw there is a bag back there, and through the bag I sort of saw like one $100 bill, and I`m like, oh, my gosh, there is money in it. And I picked – this is pretty heavy. And we brought it over to the table, I just sort of counted it up and we`re like oh, my gosh. So ….
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, my gosh – oh my gosh.
DRAZNIN: The original owner speechless. She stuffed her inheritance in the desk forgetting where she put the money. The good Samaritans returning the cash to the rightful owner. The rabbi tells me the most important thing in life is to be honest.
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AZUZ: 98,000 in a desk. We also heard about an 8th grader who found and returned nearly $1300 around Halloween. If you came across a stash of cash, what would you do? If you`re already on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/cnnstudentnews. If you`re 13 or older, you can reply on our blog at cnnstudentnews.com
In this week, when Americans paid tribute to veterans, our World Wide Wednesday “Roll Call” is filled with DOD, Department of Defense schools where many of the students are from military families.
First up, Puerto Rico, we`re checking in with the Pirates from Antilles High School. Over to Europe, for other two schools, the Ramstein Lions, from Ramstein high in Germany and in Italy, the Cougars from Vicenza American High School round out today`s “Roll Call”.
It`s the season of giving, we`re talking about giving things. Thanksgiving is only 15 days away. What are you thankful for? Here are a couple of things I`m thankful for. We want you to tell us like this, a piece of paper, your word or two of thanks, then send a photo, but no videos, please.
If you`re 13 and over, go to cnnstudentnews.com. Scroll to the resources box and look for the I-Report link called “Giving Things.” The deadline is November 20th.
There is an old saying that a watched pot never boils. A watched printer is apparently different. It seems to be printing fine, but this cat doesn`t like what it sees. Maybe it wanted it in landscape format. Maybe the cat – YouTube video – maybe it has an impatient owner and is trying to deliver this message hot of the presses. Maybe the cat is confused about whether this is a printout or incoming message. In that case, it should really get its facts straight. If it was a fight it probably started because the cat didn`t like the printer`s toner or something.
Either way, the smackdown is definitely a paperview event or in Shakespearean terms, now it`s the printer of our discontent. If the cat caused any damage, its owner will have to add it to the tabby started which could leave the animal feline sad. OK. I`ll stop. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. See you soon.
CNN Student News November 14, 2013: Obamacare Enrollment; Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan Struggle With Need for Food, Supplies
CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS. The website for people to sign up for health coverage under Obamacare launched on October 1st. In its first month fewer than 27,000 Americans selected an insurance plan from the federal site. Nearly 80,000 others signed up for coverage, but they used state sites, not the federal one.
All together that`s around 106,000 people who signed up for Obamacare in October. The White House expected 1.16 million people to sign up through the end of November. That means more than 900,000 more would need to enroll this month. The site itself has faced major technical problems. During a congressional hearing yesterday, the man in charge of the site said some improvements had been made and more are coming.
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TODD PARK, U.S. CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, THE WHITE HOUSE: Unfortunately, the experience of healthcare.gov. has been highly frustrating for many Americans. These problems are unacceptable. So, the goal that has been laid out is for the site not to be perfect, but in November — people can log on. So, the vast majority of Americans would be able to use the site smoothly. That`s the goal we are — we`re working very hard to get there.
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AZUZ: In the Philippines, the United Nations official describes getting aid to victims of Typhoon Haiyan as a major operation. Yesterday she said, quote, “we are getting there”, but in my view it`s far too slow. The U.S. military is big part of those efforts. Marine set up at an Air Base bringing in planes full of medical supplies, shelter, materials and other gear.
The U.N.`s World Food Program is distributing necessary items, too. The agency said it handed out rice to several thousand people of Wednesday.
Survivors are struggling with the need for food and supplies, and with reminders of the devastation that the typhoon caused. Bodies of those who didn`t survive, some buried under debris, other out in the open.
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UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: I have seen dead people on the streets and the sidewalk.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: Me too.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And how did that make you feel?
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: It made me feel scared.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: Me too.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why did it make you feel scared?
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: Because it was very creepy that there were dead people lying on the streets.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can I.D. me. I was born in Argentina in 1936. I live in the world`s smallest country, and I`m chief of state. My birth name is Jorge Bergoglio.
You probably know me better as Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church.
AZUZ: Most talked about person on the Internet. It`s a serious title. When you consider what name is invoked the most on blogs, Internet news sites, social media …
Kate Middleton and Prince George, maybe Beyonce or Justin Bieber come to mind. But far surpassing all these folks, Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, the largest denomination of the world`s largest religion.
The survey came from the Global Language Monitor: a Texas company that tracks what people are talking about on the Internet. Other names and phrases that came up included “Obamacare”, “the National Security Agency” and “Edward Snowden.”
But Pope Francis has gotten a lot of attention in all forms of media this year. He`s made headlines in blogs and tweets for inspirational acts. He`s been criticized for controversial comments on sensitive topics. In Pope Francis people see someone who`s redefined or exemplified or defied what they think a pope should be. And that`s prompted them to share their views on the pope more than anyone else.
Well, next up today, first ladies: many wives of U.S. presidents become advocates for certain causes: Laura Bush focused on global literacy, Nancy Reagan helped launch an antidrug campaign. When she became first lady, Michelle Obama promoted healthy eating and exercise. But now, she seems to be shifting her focus and putting part of her attention on education issues. This week, the first lady at a high school in Washington D.C. Her message was about continuing education after high school. She talked to the students about some of the challenges she faced growing up, and she said that the future is shaped more by their attitudes than by their circumstances.
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MICHELLE OBAMA: Maybe you`ve had problems at home and you`ve had to step up, take on extra responsibilities for your family. Maybe you come from a tough neighborhood, and you`ve been surrounded by things like violence and drugs. Maybe one of your parents has lost a job, and you`ve had to struggle just to make it here today. One of the most important things you all must understand about yourselves is that those experiences are not weaknesses. They are not something to be ashamed of. Experiences like those can make you stronger and more determined. They can teach you all kinds of skills that you could never learn in a classroom. The skills that will lead you to success anywhere in life.
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AZUZ: All right, high school students, this one is for you. There is something we want you to do before a graduation. We want you to introduce our show. We know you`re older than 13, so you can go to the “How Do I” box on our homepage and click the “Send us a show” open link. Get all the details.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is this legit? 25 million Americans have some form of diabetes. It`s true. Experts estimate that of the 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, 7 million haven`t been diagnosed. AZUZ: Today is World Diabetes Day. This year`s theme is education and prevention. We mentioned there different form of diabetes. All of them involve how the body uses blood glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is a main source of energy for your cells. When it enters your body, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin that helps break the glucose down. In diabetics, the body either doesn`t make enough insulin or it doesn`t use it as well as it should. Diabetes can lead to high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, blindness. It`s the 7 leading cause of death in America. There is no cure, but there are treatments. Doctors recommend eating well an exercising to help control or prevent diabetes. And a diagnosis doesn`t mean the end of an active life.
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SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In (ph) Stolaz, 20-year old Ryan Reed is living his dream.
RYAN REED, ROUSH FENWAY DEVELOPMENT DRIVER: And I`ve been (ph) NASCAR driver since I was four years old.
GUPTA: He was just 17 when NASCAR top drivers recruited him for his development team.
REED: It was just like everything was falling right into place with my life and nothing could stop me.
GUPTA: But something did.
REED: I remember being thirsty a lot, I was using the bathroom extremely frequently and losing a lot of weight.
GUPTA: One of the first things his doctor`s checked his blood sugar. Reed was diagnosed with type one diabetes.
REED: They were like, no, Ryan. You`ll never race again.
GUPTA: Reed found the doctor willing to help him get back on the track. There have been adjustments: a new diet, a (inaudible) sensor has been implanted in his abdomen that transmits his blood sugar readings. There is a continuous glucose monitor mounted to the dash inside his race car. That allows him to check his blood sugar during the race and his fire suit — now sports a ball`s eye.
REED: We have a guy trained on the crew to reach into the (inaudible) pace up and gave me an insulin injection, should I need it.
GUPTA: Reed made his debut in NASCAR second biggest series, April 26th, and just last month, he finished in the top ten. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN,
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AZUZ: Today`s “Roll Call” segment is going to the dawgs — the bulldogs an the terriers an the timber wolves. Terriers we are talking about are from Newark Tech in Newark New Jersey. Idaho is home to those bull dogs — the Kimberly Bull Dogs — thanks for watching, Mariel (ph). And Fort Bragg High in Fort Bragg, California — you can brag that the timber wolves made our “Roll Call”.
What would you do if you found money inside of something you bought from someone else? This goes back to our story yesterday, when a man returned $98,000 he found inside a desk. Do you give it back? Do you keep it? What do you do? A lot of people on Facebook agreed with Kelly who said, give it back. Is there another option? But a lot of you said, there are other options. Annika says, first of all, go to the police. Matthew tell us, “I might try to find the owner, but I wouldn`t try too hard, though.” Jenny Lee says, she would give one third of it to family, one third to charity, and one third for myself. Christian says, “Keep some and give that part to homeless for their survival.” Joshua says, “It all depends on how much money was found. If it was only 50 or 100 dollars, I`d probably keep it, but 98,0000 — with an amount that big, you can`t just keep it. You need to return it.” TreQuan tells us, “I would keep it, because if I buy something, whatever is inside, is mine.” Ariana disagrees with that saying, “Just because you bought the desk doesn`t mean you bought the money.”
Last story today is about mass transit that`s designed to get people moving. But maybe not in the way you think. This machine was unveiled recently at a subway stop in Moscow. It`s a ticket machine, But the number of 30 that you are seeing on it, isn`t how much money you need to put it, it`s how many squats you need to do. 30 squats in less than two minutes earned you a ticket to ride. The idea is to promote the upcoming Olympics and the healthy lifestyle. There are other ideas like this in the works, too. So, I guess we`ll have to wait to see if they work out or if they don`t end up amounting to squat — All right, back tomorrow wrap of the week — we`ll see you then.
CNN Student News November 15, 2013: Proposed Fix for People Losing Insurance; Aftermath of Super Typhoon; OSHA Vs. Sea World
CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS. We`re jumping right in today with Obamacare. One of the controversy surrounding it is about millions of Americans losing the insurance they already have because it doesn`t meet the law`s new requirements. Yesterday, the president offered a solution – a one year extension.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: So, state insurance commissioner still have the power to decide what plans can and can`t be solved in the states, but the bottom line is insurers can expand current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014 and Americans whose plans have been canceled can`t choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.
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AZUZ: The president is letting insurance companies offer the extension. But he isn`t requiring them to do it. He can`t. The president`s critic say this solution won`t help.
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HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER (R ) OHIO: A promise after promise from this administration has turned out to be not true. So when it comes to this health care law, the White House doesn`t have much credibility. And let`s be clear – they only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all. There is no way to fix this.
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AZUZ: In the Philippines, aid workers and military troops are racing to get help to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. May of the survivors need food, they need supplies, some need information about their loved ones, family member who were separated when the typhoon hit or people who live in other parts of the world and haven`t been able to reach their family members in the Philippines. Some are turning to social media for help.
PAUL NOWORYTA, FAMILY IN PHILIPPINES: No, we found a video online of the neighborhood right next to Renalyn`s mother`s home and the storm chaser actually filmed the house kind of, you know blowing away, so ….
WILLIAM TALLEY, FAMILY IN PHILIPPINES: My wife`s name is Rosa Megetta Taly (ph), my daughter`s name is Wilrose Isabelle Miguele Talley (ph). I have reviewed every story coming out if you want and looked for pictures and what not – and I found nothing for proof of life.
RENALYN ADVINCULA NOWORYTA, FAMILY IN PHILIPPINES: I`m searching for my mom, and her name is Lidia Advincula, and I`m also looking for my sister, my brother in law, my niece and my two nephews.
MICHELLE CLINGAN BERTULFO, FAMILY IN PHILIPPINES: It is my father-in-law who went overseas, he goes there every six months to visit family, to make sure everyone`s OK, and then he comes back to the states. And all of us, kids, are very much worried about him.
TALLEY: I`m really, really worried. She lives off of the place where it first hit, on an island outside of the main city. It`s called Tababa (ph).
RENALYN ADVINCULA NOWORYTA: If you have seen my mom and the rest of my family, please (inaudible) as soon as possible. I would love to hear what`s going on right now.
PAUL NOWORYTA: She`s a little bit lost for words at the moment.
CLINGAN BERTULFO: It`s very nerve racking to know that you can`t do anything, but, you know, we are very positive, we`re going to get a positive outcome out of this and hope for the best instead of the worst, because if you think for the worst, you`re only going to get that.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just the facts. OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was established in 1970, and it`s part of the U.S. Labor Department. OSHA`s mission is to make job conditions safe and healthy for American workers. It does that by creating and enforcing safety standards and through training and education programs.
AZUZ: The work place in this next report is not your typical office. Instead of desks, there is this giant water tank. Some of the coworkers are 10,000 pound whales. It`s Sea World. OSHA says some of the park`s trainers were put in workplace situations with known hazards, so the agency came up with new guidelines to increase safety. But Sea World says those guidelines will hurt the company`s business. And now the workplace issue has become a legal one.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The stakes are as big as this start performance at the heart of the matter. Sea World appealing to a three judge federal appellate panel asking them to overturn an OSHA ruling restricting trainers in the water with killer whales. No cameras were allowed, but there was such high interest that hearing was held at a law school auditorium.
The 2010 death of veteran Sea World trainer Don Brancheau brought an end to breathtaking performances like this. Brancheau was mauled by the killer whale she was working with. It was the third death connected to the same killer whale.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of a sudden, the whale just latched onto her and took her under.
SAVIDGE: OSHA ultimately fined Sea World $12,000. But more important, it banned close contact between humans and killer whales during performances. Sea World argued that interaction is the crucial part of its business.
SAVIDGE (on camera): Is that a legitimate argument?
BENJAMIN BRIGGS, LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY: I think it is a legitimate argument. Again, they are taking the position that this isn`t just a way that we do work, it`s what – it`s our product.
SAVIDGE (voice over): Benjamin Briggs has argued corporate appeals to OSHA rulings. And says what the government agency has on its side, is history.
BRIGGS: There is a long and well-documented track record of these types of animals behaving aggressively towards humans to the points that they`ve caused a number of fatalities. Not – not only at Sea World, but at other places.
SAVIDGE: Eugene Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, argued in the hearing that OSHA has no more right to impose restrictions on Sea World than it does to regulate tackling in the NFL or speed limits in NASCAR. The judges took note, but didn`t give any indication of which way they may rule.
In this argument appealing the OSHA ruling, Sea World many times referred to that connection between the NFL and NASCAR saying that there are some businesses that just inherently have some risk. To that, a judge piped in and said well, maybe. But for NASCAR, we`ve added seatbelts, and for the NFL they`ve added helmets. In other words, there are ways to add safety protocols that don`t really damage the business. Martin Savidge, CNN, Washington.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s time for “The Shoutout.” Which war saw the first battle between ironclad ships? If you think you know it, then shout it out! Was it the War of 1812, Spanish-American War, Civil War or World War I? You`ve got three seconds, go!
The first faceoff between Naval warships with iron plating (ph) happened in 1862 during the Civil War. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.
AZUZ: This isn`t all that`s left of the SCC Georgia, but it is the first time this part of the Confederate ship has surfaced since the Civil War. It`s been moldering at the bottom of the Savannah River since 1864.
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STEPHEN JAMES, ARCHEOLOGIST: When Sherman`s army took the city, she was scuttled just before the city was taken and abandoned.
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AZUZ: The confederacy didn`t want General Sherman`s Union Forces to get the ship with the city, so they intentionally sank her. Before that, the Georgia didn`t` see a lot of action.
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JAMES: She was underpowered, so she just basically sat out opposite Fort Jackson as a gun battery.
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AZUZ: Not a lot is known about the Georgia, but she shared at least one important characteristic with other ironclad ships of her day: she was clad with iron. In the mid-19th century, shipbuilders started reinforcing hulls of ships with heavy metal. They protected the wood and the ship`s heavy guns from cannonballs, among other things. But with a lot of strength came a lot of weight, and the first battle between two ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack ended in the stalemate. There are plans to hole up the rest of the Georgia, but not just to preserve history. It`s so the Savannah River Port can be deepened allowing more modern Marine marvels to navigate this historic waters.
Today`s “Roll Call” gets an A even though it`s filled with Bs. Bs for belief, the motto at Blesses Sacrament Catholic School in Savannah, city sounds familiar. We have some actual bees – the honeybees from the Woollen Bee Homeschool Academy in Naples, New York. B for Basalt in Colorado, the city and the school, Basalt High, home of the Longhorns. And B for the Braves from the Somis School in Somis, California. Ms. Preston, we`re sure your students will so miss you after next week.
We usually close with some kind of kicker video, but this one`s kind of tricky – this punner (ph) just nails the field goal without a snap or a hole. We`ll show you again in slow mo. He`s figured out some sort of fancy footwork that gets the ball upright and spinning in place, then he just lines up the kick and lets it fly. It`s probably not something you could ever use during a game, but when you`re goofing around during practice, your teammates might get a real kick out of it. That`s the only pun for today, but hey, we did just feature a pan-ther. When you can`t think of a lot of puns, sometimes you just got to pawn. I`m Carl Azuz. Have a great weekend.
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