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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Fridays are awesome.

  • Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS, my name is Carl Azuz.

  • First up today, the U.S. and North Korea.

  • You know, there`s been a lot of tension between these countries.

  • Right now, a U.S. citizen is in a North Korean jail,

  • and he`s been sentenced to be held there for 15 years.

  • Kenneth Bae was arrested in North Korean back in November.

  • He has documents that let him travel there legally,

  • but North Korean officials say Bae committed hostile acts against this country, although they`ve never given any details.

  • The U.S. government is calling for his to be released immediately.

  • Dan Rivers has more on the case and how it could play out.

  • DAN RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There`s curiously little information about Kenneth Bae on line,

  • just this Facebook page started by his friends campaigning for his release from the secretive regime.

  • He`s being jailed for 15 years hard labor for "his crimes aimed to topple North Korea."

  • The official news agency claiming "his crimes were proved by evidence,

  • a possible reference to material reportedly found on a hard drive.

  • One of Bae`s friends suggesting it may have been as innocuous as photos of orphans begging.

  • Whatever he`s done or hasn`t done, experts say, he`s now a bargaining chip for a new leader Kim Jong-un.

  • JASPER KIM, ASIA-PACIFIC GLOBAL RESEARCH: Well, I think North Korea kind of looks at any U.S. citizen,

  • in and around North Korea as a mere asset, a commodity that can be traded in the open market,

  • and so Kenneth Bae was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • RIVERS: And Bae isn`t the first. Scenes like this are becoming all too familiar,

  • cue emotional captives reunited with their families,

  • accompanied by a high profile politician.

  • These was 2009, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee celebrate freedom.

  • Former president Bill Clinton takes the credit.

  • A year later, it`s a different former president Jimmy Carter with another relieved American Aijalon Gomes.

  • Kenneth Bae is the sixth American in the wrong place at the wrong time,

  • and the North Koreans may once again be holding out for a high profile visitor before they give him up.

  • What North Korea wants above all are one-on-one talks with the United States,

  • to gain concessions and get an aim to punitive sanctions.

  • They may see Kenneth Bae as the perfect way to achieve that aim.

  • With the announcement of their third successful nuclear test in February the stakes couldn`t be higher.

  • North Korea even threatened a preemptive nuclear strike during South Korean and U.S. war games last month.

  • Those maneuvers are over, but it seems the brinkmanship is not.

  • AZUZ: From North Korea we`re coming back to North America.

  • And our first stop is in Mexico.

  • President Obama arrived there yesterday,

  • he went to meet with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto and talk about some of the issues that affect both of their countries.

  • That include security and immigration.

  • Some people in Mexico City greeted President Obama`s arrival with protest.

  • They are angry about U.S. immigration policies.

  • The latest estimates show that more than 11 million Mexicans leave in the United States.

  • That includes an estimated 6 million who are in the U.S. illegally.

  • The U.S. and Mexico share a border, they do a lot of business with each other, we are talking about $500 billion worth of business last year.

  • Mexico is the United States third biggest trade partner.

  • The U.S. is Mexico`s top trade partner.

  • So, businesses in this countries` economies were likely to be big subjects of discussion yesterday.

  • Just like they were when President Obama met with Pena Nieto at the White House last year.

  • Our next story takes us to southern California where hundreds of firefighters are dealing with at least two wild fires:

  • an acre, for reference, is about the same size as a football field.

  • As of yesterday, these fires had burnt across more than 6,000 acres.

  • Some crews are working from the air, they are using helicopters to drop water and chemicals on the flames, trying to get these things under control.

  • Part of the problem is that southern California has only gotten a couple inches of rain this year.

  • It doesn`t get a lot to start with, but it`s gotten less than usual.

  • That`s left the area dry, and officials say that plus strong winds and warm weather can create extreme fire behavior.

  • Kyung Lah reported on the conditions there yesterday.

  • KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You can see how my hair is flying around, there`s a lot of wind now that the sun is up.

  • This is bad news, they are very concerned about the high winds and the low humidity here.

  • What they`re worried about, is what you`re seeing over here.

  • This is a home, this is Joaquino`s home and you can see what happened when the fall fire came raging through this area.

  • This home was engulfed in just minutes.

  • The reason that he was able to survive is because he was already outside, he was in his car trying to escape.

  • What they`re surprised about, is the force of the fire happening so early in the year.

  • This is the type of destruction you see usually in October,

  • but because of the dry weather, the lack of precipitation we`ve had this year,

  • that`s really a dangerous combination for what`s going to be they`re anticipating a very difficult fire season.

  • AZUZ: Now, we`re heading across the United States, from California to New York City.

  • Construction crews there have been working on One World Trade Center.

  • It`s a new building going up on the side of the original World Trade Center towers.

  • Those were destroyed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

  • Now, this is the new building.

  • A year ago, during the construction process, it set a mark as the tallest building in New York City.

  • When this part is eventually in place, it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

  • This spire was lifted up on a temporary platform yesterday.

  • Once it`s installed and One World Trade Center is finished,

  • it will stand at a symbolic height of 1776 feet.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can I.D. me.

  • I was established in 1607 by explorers from the Virginia Company of London.

  • I was named for England`s king James I.

  • And I was the first permanent English settlement in North America.

  • I`m the Jamestown colony, and I`m located near what`s now Williamsburg, Virginia.

  • AZUZ: Less than three years after colonists arrived at Jamestown,

  • relations between the English settlers and local Indian tribes had fallen apart.

  • The Indians laid siege to Jamestown and killed settlers who went hunting outside the fort.

  • For the colonists, the winter of 1609 to 1610 became known as the starving time.

  • Without any food left, they ate whatever they could find: horses, dogs, cats, rats and snakes.

  • When the animals were gone, they ate leather, and when that was gone, according to accounts from Jamestown president, some of them ate human corpses.

  • Archeologists are now saying they have proof of that.

  • They`ve reconstructed the face of a 14-year old girl whose scull was found in a 17 century garbage area.

  • By the markings on it and other remains, they say settlers appeared to cannibalize the girl after she died.

  • It illustrates the desperation the settlers face during a period that killed 240 out of 300 colonists.

  • Researchers expect more evidence to surface, as one anthropologist said, you never know what`s going to be under the next shovel.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today "Shoutout" goes out to Coach Clement`s social studies classes at Gunter High School in Gunter, Texas.

  • The Revolution, Galaxy and Timbers are all teams in what professional sports league?

  • Here we go. Is it the CFL, ATP, NBDL or MLS? You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • Those are the Major League soccer teams from New England, L.A and Portland.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

  • AZUZ: The Timbers played a match Wednesday against the Green Machine, a local amateur Portland club.

  • The Timbers home crowd was not on the home team side.

  • AUDIENCE: Atticus! (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • AZUZ: Atticus Lane Dupre is the reason this match happened, he`s eight years old, cancer survivor and he loves soccer.

  • So when the Make A Wish Foundation got in touch, his wish was for his youth soccer team to play his favorite MLS franchise.

  • Atticus scored four goals including the game winner and said that one was his favorite.

  • This wasn`t scheduled around the regular Timbers match, it was set up just for Atticus and his team

  • and 3,000 people showed up to the stadium for it, ready to cheer the Green Machine on the victory.

  • AZUZ: Finally, we`re going to close out the week with a classic:

  • Robert Ducky, you`re the one that strikes terror into the hearts of men - OK, that might be a bit extreme, but so is this duck.

  • It`s 54 feet tall and it`s just floated in the Hong Kong.

  • The inflatable art has been making its way around the world.

  • It will hang out in Hong Kong until next month.

  • The creators said, quote, "If it makes you smile, than that`s OK, but maybe it makes you cry."

  • (inaudible) just quacks this up! Definitely, it won`t get over a shadow, though.

  • When you`re talking about a duck that`s six stories tall, the thing automatically gets top billing (ph).

  • I hope you guys have a great weekend. For CNN STUDENT NEWS, I`m Carl Azuz.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Fridays are awesome.

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