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  • It`s the first Tuesday of 2015.

  • Thanks you for spending ten minutes of it with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • I`m Carl Azuz and the first half of today`s show is all about international events.

  • Starting near Indonesia.

  • A very difficult search is on for a lost passenger plane.

  • An AirAsia flight with 162 people aboard was traveling from Indonesia to Singapore.

  • It disappeared from radar on December 28.

  • Investigators don`t know why.

  • But the plane was flying through bad weather.

  • Some bodies and passengers and debris

  • from the plane have been found in the Java Sea.

  • It`s shallow enough for divers, so along with other search officials,

  • they are trying to recover the plane`s black box,

  • the flight data recorder that could give information

  • about why the aircraft went down.

  • But they are dealing with storms above,

  • rough waves on the surface and what divers call zero visibility on the sea floor.

  • The deserted beaches of west Borneo, Indonesia, belie the Horace out at sea.

  • More than 100 nautical miles to the search zone,

  • calm waters and sunshine soon disappear.

  • So, we`ve been on the sea now for about four hours,

  • we`ve got about three or four hours to go, and as you can see,

  • the weather has started to close in, the closer we get to this crash location.

  • We are being told that even though these waves are fairly high and you can see,

  • it`s a lot choppier than it was,

  • that this is still considered fairly good weather.

  • This is better than it has been for some days.

  • The crew looks for debris and bodies. One of them spots something.

  • He`s unsure what, exactly. The captain calls it in.

  • A larger ship in the area will investigate.

  • This search and rescue boat has a specific mission,

  • to deliver a pino-locator to help with the vital search for the so-called black boxes.

  • But the captain is nervous about the weather.

  • "I feel a heavy moral burden," he says.

  • "I have a responsibility to keep those on board safe,

  • but it`s so important to help find bodies and debris."

  • Larger ships can cope with these conditions, he says. This is not a large ship.

  • Sector four of the search zone, the contact boat is in sight.

  • Time to hand over the equipment. Easier said than done.

  • One of the men who is in charge of that equipment was going to jump across,

  • but quite frankly, he does not want to now.

  • He said it`s simply too dangerous.

  • Next job, transferring the boat from which to operate the equipment,

  • a task the crew struggles with until dark.

  • If you haven`t (inaudible) defeat, at least for today.

  • An exhausted crew returns to land with only half the mission accomplished.

  • Repugnant and hostile.

  • Two of the words North Korea is using to describe new sanctions by the U.S. government.

  • Sanctions are intended to punish a country`s economy,

  • and in this case, they make it illegal for North Korean government leaders

  • to travel to to travel to the U.S. or access property they have here.

  • This is why last month`s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment,

  • hackers exposed tons of personal and business information about the company,

  • and warned people not to see a Sony Pictures comedy that

  • included an attempted assassination of North Korea`s leaders.

  • Sony originally canceled the film`s release,

  • then released it online and in some theaters.

  • Over the holidays, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations

  • formally blamed North Korea for the cyber-attack on Sony.

  • North Korea also had massive Internet outages last month,

  • but the U.S. government won`t say whether it`s behind those.

  • Here`s one for you, see if you can ID me.

  • I`m a measurement of area such as land area in the metric system.

  • I`m not an acre. I`m equal to about 2.5 of them.

  • I`m the equivalent of 100 ares.

  • I`m a hectare, roughly as big as two American football fields.

  • For our next story, we are taking you to the Southern Hemisphere,

  • to the driest inhabited continent on the planet, that`s Australia.

  • It`s summer there. It was predicted to be a severely hot one,

  • and that, along with the typical dryness of the continent,

  • made conditions ripe for bush fires.

  • Those are common in Australia,

  • but the one that flared up over the weekend is extreme.

  • It quickly burned the equivalent of about 25,000 football fields.

  • Entire neighborhoods engulfed in flames.

  • This is the worst bush fire to hit Southern Australia in 30 years.

  • Dozens of homes now destroyed.

  • Residents devastated over what they have lost,

  • but lucky to have made it out.

  • I saw a lot of smoke, and then as we get to the top of the hill,

  • we saw the flames as tall as the trees, and then we knew we were in trouble.

  • Thousands of people have had to flee their homes

  • since the fire began on Friday afternoon.

  • It quickly spread, and in just over 24 hours,

  • had burned more than 12,500 hectares of land.

  • More than 700 firefighters,

  • including those who have come from neighboring states,

  • are battling the flames.

  • Hot weather continues to complicate efforts at fighting the flames.

  • The county fire service has warned flare-ups

  • could be a concern for the next two to three weeks.

  • Police are investigating exactly what caused this blaze

  • that`s left serious damage in its wake.

  • So far, though, perhaps luckily, it has not taken anyone`s life.

  • From the Sunshine State to the Golden State,

  • we`re going coast to coast on today`s roll call.

  • In this corner, hailing from Port Richie, Florida,

  • we`ve got the Chargers charging in.

  • They`re at Chasco Middle School.

  • We`re visiting the Midwest next,

  • making a stop in Iowa.

  • Hello to everyone watching at the Rosedale Youth Center.

  • It`s in Ames. And in this corner,

  • weighing in at Thousand Oaks, California, it`s the Lancers.

  • Great to see you at Thousand Oaks High School.

  • Hard to imagine the sports world without football,

  • but lawsuits, concerns over concussions, enrollment numbers,

  • some analysts see them as storm clouds over the future of the sport.

  • Pop Warner is America`s biggest youth football program.

  • The number of kids playing grew steadily from 1929 until 2010,

  • but then it dropped by 9.5 percent over the next two years.

  • It seems controversy at higher levels is keeping kids off the football field.

  • That picture? That`s me from 20 years ago.

  • Our view of football has changed quite a bit in 20 years,

  • especially how we as a society view the relationship

  • between football and concussions.

  • Take a look at the helmets, for example.

  • We called these little marks stick marks,

  • and it was a point of pride the more you had on your helmet.

  • And if you could hit hard enough to rip the decal off that helmet, you were a hero.

  • But where were the neurosurgeons back then?

  • We had to know that young men hurtling themselves at each other

  • with just a helmet was going to cause some damage, didn`t we?

  • Legally, a lot has changed since then,

  • and that`s mainly because of two major lawsuits and subsequent settlements,

  • involving both the NFL and the NCAA.

  • The NCAA still denies liability.

  • It says it is an organizer of sporting events,

  • and it`s not responsible for injuries that players should know about.

  • On the other hand, under the NFL settlement,

  • the league does make payments to former players.

  • Twenty years from now, maybe football won`t exist at all.

  • Maybe it will be litigated out of existence completely,

  • like the lawn dart (ph) or the high dive at the pool.

  • If you ask the generations of high school and college players back then,

  • if it was worth it for the injuries they have today,

  • a lot of them would probably say no.

  • But the crazy thing is, a lot of them might also say yes.

  • Unfortunately, the holidays are over,

  • and a lot of communities are offering ways to recycle Christmas trees,

  • assuming people had real ones.

  • Here is something organic, just feed it to the goats.

  • At a Canadian wildlife refuge,

  • a herd of 13 goats consumes about 3 trees a day.

  • Almost everything, the needles, the bark, totally stripped away.

  • These goats are so thorough that the refuge is hoping for more trees.

  • And if that story doesn`t get your goat, at least it will feed it.

  • For the goats, there are Christmas treats,

  • the recycling champions (ph) you just heard about can`t have to munch (ph).

  • And though we`ve got to goat, we`ve got to hoof it,

  • we have to eat and run,

  • we hope you`ll have an appetite for more news and puns tomorrow.

It`s the first Tuesday of 2015.

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