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  • Hi. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • First up this Thursday:

  • Massive corruption charges in the world of international soccer.

  • U.S. prosecutors say some officials with FIFA,

  • the group that governs soccer worldwide,

  • have accepted more than $150 million in bribes over the past 24 years.

  • American officials say bribes influence

  • which countries got to host the World Cup,

  • who could televise soccer games and where they`d be held.

  • They were expected to uphold the rules

  • that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game.

  • Instead, they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer

  • to serve their interest and to enrich themselves.

  • This Department of Justice is determined to end these practices,

  • to root out corruption and to bring wrongdoers to justice.

  • Switzerland is also investigating FIFA.

  • Swiss officials raided the group`s headquarters in Zurich yesterday.

  • FIFA has been investigated for corruption for years.

  • It`s repeatedly denied that its top officials are on the take.

  • But FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is not one of the accused,

  • says the organization welcomes the investigations by American

  • and Swiss officials and believes it will help root out wrongdoing in soccer.

  • Whichever nation hosts the World Cup

  • potentially receives a multibillion dollar economic boosts.

  • And the decision to select Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022

  • has since become a controversial one.

  • The small Middle Eastern country won the right to host the cup over Japan,

  • South Korea, Australia and the United States.

  • Officials have been under scrutiny amid allegations of corruption

  • in the selection process for both the 2022 cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

  • FIFA`s ethics committee hired an independent investigator later

  • announcing no evidence of corruption

  • and no reason to reopen the bidding process.

  • Butthat investigator would distance himself from those claims.

  • And the FBI would proceed with its investigation --

  • ultimately resulting in today`s charges.

  • The American television market is one of the biggest for the World Cup,

  • with networks paying billions of dollars for the right to broadcast.

  • For that reason, U.S. authorities say they do have jurisdiction

  • to file the corruption charges.

  • Starting in the Old Line State of Maryland and working our way west on today`s roll call.

  • Manchester Valley High School is first up, in Manchester, Maryland.

  • You`re dangerous Mavericks.

  • The Prairie State of Illinois is next,

  • where we heard from the Rice Child and Family Center.

  • Shout-out to our viewers in Evanston.

  • And in Big Sky Country, there are bison.

  • Great Falls High School is in Great Falls, Montana.

  • This is the scene from Ciudad Acuna, Mexico.

  • It`s in the northern part of the country bordering Texas,

  • and it`s where a tornado recently killed 13 people

  • and damaged hundreds of homes.

  • It was part of the same storm system

  • that washed away houses and lives in Texas and Oklahoma.

  • Days of torrential rain have brought devastating floods,

  • killing at least 12 people in Texas and six in Oklahoma.

  • A Houston resident says he`s never seen flooding this extreme.

  • Emergency officials here in the city Houston

  • described the flooding scene around this area as a mad house.

  • More than 1,000 cars stranded on roadways,

  • because people racing and rushing to get out of the way

  • of these walls of water that flowed out of many of the bayous

  • that you see throughout many parts of the city of Houston.

  • This is a bayou that cuts and winds its way normally

  • rather quietly around downtown Houston.

  • But as you can see from one embankment to the other,

  • the water levels here rose dramatically -- in fact,

  • at some point, at its worst point,

  • reaching just to that bridge that you see behind me.

  • And these waters spilled out everywhere.

  • Emergency officials and city officials here in Houston say

  • there are still a number of people that are considered to be missing.

  • So, search and rescue operations continue,

  • waiting for these flood waters to recede so they can get into

  • some of the hardest hit neighborhoods

  • and to continue the search processes in homes and throughout neighborhoods.

  • You know, very dramatic efforts going on.

  • We saw some rather ingenious kind of operations going on as well.

  • Fire and rescue teams trying to get to people making 911 calls,

  • abandoned ambulances and the lower lying cars

  • and traded them in for public works vehicles,

  • these massive trucks and use those as makeshift ambulances

  • to pull people out of some of the hardest hit neighborhoods.

  • So, a dramatic scene here.

  • The good news is, is that most of the day, it did not rain.

  • However, in the coming days, more rain continues.

  • It`s expected to be in the forecast and that means

  • these floodwaters could rise up quickly again.

  • And state officials across the state are warning people,

  • once these flash flood situations emerge, to react quickly.

  • We`ve heard from time and time again from people around the state

  • that it takes just a matter of minutes,

  • the water around their ankles and just minutes later,

  • they find themselves in knee deep water. So, state officials urging people

  • to react quickly, take the warning seriously,

  • when these flash flood warnings go into effect.

  • If you follow the 2012 election season in the U.S.,

  • this name might sound familiar to you: Rick Santorum.

  • He`s a former senator from Pennsylvania,

  • who is the Republican Party`s runner up in 2012.

  • Yesterday, Santorum officially entered the 2016 presidential race.

  • He joins six other people officially seeking the nomination for the Republican Party.

  • There are two people officially seeking the nomination for the Democratic Party.

  • Yesterday was World MS Day. MS standing for "multiple sclerosis".

  • MS Day aims to raise awareness about the disease.

  • The group that organizes the event says MS affects more than 2 million people globally,

  • but then it`s likely that hundreds of thousands are undiagnosed.

  • Multiple sclerosis affects the nervous system.

  • It can impair someone`s vision, movement and ability to feel.

  • There`s no cure.

  • There are treatments that help people with MS

  • and there are some amazing stories of MS patients overcoming the odds of the disease.

  • I start like any other runner.

  • I get really excited and get like butterflies in my stomach.

  • When I first start running, everything is normal.

  • But as the race goes on and as my, like, body temperature rises,

  • I`ll start to lose feeling from the waist down. As soon as I stop, I just fall.

  • It`s like a shock on my body. My legs just kind of give out from under me.

  • My name is Kayla Montgomery.

  • I`m a long distance runner and I have multiple sclerosis.

  • I was playing in a soccer tournament when I was 15

  • and I had a really bad fall on my tailbone.

  • And then later in the same game, the back of my neck,

  • there is like a really painful shock running up and down my spine.

  • And like over the course of the week,

  • it progressed to the point where I couldn`t feel anything from the waist down.

  • Shortly after my 15th birthday, I was finally diagnosed with MS,

  • where your immune system attacks your neurons

  • and causes scarring on your brain and your spine.

  • Long distance running is my favorite

  • because you have to have so much strength and like determination.

  • Those runners run with their legs, like they tell their case (ph) with their legs,

  • but I have to run with my arms,

  • and I really focus on my arm movement to figure out how to move my legs.

  • So, I just learn a new way to run. I train six days a week.

  • I run 60 to 75 miles a week.

  • Oddly enough, MS is kind of what motivates.

  • I refuse to let MS win as long as I keep battling it and I feel like everything is fine.

  • I could easily wake up tomorrow and not be able to move.

  • The days that I can run, I make them the best that I can.

  • All right. So, let`s say you`re a retired athlete who wants to stay in shape,

  • but you`re 7-feet-1 and 324 pounds. And the weight rack just doesn`t stack up enough.

  • Well, you got a friend to help. In the case of former NBA star Shaquille O`Neal,

  • that friend was former NBA star Chris Webber,

  • whose 6-feet-10-inches frame added just 245 pounds

  • to the already maxed out stack on the seated cable rows.

  • It`s not just for one rep. It`s not just for one lap.

  • Even though they`re friends this had to be a heavy lift.

  • It was weighty challenge. Don`t know if the row cost a roe (ph)

  • but I guess when you`re Shaq, you`re already a machine.

  • And these guys were used to pulling big numbers on cable.

  • I`m Carl Azuz, and that stacks up another edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Hope it worked out for you.

Hi. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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