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  • CARL AZUZ, HOST: A terrorist plot, leaked information, secret record- gathering --

  • and that`s just the first story on this Wednesday`s show.

  • Hi, everyone. I`m Carl Azuz.

  • This story involves a news organization and the U.S. Justice Department.

  • The Associated Press says the government agency secretly collected two months of telephone records from AP employees.

  • The president of the AP said, quote, "These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources and disclose information about AP`s activities and operations

  • that the government has no conceivable right to know."

  • The AP reported that the government hasn`t said why it wanted the records,

  • but officials said they were looking into how details of a foiled bomb plot were leaked last year.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder runs the U.S. Justice Department.

  • He says he wasn`t involved in the decision to collect phone records,

  • but he said the leak put the American people at risk.

  • Trying to determine who`s responsible for it required, in his words,

  • "very aggressive action."

  • You know that the U.S. has freedom of the press.

  • It`s in "The Constitution."

  • But that freedom doesn`t necessarily cover everything the press does.

  • CNN legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin says there`s no law that allows reporters to protect their sources.

  • Toobin says what the U.S. Justice Department did was legal,

  • but it`s also farther than any presidential administration has gone before.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just the Facts --

  • Bangladesh is a country in Southern Asia.

  • It`s home to more than 160 million people.

  • The country struggles with poverty, overpopulation and political instability.

  • But its economy has been growing in recent years.

  • Its garment industry makes up nearly 80 percent of the country`s exports.

  • AZUZ: The people who make those clothes do so at a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the salary of what it takes to make them in the US.

  • Minimum wage in Bangladesh, less than $40 a month.

  • A recent tragedy has brought a lot of attention to the bad conditions that many Bangladeshis work in.

  • A day after cracks appeared in a nine story building near Bangladesh`s capital,

  • employees of its garment factories were told to come to work anyway.

  • When the building collapsed on April 24th, more than 1,100 people were killed.

  • In the weeks since, more than 2,400 were rescued from the rubble.

  • The nation`s army ended its recovery effort yesterday.

  • The owners of the building and its factories have been arrested

  • and the government says it will improve conditions for Bangladeshi workers, though some are calling that too little too late.

  • Pressure is on internationally, as well. Many companies in the U.S. and Europe have clothes manufactured in Bangladesh.

  • They`re being pushed to make sure conditions for workers are safe.

  • Different cultures around the world approach education differently.

  • Earlier this week, we talked about Sierra Leone and how girls there haven`t traditionally been given access to education.

  • In South Korea, the issue isn`t getting an education,

  • it`s more about how well you do in school.

  • And what some students are doing to succeed is having an impact across the entire country.

  • DAN RIVERS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): South Korea`s education system is so competitive,

  • many children spend evenings, weekends, holidays at cramming schools like this.

  • But amid the clamor to get better grades,

  • it appears some have been cheating in the all-important SAT tests to get into U.S. universities.

  • (on camera): So far, prosecutors have raided 12 cramming schools in this area of Seoul alone.

  • They`re looking for evidence of cheating.

  • They`re investigating a number of scams, including one where middlemen sit SAT tests in Thailand a few hours before the same test was given here.

  • It gave students a heads-up as to which questions would be in the paper.

  • (voice-over): The organizations that run SATs in the U.S. have canceled May`s test for the whole of South Korea.

  • But at one cramming school not implicated in the scandal,

  • a teacher tells me parents are paying for their kids to cheat.

  • BYUNG YOON, CRAMMING SCHOOL TEACHER: Just from the grapevine, I`ve heard maybe tens of thousands of louters (ph) for access to these tests.

  • A lot of the parents know where to go.

  • The owner of the hugyuan (ph), or the cramming school, would basically say I have access to these certain tests.

  • And so a lot of the part -- parents are actually making the ultimate decision.

  • RIVERS: At South Korea`s most expensive boarding school, modeled on an elite school in London,

  • pupils are entirely innocent of cheating, but they`re caught up in the aftermath of the scandal all the same.

  • HENRY KIM, STUDENT: We`re getting penalized for -- for the fact that other guy -- other people cheated or tried to cheat.

  • NICK KIM, STUDENT: That could affect my whole future.

  • RIVERS: The teacher that broke the news to them, Toby Waterson, has helped them make alternative plans to sit the SATs abroad.

  • TOBY WATERSON, TEACHER: I just worry about the tarnish that Korean SAT centers have received in this whole process

  • and I worry, therefore, about the -- about the university places that are going to be offered to our students.

  • RIVERS: Students who are under enormous pressure to succeed.

  • YOON: We get a lot of tiger moms and tiger cubs.

  • And that`s why all this hyper competition is happening.

  • And -- and that`s why people are finding ways to, you know, skirt the system.

  • RIVERS: And in the process, tarnishing honest students who`ve worked hard to make the grade.

  • AZUZ: A high school track meet in Washington doesn`t sound like a typical setting for a family reunion, but that`s where two sisters came together.

  • What`s crazy is it was the first time they had ever met.

  • Here`s their story.

  • CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Imagine finding your long lost sister after 17 years and living in the same town.

  • That`s exactly what happened to Robin Jeter and Jordan Dickerson,

  • two sisters born nine months apart, separated as infants and living only 10 miles away.

  • JORDAN DICKERSON, FOUND HER SISTER: At first, I didn`t know I had any siblings.

  • I only thought I had one sibling. I didn`t know I had any more.

  • ROBIN JETER, REUNITED WITH SISTER AFTER 17 YEARS: You know, I had already known about my adoption and I knew that my last name is Jeter.

  • ROMANS: After 17 years, the two found each other at a high school track meet when teammates alerted Jordan of their striking physical similarities.

  • JETER: My team was like, she looks exactly like you.

  • ROMANS: Somehow, their paths had never crossed.

  • They`re now making up for lost time and in search of other siblings separated from them.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s Shoutout goes out to Mr. Taylor`s business classes at South Atlanta Educational Complex in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Which of these is a name for a group of jellyfish?

  • You know what to do.

  • Is it a pod, murder, school or smack?

  • You`ve got three seconds. Go.

  • A group of jellyfish is sometimes called a smack.

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

  • AZUZ: If you ever think about jellyfish, you probably think of them as flexible --

  • no bones, loose tentacles, just kind of floating blobs.

  • Sure, the ones you find in nature, but when you`re building a robot jellyfish, like the one in our next report,

  • it`s going to have a sturdier shape.

  • And if the engineers who designed it have a say, it might help lay the smack down in the spy world.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (voice-over): This jellyfish may not sting you, but it could one day be used in military sting operations.

  • Meet Cyro, the 5-foot-7, 170-pound robotic jellyfish.

  • ALEX VILLANUEVA, PH.D. STUDENT, VIRGINIA TECH: It`s a big guy. But once it`s in water, it`s almost naturally buoyant.

  • So it doesn`t float, it doesn`t sink. It just kind of stays there.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The life-like autonomous robot was created by a team of research and engineering students at Virginia Tech.

  • It`s part of a $5 million project funded by the U.S. Navy.

  • VILLANUEVA: The idea is to these jellyfish-inspired vehicles for underwater surveillance of ocean waters.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s got eight arms and a flexible silicone covering to mimic the way a jellyfish swims.

  • VILLANUEVA: So this is actually the mind of our robotic jellyfish.

  • And we house all our sensory components in here and the battery housing, as well.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This jellyfish prototype can swim for about four hours using a battery,

  • but they`re looking at other energy sources to make it last longer.

  • VILLANUEVA: In the future, we`re trying to be able to leave this robot in the ocean for weeks and months at a time.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These robots could be used for military surveillance and to clean up after oil spills or monitor schools of fish.

  • VILLANUEVA: They might not be the faster swimmers, but they`re definitely known to be very efficient swimmers.

  • Using multiples of them, you can cover even more group and perhaps achieve missions that are even more complicated.

  • AZUZ: All right, they`re warning, if you`re afraid of heights, our last video probably won`t be your favorite.

  • But this was too good a view to pass up.

  • You know that warning when you`re looking up high not to look down.

  • Oops, this bird`s eye view of New York City is thanks to a camera someone attached to a spire to the new World Trade Center.

  • The camera captured the moment as the spire ascended to the top and made this building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Always nice to have video of that kind of towering achievement.

  • In order to avoid anyone from calling it a tall tale, these puns might have set a new high barb.

  • That`s it for today. We`re going to start building from the ground up.

  • We`ll be back with more stories tomorrow.

  • See you then.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, HOST: A terrorist plot, leaked information, secret record- gathering --

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