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  • You`re only a day away from Friday. You`re watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.You`re ten minutes away from getting up to speed on current events.

  • We are starting in China today. Big meeting there.

  • It`s the once a year gathering of the National People`s Congress.

  • It includes thousands of delegates from all over the country.

  • China is a communist state. The government controls the economy and other parts of society.

  • So, the National People`s Congress is limited. It won`t be voting on any major laws.

  • But this meeting is a chance for China to talk about its economic plans.

  • And because it`s the world`s second largest economy, international economists are watching to see what China will do.

  • Other parts of the international community are watching Ukraine.

  • A lot of talking about the crisis there yesterday. Meetings involving officials from the European Union, Ukraine, Russia, the U.S., but there wasn`t a lot of action.

  • Some U.S. officials are still considering economic sanctions against Russian for its involvement in Ukraine.

  • Russia`s threatening economic action of its own that could hurt trade in other parts of Europe.

  • You didn`t see it, you didn`t feel it. You might not have known it was there.

  • But an asteroid zipped by us yesterday.

  • Well, that`s relative. It was close by space standards, it wasn`t in terms of miles.

  • But since there is a one in 10,000 chance of this same asteroid coming back near us, on March 4, 2046, Chad Myers is going to help us get to know it.

  • Hey, Carl, an asteroid yesterday flew between the Earth and the Moon, or at least the orbit of the Moon.

  • It`s about a quarter of a million miles between the Earth to the Moon.

  • And this was slightly inside of it. 90 percent, all the way from here to here, or ten percent from here to here.

  • So, it was still about 217,000 miles away as it flew on by the Earth.

  • Now, let`s think about the size of this. Because here`s the baseball diamond right here.

  • Here`s actually the tournament field. If you take a ball of - a big rock and you put it right over the infield, that`s how big this asteroid was.

  • Right over the infield of any baseball diamond.

  • Now, you take that, you fly that in between the Earth and the Moon.

  • And you have something going for it. Now, this is not one of the closer ones probably will have this year.

  • And you have something going for it. Now, this is not one of the closer ones probably will have this year.

  • But it certainly is 90 percent of the way between the Earth and the Moon, and it`s called DX-110.

  • 110 because it`s actually the hundred and tenth asteroid that they have found so far this year.

  • Think about this, though: last year 21 asteroids flew closer to the Earth than this one, and the chance of this actually hitting the Earth was only one in about ten million.

  • Now, it was probably more of a big deal to the asteroid that the Earth got so close.

  • Because if you`re standing on the asteroid and all of a sudden the Earth flies on by, you`re thinking yourself, wow, that was the size of an Earth,

  • not the size of the baseball field.

  • And a lot more danger to the asteroid right there than to the Earth as it flew on by. Carl.

  • Big changes are coming to the SAT exam: fewer students have been taking it.

  • And the College Board, the group that administers the test, says it wants the SAT to be more connected to what`s being taught in high school.

  • Changes take effect in two years. The top score you can get currently, 2400. It`s going back to 1600.

  • Vocabulary words will be easier, essays will no longer be mandatory.

  • And you won`t need to know as much about as many subjects.

  • Critics say it will dumb down the test.

  • It will be more closely aligned with common core curriculum, which supporters applaud for setting national education standards.

  • The critics say it hurt students and goes against state`s rights to set their own standards.

  • Time for The Shoutout. The word aurum is Latin for what element on the Periodic Table?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it, silver, aluminum, tungsten or gold? You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • With atomic symbol Au and atomic number 79, gold comes from the Latin term Aurum.

  • With atomic symbol Au and atomic number 79, gold comes from the Latin term Aurum.

  • That`s your answer, and that`s your shout out.

  • Yesterday, gold was trading on a stock market at over $1300 and ounce.

  • It doesn`t tarnish or corrode, it`s been used in Jewelry for thousands of years.

  • It`s mentioned in the Bible, the Torah, the Koran.

  • And it`s been the one universally acceptable form of currency.

  • People have haunted Golden Mountains and seas. But recently, it just turned up in someone`s back yard.

  • It may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States.

  • Coin after coin, more than 14,000. Al of them pure gold, found by some lucky couple on their California property.

  • Estimated worse? $10 million dollars.

  • How do they find these coins?

  • They were out walking the dog on their property like they`ve done for years, and they spied something metal and they went to investigate.

  • They though it was full of paint.

  • The couple wants to remain anonymous.

  • But that hasn`t stopped some people from trying to figure out who they are and how the riches wound up on their property.

  • The latest theory is that it`s part of an earlier 20th Century heist at the San Francisco Met.

  • This newspaper article from 1901 makes reference to the sum of $30,000 in gold coin stolen from the vault of the cashier.

  • The face value of the buried treasure was nearly the same amount.

  • The thief Walter M Dimmick was eventually busted where that gold was never found.

  • Could this be the long lost loot? And if it is, could it also spell bad news for those who found it.

  • Could this be the long lost loot? And if it is, could it also spell bad news for those who found it.

  • Yes, according to legal experts.

  • In the case where you can clearly identify the owner and clearly identify the crime, the finder`s right to the treasure certainly diminishes.

  • But don`t start feeling sorry for them. Apparently, in this case it really is finders` keepers.

  • The man says It doesn`t have any information linking the coins to any thefts at any U.S Mint Facility.

  • Perhaps, the most likely scenario, it was just a guy hiding his money.

  • Back then, they didn`t always trust the banks, you know.

  • They lucky couple is trusting these men to be their coin dealers.

  • Filthy and covered with the 120 years of dirt, they brought them back to their original luster.

  • Do you think your odds are better of winning the lottery of finding gold buried in your yard?

  • Winning the lottery, no doubt about it.

  • The treasure unearthed, but the secret behind it remains buried.

  • Dan Simon, CNN, San Francisco.

  • Sale into port and bat in the hatches.

  • Because there is a storm brewing in today`s Roll Call. We are taking you to Chandler, Arizona.

  • Where the forecast at Santan Junior High School is for the storm with the chance of awesome.

  • Next, we are moving north to Mount Pleasant, Utah. That`s where they hawks are perched watching from North Sanpete High School.

  • And we`ll up todays` roll in Iowa saluting the Trojents (ph) of West Marshall Middle school.

  • Glad to be part of your day and stake center.

  • When good things happen to good folks. 12-year old Louis Corbett is a giant Boston Celtics fan.

  • He`s never seen the game in person. Louis leaves in Oakland, the largest city in New Zealand.

  • Because he has a rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa,

  • his parents and his favorite team are helping him see all he can while he can.

  • At 7 a.m., from 9,000 miles away, Louis Corbett shakes out the sleep wearing the Celtics T-shirt and a permanent smile.

  • He gets a kiss from mom, and he`s ready to Skype on his favorite topic.

  • Very excited. Well, Larry Bush.

  • Louis, like two of his brothers has a rear genetic eye disease that leaves most patients blind by age 40.

  • It`s going that way quickly.

  • In fact, Louis doesn`t expect to have his sight for much longer.

  • I just think of it as just - slowly going down, but I don`t know -(INAUDIBLE) watch.

  • His parents do, and they want Louis to build a library of images in his brain.

  • Memories in his mind`s eye.

  • And when they asked him what he wants to see most.

  • I want to see basketball in America.

  • The kid is always wearing Celtic screen. Even when he got to meet a professional New Zealand hoops team.

  • Neighbors started raising money for a trip to Boston, and it`s spread on social media.

  • That`s when the Celtics owners, the Grousbecks whose son is blind, thought.

  • And they were all over, Corinne Grousbeck tweeting, Our son has a similar disease that affected him at birth. I`m on it!

  • Boston Celtics got hold of us and said, hey, if you`re coming - love to see you. And what can we do?

  • The team`s bringing Louis to Boston next week. He`ll watch his favorite team live from a lecture (ph) box.

  • I`m (INAUDIBLE) the Celtics who (INAUDIBLE) because yeah, first (INAUDIBLE) and me, I just want to make (INAUDIBLE) that will be cool

  • Now that is a banner night.

  • There are a number of traditions associated with Lent in the carnival and Mardi Gras season.

  • This is when you probably don`t know about.

  • It`s the Washington National Cathedral Pancake race.

  • Competitors try to flip flap jack three times before the finish.

  • Legend has it that back in 1445, a British woman was making pancakes when she heard the church bells ring.

  • She didn`t want to be late for the service, so she took her frying pan with her

  • That run is no piece of pancake. It`s no cake walk.

  • You know, they say, no pan, no gain.

  • And when push comes to shrove, the race will put your skilling to the test.

  • Do what you can to avoid a flapjack, and we`ll see you fry-day when CNN STUDENT NEWS returns.

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