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  • It`s the last day of March. I hope it`s going well for you so far. I`m Carl Azuz with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Today`s show begins in Ukraine. U.S. officials say there maybe tens of thousands of Russian troops near Ukraine`s eastern border.

  • Today`s show begins in Ukraine. U.S. officials say there maybe tens of thousands of Russian troops near Ukraine`s eastern border.

  • Russia annexed Crimea, formerly a region of Ukraine earlier this month.

  • After Crimeans voted to be part of Russia. Does Russia want to take over more of Ukraine?

  • It says it has no intention of invading, and that its troops are just doing military exercises.

  • But this as Ukraine on the defensive, and tensions are high.

  • Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss ways to ease this crisis.

  • Dim lights cast long shadows over this border checkpoint, just beyond thousands of Russian troops amassing.

  • The U.S. fears its old Cold War foe may be ready to roll into this corner of Northeast Ukraine.

  • It may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine or it may be that they`ve got additional plans.

  • A short drive into Ukraine, Vladimir Fedorok is mastering (ph) a self-defense militia made up of civilian volunteers.

  • They know Western powers have no stomach for war.

  • They are digging trenches aware they may be the last line of defense if Russian tanks invade.

  • If we don`t learn the lessons of Crimea, then we will be a nation of idiots.

  • The Russian hordes are coming. We are in the middle of a geopolitical struggle.

  • Most of the men here said they have had some military training.

  • They`ve picked up second-hand uniforms from surplus stores, but they are short on real weapons.

  • We are preparing for guerilla-style partisan war, and we`ll divide into five men squads.

  • Our government is too passive, and we can only hope for the support of ordinary Ukrainians.

  • It`s clear they are winning that support when you see passes-by donating supplies.

  • It`s our troops need some help, so I have a decision to bring food for our troops.

  • Up the highway, a detachment of Ukrainian troops.

  • They say they are on high alert. A T-80 tank and personnel carrier`s pointed at nearby bridge.

  • The order - defend it or blow it up. In Ukraine`s Crimea region, the army didn`t put up a fight, not clear if things here would be any different. Intelligence experts still don`t really know if the Russians are coming.

  • Moscow insists they are just doing drills.

  • Among the Ukrainian soldiers here there`s very much a sense of disbelief.

  • They say that during Soviet times and afterwards, they trained alongside the Russians.

  • They still very much see them as brothers in arms. But now, they are facing them down the barrel of gun.

  • Next up, it wasn`t a major earthquake by Southern California standards, but people still felt it, and it caused some damage when it hit on Friday night.

  • It was a tremor of magnitude 5.1.

  • This brings only minor damage in areas that are used to earthquakes where buildings are built to withstand them.

  • But there have been more than 100 aftershocks that struck over the weekend.

  • So, it makes sense why some folks are on edge.

  • First quake`s epicenter, the spot on the earth`s surface right above the quake starting point was in Orange County, part of the greater Los Angeles area.

  • Emergency officials say one person was slightly injured.

  • The last major quake to hit here was of magnitude 6.7 tremor in 1994.

  • That one killed dozens of people and caused $42 billion in damage.

  • So, if something major strikes again, how would first responders be prepared?

  • Think people who specialize in search and rescue, emergency medicine, dangerous materials disarming explosives?

  • You can read about how to do that stuff in a book.

  • But there`s a place where they actually train for these scenarios, a place where a fire chief says, the pretend goes away.

  • Help!

  • We`ve got sent help, OK?

  • About a 100 miles south of Atlanta, there are signs of disaster everywhere.

  • so, this is the replica of the Murrah Building collapse in Oklahoma, a parking garage and the garden apartment collapsed from (INAUDIBLE)

  • so, this is the replica of the Murrah Building collapse in Oklahoma, a parking garage and the garden apartment collapsed from (INAUDIBLE)

  • Welcome to Guardian Centers, a new training facility for first responders.

  • For this pros, it`s kind of like a doomsday Disneyland.

  • Built on the side of what once was a Cold War missile plant, the 830 acre property can recreate just about any disaster scenario imaginable.

  • To come here and to be able to do this and like you said, as soon as you come in here, the - the pretend goes away.

  • You`ve got smoke (INAUDIBLE) here, you`ve got the pretend. There`s no pretend about this.

  • No, and at night they have fire that fires up.

  • They have sparks, so you have really a disaster environment.

  • You have buildings that collapsed.

  • All right, guys. Let`s settle up.

  • First responders are fully immersed in simulations tailored to the center`s clients.

  • Among them, FEMA, the U.S. Marines and elite urban search and rescue teams from across the country.

  • Unknown on the status of any people inside. We have zero contract.

  • The diverse disaster scenes, is really what makes this place state of the art.

  • This is a real subway car that they brought from Washington D.C., and this scene here is meant to simulate an attack on a subway system.

  • Yeah, there`s been an explosion.

  • They have (INAUDIBLE) smoke and flames, no one has been able to communicate, and anybody inside .

  • When you had that idea all those years ago, and you look at this, what do you think?

  • Oh, I guess the best way to summon up is that it meets and exceeds everything that I could dream of.

  • There`s no public money in this initiative. And .

  • This is all privately funded?

  • It is. It`s - one of those right things to do that we are trying to make a business out of.

  • Open for just 18 months, the center is change the game for disaster response training.

  • Real props are used, like that car submerged in water and actors positioned on top of these houses to help recreate the drama of a national disaster.

  • When my eyes first saw this, it was a wow factor.

  • A disaster journeyman for the last two decades, FEMA`s spokesman Louie Fernandez says the facility`s realism makes it a difficult test for anyone.

  • Our men and women have been around the proverbial block for many years.

  • But this facility, this type of environments that we are finding here, really puts us to work.

  • Work, Fernandez says that will make his team better prepared for the next disaster.

  • Nick Valencia, CNN, Perry, Georgia.

  • Haybalers! That`s not hey, bailers! It`s one word for one sweet mascot in Hollister, California.

  • They haybalers of St. Benito High School are first up on today`s Roll Call.

  • From now, we are going to ramble on over to Indiana because it`s in Attica High School that we found the ramblers.

  • Good to see you in Attica, Indiana.

  • And in Tyrone, Georgia, not very far from Atlanta, we`ve got some Patriots on our roll.

  • Hello to everyone at Sandy Creek High School.

  • Engineers at NASA are designing a new spacesuit.

  • The ones astronauts wear now are 22 years old.

  • They want the public to vote on its favorite design.

  • NASA says one prototype would recall the world`s oceans, another is supposed to reflect advancements in technology,

  • and a third option is intended to look like what people could be wearing in the years ahead.

  • Of course, it doesn`t look like something you`d see at the mall, but the first job of the Z2 space suit is to protect people in space.

  • It has the most technologically advanced materials to make that possible.

  • But previous suits have caused about $2 million each.

  • Sine this one is still being designed, the price like the suit itself, could be on the rise.

  • Time for The Shoutout. What does the fox say?

  • Takes a listen and shout it out. Is it A (SOUND), B (SOUND), C (SOUND), or D (HORSE NEIGHS)? You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • It`s not by mo-o-o-os. If you said see, you know what the fox say.

  • It`s not really an age-old question that Ylvis, a pair of Norwegian comedians asked last year, but we do have an answer (SOUND).

  • Someone who brought this animal into a rescue center thought she was a dog.

  • She`s not.

  • But since she can no longer survive in the wild, an English animal sanctuary took her in.

  • And now, we don`t have to risk getting rabbis to actually here what the fox say or what the fox says.

  • It looks like she wild her way into a pretty good life.

  • People who see that get all tickled, although you muzzled, try that with the wild fox.

  • In that case, there`s something neferal (ph).

  • I`m Carl Azuz, tomorrow we`ll have more stories to tail. I hope to see you all then.

It`s the last day of March. I hope it`s going well for you so far. I`m Carl Azuz with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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