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  • Fridays are awesome. So are jobs, chocolate and football. They are all featured today

  • on CNN STUDENT NEWS. First up, the U.S. will be getting a new Attorney General. Eric Holder

  • announced yesterday he`ll resign from his job. The Attorney General leads the U.S.

  • Department of Justice. It`s the highest legal job in the land. Holder became the first African-American

  • Attorney General in 2009. Opinions of his work are strongly partisan. Democrats generally

  • think he did a good job, saying he made achievements in civil rights. Republicans mostly wanted

  • him out saying he disregarded the U.S. Constitution. Holder`s strongly supported the same sex marriage,

  • and he prioritized issues related to voting rights. He also became the first U.S. cabinet

  • member to be held in contempt of Congress after he refused to turn over documents related

  • to a failed government program involving guns and Mexican drug cartels.

  • The latest targets in the U.S.-led war against the ISIS terrorist group, oil refineries in

  • Syria. ISIS has been using these to pay for its operations getting up to $2 million a

  • day from them. The U.S. wants that stopped, even though the U.S. military official says

  • the group has a billion dollars in the bank.

  • ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The terrorist group wants its own country

  • in the region, bases on its own interpretation of Islam.

  • ISIS has slaughtered civilians, soldiers, journalists, and an American defense official

  • says the fight against ISIS will likely last for years.

  • It won`t be cheap.

  • Expending military strikes into Syria come with an expending bill to pay for the effort.

  • U.S. military forces and its coalition partners launched air attacks in the country, with

  • the blunt force of 47 tomahawk missiles across northern and eastern Syria.

  • Those weapons which carry thousand pound warheads and can be reprogrammed in flight, have a

  • hefty price tag, $1.5 million apiece, and that`s just the beginning. For the first assault,

  • the Pentagon said four dozen fighter jets took off from both land and sea, loaded with

  • 200 pieces of munition.

  • Now, between fuel and maintenance the cost for flying these jets on an hourly basis ranges

  • from 22,000 to 62,000 with the air force`s newest and most stealthy aircraft, the F-22

  • Raptor, topping the least.

  • As for these jets are carrying, outside military experts point to the JDAN, the joint direct

  • attack munition, which can be launched miles away from the target. Its manufacturer Boeing

  • calls it the warfighter`s weapon of choice. It goes for about $29,000. And the SDB, the

  • small diameter bomb, which is dubbed the all-weather solution.

  • It goes for about $21,000. Now, it`s easy to see how the bill for these operations adds

  • up. The last we hear from the Pentagon it said the costs were averaging about $7.5 million

  • a day. But the back of the envelope estimate for the Tomahawks alone is $70 million. Granted,

  • these are missiles the U.S. and its partners have in their arsenals. But those will likely

  • need to be replenished.

  • Bottom line, the average daily cost has to be significantly higher today than it was

  • just a few weeks ago.

  • From Thursday`s transcript page at cnnstudentnews.com. Here are three of the thousands who wanted

  • a mention on our "Roll Call". Prowling around Hollis, Oklahoma, say hello to the Tigers.

  • They are at Hollis High School. In Flowood, Mississippi, we`ve got the Chargers watching.

  • They are at Northwest Rankin Middle School. And over to Germany now, it`s great to see

  • everyone at Teresa von Bairon (ph) Shuler (ph) in Munich.

  • A recent report looked at 464 different types of jobs in the U.S. It found that if you are

  • looking to work in a secure profession, one of your best bets is in the medical field.

  • Optometrists, podiatrists, nurses, we are going to need more of them in the years ahead.

  • Also, blue collar fields, waste water treatment plant workers, building inspectors, we`ll

  • need those, too. And if you are going into a stem field, in general, the harder the degree,

  • the better the pay.

  • Stem. It stands for science, technology, engineering and math. There`s a school of thought. There

  • are more jobs than there are qualified people to feel them.

  • The theory, train more Americans, reduce unemployment and help the economy. Let`s look at the class

  • of 2012. Just 16 percent of undergraduates got a degree in the stem majors. That seems

  • small, right?

  • The Obama administration certainly thinks so, and has invested millions to increase

  • those numbers. But is it worth it? Some say no, they say there is no skills gap, just

  • a lack of competitive wages and training options from companies. There`s no doubt STEM jobs

  • are on the rise. The Department of Commerce predicts they`ll grow nearly twice as much

  • as other professions between 2008 and 2018, and that workers in another fields are more

  • likely to be unemployed.

  • So, how about wages?

  • The same report shows that STEM workers earn 26 percent more. In fact, the top ten paying

  • majors for the graduating class of 2013 were all STEM. But, before you reach for that (INAUDIBLE),

  • let me drop some knowledge.

  • The Bureau of Labor says the vast majority of STEM jobs are related to computers and

  • I.T. Their mean wages are higher than the U.S. average, but not by much.

  • And guess what, CareerBuilder says I.T. jobs are the hardest ones to fill. So, what about

  • the big bucks? The five highest paying STEM graduates jobs, according to Forbes, are marine

  • engineer, petroleum engineer, nuclear engineer, technology analyst and chemical engineer.

  • You know, the easy ones.

  • So, as technology evolves and becomes an even bigger part of our lives, one thing is clear:

  • no matter what job you do, STEM will be everywhere. So make sure you are ready.

  • See if you can I.D. me, I`m a food that`s being consumed for hundreds of years. First,

  • by indigenous people of Mexico.

  • I`m made from the seeds of a fruit tree, many would - their best when ground up and combined

  • with milk and sugar. I`m chocolate. And my seeds come from the cacao tree.

  • Those seeds are used to make everything from the chocolate we eat to the cocoa we bake

  • with to the syrups we put on our ice cream. They were used as money by the Maya, who lived

  • in what is now Mexico.

  • But chocolate, as we know it, didn`t get popular until the 1850. So, is it healthy? As part

  • of his "Living to 100" series, Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks into that. The answer - sort of.

  • (Ph)

  • Everyone likes to hear that chocolate could be good for them, and the truth is that it

  • can be, but there are a couple of caveats. First, chocolate just because of some of the

  • ingredients in it, tends to increase your metabolic rate a little bit.

  • That`s the number of calories you are burning just by sitting there.

  • It is also giving you some, calories, obviously. But when you take both those things in comparison,

  • you are burning a little bit more than you are taking in, as long as you don`t overdo

  • it.

  • So, there are good chocolates and there are not so good chocolates. You`ve probably heard

  • that dark chocolates probably are going to be your best bet.

  • In addition to that metabolic effect it has, it`s also rich in more anti- oxidants, things

  • that will help clean up some of the - the dirty cells in your body.

  • Cacao chocolate is not quite as popular, but it can have some health benefits as well.

  • It can lower the bad levels of cholesterol, known as LDL, and can help raise the good

  • levels, HDO, just a little bit.

  • You want to find about 60 or 70 percent cocoa in the chocolate you might be buying.

  • So, if you want to live to 100, you can eat chocolate, but just a little bit.

  • Friday night football, watching your team blast through a banner and onto the field.

  • Not all banners are created equal. A New York peeve team found that out recently. They charged

  • at full speed, but unfortunately, for the wall kill mighty mites, the sign was mightier.

  • The first few players are closed line, others just pile on. To their credit, it`s made out

  • of vinyl. It was being held backwards, and the Velcro fasteners didn`t break away like

  • they should have. So, even though it made the first tackle of the game, the bad sign

  • wasn`t a bad sign, the mighty mites won 24 to nothing. It was truly a banner night. They`ll

  • have to decide whether to keep the sign or banner it. Either way, it shouldn`t be too

  • hard to vinyl another one. I`m Carl Azuz. Thanks you for watching. Have a victorious

  • weekend.

Fridays are awesome. So are jobs, chocolate and football. They are all featured today

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