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  • Welcome to our viewers around the world. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS. Millions have

  • access to this show, but 3 billion people worldwide will be watching the 22 Winter Olympics.

  • They start tomorrow in Sochi, Russia. Is the city ready? Journalists have been arriving

  • from all over, some have found that their accommodations, hotel rooms aren`t ready.

  • As of yesterday, construction was still going on in Olympic park. But Russian officials

  • say everything will be set on February 7.

  • Here`s something in place. The Olympics torch. It traveled almost 25,000 miles from the bottom

  • of the world`s deepest lake to the International Space Station before arriving in Sochi Wednesday

  • night. It`s more than 600,000 miles from the American heartland to Sochi, Russia, but that

  • doesn`t mean we can`t give a tour of the Olympic city.

  • It`s lucky there`s a giant Olympic rings to greet you as you walk out of the door at Sochi

  • airport. If it wasn`t for the athletes you`d be forgiven for thinking you`ve landed in

  • the wrong place.

  • Sochi isn`t your normal Winter Olympic venue. The sun is blazing down this beautiful wide

  • boulevards. You can see why it`s known as the Russian Riviera. Just have a look at this

  • beach.

  • This beach (inaudible) in snowboots - in the suitcase down here at the coastal plaza, which

  • will play host to the figure skating, the hockey and the curling. It`s bright sunshine

  • all the way for the next few days. But .

  • Look at this - we have snow and lots of it. 40 kilometers inland and up in the mountains.

  • That really is the beauty of this place. Temperatures here this week are well below zero.

  • Athletes are arriving day by day and getting in the last minute practice and preparations.

  • The downhill course is being described as tricky, while changes have been made to the

  • snowboard slope start course after Norwegian medal contender Torstein Horgmo crushed and

  • broke his collar bone.

  • President Putin didn`t need his visit this weekend to convince him of Sochi. The area

  • has long been a favorite skiing of his, but now it`s over to the athletes for the real

  • verdict.

  • Yesterday, about a million U.S. homes and businesses were without power, and more than

  • a third of the country`s population from the Midwest to the Northeast is hunkering down

  • in cold snow ice or all three. It`s easier to show you what some of that looks like,

  • with snow piling higher in places like Kansas City, Missouri, as the storm froze its way

  • east. But you can`t really see the cold. Not like folks in (inaudible) Montana are feeling

  • it. In high temperatures of three degrees below zero. This weather is also having an

  • economic impact.

  • Out of business because of a broken water pipe.

  • Found water just all over the place, and .

  • It is hard to imagine anyone more upset about this winter than the owner of Rozal`s Italian

  • Cuchina in Chicago`s Little Italy.

  • He was literally crying. When I spoke to him on the phone he was literally crying.

  • The harsh unrelenting snow and freezing temperatures have four cities across the country to shell

  • out thousands in overtime pay to plow streets and now many areas are running low on road

  • salt, forcing crews to cut back or pay three times the regular price for the other white

  • stuff, now in short supply.

  • Price have skyrocketed because of - really because of the lack of supply.

  • Several industries are feeling the effects of this winter. Airlines have lost an estimated

  • quarter of a billion dollars according to analyst. Poor auto sales in the Midwest, South

  • and East are being blamed on the weather along with some lower retail sales.

  • Even restaurants without broken water pipes are getting hit.

  • At Gyro-Mena in Chicago`s Greek Town the owner says his business goes way down.

  • Hey, 11.87.

  • During heavy snow or freezing cold.

  • I might see about a 40 percent decrease in my carry-out sales. Now, we deliver. So I

  • see an increase overall about a 25 percent hit.

  • OK, not a problem.

  • Consumers are also feeling the effects.

  • You hit that pile - and the wheel bottoms out, and you get a nice dent in a wheel like

  • that.

  • Business in Ashland Tire and Auto in Chicago has never been better.

  • Good for you, guys. But do you feel bad for some of the customers?

  • Absolutely. Because we are human still.

  • The CVS pharmacy chain is getting out of the cigarette business. The company announced

  • yesterday it will stop selling tobacco products at the more than 7600 pharmacies it owns.

  • From the company`s CEO, "Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy

  • is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path

  • to better health." "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our

  • purpose."

  • CVS hopes other companies will follow its example, but the decision will cost CVS about

  • $2 billion in early revenue, and critics point out that the pharmacy still sells sugary drinks,

  • candy and alcohol and doesn`t plan to get rid of them. Cigarette smoking in the U.S.

  • isn`t as widespread as it used to be. The percentage of smokers has dropped from 42

  • percent in 1965 to 19 percent today.

  • Time for the "Shoutout." What time is it? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is

  • it, 7:45, 9, 11:22?

  • OK, OK. It depends on when and where and maybe even how you`re watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Time keeping is not an exact science. I thought my watch was pretty darn accurate at keeping

  • time, but the tiny bit that it loses here and there is unacceptable for the U.S. military.

  • So, it`s taking the time to track time down to the atom, in an effort to address the problem

  • of time loss.

  • The Pentagon is looking for a solution. This high tech lab of lasers and mirrors measures

  • the movement of atoms. 429 trillion atomic vibrations add up to just one second.

  • That vibration is sort of a smallest unit of time that we can actually measure.

  • Their goal is to make the most precise clock in the world, currently the source for precision

  • time is GPS satellite, which contain atomic clocks used to synchronize clocks on the ground.

  • But the Pentagon worries the satellites could be jammed, so the want an even more accurate

  • alternative. Your wristwatch loses a second every 30 days. Clocks on GPS satellites lose

  • a second every 30,000 years. This program is aimed at building the clock that wouldn`t

  • lose a second for a billion years.

  • Synchronizing time has always been vital for soldiers, but now it`s more important than

  • ever.

  • You`ve got all of these high speed aircraft, you have precision- guided munitions, you

  • have cameras and sensors and radars, and are all operating simultaneously. You have to

  • actually do that synchronization much more precisely.

  • So, if GPS goes down, troops will face new dangers.

  • If you were to lose a couple of billionths of a second your positioning starts to get

  • off by about a meter. You lose a few more billionths of a second, and now you`re starting

  • to get off by several meters.

  • And your life won`t be so smooth either. GPS time is in everything from power grids to

  • your cell phone to the ATM you use to get cash. Without precision time, that ATM would

  • eventually stop.

  • I heard it through the great vine - it`s horses around today`s "Roll Call". We`re settling

  • out first in Grapevine, Texas with the Mustangs of Great Wine High School. Up in Nebraska,

  • we are barking up the right tree. Hello to the North Platte High School Bulldogs in North

  • Platte. And in New York State, Union Springs to be specific, watch out for the wolves of

  • Union Spring Central High School.

  • Sliding into our last story today, a Minnesota family is in the Winter Olympics spirit, and

  • not just because they live in Minnesota. They have a luge in their backyard, and it`s no

  • tiny track. It runs the length of 1.5 football fields, and it takes 45 seconds to get from

  • top to bottom. The man who owns it says it started simply as a wall to protect the garden,

  • but that the idea just snowballed from there. For keeping kids occupied on snow days, this

  • thing is on the right track. It`s helping neighborhood families twist and shout. It`s

  • sled locals to spend more time outside. In short, there is just no way they can luge.

  • One thing I can count on for those of you who like the puns - a deluge. We`ll always

  • be successful. We`ll see you tomorrow on CNN STUDENT NEWS.

Welcome to our viewers around the world. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS. Millions have

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