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  • Great to see you this Monday, September 14th.

  • I'm Carl Azzuz with CNN Student News catching you up on current events.

  • Let's start with what's happening in California,

  • not just the state's historic drought

  • but something it's making much worse, wildfires.

  • The state's wildfire season used to run from spring until fall,

  • now, it's year- round with hot, dry trees and brush acting like kindling,

  • causing tens of thousands of acres to burn up.

  • California's Governor declared a state of emergency in two counties yesterday.

  • What that does is speed up assistance to people who need it.

  • Everything from replacing copies of their birth certificates

  • to helping remove debris from their property.

  • Two massive wildfires burning in Northern California

  • are spreading fast and threatening homes, property, and lives.

  • The so called Valley Fire in Lake County,

  • 115 miles west of Sacramento

  • spread from 50 acres to 25, 000 in just over ten hours.

  • That is a very rapid rate of spread, very dangerous situation.

  • Remember, this is how the conditions are in California right now.

  • Now with the temperatures and low humidity,

  • four years of a drought the conditions are very extreme.

  • Four firefighters were injured in the valley fire,

  • they've been transported to the UC Davis burn treatment center,

  • where they're in stable condition.

  • The firefighters there, I'm sure they're emotionally drained,

  • physically drained after being stuck in situation

  • where your life is on the line doing your job.

  • Mandatory evacuations have been ordered

  • for many communities in the fire zone.

  • As Jake and Joyce Rene got out just in time.

  • We were stuck in the middle of the fire for a while.

  • And I couldn't go either way.

  • Where near we were stuck,

  • we saw the flames going up the hill toward our house.

  • Meanwhile the Butte Fire about 70 miles east of Sacramento

  • was grown to 65, 000 acres also fueled by dry conditions.

  • Within 15 minutes, it was sitting in the back yard above those trees,

  • and these trees were all on fire when I left. And it came up in minutes.

  • More than 6, 000 homes are being threatened there, some already destroyed.

  • In both fires, residents say they had very little time to escape.

  • The fast moving flames.

  • We smelled the smoke and we went outside.

  • And our neighbors were in a panic. They told us to leave.

  • We went across and we helped them

  • and get their important things out of their home.

  • Their barn unfortunately burned down.

  • Across the Pacific,

  • it's flooding that's brought disaster on parts of eastern Japan.

  • Almost three million people

  • were told to evacuate their homes after Tropical Storm Etau,

  • which made landfall last week,

  • dropped more than two feet of rain in some places.

  • One of the worst hit was the city of Joso.

  • The waters are now receding there, the damage coming into view.

  • There you see the Japanese self defense force bringing in yet another boat

  • that has been in out in the flooded neighborhoods of Joso city.

  • They have been working around the clock going from house to house

  • and building to building searching for people

  • who may have survived the flooding but haven't been able to call yet for help.

  • There are two operations that we have been following very closely.

  • One is in the air and there are a number of helicopters

  • that have been up searching for people.

  • There are other family members in need of rescue,

  • and we saw one of those scenes play out today.

  • When the Heroze family had to evacuate a couple of days ago,

  • they had to leave their dog, Choppy behind.

  • They reunited her with her owners,

  • their 85 year old parents and there were tears and gratitude.

  • This is a massive operation as you can see

  • from the size of the convoy behind me.

  • And it will continue would they say until all of the missing are accounted for.

  • And then there's the question about what people who live here will do next.

  • So many neighborhoods like this still underwater

  • and so many people telling us that,

  • as far as their possessions go, they've lost everything.

  • But most people have been reunited.

  • They've gotten out of here safely and say that is really all that matters.

  • They say all of this damage can be repaired, houses can be rebuilt,

  • as long as they're doing it together.

  • Sundown, last night,

  • marked the beginning of the Jewish religious holiday Rosh Hashanah,

  • and the beginning of a new year.

  • It's year 5776 on the Jewish calendar for millions of people worldwide,

  • Rosh Hashanah is a ten day event

  • when they remember when God created the world.

  • That's why the holiday is also known as " The day of remembrance ".

  • It traditionally begins with the blowing of the shofar,

  • a ram's horn, and the period that follows is one of introspection

  • when Jews reflect on their past anTime for the shoutout.

  • when Jews reflect on their past and the year ahead.

  • Time for the shoutout. Which US state traditionally holds the first contest

  • to choose each major party's presidential nominee?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out.

  • Is it A ) Delaware, B ) Iowa, C ) New Hampshire, D ) Hawaii.

  • You've got three seconds. Go.

  • For decades, the Iowa caucuses have been the first nomination contest,

  • the New Hampshire primary comes second.

  • That's your answer and that's your Shout Out.

  • But that doesn't necessarily mean

  • that the Democrat and Republican who win in Iowa

  • will ultimately win their parties nomination.

  • It's a first step in the nominating process and at this point,

  • it's scheduled for February 1st.

  • There's one fewer Republican in the race though.

  • Late last week, former Texas governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign.

  • He was running low on funding.

  • That means, as of today,

  • there are 16 Republicans currently seeking their party's nomination.

  • The latest CNN / ORC poll showed

  • that businessman Donald Trump is leading the pack.

  • On the Democratic side five people have officially announced

  • that they are running.

  • Former Secretary of state Hilary Clinton

  • leads the Democrats in the polling so far.

  • If you know where the capital city of Doha is

  • you know where we're starting on this Monday.

  • It's in the middle eastern nation of Qatar.

  • And it's the Qatar Academy Sidra that requested a mention on our roll call.

  • On the U. S. west coast in College Place, Washington,

  • we've got the Hawks on today.

  • Hello, College Place High School!

  • And on the U. S. East coast, Arundel High School,

  • the home of the wildcats wraps the power roll from Gambrills Maryland.

  • New technology could make it possible for your parents

  • to find out virtually every detail of how you drive

  • when they're not in the car with you.

  • It's part of the interactive electronic smart touch screen stuff

  • you see in many new cars and there are concerns about one particular program.

  • Is it an invasion of privacy?

  • What kind of driving data is being kept by the car maker

  • and could it be turned over to police?

  • Could it be used in court cases or insurance claims?

  • Of course the question many parents might ask is

  • could it make my teenager a safer driver?

  • In 2016 Chevy Malibu is packed with features.

  • But I was most interested in one designed to keep young drivers safe.

  • If I break the rules in this car, it'll tell my mom.

  • What is teen driver?

  • Teen driver is a new technology that we developed

  • to help parents encourage safe driving habits for their teens,

  • even when they can't be in the car with them.

  • Teen driver has an industry first,

  • in vehicle report card, that gives parents some information on

  • their teen's driving performance.

  • It let's parents know the distance the vehicle has driven.

  • The maximum speed that was reached.

  • The number of overspeed warnings.

  • The number of forward collision alerts.

  • The number of forward collision avoidance braking.

  • How many times stability control is activated,

  • and how many times the anti- lock braking system is activated as well.

  • There is a learning curve to driving.

  • Technology is like teen driver can help to encourage them

  • to have safe driving behaviors.

  • According to the CDC,

  • motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in the U. S ..

  • For drivers ages 16 to 19, their fatal crash rate

  • is nearly three times that of drivers 20 years and older.

  • If a family's sharing this car how does it know not to send mom's report card

  • and when the kid's driving? That's a great question.

  • A parent can register any of their vehicle keys to be a teen driver key.

  • Okay. The report card will only collect data

  • when the vehicle's driven with a teen driver key.

  • It's not meant to be a nanny. It's not meant to spy on your teens.

  • It really is meant to work as a teaching tool.

  • Whitewater rafting, whitewater kayaking, those make sense.

  • But whitewater paddle boarding, that's a new kind of challenge.

  • Stand up paddle boarding,

  • or SUP boarding is not for those who struggle with balance.

  • You're going down river rapids on your feet or not.

  • Even some of the people who do it say they expect to go swimming,

  • and that sub- waters don't have time to think.

  • Once you've mastered whitewater in a a boat you probably know what's up.

  • You might be bored with sitting.

  • You might be ready to stand up to the next challenge.

  • Make a rapid progression and have something entirely new to kayak about.

  • I'm Carl Azuz for CNN Student News,

  • we're back tomorrow and hope you will be too.

Great to see you this Monday, September 14th.

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