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  • Hello to everyone watching worldwide on every continent but Antarctica,

  • as far as we know. I'm Carl Azuz at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • South Korea and the United States have been allies

  • since the Korean War in the early 1950s,

  • and North Korea has remained their rival.

  • Every year, the US and South Korea join forces in military drills.

  • They're exercises to practice defensive moves against North Korea,

  • in case war on the peninsula ever breaks out again.

  • But the drills anger North Korea.

  • And every year while they're going on,

  • the country makes threatening statements against South Korea and the US.

  • This year, North Korea's military is threatening a preemptive nuclear strike.

  • Tensions in the region are higher than usual

  • and the military exercises are the largest ones ever.

  • 300, 000 South Koreans troops,

  • 17, 000 Americans, all involved in eight weeks of drills,

  • which will take place on land, sea, and air.

  • Now, South Korea's Defense Ministry says that they have increases

  • their surveillance on the North, trying to see

  • if there are any signs of an eminent attack.

  • They say at this point there is no movement.

  • And tensions are always high at this time of year because of these drills

  • between the US and South Korea.

  • Pyongyang sees them as a dress rehearsal for an invasion.

  • Washington and Seoul say they are defensive in nature.

  • But this year is even more tense than normal.

  • Consider the year we've had so far. In January,

  • North Korea carried out a nuclear test, in February

  • North Korea carried out a satellite launch,

  • which most countries saw as a missile test.

  • And then just last week the UN passed unprecedented

  • sanctions against North Korea.

  • On Friday, Kim Jung Un, the North Korean leader,

  • said he wants his nuclear weapons at the ready

  • should he want to use them at a moments notice.

  • And don't expect things to calm down any time soon.

  • These military drills go on until the end of April.

  • We're moving now to a part of the eastern Mediterranean called the Levant.

  • Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan are all here.

  • And they've all been experiencing a drought for the last 18 years.

  • Scientists at NASA recently studied tree rings in the region.

  • They say that thick rings indicate years when there was plenty of water.

  • Thin rings show years when there wasn't,

  • and after analyzing that in other data,

  • researchers concluded that the region's current drought

  • is the worst one at seen in 900 years.

  • We welcome viewers from around the world to our show.

  • The place to request a roll call mention is cnnstudentnews. com.

  • St Lawrence College signed up on yesterday's transcript page.

  • Hello to our viewers in Athens Greece.

  • Everett Meredith Middle School also requested a shout out.

  • From Middletown, Delaware, say hello the the crusaders.

  • And at Gailsburg, Illinois, check out the blue streaks,

  • that's a fun mascot Churchill junior high school is on the show.

  • Officials in Flint, Michigan have started replacing

  • led contaminated water pipes throughout the city.

  • But the solution to Flint's problems could be years away.

  • In 2014 to save money,

  • officials switched Flint's water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

  • But the polluted river water wasn't treated properly.

  • It started corroding Flints old lead pipes

  • And carrying poisonous lead to people's homes.

  • Complaints of rashes and strange illnesses followed.

  • A study found that levels of lead in local children had nearly doubled,

  • and in some places, tripled. Lead poisoning is irreversible

  • and can cause behavioral problems, learning problems.

  • Officials have switched Flint's water supply,

  • it's no longer from the Flint River.

  • But the damage to the cities pipes has been done,

  • and a number of lawsuits have been filed against the city,

  • the state, and Michigan's Governor.

  • When it started to happen, we immediately started using bottled water.

  • Couple little clips here that you pop it off.

  • Daddy. I see you. Somebody with us.

  • The test weighs or number it gives me,

  • I don't want to test the water. I don't want to ingest the water,

  • I don't want my kids to ingest the water.

  • I don't want anyone in Flint to ingest their water right now.

  • We don't even brush our teeth with the water.

  • My oldest child Madison, we use a water bottle to rinse off

  • and put the toothbrush back in our mouth. Say cheese. Cheese.

  • While making my daughter two year old bottles,

  • I found myself using the tap water and I have to pour it out

  • and re- make the bottles, using bottled water.

  • So for now, when I get up and I make myself coffee,

  • I make sure that I fill up about six bottles.

  • And I leave about three bottles here for Mara.

  • And we get off work and she gets home.

  • It's like, I know what it is. My 11 year old son,

  • he was hospitalized back in July of 2015,

  • near the end of the month with what they simply diagnosed

  • as was pneumonia by an organism.

  • He was in ICU, his pediatrician said that if he would've been seen a day later

  • he would've probably not made it home. We now are pretty sure

  • it was probably Legionaries that he did have,

  • and they refused a test for him. Last thing you want

  • as a parent is to see your child suffering,

  • see them deal with being sick all the time

  • I just got quick word from my neighbors that down at City Hall

  • they're doing a water drive, and they're pretty much loading

  • your vehicle with water, so I am on my way down there now.

  • Hopefully I get enough to last us quite awhile,

  • cuz I personally am tired of having to run to go get water.

  • Then I see the city's fellas hard at work here.

  • Loading up water, they're just working their butts off.

  • Gotta hand it to them, gotta hand it to the people who donated the water.

  • You want some gallons? We'll give you some gallons- Yeah, that's be great.

  • Whatever you wanna give me, I've got a family of seven at home.

  • Okay, he got a family of seven yall, let's load him up.

  • Thank you. Just got back home.

  • We have eleven forty packs of water,

  • six gallons of water, and a few loose bottles.

  • This is awesome. Now we won't have to get water for a couple of weeks.

  • I hate to say upside to it because there is no upside to it,

  • but the one good thing I can say is I love how it brought our

  • people together and I don't mean Black people but our people,

  • I mean from the yellow ones, the light skinned ones, the dark ones,

  • the pink ones, the red ones. It has everybody aware

  • and coming out and don't weigh and just helpful and just smiling at each other.

  • You're doing real good, you have a wonderful day.

  • You may not be familiar with his name

  • but you probably use his inventions every single day.

  • That's right. We're talking about Ray Tomlinson,

  • whose died at the age of 74 and he essentially is why you can send emails.

  • He invented direct email messages back in 1971.

  • At that time the idea of sending messages from computer to computer

  • was pretty revolutionary. He also came up with the idea

  • of using the @ symbol in internet addresses,

  • the ones we now use all the time on Twitter and of course other social media.

  • Well this a new spin on an all terrain vehicle.

  • Take a Smart car and add skis and all terrain treads

  • and you have a snowmobile with doors and heat.

  • This is the brainchild of a mechanic in Canada

  • where there's plenty of reason to do this.

  • He says it took him about a month and $ 7, 000

  • to put together and when the snow melts,

  • the wheels can go back on in about an hour.

  • No, you can't have one, it's not street legal

  • but if it were, a dealer might advertise its snow roof,

  • its performance ski- dometer.

  • It's unparalleled antifreeze, or its unlimited slip differential.

  • Air conditioning not standard. I'm Carl Azuz.

  • That exhausts our show for today. We break for puns.

Hello to everyone watching worldwide on every continent but Antarctica,

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