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  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m Isabelle (ph).

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m Daria (ph).

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I`m Rue (ph).

  • And we are competing in this year`s STEM (ph) America (inaudible) rocket challenge.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You will hear more from us later, but for now, take it away, Carl.

  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you, ladies. Thanks to all of you for joining us.

  • Yesterday, we talked about severe weather predictions in the Midwestern United States.

  • Today, we`re sorry to report that the forecasts were right.

  • A massive tornado moved through parts of Oklahoma City yesterday.

  • Estimates said it could be two miles wide.

  • The National Weather Service issued a rare tornado emergency, which means significant and widespread damage was likely.

  • After the twister passed through, the first pictures of the area showed just massive destruction.

  • Tornadoes have been popping up all over the Midwest.

  • This one was in Kansas.

  • You can actually see the tornado`s funnel rotating.

  • And this is what they leave behind.

  • Hundreds of homes damaged or completely destroyed.

  • A helicopter pilot for a local news station said it was like the houses were picked up, put in a blender and then dumped out.

  • Forecasters say more tornadoes could form.

  • If there`s a warning for in your area, experts, of course, say one key is to find shelter.

  • You want to go to the lowest level of your house, find an interior room, staying away from windows.

  • The victims of these storms in Oklahoma City and around the region are going to face a very long recovery process.

  • If you`d like to get ideas and how you can help out, go to the resources box in our home page and click the "Impact Your World" link.

  • Next, we`re heading to a country where officials are concerned about increasing violence.

  • The war in Iraq may be over, fighting has not stopped in the Middle Eastern country.

  • Baghdad, Samarra, Haditha, Basra.

  • During the Iraq war those cities regularly saw violence, and they were the sight of more violence yesterday.

  • Car bombs and roadside bombs, gunmen attacking police checkpoints,

  • at least 50 people were killed across Iraq, and more than 100 others were wounded.

  • Officials are describing it as sectarian violence, which means the fighting is between different religious groups.

  • In this case, two different groups of Muslims.

  • Sunnis, who are a minority group in Iraq and Shiites, who are in the majority.

  • Social media site Tumblr maybe missing an `e from its name, but that`s not stopping Yahoo! From buying it.

  • The giant Internet company wants the smaller blogging company for one big reason: young people.

  • Yahoo! Wants more users who are big in a social media.

  • Tumblr has them.

  • Yahoo! Wants more users who are on the go, using Smartphones.

  • Tumblr has them.

  • And Yahoo! Is hoping to turn a profit on Tumblr that may take a while, it paid over a billion dollars for the blogging site.

  • How can Tumblr bring in money?

  • More adds.

  • About 300 million people use Tumblr every month, about 120,000 sign up every day.

  • That`s a lot.

  • Why wouldn`t advertisers want in on it?

  • The thing is, some of Tumblr`s users might not like seeing ads galore, like people do on Yahoo!

  • But the big company, in its own words, is promising not to screw it up.

  • Yahoo! Says it won`t put its own logos on Tumblr.

  • It`s promising that Tumblr! CEO and founder can keep his job.

  • It could take a while before the investment pays off, if it pays off, but for now at least, it`s giving Yahoo! something to shout about.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s first "Shoutout" goes out to Mrs. Meiers` language arts class at John Foster Dulles School of Excellence in Chicago, Illinois.

  • The first traffic signal debuted in 1868 in what city?

  • So, was it New York, Paris, Cleveland or London?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • In 1868 London introduced a traffic signal with movable arms and gas lamps.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

  • AZUZ: At night, those lamps shine either red for stop or green for go.

  • Today, these traffic lights, of course, have a third color in the mix, the yellow light is the warning that red is coming up soon.

  • But in Florida soon is happening sooner.

  • John Berman explains some reasons behind this shift and why some people want to put it in reverse.

  • JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: To the naked eye, you may not be able to see the difference between this and this.

  • But in Florida, a subtle maneuver has drivers seeing red a lot faster.

  • The Florida Department of Transportation quietly shortened yellow light intervals by milliseconds.

  • At intersections with red light cameras like this one, that means more hefty $158 fines.

  • Motorists are fired up.

  • JOSH BLOOM, FLORIDA DRIVER: My issue is not with the ticket.

  • My issue is with you trying to squeeze the law to make it unsafe for drivers.

  • BERMAN: Fractions of a second can make a huge difference, according to research cited by the Federal Highway Administration.

  • Increasing yellow time can dramatically reduce red-light running.

  • Running red lights is big money in states like Florida.

  • Research shows red light cameras generated more than $100 million last year in Florida alone,

  • even state legislators say the Department of Transportation needs to pump the brakes on their newly reduced yellow lights.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today, "Shoutout Extra Credit" goes out to Ms. Worthy and the students at the Gateway Community School in Camarillo, California.

  • Which U.S. president signed a law establishing Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week?

  • Was it Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan or Jimmy Carter?

  • Rewind that clock to 30 seconds and go!

  • President Jimmy Carter established a week-long celebration in 1978.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout Extra Credit."

  • AZUZ: May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, it was originally established as a week to commemorate two events.

  • First, the arrival of Japanese immigrants in America in May 1843.

  • Second, the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in May 1869.

  • Many of the railroad`s construction workers were Chinese.

  • While America`s relationship with its Asian citizens has lasted more than a century, it`s had its complications.

  • During World War II, while the U.S. was fighting Japan in the Pacific,

  • a Japanese- American Unit fighting in Europe received more medals than any military unit ever including more than 20 medals of honor, the highest military combat award.

  • While war raged abroad, the nation battled anti-Japanese sentiments at home.

  • And the U.S. government forced more than 100,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps.

  • An act that America apologized for in 1988.

  • In 1992, President George H.W. Bush expanded the Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration to the entire month of May.

  • You might recognize the contributions of some of these Asian Americans.

  • Actor George Takei is well known for his role in the original "StarTrek" TV show, but his childhood was spent in internment camps.

  • Architect Maya Lin designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington while still a student at Yale.

  • And Apolo Ohno holds the record of most medals for a U.S. Winter Olympian with eight.

  • All Americans, but their ancestors came from across the Pacific.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name is Rue Tong (ph).

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m Isabelle Itsu (ph).

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m Daria Castillo (ph) from team Eclipse, and we participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

  • It is a program for kids who want to fly rockets and who have fun doing it.

  • To participate in TARC, we have to learn a lot of math and science.

  • That way we`ll know what we`re building, and how it works.

  • This is the rocket.

  • It has to meet certain qualifications for it to be a multi- fly (ph) and make it into the top 100 of the nation.

  • For example, fly exactly 750 feet and go up and down in a time span of 48 to 50 seconds.

  • It has a payload here, -- well, a payload here.

  • And this is the area where we carry the eggs and altimeter.

  • This part holds the motor and the parachutes, and this is the nose cone, where we sometimes put a little clay to add more weight.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And it separates in the two parts.

  • It`s very simple, lightweight.

  • We use materials that we have ordered from various motor rocketry companies.

  • And even stuff you can buy at the grocery store.

  • We get along pretty well, and something else - we`re doing just something that more people think we can`t still,

  • so it`s nice to go out there and show the world that we`re just as good as guys are.

  • It`s inspired me, I want to grow up and possibly be an airspace engineer.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now I`m having like a thought that I want to go into computer programming.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do it on our own, like tell you what you can`t do -- just show them that you can do it.

  • And, you know, go beyond your limits and just keep pushing to try and get further.

  • Never give up.

  • AZUZ: All right. Before we go, we`ve got an extreme nature video:

  • this bear just discovered this camera.

  • The guy who posted this Youtube video says the camera was there to get close footage of grisly bears.

  • This might have been closer than he expected.

  • I`ve always wondered what it would be like to French kiss a bear.

  • Said no one, ever.

  • We`ve heard of needing more iron in your diet, but this one might be taking things a bit far.

  • The beast didn`t actually chew on the camera.

  • If he did trying to get footage back, we`ll be like pulling teeth.

  • I mean it`d be totally unbearable.

  • We`ve set a mouthful, so it`s time for us to go, but we`ll be back tomorrow.

  • And that`s the tooth.

  • END

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m Isabelle (ph).

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