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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: I`m back.

  • Happy to be with you for this Tuesday edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • And I want to thank Tommy for filling in for me.

  • Today, we`re going to start with an ending:

  • North Korea is calling off the truce that stopped the Korean war.

  • The conflict involved North Korea and China fighting against South Korea and the U.S.

  • It ended in 1953 with an armistice.

  • We covered the details on the war and the armistice,

  • plus the ongoing tension between North and South Korea in our show on March 6.

  • You can find that in our online archives.

  • What`s happening now is that North Korea says that truth is invalid.

  • It`s backing out of it.

  • What does that mean?

  • We don`t really know yet.

  • We know that North Korea is angry about new punishments from the United Nations over the North`s controversial nuclear program.

  • We know North Korea is angry about military drills that the U.S and South Korea are running right now.

  • After the announcement about the truce,

  • South Korea tried calling the North on the hotline that`s set up between the two.

  • The North didn`t answer.

  • Next today, we`re moving over to Japan.

  • As that nation remembers a tragic anniversary this week.

  • Monday was filled with ceremonies, services and a moment of silence.

  • Exactly two years ago when earthquake struck, it was the largest one ever to hit the island nation.

  • And the quake created a tsunami, a giant ocean wave.

  • The two combined to cause massive amounts of damage.

  • Nearly 16,000 people died.

  • The tsunami led to a meltdown at the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear power plant.

  • Crews have been working on the plant ever since.

  • But officials say, it could take as much as 40 years to completely clean up the area and decontaminate it.

  • The effects of the quake and tsunami spread far beyond Japan.

  • This animation shows how huge amounts of debris were pulled out into the Pacific Ocean.

  • Kyung Lah explains why some of it is showing up.

  • KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Slamming the shores of one of Hawaii`s most remote beaches -

  • debris - big and small.

  • Covering every inch of the Kamillo Beach coastline -

  • a foreign marking sale where some of it comes from.

  • (on camera): These are definitely from Japan.

  • This is some type of pickle. That`s definitely Japanese.

  • (voice over): Hawaii wildlife fund`s Megan Lamson has seen debris from Japan hit at a growing rate since fall.

  • Like a refrigerator with Japanese on the temperature dial.

  • Large buoys, even an intact fishing boat from Japan.

  • Sucked into the Pacific on that horrifying day two years ago.

  • Traveling through the Pacific, volunteers like HWF had been fighting the already big problem of Marine debris,

  • only made worse with a 1.5 million tons of floating tsunami debris.

  • MEGAN LAMSON, HAWAII WILDLIFE FUND: It`s disheartening to come out here and see all this marine debris in this area that`s otherwise so remote,

  • debris that`s washing up from other countries.

  • AZUZ: The debris is washing up on shore, it`s also collecting out in the water.

  • The areas outlined in red are called gyres.

  • These are currents out in the ocean,

  • and because of the way they work, things that float into them, kind of get trapped there.

  • That includes debris from the Japan tsunami.

  • Scientists are finding that trash, especially plastic, inside fish and birds out in the Pacific.

  • We`re going to look at the impact on wildlife.

  • But heads up to teachers.

  • This report involves some shots of dissection.

  • So, you probably want to preview it before showing it to your class.

  • Once again, here is Kyung Lah.

  • LAH: Look, at what`s inside this albatross, a sea bird,

  • found dead - plastics fills its body.

  • PROFESSOR DAVID HYRENBACH, HAWAII`S PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: So little fat ...

  • LAH: David Hyrenbach`s team are researching the alarming rate of debris in the birds.

  • HYRENBACH: So, here you see ...LAH (on camera): Wow. It is filled with plastic. HYRENBACH: Yes.

  • LAH (voice over): This is the stomach of a two-month old albatross.

  • (on camera): Is that part of a drain?

  • HYRENBACH: Maybe. Oh, it`s a brush. Look at that. You see?

  • LAH (voice over): About 80 percent of this baby bird stomach is indigestible plastic,

  • (inaudible) by its parents who confused it for food.

  • HYRENBACH: Morally, this is terrible. How is this possible?

  • Right? I mean majestic, far-ranging, beautiful birds, right,

  • in a pristine place of the North Pacific, and then you open them up and this is, you know, what you find.

  • LAH: Hyrenbach says every single bird he`s opened up had some sort of plastic,

  • some large ones like these toys and lighters in the adult birds.

  • A disaster still in the making, now widening its reach.

  • Environmental activists here say that there is nothing they could do about the tsunami debris.

  • They can just clean up the beaches.

  • But there is something the consumers could do to help them out.

  • They see plastic bottle caps or the plastic water bottles that we use around the world.

  • Consumers can simply use less plastic.

  • Kyung Lah, CNN, Hawaii.

  • AZUZ: Our next story is something we never like to tell you about tragic car accident involving a group of teenagers.

  • This happened in Ohio Sunday morning,

  • there were eight teenagers packed into a SUV that was supposed to fit five.

  • So, there weren`t seatbelts for all of them.

  • They didn`t have permission to use the car.

  • We are not sure what the details are on that.

  • They were speeding down a two lane road, and they crashed into a guardrail and flipped into a pond.

  • Police say only two of the eight people inside survived.

  • They were able to break a window, get out of the car and run to a home nearby to call 911.

  • Of course, the community is grieving.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This way everybody knows, you know, even if you are going through something,

  • pick up the phone and call (ph) your family and tell them you love them.

  • AZUZ: The police don`t know yet as exactly how fast the teenagers were going,

  • where they were going, or what exactly caused the SUV to crash.

  • We do know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America.

  • When people, specifically teenagers hear stories like this, does it affect how they drive?

  • Or are crashes something they think just happen to other people?

  • We`d love to get your take on this at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • Please remember, it`s first names only on our blog.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Razem`s English classes

  • at Martin Behrman Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Which of these measurements is equivalent to 16 fluid ounces?

  • You know what to do. Is it one cup, pint, quart or gallon?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • One pint is the same as 16 fluid ounces.

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

  • AZUZ: If you go out to eat in New York City, and want to order a soda, that`s larger than 16 ounces, you still can.

  • A ban on large sugary drinks, ones over 16 ounces, was supposed to go into effect today.

  • But a state judge ruled against the ban yesterday.

  • He called it arbitrary and capricious, meaning impulsive.

  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented this idea as the way to fight obesity

  • and to encourage New Yorkers to leave healthier life styles.

  • MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: There`s no downside here.

  • What is the upside, is for everybody the cost of medical care in this country,

  • which is going to be just bankrupt based on obesity alone, much plus all of the other problems.

  • AZUZ: But a majority of New Yorkers disagreed.

  • In a "New York Times" poll last fall, 60 percent of the city`s residents said the ban was a bad idea.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s annoying. I believe it`s unnecessary, like there is so many other things to worry about in this city.

  • AZUZ: Mayor Bloomberg`s office said it`s planning to appeal the judge`s decision.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See, if you can I.D. me.

  • You most likely find me in Egypt, but I`ve also been discovered in South America.

  • I was made thousands of years ago when a human body was preserved.

  • I occasionally show up in monster movies.

  • I`m a mummy.

  • And there were tens of millions of me made around the world.

  • AZUZ: It turns out the mummies that have been dead for thousands of years can give researchers a lot of information about medical issues that we face today.

  • In fact, it`s because they are so old, these mummies are so valuable.

  • A few years ago, scientists ran 137 mummies from different parts of the world through a CT scan.

  • They found that one third of the preserved bodies had evidence of a disease called atherosclerosis.

  • That`s when fats and cholesterol build up in the person`s arteries and it can cause problems with your blood flow.

  • It`s a leading cause of death worldwide, and apparently, it`s been around for thousands of years.

  • The findings were released in the study this week.

  • You might have gotten annoyed, or maybe just tired on Sunday when we have to set our clocks forward.

  • For this guy, daylight saving time must be a nightmare.

  • We`d ask you to count how many clocks you see, but we just don`t have the time.

  • There are a thousand of them in this house.

  • He`s been collecting them for 15 years.

  • He says when it is time to set the clocks ahead, he doesn`t change every single one, but it still takes him a week to do it.

  • That idea might sound cuckoo, but at least some of the clocks should be grandfathered in.

  • Do you know how he can make his collection portable?

  • Just watch. Show`s over already, I guess time flies when you`re having fun.

  • Teachers, please don`t forget to give us your feedback on today`s show.

  • We`ll make a timely return tomorrow for more CNN STUDENT NEWS. See you then.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: I`m back.

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