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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Today on CNN STUDENT NEWS, it`s a shutdown showdown.

  • President Obama and Democrats versus Republicans on issues of U.S. government spending.

  • Today, we`re looking at this by the numbers.

  • We are eight days into this partial government shutdown.

  • It started one minute after midnight on October 1.

  • About 483,000 government workers are furloughed; they are home from work without pay.

  • That`s a drop from the roughly 800,000 workers originally furloughed, since many have been called back to work.

  • Those furloughed workers account for 14 percent of all federal employees, so most government workers are still on the job.

  • Who`s getting blamed?

  • According to a poll released on Monday, 63 percent of Americans are angry with Republicans,

  • 57 percent are angry with Democrats, 53 percent are angry with President Obama.

  • We`re eight days into the shutdown and eight days away from the debt ceiling deadline.

  • That`s another Washington fight to keep an eye on.

  • Here is another number for you: 40,389.

  • That`s about how many miles the Olympic flame will travel as it makes its way to Sochi, Russia for next February`s winter games.

  • On land, in the air, in water, into space.

  • It is the longest torch relay ever for the Winter Olympics, but there could be some bumps on the path to Russia`s games.

  • PHIL BLACK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The Olympic spirit has returned to Russia.

  • The flame`s journey across this massive country started in Red Square, past St. Basil`s Cathedral and the red walls of the Kremlin.

  • From here, it will travel 65,000 kilometers, crossing nine time zones between Russia`s eastern and western borders.

  • This man says it feels patriotic and unforgettable to see the flame.

  • t`s been a long time since the Olympic flame was last in the Russian capital.

  • That was for the 1980 Moscow games.

  • Dozens of countries boycotted the event because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

  • Thirty-three years later, some people have been calling for boycotts again, because of scenes like this.

  • It`s a protest against a recent law targeting Russia`s gay community.

  • It`s now illegal to tell Russian children gay and straight relationships are equal.

  • Activists say the law is discriminatory, but international Olympic officials say it does not breach their charter.

  • Planning and building in Sochi has been immense.

  • The city by the Black Sea was a run-down, Soviet era summer resort destination with no winter sports facilities.

  • It`s getting a total makeover.

  • Cost estimates now exceed $50 billion.

  • The weather could also be a challenge.

  • Even in the mountains, Sochi isn`t always cold in winter, and snowfall can be patchy.

  • That`s why organizers have spent big on high-tech snowmaking gear and storing huge mounds of last season`s snow through the summer.

  • Those are the potential problems.

  • But the flame`s arrival marks the start of a campaign to build and spread Olympic excitement here.

  • The relay even includes a cosmic side trip.

  • One of the torches without a flame will be carried aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.

  • Phil Black, CNN, Moscow.

  • AZUZ: U.S. health officials are responding to an outbreak of salmonella.

  • It`s been linked to raw chicken products from plants operated by a California poultry producer.

  • So far, more than 270 people in 18 states have gotten sick.

  • The CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working with state and federal health agencies to investigate.

  • The company says it`s looking into the outbreak too.

  • It also says it`s added new safety practices to help control any instances of salmonella.

  • Salmonella is a bacteria.

  • The CDC says it`s the leading cause of foodborne illness.

  • Around 42,000 cases are reported in the U.S. every year.

  • In extreme cases, it can lead to severe illness or cause death, but most people who get salmonella recover in about a week without treatment.

  • One way to prevent it, make sure you cook your food to the right temperature.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s time for the shoutout.

  • Which U.S. president has appeared on the $100 bill?

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

  • Is it Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson?

  • You`ve got 3 seconds, go.

  • The key word here is president, and President Lincoln appeared on the $100 currency printed in the late 1800s.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • AZUZ: Of course, it`s all about Benjamin now on the $100 bill.

  • I only wish I had one to show you, but there is a new note out.

  • It`s making its official debut this week after a two-year delay that had nothing to do with the partial government shutdown.

  • It was because of the bill`s design caused it to fold during printing, leaving blank spots on the money.

  • That`s fixed now.

  • But why did the Federal Reserve change it once again?

  • They`re trying to make it easier to be sure a bill is genuine and harder to counterfeit it.

  • The new $100 has a blue ribbon.

  • Why? Because it`s a winner!

  • No, it`s actually a 3D strip that appears to change when you move it, adding a new dimension of security.

  • Same idea behind the bell in the inkwell.

  • It`s the middle of the week, that means it`s worldwide Wednesday on the CNN STUDENT NEWS roll call.

  • We`re going to start up in Canada and check in with the Panthers from Our Lady of the Assumption School in Calgary.

  • Next up, Italy, specifically the island of Sicily and the Jaguars at Sigonella (ph) middle and high schools.

  • And we are wrapping up with the Raptors all the way over in Chennai, India, at the American International School.

  • One of Mike Conklin`s sons was wounded while serving in Iraq.

  • He recovered from his injuries, but the experience led Conklin to start an organization to help disabled veterans, and it has, more than 100 veterans so far.

  • Conklin says quote, "we can`t focus on the injury, even though it`s hard not to. What we try to do is focus on the future."

  • MIKE CONKLIN: The first trip to Walter Reed was one of my toughest trips.

  • When I saw the amount of wounded, it was shocking.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Both my legs are amputated above the knee.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I lost my right eye and I have a titanium rod in my leg.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was (inaudible).

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I gave up the idea of having a wife and even a family.

  • CONKLIN: I wanted to take them all home.

  • I`m Mike Conklin. My organization helps our severely wounded members of the armed forces reach their full potential.

  • My oldest son was wounded in Tikrit, Iraq, as (inaudible) wounded.

  • We have a very tight, cohesive family, and not all of them do.

  • Some of them don`t have anybody to come home to.

  • We just can`t forget them.

  • When Ryan moved into this unit, we did some things that are very simple.

  • We put in these polls to assist him.

  • Each case is different.

  • Some will need service dogs, housing assistance, mentors, getting an education.

  • It`s a comprehensive package.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They talk to me every day. Put me back to work. He helped set up where I wanted to go.

  • Today, I`m a husband, a father, I have my own company now.

  • CONKLIN: We don`t call this a charity. We really look at it as an investment.

  • These were one-time children who grew up on our baseball fields, went to our grade schools, and then left our community to serve us.

  • And eventually, they come back. It`s a full circle of service.

  • AZUZ: Is the name of the Washington Redskins offensive or does it honor legacy and tradition?

  • That is the question at facebook.com/cnnstudentnews.

  • Roby or Robey`s post, "It`s a name of a football team and it`s been that way for a long time.

  • Why is it a big deal now?

  • Addison (ph) says it`s offensive because they`re making fun of Native Americans.

  • From Delaney, "As a Native American, I find the name offensive and derogatory."

  • From Sidney (ph), "I`m Indian and I take no offense whatsoever to the name Redskins."

  • Jonathan writes, "I believe it is offensive, but I don`t believe it was ever meant to be that way, and changing the name would ruin the history of the team."

  • Ross says, "Although I may think its intentions aren`t racist, it may be racist to other people."

  • And from Ray, "Start worrying about important things in life rather than worrying about a name or a flag or an event that`s been around since way before we were born."

  • If you`re already on FaceBook, you can add your voice to this.

  • The place to comment and like is facebook.com/cnnstudentnews.

  • As the saying goes, you have to walk before you can run.

  • But first you`ve got to get up on your feet.

  • Takes the robot in this Youtube video a few seconds to do that, but then the wild cat is ready to pounce into action.

  • Engineers who designed the robot think it could help with emergency rescues or military operations.

  • It`s built to cover all types of terrain, though it might look kind of funny.

  • Its top speed on a flat surface is 16 miles per hour.

  • That`s` when the robot kicks into high gear.

  • Some people might question its speed on uneven surfaces, but it doesn`t seem fair terrain on its parade.

  • Besides, it`s not our place to metal.

  • For CNN STUDENT NEWS, I`m Carl Azuz. Have a great rest of the day.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Today on CNN STUDENT NEWS, it`s a shutdown showdown.

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