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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • So as this new week begins, members of Congress are calling for better security at America`s airports.

  • This comes after a shooting at one late last week.

  • LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, is one of the busiest in the U.S.

  • Last Friday, it was shut down after shots were fired inside the airport`s terminal three.

  • Law enforcement officials say a gunman walked up to a security checkpoint and shot a TSA officer, killing him.

  • Authorities say the gunman continued through the terminal, wounding two other TSA officers and one passenger.

  • The alleged gunman was eventually shot by airport police and is now in the hospital.

  • The TSA officer who was killed was Gerardo Hernandez.

  • He was working as a travel document checker.

  • He is the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001.

  • The TSA is the Transportation Security Administration.

  • It was established after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in order to help make the nation`s airports and transportation systems more secure.

  • Our next story takes us to Iraq.

  • The last U.S. combat troops left that country nearly two years ago, but the fighting never stopped.

  • More than 6,000 people have been killed this year, including hundreds of people in the month of October.

  • A lot of the violence comes from the conflict between Iraq`s Sunni and Shia populations.

  • Those are the two largest sects of Islam.

  • The civil war happening in Syria is also having an effect on what`s going on in Iraq.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The violence never really ended in Iraq.

  • Much of the recent increase in attacks is blamed on the al Qaeda-led group, the Islamic State of Iraq.

  • The U.S. military used to boast of the success of having broken the terrorist organization`s back,

  • but now, nearly two years after the Americans fully withdrew, al Qaeda has undeniably resurrected itself.

  • The country`s security forces were never really capable of stabilizing the nation, especially without U.S. support and technology.

  • And let`s not forget that this is a nation where violence and politics go hand in hand.

  • The actions of the Shia-led government have made it easy for al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists to capitalize on the growing discontent, spread their influence, and increase their attacks.

  • There have also been retaliatory attacks by the Shia against the Sunnis.

  • And in recent months, the death toll has reached levels not seen in years.

  • The U.N. envoy to Iraq called it an accelerated surge in violence,

  • an acceleration the Syrian civil war has helped fuel, blurring battle lines as Al Qaeda expanded its Iraq operation into Syria over the summer.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is this legit?

  • A deductible is what someone has to pay before insurance helps with costs.

  • It`s true. A deductible is an out-of-pocket payment that comes before insurance pays.

  • AZUZ: Different insurance plans have different deductibles, so it`s one factor that folks consider when they are buying insurance.

  • Millions of Americans may have to get new health insurance.

  • That`s because some of the requirements in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will force them to lose their current insurance.

  • White House officials say that for most people, the new coverage is better coverage, but how do the costs measure up?

  • CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Why are these people losing their plans or being forced to pay more?

  • Most of the time it`s because they have plans that now don`t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act.

  • That Affordable Care Act requires everyone get mental health, maternity care, and medication coverage.

  • And out-of-pocket costs are now limited to $6,350 a year.

  • That`s supposed to stop people from going bankrupt because of an accident of an illness.

  • Now, with a few exceptions, plans that don`t meet those minimum standards will be gone,

  • and the new plans offered that follow Obamacare requirements, usually more expensive, because they have to cover all of those items.

  • Now, this data so far mostly is anecdotal, right?

  • But for example, we`re going to give you this example.

  • Our Elizabeth Cohen spoke to a 34-year-old man who buys his own insurance.

  • He`s now paying $173 a month with a $5,000 deductible.

  • His new plan would cost $244 a month, with a deductible of more than $6,000.

  • That costs more, but his old plan did not cover those things that are required by law.

  • Maternity care, brand-name drugs, mental health care, and some routine illnesses like hernias and ear infections.

  • Now, the administration says the expansion of coverage is necessary because you could face an accident or illness at any time,

  • but some people feel they are too healthy to have to pay for all this coverage, coverage that they won`t use.

  • Christine Romans, CNN, New York.

  • AZUZ: This past Saturday, the city of Boston celebrated the Red Sox World Series championship.

  • The victory parade made a symbolic and significant stop at the finish line of the Boston marathon.

  • Red Sox players placed the World Series trophy on the line and draped a jersey with the words "Boston Strong" over it.

  • That was the slogan that the city and team adopted as Boston recovered from the terrorist attack at the marathon finish line in April.

  • That attack had an impact on another race that was run yesterday, the New York marathon.

  • Security was a major priority for race organizers there, as you would imagine.

  • At least 1,500 cameras were set up along the route.

  • The race went off without a problem, but last year, it did not happen at all, and it wasn`t because of security issues.

  • It was because of Super Storm Sandy.

  • This year, runners and organizers were determined to get back on the road.

  • TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: On the streets of Baltimore, Karina Christiansen (ph) spent months preparing for the New York City marathon,

  • adding up the miles and pushing down the memories of what happened to her home town.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I had cousins in Long Island with four feet of water in their house.

  • FOREMAN: Last year, when Sandy washed over the city, it swept away the great race.

  • City officials tried valiantly to run it as scheduled, but the massive property loss and human suffering proved too much.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The best way to help New York City at this time is to say that we will not be conducting the 2012 ING New York City marathon.

  • FOREMAN: Now its return is being heralded as symbolic of the city itself.

  • Back are 48,000 runners, pouring more than $300 million into the economy.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s an important issue because of what happened last year.

  • FOREMAN: Back are the elite athletes like Olympian Meb Keflezighi.

  • In 2009, he became the first American to win New York in more than two decades, and he`s brought some perspective.

  • MEB KEFLEZIGHI, NEW YORK MARATHON CHAMPION: You know, winning is not about first place. It`s about getting the best out of yourself.

  • FOREMAN: Back too are the millions raised for charity.

  • Even with the cancellation last year, runners raised more than $30 million for groups like Back on My Feet, which helps the homeless.

  • Karina is running for them.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It shows the spirit of the marathon. It`s incredible, what people can overcome.

  • FOREMAN: In short that`s what`s the marathon`s return has been all about, a whole city overcoming the worst and getting back to its best, one step at a time.

  • Tom Foreman, CNN.

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

  • What is the largest religion in India?

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

  • Is it Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism or Islam?

  • You`ve got 3 seconds, go.

  • India is the world`s second most populated country, and around 80 percent of that population is Hindu.

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

  • AZUZ: Hinduism is the world`s third largest religion, and right now Hindus in India and in other countries around the world are celebrating Diwali, one of the religion`s major festivals.

  • The word "Diwali" comes from a Sanskrit term that means row of lights.

  • That`s exactly what you`ll see during the festival.

  • Candles, bulbs, fireworks, lanterns.

  • Traditionally, Diwali marks the victory of light over darkness.

  • The lights are also meant to attract Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.

  • Diwali lasts for five days. This year, it started on November 3, and Hindus aren`t the only ones who celebrate it.

  • Diwali is a tradition in the Sikh and Jain religions as well.

  • Today`s roll call is filled with lions, tigers, and bears, minus the lions and the bears.

  • Yes, it`s just an all-tigers kind of day.

  • Our first ones are up in Ohio at the Horizon Science Academy, Dayton downtown.

  • Then we`ll catch up with the tigers from Timberlake Junior High out in Spirit Lake, Idaho.

  • And over in Greensboro, North Carolina, we have the Triad Math and Science Academy Tigers.

  • The Statue of Liberty, the fumbleruski (ph), the hook and ladder.

  • Football has its fair share of trick plays, but the one in this YouTube video has a new wrinkle.

  • The holder hopping around like a monkey.

  • I guess it`s supposed to be a distraction, and it works. The kicker lobs (ph) a pass into the end zone, and makes a 2-point conversion.

  • The coaches at this high school team included the direct snap and jump pass when they drew up the play.

  • As far as the holder`s simian show, I guess he was just monkeying around.

  • And hey, a point after attempt is a perfect chance to try something that your teammates will get a kick out of.

  • We`ll kick it back to your teachers and hope to see you again tomorrow for more CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hi, I`m Carl Azuz. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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