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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: A new month, a new week and a new day. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We`re starting December in Thailand.

  • The country is a constitutional monarchy. That means it has a king.

  • The government is run by an elected prime minister. Right now, that prime minister is Yingluck Shinawatra.

  • Some people in Thailand want her out of power. They say she`s a puppet for her brother.

  • He was prime minister until he was forced out of power and convicted of corruption.

  • Yingluck Shinawatra denies the accusation against her.

  • Her critics have been calling for her to step down for weeks.

  • Yesterday, protesters tried to force their way into government headquarters in Bangkok.

  • On Friday, they jumped the gate at the army headquarters, demanding help to overthrow the government.

  • For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, but on Saturday, four people were killed when protesters fought with Prime Minister Shinawatra`s supporters.

  • Each side blames the other for starting the violence, but the situation in Bangkok is tense.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The tear gas canisters are starting once again, and you can see everyone starts to run. Look over here.

  • Some of these tear gas canisters are actually being thrown back.

  • The (inaudible) police lines by the protesters. Watch (ph) the car (ph).

  • Some of the protesters are actually firing straight back, as soon as they see the tear gas coming. Over here.

  • We have to try and get away from the tear gas at this point. Otherwise we just can`t keep reporting.

  • But you can see the sheer level of the tear gas that`s here at the moment.

  • This basically disperses the crowds in a matter of minutes, but then they just come straight back once the tear gas actually clears.

  • So it`s a very difficult situation here on the streets of Bangkok as you can see.

  • AZUZ: In the Bronx, a borough of New York City, investigators are trying to figure out what caused a passenger train to jump off the tracks.

  • About 150 people were on board when it happened Sunday morning.

  • At least four were killed and more than 65 were injured.

  • By Sunday afternoon, authorities thought that all passengers were accounted for.

  • Seven of the eight cars were off the tracks. At least two turned on their sides.

  • One car was just a few feet away from the Harlem River.

  • This happened in the same area where a freight train derailed in July.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just the facts.

  • HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

  • It interferes with the body`s ability to fight off diseases,

  • and it can cause AIDS, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

  • In 2012, more than 35 million people worldwide were living with HIV or AIDS.

  • There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but medications can slow down the progress of the disease.

  • AZUZ: HIV/AIDS can be spread through sexual contact or by sharing a needle with someone who is infected, and mothers with the disease can pass it on to their babies if they`re not treated properly.

  • Getting that word out is part of the goal of World AIDS Day. It was yesterday, December 1.

  • And it is symbolized by red ribbons that are worn or displayed at events around the globe.

  • Those who participate remember people who died from the disease and help raise money to fight it.

  • HIV used to be considered a death sentence. That`s not the case today.

  • There are medicines, as you heard, that can help those who are infected live longer.

  • Problem is, not everyone has access to these medicines, and not everyone with HIV/AIDS is diagnosed in time. World AIDS Day aims to change that.

  • A White House official says the difference is like night and day.

  • He`s talking about changes to healthcare.gov. It`s a web site for Americans to sign up for Obamacare.

  • When it launched on October 1, the site struggled through breakdowns, error messages, long delays.

  • President Obama`s administration set a November 30 deadline to make improvements.

  • Now officials say the site`s running smoothly for the vast majority of users.

  • Officials say the work isn`t over. They`ll keep dealing with bugs and glitches.

  • Some Republicans who have been critical of the Obamacare law say the White House should wait before declaring that the web site truly is fixed.

  • Movie fans probably know Paul Walker best from the "Fast and Furious" franchise, but the actor`s career started back when he was 2.

  • He worked on TV shows, movies, and he helped start a charity focused on disaster relief.

  • Sadly, Walker`s life was cut short over the weekend.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right behind you.

  • NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One of Hollywod`s most bankable stars, Paul Walker, who has made a name for himself in the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise, died in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, California.

  • A second person also died in the accident.

  • Both were attending a charity event for Walker`s organization, Reach Out WorldWide.

  • The event was intended to benefit the victims of typhoon Hayian in the Philippines.

  • The crash happened just north of Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon.

  • According to his representative, Paul Walker was not driving the 2005 Porsche.

  • When deputies arrived, the car was on fire. Both people in the car pronounced dead at the scene.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s nothing. We tried. We went through fire extinguishers.

  • TURNER: All that remains, burned mangle metal, and a light pole that`s been knocked down.

  • Authorities say speed was a factor.

  • Walker wasn`t just a car enthusiast on screen. Off screen, the actor competed in the Red Line Time Attack racing series.

  • He had been filming the seventh installment of "Fast and Furious" at the time of his death, and some of Hollywood`s biggest stars are reacting.

  • Co-star Vin Diesel said on his Instagram account, "Brother, I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new angel. Rest in peace."

  • And another "Fast and Furious" co-star Ludacris tweeted, "Your humble spirit was felt from the start. Wherever you blessed your presence, you always left a mark."

  • And fellow actor Tyrese Gibson said, "My heart is hurting so bad, no one can make me believe this is real. My God, My God, I can`t believe I`m writing this."

  • AZUZ: Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, signed a 10-year-old to its women`s basketball team.

  • She doesn`t get any playing time on the court, but the team`s coach says the newest member offers some perspective to her teammates about life off the court.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember what you`re going to say to them?

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The coach leads the newest member of the Lady Knights onto the court. They circle up. She has a message.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Work hard.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 10-year-old Lexie De Las Raos (ph) just signed with the women`s basketball team at Warner Pacific College.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Go, Knights, go. Yay, Knights, woo-hoo!

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Officially, she is the honorary sixth man.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Go, girls!

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Unofficially, she is a role model at 10.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With iPhones and iPads and the I-World, we`re trying to get them to think outside of I and think about somebody else besides themselves.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lexie is that somebody else.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you excited about the game tomorrow?

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She`s been fighting cancer nearly as long as Jessica Owens (ph) has been dribbling a basketball. That`s nine years, if you`re counting.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What surprises me is just the amount of hope that she has. And strength. I`ve never known someone that strong, especially being so young.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it just changes their whole outlook straight away when she walks in the gym, and she has a smile on her face, and she`s limping, and I mean, it`s just amazing to see the turnaround in their personalities when that happens.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Such an overwhelming feeling. It`s just great, it`s wonderful.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wouldn`t, like, be able to do half the things she does. She`s like really brave. She trusts people. And I like that about her.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Getting poked with needles and just all the pain and all the medicines, and then just losing her sight last year. There`s no really way of getting used to that.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All the gym, all the cancer talk disappears.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Life is so much more than just the sport that we play. Really, it`s about just caring about others.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She`s a member of a college basketball team. She follows the game, cheers with friends, forgets about the pain.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Go Lady Knights, it`s time to fight! You can do it!

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Lexie is having fun, and the players are learning a valuable lesson - never give up.

  • AZUZ: We are storming into a new month of roll call schools. Today, we`re reaching weathering (ph) heights.

  • Starting from a sand storm. The Sandys from Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas.

  • Next up is a surprise. Surprise, Arizona, home of the Valley Vista High and the Monsoon.

  • From there, we will take an eastern view to Virginia and check out of the Cyclones from Eastern View High School.

  • There is a pretty good chance you`ve seen a gingerbread house, maybe a gingerbread lane.

  • What you`re looking at here is a gingerbread village, and even that might be minimizing this miniature marvel, especially since it set a record as the largest gingerbread village, ever.

  • More than 150 buildings, the whole thing weighs 1.5 tons.

  • The man who made it all by hand started this project in February, and with so many intricate details to worry about, we`re sure he worked gingerly, but it sure turned into one sweet project.

  • It`s going to eat up all our time for now. Have a great rest of the day. We`ll see you again tomorrow.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: A new month, a new week and a new day. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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