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  • It`s our panel to meet program of 2013.

  • And it starts with next year`s Winter Olympics to happen in February in the Russian city of Sochi.

  • There`s been some controversy involving the games, and about a Russian law regarding homosexuality.

  • That under the law, it is not illegal to be homosexual, but it is illegal to promote homosexuality or same sex relationships to minors.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin says everyone, athletes and spectators will be welcome at the Olympics.

  • Yesterday, the U.S. announced its delegation for the Olympics, the people who will represent the U.S. in Sochi.

  • Some analysts think that who`s going and who`s not could be sending a message.

  • The delegation includes several openly homosexual American athletes, it doesn`t include President Obama, any member of the first family or any member of the presidential cabinet.

  • The first time in more than ten years that`s happened.

  • Next up, diplomacy: how countries and governments interact.

  • The U.S. and North Korea don`t have diplomatic relations.

  • The U.S. and North Korea don`t have diplomatic relations.

  • So, you don`t usually see officials from one country meeting with officials from the other.

  • One high profile American is visiting North Korea later, but we`re not talking about an ambassador, or a government employee. It`s a former pro-basketball star.

  • With his piercings, tattoos, and at times outlandish behavior, there`s no denying former NBA star Dennis Rodman loves attracting attention.

  • And where he`s heading, it`s certain the world will be watching.

  • As the 52-year old makes his third visit into a country ruled by one of the world`s most repressive regime.

  • I want to bridge a gap with North Korea. That`s all I wanted.

  • It comes at a time of dramatic political upheaval in North Korea.

  • Just last week, the country`s young leader, Kim Jong-un had his uncle executed,

  • in what some experts believe is just the beginning of many more purges to come.

  • A power struggle is believed to be the reason why he had his mentor and second in command allegedly killed by machine gunfire.

  • And with all the instability, it would appear that the Supreme Leader could use a good friend.

  • I`m going to call him my friend. He is my friend. You could hate my guts, hate my guts, but he is my friend.

  • Rodman is traveling with a documentary crew that will film him training the North Korean basketball team.

  • They are preparing for an exhibition match in January,

  • against a group of former pro-basketball players, to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-un, a diehard basketball fan.

  • Many are wondering, whether Rodman will raise the issue of 45-year old American missionary Kenneth Bae,

  • who was sentenced to 15-years prison in Pyongyang, for what authorities say was an attempt to overthrow the regime.

  • But Rodman says this trip isn`t political, although in previous visits,

  • he has made himself available for basketball diplomacy, offering to be a mediator between his close friend Kim and U.S. President Barack Obama.

  • And this guy just wants to do one thing: just have a conversation with you. That`s it. So, why Obama, are you afraid to talk to Dennis Rodman?

  • Anna Coren, CNN, Seoul.

  • And so, if you bulldogs out there have been dogged in your determination to get on Roll Call, here is your day:

  • starting with the bulldogs from West York Area High in York, Pennsylvania.

  • Then it`s over to Ohio, where we are checking with the Green High School, bulldogs.

  • And our last bulldogs are out in California. Garfield High School in Los Angeles wraps up the roll.

  • Scientists say last month was the warmest November on the record.

  • Now, it might not have felt like that in the U.S., but North America was an exception.

  • The global average temperature for November was 56.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • That`s more than a degree above the 20th century average.

  • We don`t know if that explains what you`re about to see. But in nature, when something changes, it can have a far-reaching impact.

  • A feeding frenzy along the California coast.

  • Like none ever recorded.

  • And talking to the old timers, a fisherman that have been here for 60 years, they`ve never seen anything like this.

  • Monterey Bay, now a massive soup bowl, as the locals call it feasting humpback whales. They should have gone south months ago.

  • What would keep whales like this here?

  • We`re talking about miles and miles of anchovies, mountains deep.

  • And it`s not just whales. There are sea lions in droves. Even killer whales.

  • You`ve got to understand the entire food chain to get to understand this, and you won`t know that unless you know more about the weather and the currents of the oceans.

  • Knowing more, a top priority for climate researchers as they grabble with new environmental trends.

  • One of my favorite sayings right now is we may be experiencing global weirding.

  • The Pacific recently has seen its fair share of weird.

  • Oh, nice one.

  • The invasion of Humboldt squid up and down the California coast.

  • Sea lion calves this year dying off in worrying numbers and in recent weeks,

  • disturbingly sea stars from Alaska to San Diego wasting away - literally - melting.

  • Starting to see animals who were coming here 30 or 40 years ago, maybe shifting their ranges farther north.

  • Space might be the final frontier, but space tourism could let more people get there.

  • Not cheap. One company is offering people the experience of what it`s like to launch out in the space.

  • Tourists could blast off into space as early as next year on Virgin Galactic`s Spaceship 2.

  • Until then, future astronauts can train for the rigors of space on Earth.

  • It`s the real deal. We are training them just as we would a military pilot, a fighter pilot or an astronaut.

  • More than 300 people have taken a two-day space training course at the NASTAR Center in Pennsylvania.

  • The program centers around the state of the art simulator. A human centrifuge that replicates what space travel feels like.

  • Ian Sequan (ph) starts in three, two, one.

  • You`re going to see your g-meter, your altimeter, your rear camera view, the visuals outside the space craft as you actually feel the forces of you launching up a simulated weightlessness and then re-entry back down to Earth.

  • The faster it spins, the more you feel the forces of gravity.

  • For extreme G-forces or for a long sustained genes, there is a very good risk of you being able to pass out. For those reasons, I want to make sure that you are trained properly.

  • Congratulations. You are in space.

  • You don`t need a ticket to space to take this course, but it will cost you $3,000.

  • The future of space holds a lot of promise. Hopefully, hundreds, thousands of people will be traveling for various missions across the galaxy.

  • And for our next edition of Korea Connections, you`re in for a real treat: we are featuring Layne Lee.

  • She`s a baker and an entrepreneur in Atlanta, Georgia. It might sound like a sweet gig.

  • Lee says that thanks to her dad, she`s living out her dream, but one thing she doesn`t sugarcoat: it takes a lot of hard work to be successful.

  • My name is Layne Lee, and I`m a pastry shop and owner of Sweet-n-Sinful bakery.

  • I fell into baking.

  • I went to college for something completely different, and ended up cooking for all of my sorority sisters and friends and family.

  • So I would (inaudible) like it be hands on, wasn`t great with monotony.

  • And I figured being a chef like move around, be creative, something different every day and we get to eat our mistakes.

  • I struggled with math and kind of have a fear of numbers, even though I measure and weigh things out every day.

  • Trying to secure loans or get use of purchasing house control and checks and balances of doing a business - that was my biggest roadblock.

  • One of my biggest mentors is the man named Robert.

  • He`s been able to sit me down, taught me through it and show me where my strengths are and be able to admit to where my weaknesses are.

  • He`s the reason I haven`t closed the doors many time, because when I get - when I feel defeated, he lets me know that I`m not alone.

  • I feel like this career chose me. I`ll get you centerpieces of people`s most joyful days.

  • I think that is my favorite part.

  • It gets really hot, and we don`t ever sit down. We`re completely hands on and physical.

  • Stay in front of the trends, always be sharpening your skills,

  • continue education is the best. Always stay on top of your game, and so you keep up with everyone else.

  • Our last video today includes some dog`s sleds, probably not what you had in mind,

  • but hey, there are dogs, there is a sled, let`s do this. This YouTube video features a toddler`s (inaudible) traveler.

  • Plus, a pair of pups that turned into sled sleuths as they tracked down this runaway sled and then persistently pushed it down its path.

  • Some of you might think this dog sled videos are awesome, and for others, it may not amount to much.

  • But we never sled you astray and at leash we got some puns out of it.

  • Back tomorrow with our lash show of 2013, I hope to see you then.

It`s our panel to meet program of 2013.

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