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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Feels good to say it`s Friday.

  • Thank you for closing out the week with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We`re diving in today with a premise.

  • Public opinion can influence political leaders.

  • Basically, the more people push for something, the better chance it has of happening, and vice versa.

  • After December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of new gun laws in America.

  • Some people who want those laws declared yesterday a national day of action.

  • That`s what President Obama is pushing for.

  • BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: ... two months or three months

  • after something as horrific as what happened in Newtown happens,

  • and we`ve moved on other things?

  • That`s not who we are.

  • Shame on us if we forgotten.

  • AZUZ: Some ideas have been proposed like a ban on assault weapons,

  • but those proposals haven`t gotten enough support in Congress to become law.

  • Opponents argue that the proposals are not the most effective way to reduce gun violence.

  • And recent polls suggest that public support for major new gun laws is dropping.

  • We`re to have (INAUDIBLE) from Washington D.C to Washington state, next.

  • Earlier Wednesday morning, officials near Seattle started getting calls about a noise that sounded like thunder.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was pretty scared I got out there with a flashlight

  • and then just kept hearing a rambling and watching more and more of a falling way (inaudible).

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s the (inaudible). It was always a road in, but that much of it - no, no.

  • AZUZ: What happened was a landslide, a huge landslides

  • No one was injured, but at least one home was destroyed and more than a dozen others were threatened.

  • It wasn`t immediately clear what caused it.

  • But the CNN meteorologist said these houses are on the seismic fault that can shift on rare occasions.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. Garvin`s class at Union 9th Grade Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

  • On what landmark will you find those words?

  • Is it the MLK Memorial, Ellis Island, Golden Gate Bridge or Statue of Liberty?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • Those words are part of the poem inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

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

  • AZUZ: If you`re traveling for spring break,

  • and if you like landmarks in history and stuff,

  • you`ll have to cross the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island off your list.

  • They`re shut down.

  • The reason - last year`s Superstorm Sandy.

  • It was 820 miles wide, and it blasted the U.S. East Coast with wind, rain and the snow in October.

  • Statue of Liberty normally stands on Liberty Island.

  • After the storm, it was practically wading there, 75 percent of the island was under water.

  • There was no damage to the 126-year old iron frame statue itself,

  • but it`s electrical system was destroyed, and so were the docks where you`d walk on the Liberty Island.

  • Secretary of the Interior says the statue will reopen on July 4th.

  • He hasn`t said when Ellis Island will reopen.

  • Its main building was severely damaged.

  • Its basement flooded, some of its exhibits soaked.

  • It was hit so hard structurally that officials haven`t set a date on its reopening.

  • So, those two spots are off the list, but we know some of you are probably getting ready to hit the road for spring break.

  • We talked to Marnie Hunter, a travel producer with cnn.com about some safety tips.

  • If you`re just heading to the beach or to another country.

  • MARNIE HUNTER, TRAVEL PRODUCER: Spring break travel is pretty much the same for any kind of traveler.

  • You need to be aware of your surroundings an the people around you.

  • Make sure that people know where you`re going and when you expect to be back.

  • You want to pack light and not leave your bags unattended.

  • When you`re out on the beach swimming, be sure to take somebody with you and be using sunscreen and stay hydrated.

  • It`s important to remember for cruises that, you know, while it`s a contained area, it`s the size of a small city.

  • So you really need to still be aware of your surroundings, pay attention to the safety drills at the beginning of each cruise.

  • And to know where you might need to meat in the event of an emergency and how to get there on your own.

  • When you`re traveling abroad, it`s important to remember that the rules and the laws could be a little bit different.

  • Something that will get you in trouble at home is likely to get in trouble away from home as well.

  • Review any kind of health caution, like should you drink the water, are there any food restriction,

  • and consult the Centers for Disease Control and prevention on vaccinations or other precautions that you might want to take before you leave.

  • Try to learn some key phrases in the local language,

  • so that if you get into trouble and need medical or police help, you will be able to communicate that to the locals.

  • Keep your money and your passport and printed documents in the hotel safe,

  • but when you are caring them, keep them close to your body in the money belt or in interior pocket or a bag with the shoulder strap that goes across your body.

  • These are just a few ways to stay safe, so that you can still have a great trip.

  • AZUZ: Teenagers get a bad wrap when it comes to texting and driving. Adults may be worse.

  • The telecommunications company, AT&T took a survey recently and found that while 43 percent of teenagers admit to texting while driving,

  • 49 percents of adults do on their way to or from work.

  • And consider the number here:

  • There are about 10 million teenage drivers on the road,

  • there are 180 million adults.

  • You`ve heard so much about the dangers of texting while driving.

  • And the message is getting through.

  • 98 percent of the commuters that AT&T spoke to, said they know it`s not safe,

  • but they are doing it anyway.

  • In fact, according to the survey, the number of adult drivers who are, has gone up over the past three years.

  • What can be done about it?

  • Well, the company that took the survey and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want businesses to get involved.

  • Many commuters may be trying to catch up on email on the way to the office.

  • Officials want businesses to tell their employees, wait until you`re out of the driver`s seat to email, text or tweet.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can ID me.

  • I am home to more than 7 million people.

  • I am not an independent country.

  • I was controlled by the UK for more than 150 years,

  • but I`ve been a special administrative region of China since 1997.

  • I am Hong Kong, and I have my own free market economy.

  • AZUZ: Heard of virtual reality, a realistic simulation that`s computer generated?

  • Hong Kong gamers can play in a different environment - real reality.

  • When you step inside the game, you actually physically step inside the game.

  • Patricia Woo tried out this life-size entertainment.

  • PATRICIA WOO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hong Kongers are finding their escape from reality in the fantasy of living out a video game.

  • KELLY TSANG, FREEING HK PLAYER: It`s not any normal kind of entertainment.

  • We normally go (inaudible) sharp pain or watching a movie, but this is totally new, so we wanted to try it.

  • WOO: Inside this commercial warehouse, in one of Hong Kong`s most crowded neighborhoods,

  • teams choose one of seven games, with names like Prison Break and the Lost Chamber.

  • Sometimes, blindfolded or handcuffed, players solve clues to find a way out.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right, what have we got?

  • WOO: So how hard is it?

  • Andrew and I pick a game and step into Dr. Alpha`s (ph) Lab.

  • Our first challenge, getting to the clues inside this locked box.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s not 1234. Any ideas?

  • WOO: If you are stuck like us, you can press a button and someone will come in and give you a hint,

  • but you can only do that once.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Once we get past this, we`re going to be sailing.

  • WOO: So what`s next?

  • You can go first.

  • Getting across a field of laser beams without touching a single one.

  • Nicely done.

  • Another locked box and a safe await us.

  • The only clue is a tape recording

  • and a map of the Hong Kong subway system.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There is something written here.

  • WOO: But look, there are hidden numbers.

  • 7698.

  • As we try to crack the code.

  • Time`s up. We only get 45 minutes.

  • But in our defense, Dr. Alpha`s lab is the hardest game, and there is only about a 10 percent success rate.

  • More than 7,000 people have played since the doors opened in November.

  • Two more locations will be ready by May.

  • And later, maybe other countries as well.

  • And why not? The desire to escape stress is universal.

  • Patricia Woo, CNN, Hong Kong.

  • AZUZ: Our last clip features violence that some viewers may find adorable.

  • We don`t know what that giant stuffed hippo did to this kangaroo,

  • all we know is that the roo is hopping mad.

  • I`ve heard of a toy box, but this Youtube video is ridiculous.

  • The kangaroo hugs the hippo like it`s trying to make amends,

  • but the stuffed animal must say something the roo does not like, because then it unleashes its feet of fury.

  • Sometimes these marsupials take the polite approach, other times obviously they can get rude.

  • Although if that toy did start the fracas, it shouldn`t complain about being pouched out.

  • It would just be a big hippo-crit (ph).

  • When the kangaroo was young, it was so joyful, but now its toys are just used sparingly.

  • All right, teachers, please remember to share your feedback about today`s show on our home page.

  • Everybody, have a great weekend. Bye bye.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Feels good to say it`s Friday.

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