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  • Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • This is the first of two shows we are producing this week before the Thanksgiving holiday. I`m Carl Azuz.

  • The Pacific Island nation of Japan sees about 1500 tremors every year,

  • one of them shook the central part of the country on Saturday night.

  • Japan`s meteorological agency says it was magnitude 6.8.

  • The U.S. Geological Survey put it at magnitude 6.2.

  • Either way, it was strong. The quake injured dozens of people, at least seven of them seriously.

  • It was centered in a remote area of the mountains,

  • and it seriously damaged or destroyed several structures at the ski resort.

  • Also, landslides. They flattened houses, have blocked warped roadways.

  • There have been aftershocks as well, one of them measuring magnitude 4.1.

  • But now tsunami warnings were given, and 21 people who`ve been trapped in their homes were rescued.

  • Across the Pacific now, to an American city hit by another natural disaster.

  • Lake effect snow. And if that doesn`t sound disastrous, get a look at what it did to Buffalo, New York last week.

  • Some spots got 86 inches of snow, a whole year`s worth in just three days.

  • A resident says people came together to help one another in the city of good neighbors,

  • but there`s another threat now, one that New York`s governor says it worse than the snow.

  • So much snow out here, in and around the city of Buffalo,

  • but Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying that he is satisfied with the progress

  • that they are making in the snow removal operation.

  • Now, a number of state officials here in western New York,

  • and they are preparing for another possibility:

  • severe flooding that governor has warned this area can see more significant flooding than it`s seen in a very long time.

  • The forecast calls for the temperature to warm up over the next several days.

  • If it happens as quickly as it`s forecast to do, that`s when you can see some really serious flooding.

  • Man power is being brought to this part of the state along with resources.

  • 500 National Guards men and women are in place ready to respond if needed.

  • On top of that more than 50 swiftwater rescue boats and crews.

  • There are also high axel vehicles that could go into several feet of water in order to make rescues if necessary.

  • Hundreds of pumps have been brought in in the anticipation of potential flooding, and also 176,000 sandbags.

  • Everyone here is hoping that that temperature rise will happen more gradually,

  • and that officials will be able to get more snow out of the area before flooding becomes a big problem.

  • But in the meantime, home owners are working really hard to stay ahead of the game here.

  • There is some rain in the forecast, so people are trying to get the shovels out,

  • get the snow off the roof. They don`t want that rain to combine with the snow,

  • , that`s when you see more roofs collapsing.

  • Already in the last few days, several dozen roofs have collapsed.

  • We know that if more rain comes, that will put more homes in danger.

  • Time for "The Shoutout." In the business world, what colors associated with making a profit?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out!Is it green, red, black or blue?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • When a business is in the black, it means it`s making a profit.

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

  • That`s where the term Black Friday comes from. It`s the day after Thanksgiving,

  • and it`s a massive shopping day in the U.S.

  • So much so that retail stores and chains are hoping that`s the day that puts them in the black for the year.

  • As this Black Friday approaches, U.S. consumer confidence is up.

  • According to recent polls, that can mean people are more optimistic about the economy.

  • Something else may fuel their spending.

  • With Thanksgiving around the corner, retailers are gearing up for a battle.

  • And here is why: stores can make up to 40 percent of their annual profits in just the last six weeks of the year.

  • But there`s a problem these days. The shopping holiday season isn`t what it once was.

  • In 2004, sales grew nearly seven percent. In 2013, the sales increase was less than half that.

  • This year retailers have a little bit of a unique opportunity.

  • Low gas prices. People have a little extra spending money.

  • So, with billions of dollars at stake, here are a few strategies that brick

  • and mortar stores are using to get a piece of the action: one, retailers are rolling out promotions early.

  • More people are shopping in November, before Black Friday.

  • So, names like Target are promoting pre- Black Friday sales.

  • And K-Mart and RadioShack are opening stores on Thanksgiving morning.

  • Two, minimize wait times. Stores are increasing staff and mobile checkouts.

  • The fact is, shoppers are more valuable than ever before.

  • So, stores are really working hard to keep them happy.

  • Three, focus on online sales. Researcher NPD Group says 60 percent of consumers plan to shop online this year.

  • So, expect more special online and mobile deal, and fewer shipping fees,

  • but at the end of the day, these tactics can only go so far.

  • Ultimately, what people spend and where they spend it,

  • comes down to a filling how they feel about their job,

  • the economy, and how much money is in their pocket.

  • In New York, I`m Cristina Alesci.

  • The bronze star is a U.S. military award for heroism.

  • And one man who earned it is Captain Derek Herrera.

  • After he was hit by a sniper`s bullet during a patrol in Afghanistan,

  • he helped save the life of a fellow Marine and continued to direct his team during a firefight.

  • His perseverance, helping him stand to receive his award is today`s study in character.

  • What makes Marine Special Operations Captain Derek Herrera a hero is not just his actions on the battlefield.

  • I was on the rooftop observing some suspicious activity, and the valley .

  • It was just after sunrise, June 14th, 2012, he was leading a patrol in Afghanistan`s Helmand province.

  • And all of a sudden, I just felt kind of a pulsing sensation on my back.

  • It was an ambush. A bullet from an AK-47 lodged in his spine.

  • As I was lying there, immediately knew and had some pain

  • and just kind of almost felt like electrical stimulation just kind of pulsing through my back.

  • Everything in your life has changed very suddenly.

  • There was. Yeah. In an instant, you know, and it`s one way it would have missed me completely,

  • and it`s the other way, it would have gone straight to my heart and killed me.

  • Months of rehabilitation would follow. A new battle for the officer adjusting to being completely paralyzed from the chest down.

  • Overtime I came to realize that of the many friends that I`ve had who`ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

  • Any one of those guys would be happy to be in my position and continue to leave a life.

  • One of those guys, Captain Matthew Manukian (ph), a friend whose name he wears in bronze.

  • Tell me about your bracelet.

  • I wear that every day just to try to remind myself and try to have a small visible reminder of the sacrifice

  • that these guys have made and remind myself that, you know,

  • that I have a gift and I`m happy to be here and still able to continue to move forward.

  • And moving forward is literally what he is doing. Just needs a little help.

  • This is the ReWalk exoskeleton. An FDA approved $70,000 wearable robotic device

  • that powers Herrera`s hip and knee motion.

  • It allows him to walk on his own. The first American to own one.

  • The president of the United States takes pleasure

  • in presenting the bronze star medal to Captain Derek J. Herrera.

  • Now, the first paralyzed service member to stand and walk as he receives his bronze star with valor.

  • I`ve been able to stand and receive this award,

  • which is kind of - It will be a symbol and show others that I`m not out of fight.

  • Captain Herrera retires out of the service.

  • His next battle already underway. Kyung Lah, CNN, Camp Pendleton.

  • Roll Call. Let`s get started in Fairville, North Carolina, Wolferines are on the scene.

  • We`ve got Westover High School in the Tar Hill State.

  • Next, to big sky country. Camp "Beat the Bulldogs.

  • They are at Whitefish Middle School in Whitefish, Montana and in Inglewood, California,

  • the Eagles are soaring high over the Golden state.

  • Good to see Animo Inglewood Charter High School.

  • Miso isn`t just a cheese, it`s the name of a dog whose owner call a goofy silly weirdo.

  • So in point, doorways. He doesn`t walk into a bedroom the traditional way.

  • He backs himself in that will give you a pause.

  • There are no signs of abuse in case of his past,

  • and his owners don`t think it`s the actual doorway that troubles him.

  • They think it`s the transition between the hardwood floor and the carpet.

  • When he leaves the room, he does it face first. OK, so, what do you say about that?

  • That he doesn`t adore doorways that he just wants a little backup,

  • that he`s got a little too much swag.

  • Maybe putting his back foot forward is his best foot foot wood to embark a foot

  • upon a floor upon all fours of backwards. Too late to back out now.

  • I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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