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  • Fridays are awesome. We got a lot of feedback when I didn`t say that last week.

  • I`m Carl Azuz with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Two days after a March 31st deadline for an agreement on Iran`s controversial nuclear

  • program, international diplomats meeting in Switzerland said they had one. It`s not a

  • final deal.

  • Details between Iran, the U.S. and several other countries still have to be worked out

  • by June 30th.

  • President Obama called the agreement "a good deal that will prevent Iran from building

  • a nuclear weapon."

  • In exchange, world powers will lift their sanctions that have hurt Iran`s economy.

  • Israeli officials, who were not involved in the negotiations, called the agreement "a

  • poor framework that could make the world more dangerous."

  • Republicans and some Democrats in the U.S. Congress have been skeptical of an agreement

  • with Iran. They may try to block it.

  • Next, to the African nation of Kenya. The Al-Shabab terrorist group, which is based

  • in neighboring Somalia, says it attacked Christian students at a Kenyan university yesterday.

  • Kenyan officials say Islamist gunmen killed 147 people and wounded scores of others. All

  • four of the attackers were killed.

  • Kenya`s president says his country has been suffering from a shortage of security officers.

  • He called for their training to be sped up.

  • There`s a storm brewing in the Western Pacific Ocean. As of last night, it was headed right

  • for the Northern Philippines. Here`s what Typhoon Maysak looks like from space. At one

  • point, it was a super typhoon with 150 miles per hour winds. But it was weakening as it

  • approached the Philippines. Still expected to bring strong winds and flooding and interrupt

  • Easter celebrations in the mostly Catholic country.

  • It`s hard to grasp where we are, what, how much is a permanent climate change, how much

  • is it temporary variation?

  • What we do know is -- and I asked this gentleman over here, have you ever stood on this meadow

  • on this day that there wasn`t snow?

  • And he said, no.

  • You might ask him about that.

  • So it`s a different world. We have to act differently.

  • Ongoing drought in The Golden State. California is in the fourth year of a worsening water

  • crisis, so its government is ordering almost everyone to reduce their water usage by 25

  • percent.

  • The cut doesn`t apply to the state`s agriculture industry. And that`s controversial, because

  • agriculture uses about 80 percent of California`s developed water supply.

  • But campuses, golf courses, cemeteries have to all limit their water.

  • Trees are being replaced with cactuses. Experts estimate that California needs 11 trillion

  • gallons of water to recover from this.

  • They say you never miss the well until the water runs dry and it`s true.

  • Who would have ever thought that I wouldn`t have any water?

  • Did you ever actually cry because of all of what was (INAUDIBLE)?

  • Haven`t I cried?

  • I`ve cried myself to sleep a lot of times and I`ve lost weight.

  • Unlike a small earthquake, which jolts you into the reality that you need to be prepared

  • for the big one, the drought is kind of like a slow moving disaster -- you don`t really

  • realize just how bad it is until it hits you hard.

  • How long have you not had running water in the house?

  • It`s been a year and one month. One of my daughters, you know, she came from school

  • and she started, mom, you know what, you can`t be living this way, you know?

  • They say that I don`t got no water, that I didn`t shower and this and that, that I stink.

  • From the towns throughout here in California`s beautiful countryside, you really get a glimpse

  • of exactly what the drought is doing to this state, especially here atop Pine Flat Lake.

  • It`s one of California`s largest reservoirs.

  • You`ll notice, when the water runs out, there are rings left behind where the water once

  • was. Even GPS is having trouble keeping up.

  • According to this, we should be submerged in deep water right now.

  • We really had a terrible winter in terms of rainfall and snowfall. So there`s no snow

  • on the mountains. There will be no snowmelt to reaching and replenish those reservoirs.

  • California has about one year of water left in its reservoirs on the surface.

  • So far, county officials say more than 960 households have reported their wells have

  • run dry, which accounts for up to 5,000 people who don`t have running water in their homes.

  • So what are people doing?

  • Well, sometimes it`s neighbors helping neighbors. Sometimes people are getting water just stacked

  • up on their front door. And other times, non-profit groups and the county are working hard to

  • try to put tanks in yards so that people can have running water. But it`s a temporary fix.

  • We work with them, you know, because you want to help them with something, you know. And

  • then, at the same time, you know, I mean what can we do for them?

  • You know, we can`t provide everything that they need. There is 24 shower units.

  • How often are they used?

  • Every day. There are resources coming in. They`re helping somewhat. But the crisis is

  • growing and the situation is growing worse by the date.

  • The amount of water that we have available to us in the West is in steady decline. We

  • have to embrace that if we want to keep living out here.

  • Some significant religious holidays will be celebrated this weekend. Sunday is Easter

  • Sunday, the most significant holiday for the world`s Christians. It celebrates the biblical

  • account of when Jesus Christ rose from the dead, his resurrection on the third day after

  • he was crucified. Easter wraps up the Christian Holy Week, a time marking events in Jesus`

  • life with church services, ceremonies and Christian fellowship.

  • Also, the Jewish holiday of Passover starts today. It`s named for the Torah account of

  • when God passed over the homes of the Israelites, sparing their first born children from death,

  • but killing those of the Egyptians. Afterward, the Israelites were liberated from slavery

  • in Egypt.

  • Passover is marked with special meals, rituals and rejoicing.

  • Roll Call -- anyone know the state nickname for Alaska?

  • It`s The Last Frontier.

  • And on the island of Unalaska The Raiders are watching at Unalaska City High School.

  • Arkansas is The Natural State and it`s in the city of Magnolia that The Cubs are online.

  • Magnolia Junior High School on the Roll.

  • And in The Peach State, it`s great to see the students of Forsyth Central High School

  • in the city of Cumming, Georgia.

  • More than 292 million trips were made last year to America`s national parks. Many visitors

  • were closer to your parents` age than yours. In fact, the number of national park visitors

  • under the age of 15 has dropped more than 50 percent over the past 10 years.

  • Why?

  • One former ranger says younger people are more plugged in, while the great outdoors

  • is an unplugged kind of place.

  • But there are still more than 800,000 junior rangers who got their patches last year.

  • Before we go, here`s a light-hearted look at how to stay safe near unpredictable park

  • fauna.

  • It`s animal safety pop quiz time.

  • Hey, little Morgan here, let`s try this. I`ll hand you over my bear strafer for a second.

  • And please don`t spray me.

  • We`ll run through and practice like I`ll either call out what I`m doing...

  • OK.

  • : -- or -- and you decide how it is you`re supposed to respond to that.

  • OK.

  • So I`m just feeding.

  • OK, so here`s what Matt`s taught me. If the bear is unaware of you, slowly back up.

  • I`m just going to back away from the bear. I`m just going to slowly back away from the

  • bear.

  • But if he notices you, speak to him in a loud but steady voice.

  • Now, hey, bear, you keep eating, bear. I`m just leaving. I have nothing to do with this,

  • bear.

  • And if he starts coming your way, stay calm and perfectly still.

  • Now he starts coming toward me, so I stand my ground. I don`t move. Now you`re about

  • 20 feet away.

  • And if all else fails...

  • Now I`ve got my bear spray out. You can tell this...

  • Go on the offensive.

  • Take that crazy bear. Go back to your bear house, bear.

  • I really showed that fake bear who`s boss.

  • Next up, how to handle a moose.

  • All of a sudden it runs at you.

  • And then you (INAUDIBLE).

  • And then I just start zigzagging. I just start -- and I have -- I get behind a tree.

  • Yes.

  • And then I zig this way.

  • Yes.

  • And then I zig this way. Then I go up in the woods.

  • Well, yes, that`s actually perfect. You can`t even get me, moose. I`m not even here. I`m

  • up in the woods. Moose escape success. Whoo-hoo.

  • Of course, you could try to intimidate it by flexing your moosles, but that could be

  • moosely ineffective. It`s probably not the antler.

  • It`s time for us to hoof it but please join us next Monday for a special financial literacy

  • month themed education of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

Fridays are awesome. We got a lot of feedback when I didn`t say that last week.

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