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  • Fridays are awesome.

  • And 10 minutes of commercial-free current events

  • are headed your way right now, starting with news from Central America.

  • Panama is the site of The Summit of the Americas.

  • It‘s an international meeting being held today

  • and tomorrow in Panama City, the capital.

  • The summit includes dozens of leaders

  • from throughout the Western Hemisphere

  • and it focuses on cooperation between countries

  • and addressing the challenges facing the people of the Americas.

  • This is the seventh summit since 1994.

  • It`s the first one that Cuba will attend.

  • President Obama has moved toward normalizing U.S. relations

  • with the communist country.

  • He doesn't have a formal meeting scheduled

  • with Cuban President Raul Castro.

  • But the two leaders are expected to interact

  • on the sidelines of the summit.

  • That`s one thing that Western leaders will be keeping their eyes on.

  • Weve talked a lot about how the leading

  • cause of death for American teenagers are car crashes.

  • But today‘s Second Story isn't about the distractions

  • that can lead to them, it's about new software popping up

  • in cars that's intended to keep young drivers safer on the road.

  • One of these programs allows parents to limit the speed of the car.

  • Others can send them text messages

  • if you drive outside an area they've decided on or notify parents

  • if you're racing people, slamming on your brakes

  • or just when you get to school.

  • General Motors just unveiled teen driver tracking in its new Chevy Malibu.

  • Personally, I'm a crusader for convenience,

  • but this stuff is bordering on spy tech.

  • If you've ever used the Internet,

  • you know how tempting it is to trade your privacy for convenience.

  • You might not even know that most cars on the road today

  • have black boxes that, in the event of a crash,

  • can tell investigators how you were driving.

  • Then again, what if teen driver monitoring were used to track a non-teen?

  • We don't think that the privacy situation is

  • -- is something that will have to be concerned about.

  • What we believe we have to do is we have to

  • get the consent of the owner up front.

  • We have to explain the features, what we're doing.

  • We have to get their consent and we do.

  • And if the customer doesn't want it, then we don't go forward.

  • It's as simple as that.

  • That means you need to be paying attention.

  • You should actually read that long annoying user agreement

  • and understand what you're sharing with

  • some big car company computer out there, because soon,

  • you won't be able to find a car without this kind of technology.

  • I knew we‘d get back to Oklahoma sooner or later.

  • It's first up on today's Roll Call.

  • Stillwater High School is in the city of Stillwater.

  • The Pioneers are watching from The Sooner State.

  • Kalispell is a city in the Northwest Montana.

  • From Big Sky country,

  • please welcome The Wolverines of Smith Valley School.

  • And staying out West,

  • weve got The Rangers on patrol in The Cowboy State

  • Kemmerer Jr..-Sr. High School is in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

  • Multi-tasking -- it's pretty self-explanatory.

  • It's doing two or more things at the same time.

  • More complicated tasks than like walking and talking.

  • Computers are good at multi-tasking.

  • It’s one of the things they're supposed to do.

  • But do you think you are?

  • Before you answer that,

  • you should probably hear about some new research into multi-tasking.

  • The doctor is in.

  • A lot of people think they are good at multi-tasking.

  • But the sad truth is they are probably not.

  • Our brains on multitasking aren't nearly as good as we think they are.

  • What happens is let's say you're working on an activity over here

  • and suddenly now you're trying to multitask in another activity.

  • You're not actually doing both activities at the same time,

  • but, in fact, you're now diverting your attention

  • from one part of your brain to another part of your brain.

  • That takes time. That takes resources.

  • That takes brain cells.

  • And what happens over here now is that

  • youre starting a brand new activity.

  • So, in fact, you're probably slower

  • and not nearly as good at doing both activities at the same time.

  • We can shift our focus really fast.

  • Sometimes it takes just a tenth of a second.

  • But the time doesn’t matter as much as the bandwidth

  • that the brain requires to move back and forth.

  • And that might affect your performance

  • and might also affect the quality of the work that you finally produce.

  • Take an everyday activity like driving.

  • When you look at the MRI of someone who's in driving mode,

  • so how much of their brain is activating there?

  • Now, if you just layer in one more thing, and that’s the

  • -- that is the person is listening while they are driving

  • and all of a sudden the amount of attention,

  • the amount of brain bandwidth going toward driving

  • decreases by about 37 percent.

  • So you're not multitasking, you've, in fact,

  • reduced the amount of attention youre now paying to your driving.

  • There's about 2 percent of the population

  • that are super multitaskers. It's sort of a genetic gift.

  • Most of us don't have this gift.

  • But these are people who are truly able to do several different activities

  • at the same time without losing efficiency or losing quality

  • as they do all that work.

  • This may or may not surprise you, depending on your perspective,

  • but there have been studies that has shown

  • that women are generally better at multitasking than men,

  • but also, people who -- who thought they were best at multi-tasking

  • were almost always, in fact, the worst.

  • Perhaps they were multi-tasking too much

  • when they thought they were good at multi-tasking.

  • See if you can ID me.

  • Alexander Joy Cartwright helped develop my rules in the 1800s.

  • One of my first organized teams was the New York Knickerbockers.

  • I`m a sport that's thought to have been influenced

  • by rounders and cricket.

  • I’m baseball, nicknamed America’s national pastime.

  • Before Mr. Cartwright came along,

  • players were able to tag out a runner by hitting him with the ball.

  • There was no such thing as foul territory.

  • Every hit was fair. Many would agree

  • the changes in 1845 were good ones.

  • The game has had its ups and downs since then,

  • going through cycles and changes like batting orders and pitchers.

  • The 2015 season opened this week.

  • Hello, I`m Richard Roth for CNN.

  • Baseball is in full swing.

  • The crack of the bat, the boys of summer, America's pastime.

  • But what is the state of baseball in 2015?

  • I think the game of baseball is really healthy.

  • I think it's waning. I think it's waning a lot.

  • You can call baseball the national pastime,

  • but it’s clearly that football is number one.

  • The NFL dominates fan interest.

  • Game one of last year's World Series

  • the lowest rated ever for a World Series game.

  • Over 50 percent of baseball fans watching TV are over the age of 55,

  • not good for TV advertisers, or, perhaps, the future of the game.

  • What is to blame?

  • Is the game too slow?

  • We`re trying to, you know, improve the pace of the game.

  • I know that a lot of fans have complained about that.

  • A new clock is counting down between innings.

  • From the time of the third out to the first pitch of the next inning

  • must be two minutes, 25 seconds max.

  • For batters, no more lingering around the plate between pitches.

  • A batter must keep at least one foot in the battersbox.

  • What does A-Rod mean to you now?

  • Garbage.

  • Hey, listen, everybody makes mistakes.

  • It is what it is. Now play baseball.

  • Alex Rodriguez is back on the field.

  • He remains the elephant in the stadium.

  • He did serve his time away from the game,

  • the longest suspension ever for a drug violation.

  • However, the specter of PEDs or performance enhancing drugs,

  • hangs over the sport.

  • On the eve of the season,

  • a top pitcher from Minnesota was suspended.

  • Among the turmoil, baseball is making money -- a lot of it,

  • $9 billion last year.

  • Will the changes in 2015 mean a home run

  • for Major League baseball

  • or will all the rule changes just mean a big strikeout?

  • This is Richard Roth at Yankee Stadium.

  • If boxing and MMA are a little too high impact for you,

  • but you're still looking for the perfect combo of

  • taking out some aggression and taking a nap, here you go.

  • International Pillow Fight Day.

  • These photo-ops were from an event in Berlin, Germany,