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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: For month, the National Hockey League season has been on ice.

  • Now, teams are ready to get back on the ice. Details of the deal are coming up.

  • My name is Carl Azuz. And we welcome you to the brand new week of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • The first story we are talking about today is in Northern Ireland.

  • Protests have been going on there for about a week now.

  • The ones yesterday in the northern Irish capital of Belfast.

  • They started out peacefully, but some of them turn violent later on.

  • There is a lot of history behind these protests, and it starts with geography.

  • Here is Northern Ireland.

  • What`s interesting is that it`s not actually part of the republic of Ireland, it`s part of the United Kingdom, and that`s what`s behind this tension.

  • Nationalists, who are mostly Catholic, think Northern Ireland should be part of the Republic of Ireland.

  • Unionists or Loyalists who are mostly Protestants, wanted to stay part of the United Kingdom.

  • The conflict between those two groups led to decades of violence, more than 3,000 people were killed before a peace deal was signed in 1998.

  • The protests happening now are connected to a decision regarding the British flag.

  • In Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, the flag used to fly over City Hall every day of the year.

  • Last month, local officials decided to limit that to 18 days per year.

  • Unionists weren`t happy about that, they`ve been protesting in front of City Hall and another spots around Northern Ireland, in some cases protesters have fought with police officers.

  • They`ve thrown concrete blocks, bricks, even gasoline bombs at police.

  • Officers have responded by using water cannons to break up the protests.

  • Some Protestants and Catholics have also been fighting with each other.

  • We are staying in Europe for our next story, which takes us from Northern Ireland down to Italy.

  • One year ago yesterday a cruise ship ran aground off the Italian Coast. A lot of you remember this.

  • There were 3200 passengers on board the Costa Concordia.

  • There were another 1,000 crew members and 32 people on that ship lost their lives in the accident.

  • Family members of the victims and some of the people who survived the wreck gathered for memorial service on the anniversary.

  • Large boulder with the victims` names was lowered into the sea, and relatives tossed writs and notes into the water.

  • This is what the Costa Concordia looks like now - it`s still on its side in the water.

  • Crews are working to salvage the ship, to get the thing upright and towed in the port.

  • Those efforts are taking longer that expected, and officials say it could take until this September.

  • Next up, we are heading to the capital of China, Beijing.

  • Experts say that city has something in common with Los Angeles:

  • smog.

  • This gray haze is hanging in the air, making things hard to see.

  • Yesterday, the smog levels in Beijing hit record levels, the numbers off the charts.

  • Authorities warn people there to stay inside.

  • Last year nearly 700 flights were canceled at Beijing airports because of haze and smog.

  • Officials in China say that the air quality in the capital has gotten better since Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, but residents say the pollution levels have gotten worse.

  • Back in the U.S. Two sides of the country experience very different kinds of weather this weekend .

  • On one coast you had freeze warnings, on the other you had people walking around in shorts.

  • You might expect the warmer temperatures to be out west. No, not the case here.

  • It was 30 degrees below normal in some spots there.

  • Overnight low in Los Angeles 38 degrees, a freeze warning in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • But then you move over to the East, and some cities had temperatures that were 30 degrees above normal.

  • In Washington D.C., the high on Saturday was 62, here in Atlanta, 76.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s first "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. Hudson`s classes at Central High School in King and Queen Country, Virginia.

  • Which of these teams is not part of the National Hockey League`s original six?

  • Here we go, is it the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers or Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • We`ve got three seconds, go.

  • The Bruins, Rangers and Maple Leafs are part of the original six along with the Black Hawks, Canadiens and Red Wings.

  • The Flyers didn`t join the league until 1967.

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

  • AZUZ: Ice hockey fans are circling January 19th on their calendars.

  • That is when the NHL season will officially and finally start.

  • The league had been under a lockout since September while owners and players negotiated a new contract.

  • They agreed on a deal around the week ago, so the players are back on the ice.

  • Training camps opened yesterday, the first games of the season will be on Saturday.

  • There will be fewer games, as you might expect.

  • Instead of each team playing 82 games, they`ll each play 48.

  • And the regular season will end in late April.

  • The last time the NHL had a labor dispute like this one, eight years ago the entire season ended up getting canceled.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Have you gotten you flu shot? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.,

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I haven`t. My mom wanted me to get it yesterday, actually, and I haven`t gotten it, so.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, madam.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. I didn`t even think about it. I don`t know.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, I have never had the flu shot before.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, I haven`t.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So, I`m actually concerned. I think I should get it.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. My mom told me to get it.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Have you gotten the flu shot? UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Never.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Never. I don`t think it makes any difference.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Never. I don`t think it makes any difference.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I got the flu shot.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I got the flu shot. For the first time ever.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn`t want to end up in the situation where I had the flu and had to miss time from work, so. I felt it was a good idea to take a flu shot.

  • AZUZ: Officials from the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimate that about 37 percent of Americans got the flu vaccine by mid-November.

  • They say that`s about on track to where it was last year.

  • One expert with the CDC says the only thing that`s predictable about the flu is that it`s unpredictable.

  • There had been more cases reported earlier in this flu season than you might normally see.

  • The spread of the flu seems to have slowed down in some areas around the U.S. , but on the other hand, there are 47 states that have reported wide spread flu activity.

  • It doesn`t reflect how severe the flu is, just how far it`s spread, but some places like New York state and the city of Boston have declared public health emergencies because of the flu.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It`s time for a "Shoutout Extra Credit"

  • "Radiance" and "Rosebud" are code names for which pair of sisters?

  • You know what to do, is it Malia and Sasha Obama, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush or Serena and Venus Williams.

  • Put another three seconds on the clock and go.

  • "Radiance" and "Rosebud" are the U.S. Secret Service code names of Malia and Sasha Obama.

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

  • AZUZ: There are some perks when you part of the first family, you get your own code name, that`s kind of cool.

  • You get to live in the White House.

  • But when your father is the president, it can also mean a lot of attention on you.

  • Malia Obama is around the age of a lot of you, and we`d like you to think about what your were like four years ago, how you`ve changed over that time and now what it would be like to do that in a public eye.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Congratulations, Mr. President.

  • AZUZ: All right, before we go today, we`ve got a super story out of St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • Kids at a Children`s Hospital there got a big surprise.

  • They looked out of their windows last week.

  • Check it out: Spiderman looking back in at them.

  • The wall crawler wasn`t just hanging around, he was washing windows.

  • The regular window washing crew wore spidy outfits.

  • Kids got a huge kick out of this, and the slew of Spiderman enjoyed getting to make the patient`s day.

  • In fact, it seemed like everyone was awashed with excitement.

  • You know how Spiderman watched the CNN STUDENT NEWS?

  • On the Web.

  • On the Web.

  • And we hope you will too when we come back tomorrow. I`m Carl Azuz, have a great day.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: For month, the National Hockey League season has been on ice.

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