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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Two weeks since the start of a partial government shutdown, two days before a deadline for the U.S. debt ceiling.

  • Some political leaders say they are closer on a deal.

  • Yesterday, one possibility was offered by Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

  • It would set aside funds to end the shutdown, increase the debt ceiling and address parts of the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare.

  • That`s been one focus of the debates in Washington.

  • Nothing is finalized.

  • Any deal would have to be passed by the House and the Senate and then signed by the president.

  • But Senate leaders say they are feeling more positive.

  • SEN. HARRY REID (D) MAJORITY LEADER: I`m very optimistic, and we reach - we will reach an agreement that`s reasonable in nature this week.

  • SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R ) MINORITY LEADER: And we`ve had an opportunity over the last couple of days to have some very constructive exchanges of use (ph) about how to move forward.

  • Those discussions continue, and I share his optimism that we`re going to get a result that will be acceptable to both sides.

  • AZUZ: One position you wouldn`t expect to find on an NFL team, an infectious disease specialist,

  • but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are working with one to deal with something that`s now affected three players: MRSA.

  • It`s a nasty little bacteria that might look like a pimple or spider bite on someone infected.

  • MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

  • What that means, is that it`s hard to cure because regular antibiotics don`t phase it.

  • Three players in Tampa Bay have been diagnosed with the MRSA infection.

  • They are cornerback Jonathan Banks, guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes.

  • We don`t know yet how they got MRSA, but one way it can spread is through skin to skin contact.

  • People can also get it when they touch something with the bacteria on it.

  • That`s more likely in places with shared equipment, so think hospitals, gyms and locker rooms.

  • Depending on the severity of the infection, it is possible to continue playing after being treated.

  • Carl Nicks did that before his infection recurred.

  • It`s not necessarily life-threatening, if treated.

  • And the NFL has dealt with dozens of cases before.

  • Ways to prevent MRSA spread include washing your hands, showering right after exercising,

  • but without sharing soaps or towels, keeping your cuts covered and washing and drying your workout clothes.

  • As for the Bucs, they`ve had their locker room sanitized and they say they`ll everything they can to stop MRSA from spreading any further.

  • ANNOUNCER: Is this legit?

  • Islam is the world`s second largest religion.

  • It`s true. Christianity is a largest religion and Islam is second largest with around 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide.

  • AZUZ: Some of these Muslims are gathering in Saudi Arabia right now.

  • They are in the city of Mecca for an annual event called Hajj.

  • Hajj is a pilgrimage, a religious journey to Mecca.

  • And making that journey is one of the five pillars of Islam.

  • One of the religion`s fundamental practices.

  • Most years, about 2 million Muslims perform Hajj.

  • It involves several days of detailed rituals, some of them take place around the Kaaba,

  • that`s the large cube shaped structure you see right here.

  • It` s a shrine, and for Muslims it`s the most sacred spot on Earth.

  • Every Muslim who is physically and financially able to go, is supposed to perform Haj at least once in his or her life.

  • Every Muslim who is physically and financially able to go, is supposed to perform Haj at least once in his or her life.

  • Those who do can add Al Haj of Haji to their name.

  • Your economics classes teach you about supply and demand.

  • Part of that concept says if there`s demand for something and the supply goes down, the price will go up.

  • If the product is something like fish, then a drop a supply can have an environmental impact along with an economic one.

  • In Hong Kong some high tech fishermen want to resupply by raising fish indoors.

  • DEAN IRVINE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The catch of the day landed at Hong Kong`s Aberdeen fish market.

  • While this huge grouper is set to make a local dining table grown, the city`s live fish industry is facing leaner times.

  • MR. LEE, FISHERMAN (through translator): Business? It`s quite hard to do business now because there`s not much supply, they are just not that many fish in the sea.

  • IRVINE: Yet the demand for life seafood in Hong Kong and mainland China continues to grow:

  • each day, boats unload around 30 tons of fish at this market, with wild fish coming from hundreds of miles away.

  • MR. CHOI, FISH SHOP OWNER (through translator): Actually, there aren`t many fish from local waters.

  • I think less than five percent of them.

  • Only around 20 percent of our fish docs come from the sea.

  • Most of them, around 80 percent, are from fish farms.

  • IRVINE: Fish farms like this one have thrived with the decline of wild fish stocks.

  • They are starting to attract some big fish.

  • In a high rise in the city, the science of fish farming is being perfected.

  • LLOYD MOSKALIK, MANAGING DIRECTOR, OCEANETHIX: So, that there are 80,000 tons of water seating on the 15th floor, of the industrial building.

  • IRVINE: Oceanethix is operating an environmentally friendly system to grow and keep live fish indoors.

  • Their operation looks like a scene from a science fiction movie, with the blue lights simulating the deep sea.

  • MOSKALIK: The ones we`re growing at the moment, the most expensive would be selling for about 90 to 100 U.S. dollars a kilogram.

  • Wholesale, prices have been ratcheting up on ten to 15 percent per annum for the past five or six years.

  • IRVINE: And that means, good business.

  • Live fish are a billion dollar a year industry.

  • AZUZ: Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up today, the celebration recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

  • Christian Figueroa is a good example.

  • He`s been a professional opera singer since he was 16, in this installment of Korea connections you`re going to learn about his journey.

  • First, listen to him sing in this YouTube video.

  • CHRISTIAN FIGUEROA: Hi, guys, my name is Christian Figueroa.

  • I`m from Sanwan (ph), Puerto Rico, and I`m a professional opera singer.

  • At an early age, I started - it started seeping into my body, into my bones.

  • And I became a fan of classical music, I became a fan of jazz.

  • But music appreciation in general.

  • And so, that took me to middle school choirs, middle school performances, church choirs.

  • High school performances of all types.

  • There is different obstacles in life.

  • Yes, I`ve had several, you know, but I get really good advice when I was actually graduating from college,

  • I paid attention, to this long speech and I remember the speaking saying you will all fail,

  • but those of you who get right back up and continue to go forward, will have a career.

  • You know what I love about my job?

  • Is having the opportunity to express myself.

  • This is one of my favorite areas from the opera Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart.

  • It`s called Una Uram Amorosa.

  • (singing) (speaking Spanish) (singing).

  • I wish you all the very best of luck in your - pursuit of your dreams.

  • AZUZ: You just never know who or what might show up in our "Roll Call".

  • Today, definitely has some unique mascots.

  • We`re going to ease a (inaudible) with the dragons from Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • But over in Texas, we`ve got the Skidos (ph) - the Skidos (ph) from Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas.

  • Dots might sound a little confusing as a mascot, but it all makes sense when we tell you, they are from Poca High School in West Virginia.

  • Yeah, the poca dots. They are making their mark on today`s "Roll Call."

  • West Orange High in Florida gets its own segment - the school is getting some media attention, because of its new homecoming king and queen.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She doesn`t have a worry in the world, and you just - she`s never in the bad mood, ever.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She`s a beautiful girl, not just outside, but inside also.

  • AZUZ: They are talking about Simone Edkins and Trezvon Babahante (ph), West Oranges homecoming king and queen.

  • When they won their crowns district officials said it was the first time they could think of the two students with Down syndrome were named king and queen.

  • Their teacher said he couldn`t be more proud of the school and the quarterback who`s also in the running for king, said homecoming is about bringing people together and having fun.

  • He says that`s what Baba and Simone do.

  • HAYDEN GRIFFITTS, FOOTBALL CAPTAIN: We`re not doing this because we feel bad for them, or anything like that.

  • We`re doing this because we genuinely like Baba and Simone.

  • AZUZ: Last week we featured a dog versus three chickens.

  • Didn`t seem like a fair fight.

  • That means this bout should be really one sided.

  • That crab knows its fighting outside its weight class, right?

  • I don`t know which is more embarrassing for the dog.

  • Being featured on YouTube or being shown up by a crab on YouTube.

  • Maybe the dog`s regular sparring partner didn`t show up.

  • The crab maybe a mismatch on paper, but it`ll do in the pincher.

  • Maybe the crab is just trying to rope the dog in.

  • If so, it`s playing an elaborate shell game.

  • Maybe you can go eight rounds - OK, nine,

  • but if it thinks it can last any longer once that dog decides to let loose, it`s just barking up the wrong tree.

  • Hopefully, those puns don`t put you in a crabby mood.

  • If so, we`ll claw our way back tomorrow.

  • Have a great day.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Two weeks since the start of a partial government shutdown, two days before a deadline for the U.S. debt ceiling.

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