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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

CNN News for Students - April 5 - with Transcript and Questions

Watch the first 3 minutes of today's CNN News for students

  • do the 4 Multiple Choice Questions and 
  • read the Transcript made by CNN. I will try to improve the transcript since it was made in a rush.
Students try to answer the questions BEFORE reading the transcript.

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The important point about the first news story concerning 9/11 trials is that:
A- Obama has not kept his promise.
B - Most Americans want terrorist suspects tried in civilian courts, not military courts.
C - Most Americans don't want 9/11 terrorist suspects tried in the USA.
Key word: "try" in a court of law: To examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process, in a trial.
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Second news story concerning "Plane Investigation":
A - The Boeing-737 airplane is an old model
B - 79 people were hurt in the accident.
C - Southwest airlines has not found any other airplanes with cracks.
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Third news story concerning "Air France Mystery":
A - The flight data recorder (the black box) is damaged.
B - The flight data recorder (the black box) has not been found yet.
C - If they find the black box, it will probably end the mystery.
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Fourth news story concerning "Japan Radiation Fears":
A - The combination of a tsunami and earthquake is simply too destructive for an old nuclear plant like this one.
B - Japanese officials say they have several choices, but they prefer to dump millions of gallons of radioactive water into the sea.
C - Japanese officials say they have not yet used a great deal of water to prevent a meltdown.

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What to do: Type the 4 letters which are the answers to the 4 Questions, for example " C - A - B - A" as a comment to this post,  and ask any questions or/and let me know if you find a mistake in the transcript :-)
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You're locked in for 10 minutes of commercial-free news headlines! My name is Carl Azuz, it is Tuesday, April 5th and CNN Student News is up and running.
1 - First Up: Change in Plan
AZUZ: The Obama Administration announced yesterday afternoon, that five suspected 9/11 terrorists will get military trials at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Here's why that's significant: before he won the 2008 election, candidate Obama promised he'd close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. And his Justice Department said the terrorism suspects would be tried in civilian courts -- not by military tribunals. Most Americans didn't want those suspects tried in civilian courts. When Attorney General Eric Holder announced the trials at Guantanamo, he criticized Congress for restricting the Justice Department's ability to prosecute the five suspects.
2 - Plane Investigation
AZUZ: Hundreds of flights aboard Southwest Airlines have been canceled over the past few days. It's because one of its Boeing-737 passenger jets had a problem on Friday: this. A hole measuring five feet long and one foot wide. It opened up over passengers' heads on a flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Sacramento, California. The pilots made an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona, and no one was seriously injured. Southwest grounded 79 of its planes to check them out afterward. The model with the problem is an older one. One that's not made anymore. Southwest found indications of cracks in three other aircraft while dozens of others have been inspected and returned to the flight line.
3 - Air France Mystery
AZUZ: It's not known exactly what caused the crash of an Air France jet two years ago, though. Flight 447 was traveling from Paris to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, when it went down in the southern Atlantic ocean. That was on June first, 2009. And until recently, large parts of the plane had not been found. On Monday, though, a French government minister said search teams located this: what's believed to be the wreckage of the Airbus 330 plane. The 228 people aboard were killed in the crash. And even if the flight data recorder is located, it's possible it won't be working anymore because of corrosion and water pressure. This area of the Atlantic typically has rough and quickly changing weather.
4 - Japan Radiation Fears
AZUZ: This is a shot of radioactive water leaking from one of Japan's damaged nuclear reactors. It's spilling into the Pacific Ocean. Japanese workers have tried a couple different methods to stop this leak; nothing has worked yet. But because so much water has been used to prevent a nuclear meltdown, Japanese officials say they have no choice but to intentionally dump millions of gallons, into the sea. They're hoping a planned silt fence will keep radioactive material from spreading into the ocean. This is just one of the major problems caused by Japan's March 11th earthquake and tsunami -- it killed more than 12,000 people; more than 15,000 are still missing. And Kyung Lah explains how concerns about nuclear contamination are reaching far beyond Japan.


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