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  • From the snowbound southeast, I`m Carl Azuz with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We`ve got some interesting info today on winter weather, and we`re starting in the district that`s pretty used to it.

  • The District of Columbia. Congress has raised the roof on the U.S. debt limit.

  • Currently, the national debt is $17.2 trillion. What lawmakers did is suspend the limit.

  • They didn`t raise it to a specific dollar figure. They just voted to allow the government to continue borrowing money.

  • However much it believes it needs to borrow until March of 2015.

  • The bipartisan policy center estimates the government will add about a trillion more dollars to the debt between now and then.

  • The House of Representatives passed this plan on Tuesday.

  • The Senate passed it yesterday. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

  • The story here at the American southeast can be summed up in this headline and the ice that covers it.

  • The Georgia capital virtually shut down by winter weather two weeks ago, it`s getting hit with another snow and ice storm.

  • We`d show you what that looks like from our roof here at CNN, but this is the current view from our tower cam, so you see why that wouldn`t work.

  • It`s a relatively rare event for this part of the country.

  • You can see the line of freezing precipitation curling up the eastern seaboard yesterday, expected to last through Thursday from the South to Maryland and Delaware.

  • Atlanta was expecting three to five inches of accumulation.

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, up to ten inches.

  • Parts of Virginia, 14 inches. Roads were closed, schools and businesses were closed, church and entertainment events canceled.

  • Emergency workers were doing all they could to keep people safe. With winter advisory stretched over 22 states.

  • We`re not kidding. We`re not just crying wolf. It is serious business.

  • Weather-related incidents killed at least five people including three in Texas and two in Mississippi.

  • We`re facing an icing event that is very unusual for the metropolitan (ph) region in the state of Georgia.

  • Officials say once you get past a quarter-inch of ice, power lines are in big trouble.

  • We`re talking about places seeing even upward of an inch.

  • And officials warn those power outages could be widespread. Look at that. It`s like a ghost town in the entire city of Atlanta.

  • Sleet, ice and snow canceling thousands of flights.

  • Get your batteries out to get your flashlights out, to get your transistor radio out.

  • Wherever you are, you need to plan on stand there for a while.

  • One major danger here is ice. Part of the reason so many flights were canceled is because ice coats airplane wings,

  • disrupting in the way air flows over them, hindering their ability to fly.

  • Pilots can`t land on it, just like drivers without tire chains can`t drive on it.

  • Ice coats trees, weighing them down and branches eventually break, taking out power lines as they fall.

  • Almost half of million Americans were in the dark, many without heat yesterday.

  • Utility company said they expected more to lose power as precipitation continued.

  • Some folks ask, why we don`t bury power lines to get them out of the way.

  • For one thing, it could cost about six times more than suspending them above the ground.

  • It takes a long time to do, and when underground power lines fail, it takes longer to fix them.

  • Another winter danger in areas that get a lot of snow, avalanches.

  • The snowmobiler who captured this on his helmet cam, says he was pushed about 100 feet. He made it out OK.

  • When officials know the conditions are right for an avalanche, one that way they can deal with it, is by setting off explosives, causing an intended controlled avalanche.

  • But they can`t keep tabs on every mountainside people will visit.

  • And six people have recently been killed in avalanches in Colorado, Oregon and Utah.

  • In the back country, remote areas where skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers enjoy untouched powder, the snow isn`t groomed.

  • It may not be monitored. The danger is higher, so the need for emergency equipment is higher.

  • A back country ski outing in Switzerland that is about to turn into a horrifying experience.

  • Christopher Carlson, who was wearing a helmet cam, came very close to documenting his own death.

  • It`s an avalanche. He`s buried about five feet under the snow, unable to move.

  • (yelling)

  • Carlson is hoping the skiers he was with, find him before he suffocates.

  • And they do. He`s a very lucky man.

  • On the average, in the U.S., 28 people die each year from avalanches, often with hundreds of tons of snow plummeting down the mountain.

  • I skied at Colorado`s Copper Mountain with one of the top avalanche experts in the United States.

  • How are the conditions? Good for skiing.

  • Ethan Greene is the director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

  • His state agency`s responsibility in part, to forecast the probability of avalanches.

  • This is Mayflower Gulch.

  • And he takes me away from the resort and into the back country, where most avalanches occur to learn about the three essentials for back country skiers.

  • beacon, probe, shovel. beacon, probe, shovel. That`s right.

  • Those are the three things you have to have with you. That`s right.

  • The beacon. We all put on one of this and turn them on, so they are transmitting.

  • They are sending out a signal and then later in the day, if you get buried in an avalanche, I`ll be able to set mine to receive, pick up your signal and locate you.

  • The probe and the shovel. Yeah. This is a three meter probe poll.

  • So what this allows me to do, is once I get your general location with the beacon, I can pinpoint you with this probe and then use the shovel to dig down to the tip.

  • There`s also this fourth item(inaudible). And that can keep you above the rampaging snow threatening to bury you. The airbag pack.

  • Time for The Shoutout. Which of these words is a synonym for morality?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it vitriol, rectitude, mortality or acrimonious. You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • Call it rectitude, morality or virtue, but it all has to do with choosing right over wrong. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • If you`ve spent any time around babies, so we are talking children three to six months in age, you know they can express themselves.

  • Smiling when happy, crying when - well, whenever. But do they know right from wrong? Good from bad?

  • Do babies have a sense of morality?

  • A scientist at Yale University says psychologists have long felt that babies knew nothing in that area.

  • One study is changing that, but there is a caveat.

  • These babies at Yale University`s Infant Cognition Center are here to watch a puppet show.

  • A show designed to illustrate examples of good and band behavior.

  • Watch as this puppet struggles to open a box.

  • A green bunny comes along and helps to open the box.

  • Green bunny is nice and helpful. Then, an orange bunny comes along and slams the box shut.

  • The orange bunny is mean and unhelpful. But what does this mean to six-months old and three months old babies?

  • After repeated shows, they are presented with two puppets.

  • The nice green bunny and the mean orange bunny. Which one will they choose?

  • Over 80 percent of babies like the nice puppet.

  • So we see babies recognizing good and bad characters.

  • But do they then try to avoid the bad guy?

  • The good bunny has one graham cracker, the bad bunny has two. Which one will the babies choose?

  • Over 80 percent of babies will take one cracker from the nice guy avoiding the mean guy, even though he has one more cracker.

  • But if the mean guy has eight crackers, and the nice guy just one cracker?

  • Now, which one will the baby choose?

  • 65 percent of babies will take the crackers from the mean guy.

  • According to the study, more crackers means more willingness to overlook dealing with the bad guy.

  • No bunnies, but plenty of birds in today`s CNN STUDENT NEWS Roll Call.

  • Watching us with eagle eyes from Lancaster, California, the Lancaster High School Eagles are on today`s roll.

  • Flying north for the winter, we`ve got the Cardinals of Fairmount Junior Senior High School. Hello to everyone in Fairmount, Minnesota.

  • And we`ll fly down the Mississippi River to get a bird`s eye view of the blue jays. Glad you`re watching in Liberty, Missouri.

  • Wail now. Here`s something you don`t see every day.

  • Sky diver was taking a camera along for the ride, but the camera apparently jumped before the sky diver, falling out of the plane.

  • The sky diver never found it, but somebody did.

  • A person who owns this pig pen says the camera was found with this footage on it eight months after it fell from the sky.

  • The proof posted on YouTube.

  • For the skydiver, it was one trough break. It`s a poor sign of camera handling.

  • For the animal, no pig deal. For the rest of us, pretty oink credible.

  • But that probably won`t happen again until pigs fly.

  • You knew we`d be bacon up some puns. It`s inporcent to me because I`ve always been kind of a ham.

  • It eats up our time for today, but CNN STUDENT NEWS will be back on camera tomorrow. I`m Carl Azuz.

From the snowbound southeast, I`m Carl Azuz with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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