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  • Thank you for starting the last week of February with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • I`m Carl Azuz with ten minutes of commercial free headlines for the classroom.

  • There`s a big question hovering over Ukraine right now. Who is in charge of the country?

  • It doesn`t look like it`s President Viktor Yanukovych.

  • Over the weekend, Ukraine`s parliament voted to throw him out,

  • appointed parliament Speaker Olexander Turchinov to take on presidential duties and scheduled new elections for late May.

  • Yanukovych left the capital of Kiev saying he was forced out by vandalism, crime and a coup.

  • But he also said he was still Ukraine`s legitimate leader and didn`t plan to resign.

  • This all happened during protests in the capital.

  • Some Ukrainians like the president want ties with Russia, some want closer ties with the European Union.

  • People are mourning the dozens, who`ve died in recent clashes between the two sides.

  • We don`t know where the president is. We don`t know what will happen next in Ukraine.

  • Our second story today, closing ceremonies from Sochi, Russia is the 22 Olympic Winter Games officially wrapped up last night.

  • Spectacular fireworks and large scale choreography ringed the occasion.

  • The Paralympics start early next month. As far as the final Olympic medal count goes, Russia got the most gold medals and the most medals overall.

  • The first time the host country has done that since 1952.

  • Russia has 33 medals, the U.S. took home 28 medals overall, and in order with 26, 25 and 24 medals Norway, Canada and the Netherlands.

  • But as the athletes headed home the nations all over the worlds, medals and the Olympic experience weren`t the only things they took with them.

  • Gus Kenworthy, a U.S. Olympic silver medalist in freestyle skiing, took home some dogs, five of them,

  • there were thousands of strays living around Sochi in the lead up to the games.

  • Kenworthy loves dogs. When a friend showed him a photo of four puppies and their mother who needed home, he decided to adopt them taking home a dog family to his human family in the states.

  • The top judicial branch of the U.S. government is about to hear a case involving the executive and legislative branches.

  • If Congress doesn`t pass a law on a particular issue, how much authority does the White House have?

  • That`s one questions before the Supreme Court, the other involves gun rights.

  • There`s no shortage of controversy before the court.

  • On Monday, the justices could decide to take cases that could significantly expand gun rights.

  • The National Rifle Association is challenging a Texas concealed carry law that bans anyone under 21 from carrying guns in public.

  • The NRA argues that Second Amendment right of self-defense extends to responsible 18 to 20 year olds, as well.

  • And the NRA is appealing a federal ban on selling handguns to minors saying that also violates Second Amendment rights.

  • After the Supreme Court recognized the individual right to have guns,

  • the question became what type of limitations should be put on that right?

  • Also, on Monday the court hears the case that could test the limits of President Obama`s push to use his executive power when Congress won`t act.

  • This time on climate change. At issue, whether the EPA went too far.

  • When without congressional approval it limited carbon emissions from power plants, factories and other sources of greenhouse gases beyond cars and trucks.

  • On the constitutional side, this is a classic conflict between Congress and the White House.

  • Congress has refused to give the president what he wants and now the EPA is going it alone.

  • Is this legit: In the U.S., the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

  • This is legit! The United States government requires employers to pay workers at least $7.25 per hour.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.

  • It takes an active Congress to raise the federal minimum wage.

  • It last went up in 2009. Two major things happen that`s done. One, minimum wage workers make more money, which can help their standard of living,

  • two, businesses have to pay employees more, which can hurt their ability to stay in business.

  • That`s why better pay, but fewer jobs is usually part of this debate.

  • This is not just a good policy. It also happens to be good politics.

  • President Obama (INAUDIBLE) top initiatives raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, and now he`d been praised on Gap.inc.

  • A company he hopes will be a trendsetter. Gap, the parent company of Banana Republic Old Navy and Athleta stores announced this week it will raise the minimum wage for 65,000 employees to $9.00 by June of this year, and $10, 00 a year later.

  • They are still not paying me enough to be able to survive.

  • Luis Vasquez (ph) makes $8 an hour at a McDonald`s in New York City,

  • fast food workers and the unions that support them have publicly lobbied for a much bigger pay hike, $15.

  • $15 an hour would allow me to move into my own place and be able to pay my own bills.

  • But in New Jersey, Dolores Riley says if her payroll cost go any higher,

  • she could be forced to shut down her daycare business.

  • I don`t know if I can make it. I really don`t think I can afford it.

  • When New Jersey raised its minimum wage to $8.25 an hour in January, Riley says out of fairness, she felt she had to increase every employer`s salary.

  • Not just the lowest earner. Riley estimates she`ll pay an additional $10,000 to $15,000 in payroll this year.

  • Which is a lot of money. I mean I`m not a rich company. I`m certainly not the Gap.

  • The president is calling for more companies to follow the Gap`s lead along with action from Congress.

  • I`m going to be seeking Republicans who are - to work with us.

  • This week, the Congressional Budget Office released its minimum wage report,

  • one that adds fuel to both sides of a national debate.

  • To Republicans, the CBO report, well, it kind of hammers home their point, that if you raise the minimum wage, you kill a lot of jobs.

  • Democrats in the White House, they reject that argument and they point to a different part of the report that says nearly a million people will be raised out of poverty.

  • Alexandra Field, CNN, New York.

  • Welcome to the Roll Call. This Monday, we are moving across the American South, starting in Sharpsburg, Georgia.

  • East Coweta High School is on today`s roll.

  • Hello to the Indians. Two states West, in Mississippi, we are glad to be online in Hattiesburg,

  • that`s home to the Oak Grove High School Warriors and two states west of them, in Allen, Texas, it`s all about the Eagles. They are watching at Allen High Schoo

  • Now, a different sort of Roll Call. One that names those who were in the highest military decoration a U.S. service man or woman can get.

  • For 12 years, Congress has been investigating whether some Americans weren`t awarded the Medal of Honor because of their race or ethnicity.

  • The review found 19 people who the government says were discriminated against.

  • They are among the 24 veterans whose actions will be honored next month.

  • Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris was just 19, when he became a green beret. He volunteered to go to Vietnam.

  • In 1969, under heavy fire hit multiple times, bleeding, he rescued dead and wounded troops.

  • The Army says he showed determination possessed by few men and his ability to lead has rarely been equaled.

  • Today, at 72 with his wife of 51 years, Mary, the pride, the dignity and now - a wrong will be made right.

  • Morris is one of 24 veterans who decades late will receive the nation`s highest military distinction, the Medal of Honor.

  • It is a roll call of bravery and heroism above and beyond the call of duty for men who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

  • Only Morris and two other Vietnam veterans are still living.

  • In 2002, Congress ordered a review of Jewish and Hispanic veterans war records.

  • To find out who may have suffered discrimination and not been awarded the honors they deserved.

  • Potential African American discrimination was also found. All are now being recognized.

  • I`d heard rumors to the fact that there were certain people who - people thought should have received the Medal of Honor.

  • Retired Marine and Vietnam vet Harvey Barnum received his Medal of Honor in 1967.

  • His unit also under intense fire, with complete disregard for his safety,

  • he moved to save others. Now, he has just one message for the Vietnam survivors.

  • I look forward to put my arms around them and call them brother and say welcome home.

  • Putting arms around someone and welcoming them home.

  • Ties in nicely to our last story today.

  • Three-year old Bridget Karr (ph) had no idea what was in the large box during her birthday party.

  • But this president unwrapped itself. Her dad, her dad who`d been deployed in Afghanistan for four months.

  • When he found out he`d be coming home a couple of weeks early, on the day of her party, he presented her with himself.

  • He posted this on YouTube, so other family members could see it, but it went viral as an excellent example of thinking inside the box.

  • That`ll box out today`s edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We`re back tomorrow. That should come as no surprise. We hope you`ll gift to see us then.

Thank you for starting the last week of February with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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