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  • CNN STUDENT NEWS is back in session. I`m Carl Azuz, hope your Tuesday is going well so far.

  • First up, with U.S. combat troops out of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan winding down, the U.S. government wants to shrink its military.

  • This could affect some of you who are planning to go into the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says there are difficult decisions ahead,

  • as the plan is to reduce the military to the size it was before World War II.

  • The government wants to cut costs and take advantage of modern military technology,

  • but Congress has to approve the reduced budget, and some lawmakers may not be on board.

  • Since 9/11 the U.S. military has bulked up its resources, enabling it to wage wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and a global war on terror.

  • Now, in a carefully crafted plan announced Monday at the Pentagon, the military says it will scale back to force levels not seen since before World War II.

  • We must now adopt, innovate and make difficult decisions to ensure that our military remains ready and capable.

  • The details: the Army will reduce its forces from a high of 570,000 to around 450,000 troops.

  • The Marine Corps will cut its forces by 8,000. Or about four percent.

  • And the elimination of the A-10 "Warthog" attack jet, which would save $3.5 billion over five years.

  • Our recommendations favor a smaller and more capable force.

  • Putting a premium on rapidly deployable self-sustained platforms that can defeat more technologically advanced adversaries.

  • The cuts not only reflect a changing political climate, but also an evolution in how the military engages its enemies.

  • Case in point, cyber warfare and special operations will not be impacted.

  • If you`re going to conduct counter terrorism operations,

  • it relies more heavily on great intelligence and great technology.

  • Critics argue fewer resources will leave the U.S. more vulnerable to attacks at home and abroad.

  • Hagel recognized these cuts do not come without uncertainty.

  • Our future force will assume additional risk in certain areas.

  • The Pentagon will present its plan to Congress next week. In Washington, I`m Karin Caifa.

  • We don`t get many snow days here in the South, we don`t get much snow.

  • I remember Saturday school once to make up for a winter storm we did get.

  • But after a particularly brutal snow stormy winter, this is an issue that a lot of schools from the Midwest to the East Coast are dealing with.

  • How do you fulfill a typical 180 day school year with so many days off from school?

  • Here`s our colleague from cnn.com Jamie Gumbrecht.

  • Well, hey, Carl. Many schools around the country are dealing with snow days in the double digits,

  • and as much as you love them, your teachers hate them.

  • Instead of adding days to the end of the school year or cutting spring break, some schools are trying something new: virtual school days.

  • About 2,000 students from Pascack Valley regional high school district in New Jersey, tried this month after snow days piled on.

  • By 8 a.m., students were required to crack up in their school provided laptops, so they could participate in English class discussions, finish up their algebra problems or ask teachers questions.

  • Don`t think it was just a little extra homework.

  • Although students took breaks to shovel snow or make lunch,

  • most said it took them until 3 p.m. to finish up all their assignments and yes, this counted toward their grades.

  • No word yet on whether the New Jersey Department of Education will count Pascack Valley Regional`s virtual day as a full day of school, but don`t think you are off the hook, if you don`t have a computer provided by the school.

  • With so many snow days, teachers around the country said they are looking for ways to keep students on track while they are stuck at home.

  • Some are asking students who have Internet access to check class Web sites and complete their assignments,

  • even if you think you should be sleeping in and drinking hot chocolate. Thanks, Carl.

  • See if you can I.D. me. I hosted the Summer Olympics back in 2008.

  • I`m the second largest city in the world`s most populated country.

  • I was named China`s capital in 1949.

  • I`m Beijing! Home to 15.5 million people and lots of smog.

  • Partially surrounded by mountains, home to heavy industrial factories, rife with heavy traffic:

  • this is what Beijing looks like under a smog alert.

  • It`s a code orange, the second highest level of smog pollution, according to a new measuring system.

  • Beijing has never hit code orange before. Some factories have closed.

  • People use air filters in their homes and wear face masks when they are out and about.

  • Thankfully, a cold front is in the forecast later this week, and the wind is expected to blow away some pollution.

  • China`s government says fireworks are partly to blame for this:

  • the Lunar New Year, a major holiday in China was celebrated this month.

  • Smog from fireworks is apparently still hanging around.

  • If car shows allow manufacturers to show off their latest vehicles and their coolest concepts,

  • fashion week is the same thing for clothing designers.

  • There are major fashion week events throughout the year in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

  • The one in Milan, Italy just wrapped up.

  • And while you can expect big showings from Armani, Gucci, Prada, what about smaller houses?

  • Think of Milan and you think of fashion. And some of couture`s most powerful global brands.

  • As world top design, technology is taking center stage.

  • Sunday, (INAUDIBLE) drones promote that autumn winter collection on the catwalk.

  • This, biannual fashion extravaganza boasts more than 150 shows.

  • The Italian masters still rule with insiders agreeing that (INAUDIBLE) coming designers have struggled to earn a place alongside them.

  • For several years, we`ve all felt that it`s been very much dominated by the big houses.

  • So, when somebody relatively new comes along, it`s just a pleasure to see a new face, a new concept, new esthetic in Milan.

  • Fausto Puglisi is one of those new faces.

  • Hailed as the next Gianni Versace, he presented his first collection at fashion week last October.

  • Now his focus is all on this week`s show.

  • Much more nervous than the first. How do you guys, you know, you have expectation from people,

  • and then all the time you have to do more, and better, and better.

  • Nurturing emerging talent is crucial towards a huge business.

  • Italian National Chamber of Fashion estimates that the industry will be worth nearly $90 billion this year.

  • They young people are the future of any business.

  • I believe in that the young people are going to make the difference.

  • That we need to nurture them. I say we can do lots of mentoring to help them - to get help them way through the various problems that can be not only being creators (ph), but running businesses.

  • Milan has always (INAUDIBLE) with Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci, but new ideas, technology and the next generation, as we`ve seen here at Milan Fashion week, are certainly shaking up the industry.

  • Some call them coyotes, some call them coyotes, we are calling them on today`s roll.

  • In San Tan Valley, Arizona, shoutout to the students of Combs High School.

  • Up north now, the Highline Hawks of Chester-Joplin- Inverness High School are watching.

  • We find them in Chester, Montana.

  • And in Greenville, South Carolina, glad to see the patriots - the students of J-L Mann High School. Thanks for watching, yo.

  • I was once home to the Minnesota Vikings, once home to the Minnesota Twins, once named the worst stadium in the U.S.

  • It stands no more. Well, most of it, anyway.

  • The Metrodome was partially brought down on Sunday by 84 charges of dynamite. This isn`t the first collapse at the stadium.

  • Heavy snow and high wind brought its Teflon roof down in 2010.

  • This time, though, it won`t be repaired.

  • A new stadium is being built nearby for the Vikings.

  • In the meantime, the NFL team is playing at the University of Minnesota.

  • A spelling bee that never ends.

  • Fifth graders Sophia Hoffman and seventh grader Kush Sharma are great spellers.

  • After they went 66 rounds in their county spelling bee, administrators ran out of words.

  • It was a T, I, E. And I don`t think the words were too easy.

  • Scherzo, Fantocchini, Intaglio, Schadenfreude, they got all of those right.

  • They`ll compete again next month, the winter represents Jackson County Missouri at the Scripts National Spelling Bee.

  • Will their skills spell out success?

  • They`ll decide whether they`ll get to bee or not to bee there, at least you know what the buzz is all about.

  • CNN STUDENT NEWS will be back after a spell.

  • We`ll see you W, E, D, N, E, S, D, A, Y. Because you`re going to love it. I`m Carl Azuz.

CNN STUDENT NEWS is back in session. I`m Carl Azuz, hope your Tuesday is going well so far.

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2014年2月25日 - 字幕付きCNN学生ニュース (February 25, 2014 - CNN Student News with subtitles)

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