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Aired August 12, 2014 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to ten minutes of commercial free current events. I`m Carl Azuz. And this is CNN STUDENT NEWS. Hope your Tuesday

is going well.

Today`s show starts with the dramatic rescue out of Iraq. ISIS, or Islamic State is the name of a brutal terrorist group that`s fighting for control

of Iraq. It`s been murdering civilians who don`t practice ISIS`s strict interpretation of Islam. That includes the Yazidis, a group whose religion

is older than Islam. ISIS trapped tens of thousands of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar northwestern Iraq. Conditions are so bad for these civilians that

about 20,000 of them fled to Syria, a country currently at civil war. A CNN reporter was aboard a helicopter delivering supplies, diapers, food,

shoes. When the aircraft landed, a desperate group of people pushed children, the injured, the elderly, about 20 in all aboard the chopper for


Despite being shot at by ISIS fighters on these flights, Iraqi forces have been able to rescue about 100 to 150 people a day like this. But dozens of

Yazidis have died on this mountain. They are facing hunger, thirst and extreme temperatures.

We mentioned yesterday that so much had happened over the summer. Another nation at conflict is Ukraine. On one side, there`s the relatively new

Ukrainian government. Its present was elected in May, a couple of months after Ukraine`s previous leader was forced out. The new government has

(INAUDIBLE) itself and signed the trade deal with the European Union. It also has the support of the United States. On the other side, separatists

who want Ukraine to have closer ties with Russia.

They are fighting for control of areas in eastern Ukraine and the U.S. accuses Russia of helping these rebels. It has increased sanctions,

economic punishments on Russia for its alleged role in Ukraine. As the fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists flared over the summer, a

Malaysia Airlines plane, flight MH-17 was apparently shot down as it flew over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people aboard were killed.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would like to welcome our viewers here in the United States and around the world. There is breaking news at this moment.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Obviously, the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia Ukraine


NOAH SNEIDER, FREELANCE JOURNALIST: There`s bodies (INAUDIBLE) these fields, everything rained down in bitsy pieces.

NAJIB RAZAK, MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER: Malaysia is unable to verify the cost of this tragedy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The U.S. has now concluded the plane was shut down, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Unknown to the world, pro-Russian rebels secretly moved a heavy arsenal of weapons into place days ago. A surface to air

missile system had been turned on in a separatist controlled area in eastern Ukraine.

SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: We cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems.

VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (through translation): No one should have the right to use this tragedy to achieve selfish political objectives.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R) FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Vladimir Putin is literally getting away with murder.

CHRIS CUOMO, ANCHOR, CNN`S NEW DAY: This is the final resting place of MH- 17. It literally crash-landed in a middle of a battlefield.

OBAMA: Unfortunately, the Russian-backed separatists who control the area continue to block the investigation.

JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: Today we have reports of drunken separatists piling the remains of people into trucks.

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We are talking about a wide range of investigators and experts who are on the scene and we need the

thugs who are toting guns, who are backed by the Russians to give them the access. They need to do their job.


AZUZ: Next story today takes us to Ferguson, Missouri. To town with the population of about 21,000 people. And on Sunday night, the mayor said

Ferguson lost control.

It started when a police officer shot and killed an 18-year old African- American man on Saturday. One officials said Michael Brown was accused of stealing something from a store. Witnesses to the shooting say Brown was

unarmed, had his hands up and appeared to be surrendering to police when he was shot. The police say Brown assaulted the officer, then tried to get

the officer`s gun before the shooting.

What started as a visual for Brown on Sunday, turned into chaos? Some of the protesters smashed windows, looted stores, set a convenience store on

fire. The town`s mayor called for calm as the FBI opened an investigation into the shooting.

It`s time for the CNN STUDENT NEWS "Roll Call." Let`s see who is watching today. In California, we`ve got the Mustangs of Pioneer High School

leading off our role. You`ll find them in San Jose.

In Arizona, it`s the roadrunners of Holbrook High School. They are online in Holbrook. And in Wabash, Indiana, it`s night time, the nights of

Southwood Junior Senior High School round out today`s roll. You can request a mention for your school on our Website,

Should college athletes be paid? The National Collegiate Athletic Association oversees and makes the rules for most college sports in the

U.S. And until now, NCAA rules said players couldn`t be paid salaries, though many do get scholarships that can help with the cost of education.

Times they are a change in, though. A federal judge has ruled that top tier athletes should be allowed to make money, but only in college

basketball and football and only if the universities they play for make money by using the athletes` names or pictures.


ED O`BANNON, FORMER UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYER: I love the fact that student athletes are standing up for themselves.

SARA GANIM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Glenn Marquez (ph) started with Ed O`Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player who sued after he was surprised

to see himself in the videogame.

O`BANNON: I just said to myself, you know, something - how - why, why wasn`t I asked? You know, they used my face, they used my likeness.

GANIM: They used his likeness, but they didn`t pay him for it. Now, the NCAA can no longer ban universities from paying players for the rights to

their images. Starting in 2016, universities will be allowed to pay players up to $5,000 a year for use of their image.

The money will be held in a trust fund until they leave the school.

SONNY VACCARO, FORMER NIKE EXECUTIVE: Everybody. Basically, everybody made money, except the kid who gave them the opportunity to make the money

on what he did.

GANIM: Sonny Vaccaro is the former Nike executive who basically invented athlete endorsements. He`s also the driving force behind the O`Bannon


VACCARO: There`s no television sports, there`s no making of T-shirts and Gatorade and anything else without the athlete.

GANIM: The NCAA has argued that this will ruin college sports. But the judge rejected that argument saying that fans come for tradition, not for


O`BANNON: I wanted to stand, you know, stand up and say, no, this isn`t right. And so far, you know, mission accomplished.

GANIM: Now, the NCAA has promised they will appeal, but this really wasn`t a complete loss for them. When the judge capped the amount at $5,000 per

athlete per year, well, that guarantees that multimillion dollar contracts will stay out of the hands of college athletes. Sara Ganim, CNN New York.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Time for "The Shoutout." Which of these was an Olympic sport in 1912? If you think you know the answer, don`t be shy,

shout it out! Was it table tennis, trampoline, volleyball of tug-of-war? You`ve got three seconds, go.

In 1912 Sweden, the country that also hosted those Olympics wrote in the tug-of-war gold medal. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout.


AZUZ: No longer an Olympic sport, but these folks sure put in an Olympic effort. All boat traffic on the Mississippi River stops in early August

for the Great River Tug Fest. Why? So teams from Illinois and Iowa can grab hold of a 2700 foot rope and try to drag competitors they can`t even

see well toward the river. Including this year`s event, Illinois leaves the overall tug tally with 17 wins to Iowa`s 11. The two teams could

actually see each other and things could get tugly. They could get knotted up, but it`s just a friendly rivalry, after all, a river (ph) do it. Some

of you will think our puns are kind of in drag, but they really help pull our show together. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN STUDENT NEWS and we ought (ph) to

see you again tomorrow.