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Racial or Religion Profiling Will Be Unlawful; U.S. Economy`s On Rise; Saving Rhinos from Pouching; Car That Flies

Aired December 09, 2014 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS. We are glad to see you this Tuesday. The show begins with the report involving the issue of

profiling. It`s defined as making generalizations about people based on their behavior or characteristics like race or gender.

The U.S. government is expanding its law enforcement guidelines regarding profiling. Previously, it was banned when it came to race and ethnicity.

The new rules announced yesterday billed on that making it illegal for law enforcement to profile people based on religion, country of origin, gender

or sexual orientation.

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder calls profiling ineffective and says it waists resources and undermines the public trust. The new rules apply

to federal law enforcement operations, and anyone involved in them. They don`t apply to state and local operations. They also don`t apply to U.S.

intelligence gathering, or to security screenings at borders and airports. Some critics are calling these guidelines too loose, and saying they will

allow the FBI and border security officials to continue profiling people. Airline security experts have said that profiling behavior, but not race or

religion can help reduce travel risks.

2014 has shaped up to be the best year for hiring since the 1990s. The U.S. unemployment rate stayed at 5.8 percent in October and November. But

employers added 321,000 jobs last months. A major increase. Some of these jobs were likely due to seasonal hiring. Temporary retail positions that

will end after the holiday season.

And wages are still a week spot. The median income, what Americans are making, is about the same as it was in 1995.


CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The job market is gaining momentum. 321,000 net new jobs added in November, the most since January, 2012. The

trend - encouraging. Ten months of job growth over 200,000, the best year now for job growth since 1999. Digging inside these numbers, I see the

quality of jobs starting to improve. The first several years of this recovery featured low paid work, but now the Labor Department calls jobs

strength wide spread, spanning professional and business services, retail, health care. Yes, the economy is adding fast food workers and low wage

work, but hiring is also picking up in warehouses, factories, office parks, hospitals and labs.

Now, the jobless rate is 5.8 percent, still the lowest in six years. Wages grew slightly in November. But this has been a missing part of the

recovery for several years now. Even as demand grows for skilled and unskilled labor, wages haven`t risen. That makes workers feel this

recovery less. And balance this week taught us a lot about the health of the economy, the best November auto sales in years, record high stocks,

very strong job creation and the lowest gas prices in more than four years. All pretty good signs for the American economy and the American consumer.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can I.D. me. I`m a herbivore that`s native to Africa and Asia, all of my spaces are endangered. My order also

includes zebras and horses, but I`m by far the biggest mammal in the group.

I`m a rhinoceros. Conservationists estimate there are fewer than 30,000 rhinos left in the world today.

AZUZ: One big reason for that, poaching. Trespassing and illegally killing rhinos, which are slow to reproduce.

Their horns are what poachers are after. They are made of keratin, a kind of protein we have in hour hair. Sometimes they are sold as trophies,

sometimes because they are believed to have healing properties. It`s why protecting them in places like South Africa is priority.


DIANA MAGNAY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Above a poaching hot spot, the veterinarian takes aim. This is the dart gun, his goal is to save, not to


A flesh of pink on the rump, that heats good.

On the ground, a veterinary team stand by weary around the stunned animal. Ready with a blindfold as the drugs kick in.

So, the rhino is dotted with a mix of an immobilizer and a tranquilizer, and it takes about three to five minutes from the time it`s hit, to get it

on the ground, and from that moment on, the process is incredibly fast.

Oxygen tubes to help with the breathing, and a horn is micro-chipped, and crucially, for South Africa`s anti-poaching endeavors, DNA samples are


MARKUS HOFMEYR, HEAD OF VETERINARY SERVICE: If the rhino does get poached, you can actually take a piece of the horn and then link it to a specific


MAGNAY: Then another shot to partially reverse the anesthetic.

This is clearly one of the most critical moments to get the rhino up, using its own body force, having given it a partial reversal of the tranquilizer.

We have to make sure that we don`t get in the way.

The team haul a rhino to its feet, and it takes the few ginger steps towards the trailer, which will carry it to safer ground. In the more

intensively detected zone in the Kruger National Park. This is why.

Just a few miles further north, a rhino carcass lies where it was shot some ten days ago now. The forensics team have had such a backlog of poaching

cases, it`s taken him till now to get here.

FRIKKIE ROSSOUW, ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME INVESTIGATOR: This respect that they saw to form over there in Mozambique.

MAGNAY: Kruger National Park, shares $350 kilometer border with Mozambique. This shabby wiring right besides the caucus, all it separates

the two countries. It is no deterrent when rhino horn can fetch more than $100,000 per kilogram on the black market.

Fueled by insatiable demand from Asia where they wrongly believe that rhino horns can cure diseases like cancer.


AZUZ: Those are rumbling on yesterday`s transcript page at It was the thunder rolling in. In Medina, North

Dakota, and Medina Public School called this the thunder roll call.

Over to Vermont, in the state capital of Montpelier, we`ve got the raters today. They are at U-32 middle and high school. And in the city of Rio de

Janeiro, Brazil, "Hello to the American school of Rio de Janeiro. Great to have you watching in South America.

Anyone successful will tell you, don`t fear failure. Author C.S. Lewis wrote that one fails forward towards success. Thomas Edison, inventor of

the light bulb, the record player, a movie camera, was once told he was too stupid to learn anything (ph). Henry Ford failed repeatedly in business

before the model T (ph)..It`s a good thing their failures didn`t stop the successes that followed.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: let`s celebrate the miscue, the faux pas, the failure to launch. Why? Because travel innovation stands on the shoulders of

contraptions that never really took off.

Some idea seem far-fetched, like Ford`s nucleon.

Never intended for production, Nucleon was a concept care. Designed to run on nuclear power. In 1958, when nuclear powers seemed well, fun, other

ideas seems poise for success, but failed to take off. Like the jet pack. This bell texture on rocket bell, blew our minds, in the `65 bond thriller

Thunderball. Shuttle astronauts enjoyed the convenience of jetpacks. A water powered version starts at about $68,000. And years before the empire

struck back in "Star Wars", General Electric billed this walking truck. A human operator inside controls this mechanical legs.

But we`ve never seen anything practical that would fly us over traffic jams during daily commutes. Where is that flying car? Like this $279,000

street legal airplane called "Transition." Inventors say, a version that takes off and lands vertically is in the works and shows just how far we`ve

come in the air and on the ground.

84 years ago in Scotland, inventor George Benny billed a demo of his special train driven by a propeller. Old film shows the real plane`s plush

passenger cabin and fancy exterior. All the while pulled by a propeller on its nose. But Benny`s idea just didn`t take. So, here`s to Benny and

inventors like him. Whose fascinating ideas just never panned out? They prove that on every great journey there are some setbacks that move us

backward on the way forward.

Pudding. It`s not just for desert. It`s for racing. The great Christmas Pudding Race is an annual event in London. Contestants get dressed up in

costumes or at least seasonal sportswear. And then they hurried their way through a gelid (ph) of obstacles and challenges, all while trying to keep

their pudding in place. The event raises thousands of dollars for cancer research, and no matter who wins, everybody gets pudding. Which really the

icing on the cake. It`s not a cake walk, the pound cake becomes ground cake unless they bake it to the finish line, putting pudding on firmer

fooding, putting up with ups and downs, or puddings ups and downs in order to get their just deserts. I`m Carl Azuz with the sweet conclusion of

today show.