It`s the third day of the third month of 2014. Happy you
taking ten minutes for CNN STUDENT NEWS. I`m Carl Azuz. It was a tumultuous weekend in Ukraine. We`ve told you about protests in the capital Kiev that
led to the ouster of Ukraine`s president last month. Most of those protesters want their country to have closer ties with Europe, but many Ukrainians, like their ousted president, want closer ties with Russia. And one region where support for Russia is
strong is Crimea. It`s in southern Ukraine. It`s where most residents identify themselves as Russian, and it`s where what we assume to be Russian troops
came in the Ukraine over the weekend and took control of the Crimean peninsula, according to the U.S. The troops surrounded three Ukrainian military bases. There wasn`t any combat, but the U.S. calls this an active Russian aggression
and says Russia is breaking international law by sending troops to Ukraine. Russia says there is no open confrontation here, but that it
has the right to defend its people and interests in Ukraine. Time for The Shoutout. What`s the most populated state in the U.S.? If you think you know it, shout it out!
Is it Florida, Texas, New York or California? You`ve got three seconds, go! With around 38 million residents, California is far and away
the most populated state in the U.S. That`s your answer and that`s your shoutout. It`s been the season of extremes for residents of southern California. While other parts of the country were shivering under snow, ice and
bitter cold, areas near Los Angeles have been parched by drought. Windy dry conditions fostered the spread of wild fires, and when
rain finally came from a recent storm system, there wasn`t much vegetation left to soak it up. So that meant mudslides. Thankfully, no death have been
reported because of the rain and mudslides, but the drought has been so bad that the
storms barely made a dent in water levels. Much of the rain is streaming back out to sea
and water reservoirs are still at minimum levels. Even a forecast for more rain isn`t good news for some folks. It happened in minutes. Fire scorched land couldn`t hold the rain,
so mud poured down from the Glendore (ph) foothills below. It`s (INAUDIBLE). It`s bad. It looks – I mean it`s bad. It hasn`t been this bad in a long time.
It wasn`t like this 20 minutes ago. They are getting out while they can. But you are not taking anything with you, just grabbing your dog? No, we got my laptop. I don`t need too much, too many things. Everything is going to be fine. It`s all replaceable. Just a couple of inches of rain and you
can see the effects here when the ground, Just a couple of inches of rain and you
can see the effects here when the ground, which is burned by the fire can`t hold all of this and something
you`ll notice – the debris it shows – it`s been scarred by wildfire. We need to make some friends to help get you out. OK?
Yeah. 1,000 homes are under a mandatory evacuation order.
Because they sit below these scorched hills. Two months ago, it was wildfire. Today, mud into their pools
and backyards. California has been in drought for months. California has been in drought for months. The sudden rain caught some by surprise. Two people were found stranded in a tree trying to escape
the rising water of the Los Angeles River. Take a closer look. It`s not just
people, but there are two dogs. You can see the rescuers, the Los Angeles firefighters as they carefully move the frightened
animals out of the tree one by one to the nearby rescue boat. And there`s more rain coming. Just bad news for Kim and Dennis Kralik. They chose not to listen to the mandatory evacuation order. Their
one road in and out too covered in mud to drive. Because you can`t get out.
No, not right now.
Until they clear this, we`re stuck here. What has Mother Nature been like the last couple of months for you? We had fire, droughts and now torrential rain. Winds.
Yeah, pretty much everything. Yeah, we`ve hit all four elements at this point. I think we
are done at this point with any more crazy storms. There may not be much we could do about the weather, but we
do a pretty good job of keeping track of it. And NASA has teamed up with Japan`s Aerospace exploration agency to
launch a satellite that will track rain and snow. It`s called the Global Precipitation Measurement Co- observatory. And if that sounds like an advanced name, it`s a pretty advanced satellite. It`s designed to circle the earth every hour and a half, observe where it`s raining and send that info back to scientists every three hours. It can tell the difference between rain, ice and
snowfall, and the different amounts of each. And it will help researches keep track of the
global climate and its water cycle. This is not a cheap project. The satellite cost NASA $933 million. It`s designed to last at least three years. First Roll Call of the month begins in the Pacific Northwest. We`re starting in the Evergreen state where Waterville high
school shockers are watching CNN STUDENT NEWS. Glad to be part of your day in Waterwheel, Washington. Moving east to South Dakota, specifically gregarious South Dakota. It`s where we find the gorillas of Gregory High School. And on the Atlantic Coast, the Collinswood Language Academy Jaguars are
on today`s roll, hello to everyone in Charlotte, North Carolina. March is women`s history month in the U.S. Congress designated this in 1987, and it honors the accomplishments of women
and how they`ve changed the country. Good report to kick off this month is about Julia Ernst. You won`t find her in history books, yet she is currently a high
school student, a future Harvard student and a 120 pounds wrestling champion. There you go!
On the mat, the wrestler in
green is fast, fierce.
And female. It is a rear sight even now in this overwhelmingly male sport. But Julia Ernst is a rare soul, a young
woman beating the boys at their own game. Nice, Julia. Wow! One of only three females on the seventh grade team at her private
school, by freshman year the others had quit, and Julia stood alone. Despite the fact that I have supportive coaches and supportive teammates, it`s still an interesting
feeling to walk into a room and be the only person of your type. You know, you`re in a locker room and you can`t really josh around
with the boys, you can`t really make nicknames for each other. Talk about whatever – cool moves your learned in practice. All right, Julia.
Yet encourages by her parents who are into martial arts, she`s started winning over and over again, sparking a range of reactions. Some boys would outright refuse to wrestle her, others . Yes, they are coming into the match with this sense of pride, and the sense of
superiority that they are male, they are for there, they are going to win the match. If I do end up beating them, then often, you know, those are the kids that are going to go
off and cry in the corner or be really ashamed or have parents that come and yell at them. She`s one of the hardest working wrestlers I`ve ever met. The hardest working person I`ve ever met, whether it`s school or whether it`s athletics, she`s
just – she just goes as hard as she possibly could on every . That wins tournaments and fans. With the season winding down, Julia, a team captain,
faced one match to become the winning wrestler in her school`s history. Everybody was on their feet, shouting and cheering Julia! Julia! And when she won, everybody jumped up and down,
women were literally crying to see this victory. She represents for all of these women, and I`ve
had many conversations with women at this matches. Julia is my hero. She`s doing, you know, she`s trailblazing for women. Julia believes her little brother may soon enough eclipse her record, but for
now she reigns supreme 26 losses, 107 wins. All against men. When you hear your coach talk about your record
at your school, what do you think? I – I`m happy. I`m very happy. I get a little bit
giddy to do a little bit of a happy dance, maybe. Call it Carnival, call it Mardi Gras. In New Orleans
right now, it`s whatever floats your float. Despite this video, there is no crabbiness here. Thousands in the Big Easy. To let the good times roll, the party is
going on for nine days now. It wraps up tomorrow. Mardi Gras, after all, means Fat Tuesday. It ends when the
Roman Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. The Mardi Party may not be as big here, as
it is in Rio de Janeiro, for instance. But for those who are here, it takes the king cake. The crowd just lent yeps (ph) this up. They`ve
got to beat on all the funds. Some might say, they are – crew, but they are
OK by me if they are OK by you. We`ll float some more news. See you tomorrow on CNN STUDENT NEWS.