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(CNN Student News) -- May 11, 2009

1. What claim has Pakistan's military made about recent fighting in the northwestern part of the country? Why has CNN been unable to confirm this claim?

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2. Why is the United Nations concerned about the conflict in Pakistan?

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3. What natural disaster has been threatening lives and property in Santa Barbara, California? What factors are helping to mitigate this disaster?

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4. What was Russia marking in its Victory Day parade? According to the video, what other purpose did this parade serve? Why do you think that Russian leaders wanted to display their country's military capabilities?

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5. Who is Rupert Murdoch? What are some of the newspapers that he owns?

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6. According to the video, what idea is Mr. Murdoch considering regarding some of his online newspapers? Why do you think that he is considering taking this action? What are some of the reactions to this possibility that are featured in the segment?

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7. How do some of the online newspapers mentioned in the program raise money? Would you pay for online content like this? State your rationale.

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8. For how long has the Hubble Space Telescope been sending pictures back to Earth? How would you describe the images that it has sent?

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9. Why is a team of shuttle astronauts scheduled to make a trip to the Hubble? Why do you think that astronaut John Grunsfeld says he'll feel "a little sadness" when he sees Hubble floating away?

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10. Why was the Hubble ridiculed soon after its launch? How do you think that the Hubble is now perceived by scientists and the public? Do you think that the time and resources dedicated to the Hubble Telescope have been worth the results? Explain.

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