(CNN Student News) -- April 6, 2010
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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: I'm back! So is CNN Student News, ready to bring you 10 minutes of commercial-free headlines from around the world. Let's get started.
AZUZ: First up, a powerful earthquake rattles the west coast of the U.S. and Mexico. We want you to check out this iReport.
[VIDEO OF REACTION TO EARTHQUAKE]
AZUZ: A magnitude of 7.2. The quake hit Sunday evening and was followed by three large aftershocks. It was located in Baja, California, which is actually part of Mexico. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this is the largest quake to hit the region since 1992. The tremor is being blamed for at least two deaths; more than 200 people were injured. Mexicali, the capital of Baja, suffered some of the most severe damage. You can see some of the impact in these TwitPics: food spilled across supermarket aisles, sides ripped off of buildings. The whole city of Mexicali lost power. Yesterday, authorities there were checking on the damage to houses and buildings.
The quake was felt up in California and Arizona, too. This iReport from California shows how the water in one backyard pool was turned into waves moving back and forth. We even had some comments on our Facebook page. Danielle lives in Arizona and said she felt the quake. Rita, who's also in Arizona, felt it too. She said the lights and chandelier swayed for a long time. And Karen in California said she felt the quake for a good 30-40 seconds.
MISSION CONTROL: Three... two... one... zero... Booster ignition and liftoff of Discovery, blazing a trail to scientific discoveries aboard the space station.
AZUZ: There you have it. The space shuttle Discovery and its seven-person crew taking off Monday morning for the international space station. NASA says this 13-day mission marks a milestone: it's the first time that four women have been in space at one time. There are three female astronauts onboard the Discovery and another already at the space station.
AZUZ: Back on the ground, hundreds of thousands of Americans saw their unemployment benefits end yesterday, at least temporarily. This is money that the government gives to people who are out of work. The Senate was scheduled to vote on an extension of those benefits before it went on a two-week break. But the vote didn't happen. Senator Tom Coburn was pushing to cut government spending in order to pay for the extended unemployment benefits. Some people argue that held up the vote. But Senator Coburn says he wanted to keep working on the issue instead of going on break. The Senate is expected to address this when that break ends in a week. But it is causing problems between Democrats and Republicans.
SEN. TOM HARKIN, (D) IOWA: I dare say, if a tornado wiped out a town in Oklahoma or we had a flood, as we are having some in the Midwest, wiped out a community and we needed to rush money in and rush things in to help people, would we stand here and say, "Oh no, we can't call that an emergency, that's not an emergency"? That somehow we've got to come up with the pay-fors right away? No. It would be an emergency, and we would rush in to help. Well, for the thousands of Americans who are going to lose their unemployment on April 5th, it's an emergency.
SEN. JOHN BARRASSO, (R) WYOMING: Watching the senator's voting record, it seems that everything is an emergency. Everything is an emergency. Everything. They don't seem, he certainly doesn't want to seem to be paying for anything. Just add it to the debt, add it to the debt.
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AZUZ: Take a listen to this.
[SOUNDS OF EXPLOSION, GUNFIRE]
AZUZ: What you're hearing is a terrorist attack in Peshawar, Pakistan. It happened yesterday near the U.S. Consulate, a U.S. government building. At least 8 people were killed, and a number of others were seriously injured. Officials said the attack involved multiple explosions that went off within 15 minutes of each other, as well as gunfire and grenades. It happened just hours after another attack in a different part of the same Pakistani area. The Pakistani Taliban said it's responsible for both incidents. U.S. authorities said the attacks show "the terrorists' desperation as they are rejected by people throughout Pakistan."
AZUZ: We have next for you today an incredible rescue story out of China. More than a week after a coal mine there was flooded by underground water, 115 miners who had been trapped by the flood were pulled out alive. Local reports said the workers were rushed to ambulances; they are in stable condition, according to those reports. The people were part of a group of 261 miners who were working in the Wangjialing mine when it flooded on March 28th. 108 miners were rescued immediately after the flooding. People are still working to reach the 38 miners who may still be trapped inside the mine. Some of the men who were rescued yesterday said in order to survive, they attached their belts to the wall and hung there for 3 days until a mining cart floated by and they could jump inside it.
TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for the Shoutout! Which current justice has served the longest on the U.S. Supreme Court? Hey! You know what to do! Is it: A) Anthony Kennedy, B) John Paul Stevens, C) Ruth Bader Ginsburg or D) Antonin Scalia? You've got three seconds -- GO! Justice John Paul Stevens took his seat on the Supreme Court in 1975. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!
AZUZ: After filling that seat for nearly 35 years, Justice Stevens is thinking about stepping down. A nomination to the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment; that usually means that only the justices can decide when their service will end. But once that decision is made, a different branch of government gets to nominate the replacement. Kate Bolduan examines how that process might go.
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT, WASHINGTON, D.C.: It's one of any president's longest lasting legacies: filling a Supreme Court vacancy. And for President Obama, that opportunity is likely drawing near.
Speaking to "The New York Times" Friday, Justice John Paul Stevens said, "I do have to fish or cut bait, just for my own personal peace of mind and also in fairness to the process." Then, to "The Washington Post," he said, "I will surely do it, while he," meaning President Obama, "is still president."
THOMAS GOLDSTEIN, SUPREME COURT LEGAL ANALYST: If there's going to be a retirement, it's almost certainly the liberal Justice Stevens, so President Obama can't move the Supreme Court to the left in any way. Rather, he can cement his impact on the court with his nominees serving for decades in the future.
BOLDUAN: Stevens is expected to make an announcement about his future this month, less than one year after the president's history-making nomination of the first Latina justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Justice Sotomayor brings to the court both a mastery of the letter of the law and an understanding of how the law actually unfolds in our daily lives.
BOLDUAN: Sources close to the process tell CNN the White House is quietly but actively preparing to fill the spot. Among those talked about for the job: Solicitor General Elena Kagan; Judge Merrick Garland, an appeals court judge in Washington; and Judge Diane Wood, an appeals court judge in Chicago. All left-leaning choices, which could mean a tough confirmation fight ahead.
GOLDSTEIN: We're talking about determining the constitutionality of laws that relate to abortion, to affirmative action, to gay rights, to the separation of church and state. So, the stakes are incredibly high.
BOLDUAN: If Justice Stevens announces he is retiring this year, the White House's goal would be to get a nominee confirmed and in place in time to join the court before the next term begins in October. And meeting that timeline would likely require a nomination by late May or June. Kate Bolduan, CNN, the White House.
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Before We Go
AZUZ: Well, before we go, you want a good excuse for missing school? How about, "I was at the White House"? That's what these guys are gonna go with. Of course in their case, it's actually true! They're taking part in the White House Easter Egg Roll, which happens on the Monday after Easter every year. The tradition dates all the way back to 1878. It's not just for kids. Celebrities and athletes were invited, too.
AZUZ: And if you think we're gonna make some pun about everyone having an egg-cellent time, well, the yolk's on you. All right! Well, listen, you ought to check out our Facebook page sometime. My boss just posted a picture of what I looked like as a high school freshman. Heaven help us all! Facebook.com/CNNStudentNews is the address. For CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz.