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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- The Supreme Court has been busy since its term began in October. The U.S. high court has decided 49 cases, but a number of high-profile ones still await decisions. In the next four weeks, we'll hear about gay marriage, affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. CNN Supreme Court producer Bill Mears says this is an interesting time for court watchers:
"It's really a furious time among the court, just as Ruth Bader Ginsberg calls it 'the flood season'."
- The 'Dream'. The 'Legend'. The 'Triumph'. The 'Freedom'. They're all whimsical names turned distressingly ironic after cruise ships caught fire, clogged-up, broke-down, or even sunk this past year. Incidents like these seem to be happening a lot more in the industry. Today, more than 2,000 passengers are being flown from the sunny Bahamas back to Baltimore, Maryland. It's after a fire cut-short the trip of Royal Caribbean's 'Grandeur of the Sea'. Passenger Danielle Miller describes the experience:
“We were basically shoulder to shoulder. It was a ton of people who were just as terrified as we were.”
- There's a bill in California aimed at making the struggle for a lot of kids easier. It surrounds the issue of non-conforming gender teens. That's a clinical way to describe kids who don't identify themselves with the gender they were born with. Sometimes they identify with both. 19-year-old Darius was born a female, but since the age of four knew he wasn't female:
“I had an older brother, and so I just wanted everything that he had. I wanted his life, and all his clothes and every sport that he did. His identify fit more than mine did.”
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