CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Yesterday, we asked for your thoughts on athletic ability. Today, we're gonna share some of your opinions and tackle another controversial sports story. But we start on Capitol Hill.
First Up: Address to Congress
AZUZ: That's where members of both houses of Congress held a meeting to hear a speech from a world leader. But it wasn't President Obama. It was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The main focus of his speech to Congress yesterday was the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and the efforts to restart peace talks between the groups.
During his address, the prime minister said that Israel will be generous in peace negotiations. But he also said his country will have specific demands about where the borders of a Palestinian state would be drawn. Palestinian officials said Netanyahu's speech showed he isn't serious about trying to find peaceful solutions. Establishing separate states for Israelis and Palestinians has been the focus of a lot of peace negotiations. But Prime Minister Netanyahu believes the real heart of the conflict goes back to when Israel was first created.
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: The Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it. You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.
AZUZ: President Obama was also set to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict yesterday, but on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. It was one of the subjects he was going to discuss with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Here, you see the two world leaders meeting outside of Prime Minister Cameron's offices in London. The two met to talk about several world issues as President Obama continued his week-long trip to Europe. The president and first lady also visited Buckingham Palace. That's where they were greeted by the Queen before they took a tour of her famous home.
Volcano Ash Cloud
AZUZ: President Obama got to London a day earlier than expected. He changed his travel plans to avoid being delayed by this: It's a giant cloud of ash coming from a volcano in Iceland. Grimsvotn started erupting on Saturday, shooting this ash up into the sky. If you want a little more perspective, this is what it looks like from space: NASA images showing the ash covering huge areas. The reason why this matters is that volcanic ash can cause serious problems for planes. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled across parts of Europe as the ash moves from Iceland toward the mainland of the continent. Officials don't expect this to be as bad as last year, though, when a different volcano's eruption caused thousands of flights to be canceled every day.
This Day in History
AZUZ: On this day in history, May 25th: In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia as the Founding Fathers established the rules of the U.S. government.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of the decade. It happened in July of 1969.
And in 1977, George Lucas took movie fans to a galaxy far, far away when the science-fiction epic "Star Wars" was first released in theaters. The franchise has been a force in pop culture ever since.
AZUZ: "A war zone." That's how one survivor described Joplin, Missouri, after the town was hit by a massive tornado on Sunday night. These images only tell you part of the story of the devastation caused by the storm. 2,000 buildings are damaged or destroyed. Officials say at least 118 people were killed. More than 1,500 others are still missing. Help is on the way, though. This iReport shows some of the donations coming in to help survivors and support rescue crews. Jim Spellman has more on those rescue efforts.
JIM SPELLMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Devastation in Joplin, Missouri on an almost unimaginable scale. Homes obliterated; cars piled up like toys; schools, hospitals and businesses battered. The residents of Joplin are still picking through the rubble of their destroyed homes, trying to salvage what little they have left.
CJ HUFF, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: It's indescribable. I don't know what to say other than that. I've never seen anything like it.
SPELLMAN: More than 40 agencies and hundreds of National Guard members have responded to the call for help. President Obama, who's in Europe, announced that he will visit the area on Sunday. He had this message for those affected.
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The American people are by your side. We're gonna stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet.
SPELLMAN: The top priority for now: searching for victims who might still be trapped.
MAYOR MIKE WOOLSTON, JOPLIN, MISSOURI: We have searched virtually every grid at least once, some as many as three times. We'll continue that effort today, and probably late today make the assessment of at what point we enter the recovery mode.
SPELLMAN: Rescue efforts were hampered by more storms. Two rescuers were struck by lightning as they worked. One is in intensive care. The continuing bad weather isn't the only thing hampering search-and-rescue efforts here. First responders are also dealing with downed electrical lines, debris-strewn roads and ruptured gas lines. All of these hampering their efforts as well. Jim Spellman, CNN Student News, Joplin, Missouri.
Impact Your World
AZUZ: Joplin's residents are facing extraordinary challenges right now. If you go to the Spotlight section on our home page and click Impact Your World, you'll find ways to help. The site lists organizations that can use your donations to help the victims of this tornado.
TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today's Shoutout goes out to Ms. Sutton's world geography classes at Junction City Middle School in Junction City, Kansas! In football, what kind of penalty does this signal represent? Is it: A) Intentional grounding, B) Roughing the kicker, C) Unsportsmanlike conduct or D) Delay of game? Three seconds on the clock -- GO! That's the signal for unsportsmanlike conduct, so that's your answer and that's your Shoutout!
Fines for Athletes?
AZUZ: A school district in Florida is talking about an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that would be a lot harsher than 15 yards. Officials are considering the idea of fining players. And if you can't pay, you could get kicked off the team. This proposal covers unsportsmanlike conduct like profanity, illegal hits or fighting. One school official says he wants players to be competitive, but if they do something that gets them thrown out of a game, that's when these fines would come in. Some folks don't like the idea. One parent was worried about the long-term impact. He said that if a player can't pay the fine and gets kicked off a team, that could affect athletic scholarships and future opportunities.
AZUZ: So, the question we're asking today on our blog: Where's the line when it comes to crossing the line? Would these fines help clean up the games, or is the punishment unfair? Head to our blog and sound off!
AZUZ: Yesterday's story on genetics and sports got us thinking about this: How much of athletic ability is genetic, and how much is the result of hard work? Olivia thinks it'd be neat to know where her time would be well spent. She plays a lot of sports and would like to know what she'd be the best in, what she could focus on and possibly aim for in high school or college. Starla says your genes can say you were made for a certain sport, but unless you actually work hard and dedicate yourself to it, you won't achieve or succeed in the sport. Nick agrees. "If you have the genes but don't work for it, you likely won't be good. If you lack the genes and work for it, you probably will be good." Grace doesn't think genetic testing should limit anyone. "I think that for kids, part of the journey is experiencing new sports and trying new things." And Michael has a good point, too: "You can be good at a sport you're not genetically geared to. It is about the hard work you put into it. Sometimes scientists aren't always right, either." Good comments, everybody.
Before We Go
AZUZ: Before we go, what happens when you mix 4,000 Air Force Academy cadets, 1,000 red balls and a lot of enthusiasm? Still waiting to find out if the answer is a world record. But the attempt sure looks like a combo of chaos and fun. Check it out.
UNIDENTIFIED AIR FORCE ACADEMY CADET: It's crazy. It reminded me a little bit of the Civil War, actually. One side would go and volley...
UNIDENTIFIED AIR FORCE ACADEMY CADET: Four thousand cadets, all sitting out in the field waiting to break a Guinness World Record. We're all very excited.
UNIDENTIFIED AIR FORCE ACADEMY CADET: Let's do it. Sun or shine. Rain, whatever, snow.
UNIDENTIFIED AIR FORCE ACADEMY CADET: It doesn't matter. To be able to do something like this with our classmates and have fun is pretty cool.
UNIDENTIFIED AIR FORCE ACADEMY CADET: It's pretty cool. It's pretty cool to be a part of it, I guess. It's not every day you have a dodgeball game with 4,000 people. We graduate in a week and I guess it's a good way to go out.
UNIDENTIFIED AIR FORCE ACADEMY CADET: We're going to look back on each other and say, "Yeah, I did this with my fellow cadets." We came together. We did something incredible on a scale larger than anything that's ever been done before.
AZUZ: Assuming final exams are over, I guess that's one way to let out all that balled up stress. No word yet on whether or not they got the record. Maybe officials are dodging the question. It's time to fly, but we'll catch up with you tomorrow for more CNN Student News.