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Good morning!

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I'm Jenny, first this Thursday.

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The UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, is travelling

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to America today to meet Donald Trump.

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She'll be the first World Leader to meet the new US President.

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Meanwhile, in his first TV interview since becoming President,

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Mr Trump repeated his plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico,

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that he says Mexico will have to pay for.

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But the Mexican President has said his country definitely

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will not pay for the wall.

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Did you know that right now, across the country,

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there are hundreds of thousands of children who are looking

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after a parent, brother or sister?

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These children are called young carers, and while many of them

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are happy looking after a disabled, or sick, relative, they also

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face many difficulties, as I've been finding out.

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Hi, I'm Morgan and I'm a young carer.

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I walk the dog, I load the dishwasher and I help out

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with jobs around the house.

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Now I'm cooking dinner.

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Morgan's mum has condition which causes her muscles to be painful.

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It means she gets tired very easily and can't stand or walk for long.

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What do you think are the best bits about being a young carer?

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It's good because to put a smile on someone's faces gives me joy.

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Because not only am I doing something to help someone,

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at least they don't have to do it another time.

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There are lots of children like Morgan in the UK.

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It's thought around 700,000 young people are caring

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for a family member.

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A new survey by the Carers' Trust charity found it's difficult

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for some young carers to achieve what they want to in

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school and in later life.

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One of the reasons is because they have to spend time

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looking after the person they're caring for.

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Do you ever feel like you're missing out?

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My mum does get tired a lot and there are some times where,

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if we plan to do something and then by the end of the day,

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she's got too tired, we have to cancel it.

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But my mum always tries to get me there.

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99% of the time I do, sometimes it's hard because I've got

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a lot of stuff to do.

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Do you ever worry about the future, and that you might have

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to look after your mum?

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Yeah, I do, because sometimes I wonder if I will get good grades

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because people are saying practice makes perfect, the way you revise,

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and I don't want to sort of drop out, I want to have good grades

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in the future.

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What advice do you have for other young carers

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who are having a tough time?

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If you do have a worry, don't keep it in, and if you are

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finding things hard, you should ask for help

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because you should not have to deal with it alone.

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Go to your teacher or whoever you're caring for and say,

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can you help me with this because it's getting

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a bit too much for me.

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There's more about young carers online, including animations of some

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other children's stories.

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That's also where you can get help and advice if anything

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in the news worries you.

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Orcas, or killer whales, have fascinated scientists

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for a long time, and now researchers in the US say that they could help

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us learn more about ourselves.

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The BBC's Victoria Gill has been finding out how.

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Killer whales, also known as orcas.

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They're the magnificent mammals of the sea, known

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for their intelligence and close family bonds.

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Researchers here on San Juan Island in the USA have been studying

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the lives of orcas for the past 40 years, and what they found

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could help to explain something that orcas and humans have in common.

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Just like humans, orcas stop having babies partway through their lives,

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and it makes us different because nearly all other mammals

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carry on reproducing until they die.

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Scientists have long wondered why it is we evolved like this,

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and by recording the births and deaths in every orca family

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here, the researchers found that there is a very important role

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for female orcas after they stop having babies.

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They become grannies.

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Leading the pod and helping their family to survive makes granny

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orcas very important.

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It's tough for babies surviving and feeding themselves

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in the world and there's lots of competition within families.

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This study shows that once grandmother orcas have stopped

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having their own babies, there is less competition

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and conflict and grandmothers can put their time and effort

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into helping the rest of the family to find food.

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This could even help explain why we humans evolved to keep living

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long after having babies.

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And it backs up what lots of you might already think,

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grannies are pretty important.

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That's all from us for now, Newsround's back right

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here at 8.15am with more of the day's top stories.

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Don't forget to go online for much more, including our

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fantastic quiz of the week.

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