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The NBA Faces Fallout in China Over a Controversial Tweet; Scientists Identify New Moons in Our Solar System; Conservation Efforts Help a Rare Butterfly

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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Basketball was invented in the United States by a Canadian immigrant, but the National Basketball Association has more fans in China than anywhere else, and that country just announced it won't show or stream any NBA preseason games played there. The reason why is our first topic today on CNN 10.

An international political storm involving the National Basketball Association started with a tweet. The subject of that tweet concerned recent protests in Hong Kong.

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AZUZ (voice-over): Ten-second trivia:

Which planet has 82 known moons, the most in our solar system?

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, or Neptune?

The record holder is no longer Jupiter. The planet with the most moons is Saturn.

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AZUZ: That's because of a brand new discovery by the International Astronomical Union. It says it recently identified 20 previously unknown moons around the ringed planet, and that gives Saturn a total of 82 moons, surpassing Jupiter's previous record of 79. Sorry, Jupiter, but hey, at least you're still a planet.

Scientists say Saturn's satellites, the newly identified ones, are all around the same size and that they were located using stronger computing power and better algorithms for keeping track of faint, distant objects. And now, you can help name them.

There's a contest being held until December 6th. But there are guidelines. You can't just submit something like Kimberly. The astronomer whose team found the moons says they have to be named after giants from Norse, Gallic or Inuit mythology. So, good luck.

Up next today, Palos Verdes is a peninsula in Southern California. It's known for its horse trails, ocean views, great schools, incredibly expensive homes and what just might be the rarest butterfly on the planet.

The Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly was thought to be lost forever after its habitat was developed in the early 1980s. Since then, it's been rediscovered, reinvigorated and reintroduced to parts of the peninsula.

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NARRATOR: This butterfly was once thought to be extinct. Though rediscovered, it remains one of the world's rarest and most elusive butterflies.

This is the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly.

SUBTITLE: A Great Big Story. On the Brink: The Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly.

NARRATOR: This butterfly is as elusive as it is beautiful. And the brilliance of its blue wings are only visible when it opens them. The wings are distinctive with their brilliant silvery blue color.

The butterfly was thought to be extinct in the 1980s, when it seemed to disappear without a trace. It wasn't until the 1990s that this visually striking butterfly was spotted again. Biologists were surprised and delighted in its existence, and a breeding program was begun to build up the species.

Though captive breeding has helped bolster numbers, the population is still low enough to remain on the endangered list. Through careful nurturing and management, this small but mighty butterfly has a fighting chance.

This is the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly.

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AZUZ: Ten out of 10 goes to the marching band and color guard of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, for illustrating how the show must go on even when the sprinklers do. This happened when they were in the middle of their half-time show. But what won the crowd and national news coverage was their determination to soldier on until the sprinklers were finally turned off. After that, they took it from the top without missing a beat.

Well, that's certainly not in the drill book. Those students could have easily disbanded, gotten brass off, had some drum major issues, faced plumes of problems or dropped their color guard and marched off on a bad note. But by sheer determ-instrumentation, they showed nothing could stop them even if it rained on their parade.

That's all for CNN 10. I'm Carl Azuz.

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