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CNN 10 - April 24, 2018

CNN 10

The American and French Presidents Meet in a State Visit; The CDC Issues a Warning Concerning Romaine Lettuce; A CNN Hero Helps Families Affected by Cancer

Aired April 24, 2018 - 04:00 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN 10. I`m Carl Azuz.

And we`re starting today`s show with a bit of trivia. What nation is widely considered America`s oldest ally? The answer to that France. It factors into our first report today because its leader, President Emmanuel Macron is at the White House for the first state visit hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Other world leaders have visited the U.S. since President Trump was inaugurated, but a state visit is a more formal event. This one is scheduled to last three days, planning for Tuesday`s nights dinner alone started months ago. And as part of it, valuable and symbolic gifts are exchanged between President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and President Macron and French First Lady Brigitte Macron.

France is considered America`s oldest ally because it supported the U.S. in the revolution, its war for independence from Great Britain. The relationship between the American and French leaders today is said to be very close. It`s an interesting and complex dynamic because the two leaders have at different times criticized each other and complimented each other. On some points, they have very little in common, on others, a lot.

One example is the recent air strikes that the U.S., France and Britain worked together on in targeting the chemical weapons program of Syria.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MELISSA BELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The strikes may have been carefully coordinated but the route (ph) that followed was anything but -- after the French president claimed to be driving U.S. policy in Syria.

EMMANUEL MACRON, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE (through translator): Ten days ago, President Trump said the U.S.`s will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay.

BELL: It took less than five hours for the White House to respond, denying that its policy had changed. A squaring off between two presidents that began nearly a year ago with the grip that was more arm wrestle than handshake.

Last May, two ideologically different political newcomers sized each other up for the first time. The policy clash came only weeks later over climate change when President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.

BELL: Emmanuel Macron responded, turning Trump`s campaign slogan against him.

MACRON: Make our planet great again.

BELL: But the sizing up and political differences then gave way in July to an unexpected truce. In Paris, the two presidents met and it appeared actually liked each other.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I really have a feeling that you`re going to have a very, very peaceful and beautiful Paris, and I`m coming back. You better do a good job, please. Otherwise, you`re going to make me look very bad.

MACRON: And you`re always welcome.

TRUMP: Thank you.

BELL: Progress, they said, had been made on a number of issues, even it seemed on climate change.

TRUMP: We discussed a lot of different topics. We briefly hit on the Paris Accord. We`ll see what happens.

BELL: After the pomp and circumstance of the Bastille Day parade and more exchanges between the two presidents, it was time to say good-bye, which they did with more warmth than anyone had imagined possible -- warmth that has now translated into the first state visit of Donald Trump`s presidency.

Melissa Bell, CNN, Paris.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AZUZ: In Toronto, Canada, a white van collided with dozens of people on a sidewalk yesterday. When we produced this show, police said nine people were killed and 16 were injured. A law enforcement official told CNN that police believe the act was intentional, though they hadn`t said so publicly.

Terrorists have used vehicles to attack pedestrians in major cities in recent years. But we don`t know yet if this was terrorism, a suspect is in police custody.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

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

Celtuce, oak leaf and Swiss chard are all types of what?

Ivy, lettuce, rose, or cauliflower?

This may not get as much attention as iceberg or butterhead, but they`re all types of lettuce.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: Romaine is another type that`s getting attention for the wrong reason. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is warning that a recent E. coli outbreak is connected to romaine lettuce.

And this outbreak looks to be pretty widespread. It`s affected at least 53 people in 16 states, including eight people at a prison in Alaska. But it`s a lettuce growing area several states away, in Yuma, Arizona, that`s believed to be the source of the outbreak.

Labels on packages often don`t say where the lettuce is from. So, the CDC says people should throw out any romaine in their homes and avoid it at restaurants unless they know for sure that the lettuce isn`t from Yuma.

No deaths have been reported as of last night. But five victims have developed a type of kidney failure as a result of the bacterial outbreak.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): E. coli is a type of bacteria. It lives in your intestines and it leaves in the intestines of animals.

SUBTITLE: The Dangers of E. coli.

COHEN: Most of the time, E. coli is harmless. You`re not going to get sick. But there are some strains that can get you sick.

E. coli 0157:H7 is a particularly dangerous strain of E. coli. You can get it from undercooked ground meat. You can get it from vegetables, from unpasteurized milk and juice, from soft cheeses.

While it is found in vegetables, ultimately, an animal is the source. So, animal waste somehow has come in contact with crops.

Children and adults with weakened immune system, they`re the most vulnerable to getting very sick. The signs of E. coli poisoning are nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, fatigue and fever. Most people who get sick from E. coli, they recover in five to 10 days. But some people, they get really sick. Their organs can shut down and they can die.

There are things that you can do to prevent an E. coli infection. Wash your fruits and vegetables, cook your meats thoroughly, use a thermometer and get that thermometer up to 160 degrees.

There`s no cure for an E. coli infection. Antibiotics don`t work. So, the best thing you can do is keep yourself hydrated and keep yourself rested.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AZUZ: Jack used to be a pretty common nickname for someone named John. It`s why John and Jill Albert were nicknamed Jack and Jill by their friends. They`re the namesake of a nonprofit foundation that arranges vacations for families affected by late stage cancer. So far, it`s helped more than 1,000 families and Jon is a CNN hero.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JON ALBERT, CNN HERO: My wife Jill was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. Eight months later, it was revealed that the cancer has spread.

Jill would cry herself to sleep in fear that Jake and Jamie would forget her. But we took advantage of that window in which we knew that the battle was being lost to rack up the memories.

Seeing so many people that were in the same vote as we were, I had an epiphany.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello. Welcome to Florida.

ALBERT: The Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation provides a trip. It`s also called a Wow Experience.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome home.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wow.

It`s pretty.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s good.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know.

ALBERT: We take care of every detail.

It`s not where they go, it`s that they go.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: We have a hammock, dad.

UNIDENTIFIED BOY: A hammock.

ALBERT: We give them a chance to create fun memory while they can. Stroll the beach, have a family photo shoot. We are trying to give each family their own unique treasure time together.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Enjoy the game, OK?

ALBERT: Be right there during batting practice, to meet these players.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They signed my hat too. It`s incredible. I`m a baseball fan, so it`s kind of crazy for me.

ALBERT: And then Reggie Jackson walks in and gives a picture with the family.

UNIDENTIFIED BOY: Dad, that`s like your time.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just felt like we are forgetting about all of the hard step that`s going on, seeing my kids doing something that they`ll never forget, with their dad, means the world to us.

ALBERT: I couldn`t save my wife`s life, but I can do this. It is exceptionally bittersweet, but it`s oh so sweet.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AZUZ: If you just can`t let go of winter, you can travel to a Japanese attraction called the Snow Wall Walk. It`s about 2-1/2 half train ride north of Tokyo. The walk you`ll take lasts about 50 minutes and the sides of the wall can stretch 55 feet high. It took snowplow drivers three months to clear the route, also known as the roof of Japan, the Northern Japan Alps feature a winter wonderland that lasts until late June.

Now, some are thinking, don`t fall for it. Why spring for more winter? But whether you`re one of those seasoned skeptics of the cold, as long as you have a good latitude, you could see why people Alpine a way to have fundra in the tundra.

I`m Carl Azuz and that`s all for CNN 10.

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