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CNN 10 - October 25, 2018

CNN 10

Suspicious Packages Sent To Be Delivered to High Ranking Officials; Russian Nuclear Subs Has Allies of NATO on Guard; The Great Big Story; Rectangular Ice Shapes in Antarctica

Aired October 25, 2018 - 04:00:00 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. We are 10 minutes of news explained and I`m your host Carl Azuz. News was breaking as we put this show together. A number of suspicious packages caused alarm and evacuations Wednesday and a major government effort to find out who`s responsible. The people they were addressed to included former U.S. President Barak Obama, 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan and California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters. The package labeled for former CIA Director Brennan was sent to CNN at New York City`s Time Warner Center.

That led to the evacuation of CNN`s New York Bureau. Several of the packages had the same return address, the Florida Office of Democratic U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz. That return address was also on a package delivered to the home of George Soros earlier this week. He`s a billionaire investor and major donor to the Democratic party. Officials do not suspect that Congressman Wasserman Schultz sent the packages. Devices found inside several of the packages appeared to be pipe bombs. That`s according to an FBI counterterrorism agent in New York. Law enforcement officials say it looks like they were made in the same way.

All of them were intercepted before any of the people they were addressed to could open them. No one was hurt. In the past, President Donald Trump has criticized several of the people the packages were addressed to. But on Wednesday he said that threats or acts of political violence had no place in America. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio called the mailings an act of terror and the FBI is asking anyone who might have information on those responsible to contact them.

Next this Thursday, we`ve reported on the rising tensions between Russia and the allies of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which the U.S. is part of. The Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe says one thing that concerns him when it comes to Russia is submarine warfare. Why?

For one thing, he says six of the Russian subs operating in the Black Sea or the eastern Mediterranean Sea have a type of missile that could reach any of the capitals of Europe. That`s likely to be on the minds of other NATO commanders as they begin their largest military exercise since 2002.

It`s called Operation Trident Juncture. It launches Thursday in Norway and the region around it. CNN`s Fred Pleitgen is in Iceland to report on what`s taking place both on and under the surface.

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FRED PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The Yuri Dolgorukiy nuclear submarine, one of Russia`s newest on the prowl. Test firing intercontinental ballistic missiles from under the sea putting America and it`s allies on notice.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They`re letting us know that they`re out there. They`re operating in much greater numbers and places that they have not operated before.

PLEITGEN: As tensions between the U.S. and Russia rise, America says it`s not overly concerned about Vladimir Putin`s fleet of warships. But that the stealthy and powerful subs pose a serious threat to American and allied Navy`s supply lines and even ports. America is reacting sending it`s most advanced P-8 anti-submarine planes to the Northern Atlantic region and spending $34 million operating this phase in Iceland where CNN was given exclusive access.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The ocean`s big. It`s a trespass between (inaudible) the sub-commander and all the ASW assets that are trying to find them.

PLEITGEN: Submarines are now one of the centerpieces of Russia`s Navy the U.S. says. Like the massive Oscar class, nicknamed "The Carrier Killer" because it`s mission is destroying U.S. aircraft carriers. And the modernized kilo class, now capable of carrying cruise missiles. CNN was on hand when kilo`s launched several off the coast of Syria hitting ISIS targets 100`s of miles away. A threat America has to respect and react to the U.S. top Naval commander for Europe and Africa tells CNN.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where we can no longer take for granted that we can said with impunity in all of the oceans, whether it be the north Atlantic, the Baltic, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean or the Artic Ocean.

PLEITGEN: The U.S. says it won`t be intimidated by Russia`s resurgence submarine fleet but it is rallying allies to get serious about countering Moscow`s underwater moves. Fred Pleitgen, CNN, Reykjavik, Iceland.

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CARL AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. What is the correct pronunciation of this word? Is it a) Shade and Freud; b) Shad and Frueda; c) Shad and Frewed; or d) Schnad and Frueda? The answer is b) Shadenfreude. A German term for when someone laughs at the misfortune of someone else.

There`s a news term called a "ProKnow", as in can I get a "proknow" on this. Mahmoud Achmadinejad, Sucile Bonbonudiono (ph), humuhumunukunukuapua (ph), those are some of the terms I`ve needed a proknow for. But there`s one man, at least, who probably doesn`t need to practice as much as I do to say these words on air and he`s the subject of today`s Great Big Story.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pardon me professor. Maybe you can help me out here. Is this word pronounced "cash" or "cache"?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cash.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Appreciate it Doc.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You see when Jacque Bailey (ph) pronounces a word, he pronounces it right. He can pronounce this thing.

(JACQUE BAILEY): Smaracton (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He can pronounce this thing.

(JACQUE BAILEY): Saranschnicker (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He even pronounces words that don`t make a lick of sense.

(JACQUE BAILEY): Alhuman (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And when you`re that good with words, sooner or later someone`s going to pay you to say them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hi Dr. Bailey.

(JACQUE BAILEY): This is Jacque Bailey (ph). The official pronouncer of the National Spelling Bee.

Luxemburg.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: L-U-X-E-

(JACQUE BAILEY): Gala. Sherman. Nero. GIF.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Before Jacque`s (ph) days as the world`s foremost pronouncer of persnickety words, he began a spelling career on the other side of the microphone. Jacque (ph) was a competitive speller. And in 1980, he found himself in the finals of the Script`s National Spelling Bee.

His word, elucubrate. So he said, E-L-U-C-B-R-A-T-E, and it means to burn the midnight oil, to study all night. And with those 10 letters, Jacque (ph) became a champion. Twenty-three years later, Jacque (ph) had elucubrated all the way to the big show.

(JACQUE BAILEY): Propiophenone. Roquefort (ph). Pyroclastic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can I please have the definition?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But sometimes, even Jacque`s (ph) meticulous pronunciations don`t tell the whole story.

(JACQUE BAILEY): English words are not always spelled as they sound. One thing that makes English words really hard to spell is the schwa. The schwa is that ah, like in butter or unutterable.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The y in syringe. The a in balloon. The o in freedom. They all sound the same spoken out loud. A speller`s nightmare.

(JACQUE BAILEY): The longer and weirder a word is the easier it is to spell. Take - - take the state fish of Hawaii, the humuhumunukunukuapua.

That`s an easy word to spell. It`s just long. It`s a weird word and weird things stand out and are easier to remember.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: o-n-a-s-I-a. Paronasia (ph).

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Correct.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For a man with perhaps the most legitimate claim as the authority on pronunciation, Jacque (ph) takes a rather agnostic approach to the right and wrong ways to say things.

(JACQUE BAILEY): A lot of people are kind of amazed that I know how to pronounce all these words but I don`t. I read them from the dictionary.

Well how does the dictionary know how to pronounce a word. Because they go out there and listen to native speakers. If there are a whole bunch of people who pronounce a word a certain way, that makes it a correct pronunciation. People have very strong opinions that there are an incorrect way to pronounce a word. But it`s like saying, that dog barked wrong. That`s not a bark. Well the dog gets to decide.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thanks Jacque (ph). I reckon you got more wisdom than all the books in the "library".

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CARL AZUZ: When flying over an ice shelf in the northern Antarctic peninsula, it`s normal for observers to see chunks of ice like this.

What`s unusual is when they spot something like this, a rectangular sheet of ice that looks like it was stamped out by a giant cookie cutter. NASA says it`s natural and a marine glaciologist says the structure of the sheets snow crystals and how they break apart is what`s responsible for the sheets special shape. Glad we have the "ice brrreginnings" of an explanation. It`s the "isosoleast" we could do. Don`t want to fall into the "trapezoid" of having a mystery we couldn`t "rectuntangle". Especially with something in such good shape that it`d go viral on

"Instaparallellogram". I`m Carl Azuz, "squaring" things up on CNN 10.

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