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CNN10 2020-09-28

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Report On The U.S. Supreme Court Nominee; Use Of Dogs To Sniff Out COVID; CNN Hero Helping Senior Citizens In His Community. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired September 28, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: There are many things dogs can do but detecting coronavirus is not one of them or is it? That's one of the stories we have lined up for you today on CNN 10. I'm Carl Azuz.

We're starting with U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The nominee whom the president announced Saturday is Amy Coney Barrett. She currently serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She's also a law professor at the University of Notre Dame.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.


AZUZ: If confirmed to the High Court, the 48, mother of seven would replace Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg who passed away on September 18th from complications of pancreatic cancer.


JUDGE AMY CONEY BARRETT, 7TH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS: If the Senate does me the honor of confirming me, I pledge to discharge the responsibilities of this job to the very best of my ability. I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution.


AZUZ: The Constitution says the president needs the advice and consent of the Senate for his Supreme Court nominations to be confirmed and politicians are divided over the nomination. As we told you last week, Democrats and Republicans each want their own party to confirm Supreme Court justices.

Democrats tend to nominate more liberal members of the court. Republicans tend to nominate more conservative members. And because Republicans currently control the Senate, members of their party are hoping they'll move quickly on Judge Barrett's confirmation hearings.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are obviously very focused and unified behind the president nominating. We're going to be following what's happening in the Senate closely. They ought to move confirm quickly. We think that the American people have spoken in terms of this election cycle. The president has a Constitutional obligation, responsibility to name a justice.


AZUZ: Democrats want to wait until after the upcoming presidential election to hold confirmation hearings. They're hoping they'll win more power in that election that could give them a better chance of nominating their own Supreme Court justice.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This process is a sham, illegitimate, barely a month before the election. When voters in 11 states are already casting their ballots, they deserve a voice in this consequential choice.


AZUZ: Judge Barrett's Senate confirmation hearings are set to begin on October 12th. If she's confirmed, she'll be President Trump's third Supreme Court appointment.

10 Second Trivia. Which of these dog breeds is believed to be the most intelligent? German Shepherd, Weimaraner, Border Terrier or Siberian Husky.

Of these options, the German Shepherd is at the top of the list and it has an excellent sense of smell as well.

Dogs smell much better than we do and if you've ever brought one in from the rain you'll disagree with that. But we're talking about their sense of smell, it's thought to be thousands of times more sensitive than ours. And now research is being done to find out if dogs can sniff out coronavirus in airline passengers.

The same way the animals are used to detect drugs or explosives. At the University of Helsinki, preliminary tests indicated that dogs can be trained to detect COVID with almost 100 percent certainty. Even days before symptoms begin. This hasn't been proven yet but researchers are "doggedly" determined.


ANNA STEWART, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Waiting at an airport in Finland, Varlo (ph), Cassie (ph), Nina (ph) and E.T. (ph). Canine detectives on the trail of an unwanted import. The dogs are part of a pilot project announced by Helsinki's Main International Airport on Tuesday. They're being trained to detect positive cases of COVID-19.

A local official sees how it works. Volunteer travelers swipe their skin, drop the sample into a cup and it's given to a dog to sniff. Within a minutes, a result. If this test is positive, the participant is asked to take a swab test to see whether the dog is right. So far in this trial what is the accuracy of the dogs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well so far, we've only done three days and so far, we have only two positive ones. (Inaudible) at this stage, we can't do any --any statistics yet.

STEWART: Dogs are already used to sniff out explosives, food. Whether they can detect COVID-19 is still in question. Researchers say they still don't fully understand the science behind a dog's nose.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well we actually have no idea what it is that it's -- it detects and I think that it will take us years and years to know that.

Because there's actually no machinery on Earth that has the same sensitivity as a -- as a dog has.

STEWART: What makes a good sniffer dog? Is it a certain type of breed? Is it how they're brought up?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A good sniffer dog is one that loves treats. So, it's usually Labradors and Golden Retrievers.

STEWART: The trial is expected to run through the end of the year. If successful, there are hopes this fast and non-invasive screening could be rolled out across Finland and around the world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's possible that these dogs grow around to passengers in a similar way than -- than -- than custom dogs do.

STEWART: But there's caution from others.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If I need a medical diagnosis, I would call the appropriate doctor and -- and -- and the proper testing to get the -- the results.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If the trial is a success, sniffer dogs could be a useful tool to detect COVID-19 and that's not to be "sniffed" at. Anna Stewart, CNN, London.


AZUZ: CNN Heroes are every day folks who make an extraordinary difference in their communities. A great example of this is Greg Dailey. His work to assist 140 senior citizens in his community started with a single phone call and as one of the people he helped put it. He's got a good heart and a great soul. He's going straight to heaven. Here's his story.


GREG DAILEY, ASSISTS ELDERLY IN COMMUNITY: It's the middle of May, it's still 35 degrees out in the morning. Basically started with a customer who was looking to get her paper closer to her house because she was afraid to go out to the street. A couple days later, I happened to be standing in a supermarket and, you know, having her phone number still on my phone I called her and asked if she needed anything. She was really kind of blown away by it.

The story started from there, you know, next couple days I decided, you know, she can't be alone. (Inaudible) I deliver to three adult communities.

A lot of people in there that are compromised.

So I put out a note to all 800 of my customers, if there's anything you need, you name it. I'm -- I'm happy to go shop for it and deliver it to your home for free. Is it Silk Almond Milk? After a long day, heading to the Shop Right (ph) to fulfill orders for two more people right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want to talk about front line worker. Marvin (ph), the produce guy, is here every day. Awesome dude.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We appreciate you Marvin (ph).

DAILEY: 5:15, delivering the first of five deliveries for the evening. I'll see you soon OK. Take care of yourself. Thank you so much. I'll give you a hug. You can see the excitement. It gives me -- it gives me chills. I've met, just an unbelievable amount of beautiful, wonderful people.


DAILEY: I appreciate it. I got plenty more. I'll be right back. Thank you. It's honestly amazing how grateful they are. Picking up a hand written list, this particular customer has issues with her eyes so it's really hard for her to use email. Believe it or not I can make this out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. Thank you so much.

DAILEY: My pleasure. If you need anything else moving forward, please give me a call. OK. All right. Take care of yourself tonight.


AZUZ: For 10 out of 10. We'd say this is life sized but unless you know any other robots that are 60 feet tall and weighed 48,000 pounds. Well you don't. This is the tallest robot in the world. It can walk. It can kneel. It's meant to resemble a robot from a Japanese animated TV series created in the late 1970s.

Engineers have been involved in this project since 2014 and while COVID-19 has delayed fans opportunities to see it in person. Just seeing it virtually is "animazing". Its proportions are "cartoonishly" huge. And it's a clear illustration of how they drew upon some serious skills and more than a "footbook" to set it all in to "animotion".

That's all for CNN 10. Except for our daily shout out which goes to the Pacific-American School in Taiwan. Thank you for your request on your You Tube channel. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN.