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CNN10 2020-11-02

CNN 10

English Lawmakers Debate Another National Lockdown; A Deadly Earthquake Strikes Turkey And Greece; A "Morning Daylight" Advantage To Falling Back. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired November 2, 2020 - 04:00:00 聽 ET

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

CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Two days into November and one day from the U.S. presidential election, we're happy you're starting off your week with us.

My name is Carl Azuz.

Today's show begins across the Atlantic, in England, where the nation's lawmakers are debating another national lockdown. If it's passed by parliament, it will take effect on Thursday.

The plan announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would last until early December. Schools and supermarkets would be allowed to stay open.

Gyms and hair saloons and clothing stores would not. Pubs and restaurants would be allowed to serve takeout food only.

People in England will be required to stay in their homes unless they need to go to work, go to school or go to the grocery store. They'll also be able to leave the house for outdoor exercise or doctor's appointments.

These measures will only apply to England, not other divisions of Britain like Scotland and Wales.

Prime Minister Johnson said previously that he wanted to, quote, avoid the misery of another lockdown but the spread of coronavirus has recently sped up in England, like it has in several other parts of Europe, and the prime minister says England has to act now with a lockdown to contain COVID-19.

England's chief medical officer says the division's hospitals could be at full capacity in weeks if the lockdown isn't put in place. But Britain's Chamber of Commerce says the new restrictions will be devastating to businesses that have done all they can to stay open safely.

So, it's a controversial decision like it's been in other European countries which have seen some violent protests after new restrictions were announced.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SUBTITLE: A powerful earthquake hit parts of Greece and Turkey on October 30.

It killed scores of people and injured hundreds.

Videos shared on social media show buildings collapsing in Izmir, Turkey.

The epicenter of the 7.0-magnitude quake was just 11 miles below the surface.

ARWA DAMON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This quake was felt for quite a distance, not just in Turkey, but also on a number of Greek islands. Of course, this part of the Turkish coast is very close to a number of Greek islands and as far as in the city of Athens itself.

SUBTITLE: Multiple buildings have been damaged in several Turkish cities, according to a local official.

In Greece, buildings and a large church on the island of Samos have been hit.

Locals have also shared videos of flooding after the earthquake.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

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

U.S. President George Washington was a member of which political party?

Federalist, Democratic-Republican, Whig, or Independent?

The first president was the only one who didn't represent a party. In fact, he warned against them. So, he's considered an independent.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: There have been a lot of changes since that first election in 1789. And while today's two major parties have been well-established since the 1800s, the American election process continues to evolve, given 2020 is not what would be considered a normal year, and the coronavirus pandemic is thought to have been a major factor in early voting. But as of this weekend, more than 91 million early votes have been cast in America, according to CNN, Edison Research and Catalyst's estimates. That works out to two-thirds of total votes cast in 2016 when 136-1/2 million voted.

Early voting in 2020 has set a record in most states. What kind of impact will that have on results? No one knows yet. Election Day itself is tomorrow. Turnout then could be key.

CNN 10 Contributor, Kelly Mena explains why results may not be known Tuesday night -- Kelly.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KELLY MENA, CNN 10 CONTRIBUTOR: This year's presidential election results process could be different than any other. Usually, media outlets predict winners and Americans go to sleep on election night, at least with some semblance of who the winners are.

But that probably won't happen this year, due to the influx of mail-in ballots, election workers will take longer to count votes as a manually verified and mute ballots from their envelopes. Once those texts have been taken, the official ballot can then be counted toward the total.

Making the process even more challenging is each state has its own election laws. Some states like Florida allow for early mail-in ballot counting, speeding the tallying process. Other states like Pennsylvania will be accepting late-arriving ballots which will delay the count as late as Friday, November 6th.

To become president, the nominee needs at least 270 electoral votes. Each candidate is allocated specific amount of electoral votes based on the winner of each state's popular vote. The first to 270 is assumed the winner. But Congress has to certify the results. Once certified, the next president is sworn into office on January 20th, 2021.

Carl, there's been a lot of drama in the lead up to Election Day, but results are what matters. Though Americans and the candidates themselves might not get a clear winner on November 3rd, there will be a president sworn in come next year.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AZUZ: Twice a year, there's a time switch in America, and twice a year, there are questions about why and the debate about whether it's worth it.

The nation official fell back to Standard Time on Sunday morning, bringing Daylight Saving Time to an end. Florida and California are working toward not falling back at all. They'd stay on Daylight Saving Time year round.

But there is an advantage, at least as far as morning daylight goes to falling back.

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AZUZ: Daylight Saving Time sounds kind of special. You're not just saving time, you're saving daylight time.

But it puzzles the daylights out of some folks why we fall back to standard time. That's what it's called, Standard Time. We spent eight months out of a year in Daylight Saving Time, but Standard, which is hardly the standard, is still called standard.

It's been shrinking since World War I. That's when Daylight Saving Time was first implemented to save energy. The switch made the sunset time later in the day, so people didn't have to turn their lights on as early.

But what about winter and the fallback to standard? Well, look at it this way, most parts of the U.S. only get about 9-1/2 hours of daylight in wintertime. That's not much. If we didn't set our clocks back in the fall, sunrise wouldn't be until 8:30 a.m. in many places. You'd be starting and ending your day in the dark.

Falling back to standard keeps the time of dawn a little closer to what we're used to. It helps us start our day in the light.

Plus, there's that whole extra hour of sleep thing, assuming you'd go to bed on time when we fall back. So, less daylight but more sleep, unless you happen to live in Arizona or Hawaii.

Most parts of Arizona and all of Hawaii don't observe Daylight Saving Time. They don't have to. It's not required by law.

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AZUZ: So, we've talked about how 2020 isn't a normal year in light of lockdowns. It's not a normal year for elections. It's not a normal year for schools. And that's why the principal of a high school in Texas recently released surveillance video to the faculty, he says because of all the challenges of the year, people are desperate for fun, but I don't think this raccoon was.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SUBTITLE: This raccoon caused a wild chase at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas.

MIKE HARRIS, PRINCIPAL, TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL: Our teacher came in, and when she opened the door, well, it then fell on the floor in front of her. And so, I'm not sure which one got scared the most. But anyway, it took off.

SUBTITLE: Looking at the security footage, Harris thinks the raccoon fell through the racing.

Eight faculty members and an animal control officer tried to corner the wild animal.

HARRIS: When the animal control officer arrived to then what we thought just go in and get the raccoon and take him to a new home and releasing and all will be done. But when we opened the door to get in to get him, then the fun ensued.

SUBTITLE: The chase finally ended when a door to the outside was opened and the raccoon ran free.

HARRIS: I didn't really know about the fun and excitement of the chase until actually after it was all said and done, and then I started hearing bits and pieces about how funny this was and I thought, well, I've got to go check the cameras to see that.

SUBTITLE: Harris sent the security footage to his faculty to give them a good laugh.

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AZUZ: To the animal's report card -- while it certainly passed a lot of classes, it wasn't targeted to school and it always has its masked on. But it was caught running in the hallway and it didn't follow directions, so I'd say its conduct needs improvement.

Maybe you could take a tip from Parkston High School in Parkston, South Dakota. It got a mention on today's show because people there subscribed and left a comment on our YouTube channel. That rings a bell on today's show.

I'm Carl Azuz.

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