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Puerto Rico Braces For Tropical Storm Fiona; Powerful 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Taiwan; United Kingdom Mourns Queen; A CNN Hero Turning Food Waste Into Meals For Millions. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired September 19, 2022 - 04:00 ET


COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. Coy here hoping you had an awesome weekend. We're here for you all week, breaking down the news you need to know right here on CNN 10.

Let's start with a quick look at some of the significant headlines from around the world.

A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan on Sunday. Four hundred tourists were trapped after a landslide. The earthquake has also prompted tsunami warnings for Japan's southern coastline. Dozens of earthquakes have rattled this area in recent days but this was the largest.

Next up, when we produced this show, the island of Puerto Rico was bracing for tropical storm Fiona after it had charged through the Virgin Islands on Saturday. Fiona had the potential of strengthening into a hurricane before hitting the U.S. territory later on Sunday. Forecasters say that potential flooding and mudslides could be life-threatening. More than 170,000 people were already without power in Puerto Rico.

And, finally, the royal family saying goodbye to its matriarch after a period of mourning. A funeral is planned today for Queen Elizabeth II honoring her 70 years of service. Hundreds of foreign leaders are in town to pay their respects. The day has been declared a public holiday in England. The Queen's funeral will end with a two-minute nationwide moment of silence.

CNN royal correspondent Max Foster was in London during the royal proceedings as Englanders were mourning their Queen.


MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A steady tide of mourners pouring into the ancient Westminster Hall. It looks and feels like a pilgrimage. After hours waiting in line, a personal moment of thanks to the Queen.

King Charles III with his son Prince William met them outside to the delight of those waiting.

PRINCE WILLIAM: It means an awful lot you are here (inaudible). Thank you so much. (Inaudible)

FOSTER: They queued for hours and came from across the United Kingdom and the world.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thirty hours, no sleep.

FOSTER: Security was tight.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Phones down (inaudible) please.

FOSTER: There was a "phones down" rule as well. A royal source told CNN it was so people can enjoy the moment with their new king.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just shake hands, enjoy it. Make the most of it. Yeah.

FOSTER: The Queen's youngest son Prince Edward also approached the crowds, alongside his wife, the countess of Wessex.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Seventy years on the throne, she's such a loved lady. That is just the right thing to do. I think that's what a lot of people in the lineup are feeling lots of different nations, colors and everything here it's just lovely.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a good morale. It's a good day. Everyone's feeling really, really positive. It's a lovely atmosphere.

FOSTER: The king also made time to thank emergency responders ahead of the state funeral which police say will be their largest ever operation.

And then a somber vigil for the Queen from her grandchildren that she helped bring up. Prince William and Harry both in ceremonial uniform. Harry under special dispensation by the king, adorned with medals presented by the Queen to mark her many jubilees and also his military service. A show of unity for the nation in mourning.



WIRE (voice-over): Ten-second trivia time:

Which of these happened September 17, 1787?

The Boston Tea Party, the U.S. gaining independence, the U.S. Constitution signed, or the U.S. Constitution ratified?

The U.S. Constitution was signed this day, now known as Constitution Day.


WIRE: And Saturday marked that holiday in the U.S. So all week, we, the people of CNN 10, in order to form a more perfect understanding, are going to make your 10-second trivia Constitution-based.

All right. Next up, every year, the United States wastes over a hundred billion pounds of food. Aidan Reilly was just a junior in college when he founded Farmlink, a company that rescues food surplus and donates it to food banks.

Let's meet Aidan and hear what inspired him to start this journey with friends.


AIDAN REILLY, CO-FOUNDER, FARMLINK PROJECT: The fact is every year, we waste over a hundred billion pounds of food in the United States and 20 billion pounds of that is at the farm level, and that's such a massive number, it's hard to even comprehend. Farmers end up having to dump perfectly good produce, but at the same time, people are hungry.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Next person in line come on down.

REILLY: Forty million Americans don't know where their next meal is going to come from.

So my name is Aidan Reilly. I'm a co-founder at the Farmlink Project. We are a non-profit that works with farms to rescue surplus produce that they're going to otherwise throw out and get it to food banks instead.

When the pandemic happened, I was a junior in college. Like everybody else, I was watching the news and just seeing the next piece of terrible news come in. I remember seeing just giant trash bins outside of the dorm rooms, it looked almost apocalyptic. Like an evacuation, it's basically what it was.

I spent those first few weeks honestly in a state of depression, not to use that word lightly, but I was really, really low. All the plans I'd been making progress were suddenly no longer viable.

I think it's the other alley, yeah. That's the back alley.

James Kanov and I we've been best friends since we're about 11 years old. James is like this is one of the most significant things that might ever happen in our lives, how do you want to look back on it? And I told him, shut up, man. I just want to watch TV and like sit. I just want to play video games.

But it got us thinking, we ended up seeing an article in "The New York Times" about farmers having to throw out their food, like mountains of potatoes in someone's backyard or milk just being dumped into the dirt. At the same time, food banks and the systems that were in place to feed people were suddenly getting overwhelmed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two families in here.

REILLY: We would see lines of people miles and miles long, thousands of cars lining up to get a bag or a box of groceries.


REILLY: We went and talked to someone from West Side Food Bank, and they said, yeah, we are running out of food. We called up. My friend Will and Ben Collier, we just said, why don't we join forces? We were over here in Los Angeles and then Ben and Will were over in Connecticut calling food banks, calling farms. We called a couple hundred.

Eventually, we got on the phone with someone who said I have 13,000 eggs and you guys can have them. I just don't have a way of getting it to you.


And we realized that really, the core issue at hand was one of time and transportation. We rented a U-haul drove out to where the eggs were being stored, loaded them in the back, and so that was the very first drive was me swerving around on the 405 Freeway getting honked at with eggs bouncing around in the back just trying to get them to the food bank so that we could, you know, feed a couple thousand people.

We're going to Westside Food Bank and then food (inaudible).

When we were able to get that first truck, we said let's do a second, then let's do it third.

And we're back, baby.

We have moved about 70 million pounds, which is around 60 million meals. We have worked with over a hundred farms in the United States and over 300 communities.

We send boxes to communities around the United States at a rate of one and a half million pounds per week.


WIRE: All right. Some friendships you just never see coming.

For "10 out of 10" today, we're heading to a zoo in Chicago where an unusual friendship may be forming between two unlikely creatures, whether they become buds, pals, kindred spirits or friends for life, that remains to be seen.

Jeanne Moos has more.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Meet otter and ape. The otters were being introduced to their new habitat at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, a habitat that's home to small apes called gibbons. The gibbons live above in the treetops, the otters live below in the water.

How does an otter break the ice with its neighbors?

This ten-month-old pup went right up to Nubo (ph), an eight-year-old male gibbon, began sniffing his underarm area seemed especially intrigued by Nubo's (ph) feet. The curator of primates says this intermingling of species probably wouldn't happen in the wild where other species represent a threat.

Otters are known as curious, intelligent and gregarious animals. Otters are tactile creatures, video of them holding hands at the Vancouver Aquarium became a hit on the internet. A couple of aquariums even put holes in their plexiglass so that otters and humans can do some interspecies hand-holding of their own.

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


WIRE: Otterly adorable, seeing them giving some loving like that. Shout out to all of you going out of your way to make someone smile today.

And special shoutout to Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, Oregon. We hope you and everyone watching around the world have a wonderful one. I'm Coy. Thanks for watching CNN 10.