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Missile And Rocket Attacks Reported Across Ukraine; San Antonio Police Officer Fired After Shooting 17-Year-Old; Gas Prices Rising As OPEC Production Cuts Loom. Aired 5:30-6a ET

Aired October 10, 2022 - 05:30   ET



NADA BASHIR, CNN LONDON REPORTER: But also, clearly, a representation of the dissolution growing across the country -- Christine.


All right, Nada. Thank you so much for that.

Happening right now, a new round of Russian airstrikes across Ukraine. Missiles now pounding cities that have been relatively quiet for months.

And here in the U.S., a police officer opens fire on a teenager eating a hamburger.



ROMANS: All right, welcome back.

Russia launching what it is calling -- what Ukraine is calling a massive attack against several cities there. Among the targets, the capitol, Kyiv, and the western city of Lviv, both of which have been relatively peaceful for months now. Officials say at least five people have been killed in Kyiv alone, all civilians.

International security editor Nick Paton Walsh is in President Zelenskyy's hometown where people have now taken shelter. Nick, are the people there showing any signs they regret the bomb attack on Russia's Kerch bridge to Crimea?

NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY EDITOR: No. I mean, that's not really a question in people's minds at the moment. The all- clear has been given here for people and as I understand, may also have occurred in the capital, Kyiv. And this is I think one of the worst episodes of violence that Ukraine has experienced over the past six or seven months, simply because there are very few major population centers that have not been hit.

Here in Kryvyi Rih, the head of the local civilian-military administration says that power's been knocked out in some districts after one explosion, which hit the outskirts of the city. And he went on to say that they believe that some drones are on their way to here. That was about 45 minutes ago. Now, a threat may have passed.

It does seem as though this morning of horror across Ukraine might be coming to an end. But at least people here are utterly shocked. So much of this country's life had begun to try to return to some kind of normality.

These 83 missiles, according to Ukrainian military leaders, striking civilian infrastructure targets, but also just ordinary individuals -- striking at a time when there was the rush hour, people moving to school -- designed to cause as much civilian damage, panic, and chaos, frankly, as possible. And it's also a curious strategy for Russia because these kind of cruise missiles they appear to deploy are not an unlimited quantity for them.

We're now seeing, likely, a new Russian commander taking his post and possibly this being one of his opening moves.

On the same time, though, too, we've heard from Russia's neighbor, Belarus, also run by an authoritarian leader, Aleksandr Lukashenko, that they -- Russia and Belarus -- are creating some kind of military group together, essentially a suggestion that Belarus is getting closer to assisting Russia in this war. That's a very significant development.

But after weeks of people, frankly, wondering what Russia's move was, Ukrainians are waking up to the utter horror of that. Some of their cities have been pounded by missile strikes over the past days or so, particularly Zaporizhzhia.

But now, there are very few major population centers that appear not to have escaped this latest barrage, utterly startling and designed I think to send a message domestically to Vladimir Putin's critics that he still has some sort of cards to play in this war that's been faltering for so long. But also, too, to the Ukrainian population that any semblance possibly of gloves being on is now over and Russia considers any potential civilian targets to be open to them.

ROMANS: And Ukrainian President Zelenskyy warning his citizens that more could -- more could come from Vladimir Putin.

Thank you so much for that. Nick Paton Walsh for us.

To Texas now where a D.A. has identified the San Antonio police officer who was fired for shooting a teenager in a McDonald's parking lot. That police officer, James Brennand. The teenager remains critically injured.

CNN's Camila Bernal shows us what happened. And we have to warn you here, the video is graphic and disturbing.


CAMILA BERNAL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is former Officer James Brennand's bodycam video. While at McDonald's for an unrelated incident, he spots a car he thinks he recognizes.

OFFICER JAMES BRENNAND, SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT: I have a vehicle over here that fled from me the other day.

BERNAL (voice-over): But he doesn't wait for backup. Instead, he approaches the car.

BRENNAND: Get out of the car.


BRENNAND: (Pulls teen from car).



BRENNAND: Shots fired! Shots fired! Shots fired!


BERNAL (voice-over): A total of 10 shots and a 17-year-old now in critical condition. According to his attorney, he is fighting for his life.

The teen was initially charged with evading detention and assaulting an officer -- charges that have now been dropped.

BRENNAND: Shots fired! Shots fired! Shots fired!

BERNAL (voice-over): Instead, the investigation now focused on Brennand. He was fired for violating the department's tactics, training, and procedures. And after the San Antonio Police Department's investigation, the case will go to the Bexar County district attorney's civil rights division and eventually, handed to a grand jury.

Camila Bernal, CNN, Los Angeles.


ROMANS: Truly shocking there.

All right. This week, we'll learn how some of America's biggest companies are weathering inflation and the Fed's rate increases. And the crude reality of global oil. The world's biggest producer can't dictate prices.



ROMANS: All right, it's a new week and investors are still fixated on the Fed's campaign to raise interest rates to vanquish high inflation. Signs of a still strong jobs market unnerved Wall Street even as evidence more aggressive rate hikes are -- seen as evidence more aggressive rate hikes are coming.

Here's what we learned Friday. The jobless rate -- the unemployment rate sits a 3 1/2 percent, a half-century low. Job growth slowed in September. The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in September. That is less than August, the weakest in more than a year.

But it is a delicate balance for the Fed. More jobs equal more bargaining power for workers, leading to higher salaries, which ultimately drives higher inflation.

Hiring was broad-based. Look at that -- 83,000 jobs added to leisure and hospitality. Those are bars, restaurants, hotels. Healthcare has now recovered all the jobs lost during the pandemic. Forty-six thousand new jobs in business and information services. Twenty-two thousand in manufacturing.


But this chart might show better what Wall Street was having a mini freakout over these numbers on Friday. You know, with just a few months left in the calendar year, the U.S. economy has added 10 1/2 million jobs since January 2021 -- 10 1/2 million. Nearly four million created so far this year. Look at that. That's more than any of these annual years from 2012 to 2018.

It means another critical week of Fed guessing -- a search for clues to see if the Fed's medicine to control red-hot inflation is starting to work. We'll see producer prices -- the Producer Price Index, the Consumer Price Index, retail sales. Consumer sentiment numbers also set to be released.

Also, investors will take a deeper dive into the latest meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve. The Fed's tough medicine has yet to fully reverse a historically strong jobs market.

We'll also hear from big companies about whether these rate hikes are hurting them yet -- Delta, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi. Some really big names set to report earnings this week. That should provide key clues into how the economy is holding up.

The other big story, gas prices. U.S. gas prices up a penny overnight, rising just weeks before the midterms. OPEC and its allies, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, say it will slash oil production by two million barrels a day, the biggest cut since the start of the pandemic.

The crude reality here is the U.S., the world's biggest oil producer, still depends on imports. The reasons are complicated. So here to help us understand, Bob McNally, president of Rapidan Energy Group, and author of "Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices." Bob, thanks so much for joining us this morning.

This OPEC decision --


ROMANS: -- is a disappointment for the Biden administration. Will it mean higher gas prices for average Americans?

MCNALLY: You know, we're probably going to see an uptick in gasoline prices in the coming weeks and months. I don't think the OPEC+ decision is going to be the main driver of that, though.

Gasoline prices just follow global crude oil prices, and global crude oil prices are in a Titanic battle between recession risks, which push them down and has since the summer, and then Russian supply disruption risks, which push them up.

So, the OPEC+ quota cut of two million barrels a day, which will only mean about a million barrels a day of, actually, supply loss -- it's a factor but not going to be the biggest factor in the coming weeks and months, in my view.

ROMANS: So, I keep hearing from energy experts that the Biden administration needs to have a better relationship with the U.S. oil companies. That there needs to be more attention on U.S. drilling and U.S. production. Is that a fair characterization?

MCNALLY: Absolutely. You know, since the Obama administration when we had a sort of all of the above -- gas, oil, renewables, et cetera -- we've shifted to keep it in the ground, and that's just not the way the oil market works.

President Biden has been sort of mugged by reality since last summer when oil prices started rising. So, he's asking for the impossible -- for producers to quickly increase the pace of their oil production. It doesn't work that way. It takes months, quarters, and years to bring on new supply.

But then, President Biden says look, we want you to produce a lot more right now, but then we want you to sort of go off and die because we have to decarbonize. That's just not the way long-term energy investment works. So it's a bit of a conundrum for him.

ROMANS: So we know that the White House is working, trying to find alternatives to this price cut from OPEC+, calling that price cut short-sided. What else can the administration do to try to cool off gas prices?

MCNALLY: You know, I worked for President Bush from 2001 to 2003 as his energy adviser. I didn't have a magic wand then and I don't have it now.

Though I'm a Republican, I have a lot of empathy for my friends in the Biden administration. There are no short-term solutions that are good. He could do a deal with Iran and get a lot more oil, but would that be good for our national security? He's looking at easing sanctions on Venezuela. That will get us some more oil, but is that good for national security and human rights, and so forth.

So, short-term, draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, not a good idea. It's just going to make us more dependent and more vulnerable to price shots in the future. So, the sad reality is any president -- Republican, Democrat -- when it comes to these short-term gyrations in oil prices, we don't really have much power to control that, unfortunately.

ROMANS: All right, Bob McNally. Thank you so much -- Rapidan Energy Group. Nice to see you this morning.

MCNALLY: Thank you.

ROMANS: All right. Underway right now across Ukraine, a new round of Russian missile, air, and drone strikes. Ukraine's capital city among those targets. CNN on the ground just ahead.

And the NFL's new concussion rules already a big factor on the field.



ROMANS: All right, dense smoke and lava unleashed in Italy as a volcano erupted Sunday on the island of Stromboli. Officials urged about 500 residents to stay at home as lava flowed nearly 2,500 feet to the coastline in about 26 seconds. The impact triggering a small tsunami.

This is one of the most active volcanoes in the region. No injuries were reported.

A new study reveals the fast-food restaurants with the fastest drive- thrus. Drumroll, please. QSR Magazines drive-thru report says Chick- fil-A has the slowest drive-thru at 325 seconds, but only because it's so popular and there are so many cars in line. Chick-fil-A did rank number one in customer service.

Taco Bell came out as top -- on top as the fastest, with an average time of about 21 seconds, followed by Dunkin', KFC, and Arby's.


The NFL's new concussion protocols had an immediate impact on the field during yesterday's games.

Coy Wire has this morning's Bleacher Report. Good morning, Coy.


Just one day after the league and the players union announced details for their amended concussion protocol after their chief medical officer said there would be a more conservative approach, one of the players taken out of Sunday's games was the starting quarterback for the team that sparked the change.

Teddy Bridgewater, starting in place of the injured Tua Tagovailoa, was hit hard by Jets rookie Sauce Gardner on Miami's first play of the game. Bridgewater went to the locker room for further evaluation after a spotter in the booth noticed him stumbling. The Dolphins said he passed his concussion test but was still ruled out for the rest of the game.


MIKE MCDANIEL, HEAD COACH MIAMI DOLPHINS: Basically, what happened is a spotter saw him stumble. He -- under the new rules and changes, he is ruled out and placed in protocol. He doesn't have any symptoms and he's passed his evaluation, but he'll be now, under the new regulations, in the concussion protocol moving forward.


WIRE: Now to a scary moment for Lions Saivion Smith, falling to the ground after contact with the Patriots' Hunter Henry in the first quarter. He laid motionless for several minutes. Smith's father was called down from the stands to ride in the ambulance with Smith to the local hospital where he was evaluated for a neck injury.

Lions coach Dan Campbell said afterwards that the 24-year-old had full motor skills and would fly back with the team. Smith tweeting last night that all was good and he'd be back soon.

A controversial call helped Tom Brady and his Buccaneers hold off the Falcons, who had all the momentum. Fourth quarter, 21-15 -- Atlanta's Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett sacking Brady. He's celebrating because now they're going to get the ball back for a chance to win -- right, Christine? Well, referee Jerome Boger throws a flag, calling it roughing the passer?

Falcon's coach Arthur Smith was every Falcons fan -- complete disbelief. The penalty allowed Brady and the Bucs to run out the clock and get the win. Brady was asked afterwards if he was politicking to get that penalty called.




WIRE: That's about it.

All right, Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. getting a huge ovation from fans ahead of his very first NFL game. Just six weeks ago, the 23-year-old was shot twice in the leg during a robbery. He'd finish with nine carries for 22 yards, and he got to trade jerseys with Titans star running back Derek Henry after the game.

Finally, some controversy in last night's winner-take-all playoff game between the Mets and Padres. San Diego's Joe Musgrove was slaying it on the mound. He was so good that in the sixth inning Mets manager Buck Showalter had the ump check him for an illegal substance, even behind the ears, Christine. Folks on social media were joking that they were expecting him to pull a quarter out like he was doing a magic trick.

Oh, but he was good. He was squeaky clean behind the ears and so was his sheet. Seven shutout inning. The Padres only gave up one hit all night as they dominate the Mets 6-0, ending their season. San Diego now moves on to play the Dodgers next.

All four division series set, starting tomorrow with a quadruple- header.

And those Dodgers -- 111 wins. That's more than any NL team in 116 years. It dates all the way back to the early 1900s when your Chicago Cubs won that many --


WIRE: -- Christine.

ROMANS: You know, I do follow Chicago teams, so I've got to say there are a lot of unhappy New Yorkers here today. I mean, the Mets lead their division for like most of the season, right?

WIRE: Yes. And our editor came in, Tim Gray -- longtime Mets fan. Painfully so, he comes wallowing in the sports department. I thought I saw a tear. I didn't want to say anything. But I think he is all Mets fans this morning.

ROMANS: Yes. A grumpy morning for a bunch of New Yorkers.

All right, thanks so much. Nice to see you, Coy.

WIRE: You, too.

ROMANS: All right, thanks for joining us. I'm Christine Romans. "NEW DAY" starts right now.