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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Two days into the week, we`re happy you`re taking 10 minutes to watch our show. I`m Carl Azuz. Across the Pacific,

the nation of North Korea is making a statement with cruise missiles. This is a secretive communist country situated between China and South Korea.

It said on Monday it had successfully test fired the weapons over the weekend, and that after two hours of flight time, they hit target hundreds

of miles from their launch site in North Korean territory. Cruise missiles are harder to detect that ballistic missiles, which North Korea has also

tested in the past and experts say that most cruise missiles are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Still, this is the most significant weapons test by North Korea since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January. That`s something the

international experts keep tabs on, because historic summits between the two countries leaders during the Trump Administration, the United States

and North Korea have remained rivals since fighting stopped in the Korean War in 1953. The communist country`s announcement was also noteworthy for

its timing. There`s a meeting in Japan this week between American, Japanese, and South Korean officials. These three countries are allies and

they`re rival, North Korea, is the subject of this meeting. So analysts say that by purportedly launching new missiles, North Korea may be trying

to show off its importance in the region. The country utilizes parades to do this as well.


BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: A midnight parade in Pyongyang, an event commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of North Korea`s founding, and at the

stroke of midnight Thursday, a surprise appearance. The country`s 37 year old dictator Kim Jong-Un, in a tailored, light colored suit looking

remarkably slimmer than he was a few months ago.

JEAN LEE, THE WOODROW WILSON CENTER: He`s clearly lost so much weight. He was looking svelte, trim. We`re not used to that, and I think in some ways

we saw that as the biggest risk to the North Korean leadership was his health. So it`s interesting how the regime has used his weight loss in its


TODD: Other footage shows the supreme leader and top aides at an outdoor table, appearing to enjoy some kind of bright green drinks with a twirley

straw. The western style suit, the overall air of confidence analysts say could be an effort by Kim to channel his late grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, the

founder of North Korea, who remains a wildly popular figure there.

LEE: His grandfather was somebody that the North Koreans genuinely have respect and affection for, and I do see that during times of hardship and

trouble, he really works to evoke the memory of his grandfather.

TODD: The parade featured the customary rows of soldiers in perfectly synchronized cadence. Paratroopers descending in the night sky. Aircraft

firing flares, but with a notable feature missing. This time no missiles on display, no references to North Korea`s nuclear capability. Instead there

were fire trucks, dogs, horses, and a large formation of marchers in orange hazmat suits, what North Korean media described as the Emergency Disease

Prevention Unit.

PATRICK CRONIN, THE HOOVER INSTITUTE: The focus is to demonstrate Kim`s unsurpassed handling of the pandemic and hazmat suits and dogs and fire

trucks and horses apparently are much better for manipulating the narrative of successful pandemic management.

TODD: The missiles, North Korea still claims it`s had no cases of COVID-19 in the entire country. Something analysts say is highly unlikely, and Kim

still can`t sidestep his nation`s status as a rogue regime. The International Olympic Committee has just decided to ban North Korea from

participating in next years Winter Olympics in Beijing, at least under the countries official name, because of North Korea`s decision not to send any

athletes to this years Summer Games in Tokyo.

CRONIN: Missing the Olympics, not once but twice in the space of a year is a terrible missed opportunity for North Korea, but I think because they`ve

been in this emergency, lockdown state with the pandemic. They will have to pay the price of -- of being relegated to a non-player, a non-actor.

TODD: Analysts say despite this pageantry, despite Kim Jong-Un`s appearance, North Korea is probably worse off internally than much of the

world realizes. They point out that during the pandemic, North Korea`s border with China has been closed off. Food, revenue, other resources have

not been getting in and North Koreans are likely in more desperate straits than they usually are. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Which of these food delivery platforms was founded first? Grubhub, UberEats, DoorDash or Postmates. Grubhub was

established in 2004, several years before any of these other companies.

But all of those companies are involved in a new lawsuit against New York City. This concerns what third-party delivery platforms, like Grubhub and

UberEats, are allowed to charge restaurants for their services. Let`s say you use DoorDash to order a hamburger to go. New York`s government says

the most that DoorDash can charge the restaurant is 15 percent of the cost of your order, plus an additional five percent for fees like marketing.

These limits can help restaurants by keeping their costs down on to go orders. That`s why they were up in place last year when restaurants were

forced to close or limit their dining room capacity because of concerns surrounding COVID.

But the limits can hurt delivery companies, which have their own operating costs. They say they may be forced to reduce their services or charge

higher fees to people who order to go food, and because New York City recently voted to make its fee limits permanent. DoorDash, Grubhub, and

UberEats sued. They say the government is illegally interfering with agreements reached between restaurants and delivery companies that the city

shouldn`t have the power to decide business economics. New York`s law department says, it`s confident its limits are legal and that it will

defend them in court. San Francisco is another city that`s put delivery limits in place, and DoorDash and Grubhub are suing there as well.

An ongoing challenge for restaurants and delivery companies in some areas is a shortage of workers. Help is wanted in many parts of the United

States. It`s not just in the food industry. There`s a shortage of truck drivers, manufacturers are having trouble filling factory jobs. Some

businesses and states have blamed government benefits, pay for unemployed workers during the COVID pandemic as one reason why people weren`t

motivated to go back to work, but those benefits have expired. And while analysts say there`s more than one factor to blame, some restaurants are

getting creative to keep their doors open.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In the month of July, Texas added over 72,000 jobs, about 18,000 of those were in the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metro Area, and even

still --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One of the things that`s happening is some workers are saying, I don`t want to go back to that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In one of the fastest growing states in the country and many of those roles are going unfilled. Ed Sills (ph) a Texas AFl CIO,

a state labor union, says its likely the low wages of service charge and the Delta variant keeping folks from flocking back in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They found that may -- maybe working the nightshift or being paid $8 an hour is something that can be improved upon and they`ve

found ways to do it somehow during this pandemic.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But some businesses have grown tired of waiting for applications all together, the Dallas restaurant LaDoonie (ph) has turned

to robots for workers.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have people who tell me well, they`re taking people`s jobs. Guess what? No, they`re not taking anybody`s job because no one is

showing up. What they are doing, is helping the ones who are really working.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Their owner says they have a third of the staff they had pre-pandemic and that hiring has been nearly impossible. Their three

robots (inaudible) to tables bring out orders and even sing Happy Birthday. The goal isn`t to replace all their staff, but to help supplement the jobs

no one else seems to want.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And they don`t complain, and they`re happy to do it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Ed (ph) says until those jobs become more desirable, it`s no surprise businesses will have to get creative.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The market is finally working on behalf of workers.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He does believe eventually the labor shortage will level, but it will likely take COVID calming down and improved pay for


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It think it`s probably part of a -- a stage of recovery rather than something permanent.


AZUZ: Well, whether or not you`re familiar with all the rules of cricket. You probably know this ain`t supposed to happen. All dogs (inaudible) at

least she`s not breaking any leash laws. An Irish women`s player who was on the field owns this Cocker Spaniel according to Newsweek magazine. When

she practices with her family at home, the dog reportedly plays with them, so when the animal saw her owner playing in a game, well --

So the dog plays cricket. Was she told to go and "sic" it, did she kick it? Did she flick it? No, she saw the ball and picked it. Then she ran

away so quick it caused an interrupted "wicket". Protestors can "pick it" unless the dog had a "ticket". Well it`s time for us to scoot on out of

here but before we do, we want to give a shout out to Seaforth High School. Our viewers watching in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Subscribing and

commenting on our YouTube Channel is the only way to get a mention of your school. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.