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Explanation Of Many Factors Behind Rising Gas Prices; Simulation Of Space Life in Israel; CNN Hero`s Effort To Help Other Amputees. Aired 4- 4:10a ET

Aired October 13, 2021 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hey, thanks for joining us today. My name is Carl Azuz. It is always good to have you watching. You know what`s going down?

Not gas prices. Even though they usually start to decrease this time of year, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States hit

$3.27 this week.

That`s its highest price in seven years, and it`s almost double what it was last spring when roads and runways were nearly empty because of the COVID

pandemic. There are several components to the price of gasoline. The cost of getting it to gas stations, Federal and state taxes.

The cost of refining it, the profits gas companies make, they all factor in, but the biggest chunk of what we pay, accounting for 43 percent of the

cost of gasoline is the price of the crude oil gas is made from.

And not coincidentally, crude is also at its highest price in seven years at just over $80 per barrel. There are several reasons why this is

happening and why the price of crude is expected to get even higher. One, demand.

As the world economy has grown in the wake of the pandemic, so has the need for energy and because natural gas prices has recently skyrocketed,

especially in Europe. Experts say power plants and factories will increasingly turn to crude oil because it`s cheaper. Recent flooding in

northern China is also an issue.

It led to the closure of dozens of coal mines and because coal is the main source of energy in China, its prices have hit record highs and influenced

the price of crude oil to go higher. But a major influence on that price has always been OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries,

Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela. These are some of OPEC`s 13 member nations.

And though the U.S. government has asked them to significantly increase their oil production, the group recently decided it would only do so

gradually. So that`s keeping oil prices higher. So what could all this mean besides higher gas and energy prices?

Well, it could add to America`s inflation problems, driving prices up for all sorts of goods, and if Americans are spending more on transportation,

they`ll have less to spend on goods anyway and that could have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

10 Second Trivia. In Greek mythology, who was the god of war? Mercury, Mars, Ares, or Poseidon. Ares was the Greek god of war and violence. Mars

belonged to Roman mythology.


GERNOT GROMER, DIRECTOR OF AUSTRIAN SPACE AGENCY: (Inaudible) is an almost unique geological structure in the world, and what we found here after many

thousands of kilometers of scouting is that the (Metis Halon) has a lot of geological features which are twins on Mars.


AZUZ: For the 125th time, the Boston Marathon was run this week. It`s usually held on Patriot`s Day on the third Monday of April, instead it

happened on the second Monday of October. It was also run in person for the first time in more than two years.

The reason for all the changes is the COVID pandemic, but that didn`t stop a sweep by two Kenyan runners who won the men`s and the women`s event. It

was the eighth time that happened this century. In the crowd cheering them on was a woman named Heather Abbott.

She`d been doing that exact same thing on April 15th of 2013, when there was a terrorist attack near the finish line. Two bombs went off killing

three people, at least 264 others were injured and Abbott was one of them. The damage to one of her legs was so severe that doctors advised her to

have it amputated below the knee. It`s what she did afterward that made her a CNN Hero.


HEATHER ABBOTT, BOSTON MARATHON RUNNER AMPUTEE: Typically, insurance will pay for one prosthesis. So something that`s basic, like a metal (inaudible)

prosthesis. Any other prosthesis like those designed for running or anything that looks realistic, they can put a cosmetic in not medically


At that time, I was really concerned with not having any of my normal life taken away. (You know), I have many different legs. This one is my running

leg. I have a little "Boston Strong" logo on it. And for me, having those multiple prosthesis` I think kept my sanity in tact to -- to a certain

degree. This one is what I like to call my house leg. It has a slipper on it all the time.

Being able to do the things that I did before, being able to have some privacy about being an amputee. And this is my high-heel leg, I can paint

the toenails. I can use toenail polish remover. (Inaudible) in high heels.

And had my injury not happened in such a public way where there was so much assistance available, I never would have been able to afford to pay all

those multiple prosthesis`. Some of our recent beneficiaries. So I decided to start the Heather Abbott Foundation in order to do what I could to help

people get those devices that simply couldn`t get them because they were out of reach.

I met (Corey) quite a few years ago. She was one of our first beneficiaries, and (Corey) lost her leg in a lawn mower accident when she

was two years old. She was very active little girl at the time, who wanted a running leg.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have a good job with great insurance. I`m lucky but it only covers the one leg a year, because she`s growing, we`ve already

probably had eight or 10 legs. The running leg would cost between $20,000 to $50,000. We would not be able to get a running leg without Heather`s


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Some things I like to do are playing volleyball, basketball, riding my bike. Really just like (inaudible). The walking leg

only has flex ankle. If I use the walking prosthetic it`s a lot harder to run because there`s not enough spring as there is in the running leg.

Before I`d always be a little bit behind, but now I`m feeling like I`m catching up to everybody. So --

ABBOTT: She hasn`t let anything stop her. Her mom sent me a video of her recently snowboarding and she looked amazing. It is frustrating to see

people that can`t have what they need to live the life they want, just because money is an obstacle. It seems like that shouldn`t be a question.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (Inaudible) the crazy man.

ABBOTT: We have around 42 people which doesn`t sound like much, but because of the cost of these devices it has been a big endeavor. We`ve been able to

raise $1.5 million over the last six years. It has been life changing for them and a lot of them remind me of that.

They keep in touch and tell me about what they`re doing in their life. This whole experience just showed me a whole different kind of life that I

otherwise wouldn`t have known and I do try to focus on all the positive things that have resulted from that terrible day.


AZUZ: For 10 out of 10. There are some home designs that make your head spin. In this case, it`s the whole house. A man in the European country of

Bosnia Herzegovina built this for his wife because she kept changing her mind on the view she wanted from their old house. This one gives her every


The speed is adjustable. One rotation can be as slow as 24 hours or as fast as 22 seconds. The project took the builder six years to complete. So when

neighbors come "around" and ask, "are you moving anytime soon?" They can point out their "revolving door", the "rotating cabinets", the "turning"

clocks, the "spinning" exercise bike.

The furniture with "turned" legs and "rolled" arms. A view that`s often tops and then make an "about face" and say we`re always "moving". I`m Carl

Azuz. Before we "move" on, we`re "moving" over to Glenwood, New Jersey where we want to give a big shout out to our viewers at Vernon Township

High School. CNN 10 returns tomorrow.