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You're only a day away from Friday and you're 10 minutes away from being up to speed on
current events.
I`m Carl Azuz.
This is CNN 10.
We're starting with an unusual election in Alabama and its effect on the U.S. Senate.
On Tuesday, a vote was held in the southern state.
It was to
fill a vacancy in the Senate that was left when Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was appointed
to the job of U.S. attorney general earlier this
Mr. Sessions is a Republican.
In fact, everyone from Alabama who`s won a U.S. Senate seat since 1992 was a Republican
until Tuesday.
That's when a
Democratic candidate named Doug Jones defeated a Republican candidate named Roy Moore to
win the seat.
Though as of last night, Mr. Moore hadn't
He hadn't officially accepted a loss.
The election was close.
With 99 percent of ballot counted, Mr. Jones had won 49.9 percent of the vote.
Mr. Moore had won 48.4 percent.
The race wasn't just unusual because a Democrat won in a state that usually votes Republican.
Moore, a former supreme court chief justice for the
state of Alabama is one of the politicians who`s been named in a series of recent sexual
harassment accusations made across America.
Judge Moore was
accused of behaving inappropriately in the past toward women who were underaged.
The candidate repeatedly denied all the allegations, and
questioned the timing and details about them.
But despite that and an endorsement that Moore received relatively late in the race from
Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, Jones emerged
victorious on Tuesday night.
The former federal prosecutor said he was overwhelmed by the victory and that his campaign
had been about making
sure that everyone in Alabama is going to get a fair shake in life.
Senator-elect Jones will serve out the remainder of former Senator Jeff Sessions' term, but
it won't begin immediately.
Take a look at these numbers.
These are the ones that really matter.
Republicans came in to this election with 52
seats under their control in the U.S. Senate.
Democrats and their allies had 48 and the new numbers will be 51 and 49.
It may not look like much, but that is a world of difference.
That`s why President Trump so wanted Roy Moore to win and not Doug Jones, because with
that one shift of the vote, it becomes significantly harder for the Republicans to pass any of
his legislation on border control, budgets,
In fact, if you even talk about this giant tax reform package they're working on, if
Doug Jones is seated before the final vote on this, a single
Republican defection could burn it to the ground.
So, what are the odds of that happening?
Well, we have to look at the calendar.
The secretary of state of Alabama has to certify the vote result before Jones can take the
That will
probably happen down here, around 27th, 28th, 29th, which means Jones probably get sworn
in early next year, January.
But what are the Republicans are trying to do is get this tax plan fully approved, finished
by the 22nd.
So, if nothing else changes and Democrats
can do nothing to speed up this calendar, they have no power over that, the two will
not come together in all likelihood, and Doug Jones will not be
able to derail the Republicans' last big stab at some kind of big legislation this year,
before the numbers change and maybe the whole
equation changes with it.
Ten-second trivia:
What are Ether, Dash and Monero?
Are they all Pokemon, cryptocurrencies, ThunderCats or investment banks?
These are examples of three cryptocurrencies, the type of digital money like bitcoin.
Bitcoin is the most famous of them.
The currency was created in 2009.
It's not issued by any central bank or tied to any particular
Bitcoin can be saved or used to buy merchandise anonymously, and the price has soared recently.
The value of a single bitcoin is currently more than
But getting one is the tricky part.
You can just buy the currency online, but bitcoin units are generated through a process
called mining, when computers solve complex math puzzle
to create them.
Given their value and the increasing number of computers trying to solve those puzzles,
this takes a tremendous amount of computing
power and electricity.
One place that just may be perfect for a bitcoin mining computer warehouse is an island nation
between Norway and Greenland.
It's called the land of fire and ice.
Ancient Iceland is now the home to an extremely modern
endeavor, mining for bitcoins.
At this bitcoin farm near Reykjavik, noisy computers run 24/7, hoping to solve the mathematical puzzles
that create the virtual
Those who succeed are rewarded with bitcoins.
What is all of this?
So all of these are our mining rigs, we call them, we have standard hardware on optimizing
the design for bitcoin mining.
It takes this number of computers to stand a realistic chance of mining bitcoins and
winning the Blockchain battle.
Since January, bitcoin's value soared some 450 percent.
So, with returns like these, you can put up with a bit of noise.
Why is it so noisy?
It's the fans at the top.
These fans are strong fans.
They take out a lot of air.
There is one overriding reason why these bitcoin mines are here in Iceland, plentiful, cheap
electricity, the country abounds with geo-thermal
The whole set up in Iceland is perfect for cooling all these machines.
Ordinary air from outside is just drawn in, wafted through the computers,
and then heated up and sucked back outside.
Some call bitcoin, the biggest financial bubble the world has ever seen.
Those who run this bitcoin farm see it more a part of a thrilling future.
There's several rival cryptocurrencies coming up which are competing for market share in
the space.
And many of them offer similar
features, but I think bitcoin has most of the benefits that all cryptocurrencies have
and it's going to be the largest player for a time to
Iceland is a volatile, unforgiving landscape, perhaps perfect for bitcoins, it makes this
country a fitting location to mine digital gold.
Another noteworthy event of the digital age, the struggle of the American shopping mall.
There are currently 1,100 of these in the U.S.
But experts are predicting that around 300 of them will close over the next five years,
when larger stores like Macy's, JCPenney or Sears closed and
dozens have.
The smaller stores around them often follow.
There's still hope for many malls, but the landscape is changing.
The American mall was once the go-to destination for many shoppers looking for bargains and
suburban teenagers
looking to have a place to hang out.
But the rise of Amazon and changing trends and fashion have turned some malls into modern
day ghost towns.
Once popular chains like Wet Seal, Aeropostale and Pacific Sunwear had filed for bankruptcy.
Other larger retailers like Sears, Kmart, JCPenney,
Macy`s 和 Kohl`s 都被迫面臨關閉
Several of these chains have announced layoffs as well.
Amazon is a big problem for all these companies.
The king of e-commerce now sells just about everything.
It is even starting its own line of
And Amazon is also opening up more and more of its own brick and mortar stores.
Gap and Abercrombie and Fitch once red hot brands for younger shoppers are struggling
to stay relevant too.
This has hurt urban malls particularly
hard, with big shopping centers in Cleveland, Detroit, and other cities closing in recent
But all hope is not like, you know, lost for shopping malls just yet.
Many malls, particularly in more affluent suburbs are adding popular retailers
like Apple and fast fashion retail kings H&M, Zara and Uniqlo as new tenants.
So, the mall may not be dead just yet.
When the snow starts a-fallen, you'd probably seen toddlers riding on sleds with their parents.
This is one girl who started snowboarding
solo before she reached her first birthday.
Now, if she looks natural and unafraid, she's been in training.
Her parents bought her a tiny snowboard
when she was a baby and they taught her how to stand on it while pulling her around the
living room.
This is her first time snowboarding on actual bunny slope.
But if she looks more relaxed on her first outing than most of us, it's because she's
at practice, baby.
She probably thought it was pretty cool, bet she babbled about it for days, sure she wants
to carve out time to crawl back
to the slopes.
She's got an edge, and if she decides to become a mogul of the snowggle, it's gonna be
hard to pacifier.
CNN 10 is back tomorrow.


CNN 10 December 14, 2017

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