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Mystery on Brazil's Coast; Japanese Emperor Proclaims His Status to the World


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甘肃快3CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Nine out of ten dentists agree Fridays are awesome, the tenth one just wasn't telling the tooth. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN 10.

It's great to see you today.

First story takes us to the largest country in South America, where a mystery is washing up along Brazil's coast. Crude oil, hundreds of tons of it, has appeared on Brazil's northeast beaches. This has been going on since early September.

甘肃快3Roughly 1,200 miles of shoreline have been polluted. The mystery here is where it came from, no one knows yet.

Brazil's government has tested the oil and officials say it did not come from Brazil. They believe it's from Venezuela but they didn't directly blame Venezuela for the spill.

Brazil's environmental minister says it might or might not have been an accident. It could have come from another country's ship, for instance,

甘肃快3that was carrying Venezuelan oil. Venezuela says it's not responsible.

甘肃快3Natural oil spills, when the substance simply seeps out of the ocean floor, are possible. But Brazil's president thinks this could have been a criminal act. Whoever or whatever is to blame, thousands of volunteers and government workers have been doing what they can to clean up the coast.

Environmentalists are concerned about the oil's effects on the coral reefs in the area, and officials say a number of birds and sea turtles have been found dead in the slick.

Critics of Brazil's government say it hasn't done enough to address the spill. Earlier this week, it said it was sending 5,000 more members of the military to help out. Because people there don't know here the oil's coming from, they can't say for sure whether the spill is getting worse or better.

Officially, the Pacific nation of Japan has had a new emperor since May, shortly after Emperor Akihito abdicated, or gave up, his throne. But it wasn't until this week that his son, Naruhito made his enthronement and that of his wife official.

甘肃快3This is the ceremony in which a new Japanese emperor proclaims his status to the world. It's a centuries-old tradition filled with rituals and attended by more than 100 high-ranking officials from around the globe. And it's all for a position that's mostly ceremonial.

甘肃快3Japan is officially a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Though its emperor is a symbol of the country and the unity of the Japanese people,

its decision-making power is in the hands of elected politicians. Of course, some of them were also at the ceremony.

甘肃快3Will Ripley explains the event.


WILL RIPLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The curtain opens on Japan's Reiwa, the era of beautiful harmony. From atop a pavilion in Pine Hall, the most prestigious place in Tokyo's Imperial Palace, Emperor Naruhito officially declares his enthronement.

甘肃快3HIRONOMIYA NARUHITO, EMPEROR OF JAPAN (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): Always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The visuals are very impressive today; the taking of the throne, 1,000 year tradition. But it's what they will do going forward with this message of promoting peace, promoting happiness. This is the Reiwa era that we have anticipated and that they are going to fulfill.

甘肃快3RIPLEY: Adorned in 30-pound robes, styled centuries ago, the new emperor and Empress Masako are a surprisingly modern couple. He went to Oxford,

she went to Harvard. Both speak English, perfect for hobnobbing with dignitaries from 174 countries, including Britain's Prince Charles, who also attended the enthronement of Emperor Emeritus Akihito in 1990. Akihito abdicated more than five months ago and did not attend today's enthronement, keeping the spotlight on his son.

甘肃快3Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly put politics aside. Shouting --


甘肃快3RIPLEY: -- long live the emperor before resuming an exhausting schedule of at least 50 bilateral meetings, with leaders from nearly every corner of the world.

甘肃快3This is perhaps Japan's biggest moment in the global spotlight until next summer's 2020 Olympics. Will Ripley, CNN, Tokyo.


甘肃快3AZUZ: Ten-second trivia. Which of these historical figures might not have actually existed, King Arthur, Saint Patrick, Alexander the Great, or Joan of Arc?

甘肃快3Everyone here is historically well documented except Britain's legendary King Arthur.

甘肃快3Legend has it that only Arthur, as a boy, was able to draw the magical sword from the stone, indicating he would be king. And a real-life sword in a stone was recently located in a river in the European country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It's been called Excalibur, like a weapon from the

Arthurian legend.

甘肃快3No one knows how it got stuck in a rock about 36 feet below the water's surface. It was reportedly found while archaeologists were investigating a medieval castle nearby. Because they believe it dates back to the 1300s and because it was stuck in a stone, it wasn't easy for them to separate it and bring it to dry land.

甘肃快3There aren't a lot of medieval swords found in this part of the world. The last one was located 90 years ago. So researchers are hoping to learn more about the region's history from the modern discovery.

We have an update for you today on the work of a CNN Hero named Amanda Boxtel. In the 1990s she was paralyzed in a skiing accident and told she wouldn't walk again. But in the decades that followed, Boxtel's been able to go skiing, mountain biking and parasailing, thanks in part to technology and physical therapy.

The thing is, high-tech therapy like this is expensive. She says some of it can cost $90,000. So Boxtel started a non-profit organization called

甘肃快3Bridging Bionics to help people with mobility issues get treatment they otherwise might not be able to afford. Here's an example of how it's working.


甘肃快3ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: For so many people, jumping rope is a regular part of their workout routine.

甘肃快3But for Nate White (ph), jumping rope is a stunning achievement. Three years ago, Nate (ph) compressed his spine and broke his vertebrae in a kayaking accident. He was told he'd never walk again.

甘肃快3But then, he met CNN Hero Amanda Boxtel. She and her non-profit Bridging Bionics helped get Nate (ph) back on his feet.


COOPER: Their (ph) free or low-cost therapeutic sessions and access to cutting-edge technology was a game-changer.

甘肃快3UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This type of technology, it's not easily accessible. It's not affordable. Why not?

甘肃快3UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When I got out of the hospital, my insurance company gave me 10 hour-long physical therapy sessions for the year. I do 10

physical therapy sessions in a week and I need to, to keep making progress. And as a teacher, that just wasn't financially possible for me.

It's about a year behind in my right (ph).

COOPER: Nate (ph) regained function in his right leg first, followed by his left. Today, he's not just walking, but running, mountain biking,

playing basketball and, yes, even kayaking.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Amanda took me under her wing. She always believed that I was going to be walking again.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's living the miracle of what we all want and what we all aspire for. Yet, it's not just with Nate (ph). This is the power of technology that everybody should have access to. That's my goal.


甘肃快3AZUZ: Last month, we told you how scientists said they'd taught rats to play hide and seek. Can rats be taught to drive?

They can't reach the pedals in a Ford pickup, but in a University of Richmond study they were taught to dive these ROVs -- that's rat-operated vehicles. Their reward was Fruit Loops.

And they were found to be better drivers if they'd been raised in a more stimulating environment, like a cage with toys opposed to a boring lab cage without them. The lab cage rats reportedly failed their driving course.

甘肃快3They were accused of breaking the law by tailgating. They had squeaky breaks. They never yielded the rat-of-way. They always drove over the mouseimum speed limit and they struggled making rat turns.

甘肃快3Seems the researchers ratted them out and now they'll never pass the driver's pest.

甘肃快3I'm Carl Azuz. Have a great weekend, from all of us here at CNN.

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