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U.S. Midterm Election Campaigning; Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend; Positive Athlete Series; Nissan Motor Company Guinness Book of World Record for Car Dancing

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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Since it's been seven days since we last saw a Friday, CNN 10 did a special investigation and we can now confirm there's still awesome. It's like they're on a roll. I'm Carl Azuz with your down the middle explanation of current events. In four days, Americans will be going to the polls. They'll be determining the entire make-up of the House of Representatives and about a third of the make-up of the Senate. They'll be determining who will be the governors of 36 states and who will fill more than 6,600 state positions and thousands more local ones. That's according to the New York Times. Campaigning is full steam ahead. President Donald Trump has joined other Republican leaders in campaigning for Republican House and Senate candidates.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Republicans want strong borders. No crime. No chaos and no caravans.

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: Democrats want open borders and they want to invite caravan after caravan into our country which brings crime upon crime.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: Former President Barack Obama has joined other Democratic leaders in campaigning for Democratic House and Senate candidates.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: America's at a crossroads right now. The healthcare of millions of people is on the ballot. Making sure working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. But maybe most importantly the character of our country is on the ballot.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: In the Senate, Republicans are in control with 51 seats to the Democrats 49. And while 35 Senate seats are up for election in these midterms, most of them 26 seats are held by Democrats. So they have more seats to defend in these midterms than Republicans do. In the House, all

435 voting members are up for election. Here's how those numbers shake out.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here's a look at the current balance of power in the House of Representatives, 235 Republicans, 193 Democrats and there are seven vacancies in the current House. Here's what we're really focusing on in terms of the election this year. It's this middle part. Don't pay attention so much to the dark blue or dark red. Those are safe seats for both parties. It's these 30 seats in the middle that are true toss-ups.

They could fall either way adding 14 that lean to the Democrat or 21 that lean to the Republican and you've got a universe here of 65 competitive seats. This is the battleground.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Who said, autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower? Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, Albert Camus, James Joyce,

or Robert Frost. This poetic reflection on fall came from the French author Albert Camus.

Something else that happens in autumn though it's less poetic is the time switch. Falling back. Gaining an extra hour of sleep if you plan your

Saturday night well. That's because on Sunday morning at 2 a.m. almost all of the U.S. turns it's clock back one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Time changes in spring and fall are made throughout North America, most of Europe, a few countries in Africa and in scattered places around the world. They don't always turn back their clocks on the same day. But the fact that it happens at all brings up the same questions twice a year.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Daylight Saving Time sounds kind of special. You're not just saving time. You're saving daylight time. But it puzzles the daylights out of some folks why we fall back to Standard Time. That's what it's called, standard time. We spend eight months out of the year in

Daylight Saving Time but Standard which is hardly the Standard is still called Standard. It's been shrinking since World War I. That's when

Daylight Saving Time was first implemented to save energy. The switch made the sunset time later in the day so people didn't have to turn their lights on as early.

But what about winter and the fall back to Standard? Well look at it this way, most parts of the U.S. only get about 9 and 1/2 hours of daylight in wintertime. That's not much. If we didn't set our clocks back in the fall, sunrise wouldn't be until 8:30 a.m. in many places. You'd be starting and ending your day in the dark. Falling back to Standard keeps the time of dawn a little closer to what we're used to, it helps us start our day in the light. Plus there's that whole extra hour of sleep thing, assuming you go to bed on time when we fall back. So less daylight but more sleep. Unless you happen to live in Arizona or Hawaii, most parts of Arizona and all of Hawaii don't observe Daylight Saving Time. They don't have to. It's not required by law.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

CARL AZUZ: In high school, it's hard enough to score a perfect five on your AP exams. Probably harder still when those exams are on macro and micro economics. And if you have to teach those subjects to yourself, well you get it the kid's smart. But that fact that Manal Malik is also a leader in sports and her community make her a great fit for our Positive Athlete series.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People look at Manal and they say, she's a bright kid and she got 36 on her ACT. National Merit Semi-finalist, right? And they don't see the work that goes in behind that.

MANAL MALIK: I wake up every morning at 4 a.m. I don't care if it's Saturday, Sunday, Friday. Everyday I wake up at 4 a.m. and I get that workout in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a connection between the individual sport of like cross country, of pushing yourself, as a metaphor for her pushing herself in the classroom, pushing herself in the community. She's definitely wired a different way.

MALIK: My parents they came right from Pakistan. My grandfather wasn't even, like, literate at all. My dad had to work for himself, like, to get his own money to go to medical school and come to America. So seeing them and growing up around them. Seeing how hard they worked for us so we could have a better life, that really made me realize to be thankful for all that I have.

Because I don't understand, like, how I'm the one who's sitting here with the opportunity to get this education. To get - - to pull myself and help other people alongside me because what's the difference between me and someone else who's sitting in another country without this opportunity. I need to make the most of my opportunity so I can go back and help them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's just amazing what she has accomplished, what she's going to continue to accomplish. She's a - - a - - a triumph of the human spirit.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's the leader of the team. She's been on the team four years now and now she's at the top of her game. She wants to leave a legacy for the school. She wants the, you know, the players to follow in her footsteps and - - and make Haynes Academy Cross Country, especially for the girls, better each year and be one of the best in the state.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would be disappointed if the greatest thing that she ever accomplished was occurring right now in her life. Because she is - -

she is moving on to bigger and better things.

MALIK: The goal is to join Doctors Without Borders and work in these less developed countries where they really need help especially with all - -

everything that's going on with the Muslims around the world. I just really want to help them. We've started this Youth Muslim Sisters with our mosque which is a more personal issue for me. A couple years back this family come directly from Syria. They couldn't speak English. They were in horrible conditions.

So our youth group took the initiative to organize tutoring sessions for them so we could help them really learn English which was a great barrier for them in coming to this country. For them to come and have an environment where they could really be understood was just really important to them. I've seen (inaudible) so happy. It made me really happy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Manal's greatest achievements are not going to end when she graduates in May. We haven't seen them yet. They're yet to come.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

AZUZ: For 10 out of 10 today, bet you didn't know there's a Guinness World Record for the largest synchronized car dance. I didn't either until I saw this. Dozens of SUV's driving simultaneously in the shape of a giant falcon. The Nissan Motor Company put this together. It's SUV's have a few records like this and with 180 of them taking part, this event beat the previous record for largest synchronized car dance by 37 vehicles.

Guess it takes more than two to tango for that record. And while there's plenty of "braking" and "locking", they're probably going for more line dancing in sync than popping or shaking which could set off some alarms with insurance companies. I'm Carl Azuz. And "dance" all for today's show. Hope you all have a great weekend ahead.

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