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  • I'm Carl Azuz.

  • The U.S. state of Minnesota is the site of our first report today.

  • Nights of demonstrations and violence have followed the shooting of a black man by a police officer.

  • Here's what happened.

  • On Sunday afternoon in a suburb of Minneapolis,

  • Police say officers stopped 20-year-old Daunte Wright because his car license tag had expired.

  • During the traffic stop, officers learned there was an outstanding warrant for Wright's arrest.

  • According to "The New York Times," police say he was facing two misdemeanor charges for carrying a pistol without a permit and running from police last summer.

  • Officers asked Wright to get out of the car, which he did but afterward there was a scuffle and police say it looked like Wright was trying to get back into the car to flee.

  • An officer then yelled taser, in reference to an electroshock weapon.

  • But she pulled her gun instead and fired the shot that killed Wright.

  • Police say this was an accident that resulted in Wright's tragic death.

  • An attorney for Wright's family says the shooting was preventable and inhumane.

  • Protests have followed with demonstrators calling for police to be held responsible.

  • Officers used tear gas and stun guns to break up crowds that defied a curfew.

  • Demonstrators have thrown bottles, bricks, and fireworks at police.

  • There've been multiple reports of stores being damaged in the community.

  • The officer involved in the Wright's death and the Brooklyn Center Police Chief have resigned and an investigation is being conducted.

  • All this is happening 10 miles away from the trial of a police officer accused of killing another black man last May and demonstrations against Wright's death have been held in other cities with a riot being declared Monday in Portland, Oregon.

  • Next today, American health officials are recommending what they call a pause in the use of a certain coronavirus vaccine.

  • Johnson & Johnson was the third company to get authorization for emergency use of its vaccine.

  • That happened in February.

  • Since then, the Centers for Disease Control says more than six million doses have been given but there've been at least six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot reported afterward.

  • Health officials say one person has died and another is in critical condition.

  • They also say that the vaccine requires a different treatment for potential blood clots that doctors usually give.

  • So they've recommended that medical officials hold off on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine until these issues are addressed.

  • 10 Second Trivia.

  • Which of these islands would you find about 100 miles off China's eastern coast? Taiwan, Okinawa, Hong Kong or Hainan.

  • Across the Taiwan Strait from the Chinese mainland lies the island of Taiwan.

  • Next story involves both the island of Taiwan and the mainland of China.

  • They each have their own government.

  • Taiwan is a semi-presidential republic. China is a communist state.

  • And each of these governments says it's the only legitimate ruler of all China, so that's one source of tension between them.

  • The other is that the U.S. is an ally of Taiwan and a rival of China.

  • China is flexing its military might releasing through state media a flood of dramatic video clips like these.

  • They show Chinese naval exercises that U.S. officials say our aimed to intimidate the people of Taiwan.

  • And what is of real concern to us is in -- increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan.

  • Under the one China policy, the Peoples Republic of China and its ruling communist party consider Taiwan to be part of its sovereign territory.

  • President Xi Jingping has vowed to never allow the self-governed democracy to become formally independent and he will not rule out the use of force if necessary to take the island back.

  • He's also signaling to the United States, we can prevent you from helping Taiwan.

  • In recent months, the People's Liberation Army-Navy showcasing its capabilities just off Taiwan's eastern coast.

  • Military experts say that is a pointed effort to demonstrate that china can cut the island off from US military support.

  • From above, near daily occurrences of multiple PLA aircraft entering Taiwan's air defense zone from the west. A coordinated move that is alarming to some experts.

  • It has sparked strong words from Taiwan's foreign minister.

  • We are willing to defend ourselves and is without any question and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war.

  • Taiwan's military is no comparison to china's, where the PLA boasts more than a million soldiers.

  • Taiwan only has 140,000 troops.

  • China's got roughly 100 intercontinental ballistic missiles and more than 200 nuclear warheads.

  • Taiwan has neither and that is why the island is so heavily reliant on allies most especially the U.S.

  • And we have a commitment to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act to make sure that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself.

  • But Biden Administration officials stop short of guaranteeing U.S. military intervention should Beijing make a move on Taiwan.

  • Instead, the U.S. has been using its Pacific fleet to showcase its own strength.

  • This photo from last week showing a Navy guided missile destroyer's commanding officer sitting feet propped up as one of China's two aircraft carriers sailed by.

  • And while the PLA has focused its exercises to Taiwan's east, the USS John McCain cruised to the west of the island last week.

  • The guided missile destroyer passing through the Taiwan Strait right between the mainland and Taiwan.

  • In response, Chinese officials said the U.S. was stirring up trouble.

  • U.S. military leaders believe a Chinese attack on Taiwan could be just years away. And I think the threat is man festering this decade, in fact in the next six years.

  • My opinion is this problem is much closer to us than most think.

  • The Biden Administration facing mounting pressure on the matter as tensions at sea rise.

  • But some analysts believe much of what we're seeing is unnecessary hype.

  • The near-term goal is to deter independence and China has largely achieved that goal.

  • And I don't believe that the Chinese are likely to use force within the next few years.

  • I think they do not want to pay the price.

  • Whatever the intention, former Navy Captain and U.S. Intelligence Officer Carl Shuster says, China's messaging is clearly directed to a specific audience.

  • They want the American people and the American government to see the cost of helping Taiwan as exceeding the benefits.

  • You well know Captain, you're going to have Americans who will look at this and they'll say, why should Americans be involved in anything over there.

  • Why should they care what's happening with Taiwan? To that you would say?

  • If you really won't defend a 70-year partner from violent aggression, then other countries will look at it and believe we either are not capable or not willing to sacrifice anything for them.

  • Many Chihuahuas are a one-family dogs.

  • They love their one family and not much else.

  • I had one growing up that was so sweet unless this dude named Troy tried to pet her while I was holding her and she tried to remove his finger.

  • Anyway, there's one up for adoption that's far worse.

  • - When you're trying to get someone to adopt a dog... - Fancy. Hello.

  • You usually don't use phrases like neurotic, man-hating, animal-hating, children-hating, a 13-pound rage machine.

  • Tiffany Fortuna is passionate about rescuing pets until a permanent home can be found.

  • She says with a Chihuahua named "Prancer", she tried to make him sound palatable but the problem is, he's just not.

  • Ladies, if you have a husband, Tiffany says don't bother applying, unless you hate him. He bonds with women only.

  • New Jersey based Second Chance Pet Adoption League specializes in hard to place animals.

  • They even made a movie trailer dedicated to "Prancer".

  • What are you doing?

  • But instead of scaring folks off, Prancer's getting hundreds of inquiries.

  • He sounds perfect for me when can I pick up?

  • - Okay, so this is how we meet new people and make friends. - Who needs friends?

  • Prancer does have good points. Extremely loyal, understands basic commands.

  • And oh, also he's only two years old and will probably live to be 21 through pure spite.

  • What kind of devil dog lets you pet him and when you stop, noses you for more.

  • Like any Chihuahua, "Prancer" will "chiwowwya".

  • They're the smallest breed of dog but you "chu wow wouldn't" want to say that to their face unless you have "canine" lives.

  • Some say they're yappy but the truth is they're scrappy.

  • The miniature "chuwonders" of the dog world who "chuwowill" "chu" you up if you don't think they "ruv" it.

  • I'm Carl Azuz. We're going to Mexico today as in Mexico High School.

  • It's in Mexico, Missouri.

  • Thanks to you and everyone else for watching CNN.

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