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  • Welcome to CNN 10, where we explain global news in 10 minutes.

  • My name is Carl Azuz.

  • I`m happy to be your anchor.

  • Officials on two sides of the Pacific Ocean have put the brakes on a trade dispute between

  • the United States and China.

  • These two countries have the

  • two largest economies on the planet.

  • They trade an incredible amount of goods with each other.

  • But last year, the U.S. sold $130 billion worth of goods to China and bought $506 billion

  • in goods from China.

  • And that deficit, that difference

  • is something that`s angered the Trump administration, which wants trade to be more level between

  • the countries.

  • So, the U.S. put tariffs or taxes on

  • certain imports from China, and China retaliated with tariffs of its own on the U.S.

  • Trade analysts were worried that this could lead to a trade war, when both sides try to

  • hurt each other`s economy through increased tariffs which can

  • lead to increased prices.

  • But now, the United States and China are saying they are trying to work things out.

  • China plans to significantly increase what it buys in U.S. goods and services.

  • That was a main demand of the Trump administration.

  • And both

  • sides say they`re not going to put any new tariffs on one another while they hold talks

  • to form a new trade agreement.

  • They`re still some major issues that haven`t been resolved yet.

  • For example, exactly how much more China plans to buy from the U.S.

  • There`s

  • been some conflicting information on that.

  • And critics say their promise to work together more closely isn`t specific enough to guarantee

  • things will get better.

  • But at least tensions have

  • eased while the talks are going on.

  • Ten-second trivia:

  • What country has more historically active volcanoes than any other?

  • United States, Indonesia, Japan or Philippines?

  • According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are more written accounts for eruptions in

  • Indonesia than any other country.

  • But a lot of international attention right now was centered on the Kilauea Volcano, located

  • on Hawaii`s Big Island.

  • It`s been erupting since

  • May 3rd.

  • And residents for miles around the mountain are facing several threats from it.

  • One new fissures keep opening up in the ground.

  • There

  • are almost two dozen cracks in the earth at this point, spewing sulfur dioxide and lava.

  • One, lava bomb.

  • A fragment of molten rock shot from a fissure hit a man in the leg while he was sitting

  • on his porch.

  • That caused the first serious

  • injury in this eruption.

  • Two, ash continues to spew from Kilauea Summit.

  • One cloud boiled as high as 10,000 feet.

  • Hawaii`s volcano observatory says more explosions are

  • possible at any time.

  • Three, lava is now flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

  • That might not sound like a bad thing, as long as no boats are nearby.

  • But when the molten rock

  • hits the cold sea water, it`s producing another hazard, something called laze.

  • Seeing something like this is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people.

  • But for people who live

  • here on the big island of Hawaii, they are happy that it`s only once in a lifetime, because

  • this is a never-ending nightmare.

  • Let me show you what we`re seeing from our vantage point.

  • This is where all of the lava is coming from.

  • This is actually five fissures combined,

  • but it doesn`t look like cracks in the earth.

  • It looks more like five out of control five hydrants.

  • Of course, that lava has to go somewhere, and so, it`s cascading this down this fast-moving

  • lava flows and eventually it is reaching the ocean there,

  • that red steam over there in two different places.

  • Now, from new pictures that we`re seeing, that those clouds, it may look like simple

  • thing, but it

  • is much more nefarious than that.

  • It is something called lava haze, or laze, and it is a mixture of sulfuric acid and tiny

  • particles of glass.

  • It

  • can be quite dangerous, at worst perhaps even deadly.

  • I want to show you one other thing.

  • Right over there, this is a fissure that we`ve been watching now for the past eight nights

  • in a row, and it may

  • look relatively benign, at least from this standpoint, but I can tell you, it is not.

  • We were at a woman`s house maybe a quarter mile, maybe half a

  • mile away from there and the sheer force of that fissure, because there`s the odd explosion

  • that happens maybe once or every minute or two, it

  • actually blow out two of her windows.

  • So, this is really, you know, nothing to think lightly of.

  • It can potentially be quite hazardous.

  • Now, if it`s not the lava that`s pushing

  • people out, it might be the gas.

  • That is because geologists say that sulfur dioxide levels, they have actually tripled

  • in recent days, creating

  • a lot of problems for people.

  • And one other thing to point out, and that is the explosions that we`re hearing, again,

  • you can hear those explosions here, incredibly loud.

  • The

  • explosions that we`re seeing at the summit of Kilauea have actually lessened, become

  • less frequent and smaller in recent days.

  • In fact, there

  • was one just about three hours ago that was quite small relatively.

  • That maybe good news from this time being, but it may also mean that a much bigger explosion

  • could be coming.

  • JCPenney is in serious trouble.

  • The company was once one of America`s leading retail chains.

  • Who

  • hasn`t gotten more of their iconic Christmas catalogues in the mail?

  • But JCPenney, like struggling Sears, failed to adapt to consumer-changing taste.

  • JCPenney is being hurt by the slow demise of many American malls.

  • Consumers are increasingly shopping on their phones, and while some retailers, Walmart,

  • Best Buy and Macy`s come to mind, have embraced digital

  • commerce.

  • JCPenney has been a laggard online.

  • That`s big a reason why sales continue to fall, and the company keeps losing money.

  • JCPenney has already taken the painful step to cut more than 100 stores and layoff thousands

  • of workers.

  • Still, the share price has plunged to single

  • digits.

  • That means JCPenney is literally what traders called a penny stock.

  • Investors are also worried about the fact that JCPenney is a pretty big debt load and

  • not a lot of cash.

  • JCPenney is trying to get back on track

  • by focusing on products like beauty goods, toys and appliances and not just clothing.

  • But time maybe running out to save JCPenney.

  • The Asian island country of Singapore has been in the news lately because it`s the location

  • of a planned summit between U.S. President Donald

  • Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

  • But there`s another reason our friends at "Great Big Story" visited Singapore recently.

  • They wanted to check out a manmade horticultural haven

  • known as Supertree Grove.

  • Let`s go climbing.

  • Usually, fast food restaurants compete with each, especially when they`re literally next

  • door.

  • But a Burger King in Massachusetts recently

  • asked out the girl next door.

  • The restaurant posted the word "prom" on its sign and "Wendy`s" over social media, said

  • that`d be OK as long as they

  • were home by 10:00.

  • Because the promposal was so public, Burger King went public with the result, too.

  • Posting the words "she said yes".

  • But where are they going to eat?

  • Offering to share of wafer could get a frosty reception, so could Dairy Queen, though we

  • hear she`s pretty sweet.

  • Five Guys could be four too many.

  • McDonald`s is their arches enemy.

  • No one wants Papa John`s as a chaperone, so that`s Hardee`s is a good idea.

  • Maybe they`ll just take the Subway.

  • I`m Carl`s Jr. Azuz for CNN 10.

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