1.31.2022

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Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse

Ten people were injured in Pittsburgh Friday morning after a 52-year-old steel bridge collapsed. Three of the people were taken to a hospital. The structure fell hours before President Joe Biden was scheduled to deliver a speech in the city about the recently passed $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill.

 

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, the city's fire chief said. The condition of the deck and superstructure of the 447-foot-long bridge had been listed as poor by state inspectors since 2011. The bridge was last inspected in September, but the report hasn't been made available to the public. 

 

Known as Fern Hollow Bridge, the structure is a popular route into downtown Pittsburgh. A 60-foot bus and five other vehicles were on the bridge when it gave way. The collapse also caused a gas line in the area to break, which was then turned off and isolated. 

 

See video from the site here.

Northeast Blizzard 

At least 100,000 homes were without power over the weekend as a powerful winter storm moved up the East Coast. The system dropped snow from the Mid-Atlantic through the Northeast, with Massachusetts bearing the brunt of the storm—Boston recorded almost 24 inches of snow in the course of a single day, tying a record set in 2003. Nearby Providence, Rhode Island, broke its own single-day snowfall record, notching almost 19 inches Saturday.

 

On top of snow, the storm brought near-hurricane force winds in some areas and left bitter temperatures in its wake. The weather caused the cancellation of more than 3,500 flights. See photos—including a New Yorker skiing along the Brooklyn Bridge—here.

 

Separately, Northern Europe was pummeled by successive winter storms that left at least four dead and thousands without power. 

Brady (Maybe) to Retire 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is expected to announce his retirement in the near future, according to leaked reports over the weekend. The decision would bring 44-year-old Brady's career, which spanned more than two decades, to a close. Conflicting reports also suggested Brady informed his team he had not yet made a decision (follow updates) and was upset about the leaked plans.

 

The future Hall-of-Famer owns records for most touchdowns (624), most passing yards (84,520), most wins (243), and most playoff wins (35). He played in 10 Super Bowls, winning seven—both records—the first six of which were with the New England Patriots. See his career stats here

 

Separately, the Cincinnati Bengals continued their Cinderella run, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime. They'll face the Los Angeles Rams, who beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17, in Super Bowl LVI (Feb. 13, 6:30 pm ET, NBC).

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> Orcas are able to hunt and kill blue whales, Earth's largest animal, using coordinated pods; study is the first to directly observe and document the behavior (More, w/video)

 

> Archaeologists uncover two sphinx statues at an ancient burial site in Luxor, Egypt; 26 feet long, the statues are believed to honor Amenhotep III, the grandfather of King Tutankhamun (More)

 

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> US stock markets close higher Friday (S&P 500 +2.4%, Dow +1.7%, Nasdaq +3.1%) to end choppy week (More)

 

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> US employers invested 4% more on wages and benefits in 2021 than the previous years; increased at fastest pace since 2001 (More)

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> North Korea carries out its longest-range ballistic missile test since 2017, analysts say; missile traveled more than 1,200 miles high and 500 miles from land before falling into the sea (More)

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