2.3.2020

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Need to Know
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Chiefs Mount Super Bowl Comeback
The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV last night, beating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 to win the team's first championship in 50 years. The win came despite the Chiefs being down 10 points with just over six minutes left in the game. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, on track for one of the worst games of his career, threw two touchdowns in four minutes en route to being named Super Bowl MVP. Mahomes ended with 286 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing), with two picks. His counterpart, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, threw for 219 yards, one touchdown, and two picks. It was a postseason of comebacks for the Chiefs, who fell behind 24-0 against the Houston Texans and 17-7 against the Tennessee Titans in their two previous playoff games. See photos of the celebration here.

Speaking of parties, more than 17 million people are expected to call off work today.
From Iowa to DC
The 2020 presidential election cycle kicks into high gear today with the Iowa caucuses, the first major nominating contest of the primary season. Unlike most primary contests that rely on traditional ballots, the caucuses are more like neighborhood meetings held in each of the state's 1,678 voting precincts (plus 99 satellite meetings), with participants holding debates over candidates (see a visual of the unique process). The winner of the past four Democratic contests - stretching back to 2000 - has become the eventual nominee, with a number of candidates who don't fare well expected to drop out in the coming weeks. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) enters with a slight lead in poll averages (22%), ahead of Joe Biden (21.5%), Pete Buttigieg (15.5%), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (14.4%). On the eve of the caucuses, the results from the closely watched Iowa Poll were pulled just minutes before being announced over reports Buttigieg's name was omitted

Republicans are still holding caucuses despite President Trump facing marginal competition.
Coronavirus Deaths Spread
Filipino officials confirmed the death of a 44-year-old man from the Wuhan coronavirus, marking the first known death from the virus outside of China. The man was reportedly a resident of Wuhan, the Chinese city in which it was first observed. New details from researchers highlighted the difficulty in containing the outbreak, with a long incubation period of up to two weeks and reports of asymptomatic transmission - when the virus spreads without those infected showing major symptoms. Scientists estimate each sick person spreads the virus to an average of 2.2 others (known as the "r nought" factor), higher than the common flu but less than the related SARS virus; the current strain is also less deadly than SARS, with a likely mortality rate near 3%. At least 362 deaths and more than 17,300 cases have been reported, though researchers believe the number of cases may be closer to 75,000 (see paper). 
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> World War I epic "1917" is big winner at BAFTA Awards, bringing home seven wins including Best Film; see complete list of winners (More) | "Parasite" wins top prize at Writers Guild of America Awards (More)
> Sofia Kenin, 21-year-old tennis star, wins Australian Open, her first grand slam victory; Novak Djokovic topped Dominic Thiem to win his eighth Aussie Open title and 17th grand slam (More) | Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson becomes second-ever quarterback to be unanimously selected NFL MVP (More)
> Mary Higgins Clark, writer known as "Queen of Suspense," dies at 92 (More) | Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill dies at 64 (More)
Science & Technology
> FDA provides final approval to first oral treatment for child peanut allergies, expected to be available within a month (More) | Child food allergies are on the rise around the globe (More)
> Engineers develop soft tissue robot that leaks water, simulating the process of sweating; device cools more efficiently than human sweat (More)
> First major study of the effect of large earthquakes on marine ecosystems finds quakes can disrupt sperm whale hunting patterns for up to a year (More)
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> United, American, and Delta suspend flights between China and the US amid coronavirus fears; stocks fall about 3% (More)
> WeWork hires real-estate-industry veteran Sandeep Mathrani as new CEO; Mathrani held same role at Brookfield Properties' retail group, one of the largest real estate managers globally (More)
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> Vote to call new witnesses in Senate impeachment trial fails 51-49, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) supported motion; Senate looks likely to vote to acquit President Trump Wednesday (More) | Trump to deliver State of the Union tomorrow (More)
> Man wearing fake bomb shot by London police after stabbing two people; officials say the attack was terrorism-related (More)
> An additional 14 US soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injury from Iranian attack on Iraqi military base, bringing total to 64; attacks came in retaliation for US killing of general Qassem Soleimani (More)
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Punxsutawney Phil says spring is coming early
...and one of Europe's most ancient celebrations celebrates the advent of spring. (w/photos)
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