2.5.2018

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2.5.2018
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NEED TO KNOW.
Philly Wins.
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots, 41-33, in last night's Super Bowl LII, earning their first championship in the modern era. The win caps a fairy tale playoff run for Eagles QB Nick Foles who took over for starter Carson Wentz after Wentz tore his ACL in the regular season. Foles went 28-for-43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns - and caught a touchdown pass on a trick play - and was named Super Bowl MVP. Even with the win, Wentz is expected to reclaim the starting spot next season (see what's next for Foles). It was the third Super Bowl appearance for the Eagles, who hadn't won a championship since 1960 - before the Super Bowl itself existed. Five-time champion and Patriots QB Tom Brady, who won the regular season MVP on Saturday, summed the game up by saying, "losing sucks". Not an Eagles (or Patriots) fan? Check out the best and worst commercials from the game (not counting the $5M worth of dead air that NBC accidentally ran in the second quarter). 

Fatal Amtrak Crash in South Carolina.
An Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train early Sunday, killing two and injuring over 116 people. The incident - which happened a few miles south of Columbia, South Carolina - is the third high-profile crash in less than two months. A train hit a garbage truck in West Virginia last Wednesday killing one, and a December derailment outside Seattle killed three and injured over 100 (see list of recent crashes). However, in this case a rail switch operated by the freight carrier CSX was reportedly left in the wrong position (paywall), causing the Amtrak train to divert onto a side track. Amtrak - whose ridership has increased to 31.7 million trips per year but has battled a drop in confidence over the crashes - blamed the wreck on CSX. 

Jobs Report Up, Markets Down.

Stock markets look to bounce back after finishing Friday with their biggest weekly losses in nearly two years, with the Dow Jones dropping 2.5%, the S&P 500 down 2.1%, and the NASDAQ down about 2.0%. For the Dow, it was the biggest percentage drop in 20 months and the biggest daily point drop (665.75 points) since the 2008 recession. Analysts pointed to fears over a tightening job market (which means higher labor costs) and expectations of inflation (which equals higher borrowing costs) as drivers. The drops come against otherwise strong economic news - the economy added 200,000 jobs in January, hourly wages increased at an annual rate of 2.9%, and unemployment held steady at 4.1%. 
 
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IN THE KNOW.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

> Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame (More)
> Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault (More)
Former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dies at 74 (More)

Science & Technology.

Nasty flu season continues to intensify, 7.1% of outpatient visits last week were for flu-like symptoms (More)
First ever observation of planet cluster from beyond the Milky Way galaxy, located 3.8 billion light years away (More)
Basically Sci-Fi: Scientists use magnetic resonance imaging to read brain, can determine what song you're listening to (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Exxon & Chevron announce disappointing earnings despite 50% oil price increases since June, stocks both down ~5% FRI (More)
Major banks (Citi, JPM, BofA) ban purchasing Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies with credit cards (More)
Banks closed 1,700 branches in 2017, fastest decline in decades, as bank teller use shrinks (paywall) (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

House Intel memo on alleged FBI bias released (More) | Dems push for vote today to release counter-memo (More)
Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria shoot down Russian fighter jet, kill pilot after ejection (More)
USA Gymnastics ex-doc Larry Nassar to receive final sentence in series of sex abuse trials today (More)
ETCETERA.
How much football players eat compared to polar bears (and other animals). 

Mapping the most popular cocktail in each state.   


Winners of the annual SkyPixel photo contest for best drone photos.

Victim's father charges at Larry Nassar in court (paywall).  

Mothers in their thirties have the lowest risk of premature birth


Best neighborhoods in America to spend a weekend (via Thrillist). 

9 out of 10 of Redfin's hottest neighborhoods are in San Jose, CA.

A legal loophole lets you get away with murder in this 50-square-mile part of Yellowstone.  


Clickbait: Missing California woman found on 'The Bachelor'. 

Historybook: Roger Williams arrives in Boston (1631); HBD Hank Aaron (1934); HBD Cristiano Ronaldo (1985); Medgar Evers’ murderer convicted 30 years after killing (1994).
"FAILURE WILL NEVER STAND IN THE WAY OF SUCCESS IF YOU LEARN FROM IT."
- Hank Aaron

 
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