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Turkey Bombs US-Backed Kurds.
Turkey carried out a massive bombing campaign against Kurdish militia forces over the weekend, with over 70 jets hitting nearly 100 targets. The operation reportedly had Russian cooperation, who allowed the jets to pass through Russian-controlled airspace. The Kurds are an ethnic group occupying the region bordering Turkey, Iraq, and Syria (see map). Kurds have historically clashed with Turkey - who considers them a terrorist group - as they sought to create an independent state in an area that overlaps into the country, while the US has leaned on Kurdish militia forces in the fight to rid ISIS from Syria. The bombings were followed up by a ground assault on the Syrian border city of Afrin. The move exacerbates already strained tensions between the US and Turkey, with officials calling the campaign "destabilizing". 

Super Bowl Matchup Set.
The defending champion New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII after both won their respective conference championships. The Patriots - who will be playing in their eighth Super Bowl during the Tom Brady Era (with a 5-2 record) - overcame a late deficit against the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars to win 24-20. The Eagles - with Nick Foles continuing in his replacement role of injured QB Carson Wentz - dominated the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7. The Eagles will enter the game (Sunday 2/4 at 6:30pm ET, NBC) as big underdogs, with the Patriots favored by 5 to 6.5 points. In seperate but related news, the James Patterson-penned look at the troubled life of ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hits bookshelves today

Women's Marches Draw Hundreds of Thousands.

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in cities around the country over the weekend for the second annual Women's March (see photos). Nearly 200,000 turned out in New York City, 500,000 in Los Angeles, and 300,000 in Chicago, and spilled across the globe into Australia, Germany, and other countries. After a year in which the #MeToo movement brought a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct against men in leadership positions across a number of industries, the demonstrations seemed to have a tighter focus. The turnout answered questions around whether organizers could sustain the energy and momentum from the previous year. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

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> Three Billboards wins big at Screen Actors Guild Awards (More)

Science & Technology.

Facebook to let users rank credibility of news sources (More)
Rival photo formats from Google, Mozilla on pace to replace the common jpeg file (More)
Radioactivity from oil and gas wastewater persists in Pennsylvania sediment 7 years after restrictions put in place (More)

Business & Markets.

Home security giant ADT prices IPO at $14 - representing a total market value of $10B - slides 11% in first day of trading on Friday(More)
Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google) top Fortune's annual most admired companies list (More)
French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to buy Bioverativ, US maker of hemophilia drugs, for $11.6B (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

Government shutdown enters day three, Senate vote tentatively set for noon today (More)
VP Mike Pence begins visit to Israel (More)
Myanmar delays return of Rohingya refugees (More)
President Trump pens an op-ed looking back on his first year on the job (Note: We normally don't carry explicitly partisan items but make exceptions when it's from US officials in their own words). 

Amazon's fully-automated, cashier-less store opens today.

CNN Money ranks the best place to live in every state

What happens when you bring art history into modern life

The internet freaks out over a possible Friends movie (w/ trailer). 

Singer Ed Sheeran pops the question to childhood friend Cheryl Seaborn.

31 best sandwich shops in America (from Thrillist).

Can making you phone background grayscale break your phone addiction? (NYT paywall)

Photos of North Korea's training field for next month's Olympic ski team

Clickbait: Spanish man declared dead snores to life right before autopsy.

Historybook: HBD Francis Bacon (1561); CIA is created (1946); Roe v. Wade decision legalizes abortion in US (1973); RIP Lyndon B. Johnson (1973); Heath Ledger dies of drug overdose (2008).
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