2.13.2023

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Chiefs Top Eagles

The Kansas City Chiefs lifted the Lombardi Trophy last night, topping the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII. The win marks the third title in franchise history and the second in the past four seasons. 

 

The Chiefs overcame a 24-14 deficit, kicking the winning field goal in the final seconds of regulation following a holding call that allowed Kansas City to wind down the clock. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, including a 26-yard run on the final drive, en route to being named Super Bowl MVP.

 

The 27-year-old Mahomes cemented his status as one of the league's best signal callers—in five years as a starter, he's won two titles, been to a third Super Bowl, thrown for almost 28,000 yards, and been named league MVP twice. 

 

See highlights from the game here and celebration photos here.

 

Quake Arrests

Turkish officials detained at least 113 building contractors over the weekend as the region's death toll from Monday's twin quakes rose past 33,000. Survivors continued to be pulled from the wreckage more than 150 hours after the collapse, including a 6-year-old boy and a pregnant woman. 

 

Early analysis of the Turkish quake-hit area reports nearly 25,000 structures collapsed out of 170,000 assessed, many built recently. After a 1999 quake killed 17,000 people in the northwestern part of the country, building codes were passed to require structures to be built to withstand high-magnitude earthquakes. However, Turkey regularly offers amnesty—the latest in 2018—to substandard buildings in exchange for a fee. Experts claim at least 75,000 buildings in the quake zone were given such zoning amnesty. 

 

The shallow, high-magnitude quakes in the East Anatolian fault zone are just the latest in a long history of seismic activity in the region. See a visual deep dive here

 

Unidentified Floating Objects

US fighter jets shot down unidentified objects floating over Lake Huron Sunday and the northern Yukon Saturday, following the downing of another car-sized object over Alaskan airspace Friday. Officials are working to recover the objects to gather more information about their origins and purpose, though they believe the objects were likely for surveillance.

 

US fighter jets have now taken down four objects in North American airspace over the last eight days, including a larger Chinese spy balloon off the South Carolina coast, which began the saga of the flying objects. Another spy balloon was found floating over Latin America last week before it left the continent's airspace. China has claimed responsibility for both balloons, maintaining the aircraft were meant to monitor the weather. 

 

US defense officials have recently said at least three suspected Chinese spy balloons were also observed during the previous administration, though they were classified as UFOs at the time. See history of spy balloons here.

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> Harry Styles wins top prizes of Artist and Album of the Year at 2023 Brit Awards, the UK's highest profile music awards show (More)

> New Mexico State University suspends its men's basketball program indefinitely following allegations of hazing within the team (More)

> Hugh Hudson, English director best known for Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire," dies at 86 (More) | Howard Bragman, Hollywood public relations icon, dies of leukemia at 66 (More

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Science & Technology

> US power grid estimated to add more utility-scale battery storage than new natural gas generation in 2023, according to preliminary plans (More)

> Sweeping fossil find in China suggests sea life rebounded from the Permian extinction after about 1 million years, much quicker than previously believed (More) | Earth's "big five" mass extinctions (More)

> Astronomers discover Saturn-like ring system around the dwarf planet Quaoar, which lies past Neptune; its presence defies current explanations of how such structures form (More)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close mixed Friday (S&P 500 +0.2%, Dow +0.5%, Nasdaq -0.6%); all three indexes post weekly losses (More)

> Media conglomerate News Corp to lay off 5% of workforce, or 1,250 employees (More)

> Adidas shares fall Friday after company warns it could lose more than $1B in revenues if unable to sell stock of Yeezy (Kanye West partnership) inventory (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Hundreds of thousands of health workers protest in Spain over deterioration of public health system in recent years (More) | See background (More) | Nearly 1 million demonstrate in France in country's fourth major protest over administration's pension reform (More

> Russian mercenary Wagner group claims it captured eastern Ukrainian town of Krasna Hora (More) | See war updates (More) | Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro intends to return to Brazil in coming week amid probes for role in country's Jan. 8 capitol riot (More)

> Florida Legislature formally revokes special status of Disney World's Reedy Creek District; Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gains authority to appoint district's board, change name (More) | Nevada declares state of emergency amid California gas pipeline leak (More)

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Etcetera
 

Fingerprints get their unique swirls in the womb.

 

How earthquake rescue teams search for survivors

 

Cosmic panorama tops the month's best science images.

 

America's most beautiful caves.

 

Archaeologists uncover a Stone Age tool kit.

 

Dolphins visit a kayaker off the California coast. (via Instagram)

 

Escaped owl becomes a New York City celebrity.

 

South Carolina makes a decadelong, billion-dollar accounting mistake.

 

Clickbait: Don't drink the borg.

 

Historybook: Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break sound barrier, born (1923); Talk show host and politician Jerry Springer born (1944); Nashville sit-ins begin (1960); French opera singer Lily Pons dies (1976).

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