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Pineapple Express Arrives

An atmospheric river is set to bring torrential rains and strong winds along the West Coast this week, affecting millions of Americans. The weather system, known as a "Pineapple Express" because it originates near Hawaii, extends 3,000 miles. It is expected to push south from British Columbia, Canada, to Northern California today, reaching Southern California tomorrow before making its way to Arizona into the weekend.


A Pineapple Express can bring up to 5 inches of rain in a single day to California, and some coastal areas are forecast to see over 8 inches of rain throughout the week. Higher elevations, including the Sierra Nevada, could see 1-3 feet of snow. A second atmospheric river storm could follow, arriving in California by sometime Sunday, coinciding with the Grammy Awards weekend, and lasting into early next week.


Officials have reassured the public that there is no indication of a megaflood, the last occurrence of which was in 1861, lasting 45 days and forming a lake in the Central Valley.


Syphilis Soars in the US

Syphilis cases in the US have risen to the highest level since the 1950s, according to new data on sexually transmitted infections released yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The US saw 203,500 syphilis cases in 2022 (the last year for which data are available), up 17% from 2021 and nearly 80% from 2018. The data also showed 3,755 babies were born with congenital syphilis in 2022, a nearly 31% change year-over-year and a 183% change since 2018. See an overview of syphilis here.


Meanwhile, new cases of gonorrhea in 2022 declined for the first time in a decade, down 8.7% from 2021. Health experts are not sure of the reason behind the decline. Cases of chlamydia, which accounted for roughly two-thirds of the more than 2.5 million total cases of sexually transmitted infections in 2022, were up 0.3% year-over-year but down 6.2% since 2018. See all CDC data here (w/charts).


Chita Rivera Dies

Chita Rivera, the Broadway star who originated the role of Anita in the 1957 production of "West Side Story," died yesterday of a recent illness in New York. She was 91.


In a career spanning seven decades, the Washington, DC-born performer played central roles in dozens of musicals, including "Bye Bye Birdie," "Chicago," and "The Rink." She trained in ballet for most of her teenage years before landing her first role as principal dancer in the 1952 production of "Call Me Madam." Her prowess as a dancer, singer, and actor led her to earn 10 Tony Award nominations—the most of any musical performer in history—and win two. She became the first Latina to receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2002, as well as the first to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. See her life in photos here.


Separately, three-time Tony Award-winning dancer, singer, and director Hinton Battle died Sunday of unknown causes. He was 67.  

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In The Know

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Universal Orlando's Epic Universe theme park to open in 2025, will include Super Nintendo World and themed "Harry Potter" and "How to Train Your Dragon" areas (More)

> Sir Elton John and writing partner Bernie Taupin win the Library of Congress' 2024 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award given annually for impact in popular music (More)

> NFL's conference championship games averaged 56.1 million viewers, an all-time non-Super Bowl high and an 11% increase over last year (More)


Science & Technology

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> Pharmaceutical firm Vertex completes successful clinical trials for nonaddictive painkiller to replace opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin; company to seek regulatory approval this summer (More)

> First known instance of transmitted Alzheimer's disease observed; condition in five patients linked to childhood infusions of human growth hormone sourced from tainted cadavers, seeding misfolded proteins which led to Alzheimer's decades later (More)

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets close mixed (S&P 500 -0.1%, Dow +0.4%, Nasdaq -0.8%); Wall Street awaits Fed's interest rate decision today (More) | Alphabet shares slide after reporting weaker Google ad revenue (More) | Microsoft reports rise in quarterly revenue, cites growing demand for cloud services (More)

> UPS to cut 12,000 jobs, reports 7% drop in total shipping volume in Q4 (More) | PayPal to lay off 2,000 employees (More) | American Airlines to lay off 656 workers (More) | Judge invalidates Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $56B pay package (More)

> International Monetary Fund upgrades global growth outlook to 3.1% for 2024 (More) | Europe's economy sees zero economic growth from October to December 2023, following 0.1% contraction in previous three months (More)


Politics & World Affairs

> Hamas reportedly considering proposed three-phase cease-fire in Gaza in exchange for most of the remaining hostages taken in the initial Oct. 7 raid; deal does not include an Israeli withdrawal from the territory (More) | See updates on the war (More)

> Former Pakistan President Imran Khan sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of leaking state secrets; ruling comes ahead of Feb. 8 national elections in the country (More) | French farmer protests spread to Belgium and Spain ahead of Thursday's European Union summit in Brussels (More)

> Former President Donald Trump to remain on Illinois primary ballot after state board votes 8-0, rejects eligibility challenge; opponents argued Trump should be disqualified under the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment (More)

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How GM Is Securing Its Lithium Supply


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Historybook: Guy Fawkes is executed (1606); 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, passes in Congress (1865); Jackie Robinson born (1919); Actress Kerry Washington born (1977); Justin Timberlake born (1981).

"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on... you're wasting your life." 

- Jackie Robinson

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