1.29.2024

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Drone Strike in Jordan

At least three US troops were killed, and at least 25 other US personnel were wounded, after a drone strike hit a remote military post in northeast Jordan yesterday. Officials said the attack, the first in the Middle East to kill American forces since the Israel-Hamas war began in October, was carried out by unspecified Iran-backed militias. 

 

The strike occurred near al-Tanf, a base sitting a few miles from the Jordan-Syria-Iraq meeting point and lying along the Baghdad-Damascus highway (see overview). The base anchors a localized zone outside of Syrian government control, and has served as a launch point for coalition operations against ISIS in the region in recent years. 

 

In related news, negotiators are said to be closing in on a deal that would see a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip for up to two months in exchange for the release of more than 100 Hamas-held hostages. The majority of those released would be women, the elderly, and those needing medical care—an agreement to return the remaining hostages would be worked on within the first 30 days of the pause in fighting. 

 

Separately, the Biden administration is said to be considering slowing military aid to Israel in an effort to push the government to seek an end to the conflict.

 

See updates on the war here

 

Chiefs vs. Niners

The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in Super Bowl LVIII after both teams won their respective conference championship games yesterday. 

 

The Chiefs will be making their fourth trip to the title game in five years after beating the Baltimore Ravens on the road, 17-10. Tight end Travis Kelce caught all 11 passes thrown his way, including a touchdown, en route to breaking Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice's record for all-time playoff receptions (151). The game turned on a pair of endzone turnovers by the Ravens in the fourth quarter. 

 

San Francisco topped the Detroit Lions 34-31 at home, holding the Lions to seven points in the second half and overcoming a 24-7 halftime deficit to reach their first championship since 2019. Star running back Christian McCaffrey ran for 90 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. 

 

Super Bowl LVII takes place Sunday, Feb. 11 (6:30 pm ET, CBS), in Las Vegas, with R&B star Usher headlining the halftime show. 

 

Jam Master Jay Trial Begins

Opening statements begin today in a federal trial for the murder of pioneering hip-hop star Jason Mizell, known to fans as Jam Master Jay, who was shot and killed in 2002 at age 37. The case languished for two decades amid stalled investigations and lack of evidence. 

 

Karl Jordan Jr., 40, and Ronald Washington, 59, were eventually arrested in 2020 on allegations they shot Jay in his Queens studio for reportedly excluding them from plans to sell a shipment of cocaine. Prosecutors allege Jay was involved in drug distribution at the time, claims his family denies. Both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

 

Jay was one-third of Run-DMC, viewed as one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history. The trio is credited with transitioning hip-hop away from its disco and funk origins and toward a more aggressive style with sharp lyrics and distinct beats, while popularizing an underground fashion and cultural aesthetic. Learn how their 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way" broke down (literal) walls between rap and rock here

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> X (formerly Twitter) blocks searches for Taylor Swift after explicit AI images of Swift went viral on the platform (More) | Joni Mitchell, 80, to make debut Grammys performance at this year's ceremony (More)

> Vince McMahon resigns as executive chairman of WWE's parent company, TKO, amid sexual assault and trafficking allegations from a former employee (More)

> Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka wins back-to-back Australian Open titles; Italy's Jannik Sinner wins his first ever Grand Slam (More) | Dallas Mavericks' Luka Dončić hauls in 73 points, tied for the fourth-highest scoring performance in NBA history (More)

 

Science & Technology

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> European Space Agency to launch satellite-based laser network to measure gravitational waves; experiment to arrive in orbit by 2035 (More) | Where do ripples in spacetime come from? (More)

> Scientists demonstrate two-legged robot powered by muscle tissue; device can walk and pivot underwater (More)

> Researchers discover nasal and lymphoid network that plays a critical role in draining cerebrospinal fluid from the brain (More) | Learn more about the multifunctional role the fluid plays in the brain (More)

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Business & Markets

> Markets end Friday mixed (S&P 500 -0.1%, Dow +0.2%, Nasdaq -0.4%), with the Dow reaching a new all-time high; all three major indexes have at least doubled since pandemic bottom in March 2020 (More)

> Chinese property developer Evergrande faces move by creditors to force it into liquidation; the country's second-largest property developer holds roughly $240B in assets and has about $327B in liabilities (More

> Building materials giant Holcim to spin off North American businesses in move that could value the new company at $30B (More) | Biden administration to announce billions in subsidies for advanced computer chip makers like Intel and TSMC over the next few weeks, according to reports (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> House Republicans release articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Sunday for allegedly violating immigration laws, floor vote possible this week; first cabinet-level impeachment attempt since the 1870s (More

> Finland casts ballots in first round of presidential election, with term-limited President Sauli Niinistö set to leave office in March; runoff scheduled for February (More) | See candidates (More)

> UK health officials warn of potential measles outbreak in England amid declining vaccination rates, report 216 confirmed cases since October (More) | The history of measles (More

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Historybook: President William McKinley born (1843); Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" first published (1845); Baseball Hall of Fame announces first inductees (1936); Oprah Winfrey born (1954); Robert Frost dies (1963).

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