the grammys happened on sunday -- beyonce made history with her 32nd grammy, the most ever. harry styles took home best album, lizzo’s “about damn time” won best record
  • samara joy won best new artist
  • kendrick lamar’s “mr. morale and the big steppers” won best hip hop album
  • dave chappelle’s “the closer” won best comedy album
a powerful earthquake struck turkey and syria on sunday, killing at least 90 people
  • it was a 7.8 on the richter scale
  • turkey confirmed 50 deaths
  • syria confirmed 42
the brooklyn nets traded kyrie irving to the dallas mavericks
  • irving had asked the nets to trade him after he and the team couldn’t agree on a contract extension
  • the nets are getting spencer dinwiddie, dorian finney-smith, and multiple draft picks in exchange
the nfl released concussion data from the 2022 regular season. there were 149 total diagnosed concussions, up 18% from 2021
  • the nfl’s chief medical officer dr. allen sills said the increase could be bc the league “broadened” the definition of what a concussion is
  • the league is now “more cautious and conservative” than it used to be
  • but preseason practice concussions were actually down to an 8-yr low
  • that drop is likely bc the league mandated certain players wear “guardian cap pads”
u.s. employers added 517k jobs in january, and the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in 53 years
  • wage growth has been slowing down
  • payrolls grew across the labor market, in areas like hospitality, business, and healthcare
  • wsj wrote that the labor market is still very tight
the house voted to oust rep ilhan omar from the foreign affairs committee, citing “antisemetic” remarks she’d made in the past
  • the move passed 218-211. one republican rep voted “present”
  • omar is one of the first muslim women elected to congress. she said she felt targeted bc she was muslim and an african immigrant
  • the hill said mccarthy, speaker of the house, has planned to remove omar from the panel since 2021
bobi, a 30 year old dog, broke the world record for the oldest living dog *and* the oldest dog ever
  • bobi was born in may 11, 1992
  • his age was confirmed by a pet data base approved by the portuguese gvt
  • he’s a purebred bred rafeiro do alentejo
the nba all-star reserves were announced. there are 4 first-time selections, including okc’s shai gilgeous-alexander and utah’s lauri markkanen
  • eastern conf reserve selections include: joel embiid, jaylen brown, bam adebayo, jrue holiday, demar derozan, julius randle, and tyrese haliburton
  • western conf reserve selections include: ja morant, domantas sabonis, damian lillard, paul george, shai gilgeous-alexander, lauri markkanen, and jaren jackson jr
  • they were chosen by the league’s head coaches, unlike the all-star starters
  • notable omissions include: james harden, devin booker, anthony davis, jimmy butler, pascal siakam, and trae young
the federal reserve raised interest rates by 0.25% again and said more increases are likely
  • this is the 8th interest rate increase since last year
  • the fed says there are signs inflation is easing, but not enough -- there will prob be more rate hikes
ukraine launched anti-corruption measures ahead of a meeting with eu officials
  • ukraine conducted anti-corruption raids that revealed massive amounts of money and luxury goods
  • the head of the kyiv tax authority was investigated as a part of the anti-corruption measures
  • an official from the european commission said the measures were a necessary step for ukraine if it is seeking accession to the eu
former south carolina governor nikki haley plans to run for president in 2024
  • haley was also a united nations ambassador under trump
  • bloomberg says she plans to officially announce her run on february 15
  • she would then be the 2nd republican candidate, after trump. 2 years ago she said she wouldn’t run if trump was running
biden and house speaker mccarthy started talks on how to raise the debt ceiling
  • republicans in the house don’t want to raise the debt ceiling without making some spending cuts
  • mccarthy said that finding “common ground” with biden was possible
  • but after initial talks, there was no sign of a breakthrough
tom brady is retiring from football “for good”
  • he won 7 super bowls during his 23 yr nfl career, more than any other player
  • he’s also the all-time leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, and qb wins
  • nfl commish roger goodell said, “tom brady will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever play in the nfl”
george santos said he will temporarily step down from his committee posts
  • he’s facing multiple investigations
  • the decision came after he met privately with kevin mccarthy
a terrorist attack at a pakistani mosque killed 101
  • it was a suicide bomber
  • the attack wounded 217
  • pakistan says it was the taliban
a winter weather system moving through the u.s. put 50m americans under a winter weather watch and canceled 1.1k flights
  • the storm system affected ppl in 15 states
  • most of the airline delays took place in texas, which dealt w/ dangerous road conditions
  • the storm system went through central high plains and the upper midwest, bringing cold weather and winter conditions w/ it
the u.s. plans to end the covid public health emergency in may
  • it’s a new chapter in the pandemic response
  • the last day will be may 11th
  • they’re waiting till may to give health orgs/workers time to prepare
the u.s. is also expected to gain access to several key bases in the philippines
  • two of them will be on the northern island of luzon
  • the philippines says the move isn’t aimed at any particular nation, but some military experts think it’s geared towards limiting china
the philadelphia eagles and the kansas city chiefs are set to face off in the super bowl
  • the eagles haven’t been in the super bowl in 5 years
  • the chiefs earned their spot in the superbowl after narrowly beating the bengals
5 memphis cops face charges of murder, kidnapping, and assault in the killing of tyre nichols, who died after being confronted by the group during a traffic stop
  • the county’s district attorney said that all 5 ex-cops were responsible for tyre’s death, even tho each person played a diff role in his murder
  • the group of officers are black. they have been fired
  • tyre nichols’ family asked ppl to protest his death “in peace”
in response to tyre’s death, people in cities across the south protested police brutality
  • protestors in raleigh, atlanta, and charlotte all demonstrated peacefully
  • the protestors chanted the names of other people whose lives were cut short by interactions w/ police
novak djokovic won the australian open for the 10th time. he’s now won a record-tying 22 grand slam titles
  • it was djokovic’s 33rd grand slam final
  • he beat stefanos tsitsipas in straight sets
  • the win tied him with rafael nadal for the most men’s grand slam titles (22)
  • he’s now won a record 28 consecutive matches at the aussie open
u.s. gdp rose at a 2.9% rate in the 4th quarter. cnn said the economy grew more than expected
  • in the third quarter, the economy grew at 3.2%
  • an expert says that the quarter 4 numbers show that the economy is still pretty strong -- there’s reason for optimism
  • but cnn said that inflation is still looming. it has the potential to severely slow the economy in 2023
the u.s. and germany both pledged to send tanks to ukraine. russia responded by launching a massive air strike on ukraine
  • russia lanched the airstrike during rush hour, causing some ukrainians to lose power and water
  • the kremlin wasn’t happy w/ the west supplying ukraine w/ tanks. it said that the tanks were evidence that the west was “directly involved” w/ the conflict