Friday, March 1, 2024


The House approved a short-term funding bill on a 320-99 vote Thursday, avoiding a partial government shutdown today. The legislation still needs Senate approval. (More

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas announced his candidacy to replace Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the GOP caucus leader. McConnell, the longest-serving party leader in Senate history, will step down in November. (More

 An Illinois judge overruled the Illinois State Board of Elections Wednesday and barred former President Trump from appearing on the primary ballot. “We will quickly appeal,” a Trump spokesman said. (More)

➤ Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy revealed that President Biden relied on notecards and wouldn’t “deviate” from them in private meetings at the White House. “He would read from the card,” McCarthy said. (More)

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 Iowa’s Caitlin Clark announced she will skip her final year of eligibility and enter the 2024 WNBA draft. She is expected to be the first pick. (More

 Tom Brady, long embarrassed by his slow 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine in 2000, proved he is faster at 46 than he was at 22. (See Video

 Former PGA star Anthony Kim returned to professional golf, hit his first tee shot, and promptly asked for a “mulligan” (See Video

 Pop superstar Taylor Swift attended Kansas City Chiefs games unnoticed before her well-publicized stadium debut in September, according to Chiefs defensive backs coach Dave Merritt. (More

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➤ Big Stock Move: Elis, a French industrial service company, saw its stock jump 48% Thursday on the strength of its acquisition of Moderna. (More)

➤ California GOP lawmakers are calling for an investigation into an unusual minimum-wage exemption requested by Gov. Gavin Newsom for restaurants selling and baking bread. Longtime Newsom donor Greg Flynn owns several Panera Bread franchises. (More

➤ Oprah Winfrey’s planned departure from the board of directors of WeightWatchers this coming May sent shares of the weight-loss company tumbling by more than 20%. Winfrey’s leaving the board because she lost weight using a prescription medicine. (More

➤ Motorola, maker of the Razr smartphone, demonstrated advancements in display technology with a smartphone that bends around the user’s wrist at a tradeshow in Spain. (See Photo

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Science & Technology

Scientists are using $3 billion and 800 miles of seven-story-tall tunnels between Illinois and South Dakota to unlock mysteries about neutrinos and the universe. (See Photos)  

NASA released the first clear pictures of Odysseus, the lunar lander that snapped a leg during touchdown last week. Despite the setback, the spacecraft was able to collect data. (See Photos

➤ The Danionella cerebrum, a tiny transparent fish smaller than a dime, can make a sound as loud as a gunshot. It may be the loudest fish for its size, researchers say. (See Photo

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➤ A mom who refused to let doctors take her daughter off life-support while the girl was in a coma was rewarded five years later when her daughter woke up. Doctors called it an extremely rare case. (See Video)

➤ A dad whose kids refused to eat bread crust on their sandwiches has gone viral for his recipe for re-using the crusts: He bakes them into cheesy “biscuits” that his kids love. (See His Recipe)

A woman won a $135,000 prize from a lottery ticket she bought months ago and forgot to check. It was only after her husband reminded her that she learned she had won. (More)

Et Cetera

➤ The Texas wildfire has grown into the largest in the state’s history, covering 1,700 square miles of scorched prairies, dead cattle, and burned out homes. Firefighters say it’s only 3% contained. (See Video)

➤ Funeral services for Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who died in an Arctic penal colony February 16, will be held today in Moscow. A strong police presence is expected, Navalny’s press secretary said. (More

A man ejected from the sunroof of his car after tumbling hundreds of feet down over the side of a California cliff was rescued by helicopter after two days. The man’s injuries were moderate, officials said. (See Video)

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Poll Position

Are you planning a Spring vacation?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Thursday’s Results:

Have you ever seen a show at a dinner theater?

  1. Yes: 73.9%
  2. No: 26.1%

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“She was coming into the stadium without people knowing until the camera put a big spotlight on it.”

—  Dave Merritt, a Kansas City Chiefs coach, on Taylor Swift secretly attending games early in the season.

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