Monday, February 19, 2024


➤ A bipartisan House group has proposed a compromise $65 billion military aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, stripping out $25 billion from the Senate bill and adding border security measures. (More)

➤ Expelled U.S. Rep. George Santos sued late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, saying Kimmel deceived him into making greeting videos on the Cameo app. The suit seeks at least $750,000 for damages that include copyright infringement. (More)

Congressional leaders recommended that GOP candidate Nikki Haley receive Secret Service protection. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will make the final decision. (More)

The archdiocese of New York condemned the “sacrilegious” funeral of a transgender activist last week at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Church leaders said they didn’t know what the funeral involved when they agreed to host it. (More)

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Tiger Woods pulled out of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament after only 24 holes, diagnosed with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. The tournament marked his return to the PGA Tour. (See Photos)

NASCAR postponed Sunday’s Daytona 500 race to this afternoon after two days of rain poured down on the Daytona International Speedway. (More)

Mac McClung, an NBA G-League player, won his second straight NBA Slam Dunk Contest title, leaping clear over Shaquille O’Neal for a perfect score. (See Video)

Texas Longhorns football coach Steve Sarkisian is poised to nearly double his 2024 salary this week, from $5.8 million to $10.3 million once the Texas Board of Regents approves his contract extension. (More)

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China showed off its first homegrown airliner, the narrow-body C919, with an overhead fly-by at the Singapore Airshow Sunday. The plane is currently certified for use only within China. (See Photos)

➤ Nike is laying off more than 1,500 employees, or 2% of its workforce, in an effort to cut costs by $2 billion over the next three years. (More)

Volkswagen broke ground on a new $2 billion assembly plant in South Carolina for building electric pickup trucks and SUVs inspired by vintage International Harvester Scout vehicles. (More)

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Science & Technology

The Odysseus lunar lander, now on its way to the moon, beamed home its first photos from space: selfies of itself with Earth in the background. The lander is scheduled to reach the moon on Thursday. (See Photos)

➤ The FDA approved the first medication to treat severe frostbite, an injection that reduces the likelihood of finger or toe amputation. The treatment proved highly effective in test groups. (More)

➤ A new 3D printer that took years to develop uses ink made of “chocolate cocoa core” to allow users to print detailed—and edible—chocolate treats at home. (See Video)

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Baseball season begins Thursday with the first spring training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. By Saturday, all teams will be playing. (See Schedule)

➤ Netflix has new movies and TV shows premiering this week, including the hit film “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” and a new live-action version of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” (See Schedule)

➤ The South Carolina GOP primary is Saturday, pitting Nikki Haley against Donald Trump. Haley trails Trump by 30 points among the state’s likely voters. (More)

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➤ Paul McCartney recovered his original Hofner bass guitar, stolen over 50 years ago, after launching a new search for it weeks ago. The bass cost about $37 in 1961 but is now valued at $12.6 million. (More)

A 100-year-old Iranian man made a major splash at the Diving World Championships by performing an exhibition dive before the competition began. (See Video)

Matt Masciangelo, a Sacramento State outfielder, set a baseball record by getting hit by pitches seven times in eight at-bats during a season-opening doubleheader. (See Video)

Poll Position

Do you favor U.S. spending on new military aid to Ukraine?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Saturday’s Results:

Have you ever been inside a submarine?

  1. Yes: 55%
  2. No: 45%

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“We must never take for granted the bravery and sacrifices our police officers and first responders make every day.” 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on the killing in Minneapolis of two police officers and a paramedic on Sunday.

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