Wednesday, January 24th, 2024


➤ Pentagon officials met with 50 U.S. allies and told them the U.S. had no more money for Ukraine until Congress approved more funding. They asked the other nations to fill the gap in the meantime. (More)

Senate leaders said Tuesday there won’t be a vote on a new border package bill this week, but they’re hoping to iron out the text of a bipartisan agreement. Ukraine aid is tied to immigration reform in Congress. (More)

 A State Department spokesman scoffed at reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to reclaim former territories, such as Alaska: “I think I can speak for all of us in the U.S. government to say that certainly he’s not getting it back.” (More)

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists left the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight rather than move it any closer, saying that’s the closest the symbolic clock has ever come to “doomsday.” (See Clock Movement History)

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➤ Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid scored a franchise-record 70 points Monday in a win against the San Antonio Spurs. Spurs’ rookie Victor Wembanyama had 33 points in the 133-123 loss. (More) 

 The Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills playoff game was the NFL’s most watched divisional round match-up in history. More than 56 million tuned in to watch Sunday night’s game. (More) 

 San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel didn’t re-fracture his shoulder against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, but pain could still keep him out of the NFC championship game Sunday against the Detroit Lions. (More)

 A Pennsylvania school board voted 7-2 to approve a measure to reinstate its former Native American mascot, despite pressure from groups opposed to its use. The board had five new members elected in November. (More) 


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Big Stock Move: TKO Holdings, parent company of WWE wrestling, shot up 16% Tuesday after the firm signed a $5 billion, 10-year streaming deal to put its programming on Netflix. (More)

➤ BMW is adding humanoid robots to its production line. The robots stand 5-foot-6, weigh 130 pounds, walk on two legs, and take a break every five hours to walk to a charging station and plug in. (See Photos)

➤ Car insurance prices are rising nationwide, but more in some states than others. New York is the most expensive at $3,374 a year, followed by Nevada, Florida, and Delaware. (See 10 Most Expensive States).

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Science & Technology

A man undergoing brain surgery played his guitar during the procedure so that doctors could ensure they weren’t damaging any of his manual dexterity. (See Video)

➤ A small asteroid about three feet in diameter hit Earth over Germany this weekend, a fireball lighting up the sky as it broke up into tiny meteorites that harmed no one but set social media ablaze. (See Video)

➤ Chemists have tied a microscopic trefoil knot, like a pretzel, using only 54 atoms, the smallest knot ever made. They say the knot self-assembled by accident. (See Illustration)

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Wisdom Wednesday

How do you find wisdom? One researcher points to ten sources of strength that can help motivate people to achieve a common good rather than just helping themselves. (See List)

➤ As America begins a year of non-stop elections, it’s important to remember there’s wisdom to be found even in politics. Here are some of the smartest quotes made about political life. (See Quotes)

➤ Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Here are over 100 positive thoughts to help motivate you and turn your day around. (See Positive Thoughts)

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Oscar nominations came out Tuesday, dominated by “Oppenheimer,” “Poor Things,” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Getting snubbed were “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie. (See All Nominees)

Norman Jewison, legendary director of “Moonstruck,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and a dozen other famous films, died at age 97. (See His Life in Pictures)

A French visitor to the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park found a 7.46-carat diamond, the largest diamond uncovered at the park since 2020 and the eighth-largest since 1972. (See Photo)

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Poll Position

Who was your favorite TV dad?

  1. Ward Cleaver
  2. Al Bundy
  3. Tim “Tool Man” Taylor
  4. Mike Brady
  5. Sheriff Andy Taylor
  6. Homer Simpson
  7. Carl Winslow
  8. Dan Conner

Tuesday’s Results:

Can you drive a manual transmission car?

  1. Yes: 87%
  2. No: 13%

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“It was just like out of this world, to wake up and have people actively working inside of your head. It’s kind of an insane feeling.”

Christian Nolen on being able to play the guitar during active brain surgery. 

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In 1916, New Hampshire was the second state to hold a presidential primary. Which state was first?

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