TL;DR – TOP 10 STORIES FOR THE WEEK

  1. Super Bowl LI
  2. Continued controversy over the Dakota Access pipeline
  3. DeVos and other cabinet confirmations
  4. Immigration raids in several states
  5. Evacuations in Greece to defuse WW2 bomb
  6. Protest in Iraq
  7. Stadium stampede in Angola
  8. Afghanistan suicide bomb
  9. North Korea conducts missile test
  10. Natural disasters kill 12+ people in Indonesia and the Philippines

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UNITED STATES

Super Bowl LI took place between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. After a rocky start, the Patriots ended up winning 34-28 — in the very first Super Bowl overtime. The Boston Globe called the win “the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.” ESPN gave the Patriots a 3 percent chance of winning; at one point, FiveThirtyEight said the Patriots had a 0.5 percent of winning.

“Tribe fighting Dakota Access oil pipeline files legal challenge to try to block project’s completion.” (AP)

“Girl Scouts selling cookies are a common sight this time of year outside local supermarkets, but a local scout’s experience was shattered Wednesday when her proceeds were stolen by a gunman…. Neither the 12-year-old girl nor her mother were hurt, but they were understandably upset, police said. So were police, who have so far donated more than $1,000 to the mother and girl — and also bought all the cookies they could.” (MN)

Some of President Trump’s cabinet appointments were confirmed, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. This happened despite Democrat-led protests. NPR reported that the DeVos confirmation “is the first time in history that the vice president’s tie-breaking power [served] to confirm a nominee to the Cabinet.”

“U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.” (WP) There’s some argument over whether this is “routine” (because millions were deported under Obama) or not. Immigrants rights groups said recent actions are unusually harsh and widespread, while other people said those claims are false. Officials said criminals were targeted.

Winter Storm Niko dumped over a foot of snow in some Northeastern regions.

brazil

“Authorities in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo on Friday said they had reached a deal to end a week-long police strike that has sparked violent anarchy and left more than 120 people dead.” (Reuters)

europe

“Greece and its international lenders made clear progress on Friday towards bridging differences over its fiscal path in coming years, moving closer to a deal that would secure new loan disbursements and save the country from default.” (Reuters)

“At least 70,000 people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki are being evacuated so that a 500lb World War Two bomb can be defused, officials say. It is thought to be one of the largest wartime bombs to be found in urban Greece in addition to being one of the largest mass evacuations.” (BBC)

“A Royal Navy warship has rescued 14 sailors who were stranded for two days in the Atlantic Ocean after their racing yacht was damaged in a storm. HMS Dragon diverted 500 miles to reach the 13 Britons and one American after the mast and rudder had broken off their 60ft (18m) yacht on Thursday.” (BBC)

iraq

“Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad.” (BBC)

angola

“At least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the northern Angolan city of Uige, local officials say. Hundreds more were reported to have been injured when supporters stormed the gates after failing to gain entry.” (BBC)

Asia

“[Two teenagers] saved the lives of 194 people onboard a Bengaluru-bound GoAir flight on Wednesday, after they spotted fire and smoke from the tail of the aircraft…. The flight captain was informed and the aircraft made an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International airport.” (IE)

“At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, officials say. Another 45 people were injured. The number of casualties is expected to rise.” (BBC)

“Police detained one person Monday in connection with a fire at a foot massage parlour in China that killed at least 18 people and injured another 18, media said.” (AFP)

“North Korea has fired an unidentified type of projectile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports…. Initial reports had described it as ballistic missile.” (BBC)

southeast asia

A landslide in Indonesia killed 12 people in 3 villages. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said more landslides and flooding might occur due to heavy rain.

“A powerful nighttime earthquake in the southern Philippines killed at least four people, injured more than 120 others, damaged buildings and an airport and knocked out power, officials said Saturday.” (AP)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

“An experimental new type of male contraceptive that blocks sperm flow with a gel has been successful in monkey trials…. [The company] hopes to have enough evidence to begin tests in men within a few years.” (BBC)