three. Qatar is in the fight of its life.
Its largest neighbors, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have led a punishing air and sea boycott. Diplomatic ties have been severed, and its solely land border, to Saudi Arabia, was shut down.
In current many years the nation has gotten very wealthy, very quick. However the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has lastly discovered an issue that cash alone can’t repair.
four. Throughout the conservative South, scorching-button social points are gaining little traction in statehouses this yr.
States seem cautious of scary a company backlash of the type North Carolina confronted when it handed a measure proscribing restroom entry for transgender individuals in 2016. Lawmakers have little urge for food for divisive battles.
“You’ll be able to’t go to conflict on all the things on a regular basis,” stated Greg Snowden, a Republican state consultant in Mississippi.
5. It’s no grand shock to see the New England Patriots again within the Tremendous Bowl. It could really feel as if they own the stage.
Their challengers, the browbeaten Philadelphia Eagles, have an irresistible story line because the anti-Patriots, a franchise with a wealthy historical past of letdowns counting on a backup quarterback. Earlier than the Eagles’ victory within the N.F.C. Championship recreation, the police in Philadelphia made positive to slather street poles with Crisco to discourage any foolhardy celebrants from making an attempt to scale them.
The 2 groups face off in Minneapolis on Feb. four.
6. About one hundred ladies have now recounted sexual abuse by the hands of Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar on the sentencing listening to for the previous U.S.A. Gymnastics staff physician. Extra ladies shared their private tales in horror-crammed element on Monday, whereas asking the way it might have gone on for many years.
A number of prime U.S.A. Gymnastics board members, together with the chairman, resigned on Sunday. Lawmakers have additionally called for the resignation of the president of Michigan State College, the place Dr. Nassar was employed.
7. In six hours, a younger man in New Hampshire overdosed 4 occasions. He threatened to kill himself, and his father stated he couldn’t stay with him anymore. The day ended when he was involuntarily admitted to a hospital, taken there in an ambulance beneath a police escort.
The person, Patrick Griffin, and his household allowed The Occasions to comply with him for a lot of the previous yr as a result of they needed individuals to know the realities of living with drug addiction and how it upends families. Once they weren’t in a state of emergency, they have been bracing for the subsequent.
eight. Latino actors, the minority group that Hollywood excludes probably the most onscreen, are waiting for their own #OscarsSoWhite moment. There are unlikely to be any Hispanic actors named when this yr’s Academy Awards nominees are introduced on Tuesday.
Above, the one three Hispanic actors to win an Academy Award prior to now 20 years: Benicio del Toro, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
Hoping to keep away from a repeat of final yr’s embarrassing greatest image combine-up, PwC, the accounting agency that tabulates the voting, has adopted some new rules. They embrace a strict directive for the backstage accountants: no telephones or social media through the ceremony.
9. SpaceX is preparing for the maiden flight of probably the most powerful rocket flying immediately. It might launch inside weeks, and a few advocates say it could possibly be the quickest and least expensive path for astronauts to return to the moon.
Join our space calendar if you wish to know when it launches, or in the event you’d wish to be notified of eclipses, meteor showers and other good reasons to look up.
10. Lastly, there are not any cashiers or registers at Amazon Go, a brand new mini-market in Seattle that looks like a store of the future. As an alternative, consumers — who should have the shop’s smartphone app put in — get mechanically charged for what they take house, by no means as soon as needing to tug out a pockets.
The corporate gained’t say a lot concerning the know-how that permits it, however tons of of small cameras are seen. Our reporter tried his greatest to shoplift (with Amazon’s blessing), however he wasn’t capable of idiot the cameras.
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