Good morning and happy Tuesday. Police in Bellevue, Washington, responded to a once-in-a-career call last week: A local man had a nuclear weapon in his garage. Well, not really. The item was a Cold War-era air-to-air missile without a warhead or fuel. In other words, it is a spiffy gas tank that belongs in a museum. Have a great day!
In Today’s Brief
FAA: Almost all Boeing jets cleared
WHO: Jarring global cancer numbers
Haley: Secret Service protection ask
Powell: More rate cut brake-pumping
College hoops: Watershed legal ruling
1) Bed bug
A new medical study found three-quarters of participating people with mild COVID-19 cases developed insomnia.
The research: The survey, published in Frontiers in Public Health, examined just over 1K Vietnamese patients with moderate infections within six months of participation. No patients were hospitalized and none reported past insomnia or psychological conditions.
The results: Just over 76% of patients said they had insomnia after their COVID-19 bout -- much higher than the general population rate between 10-20%. Almost 23% of participants reported severe insomnia. There was no correlation between symptom severity and/or illness duration and insomnia found, but patients who battled anxiety or depression after infection were more likely to battle insomnia.
Big picture: It is just one study that has to be corroborated. But it speaks to the vast lack of precise knowledge about how COVID-19 can impact people after infection, even as we approach the four-year anniversary of the pandemic.
2) A new royal crisis
The diagnosis: The cancer was detected during Charles' recent procedure for an enlarged prostate, but he does not have prostate cancer. Buckingham Palace said he has begun "regular treatments" and will postpone public duties. The palace said the king will continue his constitutional duties as head of state.
The response: President Joe Biden said he is concerned and hopes to speak to Charles soon. Prince Harry will reportedly travel to the United Kingdom soon to see his estranged father. The palace said Charles is optimistic about his treatment plan.
Big picture: Charles can direct his counselors of state, including Queen Camilla and Prince William, to handle duties if he is incapable. William, next in line to the throne, is expected to resume public duties soon after Princess Kate's recent abdominal surgery.
3) Nevada's nutty setup
Nikki Haley will likely win her first Republican presidential nominating contest tonight, but the victory may not mean much.
Two-stepping: Nevada traditionally held caucuses for its presidential primaries. A 2021 state law mandated a traditional primary election if there are two or more candidates in a race. Democrats accepted the change, but Republicans will also have a party-run caucus through which all nominating delegates are awarded. The caucus is Thursday.
Pick one: Voters can participate in both contests, but candidates must choose either the caucus or primary -- a state party decision many allege was designed to benefit former President Donald Trump's candidacy. Trump filed for the caucus; Haley, the former South Carolina governor opted for the primary.
Big picture: The dueling contests are controversial; Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardi, a Republican, has criticized the caucus plan. Both sides of the state party are unsure how the results will play out. But Haley should be able to claim her first win.
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Nikki Haley has requested Secret Service protection. The GOP presidential candidate said she has had increased threats made against her; President Biden would need to sign off (More)
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Business & Markets
Major indexes closed lower yesterday. The dips came after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the central bank will be cautious with interest rate cuts (Dow -0.71%, Nasdaq -0.20%, S&P 500 -0.32%).
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Snap expects to cut about 10% of its global workforce. The layoffs will impact around 500 staffers at the Snapchat-operating social media company (More)
Entertainment & Sports
Dartmouth men’s basketball players are university employees and can vote to unionize, according to a NRLB ruling. The decision will likely have a massive impact on the NCAA and all college sports (More)
CNN has shaken up its ratings-challenged morning programming schedule. Current hosts Poppy Harlow and Phil Mattingly are out; anchors Jim Acosta and Kasie Hunt will have bigger roles (More)
Saltburn star Jacob Elordi is under police investigation in Australia. The actor allegedly assaulted a radio producer at a hotel in Sydney after a disagreement (More)
Feel Good: The U.S. Coast Guard made an incredible save during a routine inspection at the Port of Houston. A dog that miraculously survived eight days in a shipping container without food or water was rescued last week and is on the road to recovery and a new home.
Be Safe: Lovevery has recalled 52K baby toys after dozens of reports indicating a serious choking hazard. The Slide & Seek Ball Run is the impacted product.
Go Deep: If you have a dehumidifier at home, you know water can be pulled out of the air. Researchers are now trying to use similar techniques to produce drinking water, power solar panels and more.
Chow Down: Here is another game day staple -- albeit a spicy one -- as we fast approach Super Bowl Sunday: Check out this recipe to make Nashville hot chicken no matter where you live.
Life Hack: The secret to cleaning your shoes? Bananas, black tea bags and potatoes. Well, that is at least what one popular TikToker says. Here are his tips.
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The NBA will use an LED court for its All-Star weekend events on Feb. 16 and 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Looking Ahead …
It has been over 20 years since the Concorde’s last flight. Will there ever be commercial supersonic jet travel again? The answer is still not clear, even as technology evolves and return plans are sketched out.
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