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Philadelphia descends into chaos after Super Bowl win, Democrats try to release their own FBI memo, two dead in yet another Amtrak crash, and more.
February 5, 2018, 4:55pm
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Philadelphia Celebrates Surprise Super Bowl Victory
Eagles fans took over their city's streets Sunday night following the team's first-ever Super Bowl triumph—a 41–33 win over the New England Patriots. Cops reported the looting of a gas station and "several acts of vandalism," among other, stranger, offenses.—VICE/The New York Times

Democrats Push to Release Their Own FBI Memo
Following the release of the so-called Nunes Memo alleging surveillance abuses at the FBI at the expense of the Trump campaign and its associates, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee were doing everything they could to publish their own memo detailing a different version of events. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged President Trump to approve the disclosure.—VICE News/ABC News


Two People Killed in Amtrak Crash
Another 116 people were injured when an Amtrak train hit a stopped freight train in South Carolina early Sunday. According to the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, the collision occurred after the Miami-bound Amtrak train switched over to a line where the freight train was stationary. The Amtrak train's conductor and engineer were both killed.—AP

Senators to Launch Bipartisan Immigration Bill
Republican John McCain and Democrat Christopher Coons were advancing legislation in the Senate that would review border security and give all DACA recipients who have lived in the US since 2013 a path to citizenship. The McCain-Coons bill would reportedly legalize the status of more DREAMers than the plan proposed by the White House, which would cover just 1.8 million immigrants.—The Wall Street Journal

International News

Maldives Political Crisis Deepens
The country's military surrounded the Maldives parliament building Sunday in the latest palpable display of political chaos there. The attorney general said he'd been told there would be an impeachment attempt on incumbent president Abdulla Yameen. This after a dispute between Yameen and the Supreme Court over judges' order that the government release imprisoned members of the opposition and restore ousted lawmakers to parliament.—Al Jazeera

South Korea Accuses North Korea of Stealing Bitcoin
Authorities in Seoul claimed North Korean operatives were hacking cryptocurrency exchanges, swiping bitcoin and other digital currencies worth billions of South Korean won. Lawmaker Kim Byung-kee from the South's parliamentary intelligence committee said the North Koreans were still at it despite efforts to bolster security.—VICE News


Ecuador to End Unlimited Presidential Terms
An early tally suggested nearly two-thirds of Ecuadorians voted to impose strict two-term limits on the presidency. The referendum was called by President Lenin Moreno, and the result was likely to prevent his rival and former president Rafael Correa from standing again in the 2021 presidential race.—BBC News

Everything Else

Justin Timberlake's Halftime Prince Tribute Catches Flak
The singer performed Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" while video showed the late star playing the song live. Although it stopped short of a total hologram, fans pointed out Prince’s stated dislike of any "situation where you could jam with any artist from the past."—USA Today

Ram Super Bowl Ad Condemned for Using MLK Speech
The truck company was subjected to a barrage of online criticism after Sunday night’s "Built to Serve" ad used part of a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. The company said it had received approval from the civil rights leader's estate.—Slate

Migos Album Debuts at No.1
The Atlanta superstars earned their second consecutive No.1 LP as Culture II seized the top spot on the Billboard 200, shifting 199,000 copies in equivalent sales. Migos become only the fifth hip-hop group to have two or more No.1 albums.—Billboard

Man Arrested for Alleged Plan to Kidnap Lana Del Rey
Florida police released a statement over the weekend explaining 43-year-old Michael Hunt had been arrested after they received a tip he posed a "credible" kidnapping threat to the singer. Officers reportedly found Hunt with a knife and Lana Del Rey concert tickets.—Noisey


Lady Gaga Cancels European Tour
The star announced she will not be able to play the final ten European dates due to her fibromyalgia. A statement released over the weekend explained Gaga is "suffering from severe pain that has materially impacted her ability to perform live."—Noisey

New 'Crocodile Dundee' Movie Is Actually Just a Tourism Ad
Tourism Australia was behind a clip recently released as a trailer for a full-length reboot of the Crocodile Dundee franchise. The ad, starring Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride, aired during the Super Bowl.—VICE

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