1 big thing: The newest Super Bowl headache
The inconceivable is conceivable: After a few crazy months, drones are among the worries on the FBI's radar ahead of the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
- AP: "The sky above the stadium that will host Sunday’s Super Bowl is being 'inundated' with an alarming number of drones, raising the specter of injuries to tourists or others — or a possible collision with aircraft, the FBI said."
Why it matters: As we've seen at airports like Gatwick and Newark, even reports of drones can stretch law enforcement thin and inject fresh peril into already-fraught situations.
- Imagine the nightmare if they have to delay or pause the Super Bowl because of some idiot with a drone.
What they're saying:
- “[W]e have no idea if [a drone in the air is] friendly, or if it’s someone who has nefarious plans and it’s weaponized," FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson told the AP.
- “It has taken up a lot of time for our agents and for law enforcement officers to be targeting these drones when they could be working on other security measures,” he said.
- “A drone impact with a fixed-wing aircraft or a helicopter would be catastrophic,” said FBI Special Agent John Cronier.
Be smart: Don't fly drones over the Super Bowl.
2. What you missed
- A page from Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook, published this afternoon by The Virginian-Pilot, shows people wearing blackface and Ku Klux Klan attire. Details.
- Boom: The economy added 304,000 jobs in January — significantly more than the 170,000 economists were expecting —while the unemployment rate ticked higher to 4.0% from 3.9%. Go deeper.
- The U.S. is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, signed in 1987. Go deeper.
- Vice Media is laying off 10% of its workforce, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Roughly 250 jobs will be cut across all department and job levels.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for her controversial decision to take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry, The Intercept reports.
Bonus: The state of 2020
3. 1 fun thing
"A new Super Bowl commercial aims to calm frenzied football fans with oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a pair of microphones and softly tapping on a bottle," the AP notes.
- "The beer ad already has drawn more than 10 million views and stands to expose a vast audience to an internet craze known as ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response."