Source - Chiefs waive WR Josh Gordon but hope to re-sign him to practice squad if he clears waivers - ESPN
Twenty-five points in 2 minutes? Inside the Kansas City Chiefs' thrilling victory over the Buffalo Bills - ESPN
The stock rout isn't over: Dow tumbles - CNN
US pharmacies are rolling out free N95 masks as free Covid-19 tests begin to arrive in the mail - CNN
U.S. Helps Thwart Attack by Yemen Rebels on American Air Base in U.A.E. - The New York Times
White House says Biden ‘refining plans for all scenarios’ over Ukraine-Russia – live - The Guardian
A cruise ship had an arrest warrant waiting in Miami. So it took passengers to the Bahamas - CNN
James Webb Telescope Arrives at Destination in Space: Updates and Video - The New York Times
UK withdraws some diplomats from Ukraine as NATO sends more military assistance - The Washington Post
Seven school boards sue to stop Gov. Youngkin's mask-optional order on the day it takes effect - The Washington Post
Former Attorney General William Barr has spoken to January 6 committee - CBS News
DHS warns of potential Russia cyberattacks amid tensions - CNN
Fight Club’s new ending in China: Changes were made - Polygon
Anxiety over Fed tightening, Ukraine tensions sink stocks, oil - Reuters
Russian naval exercises off Ireland's coast 'not welcome,' says Foreign Minister - CNN
Robinhood and Coinbase shares fall to their lowest levels ever - CNN
Merrill Lynch fires advisor James Iannazzo after arrest for TikTok filmed rant, drink toss at smoothie worker - CNBC
Heidelberg shooting: One dead in gun attack on German students - BBC News
Sony Direct PS5 restock now live — how to get yours - Tom's Guide
Stocks drop sharply as market eyes Fed, Ukraine tensions - Associated Press
The 2022 Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners honor tales about the apocalypse, heritage and history - CNN
How To Pick The Best Four-Star Character In Genshin Impact's Lantern Rite Event - Kotaku
Coronavirus live updates and omicron variant news - The Washington Post
Virginia school districts sue Gov. Youngkin over executive order making mask mandate optional - CNN
'I'm done with COVID': Bari Weiss on Bill Maher sparks controversy - New York Post
A Fight Over Rooftop Solar Threatens California’s Climate Goals - The New York Times
Covid-19 and Omicron Variant News: Live Updates - The New York Times
Bracketology: Kansas moves up to a new No. 1 seed joining Auburn, Baylor and Gonzaga on top line of bracket - CBS Sports
Woman stumbled on winning lottery ticket in 'spam' email folder - New York Post
Acer toughens up its kid-focused Chromebook keyboards - Ars Technica
Los Angeles Rams upend furious Bucs comeback in Divisional win | Pro Football Talk | NBC Sports - NBC Sports
Random: Here's GTA V Being Played On A Game Boy (Yes, Really) - Nintendo Life
Four attorneys general sue Google for 'deceptive' location tracking - CNN
Covid travel tests axed in England and Scotland for fully vaccinated - BBC News
Shares tumble as Russia-Ukraine tensions rattle markets - BBC News
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