5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Senate to vote Monday afternoon on reopening government

  • At least 18 killed in Kabul after Taliban militants attack luxury hotel

  • Three Billboards, Veep, This Is Us win big at SAG Awards

  • Amazon launches first automated grocery store

  • Patriots, Eagles headed to Super Bowl LII

With no deal made Sunday night, the Senate adjourned and will vote at noon Monday on a bill to reopen the government for at least three weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wanted to hold a vote at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) objected, saying there still wasn't a plan in place that works for Democrats and Republicans. The government shut down at midnight Friday after McConnell was unable to get the 60 votes necessary for a bill to keep the government open for a month. On Monday, only federal employees deemed essential will show up to work, and several services will be unavailable.

Source: BuzzFeed News

Afghan security forces announced Sunday that all six Taliban militants who took over Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday night have been killed. At least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, were killed during the siege, and 10 injured. The militants were wearing suicide vests and exchanged gunfire with security forces, and witnesses said they went up and down the hallways of the luxury hotel, targeting foreigners and government officials. Several of the victims were employees of KamAir, a private Afghan airline. A spokesman for the Taliban said originally they wanted to attack the hotel Thursday, but postponed their plans due to a wedding on the premises and wanting to avoid civilian casualties.

Source: The Associated Press

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Veep, and This Is Us were some of the big winners Sunday night at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell. Three Billboards won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, with stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell winning for best leading actress and best supporting actor. This Is Us won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, while star Sterling K. Brown was named best male actor in a drama series. Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus won best female actor in a comedy series, and Veep took the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Morgan Freeman was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Source: Variety

Amazon plans to open its first automated grocery store, Amazon Go, on Monday, after nearly a year's delay. Amazon says the store will have "no lines, no checkouts, no registers." It instead relies on automated "Just Walk Out" checkout technology, scanning a code on the shopper's Amazon Go app, then tracking them using scanning and artificial intelligence technology, and charging them for whatever they take out of the store. Some of the technology has been used in the development of driverless cars. The first 1,800-square-foot mini-market is located in Seattle. It has gone through testing in beta mode, open only to employees, after its original early 2017 launch date was postponed.

Source: CNBC, Quartz

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face off in Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 during Sunday's AFC championship game, while the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC championship game. This will be the Patriots' third Super Bowl in four years, and the Eagles' third trip in franchise history. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has five Super Bowl victories under his belt and has been Super Bowl MVP four times, played with an injured hand, and completed 26 of 38 passes.

Source: Los Angeles Times, USA Today
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