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a large balloon drifts above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of the Carolinas

President Biden defends his decision on China balloon incident

The balloon hovered over several states – including Montana, Missouri and Illinois – before it was brought down on Saturday by a single missile.

 | Haley Bull and Briana Koeneman

Post-It notes paying tribute to the famed mountain lion known as P-22 cover an exhibit wall at the Natural History Museum

Beloved Hollywood mountain lion P-22 draws thousands of mourners

Wildlife officials had to capture and ultimately euthanize the beloved animal after encounters with humans.

 | Justin Boggs

The U.S. Flag flies at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Do State of the Union speeches still matter?

Does this annual tradition of our president addressing Congress still have the same impact that it used to?

 | Joe St. George

Portions of a Norfolk and Southern freight train that derailed.

Ohio governor orders 'urgent evacuation' of town following derailment

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine warned of potential for a "catastrophic explosion" and advised residents of East Palestine, Ohio to evacuate the area.

 | Scripps News Staff

Copies of the Chinese Daily News newspaper.

China accuses US of indiscriminate use of force over balloon

Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng said he lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. Embassy over a "U.S. attack" on the unmanned Chinese airship.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Surgical instruments are used during an organ transplant surgery at a hospital

Ethical concerns over bill reducing prison sentence for organ donation

Two Massachusetts legislators say shortening prisoners' sentences in exchange for organ donation would help those in need.

 | Scripps News Staff

The remnants of a large balloon drift above the Atlantic Ocean.

Lawmakers react to US shooting down suspected Chinese spy balloon

If you can't get enough of the Chinese balloon saga, turns out there's another sighting in Costa Rica.

 | Cat Sandoval

Sen. Cory Booker.

Democrats introduce bills intended to bolster Black history education

Advocates for the legislation said it would invest $10 million over five years in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 | Scripps News Staff

A ticket for a Powerball drawing.

Powerball jackpot grows to $747 million after no winner

The $747 million Powerball jackpot up for grabs Monday night is the ninth largest in U.S. lottery history.

 | AP

ChatGPT is a form of artificial intelligence accessible via the internet.

AI, like ChatGPT, is creating teaching challenges on college campuses

Plagiarism is nothing new, but the role artificial intelligence is playing in it is now a concern at colleges across the country.

 | Maya Rodriguez

A large balloon drifts in the sky.

US downs Chinese balloon over ocean, moves to recover debris

While the US has its suspicions, China has continued to claim that the balloon is merely a weather research "airship" that had been blown off course.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Boeing 737 Max 8 built for Southwest Airlines.

Southwest to testify before US Senate after mass cancelations

Southwest's Chief Operating Officer will testify before the Senate committee on Thursday Feb. 9.

 | Scripps News Staff

The Capitol at sunrise in Washington.

What is the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act?

The act outlines a way to use federal grants to help establish task forces to study police reform.

 | Chloe Nordquist

K9 officer Detective Gibbs.

Adorable police dog is getting his own picture in a school yearbook

The kids insisted on including K9 officer Detective Gibbs in the annual tradition.

 | Bridget Sharkey

A train fire is seen from a farm in East Palestine, Ohio.

50-car train derailment causes big fire, evacuations in Ohio

Freezing temperatures in the single digits complicated firefighter response as trucks pumping water froze.

 | AP

Jake Blount plays the banjo.

Meet the musician teaching the banjo's African roots

As he performs across the country, Jake Blount is helping listeners learn how the banjo relates to Black American culture.

 | Chris Stewart

Bill Hardy, with Homeland Security Investigations, unpacks some of the counterfeit items seized for NFL Super Bowl 53.

How authorities are combatting counterfeit Super Bowl gear

There's a spike in fake sports gear around the Super Bowl each year, and criminals are getting savvier and more sophisticated.

 | Adi Guajardo

The Federal Trade Commission building is shown.

GoodRx to pay penalty to FTC; feds claim it shared health information

The FTC is pushing consumers to check their privacy settings after alleging GoodRx shared health information with advertisers without user consent.

 | Justin Boggs

Two emperor tamarin monkeys.

Man arrested in connection to Dallas Zoo monkey thefts

24-year-old Davion Irvin was booked into the Dallas County jail Thursday and charged with six counts of animal cruelty, police said.

 | Scripps News Staff

Hikers ascend Wildcat Mountain across the valley from Mount Washington.

Mount Washington to reach wind chills of -100F, as cold as Mars

The Mars Curiosity rover has recorded nighttime temperatures in recent days of 105 degrees below zero. Temperatures don't often get that low on Earth.

 | Justin Boggs

USPS Forever Love 2023 stamps.

New USPS Love stamp designs are out—and they’re so sweet

These Love stamps are part of USPS’s larger mission to make postal service more meaningful, personal and special for their customers.

 | Tricia Goss

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken postpones China trip following balloon discovery

The decision came hours before the secretary of state had been due to depart for Beijing and marked a new blow to U.S.-Chinese relations.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Trees coated with ice.

Minus-60 wind chills expected for some states this weekend

When wind chills reach minus 25, frostbite can occur in 15 minutes.

 | Scripps News Staff

A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Montana.

Defense officials advised Biden not to shoot down Chinese balloon

Officials warned the balloon's size and considerable weight could create a debris field large enough to endanger Americans on the ground.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Travelers wait in line at a TSA security check at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Paying to skip the TSA line is tempting, but what's the catch?

Skipping the long TSA lines have become yet another cost being tacked on to air travel, but what's the best option?

 | Scripps News Staff

Dennis Miralis, lawyer for former U.S. military pilot Daniel Duggan, speaks to the media

Why China allegedly sought help from former Marine Daniel Duggan

In a 2017 indictment recently unsealed, U.S. prosecutors accuse Duggan of secretly using his expertise to teach Chinese fighter pilots.

 | Sasha Ingber

A sales associate arranges guns on display.

New report details illegal gun trafficking trends in the US

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report found an alarming link between legal guns being sold to someone who can't buy one.

 | Axel Turcios

A monkey at the Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo offers $25K for information on tampering with animals

Two monkeys were taken from the zoo this week. An investigation reportedly revealed that their enclosure was cut.

 | Scripps News Staff

Kids play with toys on the ground.

Through 'Buy Nothing,' 7 million neighbors are offering a free hand

A hyperlocal giving group has become a community space for neighbors to declutter their homes while giving others items or services they might need.

 | Cat Sandoval

Screen honors Tyre Nichols before an NBA game.

Dealing with the mental health impact of the Tyre Nichols video

Expert says there has not been a lot of time for people to process the video because people might be experiencing various forms of trauma.

 | Christiana Ford and WLEX-TV