Extreme weather across the nation this week. New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. experiencing record high temperatures. Meanwhile, parts of Washington state and Denver are seeing record lows. Mashable's Andrew Freedman explains how the polar vortex split is causing wild weather coast to coast.

Apple reportedly looking to buy Cobalt directly from miners. The metal is used in lithium ion batteries in Apple's devices, but it can also power electric vehicles. Shares of Apple up half a percent on Wednesday. Inverse Technology Reporter Mike Brown explains how this move might help Apple further its dominance in the tech space.

Marvel Entertainment's Black Panther shattering box office records. The movie generated the biggest Monday for ticket sales ever. Essence Digital Content Director Yolanda Sangweni explains the impact this film's success is having on Hollywood.