These are the headlines you Need 2 Know for Wednesday, January 29, 2020:
- CORONAVIRUS: The State Dept. has airlifted 240 Americans from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases around the world have jumped. Other countries are also in the process of evacuating citizens from China. British Airways has suspended all commercial flights to and from mainland China, and the White House is reportedly considering doing the same for all U.S. airlines. CBS News
- IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: The president’s defense team wrapped up their closing arguments in the Senate, but the real action was behind closed doors, where Majority Leader Mitch McConell told colleagues he doesn’t have the votes to block witness testimony -- yet -- and that GOP senators need to fall in line. The Q&A portion of the trial is expected to start today, with both sides getting 16 hours total to ask questions. Washington Post
- MIDEAST PEACE PLAN: President Trump unveiled a blueprint for a two-state peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians. The plan would give Israel nearly complete control of Jerusalem and allow it to annex about 30 percent of the West Bank. The Palestinian state would include the rest of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with a capital in East Jerusalem. The plan also calls for $50 billion in investments in the Palestinian economy. President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner spearheaded the plan, which Trump announced with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side. Palestinian leaders have already rejected it. Axios
- KOBE BRYANT CRASH: THE LATEST: The helicopter that was carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others was not equipped with a terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS). It was not legally required to, though the NTSB has been pushing the FAA to make the technology mandatory on choppers like the one that crashed. NBC News
- KOBE BRYANT CRASH: NBA REACTION: Several NBA players who wear either #8 or #24 -- the numbers worn by Kobe Bryant during his 20-season career -- have asked the league for special permission to switch jersey numbers out of respect for the late star. Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets is switching his number from 8 to 26, and Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic is switching from 8 to 31. Bleacher Report
- SUPER BOWL COACHING BATTLE: One of the big storylines this Sunday will be happening on the sidelines. The match-up between Andy Reid of the Chiefs and Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers pits two very different coaches with one thing in common: epic losses in previous Super Bowls. Reid was coach of the Eagles in 2005 when they lost a nailbiter to the Patriots. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons during the worst offensive meltdown of all time, when Atlanta blew a 28-3 lead against the Pats in 2017. ESPN
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