Americans are becoming ‘reluctant’ to make larger purchases, new Fed report shows | CNN Business

Minneapolis CNN — As retail sales took a bit of a breather in Decemberso did the credit cards. US consumers’ outstanding credit grew by $11.56 billion to end the year, according to Federal Reserve data released Tuesday. It’s the lowest monthly gain since January 2021 and well below economists’ expectations of $25 billion. For much … Read more

Fed Chair Powell: Inflation fight will take ‘a significant period of time’ | CNN Business

Minneapolis CNN — The US labor market remains “extraordinarily strong” and Friday’s monster jobs report underscored that the central bank has more work to do to bring down inflation, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. “We didn’t expect it to be this strong,” Powell said of the January jobs report, which showed the US … Read more

Microsoft unveils revamped Bing search engine using AI technology more powerful than ChatGPT | CNN Business

Seattle CNN — Microsoft on Tuesday announced a revamp of its Bing search engine and Edge web browser powered by artificial intelligence, weeks after it confirmed plans to invest billions in OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT. With the updates, Bing will not only provide a list of search results, but will also answer questions, chat … Read more

Jill Biden’s State of the Union guests include Tyre Nichols’ parents, Bono, Ukraine ambassador, Paul Pelosi | CNN Politics

CNN  —  Paul Pelosi, Tyre Nichols’ parents, U2 star Bono, Monterey Park shooting hero Brandon Tsay, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova and a Holocaust survivor are among those headed to the US Capitol Tuesday evening where President Joe Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address. Biden’s remarks will both … Read more

Los Angeles Lakers are the hottest ticket in town as LeBron James closes in on NBA history | CNN

CNN — In any other season, tickets to watch a team languishing in 13th place in the Western Conference of the NBA, would not be too difficult to come by. However, even as the Los Angeles Lakers’ on-court failures continued on Saturday with defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans, LeBron James’ quest to become the … Read more

Residents are still being urged to stay away after a controlled release of a toxic chemical at the site of a fiery train derailment in Ohio | CNN

CNN — After crews in East Palestine, Ohio, performed a controlled release of an unstable, toxic chemical that threatened an explosion at the site of derailed train, evacuated residents are still being urged to stay away Tuesday amid the wait for the fire to die down. A boom was heard and a large plume of … Read more

Chinese search engine giant Baidu announces ChatGPT-style AI bot | CNN Business

Hong Kong CNN — Chinese search engine giant Baidu says it will be launching its own ChatGPT-style service. It will launch a new artificial intelligence chatbot called “Wenxin Yiyan” in Chinese, or “Ernie Bot” in English, a spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday. Baidu (START) is currently testing the project internally and will likely roll out … Read more

Southwest and FedEx jets came within 100 feet of collision at airport in Texas, investigators say | CNN

CNN — A Southwest passenger jet and a FedEx cargo plane came as close as 100 feet from colliding Saturday at the main airport in Texas’ capital, and it was a pilot – not air traffic controllers – who averted disaster, a top federal investigator says. Controllers at Austin’s international airport had cleared the arriving … Read more

FAA proposes fining United $1 million for skipping safety steps | CNN Business

Washington CNN — Airline regulators on Monday proposed slapping United Airlines with a $1.15 million fine for safety concerns about how it operated some 777 planes. United removed an important safety measure — checking the fire warning system — from its list of actions that crews must complete before each flight of the 777s, the … Read more

SpaceX put a Tesla sportscar into space five years ago. Where is it now? | CNN

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — It’s now been half a decade since SpaceX turned heads around the world with its decision to launch Elon Musk’s personal Tesla roadster into outer space, sending the car on an endless journey … Read more

Aaron Carter seemed left out of televised Grammy in memoriam segment | CNN

CNN — A photo of Aaron Carter seemed to be missing from the in memoriam segment at Sunday’s Grammy Awards and some viewers were not happy about it. Carter, who died in November at the age of 34, rose to fame as a teen with his 2000 album, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It).” The annual … Read more

Inside the kitchen at the edge of the world | CNN

CNN  —  No place on Earth is colder than East Antarctica. Due to its higher elevation, not even West Antarctica can touch its hostile temperatures. Princess Elisabeth, a polar research station in the Queen Maud Land region, faces wind speeds of up to 155 mph (249 kph) and temperatures as low as -58°F (-50°C). A … Read more

More than 400 products including breakfast sandwiches and fruit cups recalled due to possible Listeria contamination | CNN

CNN — More than 400 food products sold under dozens of brand names were recalled due to possible Listeria contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The recall by Fresh Ideation Food Group LLC includes ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads, yogurts, wraps and other products sold in nine states and Washington, DC, from January 24 … Read more

Chaotic scene erupts outside Texas grocery store after someone posts about ‘free food’ being distributed amid power outages | CNN

CNN — Authorities in Austin, Texas, responded to gridlocked roads near an H-E-B grocery store this week after more than 250 people clamored for food that had been discarded due to the sustained power outage at the location. Travis County Constable Pct.4 George Morales III posted photos of the incident on social media and told … Read more

I’m a parent with an active social media brand: Here’s what you need to check on your child’s social media right now | CNN

Editor’s Note: Sign up for CNN’s Stress, But Less newsletter. Our six-part mindfulness guide will inform and inspire you to reduce stress while learning how to harness it. CNN — If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know I wear a lot of hats: romance author, parent of funny tweenagers, part-time teacher, amateur … Read more

Train derailment in northeastern Ohio sparks massive fire | CNN

CNN — Evacuation and shelter-in-place orders remain in effect in a northeastern Ohio town after a train derailment sparked a massive fire and concerns about air quality. A Norfolk Southern train with more than 100 cars derailed in East Palestineabout 15 miles south of Youngstown, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. There were 20 … Read more

Inside Biden’s decision to ‘take care of’ the Chinese spy balloon that triggered a diplomatic crisis | CNN Politics

Washington CNN  —  When President Joe Biden learned a likely Chinese spy balloon was drifting through the stratosphere 60,000 feet above Montana, his first inclination was to take it down. By then, however, it was both too early and too late. After flying over swaths of sparsely populated land, it was now projected to keep … Read more

National windchill record set in New Hampshire as cold weather begins to ease up across the Northeast | CNN

CNN — A life-threatening cold spell began to ease its grip on the northeastern United States on Saturday, but only after a new national windchill record was set in New Hampshire. The record was set at Mount Washington Friday night when it felt like minus 108° F thanks to a temperature of minus 46° F … Read more

Opinion: Suspected spy balloon shows how diplomacy can go way off course | CNN

Editor’s Note: David A. Andelmana contributor to CNN, twice winner of the Deadline Club Award, is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, author of “A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen” and blogs at Andelman Unleashed. He formerly was a correspondent for The … Read more

A look at China’s history of spying in the US | CNN Politics

CNN — The suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that violated American airspace this week has fueled a diplomatic crisis with the postponement of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s planned trip to Beijing. But the two countries have a long history of spying on each other. The US has sought to collect its own intelligence about the … Read more

A vulnerable power grid is in the crosshairs of domestic extremist groups | CNN

CNN — Gunshots fired at two power substations in Moore County, North Carolina, late last year left 45,000 homes and businesses without power and more attacks just like that could already be planned by domestic extremist groupsaccording to experts. “All of a sudden, about 8:45 p.m., about 20 shots fired off right across the street,” … Read more

Why your dream European vacation is already booked solid | CNN

Editor’s Note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. CNN — When it comes to planning a European vacation, travel industry experts have traditionally advised tourists hoping to … Read more

Alex Murdaugh hid settlement of more than $4 million from family of his late housekeeper, her son testifies | CNN

CNN — Disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh never told the family of his late housekeeper that he collected more than $4 million in insurance settlements after she fell at his home, according to testimony at his double murder trial Friday. Outside the presence of the jury, Judge Clifton Newman heard testimony about Murdaugh’s alleged … Read more

The US economy added a whopping 517,000 jobs in January | CNN Business

Minneapolis CNN — The US economy added an astonishing 517,000 jobs in January, showing that the lab market isn’t ready to cool down just yet. The unemployment rate fell to 3.4% from 3.5%, hitting a level not seen since May 1969 — two months before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon — according to new … Read more

5 things to know for Feb. 3: Arctic blast, Spy balloon, Ukraine, Tobacco, Eye drops | CNN

CNN — While you were sleeping this week, many sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere were up overnight trying to catch a glimpse of a rare green-hued comet passing by Earth. Take a look at some of the photos they captured of the celestial object swinging through our cosmic neighborhood. Here’s what else you need … Read more