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'We are exhausted': Ukrainians flee the fighting any way they can

Start your week smart: Ukraine, North Korea, Covid-19, Warren Buffett, Baseball

Did you know about 40% of American households buy a car every year? That’s quite a statistic, especially with car prices being so high. They’re supposed to ease soon, but don’t expect them to return to pre-pandemic levels.

The weekend that was

• The Arizona Democratic Party’s executive board said yesterday it formally censured Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for voting to maintain the Senate’s filibuster rules, effectively blocking Democrats’ voting rights legislation, a key priority for the party.

• Retailer Kohl’s received an unsolicited $9 billion bid yesterday to go private from a consortium backed by an activist investor, according to published sources.

• Federal regulators are considering limiting the authorization of certain monoclonal antibody treatments that have not proved effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a source familiar with the decision-making told CNN.

• Crews fighting a wildfire along the central coast of California near the iconic Highway 1 made progress over the weekend in containing the blaze, but dozens of homes remain under evacuation orders.

• The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers both claimed shocking wins thanks to field goals as time expired despite both coming into their NFL divisional round clashes in the playoffs as underdogs.

The week ahead

Monday

Monday is the United Nations’ International Day of Education. Education keeps people out of poverty, protects societies against corruption and inequity and empowers underserved populations. So go thank an educator for all they do to keep this world afloat.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will also release a major report that will summarize the current effects of global warming and will focus on climate solutions and regional and local adaptation.

Tuesday

Happy Lunar New Year! Today is China’s biggest holiday. Every year, hundreds of millions of people pour onto trains, buses and planes to see their families. And yet again, Covid-19 restrictions are making travel difficult, with officials discouraging such trips to curb the spread of the virus.

Happy Mardi Gras! Also known as Fat Tuesday, parties and feasts are happening from New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro and Venice before the Christian fasting season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Time to break out your beads and enjoy some King Cake! You won’t regret it!

Tuesday is also the start of Women’s History Month. Curious to know why this month was selected for the national celebrations? We have the answer for you!

Wednesday

The Federal Open Market Committee meets for the first time in 2022, and two items will be top of mind: inflation and interest rates. The Fed is already planning to raise interest rates later this year and end other emergency measures they put in place to cushion the economic blow of the pandemic. At the end of this two-day meeting, we may get more information on how this will all play out.  

Friday

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This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN Aviation Correspondent Pete Muntean gives us an explainer on 5G and why airlines are so concerned about its rollout around major airports. Listen here

Photos of the week

What’s happening in entertainment

The Britney controversy is far from over

The new series featuring dramatic and epic battles charts “a new chapter set more than a century after the original, while offering most of the same lusty charms,” says CNN’s Brian Lowry. The show also features a sprawling cast of characters and shifting alliances, with one of the more prominent being the Viking King Canute (played by Bradley Freegard), an astute strategist who sat on both the English and Danish thrones in the 11th century.

SAG Awards

The 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will stake place later today in Santa Monica, California. The event, where actors chose their favorite TV and film performances of the year, returns after a delay due to Covid-19 and a scaled-back, virtual show last year. Kate Winslet will present Helen Mirren with a lifetime achievement award, and odds are Hollywood will weigh in on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The SAG Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET. TNT and TBS are owned by WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company.

What’s happening in sports

The NFL divisional round rolls on this week 

The Union of European Football Associations announced that this year’s Champions League Final will no longer take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, following an extraordinary meeting of the governing body’s Executive Committee on Friday. The 2022 final was scheduled to be held at Krestovsky Stadium, which is sponsored by Russian state-owned company Gazprom, but will now be moved to the Stade de France in Paris to be played on the original date of May 28. Separately, Formula One announced that the Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled to take place in Sochi on September 23-25, could not be held “in the current circumstances.” Yesterday, the Polish and Swedish national teams announced they will not face Russia in crucial 2022 World Cup qualification playoff matches in March in protest of Russia’s invasion.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 44% of fellow quiz fans have gotten an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

Play me off

An epic masterpiece

Enjoy this stunning performance of “O Fortuna” by the Johann Strauss Orchestra, conducted by the legendary André Rieu. (Click here to view)