Happening Today: Philadelphia Eagles, Amtrak, Paris Attacks, Larry Nassar, Pink

What to Know

  • Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis
  • The Amtrak train that crashed head-on into a parked freight train, killing two, had been given verbal approval to proceed, sources say
  • Pink belted out the "Star-Spangled Banner" before Super Bowl kickoff while battling the flu, and it didn't sound like she was sick at all

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Philly Fans Triumphant in Streets After Super Bowl Win

The rain and hail that pelted Philadelphia for much of the day dissipated just as people across the city spilled out of sports bars, apartments and houses. They all had one destination: Broad Street. It was time for a celebration 58 years in the making. Just as Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a surprise Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, the scene more than 1,000 miles away in Philly was jubilation and pandemonium. Fireworks were set off. Car horns blared. And Philadelphians young and old descended on Broad Street, the iconic thoroughfare that will soon host a parade to commemorate the city’s first major pro sports championship since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. “The city deserved it,” said 66-year-old Lou Potel, who threw a party at his home just off Broad before joining a much bigger party outside. “It’s a great city, and now we have a Super Bowl to go along with it.”

Amtrak Train Was Given Verbal Approval to Go Down Path, Sources Say

The Amtrak train from New York that crashed head-on into a parked freight train in South Carolina, killing two crew members and injuring 116 people, had been given verbal approval to proceed down the track, railroad sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News. But the switch on the track was left in the wrong position, causing the Amtrak train with nine crew members and 136 passengers onboard to drive directly into the CSX train, the sources said. Amtrak said in a statement that CSX owns and controls the subdivision where the trains crashed, maintains the tracks and signal systems there, and handles the dispatching of all trains. The CSX signals were down for work and had been offline, the sources said. But verbal permission was given by CSX dispatch to the Amtrak crew to proceed. The Amtrak train was moving at about 59 mph when the switch rerouted it to the right.

Paris Attacks Suspect in Brussels for Shootout Trial

The only surviving member of the Islamic State cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 refused to rise for a Belgian court, or answer questions about his actions, during his first appearance in public since his arrest nearly two years ago. Salah Abdeslam is on trial in his hometown of Brussels on charges of attempted murder for a police shootout from which he fled. The man who covered for his getaway with a spray of automatic gunfire died. Abdeslam's escape was short-lived — he was captured on March 18, 2016, in the same neighborhood where he and many of his Islamic State fighter colleagues grew up. Abdeslam arrived in the Belgian capital after being transferred from a prison in France. Security was high at the Brussels courthouse, with armed guards and multiple checkpoints leading to the courtroom. Asked why he was refusing to stand, Abdeslam said: "I'm tired, I did not sleep." Abdeslam, now wearing a full beard and longer hair than in pictures released before he was arrested, was flanked by masked guards and refused to answer questions beyond a few formalities.

Larry Nassar to Receive Final Sentence in Sexual Assault Scandal

Days of emotional testimony in two Michigan courtrooms are wrapping up with a final sentence for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women has shaken Michigan State University and elite sports associations. Nassar, 54, is returning to court in Eaton County, Michigan. He listened to dozens of victims for two days last week and was almost attacked by a man whose three daughters said they were molested. Nassar pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was run by a 2012 U.S. Olympic coach. Nassar already has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in another county and is starting his time behind bars with a 60-year federal term for child pornography crimes. He worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Randy Margraves was tackled by sheriff's deputies Friday before he could pummel Nassar in court. He said he wanted just a minute in a locked room with the "demon."

“I Just Went for It”: Boy Who Took Selfie With Timberlake at Halftime Says

When a boy took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show, most of Twitter lit up with jokes about him staring at his phone. But in New England, people focused on his sweatshirt. The fan was wearing a shirt from the Sunday River ski resort in Maine. Sunday River tweeted that it was looking to identify the fan, offering both him and Justin Timberlake passes to the resort. As TwinCities.com reports, the fan is 13-year-old Ryan McKenna, a seventh grader at Derby Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts. "I just thought to myself, 'I'll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,'" McKenna told the publication. "I just went for it."

Pink Belts National Anthem Before Super Bowl While Sick

Flu? What flu? Pink belted out the "Star-Spangled Banner" before Super Bowl LII's kickoff while battling the flu. And, well, it didn't sound like the singer was sick at all. That could've also been thanks to a lozenge that Pink was seen spitting out seconds before she started singing. Many viewers assumed that she threw out a piece of chewing gum before Pink tweeted: "It was throat lozenge." Before the performance, Kelly Clarkson said she wasn't not worried about Pink nailing the anthem despite having the flu. When asked if she would fill in for Pink if needed, Clarkson said, "I don't think Pink will need anybody to fill in for her. Even Pink with the flu is still hands down one of the best vocalists of our generation." Clarkson added: "I would take Pink's voice on a flu day any day."

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