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5 things you need to know this morning: Feb. 8, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. US intelligence officials believe spy balloon part of broader operation

The Chinese spy balloon recently shot down by the United States and recovered out of the Atlantic Ocean is believed to be part of an extensive surveillance program run by the Chinese military. That is what “multiple American officials familiar with the intelligence” have told CNN. The spy program includes a number of similar balloons and is partly run out of the small Chinese province of Hainan.

2. LeBron James becomes the NBA’s all-time leading scorer

NBA history was made in Los Angeles Tuesday night. LeBron James hit a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with seconds left in the third quarter to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time career scoring record. The league record stood for nearly 40 years and some wondered if it would ever be broken. James now tops the list with 38,390 points and counting.

3. Dramatic rescue of 8-year-old boy from earthquake rubble caught on camera

Getty photographer Burak Kara captured an incredible rescue sequence on Wednesday. Eight-year-old Yigit Cakmak was pulled from the rubble of Monday’s catastrophic earthquake by emergency workers in Turkey and passed over the debris from rescuer to rescuer until he was finally in the arms of his mother.

4. Bus crashes into Laval daycare injuring 5

Five people were injured after a Laval city bus crashed into a daycare Wednesday morning. At least one of the victims is a child. The reason for the crash is still unknown, but the driver was brought into custody. City buses don’t normally drive near the daycare, CBC reports, as it is on a quiet side street away from bus routes.

5. Woodpeckers stuffed 700 pounds of acorns in the walls of a California home

A pest control technician on a routine call made a fairly shocking discovery recently. Nick Castro made a small four-inch-square hole in the wall of a California home and acorns began to spill out, which isn’t terribly unusual. However, they kept coming, and eventually an estimated 700 pounds of acorns revealed themselves. Castro predicts that the collection was amassed by woodpeckers over the past two to five years.

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