Morning Must Reads: February 2

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Patriots Clinch Super Bowl XLIX

Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns and Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left, helping the New England Patriots hold on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 Sunday night for their fourth Super Bowl title

Ranking the Super Bowl’s Ads

TIME grades this year’s Super Bowl commercials, which ranged from the heartwarming to the bizarre and naturally featured plenty of adorable animals

How to Make Football Safer

Football is not a safe sport, but new research points to a surprisingly simple way to make to make it safer — softer helmets

New Winter Storm Bears Down on East Coast

Forecasters say more snow is likely to blanket the Northeast throughout Monday, less than a week after the area was deluged by a massive blizzard. As of Sunday night, over 2,000 commercial flights had been canceled throughout the Midwest and East Coast

Obama Pitches Corporate Tax to Fix Roads and Bridges

President Obama will propose a one-time mandatory 14% tax on the $2 trillion in earnings that U.S. corporations currently have overseas to pay for an ambitious plan to fix roads and bridges across the country

U.S. Oil Workers Stage Largest National Strike Since 1980

Oil workers in the U.S. began the largest national strike since 1980 on Sunday, after failing to agree on new labor contracts. The United Steelworkers Union called for about 3,800 employees to strike in nine sites across the U.S.

Bobby Brown Praying for Daughter’s Recovery

Family members of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, are waiting for a miracle as she remains on a respirator with scant brain activity. Brown was found unconscious Saturday in her Georgia bathtub

Large-Scale Ebola Vaccine Trial Begins in Liberia

Liberia has commenced the first large-scale trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Scientists aim to immunize around 30,000 volunteers and health care workers starting Monday

Power Rangers Actor Arrested Over Roommate Death

Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina, 36, was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly stabbing his roommate to death with a sword. His arrest occurred Saturday after Medina had an apparent altercation with his 36-year-old roommate Joshua Sutter

Virtual Hearts Help Identify Cardiac Risk

Virtual hearts are now being used to improve predictions of a person’s risk of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, or sudden death from cardiac failure. Scientists are creating computerized heartbeats to establish predictive data on who is most likely to face it

Weather Delays Aaron Hernandez Trial

The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is being delayed by a snowstorm expected on Monday. A state courts spokeswoman said on Sunday the trial is expected to resume on Tuesday

3-Year-Old Shoots Father and Pregnant Mother

A 3-year-old boy in New Mexico shot his parents after he reached into his mother’s purse for an iPod but fired a loaded handgun instead, police said. Both are expected to survive, but police are recommending negligence charges

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