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7 things to know now: 18 killed in storms; Tillerson confirmation; MLB star killed

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Tillerson vote: A vote on the nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is set for Monday afternoon in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillerson picked up endorsements from Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), and Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C.), over the weekend. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s vote remains in question, though, after he and Tillerson had a pointed exchange during Tillerson’s confirmation hearings.

2. Super Bowl matchup: It will be the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 31-17 win over the Steelers, while Matt Ryan and the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21. The two will meet in Houston on Feb. 5 for the championship game.

3. Southern storms: At least 18 people died over the weekend in an outbreak of tornadoes across the South. Fourteen people in south Georgia were killed amid reports of 30 tornadoes across the state. Four people were killed in Mississippi Saturday when storms struck there.

4. Galaxy Note 7: Samsung says it has no doubts that faulty batteries caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to burst into flames. The company said Monday that defects were found in two sets of batteries and that two different manufacturers were to blame. Samsung stopped selling the phone only two months after it was launched in August.

5. Suit against Trump: A watchdog group says it will file a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, claiming he is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments at businesses run by his family. The group says that despite Trump’s claims that he is turning over the running of his business to his sons, he still owns the company and would still benefit from payments made by foreign governments.

And one more

Yordan Ventura, the Kansas City Royals pitcher who led the team to two pennants and a World Series, was killed Saturday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Ventura was 25. Former MLB player Andy Marte, also from the Dominican Republic, was killed Sunday in a separate wreck. Marte was 33.

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Falcons, Patriots to face off in Super Bowl LI

Get ready, football fans: The Atlanta Falcons will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. 

The Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 on Sunday to win the NFC championship, earning their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1998.

>> Lady Gaga teases Super Bowl performance with behind-the-scenes video

"We played great," said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns. "We did exactly what we've been doing all year, and it feels really good."

Meanwhile, the Patriots earned their NFL-record ninth berth in the Super Bowl by slamming the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 in the AFC championship game.

>> NFL dismisses report Lady Gaga can't talk Trump at Super Bowl Halftime Show

"There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them," said quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns.

The teams will face off Feb. 5 at Houston's NRG Stadium.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Watchdog group plans to sue Trump over foreign payments

A watchdog group said it will file a federal lawsuit Monday that accuses President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution.

In a statement Sunday, the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause "prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress."

"Since Trump refused to divest from his businesses, he is now getting cash and favors from foreign governments, through guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and valuable real-estate deals abroad," the statement said.

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Trump's attorney, Sheri A. Dillon, told reporters earlier this month that Trump's businesses do not violate the emoluments clause.

"No one would have thought when the Constitution was written that paying your hotel bill was an emolument," she said at the time.

CREW's legal team reportedly includes two former White House ethics lawyers – one from President George W. Bush's administration and one from President Barack Obama's.

Read more here.

President Trump wouldn't end his business deals with foreign governments, so we're suing him to stop them https://t.co/aUccIYSSRk— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

#AlternativeFacts: Twitter trolls Trump team over Conway, Spicer comments

President Donald Trump's administration has sparked a new Twitter trend – one that the White House probably isn't too thrilled with.

Hours after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump drew "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period" – a claim that was quickly debunked by several media outlets – Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway sparred with Chuck Todd on Sunday's episode of "Meet the Press."

>> 'Saturday Night Live' takes swipe at Trump inauguration attendance – minus Alec Baldwin

"Why put (Spicer) out there for the very first time, in front of the podium, to utter a provable falsehood?" Todd asked. 

After the pair argued for a bit, Conway replied, "You're saying it's a falsehood, and ... Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that."

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Todd wasn't buying it. 

"Wait a minute – alternative facts? Alternative facts? . ... Alternative facts are not facts; they're falsehoods," he fired back.

>> Watch the clip here

"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The exchange quickly spread on social media, inspiring the snarky hashtag #AlternativeFacts.

>> Click here or scroll down to see what people were saying

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Sierra Nevada recalls beer for glass flaw

Sierra Nevada is recalling some of its beer because of a packaging flaw that can cause a piece of glass to break and possibly fall into the beverage.

The voluntary recall comes after inspections at the Mills River, North Carolina brewery noticed the fault after some bottles of beer had low carbonation, according to a statement from Sierra Nevada.

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The recall applies to 36 states. There are no reports of injuries.

The recall applies to 12-ounce bottle versions of the brand’s Pale Ale, Torpedo Extra IPA, Tropical Torpedo, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Beer Camp Golden IPA, Otra Vez, Nooner and Hop Hunter IPA.

It is believed the flawed packaging could affect about 1 in every 10,000 of bottles manufactured during the five-week period.

 For more information visit: http://sierranevada.com/qualitymatters

Trump's first executive order suspends mortgage insurance rate decrease

President Donald Trump’s first executive order blocked a mortgage insurance premium cut that would have reduced the cost of mortgages for millions of middle-class home buyers.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent a letter Friday informing lenders, real estate brokers and closing agents the 0.25 percent premium rate cut for Federal Housing Administration-backed loans was suspended.

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The order, made about an hour after Trump took office, reverses a policy change announced Jan. 9 by the Obama administration that would have saved borrowers about $500 a year.

The FHA insures about 16 percent of the homes sold in the country. The loans are popular with first-time home buyers and those without the best credit.

The rate change would have gone into effect Friday.

Woman fired, interviewed by Secret Service over tweet

A Kentucky woman was fired after she tweeted about assassinating President Donald Trump, WAVE-TV reports.

The woman's tweet read, “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate."

Heather Lowrey has since deleted the tweet and deactivated her Twitter account.

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The U.S. Secret Service said it is aware of the tweet and has already interviewed Lowrey, WAVE reports. The Secret Service is planning to conduct a full investigation into the matter.

Lowrey has since been fired from at least two of the places she was employed, including the Va Va Vixens burlesque group and American Income Life Travis Moody agency. 

"Heather Lowrey is no longer contracted with the Travis Moody Agency. The Travis Moody Agency, its agents and its staff do not share the same views, nor opinions as Heather Lowrey. We have a zero tolerance policy and would never condone this behavior," the Travis Moody Agency said. 

United lifts ground stop after computer outage

All of United Airlines flights were grounded Sunday because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

"A ground stop is in place for domestic flights due to an IT issue," United tweeted. "We’re working on a resolution. We apologize for the inconvenience."

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The ground stop was lifted after 9 p.m.

"The ground stop has been lifted," United tweeted. "We’re working to get flights on their way."

The Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, was having issues with low bandwidth, officials told NBC News.

International flights were not affected.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Trump insists he is not releasing tax returns

Despite widespread public pressure, including a petition that has garnered more than 230,000 signatures, and campaign trail promises to do so once elected, President Donald Trump is not going to release his tax returns, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday. "He's not going to release his tax returns,” Conway said on ABC's "This Week." “We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care.” Her comments come on the heels of a whitehouse.gov petition that garnered the necessary 100,000 signatures within 30 days to garner an officials response. The petition reached that in two days, according to NBC News. >> Read more trending stories Every president since 1976 has released his tax returns. Trump has said he doesn't believe Americans care whether he follows suit. Throughout the campaign, Trump refused to make his filings public, saying they're under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and he'd release them only once that review is complete. However, the audit does not preclude a taxpayer from releasing their returns, tax experts and the IRS have said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump talked to husband of slain Orlando police lieutenant

President Donald Trump reached out Wednesday to the husband of slain Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said.

Clayton was fatally shot outside a Walmart store in Orlando last week.

Bondi described the phone conversation between Trump and Seth Clayton as "a brief, very touching, private conversation between two husbands."

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The accused gunman in Clayton’s death, Markeith Loyd, was arrested Tuesday night after a massive manhunt.

Clayton was shot after she approached Loyd, who was being sought at the time in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

Loyd faced a judge Thursday in Orange County, where he went on a profanity-laced rant.

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