January 23: Tensions mount in Russia-Ukraine standoff. And breaking the code on grits and gravy.

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All of the grill operators at Waffle House are trained “mark” plates as soon as the orders are called out from the servers. But how they do it — with condiments and bits of food — is almost a language of its own. (Getty Images)

Good morning! It’s Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️. UK: Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government with pro-Moscow puppet

A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Russia has concentrated an estimated 100,000 troops with tanks and other heavy weapons near Ukraine in what the West fears could be a prelude to an invasion. The Biden administration is unlikely to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending U.S. combat troops. But it could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky options, including giving military support to a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. (AP Photo)

2. Rare winter wildfire prompts mandatory California coastline evacuations.

The Colorado Fire burns along Highway 1 near Big Sur, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

3. McConnell says he misspoke in comments about Black voters

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. goes down an escalator at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

4. How long does omicron last on surfaces and in the air?

Many of us stopped disinfecting surfaces as a strategy to fight COVID-19 long ago in the pandemic. Should the omicron variant change that? (Photo: Getty Images)

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WAFFLE HOUSE HAS ‘SECRET’ SYSTEM FOR KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR ORDER.

YOU’LL NEVER LOOK AT AN UPSIDE-DOWN JELLY PACKET THE SAME WAY AGAIN.

All of the grill operators at Waffle House are trained “mark” plates as soon as the orders are called out from the servers. But how they do it — with condiments and bits of food — is almost a language of its own. (Getty Images)

📅 What we’re watching

🔴 With Russia flexing, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visits CBS, NBC and CNN morning shows.

🔴 The Rams visit the Buccaneers and the Chiefs host the Bills in NFL divisional playoff action.

🔴 Winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are announced.

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