10 things you need to know today: February 11, 2023

U.S. shoots down object flying off Alaska coast, Trump team has reportedly turned over more classified documents and laptop, and more

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1. U.S. shoots down object flying off Alaska coast

The White House Friday that the Pentagon had shot down a 'high-altitude' object flying over Alaskan airspace. National Security Council official John Kirby said the unidentified object had been downed "out of an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of the Pentagon," and had been destroyed on the orders of President Biden. Details about the object remain slim, however, it was reported that it was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet, which could have posed a threat to aircraft in the area. The incident comes just days after the Pentagon shot down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina, but Kirby would not confirm if the two incidents were related.

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