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Urban Meyer to Retire.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer announced he would retire from coaching at the end of the 2018-2019 season, following Ohio State's appearance in the Rose Bowl on January 1st. Meyer - who is the winningest coach in major college football since 2001 and has the fourth-best winning percentage in college football history - revealed earlier this season that he had battled a benign arachnoid brain cyst for a number of years. Such cysts can cause severe headaches (see background), particularly in stressful situations - like high-level college football. Meyer was also embroiled in off-the-field controversy this season, having been suspended for the first three games over failing to adequately address allegations of domestic abuse by former wide receivers coach Zack Smith. Assuming he doesn't return - he previously retired from Florida over heart problems - Meyer will end his career with a 186-32 record at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State. 

Current offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over for Meyer, signing a five-year contract with the school. 
Dow Drops 800 Points.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 800 points yesterday amid fears of slowing economic growth and lingering concerns over trade tensions between the US and China. The 3.1% drop was mirrored by a 3.2% drop in the S&P 500 and a 3.8% in the Nasdaq. The losses were led by Apple as investors worried that sales of the company's newest iPhone models are slowing down. Investors were also spooked by a phenomenon in the bond market known as an inverted yield curve, wherein yields on short-term bonds move higher than yields on long-term bonds (see more here). Such a movement can reflect lower confidence in long-term growth and have been reliable predictors of recessions in the past. 

Markets are closed today in honor of former President George HW Bush.
France Reverses on Gas Tax.
French officials paused a controversial gas tax that sparked nationwide protests over the past week. In Paris, the so-called yellow jacket protests - named after the yellow vests every vehicle is required by French law to carry - turned into the worst riots the city had seen since 1968. The tax itself would raise the price of gas by $0.12 and diesel by $0.28 per gallon, but the unrest has turned into a larger protest of French President Emmanuel Macron and the high cost of living in the country. Leaders of the movement have accused Macron - who was elected by a wide margin in 2017 - of benefiting the country's upper class (paywall). Over 100 people were injured and 412 arrested during weekend riots in Paris. 

See body camera footage from the Paris protests here.  
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Rapper Drake tops Apple Music's Best of 2018 list as its Artist of the Year and most streamed artist of 2018 (More)
> National Hockey League to add team in Seattle; team will debut as 32nd NHL team in 2021-2022 season (More)
> Comedian Kevin Hart to host 2019 Academy Awards (More)
Science & Technology.
> Microsoft expands rural broadband program with goal of reaching 3 million total new users by end of 2022 (More)
> Google's artificial intelligence program, DeepMind, wins competition to predict how complex proteins fold themselves into 3D shapes (More)
> New quantum material that uses the spin of electrons can perform computations at one-tenth the power of traditional silicon, while packing 5x more logic operations into the same space (More)
Business & Markets.
> Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Christine Lagarde top Forbes annual list of world’s most powerful women (More)
> Trump Administration task force signals United States Postal Service should have more flexibility to raise rates for packages given $4B loss in 2018 (More)
> US small-business owners more optimistic now versus any point in the 15-year history of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Special Counsel Robert Mueller requests no jail time for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing substantial assistance (More) | Reports say hackers broke into National Republican Congressional Committee emails prior to election (More)
> North Carolina board of elections refuses to certify US House race for the 9th Congressional District over allegations of absentee ballot "harvesting" (More)
> US abortion rate drops to historic low, coinciding with a 47% drop in teenage pregnancy between 2006 and 2015 (More)
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