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5 things you need to know this morning: Jan. 14, 2020

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Scientists have found a crater of a meteorite crash from 800,000 years ago

Scientists have made a very cool discovery in southeast Asia. Around 800,000 years ago, a massive asteroid, more than a mile wide, hit the Earth hard and flung debris across 10% of the planet’s surface. While the debris has been found all over, scientists could never locate the actual crater from the impact until now.

2. Joe Burrow caps off historic season leading LSU to a national championship

It was a magical season for LSU and it ended with a 42-25 national championship victory over Clemson on Monday. Joe Burrow threw five touchdowns and ran for another one to cap off one of the greatest single seasons for a quarterback in college football history. He’ll almost certainly be drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL draft.

3. Cory Booker suspends his presidential campaign

Cory Booker announced on Monday that he would be suspending his campaign for president. The New Jersey-based Senator thanked his team, supporters and others and said he’d continue carrying his fight forward, just not as a presidential candidate for 2020. Booker was having issues in the polls and with fundraising.

4. President Trump approved the killing of Qassem Soleimani 7 months ago

Speaking of presidents, the current American leader reportedly ordered the controversial killing of General Qassem Soleimani seven months ago. It wasn’t even the first time President Donald Trump brought up killing the Iranian general, however, as he allegedly did so in the spring of 2017.

5. Punishments starting to be handed down for sign-stealing scandal

The Houston Astros have been fined $5 million and stripped of their next two first-round and second-round picks for allegedly stealing signs. Their GM and coach were also suspended a year, but almost immediately fired by the team after the punishment was handed down. Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora is likely going to get an even harsher punishment, sources say.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Dave Grohl (51), LL Cool J (52), Jason Bateman (51), Carl Weathers (72), Faye Dunaway (79)

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