Separately in Washington, Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator and one of Mr. Trump’s allies, said he would retire. The open seat creates an opportunity Mitt Romney, a Trump critic, to run.
• Fake news is most likely to be read by older and more conservative Americans, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the browsing histories of thousands of American adults during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
The study found that even those most likely to read demonstrably false news stories online still received most of their news from the mainstream media.
Facebook, by far, was the platform from which people most often navigated to a fake news site, according to researchers.
• The Dutch are living longer than previous generations, and often alone.
New courses, which teach the elderly not only how to avoid falling but also how to fall correctly, are gaining popularity. Such classes are now common enough that the government rates them.
(In one exercise, above, the students start by lowering themselves slowly onto mats. Over several weeks, they learn to fall without injuring themselves.)
• Researchers in Finland have developed artificial intelligence that can generate images of celebrity look-alikes and a way to test the believability of such images.
• China is suspending the production of more than 500 car models that do not meet its fuel economy standards.
• Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
In the News
• Prosecutors in Germany are looking into complaints that two far-right lawmakers who used Twitter violated the country’s newly strengthened hate speech laws. The politicians say they are being censored. [The New York Times]
• The Israeli left expressed relief over the removal of wording in a bill that would have made it easier to redraw the Jerusalem map to exclude Palestinians. [The New York Times]
• Bulgaria’s president vetoed a bill that would establish a special antigraft unit, arguing that investigators wouldn’t be sufficiently sheltered from political interference. [Reuters]
• China’s demand for donkey hides, to produce a gelatin used in traditional medicine, is disrupting livelihoods in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. [The New York Times]
• “I was misguided.” A YouTube star with millions of followers apologized for posting a video that showed a dead body. [The New York Times]
• Our food critic writes that revelations of sexual harassment are playing out “excruciatingly slowly,” if at all, in the restaurant world. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• We’ve long known that dietary fiber is good for us. New research explains why.
• To usher in the new year, we asked creative people to share the homemade recipes they count on to detox. Here’s a cleansing juice from the Missoni family.
• Recipe of the day: Try pan-roasted cauliflower with garlic, parsley and rosemary.
• Researchers are using treadmills to measure sea turtles’ impressive stamina.
• In tennis news, Andy Murray’s participation in the Australian Open is in doubt because of a lingering hip problem.
• Tottenham, a diverse neighborhood in London, is caught in one of the city’s largest ever redevelopment programs. Some residents fear that gentrification could force them out.
• Ukraine was once a vital part of the Soviet space program. The nation still holds on to its proud scientific traditions.
• Finally, have a laugh at our 360-video bloopers. Here are moments that didn’t make the cut.
“Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy … how can I ever forget them?”
Those were Charles M. Schulz’s parting words in the final daily “Peanuts” comic strip, which ran 18 years ago today.
They recalled a slightly less sentimental line from the strip’s debut, nearly 50 years earlier, in which a carefree Charlie Brown strolls by a pair of children.
“Good ol’ Charlie Brown,” one says. “How I hate him!”
That juxtaposition of earnestness and wry humor made “Peanuts” a pop-cultural mainstay for half a century, reaching 75 countries in 21 languages at its peak.
Mr. Schulz, shown above in 1966, insisted on producing every aspect of the comic, making himself inseparable from his characters.
“I want it to be my words in everything I do,” he told The Times in 1967. “I’ve thought of it — hiring someone to help. Sometimes I think it would be nice. But then — what would be the point?”
When colon cancer forced Mr. Schulz to end the daily strip in 2000 at age 77, The Times invoked a dismal Charlie Brown, mourning the end of the baseball season: “There’s a dreariness in the air that depresses me.”
Mr. Schulz died a month later, but all 17,897 “Peanuts” strips would be anthologized over the next two decades.
Dan Sanchez contributed reporting.
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