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Fit Fix: 2016 Will Be "A Very Difficult Year," Chipotle CEO Says

Today in fast-casual chains bracing for a hit, and everything else you need to know.

"A Very Difficult Year": Federal prosecutors have broadened their Chipotle investigation after initially focusing on one restaurant in California, the company said Tuesday. The investigators issued a subpoena for documents relating to Chipotle's food safety practices dating to the beginning of 2013, even though sickness outbreaks at its restaurants—which spanned the U.S. and were traced to salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus—occurred in the summer and fall of 2015. Profits at the company sank 44 percent by the end of 2015, executives said during an earnings call on Tuesday. “2016 will be a very difficult year relative to our past performance,” said Monty Moran, the company's co-CEO. [New York Times] [Wall Street Journal]

Say Goodbye, Johnny Football:The Cleveland Browns are set to cut Johnny Manziel on March 9, just two seasons after drafting him in the first round, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team did not specify Manziel's release, but Browns executive Sashi Brown did release a statement saying that "Johnny's continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization." [NFL]

CTE Claims Another Victim: Ken Stabler, the legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback who won NFL MVP in 1974, was posthumously diagnosed with Stage 3 CTE, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head, according to a diagnosis from specialists at Boston University, the New York Times reported.

NFL Great Ken Stabler Had Brain Disease CTE

"We know the helmet is not the answer. What are we going to do about the contact?" The family of Ken Stabler, the former NFL quarterback who died in July, speaks about his life and the effects of CTE.

Posted by The New York Times on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Longest Erection Ever?: Researchers recently discovered a daddy longlegs spider sporting full-sized erection (by spider standards, anyway) that had been perfectly preserved in amber for at least 99 million years. "It must have been in an amorous state to have it out like this," Ron Clouse of the American Museum of Natural History told National Geographic, presumably without a hint of irony. [National Geographic]

The Next Eureka Moment: Rumors suggest that Apple is set to unveil a bushel of new products—including the bigger iPhone 5se, Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options—at an event on March 15, reports popular Apple-watching site 9to5Mac, citing sources. [9to5Mac]

Lost in Space: Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader are set to star in The Something, in which they play astronauts who come across a woman after years adrift in space with no female contact, according to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter. Kinda reminds us of some guys we knew in college. [Hollywood Reporter]

Recommend This!: Microsoft has re-designated Windows 10 as a "recommended update," meaning that it may automatically download on your Windows computer if you've enabled auto-download of recommended updates. Windows 10 will not, however, automatically install, even if you've downloaded it. [PC World]


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