Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. David Bowie Dies at 69
David Bowie, the rock and roll visionary whose career spanned six decades, died Sunday — just days after he released his 25th studio album, "Blackstar." He was 69. An official statement posted online said Bowie had passed away "surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer." Read more in NEWS.
2. Mexico Formally Begins Extraditing 'El Chapo' to U.S.
The Mexican government formally began the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to the United States, the Mexican attorney general's office said in a statement. Guzmán is wanted on federal drug trafficking charges in San Diego; Brooklyn, New York; El Paso, Texas; Miami; and Chicago. Read more in NEWS.
3. Powerball Jackpot Hits $1.3 Billion After No One Wins — Again
Wednesday's Powerball drawing will be worth a record-smashing $1.3 billion after no one matched up those six numbers Saturday night. About 75 percent of the possible number combinations were sold before Saturday's drawing as people flocked to buy tickets, and there's no telling how many will turn out for a chance to become a billionaire later this week. Read more in NEWS.
4. Aid Convoy Sets Out for Starving Syrian Town
A convoy carrying desperately needed food and supplies for starving Syrians set out for the rebel-held town of Madaya on Monday. The Syrian government agreed late last week to allow aid into Madaya — where more than two dozen people have died of starvation in since Dec. 1 — and two other besieged towns. Read more in NEWS.
5. Neck-And-Neck 2016 Races in Iowa, New Hampshire
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are running neck-and-neck in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are also locked in a tight race there, according to an NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released just three weeks before the caucuses. Clinton and Sanders are also within the margin of error in New Hampshire, while Trump has built a 16-point lead in the Granite State, where the primary will be held Feb. 9. Read more in POLITICS.
6. Golden Globes Go to 'The Revenant,' 'The Martian'
Sunday's Golden Globes, known for being one of the less formal and more inebriated ceremonies of the season, marked the return of the uninhibited Ricky Gervais after a three-year hiatus. "The Revenant" and "The Martian" took home top movie awards, while "Mr. Robot" and "Mozart in the Jungle" triumphed in the television categories. Read more in ENTERTAINMENT.
7. Florida Woman Found Dead in Italy
Ashley Olsen, a Florida woman who worked as an event organizer, was found strangled in her Florence apartment, Italian police said Sunday. While an autopsy wasn't scheduled until Monday, the coroner's office preliminarily said that the cause of death was strangulation. Read more in NEWS.
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