Here are the top 6 stories we are following Monday morning at NBC News:
1. ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ big winners at Golden Globes
There was plenty of A-list love to go around at Sunday night’s awards show that celebrates film and TV. FBI caper “American Hustle” and hit show “Breaking Bad” were multiple winners in their respective categories. Read more in POP CULTURE.
The Internet also had fun skewering “American Hustle” winner Jennifer Lawrence:
2. Mayor in NJ bridge scandal takes Chris Christie ‘at his word’
The mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., Mark Sokolich, appeared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ to address damning documents that show Gov. Christie’s aides orchestrated bridge lane closures in his town as political payback. Those aides, meanwhile, could be hit with legislative subpoenas Monday. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Ariel Sharon’s ‘indomitable’ spirit honored at memorial
The former Israeli prime minister, who passed away Saturday at the age of 85, was remembered at a memorial service in Jerusalem on Monday. Vice President Joe Biden told mourners Sharon was an “exceptional soldier.” Read more in NEWS.
4. Target CEO pledges changes after massive data heist
Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel tells CNBC in an exclusive interview that he’s sorry for the security breach that allowed up to 110 million customers to have their personal data stolen. “We’re accountable and we’re responsible,” Steinhafel said. Read more in BUSINESS.
5. Virgin Galactic test flight captures stellar images — of itself
The SpaceshipTwo rocket plane zoomed over California’s Mojave Desert in a successful test flight before it starts offering suborbital spaceflights. A mounted camera took out-of-this-world photos of the plane’s journey. Read more in TECH & SCIENCE.
6. Venus Williams eliminated in first round of Australian Open
The American tennis star suffered an unexpected upset by Russian Ekaterina Makarova on the first day of play — marking only the second time in 14 appearances that Williams has lost in the tournament’s opening round. Read more in SPORTS.