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10 things you need to know today: January 11, 2016

Harold Maass
David Bowie.
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David Bowie dies after 18-month fight with cancer

Rock legend David Bowie died "peacefully" on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, his publicist confirmed Monday. He was 69. Bowie broke musical boundaries with his changing persona — such as the gender-bending Ziggy Stardust in the early 1970s — and his innovative music, which included such hits as Fame, Changes, and Let's Dance. He released his last album, Blackstar, on Friday, his birthday. [The Associated Press, Chicago Tribune]


The Revenant, The Martian head list of big winners at Golden Globes

The Revenant led the winners of Sunday's Golden Globe award ceremony, with Leonardo DiCaprio taking Best Actor and the film taking Best Motion Picture in the Drama category. The film's director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, won Best Director. The Martian also won big, with Matt Damon winning for Best Actor and the film taking Best Picture in the Musical or Comedy category. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, for Joy, and Brie Larson won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for Room. [Golden Globes, The Washington Post]


Mexico says Sean Penn's visit helped it track down fugitive drug lord

Actor Sean Penn's controversial secret meeting with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman helped Mexican authorities catch the fugitive drug lord, according to two high-ranking Mexican officials. Guzman, who escaped from a maximum security prison in July, was arrested Friday. A day later, Rolling Stone published an article Penn wrote based on the meeting. Penn said he was sure authorities were tracking him as he was driven and flown to meet Guzman. Mexico has started the process of sending Guzman to the U.S. for trial. [Reuters]


Clinton says email does not indicate she mishandled sensitive material

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Sunday that an email released several days ago did not show that she had mishandled classified information using her private email server while serving as secretary of state. In the 2011 email, Clinton told an aide to send her information via email if unable to send it by secure fax. Clinton said on CBS' Face the Nation that she was not asking for secrets to be sent in an inappropriate manner. "Obviously, what I'm asking for is whatever can be transmitted," she said. [Bloomberg]


Winter storms create deadly road conditions in central U.S.

At least seven people were killed due to poor road conditions caused be Winter Storm Hera as it blanketed parts of the Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes over the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for much of western and northern Michigan, with winter weather advisories extending south into the Lower Ohio Valley. [The Weather Channel]


New Catalonia leader vows to push for Spanish region's independence

The new leader of the government in Spain's Catalonia region said Sunday that he would follow through with a push to break away from the rest of Spain. "I am fully aware that we are starting a process that is far from easy and far from comfortable, but we will put into it value and courage," Carles Puigdemont told regional lawmakers hours before his selection was confirmed. "This isn't a time for cowards." He took over a day after separatist parties decided to replace the former leader, Artur Mas. [The New York Times]


Humanitarian convoy heads to besieged Syrian town

Aid convoys set out Monday for the blockaded rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya, where thousands of people are trapped and dozens reportedly have died of starvation in recent weeks. The Red Cross said rebels and Syrian government forces agreed to let the aid trucks through to Madaya, near the Lebanese border, and two other villages. Syrian opposition leaders have told a United Nations envoy they would not participate in peace talks with the government until blockades are lifted in Madaya and other besieged towns. [Reuters]


Gabby Giffords expected to endorse Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. representative Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) plans to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, CBS News and Politico reported Sunday. Anonymous sources indicated that Giffords, who became a leading gun-control advocate after being shot in the head during a public appearance five years ago, apparently based her decision on Clinton's advocacy of gun control laws. The news came as a Marist/Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed Clinton's primary lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) narrowing. [CBS News, Politico]


Michigan sending state police to deliver water door-to-door in Flint

Michigan officials announced Sunday that State Police troopers and other officials would start delivering bottled drinking water door to door in the city of Flint on Tuesday. Water also is available at fire stations. The effort is intended to help residents contend with a continuing water crisis. Flint's drinking water was contaminated with lead after the city, under a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 and 2015, tried to save money by switching its water source from Lake Huron to the dirtier Flint River. [Detroit Free Press]


Lionel Hollins fired as coach of struggling Nets

The Brooklyn Nets announced Sunday that they were firing the professional basketball team's coach, Lionel Hollins, and reassigning General Manager Billy King. The midseason shakeup came as the Nets, at 10-27, struggle with the third worst record in the NBA (only the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers are doing worse). "It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership," said the team's owner, billionaire Mikhail D. Prokhorov. [The New York Times]