Morning Headlines on January 12, 2016

Morning Headlines on January 12, 2016

From a music legend who died Sunday to the final score of the Alabama/Clemson thriller, Ray has the top ten stories making headlines this morning. Join Ray now.

From the Chicago Tribune

1. 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 FameChanges, andLet’s Dance. He released his last album, Blackstar, on Friday, his birthday.

 

From the Washington Post
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.

 

From Reuters

3. 
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.

 

4. From CBN News

While most in the Western world were celebrating New Year’s Eve, more than 500 women have filed criminal complaints, with 40 percent of them saying they were molested and groped by men of Arab and North African descent on New Year’s Eve in Germany.

Hundreds of women stood in front of a Cologne, Germany cathedral Monday to protest the sexual violence. As many of them described it “They directly surrounded us and we couldn’t move.”

Time magazine’s Woman of the Year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is facing tremendous pressure after allowing more than 1 million refugees into her country in 2015. Over the weekend, some 2,000 anti-Muslim protesters also took to the streets demanding that Germany close its borders to refugees.

 

From the Weather Channel

5. 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.

From the New York Times

6. 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.

 

Again, from Reuters

7. 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.

Source: Reuters

From CNN

8. Rand Paul will boycott Thursday night’s Republican primary debate in South Carolina after being relegated from the main stage, he said on Monday.

“I won’t participate in anything that’s not first tier because we have a first tier campaign,” the Kentucky senator told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Paul’s announcement came moments before Fox Business Network, the sponsor of Thursday’s debate, announced that just seven candidates had qualified for the main stage. Those candidates are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.

Without Rand Paul, the three others were scheduled to debate in the preliminary at 6 PM ESTR Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum.

With just 21 days until the presidential primaries officially begin in Iowa, Hillary Clinton’s support among Democrats nationally has taken a serious tumble, falling eight points to 43%, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. Support for her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, rose six points to 39%.

As a result, Clinton’s lead over Sanders, which had been 18 points, is now just four point

From the Detroit Free Press

9. 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 today. 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.

Source: Detroit Free Press

And this one is from me:

10. Both Clemson and Alabama came into their bowl game last night with the exact same record – 14 wins and 1 loss. You can expect a game with two teams like that to be just as exciting as it can get. These two teams didn’t disappoint. It was back and forth through all four quarters, but the final score gave Alabama the undisputed championship in college football with a score of 45 to 40.

Morning Headlines on January 12, 2016