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David Bowie remembered ... CA teachers take mandatory union dues to Supreme Court ... Refugees, migrants attacked in Germany

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 11, 2016 at 1:51 a.m.



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LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron is calling the death of David Bowie "a huge loss." Bowie died Sunday following a battle with cancer. He was 69. Bowie's career lasted five decades, with hits such as "Fame," ''Heroes," ''Let's Dance" and "Young Americans." Bowie had just released a new album on Friday, which also was his birthday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that challenges the right of public-employee unions to collect fees from workers who choose not to become members. A group of California public school teachers claims such mandatory fees violate the First Amendment rights of workers who disagree with the union's positions. The teachers want overturned a nearly four-decade-old Supreme Court precedent that allows public unions to collect "fair share" fees from non-members to help cover the costs of collective bargaining.

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — State Police and other state employees in Michigan will go door-to-door on Tuesday to hand out bottled water and testing kits to Flint residents. The city's water supply has been contaminated with lead for months, elevated lead levels have been detected in children's blood, and just last week Gov. Rick Snyder declared an emergency in the city.

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say a group of Pakistanis and a Syrian were attacked in Cologne amid tensions over New Year's Eve assaults in the city that have been blamed largely on refugees and migrants. Police say six Pakistani nationals were attacked Sunday by a group of around 20 people and two of them were briefly admitted to a hospital. Then Sunday evening, a Syrian man was attacked by five people. He was injured but didn't need treatment.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One-point-three billion dollars. That's how much the Powerball jackpot has swelled. Texas Lottery executive director Gary Grief says Wednesday night's drawing will be the "Biggest jackpot in the history of the world." It's so big that billboards in Texas and around the country have to advertise the pot as $999 million because they're not built to show billions.

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