1. NO PROGRESS AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA, LAWMAKERS MEET
House Speaker John Boehner says the president "refuses to negotiate," while Nancy Pelosi says Republicans keep "moving the goal posts" on a budget deal.
2. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ON EDGE ABOUT NEXT PAYCHECK
Workers were paid retroactively for time away from work after the last shutdown in 1995, though it's not clear if they will be this time around.
3. GLITCHES PERSIST ON HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES
In some ways, the delays were good news for Obama and supporters because the holdups showed what appears to be exceptionally high interest.
4. CONCERT PROMOTER CLEARED OF NEGLIGENCE IN JACKSON CASE
The jury's ruling saves AEG Live from paying hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to Katherine Jackson and the singer's three children.
5. WHAT A TOP U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL REVEALS ABOUT CELLPHONES
The NSA chief says his agency once tested, in 2010 and 2011, whether it could track Americans' "cell-site" data.
6. "THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER" AND "PATRIOT GAMES" AUTHOR DIES
Tom Clancy's extreme attention to technical detail helped make him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time.
7. SILVIO BERLUSCONI'S STUNNING ABOUT-FACE
The 77-year-old former premier took to the Senate floor at the last minute to say he will support Premier Enrico Letta's government after vowing to force new elections.
8. HOW GENE SEQUENCING IS SHIFTING INTO ORDINARY CARE
Scientists say they were able to crack a quarter of mysterious cases that stumped doctors for years by decoding the patients' genes.
9. "WE'RE ALL SHAKEN"
A three-day Christian jubilee of "singing, laughing and preaching" has a horrific end as a bus transporting the N.C. church members blows a tire, causing a fiery wreck that kills 8 in Tennessee.
10. WHO'S YOUR DADDY?
Mia Farrow says in an interview that it's possible her son with Woody Allen is instead Frank Sinatra's.