1. JANET YELLEN CONFIRMED TO LEAD FED
Senators voted 56-26 in favor of Yellen, who will be the first woman to lead the 100-year-old bank.
2. LESS THAN ZERO
Temperatures plunge toward record lows in the Midwest, halting normal routines for many, and bringing travel to a standstill for others, with 187 million feeling the "polar vortex."
3. SUPREME COURT HALTS GAY MARRIAGE IN UTAH
Wedding vows come to a screeching halt as the thousands of couples rushing to say "I do" find themselves suddenly in legal limbo.
4. UNEMPLOYMENT BILL TOPS CONGRESS' LIST
Democratic supporters of the three-month extension say they are close to the 60 votes needed to advance the White House-backed bill.
5. Al-QAIDA ESCALATES CHALLENGE TO IRAQ RULER
With Fallujah under siege, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urges residents to drive out the militants, perhaps preparing for military action.
6. CLASHES SPREAD BETWEEN SYRIAN REBELS, AL-QAIDA GROUP
The rebel-on-rebel fighting in the city of Raqqa reflects a widening war within a war in Syria, this one against radical extremists.
7. EGYPT'S NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY WIDENS REACH
Some activists fear that the agency — once feared as a pillar of the police state under autocrat Hosni Mubarak — is reclaiming a major role amid militant violence and a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
8. WHO NBC HIRES FOR SNL
Criticized for lack of diversity, "Saturday Night Live" adds a black woman, Sasheer Zamata, to its cast.
9. HOW DENNIS RODMAN SEES HIS LATEST N. KOREA TRIP
The former NBA star calls the exhibition game he organized a "birthday present" for leader Kim Jung Un and the enigmatic country.
10. DETAILS ANNOUNCED IN $765M PLAN FOR NFL CONCUSSIONS
The planned awards could reach $5 million for athletes with Lou Gehrig's disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases, lawyers say.