1. WHAT LAWMAKERS HOPE FOR IN NEW SPENDING BILL
They believe the compromise will show disgruntled voters that Congress can perform its most basic function of responsibly funding the government.
2. HOW OKLAHOMA'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN WAS STRUCK DOWN
A judge overturned the law approved by voters in "the buckle of the Bible Belt," describing it as "an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit."
3. FRENCH PRESIDENT ADMITS PERSONAL PROBLEMS, BUT LITTLE ELSE
In his annual news conference, Francois Hollande neither denies nor confirms magazine reports of an affair, insisting it was not the place to discuss it — or his hospitalized longtime companion, Valerie Trierweiler.
4. WHY JUDGE SLAMMED KEY PROPOSAL FOR NSA REFORM
The U.S. judiciary said that having an independent privacy advocate on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is possibly counterproductive.
5. NEW MEXICO BOY SHOOTS TWO CLASSMATES AT MIDDLE SCHOOL
Gov. Susana Martinez said the shooter was quickly stopped by one staff member who walked up to him and asked him to set down the firearm.
6. EGYPTIANS HEAD TO POLLS FOR SECOND DAY OF REFERENDUM
Sporadic violence on the first day did not derail an overwhelming showing for the pro-army camp that wants to approve the new draft of the constitution.
7. ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER DERIDES KERRY, SPARKING SPAT WITH WASHINGTON
Moshe Yaalon's comments that the Secretary of State is "obsessive" and "messianic" triggered tension between the U.S. and Israel.
8. VENEZUELA'S NEWSPAPERS FACE CRITICAL NEWSPRINT SHORTFALL
The nation's broadsheets accuse the government of creating the shortage to stifle print media's criticism.
9. CHRIS CHRISTIE APOLOGIZES AGAIN
The New Jersey Governor says his administration "let down the people we are entrusted to serve" but that the issue doesn't define his team or the state.
10. $765M MIGHT NOT COVER NFL CONCUSSION LAWSUITS
The federal judge hearing the case questions whether the amount is enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.