1. SYRIA TALKS THREATEN TO COLLAPSE
Both sides quickly stake out contrary — and perhaps irreconcilable — positions on whether Assad should stay or go.
2. ISRAEL SAYS IT FOILED AL-QAIDA ATTACK ON U.S. EMBASSY IN TEL AVIV
Analysts say the planned suicide bombing marks the first time the terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.
3. WHO'S TAKING HEAT OVER WINTER STORM
Bill de Blasio, New York's new mayor, is facing complaints that plowing lagged in Manhattan's posh Upper East Side after Tuesday's heavy snow.
4. OBAMA SHINES LIGHT ON COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULTS
A new White House report says no one in America is more at risk of being a victim than college women — with one in five having been attacked while pursuing their degree.
5. HOW FERNANDEZ ALLAYED HEALTH FEARS
The Argentine president speaks publicly for the first time in 42 days — an unusually long silence that had led to speculation she was ill.
6. BOY, 8, HAILED AS HERO
Authorities say he died trying to save his grandfather after rescuing six other relatives from the family's burning mobile home in New York state.
7. THREE BOYS, ALL ALIKE
A California couple welcomes identical triplets into the world — an extremely rare occurrence among naturally conceived offspring.
8. WATER FOUND ON DWARF PLANET
A team led by the European Space Agency detects water plumes spewing from two regions on Ceres, a Texas-sized planet in the asteroid belt.
9. WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON GRAMMY NIGHT
The AP's Chris Talbott predicts this year's top water-cooler moment will come when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr take the stage.
10. YANKEES CONTINUE SPENDING SPREE
The team signs prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a $155 million deal, leaving little chance it will get under MLB's $189 million luxury tax threshold.