1. EGYPT'S PRESIDENT DEFENDS HIS SEIZURE OF NEW POWERS
Morsi tells the nation's top judges that he won't compromise as anger over his moves mounts.
2. WAL-MART DISTANCES ITSELF FROM BANGLADESH FIRE
The garment factory where a blaze killed 112 people had been making clothes for the retail giant without its knowledge, the company says.
3. ANTI-TAX BARRIER CRUMBLING AMID BUDGET CRISIS
Many Republican lawmakers have vowed never to vote for a tax increase. Now, facing the "fiscal cliff," they're rethinking those pledges.
4. WHERE SHOPPERS SOUGHT HOLIDAY DEALS
Americans clicked away on their computers and smartphones for bargains on Cyber Monday, shaping up as the biggest online shopping day ever.
5. WHAT ENVIRONMENTALISTS FIND TROUBLING ABOUT THE U.N. CLIMATE TALKS
The two-week conference is being held in Qatar — the world's biggest per capita emitter of greenhouse carbons.
6. POWERBALL JACKPOT SWELLS TO RECORD $425 MILLION
But consider: The odds of your being struck by lightning are 1 in 5,000. The odds of winning Wednesday's jackpot? One in 175 million.
7. WHOSE STAR IS RISING FOR SECRETARY OF STATE
As congressional opposition softens, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is the clear front-runner to succeed Hillary Clinton.
8. CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY MOURNS FAMILY SWEPT TO SEA
The nightmarish chain of events started after a teen, now presumed dead, tried to save the family dog; his parents also drowned in the churning surf.
9. WHY AN ACTOR IS TURNING AGAINST HIS OWN HIT TV SHOW
Citing the Bible, Angus T. Jones, youthful star on the comedy "Two and a Half Men," says the show is "filth" and no one should watch it.
10. FEDERAL MEDIATORS TO JOIN NHL LOCKOUT TALKS
Hockey players and management have not negotiated since last Wednesday, and more than a third of the regular season has already been canceled.