Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. GRIDLOCK EASES ON CAPITOL HILL
A budget deal is reached that would avert about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts. It's expected to be approved by both houses.
2. WORLD LEADERS REMEMBER MANDELA
Obama's eulogy is the day's rhetorical highlight, with the crowd at the Johannesburg soccer stadium erupting in thunderous applause.
3. IN FIRST, WOMAN TO HEAD A US AUTOMAKER
General Motors picks products chief Mary Barra to take over the company, which has made $20 billion since emerging from bankruptcy.
4. POLICE MOVE ON UKRAINE PROTEST CAMP
Shouting demonstrators fend off the advance, which comes just as two Western diplomats are visiting the country hoping to defuse tensions.
5. HOW SEARCHERS FOUND MISSING TRAVELERS IN NEVADA MOUNTAINS
A cell phone ping leads rescuers to a couple and four children stranded for 48 hours in subzero temperatures after their Jeep rolled over.
6. URUGUAY'S CONGRESS OK'S GOVERNMENT-RUN MARIJUANA MARKET
The plan now awaits the signature of the country's president, who says he's convinced the global drug war is a failure.
7. WHICH MAJOR INDEX STILL HASN'T FULLY RECOVERED
The Nasdaq — the biggest beneficiary of the late '90s Internet mania was also its biggest victim — remains 20 percent below its dot-com peak in March 2000.
8. SCIENTISTS PLAN TRICKY RENDEZVOUS WITH COMET
The European Space Agency is planning to land an unmanned spacecraft on a comet next year in an unprecedented mission.
9. 6-YEAR-OLD SUSPENDED FOR KISSING GIRL AT COLO. SCHOOL
The district superintendent tells the AP the boy was punished because of a policy against unwanted touching.
10. WHO WON'T BE SKATING AT SOCHI
America's Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic figure skating champ, announces that a hip injury will keep him from competing.