Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION
The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals.
2. BUDGET MEASURE EXPECTED TO CLEAR SENATE
The president could be signing the bill Wednesday after a rare display of bipartisanship wraps up a spending package just in time for the holidays.
3. HOW A BLIND MAN SURVIVED BEING HIT BY A SUBWAY TRAIN
The New York City man says his guide dog barked and tried to keep him from falling while witnesses called for help.
4. THE JACKPOT THAT JUST KEEPS GROWING
Lottery officials say the payout for the Mega Millions drawing is expected to reach $636 million, surpassing earlier estimates.
5. WHY ASTRONAUTS COULD BE WORKING ON CHRISTMAS
NASA has ordered a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station, but hopes it can be resolved before the holiday.
6. UN FEARS 500 KILLED IN SOUTH SUDAN
The fighting is believed to be "largely along ethnic lines"; The United States orders citizens to leave immediately.
7. WHO WANTS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Ake Sellstrom, the chief U.N. investigator, led a team that confirmed the use of the weapons but did not have a mandate to establish who was responsible.
8. WHAT SEN. BILL NELSON SAYS HE'LL DO TO FIND A MISSING CIA CONTRACTOR
The Florida Democrat volunteered to fly to Iran in hopes of retrieving Robert Levinson, who has been gone for seven years.
9. STRANGE-SOUNDING INGREDIENTS BEGIN TO VANISH FROM LABELS
Top-selling products are being reformulated to remove mysterious, unpronounceable components —and the potential for damaging publicity they can bring.
10. NFL KICKOFF RULES MAKE RETURNERS RESTLESS
But since moving the kickoff from the 30-yard line to the 35 to reduce the number of returns — and the number of concussions — head injuries are down.