1. MOURNERS GATHER FOR LITTLEST VICTIMS OF SHOOTING RAMPAGE
"The message was: You're secure now. The worst is over," says a woman who attended one of Monday's services in Newtown, Conn.
2. TIDE RISING FOR TIGHTER GUN LAWS
It remains to be seen whether Obama and Congress will turn their rhetoric into action.
3. SEN. DANIEL INOUYE DIES AT 88
The influential Democrat and WWII hero played key roles in the Watergate and Iran-Contra investigations.
4. WHAT MIGHT BREAK THE 'FISCAL CLIFF' LOGJAM
Obama is proposing tax increases on those earning more than $400K, rather than $200K. Boehner is offering to let taxes rise on wealthy Americans' investment income.
5. IN EGYPT, AN ELECTION SURPRISE
Barely a third of voters turned out for the constitutional referendum on — perhaps a sign of political apathy less than two years after Mubarak's ouster.
6. RARE DISTINCTION FOR S.C. LAWMAKER
Congressman Tim Scott, filling a vacated seat, will become the seventh black person to serve in the U.S. Senate.
7. OBESE KILLER GETS A REPRIEVE
Ohio governor cites poor legal representation in granting clemency to an inmate who had argued he's too fat to be humanely executed.
8. A HUMBLE TUBER LIVING THE HIGH LIFE
The manioc root, long a staple of Brazil's poor, is now being served in the country's best restaurants.
9. END OF A LONG ROAD FOR TWIN SPACESHIPS
With fuel dwindling, the NASA vehicles are sent plunging into a mountain near the moon's north pole.
10. WHY 'THE SOPRANOS' ENDED THE WAY IT DID
"The question is not whether Tony lived or died," director David Chase tells the AP. "All I wanted to do was present the idea of how short life is and how precious it is."