A cold so profound emergency workers drive homeless people to shelters and Chicago's polar bear stays indoors grips the nation's midsection again.
2. ROBERT GATES CRITICIZES WHITE HOUSE'S 'CONTROLLING NATURE'
In a forthcoming book, the former defense secretary says Obama lost faith in Afghanistan strategy.
3. SURPRISE ADVANCE FOR JOBLESS BILL
Legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits for three months unexpectedly clears an early hurdle, a glimmer of cooperation in an atmosphere of intense partisanship.
4. WHY JUSTICES ARE CAUTIOUS ON TECHNOLOGY RULINGS
If the fight over the NSA's collection of telephone records reaches the Supreme Court, it will be considered by "not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people," as Justice Elena Kagan calls them.
5. KIM JONG UN EXPECTED TO ATTEND RODMAN GAME
The game, which pits former NBA stars against North Korean players, is overshadowed by the politics surrounding it.
6. WHERE PEOPLE ARE LINING UP TO GROW POT
Washington state has received more than 2,600 applications to produce marijuana for sale at state-licensed stores--nearly 10 times as many as were expected.
Monica Spear, 29, and her ex-husband are shot and killed, the latest high-profile crime in a country where even foreign ambassadors and professional baseball players are not safe.
8. WHEN YOU MAY NOT FIND VELVEETA
Kraft Foods says some shoppers may have difficulty buying the cheesy dip ingredient due to a shortage over the next few weeks.
9. ISRAEL FACES KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT IDENTITY IN MIGRANT ISSUE
Fears over threats to the country's Jewish character clash with the need to tackle its African refugee problem.
10. LINDSEY VONN TO SIT OUT OLYMPICS
The most accomplished ski racer in history is "devastated" to announce her knee is "too unstable" to compete in Sochi.