Michael Perdun of Washington, Ill., is among scores of Midwesterners who lost homes as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms hit the region Sunday, causing fatalities and extensive damage.
2. WHAT'S BEEN A GODSEND FOR TYPHOON RELIEF EFFORTS
Navy helicopters off the carrier USS George Washington have been flying food, water and medical supplies into areas of the Philippines hit hardest by Haiyan.
3. 50 DIE IN RUSSIA AIRLINER CRASH
All passengers and crew are killed as a Boeing 737 jetliner crashes and bursts into flames while trying to land at the airport in Kazan, about 450 miles east of Moscow.
4. SERIES OF SETBACKS IN CLIMATE TALKS
Despite a tearful call for action from a delegate from the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, no major carbon polluter raised their pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
5. WHO'S REFUSING TO BACK DOWN
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he plans to remain in office, although drug and heavy drinking admissions have led the city council to strip him of some powers.
6. HOW DOCTORS ARE 'BEAMING' INTO HOSPITALS
Remote presence robots with cameras, microphones and speakers let physicians and patients see and talk to each other from afar.
7. GETTYSBURG TEXT: SACRED BUT ELUSIVE
No definitive edition exists of Lincoln's famous speech that countless children have memorized.
8. BLUEGRASS STATE DISTILLERS UNCORK NEW ATTRACTION
Bourbon tours and tasting rooms seek to bolster tourism and bring small-batch distillers to downtown Louisville, Ky.
9. WARHOL'S FARRAH FAWCETT PORTRAIT GOES TO COURT
The case surrounding the artwork of the famous model and actress centers on who legally owns it.
10.'SIX-PACK' CAPTURES SIXTH NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
After Jimmie Johnson cements his title with a win at Homestead, he's now aiming for a seventh, which would tie Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.