TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. LIBYAN LEADER KIDNAPPED, THEN FREED
Prime Minister Ali Zidan is taken from his Tripoli hotel at gunpoint in an apparent retaliation for the U.S. capture of Abu Anas al-Libi, then freed a few hours later.
2. WHO'S COMING TO THE WHITE HOUSE
The president invites the entire House GOP to talk about the budget, but only about 20 senior members will come.
3. HOW MANY HAVE TRIED TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE
An Associated Press poll shows 20 million people - about 7 percent of the U.S. population - attempted to register online through the government exchanges, and three-fourths of those reported problems.
4. US SLASHES AID TO EGYPT
But Washington is holding out the possibility of restoring it if its Mideast ally moves toward free and fair elections.
5. OBAMA NOMINEE HAS DAUNTING TO-DO LIST
Before she even gets the chance to decide when to slow the Fed's stimulus, Janet Yellen must overcome Washington's toxic political environment and win confirmation from the Senate.
6. INVESTIGATORS SEEK MOTIVE IN COURTHOUSE SHOOTING
A gunman who fired up to two dozen rounds at a federal courthouse in W.Va. is shot and killed by police returning fire.
7. WOMAN FOU N D DEAD IN STAIRWELL ID'D AS MISSING PATIENT
The body of Lynne Spalding was discovered Tuesday, 17 days after she disappeared from her room at San Francisco General Hospital.
8. CARDINALS ADVANCE TO NLCS
Adam Wainwright pitches a complete game to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
9. WHY ENGINEERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT AN OUTER SPACE MISSION
A Jupiter-bound spacecraft has gone into safe mode and is returning a low rate of data.
10. PASSENGERS STRANDED ON ROLLER COASTER FOR TWO HOURS
A 12-person train on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida stopped in a vertical position more than 150 feet up. No serious injuries were reported.