From the Wires

FDA questions antibacterial soap

CNN: The Food and Drug Administration announced it was requiring manufacturers of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term use.

Lloyds of London hires first female CEO

BBC: Following in the footsteps of General Motors, another iconic firm, Lloyds of London, has appointed its first female chief executive.

Kim Jong Un's uncle executed

ABC: Kim Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek, long considered the country's second most powerful figure, was executed.

Hydrogen squeezed from stone

BBC: Scientists from the University of Lyon have discovered a new way to split hydrogen gas from water, using rocks.

Light bulb ban to take effect

CNN: Light bulb manufacturers will cease making traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs -- the most popular in the country -- at the start of 2014.

Study finds drugs in our drinking water

New Republic: According to a national study, drugs are found in our water supply in higher amounts than anticipated.

Penney's shrinks top-name brands

Reuters: After two years of declining sales, the department store chain is eliminating or trimming some high-profile brands introduced by former Chief Executive Officer Ron Johnson.

Mandela memorial interpreter defensive

CNN: The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year

TIME: The leader of the Catholic Church was chosen as TIME's pick for Person of the Year 2013.

UK says cure for dementia possible by 2025

AP: British Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes to kick-start an international effort to find a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025.

Budget deal reached in Congress

BBC: A cross-party Congressional budget committee convened after an October government shutdown has reached an agreement on the federal budget.

Mars freshwater lake might have supported life

Washington Post: NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence of an ancient lake on Mars.

Uruguay to become first country to legalize marijuana

Reuters: Uruguay's Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world's first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana.