New Republic: According to a national study, drugs are found in our water supply in higher amounts than anticipated.
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.
CNN: The sign language interpreter widely ridiculed for his performance at the Nelson Mandela memorial stands by his work.
TIME: The leader of the Catholic Church was chosen as TIME's pick for Person of the Year 2013.
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.
BBC: A cross-party Congressional budget committee convened after an October government shutdown has reached an agreement on the federal budget.
Washington Post: NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence of an ancient lake on Mars.
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.
BBC: US car giant General Motors (GM) has promoted product development chief Mary Barra to the post of chief executive.
CNN: U.S. and U.K. spies spent time undercover looking for terrorists in online video games like "World of Warcraft."
BBC: Leading global technology firms have called for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.
CNN: A rare icy weather pattern is walloping virtually the entire United States at once.
New York Times: News that the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low increases the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will ease stimulus efforts soon.