USA Today: Top Senate leaders say they are close to a deal to end the government shutdown.
CNN: Safra Catz of Oracle again tops the list, with $43 million in total compensation.
BBC: Google is facing a backlash over plans to put people's faces and comments about products and places into advertisements.
Twitter: Oregon Ducks cheerleaders released a photo of the creepy contacts they will wear this weekend at Washington.
CNN: JetBlue Airways will now allow members of its TrueBlue loyalty program to register as a family.
BBC: Over the past few years, a slew of chief executives have made verbal gaffes that even the most brilliant PR teams have had serious trouble spinning.
The Wall Street Journal: The government shutdown has eroded public support for Republicans more than Democrats and most think the showdown is not in the best interest of the country., according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Reuters: The financial clouds that settled over U.S. cities during the 2007-09 recession are lifting.
NationalGeographic: It sounds like science fiction, but as much as 10 million tons of diamonds may be stored in Saturn and Jupiter, researchers announced this week.
The Washington Post: A chainsaw sculptor from Mount Pleasant, S.C., Chris Cox bought a used lawn mower and a leaf blower and set to work trimming lawns around Washington D.C.'s monuments starting with the Lincoln Memorial.
Reuters: An insulin pill, long desired by diabetes doctors and patients, could be available by the end of this decade.
BBC: Samsung Electronics, the world's best-selling smartphone maker, has launched a handset with a curved display screen.
The Wall Street Journal: Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen will be President Obama's nominee as the new chair of the U.S. central bank.