BBC: France has approved a bill to support independent bookstores against competition from online retailers.
Huffington Post: An Osama bin Laden costume was pulled from Walmart stores and other retailers after complaints from the Sikh community.
CNN: A new project, "The Faces of Facebook," collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site.
BBC: Best-selling US author Tom Clancy, known to millions for his Jack Ryan series of novels, has died aged 66.
NPR: A 2010 whooping cough outbreak in California was found to be due to parents refusing to vaccinate their children.
CNN: The head of Barilla pasta issued a new apology and said he will meet with gay groups.
CNN.com: The tech giant has ended Coca-Cola's 13-year run as the world's most valuable brand on a highly regarded annual list.
Globe and Mail: Canada is launching a $1.3 billion free market in medical marijuana, that will cater to an expected 450,000 Canadians.
CNN: A business jet crashed into a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.
CNN: The days of the old-fashioned component stereo system are pretty much over.
BBC: A US government shutdown looms as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation.
Reuters: At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have abused secret surveillance programs in the past decade, most often to spy on their significant others.
BBC: The online directory and consumer review site, says a quarter of the reviews it receives could be fake.