Yellen currently serves as the Federal Reserve's vice chairwoman. If confirmed she will take over for Ben Bernanke, with whom she has worked hand-in-glove with over the past few years.
Explorers Eddy Cartaya and Brent McGregor have used ropes, ice screws, wet suits, and flashlights to map out more than a mile of passages underneath a glacier on Oregon's Mount Hood, in what are thought to be America's largest known glacier caves outside Alaska.
President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner in the morning but there was no breakthrough. Both later held news conferences to reiterate their positions.
One local official said the declarations were pleas for the federal government to open national parks. The shutdown has has been devastating for some towns, because October is peak tourist season.
One big reason for the division in Washington is the growing divide between different kinds of voters back home. If it seems there's less and less common ground between members of Congress, that's because their constituents have such contrasting lifestyles and notions of government's proper role.
This week, All Things Considered is talking with leaders from different faiths about their perspectives on an afterlife. Mufti Asif Umar says Muslims believe that a person who enters paradise will find whatever he or she desires waiting there.
Picture a Silicon Valley that includes a radio shock jock, a corporate kidnapping gone bad and a business deal that hangs in the balance. And, of course, hoodies.
In "This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness," Ken Goldstein pulls from a career’s worth of business deals with Silicon Valley types.
"What I want people to see is the other side, to get inside a board room … to see what the discussion is and to see how people react during crisis," says Goldstein.
Success in the world of tech start-ups can feel amazing, "but the fallout [from failure] can be extreme and then the question is really what happens to those people that gave everything to you, do they get another chance?"
On using Silicon Valley as the setting for part of the book, Goldstein says "there's no place, it's really a frame of mind."
And that frame of mind is front and center in the book.
"Internet time is extreme. It just doesn’t stop. And your competitor is coming at you with a better solution and you have to be responsive," he says, "and if that means it's going to be another all-nighter, it's another all-nighter."
Documents show that chronic electrical problems at the NSA's mammoth new data center in Utah destroyed equipment and delayed the center's opening, according to reports.
Bombs targeting polio vaccinators have threatened the global effort to stamp out the disease once and for all. The attacks are likely to continue, researchers warned, unless there's a change in eradication strategy toward local action.