Every weekday morning, we'll hit the top five stories of the day and clue you in on a few other buzzy items.
1. CALIFORNIA AMBER ALERT SEARCH
A father's impassioned plea:
Brett Anderson wants his kids back. Police think one or both of them were taken by a friend of their mother, who was killed in a fire. The cops are looking across the U.S. for the owner of the house, James DiMaggio, who they think might have kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah and 8-year-old Ethan.
Brett Anderson pleaded with the suspected abductor: "The damage is done. I'm begging you to let my daughter go. You've taken everything else." Curiously, he didn't mention his son, but he told reporters it's not because the other body found in the burned-out home was a child. "We're praying that it wasn't Ethan," he said.
First charges filed:
The documents are sealed, but CNN has learned that charges have been filed against several people for the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others in Libya last year. Sources say one of the suspects is a prominent member of a Libyan militia named Ahmed Khattalah.
A congressman on the House Intelligence Committee says the investigation, which has taken 11 months, has been "extremely difficult." The charges are the first to be filed after the September 11, 2012, attack.
3. FORT HOOD SHOOTING
He says he did it:
It was a surreal scene in the courtroom yesterday. Maj. Nidal Hasan didn't appear to be interested in defending himself at all. He told the judge he was the shooter, the man who killed 13 people and wounded 32 others four years ago.
Instead, he seems bent on trying to justify what he did that terrible day at a processing center for soldiers heading to Afghanistan and Iraq. In his opening statement, Hasan, acting as his own lawyer, said he was part of a mujahedeen trying to establish the perfect religion. But, he added, "I apologize for the mistakes I made in this endeavor."
4. TERROR THREAT
The president made his fourth appearance as commander in chief on "The Tonight Show," and there were some laughs, but it wasn't all in fun. Obama insisted that the U.S. isn't overreacting to what appears to be a threat from al Qaeda by temporarily closing a handful of embassies.
The president said Americans should still feel comfortable traveling to other countries, but they should be smart about how and where they travel.
He did later joke about his developing "bromance" with former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.
5. CHINA BABIES SCANDAL
Accusations of infant trafficking:
According to state media reports, police in China say a doctor has been arrested for selling a newborn. The cops say he told a new mother that her baby had defects -- then sold the infant for $3,527.
Other women say the same thing happened to them at the same hospital. China's top health officials are vowing to crack down on people accused of these kinds of babynappings.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of other stories that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
No violence this week, campers!
There is a camp outside of Tampa that was supposed to give kids the opportunity to fight each other in a dystopian competition of survival. Well, OK, there weren't going to be any ACTUAL deaths (despite posters that read "LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH").