FIRST LOOK: Strauss-Kahn case said to be near collapse

Zachary Roth

• The sex assault case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is close to collapsing, after major holes appeared in the credibility of the accuser, prosecutors say. (The New York Times)

• Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is mulling whether to step down after the debt ceiling crisis is resolved, according to people close to him. (The Wall Street Journal)

• Minnesota's government has shut down amid a dispute over how to resolve a $5 billion budget deficit. (AP)

• The federal government has offered a plan to prevent the spotted owl, found in the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest, from going extinct. (The New York Times)

• An NBA lockout began, after talks between players and owners about how to share the league's revenue collapsed, potentially putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy. (The Washington Post)

• Some fast-food chains have started selling beer and wine with their burgers and fries. (USA Today)