Protests broke out Monday at a university in Tehran, Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a visit for an awards ceremony.
An appeals court panel Monday extended an order requiring that¬†nine members of the Hutaree militia remain in jail pending the outcome of the¬†government's appeal of a lower court order freeing them until their trial.
Independent Cuban journalist and blogger Dania Garcia has been released from prison, according to the head of Cuba's independent Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
They are middle-class, some (by their home country's standards) even well-off. They are often college educated. They are settled in the United States or elsewhere in the West, far from the chaos or sectarian strife of their homelands; they are supposedly "assimilated." But somehow they cast off a life of comfort and drift toward extreme views before embracing political violence inspired by a sense of grievance or alienation.
It is a pattern seen time and again as terrorist plots have been uncovered in the United States. Afghan native Najibullah Zazi; Pakistani-American David Headley; Bryant Neal Vinas, the U.S.-born son of Latino immigrants; and Nigerian student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to bring down an airliner over Detroit, Michigan, on December 25.
Here‚Äôs a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:
Many people want to know more about Solicitor General Elena Kagan who President Obama nominated to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. Besides being former dean of Harvard Law School, she once clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, who nicknamed her "Shorty."
Strong tornadoes and large hail are likely to strike the central and southern Plains region of the United States Monday evening, forecasters said.
Severe thunderstorms are expected to "explode rapidly into severe super cells across Kansas and Oklahoma," and could produce hail larger than baseballs, according to the forecast from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
The forecast said the storms are most likely to hit northwest Arkansas, western Missouri, southwestern, central and eastern Kansas, and central and eastern Oklahoma between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. CT.
"EF3-EF5 tornadoes are possible today," it said. EF5 - the highest level on the Enhanced Fujita Scale - indicates a tornado with winds over 200 mph.
"EF5 tornadoes can peel concrete and asphalt roads off the ground, and toss cars and trucks like toys," the forecast said.
A former Sunday school teacher pleaded guilty to murder Monday in the death of an 8-year-old girl, a court official said. Melissa Huckaby was charged with kidnapping, murder and rape in the death of Sandra Cantu, who was a friend of¬†Huckaby's daughter. Sandra's body was found in 2009 in a suitcase submerged in a pond on a dairy farm. She is to be sentenced June 14, said Sharon Morris, assistant administrator for San Joaquin County Superior Court. The girl was last seen alive in the mobile home park where she lived with her family in Tracy, California - the same mobile home park where Huckaby lived with her 5-year-old daughter.
Talk show host Barbara Walters announced Monday she will undergo surgery this week to replace a faulty heart valve. "I have known of this condition for a while now, and my doctors and I have decided this is the best time to do the surgery," the 80-year-old co-host of ABC's "The View" said at the opening of Monday's program. She predicted she would be gone from the show for one to three months, "and then I can come roaring back."
"It's hard to remember anyone crashing into America's sports consciousness quite like Dallas Braden - FIRST gaining some brand of fame for talking, and THEN backing up his talk¬†in the most dramatic way," writes SI.com's Joe Posnanski¬†of the A's pitcher, who hurled the 19th perfect game in major league history on Sunday. Braden first earned some brand of fame for his very-public disdain of Alex Rodriguez after the Yankee star walked across the pitching mound in a game on April 22.
High court nominee:¬†¬†President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, picking her to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third woman on the nine-justice bench and the fourth in the history of the high court. Her confirmation also would mean that the Supreme Court would have no Protestant justices for the first time in its history. Kagan, who is Jewish, would join six Catholic and two Jewish justices.
Dirty water: Plans to use a four-story containment dome to stop oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico have hit a snag. So what's next? Maybe a plan to try to plug the leak with trash, such as shredded tires.¬†A top BP executive said Monday that the company is working "parallel paths" to fix an oil well blowout that is dumping 210,000 gallons of crude a day¬†into the Gulf of Mexico.
9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony hearing -¬†A hearing is held on several motions in the case of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.
10:00 am ET - Supreme Court announcement -¬†President Obama is expected to announce who he will nominate to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Monday, President Obama is expected to name the solicitor general as his nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan, 50, would be the third woman on the nine-justice bench and the fourth in the history of the court.
Kagan grew up in a Jewish household in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She went on to Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where she later served as dean. She was an associate White House counsel in the Clinton administration.
She served as a law clerk for federal judge Abner Mikva, and then for Thurgood Marshall on the high court. In her 1986 job application to Marshall, she rather matter-of-factly told the civil rights pioneer, "I would be honored to serve as your clerk."
The nation's first African-American justice affectionately called the diminutive Kagan "Shorty."
An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Monday:
Markets rally¬†- The euro rose and stock markets around the world rallied after the announcement of a 750 billion euro rescue package to stabilize the eurozone.
Russia mine blast - The death toll from explosions at a Russian mine climbed to 30 as rescue efforts resumed in western Siberia, the nation's Emergency Situations Ministry says.