Gulf oil disaster – A federal judge will hear arguments Monday from companies seeking an end to a temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling, while oil continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from a ruptured undersea well. The six-month ban, instituted by the government last month, halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued. But a company that provides boats and equipment to the offshore drilling industry said in a lawsuit the government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf.
Outside of the courtroom and on the beaches of Florida - the tone is a little bit different. Many of the people there are still trying to enjoy the beaches, and let people know itsÂ OK toÂ visitÂ –Â as long as they don't mind the passing BP contractors in green shirts and yellow rubber boots, with shovels, rakes and of course, the oil.
Joran van der Sloot – On the dayÂ he is set to appear in court, a Dutch newspaper published an article saying that Joran van der Sloot says he was "tricked" into confessing to the murder of a Peruvian student, Stephany Flores Ramirez. Peruvian police told him that if he signed the papers they gave him, he would be transferred to the Netherlands, he told De Telegraaf in a jail interview.
"In my blind panic I signed everything, but never knew what was written on them," he said.
Mexico and the code of silence – Maria Jesus Mancha knows speaking out against Mexico's drug cartels can be a death sentence. But she has no fear: "If they want to kill me for saying this then here I am. They killed me when they killed my son." Mancha says her home, Reynosa, is not so much a city under fire in the drug war, but a city where security officials have cut a deal with the devil and now work with or for the cartels.