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 its OK to visit – 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 day 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.