Doubts in Strauss-Kahn case – A source familiar with the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case tells CNN that prosecutors are expected to notify the court Friday about troubling believability issues with the hotel maid who alleged the former International Monetary Fund chief sexually assaulted her. Prosecutors disclosed the problem in a meeting Thursday with Strauss-Kahn's defense team, the official said. In a hastily scheduled court hearing set for Friday morning, the defense will ask the court to modify Strauss-Kahn's bail.
Syria demonstrations – Activists expect protests to across Syria on Friday to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said al-Assad is "running out of time."
Royal wedding in Monaco – Prince Albert II of Monaco is about to marry his South African fiancée, Charlene Wittstock. The civil wedding will be held Friday, the religious ceremony Saturday. Like Kate Middleton, Wittstock is a "commoner" and, like Middleton, Wittstock will have quite an iconic mother-in-law to live up to, as the memory of Grace Kelly remains fresh in the Mediterranean principality.
Casey Anthony trial – The judge in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial in Florida expects testimony to conclude Friday, saying the case could be in the hands of the jury by the weekend. Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. told the courtroom that rebuttal witnesses likely will conclude Friday and closing arguments will be held Saturday morning, with jury instructions to follow and deliberations likely to begin by that afternoon.
Defense Department transition – When new Defense Secretary Leon Panetta walks into the Pentagon on Friday morning, he'll have two big wars on his hands – not to mention Libya, Yemen, Somalia and the war on terror. Working with his successor at the CIA, David Petraeus, Panetta is poised to give the Pentagon an even more direct role in secret counterterror efforts. He'll also have to try to find $400 billion to cut from the Pentagon as well – as President Barack Obama has said he wants.