Funeral for Tucson girl – A memorial service will be held Thursday for Christina Green, 9, the youngest victim of the Arizona mass shooting.
Christina was born on September 11, 2001. For her service, two firetrucks will raise their ladders and connect a U.S. flag nearly destroyed in the 2001 terror attacks in New York. The flag will form an archlike design, which the girl's family will walk under before entering the church.
Christina will be buried in a custom-made casket donated by Trappist monks from a monastery in Iowa.
New York cleanup debacle – Investigators in New York want to know if four sanitation supervisors bought beer and sat in their car instead of cleaning up after last week's monster blizzard.
The New York City Department of Sanitation has drawn sharp criticism since last week'sÂ storm, whichÂ blanketed much of the Northeast. Rumors have swirled that supervisors ordered rank-and-file workers to slow down cleanup efforts in retaliation for the city's belt-tightening measures.
Ivory Coast crisis – Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the African Union envoy to Ivory Coast, arrived in Abidjan in a bid to persuade self-declared president Laurent Gbagbo to step down.
Gulf oil disaster – Initial results from test runs of a ship billed as the world's largest oil skimming vessel could come back Monday after a weekend spent plowing the seas atop the undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. If the test is successful, the massive vessel could play a key role in efforts to clean up the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Pirate hijacking - Pirates have hijacked a Marshall Islands-flagged ship in the southern Red Sea, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Monday. The MT Motivator, a chemical tanker loaded with oil and a crew of 18 Filipino nationals, told authorities it was under small-arms fire from pirates in the northern Bab Al Mandeb area Sunday, the naval force said.