9:30 am ET - Palin addresses anti-abortion event -¬†Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivers the keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony List‚Äôs ‚ÄĚCelebration of Life‚ÄĚ breakfast in Washington.
10:00 am ET - Gulf Coast oil spill briefing -¬†The U.S. Coast Guard holds a briefing on efforts to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in Dauphin Island, Alabama.
The new British government not only has its youngest prime minister in almost 200 years and the first peacetime coalition Cabinet in 65 years, it has the first Muslim woman to be a full member of the Cabinet.
Warsi has been named minister without portfolio. It's not immediately clear what her responsibilities will be, a spokesman for the government said.
Not yet 40 years old, she's also just been appointed chairwoman of the Conservative Party. On her website, she names her proudest political achievement as securing the release of a British teacher from jail in Sudan when the woman was accused of insulting religion.
Gillian Gibbons had been accused of allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad." Warsi flew in to help negotiate her release. A trained lawyer from Dewsbury in northeast England, Warsi also lists herself as a campaigner on racial justice, forced marriages and prison conditions.
An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Friday:
Thailand protests - Violence erupted in Thailand on Friday, a day after an opposition leader was shot in downtown Bangkok. Protesters took to the streets amid gunfire. One person died from clashes Friday and two are in critical condition, a local hospital director said.¬† All three were shot. More people were injured, including a journalist from a French¬†TV station shot in the leg. Read the full story
Oil spill - A U.S. congressman says he will launch a formal inquiry into how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after learning of independent estimates that are significantly higher than the amount BP officials have provided.
A tractor-trailer driver who drew the bomb squad and a horde of officers into a late night investigation in rural Wisconsin was apparently sleep deprived, the sheriff said early Friday.