Gulf oil disaster - Thursday is the showdown most people have been waiting for as Congress gets ready to grill BP CEO Tony Hayward. The executive plans to testify that eight weeks after an explosion uncorked the massive oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, BP does not know whether its efforts to staunch the flow will succeed soon.
It may not be pretty at times - one lawmaker has said his colleagues are going to take Hayward's "hide off."
Lawmakers, President Obama and Gulf residents all want answers - especially in the wake of concerns over speedy compensation payments and changing estimates of how large the oil spill is.
According to his prepared remarks, Hayward is expected to try and make an emotional plea to Gulf residents, acknowledging the loss of life and reminding them of his company's longstanding commitment to the region.
Firing squad execution - A Utah death row inmate who would become only the third person to die by firing squad in the United States in 33 years appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking a last-minute stay of execution. Ronnie Lee Gardner's attorneys filed the first of what are expected to be several appeals to the justices. He is scheduled to be put to death Friday for the 1985 shooting death of attorney Michael Burdell during a botched escape attempt at a Salt Lake City, Utah, courthouse. We'll be awaiting word from the high court on whether it decides to stay or halt his execution.
E3 gaming conference - As the Electronic Entertainment Expo winds down in California, CNN.com's Doug Gross takes a look at which announcements generated big buzz and which were met with yawns. Along with the big news, developers gave previews or unveiled dozens of new games at E3 this week. We'll offer a list of which ones have gamers most excited.