Gulf oil disaster - BP plans to begin testing the new cap on its ruptured deepwater well Tuesday - a move that officials hope will be a step on the way to stopping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The process could take anywhere from six hours to two days, or longer if BP extends it.
Officials say several scenarios are possible:¬† The cap could contain all the oil; the cap could contain some of the crude while ships on the water's surface collect the rest; or, under a worst-case scenario, there could be more damage to the well's casing, meaning that capping the well would not stop the oil from flowing.
Barefoot bandit - The "barefoot bandit" has more than 80,000 Facebook fans who see him as a folk hero, a modern-day Jesse James. But police say Colton Harris-Moore is a brazen 19-year-old criminal, pure and simple. The beginning and end of Harris-Moore's two-year run as a wanted fugitive is the stuff of Hollywood. Indeed, one studio has optioned his story. But police and some of his victims don't think he should be glamorized.¬† Harris-Moore¬†makes his first court appearance Tuesday.
Ground zero mosque debate –– New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday to decide whether a century-old building near ground zero is worth preserving. The hearing is expected to be contentious because if the commission rules the building is not worth landmarking, it will pave the way for a mosque and community center that have been planned for the site.
FDA Avandia hearings - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opens hearings on Tuesday into the safety of the diabetes drug Avandia after a scathing report that suggested the drug may be more dangerous than previously reported. An FDA advisory panel will hear two days of testimony about the drug and could vote on whether to remove it from the market.
Its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, says several trials have shown the drug is safe - but its usage has fallen sharply since a 2007 study concluded that Avandia raised the risk of heart attacks and other heart problems.