Gulf oil spill capped ... so far - For the first time in nearly three months, oil has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico as BP proceeds with a highly anticipated test designed to measure pressure within its ruptured oil well.
The move is being lauded as a positive step, accompanied by a strong note of caution that the cutoff is simply part of the test, as BP and government experts assess how the well is holding up. The test got under way Thursday after two days of delays, first as government scientists scrutinized testing procedures and then as BP replaced a leaking piece of equipment known as a choke line.
iPhone 4 - After a decade of hit products that made Apple the cutting-edge darling of the mobile and computing world, the rollout of the iPhone 4 has been an atypical and ugly scratch on the company's glowing image. On Friday, Steve Jobs and his Cupertino, California-based company hope to set things right atÂ a news conference expected to address the drumbeat of complaints, and bad press, about the iPhone 4's antenna. What is said at that event, analysts say, will go a long way toward determining whether the tailspin ends now or continues for weeksÂ or maybe months.
'Barefoot bandit' in court - Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "barefoot bandit," is scheduled toÂ appear Friday in a Miami, Florida, courtroom.Â Harris-Moore, who was sought in a string of home and airport break-ins in the U.S.Â along with thefts of vehicles, was taken into custody Sunday in the Bahamas. There he pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally landing a plane, paid a $300 fine and was ordered deported, his lawyer said.
Typically in extradition cases, the accused makes a first appearance in the federal court closest to where he was arrested, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's offfice in the Western District of Washington. Federal prosecutors are working with other states to determine the best way to go forward in the case, but courts in Washington will getÂ Harris-Moore first since he was arrested on their warrant, Langlie said.
"He seems to be very remorseful," Monique Gomez, a Bahamian lawyer who represented Harris-Moore in Nassau, told CNN in a telephone interview. Asked whether he acknowledges guilt in the other cases, Gomez said, "Let me put it this way - he wishes he had done things a little differently in his life."
Byrd's replacement - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will announce Friday his pick to fill temporarily the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd. Manchin has said he'll push to hold a special electionÂ in November to fill the remaining two years of the term. The Legislature is meeting in special session, considering legislation to do just that.