Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
August 19th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Mars rover on the move

The Mars rover Curiosity could go for its first, short test drive this week, roughly two weeks after landing.

The mobile science lab touched down on Mars early on August 6 and has been beaming back images of the surface of Gale Crater ever since. But it hasn't yet moved from its landing site. Controllers needed to execute a planned upgrade of its control software and make sure its systems operate properly.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to determine whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting life.

Holiday travel forecast

AAA will release its forecast for travel over the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Tuesday.

The organization will look at how many people are planning Labor Day trips and what effect the sluggish economy will have on their travel plans. Numbers on road as well as air travel are expected.

One of the key concerns of travelers for the upcoming holiday weekend may be gas prices.

Last Sunday, the Lundburg Survey reported that the average price of a gallon of gas had jumped 18 cents over the previous two weeks.

The national average price was $3.69. Chicago had the highest price at $4.23 a gallon. Tucson had the lowest at $3.18.

Basketball stars support Obama

Some of the NBA's biggest stars, including Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo, will be on hand for a basketball camp in New York City on Wednesday to benefit President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

A shoot-around skills session with the players for one person goes for $2,000, while an autograph session with them will cost $100, according to the campaign's website.

Participants will also get to play in a game coached by the players, the website says.

Among other players, the camp also features women's stars Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes and former NBA greats Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning.

Verdict expected in Norway massacre

A man who admits killing 77 people in a shooting and bombing spree in Norway last year is expected to hear a verdict in the case on Friday, with questions about his sanity being a key factor.

According to authorities, Anders Behring Breivik set off a fertilizer bomb outside the prime minister's office on July 22, 2011, killing eight people. He then took a ferry to Utoya Island, the site of a Labour Party youth camp, where more than 700 young adults were meeting. Authorities say he roamed the island shooting at campers, killing 69 people before members of an elite Norwegian police unit took him into custody

Breivik was put on trial this year. Prosecutors have asked that Breivik be acquitted on the grounds of insanity, in which case he would be held in a secure mental health unit. If he is fully acquitted on the grounds of "necessity," as urged by his defense, he could go free. If he is ruled sane and found guilty of some or all the charges, he would be sentenced to up to 21 years in prison.

Last week, an independent commission issued a report saying that security services could have done more to prevent the attack.

Air Guitar World Championships

Music will be in the air if not in any instruments in Oulu, Finland, on Friday for the finals of the Air Guitar World Championships.

Organizers call it the grand finale of the Air Guitar World Tour.

According to the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, the American representative will be Matt Burns, known as "AIRISTOTLE," who took the U.S. crown during a competition in Denver in July. He'll be matched up against championship air guitarists from two dozen other countries in Finland, according to the organization's website.

What the organization terms "dark horses" or wild cards, get a chance for a spot in the finals during a qualifying round on Thursday.

What does the winner get? A real guitar, of course.

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A pateint wakes up in a hospital bed after a terrible accident and cries –
    "Doctor, Doctor. I can't feel my legs, I can't feel my legs!!!

    "Well of course you can't silly!", replies the Doctor.
    "I've cut off both of your arms."

    August 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying
    to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my
    head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in
    the face.. " "Yes," the class said. "Then why is it that while I am
    standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my
    feet?" A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty."

    August 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Lol@Rawr!

    Breivik deserves to NEVER see the light of day!
    No if, ands, or buts.
    Whatever way will get him put away for life is the way to go.
    There cannot be any way this person can possibly be flat-out acquitted; there is too much evidence against him!

    August 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    @CNN. Question.

    What's the difference between "Ahead of the curve" and "Out front"? Just wondering. Thanks.

    August 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    And who says there's a curve?

    August 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Einstein says three dimensional space is curved by mass. Is that what they mean?

    August 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Good evening banasy, bobcat and BOMBO! Hope everyone had a gr8 wknd.

    August 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    Hello @banasy and @bobcat(i ah). Good to see my partners in crime here. LOL my joking bud. We've arrived in So Cal but one of my friends has a headache. Thankfully I have a stash of B aspirin.

    August 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    I'm not a supergenius by any means, but I think if CNN moves faster than the speed of light...they will be ahead of that curve.

    August 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    OMG! Lmao @ dazzle, not the *B* ones! ;0

    August 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @chrissy, yes the deadly b ones, got them on sale a year ago. LMAO. How are you girl?

      August 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    If CNN moves faster than light is it ok to say " Now let's not get ahead of ourselves"?

    August 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Better thank looking behind woth regrets!

    I'm going to see how long it takes...

    5..4..3..2..1..Shhhhh!

    August 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Sometimes I regret looking at a behind.

    August 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Burns your retinas?
      I can see that.

      August 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Hellooooo raven! And im still trying to figure out WHY they have an *air guitar championship!*

    August 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Hi chrissy!! To accompany the lip synching championships?

    August 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
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