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. chrissy

    @ Rascal, apparantly not. But be very careful dear, or you will end up on the *old hag list!*

    August 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Are you having trouble comprehending?? Yes,cracks me up. As in set me off in a fit of laughter. What? Were you HOPE-ing to devastate me with the ( bum bum bummmm) LIST?? How cute!! But no, I'm not. And if I'm home, then youre trespassing.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Two lists: one boen out of niceness, one born out of malice.
    Guess what?
    I'm #1 on both!
    It's good to be banasy©.

    I agree with you; whatever it takes this madman away from the world is the correct way to go!

    Can I dodah hands again?

    August 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ Rascal, sing us another tune plz, plz, plz!

    August 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Thanks bobcat...the cat could eat the dog for lunch. The dogs a yorkie and the cat is,well, a tank.( don't tell her I said that,she's very sensitive ) she just hisses at the dog but she prefers to punish me by ignoring me even more than normal.

    August 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    awww my lil cutie patootie, how are you tonite?

    August 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Hey little mister. And chrissy, hows everything in your world? It's hot hot HOT here. Cars from AK so no a/c in it. Took a road trip to the coast coupla weeks ago and roasted. Now its even hotter still and gotta take another trip to Seattle. Ugh...

    August 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lol gnite little mister. And i hear ya raven, my truck is such a gas guzzler i dont EVER run the AC! And LM is right, your cat will get used to the dog. Just when the cat starts to show the dog whos boss, best bet, stay out of it lmao! Been there, done it

    August 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    Okay... this isn't funny!

    Someone tried to impersonate me.
    This is my first post to this thread.

    "What the ???"

    August 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    And now im gonna say goodnite. Long wknd for me. Ttyl raven.

    August 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hope


    August 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    Everything on this thread is a fraud.

    Nite, Nite...

    August 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Sorry chrissy, if you happen to come back...having phone trouble. And the cat and dog have already intoduced themselves, and it was ok...I did stay out but gave the kitty some extra attention afterward. I created a meow- onster!!

    August 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    And, if you're not Mary, hello hope.

    August 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Hey, Raven!

      Whoever it is, Mary or Philip, they sure
      got me pegged wrong.

      August 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hope


    Night, Raven...

    I love to watch dogs and cats defy the
    odds and become best buds. Enjoy the


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