Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
September 16th, 2012
03:04 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:

FBI waiting to visit Benghazi for investigation of consulate attack

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The consequences of last week's attacks that killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi continue to develop, with the United States pressing an investigation in Libya.

FBI agents are conducting interviews with witnesses outside the country, including people who've been evacuated, while waiting to visit Libya themselves. Agents hoped to arrive on Saturday but reconsidered because of the instability sweeping across Libya and throughout the region, federal law enforcement officials said.

Libyan officials believe the attack was a planned assault that used a protest over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed as a diversion. Rage over the film across the Muslim world appeared to contribute to a number of protests outside U.S. embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere last week. Although tensions remain, protests dwindled over the weekend.

Delayed 'Fast and Furious' hearing might happen this week

The Justice Department's inspector general is scheduled to talk to a House committee on Wednesday about his investigation into a controversial gun-trafficking operation,  a week after his testimony originally was scheduled.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to testify about Fast and Furious, the ATF program that some U.S. lawmakers have linked to the 2010 death of  U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The operation, set up by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials in Arizona, allowed straw purchasers to leave Arizona gun shops with illegally purchased weapons. The operation was designed to track the weapons to Mexican drug  cartels, but the monitoring broke down and nearly 2,000 weapons were lost. Many are believed to have ended up with the cartels.

Two of those weapons were found at the scene of the murder of Terry in Arizona, near the border, in December 2010.

Two senior ATF officials familiar with Horowitz's investigation have said that much of the blame lies with officials in Phoenix who developed the operation and largely kept Washington executives in the dark. Horowitz's testimony before the House panel was delayed last week after the Justice Department said Horowitz's report wasn't ready.

Powerful typhoon takes aim at South Korea, China

South Korea is bracing for a strong typhoon for a second time in a month. Typhoon Sanba, which on Sunday had the same intensity as a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to hit South Korea and perhaps southern mainland Japan on Monday before moving up the Chinese coast.

The storm on Sunday had maximum sustained winds of about 120 mph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the U.S. military agency responsible for issuing tropical storm warnings in the Pacific Ocean.

Last month, Typhoon Bolaven killed more than 60 people on the Korean peninsula.

McDonald's makes sure you know what you're ordering

The menu items at McDonald's are going to have a few more numbers next to them than you're used to.

The fast-food chain, starting Monday, will post calorie counts on its in-store and drive-through menus for all items.

While McDonald's will not be the first major restaurant chain to prominently post calorie counts within its restaurants - Panera Bread started doing it in April 2010 - it will be the largest, serving 25 million customers daily. The move comes in advance of a proposed federal regulation that would require chains to share this information, possibly as early as next year. McDonald's has long provided nutritional breakdowns of its standard menu items on its website.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to get Congressional Gold Medal

Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who was under house arrest for a total of 15 years before her most recent release in 2010, is due to receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday. as part of her trip to the United States.

Suu Kyi was elected to Myanmar's parliament earlier this year, a key step for her party and its fight for political reforms in the nation formally known as Burma. For decades, Myanmar was ruled by a repressive military junta, but in recent years, the generals have relaxed their grip on power, permitting Thein Sein's administration to push through a series of changes, including peace talks with rebel groups and the release of hundreds of political prisoners.

The medal is the highest civilian honor given by Congress. She was conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honor - by U.S. President Bill Clinton while she was being detained.

Expect electronics stores to be busy Friday

Friday is the first day of sales for the iPhone 5. If you're at an Apple store or other electronics stores that day, expect to see a number of people waiting to buy one or collect on their pre-order.

For those of you who ordered through the Apple, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T sites, your order likely won't ship for a couple weeks.

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  1. chrissy

    Dearest sista dazzle, i hope you read this ME mess thoroughly before you embark on your trip to Lebanon and reconsider.

    September 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      stop being a party pooper...chrissy
      probally have some great eatin' over there...hopin' yah fill the folks back home in...and letmie what the specialty drinks...heh-heh!

      September 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN: The fast-food chain, starting Monday, will post caloriecounts on its in-store and drive-through menus for all items.
    Jeff: Who among us thinks for split second, anybody is going to pay any need to any calorie count. I want 2 (for myself), double quarter w/cheese meals. Oh yeah, and SUPERSIZED w/ 48oz. Kokes. And 3 apple pies. Oh yeah, I'm really hungary today, so throw in a musroom and swiss, so my heart attack passes quick.
    They might as well have a floor scale you drive your car onto. Take actual vehicle weight and deduct the curb weight of the vehicle. Did someone say 500#? 😉

    September 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...lovin' it...annah i heard ifyah put their food in a time capsule...iittah out last the capsule for it never spoils!

      September 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lmao @ Jeff, i cant remember the last time i went to McDonalds, my kids were young then i remember, but they didnt have mushroom swiss burgers, i woulda remembered that!

    September 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    I'll give ya your double quarter pounder w/cheese meals @ Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"
    That is... if you can guess which country is the poorest in the world according to the 2011 US Census Bureau?

    September 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Since when did the US CENSUS BUREAU start counting the population of other countries? We need a congressional investigation of taxpayer fraud?

      September 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Let me make it clear. The Country with the most people living in poverty

    September 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ Jeff, did you need clarification on what *poorest country* meant? lol

    September 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Thank you @ Portland Tony, yes we do! And we cant feed the world, although we do more than any other country. And @ Mary, the answer i believe is Nigeria.

    September 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Apple cider vinegar on your sandwich? Really?

    September 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ rascal, what party are you talking about? And hello little cutie patootie

    September 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      hey-ay...unlike the commercial i don't have the tastbuds of two whiteboyz ...food gottah taste good...!

      September 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    yuck...on the tomato juice...

    September 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    @ Portland tony, Thank you for pointing that out.
    Actually its a from an article on "24/7 wall st." a newsletter online.
    "24/7 Wall St. relied on World Bank data for the percentage of residents who are living below their national poverty lines. Data was only available for 112 developing nations. In addition, we considered GDP per capita, gross domestic product, HIV/AIDS prevalence, life expectancy, unemployment, infant mortality and primary school enrollment — all from the World Bank. Where current data was not available, data from the most recent available year was used. We also relied on the U.S. Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook for additional information on these countries, including the presence of armed conflict and recent natural disasters.

    10. Sao Tome and Principe
    Poverty rate: 66.2%

    9. Sierra Leone
    Poverty rate: 66.4%

    8. Burundi
    Poverty rate: 66.9%

    7. Madagascar
    Poverty rate: 68.7%

    6. Eritrea
    Poverty rate: 69.0%

    5. Swaziland
    Poverty rate: 69.2%

    4. Congo (Democratic Republic)
    Poverty rate: 71.3%

    3. Zimbabwe
    Poverty rate: 72%

    2. Equatorial Guinea
    Poverty rate: 76.8%

    1. Haiti
    Poverty rate: 77%

    Good nite all
    Have a great week
    Thanks again PT

    September 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      excellent point Mary, however, there's alotta below poverty level living...right here in america...

      September 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Portland tony

    Sandwich sounds great. I Guess the answer to @Mary's question would be the country 's GDP (in $) divided by their population rated, I guess, by the UN's definition of the average cost to live in a particular place?

    September 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      There was a question somewhere so it's not a complete troll!

      September 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    I hear Bengazi is lovely this time of year.

    September 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      lol...i don't thinkso...anyplace that has no flowers is rough livin'...

      September 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol @ little mister, YOU are the cutie patootie, while we are *smokin hot!* Just ask ruffnut!

    September 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lol @ Portland Tony, and somehow you answered the question, though for the life of me i cant figure out what you said that answered that particular question!

    September 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Me neither, but it sounded good!

      September 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
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