"Doctors will replace a piece of Gabrielle Giffords' skull with a plastic implant on Wednesday, another encouraging step in the Arizona congresswoman's recovery from a gunshot to the head more than four months ago," The Associated Press reports.
Hundreds of watermelons have been spontaneously combusting. According to China Central Television, many farmers in one eastern province are newcomers to the lucrative melon market. Apparently they've been applying lots of a chemical that accelerates growth. Add heavy rainfall, and the watermelons grow until they burst.
Don Gorske recently attended a ceremony at a McDonald's restaurant in Fond du Lac, Wis. The retired prison guard was going to eat his 25,000th Big Mac. He's been tracking how many he's eaten since he bit into his first one in 1972.
Democrats say it's time to end billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest oil companies. Republicans last night blocked a bill that would have abolished those subsidies. GOP senators say it's time to expand domestic drilling. But today, Democrats are expected to block that Republican legislation. NPR's David Welna reports.
The Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is ruled by a 200-year-old Sunni dynasty. Bahrain's majority Shiite population has been largely excluded from top government jobs and now wants change. Renee Montagne talks to PBS NewsHour reporter Margaret Warner, who's in Bahrain's capital Manama.