D.C. Sniper Execution: Barring a last-minute stay from Va. Gov. Tim Kaine, D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad will be executed today for the attacks that terrorized Washington and the surrounding area for three weeks in 2002, The Associated Press reports. Muhammad's attorneys have asked Kaine to commute his sentence to life in prison
because they say he is mentally ill. The U.S. Supreme Court turned down
White House Denies Additional Troop Reports: The White House has denied reports that President Barack Obama has made a decision about whether to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan. CBS reported this morning that Obama had made a decision to send about 40,000 soldiers into the war-torn country, roughly in line with what Gen. Stanley McChrystal had requested. The White House says the president has yet to make a decision.
Obama Says Change Abortion Language: ABC News' Jake Tapper reports that President Obama has called on Congress to change abortion-related language in the health care bill passed by the House this weekend. Today, Obama will attend a memorial service at Fort Hood in Texasor in honor of the 13 killed in last week's shooting.
Korean Conflict: North and South Korean navy vessels exchanged fire this morning in what marks the first border fighting between the countries in seven years, The New York Times reports. The two Korean nations are technically still at war after fighting in the 1950-3 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a permanent peace treaty.