The Runaway General: The New York Times reports that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, faces an uncertain fate after being quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine profile disparaging the Obama administration. McChrystal has prepared a letter of resignation, though President Obama had not made up his mind whether to accept it when they meet Wednesday morning.
Tombstone Trouble: Arlington National Cemetery officials knew that discarded tombstones were being used to line a creek bed and did not remove them because they didn't want to damage the stream. The Washington Post reports that an Army investigation released this month found a "dysfunctional" and chaotic management system that led to the mislabeling of more than 200 graves and the dumping of at least four urns in a dirt pile.
If At First You Don't Succeed: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plans to issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a New Orleans federal judge struck down the existing one. The Associated Press reports that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn't enough justification for it.
Paxil Litigation Over Birth Defects Shifts to Settlement: Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to settle almost 200 cases in which plaintiffs allege the use of the antidepressant Paxil caused birth defects, The Legal Intelligencer reports. Only one case in Philadelphia's mass tort Paxil program has gone to trial. GSK has settled every other case scheduled for trial in the eight months since a Philadelphia jury awarded a $2.5 million plaintiffs verdict in the first Philadelphia Paxil test case to go to trial.