*The WHO is considering raising the pandemic alert level to 6 after the number of swine flu cases in Japan soared over the weekend.
*U.S. health officials are troubled by the pattern of this swine flu outbreak.
*More schools in New York city are shutting down in an effort to contain the spread of the bird flu.
*Senator Lindsey Graham is using the Spanish Inquisition as an example to show that torture works.
*Over 31,000 American scientists have signed a petition saying that Al Gore is wrong about global warming.
*Prisoners in Zimbabwe are eating rats as the death toll rises. Does the world even care?
*A four year old Egyptian girl has died after contracting the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus.
*Federal regulators say that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in "critical" condition.
*American Express has announced that they will be cutting 4,000 jobs.
*As if the auto industry didn't have enough to deal with, the Obama administration plans to force them to boost the efficiency of vehicles by 2016 to a fleet-wide average of 35.5 miles per gallon.
*The U.S. Border Patrol has noticed a "huge increase" in the number of Chinese nationals illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States.
*Lastly, President Obama is telling Israel to stop expanding settlements in the disputed territories.