For Sgt. Bales, the sentencing phase begins today. He's already admitted to gunning down 16 civilians during a rampage through two Afghan villages last year. The guilty plea means he won't be sentenced to death. But a jury will now decide if he should get life in prison without a chance for parole.
Finally, in Maj. Hasan's trial, it seems the admitted Fort Hood shooter is less interested in trying to persuade the judge not to sentence him to death and perhaps more eager to prove he's a martyr.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few other stories that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
I wasn't that into coke:
Lindsay Lohan preferred booze to cocaine, she tells Oprah Winfrey. It's just one of those things the other crazy kids at the party were doing, and she only did it 10 to 15 times. The bonus (for her) -- it did allow her to drink more, she says.
Lohan, who's been a big mess these past few years, tells the talk show legend that she can turn it around as long as she stops being her "own worst enemy."
Twitter battle royale:
Two of the social media site's heavyweights -- Lady Gaga (40 million followers) and Perez Hilton (6 million) -- went tweet-to-tweet over the weekend, a bizarre twist in a very loving relationship. Hilton tweeted that Katy Perry's record was better than Gaga's.
Then the crap really hit the fan when Gaga tweeted that Hilton was stalking her by looking at an apartment in her building. Pity the tweets have been deleted! Oh, you kids, we will remember the happier times.
That's a weird-looking rock:
Paul Franklin scraped his knee on a rock at the beach, and the dang injury wouldn't get better. A doc gave the Franklin family some meds, which helped, but there was a growing black bump under the skin.
Mom gets the bump out and what do you know -- it's a snail. And the escargot has a new home with Paul and a new name -- Turbo.
Price of doing business:
Now this probably happens more than we realize, but sideline reporters can have it rough. Sure, it seems like they only do a few minutes of work a week, but they can get run over by big burly athletes -- or worse, get hit by a ball, right in front of the camera, as Fox reporter Pam Oliver found out before the Colts' game against the Giants.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.