1. Spain's famed bull run festival begins
Thousands of revelers crammed into the main square and adjacent narrow streets of northern Pamplona on Sunday for the start of Spain's famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival — a potent mix of adrenaline and alcohol-fueled celebrations that span over a week. The fiesta, an uproarious blend of hair-raising daily bull runs and all-night partying, was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. The event still attracts huge crowds — and headlines of people being injured by the bulls — every year. Spain's Red Cross said one person was gored as thousands of thrill-seekers tested their bravery and speed on Monday.
2. First Boston bombing criminal trial begins
The first criminal trial linked to the Boston Marathon double bombing is set to begin on Monday. In the weeks after the bombing, prosecutors charged three of the surviving suspect's friends with obstructing the investigation or lying to authorities. More than a year later, they charged a fourth friend with deleting computer files and lying about certain details of his relationship with a second suspect. As the first friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, heads to trial, some defense attorneys and others are criticizing the extent to which federal prosecutors have charged the men, who are not accused of participating in the attack or knowing about it in advance.
3. Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins
With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner.
4. Android smartwatches hit the market
Monday marks the arrival of the $199.99 Samsung Gear Live and the $229 LG G Watch. These are the first commercially available smartwatches based on Google's Android Wear software. As with prior devices, they work in tandem with your phone, specifically an Android handset version 4.3 or later. In the evolution of the smartwatches, Android Wear represents a positive move clockwise, but USA TODAY columnist Ed Baig, who wore a smartwatch for a week-and-a-half, is still not convinced the time is right to buy.
USA TODAY's Ed Baig takes a look at new smartwatches from LG and Samsung and decides they're a step in the right evolutionary direction but their time has not quite come.
5. TGI Fridays offers 'endless' appetizers for $10
TGI Fridays, whose signature item is arguably its appetizer line, today launches a high-profile but risky "Endless Appetizers" promotion that offers all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Guests can choose one appetizer — including loaded potato skins, boneless buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks — and receive unlimited refills.
And the essentials:
Weather: Another round of storms across the Midwest could become severe.
Stocks: The major U.S. pre-market indexes are moving lower on Monday.
TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at The Bachelorette, Mike & Molly and Beauty.
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Contributing: Associated Press