Your daily news briefing, with a video report, news of the week ahead and a gas price update.

Look ahead

- Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch Friday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission to the International Space Station is the last space shuttle flight for NASA and will be televised; check local TV listings for more information.

- The Senate returns to work Tuesday despite initially having the week off for the Fourth of July holiday. Lawmakers haven’t been able to strike a deal on the national deficit and are trying to avoid a shutdown.

- The U.S. women’s soccer team plays the last game of the Women’s World Cup first round Wednesday. The U.S. squad is looking for its third World Cup win since the tournament began in 1991.

Video to note

National Geographic takes a look at the space shuttle program’s final days:

 

Gas price update

Prices have dropped quite a bit in the past week, according to AAA.

- Friday: $3.550
- 1 week ago: $3.601
- 1 month ago: $3.775
- 1 year ago: $2.754
- Record high: $4.114

GateHouse News Service