- Making News: Blasts Kill at Least 143 at Shiite Ceremonies in Iraq
This, the holiest day in the Shiite calendar has become the bloodiest day in Iraq since the end of major fighting. Explosions at Shiite mosques in Baghdad and Karbala have killed at least 143 people. Nicholas Blanford, who is in Baghdad for the Christian Science Monitor, says the simultaneous attacks were coordinated and combined suicide bombers with mortar fire.
- Reporter's Notebook: Findings from Mars Rover Mission
Since yesterday, NASA has been telling reporters around the world that the Rover Opportunity has found something big. Today, the story was revealed at a news conference in Washington. David Grinspoon, a scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, says that evidence that there was once water on Mars offers an exceptional boost in understanding life in the Universe.
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