HARI SREENIVASAN: In Iraq today, a suicide car bomber attacked a police crime lab in Baghdad. At least 22 Iraqis were killed and 80 more injured. Rescue crews combed through the rubble and cleared debris, only to find most of the dead and injured were police officers.
The blast follows the execution of Saddam Hussein’s cousin, known as Chemical Ali, and raised speculation that today’s attacks were retaliation by Sunni insurgents. But the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army General Ray Odierno, said he saw absolutely no connection between the two.
An American base inside Kabul was the target of a suicide bomb attack. Fourteen people were wounded, including eight Americans. The bomber set off a minivan packed with explosives near Camp Phoenix. The Taliban claimed responsibility for it, saying the bomber was aiming at a civilian convoy. It comes just over a week after Taliban gunmen launched an assault on Kabul that brought the capital city to a standstill.
The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval to close most shops that sell medical marijuana. There are currently between 800 and 1,000 pot clinics operating across Los Aangeles. But, under the new rules, that number will be capped at 70. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa still has to give his approval for the ordinance to take effect.
On Wall Street today, stocks made early gains, but those faded in the closing minutes of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than two points to close at 10,194. The Nasdaq fell seven points to close over 2,203.
Former Republican Senator Charles Mathias has died at his home in Maryland of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Mathias represented the state of Maryland for 26 years in both the House and Senate until his retirement in 1987. As a liberal Republican, he championed civil rights, opposed the Nixon administration’s policy on the Vietnam War, and worked to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Mathias was 87 years old.