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News Wrap: Dozens Dead After Car Bombings in Iraq, Lebanon

August 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT

KWAME HOLMAN: At least 33 people were killed in a series of car bombings across Baghdad today. They’re the latest in a surge of attacks that have killed 3,000 Iraqis since April. The bombings hit across the capital city, destroying cars and shops. No group claimed responsibility, but Sunni militants frequently are blamed for such attacks.

A car bomber also struck in Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least 18 people and wounding more than 280. The target was a residential area in the south of the city, a stronghold for the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. The blast set fire to buildings and sent emergency workers and crowds scurrying to help victims. Dozens of people were trapped inside apartment houses hit by the blast.

In California, state officials announced today a new span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open over Labor Day weekend, as planned. There had been talk of a delay after inspectors found more than 30 cracked seismic safety bolts. The $6 billion bridge has had a series of setbacks. A temporary fix for the bolts is planned for now. A permanent fix could be finished in mid-December.

The marching band at Florida A&M University will return to performing at football games on September 1. That announcement today comes nearly two years after the band was suspended over the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion. Since then, the school has enacted anti-hazing policies and put restrictions on band membership.

Wall Street had a tough day, after Cisco and Wal-Mart issued disappointing earnings and outlooks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 225 points to close at 15,112. The NASDAQ fell 63 points to close at 3.606.

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