BAGHDAD – Militants unleashed a wave of car bombings in Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 34 people and sending thick, black smoke into the Baghdad skies in a show of force meant to intimidate the majority Shiites as they marked what is meant to be a joyous holiday for their sect.
The attacks came nearly two weeks after Iraqis cast ballots in the country’s first parliamentary election since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011. No preliminary results have yet been released, deepening a sense of uncertainty in a country strained by a resurgence of violence.
Workers at risk for MERS stay home
Employees at two Orlando hospitals who came in contact with a Saudi resident infected by the second confirmed U.S. case of a rare virus are being monitored for symptoms and have been told to stay home for two weeks, health officials said Tuesday.
Fifteen hospital workers at Dr. Phillips Hospital and another five employees at Orlando Regional Medical Center were being monitored at home, said Dr. Antonio Crespo, an official with the hospital system.
So far, none of them has tested positive for MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. MERS is a respiratory illness that begins with flu-like fever and cough but can lead to shortness of breath, pneumonia and death.
2 Warhol works sell for over $100 million
Two works from Andy Warhol’s Death and Disaster series have sold at auction in New York for a combined $100 million.
Warhol’s Race Riot, 1964 sold Tuesday for $62.9 million, far exceeding the auction estimate of $45 million.
His 1962 White Marilyn painting of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe sold for $41 million, well above its estimated $12 million to $18 million.
A 1984 triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $80.8 million. The price for Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards surged quickly from an opening bid of $50 million.
Chicago flights halted over smoke
About 700 flights were canceled Tuesday at Chicago’s two airports after an electrical problem sent smoke into the control room of a regional radar facility, forcing officials to temporarily halt all air traffic at one of the nation’s busiest aviation crossroads.
The Chicago Department of Aviation said a limited number of landings and departures had resumed by late afternoon.
Elgin Fire Capt. Anthony Bialek said a bathroom exhaust fan in a ceiling overheated and melted insulation on some wires, and smoke was pushed through the facility’s ventilation system and into the control room.