March 17th, 2008
05:35 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

This afternoon, a deadly suicide bombing rocks Iraq, the Bear Stearns buyout at a fire-sale price shakes Wall Street, and the candidates make raw politics of it all. Oh, and did we mention the loophole that means your tax dollars may be paying for a sex offender's college degree? What about the $500 bid on eBay - for a cornflake?? Here's your afternoon buzz: 

Top Stories
Female suicide bomber kills at least 33 in Iraq
A female suicide bomber apparently targeting Shiite worshippers killed at least 33 people and wounded at least 50 in Karbala.

Bush: U.S. is on top of financial crisis
On a day of more turmoil and plunging prices in the global financial markets, President Bush seeks to calm nerves.

Poll: Three-quarters of Americans think U.S. in recession
Nearly three-quarters of all Americans think the economy is in a recession - up from 66 percent who felt that way last month.

Toll from NYC collapse hits 7 
The last of seven bodies was pulled from the rubble at the site of a crane collapse that obliterated a town house and severely damaged other buildings.

IRS releases schedule for sending out special tax rebates
When can you expect to receive your tax rebate payment aimed at boosting the economy? Depends on your social security number...

 Raw Politics
Poll: Majority of Democrats prefer Obama
A majority of Democrats would like to see Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton win their party's presidential nomination, according to a new national poll.

Bill Clinton: What happened in S.C. a 'myth'
Former President Bill Clinton disputes claims that he made race a campaign issue in South Carolina.

Paterson sworn in as New York governor
David Paterson was sworn in Monday as New York's 55th governor, following Eliot Spitzer's resignation amid his alleged connection to a prostitution ring.

Crime & Punishment
Cadaver dogs search landfill for missing couple
Investigators with cadaver dogs searched a southeast Georgia landfill for a missing couple last seen two weeks ago at the marina where they lived and worked.

Celebrity pathologist's trial draws to close
Celebrity pathologist Cyril Wecht used public employees, resources and equipment to "cut the overhead" of his multimillion-dollar private practice, a federal prosecutor said in his closing argument.

Judge: Former cop in missing wife case will get his cars back
Former police officer Drew Peterson wins a judge's order that investigators return seized cars and computers to him.

Loophole gives sex offenders money for college
Across the nation, dozens of sexual predators have been taking higher education classes at taxpayer expense while confined by the courts to treatment centers.

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT
Naked man runs amok in grocery store
One question: Why???

Illinois-shaped cornflake pulls in $500 bid at auction
Flaky, well, yes. Someone has offered more than $500 on eBay for a piece of breakfast cereal that's described as a lookalike to the state of Illinois.

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