Car bomb kills 58
The StarTribune.com reports a car bomb exploded Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala as people were heading for evening prayers, killing at least 58 and wounding many near some of the country's most sacred shrines.
There were nine U.S. troops who were killed in the explosion.
Latimes reports 343 soldiers have been killed, 53 percent higher than the 224 killed in the first four months of last year, according to the Web site icasualties.org.
The attack comes in the third month of the U.S.-led military coalition's security crackdown and in the midst of an intensifying political struggle in Washington, D.C., over the war.