July 5th, 2011
07:07 AM ET

At least 35 killed in twin explosions near Baghdad

[Updated at 7:07 a.m] At least 35 people were killed and 28 wounded in a twin bombing near a local government building just north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a police official said.

The attack, which took place in Taji, began with a car bomb followed by a roadside bomb.

Among the casualties are police officers, the official said. Authorities fear the numbers will rise.

While violence has dramatically dropped since the height of sectarian violence a few years ago that nearly tore the country apart, attacks and bombings remain a daily occurrence.

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On the Radar: Yellowstone River spill, Strauss-Kahn troubles, missing student
Leaked oil floats in pools caused by recent flooding around the Yellowstone River.
July 5th, 2011
06:19 AM ET

On the Radar: Yellowstone River spill, Strauss-Kahn troubles, missing student

Three things you need to know today.

Yellowstone spill: Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will get a close-up look Tuesday at damage done to the Yellowstone River when an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week and leaked tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the river, CNN affiliate KTVQ reports.

ExxonMobil reported Monday night that more than 280 people have converged on the area near Billings to clean up the spill, including workers from the Texas-based oil company and the Clean Harbors environmental firm.

But ExxonMobil officials told the Billings Gazette that workers have yet to reach the site of the rupture and determine its exact nature.

Historically high water levels and rapid currents have made things difficult. On Saturday, for instance, levels near Billings reached their peak for the season at 13.95 feet, nearly a foot above flood stage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“It’s not a safe place to be right now,” ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers told the Billings newspaper.

The rupture occurred on a pipeline that brings oil from Wyoming to a refinery in Billings, the Gazette reported.

More trouble for former IMF chief: A lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon said he will file a criminal complaint Tuesday against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn over an alleged attempted rape eight years ago.

The development comes days after charges against Strauss-Kahn in New York appeared to be on shaky ground.

In anticipation of the new claims, a Strauss-Kahn lawyer in France said he had filed a counterclaim against Banon for "false declarations" after the 32-year-old journalist and writer alleged the ex-IMF chief assaulted her.

The filing by Strauss-Kahn's lawyer was announced shortly after Banon's lawyer, David Koubbi, said he will file the criminal complaint Tuesday with prosecutors, who will determine whether there is enough evidence to file charges.

Missing student case: An autopsy Tuesday may shed some light on the case of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

The autopsy will be conducted on a decomposing female body found in a creek Monday north of Indianapolis, CNN affiliates reported.

Bloomington police have been searching for Spierer, 20, since June 2, when she was last seen leaving a sports bar in the city after a night out with friends.

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