Happening Today: Manchester Bombing, Tiger Woods, Health Insurance, Frank Deford, Elvis

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  • Police in England issued a picture of the arena suicide bomber holding a blue suitcase and ask anyone who saw him with it to come forward
  • Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in jail for hours
  • Frank Deford, the award-winning sports writer and commentator has died. He was 78 years old

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Manchester Police Seek Clues in Concert Bomber's Suitcase

Police in Manchester, England issued a picture of the arena suicide bomber holding a blue suitcase and asked anyone who might have seen him with it before the attack to call a confidential hotline. Counter-terrorism squads are trying to re-create Salman Abedi's movements in the days before he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people. Police believe Abedi had the wheeled suitcase with him at two locations in Manchester. The suitcase was not used in the attack, which was carried out when Abedi detonated an improvised bomb minutes after the concert ended, Greater Manchester Police Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said. Jackson tried to reassure nervous residents of Manchester that the bag does not pose a risk to public safety. But if any members of the public find it, they should not approach it, but call police immediately, he said.

Prescribed Meds Led to DUI Arrest, Tiger Woods Says

Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail for nearly four hours. Woods, the 14-time major champion who had back surgery five weeks ago, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken to Palm Beach County jail. He was released on his own recognizance. Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans and said, "I expect more from myself, too." "I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again," he said. Woods, whose 79 victories rank No. 2 on the PGA Tour's career list, has not competed for nearly four months. He is out for the rest of the season while he recovers from fusion surgery on April 20 in Texas. In an update posted Wednesday on his website, he said the surgery provided instant relief from pain and he hasn't "felt this good in years."

24 Dead in Nighttime, Early Morning Bombings in Baghdad

A car bombing killed at least nine people in the Iraqi capital, just hours after 15 died in a massive explosion outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad that was claimed by ISIS. The attacks come as ISIS militants are steadily losing more territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to detract from their losses. The nighttime attack in the bustling Karrada neighborhood also wounded 27 people, police and health officials said. A closed-circuit camera captured the moment of the explosion, the video showing a busy downtown avenue, with cars driving down the street when a massive blast strikes. A huge fireball then engulfs a building, forcing the cars to scramble to get away. Other videos of the attack posted on social media show wounded and bloodied people crying for help on the sidewalk outside the ice cream parlor. In the second attack, an explosives-laden car went off during rush hour near the state-run Public Pension Office in Baghdad's busy Shawaka area, a police officer said. At least 15 people were wounded in that attack, he added.

The DC Blame Game Is Driving Up Health Insurance Costs, Analysis Says

While the Senate inches toward agreeing on a health care bill, insurers are growing increasingly rattled by congressional inaction and threats of sabotage from the White House, and customers could soon be paying the price, NBC News reported. Insurance companies are reaching deadlines to submit the cost of their health care coverage, and some will decide whether to sell policies at all. But the uncertainty on how the government will approach health care is driving premiums higher and insurer participation lower. Insurers are putting in their initial bids for premiums and will finalize their plans in September, but the time may have already passed for Congress to rescue the 2018 market, and the political fight in Washington could shift to which party is to blame. "We needed to have the answers three months ago," said Bob Laszewski, president of consulting firm Health Policy and Strategy Associates, to NBC News.

Renowned Sportswriter, NPR Commentator Frank Deford Dies, Family Says

Frank Deford, the award-winning sports writer and commentator whose elegant reportage was a staple for years at Sports Illustrated and National Public Radio, has died. He was 78. He died in Key West, Florida, his family said. Deford was a six-time Sports Writer of the Year and a member of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. He wrote and spoke with a lyrical touch and this month retired from NPR's "Morning Edition" after 37 years as a contributor. He was the first sports writer awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 2013, President Barack Obama honored him for "transforming how we think about sports." Deford called the award the one he is most proud of. His long profiles, covering all corners of sports, were for years a showcase in Sports Illustrated.

Jet Owned by Elvis Auctioned After Sitting 35 Years

A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years. The plane sold for $430,000 at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said. The buyer was not disclosed in the sold note posted on the firm's website, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse said she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer's plans for the plane. The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit. The jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley, Liveauctioneers.com says. It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.

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