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May 1st, 2010

Summary: Police found an apparent car bomb in a parked sport utility vehicle in New York City’s Times Square, then evacuated buildings and cleared streets of thousands of tourists. Reuters quoted a New York Fire Department official as saying the vehicle was found to contain explosives, gasoline, propane tanks, and burned wires. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 1, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that three U.S. troops had been killed in fighting west of Baghdad, pushing the U.S. toll for April to 18 — double the number killed in March — and making April the deadliest month thus far in 2009 for American forces in Iraq.