Most of the explosions struck areas with large Shiite populations; news agencies report as many as 13 or 14 separate explosions.
The first African-American woman to cover the White House for a major news network, Thornton was also the first black host of NPR's All Things Considered. She died last week at the age of 71.
Lawmakers were not able to come to an agreement over a spending bill to keep the government running over the weekend. If Congress doesn't strike a budget deal by Monday night, what have been deemed 'non-essential' parts of the federal government will close down. About 700,000 federal employees could be temporarily laid off.
Turns out, this includes the statisticians who are calculating what is arguably the most market-sensitive government report of the week: Friday's scheduled employment and unemployment report. Julia Coronado, chief economist North America at BNP Paribas, says if Congress doesn't strike a deal there will be no jobs report. While there is some precedent for this, Coronado says this would inject some uncertainty because economists would have to make informal estimates instead.
"Uncertainty is never good for financial markets," she says. "There's a lot of jitters, not just because the economic impact would be so large, but we just won't know what will come next."
Julia Coronado, chief economist North America at BNP Paribas, joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. Click the audio player above to hear more.
Pope Francis has selected the Second Sunday of Easter as the date for their canonization. The ceremony at the Vatican is expected to draw large crowds, especially from John Paul II's native Poland.