Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 28, 2005

NATIONAL

Miers withdraws nomination

President Bush, chastened by a backlash from his Republican base, scrapped the nomination of Harriet E. Miers for the Supreme Court and began what's expected to be a high-stakes push to name a successor for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. pg 1a

CIA leak probe nears end

The federal grand jury investigating the CIA leak case prepared for a final day of deliberations as a special prosecutor huddled with his legal team about whether to seek indictments against administration figures for leaking the name of a covert operative. pg 3a

WORLD

Companies bribed Hussein

More than 4,700 companies took part in the United Nations oil-for-food program, and more than half of them paid illegal surcharges and kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, the independent committee investigating the program reported yesterday. pg 1a

Parties forming blocs in Iraq

Iraq's governing Shiite parties agreed yesterday to put forth a joint list of candidates in the December parliamentary elections, ensuring that the religious parties, all with strong Iranian ties, will be a formidable force in the new government. pg 14a

MARYLAND

Clash over health care bill

Two top Democrats in the General Assembly vowed yesterday to override the governor's veto of a bill that would require Wal-Mart to pay more for its workers' health care. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-115.03

10,229.95

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-36.24

2,063.81

S&P -- DOWN

-12.48

1,178.90

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-4.93

308.13

Exxon Mobil profits soar

Exxon Mobil Corp. rewrote the corporate record books yesterday as the oil company's third-quarter earnings soared to almost $10 billion. It became the first public company ever with quarterly sales topping $100 billion. Anglo-Dutch competitor Royal Dutch Shell PLC wasn't far behind, posting a quarterly profit of $9 billion. Those earnings -- the result of surging prices after Hurricane Katrina -- led Democrats in Congress to call for a new windfall profits tax. pg 1e

Educate Inc. to sell division

Educate Inc., the Baltimore company best known for its Sylvan tutoring centers, said yesterday that it plans to sell the main piece of its "No Child Left Behind" business, which caters to troubled schools trying to improve student performance. pg 1e

TODAY

An unsettling `Capote'

Bennett Miller's quiet yet tumultuous Capote is a bleakly funny, profoundly unsettling depiction of author Truman Capote as a young literary lion, says Sun movie critic Michael Sragow. He also talks with first-time feature director Miller, whose only previous film was the documentary The Cruise. pg 1c

SPORTS

Boller returns to practice

Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller participated in his first full practice since hyperextending his right big toe in the season opener. It is believed that Boller could take over for Anthony Wright as soon as the Nov. 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. pg 5f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"My system rejects some actors. I just can't see movies if they happen to be in them."

Filmmaker

Bennett Miller

ON WHY HE WON'T WATCH SOME MOVIES, PG 3C

UP NEXT

SUNDAY

Home sweet first home

With so many variables and so much money at stake, the home-buying process can intimidate first-timers, especially in a market where prices are surging. Experts recommend first-time buyers follow several key steps and take advantage of programs and grants available to help them.

IN REAL ESTATE

Playing dress up

For some Halloween revelers, dressing up as a ghost or a witch or a scary old politician just isn't enough. They want something more high-concept.

IN MODERN LIFE

ONLINE TODAY

MIERS OUT

Coverage of the withdrawn nomination of Harriet E. Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and John G. Roberts Jr.'s succession of William H. Rehnquist as chief justice.

baltimoresun.com/court

NFL PICKS

Hear a clip of Ken Murray and Dave Alexander previewing this weekend's best NFL games.

baltimoresun.com/murraynfl

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