Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 16, 2005

WORLD

Israelis and Palestinians agree

Israel and the Palestinian leadership reached a landmark agreement to allow freer movement of people in and out of the Palestinian territories. pg 1a

China to vaccinate fowl for flu

China announced plans to vaccinate its billions of chickens and other poultry against bird flu, though it remained unanswered how the country would effectively implement such an extreme plan. pg 13a

MARYLAND

Bay cleanup program criticized

The federal-state program to clean up the Chesapeake Bay lacks credibility because it uses misleading numbers that underestimate pollution and exaggerate successes, the GAO said in a report. pg 1b

Mayor picks city health chief

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein will be named Baltimore's health commissioner today. Mayor Martin O'Malley picked Sharfstein to replace Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, who resigned to run for Congress. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Interrogation manual delayed

The Pentagon is delaying the planned release this week of the Army's new interrogation manual, which calls for humane treatment of prisoners and specifically prohibits the kind of harsh tactics that came to light after the Abu Ghraib scandal, officials said yesterday. pg 1a

Alito puts distance from past

Distancing himself from his past views on abortion and other social issues, Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. told senators yesterday that as a judge he would not impose personal opinions on issues that come before him. pg 3a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 10.73

10,686.44

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 14.21

2,186.74

S&P -- DOWN

- 4.75

1,229.01

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 0.93

320.80

Vow to keep Greenspan policies

Ben Bernanke, the president's chief economist, said he would continue policies of Alan Greenspan if confirmed as Federal Reserve chairman. pg 1d

TODAY

CPB probe faults ex-chairman

An internal investigation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has found that former Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson improperly used political tests in recruiting top officials. pg 1a

SPORTS

Harsher penalties for steroids

Major League Baseball and its players union agreed to harsher steroid penalties. Suspensions for failing drug tests would range from 50 games for a first offense to a potential lifetime ban for a third. pg 1a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I noticed strange noises ... emanating from my husband's office. ... I was fairly horrified."

Heather Chaplin, author of "Smartbomb," a new book on video games, about discovering her husband's secret PlayStation 2 system

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