Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 22, 2005

WORLD

Iraq seeks troop pullout

For the first time, Iraq's political factions collectively called for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces, in a moment of consensus that comes as the Bush administration battles pressure at home to commit to a pullout schedule. pg 1a

Mixed news on AIDS

HIV infection rates are beginning to decrease consistently in some countries for the first time, the United Nations said in a report published yesterday. However, the AIDS virus continues to expand its reach, with the estimated number of people living with the virus now passing 40 million. pg 10a

NATIONAL

FDA makes key appointment

The Food and Drug Administration appointed an agency veteran yesterday to take on the politically sensitive role of advocating for women's health issues. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Council OKs Iraq resolution

The Baltimore City Council passed a resolution last night demanding the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Council members said their action reflected discontent with the war, but critics said the council should focus on things it can control, such as local issues. pg 1b

Miss USA to stay in city

City and state officials are set to announce this morning the return of the internationally televised Miss USA beauty pagent to Baltimore. Tourism officials cheered the decision, which they said will be worth millions in spending and free advertising for Baltimore and Maryland this spring. pg 1b

TODAY

Walters looks to grow

Seeking to expand, the Walters Art Museum announced that it will buy the 36,000-square-foot building at Park Avenue and Centre Street that houses the Contemporary Museum, the Maryland Humanities Council and storage space for the Maryland Historical Society. pg 1c

SPORTS

Terps lose to Gonzaga in Maui

No. 23 Maryland committed 23 turnovers and lost to No. 8 Gonzaga, 88-76, in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Terps dropped into the losers' bracket and will play at 1:30 p.m. today against host school Chaminade. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+53.9

10,820.28

NASDAQ -- UP

+14.60

2,241.67

S&P -- UP

+6.58

1,254.85

SUN INDEX -- UP

+3.01

328.12

Gas prices plummet

As motorists begin hitting the road for Thanksgiving, the gas-price situation is one that few would have predicted in the summer when hurricanes wreaked havoc. An infusion of imported gasoline, changes in consumer behavior and old-fashioned political pressure have combined to push prices down almost as fast as they shot up during three very unusual months for the gas industry. pg 1a

GM to cut 30,000 jobs

General Motors Corp. announced plans to close nine plants and cut 30,000 jobs over the next three years. With the latest moves, GM will have cut assembly capacity by nearly one-third since 2002, but it might not be enough, industry experts said. pg 1a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"In a month and a half, the price [of gas] has dropped a dollar a gallon. We've never seen anything like that before."

Michael Ditch, part-owner of Benfield Citgo in Anne Arundel County Article, PG 1A

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