Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 24, 2005

NATIONAL

Troops won't go to Iraq

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that about 7,000 U.S. troops that were to deploy to Iraq will instead remain in the United States or be diverted to Kuwait. pg 1a

FBI covertly monitors radiation

FBI agents have secretly monitored radiation levels at Islamic mosques, businesses and homes for several years. The action is lawful and necessary for security, Justice Department officials say. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Homeless shelters

After exposure to extreme cold contributed to the deaths of four homeless people this month, Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein raises the temperature threshold for opening the city's emergency shelters from 25 to 32 degrees. pg 1b

SPORTS

Maryland routs American, 81-55

Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray each scored 17 points as the No. 16 Terps beat visiting American University, 81-55. Maryland (8-2) held American to 17 points in the first half. pg 1c

Insider trading case settled

An employee of Columbia-based Martek Biosciences Corp. has agreed to pay $54,825 to settle charges that he traded company stock on inside information earlier this year. pg 8c

BUSINESS

DOW

-6.17

10,883.27

NASDAQ

+2.93

2,249.42

S&P

+0.54

1,268.66

SUN INDEX

+1.10

329.40

Quote of the day

"It's Jesus' birth, that's what I should be thinking. Without that, my husband wouldn't have eternal life. I try to look at it that way. It still hurts."

Helen Smith, who attended a Blue Christmas service at Peace Lutheran Church to help her cope with her first Christmas without her husband, who died in April.

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