Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 25, 2005

NATIONAL

Added scrutiny for Alito

Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. is facing tough questions from Congress about his views on executive power, amid an intensifying debate over whether President Bush had the authority to order domestic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency. pg 1A

Bush phones greetings to troops

President Bush yesterday called nine U.S. troops deployed from Japan to the Persian Gulf to recognize their service to the nation and wish them holiday cheer. From his mountaintop presidential retreat at Camp David, Bush talked to eight men and one woman. pg 3A

WORLD

U.S. to retain prison control

The commander of American-run prisons in Iraq says the military will not turn over any detainees or detention centers to Iraqi jailers until American officials are satisfied that the Iraqis are meeting U.S. standards for the care of detainees. pg 22A

Egypt jails Mubarak rival

One of Egypt's most prominent opposition politicians was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison on charges of forgery. The imprisonment of Ayman Nour, who recently ran against longtime President Hosni Mubarak, is seen as an attempt to silence a potential threat to the regime. pg 24A

MARYLAND

Carroll tract under discussion

Descendants of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, are quietly discussing a plan with Howard County officials to develop hundreds of homes on part of the 892-acre family estate in western Ellicott City - the county's largest undeveloped block of privately owned land. The plan could reap tens of millions of dollars for the Carroll family. pg 1A

APG wants old artillery shell

Eight months after disposing of the last of its once-vast stockpile of deadly mustard agent at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army wants to bring to the base an artillery shell containing the blistering agent that was dumped in the ocean off New Jersey after World War I. pg 1B

SPORTS

Surging Redskins beat Giants

Santana Moss caught three touchdown passes, helping the Washington Redskins defeat the visiting New York Giants, 35-20, and tighten the NFC East race going into the last week of the NFL season. pg 1D

A&E TODAY

Present at the creation

If we could witness the moment that art is conceived, what would we see? Ten accomplished artists answer the question: What inspires you? How do you create the world anew each day? pg 1E

MODERN LIFE

Hollywood glamour, Asian chic

The lush look of the film Memoirs of a Geisha is already influencing women's clothing and fashion accessories. Expect to see elements - the embroidered fabrics, prints, decorative details and silhouettes - turning up in stores soon. pg 1N

TRAVEL

Sun, sand and solitude

Far from the crowds touring India's Rajasthani region of fortresses, temples and palaces, there is the remote Thar desert. Tent camps near the Pakistan border provide solitude, not luxury. pg 1R

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