Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 20, 2006

NATIONAL

Rove gives up some duties

Karl Rove, President Bush's political mastermind, ceded some of his duties, and press secretary Scott McClellan resigned, the latest shifts as White House aides try to boost Bush's popularity and improve Republican fortunes in an election year. pg 1a

Relatives of 9/11 victims testify

Half a dozen relatives of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks testified for terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, calling for life imprisonment. One woman told jurors deciding whether to execute him that her family does not want to get caught in a whirlpool of sadness and anger. pg 3a

WORLD

Jordan finds Hamas weapons

In the most recent political headache for Hamas, Jordan said that it had uncovered a cache of Hamas weapons and postponed a visit by the Palestinian foreign minister, Mahmoud Zahar, who is also a senior Hamas leader. pg 12a

Urgency grows on Iran issue

A global coalition trying to ensure that Iran does not acquire the ability to produce nuclear weapons shows a growing sense of urgency in dealing with the issue, a top U.S. diplomat said after multilateral meetings in Moscow. The coalition has not agreed on what steps to take, the diplomat said. pg 16a

SPORTS

O's get 21 hits in 18-9 rout

Kevin Millar hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a seven-run fifth inning to help the Orioles rout the visiting Cleveland Indians, 18-9. The Orioles, who had 21 hits, have won five of their past seven games. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 10.00

11,278.77

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 14.74

2,370.88

S&P -- UP

+ 2.28

1,309.93

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 1.98

350.01

Gas prices' impact on travel

When gasoline pump prices last surged around $3 a gallon last fall, the summer travel season had subsided. But this time, consumers and businesses are preparing for the heaviest travel season. pg 1a

Is Mass. health plan portable?

Massachusetts' law making health insurance universally available might not work as a direct model for other states, but it does demonstrate that joining conservative and progressive ideas can bring political consensus, say players involved. pg 1d

MARYLAND

Property tax cut approved

The Board of Public Works approved a property tax cut yesterday that will save the average Maryland homeowner $40 a year. The cut partially undoes the property tax increase passed during Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s first year in office. pg 1b

Rare whale likely killed at sea

A rare whale that turned up dead in Baltimore's Patapsco River likely died when it was hit by a cargo ship in the Atlantic Ocean, and then was dragged into the Chesapeake Bay, scientists said. pg 1b

TODAY

In common with `Little Women'

Girls in middle and high schools who attended a matinee performance of Little Women discover that they have a lot in common with the heroines of the Louisa May Alcott story. pg 1c

Mirren is a hit in `Elizabeth I'

Helen Mirren gives a dazzling performance as the 16th-century monarch who reunited England in HBO's Elizabeth I. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"In a normal democracy, votes are counted and confirmed, and he who loses congratulates the other. But I don't know what will happen."

Ex-Sen. Enrico Morando of the Democratic Left Party on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's campaign to resist defeat Article, PG 12a

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