Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 26, 2006

NATIONAL

Court rules on gay couples

New Jersey's highest court ruled yesterday that same-sex couples deserve the same rights as married people, but stopped short of calling their partnerships marriage. pg 3a

WORLD

Putin to step down in '08

Russian President Vladimir V. Putin reaffirmed yesterday his intent to leave the presidency in 2008 at the end of his second term as required by Russia's Constitution, but suggested that he might continue to wield influence. pg 16a

MARYLAND

Md. got flawed machines

Diebold Election Systems shipped Maryland flawed electronic voting machines that were used in the 2004 election, then quietly replaced the malfunctioning components last year, documents and interviews show. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+6.80

12,134.68

NASDAQ -- UP

+11.75

2,356.59

S&P -- UP

+4.84

1,382.22

-SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.05

349.38

Energy merger called off

Constellation Energy Group Inc. and Florida's FPL Group Inc. officially gave up on their merger plans yesterday after executives concluded that the deal was hopelessly mired in a populist political debate in Maryland over deregulation and rising electric rates. pg 1a

Sourcefire to go public

Sourcefire Inc., the Columbia network security company that started in its founder's living room and has since grown to a 174-person business, said that it plans to go public. The company is best known for its anti-hacker technology, Snort. pg 1e

SPORTS

Ravens' McNair says he'll start

Speaking to the media for the first time since suffering a concussion and sprained neck Oct. 15, Ravens quarterback Steve McNair said he will start Sunday's game against the Saints in New Orleans. pg 1c

A new `Sound of Music'

A new generation of von Trapp children is keeping the Sound of Music legacy in tune. pg 1d

`Twelve Angry Men' delivers

A half-century after its first performance, Twelve Angry Men, now at the Hippodrome, still renders a verdict on human nature. pg 1d

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