Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

October 28, 2006

California wildfire rages

Weary firefighters continued to endure the harsh terrain and weather in their battle to control the growing Esperanza fire yesterday, as the pool of reward money for the arrest of those who started the killer blaze grew to at least $300,000. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Fatal fire

Two men died in an East Baltimore fire yesterday that burned out a small rowhouse that had 10 occupants and no electricity or heat. A cause was not immediately known, but officials said one man died of smoke inhalation and another man burned to death. pg 1b

WORLD

Iran steps up enrichment

Iran stepped up its uranium enrichment program yesterday, a semiofficial news agency reported, even as a divided U.N. Security Council considered a European draft resolution to impose sanctions over Tehrans nuclear activities. pg 12a

Sri Lanka peace talks open

In what could be the last hope for averting all-out war, the government of this island nation and the rebel Tamil Tigers are to sit down today for their first face-to-face talks in months over one of Asia's most intractable conflicts. pg 13a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-73.40

12,090.26

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-28.48

2,350.62

S&P -- DOWN

-11.74

1,377.34

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.66

351.30

Utility's income jumps

Constellation Energy Group reports a 75 percent increase in third-quarter net income, helping to blunt any investor concerns about the Baltimore-based energy companys decision this week to walk away from a $12.4 billion merger with FPL Group Inc. of Florida. pg 10C

Middle River parcel sold

The federal agency that owns the sprawling historic World War II aircraft manufacturing plant in Middle River said yesterday that it has approved its sale for $37.5 million to an unnamed out-of-town bidder in an online auction. pg 10C

SPORTS

Meissner third at Skate America

Figure skater Kimmie Meissner of Bel Air opened her Grand Prix season at Skate America in Hartford, Conn., with a third-place finish in the short program. She earned a score of 58.82 points. Mao Asada of Japan was firmly in first place at 68.84. pg 1c

TODAY

What's that knockin'?

Scare up some fun this weekend by visiting "haunted" houses in the area. pg d1

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