Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 16, 2006

WORLD

2,000 Marines to Anbar province

About 2,000 combat Marines are on their way to Iraq's violent Anbar province to reinforce U.S. troops, dispatched there by Gen. John P. Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, who warned a skeptical Congress against a phased withdrawal of American combat forces. pg 1a

Iran is uneasy over Iraq

Iran has consistently opposed the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq, but prospects of a stepped-up American withdrawal are prompting growing unease in the Islamic republic. pg 11a

NATIONAL

Abramoff regrets scandal

Hours before entering federal prison in Cumberland yesterday, lobbyist Jack Abramoff sent friends an e-mail lamenting the political scandal and predicting that things were about to get worse, while still looking optimistically to the future. pg 3a

MARYLAND

O'Malley may face fiscal woes

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley will face fiscal problems nearly as dire as those endured by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with state spending expected to outpace tax receipts by more than $1 billion a year for the foreseeable future without major policy changes, General Assembly analysts predicted. pg 1a

Key point in Evans' appeal

A federal judge hearing death row inmate Vernon L. Evans Jr.'s challenge to Maryland's lethal injection procedures said he may direct corrections officials to "test the recruitment waters" in search of doctors or highly trained nurses to participate in state executions before he rules. pg 1b

TODAY

Agent 007 the way he should be

Daniel Craig plays Agent 007 the way Ian Fleming intended him to be, in Casino Royale. pg 1c

`Dancing with the Stars' winner

And the winner is ... Find out whether Emmitt Smith or Mario Lopez took home the trophy on Dancing with the Stars. pg 1c

SPORTS

Ravens look to Johnson

Faced with the possibility of playing without starting linebacker Ray Lewis and backup Mike Smith Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens would call upon fourth-year player Jarret Johnson to make his first start at inside linebacker. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 33.70

12,251.71

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 12.09

2,442.75

S&P -- UP

+ 3.35

1,396.57

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 3.39

360.64

Deal may mean higher air fares

East Coast passengers are likely to see fewer choices and pay higher fares if a US Airways takeover of Delta Air Lines is successful, say industry analysts, who expect that the move would accelerate airline consolidation. US Airways said it would cut flight capacity by 10 percent if the merger is completed. pg 1a

First PSC hearings to open today

Consumer advocates who say electricity deregulation should be revamped in the face of rising rates will face off against pro-competition utility officials today in the first of several Public Service Commission hearings to examine the future structure of Maryland's power industry. pg 1e

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