Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 17, 2006

NATIONAL

Hoyer elected House leader

Democrats defied Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi by boosting Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland to House majority leader after a bitter fight that exposed divisions within the party even before it takes charge in Congress. pg 1a

Hubble uncovers mystery

Astronomers wielding the Hubble Space Telescope say they have pushed back the curtain a bit on a mystery so bizarre it caused even Albert Einstein to doubt himself. It dealt with an unexplained force that accelerates expansion of the universe. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Storms, heavy rain hit area

A line of storms packing heavy rains with high winds soaked much of Central Maryland yesterday, flooding roadways and cutting power to about 25,000 homes. Wind gusts reached 45 mph, and rain exceeded 5 inches an hour in some areas. pg 1a

2 dead in shooting at company

A meeting between a worker and his supervisor ended with gunfire and both men dead in an apparent murder-suicide yesterday afternoon at a biotechnology company office in Sparks, said Baltimore County police. pg 1b

WORLD

Tentative agreement on Darfur

African, Arab, European and U.N. leaders reached a tentative agreement with Sudan to let a joint African Union and United Nations peacekeeping force into the Darfur region as early as next year. pg 10a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 54.11

12,305.82

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 6.31

2,449.06

S&P -- UP

+ 3.19

1,399.76

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 0.17

360.47

BP Solar to expand Md. plant

BP Solar unveiled plans for a $70 million expansion of its manufacturing plant off Interstate 70 in Frederick, which will give it twice the capacity to produce solar panels and create 70 new jobs. It would be the largest integrated solar manufacturing plant in North America, the company said. pg 1e

SPORTS

Ray Lewis likely out Sunday

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis underwent surgery to have blood drained from his back and probably will miss Sunday's game against Atlanta. pg 1c

Santana wins Cy Young Award

Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana won the AL Cy Young Award for the second time in three years, winning again by a unanimous vote. pg 4c

TODAY

`Feet' a `Penguins' wannabe?

Happy Feet, which opens today and features the voices of Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Robin Williams, aspires to be the musical version of March of the Penguins. pg 1f

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