Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

November 22, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush faces rough road

President Bush returns home with his public approval ratings near an all-time low, his party preparing to relinquish control of Congress in January and his administration facing fateful questions about the course of the war in Iraq. pg 3a

Senators seek firing

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland was among 14 Democratic senators who urged the Bush administration to dismiss an advocate of sexual abstinence who has been named to a federal family planning post. pg 5a

WORLD

Lebanese minister slain

A Christian Cabinet minister who had stood against Syrian interference in Lebanon was shot dead, stunning and infuriating a war-haunted nation and heightening the threat of unrest. pg 1a

Settlements illegal, group says

An Israeli peace group said it had obtained government data showing that nearly 40 percent of land covered by Jewish settlements in the West Bank is privately owned by Palestinians, including major portions of areas that Israel intends to keep under any peace agreement. pg 10a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+5.05

12,321.59

NASDAQ -- UP

+2.12

2,454.84

S&P -- DOWN

-2.31

1,402.81

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.34

361.45

Md. jobless rate steady

Maryland's unemployment rate stayed steady at 4 percent last month, but job creation continues to be slower than expected. pg 1d

Condemnation of city land

City officials are moving toward condemnation of land owned by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation so redevelopment of the so-called "superblock" can move forward on the west side. pg 1d

SPORTS

Morneau named MVP

Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau beat out New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter for the American League Most Valuable Player award. Morneau finished with 34 homers and 130 RBIs to help the Twins capture their division. pg 4e.

Orioles chasing Lee

The competition for free-agent outfielder Carlos Lee appears to be down to three teams, including the Orioles, and the slugger could make a decision by the weekend. pg 1e

TODAY

Hollywood satire worth seeing

Director Christopher Guest and his stock company satirize the Hollywood awards frenzy in For Your Consideration. And the winner is: the film's audience. pg 1c

An action-packed thriller

Denzel Washington stars as an agent trying to solve a bombing on a New Orleans ferry in the action-packed thriller. D'j? Vu. pg 1c

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