Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 01, 2006

MARYLAND

Md. argues for Wal-Mart bill

Maryland's Attorney General's office argued before a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to preserve the state's first-in-the-nation statute to force Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to spend more on employee health care even as lawmakers in Annapolis have begun looking for other ways to expand health care access. Maryland's bill drew widespread national attention a year ago amid intensifying national pressure for the giant retailer to change its business practices but was struck down by a lower-court judge in July. pg 1B

NATIONAL

Bush praises al-Maliki

Seeking to recover from a series of diplomatic gaffes, President Bush extolled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's courage and vowed to help him secure greater authority over security forces in the struggle to quell violence. pg 1A

U.S. citizenship test to change

Passing the test to become a U.S. citizen will soon require more than knowing the number of states or Supreme Court justices. Instead of memorizing facts and details about American government and history, new immigrants will be assessed on their grasp of the nation's ideals. pg 3A

SPORTS

Selig to retire in three years

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said that he will step down in three years when his contract ends, Reuters reports. Selig became interim commissioner in 1992 and took the job permanently six years later. pg 4F

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-4.80

12,221.93

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-0.46

2,431.77

S&P -- UP

+1.15

1,400.65

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.12

357.31

Battle over TV station costs

Sinclair Broadcast Group's threats to pull its television stations off cable systems in cities that include St. Louis and Milwaukee is part of a widening battle over how much system operators should have to pay to carry over-the-air stations. pg 1E

WORLD

Russian PM's illness probed

Irish authorities launched an inquiry into the sudden and violent illness of former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, whose aides said might have been the victim of poisoning. pg 16A

Coalition deal dead, Abbas says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday that his long struggle to replace the Hamas-led government with a more moderate coalition had reached a dead end, complicating the goal of renewed peace talks with Israel. pg 16A

TODAY

Nativity story debuts on film

Just in time for Christmas comes The Nativity Story, with Keisha Castle-Hughes as the overwhelmed and mystified teenage Mary. pg 1C

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