Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 20, 2006

NATION

Van Hollen scores post

Montgomery County Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen will head the party's recruiting and fundraising efforts during the 2007-2008 election cycle, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday. pg 3a

Putting restrictions on adoption

China is planning to issue new, tighter restrictions on foreign adoptions of Chinese children, which would prohibit adoptions by parents who are unmarried, who are obese or who are older than 50, according to adoption agencies in the United States. pg 3a

WORLD

Iraq strategy shifts

With generals warning that long deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan are stretching the Army to a breaking point, President Bush is asking for plans to expand the military for a long war against terrorism, a senior administration official said yesterday. pg 1a

Cease-fire pact signed

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas signed a fresh cease-fire agreement aimed at stopping nearly a week of clashes. pg 15a

MARYLAND

Boyer indicted

A Baltimore grand jury returned a 10-count indictment yesterday against Mildred E. Boyer, a minority subcontractor with ties to City Council President Sheila Dixon. State prosecutors accused Boyer of theft and filing false tax returns. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+30.05

12,471.32

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-6.02

2,429.55

S&P -- UP

+3.07

1,425.55

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.29

358.37

Ready for takeoff in Baltimore

Edina, Minn.-based Alliant Techsystems Inc., the world's largest producer of solid rocket motors for the military and NASA, is moving the headquarters of its Mission Systems Group from Minneapolis to Baltimore in January. The company, which is more commonly known by its NYSE ticker symbol ATK, already employs 586 in Elkton. pg 1d

SPORTS

Five Ravens headed to Pro Bowl

Ravens' Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed, Adalius Thomas, Terrell Suggs and cornerback Chris McAlister are named to the Pro Bowl, but seven-time selection Ray Lewis is excluded. pg 1e

TODAY

Pop-ups are not just for kids

Pop-up books, once the delight of children, are now tackling some very grown-up themes. pg 1c

`Rocky' is back in the ring

Rocky lovers may cherish a stroll down memory lane with the new film, Rocky Balboa. Others may wonder why Sylvester Stallone didn't leave well enough alone. pg 1c

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