Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

January 18, 2007

NATIONAL

Bush allows oversight

In an apparent reversal, President Bush has agreed to submit the National Security Agency's controversial domestic eavesdropping program to a secret court for approval, eliminating the warrantless aspect of the program, federal officials announced yesterday. pg 1a

Killer storm hits Texas

An icy storm blamed for at least 60 deaths in nine states spread snow and freezing rain across Texas to the Mexican border, closing the Alamo, glazing freeways and immobilizing communities unaccustomed to such cold. pg 3a

WORLD

Iraq confrontation set

Setting up a showdown with the White House that could come next week, several anti-war senators, including one Republican, introduced a resolution opposing President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq. pg 14a

MARYLAND

The O'Malleys' big day

On the day of his inauguration, Martin O'Malley was the center of things yesterday in Annapolis, but his family also drew plenty of attention. pg 1a

Wal-mart ruling upheld

A federal appeals court upheld yesterday a lower court ruling that Maryland's attempt to compel giant retailer Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health care is unfair. pg 1b

TODAY

A new welcome

While the governor's inauguration was being marked with great pomp in Annapolis, a four-man crew from the State Highway Administration worked unceremoniously to change the name of the governor on the "Maryland Welcomes You" sign at the Pennsylvania line. pg 1c

Baltimore backdrop

Rocket Science, a coming-of-age yarn from Johns Hopkins alumnus Jeffrey Blitz and filmed in Baltimore two summers ago, will have its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, which starts today in Park City, Utah. pg 1c

SPORTS

Ravens extend Billick contract

Ravens management announced yesterday that the contract of coach Brian Billick was being extended. It is the third extension for Billick, who was entering the final season of his current contract. pg 1d

BUSINESS

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Mall developer acquired

Financially strapped Mills Corp., the Chevy Chase mall developer that owns Arundel Mills and Marley Station, agreed yesterday to be bought by a Canadian investment company in a deal valued at $7.5 billion. pg 1d

Industrial output gains

The nation's industrial output revived last month as output from mines, factories and utilities displayed unexpected strength, reflecting a solid upturn in manufacturing activity, the government said yesterday. pg 1d

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