Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

January 30, 2007

NATIONAL

Gene-test law is more likely

The shift in control of Congress has brightened prospects for approval of a law that would prevent employers or insurers from discriminating on the basis of genetic test results, according to legislators and other government officials. pg 3a

Fleisher testifies at Libby trial

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer testified yesterday that he first heard that a prominent war critic's wife worked at the CIA from vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. pg 3a

MARYLAND

PSC chief steps down

The Public Service Commission chairman who has faced intense criticism for his handling of BGE rate increases last year and for his ties to industry officials has resigned, giving Gov. Martin OMalley effective control of utility regulation in Maryland. pg 1a

A suicide in prostitution case

Brandy Britton, a once-promising sociologist who was scheduled to go on trial next week on prostitution charges, apparently hanged herself in her Ellicott City home over the weekend, police said. pg 1b

TODAY

Quarterback as pitchman

Before he takes the field for Sunday's Super Bowl, Peyton Manning will be taking to the tube. The Colts quarterback has the most lucrative endorsement contract in the NFL. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+3.76

12,490.78

NASDAQ -- UP

+5.60

2,441.09

S&P -- DOWN

-1.56

1,420.62

SUN INDEX -- UP

+2.08

367.38

Study faults drug ads

Americans are asking for drugs they don't need based on vague TV commercial promises that are heavy on emotions, but light on facts, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. pg 1d

WORLD

Israel wrestles with scandals

Top government and military leaders in Israel are engulfed in an unprecedented wave of political, sexual and criminal scandals that have deeply eroded public confidence in the government. pg 1a

SPORTS

Barbaro is euthanized

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who fractured his right hind leg at the Preakness eight months ago, was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. pg 1a

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