Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 02, 2007

WORLD

Warming man-made, study says

The world' leading climate scientists, in their most powerful language ever used on the issue, said global warming is "very likely" man-made, according to a new report obtained today by the Associated Press. pg 1A

General wanted fewer troops

The top U.S. commander in Iraq said he had recommended deploying fewer than half the number of additional U.S. troops that President Bush plans to send to Baghdad and insurgent strongholds in western Iraq. pg 10A

MARYLAND

Miller weighs voting delay

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said yesterday that he could not support an overhaul of the state's paperless voting system until 2010 in light of anticipated budget shortfalls and a hectic election season in Baltimore. pg 1B

Truck driver cleared in crash

Despite admitting that he knew a traffic light wasn't working when he drove his tractor-trailer through a Columbia intersection and slammed it into a car, killing two teens, Gary L. Dicks, 24, of Stephens City, Va., was acquitted yesterday on a pair of traffic charges. pg 3B

SPORTS

O's Roberts gets $4.2M deal

The Orioles completed a one-year contract with second baseman Brian Roberts, who will get a base salary of $4.2 million for the 2007 season. Roberts' 2007 salary represents a $600,000 raise. pg 3F

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+51.99

12,673.68

NASDAQ -- UP

+4.45

2,468.38

S&P -- UP

+7.70

1,445.94

SUN INDEX -- up

+2.59

371.82

Americans still overspending

For the second year in a row, Americans spent more than they earned - $116 billion more in December alone. That's causing some hand-wringing, but it just might say more about the changing nature of wealth than it does about the country's careless cash outlay. pg 1A

NATIONAL

Minimum wage increase OK'd

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to increase the minimum wage and give $8.3 billion in tax cuts to small businesses. But the increase - to $7.25 from $5.15 - must clear several hurdles before it becomes law. pg 3A

Biden chided for remark

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton took Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. to task for calling Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama articulate and clean, questioning how the description reflects on other blacks. pg 5A

TODAY

Painful `Because I Said So'

Watching Because I Said So is roughly the equivalent of listening to fingernails on a chalkboard for nearly two hours. pg 1C

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