Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 11, 2007

NATIONAL

Stem cell research battle looms

Supporters of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research launched a new effort to remove government restrictions on the controversial research, but they face a steep climb overcoming President Bush's opposition. pg 1a

Bush invites talks over Iraq

Two weeks after congressional Democrats invited President Bush to negotiate over timetables for withdrawing troops from Iraq, the president issued his own invitation to "meet with me at the White House." pg 3a

MARYLAND

P.G. hospital likely to close

The refusal by the Prince George's County Council this week to accept Gov. Martin O'Malley's $329 million plan to modernize and financially strengthen the county's largest hospital means it will likely close, sending its 188,000 annual patients elsewhere. pg 1a

WORLD

Bomb plot stopped, Israelis say

Israeli authorities said they have arrested 19 Palestinian militants for planning to set off a huge car bomb in Tel Aviv during Passover. pg 10a

Gun battle in Baghdad

Four Iraqi soldiers were killed, 16 American soldiers were wounded and a U.S. helicopter was hit by ground fire as a daylong battle erupted in central Baghdad at the close of the second month of the security crackdown in the capital. pg 10a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+4.71

12,573.85

NASDAQ -- UP

+8.43

2,477.61

S&P -- UP

+3.78

1,448.39

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.02

359.00

Area home sales decline

Home sales across the Baltimore metropolitan area tumbled nearly 10 percent in March from a year earlier, but the average sales price continued to rise as the region continued a fairly smooth transition from a sellers' to a buyers' market. pg 1d

IRS misses a point

While the Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on nonprofit organizations that don't properly disclose executive's pay, it fails to expose the wrongdoers, columnist Jay Hancock writes. pg 1d

SPORTS

NFL suspends Jones, Henry

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones for the 2007 season and Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry for eight games for violating the league's new personal conduct policy. pg 1e

TODAY

Underground classic film

The lineup for the Maryland Film Festival will include Killer of Sheep, a 30-year-old underground classic about life in Los Angeles that earned the biggest per-screen average in New York and Los Angeles last weekend ($15,864). pg 1c

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