Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 25, 2007

NATIONAL

Search of food supply to begin

The government will begin a sweeping search of the country's food supply for melamine, the industrial chemical linked to the pet food scare, federal health officials announced yesterday. pg 1a

View of Pat Tillman's brother

Kevin Tillman, brother of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed in Afghanistan, accused the Pentagon and the Bush administration of concealing circumstances of his brother's death by friendly fire in an attempt to avoid embarrassment. pg 3a

SPORTS

Athletics sweep Orioles

Starter Dallas Braden won his major league debut yesterday as the Oakland Athletics beat the Orioles, 4-2, at Camden Yards for a two-game sweep. Braden gave up six hits and one run in six innings. pg 1e

WORLD

Legal abortion vowed in Mexico

Mexico City legislators voted yesterday to legalize abortion in this capital city during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, an action that supporters say would serve as a landmark for women's rights in Latin America. pg 9a

Responsibility claim in attack

A group claiming to be affiliated with al-Qaida claimed responsibility yesterday for a suicide car bomb that killed nine U.S. soldiers and wounded 20 in one of the deadliest single attacks against American troops in Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq, a coalition of Sunni Muslim groups, posted an Internet message promising more attacks. pg 9a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 34.54

12,953.94

NASDAQ -- UP

+ 0.87

2,524.54

S&P-- DOWN

- 0.52

1,480.41

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-.011

360.05

Hirschmann of Legg steps down

Legg Mason Inc.'s James W. Hirschmann has stepped down, ruffling the succession plan to replace longtime Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Raymond A. "Chip" Mason. pg 1a

The next Md. flagship biotech?

When MedImmune Inc. agreed to be bought by British drugmaker AstraZeneca this past weekend, the state lost its flagship biotechnology company. Which biotech will take its place? pg 1d

MARYLAND

O'Malley signs 178 bills

Felons who complete their sentences will be able to register to vote in Maryland under a new law signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley yesterday. Also among 178 measures receiving his signature are laws to require stricter emissions limits on new cars and for protection of the diamondback terrapin. pg 1a

Burns convicted in killing

Charles Eugene Burns, 35, a Harford County laborer accused of attacks on several women near Aberdeen, was convicted yesterday in the killing of an Elkton woman, ending a trial that foreshadowed possible charges in other killings. pg 1b

TODAY

`American Idol' giving back

American Idol is throwing a celebrity-studded concert tonight with proceeds to benefit poor children in Africa and the United States. But the two-hour show, "Idol Gives Back," offers a novel approach to donating, allowing viewers to experience the glow that accompanies charitable giving - without digging into their wallets. pg 1c

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