Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 17, 2007

NATIONAL

Support grows for war limits

Forty-four Republican senators back a plan to tie continued economic aid to Iraq to the performance of its government, the strongest demonstration yet of GOP willingness to impose limits on the president's management of the war. pg 3a

World Bank leader seeks deal

Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz seeks a face-saving agreement that would allow him to resign as head of the World Bank under his own terms and escape some blame for the conflict of interest involving his girlfriend's pay deal. pg 5a

WORLD

A doomed Palestinian unity

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah wage pitched battles in the streets of the Gaza Strip. Three truces have come and gone. In four days, at least 40 people have been killed, including at least 14 yesterday as an increasingly violent struggle threatens to bring down what had been called a Palestinian "unity" government. pg 10a

MARYLAND

Court rules in surrogate case

The state's highest court rules that a baby conceived from an egg donated by one woman, and implanted in another, may have no mother at all under Maryland law. pg 1A

Bill gets lukewarm response

Large swaths of Baltimore could be declared emergency areas subject to heightened police enforcement - including a lockdown of streets - under a city councilman's proposal that aims to slow the city's climbing homicide count. pg 1A

Gaumer sentenced to life

Former UMBC student John C. Gaumer was spared the death penalty yesterday when a jury sentenced him to spend the rest of his life in prison for raping and fatally beating a woman he met online. pg 1b

SPORTS

Street Sense gets No. 8 post

Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense drew the No. 8 post position in the nine-horse field and was installed as the 7-5 favorite for Saturday's Preakness. Derby runner-up Hard Spun is the 5-2 second choice. pg 1e

Slumping Orioles fall, 2-1

A.J. Burnett pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 batters as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Orioles, 2-1, to compete a three-game series sweep. It was the Orioles' fifth consecutive loss. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+103.69

13,487.53

NASDAQ -- UP

+22.13

2,547.42

S&P -- UP

+12.95

1,514.14

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.07

350.05

BUSINESS

Magna chief's racing faith

Frank Stronach, the Canadian millionaire who owns Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, likes to promote his auto parts company's conservative financial principals. But when it comes to the horse racing and entertainment company he controls, the picture could not be more different. pg 1D

Regulators investigate firing

Federal regulators are investigating allegations that Fieldstone Investment Corp., a Columbia subprime mortgage lender that has been hard hit by rising defaults, fired its general counsel in January for accusing senior management of illegal activity. pg 1D

TODAY

Fox, CW line up new shows

As Fox and the CW prepare to present their slate for next season to advertisers this morning, Fox - fresh off a spring season where most of its offerings tanked - is expected to add seven new shows, including a series based on the Terminator movies. Meanwhile, the young CW has reportedly decided to cancel the cult favorite, Veronica Mars, in favor of adding three dramas, a comedy and two unscripted shows. pg 2C

Local artist a big hit in U.S.

It's a wonder Ultra Nate is able to pull off the homegrown diva look: glossy lips, mile-long fake eyelashes and an ink-black faux ponytail raining down her back. Easygoing, her smile inviting, the internationally celebrated dance music artist has been overseeing activities surrounding the pending release of Grime, Silk & Thunder, her fifth album.pg 1C

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