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Budget assumes higher revenues

To show that President Bush can fulfill his campaign promise to cut the deficit in half by 2009, White House officials are preparing a budget that will assume a significant jump in revenues and omit the cost of major initiatives like overhauling Social Security. [Page 3a

Rabies patient returns home

Jeanna Giese, 15, defeated the deadly rabies virus and left Children's Hospital of Wisconsin a month early yesterday, going home to a waiting holiday celebration. The Fond du Lac, Wis., girl is said to be the first person in medical history to have survived the disease without a vaccination after becoming infected through a bat bite. [Page 8a

WORLD

Abbas labors in Arafat's shadow

Mahmoud Abbas, likely to be the next president of the Palestinian Authority, is laboring to make himself an inspiring leader, to generate excitement among people not sure whether the presidential election set for Jan. 9 is an opportunity for genuine change. [Page 1a

Floods add to Asia's misery

After the devastation wreaked by the seas, a deluge from the skies deepened the misery for tsunami-stricken areas yesterday, triggering flash floods in Sri Lanka that sent evacuees fleeing. U.S. forces began one of their biggest relief missions ever, with the death toll likely to hit 150,000. [Page 1a

Relatives search for fire victims

Anguished families struggled yesterday to identify the bodies of relatives killed in a Buenos Aires nightclub fire that left at least 186 people dead, many after being trapped inside by locked emergency exits. Authorities held the club's owner, Omar Chaban, pending an investigation into the fire. [Page 16a

MARYLAND

Indians pray and wait for news

Nearly 100 Hindus of Indian descent gathered yesterday at a Carroll County temple to pray for the victims of the devastating floods in South Asia. Members of the Greater Baltimore Temple collected approximately $15,000 for survivors in India and other affected nations, a temple official said. [Page 1a

Doctors praise bill as a first step

Some Maryland doctors say they welcome as a good start the hastily negotiated legislation passed by the General Assembly last week to rein in malpractice premiums, but they warned that more reforms would be required to solve the insurance crisis. [Page 1b

Turbines divide environmentalists

As developers plan to build a record 1,300 wind turbines next year -- including 116 in Maryland -- anti-turbine groups are proposing moratoriums on the booming wind industry. The debate has split environmentalists, with some arguing that turbines help prevent air pollution and others calling them tax-subsidized monstrosities. [Page 1b

SPORTS

Texas, Utah win BCS bowl games

Dusty Mangum made a 37-yard field goal as time expired and No. 6 Texas edged No. 13 Michigan, 38-37, in the Rose Bowl. In the other BCS bowl game, No. 5 Utah used its baffling spread offense and an underrated defense to dominate 19th-ranked Pittsburgh, 35-7, in the Fiesta Bowl. [Pages 1D, 8D

Kansas rallies past Ga. Tech

Keith Langford's twisting shot in the lane with three seconds left in overtime lifted No. 2 Kansas past No. 9 Georgia Tech, 70-68, capping the Jayhawks' rally from a 16-point deficit. [Page 10d

Heat wins 14th straight

Dwyane Wade used an array of dunks and a spectacular blind over-the-shoulder flip to score 26 points and lead the Miami Heat to its 14th straight win, 113-90, over the Charlotte Bobcats. Wade made 11 of 16 shots for the Heat, who have the NBA's longest winning streak this season. [Page 10d

TRAVEL

The wait for car rental grows

Renting a car from an off-site airport location is taking longer than ever, according to a new survey. Drivers are waiting an average of 14 minutes to be processed at the airport counter and catch a shuttle bus, two minutes more than in 2003, according to a J.D. Power study. [Page 2r

HOME & FAMILY

Research holds out hope

Scleroderma, which literally means hard skin, has a long history of mystifying scientists, but researchers say the prospects of developing therapies to treat the connective-tissue disease have never been better. A dozen treatments -- including vaccines, stem cell transplants and specialized antibodies -- are being tested in patients. [Page 6n

ARTS & SOCIETY

Help out of foster care, from UPS

Thanks to a partnership among shipping company UPS, the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, young adults nearing the end of their time in foster care in Baltimore are being given the chance -- and the skills -- to get well-paid jobs and prepare for life on their own. [Page 6e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Catastrophes are one of the few universal human experiences. ... Something in our DNA relates to it."

Filmmaker Jay Russell, on natural disasters and those portrayed in movies (Article, Page 3E)

TODAY ONLINE

INDIAN HEAD FIRES

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