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Deadliest day for U.S. in Iraq

In the deadliest day for American forces in Iraq since the war began, 31 troops died in a helicopter crash in the western part of the country, four Marines died in an attack in Anbar province and two soldiers died in attacks in and around Baghdad. [Page 1a]

Israel, Palestinians restart talks

Israeli and Palestinian officials resumed high-level contacts as Israel announced that it was no longer targeting Palestinian militant leaders for assassination and was ready to pull back troops from West Bank cities. [Page 14a]

NATIONAL

Accepting the cost of Iraq war

Americans accept death as part of the sad cost of the Iraq war, experts said on a day when 37 U.S. troops were killed, and that attitude likely won't shift until the public no longer sees a point in staying. [Page 1a]

At least 11 dead in train crash

A man intent on committing suicide left his SUV on a railroad track in Glendale near downtown Los Angeles, where it set off a collision that derailed two commuter trains, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 200, authorities said. [Page 1a]

Man testifies priest abused him

A man who says he was molested as a boy by Paul Shanley, the now-defrocked priest at the center of the Boston Archdiocese sex scandal, tearfully testified that Shanley would pull him from catechism classes and rape and fondle him in the church pews, confessional and rectory. [Page 3a]

MARYLAND

Poly senior science finalist

Ryan Marques Harrison, a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, was named a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, one of the nation's most prestigious high school science competitions. Ryan is the first Baltimore student since 1958 to reach the final round of the contest. [Page 1a]

College building projects planned

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced major new building projects for Coppin State and Morgan State universities, reversing what he said were years of underfunding for the two historically black colleges in Baltimore. [Page 1b]

Regents OK tuition increases

The Board of Regents approved tuition increases averaging 5.8 percent for University System of Maryland campuses, the lowest increase in three years. The increases for the 2005-2006 academic year mean undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state students will range from $8,520 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to $4,714 at Coppin State University. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Redmer won't resign

Rebuffing partisan calls for his resignation, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Alfred W. Redmer Jr. defended his handling of requests from HMOs to pass on to consumers a recently approved 2 percent tax. Redmer said he is following the procedure established by his Democrat-appointed predecessor. [Page 1c]

Tyco fraud retrial begins

Former Tyco International Ltd. Chief Executive L. Dennis Kozlowski and former finance chief Mark Swartz systematically looted the company of more than $150 million in bonuses, prosecutors said, as the fraud trial for the two executives began. [Page 1c]

Toolmaker has record sales

Propelled by the purchases of several hardware companies that performed well, Towson-based Black & Decker Corp. posted record sales and earnings for last year and the fourth quarter. [Page 1c]

SPORTS

J. Lewis gets 4-month prison term

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis appeared in federal court in Atlanta, apologized for a drug-related crime and was sentenced to four months in prison and two months in a halfway house. If the U.S. Bureau of Prisons accepts the judge's recommendation, Lewis will surrender his freedom Feb. 4. [Page 1a]

Terps upset No. 2 Duke

Maryland, which had suffered two huge losses on the road to North Carolina and Wake Forest, upset previously unbeaten Duke, 75-66, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Nik Caner-Medley led the Terps over the No. 2 Blue Devils with 25 points. [Page 1d]

Laurel reopens for racing

Laurel Park reopened for racing on its new dirt surface after construction problems delayed completion for four months and last weekend's snowstorm postponed opening day. The official "grand reopening" has been rescheduled for Saturday. [Page 1d]

TODAY

Architect Philip Johnson dies

Philip Johnson, a brilliant but controversial architect who helped introduce modern architecture to America in the 1930s and then led a movement against it 50 years later, died Tuesday at his home in New Canaan, Conn. He was 98. [Page 1a]

City firm doing 'Star Wars' work

In a second-floor Federal Hill studio, Lania D'Agostino and her associates have been busy building Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker mannequins for display by Lucasfilms, the company owned by George Lucas of Star Wars fame. [Page 1e]

Ringo Starr, Stan Lee collaborate

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined forces with cartoon genius Stan Lee to develop an animated series for DVD release. [Page 2e]

TODAY ONLINE

JAMAL LEWIS SENTENCED

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sentenced Wednesday to four months in prison for his role in a federal drug case. For archived coverage: www.baltimoresun.com/jamallewis

TERPS FOOTBALL Q&A;

Submit your questions about the Terps' football recruiting efforts to University of Maryland recruiting coordinator James Franklin. www.baltimoresun.com/college/football

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We value life, and we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life. But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom. "

President Bush, on U.S. troop deaths in Iraq (Article, Page 1A)

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