A leading House Republican said the White House provided Congress for the first time with some operational details about the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program. pg 3a
To kickstart the development of more successful treatments of common diseases, federal researchers announced at least $60 million in new initiatives designed to deepen understanding of the roles that genetics and environment play. pg 9a
UMBC student charged in killing
In a case that highlights the potential dangers of popular Internet sites as a way for young people to meet, a biochemistry major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was charged yesterday with beating a woman to death while on a date arranged through the Web site MySpace.com. pg 1a
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SafeNet to acquire British firm
SafeNet Inc., the Belcamp-based network security firm, announced plans yesterday to buy a British Internet security company for $150 million. The cash deal to buy Cambridge, England-based nCipher is SafeNet's 11th acquisition in six years. pg 1d
Bird flu outbreak in Africa
Health authorities confirmed the first outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus in Africa, a continent that is ill prepared to contain its spread. pg 1a
Tocchet gets indefinite leave
Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet, who is at the center of a New Jersey State Police investigation into an illegal bookmaking operation, was granted an indefinite leave of absence by the NHL after meeting with league commissioner Gary Bettman last night. pg 1c
Israeli play makes U.S. debut
The Murder of Isaac, the Motti Lerner play of zealotry and freedom that was deemed too incendiary to produce in Israel, makes its English language and American premiere at Center Stage. pg 1e.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"They made an attempt to solve a problem, but Studio Course is just not the solution. ... They should admit that they tried, but it just wasn't successful."
State Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, responding to a report on the language arts program in city middle schools.
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