S. Dakota to ban abortion

South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions, setting up an assault on Roe v. Wade at a time when some activists see the U.S. Supreme Court as more willing than ever to overturn the 33-year-old decision. pg 1a

Waiting for a big bang

Astronomers around the world are pointing their telescopes toward the expected appearance of a new supernova, the explosion of a massive and very distant star. pg 5a


Iraq leaders extend curfew

Iraqi political and religious leaders struggled to pull the nation back from the brink of sectarian civil war, calling for peace and extending a daytime curfew meant to reduce violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims that has left more than 150 people dead this week. pg 9a

Filipinos continue to protest

Thousands of Filipinos took to the streets in protest, hours after beleaguered President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a nationwide state of emergency, banned public rallies and ordered the arrest of alleged coup plotters. pg 9a


Mancuso wins giant slalom

Competing during a snowstorm, American Julia Mancuso won the women's giant slalom at the Olympics, becoming only the second U.S. woman since 1994 to win an alpine medal and the first American woman to win the giant slalom since Debbie Armstrong in 1984. pg 6c


Winter by the Shore

You don't have to wait until Memorial Day to head down to the ocean. The Eastern Shore offers many delights, even in winter. pg 1d

No ruling in BlackBerry case

BlackBerry owners will have to wait longer to learn the fate of their wireless e-mail devices: A federal judge ended a hearing yesterday without making a ruling on an injunction request. pg 12c


Light rail to run on two tracks

For the first time in its 14-year life, Baltimore's Central Light Rail Line will operate tomorrow as a two-track line for virtually all its span from Hunt Valley to Anne Arundel County, as the opening of the second track in the northern section is expected to speed the commuter service. pg 1a














Quote Of the day

"This truly was the most beautiful example of caring, of people caring for people."

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. during a ceremony honoring those who helped Meadows at Reisterstown seniors during and after a fire at the apartments Article, PG 4B

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