Secondhand smoke warning
As states and localities debate tough smoking bans, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona declared yesterday that secondhand smoke triggers diseases ranging from lung cancer to sudden infant death syndrome - and that no level is safe. pg 1a
Flag-burning measure fails
By a single vote, the Senate rejected a constitutional amendment that would have given Congress the power to ban flag burning. The tally in favor of the measure was 66-34, just shy of the two-thirds margin of approval - 67 votes - required for proposed changes to the Constitution. pg 3a
Reed gets 6-year extension
The Ravens and Ed Reed agreed on a six-year contract extension that will make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The deal will include $15 million to $16 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source. pg 1e
Israeli military enters Gaza
Israeli tanks and troops moved into the southern Gaza Strip yesterday in an effort to rescue a soldier who was abducted three days ago by Hamas militants and spirited into the densely populated Palestinian area. pg 1a
Iran plays down nuclear talks
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran does not need negotiations with the United States on its nuclear program, apparently seeking to reassure hard-liners the country will not cave in as it considers a Western incentives package. pg 12a
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Investors jittery about rates
Wall Street slumped yesterday as investors looked past another round of acquisitions and grew increasingly anxious about the Federal Reserve's upcoming decision on interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials tumbled more than 120 points. pg 1d
New storm pummels Maryland
Torrential rain from a new storm out of the south lashed an already saturated Maryland overnight as emergency officials braced for what could be a scene of widespread damage and disruption this morning. pg 1a
Ehrlich to make bid official
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. plans to launch his re-election bid today with a triumphant rally at his boyhood home in Arbutus, returning to the spot where he announced his candidacy four years ago to trumpet the promises he has kept and progress he has made. pg 1b
'Prada' offers insights
The Devil Wears Prada, a new movie about the not-so-glamorous side of the fashion magazine business, contains a gem of truth, industry insiders say. pg 1c
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Science has proven that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke."
U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, discussing findings in a new, 709-page report on the topic Article, PG 1A
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