Iraqi abuse claims investigated

The U.S. military is investigating accusations that five soldiers raped an Iraqi woman in her home and killed her and three family members, including a child, American officials said. The investigation is the fourth into suspected killings of unarmed Iraqis by American soldiers announced this month. pg 1A

Israel attacks Gaza Strip

As Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip with artillery fire and airstrikes, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh accused Israel of deliberately trying to topple his government. pg 8A


Few changes in retrial

Jurors in the retrial of two Mexican immigrants accused of slashing the throats of three young relatives heard opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys, but there were few differences in what was presented to another jury last year when the case ended in a mistrial. pg 1B

PSC replacements offered

Legislative leaders presented Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday with a bipartisan list of judges, former lawmakers and utilities experts to rebuild an embattled Public Service Commission accused by many of failing to protect consumers facing steep electric rate increases. pg 1A


Germany in World Cup semis

Argentina was 11 minutes from a place in the World Cup semifinals before Germany tied the score at 1, survived overtime and won the penalty-kick shootout, 4-2, advancing in Berlin. pg 1c

Bank recovers from fraud

Officials of Baltimore County Savings Bank, reeling from a check-kiting scheme that cost it the equivalent of seven years worth of profits, said yesterday that the bank is perfectly sound and that it will aggressively pursue legal action to recover the money. pg 1A


Congress pushes for tribunals

Congress is moving quickly to write legislation to allow the creation of military tribunals, reacting to a Supreme Court decision this week that repudiated the Bush administration's attempt to try Guantanamo detainees without authorization from Congress. pg 3A

Hubble Telescope nearly fixed

The Hubble Space Telescope is on track to resume full scientific operations tomorrow night after engineers resolved an 11-day electronics failure of its main camera, say officials at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. pg 3A


Big beach alternatives

A short drive from Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Del., you can find quiet beaches with enough room to spread your towel. pg 1D

High-tops meet haute couture

Columnist Rob Kasper's old sneaker standby, Chuck Taylor Converse All Star sneakers, have been transformed from object of ridicule to faintly fashionable. pg 1D














Quote Of the day

"It's a marathon, not a sprint."

Circuit Judge David B. Mitchell, instructing jurors in the retrial of two men accused of killing three young family members last year Article, PG 1B

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