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Last updated: 3:03 PM EDT, Sunday, May 8, 2005

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Today's Highlights

Insurgent Violence Escalates in Iraq
Ambushes and kidnappings targeting Iraqis and foreigners have surged this month while the new government is caught up in power struggles over cabinet positions.

Lobbyist Paid for DeLay's Airfare
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.

Hospital Services Performed Overseas
A movement toward greater use of telemedicine is widening the spectrum of care doctors can provide from afar and enabling more outsourcing of services overseas.
-The Washington Post


Nation

Enrollment in ROTC Down 16 Percent
Nationwide enrollment has slipped over the past two years, leaving the program, which commissions more than six of every 10 new Army officers each year, with its fewest participants in nearly a decade.

Latest news from the wires | Nation Section


Politics

Panel to Start Writing Social Security Bill
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.

DNC Is Told Where to Move Into Bush Bloc
Howard Dean's Democratic National Committee has been studying the electorate, and the party's problem with voters of faith is both worse and better than he feared.

U.S. Loan Proposed to Rescue Alaska Power Plant
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.

Latest news from the wires | Politics Section


World

Hu Jintao Tightens Party's Grip on Power
Chinese president is emerging as an unyielding leader determined to preserve the Communist Party's monopoly on power and willing to impose new limits on speech and other civil liberties to do it.

U.N. Chief's Record Comes Under Fire
UNITED NATIONS -- In eight years as U.N. secretary general, Kofi Annan has come as close to superstardom as a diplomat can get -- lauded on the cover of Time, sharing the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize with the organization he leads and becoming known as the "secular pope" for his advocacy for peace and the poor.

Latest news from the wires | World Section


Metro

Lashing Back at Taxes
In growing numbers, Montgomery residents are demanding an end to rising property taxes.

Tested at the Pumps
Washingtonians, like counterparts across the country, are paying a lot more for gas because they drive more guzzlers than before.

Despite Law, D.C. Jail Conditions Unimproved
Mayor Anthony A. Williams and the Department of Corrections have failed to comply with a 14-month-old law negotiated with the D.C. Council to improve conditions and operations at the District's main jail after the stabbing deaths of two detainees and other inmate violence.

Metro Section


Business

MCI Calls Qwest's Bid 'Superior' to Verizon's
MCI Inc.'s board of directors embraced a cash-rich offer from Qwest Communications International Inc. after months of saying the company was a financially weaker and strategically less desirable merger partner than Verizon Communications Inc.
-The Washington Post

Commuter Consumer
The daily ride has given rise to audio books, the travel mug and a 7-Eleven Inc. trademark, Dashboard Dining. The national motto has become grab and go, and legions of businesses work feverishly to fill a near-sacred space: the cup holder.

Color of Money
Investor Beware: The Con Is On
It's the season to scam.
I think I've used the phrase "low-life bum" more than I care to as I've read story after story this past year of investors being ripped off in new and old scams.

Latest news from the wires | Business Section


Technology

Girls' Night Logged On
You match the Nicole Kidman card with the Nicole Kidman card, the Julia Roberts card with the Julia Roberts card, the J.Lo card with the J.Lo card. Simple enough. The game is called Ditto, and it's on the Web site of Ladies' Home Journal, and Karen Heal is, at this very moment, too preoccupied playing the game to talk about it.

Fast Forward
5 Ways to Unleash Music
Two years ago this coming Thursday, the online music business stopped being a joke. When Apple Computer opened its iTunes Music Store for business on April 28, 2003, people finally had a song-downloads destination that provided a fair value for the money.
-Rob Pegoraro

Web Watch
Google Accommodates Search History Buffs
Don't take this personally, but Google wants your Web search history.

Latest news from the wires | Technology Section


Health

Doctors Are Warned on Fetus Care
The Bush administration issues guidelines advising physicians and hospitals that they are obligated to care for fetuses "born alive" naturally or in the process of an abortion.

New Food Pyramid Unveiled
The federal government unveiled a makeover of this well-known icon that emphasizes eating a variety of food, including healthful fat, and underscores physical activity.

Global Health Corps Proposed to Fight AIDS
The federal government should create a corps of AIDS specialists and deploy them in the hard-hit countries targeted by the Bush administration's five-year, $15-billion global AIDS program, according to a panel of experts.

Latest news from the wires | Health Section


Sports

Redskins Get Rogers
The Redskins select a pair of Auburn players in the first round, using the ninth overall pick on cornerback Carlos Rogers and the 25th overall on quarterback Jason Campbell.

49ers Take Smith No. 1
Utah quarterback Alex Smith is picked first by the 49ers in the NFL draft Saturday.

Wizards Set to Grind
With a gritty set of meetings already in the books for the Wizards and Bulls, both teams expect tough games, but know little else of postseason life.

Sports Section



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