Thank you kbsparky for your reply. Here's what I did before seeking help.
1. I combine the white with the green/copper b/c I read someone on the web that it might work. My first attempt was white-white and green-bare copper.
2. (a) I know there is power to the box and (b) the lights work b/c I turned it on before installing the timer.
3. As for your third step, round 1 - red timer -> brwn/red/black combo and black timer -> single black. When this didn't work, round 2 - black timer -> brwn/red/black combo and red -> single black.
4. Thinking that the timer might be defective, I duplicate all my steps with a second timer and the same thing happen. I installed one of the time on another location with more simple wiring and was successful.
I am bumped out with this one. Please help.