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Iranian officials say privately a deep ideological gap separates radical reformers like Prime Minister Hossein Mussavi, who want a strong public sector, and traditionalist politicians like President Ali Khamenei, who lean more toward private enterprise.

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Rockwell International to pay up to $1.2 million in US fines

Rockwell International Corporation, the nation's second-largest defense contractor, has agreed to pay up to $1.2 million in fines for overcharging the government in what one prosecutor said was a company effort to ``inflate bids on spare parts.'' The agreement with Rockwell filed in US district court in Dallas Wednesday does not bar the government from pursuing charges against any individuals with the company.

Mexico shifting oil prices in new marketing strategy

Mexico, the biggest foreign oil supplier to the US, will cut the price of heavy crude and raise the price of its light crude today. The result, said Dan Lundberg, author of the Lundberg Letter, an oil industry survey, is that most nations buying oil are willing to pay for the light crude they need.

``Mexico's action very cleverly allows them to make the heavy crude more desirable (for sale to the US), and other nations which want the sweet, light crudes will bear the brunt of the price increase for the light crude,'' he said.

Bidding brisk on project for English Channel link

At least six competing groups formally bid yesterday to build a multibillion-dollar fixed link between Britain and France across the English Channel. The British and French governments agreed to the idea in principle, provided they did not have to provide any cash. They are expected to select one of the plans early next year setting a target date for completion by the mid-1990s.

Brock urges business changes to assist two-worker families

Labor Secretary William Brock says American business should adopt flexible work schedules, provide child care, and make other changes in response to the influx of two-income families into the work force. ``What we must deal with in management and government, as well as in union circles, is the distressing fact that our employment system continues to operate largely as though workers had no families at all, and that's crazy. It doesn't make sense,'' Mr. Brock told the 16th biennial AFL-CIO convention Wednesday.

Senate Democrats unveil plan on trade to ease tariff issue

Senate Democrats are presenting a five-point, ``consensus'' trade package designed to avert wrangling over tariffs and quotas and focus instead on moderate steps that could win broad support. The outline unveiled by the Democrats joins an array of omnibus packages placed before Congress in recent months as concern increases over the nation's projected $150 billion trade deficit. (Related story, Page 7.)

It would create a Cabinet-level National Trade Council in the White House and spur the Reagan administration to consult with Congress before embarking on a new round of talks involving the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

New York court averts vote on Staten Island Navy base

The State Court of Appeals has ruled that a referendum on a Navy base in New York City would violate state law and cannot appear on the ballot. Antinuclear groups sponsoring the referendum have not decided whether to appeal Wednesday's decision to the United States Supreme Court. The base for seven warships able to carry nuclear weapons would be built on city-owned land in the Stapleton area of Staten Island.