L.A. JURY STARTS ANEW For the second time in two days, a judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday removed one of the jurors in the case of two black men charged in the televised beating of white truck driver Reginald Denny at the start of last year's L.A. riots. The judge also threw out two verdicts reached by the panel and told them to begin their deliberations from scratch. The latest twist in the case came after nine days of deliberations on the fate of the defendants, who are charged with attempted murder in a mob attack. Meanwhile, two former white police officers reported to a minimum-security federal prison to begin serving 30-month prison terms for the beating of black motorist Rodney King, an incident that sparked the riots. Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell reported to the Federal Prison Camp at Dublin, 40 miles east of San Francisco, 10 minutes before the deadline. The facility, which has no bars or armed guards, is known as ``Club Fed.'' Poland coalition formedSkip to next paragraph
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Poland's two major left-wing parties, the ex-communists and the Peasant Party, signed an agreement yesterday to form a government coalition. The two parties were the winners in Poland's general election Sept. 19 and together hold a clear majority in the Sejm, the lower house of Parliament. Communications merger
Bell Atlantic Corporation agreed to buy Tele-Communications Inc., the nation's largest cable operator, in the biggest merger in corporate history - a deal announced yesterday and valued at up to $33 billion. The new company would be able to deliver phone service, cable television, and other services to about 40 percent of American households. Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic provides telephone service to the mid-Atlantic states. Denver-based TCI serves more than 10 million cable subscribers. Iranian gave warning
A former Iranian diplomat warned police of possible attacks in Norway by Iranian agents four months before Salman Rushdie's Norwegian publisher was shot and wounded in Oslo Monday, a Norwegian newspaper reported yesterday. Flood funds approved
President Clinton on Tuesday made available $65 million in emergency funds to address public health problems and social service needs resulting from flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries in the upper Midwest. The funds were allocated by Congress, contingent on the president submitting a budget request and designating an amount needed for emergency purposes. Of the $75 million appropriated for that purpose, $65 million now is available with no further congressional action required. Apology made to Japan
Russian President Boris Yeltsin, after apologizing Tuesday for Soviet mistreatment of Japanese World War II prisoners, gave Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa a picture of Mr. Hosokawa's uncle who died in a Soviet camp. During his two-day visit to Japan, Mr. Yeltsin also apologized to the Japanese emperor and business leaders. Pentagon appeals gay ruling
The Pentagon will ask the Supreme Court to delay enforcement of a federal court order banning discrimination against gays in the military, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. In the meantime, the Pentagon has instructed units to suspend its ban on homosexuals.
Nobel winners in physics
Russell Hulse and Joseph Taylor Jr. of Princeton University won the Nobel Prize in physics yesterday for their discovery of a new type of pulsar that has opened up new possibilities for the study of gravitation. Also Kary Mullis, an American, and Michael Smith, a Canadian, were awarded the Nobel in chemistry for separately discovering how to mass produce DNA and to reprogram the genetic code. Jays Series bound
The Toronto Blue Jays won their second straight American League pennant Tuesday, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-3 to close out the AL playoff series with a 4-games-to-2 edge. Last year the Jays became the first non-US team to win the World Series.