SUPER COLLIDER'S FUTURE IN DOUBT The House of Representatives may have sounded the death knell for the super collider, some backers of the controversial science experiment say. On a 264-159 vote Tuesday, the House for the second time this year expressed its overwhelming objection to future funding of the $11 billion giant atom smasher under construction in Texas. House and Senate negotiators, who last week agreed to the full $640 million sought by the Clinton administration, now return to the bargaining table to reconcile the House's potent anti-collider stance and the Senate's endorsement last month of the project. The meeting could occur as early as today. Close call in Somalia
At least one grenade narrowly missed a US helicopter patrolling Mogadishu, Somalia, yesterday. There was no indication the incident and a possible grenade firing Tuesday signaled an attempt to break a cease-fire with fighters of Mohamed Farah Aideed. At the White House, which has switched from confronting Mr. Aideed's forces to seeking a political solution, spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers yesterday played down the attack. Kravchuk denounces US
Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk set the stage for a visit from Secretary of State Warren Christopher by denouncing Washington's disarmament policy and pledging to keep some nuclear weapons.
Parliament approved a military doctrine which stressed Ukraine's determination to hold onto its share of the former Soviet nuclear arsenal, at least for now. Mr. Kravchuk Tuesday accused the US of doing nothing to help Ukraine tackle the high cost of ridding itself of nuclear weaponry. GOP leaders address probe
House Republican leaders, including Robert Michel and Newt Gingrich, are joining the call for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that Commerce Secretary Ron Brown accepted $700,000 to help lift the US trade embargo against Vietnam. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and a federal grand jury in Miami are investigating the allegations. Brown has denied them and has said he expects to be ``totally exonerated'' by the probe. Firm stole logs
Thomas Creek Lumber & Log Co. of Stayton, Ore., will pay $1.5 million for stealing logs from national forests between 1983 and 1988. The firm pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving stolen property and did not contest a charge of illicitly using proceeds to run its business.
The plea in US District Court closes a five-year federal timber-theft probe centered on the North Santiam River canyon. Prosecutors and the US Forest Service say timber firms may have stolen up to $36 million in federal timber from the area over the past several decades. Guilty plea in arson plot
The leader of a white supremacist group accused of plotting a race war has pleaded guilty to arson and weapons charges, including the attempted firebombing of a synagogue this year. Christopher David Fisher pleaded guilty Tuesday.
The leader of the Fourth Reich Skinheads also agreed to testify before a grand jury investigating white supremacists. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Mr. Fisher and eight others were arrested in July. Disney to cut film
In a virtually unprecedented action, the Walt Disney Company said it would delete a scene from the film ``The Program'' showing college football players lying in a highway after a teen-ager from Polk, Pa., was killed on Saturday and two others critically injured while imitating the stunt. Student misconduct
Even top high school students display a ``startling lack of responsibility'' about pregnancy, AIDS, drunken driving, and cheating, according to the 24th annual Survey of High Achievers released Tuesday.
One in three of the pupils surveyed, for example, knows someone who brought a gun or knife to school. One in five of the girls surveyed was sexually assaulted; in one-third of the cases, the assailant was another student.