US PRESSES NATO FOR BOSNIA ACTION The United States pressed its NATO allies yesterday for tougher action in Bosnia, including more airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs if they continue to flout UN demands and attack peacekeepers. Officials at a two-day meeting of alliance defense ministers in Seville, Spain, said US Defense Secretary William Perry appealed at the opening session for NATO to back a swift and heavy response. Although some allies agree with the US drive for a tougher line, others say it must be left to the United Nations to decide. UN officials have an effective veto over airstrikes in Bosnia, and they have been reluctant to use force, fearing reprisals against lightly armed peacekeepers and more conflict. US economic growth
The US economy grew at a strong 4.1 percent annual rate in the spring, but most of the expansion was from a large buildup in unsold goods that is expected to lead to slower growth, the government said yesterday. The Commerce Department a month ago estimated that gross domestic product increased at a 3.8 percent rate in the April-June quarter, and yesterday's upward revision was more than many analysts expected. But the department said most of the change came from an additional $3.9 billion in inventory investment, primarily farm cattle. Meanwhile, new home sales unexpectedly shot up 9.7 percent in August, the biggest jump in 11 months. N.Y. police corruption
The cloud of corruption over the nation's largest police department darkened again as 14 more officers sworn to uphold the law were accused of breaking it. So far this year, 29 officers - about 25 percent of the 30th precinct's patrol force - have been implicated in a sweeping corruption probe. The precinct covers the Harlem section of Manhattan.
Malaysian haze worsens
Schools and colleges would be shut and public holidays may be declared if a blanket of haze covering many parts of Malaysia worsens, a government minister said yesterday. Forest fires in neighboring Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra are believed to have caused the gray smoky haze that has hung over Kuala Lumpur and other parts of Malaysia for the past two months. The haze is also lingering over Singapore and Brunei.
A GOP primary loss
Rep. David Levy of New York is the first Republican incumbent to lose a congressional primary election this year. The official count announced Wednesday gave Dan Frisa a 54-vote edge over the first-term congressman. Mr. Frisa, a former assemblyman, is expected to face Democrat Philip Schiliro, who lost narrowly to Mr. Levy two years ago.