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Henry Foster, President Clinton's choice for surgeon general, said he has no intention of withdrawing. Foster is under fire for discrepancies on his abortion record. He told ABC's "Dateline" that he had performed 39 abortions in 38 years. Clinton said he would stand by his nominee.Skip to next paragraph
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Gingrich and Senator Dole said they have little interest in resolving the six-month-old baseball strike, leaving players and owners at a standstill. Clinton had sent special legislation to Congress, requesting that it create a three-member panel of independent arbitrators. Both sides are expected to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee.
Former Vice President Quayle decided not to enter the 1996 presidential race because of the difficulty of raising money for a viable campaign, an adviser said.
At the urging of a group of 14 Republican senators, the Justice Department is considering whether an independent council should investigate Commerce Secretary Brown. The senators have questioned Brown's business dealings in a communications company. They want to know why he received more than $400,000 from the company, even though he had not invested money in it.
The man portrayed as the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing pleaded innocent after he was captured in Pakistan and secretly returned to New York. Iraqi-born Ramzi Ahmed Yousef is charged with 11 counts relating to the bombing. (Story, Page 5.)
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a constitutional amendment limiting the terms of future members of Congress to 12 years in each house. The bill's fate in the full Senate is unclear.
The number of newly laid-off Americans dropped by 8,000 last week to the lowest level in more than two months. New applications for unemployment insurance totaled 318,000, down from 326,000 the week before, the Labor Department said. It was the smallest number of new claims since November.
Prosecutors in the O. J. Simpson trial spent much of the week trying to pinpoint the time Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. Neighbors testified that they heard a barking dog at about 10:15. The prosecution is trying to show that Simpson had enough time to commit the crime.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to restore a tax deduction for self-employed people who purchase health insurance. The measure would make 25 percent of the cost of health-insurance premiums retroactively tax-deductible for 3.2 million self-employed Americans.
J. William Fulbright, a 30-year senator whose criticism of the Vietnam War made him a hero to some and an enemy to others, died yesterday.
French swimmer Guy Delage was in the final hours of a 2,400-mile solo journey across the Atlantic yesterday and was on course to land on Barbados. He began in the Cape Verde Islands Dec. 16.
Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner has agreed to a $245,000 settlement of his lawsuit contending police arrested him because he was a black man driving a nice car. Los Angeles lawyers urged the City Council to agree.
Elephants are no longer welcome in Bangkok. A city official said the ban, based on a 1992 sanitation law, is aimed at villagers who bring their idle animals to town to try to make extra money.
Polaroid is about to introduce a talking camera. Called the Talking Onestep, the camera can accept eight-second recordings. Polaroid says it will make picture-taking more fun and interesting.
Chocolate consumption in Switzerland, home of the world's most eager chocolate eaters, slipped a pound last year, to 24 pounds per person. But the Swiss still beat their nearest rivals by six to seven pounds.
Top 10 TV Shows, Jan. 30-Feb. 4 Rank/Show/Network/Rating 1. "E.R.," NBC, 23.3, 22.2 million homes 2. "Seinfeld," NBC, 22.6, 21.5 million homes 3. "Home Improvement," ABC, 20.0, 19.0 million homes 4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 18.8, 17.9 million homes 5. "Mad About You," NBC, 18.6, 17.7 million homes 6. "Grace Under Fire," ABC, 17.7, 16.9 million homes 7. "Pretty Woman, NBC Monday Night Movies," 17.0, 16.2 million homes 8. "Roseanne," ABC, 15.6, 14.9 million homes 9. (tie) "Under Siege, ABC Sunday Movie Special," 15.4, 14.6 million homes 9. (tie) "American Music Awards," ABC, 15.4, 14.6 million homes. (Rating equals percentage of American homes with TVs)
- A. C. Nielsen Co.
``I admire Senator Dole. Assuming I don't run for president, I would be honored to run for vice president [with him]."- Massachusetts Gov. WIlliam Weld