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News In Brief

By CompiledSuzanne L. MacLachlanDavid Mutch, and Peter E. Nordahl / May 30, 1995



The US

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Wrecking crews worked through the weekend to isolate an area of the former Oklahoma City federal building where they hope to find the last of the bombing victims. Trucks hauled nearly 800 tons of debris from the razed site Sunday and planned to haul another 1,200 tons yesterday. The bombing appears to be the work of a group of three or four amateurs from the far-right fringe, not a well-organized, well-financed extremist group, Newsweek magazine reported. Investigators believe the plotters financed the bombing by selling weapons, possibly stolen, at gun shows, the magazine said.

President Clinton turned up the pressure for his antiterrorism package, accusing congressional critics of trying to deny police expanded wiretap authority and other tools they need to fight terrorism. Clinton's criticism drew a swift rejoinder from Senator Dole, who said Clinton should direct his frustration at Democrats. The Democrats, Dole said, have delayed passage of the antiterrorism bill by offering more than 60 amendments to the budget resolution.

Political consultant Ed Rollins resigned from Senator Dole's presidential campaign after referring to two Jewish congressmen as ''Hymie boys.'' Rollins reportedly sent a resignation letter on May 22 to Dole's campaign manager. Rollins made the offending comment on May 15 at a dinner for Speaker Willie Brown of the California State Assembly. California Governor Wilson, meanwhile, in an effort to position himself as a leading opponent of affirmative action, will abolish a variety of hiring policies that help minorities and women, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The administration released ''model business principles'' designed to encourage respect for human rights abroad but without mentioning the country initially targeted -- China. Disclosure of the voluntary principles came as the president appeared headed to renew China's preferential trading status. Critics attacked the principles as a weak substitute for a tough policy on Chinese human-rights and labor abuses.

Police arrested 23 anti-abortion protesters outside a women's clinic near Los Angeles. The arrests were made under a Los Angeles city law enacted last week that bars disruptive protests within 50 feet of a clinic, its parking lot, or buildings and walkways leading to the facility.

Orders for US-made machine tools plunged in April, but export orders surged, signalling a recovery in overseas markets. Orders fell 41.98 percent to $335.1 million from a record-setting total of $577.5 million in March, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said.

With the threat of a strike set aside, negotiators for AT&T Corp. and its 110,000 union workers were to resume negotiations yesterday on wage, pension, and health-care issues.

Illinois National Guardsmen, volunteers, and prison inmates sandbagged the Illinois River to prepare levees for an expected flood crest this week Thunderstorms, hail, and a tornado hit the central Texas city of San Angelo, injuring 47 people.

The Chicago Housing Authority's board, which recently resigned, is set to hand control of its 1,500 buildings to HUD in the federal agency's largest takeover ever. (Story, Page 3.)

Yet another juror in the O. J. Simpson trial was dismissed last week after denying she was writing a book and had received a note from another juror. Now the juror who allegedly passed the note may be dismissed when the trial resumes today, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police declined to speculate about a possible motive in Sunday's stabbing death of a Harvard University student by her roommate.

The World

The West stepped up pressure on rebel Serbs holding nearly 370 UN peacekeepers hostage, sending thousands more troops toward Bosnia and trying to salvage the confused UN mission. There were rumors of possible commando raids by the troops. UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali was to present new plans to the Security Council within 24 hours. France has threatened to pull out its 3,800 peacekeepers if they aren't guaranteed more security. EU foreign ministers and representatives of the ''contact'' group met yesterday; NATO foreign ministers were to meet today. Bosnia's foreign minister was killed Sunday when his helicopter was downed by Croatian Serb forces, and Serb shelling of ''safe'' areas continued. The Bosnian Army launched an assault near Mount Ozren. (Stories, Page 1.)

Up to 2,000 people were killed in an earthquake that destroyed the Russian oil town of Neftergorsk on Sakhalin Island north of Japan Sunday. About 3,000 of the town's 3,500 residents were unaccounted for. In Japan, seismologists warned that the quake may signal a period of danger for the northwestern Pacific.