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The Education Department will issue school-prayer guidelines to all public schools, President Clinton announced, saying some students have been denied their First Amendment rights to religious expression. Education is moving to center stage in Washington, and Clinton's action aimed to preempt the GOP's proposed constitutional amendment on school prayer. (Editorial, Page 20.)
Space shuttle Discovery rocketed into space yesterday morning, carrying a communications satellite that will replace one destroyed when the shuttle Challenger exploded. The Galileo spacecraft, meanwhile, launched a 747-pound probe that will venture into Jupiter's atmosphere.
Wholesale prices fell for the first time in eight months, the government reported yesterday. Tumbling fruit, vegetable, and gas prices forced overall prices down 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing new jobless claims remained unchanged this week, the Labor Department said. Both numbers were evidence of a stabilizing economy. Corporate earnings will soar 20.9 percent above the same period last year, according to IBES Inc., a New York firm.
Budget-hawk Republicans moved to block an arts-funding bill, saying three years would be too long to phase out federal arts agencies. They joined forces with Democrats who oppose wiping out the National Endowment for the Arts and other such agencies. Together they blocked debate on the $12 billion measure, which also funds the Department of Interior. GOP leaders likely will allow a vote on wiping out the agencies more quickly.
Clinton is likely to approve the military base-closure list, but today he accused the independent panel that generated it of treating California and Texas unfairly. He insisted that aides find a way to protect jobs in the electorally rich states. The job loss would be 19,372 in California and 13,381 in Texas, according to the commission. At California's McClellan Air Force Base, workers chanted ''Down With Clinton.'' His move was to come as early as yesterday.
An NAACP audit found gross misuse of its funds by some former officers. They included $32,459 in personal expenses on such items as clothing and children's toys charged by Reverend Chavis, a former executive director. The nation's oldest and largest civil-rights organization is moving to retire debt of nearly $3.8 million. (Story, Page 3.)
Unless the integrity of the UN Bosnia mission can be restored, Clinton said, ''obviously its days will be numbered.'' But the US will allow its European allies who have troops on the ground there to decide whether to pull out. A UN exit would mean sending 25,000 US troops to assist in the withdrawal of peacekeepers.
The FBI suspended a senior official involved in a 1993 standoff in Idaho that ended in the death of a white separatist. E. Michael Kahoe was put on leave during an investigation of an alleged coverup of the incident.
The tobacco industry covered up ''detailed and damning evidence'' about the addictive and carcinogenic nature of cigarettes for three decades, the American Medical Association said. The assertion is at the heart of legal challenges to the industry.
China said the US must be patient and wait for the Chinese legal system to deal with Harry Wu, a Chinese-American human rights activist arrested for espionage. Secretary of State Christopher called for Wu's prompt release.
As many as 14,000 Muslims driven from the enclave of Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb troops have crossed into government-controlled territory. A UN official called the deportation by the Serbs ''a humanitarian disaster.'' The UN is scrambling to provide food and shelter at a makeshift camp in Tuzla. About 23,000 refugees remain at the Dutch peacekeeping base in Srebrenica, which the Serbs seized Tuesday. Muslim males over 16 are being held by the Serbs, although most escaped into the woods. President Clinton said yesterday the days of the UN's Bosnia mission may be numbered unless its integrity can be restored after Srebrenica's capture. (Story, Page 1.)
During a visit to Germany, China's President Zemin signed eight lucrative deals and received full military honors, despite criticism of China's human-rights record. The biggest deal: a $1 billion joint-venture contract with Mercedes-Benz to build minivans and engines in China.