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The two-pronged congressional investigation into the Whitewater scandal continued yesterday. Jean Lewis, senior criminal investigator with the Kansas City office of the Resolution Trust Corp., told the House banking committee that Clinton administration officials - from the Treasury and the Justice Departments - made ''a concerted effort to obstruct, hamper, and manipulate'' an investigation of the failed Arkansas thrift whose director was a business partner with President Clinton. The Senate Whitewater committee was told by Susan Thomases, a New York lawyer and friend of Mrs. Clinton, that she - Ms. Thomases - gave no advice to limit a search of White House lawyer Vincent Foster after his suicide.
Republicans on the House ethics committee have agreed to let their staff research the possible use of an outside counsel to examine whether Speaker Newt Gingrich turned a taxpayer-subsidized college course into a profitable book. Also at issue is whether the course was actually a political fund-raising tool for Gingrich, as compared to an educational service. On Monday the speaker had to dodge union-led demonstrators at a town-hall meeting on Medicare reform.
President Clinton unveiled a series of executive orders he said would shore up environmental safeguards against budget-cutting proposals by the GOP that he says would roll back air and water safeguards to pre-1970 days. Clinton could announce today proposals to curb smoking by young people and also a decision on whether the federal government should move towards regulating tobacco as an addictive drug.
Senator Packwood allegedly grabbed and kissed a minor, a girl working in his office as an intern in 1983, the ''Oregonian'' newspaper reported. He is under investigation by the Senate ethics committee on charges he made unwanted sexual advances to 17 women.
IBM and Toshiba plan to build a $1.1 billion computer-chip manufacturing plant in Manassas, Va., the Japanese company confirmed Monday. The plant reportedly will be a 50-50 venture and is slated to begin production in the fall of 1997.
The productivity of the American workplace rose 3 percent at an annual rate from April through June, a slight improvement over the first quarter's 2.5 percent, the Labor Department said. But hourly pay for workers advanced just 0.2 percent, slower than the 1 percent gain in the first quarter.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. fired Mark Whitacre Monday over allegations that he stole at least $2.5 million. Mr. Whitacre, who joined ADM in 1989 and appeared headed for the company's presidency, blew the whistle on his own company for alleged price fixing, cooperating with government agents.
Senator Dole is apparently looking at bolstering child-care help as part of his welfare-reform package. The move aimed to win more support for his measure from Democrats and moderate Republicans. Conservative Senator Gramm argued the Dole proposal does not go far enough to prevent out-of-wedlock births.
Beverly Heard, Congressman Reynolds's chief accuser in his sexual-assault trial, continued her testimony yesterday. She described several money-for-sex encounters she had with Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, when she was still a minor. The congressman faces up to 86 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Lori Fortier, the wife of a man linked to the Oklahoma City bombing, was scheduled to appear before a federal grand jury at Tinker Air Force Base yesterday. Her lawyer said she had been granted immunity. Stephen Jones, attorney for suspect Timothy McVeigh, says a severed leg found in the rubble raises the possibility the real bomber died in the blast.
B-2 stealth bombers are coming off the assembly line late and with some serious technical problems, a General Accounting Office report said.
O.J. Simpson's defense team is reveling over a ruling it says can help it prove that retired Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman is a lying racist who had reason to frame Simpson for murder. A North Carolina appeals court ruled that a screenwriting professor may be subpoened to testify at the trial about interviews she had with Fuhrman that could contain racist remarks.
The UN reported yesterday that victorious Croats were shelling some of the 120,000 Serb refugees fleeing the Krajina region - the area captured by Croat forces last weekend. In what may be the largest refugee exodus since Yugoslavia began splintering in 1991, the refugees are attempting to reach the safety Serb-held areas in Bosnia. But many were stuck between the Croatian Army to the north and the Bosnian Army advancing from the south. The two armies could clash, with Croatian Serbs getting help from a now-advancing Serb-dominated Yugoslav Army column. (Stories, Pages 6, 8; Editorial, Page 20.)