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By CompiledCynthia HansonAbraham McLaughlin, and Peter Nordahl / August 24, 1995



The US

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Rep. Mel Reynolds was convicted Tuesday on all counts of having sex with an underage campaign worker and of trying to sabotage the investigation into the case. According to jurors, taped phone conversations between Reynolds, a former Rhodes scholar, and teenager Beverly Heard convinced them of his guilt. The decision does not automatically remove the Chicago Democrat from office. The House ethics committee will now open its own probe.

First Lady Hillary Clinton may get a reprieve in her tough decision on whether to attend the Beijing women's conference. The White House said Tuesday it has word that China plans to put American rights activist Harry Wu on trial in the next few days. A quick result could bring his release by the Aug. 30 meeting.

Two women want to step into Shannon Faulkner's boots. But Faulkner's lawyers refused to identify them until their names are added to the gender-discrimination suit against The Citadel, a state-funded military school. The move was expected today or Friday. The lawyers also planned to try to broaden the suit to include all female would-be Citadel applicants by making it a class-action suit. The Citadel derided the lawyers' plan, citing the court's decision that Faulkner deserved ''special, conditional relief.''

As expected, the Federal Reserve Board did not lower interest rates Tuesday. Wall Street took the news in stride, but many in the manufacturing industry criticized the move, saying they need lower interest rates to pull out of a long-term slump.

Americans support President Clinton's efforts to discourage teenage smoking but reject limits on cigarette marketing. An Associated Press poll found that 73 percent support making tobacco companies pay for anti-teen smoking campaigns. But 58 percent of them opposed banning tobacco ads on T-shirts or at sporting events. (Stories, Pages 8 and 13.)

''The vision hasn't come yet,'' said Malcolm Forbes Jr. of his decision on whether to seek the White House in 1996. The publishing mogul says he sees ''a void and a vacuum'' in the GOP presidential field but won't decide whether to run until this fall.

Detective Mark Fuhrman bragged about a ''kill party'' with other policemen to celebrate a police shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times, which quoted videotaped interviews. ''It's like the end of a football game. You just won the championship. You're powerful,'' the Times quoted Fuhrman as saying. Judge Lance Ito has delayed a ruling on whether the Simpson jury will see the tapes.

California State Assemblyman Mike Machado, a Democrat, easily defeated a GOP attempt to oust him Tuesday. Machado survived the recall vote, but three months ago Assemblyman Paul Horcher did not. Recalls are increasingly being used in California and elsewhere. While some see them as a tools for promoting greater accountability, others say they are used for political intimidation. (Story, Page 3.)

Calvin Klein ads that depict teens in underwear in a tacky suburban basement are setting off a raucous reaction. Some New Yorkers decried their appearance on city buses last week. Calling them ''child pornography,'' the American Family Association, a conservative Christian group, threatened Tuesday to boycott Calvin Klein retailers. Klein says it is ''stunned'' that considers them pornographic.

The Golden-cheeked Warbler and three other birds would be better protected by removing them from the endangered species list, a group of 15 conservative lawmakers told the Interior Department Tuesday. They say the Endangered Species Act, which is up for renewal this year, goads landowners into quick development to beat the onset of strict regulations, therefore destroying the species' habitat. Environmentalists disagree, saying the lawmakers are trying to limit wildlife protection.

The World

A major humanitarian crisis is developing as Zairean troops expel tens of thousands of Hutu Rwandan refugees from the country, the US and UN say. The US State Department accused Zaire of violating international law, and the UN sent its high commissioner for refugees to the country. Zairean officials said yesterday that national security is driving the expulsions. UN officials said Tuesday an estimated 13,000 refugees were expelled to Rwanda and Burundi since Saturday. Some 85,000 refugees have fled camps to hide in Zaire's hills, and food shortages are imminent.