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By CompiledCynthia HansonAbrham McLaughlin, and Peter Nordahl / September 1, 1995



The US

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Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System continued inching toward an $8.5 billion deal that would create the world's biggest media conglomerate. At issue yesterday: the approval of John Malone, a major Turner stockholder. Malone, who is head of the US's largest cable company, Tele-Communications Inc., is said to be edgy about joining with his biggest cable competitor, Time Warner. Also, federal regulators could block the deal on antitrust grounds.

A parade of battleships, a squadron of B-1 bombers, 10,000 veterans, and 27 ambassadors - all were expected to be part of 50th anniversary celebrations of V-J Day in Hawaii. Bob Hope will host a program tonight. President Clinton will speak tomorrow, urging Americans to pull together as World War II soldiers did.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian should be prosecuted for assisted-suicide, not murder, a judge ruled Wednesday. Although he set up the device that killed two women in 1991, he did not push the button to activate it, the judge said.

The CIA gave $500,000 from the sale of convicted spy Aldrich Ames's suburban home and red Jaguar to the Justice Department's crime victims fund yesterday. Ames earned $70,000 a year from the CIA, but he got $2.5 million over nine years from the KGB.

Personal incomes rose 0.7 percent in July, the largest increase in six months, the Commerce Department said yesterday. As a result, consumers spent more for a third straight month and put more into savings.

The mystery leg found in the Oklahoma City bombing belongs to a black woman, forensic authorities said Wednesday. This cast doubt on a defense attorney's assertion that the leg belonged to the ''real bomber.''

The owner of a Florida apartment complex will pay $1.2 million because he charged some blacks higher rents than whites and refused to rent to others in his North Miami Beach complex. The race-bias settlement, which was reached Wednesday, is the largest ever obtained by the Justice Department.

Ross Perot, asserting that the Medicare system is turning his fellow senior citizens into ''wards of the state,'' lent support to GOP plans to stem spending on the health care program for the elderly. He spoke Wednesday to the Senate Finance Committee. The GOP plans to cut $270 billion in spending over four years. Specifics of the GOP plan will likely emerge next week.

Glendale Savings won a major victory Wednesday in its long fight with federal regulators. A federal appeals court ruled that the US broke its contract with S&Ls by changing a rule in 1989 to require owners of thrifts that were buying other failed thrifts to raise millions of dollars in new capital. In a case with large implications for the thrift industry, Glendale said it will now pursue a $1.5 billion claim against the government.

NASA scrapped Endeavour's launch yesterday because of an overheated fuel cell that is used to produce water for the astronauts. Repairs could take a week.

Anxieties are high over a planned protest near Cuba. The State Department urged Havana to exercise ''utmost discretion and restraint'' in dealing with the dozens of boats expected to sail from Miami tomorrow. Cuba has said it will sink any boat crossing its territorial boundary. Protesters, who include Fidel Castro's daughter, have said the boats will stop at the 12-mile limit but that some motorized rafts could go past it. One purpose of the protest is to encourage domestic dissent among Cubans.

After 24 years in the House, California Republican Rep. Morehead, a Republican, will not run again, he said Thursday.

The World

NATO claimed significant successes Thursday in its attacks on Bosnian Serb positions and said the strikes could increase if the Serbs resist peace negotiations. NATO launched a search-and-rescue mission for two French flyers downed Wednesday by a Serb missile. France said the flyers ejected safely and had not been captured. And the US Pentagon is sending more planes to the Balkans to add to NATO's force. Meanwhile, five EU peace monitors reportedly killed near Sarajevo were apparently attacked by Serbs and not killed by NATO bombs. (Story, Page 1.)

Burma's Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at the women's NGO conference in China yesterday - via videotape. The smuggled in keynote address called for expanding women's power to bring greater peace to the world. Amnesty International displayed posters of 12 victims of human rights abuses - including Chinese journalist Gao Yu - in a demonstration outside one session. Police didn't intervene. (Story, Page 1; Photos, Page 6.)