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Black men from all over the country have converged on the nation's capital for today's "Million Man March," organized by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The purpose is to unify the black community. Organizers hope it will be the largest ever. The president of the Coalition of 100 Black Women denounced Farrakhan and Benjamin Chavis, heads of the march, for excluding women. Jewel Jackson McCabe said black women are "under siege too." She added that black men generally are having more success than black women.
A small explosion Friday that blew out part of an unmanned weather station serving La Guardia Airport in New York caused no flight problems but did raise concerns. A note at the site included a swastika and referred to the FBI siege in Waco, Texas. The FBI did not know if the attack was vandalism or terrorism.
The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating a mystery witness in the train derailment in Arizona. The possible witness is described only as a person of unknown gender wearing a cowboy hat. An FBI official said both a passenger and an Amtrak employee reported seeing the person about 10 to 15 minutes after the train derailed Oct. 9. The FBI also is looking for information about the Sons of Gestapo, the name left on several copies of a letter found at the scene.
CIA spies eavesdropped on conversations between Japan's auto executives and trade minister during the Clinton administration's sensitive negotiations over Japanese luxury-car imports, The New York Times reported yesterday. The spies gave US trade representative Mickey Kantor descriptions about conversations between Japanese bureaucrats and executives from Tokyo and Nissan, including CIA analysis of pressures on Japan's trade minister to negotiate an agreement with the US.
The Republican Medicare plan would trigger a marketing free-for-all among private insurers, HMOs, hospitals, and physicians to snare a larger share of the business of caring for America's elderly. The plan, which the House may approve before the end of the week, may compel Clinton's health secretary to stage a national health fair next October to encourage the elderly to abandon traditional Medicare for private managed-care or medical-savings accounts.
House Republicans unveiled a proposal to abolish the Commerce Department. They said the proposal would save taxpayers $8 billion over the next seven years, eliminating thousands of government jobs. The plan would terminate 40 different agencies and programs.
The social health of the US declined in the first year of President Clinton's administration, even as the economy improved, according to the Index of Social Health. The index, issued by Fordham University's Institute for Innovation, tracks 16 categories of American life. In the 1993 index, the latest available, six categories showed improvement, eight declined, and two remained the same.
The ability of US troops to enforce a Bosnian peace accord will be severely handicapped by winter weather if they do not set up operations there by late November, The Washington Post reported yesterday. Quoting US military documents and officials, the Post said it appeared doubtful that a NATO-led enforcement mission could begin this year.
Southern California firefighters battled two wildfires Saturday that have scorched more than 4,500 acres of remote foothill country. The blazes are 70 miles northeast of San Diego and about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.
Washington State lawmakers approved a financing plan Saturday for a $320 million state-of-the-art ballpark they hope will keep the Seattle Mariners from fleeing to another state. The Mariners have lost an estimated $67 million in the last four years in the Kingdome.
Beginning next year, men and women in California will pay the same price for hair cuts, dry cleaning, and tailoring. Gov. Wilson signed into law last week a measure that does away with different prices for services based on gender.
Bosnian government forces said yesterday they had halted their offensive in northwest Bosnia, three days after a cease-fire was to begin, while Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic angrily blamed his own generals for battlefield losses. Contradicting the government's report, the Serb side said fighting was continuing, with Muslim forces shelling Serb areas.
Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller's minority government lost a confidence vote yesterday to force the resignation of the country's first woman leader. The 450-member parliament voted 190 to 230 against the government, according to an unofficial count. Turkish workers gathered in Ankara for a mass rally, chanting antigovernment slogans.