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The House was set to pass the overall budget bill yesterday, and a Senate vote was expected today or Monday. Last minute negotiations that further solidified prospects of passage included: an agreement to postpone debate over how to cut farm subsidies by $13.4 billion over seven years; and Senator Dole restoring $8 billion to Medicaid to satisfy senators concerned their states were being shortchanged. President Clinton reiterated his vow to veto the bill, saying the plan hurts the poor, the environment, and education. (Story, Page 1.)
The federal deficit declined for the third straight year to $164 billion, Clinton said Wednesday, citing the number as proof that his economic plan is working. He also decried Republican refusal to raise the $4.9 trillion debt limit - a move that could make the US default on its loan obligations. The GOP says it wants to be assured of federal budget cuts - by passing its 7-year deficit-reduction plan - before raising the debt ceiling.
Would Harry Truman have sent US troops to Bosnia? That was the question Clinton posed Wednesday in Independence, Mo., at a fund-raiser for the former president's library. Speakers hailed Truman's quick, no-apologies decisionmaking. Clinton's answer to what Truman would do: He would say ''prepare for the future, as I did,'' and send the troops. (Troops, Page 1.)
John Sweeney's father drove a bus. His mother was a maid. He was elected AFL-CIO president Wednesday and promises to revive the flagging union in part by recruiting young and minority workers. (Story, Page 3.)
Joe Camel is taking a vacation. The controversial cartoon character that acts as cigarette pitchman is reportedly being removed from billboard advertising through the end of the year. ''We decided he needed a short break to keep him fresh,'' an R.J. Reynolds company spokesman said.
The Senate Whitewater committee will call Susan Thomases, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton, and Margaret Williams, Mrs. Clinton's chief of staff, to testify again. The panel will also subpoena 49 more telephone records and other White House documents. And three handwriting experts said Wednesday a torn-up note attributed to former White House counsel Vincent Foster was not written by him.
Walt Disney Company decided to release ''Powder'' - a movie about a teen with magical powers - despite bad publicity generated by the disclosure that the film's writer-director, Victor Salva, is a convicted child molester. Disney said it didn't know about his past when it hired him but proceeded once his past came to light.
The position of women in business may depend on if they work for small or large company. Nearly half of 895 CEOs of small and mid sized firms polled recently said their next CEO would be a woman, a recent survey by George S. May International found.
The California Supreme Court rejected an appeal seeking to block distribution of a $92 million bequest to be split among The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston; Stanford University; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Distribution of the funds is expected before the end of the year. The three institutions had reached agreement in January 1993 over a trust set up by the will of Bella Mabury. The bulk of her estate was to go to the Christian Science Church, owner of this newspaper, provided it published the book ''Destiny of the Mother Church'' by Bliss Knapp, a former church officer who was Mabury's bother-in-law. The settlement agreement ended a dispute over whether the church had complied with the terms of the trust. Several Mabury heirs objected to the settlement, which gives 53 percent of the funds to the church. After a trial court approved the settlement in December 1993, the heirs filed a number of appeals.
The Atlanta Braves headed into last night's fourth World Series game in Cleveland with a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians.
Russian President Yeltsin was admitted to the hospital yesterday in Moscow with what his aides said was heart trouble. It's the second time in four months he has been hospitalized with that diagnosis. Also, the Russian military said yesterday it would retaliate against Chechen militants for killing at least 18 Russian soldiers and capturing eight in an ambush. The incident occurred Tuesday after a Russian tank hit a car with Chechen passengers. (Story, Page 6.) And authorities are investigating a violent commando attack on an airport in Sleptsovsk, Ingushetia, prompted by a false report that rebels seized it.
Rebel Serbs in Croatia agreed in principle to return Eastern Slavonia to Croatia yesterday, but differences remained on the length of the transition period. Diplomats say a complete agreement is necessary to avert war and boost the peace process. Meanwhile, a US diplomat urged the Serbs for unconditional access to 2,000 missing Bosnian Muslims believed to be held at a northern Bosnia prison camp. (US troops, Page 1.)