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''It's a wide open race,'' declared Steve Forbes after winning the Arizona primary. Forbes got all 39 of the state's delegates and about 33 percent of the vote. Senator Dole received about 30 percent, Pat Buchanan about 27 percent. In North Dakota, Dole took 42 percent followed by Forbes with about 20 percent. In South Dakota, Dole received 45 percent followed by Buchanan's 29 percent. Lamar Alexander didn't get over 10 percent in any of the states. The hot voter issues according to exit polls: Taxes, the budget deficit, and trade. (Story, Page 1.)
Cuba's Foreign Minister Roberto Robaina arrived in New York demanding to address the UN. Earlier, US Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright released cockpit transcripts as proof that Cuban pilots knew the planes they shot down were civilian, not military. Cuba contends the aircraft violated its air space. The US and a majority of Security Council members say that's no excuse. (Story, Page 3.)
US West announced an $11-billion buyout of Continental Cablevision - the nation's third-largest cable owner. The buyout portends other mergers between cash-rich baby-bells and cable operators in the aftermath of telecommunications reform.
The stocks of America Online Inc. and several other Internet-related companies plunged on the news that AT&T Corp. is offering Internet service to its long-distance customers. Customers are being given five hours per month of free service and will be billed $2.50 per hour thereafter.
House Republicans unveiled a plan to create jobs, improve education, and strengthen families in poor communities. The plan, sponsored by Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts and Missouri's Jim Talent, would cut taxes on businesses that create jobs in poor areas and reduce business regulations.
Energy prices fueled a 0.4 percent consumer price hike in January - the fastest increase in over two years. Sales of existing homes fell 4.1 percent. Also, the US trade deficit widened in December by 1 percent. The total for 1995 - $111.04 billion - was up 4.5 percent from last year and the highest deficit since 1988.
The ''failing Clinton economy'' has renewed interest in a balanced-budget deal, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. Gingrich and Senate majority leader Dole planned to meet to work on budget strategy. Gingrich said a budget deal could be part of an agreement to extend the $4.9-trillion debt ceiling - a move that's needed by mid-March to avoid government default.
Democrats stalled the District of Columbia's budget, protesting a provision that would give students government money to attend private schools. City officials said the nation's capital faces default if the impasse is not broken soon.
NASA is puzzling over yet another mystery involving the tethered satellite that got away from the shuttle Columbia over the weekend. Mission Control technicians ''talked'' with the escaped ball and discovered that it had a dead computer and an empty fuel tank. Valves on both thrusters were open, and all 100 pounds of gas had spewed out.
A Supreme Court ruling in favor of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. is likely to strongly impact shareholder lawsuits. The justices ruled that a settlement of an earlier Delaware state court lawsuit filed in behalf of some 7,000 ex-shareholders seeking more money from the company after a $6.6 billion takeover of MCA Inc. may bar a federal lawsuit. The dispute now returns to federal appeals court.
Female executives still fight pervasive attitudes that they can't care for both children and jobs, according to more than 460 women in Fortune 1000 firms and more than 320 men interviewed for a Seagram study. More than half the women said ''male stereotyping and preconceptions of women'' hold back their careers.
Three teachers in Salt Lake CIty founded a gay and straight teachers' alliance. They are protesting their school board's disbanding of all school-sponsored clubs rather than allow a gay student group to meet. The teachers' move fueled the controversy over homosexuality in Utah's conservative public school system.
In a major boost to the Irish peace talks, British Prime Minister John Major and his Irish counterpart, John Bruton, set June 10 as the date for all-party peace talks that could include Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm. Britain had refused to set a specific date to start all-party talks throughout the 17-month IRA truce, which broke down Feb. 9 with a bombing in London. Sinn Fein's participation in the talks is contingent upon a guaranteed cease-fire by the IRA. (Story, Page 6.)