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Federal courts cannot oversee negotiations between native American tribes and state officials, the Supreme Court ruled. This ends 160 years of congressional free rein in making laws affecting native Americans. (Story, Page 3.)
Senator Dole won the California, Washington, and Nevada primaries by a wide margin, completing a 25-state sweep. Pat Buchanan congratulated his rival on winning the Republican nomination, but vowed to carry his message to San Diego anyway. (See list at right. Related story, Page 1.) In California, proposals to set up no-fault auto insurance, allow cougar hunting in the state, and require losing parties in class-action suits to pay the winners' legal fees were defeated. And San Francisco voted to give the Giants a new stadium.
Republicans are dismissing President Clinton's budget demands for another $1.8 billion for social programs. In what has become political deja vu, the federal government faces another possible shutdown tomorrow while the White House and Congress struggle to compromise on the more than $160-billion spending bill. While a shutdown is considered unlikely, a 12th stopgap bill may be necessary, delaying Congress's scheduled two-week recess.
The House was set to pass legislation banning certain late-term abortions and send it to Clinton for a promised veto. It's the first time since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion that Congress moved to outlaw a specific abortion method.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service issued a rule letting abused immigrant spouses and children apply for permanent US residence on their own. Before, immigrants had to rely on the family member who was a US citizen or permanent resident to petition on their behalf.
Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy is meeting with Secretary of State Christopher in Washington to discuss an increasingly prickly relationship. The Helms-Burton law, which punishes foreign companies making use of expropriated property on Cuba, is the major source of tension. Canada is one of Cuba's leading trade partners. Another sore point is Congress's demand for restitution for 1994 fines Canada imposed on some US fishermen.
Astronauts Linda Godwin and Michael Clifford (below) completed a spacewalk outside the Russian space station Mir. It is the first spacewalk by Americans outside Mir, and the first US spacewalk at a space station since astronauts strolled outside Skylab in 1974.
A third federal appeals court ruled that, for a decade, the Immigration and Naturalization Service illegally required airlines to take responsibility for passengers without visas who sought refugee status in the US. Airlines are seeking government repayment of millions of dollars spent on food, shelter, and guards.
Texas's attorney general says he's going to take the fight for affirmative action in university admissions to the Supreme Court. He says he will ask for a stay of the Fifth Circuit of Appeals decision, which struck down the University of Texas's admissions policy.
The Marines have grounded all nonessential air operations for 48 hours, a result of nine recent unexplained aircraft losses.
At least 3,000 hours of President Nixon's secret tapes are being released, The New York Times reports. The first 200 hours focus on Watergate and misuse of the FBI, CIA, and IRS.
Senate Democrats are blocking a bill that would allow expanded development and mining on federal land in Utah, while preserving 2 million acres as wilderness. The GOP says it may not have the 60 votes needed to to end debate. Clinton says he will veto the bill.
The economy seems to be on sounder footing than last month with good prospects for continued growth and low inflation, Fed chairman Greenspan says.
Three people were killed and eight injured when an explosion blasted apart part of the Beta Steel mill in Portage, Ind.
An Israeli court sentenced Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin to life in prison. Yigal Amir also received an additional six years for wounding Rabin's bodyguard. He showed no remorse at the ruling and said he killed Rabin to save Israel from further violence. Separately, more than 300 international editors and media executives meeting in Jerusalem passed a resolution urging all governments to ban intelligence agents from posing as journalists.
The EU imposed a worldwide ban on British beef exports amid concerns over "mad cow" disease. And Britain is reconsidering slaughtering some of the country's older cattle.