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President Clinton was to give videotaped testimony from the White House in defense of two Arkansas bankers. The defense hopes the testimony will prove that as governor Clinton didn't appoint one of the bankers to a state highway job in return for campaign contributions. Also, Whitewater prosecutors discussed naming Clinton as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of his former business partners James and Susan McDougal, The New Yorker magazine reported. An article by James Stewart, author of "Blood Sport," a best-selling book on the Whitewater scandal, also said the investigation "is heading toward the president himself."
A US magistrate in Phoenix, Ariz., was expect to rule on whether to release 12 "Viper Militia" members before their trial. Earlier, the government played a videotape of explosions allegedly detonated by militia members in practice sessions. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent who supervised the investigation, Steve Ott, testified members took oaths to kill infiltrators and said they might retaliate against federal agents' families and jurors if their group were penetrated. Defense lawyers contended an undercover government agent led them on. The 12 members have pleaded innocent to conspiracy and bomb-making charges.
Space shuttle Columbia touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., after a record-breaking 17-day mission. NASA's oldest shuttle played host to a $138 million research program that studied the effects of space travel on the human body.
The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent - a six-year low - as thousands of new jobs were created in June. The stock market opens today after receiving its biggest blow in four months - dropping 114 points to 5,588 - as investors responded with concerns about higher interest rates.
A sharp increase in wire-tapping surveillance by the Clinton administration is likely to continue, The Washington Post reported. Frederick Hess, who runs the Justice Department office that approves applications for wiretaps requested by courts, says there's a 30-to-40 percent increase in wiretaps so far this year. Attorney General Janet Reno's war on drugs was cited for part of the increase.
Clinton announced the first major overhaul in 90 years for rules governing US meat and poultry inspections. Hands-on inspection methods that rely on touch, smell, and sight will be replaced with scientific testing at slaughterhouses; and new sanitation standards will be required.
The NAACP opened its 87th annual convention in Charlotte, N.C., with executive director Kweisi Mfume's announcement that the group has retired more than two-thirds of its $3.2 million debt. The group suffered a financial setback under former leader Benjamin Chavis. He was fired after using thousands of dollars to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.
An eight-year-old Delta Airlines MD-88 jet carrying 147 passengers aborted takeoff from a runway in Pensacola, Fla., when an engine blew up. The explosion ripped open the passenger cabin, killing a mother and son, and injuring seven others. And a TWA MD-80 jet carrying 126 passengers from Seattle to St. Louis made an emergency landing in Omaha, Neb., after an engine failure.
Concluding that some parents and teachers aren't doing enough to instill moral values, the Marine Corps is planning to expand values-based instruction in boot camp. Drill sergeants would temporarily drop their tough role and serve as mentors to recruits in a plan that would add 12 weeks to basic training.
A hurricane headed for the US Virgin Islands was also expected to hit Caribbean islands from Dominica to Anguilla. Tropical storm Bertha was expected to pack winds of about 75 m.p.h.
Campers in National Forest wilderness areas enjoyed what could be one of the last free visits over the holiday weekend. Some 47 sites will begin testing a fee system next year in the $3 to $5 range, a spokesman said. Some 80 percent of the money will pay for trail maintenance and visitor-related costs.
UN war crimes investigators began excavating the suspected mass grave site of Bosnian Muslims about 19 miles west of Srebenica. Between 3,000 to 8,000 Bosnian Muslims are believed to have been killed after Bosnian Serb forces overran the UN "safe area" last year. Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Gen. Ratko Mladic were indicted in the massacre, and witnesses testifying at a UN war crimes tribunal placed Mladic at the scene of mass killings. Also, the EU administration for Mostar declared elections valid, despite irregularities at a polling station in Bonn for exiled Mostarians. The ruling Muslim SDA party won a narrow victory over the separatist Croat HDZ party.