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President Clinton said Palestinian President Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet in Washington this week to kickstart stalled peace talks after uprisings in Jerusalem and the West Bank. King Hussein of Jordan will also attend, and Egyptian President Mubarak was invited but has not said if he will come. Also, the US abstained from a UN Security Council resolution - which passed 14 to 1 - calling for the closure of the Israeli tunnel that sparked the riots.
The Senate is to vote today on a last-minute spending bill funding much of the government for fiscal 1997. The House overwhelmingly approved the package, and Clinton said he'll sign it. The agreement preserves $6.5 billion of programs the president considers essential. Included in the bill is a measure clamping down on illegal immigration that would bar illegal immigrants from receiving Social Security and make it tougher for them to obtain driver's licenses. The bill also limits benefits available to legal immigrants, though not as many as Republicans wanted.
The Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed in Washington to a measure that would relieve up to $7.7 billion in debts of as many as 20 of the world's poorest debtor countries. Under the plan, the G-7 countries pledged to forgive up to 80 percent of their debt - up from a former cap of 67 percent.
The Senate failed to override Clinton's veto of a bill that would have banned certain late-term abortions. The override failed 57 to 41. Also, it's not clear if the Senate will vote on a scaled-back parks bill that passed the House. The stripped-down bill removes measures the Clinton administration considered detrimental to the parks system. It would establish a trust for preserving the Presidio, a former Army base in California, and creates the first federally protected tall grass prairie in Kansas.
A bill that would establish a national registry to track convicted sex offenders is on its way to the White House. Clinton is expected to sign it. Also, the House approved by voice vote a measure to impose tough penalties for stealing trade secrets for foreign governments or companies. The Senate passed it earlier.
ValuJet was to return to the skies today. The discount airliner was grounded in June after a plane crashed in Florida's Ever-glades. The Association of Flight Attendants filed an emergency petition to block the flights, saying ValuJet is still unsafe.
The House ethics committee dismissed charges against House minority leader Dick Gephardt concerning income from vacation properties. The panel will investigate whether House Speaker Newt Gingrich received prohibited gifts and illegal campaign contributions while head of a conservative political action committee. Accusations that Gingrich violated bribery and gratuity statutes were dismissed. Also, committee members voted to expand a separate investigation to determine if Gingrich misled them over charges he improperly used tax-exempt funds for political purposes.
Richard Allen Davis, the convicted murderer of Polly Klaas, was sentenced to death in San Jose, Calif.
Crews recovered more than 60,000 gallons of heating oil spilled into a Portland, Maine, harbor. A tanker plowed into a bridge, dumping 170,000 gallons of heating oil and its own heavy fuel into the harbor. The harbor will be off-limits to seafood-harvesting until tests prove it's safe.
America's last privately own-ed stand of virgin redwoods won a reprieve - two days before logging was to begin. State and federal governments will obtain the 3,000-acre Headwaters Forest in California, along with 4,500 additional acres. In exchange, Pacific Lumber Company received $380 million and agreed not to do any logging while the deal is finalized.
California Gov. Pete Wilson signed into law a measure to create a $10.5 billion publicly run authority to sell earthquake insurance to homeowners.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to meet with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in Washington to discuss Mideast clashes that killed nearly 70 people last week - mostly Palestinians. Also, the reopening of a tourist tunnel sparked more Palestinian unrest in Jerusalem after it was closed temporarily for the Jewish Sabbath. And a third Egyptian soldier was killed when gunfire between Palestinians and Israelis strayed over the Egyptian-Gaza border.