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By CompiledCynthia HansonLance Carden, and Yvonne Zipp / October 3, 1996


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President Clinton hosted another round of talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, in an attempt to close wide gaps remaining between the two sides. Israeli officials said Palestinians were making unacceptable demands for an immediate Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank town of Hebron, and Israel insisted on more security concessions. Also, after characterizing the talks as "photo op foreign policy," Republican candidate Bob Dole was to meet with Netanyahu in Washington.

Clinton was expected to sign a bill that curbs state supervision of mutual funds, company stock sales, and investment advisers. It lays the groundwork for creating a national framework of securities regulations.

Ross Perot is still fighting to be included in Sunday's presidential debates - even after a federal judge said the courts have no jurisdiction in the matter. Perot was granted an expedited appeal after a judge ruled he needs to go through the Federal Election Commission. Perot's lawyers hope to get the issue resolved before the debate in Hartford, Conn.

The Pentagon denied that the 5,000 troops being sent to Bosnia will serve as a "follow on" peacekeeping force. The troops are going to Bosnia to protect the 15,000 US peacekeepers scheduled to return home after Christmas, and will likely be in the Balkans for six months.

Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was indicted by a federal grand jury in Newark, N.J., on charges that he mailed the 1994 bomb that killed a North Caldwell ad executive. Kaczynski was indicted earlier for two California killings attributed to the Unabomber. His lawyer is considering pushing for a single trial.

The Senate scrambled to finish work on a federal parks bill and one to fund the FAA for the next two years - days after the House vacated the capital. Democrats object to an amendment they say allows Federal Express to block union organizing.

Baseball umpires were back at work as American League President Gene Budig prepared to hold a hearing today on Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar, who is appealing his suspension for spitting in an umpire's face. The umpires threatened to boycott the playoffs when Alomar's suspension didn't take effect immediately.

The Pentagon tripled to 15,000 the number of troops it says may have been exposed to nerve gas during the Gulf war. A CIA computer model indicates the number may be even higher.

A US diplomat will be sent to Afghanistan shortly to explore the possibility of reopening the US embassy, a State Department spokesman said. Because of the civil war, no US diplomat has been in Kabul since 1989. The US also will discuss terrorism, drug trafficking, and human rights with the new Taliban-led government.

A federal judge reversed a magistrate's ruling that would have freed Robert Kim on bail before his upcoming trial on charges that he spied for South Korea. Judge Leoni Brinkma said the evidence against Kim, a US naval employee, appeared overwhelming. She expressed concern that he would try to flee the country if released on bail.

Boys may lose the upper hand on the Preliminary Schol-astic Assessment Test if a new section on writing skills is effective. The multiple-choice section was added after charges that the PSAT discriminated against girls. The test is used to determine semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alex Penelas (above, with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen) was elected the first politically powerful mayor of Dade County, Fla., which includes Miami. The Cuban-American Democrat will be the second-most powerful state official, after the governor.

AT&T unveiled a new mobile phone that could up the ante in cellular competition. AT&T Digital PCS can be used from anywhere, costs 60 cents a minute, and has a built-in pager and batteries that last 60 hours.


A UN aid convoy rolled into Kabul, Afghanistan, bringing food, fuel, and other materials to the most needy residents. UN special envoy Norbert Holl flew back to the Afghan capital after meeting with Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose forces control large portions of northern Afghanistan. Holl was trying to prevent an outbreak of fighting between Dostum's forces and the Taliban militia, now controlling Kabul and most of the country.

Clashes continued in the West Bank town of Hebron, but there was no shooting. Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who were apparently under orders to avoid violence during the Washington summit.