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President Clinton and Republican candidate Bob Dole campaigned in California, following their final debate. Dole continued to toughen his attack, using the televised face-off to repeatedly raise questions about Clinton's character. In general, the president limited his responses to public policy issues. Polls by CBS, ABC, and CNN showed more than 50 percent of viewers thought Clinton won the debate, while about 27 percent named Dole the victor.
Hurricane Lili was on a collision course with southern Cuba but was expected to miss the US. Florida residents were still told to prepare for about a foot of rain. The storm drenched the Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicara-gua, killing at least eight people and leaving thousands homeless.
The Senate Banking Committee opened a hearing into Jewish bank accounts missing since World War II. Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel accused Switzerland of collaborating with Hitler by safeguarding Jewish money appropriated by Nazi leaders. Committee chairman Alfonse D'Amato said documents in US archives detail a secret arrangement with Poland - and later Hungary and Czechoslovakia - to compensate Swiss citizens whose property was nationalized in the then-Communist countries.
Another 1,100 General Motors workers in the US were laid off because of a strike by Canadian GM employees. More than 11,000 workers in the US and Mexico have been idled by the two-week-old strike, a GM spokesman said.
The US announced a bid to end fighting in northern Iraq between rival Kurdish factions. Robert Pelletreau, an assistant secretary of state, will fly this weekend to the Middle East, where he will meet separately with Massoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. Meanwhile, Barzani threatened during a news conference in Iraq to ask Baghdad for more help in fighting Talabani's troops.
Housing starts fell 6 percent and industrial production barely rose last month, the government reported. Housing starts reached their lowest level since December. Industrial production was up 0.2 percent in September, after posting a 0.4 percent rise in August. The reports were cited - along with a rise of 18,000 in applications for unemployment last week - as further evidence that the economy is slowing down.
The number of women appointed to top jobs in state governments is proportionally lower than their numbers in the general population, a study by the State University of New York's Center for Women in Government said. The report found women hold just over 30 percent of 1,428 top policy-making posts. Another research group, the Catalyst, reported that last year only 10 percent of the nation's corporate officers were women.
Control systems of the Boeing 737 airliner need immediate changes, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Its recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration include rudder design modifications and training for pilots to prevent sudden and uncontrolled rolls.
Elementary school students learn more when they have access to the Internet, said a study released by the Center for Applied Special Technology, an independent research group. A two-month study of 500 students found those who used the Internet scored higher in nine learning criteria, including greater insight into topics and accuracy in handling information.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was planning to announce a lawsuit against the tobacco industry, a spokesman said. The suit was expected to be similar to those brought by 16 states to recoup public health-care costs of smokers.
A federal judge in Cleveland ordered the extradition to West Virginia of two militia members accused of plotting to blow up three federal buildings. They were arrested last week on charges of planning to bomb the FBI's national fingerprint record center and two other federal buildings in West Virginia.
Saying "I can't tolerate the situation anymore," Russian President Boris Yeltsin accepted the resignation of his national security chief, Alexander Lebed. Yeltsin said the retired general had to go, despite achieving a halt to the fighting in Chechnya, because he had caused unacceptable controversy and divisiveness in the Russian government. The move followed weeks of feuding between Lebed and other senior officials, some of whom accused him of plotting a coup. Lebed said he would now "fully engage in politics," which was widely expected to mean mounting a new campaign for president.
US Defense Secretary William Perry urged Russian legislators to ratify the START II nuclear arms-reduction treaty. But following his testimony before the lower house of parliament, both US and Russian officials said he appeared to have done little to overcome opposition to the treaty among Communist and nationalist lawmakers.