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President Clinton "knew about" some allegedly improper foreign campaign contributions, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole suggested in an interview taped for broadcast today. Dole made the comment in an interview with David Frost. He campaigned in Florida, where he enlisted the aid of former President George Bush. He was also scheduled to visit Atlanta.
Clinton, campaigning in Arizona, declined to comment on the rash of allegations of campaign-finance irregularities. He was scheduled to make additional campaign stops in Nevada and California.
The interrogation of Democratic fund-raiser John Huang was temporarily suspended after attorneys argued that questioning of the former Commerce Department official was abusive. The civil suit involves allegations of political fund-raising in connection with Commerce Department trips. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Huang made 65 visits to the White House during the first nine months of the year, while working as a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee.
American Hispanics support Clinton over Dole by more than a 3-to-1 margin, a CBS/Telenoticias poll indicated. Clinton was prefered by 75 percent of Hispanic voters, Dole by 19 percent. The survey was said to have 5 percent margin of error.
The State Department offered $7.3 million in emergency aid for Iraqi civilians, but only if it went to Kurdish enclaves in northern Iraq. UN relief officials had issued an appeal, saying thousands of Iraqis lacked food, medicine, and clean water, in part because of UN sanctions imposed after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Consumer spending rose a mere 0.1 percent in September, the weakest showing in three months, the Commerce Department reported. The increase for the entire third quarter was the smallest in nearly five years. Savings were up sharply last month, and new home sales posted their second-highest rate in more than a decade, the department said.
Russia backed away from an agreement on regional missile defenses at the last minute, the State Department said. A signing ceremony was to have taken place in Geneva. The accord would have specified which short-range defense-missile systems were allowed under the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
A report highly critical of US nuclear policy was issued by the House National Security Committee, chaired by GOP Sen. Floyd Spence of South Carolina. It criticized the Clinton administration for giving priority to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty rather than improving the US nuclear arsenal.
Pressure for a contract settlement increased as talks continued in Detroit between the United Auto Workers and General Motors. GM said a a walkout at its Indianapolis metal stamping plant had forced it to lay off 2,250 workers at a truck plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Hispanic children are the least likely to have health insurance, an American Hospital Association study showed. While 14.4 percent of all US children are not covered by such insurance, the rate among Hispanics is 29 percent, the report said.
Mortgage lending to minorities increased three times faster than the national average from 1993 to 1995, the Treasury Department said. Mortgage lendingto minority customers rose 33 percent.
The CIA and Pentagon denied charges by two former CIA analysts that the agencies were hiding evidence of Americans being exposed to chemical weapons during the 1991 Gulf war. The CIA said Patrick and Robin Eddington were trying to portray as a coverup an honest difference among intelligence analysts.
Fighting in eastern Zaire closed in on the main base for food aid to hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring Rwanda and Burundi. Observers reported that Tutsi rebels had captured the airport at Goma from Zairean government forces. The clashes kept fleeing civilians off the area's roads, the UN said. In Geneva, the UN said members of its staff in Bukavu, Zaire, had been ambushed while trying to escape the fighting.
The US will send aircraft carriers to defend South Korea in the event of war on the peninsula, a senior Navy officer said. Rear Adm. Charles Moore commands a battle group led by the aircraft carrier Independence in joint exercises with South Korea in the Sea of Japan. Tensions have been at a high level since a North Korean spy submarine easily penetrated the South's coastal defenses in September.