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Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana was selected by Republicans to head the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, which oversees the executive branch. It could be central to investigations in Democratic fund-raising, Whitewater, and other White House ethics probes. Concerned about Burton's strong criticisms of the Clinton administration, House leaders have discussed establishing a separate, special committee to handle the Clinton probes.
NATO needs a new name and mission to improve its image among Russians who distrust it, Alexander Lebed, Russian President Yeltsin's ousted security chief, said in a speech to the US-Russian Business Council in Washington. NATO should add to its tasks in combatting terrorism and drug dealing, he added. Lebed is on a five-day visit to the US.
HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros announced he's resigning, saying he needs a higher-paying job to pay legal bills and college tuition for his children. He is the seventh Clinton administration Cabinet member to resign.
Some 13 civilian women filed a $3.4 million federal class-action lawsuit in El Paso, Texas, against Army Secretary Togo West Jr. The women claim they were not taken seriously when they reported sexual harassment by their male bosses at Fort Bliss. Complaints include: being passed over for promotions, fondled, and subjected to crude remarks from male bosses.
President Clinton ordered federal agencies to join food recovery programs for the needy and encouraged others to do the same. "Too much food goes to waste ... enough to feed 49 million people a year," he said. He also announced the release of a "Citizens Guide to Food Recovery," a guideline on setting up such a program, available by calling 1-800-GLEAN-IT.
Add $450,000 to the more than $1 million in questionable contributions the Democratic Party is returning this fall. An Indonesian landscape architect and his wife, former permanent residents of the US, will be refunded the donation because they apparently didn't file a 1995 federal tax return. Also, the Justice Department may ask the FBI to begin interviewing some donors about allegations that contributions made in their names actually came from other people, The Washington Post reported.
A Venezuelan general who led a CIA counter-narcotics program was indicted by a Miami grand jury. Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila was charged with smuggling as many as 22 tons of cocaine into the US from 1989 to 1992, The Wall Street Journal said.
Rescuers pulled one survivor from the Pacific Ocean after an Air Force Reserve rescue plane crashed into shark-infested waters off California's northern coast. Eleven people were on board the Oregon-based HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which reported engine trouble during a training mission before it crashed.
An Amtrak train carrying mail and 113 people sideswiped another train, derailed, and landed in a swamp in Secaucus, N. J. No one was killed, but 35 people were injured. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) of New Jersey, who visited the scene and spoke with officials, said mitered rails on a bridge may not have been completely closed after a boat passed through two hours earlier.
Clinton signed an order denying Sudanese government and military officials entry to the US. The move is an attempt to pressure Sudan for failing to surrender three Egyptians wanted for the June 1995 assassination attempt on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Exemptions will be made for those attending to UN business and on a case-by-case basis.
O. J. Simpson is scheduled to take the stand again today in a civil lawsuit in Santa Monica, Calif., filed against him by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Earlier, the former football star denied that he killed his former wife and Goldman. He also denied domestic violence allegationS while plaintiff attorney Daniel Petrocelli displayed a photograph of Nicole's wounds after the Simpsons had a domestic dispute in 1989.
UN officials began assessing the needs of up to 700,000 refugees still at large in eastern Zaire after being allowed into the region by anti-government rebels. Meanwhile, in Stuttgart, Germany, planning meetings for the international intervention force that expects to go to central Africa were in their third day. Canadian spokesmen said the participants were divided over how to coordinate the intervention because of a failure to agree on the number of refugees still at risk.
US President Bill Clinton used the regional economic conference in the Philippines for mini-summits with the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea. A White House spokesman said Clinton and China's Jiang Zemin accepted each other's invitations for state visits over the next two years. But the two men agreed to little else during their 85-minute talk. Clinton reportedly asked Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto for help in cutting tariffs on information technology by 2000. Clinton is to stop in Thailand today after attending the opening of the annual economic conference.