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President Clinton's senior damage-control lawyer for Whitewater denied she had told USA Today that the White House expected a new round of indictments this winter. Jane Sherburne said the newspaper misquoted her in suggesting that present or former members of the president's staff would be among those charged in the case. She said she did not know what Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr was planning.
The US economy grew at an even slower rate over the summer than previously believed, the Commerce Department reported. It said the increase in gross domestic product was only 2 percent for the July-September quarter, after a 4.7 percent showing in the spring.
Unemployment statistics have changed little in the last month, according to the Labor Department. It said 342,000 Americans filed for state jobless benefits over the third week in November. But the four-week "moving average" held steady at 336,250.
Acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig said major league team owners and players can now work together to "bring peace" to the sport. The two sides ended four years of labor strife earlier this week when owners voted 26-4 to accept a new collective bargaining agreement. The four-year deal requires teams in major markets to share revenues with small-market clubs.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new air-quality rules that would tighten pollution limits already not being met by many cities. The move was a blow to a coalition of mayors, state governors, and industry executives who had lobbied heavily against the proposals, calling them too costly to implement.
A New York newspaper reported a connection between the chairman of a key Pentagon panel and a US company that sold biological agents to Iraq before the Gulf war. The committee dismissed links between biological weapons and the illnesses reported by veterans of the war. Newsday said geneticist Joshua Lederberg was on the board of American Type Culture Collection, which shipped anthrax and other pathogens to Iraq between 1985 and 1989.
Three soldiers charged with the rape and sexual harassment of women recruits will be court-martialed In ordering the trials, Maj. Gen. John Longhouser, commander of the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, approved investigators' recommendations that the defendants' cases be heard by a military rather than a civilian court.
Accused CIA employee Harold Nicholson pleaded innocent to federal charges that he had spied for Russia. In Alexandria, Va., US District Judge James Cacheris also imposed a gag order to keep government officials from commenting publicly about the case. Nicholson's trial was set for March 10, 1997.
California Gov. Pete Wilson was blocked by a state court from denying prenatal care to illegal immigrants. In San Francisco, Superior Court Judge William Cahill ruled that the state must first seek public comment before enforcing a provision of the new federal welfare-reform law signed by Clinton in August. The New York Times reported that Clinton may ask Congress to restore $55 billion in food-stamp cuts called for in the law.
No-frills British airline Virgin Atlantic is negotiating to buy $1.1 billion worth of new jets from a US supplier, The Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper said Seattle-based Boeing was the leading contender to build 25 narrow-body planes for the carrier, over McDonnell Douglas of St. Louis and Europe's Airbus Industrie. Meanwhile, Boeing declined to elaborate on a report in a California newspaper that it was negotiating with McDonnell Douglas to design, build, and test a new version of the 767 widebody jet.
Iraqi oil could be on the international market as early as next week, officials in Baghdad said. Experts say the UN will formally approve the $2 billion oil-for-food deal - renewable every six months - after Iraq agreed to all terms set by the UN. In Vienna, oil ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries shrugged off Iraq's imminent return to the market. However, analysts say, Iraqi exports could push oil prices lower..
North Korea's release of a US citizen, detained on spy charges since Aug. 25, has opened a path for better relations between the communist country and Washington, said US Rep. Bill Richardson (D) of New Mexico, who negotiated the release. Evan Carl Hunziker, reportedly a missionary, was detained and charged with espionage after he crossed from China into North Korea without proper travel documents.