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The White House must accept $10 billion to $30 billion in additional curbs on the growth in Medicare spending, Senate Budget Committee chairman Pete Domenici (R) of New Mexico said. Domenici added that he's prepared to make a deal with conservative Democrats this week if Clinton doesn't offer more domestic spending cuts. Meanwhile, House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed an amnesty that would give delinquent taxpayers up to a year to pay back taxes without penalty.
James McDougal was scheduled to return to court in Little Rock, Ark., for sentencing on 18 counts of fraud and conspiracy. McDougal faced 84 years in prison and $4.5 million in fines after his convictions last May. But he delayed sentencing by agreeing to talk with investigators about possible financial improprieties by President Clinton, his former Whitewater partner. McDougal reportedly corroborated allegations by ex-Arkansas banker David Hale that Clinton once pressured Hale into extending an illegal $300,000 loan to McDougal's former wife, Susan.
Golf prodigy Tiger Woods broke several barriers at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods' 12-stroke victory over Tom Kites gave him the greatest winning margin in any major since 1862. He's the first black to claim a major title and the youngest person to win the Masters. The 21-year-old shot 270 over four rounds - 18 strokes under par.
The color line in major league baseball was shattered 50 years ago today by the Brooklyn Dod-gers' Jackie Robinson. Clinton planned to attend pre-game ceremonies marking the occasion at New York's Shea Stadium and join Robinson's widow, Rachel, and acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig on the field during a break in a game between the Dodgers and Mets.
The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal challenging as racially discriminatory federal sentencing laws that punish crack cocaine offenders more harshly than those caught with powdered cocaine. It let stand, without comment, the 10-year prison sentence of a man convicted of distributing crack cocaine in the District of Columbia. The appeal said it takes 100 times more cocaine power than crack to draw the same 10-year minimum sentence for drug trafficking.
Some 35,000 farm workers and their supporters marched in Watsonville, Calif., in what the United Farm Workers union described as its largest procession. The UFW is trying to organize strawberry pickers, who say they are asked by employers to work overtime without pay and are illegally required to buy their own gloves. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and UFW cofounder Dolores Huerta led the march.
At least 800 police were on alert in a south Philadelphia neighborhood where about 500 people took part in a racial protest march. Some whites were turning their backs on the mostly black marchers, and a brief scuffle broke out. The march is in response to the beating of a black family by a mob of white men in February.
General Motors announced its best North American performance in more than 10 years. The automaker earned $1.7 billion in its first quarter - up from $714 million a year earlier. Sales grew to $42.26 billion from $39.24 billion.
The US Air Force planned to resume its search for a missing A-10 Thunderbolt plane in the Colorado Rockies. Radar data and witness accounts indicate the pilot, Capt. Craig Button, broke away from his training formation over Arizona without explanation and flew to Colorado April 2. The plane was carrying four 500-pound bombs.
The Clinton administration says it will begin blocking meat exports from the European Union today if a "veterinary equivalency" agreement isn't struck. The US decision would affect about $300 million a year of EU meat exports. It came in response to the EU's new food safety standards that will block some $50 million a year of US poultry exports.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said the first Jewish homes in a disputed Jerusalem neighborhood wouldn't be finished un-til 2000 - leaving time to conclude a final peace deal with Pal- estinians, the newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported. Analysts called the move a face-saving way out of the current political crisis for Palestinian Authority President Arafat, since 2000 is the year Netanyahu's term ends. Meanwhile, the two sides were expected to face off at a meeting of Mediterranean foreign ministers on Malta.
Serbs in the eastern Slavonia region of Croatia were given an extra day to vote in the country's elections because of what the UN called "inadequate" organizational work. Visiting Assistant Secretary of State John Kornblum also criticized the preparations and hinted the US might recommend prolonging international administration of mostly Serb eastern Slavonia, which is due to be reintegrated into Croatia in July.