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Residents of Ada, Minn. - the first to flee Red River flooding - began returning home. But in Grand Forks, N. D., National Guard troops kept town lights burning by sandbagging an electrical switch station. President Clinton visited the town and addressed relief workers and evacuees at a military base. He said he would ask Congress for $488 million in flood assistance and would add 53 South Dakota and 18 Minnesota counties to the list of areas eligible for aid.
Jurors return to a Denver courthouse today to hear opening statements in the Oklahoma City bombing trial. The anonymous jury of seven men and five women will determine the guilt or innocence of Timothy McVeigh, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 173 points Tuesday to 6833 - its greatest percentage gain in nearly 5-1/2 years. Analysts attributed the increase to good earnings reports and rumors of a budget accord. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund predicted a bright outlook for the world's economy in its annual report.
The Senate is due to vote today on the controversial chemical weapons treaty. Former Sen. Bob Dole joined former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell at a White House ceremony to promote the treaty on the eve of the vote. Dole moved to block the treaty during the 1996 campaign. The pact aims to eliminate poison gas worldwide in 10 years and sets up inspections and sanctions.
Whitewater prosecutors won a six-month extension to Nov. 7 of a grand jury investigation. A Little Rock., Ark., judge granted the request after prosecutors cited evidence of obstruction of justice and new information from one of the key figures in the case, James McDougal.
China protested the visit to the US of the Dalai Lama, who planned to meet with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and members of Congress today. Earlier, Clinton planned to drop in on talks between Tibet's spiritual leader and Vice President Gore. Besides talking about spiritual freedom, the Dalai Lama was expected to lobby for US help in bringing China to the negotiating table, where Tibet seeks autonomy, but not full independence.
The Clinton administration unveiled a bill that allows HUD to reduce government subsidies to landlords charging above the market rate on low-income housing. It also would attempt to cushion taxpayers against defaults on government-backed mortgages taken out by housing developments. And it would allow HUD to crack down on poor housing conditions and give it more flexibility to design innovative housing solutions.
The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was given a $375,000 severance package in exchange for agreeing not to sue the city for refusing to hire him a second term. As the first black to become chief in the country's second-largest city, Willie Williams has been criticized for sluggish reform attempts and been reprimanded for trips to Las Vegas casinos.
Ralph Reed, director of the Christian Coalition, announced he is leaving the post to set up a political consulting firm. The new venture will work for the election of conservative candidates opposed to abortion.
Talks between General Motors and 5,400 workers at a Pontiac, Mich, plant were expected to resume today after the employees walked off the job. The plant assembles full-size pickup trucks - the company's biggest moneymakers. The workers are demanding more staff.
Alabama's National Guard began patrolling the streets of Rainsville after a tornado heavily damaged a police station and six businesses. About a dozen people were hurt.
Nearly 1 million foreigners were granted permanent residency in the US last year, reversing a four-year downward trend in legal immigration rates. The 1996 figure of 915,900 showed a 27 percent increase over the previous year. Almost half of the immigrants reside in three states: California, New York, and Texas.
Security around the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru, will remain heavy for at least the rest of the week, Peruvian officials said after the 126-day hostage drama there ended in a bold daylight assault. All of the hostage-takers and one of their 72 captives died in the raid, and 25 others were hurt. Japan's foreign minister flew to Lima to offer thanks for the rescue and condolences to relatives of the victims. Leftist rebel spokesmen vowed to avenge the action.
Zairean rebel leaders refused permission for UN aid representatives to visit Hutu refugee camps for the third consecutive day, despite reports that harassment by local residents had emptied them. The UN estimated at least 60,000 refugees from Rwanda were beyond its reach because of the rebels' decision. Fighting between the mostly Tutsi rebels and exiled Rwandan Hutu soldiers using the camps as cover was reported in the area earlier this week.