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Paula Jones can pursue her sexual-harassment case against President Clinton while he is in office, the Supreme Court ruled. Jones claims then-governor Clinton propositioned her while she was a state employee. He denies it. The court also said landowners can seek payment for not being allowed to build on their land. The decision stems from Nevada's and California's efforts to block a woman from building on her land for environmental reasons.
AT&T and SBC Communications are discussing a $50 billion merger, the Wall Street Journal said. A deal between the communications giants would be the biggest ever, giving them 60 percent of the $80-billion long-distance market. But regulators could balk on antitrust grounds.
Consumer confidence has risen to a 28-year high, the Conference Board said. Its index jumped 8.6 points to 127.1 in May. The survey queries 5,000 households about job availability, home-buying plans, and more.
Sales of previously owned homes fell 2.4 percent, the second monthly decline in a row, the National Association of Realtors said. But sales are just below record levels set in 1996.
This summer's job market will be the hottest since 1988, according to the temporary-employment firm Manpower Inc. Thirty percent of 30,000 firms it surveyed plan to expand their work force. Only seven percent will downsize. Construction firms are the best bet for job-seekers.
Netscape and other firms are aiming to protect Internet surfers' privacy with a new software standard. It would stop personal computers from automatically sending personal data to Web-site operators. Supporters hope it will boost consumer confidence - and Web commerce. The idea has broad support, although Microsoft hasn't weighed in.
The wolves in Yellowstone have gone forth and multiplied - like crazy. Thirty-one were transplanted there in 1995 and '96. This spring they've produced 11 litters - some 47 pups. Supporters are thrilled. Ranchers worry the growing population threatens livestock.
Canada detained three US salmon-fishing boats and claimed the ships violated regulations. But those regulations haven't been enforced in over a year. Talks over divvying up salmon stocks between the US and Canada broke off last week.
Four twisters touched down in east-central Oklahoma. There were no injuries. In Preston, 15 people rode out a storm in a convenience store's walk-in cooler. Glenda Jimsey, the store's clerk, kept ushering shelter-seekers into the refrigerator. "I figured it was the safest place," she said.
Detroit's Red Wings will now face Philadelphia's Flyers for the Stanley Cup after beating the Colorado Avalanche in Detroit 3-1. Detroit hasn't won hockey's top prize since 1955, the NHL's longest championship drought.
Miami Heat coach Pat Riley will try to spur his team to beat the Chicago Bulls again tonight in Chicago. In Miami, Alonzo Mourning led the Heat to a 87-80 win, putting basketball's Eastern Conference Finals at 3-1. Heading into last night's game, the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz were tied 2-2.
Texas Gov. George W. Bush failed to cut residents' taxes by about $500 per year. He couldn't get legislators to agree on his plan before their adjournment until 1999 - after his first term ends. The plan was seen as a ticket to continued popularity - and perhaps The White House.
A blind lawyer is to be nominated to a federal judgeship. New York's Sen. Alphonse D'Amato said he will recommend Richard Casey, a former federal prosecutor, to the federal bench in New York. He would be the first blind person appointed.
The nation's only degree program in community service sent its first graduates into the world. Seven students from Providence College's Feinstein Institute for Public Service in Rhode Island aim to boost volunteerism, especially in corporate America.
FCC Chairman Reed Hundt is expected to step down. Known for bold steps to reform the telecommunications industry, Hundt is expected to stay until a successor is found.
President Clinton planned to meet European leaders at The Hague in the Netherlands today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the US program that helped rebuild Europe after World War II. Clinton heads to London tomorrow to meet with new premier Tony Blair.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a historic security agreement with Clinton and 15 NATO allies in Paris and pledged to no longer aim nuclear weapons at NATO nations. The accord opens new opportunities for settling crises, reducing weapons of mass destruction, and deflecting threats to European security, he said.
Iran's president-elect said he expects no major changes in the country's unfriendly relations with the US. Earlier, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the US would take a "wait and see" approach to Mohammed Khatemi's leadership. The Iranian government needs to allay US concerns that it is sponsoring terrorism and trying to acquire nuclear and chemical weapons, she said. Khatemi also said the Islamic republic might get its first woman minister.