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Gen. Joseph Ralston is expected to withdraw his name today as a candidate for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, The New York Times reported. Ralston, who has served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs since March 1996, has admitted having an extra-marital affair in the 1980s. Meanwhile, the Pentagon asked its law department to "review the clarity" of its rules on adultery cases.
A former client of Gilbert Davis, the lawyer representing Paula Jones in her sexual-harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, demanded an apology for alleged sexual misconduct. Davis, a Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general, had said in January that the charges of Ramona Lemons Hines were false.
Democrats pledged to disrupt action in the Senate this week until Republicans produce a disaster-relief bill acceptable to Clinton. The president has promised to veto a relief bill that cleared Congress late last week because it includes provisions to prevent a government shutdown this fall - even if spending bills aren't in place - and to ban the use of sampling in the 2000 census.
Clinton ordered a Justice Department review of laws against hate crimes and promised to convene a White House conference on the problem. The White House conference, a tactic Clinton has used to spotlight children and family issues, was scheduled for Nov. 10. Clinton said it would bring together victims, lawmakers, religious leaders, and law-enforcement officials.
A US commission recommended legislation that would ban cloning experiments aimed at making a person. But the National Bioethics Advisory Commission said such laws should allow research that stops short of trying to clone human beings. The 18-member presidential commission said a consensus of its members was concerned that techniques used in cloning sheep would be unsafe and perhaps ineffective in humans.
The Justice Department asked the US Supreme Court to steer a middle course in reviewing a ruling that ordered White House lawyers to give special prosecutor Kenneth Starr notes of their conversations with Hillary Rodham Clinton. The department maintained a lower court had erred in saying there never is an attorney-client privilege in such cases, but did not say the notes must be kept confidential. Instead, it said the courts should weigh prosecutors' need for information against US officials' need for legal advice.
Jesse Brown announced he will step down as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, effective July 1. Hershel Gober, Brown's deputy, was said to be his likely successor. Gober helped gain veterans' support for Clinton during his 1992 campaign. Brown is the eighth member of Clinton's original Cabinet to leave during his second term.
The unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in May, a level last seen a quarter of a century ago, the Labor Department said. The news sent stock prices to record levels, despite talk that the strong economy might push up interest rates.
More defense witnesses were to testify today in the Oklahoma City bombing trial. Jurors rested over the weekend after an emotionally draining week. The defense will try to convince jurors that Timothy McVeigh should be imprisoned for life for the bombing that killed 168 people.
Opponents of Teamsters president Ron Carey called for his ouster after the arrest of a consultant in an alleged scheme to funnel union funds into his 1996 reelection campaign. Martin Davis, co-owner of the Washington-based November Group consulting firm, was charged in New York with mail fraud and released on $100,000 bond.
A New York City foundation pledged to grant at least $200 million to build a new engineering college outside Boston. The gift from the F. W. Olin Foundation, will launch the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Israeli officials arrived in Cairo for what it was hoped would be the first face-to-face peace talks with Palestinian negotiators since mid-March. The peace process has been stalled since Israel broke ground for new Jewish housing in a disputed section of southeastern Jerusa-lem. The Cairo meeting was nearly cancelled because of a Palestinian official's widely quoted remark that Israel had agreed to a pause in settlementbuilding. Prime Minister Netanyahu's office said Israel's delegation would not leave for Cairo until the remark was disavowed. It was.
UN officials may freely investigate whether Laurent Kabila's forces massacred Hutu refugees in the former eastern Zaire, the self-proclaimed president said. Kabila said after a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson that investigators could begin July 7. Kabila departed from months of denials that any atrocities had occurred, saying some refugees may have been caught in crossfire between his forces and troops of the departed Mobutu regime.