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Democratic and GOP congressional leaders were to meet with President Clinton to discuss taxes. Officials said they would take stock of where the budget process stands, rather than broach new ideas. House and Senate conferees also were working out tax issues. The lawmakers are trying to reconcile differences in their respective bills in time for Congress to pass final tax legislation before its August recess.
Democratic fund-raiser John Huang may have had a formal relationship with an ex-employer while working at the Commerce Department and the Democratic National Committee, Republican investigators said. Heading into a second week of Senate hearings on campaign fund-raising abuses, Governmental Affairs Committee sources said they had obtained a registration form for a March 1996 World Bank conference on which Huang is listed as an "adviser" to the Lippo Group. The committee wants to know whether Huang used his position at Commerce to provide sensitive information on China to the Indonesia-based conglomerate.
The White House released a sternly worded letter to director Robert Zemeckis, saying his use of presidential sound bites in the movie "Contact" manipulated images of Clinton's public statements, took them out of context, and went beyond the usual bounds of satire and parody. "By appropriating [his] image and words in this manner, you have essentially given him a role in your film without his authorization," White House counsel Charles Ruff said in the letter, dated July 11.
The US is shipping 100,000 metric tons of corn, rice, soya mix, and other grains worth $27 million to North Korea, the State Department said. It is in addition to $25 million in surplus food sent to North Korea in February. Floods have exacerbated a food crisis in North Korea.
Fashion designer Gianni Versace was fatally shot outside his Miami Beach mansion, authorities said. Versace was considered one of the world's leading ready-to-wear designers and a symbol of Italian fashion. He was reportedly shot at point-blank range after walking back from a cafe.
Jury selection was scheduled in the trial of Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and his co-defendant, Eyad Ismoil. They are accused of planting the bomb that killed six people, injured more than 1,000 others, and caused millions of dollars in damage. Yousef, who holds an Iraqi passport, was indicted in 1993, along with four others, who were convicted and sentenced in 1994. Ismoil, a Jordanian, is accused of driving the van that carried the bomb.
Many US senators have not made up their minds about NATO expansion, a new survey indicated. Commissioned by the Council for a Livable World, a Washington-based arms-control group, the survey found 48 senators either definitely favoring expansion or leaning in that direction - well short of the 67 votes needed to ratify an expanded alliance. The survey lists 26 senators as skeptics or potential opponents of expansion and 25 as having unformed or ambiguous positions on the issue.
Sales at retail stores picked up more strongly than expected in June, following three straight monthly declines, the Commerce Department said. Total retail sales rose last month by 0.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted $210.3 billion after a revised 0.3 percent drop in May.
The computer aboard the Mars Pathfinder overloaded and reset itself for the second time in about three days. To prevent a recurrence, it was decided to stagger the computer's activities, rather than overlapping them.
Food-stamp cuts in last year's welfare law will amount to $28 billion between 1997 and 2002 and a reduction of nearly 24 billion pounds of food, according to a study done for Second Harvest, the largest US food bank. Tufts University's Center on Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition Policy conducted the study.
Attorney Angela Oh of Los Angeles speaks at the first meeting of the presidential advisory board on race relations. Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean is a fellow board member; John Hope Franklin is chairman.
Another explosion - the second in two nights - damaged a building used by international elections organizers in Serb-held Bosnia. Spokesmen for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the incident, in Banja Luka, was a sign of growing Serb anger over moves against war-crimes suspects. Meanwhile, in Doboj, leaflets issued by a Serb group carried death threats against NATO peacekeepers
Hundreds of Kenyan students briefly seized the main highway in Nairobi before being dispersed by riot police. The protesters threw stones, damaged cars, tore down street signs, and again demanded constitutional reforms and the resignation of President Daniel arap Moi prior to elections that must be held this year.