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President Clinton will not attend the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, a White House spokesman said. Clinton wrote to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, expressing his condolences on the death of the princess and saying, "all of us have lost a friend and a strong voice for those less fortunate." A copy of the letter was released by officials on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., the resort island where the president is vacationing. They said first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's friendship with Diana made it "likely" that she would represent the US at the funeral Saturday.
The death of the princess may provide fresh impetus to her favorite international cause - a global campaign to ban anti-personnel land mines, US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) of Vermont said. "In life, she made major changes in land-mine policy, and I think in death she will continue to because people will realize what she stood for," Leahy said. Formal talks are being held this week in Oslo to explore a landmine treaty initially proposed by Canada.
Congress began a new session, with recent polls indicating public approval for its bipartisan accomplishments. Nonetheless, relations between the two parties seemed volatile at best. Democratic leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri threatened to "shut the House ... down" if an investigation of last year's defeat of California Rep. Bob Dornan continues. Nonetheless, GOP House leaders insisted they would forge ahead with the probe of the conservative Republican's 984-vote upset loss to Mexican-American Democrat Loretta Sanchez.
Manufacturing growth slowed in August, dampening concerns that a surging economy could force the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates - and helping stock prices surge in Tuesday's early trading. The National Association of Purchasing Management's index slipped to 56.8 percent in August from 58.6 percent in July. The new figure was well below economists' expectations of 58 percent.
Three Sinn Fein leaders flew from Dublin to the US, seeking support for their party and its ally, the Irish Republican Army. The US visit is the first for Sinn Fein's president, Gerry Adams, since the IRA halted its campaign of violence against British rule of Northern Ireland 45 days ago. Adams, Sinn Fein chief negotiator Martin McGuinness, and Caoimhghin O Caolain, the party's only member of the Irish Parliament, were to lobby in Washington, then rally supporters in New York tomorrow and Friday. Over the weekend, Adams is to speak in Boston, McGuinness in San Francisco, and O Caolain in Chicago.
Vice President Gore praised a new spirit of trade unionism in the US as demonstrated in the recent Teamsters strike against United Parcel Service. There is "a new awareness of the fact that working conditions, workers' rights ... need attention in this country," Gore said at a Labor Day picnic in Hampton, Ill., where he spoke, along with AFL-CIO president John Sweeney and Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.
International Lease Finance is expected to order at least 115 jetliners worth about $7 billion from Airbus Industrie and Boeing Co., The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing sources close to the deal, the Journal said orders may be announced this week. Airbus was said to have orders for 65 planes. Final details of the Boeing portion of the plan were unclear, although sources said it would be "north of 50" jetliners. The companies declined to comment.
Apple Computer Inc. said it was buying Macintosh clonemaker Power Computing for $100 million - in an attempt to neutralize a competitor and give Apple new expertise in selling machines directly to the public. Apple is also getting back a license that allows Power Computing to sell Macintosh-based machines. Power Computing will stop selling the clones at the end of the year. Power Computing, the first company Apple allowed to make Mac clones, has been embroiled in a dispute with Apple over how much it would pay to keep making them.
French prosecutors formally opened an investigation against seven photographers who were taken into custody following Sunday's car crash in Paris that killed Diana, Princess of Wales; companion Dodi Fayed, and their driver. Authorities are considering charges of involuntary homicide and injury as well as failing to come to the aid of the victims.
By granting asylum to North Korean defectors, the US has placed "stumbling blocks"in the way of Korean peace talks, North Korea's Foreign Ministry reportedly said. Preliminary talks among rivals North and South Korea and China and the US are to take place in New York the week of Sept. 15. But North Korea's official news agency said US acceptance of the North's ambassador to Egypt, Chang Sung Gil, his brother, and their families could hinder the negotiations.