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Nuclear watchdog groups slammed the National Cancer Institute for taking too long to tell millions of Americans they were exposed to radiation from nuclear-weapons testing. Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Military Production Network said the NCI took 13 years to conduct and release a report on fallout from 90 nuclear tests in the 1950s and '60s that says tests in Nevada could have affected 10,000 to 75,000 people who were children at the time. The NCI, which had made general findings public in August and was to release its full study today, reportedly had warned Kodak and other film manufacturers in the 1950s about nuclear fallout that could damage their products.
Senate GOP leader Trent Lott offered a campaign-finance reform amendment that would rein in union spending on political activities. President Clinton called it a "killer amendment," and said Republicans - particularly House Speaker Newt Gingrich - were trying to divert attention away from congressional failure to pass new campaign rules.
The Senate was expected to pass a stopgap bill that would fund federal programs through Oct 23, preventing a government shutdown. The House passed the measure Monday. Congress needed to complete work on the bill before Oct 1, when the new fiscal year begins. The House bill also would extend a provision allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the US past Oct. 1 if applying for legal residence. Thousands of immigrants have panicked over possible loss of a right to file for legal status here, rather than at consulates abroad, if they pay a $1,000 fine.
The Supreme Court agreed to to clarify when jurors in capital cases must be allowed to consider convicting someone of a lesser crime not punishable by death. The court said it will study a Nebraska ruling that, if upheld, would require giving convicted killer Randolph Reeves a new sentencing trial or changing his death sentence to life in prison. Reeves was convicted of first-degree murder after a judge refused to let jurors be told they could convict him of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
A lawyer for victims of the regime of Ferdinand Marcos told a judge some $13 billion belonging to the late Philippine leader's estate had been found in a Swiss bank. US district judge Manuel Real imposed a temporary injunction on the Union Bank of Switzerland, ordering it not to move the money. The victims are fighting for ownership of Marcos assets in Switzerland.
US Airways passenger service workers voted to unionize, handing the Communications Workers of America the labor movement's biggest nongovernment organizing victory since the International Association of Machinists organized some 14,000 Northwest Airlines ground workers in 1987.
A federal judge ordered government overseer Kenneth Conboy to decide whether Teamsters leader Ron Carey should be disqualified from new elections early next year. US district judge David Edelstein said a declaration of candidacy of previously nominated candidates will occur Oct. 24. He set Jan. 9 for mailing ballots to 1.4 million Teamsters members and ordered that ballots be returned and the rerun count begun on Feb. 6.
The House approved a bill enabling young foreigners to work as au pair live-in baby sitters for American families. The bill, which went to Clinton for signing, makes permanent a US Information Agency program that allows girls to come to the US to live with families and perform domestic work for $115 a week, plus food and lodging.