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At least 25 countries already have - or may be developing - nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons as well as the means to deliver them, the Pentagon said. An unspecified number of others have the potential to produce such weapons "on short notice," a report issued by Defense Secretary Cohen said. The report also notes that six would-be nuclear powers - Ukraine, Kazakstan, Belarus, North Korea, South Africa, and Iraq - "have been turned away from that path."
President Clinton will certify that China is not helping other countries in the development of nuclear weapons, the White House announced. The move will clear the way for the sale of billions of dollars' worth of nuclear reactors to China by American companies. Presidential certification, required by Congress since 1985, was withheld as long as China was suspected of exporting nuclear technology to such countries as Pakistan and Iran.
Spacewalking astronauts safely pulled a $10 million satellite back aboard the shuttle Columbia. Winston Scott of the US and Japan's Takao Doi caught the spinning Spartan solar observer with their hands and returned it to Columbia's cargo bay by robot arm.
The Federal Election Commission said it might not have enough money for candidates in presidential primaries in 2000 because of dwindling public support. The commission is funded by contributions via a checkoff box on federal tax returns. Only 12.9 percent of taxpayers opted to give in 1995, compared with 18.9 percent in 1992, it said. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics said its research showed business interests outspent organized labor by 11 to 1 in political contributions last year, with two-thirds of the funds going to Republican candidates.
Electronics companies asked the Federal Communications Commission for more time to equip new TV sets with so-called "v-chips" that block unwanted programming. The FCC also was asked to ensure that unrated programming, such as news and sports broadcasts, be exempt from such blocking. Under the proposed phase-in of blocking technology, at least half of the TV sets sold in the US would have to be equipped with v-chips by July 1.
Radioactive waste from leaking underground tanks at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear reservation has reached groundwater, The Oregonian newspaper reported. But, citing studies by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, it said officials were unsure whether the contamination might seep into the Columbia River, which flows through the facility. A $29.5 billion project is under way to clean the tanks, 67 of which are believed to be leaking.
Mothers with more than one adult child tend to develop favorites even if they're reluctant to admit it, a new study reported. Gerontologists from Cornell and Louisiana State universities said their research focused on 30 women over 65, with 4 in every 5 eventually identifying a favorite child. But more than half of the adult offspring included in the study were wrong in identifying themselves as their mothers' favorites, the study found.
The Chrysler Building, a New York landmark and one of the leading examples of Art Deco architecture, was sold to real estate giant Tishman Speyer Properties for $220 million, The New York Times reported. The sale ends a months-long bidding war among some of the real estate industry's best-known companies.
Massachusetts prosecutors asked the state's highest court to overturn a judge's decision reducing the conviction of British au pair Louise Woodward to manslaughter for the death of an infant in her care. Woodward remains free, but is under orders not to leave the state until legal proceedings are complete.
Pacific Rim leaders were expected to wrap up their annual summit by delivering a strong vote of confidence in Asia's economic future. Ministers at the 18-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vancouver, Canada, reportedly had agreed on a draft proposal endorsing a $68 billion Asian rescue package led by the International Monetary Fund. The bailout of Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Korea would be the largest in history.
Japanese stocks fell more than 5 percent on news of the collapse of Yamaichi Securities. Markets in Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore dropped by more than 2 percent each as investors worried about Southeast Asia's economic prospects. Yamaichi announced its decision to shut down Monday, leaving debts of more than $23.6 billion.