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White House lawyers were deciding whether or not to oppose a motion for speedy Supreme Court action on President Clinton's bid to limit testimony in the Whitewater inquiry. The court gave the White House until 4:30 p.m. EDT today to make known its views on independent counsel Kenneth Starr's effort to expedite a decision on whether Clinton aides Bruce Lindsey and Sidney Blumenthal must face unlimited questioning. Meanwhile, sources said the two parties had reached an impasse over a separate bid for documents detailing Clinton's activities and whereabouts on certain dates - with the White House saying Starr's request was too broad.
Americans' personal incomes rose a healthy 0.4 percent in April, but not enough to keep up with their spending. The income increase reflected gains in all categories, including wages and salaries, the Commerce Department said. It followed a moderate 0.3 percent gain in March. Personal-consumption expenditures rose 0.5 percent in March and April.
Net emissions of gases that cause global warming rose by 20 percent in the US from 1990 to 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft report. Total US emissions of such heat-trapping gases as carbon dioxide rose only 10 percent over the period, but forests and other natural absorbers of carbon gases reportedly decreased by 33 percent, thus accounting for the net increase.
Hundreds of mistreated rare animals were rescued in the breakup of a major exotic-wildlife smuggling ring, US officials said. The Customs Service announced more than 40 arrests or indictments, and said others were expected.
Clinton's planned visits to China and India received an endorsement from Bob Dole, the Republican he defeated in 1996 to remain in the White House. Dole called the trips an "opportunity" not to be missed, even though some congressional Republicans had urged Clinton to cancel the China trip, following allegations Beijing had illegally donated money to Democrats during the 1996 elections.
US farm exports will be exempt from pending sanctions against Pakistan, Sen. Gordon Smith said. The Oregon Republican said he received assurance of an exemption from Alan Larson, assistant secretary in charge of the State Department's Bureau of Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs. The value of farm exports to Pakistan this fiscal year has been projected to reach $500 million - much of it in wheat.
The US space agency is not delaying its last shuttle mission to Mir, despite a computer glitch that left the Russian station adrift in orbit, a spokesman said. The failure of a Mir computer forced a shutdown of systems to conserve power, but repairs were expected by the end of the weekend. The Discovery shuttle is to blast off tomorrow and dock with Mir two days later. The shuttle will pick up Andrew Thomas, last of seven US astronauts to live and work on the station.
A tornado virtually flattened the small town of Spencer in southeast South Dakota. Incomplete local reports said five people were killed and another 150 injured.
Barry Goldwater, who died Friday at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., was an icon among American conservatives. His vigorous but unsuccessful campaign for president in 1964 marked a shift to the West and South in GOP political leadership - and helped to spark the party's resurgence nationally under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Goldwater was elected to the Senate in 1952 and 1958 - and again, after his presidential bid, in 1968, 1974, and 1980.
Correction: Because of an erroneous wire-service story, it was reported in this space last week that the House had rejected a bill that would have restored food stamps to a quarter-million legal immigrants. In fact, the House defeated an effort to strip the food-stamp provision out of the bill. Final House action on the measure was delayed by a week-long congressional recess.
Tensions between India and Pakistan rose another notch as the former protested the beating of one of its diplomats in front of his residence in Islambad, the Pakistani capital. Meanwhile, Defense Minister George Fernandes disputed Pakistan's claim to have set off six nuclear test explosions last week. Fernandes said intelligence sources told him Pakis-tan had tested only two devices, neither of which was a match for India's. He spoke in response to his counterpart, Gohar Ayub Khan, who said Pakistan's nuclear capability now is "slightly ahead" of India's. But Khan told CNN that India was preparing to conduct more tests in early July.