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The Senate was expected to approve $18 billion in funds for the International Monetary Fund, shifting debate to the House where a companion bill includes only $3.4 billion for the agency. The Senate's IMF package is part of a bill that provides $12.6 billion for fiscal 1999 foreign-aid programs, a slight cut from this year and an amount the White House has called inadequate.
The Senate approved an $8.45 billion in funding for military construction projects, the first of 13 fiscal 1999 spending bills to earn final congressional approval. The compromise measure, about $760 million below current spending levels but some $600 million above President Clinton's request, includes funds for housing and construction projects as well as base closings. The president is expected to sign it.
Kenny Guinn (R) and Jan Jones (D) coasted to victories in Nevada gubernatorial primaries, setting up a November showdown for the office of Gov. Bob Miller (D), who is stepping down after two terms. Jones, mayor of Las Vegas and Guinn, a retired businessman, each won about 60 percent of the votes in their respective primaries. Two-term Democrat Harry Reid ran unopposed for his party's Senate nomination. and Rep. John Ensign, a two-term House member, had more than 80 percent of the GOP vote in winning the right to challenge Reid in November.
Attorney General Janet Reno said she had opened an inquiry into whether Harold Ickes, a former top White House aide, committed perjury before a Senate committee. The Justice Department probe could lead to the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate allegations of campaign-finance abuses in 1996.
The College Board cited evidence of grade inflation in US high schools. In a special report, they noted that number of students with A averages taking the College Board's annual SAT exams had increased from 28 percent to 38 percent over the past 10 years, while the same student's verbal SAT scores were declining 12 points and their math scores 3 points. The board said average math scores rose one point this year; verbal average remained the same.
Orders to factories jumped 1.2 percent in July, the best showing since November, the Commerce Department said. Led by a rebound in demand for electronics and industrial machinery, orders totaled a seasonally adjusted $335.2 billion. July was the second month of recovery in orders after a 2.2 percent May drop.
Americans long for times when they went to work for a company and stayed there, a new poll indicated. Seventy-two percent of 1,123 randomly selected adults said they preferred "the security of staying with one employer for a long time and moving up the ladder," in a poll conducted for Shell Oil Co. by Peter D. Hart Research Associates. Only 25 percent said firms are "very to fairly loyal" to employees.
Tropical storm Earl triggered hurricane warnings from Louisiana to Florida, prompting many residents to move inland. Though there was considerable uncertainty about the future track of the storm, forecasters said it could build quickly.
Firefighters battled wildfires in a number of Western states, including Washington, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, and California. In southern California, lightning touched off dozens of blazes, destroying 39 homes and burning an estimated 34,000 acres. The largest fire was about 85 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Almost two-thirds of traditional US medical schools now teach alternative therapies, a survey found. The poll, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 75 of 117 responding schools offered elective courses in chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal, or mind-body remedies - or at least included those topics in required courses. Less than two years earlier, an AMA poll found only 46 schools teaching the topics.
Political and religious leaders in Northern Ireland were issuing measured responses to a declaration by Sinn Fein that the province's guerrilla conflict "must be for all of us a thing of the past." Moderate nationalist leader John Hume welcomed the statement - apparently timed for President Clinton's arrival there today. But the British government and Protestant unionists said it was up to Sinn Fein's military ally, the Irish Republican Army, to back the words with deeds by surrendering its arsenal of weapons.
The two-day summit in Moscow between Clinton and Russian President Yeltsin ended with more declarations of mutual support and cooperation on security and arms control. Meanwhile, Communist leaders in parliament moved up to tomorrow their second vote on Yeltsin's nomination of Viktor Chernomyrdin as prime minister, making it likely, analysts said, that he would again be rejected. Yeltsin has dismissed their calls to find another candidate.