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As perhaps the highest-profile leader in South America, Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso never wants to be seen with egg on his face. And he probably won't - now that tests by his security service have determined the safest distance to keep him from angry demonstrators. Reports say agents have calculated that even a champion egg-thrower couldn't reach the president at a distance of 180 feet. The study was conducted after other politicians were egged by protesters upset at government austerity policies.

WE'LL JUST FIND SOMEONE ELSE

Since she plans to skip this week's Group of Eight foreign ministers meetings in southern Japan, the host city has decided not to honor Secretary of State Madeleine Albright after all. Miyazaki was going to name an auditorium in its new civic center for the US's top diplomat, with a welcoming party of hundreds of school children ... until learning she wasn't coming. Said the mayor - diplomatically, of course: "We think this is very unfortunate."

Lobsters haul in the most money for Northeast fishers

The New England fishing industry has been getting lots of attention these days, thanks to the blockbuster release of the film "The Perfect Storm." But a new report by the National Marine Fisheries Service also should make many workers there proud. Revenues from Northeast fisheries, the organization said, reached a record $1.07 billion last year. Lobsters accounted for more than 30 percent of the money intake, largely because they command red-hot wholesale prices. The top 10 species according to revenue (listed in millions) from Northeast fisheries in 1999:

1. American lobster $323.0

2. Sea scallop 123.0

3. Blue crab 75.0

4. Atlantic salmon 58.2

5. Goosefish 45.9

6. Northern quahog 40.5

7. Atlantic menhaden 33.2

8. Longfin inshore squid 32.2

9. Atlantic surfclam 30.4

10. Atlantic cod 23.9

(c) Copyright 2000. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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