Wind, snow, and rain lashed the United States Atlantic Coast this weekend as a nasty northeaster tore seaside homes off their foundations and forced evacuation of thousands of residents. Governors in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia, and West Virginia issued disaster declarations on Friday. High tides and winds gusting to 60 m.p.h. forced the evacuation of coastal residents. At least 15 deaths since Thursday were blamed on the storm, including victims crushed by roofs collapsing

under heavy snow. Tens of thousands were without electrical power. "It was one of the greatest Northeast storms this century," said meteorologist Bill Scura. 1,200 killed as earthquake devastates east Indonesia

One of the worst earthquakes of the century has struck eastern Indonesia, killing at least 1,226 people and forcing officials Sunday to appeal for help to fight disease and the cold threatening survivors. Parts of the predominantly Christian island of Flores were devastated by the earthquake which struck at 12:29 a.m. Sunday local time, Indonesian officials said. Entire villages in coastal areas were wiped out by waves triggered by the quake. Indonesian officials said the earthquake measured 6.8 on the R ichter scale, but the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., said it measured 7.5. Indian violence eases

Week-long rioting between Hindus and Muslims eased Saturday as India began assessing the political fallout and the economic damage caused by the unrest. The death toll stood at more than 1,150, but the final count is expected to be much higher. Liechtenstein in EEA

Liechtenstein's voters decided Sunday by a margin of 55.8 percent to 44.2 percent in favor of joining the European Economic Area, official results showed. The result came one week after the country's economic "big brother," neighboring Switzerland, threw out the same treaty. The EEA is a large common market which seeks to bring other countries into the European Community's market. Air cap over Serbia?

The United States, taking a tougher stand on Serbian "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina, will try to rally its Western European allies to enforce an air cap over the beleaguered country, Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger said Saturday. Launching a week-long trip to three European cities, Mr. Eagleburger also said the United States was ready to consider lifting a United Nations embargo on arms to Muslims if there is a consensus. Networks' violence rules

The major television networks will follow uniform guidelines on depicting violence in their entertainment programming beginning next fall, says Sen. Paul Simon (D) of Ill., who led the reform effort. The voluntary agreement by ABC, NBC, and CBS resulted from a law that gave the networks an antitrust waiver so they could plan among themselves ways to control violence in TV entertainment programming.

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