PRE-HIGH SCHOOL DRUG USE SEEN RISING One in 4 schoolchildren has used illegal drugs before reaching high school, according to researchers who say drug use among American youngsters is ``getting worse at a fairly rapid pace.'' A University of Michigan study released yesterday found that while use of illegal drugs, particularly marijuana, continued to rise among all teenagers this year, the trend was most disturbing among younger children. Michigan's Institute for Social Research began studying teenage drug-abuse rates in 1975. It tracked an expansion of drug abuse into the late 1970s, a substantial decline that lasted through 1991, and a resurgence since then. Abortion appeal rejected

The Supreme Court yesterday turned down appeals from anti-abortion activists who say they wrongly are being sued as racketeers for blocking access to clinics and other efforts to stop women from having abortions. The justices let stand a ruling that kept alive a nationwide, class-action lawsuit by the National Organization for Women and others against several anti-abortion groups and some of their members.

Flooding hits Scotland

The worst flooding in more than a century forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in and around Glasgow. About 4.5 inches of rain fell over the weekend at Glasgow Airport, the most since records began in 1888, and rain continued to fall yesterday, the Glasgow Weather Center reported. Japan-US glass pact

Japan and the United States have reached final agreement on increasing foreign access to Japan's lucrative flat-glass market, Trade Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto announced yesterday in Tokyo. The agreement came after nearly six weeks of fine-tuning a general accord announced Oct. 1 on ways to boost foreign access to Japan's $4.5 billion sheet-glass market.

Mideast talks in Sweden

After failing to achieve a breakthrough in Norway in their stalled peace talks, PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel try again yesterday in neighboring Sweden. Korean A-pact stands

The new Republican-controlled Congress is going to stand by Washington's recent nuclear deal with North Korea, a senator critical of the pact said yesterday. Sen. Frank Murkowski (R) of Alaska, spoke in Seoul just hours after returning from a trip to the communist state with Sen. Paul Simon (D) of Illinois.

TVA reactors

The Tennessee Valley Authority has dropped plans to finish three nuclear reactors because of high construction and operating costs. TVA chairman Craven Crowell told employees yesterday the TVA ``will not, by itself, complete'' one of two reactors at the Watts Bar plant near Spring City, Tenn., and the two-reactor Bellefonte plant near Hollywood, Ala.

Rhodes scholars

For the third consecutive year, a record number of women were selected to receive prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Of the 32 Americans named as scholarship recipients Sunday in Los Angeles, 18 were women and 14 were men. Last year, 17 women were named scholars; 16, in 1992.

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