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U.S. warplanes mobilize in Belgrade I
■ Stalled negotiations with
Milosevic prompt the action, as
Holbrooke is stepping up talks.
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -Six U.S.
bombers and other warplanes mobilized over the
weekend for potential airstrikes on Yugoslavia after
negotiations showed little progress.
After reporting no change in President Slobodan
Milosevic’s tough stand on Kosovo, U.S. envoy
Richard Holbrooke accelerated talks with the leader
The Americans and Europeans are demanding
that Milosevic halt the crackdown he launched Feb.
28 against the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army, a
group of ethnic Albanians seeking independence.
The major obstacle appears to be Holbrooke’s
demand that Milosevic agree to an expanded inter
national monitoring mission to verify compliance
with demands of the U.N. Security Council.
Those demands include an immediate cease
fire, a withdrawal of special troops in the province,
allowing refugees to return home and beginning
talks with ethnic Albanians on Kosovo’s future.
Holbrooke and Milosevic met into the night
Sunday, meeting for the sixth time in seven days in
talks that signaled U.S. determination to search for a
peaceful way out of the deadlock.
Holbrooke said early Sunday that he would
“continue an intense effort to find a peaceful,
acceptable, fully verifiable compliance system as an
alternative to the other choice” - meaning the use of
But he also said NATO would meet today to
authorize action if his mediation effort fails.
In Washington, national security adviser Sandy
Berger told CNN that Milosevic “is not in compli
ance as of this point '
“He can come into compliance or he can face
military action by NATO” at any time, Berger said.
Washington, meanwhile, is continuing military
preparations in case Holbrooke’s mission fails. Six
U.S. B-52 bombers arrived in Britain on Sunday and
a contingent of A-10 anti-tank planes flew from
Germany to Italy.
In Bucharest, the Romanian government agreed
to allow NATO to use its airspace in “emergency and
unpredictable situations” if the alliance launches
airstrikes against Yugoslavia.
The positioning of more U.S. planes vfatiiin
range and preparing them for attacks were clearly
designed to convince Milosevic of Washington’s\
resolve to force compliance with U.N. demands.
Congress, Clinton seek
middle ground on budget
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton
called for a budget “that is worthy of our chil
dren” Sunday, as White House and congres
sional bargainers sought a truce for their
spending battle that would let lawmakers go
home to campaign for re-election.
Budget negotiators met yet again at the
Capitol to sort through scores of disputes over
money and policy, even as top Republicans
went on television trying to define the fight
They sought to portray a president who has
been distracted by scandal and by repeated
i fund-raising trips, and who has rejected CK)P
• proposals for tax breaks and vouches a&fted
f at students.
“Now, all of a sudden, he shows up. Wliere
has he been all year?” asked House Majority
Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, on ABC’s “This
Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie
In an office just paces from where
Sunday’s tourists strolled through the Capitol’s
Rotunda, White House Chief of Staff Erskine
Bowles and an administration team met for
two hours with House Speaker Newt
; Gingrich, R-Ga., Senate Majority Leader
• Trent Lott, R-Miss., and other congressional
• Bowles said the two sides discussed differ
ences over education and the environment and
“made some real progress,” and would meet
again this morning. Armey said, “We’ve got
more to go,” and aides said an agreement on
all issues might be reached within two days.
Nearly two weeks after the government’s
new fiscal year began, eight of the 13 annual
spending measures remain incomplete. A
stopgap measure keeping the government
operating expires tonight
Neither side is willing to let the dispute
escalate into a federal shutdown that could
We want the money to
get to... the administrators
at the local level.”
Senate majority leader
hurt incumbents’ re-election bids, and Clinton
keep age&^es at work.
“We’re not going to shut the government
down if we’re working on this, of course,” he
told reporters at the White House. “No one is
interested in doing that”
The eight unfinished spending bills for
1999 together are worth about $500 billion,
nearly one-third of the total federal budget
Clinton wants about $3 billion more for
programs he favors, including more than $1
billion for helping school districts hire
100,000 more teachers.
Republicans have signaled that they are
willing to provide about $2 billion but want
some of the money spent for programs they
prefer, such as education funds that states
could dispense as they please.
“We want the money to get to the parents,
the teachers, the administrators at the local
level,” Lott said. ^
But Clinton stuck to his insistence for
more education spending, a theme that has
tested well in Democratic polls for years.
“It’s time once again for Congress to cross
party lines and send me an education budget
that I can sign that is worthy of our children
and their future,” he said.
get lost in the mix
WASHINGTON (AP) - It is the 105th Congress’ wish
list of rejects, the high-profile and little-known bills lost in
the rush of the frantic last days of the legislative session.
The more prominent include an $80 billion tax cut, a
patients “bill of rights,” sweeping overhauls of bankruptcy
and financial services laws and a $ 1 -an-hour increase in the
federal minimum wage.
^ With both houses heading toward adjournment, it is
highly unlikely these measures, for all the attention they
drew during the past two years, can make it through this
Away from the political footlights, other measures died
with little fanfare.
Showing the muscle that a lone senator can flex under the
unamoers ruies, 10m nanan, u-iowa, was aoie to irustrate
Silicon Valley. He blocked a vote on legislation to allow
nearly twice as many computer-sawy foreigners and other
high-skilled immigrants into the country next year after the
measure was easily passed by the House.'
Another missed opportunity: The House on Thursday
laid the groundwork for U.S. ratification of treaties designed
to enhance copyright protections for musicians, filmmakers,
writers and software developers who send their works over
the Internet. These treaties have been signed by more than
A compromise measure earlier had been worked out with
the Senate, but Senate passage and subsequent treaty ratifi
cation failed to follow. The reason wasn’t immediately clear.
Among other proposals that didn’t make it:
■ A “flex time” bill that would apply to workers earning
hourly wages in the private sector. It would have given them
the same scheduling options accorded to federal workers and
some management employees in private business, such as
“time-and-a-half” compensatory time off.
■ A bill to establish national standards for class-action
shareholder lawsuits against companies. It would have
restricted the ability of investors to file such suits in state
courts against companies whose stock trades on major
national exchanges. Only minor differences were apparently
needed for its passage by both the House and Senate, and the
administration had expressed support.
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First lady announces aid
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Far from
the pressures of Washington and talk of
her husband’s impeachment, first lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton announced
new American aid grants and posed for
pictures with former street children
Sunday during a trip to promote
Although Sunday was the Clintons’
23rd wedding anniversary, the couple
marked the occasion apart, having cele
brated on Friday with a dinner on the
eve of the first lady’s departure.
The first lady, on a four-day mission
to Eastern Europe, addressed the open
ing session of a conference entitled
“Women in the 21st Century” focusing
on the role of women in social issues
confronting southeastern Europe, much
of which is still recovering from a half
century of Communist rale.
“The American people, the
American government and the presi
dent of the United States will stand with
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you as you press ahead to meet the chal
lenges before you,” she said
“Democratic progress depends on
the progress of women,” she told dele
gates at the two-day conference.
“Economic progress depends on
progress of women. A vibrant civil soci
ety depends upon the full contribution
She announced a $15 million grant
to bolster civil society in southeastern
Europe, to be channeled through the
U.S. Agency for International
Later, at a meeting with activists at a
Jewish center, Clinton praised
Bulgarians for their tolerance and
progress in establishing democratic
principles since the fall of Communism
A popular figure abroad, the first
lady shook hands with some 50 local
people and was cheered by foreign
tourists as she walked to St. Sofia
church, the oldest in Bulgaria’s capital. x
Gay attack victim clings
to life in Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A gay
college student was clinging to life
Sunday as residents - gay and
straight-condemned his brutal beat
ing but defended Wyoming as a safe,
fair-minded place to live.
Matthew Shepard, who was
found savagely pistol-whipped and
tied to a fence outside town last
week, left Wyoming as a teen-ager,
finishing high school in Switzerland.
He overcame worries about coming
back to attend the University of
Wyoming here, but friends said he
was happy with his initial experi
Shepard, 21, was unconscious
Sunday at a Fort Collins, Colo., hos
pital, where he was listed in critical
condition with severe head injuries.
Hospital officials said his condition
had deteriorated since the midweek
beating. About 500 people attended
a candlelight vigil Saturday night
The beating of the 5-foot-2,105
pound Shepard came just before
National Coming Out Day, which
was Sunday, and on the heels of an
advertising campaign by groups urg
ing gays to renounce homosexuality.
Police arrested two men in the
attack, saying they lured Shepard
from a campus hangout by telling
him they were gay.
Report finds hundreds
have died in restraints
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -
Hundreds Of people across the nation
have died after being restrained in
psychiatric and mental retardation
facilities in the past decade, the
Hartford Courant reported Sunday.:
The newspaper’s investigation
confirmed 142 restraint-related
deaths, many involving children,
since 1988. The true death count
may be three to 10 times higher
because many cases are not reported
to authorities, according to a statisti
' cal estimate commissioned by the
Restraints such as straitjackets
and bed straps, supposed to be used -
only as a last resort, are commonly
used for discipline, punishment or
the convenience of staff at psychi
atric and mental institutions, the
newspaper said. i
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Pope decrees Jewish sainit
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Under
towering marble figures of the Jews
who founded Christianity, Pope John
Paul II on Sunday decreed die first
Jewish-bom saint of die modem era:
Edith Stein, a nun killed in the gas
chambers of Auschwitz. *
From now on, fhe pope said,
Catholics should commemorate all
the Holocaust’s murdered Jews each
year when they mark the day Stem
died-Aug. 9. 4
“In the martyr Sister Teresa
Benedicta of the Cross so many dif
ferences meet and are resolved in
peace,” John Paul, using the name
Stein chose when she became a nun,
told the thousands filling St Peters
It was a day filled with remark
able gestures of reconciliation: The
Roman Catholic Church putting ap
its grandeur into a tribute to a womqn
of Jewish heritage. And relatives of
Holocaust victims - Stein’s family r
shared a dais with the leader of
Germany, Chancellor Helmut Kohl
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