The nation's interstate highways would be combined with thousands of miles of secondary roads in a new National Highway System under legislation the House passed Wednesday.
The House approved, 412-12, a measure that would finance improvements to 159,000 miles of highway.
Roads under the bill would be eligible for $3.6 billion a year in federal aid from the national highway trust fund. In addition to the entire 45,000-mile interstate system, the new designation also covers 114,000 miles of state highways, airport connectors and other key roads linked to ports, military bases, transportation facilities and border crossings. AP
***** CRIMES AGAINST TOURISTS 2 Held In LA Attack, 1 In Miami Hijacking
Two men were booked Wednesday in Southern California in an attack that left a German tourist dead and her husband wounded. In Miami, authorities charged a man in the hijacking of a hotel bus full of Norwegians.
You Yang and Kham Ktsouvannasane, both 19, were booked for investigation of murder, attempted murder and robbery in the May 16 attack at a mountain overlook east of Los Angeles.
The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, quoting an unidentified source, said the men had ties to a Vietnamese street gang.
In Miami, Cedric Thompson, 33, was arrested Sunday on a carjacking charge not related to the May 13 bus hijacking. He was later charged with armed robbery and armed kidnapping in the bus incident. AP
***** VERMONT Solzhenitsyn Leaves For Return To Russia
Nobel laureate author Alexander Solzhenitsyn set out Wednesday on the long trek back from exile to confront the political chaos that replaced communism in Russia.
Solzhenitsyn left the secluded compound in Cavendish, Vt., that has been his home for nearly two decades just after noon in a car driven by his son Ignat. He was accompanied by his wife, Natalya, and son Stephan.
They stopped at the end of the driveway, and Solzhenitsyn got out, walked back to the gate that guarded the property and posed for photographers for about 60 seconds. He refused to take any questions and then got back in the car and was driven away. The Vermont property will remain in the Solzhenitsyn family. All three of his sons - Stephan, Ignat and Yermolay - are American citizens. AP
***** NAVY GRADUATION No Quick Cure For `Chaos,' Clinton Warns
President Bill Clinton told graduating midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday that they should not expect quick solutions to the "incredible chaos" in Bosnia and elsewhere. …