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Mutch, David, The Christian Science Monitor


UNITED STATES

California Gov. Pete Wilson (R) declared an emergency Nov. 11 in Imperial and Riverside Counties, where a whitefly infestation has ruined $90 million worth of crops. He said crop damage alone in the two counties could hit $200 million by spring, and the infestation threatens to move north into the San Joaquin Valley. Insect-control efforts have had limited success, and growers won't be able to replant next season unless eradication methods are discovered, Wilson said.... The US Coast Guard reports picking up an increasing number of Haitians fleeing political turmoil at home. Currently these people are being housed on three cutters. The US government is reluctant to return the Haitians because of violence in Haiti after the Sept. 30 coup, but officials also don't want to encourage more Haitians to flood the US.... Microsoft Corporation and Digital Equipment are planning to make the popular Windows program available over Digital's computer networks. EUROPE

Scientists in London said they are seeking $5 billion to build a new reactor in which nuclear fusion would be used to produce electricity. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, which would be supported by Japan, the European Community, the Soviets, and the US, was proposed following the first significant production of electricity with nuclear fusion Nov. 9 by the EC's experimental fusion reactor in Culham, near Oxford, England, using deuterium and tritium in a magnetic confinement experiment. …

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