Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WASHINGTON

Gore Discounts Report Of Shake-up At State

Vice President Al Gore is discounting published reports that President Bill Clinton soon may reshuffle his foreign-policy team, which has been under increasing fire for its handling of such hot spots as Haiti, Bosnia, Somalia and North Korea.

"I don't think there's any basis for those reports, really," Gore said Sunday on the CBS television program "Face the Nation."

"I think it's an excellent foreign-policy team. I think that they're doing an outstanding job. I think that the challenges that we inherited are extremely difficult. I think we've been making progress with them."

U.S. News and World Report, in its latest issue, said Democratic insiders were talking about "what could be the biggest White House shake-up in memory."

It speculated the "most realistic scenario" involved naming either House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash., or Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott to replace Warren M. Christopher as secretary of state. Reuters

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CHICAGO

United Airlines Pilots Continue Buyout Plans

United Airlines pilots agreed Sunday to continue with a $4.9 billion employee buyout of the carrier, despite earlier reports that their support for the deal was in jeopardy, a source close to the union said.

The company's sagging stock price and increasing rank-and-file discontent with the buyout had prompted the union to consider renegotiating it.

Members of the Air Line Pilots Association leadership met in Chicago over the weekend with financial and legal advisers before deciding to go forward with the deal, which would create the nation's largest employee-owned company.

"There will be a deal," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Everything is looking real good." AP

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WORLD

YEMEN

North Sends Missiles Into Southern Capital

Northern Yemen marked the fourth anniversary of its merger with the south by striking the southern capital of Aden with missiles on Sunday and threatening an all-consuming war unless the south returns to the fold.

Aden radio, controlled by the south, said three people were killed and seven wounded Sunday when a northern missile hit a neighborhood near Aden airport. …

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