Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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THE NATION

ELECTION 2000

Kemp Considering White House Run Jack Kemp indicated Sunday that he was making preparations for a possible run for the White House in 2000. "I'll tell you this, my appetite is whetted," last year's Republican vice presidential candidate said. Kemp, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said a concrete decision on a presidential candidacy would not come until after congressional elections in 1998. But the former congressman and government secretary said he wanted to help shape America's vision for the future. "I'm looking forward to being a big part of that debate," he said. WASHINGTON Strom Thurmond In Hospital With Flu Sen. Strom Thurmond, at 94 the oldest member of Congress, was hospitalized with the flu but expected to be released in time to open the Senate this morning, an aide said Sunday. "It's nothing more than the flu - the same one everyone in the office has had," said press secretary Chris Cimka. She said the South Carolina Republican was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center Jan. 30. He was advised to enter the hospital because "he's 94 years old and he lives alone," Cimka said. "It's nothing more than the flu." MEDICAL MARIJUANA U.S. Refuses To Settle Doctors' Suit The federal government has rejected an offer to settle a lawsuit filed by doctors trying to avoid punishment for recommending marijuana to patients with cancer and AIDS. The lawsuit was filed last month after the nation's drug czar threatened to take action against physicians despite California's new law allowing medical uses of marijuana. The plaintiffs offered to settle the case if the government agrees to bar prosecution of doctors who, in good faith, discuss the use of medical marijuana or recommend it for their patients. On Friday, Barry McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, rejected the offer in a letter from Justice Department lawyer Kathleen Muller. Elsewhere In The Nation: The fire was nearly out Sunday at the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion near Everson, Wash., that lit up the night sky with a towering flame visible more than 40 miles away. No homes were in the immediate area five miles south of the Canadian border, and no one was injured. The 26-inch pipeline ruptured late Saturday, shaking homes in nearby Everson, and flaming gas roared 300 feet into the air. THE WORLD FRANCE Anti-Immigrant Party Has Another Win The far-right, anti-immigrant National Front captured its fourth city hall in France on Sunday, despite a united effort by mainstream political parties to defeat it. According to final results released by election officials in Vitrolles, the National Front candidate for mayor, Catherine Megret, defeated Socialist incumbent Jean-Jacques Anglade, 52 percent to 48 percent. …

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