Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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US, EUROPE EASE TRADE TENSION The looming trade war between the United States and the European Community deescalated a notch yesterday as trade negotiators from both sides agreed to press toward resolution of a transatlantic government procurement dispute, the Monitor's Howard LaFranchi reports. Following the first of two days of talks in Brussels yesterday, US Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said the US will hold off on application of sanctions against the EC until the two sides meet again in Washington April 19 and 20. EC Commission Vice President Sir Leon Brittan agreed to begin the process of rescinding a new procurement regulation that favors EC bidders in government contracts. While Sir Leon sounded more optimistic than Mr. Kantor about eventual resolution of this and other US-EC trade disputes, both sides said they also made progress in discussion of market-access issues. Fuel spill in Virginia

Diesel fuel from a ruptured pipeline in Herndon, Va., flowed down a rain-swollen creek into the Potomac River yesterday, contaminating wetlands rich in wildlife and threatening water supplies. "It's a major inland oil spill," said Kevin Coop, emergency response coordinator from the Environmental Protection Agency. Hundreds worked late Sunday trying to skim the fuel from the surface of Sugarland Run and stem the flow into the Potomac, which runs through Washington, D.C., and provides drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. Personal income rises

Americans' personal income increased only modestly in February but their spending held strong, the government reported yesterday. Income rose 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $5.23 trillion, following a gain of 0.5 percent in January and a strong 1 percent jump in December. Phone sales jeopardized

The US Supreme Court yesterday allowed states to ban businesses from telephoning consumers and making unsolicited sales pitches using automatically dialed, recorded messages. …

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