Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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HAITIAN-BOUND TROOPS WORRY LAWMAKERS Lawmakers expressed concern Sunday that sending hundreds of American soldiers to Haiti could get the United States embroiled in yet another military conflict. "This is another area where we need to send up a little alarm," said Sen. Sam Nunn (D) of Georgia, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He called Haiti "a very hostile environment with people obviously killing each other." Although administration officials played down the danger to the 700 military support troops being sent to Haiti this month, other members of Congress echoed Nunn's worries. Arsenal destruction delay

United Nations arms experts, running behind schedule, need about two more months to finish the destruction of Iraq's stockpiles of poisonous gases, a UN source said yesterday. UN inspectors said last July that if all went well Iraq's known arsenal of toxic gases would be destroyed by September. About 25 experts of a UN chemical destruction team are supervising the scrapping of Iraq's chemical arsenal under the terms that ended the 1991 Gulf war over Kuwait. The source said the experts were facing unspecified problems. Tax pushes gas prices up

Retailers are passing a new federal gas tax onto American consumers, pumping gas prices up more than 4 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, an industry analyst said. Regular unleaded gasoline at self-service pumps on Oct. 8 sold for an average $1.11 per gallon, mid-grade sold for $1.22, premium $1.30 and regular leaded $1.14, according to a survey of 10,000 gasoline stations nationwide. The increase of 4.33 cents over the last survey, conducted Sept. 24, was mainly due to the new 4.3 cent-a-gallon federal gas tax that went into effect Oct. 1, Trilby Lundberg said of the latest Lundberg Survey results. Damaged tanker

Coast Guard salvage crews in Galveston, Texas, worked yesterday to keep a fire-ravaged tanker from spilling its 365,000 gallons of fuel oil into one of the world's busiest ports. At least two crewmen were killed in an explosion Saturday night that caused a raging fire and ripped a gaping hole in the side of the 660-foot gasoline tanker. …

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