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Commuters had to get creative yesterday to navigate southern California's earthquake-battered highways. Many companies resumed normal business hours yesterday after cleaning up behind the Jan. 17 6.6-magnitude quake, and hundreds of thousands of teachers and students will return to the classroom by today. Meanwhile, the Clinton administration will ask Congress for at least $4 billion in earthquake relief and officials say the figure could go much higher, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. Administration officials are braced for resistance in Congress. Abortion foes can be sued

The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that abortion rights advocates may use the federal racketeering law RICO to sue anti-abortion protesters who block women's access to clinics performing the procedure. The unanimous ruling is a big victory for the National Organization for Women, which took the case to the High Court. It is a potentially devastating loss for the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. Lower courts had thrown out NOW's nationwide class-action suit against Operation Rescue and others. Japan reforms compromise

Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa said yesterday he is ready to seek a new parliamentary vote on political reforms to reverse the major defeat he suffered last week. …


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