Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The News in Brief

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The News in Brief

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FBI agents continued to look for evidence that would point them toward those responsible for sabotaging the Amtrak train that derailed Monday in Arizona. One person was killed and 83 were injured when four of the train's cars plunged off a 30-foot-high bridge. A note found at the scene was signed by a little-known neo-Nazi group called the "Sons of Gestapo" and referred to the federal sieges at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, that have angered antigovernment groups. But one federal investigator said it could be a way to deflect attention away from the real motive. (Story, Page 3.)

Democrats and Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee continued to bicker over whether $270 billion can be saved from Medicare over seven years without slashing care for the elderly and disabled. Much of the savings would be achieved by driving many Medicare recipients from fee-for-service heath care into managed health-care plans. Democrats, who are staunchly against the bill, charge that the savings would be used to finance the GOP tax-cut proposal.

The House and Senate will soon begin compromising on a final welfare bill, but they remain divided on whether the government should refuse support to children born while their families are on welfare. Supporters argue it's wrong for single mothers to have more babies when they can't afford the children they already have. But some opponents worry that women on welfare will have abortions if their children's benefits are taken away.

Policymakers from more than 175 nations gathered yesterday in Washington for the formal start of the IMF/World Bank annual meeting. Their primary concern: Efforts to fight poverty could be seriously threatened by reductions in aid from the US and other nations for loans to the poorest countries. "This is a dangerous moment ... for multilateralism," World Bank President James Wolfensohn (pictured) said at a press conference Monday. (Story, Page 1.)

The Supreme Court yesterday turned down an appeal by Shannon Faulkner, who waged a legal battle to end The Citadel's 153-year ban on women before dropping out in August after less than a week as a cadet. The court also rejected an attempt to substitute Faulkner with Nancy Mellette, another young woman interested in attending the state-funded military college in South Carolina. The court left intact a lower court's ruling that said Cuban refugees being held at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay lack constitutional rights and could be returned forcibly to Cuba. The court is considering a landmark gay-rights case.

President Clinton opened a one-day summit with Mexican President Zedillo yesterday in Washington, saying Mexico's economic crisis was easing because of Zedillo's politically controversial austerity measures. Zedillo came bearing a $700 million check representing early repayment of the first installment on a $12.5 billion bridge loan borrowed from the US. (Editorial, Page 20.)

US Economist Robert Lucas won the Nobel Prize in Economics yesterday. The University of Chicago professor was cited for his work on how "rational expectations" have transformed macroeconomic analysis and helped clarify economic policy. (Story, Page 1.)

Hurricane Roxanne, with winds at about 80 m.p.h. and strengthening, could turn toward south Texas today or tomorrow, forecasters said. Reports yesterday indicated the hurricane was 125 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico, and headed westward across the Yucatan Peninsula.

Some 5,000 workers at the country's largest car-hauling company were expected to return to work yesterday after a month-long strike. Teamsters Union leaders on Monday approved a new four-year contract with Ryder Automotive Carrier Group. The strike threatened to strangle the auto industry's fall season. Ryder controls more than a third of the US car-haul business. (Story, Page 3.)

Despite a bus strike yesterday in Minneapolis and St. …

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