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North Korea abandons nuclear accord
TOKYO (AP) - North Korea's neighbors voiced alarm at the Com-
munist state's abrupt withdrawal Friday from an" international nu-
clear accord, a move certain to increase suspicions the North is
"building weapons of mass destruction. The withdrawal came two
weeks after the International Atomic Energy Agency gave North
Korea a month to agree to inspections of two suspected nuclear sites.
The pullout deepened the isolation of the reclusive, hard-line North.
It also increased tensions on the Korean peninsula, where the United
States and South Korea held joint military maneuvers this week.
North Korea had denounced the maneuvers and declared itself to be
on a "semi-war" footing.
Bombings terrorize Bombay, 200 killed in 13 blasts
BOMBAY, India (AP) — A synchronized series of car bombs rocked
India's commercial nerve center on Friday, spreading panic in a city
that had been recovering from Hindu-Muslim riots. Up to 200 people
were killed and 1,100 wounded. No one immediately claimed respon-
sibility for the 13 bombs, which detonated over a 75-minute span
from the southern financial district to the northern suburbs. The.re
was no evidence to suggest the blasts were related to the Hindu-
Muslim violence that swept India in December and January.
Report: U.N. aid undercutting Somali farmers
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Somalis and relief officials said
Friday that U.N. food aid to Somalia is flooding the market and
driving farmers out of business. Holbrook Arthur, head of the U.N.
World Food Program in Somalia, said the situation needed studying
and that he would be willing to buy from the farmers. "We need to
know where there are surplus crops and whether the local security
would permit moving them to another destination," Arthur said. The
discussion came on the second day of a conference to complete a $166
million plan to rebuild a nation shattered by civil war and famine.
Interim FCC chair supports TV violence rules
WASHINGTON (AP) - Government officials receive more com-
plaints about television violence than indecency, but can do little
more than make speeches condemning it, the head of the Federal
Communications Commission says. James Quello, the FCC's interim
chairman, said that's why he supports a consumer group's push for
federal laws that would limit the amount of violence on television, es-
pecially during children's viewing hours. Americans for Responsible
Television is launching a letter-writing and petition campaign and
plans visits to Capitol Hill to lobby for the legislation.
U.S. 'shocked' by Haiti's detention of refugee
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department expressed shock Fri-
day over the arrest by Haitian airport guards of a Miami-bound army
deserter who had been granted political refugee status by U.S. of-
ficials. The refugee was arrested on Thursday as he was about to
board the Miami flight. U.S. Embassy officials were working Friday
to arrange the man's' release. It was the first such incident to be
reported since the U.S. Embassy began accepting refugee applications
from Haitians on Haitian territory. The program was initiated 13
months ago as part of an effort to stem the flow of Haitian boat people
toward the United States.
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Buffalo-area Indians at odds over gambling
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Gambling opponents from the Seneca Na-
tion of Indians are planning a three-mile march to urge tribal coun-
cilors to reject a high stakes casino on their territory. Members of the
Guardians of the Seven Generations say gambling goes directly
against the Code of Lake, which bases their culture, spokeswoman
Carol Snow said. Tribal leaders shouldn't change traditional ways
just to make money, she said. The controversy comes in the wake of
Thursday's announcement by the Oneida Indian reservation that it
will open the first gambling casino on Native American territory, 50
miles south of Buffalo.
Cuomo rescinds plan to cut child abuse screenings
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Mario Cuomo backed off Friday from a
controversial proposal that would have eliminated a child abuse
screening system for prospective child care workers and foster and
adoptive parents. The measure, originally submitted by Cuomo in his
executive budget, was designed as a cost-saving measure for the
state. Eliminating the service would have saved New York $1 million,
Cuomo officials had said. Child welfare advocates had criticized the
idea and said they would have fought to change it.
Abrams gets ruling against >hony* abortion clinic
MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - State Attorney General Robert
Abrams won a preliminary court ruling Friday to force a "phony abor-
tion clinic" in Putnam County to admit it was being run by a pro-life
group. The Alternative Pregnancy Center in Mahopac Falls lured
pregnant women to its office by listing itself under "Abortion Infor-
mation Services," "Health Care Services," and "Birth Control. Infor-
mation Centers," Abrams said. Alternative Pregnancy Services pro-
vided none of those services and a Dutchess County state Supreme
Court judge agreed to require it to state in its advertising that it is a
"pro-life, not-for-profit corporation" or an "anti-abortion, not-for-profit
corporation." Justice Ralph Beisner granted the preliminary injunc-
tion pending the final outcome of the case.
New York sues federal EPA over acid rain laws
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York filed a lawsuit Friday against the
federal Environmental Protection Agency, claiming its acid rain reg-
ulations could harm sensitive parks and lakes in the state. The
lawsuit seeks to change amendments to the Clean Air Act of 1990,
4aunched by the Bush administration. State Attorney General Robert
Abrams and Environmental Commissioner Thomas Jorling filed the
lawsuit in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
in Washington, D.C. At issue is a Bush administration amendment
that allows heavy polluters to buy credits from sources whose emis-
sions fall below federal standards. That amendment, which was effec-
tive Feb. 10, was designed to cut acid rain emissions in half by the
Judge turns New York Post over to Hirschfeld
NEW YORK (AP) - A bankruptcy judge turned over the New York
Post to real estate developer Abe Hirschfeld on Friday, ending Steven
Hoffenberg's operation of the tabloid after less than two months. The
order appeared to catch Hoffenberg and his lawyers by surprise, as
Hirschfeld was thrust into the driver's seat — and at one point the
witness chair — in a contest to buy the financially troubled newspaper.
The drama, played out before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Francis Con-
rad, involved more than a dozen lawyers and more than a few laughs
as the two contenders were exposed to the judge's scrutiny.
Parole officer fatally shoots wife at courthouse
NEW YORK (AP) — A parole officer who used his badge to sneak a
gun past metal detectors at a courthouse opened fire Friday and kill-
ed his estranged wife in a crowded wajting room, police said. Two
bystanders were wounded and others scrambled for safety before the
gunman let an unarmed court officer take his weapon, then waited
quietly on a bench for police to arrive. Max Almonor, 52, went to court
because of a a dispute with his wife, Danielle, over visiting privileges
with their 16-year-old daughter, said police detective John Harkins.
NEW YORK; (AP) - German
police agreed Friday to help U.S.
investigators follow a trail of
money that was transferred from
Dusseldorf to a New Jersey bank
account shared by two suspects
in the World Trade Center bom-
Although the FBI thinks the
money financed the attack, the
original source of the funds and
the motive for the bombing itself
remain unclear. But investiga-
tors said they were making prog-
WASHINGTON (AP) - Prices
paid by wholesalers jumped 0.4
percent in February, the worst in
more than two years, the gov-
ernment said Friday, rattling fi-
nancial markets with new wor-
ries about inflation.
Analysts were expecting a
milder 0.3 percent rise in the
Labor Department's Producer
Price Index, which measures
prices paid to producers such as
factories and farms.
Inflation fears awakened by
the report ended, at least for
now, the drop in long-term inter-
est rates that had brought fixed
mortgage rates to 20-year lows of
less than 7.5 percent.
On the stock market, the Dow
Jones industrial average plunged
more than 50 points during the
first 30 minutes of trading Fri-
For the first two months of the
year, producer price inflation was
running at a 3.4 percent annual
rate, more than double the 1.6
percent price rise registered for
all of last year.
In February, large seasonally
adjusted increases for home
heating oil, gasoline, tobacco and
new cars more t han offset
declines in the prices of fruits
The increase was the largest
since an i dent i cal rise in
November 1990, early in the
recession. After that, the slow
economy dampened demand,
keeping a lid on prices.
Most analysts believe inflation
will remain moderate this year,
along with economic growth, but
some now are cautioning that in-
flation won't improve as had
"We're starting to see the first
signs of at least some accelera-
tion of inflation from the. ecd-
nomic expansion. ... At best well
be stable on consumer inflation
this year ... and next year well
start to accelerate moderately,"
said economist David Jones of
Aubrey G. Lanston & Co., a New
York securities dealer.'
Economists surveyed by Blue
Chip Economic Indicators of
Sedona, Ariz., expect consumer
inflation of 3.1 percent this year
and 3.4 percent next year, up
from 2.9 percent last year, the
second-lowest in a quarter cen-
tury. The Labor Department is
are in the right section.. We've
come down the. right aisle and
are in the right row," said James
Esposito, head of the FBI's
Newark office. "And now we have
to finish identifying who sat in
that row." A spokesman for the
German federal police, Thomas
Rindsfuesser, said investigators
would ask the Westdeutsche
Genossenschafts Zentralbank in
Dusseldorf about the transfer.
Henni ng Raut enber g, a
spokesman for the bank, said
$2,420.87 was transferred from
For finished goods
Seasonally adjusted change from prior month
M A M J J A S O N D,J F
Feb. '92 Jan.'93 Feb. '93
his institution to a bank account
in New Jersey held by the bonv-
Si ng suspect s, Mohammed
Salameh and Nidal Ayyad.
Rautenberg said his bank
wired the money at the request
of one of 500 member banks that
belong to a cooperative banking
system. Citing bank secrecy
laws, he declined to identify the
member bank or say who provid-
ed the money.
Rautenberg said the bank
makes more than a million trans-
fers a day, and that the amount
transferred to New Jersey "is not
something that is out of the ordi-
nary or that would raise any at-
The Record of Hackensack,
transfer, said the New Jersey ac-
count was opened Jan. 21 at the
National Westminster Bank of
Jersey City, N.J., with an initial
deposit of $414.98
The total amount transferred
remained unclear. A federal in-
vestigator told the AP there
probably were "several deposits
Such deposits would avoid fed-
eral laws requiring reports of
casji transactions of $10,000 or
Ayyad was denied bail Friday
by a federal magi st rate in
Newark after prosecutors said he
posed a substantial danger to
society and had ties abroad.
"It's hard to think of a defen-
dant who presents more of a
danger," prosecutor Mark Mat-
thews told the magistrate. But
Ayyad's attorney, Thomas Hig-
gins, said all the government had
proved was "that Mr. Salameh
and Mr. Ayyad knew each other."
A federal official, who spoke
with the AP on the condition of
anonymity, said it appeared the
money was used "for the bomb-
ing, possible escape, safe houses
and other terrorist activities.
"Our main thrust is where the
money came from," he said. "We
don't know the ultimate source."
Finding the source might help
investigators determine a motive
in the Feb. 26 bombing that kill-
ed five people and injured more
than 1,000. It was caused by a
mixture of highly explosive
chemicals that was brought to
the basement of the trade center
in a van.
scheduled Wednesday to report
on consumer prices in February.
Economist Donald Ratajczak
of Georgia State University said
a moderate spurt of inflation is a
natural reaction when solid eco-
nomic growth resumes following
a recession. But it need not con-
tinue all year, he said.
"This isn't unusual in the early
phases of an economic upturn.
When the economy is very weak,
people sell some goods at below
cost. When the economy im-
proves, the first thing they try to
do is push them up to the.break-
even level. After that, things
tend to calm down and that's
what we're hoping will happen,"
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The Super Shopper Sweepstakes, which will continue throughout 1993, since it was so popular in 1992, has a double winner in Mr and Mrs. John Sommers
of Rt. 9 South. Piattsburgh. John and his wife were the lucky winners for the January drawing of two tickets to see Phantom of the Opera in Montreal,
with a limousine (courtesy of Stephen's Limousine Service) taking them door to door, on Friday night, February 26. On Saturday, February 27, in the
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MARTY ON ICE!!!
Marty the Mall Moose will make his first appearance on skates, on Sunday, March 14, during the "Books on Blades" Ice Show, for Literacy Volunteers,
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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FAIR
Once again, Champlain Centres will host the Annual Vocational Education Fair, Friday through Sunday, March 19-21. sponsored by the Occupational/Technical
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RED LOBSTER UPDATE!
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