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Iran renews threat
as tankers sail south
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - A
convoy of reflagged Kuwaiti tankers
and American warships steamed
south yesterday past the two Iranian
oil platforms destroyed by U.S.
Navy artillery. Iran, meanwhile,
renewed its threat of reprisal.
Shipping sources in Kuwait
reported a loud explosion off the
southern coast, near the Mina Saud
oil port, but said they did not know
Iraq said its aircraft raided two
tankers off Iran - one Tuesday
night and the other yesterday night
- but neither strike was confirmed
by gulf-based shipping executives.
A senior Iranian diplomat said
that the response to Monday's attack
on the oil platforms would "not
necessary be limited" to the Persian
Gulf region, where Iran and Iraq have
been at war since September, 1980.
"Iran has several plans under
consideration and will soon act to
make the United States pay for its
actions," Ali Ahani, the Foreign
Minister's director for political
affairs, told reporters in Bonn, West
Germany. "The United States will
regret this action."
Ali Akbar Velayati, the Iranian
foreign minister, sent a letter to the
United Nations claiming the U.S.
attack violated the Security
Council's unani-mous cease-fire
resolution of July 20, and demanded
a council protest.
The convoy is expected to
complete the 550-mile trip out of
the gulf today. It is the 12th convoy
in three months since U.S. warships
began escorting Kuwaiti-owned
tankers registered in the United
States and flying American flags to
protect them from Iranian attack.
The convoys have logged more than
Iran began regular attacks last
year on ships owned by or serving
Kuwait. The Iranians accuse Kuwait
of receiving arms shipments for its
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In downtown Oshkosh, Wisc. yesterday, pedestrians brave blowing snow
flurries. Winter came early this year as up to 16 inches of snow fell in the
Cold front hits Michigan
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Senate passes highway bill
LANSING- Key portions of a $110 million package to improve
Michigan's roads and public transportation programs cleared the Senate
yesterday despite widespread unhappiness by members.
The Senate passage of five transportation bills came grudgingly, after a
minority Democratic closed-door caucus at which members demanded to
know how the legislation would affect roads in their districts.
Some also expressed anger that Gov. James Blanchard has not taken a
more forceful role in promoting the legislation, which follows after
months of negotiations and work by a special House-Senate ad hoc
Others said the legislations would fail to cure Michigan's highway
problems. Some members said a gasoline tax increase- blocked by
Blanchard's opposition- would be a fairer and more effective way to raise
M.I.T. prof. wins Nobel Prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - American researcher Robert Solow won
the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences yesterday for explaining
how certain factors work together to make an economy grow.
Solow, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won
the prize for a mathematical formula published in 1956 that demonstrated
how factors like savings, capital, technology, and labor affect a nation's
In awarding the prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited
him for "his contributions to the theory of economic growth."
Solow has devoted the last decade to researching macroeconomics, or
the economic policies of nations, especially unemployment. He also is
involved in research on the optimal use of natural resources and the
environment, the Academy said.
Shultz travels to Moscow
HELSINIKI, Finland - Secretary of State George Shultz set out for
fog-shrouded Moscow by train yesterday, saying he was certain'he would
make headway on nuclear arms control in two days of talks with Soviet
He was guarded, however, about arrangements for a third Reagan-
Gorbachev summit. "I think we and the Soviets both agree meetings
between the top leaders are very desirable," Shultz told a news conference
in the Finnish capital
But, he said, summits must be well-prepared "and produce substantive
Shultz said he hopes to clear remaining hurdles for a treaty to scrap
U.S. and Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missles worldwide, and to
make progress on curbing long-range bombers, missiles, and submarines.
Chrysler negotiates payments
DETROIT- Chrysler Corp. is negotiating with workers at a former
American Motors Corp. plant in Toledo to work out repayment of
concessions owed to workers from 1982, union and company officials
Chrysler asked United Auto Workers union Local 12 at the former
AMC Jeep plant in Toledo to reopen its contract, which would haye
expired in February, shortly after Chrysler bought AMC on Aug. 5.
As part of the negotiations, Chrysler is trying to work out a payoff
plan that would release it from an AMC obligation now worth more than
$40 million, or an average of $7,000 for each of Toledo's 5,700 hourly
AMC also negotiated concessions and payback arrangements with
workers at its Kenosha, Wisc., assembly plant and its Milwaukee
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A blast of cold air across Lake
Superior brought Michigan an early
taste of winter yesterday, dropping
up to 16 inches of snow in the
Upper Peninsula communities of
Ironwood and Bessemer.
Unseasonably cool temperatures,
rain, and snow showers were reported
around much of the state - part of a
weather pattern that also brought an
early chill to the Plains and the
In Michigan, schools closed in
Ironwood, Bessemer, and Hurley,
while downed power lines caused
scattered outages in those towns.
Most main roads were cleared
yesterday, though remained slippery
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WASHINGTON(AP) - Ranconteur Garrison Keillor, on a book-
selling break from his new life in Denmark, says that what he misses
most about his radio show is singing songs with people who know the
Keillor gave up "A Prarie Home Companion," a Saturday night dixture
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the life of a shy person."
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a talk at the National Press Club that also was broadcast over public
"It's lovely to come here and break my retirement with you," said the
45-year-old satirist, who seemed a bit rusty at times.
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