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2 -The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, April 22, 1997 N ATIO NW O RLD-
IR bomb threats disrupt Britain

LONDON (AP) - A string of tele-
phoned bomb threats tied London's air,
rail and road traffic in knots yesterday
and momentarily distracted politicians
from the national election campaign.
Authorities blamed the IRA.
Prime Minister John Major, express-
ing contempt for the Irish Republican
Army, praised the "stoicism and good
humor" of the traveling public, which
struggled all morning with citywide
traffic snarls. No bombs were found.
"It is essential to take these warnings
seriously," Major said. "The IRA have
murdered in the past. They will not hes-
itate to murder again.'
No one claimed responsibility,
although the people who called in the

threats used recognized IRA code
words.
"It's a clear attempt by the IRA to dis-
rupt the British general election" on May
1, said Tony Blair, leader of the Labor
Party, which is way ahead in the polls.
In late March, Labor's Northern
Ireland spokesperson, Mo Mowlam,
suggested that the Sinn Fein party could
be invited to join all-party talks in
Northern Ireland in June if their allies
in the IRA quickly restored their cease-
fire, which lasted 17 months until
February 1996.
The IRA's answer was more disrup-
tion and violence: a bomb hoax that
canceled the Grand National horse race
on April 5, the shooting of a police offi-

cer in Londonderry, Northern Ireland,
on April 10, and a bomb Friday at the
railroad station in Leeds.
Yesterday's threats forced the evacua-
tion of four major railroad stations and
two airports.
"Basically, west London and central
London are closed," Royal Automobile
Club spokesperson Peter Brill said at
midmorning. "This is going to be some
of the worst traffic chaos that we have
seen in London for many years, if ever."
Police scaled off Trafalgar Square
and Whitehall, at the heart of the British
government. Cars, taxis and buses,
wedged bumper to bumper, strangled
Parliament Square. Some roads into the
city were clogged solid.

Thousands of passengers were
stranded out on the tarmac at Gatwick
and Luton airports before they received
clearance to disembark. Others waited
for hours, their flights canceled or re-
routed.
The railroad stations all reopened by
noon, and the gridlock slowly melted.
Flight disruptions, however, lasted all
day.
Some people caught in the mess took
the bomb threats in stride. Others were
exasperated.
"I don't think anyone's going to take
any notice of them; it's happened time
and time again," said Ian Baker, waiting
for police to give the all-clear to enter
the building where he works.

Weather delays the search for warplane
EAGLE, Colo. -- Wind-driven snow yesterday kept an Air Force recov-
cry team known as the "Ninja brain surgeons" from dangling over a steep
Rocky Mountain slope to examine the suspected crash site of a missinL
warplane.
A powerful helicopter needed to drop the team was grounded by ti
weather at an airport 40 miles away. A blowing snow advisory and ho\
ing winds whipped through the search headquarters here, about a ii-e
below the snowy mountainside where shards of gray metal were spotted
Sunday.
The weather was expected to improve today. But Air Force Col. Denver Pletcher
said the new snow cover on the jagged. steep slope could make it too dangerous for
the crew to lower searchers.
"We weren't able to find it in the first place because of the snow ... fresh snow
is the big problem," Pletcher said.
The Air Force believes the wreckage is the S9 million A-10 Thunderbolt war-
plane that vanished April 2. But there was no sign of Capt. Craig Button, who was
at the controls when the the plane left a Tucson, Ariz., base on a training miss'
and veered north toward Colorado. The site in the central Rockies, 15 miles sout.
west of Vail, is some 800 miles off course.

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Court: No 'right' to
child support
WASH INGTON -- In a setback for
women seeking child support. the
Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the
United States' welfare law does not
give them a "federal right" to govern-
ment help in obtaining the payments
they are owed.
Since 1975, Congress has paid states
and counties to collect child support
from so-called "deadbeat dads:' but the
program has had a troubled history.
Nationwide, regular payments are
being collected in only 18 percent of
the cases.
Two years ago. a U.S. Appeals Court
for the West Coast cleared the way for
a class-action suit filed on behalf of
300,000 Arizona parents who were
demanding improvements in a floun-
dering program. The understaffed
Arizona state agency was then collect-
ing money for less than 5 percent of the
parents who turned to it for help.
Judge Stephen Reinhardt of Los
Angeles., writingfor the Appeals Court.

said the parents had documented "a
range of administrative abuses extend-
ing from simple incompetence and
bureaucratic bungling to shockingly
callous indifference."
McVeigh jury close
to assembling
DENVER -The judge and attorneys
finished questioning prospective juror
yesterday in the Oklahoma bombing trial
after a laborious 16-day process.
The final panel of 12 jurors and
six alternates was tentatively schcd-
uled to be picked today after U.S.
District Judge Richard Matsch hears
pending motions. The judge was co
sidering selecting an anonymo
panel to hear the case agaipst
Timothy McVeigh.
A total of 99 people _- from unem-
ployed contractors to a wealthy busi
nessman -- have been brought in for
questioning since March 31. Six were
dismissed in open court and an
unknown number were excused after
private sessions between the judge arnd
attorneys.

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Netanyahu promises
screening panel
JE1RUSALLM Benjamin
Netanyahu tried to shore up his govern-
ment and his reputation yesterday after
escaping prosecution in an influence-
peddling scandal, but opposition lead-
ers demanded he resign and Jace trial.
TVhe opposition asked Israel's
Supreme Court to overrule prosecu-
tors' decision not to charge Netanyahu
for his role in a political ally's short-
lived appointment as attorney general.
But it appeared unlikely that the high
court, which is to hear the four motions
in early May. would overturn the deci-
sion.
Netanyahu said he made a mistake,
but did not commit a crime. He lashed
out at the news media and opposition
politicians, saying they had twisted
facts of the case "beyond recognition"
because they were unable to accept his
victory in last May's election.
Netanyahu moved quickly yesterday
to keep his six-party coalition together,
announcing that next week, after the

end of the eight-day Passover holiday,
he would appoint a ministerial commit-
tee to oversee future appointments to
senior government posts.
The panel will be led by FinanO
M inister Dan Meridor and Trade
Minister Natan Sharansky, two Cabinet
members who reportedly had consid-
ered resigning over the scandal.
Mexican peasants
rob trains for food
ACULTZINGO, Mexico - Feder
and rail officials in Mexico City c .
firmed recently that in the last 18
months there have been at least 10 major
food heists by peasants attacking freight
trains and blaming hunger as the cause,
In Durango state, 600 miles to the
north, women and children turned out
by the hundreds to rob six freights in
five months last year. There, children
ages I I to 13 were sent by mothers and
grandmothers to use boulders to stop
the trains and loot the boxcars.
- Compiledfom Daily wire reports.

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