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,October 15, 1997
Reno extends probe of
Clinton's fund-raising call.

s Justices clear way for assisted suicide

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney
General Janet Reno extended her investi-
gation yesterday into President Clinton's
fund-raising telephone calls, giving her
task force until Dec. 2 to see if a special
prosecutor is needed. "I didn't do any-
thing wrong," Clinton responded.
Reno's decision came a day before
the deadline for deciding whether to
take the probe to the next stage - a
preliminary investigation. She wanted it
known before she was grilled today by
the House Judiciary Committee, Justice
officials said.
The committee's Republicans are
sure to press their demand for an inde-
pendent counsel and to lambaste her
handling of the case so far.
In a two-paragraph announcement,
authorized by the special court that
picks independent counsels, Reno said,
"I have been unable to determine
whether there is sufficient specific and

credible evidence to suggest a violation
of federal criminal law" by Clinton.
She said this was "because the initial
inquiry period is limited to 30 days and
because of the complexity of the factual
and legal issues presented by this matter."
The task force needs more time to
analyze evidence of whether Clinton
may have violated a 114-year-old law
barring solicitation of campaign contri-
butions in federal office buildings,
according to Justice officials who spoke
on condition of anonymity.
Reno took the same step earlier this
month in extending the investigation of
Vice President Al Gore's campaign
fund-raising calls from his office.
At a news conference in Brasilia, the
capital of Brazil, Clinton reacted calm-
ly to questions about Reno's decision.
"I did everything I could to comply
with the law," he said. "There's a law.
There's the fact-finding process, and

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I'm going to cooperate with it in every
way I possibly can."
Republicans were less than satisfied
by Reno's move. "The attorney general is
taking a step in the right direction," said
Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, "but,
so far, she has stopped short of taking the
action which is decisive and necessary -
requesting the court to appoint indepen-
dent counsel."
Justice officials said yesterday they
expect to question Clinton himself about
the campaign finance affair. The task
force recently expressed interest in such
an interview and has discussed possible
formats with Clinton's representatives,
according to department officials.
Clinton told reporters that an inter-
view hasn't been discussed with him
personally, but he pointed out his offer
of a day earlier to do "anything that is
necessary" to provide information,
including an interview.
Iran warns
U.S. to
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran accused
the United States yesterday of spying
on Iranian military maneuvers, warn-
ing it to withdraw a destroyer and a
reconnaissance plane from the area.
The Navy denied the charge, saying the
ship never even left port.
Senior Iranian naval officers, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity, said that
after the warnings, the USS Kinkaid
and an S-3 reconnaissance plane pulled
back from the site of the war games.
However, a spokesperson for the
Navy's 5th Fleet, headquartered on the
Gulf island of Bahrain, said he had "no
indication that either incident
"The Kinkaid has been in port in
Bahrain since Monday afternoon,"
Cmdr. Gordon Hume said.
The Kinkaid is part of a seven-ship
battle group that arrived in the Persian
Gulf on Sunday. The S-3 is one of 75
aircraft operating from the USS
Nimitz, the aircraft carrier that leads
the battle group.
Tensions in the region escalated after
Iran's Sept. 29 air raids on two Iranian
opposition bases inside Iraq. The raids
violated a "no-fly" zone patrolled by
the United States and its allies. For its
part, Iraq sent two fightersin pursuit,
Glso violating the zone.
In response, Washington ordered the
Nimitz to skip a port call in Singapore
and speed to the Persian Gulf two
weeks ahead of schedule.
Yesterday, an Iranian naval comman-
der said the Nimitz "would have no
major impact on the region."
"It serves only as a psychological
threat by the Americans to justify their
illegitimate presence here;' Adm. Ali
Akbar Ahmadain, the navy commander
of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said in
remarks carried by Iran's Islamic
Republic News Agency.
Iran is not seeking a confrontation
with the United States, but will strike
back if attacked, he said.
The Iranian exercises cover a
15,000-square-mile area and involve
more than 100 vessels. The U.S. Navy
has 15 ships in the region.
Neither Iran nor the Navy has given
precise locations for their warships,
and it is not known how far their ships

are from one another.
But Pentagon spokesman Kenneth
Bacon suggested a confrontation was
"The exercises were planned long
before the Nimitz went into the Gulf, and
they have - the best we can tell - pro-
ceeded according to plan," Bacon said.
"We don't see any signs now that
Iran is trying to take ... provocative
action or is trying to confront us in any
way," he said, speaking in Washington.
On Monday, a Tehran newspaper
warned that an accidental collision in
the Gulf could spark a confrontation
between the two countries.
"If it happens, none but the U.S. will
be responsible for the consequences"
the paper said. "It is better all oround if
the U.S. stops this risky game in the
Persian Gulf.'
Continued from Page
Colonial Lanes started to install
black lights in July, and should have the
process completed by Jan. 1, Pepp said.

WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court rekindled the emotional, ethical
debate over assisted suicide yesterday
by clearing the way for a groundbreak-
ing Oregon law that lets terminally ill
people get a doctor's help in killing
The action came just a day before
Oregon voters were to be mailed ballots
asking whether they want to repeal the
assisted-suicide measure.
Although the highest court's order
was not a decision and sets no national
precedent, it removed the last legal hur-
dle to implementing the assisted-sui-
cide measure.
The justices ruled in June that ter-
minally ill Americans have no consti-
tutional right to doctor-assisted sui-
Clinton vetoes
$140M from bill
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton pulled back from a potentially
corrosive fight with Congress yester-
day, using his new line-item veto power
to trim only $140 million from the
$247.7 billion defense appropriation
bill, but in the process he wrote the
final chapter for the storied SR-71
Blackbird reconnaissance plane.
Clinton vetoed only 13 of 750 items -
costing about $11 billion - that
Congress added to his original budget
proposal. The appropriations bill, provid-
ing money for everything from military
pay to high-technology weapons systems,
included more than 5,000 line items.
At a news conference in Brazil,
where he was continuing a visit to
South America, Clinton said his vetoes
were "responsible and quite
restrained." Aides said he deferred to
Congress on all items which appeared
to be a "close call.'
Congressional aides expressed sur-

cide. But those decisions, upholding
bans on assisted suicide in New York
and Washington state, did not bar
states from letting doctors prescribe
deadly drugs for mentally competent
but terminally ill patients who wa
A 1994 Oregon measure did just that
but it never has taken effect because of
court challenges. Nevertheless, the
state's "Death with Dignity Act" has
played a huge role in the continuing
national debate over end-of-life med-
ical decisions.
The Oregon measure had been chal-
lenged by two doctors and a terminally
ill woman, but a federal appeals c
ruled that the three lacked the prr
legal standing to sue.
prise Clinton had not vetoed more from
the big appropriations bill, which was
loaded with potential targets.
"We feel it's a modest list," said a
Republican aide to the Senate
Appropriations Committee. "It doesn't
have the wide swath and bizarre logic t
was behind the line-item vetoes of Tie
($9.2 billion) military construction bill"
IRS cancels
proposed layoffs
scrapped plans yesterday to cut 500
jobs, saying it needs them to implement
the complex new tax law and custo er
service improvements announce
the White House following an investi-
gation of taxpayer abuses.
The proposed staff cuts resulted
from a Republican-led Congress that
wanted the Internal Revenue Service
to trim its workforce and become less
intrusive in the lives of ordinary tax-
payers. But, it was the work of
Congress this year that halted the staff


Chile quake kills 7,
causes landslides
SANTIAGO, Chile - A powerful
earthquake rocked much of Chile on
last night, crushing some homes, spark-
ing several landslides and killing seven
people, authorities reported.
The 10:02 p.m. tremor measured 6.8
and was centered near Illapel, more
than 300 miles north of Santiago,
according to the National Earthquake
Information Center in Golden, Colo.
But it was felt along a 750-mile north-
south stretch of Chile, including this
capital city of 5 million people, and
even across the Andes mountains in
Interior Minister Carlos Figueroa
said seven people were killed, includ-
ing an entire family of five, in the
cities of Ovalle, Coquimbo and
Pueblo Nuevo, which are near Illapel.
They were crushed by collapsed
The most heavily damaged area was
around the epicenter, where a number
of old adobe houses caved in, especial-

ly in the cities of Vicuna and Illapel.
Some roads were blocked by slides
and an emergency bridge built to
replace one that had been swept away
in last July's storms collapsed, i -
rupting traffic on the Pan Ametn
Acapulco digs out
Of hurricane debris
ACAPULCO, Mexico - Battered by
a hurricane that claimed more than 210
lives, Mexico's famous resort is st -
gling to dig out from under mudst
badly damaged its luster.
Once glitzy, ritzy and awash with
Hollywood stars, Acapulco's debacle is
an enormous setback for a beach town
that for years hasseen trendier, newer
resorts siphon off business. Tourism is
the lifeblood of this city, and Mexico's
biggest source of income next to oil.
Officials fear publicity about Pauline's
two-day tantrum last week will send for-
eigners packing for other climes -t
before the peak winter tourism seasonV
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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