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Four killed tring to cross border



KFAR CHOUBA, Lebanon (AP)- Israel - still
engaged in violence with the Palestinians faced
fresh security problems yesterday in Lebanon, where
it rained missiles and machine gun fire in retaliation
for a Hezbollah bombing that killed one soldier.
The assault was Israel's first cross-border retaliatory
attack since pulling its troops from southern Lebanon
in May to end Israel's 18-year occupation of a border
enclave there. The Israeli army confirmed striking
back with gunfire after the roadside bombing in
Chebaa Farms near the Lebanese border. One civilian
was slightly injured on the Lebanese side.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, in comments
on state-run television, called the Israeli raids a
"grave precedent that may entail serious repercus-
sions for which Israel is alone responsible."
The violence at Chebaa Farms - an uninhabited
strip of land in the western foothills of Mount Her-
mon where the borders of Lebanon, Syria and Israel
meet - occurred against the backdrop of continued
Israeli-Palestinian clashes.
Yesterday, Israeli soldiers killed four armed Pales-
tinians as they traveled from a Palestinian-controlled
area of the West Bank into an Israeli-controlled part,
a military official said.
Israeli soldiers also returned fire from Palestinian
gunmen yesterday in the West Bank city of Hebron,
the southern Gaza Strip and the southern edge of
Two months of fighting in the West Bank and
Gaza have left more than 270 people dead, most of
them Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak acknowledged
yesterday on Israeli radio that "never has an Israeli
government used such great force against the Pales-
tinians - rockets, tanks, and returning fire when
Barak, who was a general before becoming a
politician, assured Israelis that he knew how to han-
a die the conflict. He said he was pursuing diplomatic
efforts to salvage seven years of peacemaking with
the Palestinians.
Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, who was ten-
tatively scheduled to travel today to Russia for talks
on the Mideast crisis, said yesterday that Arafat has
been sending signals in the past few days saying he
wants to end the violence. "We have an interest in
putting these signals to the test," Ben-Ami told
Israeli Channel I television.
The attacks in south Lebanon also came a day
before the start of Ramadan, the holiest month in the
Islamic calendar. Two Arab countries, Egypt and Jor-

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Clinton to review executive clemency
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Clinton will review all
pending requests for executive clemency before he leaves office in January
including that of Leonard Peltier, the American Indian activist convicted of nur-
dering two FBI agents in South Dakota.
The president "will focus on all of the clemency cases after the electior
and that will be one of them," White House spokesman Daniel Cruise saic
Also yesterday, the White House released the transcript of Clinton's Nov.
interview with radio station WBAI-FM in New York City in which the president
was asked about the Peltier case.
Clinton said then that he would review all clemency applications "and see whal
the merits dictate ... based on the evidence."
Asked specifically about Peltier, Clinton said he has "never had time actually tc
sit down myself and review that case."
"I know it's very important to a lot of people, maybe on both' sides of the issue,
he said. "And I think I owe it to them to give it an honest look-see."
On June 26, 1975, FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler pursued a rob.
bery suspect into the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. A shootou
erupted with activists from the American Indian Movement.
Two suspects were acquitted and a third freed for lack of evidence.

Israeli border police officers aim at a Palestinian man who drove between concrete blocks barricading a side
road leading to the West Bank city of Bethlehem yesterday. Three Palestinians had managed to squeeze their
small car through the blockade, only to find a few meters further that the road was cut off by debris.

dan, took the unusual step of using the Muslim holi-
day to call for the "liberation" of a revered Jerusalem
mosque from Israeli control.
The al-Aqsa Mosque, part of a compound in east
Jerusalem that Israeli troops captured in 1967, is the
third-holiest shrine in the Muslim world.
The Hezbollah, in a statement issued in Beirut,
said the guerrilla attack yesterday was part of "its
duty to complete the liberation of the occupied terri-
tory." The Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militant
group, which led the guerrilla war against Israel in
south Lebanon, has vowed to continue fighting as
long as Chebaa Farms remain under Israeli control.
Israeli soldiers patrolling the area found the bomb
shortly after 6:30 a.m. about two-thirds of a mile inside
the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israeli Brig. Gen.
Moshe Kaplinsky said yesterday.
Guerrillas detonated it as a tracker and another sol-
dier were examining the explosive from a distance,
killing the Bedouin tracker, Kaplinsky told Israeli
radio. The tracker was identified as Sgt. Maj. Khalil
Soon afteru vo Israeli fighter jets fired six missiles

at suspected guerrilla hide-outs in the hills near the vil-
lage of Kfar Chouba, about a mile from Chebaa
Farms, Lebanese security officials said. Helicopter
gunships also fired missiles and machine guns, they
In Jerusalem, the Israeli army confirmed that
warplanes attacked Hezbollah targets in
"We did all we think we could do for a swift con-
clusion of the incident," Kaplinsky said. "We will
continue to do all we think we need to."
Flying debris from a missile struck a Syrian
laborer in the leg as he worked on a road at the
northeastern entrance to Kfar Chouba, slightly
injuring him.
In Beirut, Rolf Knutsson, U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan's representative for southern Lebanon,
said the roadside bombing and ensuing hostilities
"are cause for serious concern."
"This is yet another grave incident underscoring
the urgent need to ensure full respect for the with-
drawal line, on the ground as well as in the air,"
Knutsson said.

Downey arrested
for drug possession
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Robert
Downey Jr. was arrested for drug pos-
session nearly three months after being
released from prison and relaunching
his career, police said yesterday.
An anonymous caller led investiga-
tors to a hotel room at the Merv Grif-
fin Resort Saturday night where they
found the actor alone with cocaine
and methamphetamine, Palm Springs
police officer Ralph Landry said.
"He was conscious and conversed
with the officers," Landry said. "He
was very cooperative."
Downey was arrested for drug pos-
session, being under the influence of a
controlled substance and committing
a felony while free on bail, he said.
He was released yesterday on
$15,000 bail and is scheduled to
appear in court within 30 days,
Landry said.
Downey had landed a recurring role
on the Fox television series "Ally
McBeal" after being released from
prison in August:

Telephone messages left by the
Associated Press at his agent's offces
were not immediately returned yester-
The actor told a judge last year that
his drug addiction was "like I've got a
shotgun in my mouth, with my finger
on the trigger, and I like the taste
the gun metal."
Pilot left dead after
mid-air collision
KATY, Texas - The pilot of a
small plane was killed yesterday when
his aircraft collided with another
plane and then crashed on an inter-
state highway, authorities said.
Don Lee, of Katy was killed in the
crash. He was flying a Cessna sing
engine plane that collided with
small experimental plane about 30
miles west of Houston at around 5:10
p.m., authorities said.
The Cessna circled and then
crashed into Interstate 10, said Texas
Department of Safety spokesman Tom
Vinger. The pilot of the experimental
plane regained control and landed at
West Houston Airport.

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"If you're working a table, you don't
want to piss them off by taking their
ID. So it's an incentive because other-
wise you might not," said Jenny Bieda,
a waitress at the Brown Jug.
Some establishments examine IDs
from certain states more closely if they
suddenly start to see a lot of cards
from there.
"You get to know who's making
fake ones on campus if you start get-
ting a bunch of one state" Thompson
"New Jersey's are the most preva-
lently taken ID from me right now,"
Langmesser said.
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to slow the economy to avoid the
type of extreme growth that can pro-
duce a recession.
Local store officials have cited dif-
ferent reasons for sales not being dra-
matically better than last year.
James expressed a mild degree of
worry over the still unresolved presi-
dential election.
"If people feel unsettled, they're less
likely to spend money," he said. "Once
the election is resolved you'll see a big
jump in everybody's sales."
But Jennifer Seif, assistant manager
of J. Crew at Briarwood, said an unre-
solved election "probably makes peo-
ple shop more if they're uneasy.
Shopping is a stress reliever for a lot
of people."
Bryan Buser, assistant manager at
Waldenbooks said he believes sales
will improve when the amount of
snowfall increases.
"People see snow and they think
holiday shopping," he said.
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because clinics offering the proce-
dure are rare.
"Unfortunately, access is a prob-
lem," Miller said.
Winfield said UHS' staff gynecolo-
oist is not available at all times to han-
dle possible surgical procedures like
"It was his opinion we don't have
the resources to manage mifepristone
therapy," Winfield said.
Women's Choice of Ann Arbor, a
health care clinic, is expected to begin
offering the drug by the end of the
week, said Paula Davis, office manag-
er of Women's Choice.
University Hospitals and Planned
Parenthood of Ann Arbor also plan on
providing the drug but do not know
when it will be available.


Amid tension, fear
few Haitians vote
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Fear,
apathy, violence and an opposition
boycott marred Haiti's presidential
election yesterday in a vote expected
to restore former president Jean-
Bertrand Aristide, who opponents
charge will install a new dictatorship.
Defying widespread cynicism and
suspicions about his intentions, Aris-
tide, a former priest, urged Haitians to
head to the polls.
"After 200 years of political and
economic violence, we have decided
to choose peace," Aristide said in a
radio message.
Despite such words, violence con-
tinued: a homemade bomb exploded
in a market in the densely populated
suburb of Carrefour shortly after polls
opened, slightly injuring one man.
Another went off near an electoral
office outside Port-au-Prince, but did
not cause injuries. Nine pipe bombs
exploded in the capital last week,
killing two children.

Aristide blamed the bombs on
opponents, who he said were trying to
"block the elections." Opposition lead-
ers say the pro-Aristide government of
President Rene Preval staged the
attacks to justify an expected
voter turnout.
Charges pending for
USS Cole suspects
ADEN, Yemen - Yemeni investi-
gators are ready to charge at least
two people in the apparent terrorist
attack on the USS Cole, a sour e
said yesterday, six weeks after-
explosion tore through the warship
as it sat in harbor
Charges are expected to be filed as
soon as this week against the two *us-
pects, the source said. They could be
sentenced to death if convicted. .
But any charges are unlikely to
mean the end of the probe: U.S. inares-
tigators suspect an international Con-
spiracy was behind the bombing.
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