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Government may pay organ donors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hoping to encourage
living Americans to donate a kidney or even a sec-
tion of liver, the House voted unanimously yesterday
to help pay donors' travel and other expenses.
It would be the first time government offered a
financial incentive for donation, experts believe.
Living donations doubled during the 1990s as
medical techniques improved and the demand for
organs became more acute, while donations after
death grew very slowly.

"It's a very simple, direct kind of program. If
you're willing to help and you're willing to donate,
we're going to help you," said Rep. Karen Thurman,
The legislation, approved 404-0, with 31 members
absent, also provides for grants to states to try to
increase donations after death.
The debate and vote were in stark contrast to the
last time the House considered the issue of organ
donation, when lawmakers were sharply divided over

how available organs should be distributed.
Most members supported the current system, which
gives preference to patients in the local areas; others
argued that organs should be offered to the sickest
patients first, even if they live outside the area.
That debate is largely on hold for now, and much
of the attention has turned to donation, where there
is more consensus. The legislation approved yester-
day pulled out the noncontroversial aspects of the
1999 House bill.

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Hispanic population even with blacks
The fast-growing Hispanic population has drawn nearly even with blacks,
according to preliminary Census Bureau estimates that analysts say show an
America more diverse than ever.
Hispanic population growth outpaced predictions by at least 2.5 million in te
2000 census, with much of that increase due to higher-than-expected rates of
immigration, analysts said yesterday.
There were about 35.3 million Hispanics in America last year, an increase of
58 percent from 1990, the preliminary Census Bureau estimates show. The black
population, meanwhile, ranged between 34.7 million and 36.4 million, with the
exact figure uncertain because Americans, for the first time, were allowed to
check off more than one race on the 2000 census form.
"It's a little surprising. But still, we've known the trends for some time," said
Hans Johnson, demographer with the Public Policy Institute of California in San
Francisco. "We know eventually Hispanics will become the largest minority
group in the United States."
Though the figures are from a Census Bureau committee report, they are not
final and may change, cautioned Jorge del Pinal, a senior agency official in
charge of race and ethnicity statistics.
Israeli coalition hopes to end bloodshed
Ariel Sharon took over as Israel's prime minister yesterday with a mandate to
end months of bloodshed, and said his broad-based coalition was ready to make
peace with the Palestinians if they "abandon the way of violence, terrorisman
S haron, the nation's fifth prime minister in six years, heads a large and
unwieldy government that inherits the Palestinian uprising, a broken-down peace
process and an anxiety-ridden Israel.
In a speech to the Knesset, Sharon said his coalition would be ready for
"painful compromises" toward peace with the Palestinians, but not "under the
pressure of violence and terror."
Later, parliament approved Sharon's "national unity government" by a vote of
72 to 21. Immediately afterward, Sharon rose to the podium and declared his
allegiance, officially taking office to an unusual round of applause from the floor.
In his speech before the vote, Sharon promised his government would work
with the Palestinians. "If the Palestinians choose the path of peace ... they w
find me and my government a sincere and true partner," he said.

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Congress repeals
ergonomic rules
Congress voted yesterday to
repeal new workplace rules aimed
at curbing repetitive motion
injuries, the first legislative accom-
plishment for business-friendly
Republicans who won control of
the White .House and Congress last
The measure cleared the House
on a largely party line vote of 223-
206, less than 24 hours after Senate
passage. Democrats and organized
labor protested v.ociferously, but
President Bush has signaled he will
sign it.
"There's a sure way to make all
the injuries. go away, and that's to
make all the jobs go away," said
Rep. Anne Northup of Kentucky,
one of numerous Republicans who
argued that the rules would impose
prohibitive compliance costs on
DEBELDE, Yugoslavia
U.S. peacekeepers
wound 2 Albanians
U.S. peacekeepers in Kosovo -
working to cut off supplies to
rebels in Macedonia - wounded
two ethnic Albanian insurgents yes-
terday, fueling tension along the
border where clashes threaten to
ignite another Balkan war.
Nearby, in southern Serbia's Presevo
Valley, three Yugoslav soldiers were
killed yesterday when their vehicle hit

a land mine. The soldiers were travel-
ing outside the village of Oreovica, on
the edge of a three-mile-wide buffer
zone between Kosovo ano tie rest or
Less than two years after interna-
tional peacekeepers moved into Koso-
vo, rising separatist tensions at the
borders have sparked fears of anot
round of large-scale fighting. The
overwhelmingly Albanian province is
technically part of Serbia, the domi-
nant Yugoslav republic.
Bush argues *ast
North Korea eal
President Bush took a hard li
against North Korea yesterday,r
ing out an immediate resumption of
Clinton-era negotiations between the
United States and the communist
government in Pyongyang and urg-
ing South Korea's president to be
skeptical of his neighbor.
Bush praised President Kim Dae-
jung. a Nobel Peace Prize winner
for reaching out to North Korea's
leaders, but said any deal in wh@
North Korea agrees to limit its mis-
siles must include verifiable terms
that would prevent cheating.
The most sensitive foreign policy
session of Bush's presidency produced
discussions that Bush and Secretary of
State Colin Powell termed candid and
frank - signals that Bush and Kim
Dae-jung took differing approaches
toward the same goal of a peaceful
Korean peninsula.
- Conpiledfronm Daih' wire reports

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