s Angeles Times
t:. WASHINGTON - The House ap-
p roved a stopgap spending measure
yesterday to prevent the federal gov-
ernment from shutting down this week-
end, at the end of the fiscal year.
-:The bill, negotiated by the White
House and GOP congressional leaders,
was approvedby voice vote in the House
and appeared all but certain to win
Senate approval by today.
The action gives Congress and the
White House six more weeks to work
on details of next year's budget, with-
out interrupting paychecks for federal
employees or closing down govern-
,nTent offices or programs.
"It will give us the additional time we
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Cochran's summation got highmarks
from legal experts. "I'm voting not
guilty," said Gigi Gordon,"a Los Ange-
les defense lawyer and frequent com-
mentator on the case. She said Cochran
had left the jury with a dilemma. "It's
between 'What is the right thing to do?'
and 'Who did the crime?"' she said.
"Those are two different questions."
Gordon said the question was a le-
gitimate one because for the system to
work, "we have totrustthe prosecution.
Once that trust is violated, then the end
"result is as it should be, a verdict of not
New York University law Prof.
Stephen Gillers said he would wait for
the prosecution's rebuttal today before
giving a final grade, but he called
Cochran inspirational. "I think he did
-well," Gillers said. "He's being per-
sonal with the jury, he's putting himself
on the line."
Again and again, Cochran talked
about reasonable doubt and pointed out
inconsistencies in the state's case, which
he said was grounded in speculation
and the rush to judgment. He ended his
rmarks with a list of'15 questions he
said prosecutor Marcia Clark should
answer for the jury before it begins
-<- Superior Court Judge Lance Ito said
he expected to give the jury its final
m structions this afternoon and that ju-
rors would begin deliberations Mon-
Cochran addressed the jury at the
beginning and end of the day.
Atmidmorning he turnedthe podium
over to defense lawyer Barry Scheck,
who spent the better part of the day
attempting to poke holes in the physical
evidence, which he said was "a cancer
at the heart of the case."
Scheck, bobbing and weaving and
becoming red in the face, insisted that
key blood evidence had been planted
and that blood tests performed by pri-
vate labs were meaningless because the
evidence was compromisedat the Los
Angeles police lab, which he referred to
as a "black hole" of contamination.
"The evidence was contaminated,
compromised and corrupted," he said.
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Gingrich may punish 3 lawmakers
need to work out individual bills," said
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Rep. Robert Livingston (R-
It also averts an early showdown in
what promises to be an autumn full of
budget battles between the White House
and congressional Republicans, who
are determined to significantly reduce
the power and scope of government and
slash President Clinton's priority pro-
In one indication of budget fireworks
to come, Senate Majority Leader Bob
Dole (R-Kan.) allowed action to be
postponed on a spending bill for educa-
tion, training and health programs after
Democrats voted twice to block floor
debate on the measure. The bill is one of
13 appropriations bills Congress must
approve and the President sign to oper-
ate the government for next year.
Democrats and the White House op-
posed several aspects of the $62.8 bil-
lion measure, includingaprovision that
would nullify Clinton's executive or-
der withholding federal contracts from
companies that hire permanent replace-
ments for striking workers and funding
they consider inadequate for Head Start,
which helps disadvantaged pre-
schoolers, and other education andtrain-
On the temporary funding measure,
White House and congressional lead-
ers had reached agreement Wednesday
to keep money flowing to agencies and
departments until Nov. 13, six weeks
after the new fiscal year begins Sunday.
The agreement calls for reduced
spending throughout the federal gov-
ernment but does not cut Democratic
priorities as sharply as congressional
Republicans had wanted. The dozens
of programs Republicans want to elimi-
nate, for instance, will continue to re-
ceive funding at 90 percent of current
GOP leaders indicated that their will-
ingness to compromise on the stopgap
legislation does not signal the same flex-
ibility on the yearlong spending bills.
"This is not the place to pick a fight with
the president," Livingston said.
WASHINGTON - Apiece ofe- mail, circulated widely in ~
the Capitol, quotes House Speaker Newt Gingrich as consid-
ering punishment for three GOP lawmakers blocking passage .
of a farm bill the leadership supports.
Rep. Larry Combest of Texas could be stripped of his
chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee. Rep. Bill
Emerson of Missouri could be denied a chairman's post when
his turn comes. And Rep. Richard Baker of Louisiana could
simply be moved off the Agriculture Committee.
Gingrich sketched these options, alongside other, less
punitive strategies, at a closed-door meeting last week at
which the GOP high command reviewed efforts to win Gingrich
approval of a $13.4 billion package of savings from farm
Republican Reps. Combest, Emerson, Baker and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
all voted against a proposal backed by the Agriculture Committee chairman, Rep.
Pat Roberts of Kansas, joining with Democrats to defeat the measure.
The discussions were disclosed in a memorandum summarizing the meeting
that a GOP aide inadvertently sent via e-mail to a Democratic aide.
Some Jewish women
more prone to cancer
WASHINGTON - One of every
100 Jewish women of European de-
scent carries a genetic abnormality that
may significantly increase her odds of
getting breast or ovarian cancer, ac-
cording to a study released today.
Researchers said this relatively high
prevalence of the mutation suggests
that Ashkenazi Jews - Jews of central
or eastern European descent - may be
the first ethnic group for whom it will
be worthwhile to offer widespread ge-
netic testing for a predisposition to can-
But the researchers also warned that
they do not know how much of an
added cancer risk the mutation confers.
Until that critical question is answered,
they said, gene tests should not be of-
fered to the 7 million Ashkenazi Jews
in this country except in the context of
clinical studies - such as one about to
begin in the Washington area.
Starting at the end of next month,
researchers will ask thousands of local
Ashkenazi Jews to donate a few drops of
blood and give a detailed genealogy of
family members who have had cancer,
in order to further research on the issue.
delayed one week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-Space
shuttle Columbia began leaking explo-
sive hydrogen fuel just hours before
liftoffyesterday, forcing NASA to post-
pone the science mission for a week.
It was the latest in a series of prob-
lems plaguing the shuttle program in
recent months, including pesky wood-
peckers and scorched 0-rings.
"That's the luck of the draw," said a
weary James Harrington, NASA launch
Liftoff tentatively was rescheduled
for Oct. 5 to allow NASA to replace the
leaky valve in main engine No. 1 -a
new, redesigned engine.
A Palestinian youth suspected of stone-throwing tries to break away from Israeli soldiers yesterday.
Settlers storm Hebron streets
HEBRON, West Bank - Thousands
ofangryJewish settlers stormedthe streets
of Arab Hebron yesterday to protest the
signing of the latest peace agreement
between Israel and the Palestinians.
While Palestinians were kept off the
roads and watched uneasily from be-
hind their half-open windows, settlers
and their supporters from all around
Israel said they had been betrayed by
their government and announced their
intention to scuttle the deal.
Cries of "Slaughter the Arabs" were
heard, and a doctored photograph of
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin wearing
an Arab keffiyeh on his head was hoisted
above the crowd. Several Palestinians
said their houses had been stoned and
their cars vandalized.
"This agreement being signed right
now is a betrayal of the Jewish people
- it is against our history," said Noam
Arnon, a leader ofthe settlers in Hebron,
as the signing was taking place in Wash-
ington. "They want to give this land to
the terrorists, to destroy us, to destroy
again the Jewish holy sites, the Jewish
synagogues ... You Arabs, ifyou dream
about uprooting Jews - forget it. We
will be here forever."
In the crowd, Lazar Fruchter, a former
resident of New York, said he would
not leave the West Bank, even if it was
abandoned by the Israeli army. Chana
Witkin, from Tel Aviv, said Jews could
never leave the city where the biblical
patriarch Abraham is buried.
"This signing is the most abominable
thing that government has ever done,"
Witkin said. "It is intentionally against
what God wants us to do. It's against
Nearby, at the U.N.-run Palestinian
refugee camp of Dehaishe, outside the
West Bank city of Bethlehem, hundreds
of Palestinians fought Israeli soldiers in
an effort to rip down the 40-foot-tall
fences that surround the camp - put up
by the army eight years ago to stop youths
from throwing stones at settlers and sol-
diers. Three people, including an Israeli
woman from the group Peace Now, were
arrested after the army shot tear gas into
the camp to subdue the crowds.
In south Lebanon, at the largest of the
Palestinian refugee camps there, Pales-
tinians burned tires and raised black
flags of mourning to protest the accord,
calling Palestinian Authority Chairman
Yasser Arafat a "traitor" who has failed
to resolve the 50-year-old problem of
Despite worldwide praise for Arafat
and Rabin and their latest efforts to
resolve the decades-old conflicts be-
tween their people, the reality here is
that the agreement has been deeply di-
visive. A poll released yesterday morn-
ing in the Israeli newspaper Yediot
Aharanot found 51 percent of Israelis in
favor of the agreement and 47 percent
opposed, with 2 percent not responding.
Among Palestinians, the agreementhas
been equally controversial. In Hebron-
where the accord allows soldiers and set-
tlers to remain, at least for the next few
years - virtually no Palestinians had a
positive word to say about it.
"It is a very bad agreement because it
doesn't require the settlers to leave,"
said Reema Abu Handia, a 20-year-old
Hebronite. "Hebron is Arab and should
stay Arab forever. It was never their
land and it never will be."
successor gets key
BEIJING-President Jiang Zemin's
position as the leading candidate to
succeed Deng Xiaoping at the helm of
China got a boost yesterday when a key
ally was named to head an important
military body - even as another senior
party leader was dismissed for abuse of
As Jiang's star was rising, former
Beijing mayor and Politburo member
Chen Xitong was stripped of all his
party posts because of alleged massive
corruption in his Beijing administra-
In a report that concluded a four-day
plenary meeting ofthe Communist Party
Central Committee here, the party lead-
ership said Chen "led a dissolute and
extravagant life, abused power to seek
illegal interests for his relatives and
otherpeople and accepted valuable gifts
by taking advantage of his position and
while performing public duties.
For several years, Jiang has been
pushing for the appointment of Defense
Minister Chi Haotian, his main backer
in the senior army ranks, to the military
charged in abduction
TOKYO - Three U.S. servicemen
were charged today with abducting and
raping a 12-year-old girl, clearing the
way for their delivery to Japanese au-
thorities as protestors nationwide have
The rape has caused a major uproar
on Okinawa, one of the United States'
most important military outposts in the
Pacific, and generated a nationwide
debate over whether Japan should re-
vise the terms under which 45,000 U.S.
troops are stationed in this country.
Charged were Marine Pfc. Rodrico
Harp, 21, of Griffin, Ga.; Pfc. Kendrick
M. Ledet, 20, of Waycross, Ga.; and
Navy Seaman Marcus D. Gill, 22, of
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