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BUSH EXPERTS MAY STAY ON A WHILE

President-elect Clinton has asked several senior Bush administration foreign policy officials to stay on at the State Department, at least temporarily, to signal his determination for continuity in Iraq and Haiti policies, transition and congressional officials say. The officials said Clinton planned to announce an array of senior State Department appointments soon. He has been criticized for being slow to round out his new team. The sources said additional Bush holdovers were likely in other areas as we ll. Clinton communications director George Stephanopoulos said the president-elect had settled on more than 110 sub-Cabinet officials and hoped to be "very close to 200 or 300 by the end of next week." Endeavour lands

Endeavour and its five astronauts returned to Earth Jan. 19 after a six-day shuttle mission that helped lay the groundwork for a planned space station. The spaceship sailed through a hazy sky and landed at Kennedy Space Center at 8:37 a.m. A red, white, and blue drag chute slowed its roll down the concrete runway. Fog at Kennedy prevented Endeavour from landing at sunrise as planned and almost forced a detour to the backup site at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Some US troops leave

The top United Nations envoy to Somalia has cast doubt on a United States plan to transfer military control to UN command by Feb. 1. "You can't say that a secure environment for the delivery of assistance has been achieved," envoy Ismat Kittani of Iraq said Jan. 18 at UN headquarters in New York, stating the UN precondition for the transfer of authorityy. But hundreds of American combat troops, as part of the current American plan to withdraw troops in coming days and weeks, left Somalia Jan. 19. Washin gton appears to be trying to prod the UN into action by announcing it is ready to make the transfer of authority. Oil pumped from tanker

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