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Authorities are trying to sort out what happened at the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas, Monday when it went up in flames, killing some 86 people, including 17 children. Six of the nine survivors say the fire was started when FBI tanks knocked over propane lanterns, but authorities contend cult members started the fire. Also unclear by early yesterday was federal agents' rationale for sending in tear gas to end the 51-day standoff with the cult. Meanwhile, 2 of every 3 Americans surveyed in two national polls, conducted by ABC and NBC, said they approve of the way authorities handled the standoff. Hunt is convicted

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A jury convicted Gov. Guy Hunt (R) of Alabama yesterday of looting $200,000 from his 1987 inaugural fund. Hunt, appearing stunned but dry-eyed, moved through the courtroom hugging weeping supporters after the verdict was announced. The jury deliberated only about two hours over two days. His conviction automatically elevated Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom to the governor's office. Ohio standoff ends

An 11-day prison uprising in Lucasville, Ohio, that left at least eight people dead ended when the inmates surrendered and freed the last five guards they had held hostage. A Columbus radio station, citing unidentified sources, said a ninth body was found yesterday inside the cell block where the 450 inmates had been barricaded. But a state official denied this finding. Jobless claims

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits jumped by 26,000 in mid-April, the first increase in three weeks, the government said yesterday. The Labor Department reported new applications for unemployment insurance totaled 359,000 during the week ended April 17, up from a revised 333,000 during the previous week. Truce broken

One truce was ignored and another jeopardized yesterday, as Muslims and Croats battled in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbs accused Muslims of withholding weapons from UN peacekeepers. UN officials said Muslims and Croats continued to vie for control of Vitez, southeast of Sarajevo. But the fighting is slightly less intense. Egyptian court

An Egyptian military court yesterday convicted 32 Muslim extremists of attacking foreign tourists and trying to overthrow the government. Seven were sentenced to hang. The four-judge panel acquitted 17 others. Six defendants sentenced to death were convicted of a Nov. 12 attack on a tour bus in southern Egypt. There is no appeal except to presidential clemency. Russian fired

The head of a Russian depository of top-secret documents has been fired because of the leak of a disputed report on the fate of US prisoners of war in Vietnam, a state archive spokeswoman said yesterday. The spokeswoman also said the document was believed authentic, but refused to speculate about the reliability of its contents. (POW issue, Page 3.)

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