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Jones v. Clinton Delayed, But Investigation Proceeds

LAWYERS for the woman who accused President Clinton of sexual harassment say a judge's decision to delay a trial until the president leaves office frees them to question him about alleged affairs. US District Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock, Ark., refused Wednesday to dismiss Paula Corbin Jones' lawsuit against the president. She said granting him absolute immunity ``would be contrary to our form of government.'' Fact-finding procedures such as taking sworn statements from witnesses could proceed while he is in office, she said.

CIA chief resigns

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PRESIDENT Clinton is opening a search for a new CIA chief to polish the spy agency's image in the aftermath of nearly a decade of treachery by Russian mole Aldrich Ames.

James Woolsey resigned Wednesday after two tumultuous years as CIA director during which he was dogged by the Ames affair, congressional criticism of the agency's bloated budget, and post-cold-war restructuring. Mr. Woolsey cited personal and family considerations, and the White House insisted he was not forced from office.

Deputy Defense Secretary John Deutch, the No. 2 official at the Pentagon, was said to be high on the list of possible successors. White House officials said, however, it was too early to speculate on front-runners.

'Tis the season to do taxes

TALK of a tax cut means little to the Internal Revenue Service this weekend as the tax season officially opens. The Postal Service is scheduled to begin delivering 109 million 1994 tax forms and postcards next Tuesday. The forms will be due back on April 17. The traditional deadline, April 15, falls on a Saturday. None of the middle-class tax breaks promised by President Clinton and Republicans in Congress apply.

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