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Rep. Mel Reynolds was convicted Tuesday on all counts of having sex with an underage campaign worker and of trying to sabotage the investigation into the case. According to jurors, taped phone conversations between Reynolds, a former Rhodes scholar, and teenager Beverly Heard convinced them of his guilt. The decision does not automatically remove the Chicago Democrat from office. The House ethics committee will now open its own probe.

First Lady Hillary Clinton may get a reprieve in her tough decision on whether to attend the Beijing women's conference. The White House said Tuesday it has word that China plans to put American rights activist Harry Wu on trial in the next few days. A quick result could bring his release by the Aug. 30 meeting.

Two women want to step into Shannon Faulkner's boots. But Faulkner's lawyers refused to identify them until their names are added to the gender-discrimination suit against The Citadel, a state-funded military school. The move was expected today or Friday. The lawyers also planned to try to broaden the suit to include all female would-be Citadel applicants by making it a class-action suit. The Citadel derided the lawyers' plan, citing the court's decision that Faulkner deserved ''special, conditional relief.''

As expected, the Federal Reserve Board did not lower interest rates Tuesday. Wall Street took the news in stride, but many in the manufacturing industry criticized the move, saying they need lower interest rates to pull out of a long-term slump.

Americans support President Clinton's efforts to discourage teenage smoking but reject limits on cigarette marketing. An Associated Press poll found that 73 percent support making tobacco companies pay for anti-teen smoking campaigns. But 58 percent of them opposed banning tobacco ads on T-shirts or at sporting events. (Stories, Pages 8 and 13.)

''The vision hasn't come yet,'' said Malcolm Forbes Jr. of his decision on whether to seek the White House in 1996. The publishing mogul says he sees ''a void and a vacuum'' in the GOP presidential field but won't decide whether to run until this fall.


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