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More downpours are forecast for California, which received another dose of rain over the weekend - but without major new flooding. However, several highways were closed by landslides, and flash-flood warnings are in effect for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

In Tennessee and Alabama, residents cleaned up after a tornado ripped through the states. Thousands were without electricity, more than 200 homes were destroyed or damaged, and one person was killed.

A guest list released by the Clinton administration shows that President Clinton invited 400 of his party's top financial supporters to the White House 1-1/2 years before his reelection. And a spokesman for the comptroller of the currency said bankers and bank regulators often sat down with political operatives from the Democratic Party. The administration acknowledged the events were arranged by the Democratic Party, but denied anything was wrong with holding the meetings at the White House.

Publix Super Markets agreed to pay $81.5 million to settle a class-action suit brought by 150,000 women who accused the grocery chain of sex discrimination. The suit originally brought by eight women in 1995 said Florida's largest private employ-er passed them over for raises and repeatedly denied them management jobs. The grocer also agreed to allow the EEOC to monitor hiring and promoting for up to seven years. And it reached a preliminary agreement with the EEOC to pay $3.5 million to settle complaints of racial discrimination. The money is pegged for programs to improve race relations.

The Justice Department will no longer defend in court a federal law that allows Medicare and Medicaid payments to Christian Science care-givers, Attorney General Janet Reno told Congress. A federal judge in Minnesota ruled last August that such payments violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

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