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Residents of Ada, Minn. - the first to flee Red River flooding - began returning home. But in Grand Forks, N. D., National Guard troops kept town lights burning by sandbagging an electrical switch station. President Clinton visited the town and addressed relief workers and evacuees at a military base. He said he would ask Congress for $488 million in flood assistance and would add 53 South Dakota and 18 Minnesota counties to the list of areas eligible for aid.

Jurors return to a Denver courthouse today to hear opening statements in the Oklahoma City bombing trial. The anonymous jury of seven men and five women will determine the guilt or innocence of Timothy McVeigh, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 173 points Tuesday to 6833 - its greatest percentage gain in nearly 5-1/2 years. Analysts attributed the increase to good earnings reports and rumors of a budget accord. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund predicted a bright outlook for the world's economy in its annual report.

The Senate is due to vote today on the controversial chemical weapons treaty. Former Sen. Bob Dole joined former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell at a White House ceremony to promote the treaty on the eve of the vote. Dole moved to block the treaty during the 1996 campaign. The pact aims to eliminate poison gas worldwide in 10 years and sets up inspections and sanctions.

Whitewater prosecutors won a six-month extension to Nov. 7 of a grand jury investigation. A Little Rock., Ark., judge granted the request after prosecutors cited evidence of obstruction of justice and new information from one of the key figures in the case, James McDougal.

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