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The US government wants to send Joe Camel packing. The FTC charged cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds with unfair ad practices, saying the camel cartoon aims to entice children to smoke and should be banned. RJR denied the claim. The move now goes before a judge and could take up to a year.

The Oklahoma City bombing trial was handed over to the jury after closing arguments. Many observers said the paucity of evidence presented by the defense hints at a guilty verdict.

Residents in Jarrell, Texas, continued to clean up tornado damage. Officials accounted for all missing people and put the death toll at 28. The Red Cross number for callers to offer assistance is: 1-800-HELP-NOW.

The Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat in Chicago, 100-87, grabbing the Eastern Conference title. Michael Jordan had 15 points in the first quarter alone. Heading into last night's game in Houston, Utah led Houston, 3-2, in the best-of-seven Western series.

Canada released three of four US fishing boats it detained. But the US still won't discuss a pact to divide northwest salmon stocks. It first wants Canada to stop detaining boats and show that it's ready to deal. Canada has accused US fishermen of overfishing the salmon, which travel through Alaskan waters into Canadian waters.

Alaska's Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes - the nation's highest. He said the price will discourage smoking by kids. It goes into effect in October.

Americans' charitable giving is growing. It totaled $150.7 billion in 1996, up 7.3 percent from 1995, says the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel. The booming economy is seen as the main reason.

There's no word on why Air Force Pilot Amy Lynn Svoboda's A-10 attack plane crashed at a remote training base in Arizona. It was the second A-10 crash in two months. She couldn't eject before the plane went down.


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