News In Brief
Court papers alleged Clinton obstructed justice by withholding correspondence with former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey until after she accused him of making a crude sexual advance. Clinton's lawyer denied the charge and Willey's lawyer said he wouldn't take a position on the allegation. Lawyers for Paula Jones, who has accused the president of sexual harassment while he was governor of Arkansas, said they asked three months ago for papers concerning Willey.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich attacked President Clinton for failing to defend US foreign policy during his visit to South Africa. In announcing his candidacy for reelection to the House, Gingrich sounded more like a presidential candidate, telling supporters the president should have emphatically taken issue with South African President Nelson Mandela when he urged Clinton to make peace with Cuba and Libya.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey joined the legal team of six jailed Iraqis, saying they would be sentenced to die if deported to Iraq. A US immigration judge determined March 9 that they were national-security risks and ordered them deported. The men were among thousands airlifted from northern Iraq to the US in 1996 after Saddam Hussein's government crushed opposition forces. The six men say they were members of CIA-backed opposition groups seeking to topple the Iraqi government.
San Francisco school officials sued the California Education Department for insisting that city schools give a new, English-only test to children who don't speak English. Superintendent Bill Rojas said the city was threatened with the loss of more than $30 million in US and state aid for not giving tests, which he said would violate civil rights of children who don't speak English and would yield invalid results. Gov. Pete Wilson has insisted on standardized testing in English.
Four US marines were charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide for a February incident in which their electronic-surveillance jet severed two gondola cables at an Italian ski resort, killing 20 people, the Marines Corps said. The crewmen of the EA-6B Prowler - who were based in Aviano, Italy, when the mishap occurred - also face other charges, including dereliction of duty.
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