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"We all know" that President Clinton's conduct was "sinful," White House counsel Greg Craig told the House Judiciary Committee in opening two days of defense against possible impeachment. But Craig argued that the president's actions provided "no grounds for impeachment." Craig said Clinton "wants everyone to know he is genuinely sorry for the damage he has caused." The defense team planned to call 14 witnesses - among them constitutional scholars and historians - to help show "a sharp distinction between immoral conduct and illegal action."

A majority of respondents to a national survey once again said they oppose impeachment for Clinton. In a poll of 513 US adults, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion found 69 percent who did not think he would be impeached, while "two-thirds" said they would vote against such a move if they held seats in the House of Representatives. The same percentage would vote against his removal from office if the matter came to a trial in the Senate.

The average life expectancy for Americans has reached an all-time high of 76-1/2 years, new federal government data show. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also put the infant mortality rate for last year at 7.1 per 1,000 births, a 3 percent drop from 1996. Its statistics, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed a 3 percent drop in teen pregnancies as well..

Police may not conduct full searches of motorists or their vehicles if they've been stopped for routine traffic violations, the US Supreme Court ruled. In a 9-0 decision, the justices overturned a 1983 Iowa law that permitted such searches even when no arrest followed.

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