News In Brief
Sen. John McCain won GOP presidential primaries in both Michigan and his home state, Arizona, but exit polls in the former showed he rode to victory largely with the support of non-Republicans. His rival, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, took two-thirds of the Republican vote there. McCain now has his sights on Tuesday's primary in Washington, an independent-minded state, while Bush has his eye on the concurrent contest in Virginia, which is more conservative. Both candidates are gearing up for the crucial March 7 primaries in a dozen states that include California, New York, and Ohio.
A proposal aimed at forcing a public library to install Internet filters on computers to shield youngsters from certain material was defeated by voters in Holland, Mich. - one of the first cities to put the issue on the ballot. If the proposal had been approved, funding to the institution would have been cut off unless filters were installed. The library board had suggested it would rather shut its doors.
The Senate planned to vote today on legislation that would strengthen the president's power to punish Russia and other countries that aid Iran's weapons programs. It would require reports to Congress every six months identifying those providing materiel to Iran for weapons systems. The president could then cut off arms sales or economic aid to those nations. The measure also stipulates the US could make payments to the Russian Space Agency for its role in building the International Space Station only when a president determines the Kremlin actively is opposing proliferation to Iran. President Clinton has objected to the bill, saying it complicates nonproliferation efforts.