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June 13, 1996
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Whitewater panel seeks more testimony from first lady

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Citing "new evidence," the Senate Whitewater Committee, which is set to shut down Friday, and issue its final report early next week, is seeking sworn written testimony from first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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The committee wants Mrs. Clinton to answer questions about her involvement in the controversial Castle Grande real estate deal in Arkansas, about the removal of files from her Rose Law Firm, and about her much-subpoenaed and long-missing Rose Law Firm billing records that were mysteriously found in the White House residential quarters late last year.

White House special counsel Mark Fabiani said the committee had failed to respond to two earlier offers by the first lady to answer written questions.

Reno announces payments for Holocaust survivors

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Thousands of survivors from German concentration camps will finally receive reparations through a joint agreement between the U.S. and Germany.


U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, in a Thursday news conference at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, announced a compensation program in which Germany will pay reparations to certain American survivors identified by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States.

Under the Holocaust Claims Program, Germany will offer over $2.1 million to Americans who survived concentration camps. The agreement also provides funds for reparations to additional U.S. survivors of the Holocaust identified before 1997.

Oklahoma City bombing judge won't investigate leaks


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The federal judge in Denver who will preside over the Oklahoma City bombing trial Wednesday ordered attorneys for the government and the defendants to stop making prejudicial comments on the case, or revealing specific evidence.

In a strongly worded 12-page order, made available by the Justice Department Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch said he would not conduct hearings into previous leaks in the case, despite defense and prosecuting attorneys' accusations that each side was leaking information to gain an advantage in the news media.

Defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are charged in the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.


Man admits beating woman in Central Park

He also confesses to 3 other attacks

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A Bronx man has confessed to police that he brutally attacked four women in the New York area, killing one and leaving three others near death, police sources told CNN.

His victims included a young woman who was found beaten into a coma on June 4 in Central Park. Her identity is being protected because she also was sexually assaulted. She remains in critical condition.

The 22-year-old man has not yet been charged. Police described him as "a nice, polite, well-dressed man who hates women." Police said his fingerprint was found at the scene of the latest attack, the beating death of a Park Avenue dry cleaner on Tuesday.

The sources said he confessed to killing the dry cleaner, beating the jogger, attacking a woman near a park in Yonkers last week and beating a woman near the Manhattan heliport on Wednesday.

The woman beaten near the Yonkers park is in a coma, and the woman attacked at the heliport is in serious condition.

Pennsylvania jolted by storms

LANGHORNE, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Thousands of Pennsylvania residents were without power Thursday, after heavy overnight rainstorms and lightning.

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In Limerick, lightning ripped the chimney off the Deger house while Jim Deger and his family ran through blinding rain for shelter.

"We heard a 'boom!' and ran for it," Deger said. More than 500 bolts of lightning hit homes and power lines in the southeastern part of the state.

Bucks and Montgomery counties were the hardest hit, the National Weather Service reported.

Electricity went out in more than 100,000 homes. It may be later Thursday before all power is restored. Meanwhile, streets were flooded, in many cases leaving drivers stranded in rushing water.

Officer in King beating gets workers' compensation

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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- One of the four Los Angeles police officers charged in the Rodney King beating will receive workers' compensation for injuries sustained during the arrest.

Officer Timothy Wind was notified Monday that a State of California Workers Compensation judge ruled in his favor, saying that his injuries stemmed "out of the course and scope" of his employment and duties as a police officer.

From the ruling, Wind is entitled to lifetime medical care and at least $11,000 in monetary compensation from the city of Los Angeles.

"To me, this means another chapter has closed, hopefully, in the Rodney King case. I hope I can put this behind me, and I hope the city of Los Angeles does the same," Wind told CNN.


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