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August 29, 1996
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Oklahoma bomb suspect accused of trying to sway jurors


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Justice Department prosecutors Thursday criticized what they described as an attempt by Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh to clear his name in media interviews before the start of his federal trial.

The bid also came under fire from his co-defendant and former Army buddy, Terry Nichols. McVeigh sought court permission to give eight jailhouse interviews to select media to counter the public perception that he is a "demon."

Lawyers called the motion an attempt to "manipulate the news media" with the aim of influencing prospective jurors.

McVeigh and Nichols are charged with terrorism and murder in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in April 1995. The blast killed 168 people.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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U.S. deporting more illegal immigrants


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Illegal immigrants and criminals are being forced to leave the United States in record numbers this year, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said Thursday.

The INS said it has deported more than 54,000 illegal immigrants so far this year compared to 50,000 the year before. Seventy-five percent of the refugees were from Mexico, and over half had criminal records.

At a Washington news conference, INS General Counsel David Martin credited the increase in removals largely to the beefed-up resources provided to the INS to battle the tide of illegal crossings from Mexico. The deportations announced Thursday are in addition to hundreds of thousands of people the INS says were turned back at the border.

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