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October 2, 1996
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Mother Teresa made honorary U.S. citizen


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bill Clinton signed legislation bestowing honorary U.S. citizenship on Mother Teresa, saying the famous Roman Catholic nun has "brought hope and love into the lives of millions of orphaned and abandoned children the world over."

In signing the bill Tuesday, Clinton praised Mother Teresa, 86, for "(making) real our dreams for a just and good society."

Awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa, 86, founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, which are now placed in more than 200 cities around the world.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Pres. Carter

Former President Carter gets national historic site

PLAINS, Georgia (CNN) -- Former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 72nd birthday Tuesday in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. His birthday present: the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

Family, friends and alumni from Plains High School gathered for the celebration and awarded Carter by reopening the brick schoolhouse he had attended under the new designation.

Suspension lifted on 2nd-grader accused of sexual harassment

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A second-grader who kissed a classmate and ripped a button off her skirt will return to school Thursday after school officials revoked an earlier decision to suspend the boy for sexual harassment.

De'Andre Dearinge, 7, had received a five-day suspension Friday from Public School 104 in Queens for his actions.

But school officials met with the boys' parents Wednesday and decided to drop the suspension and harassment charges. They also apologized for the way they had handled the situation, including informing the boy's mother of the suspension in a letter, mother Erica White said.

The boy said he kissed a classmate, "because I like her," the New York Daily News reported. He explained ripping off the button as an idea he got from his favorite book "Corduroy," about a bear with a missing button. The boy couldn't say what sex means, the News said.

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