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November 23, 1995
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American killed in Bosnia was U.N. civilian employee

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An American killed in Bosnia last weekend was identified Wednesday as William Jefferson, a civilian employee of the United Nations.

The New Jersey native was found shot to death near the town of Banovici, not far from where U.S. peacekeeping forces are to be based in Bosnia as part of the NATO mission.

State department spokesperson Nicholas Burns said the U.N. is conducting an investigation into Jefferson's death.

A U.N. spokesperson said evidence indicated the killing may have been a criminal act. Jefferson's car and personal belongings were reported missing.



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Husband of troubled Congresswoman appears in court

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Joseph Waldholtz, the husband of Utah Congresswoman Enid Waldholtz, is still not certain that he will testify before a grand jury inquiring into his financial transactions, his attorneys told a federal judge Wednesday.

At a brief court appearance, attorneys for the government and Waldholtz said they were still discussing whether Waldholtz would invoke his fifth amendment right against self- incrimination.

As Waldholtz left court, he said, "I love my wife and daughter very very much and I hope they are doing well."

Enid Waldholtz, a prominent freshman Republican, filed for divorce last week after her husband vanished. She said she was "angry and hurt" that her husband had deceived her about the family's finances.

Waldholtz turned himself in after the government issued an arrest warrant for him as a material witness in an apparent check-kiting scheme.

District Court judge Emmet Sullivan Wednesday ordered Waldholtz to remain under tight travel restrictions, and set the next hearing for December 15.



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Unabomber investigators have 200 suspects: report

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- In its pursuit of a phantom serial bomber, the FBI has compiled a list of 200 suspects, five of whom are under 24-hour surveillance, a San Francisco newspaper reported Wednesday.

The FBI however has insufficient evidence to arrest anyone on that list, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

The newspaper quoted a law enforcement source as saying that the five suspects under surveillance lived in Northern California.

The San Francisco-based 90-member task force includes agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the US Postal Service.

The Unabomber has targeted academics, scientists and airline executives with home-made bombs, killing three and hurting 23 people over the last 17 years.

In September, the New York Times and Washington Post printed the Unabomber's 35,000-word manifesto which denounced modern technology. The Unabomber had offered to stop killing people if they published it.



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FCC approves CBS-Westinghouse deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Federal Communications Commission approved Westinghouse Inc.'s $5.4 billion buyout of CBS Inc. The transaction, which creates the nation's largest broadcaster, is expected to be secured by the weekend.

Objections to the merger were dropped when Westinghouse pledged to provide three hours per week of educational programming for children.

With this merger, the Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse will control 16 TV stations -- reaching 32 percent of the nation - - and 39 radio stations.

The deal was approved by CBS shareholders last week. Wednesday saw Westinghouse and CBS stocks appreciate on the New York Stock Exchange by 37.5 cents (at $81.875) and 25 cents (at $16.125) respectively.



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Florida latest state to revive prison chain gangs

DADE COUNTY, Florida (CNN) -- Florida is putting convicts back to work in chain gangs, joining Alabama and Arizona in reviving an old and controversial way of punishing state prisoners. Florida's first chain gang since 1946 was at work Tuesday in the Everglades.

By next Monday, 140 inmates at seven prisons across Florida will be in chains, farming, cleaning ditches, removing sludge, and clearing trees. At least one prisoner has filed suit against the state, asking $75 million for "abuse of power."




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Gingrich: 'Welfare state' led to grisly killings

NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) -- The "welfare state" and the moral failure of America's leaders are to blame for the killing of a pregnant woman who was cut open and her baby removed from her uterus, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday.

"It happened in America because for two generations, we haven't had the guts to talk about right and wrong," Gingrich, R-Georgia, said in a speech to Republican governors meeting in New Hampshire. Gingrich said the slayings of Debra Evans, 28, along with her 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son were the result of "what the welfare state has created." (173K AIFF sound or 173K WAV sound)

"We end up with the final culmination of a drug-addicted underclass with no sense of humanity, no sense of civilization, and no sense of the rules of life in which human beings respect each other," he said.

Two men and a woman are accused of murdering Evans and her children because they wanted her baby. Illinois Democrats said Gingrich's remarks were an illustration of his "lack of a moral compass."




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Father convicted of helping man rape his child

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Elisa Charles was convicted Tuesday of holding down his 9-year-old daughter as Dexter Pratt raped her. Both men could receive life sentences when they are sentenced next week. The girl's testimony led to the convictions.

"She was extraordinarily brave," Assistant District Attorney Joshua Wall said of the girl, now 11. "She said, 'I love my dad, but he did a bad thing, and I need to tell the judge.'" The girl is waiting for the state of Massachusetts to decide whether to place her with her mother in Antigua or with foster parents.




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Boeing strike continues as contract offer is rejected

SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- Defiant employees at the Boeing Co. rejected a three-year contract offer Tuesday against the advice of their Machinists union leaders. The rejection means riveters, painters, electricians and other blue-collar workers are now in the 48th day of their walkout against the world's largest commercial jet maker.

The strike began October 6 after the union, representing more than 30,000 Boeing employees in Washington and Oregon, voted down an earlier contract offer.

Chanting "no givebacks," and "stop Boeing greed," union members cheered when it was announced that 60.9 percent had voted to reject the proposal. Some workers were angered by the news this week that top Boeing executives would get hefty bonuses. But a company spokesman said Boeing executives are paid less than their counterparts at similar corporations, so the bonuses were not considered excessive. A federal mediator will try to get negotiations to resume.



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