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Published: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 10:44 p.m.

Official: Economic plan not fully understood

  • WASHINGTON - The White House's lead salesman to Congress for the president's economic plan played down opposition from Senate Republicans. Commerce Secretary Don Evans, making the talk show rounds, said Sunday that the proposal is not fully understood.
    "I hope I'm going to take my business experience up to the Hill and talk about how the economy works and how businesses plan and how families plan and how they need a plan that has some permanency to it," Commerce Secretary Don Evans, making the talk show rounds, said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
    The $674 billion plan would abolish federal taxes on stock dividends, speed up promised income tax cuts and send rebate checks to 34 million low- and middle-income parents. The 10-year, $674 billion package, all but $4 billion of it for cutting taxes, goes to Congress amid rising government deficits and as Democrats gear up to challenge President Bush's re-election bid.

    Frist says he supports renomination of judge

  • WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he supports President Bush's renomination to a federal appeals court of a Mississippi judge whom Democrats rejected last year when they controlled the Senate. One of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering's patrons is Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who lost his job as Senate GOP leader after making what critics said were racially insensitive remarks. Frist, Lott's successor, said Democrats who are threatening to filibuster Pickering's nomination are "playing politics" with racial issues.

    N.J. teen unlikely to face homicide charge

  • NEWARK, N.J. - The teenager who allegedly admitted striking a 7-year-old cousin whose body was found in a plastic container is unlikely to face a homicide charge, a law enforcement source says. Wesley Murphy, 16, whose mother, Sherry, was entrusted to care for Faheem Williams and his two brothers, is charged with assault and child endangerment. He admitted striking Faheem in the stomach while wrestling last September, and told investigators the boy fell unconscious, two sources said.

    5 Oregon climbers rescued, 'doing OK'

  • TIMBERLINE LODGE, Ore. - Rescuers on snowy, wind-whipped Mount Hood have reached a party of five climbers who got lost in whiteout conditions and stranded overnight, authorities said.
    "They appear to be doing OK," a spokeswoman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. "We are rehydrating them, and will be assisting them down the mountain."

    Soldiers fire tear gas into Venezuelan crowd

  • CARACAS, Venezuela - Soldiers lobbed tear gas at tens of thousands of Venezuelans marching on a park near a military base to demand the armed forces' support in the ongoing strike against President Hugo Chavez. Nineteen people were injured, including one photographer who was hit by rubber bullets. Opposition protesters regrouped as the gas clouds lifted, shouting "cowards" at hundreds of soldiers facing them with armored personnel carriers. Troops also kept back dozens of Chavez supporters protesting nearby.

    Zimbabwe's Mugabe would resign in deal

  • HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe would resign and hand authority to a new power-sharing government under a deal discussed by Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition officials, mediators said Sunday.
    The offer made by two of the ruling party's most powerful figures - Parliament speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa and armed forces commander Gen. Vitalis Zvinavashe - was an effort to help Zimbabwe regain international legitimacy and renewed aid and investment during a period of transitional rule.
    - Compiled from The Associated Press
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