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Questions Surround Train Wreck An Amtrak train erailed while ossing a trestle in remote desert re- ' gion of Arizona, 55 iles southwest of hoenix. The acci- .ent occurred in the iddle of the night hile most of the assengers were .eep. The train, mtrak ' s Sunset imited, was en oute from Miami, la., to Los Ange- es, Calif. The acci- lent sent four cars to a gulch 30 feet elow the trestle. )ne person was tilled, and more Mtrak photo courtesy of The Associated Press U Use College students were not the only ones who stayed up all night. A Gallup Poll reported that half of all American adults had trouble sleeping, a 15 percent increase since 1 99 1 . The increase was derived from the aging popula- tion, as older people were more likely to develop sleep disorders. This fact alarmed researchers since the elderly were the fastest-growing segment of the population. ROE v. WADE By a vote of 54-44, the Senate joined the House in approv- ing a bill that would outlaw a rare type of late-term abor- tion. The vote marked the first time since Roe v. Wade that both houses of Congress had voted to make anything related to abortion illegal. BUDGET WOES For the second time in a month, the Federal Govern- ment was forced into a partial shutdown after budget talks between Congressional Re- publicans and the White House collapsed. Holiday tourists to the national parks and monuments were treated to closed signs during the impasse. SANCTIONS END President Clinton suspended sanctions imposed three years ago against Serbia and Montenegro. He declared that they had done a good job bringing the Bosnian Se rbs to the negotiating table. Clinton also directed an end to the arms embargo against all three parties. photo courtesy of The Associated Press than 70 people were injured. Investigators found that someone had removed a metal bar that held two sections of the rail together, causing the train to careen off the tracks. The culprit also installed a wire, disabling a light that would have warned the train ' s crew about the break. The saboteur ' s apparent knowledge about the warning system led to specula- tion that it might be the work of a disgruntled railroad em- ployee. Found at the scene was a letter that made reference to the federal siege at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and also mentioned the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It was signed by the " Sons of the Gestapo. " The letter raised fears that the derailment was the work of antigovernment terrorists; although, experts in the field were unfamiliar with the signature. CHECHYNA Russia recaptured Chechnya ' s second largest city, Gudermes, from secessionist rebels who had moved into the city to disrupt elections for a local president and for the Russian parliament. Moscow ' s 10-day assault on Gudermes left nearly 600 people dead and a third of the buildings destroyed. OLYMPIC TV The richest deal in television sports history was signed when NBC agreed to buy the rights to broadcast the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2006 Winter Olym- pics, and the 2008 Summer Games. The network paid $2.3 billion for the exclusive rights to those events. Retrospect 197
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EURO-DOLLAR The European Union announced that, begin- ning Jan. 1, 1999, Eu- rope would have a single currency called the euro. Germany, France, and the Netherlands would be among the first to switch. Britain had not decided if it would take part. Under the Mass- tricht Treaty, each coun- try was required to meet strict economic stan- dards before it could join the currency union. Nuclear Testing Protested France resumed underground nuclear testing when it detonated a thermonuclear de- vice under a remote atoll in the South Pacific Ocean. The explosion marked the first under- ground test in three years by any of the world nuclear pow- ers, with the excep- tion of China. Al- though there was no formal agreement, most countries chose to avoid test- ing until a treaty was in place. 196 Retrospect RACE-RELATED CRIME Three white soldiers from Fort Bragg, near Fayetteville, N.C., were charged with the gunning down of a local African -American man and woman who were walking down a street. Both the man and the woman were shot in the head at close range. According to police, the suspects had been drinking when they set out in a car in search of random African-American victims. Investigators later found what they believed to be the murder weapon in one suspect ' s off-base home. Also found was Nazi paraphernalia, white-supremacist literature, and a bomb-making manual. $1 MILLION St. Jude Children ' s Researc Hospital in Memphis, Tenr was the beneficiary oj McDonald ' s $1 million give away after an anonymous doj nor mailed a winning contesj game piece to the hospital. photo courtesy of The Associated Press Eating away ones troubles could soon become a problem of the past. U-M researchers discovered that giving binge eaters a drug called naloxone significantly reduced the amount of sweet and high fat foods they consumed. Scientists believed that a new generation of drugs could soon be introduced to completely control chocolate and other food-related binges. Before the test, worldwide protests and criticism of tha detonation plagued the Frend government. Antinuclear derm onstrations were staged invarij ous parts of the world, includj ing Paris, France, Tokyo anfl Hiroshima, Japan, Switzerlanc Australia. Two days of rioting, loot ing, and firebombing exploded in Papeete, Tahiti, about 75fl miles from the test site. Tw | ships, part of a Greenpeac " peace flotilla, " were stormed and captured by French com mandos nearby. French President Jacque Chirac defended the under ground tests. He said that the would provide information lowing France to conduct cor puter-simulated tests. Chira also said that more tests wer planned in the future but tl France would sign a global test ban treaty eventually.
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SUPER BOWL The Dallas Cowboysjoined the San Francisco 49ers as the only five-time winner of the Super Bowl when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. The game was held in Tempe, Ariz, and marked the third time in the last four years that the Cowboys had won the championship. Middle East peace process encounters roadblock The peace ac- cord signed in Sep- tember of 1995 be- tween the Palestine Liberation Organi- zation (PLO) and the state of Israel was intended to end violence in the Middle East and lay the foundation for a new Palestinian state in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, one of the architects of the plan, was shot to death after a peace rally in Tel Aviv on 198 Retrospect BOMBING TRIAL Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the alleged mas- termind behind the World Trade Center Bomb- ing in 1994, received a life sentence from a federal judge. The other nine codefendants received 25 years to life sentences. The judge said that the plot to destroy several New York City landmarks could have caused " devastation on a scale not seen in this country since the Civil War. " CHECHEN SECESSION Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the Russian army, police, and security forces to attack the village of Pervomaiskoye where 300 Chechen rebels held more than 100 civilians hostage. Yeltsin claimed that over 82 people were freed in the operation, but the village was destroyed, and some of the terrorists escaped. DEATH Former French President Francois Mitterand passed away at the age o 79. Mitterand was the longest se ing president in French history. Hi won his first election in 1981 as Socialist and remained in office unti May, when a cancer diagnosis cause him to resign. photo courtesy of The Associated Press The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calculated how much a family of four would pay for a vacation to the 1 996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Tickets for a week of events would average $ 1 ,500; the family would pay $2,600 to stay six nights at a motel 100 miles from Atlanta; they would then rise before dawn to take a two-hour bus ride to the city where they would pay about $ 1 50 a day for food. The grand total for the trip: about $5,000. Nov. 4. Rabin had just conclude speech about the importan of peace in the West Bank a was about to get into his lim ousine when alleged assassi Yigal Amir shot the Prim Minister in the back and stom ach. Amir was believed to be right-wing extremist wh claimed the peace proce threatened Israel. Rabin ' s assassination w; the first in Israel ' s histor shocking leaders around th world. President Clinton fie to Tel Aviv for the Prim Minister ' s funeral and urg all parties to continue the pea process as a tribute to Rabi life and work. U-M studen held a memorial in the Diag commemorate his efforts. Shimon Peres took over tf position of Prime Minister Israel and continued to wo with Arafat to establish a las ing peace in the Middle Eas
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