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YUGOSLAVIA: Pro-Milosevic leaders in Serbia, Yugoslavia resign

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Riding a wave of public support, President Vojislav Kostunica moves swiftly to drive out the old order. Yugoslavia’s prime minister and Serbia’s police chief resign and a tentative date is set for new Serbian elections. But hardline supporters of Slobodan Milosevic postpone a decision to dissolve the entire government of Serbia, the larger of Yugoslavia’s two republics.

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By Dusan Stojanovic. AP Photos BEL102,105,106.

Millions spent on political ads in congressional races

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Evansville sits astride the Ohio River – Indiana to one side, Kentucky to the other. This time of year, the view is the same in either direction, hundreds of televised political commercials, many about HMOs or prescription drugs. This advertising struggle is being played out to the cost of $2 million as Democrats and Republicans vie for control of Congress.

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By Political Writer David Espo.

WASHINGTON PROBES: Pentagon can’t locate diskettes used by Deutch

WASHINGTON Pentagon investigators have been unable to locate computer diskettes that ex-CIA Director John Deutch used to store a journal with classified information during his tenure at the Defense Department, officials say.

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By John Solomon

WEATHER: Storms refresh drought-plagued South; cold weather comes early

ALBANY, Ga. Thanks to a couple of visitors named Gordon and Helene, Tom Thompson is getting hay from his pastures again. The back-to-back tropical storms that dumped copious amounts of rain on parts of the Southeast last month loosened the grip of the three-year drought that has withered crops, prompted water restrictions and left streams at record low levels. The drought is not over by any means, but things are looking better.

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COMPUTER CRIMES: FBI educates parents, teachers on cyber crimes

WASHINGTON Thou shalt not vandalize Web pages. Thou shalt not shut down Web sites. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s MP3s. FBI agents are spreading new ethical guidelines to parents and teachers hoping to help them to better educate youths that vandalism in cyberspace can be both costly and criminal.

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By D. Ian Hopper.

Other stories

Among other stories for Tuesday AMs from The Associated Press:

TIRE DEATHS:NASHVILLE, Tenn. Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.’s chief executive was questioned Monday by attorneys who are trying to get the courts to expand the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires. BC-Tire Deaths-Ono. Eds: A version also moving on financial wires.

EGG SAFET: WASHINGTON Egg farms will undergo mandatory testing for salmonella bacteria at least once during the life of every flock under new rules worked out by consumer groups, producers and government regulators. BC-Egg Safety.

SPACE SHUTTLE: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. With gusts exceeding 50 mph at the pad, NASA bumped the launch of space shuttle Discovery to Tuesday despite forecasts calling for more blustery weather. It was the second delay in five days for NASA’s 100th space shuttle. BC-Space Shuttle.

CHINA: BEIJING China launches a scathing attack on the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, accusing it of trying to bring down the government and of colluding with the communist regime’s opponents. The lengthy, acidly worded critique signals the government’s anger that its 14-month crackdown on Falun Gong has failed to crush the group. BC-Banned Sect.

POLAND: WARSAW, Poland Poland’s ex-communists exult in President Aleksander Kwasniewski’s easy re-election, saying it puts them in a strong position wrest parliamentary control from the weakened Solidarity bloc in national elections next year. BC-Polish Election.

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International

MIDEAST JERUSALEM As Israel’s deadline for the Palestinians to end violent protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip passes, diplomatic efforts to avert a widening of the conflict and resurrect the peace process kick into high gear. Developing.

MIDEAST-HATRED JERUSALEM What began as clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces has become a broader fight between Arab and Jew, with ancient hatreds burning like fuel. Developing, by Marjorie Miller and Tracy Wilkinson (Times).

MIDEAST-POLICY WASHINGTON Only a few months ago, President Clinton thought a Mideast peace settlement might be within reach; the current reversal is a bitter disappointment for a president eager to cement his legacy as a peacemaker and provides a new lesson about the limits of American diplomacy. Developing.

BALKANS BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Allies of Slobodan Milosevic fight back against President Vojislav Kostunica in a political battle for control of Serbia’s parliament, the last bastion of the old regime. Developing.

BALKANS-EUROPE BRUSSELS, Belgium The 15-nation European Union launches the process of reconciliation with a newly democratic Yugoslavia by voting unanimously to start lifting international sanctions, amid a growing debate over whether Western countries should seek to use their leverage to influence the policies of new president Vojislav Kostunica. Developing, by William Drozdiak (Post).

BALKANS-MONTENEGRO PODGORICA, Yugoslavia The dramatic changes in Yugoslavia are being viewed with deep ambivalence here in the capital of Montenegro, the federation’s smaller, Mediterranean side republic. There’s relief over Slobodan Milosevic’s departure, but fears that the triumph of democracy in Belgrade diminishes one of the main arguments for independence. 800 words, by Daniel Williams (Post). Moved.

MEXICO MEXICO CITY Carlos Salinas is back after a five-year exile, the disgraced former president has re-entered Mexico’s political fray, releasing a mammoth memoir and launching a media blitz of attacks on his successor, current President Ernesto Zedillo. Developing, by Mary Beth Sheridan (Times).

SALINAS-Q&A MEXICO CITY Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas pulls no punches in criticizing the current president, Ernesto Zedillo in a discussion with the Los Angeles Times. 1,535 words, by Sergio Munoz (Times). Moved.

National

TURKEY-CONGRESS Californian Rep. James E. Rogan doesn’t pretend to be a foreign policy expert, but in an age when politics can be both local and global, Rogan has sided with Armenians in a historical dispute that threatens to disrupt U.S. relations with Turkey, one of America’s staunchest allies and a moderate, democratic bulwark against Islamic extremism. 1,700 words, by Steven Mufson (Post). Moved.

VOUCHERS MILWAUKEE This city, home to the nation’s largest publicly funded voucher program, offers proof that urban education remains a tough job, even when schools compete. 1,810 words, by Jill Leovy (Times). With VOUCHERS-PRINCIPAL. Both moved.

HEROIN SEATTLE No region in the country is having a deadlier struggle with heroin than the Pacific Northwest. The problem isn’t new, but all signs suggest it’s worsening: Treatment centers in both Seattle and Portland, Ore., are handling record numbers of heroin cases, needle exchange programs are besieged, and the overdose fatality rate is twice as high as the national rate. 1,100 words, by Rene Sanchez (Post). Moved.

STILTSVILLE MIAMI Time and tide have taken a toll on venerable Stiltsville in Florida; what was once a community of 25 to 30 wooden cottages is down to seven, and these survivors are on their last legs. 915 words, by Mike Clary (Times). Moved. One photo.

Campaign 2000

CAMPAIGN As their second debate draws near, both Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore are taking a break from the campaign trail to prepare Bush at home in Texas, Gore in Florida. Developing, by Maria L. La Ganga and James Gerstenzang (Times).

CAMPAIGN-WISCONSIN MADISON, Wisc. Notoriously independent Wisconsin, which went Democratic in the last three national elections, is a true battleground this time, its 11 electoral votes waiting as a significant prize for Al Gore and George W. Bush. And here in the state capital, whose culture has given Wisconsin its liberal reputation, Green Party nominee Ralph Nader looms as a factor in the outcome. 1,100 words, by David S. Broder (Post). Moved.

Financial

MBNA-MAINE BELFAST, Maine Ever since MBNA America Bank chose Maine for its Northeast regional operations in late 1992, it has been changing the way of life in communities along this stretch of coast; nowhere is this more evident than in once-impoverished Waldo County and Belfast, a city of 6,500 on Penobscot Bay. 1,295 words by Ann LoLordo (Sun). Moved.

INVEST-KIDS Increasing numbers of teen-agers are buying and selling stocks, but is it teaching them discipline or greed? 1,490 words, by Walter Hamilton (Times). With INVEST-KIDS-DOWNSIDE and INVEST-KIDS-CLASS. All moved. One photo.

Science and Medicine

NOBEL American neuroscientists Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel and a Swede, Arvid Carlsson, who helped uncover the key mechanisms by which nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to create moods, memories and mental illness were awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine. Developing.

Opinion

MIDEAST-COMMENT JERUSALEM With Yassar Arafat and his top lieutenants refusing to stop the violence that they instigated, it is shameful that the United States abstained when it should have vetoed a U.N. resolution that wrongly blames Israel for using excessive force against the Palestinians. Arab countries surely will see as weakness Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s argument that the United States abstained to preserve its role as an honest broker. 830 words, by Lally Weymouth (Post special). Moved.

MIDEAST-POLICY-COMMENT WASHINGTON After eight years of Herculean effort to build Arab-Israeli peace, President Clinton faces the cruel irony that the level of violence in the Middle East may be higher when he leaves office than when he entered it. But there still may be time to put the brakes on the worsening situation. 980 words, by Robert Satloff (Post special). Moved.

IGNATIUS A mystery is lurking in the simple chart that chronicles the movement of the euro in the hours before the world’s central banks intervened to boost the value of the European currency. And there’s a much-larger problem: the imbalance in the world financial system that made the euro-rescue effort necessary. The simple fact is that the United States has become too strong for its own good. An overvalued dollar is riding for a fall, and the U.S. stock market is sucking in too much of the world’s capital. 725 words, by David Ignatius (Post). Moved.

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Mideast gunfire continues as ultimatum deadline nears

MIDEAST:TBGunfire between Israelis and Palestinians continued Monday, just hours before a threatened escalation by Israel if Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat did not declare a ceasefire. Two Arab youths were killed as police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to break up rioting.

1200 by Hugh Dellios in Jerusalem.

New Yugoslav leader takes over, but some lawmakers resist

YUGOSLAVIA:TBYugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica moved Monday to remove supporters of ousted President Slobodan Milosevic from the government, as some key ministers from the old regime resigned and new elections were tentatively set.

Meanwhile, the European Union on Monday lifted economic sanctions against Yugoslavia and offered $2 billion in rebuilding assistance.

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Clinton veto of spending bill could spell trouble for Gore

VETO:WAPresident Clinton on Monday vetoed a water and energy spending bill that could have political ramifications for Vice President Al Gore in Missouri, where he leads by a narrow margin in recent polls.

At issue is the administration’s effort to protect a type of fish and two species of birds for whom the Missouri River is a habitat. But Missouri lawmakers from both parties say proposals to save wildlife threaten the state’s river barge industry and pose added risks to already flood-prone farmers.

Farm groups already are running ads against the administration and Republicans are poised to exploit the veto as well.

800 by Kevin Murphy.