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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Wednesday, December 11,1996 g 7 A World, National Briefs Russia agrees to negotiate with NATO BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Russia today accepted a NATO overture to negotiate ties with the military alliance but denounced its plans to expand eastward as likely to divide Europe again. “We continue to be against NATO enlargement,” Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov said at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana. “This is based on the Rim belief that enlargement of NATO will lead to a new division of Europe.” He added: “We think security should be individual; security should extend to all of Europe.*’ But Primakov said Russia was willing to hold talks with NATO on a new relationship with the alliance provided die result is a document that “deals with our concerns.** He did not appear to be mollified by NATO’s pledge Tuesday not to deploy nuclear weapons in Central and Eastern Europe when former Soviet allies are accepted as members. Solana, for his part, said he had reaffirmed to the Russian minister NATO’s intention of building “a good partnership with our Russian friends.” UA, European Union reach computer trad# agre amant SINGAPORE (AP) — The United States and the European Union have agreed on a framework for freeing trade in computers, software and related technology, a senior U.S. trade official said today. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agreement was reached at the World Trade Organization conference on Tuesday but won’t be formally announced until it wins enough support from other countries. U.S. and EU officials are trying to sell the deal, which would remove tariffs on some 300 products by 2000, to Asian nations, he said. Representatives of about 33 countries met late Tuesday to discuss it, and acting U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky and the European Union’s trade commissioner, Sir Leon Brotan, were meeting to finalize the language of a possible pact, the official said. CBwtcn edmkUatretlon pule York Times. The new rule, established by the Army Corps of Engineers, is to be published Friday in the Federal Register, the Times reports in today’s editions. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that the decision was expected soon. The permit, known as Nationwide Permit 26, allows property owners to bypass the usually required environmental impact review and obtain quick approval from the Corps to drain up to IO acres of wetlands. Environmentalists    have complained that the expedited procedure has led to the destruction of thousands of wetlands, which help purify water, prevent flooding and protect wildlife. For the next two years, these permits will be available only for projects with duce acres of wetlands or smaller, the Times said. Country music great Young killo himsolf NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Time eroded his popularity and poor health shook his spirit before Faron Young, the country star who sang “Hello Walls,” killed himself. Young, who died Tuesday at 64, never lost the versatile singing voice that put him atop country charts with “Alone With You” and the ballan “Goin’ Steady,” his first hit in 1953. Four decades and dozens of hits later, Young dismissed his band and quit the road. He suffered from emphysema in his later years and recently had surgery for prostate cancer. Young shot himself in the head Monday at his home in Nashville. A suicide note said he was depressed about his failing health. In his heyday during the late 1950s and ’60s, hardly a week passed in which Young didn’t have a hit on Billboard’s country music charts. Hearings continue on Gulf War illness By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Saying there is growing evidence that chemical toxins have sickened Gulf War veterans, House lawmakers are questioning Pentagon assertions it has revealed all it knows of possible chemical exposures. The Pentagon strongly denied any cover-up. “There are people at the Pentagon who ought to be held accountable” for not acknowledging sooner that U.S. troops faced Iraqi chemical contaminants during the 1991 war, said Rep. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont independent. A House Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee on Tuesday heard from three Gulf War veterans who related what they said were firsthand exposures to chemicals. One, Marine Maj. Randy Lee Hebert, said he is certain that low-level exposure is the reason he is now suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a crippling nerve disorder. The    human    resources subcommittee headed by Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., is holding another hearing today to question more sick veterans and Veterans Affairs Department officials. “Alarms have been sounding for almost six years. Only now are they being heard,” Shays said. The possible link between chemicals and the illnesses afflicting thousands of Gulf War vets came to the forefront after the Pentagon announced in May that chemical agents were present at Iraq’s Kamisiyah ammunition dump destroyed by American troops in March 1991. Some 20,000 veterans are being warned that they could have been exposed during that operation. But Pentagon officials have strongly denied that they have concealed or played down information about Iraqi chemicals. “Why in the world at that time, when we were on the heels of a great victory, would anybody cover up something like that?” asked former Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, head of the allied forces in the war, on NBC’s “Today” show. “There was no cover-up on the part of the military.” Schwarzkopf repeated the argument that there is not one confirmed report of Iraqi chemicals being used or discovered by Americans during the war, and not one report of an American on the ANNOUNCING A NEW MUSIC PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN NEW BRAUNFELS NEW YORK (AP) — The Clinton administration has decided to tighten wetland regulations by ending a popular permit that enabled developers to bypass environmental reviews when draining small swamps and marshes, according to The New Lordly, Lordly Loo* Wfio's Forty! Peggy Supulver love From Mom & Dad THE W CHILDBLQCM GUITAR PROGRAM For Young People 5*12 • Experienced and specially trained teacher • A thoughtful and caring approach to musical skill development. • Scheduled with you in mind. • Free parent newsletter. • Many references. • A convenient New Braunfels location. 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Asked whether the readings could have been false, a common Pentagon explanation of the detection alarms that went off throughout the war, Grass said his equipment was accurate and “I know what chemical weapons look like.” Chemical weapons expert Army Maj. Michael Johnson, who spoke of discovering a vat of blister agents and other chemicals at a Kuwaiti girls’ school in October 1991, said, “There was no doubt in anybody’s mind when we left that chemicals had actually been found.” At the Pentagon, spokesman Kenneth Bacon rejected any suggestion that the Defense Department was withholding information in 1994 when a special advisory group concluded there was no evidence of a link between chemical agents and Gulf War illnesses. “We didn’t conclude chemical weapons were stored at Kamisiyah until May of 1996,” Bacon said. “Had we known it, we would have shared that information with Dr. Lederberg. “There was no effort to withhold information.” Joshua Lederberg, a Nobel Prizewinning geneticist who headed the study group, said in a New Yok Times interview published Tuesday that the group didn’t get all the information it needed and might need to revise its findings in light of recent revelations. Looking For A Quality Wood Stove? 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