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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Tokyo, JapanSaturday May 31, 1986 National Pacific stars and stripes a3 cocaine ring aided contras Washington up a ring of former Cia officials and nicaraguan rebels has sold cocaine to americans and used the profits to Arm and train an anti nicaraguan Contra military Force two Amer ican journalists charged in a $23.8 million damage suit filed thursday. The suit filed in . District court in Miami alleged the 30-Man group which includes Amer ican businessmen and cuban americans also hired a libyan to assassinate Lewis Tambs the . Ambassador to Costa Rica and bomb the .embassies in Costa Rica and Honduras. They hoped the blame would be pinned on the nicaraguan government the suit said. The ring laundered the earnings from the Sale of thousands of kilograms of cocaine through Banks in the United states the complaint alleged. These funds were used to illegally buy hundreds of tons of guns ammunition and c-4 explosives in 1984, the complaint said. The reporters allegations conflict with the findings of Justice department investigators who earlier this month reported no evidence that contras or their american supporters were engaged in Selling drugs or smuggling arms. The Christie Institute a Liberal non profit Law firm in Washington filed the $23.8 million suit on behalf of Tony Avirgan of National Public radio and Martha Honey of the Canadian broadcasting corporation. Avirgan and Honey who Are married asserted they were injured by a bomb set by the contras and their supporters in Costa Rica in May 1984 and aimed at Eden Pastora a rival rebel Leader. The bomb killed eight people and injured More than 25others, the suit said. Briefs mount Hood survivor Brinton Clark 16, smiles As she is wheeled from Emanuel Hospital to the Hospital rehabilitation Center. She is one of two people who survived three nights in a Snow Cave on mount Hood Ore. Nine people were killed when a blizzard stranded them two weeks ago. Reuter mothers risk getting virus from children in Day care Boston up children attending Day care centers Are More Likely than those kept Home to infect their mothers with a virus that can cause birth defects re searchers say. The researchers were Quick to add they were not recommending pregnant women withdraw their children from Day care centers but said women should Wash regularly and avoid Contact that in creases their chances of infection. Usually harmless and symptom less the virus known As by Omega Lovirus is a danger Only for preg Nant women who have a 40 per cent Chance of infecting the fetus. Soviet warplanes intercepted off Virginia Hampton a. Up Jet fighters scrambled from Langley fab and intercepted two soviet anti submarine warplanes several Hundred Miles off the Virginia coast military officials said. The soviet Tu-142 aircraft stayed Over International Waters and never came closer than 200 Miles from the coast maj. Don Black said wednesday. Soviet aircraft routinely Fly along the coast in route from the soviet Union to Cuba. Independent Counse named in Deaver Case Washington a a Federal court named Whitney North Seymour or. Independent counsel to decide whether there Are grounds to prosecute former White House aide Michael k. Deaver for violation of conflict of interest Laws. Seymour a former . Attorney in new York City and a partner in the firm of Brown & Seymour in new York was selected a week after the Justice department sent its recommendations on the Deaver Case to the Federal court. Deaver maintains he has violated no Laws. He has denied that he has traded on his influence with presi Dent Reagan and his wife Nancy in his activities As a lobbyist for other nations including Canada. During an appearance earlier this month before a House panel Deaver said he was a victim of politically motivated accusations and called for an impartial investigation by an inde pendent counsel. In a two Page order the court directed Seymour to investigate Deaver s role As a lobbyist for the government of Canada specifically whether he represented the Ottawa government during an oct. 25, 1985, meeting with Drew Lewis Reagan s special envoy to Canada on the acid rain question. Deaver former Deputy chief of staff to the president has lobbied for the government of Canada and Rock Well International corp., among others. He helped Canada win a $5 billion joint Effort with the United states to combat acid rain although Reagan initially resisted that idea. He lobbied on behalf of Rockwell for the Sale of additional by bombers to the air Force.. Awaiting word on remains of flier Washington a six weeks after american bombers raided Libya the United states is still awaiting a response to diplomatic queries about the status of a body that might be that of one of two missing air Force officers. Robert Sims the Pentagon s chief spokesman said thursday the United states is pursuing inquiries on the matter through the belgian embassy in Tripoli but that Libya had yet to respond. Air Force and Navy bombers raided five targets inside Libya during the Early morning hours of april 15,striking facilities described by presi Dent Reagan As part of Libya s terror ism command and training one plane was lost during the raid an air Force full bomber carrying a Crew of two. Shortly after the raid libyan television displayed two helmets that it claimed had washed ashore from the Mediterranean sea. Then on May 6, libyan television showed pictures of a body in an aviator s flight suit that it claimed was found on the Shoreline. The to commentator also said american Dol Lars bullets and a wedding ring were found on the body. The two missing officers Are capt. Fernando l. Ribas Dominicci 33, of Utuado puerto Rico and capt. Paul l. Lorence 31, of san Francisco the weapons officer. Both have been declared killed in action by the pent agon. Reagan urges confirmation of choices to head of Navy Washington a president Reagan asked the Senate on thurs Day to confirm his Choice of a combat tested fighter Pilot and a former submarine commander to assume leadership of the air Force and Navy. The nominations of Gen. Larry d. Welch and adm. Carlisle . Trost were not expected to face any difficulty in the Senate. Welch now commands the strategic air com Mand and Trost directs the Atlantic Fleet. Although colleagues consider both to be Independent minded men who prefer to work out of the limelight the paths they have taken to the top of their respective services Are a study in contrast. They will be joining a joint chiefs of staff facing significant change. The House and Senate both have passed Bills to overhaul the Structure of the joint chiefs generally giving the chairman More authority Over the service chiefs. Although Welch now Heads the part of the air Force responsible for the nation s land based nuclear missiles and strategic bombers he is Best known within the service As a fighter Jock and key player in the development of advanced fighter planes and tactics

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