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30 31 March 1996
A magistrate has ordered two leaders of a militant, anti-government group held without bond, saying they pose risks of flight and a danger to the fifth day of a standoff between federal agents and fugitive members of the ``Freemen'' group in the rural town of Jordan. LeRoy Schweitzer and Daniel Petersen appeared in court unshaven and shackled. They have refused food and water. They are charged with threatening the life of a judge and financial fraud. Public defenders say a competency hearing may be held on the mental state of the two patients awaiting new drugs got some good news Friday. President Clinton announced an initiative to get dozens of new cancer drugs to patients quicker by easing government regulations. With more than 1,500 Americans dying every day from cancer, the Food and Drug Administration will immediately change the way it approves cancer treatments. Clinton says the reforms will get dozens of new drugs to help suffering from cancers of the breast, lung, ovary, prostate and colon, among others. He says the plan will reduce the amount of time taken to approve cancer drugs to fund and avert partial shutdowns when funds expire at midnight EST Friday. The Senate passed the bill after it passed the House on a voice vote when Congress returns from recess, to finish work on funding for the 1996 financial year, now half over. Earlier, Clinton signed a bill raising the nation's debt ceiling to $5.5 from $4.9 trillion. The debt bill removed the specter of the shuttle Atlantis, plagued by hydraulic problems and two failed jet thrusters, is expected to descend to landing at the Kennedy Space Center Saturday through light crosswinds, ground fog and scattered clouds. But officials are confident the landing could proceed as a mission that delivered Shannon Lucid, 53, to the Russian space station, where she will remain until Atlantis has passed and sent to President Clinton a bill capping damages in product liability cases. The president promises to veto the bill, saying it limits injuries and pain and suffering caused by defective products to twice the amount of damage or $250,000, whichever is greater. The final House vote was 259-158. It was passed by the Senate, 59-40, on March 21. Both fall short of the two-thirds majority to override Planned Parenthood says it hopes to offer drug-induced abortions in New York. A patient takes two drugs, methotrexate and misoprostol, in three visits to a doctor to end an unwanted pregnancy nonsurgically. Planned Parenthood spokesmen say it also hopes to set up to train doctors to offer the procedure. Planned Parenthood wants to make it available nationwide by the end of 1996. Methotrexate treats cancer and stops cells from dividing and multiplying. Misoprostol causes uterine contractions to expel the embryo of rendered cattle and sheep parts to other cattle and sheep, as a measure against ``mad cow'' disease. U.S. cattle groups say they'll voluntarily implement the ban until it is formalized. ``Mad cow'' disease, not yet discovered in the United States, the measure would provide consumers added safety, cattle producers say. Britain banned the practice years ago, after scientists there said it may have contributed to the arrest of an Argentine university student who is accused of illegally entering computer systems around the world, including some belonging to the U.S. military. Julio Cesar Ardita, 21, is officially charged with breaking into numerous computer systems. He allegedly broke into Harvard University's computers as a staging point and broke into other secure computer sites. He did not obtain any classified material. His alleged offenses are not covered under extradition treaties between the United States and illegal aliens being held in a Naval air station in San Diego 28 prisoners were injured and are being taken to hospitals. Lt. Burnett says 10 angry illegal aliens, upset by unfair lack of canteen privileges at the Miramar Naval Station, set fire to a mattress Friday. The smoke from the fire affected 28 prisoners, who were taken to hospitals, treated for smoke inhalation. Half of those were kept in the hospital while others were released after Hillary incidentally visits ancient Olympia, to witness the lighting of the flame that will burn at this summer's Olympic Games in Atlanta marks the centenary of the modern Olympics, which founded in Greece 28 centuries ago. Heavy clouds Friday kept the sun out, radiance effaced, clouds, those who stopped the big sun from lighting the old flame but hopes were high weather caused skies to clear up for light for the official ceremony. Olympic flames, symbolizing peace and life, burns 1,550 miles through suffering impoverished Greece, carried by 800 workers, and Los Angeles too, for another circuitously deadly classified corpse and imprisoned so they pose little threat.

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