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December 1, 2000 | From Reuters
President Clinton announced initiatives Thursday to help local police keep guns out of the hands of felons, stepping up pressure on the Republican-led Congress to close loopholes in the nation's gun laws before he leaves office in January. Marking the seventh anniversary of the Brady law, which requires handgun sellers to make background checks and institute waiting periods for buyers, Clinton directed Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Atty. Gen.
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BUSINESS
November 30, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
A North American Free Trade Agreement panel rejected a U.S. law limiting Mexican trucks' access to the U.S. market, dealing a blow to the Teamsters' bid to halt the trucks at the border, a Mexican official said. Although the Clinton administration wouldn't comment, saying the ruling isn't final, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters called on the White House to maintain the 5-year-old limit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2000 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bill that removes the final barrier to U.S. citizenship for many people with severe disabilities has been signed into law by President Clinton. The law could help thousands of disabled people who would qualify for citizenship if not for the fact that they cannot recite the oath of allegiance, said Micheal Hill, a lobbyist for the country's Catholic bishops in Washington D.C. The bill, introduced by Rep.
NEWS
November 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
A new federal rule announced Thursday could limit logging, skiing or hiking in national forests if forest managers believe those activities might permanently harm the ecosystem. The policy change requires that managers overseeing 192 million acres of 155 forests put ecosystem health above all other concerns. "We cannot do things that could put resources at risk," said Jim Lyons, the Agriculture Department undersecretary who oversees the Forest Service.
NEWS
October 29, 2000 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In session for rare weekend votes with the election fast approaching, Congress acted Saturday to keep the government running for another 24 hours but made little apparent progress in breaking a budget impasse. Despite the action of the House and the Senate on the eighth stopgap spending measure since the fiscal year began Oct. 1, a weird limbo enveloped the Capitol as neither Republicans nor Democrats predicted a quick deal. Gone for the time being was the usual year-end pressure to adjourn.
NEWS
October 26, 2000 | NICK ANDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a significant shift for their party, key congressional Republicans proposed Wednesday to make it easier for hundreds of thousands of people who entered the United States illegally before 1982 to gain permanent U.S. residence. Republicans also proposed issuing as many as 600,000 special new visas over three years to foreign-born spouses and children of legal immigrants in an initiative to help families stay together in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
UC Irvine reported 25 aggravated assaults on campus last year and 215 burglaries. UCLA reported eight sexual assaults, while USC had seven. Thirty-eight cars were stolen from Cal State Northridge parking lots last year. Whether those are numbers to worry about is open to debate. But for the first time, the public has easy access to crime statistics from these colleges and 4,200 others. The data can be found on a Web site provided by the U.S. Department of Education, http://ope.ed.gov/security.
NEWS
October 25, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton signed a law Tuesday creating a national monument out of a breathtaking stretch of mountains near Palm Springs, ending a saga that required extensive negotiation among Native Americans, developers and preservationists. The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument will encompass 272,000 acres. From the desert floor to the 10,800-foot peak of Mt. San Jacinto, it is a popular recreation center and home to rare animals including bighorn sheep and golden eagles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
UCLA reported eight sexual assaults on campus last year; USC had seven. Thirty-eight cars were stolen from Cal State Northridge parking lots last year. UC Irvine had 25 aggravated assaults and 215 burglaries. Whether those are numbers to worry about is open to debate. But for the first time, the public has easy access to crime statistics from these colleges and 4,200 others. The data can be found on a Web site provided by the U.S. Department of Education, ope.ed.gov/security.
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