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News Briefs, part 1

Clinton Campaign Should Refund $4.1 Million, Federal Auditors Say

The Washington Post

Federal auditors recommend that President Clinton's 1992 campaign repay the Treasury a record $4.1 million because they said the campaign was not entitled to all the federal matching funds it received.

The Federal Election Commission is scheduled on Wednesday to discuss the audit findings, which question the campaign's decision to give bonuses to certain employees and disallows payments for two missing rental cars. Last week, auditors suggested that then-President George Bush's 1992 campaign repay $1.3 million, but the six-member commission cut that amount in half.

The Clinton campaign also disagrees with the audit findings, said campaign committee attorney Lyn Utrecht, and "we feel confident that the commission will too." The campaign committee has a right to a hearing after the FEC votes on the matter. The Clinton Democratic primary campaign, which raised $25 million and received another $12.5 million in federal matching funds, was the main target of the auditors' criticism. They determined it owes the Treasury $3.8 million and questioned the bonuses to campaign workers.

The Clinton-Gore general election campaign, which received $55 million in federal funds, should repay $254,546, they said.

Serial Bomber Sent Latest Device From Bay Area

Los Angeles Times

The package bomb that killed a prominent New York advertising executive Saturday was mailed here a week earlier by an elusive serial bomber whose devices are becoming increasingly sophisticated, the FBI said Monday.

Frustrated investigators, who have been searching for the bomber for more than 16 years, said the culprit now may be based in the San Francisco area and urged residents to consider whether he may be someone they know.

"He may even appear to be a very nice guy," said Jim R. Freeman, special agent in charge of the San Francisco FBI office. "He might not stand out in a community. He could easily be the person living next door."

The FBI has offered a $1 million reward for the capture of the bomber and, for the first time in its history, has posted a notice on the Internet appealing for leads in the case.

The bomber, believed to be a white male, has mailed or planted 15 explosive devices spanning the continent from the University of California, Berkeley, to Yale University, killing two and injuring 23 since 1978.

Warner's Interactive TV Trial To Begin in 5 Orlando Homes

The Washington Post

Not far from the make-believe futurism of Disney World and Epcot Center, a few ordinary households are about to get a glimpse of what may be the real thing.

In the most elaborate test of interactive television technology yet devised, Time Warner Inc. and a team of high-technology companies are about to switch on a system that will allow selected residents of suburban Orlando to shop, choose movies and play electronic games with their neighbors without leaving their sofas.

On Wednesday, Time Warner will demonstrate publicly its "Full Service Network" for the first time. It is now hooked up to just five homes; plans call for 4,000 to be connected by the middle of next year.

Initially, Time Warner says, residents hooked up to the network will be able to view instantly any of 50 movies at $3 a pop, and stop, fast-forward or rewind their selections as if watching a videocassette tape. They will be able to scroll through videos from a half-dozen retailers, including Crate & Barrel and the U.S. Postal Service, and order products by using a remote control.