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Kaczynski Indicted for 3rd Bomb

Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Unabomber suspect Theodore J. Kaczynski, a brilliant mathematician already awaiting trial here in two fatal bombings, was indicted Tuesday in New Jersey in connection with a third deadly blast there in 1994.

A federal grand jury in Newark, N.J. issued a three-count indictment accusing Kaczynski, 54, of transporting a bomb from Montana, where he lived in a tiny shack, to San Francisco, where he allegedly mailed it to the northern New Jersey home of advertising executive Thomas J. Mosser.

The 50-year-old advertising executive was killed when he opened the explosive package in his kitchen.

"These charges are the result of a multi-agency investigation by the UNABOM Task Force into a series of bombings that occurred across the United States beginning in 1978," said Attorney General Janet Reno in a statement.

Reno said two of the latest bombing counts could carry the death penalty. But federal authorities indicated that no decision has been made on whether to pursue the death penalty against Kaczynski either in New Jersey or Sacramento.

Taliban Wins Shake Border States

Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW

The deadly triumph of Taliban rebels in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has frightened Russia and former Soviet republics in Central Asia, prodding nervous leaders who once backed a Communist regime there to call Tuesday for action to halt the spread of bloodshed and Islam at their borders.

With 25,000 Russian troops deployed along the volatile Tajik-Afghan frontier, the Kremlin has long considered events in the Central Asian country - which it tried and failed to conquer - to be of the most serious, direct political interest.

Four Russian border guards have been killed in the past few days by Afghan-based Tajik rebels emboldened by their Taliban allies' success in overrunning Kabul.

Russian Security Council chief Alexander I. Lebed, a decorated veteran of the Afghan conflict, insisted to journalists here that Russia provide "the necessary material and financial assistance" to Afghan forces resisting the Taliban Islamic movement.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, from his sick bed in the Central Clinical Hospital here, urged the 12-member Commonwealth of Independent States to convene a summit to discuss a concerted response to the violence that the former Soviet states consider a threat to their own security.

Court Denies Perot Debate Chance

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON

A federal judge Tuesday dashed the hopes of Ross Perot and another third-party candidate to participate in the presidential debates, ruling that they had failed to prove that excluding them violated the law.

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said he understood that Perot and Natural Law Party candidate John Hagelin were frustrated at being kept out of the nationally televised debates, which begin Sunday. He said he also shared their wish for "a more open and accessible" process in which all candidates could air their views.

But Hogan said he believed he had no choice under the law but to refuse to force the private, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates to include Perot and Hagelin, and dismissed the lawsuits they filed seeking the court to order that they should be invited.

Lawyers for both candidates immediately appealed Hogan's ruling. A three-judge appeals panel - Judges Laurence H. Silberman, A. Raymond Randolph and Judith W. Rogers - will hold a hearing on the matter Thursday.

While Hogan said he knows that his ruling means that Perot and Hagelin will lose their opportunity to debate, he said he hopes that they "still may be able to cure a defect" in the election system by pursuing their complaints with the Federal Election Commission.