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World Briefs I

Israelis Refuse to Extradite Maryland Slaying Suspect

The Washington Post

Israeli authorities told U.S. diplomats Monday that they will refuse to extradite Samuel Sheinbein to face murder charges in Montgomery County, Md., where the 17-year-old youth is accused along with a companion of killing an acquaintance and burning and dismembering his body.

According to Israeli and American sources, the Israeli officials gave informal notice that they expect to try Sheinbein in Israel instead, because, they explained, the youth holds Israeli citizenship and Israeli law bars extradition of a citizen.

At the same time, Israeli police arrested Sheinbein's father, Sol, and older brother, Robert, accusing them of helping him flee to Israel last week and of attempting to disrupt the investigation there.

American diplomats, noting that Sheinbein does not speak Hebrew and that he would be far from home if imprisoned in Israel, said they still hope he might agree to return voluntarily to face the charges against him in Montgomery County. They hinted that sensitive negotiations to that end are under way but declined to elaborate.

Notified of the Israeli decision, Montgomery County State's Attorney Robert L. Dean said in Rockville that his office will assist in prosecuting Sheinbein, but he expressed sharp disappointment that the suspect is to remain in Israel.

House Approves 23-day Extension To Complete Work on Spending Bills

The Washington Post

With Congress once again far behind in its budget work, the House Monday approved a 23-day extension of Wednesday's deadline for completing work on spending bills for the coming fiscal year to avert another government shutdown.

The continuing resolution, approved by a vote of 35557, was worked out in advance by House and Senate GOP leaders and the administration and will assure that most government departments and programs will continue to operate at current spending levels.

The Senate is set to approve the measure Tuesday and send it on to the White House for President Clinton's signature.

Though Congress and the White House enacted a five-year balanced budget agreement this summer, scores of residual policy and spending disputes, ranging from family planning to national student testing, have slowed action on many appropriations fronts. Moreover, the appropriations process of drafting and passing the spending bills in committee was held up this summer until final agreement was reached on the budget.

"We're doing remarkably well" considering the delays, said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La. "Although we started late it was worth it because with a budget agreement there are fewer major hurdles."

Congress so far has cleared three of the 13 annual spending bills - covering defense, military construction and the legislative branch.

New Rules to Ensure Credit Report Accuracy Take Effect Today


New federal rules take effect today to better ensure accuracy in the credit reports that can make a lender, insurer and sometimes even an employer turn thumbs up or down in considering an application.

The amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act also set a 30-day deadline, with few exceptions, for companies to investigate a consumer's complaint that the credit information in his or her file is erroneous. They must also correct any mistakes in that time.

The first major changes in the 1970 federal law were enacted last year, after seven years of fighting in Congress between consumer advocates and business representatives ended in a compromise.

Monday, some of those combatants gathered at a news conference at the headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission and portrayed the changes as a "win-win" situation for consumers and businesses.

They did so despite privacy concerns that even some participants in the news conference expressed, that changes in data distribution - through the Internet, for example - are outpacing efforts to regulate the flow of sensitive information.