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have Church Red Party''s Ofiicers Fail To Register Rv BARRY SCMWEin WASHINGTON (AP) - Officers of the Communist party in the United State.s have failed to meet the deadline for registering under the Internal Security .Act. This left to the Justice Department the next move in the drawn- out war of nerves between the party and the government. Atty. Gen. Robert F, Kennedy this week that the “will enforce the said earlier department law.” Last Nov, itself defied 29. when the party a deadline for registering, a department spokesman said officials planned to wait at least until after the time had ex pired for officers to register before taking action. That deadline passed at midnight Thursday night. Individual members nf the party now have its decision upholding provisions of the 1950 law. The parly has stated many times that it planned to defy the law. The party has demed it is an agent of the Soviet Union and contended it should not be required to register as such. .A Communist party spokesman said Thursday the number of officers had been reduced to three, but he declined to disclose how many officers there had been previously. However. Chicago’s American quoted Claude Lightfoot, a former party official, as listing .the three officers as: Gus Hall, general secretary; Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, chairman; and Benjamin Davis, national secretary. All are from New York. Lightfoot said that among the posts abolished were those of national vice chairman and Ubnois chairman, both of which he once held. the to in until Dec, 20 to *egister under the law. The government has indicated it plans to move agam.st the party first. The law provides fines up to $ 10,000 a day for the party for each day of defiance. It provides the same fines—plus prison terms —for officers and individual members who defy the law Under the Security .Act—fought by party leaders in the courts since its pas.sage in 19!^the party was to have regi.stered as an arm of the Soviet government. It was to list its officers, finances and other details. The struggle between the gov ernment and the party came to upja head last Oct. ft, when the Su jpreme Court refused to reconsider New Church Fig^ircs Offered Council NEW YORK 14^ — Last year 63 9 per cent of the American people belonged to a church or synagogue, according to the National Council of Churches’ newly published 1992 Yearbook of American Churches. Protestant membership was 93.7 million or 34 4 per cent of the total; Catholic, 42.1 million or 23.6 per cent of the total. There were 227 Protestant bodies reporting, w i t h a total membership of 63,668,835, Total number of (Catholics was reported as 42,104,900 Jews totaled 5,387,000. Homicide means simply the killing of another person, while murder means killing a person with malice aforethought.