Aft FRIDAY. MAY 22. 1993 WASHINGTON THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY T PAPARAZZI Researchers take step toward designer cows WASHINGTON — Using ' cloning techniques similar to those that created the sheep Dolly, researchers have produced six genetically identical calves in an important step toward building herds of "designer" cattle. The research proves that it will be possible economically to produce cows that give human milk or-make drugs, or even to create pigs that grow human organs, said'Steve L. Stice, chief scientist at 'Advanced Cell Technology Inc. in Worcester, Mass. • . A-.report on joint research by Stice and scientists at the Univer- sityi.of Massachusetts in Amherst, is being published on today in the journal Science. Stice said the technique demon' strates that a 'cell culture from cattle or other livestock can be manipulated to contain specific, desirable genes, and that these . cells then can be used to clone endless herds of genetically identical offspring. Official issues holiday drunk-driving warning WASHINGTON — With the Memorial Day holiday serving as the unofficial kickoff to summer activities, the government is making a special plea for the public-to avoid drinking and driving. Transportation Secretary Rod- neyrSlater said 501 people died nationwide in automobile accidents •during this holiday weekend last year, about half in alcohol-related crashes. He said state police and highway patrols across the country plan a variety of enforcement actions in an effort to curtail deaths this year. "We have to be vigilant," the sefciietary said Thursday. JIater also reminded the public to slow down, use seat belts and be patient with the expected holi- . day crowds on the nation's roads arid,in airports. 'People have to just take their time, remain calm, enjoy the jour. nejy"as much as the anticipation of jvisiting with their family and friends at the end of the trip," he sa Celebrities seek legal restraints on paparazzi Actors want Congress to protect those in public eye from intrusive media IPS reports average tax refund higher this year WASHINGTON — The average tar refund for taxpayers who met th'^pril 15 deadline this year is $1J326, up 4.4 percent over the $1,270 average for 1997, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. Almost 19 million taxpayers opled to have their refunds directly deposited electronically in their checking accounts, up 2 mil- lion'over the year before. For taxpayers who chose to have refund checks sent by mail, the IRS says the last of the checks should be received by late May. The IRS reported total tax receipts of $115 billion through May 15«Ta 1.7 percent increase over the same period in 1997. Lr- Senate will probe China technology scandal WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Trent Lott asked Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to begin the Senate's inquiry into technology transfers to China and possible'.breaches of national security. In addition, Lott created a Republican task force to coordinate various committee inquiries into allegations that President Clinton has-been too lenient in approving U.S.'technology exports to China and that those approvals may have'been linked to Democratic campaign contributions. '>,The Intelligence Committee is the appropriate place to begin a , review of Chinese intelligence efforts to influence our country," Lott said "It is also the right place to examine the threat posed to American security by Chinese proliferation and ballistic missile programs." ri Tobacco bill sparks fire as lawmakers disagree WASHINGTON — Attacked on twoifronts, tobacco legislation stumbled badly in the Senate Thursday, as some lawmakers signaled opposition to spdcial legal breaks for the industry and others attacked the bill's tax increases. Oh a vote of 61-37, lawmakers •. indicated disapproval for a provision to limit lawsuit liability to $8 billion a year for Big Tobacco. ''This is not an industry which deserves special protection from the'United States Congress," argued Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., leader of an effort to the $8 billion cap" backed by the White House and "the bill's supporters. "yesterday we had two significant victories," Sen. John Mc- .Cajn, R-Ariz., the bill's chief Sponsor, said as events unfolded on the Senate floor. "Today we had a defeat." Still, he pledged to move forward. From Wire Service Reports By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Michael J. Fox and Paul Reiser told a House panel Thursday of tabloid photographers sneaking into hospitals to photograph their newborn children — or spitting in the actors' faces to provoke a dramatic photo. "I expect to have my photograph taken, and I'm a professional and understand that," Fox told the House Judiciary Committee. But he observed, "I strongly disagree with those who would argue that some sort of Faust- ian bargain has been struck whereby public figures are fair game, any time, any place, including within the confines of their own homes." Fox's testimony came as the House committee wrestled with the balance of preserving First Amendment rights against protecting individuals' privacy rights in anjage of long-range telephoto lenses and FOX parabolic microphones that can enable people to record what's happening behind closed doors. Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde, R-I11., set the tone for the hearings by observing that the freedom of the press "does not confer a license to engage in criminal conduct in the interest of gathering news." "Of course, the blame does not solely rest in the hands of the press," Hyde said. "Were it not for our collective interest in the private lives of famous people. . .the media would have no reason to seek out these stories," he said. 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