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Eighteen people, including three Americans, were inside the building during the attack. U.S. officials said none of the Americans in the building was armed. The U.S. Embassy, the American School and other U.S. facilities in the Pakistani capital were closed and personnel lent home as the attack kindled memories of the 1979 sacking of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. Two Americans and two Pakistanis were killed in that assault. Pakistan continued on page 10A Accord on New York Times Washington, D.C. The Bush administration and the independent prosecutor in Oliver North's trial defused an angry five-day court battle Sunday with an agreement on how national secrets will be handled at the trial. i F0W Bill to ban semiautomatic rifles triggers debate with gun lobby By Kurt Chandler Staff Writer The talk these days in Minnesota gun shops, shooting ranges and sportsmen's clubs is explosive. The topic, once again, is gun control. A bill introduced two weeks ago by two St. Paul legislators would outlaw possession of "semiautomatic assault rifles . . . designed and manufactured primarily for military purposes." The legislation specifically targets imitations of the Soviet and Chinese AK- Drought-weary farmers toiling to conserve snow and make sorinq wetter By Sharon Schmickle StafT Writer Melvin Nelson isn't sure he'll see any payoff from cold days spent working snow into his fields, but the Wilkin County farmer decided that anything was worth trying after he found how deep his soil runs bone dry. "We had a bulldozer out there last fall and were digging rocks," he said. ?We were down to 7 feet (deep), and in some places there was no moisture. The dirt didn't even stick to the blade." Dry foil isn't the only linjjering effect d omi F&Eds 4 4 i - '.'.-I.' Associated Press . .. Protesters jumped from their jeep and fled as police fired tear gas at them Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The rioters were demanding that the United States ban "Satanic Verses," a novel by Salman Rushdie that has offended many fundamentalist Muslims. secrets might clear The accord appears to end a dispute that had gone all the way to the Supreme Court and threatened to scuttle North's trial on 12 criminal charges stemming from the Iran-contra affair. Only hours before the agreement was announced, the Supreme Court had agreed to hear arguments on the matter Friday. 47, such as the gun used by Patrick Edward Purdy in his schoolyard rampage in Stockton, Calif., Jan. 17. But Minnesota sportsmen and gun enthusiasts say that, under its vague definition, the law also could ban such popular firearms as the Remington 1100 semiautomatic shotgun, a standard weapon of duck hunters. The bill has sportsmen asking: Will they take away my deer rifle, too? "As a practical matter I don't think it's going to be possible ... to ban of the scourge that was last year's weather. Farmers are bracing against a potential invasion of crop-chomping grasshoppers and the danger that powder-dry topsoil will take flight in spring winds. Crops already in the ground, alfalfa and winter wheat, are off to a shaky start in Minnesota and several other states. While other Minnesotans have expe-. rienced record snowfall in the northern reaches of the state, Nelson and some Red River Valley farmers are digging in, trying to capture more snow. Farmi continued on page 6 A V I V 18 5k- The independent prosecutor, Lawrence Walsh, said last night that he had filed a sealed motion with the U.S. district judge in the North case, Gerhard Gesell, and that the Justice Department had agreed to the motion. Gesell must approve the agreement before it can take effect. A senior Justice Department official weapons that hunters already are using," said Rep. Howard Orenstein, cosponsor of the bill. "That was never our intent." However, Orenstein said, he realizes there is an overlap between paramilitary weapons and hunting rifles. He will work with hunting groups to narrow the definition of the two, he said. "It's not my intent to get those folks upset." Gun control continued on page 4A Almanac Monday, February 13, 1989 44th day; 321 to go this year Sunrise: 7:18. Sunset 5:38 Todays weather Light snow is likely in the Twin Cities metropolitan area today. A high temperature in the upper 20s to lower 30s is forecast. Business 1-1 2D Editorial 8,9A Calendar 7B Movies 6B Comics 7E Obituaries 4B Corrections 3A TV, Radio 8E Crossword 9E Weather 8B Classifieds 1-1 OK Telephones -, News general 372-4141 Classifieds 372-4242 Circulation 372-4343 Copyright 1 989 Star Tribune VohjVIINumber31S 6 sections San pros .-""N--.-1 "A ,TA. i i ill If Jiff K way for North trial said the motion will allow the government to review in advance classified material that North's attorneys plan to disclose in their client's defense. There was no immediate indication of the defense's view of the agreement. The Justice Department had threatened to file affidavits barring the dis Staff Photo by Charles Bjorgen r Cea Jaye Jackson checked plastic bottles moving on a conveyor belt toward a bailer at Recycle Minnesota Resources, 615 N. Prior Av., St Paul. Local officials hope to lead country ; toward ban on plastic food packages By Anthony Lonetree Staff Writer Chicago led the drive to ban phosphates in laundry detergents in the 1970s, and now St. Paul and Minneapolis hope to lead a fight to remove much of the plastic food packaging ' from grocery stores ' and fast-food outlets. i 'u, , 1 ' '" 'l i A Mi I ,1,1 , )) closure of classified information at the trial if not granted that right and enough time to raise objections. In a statement last night, the Justice Department said the proposed agreement "will resolve any remaining differences with respect to the handling North continued on page 10A t 4 -v.. J? -t 11 Bob Long, a member of the St Paul City Council, said he was inspired by Chicago's efforts when he began work on an ordinance that would ban the use of such items as plastic soft-drink bottles and fast-food foam packaging. The ordinance, with a companion proposed in Minneapolis by Council Member Stqp Cramer, would be the Multiparty; system approved: in Hungary 'Gradual, steady', transition urged From News Services Budapest, Hungary : An extraordinary meeting of Hungary's Communist leadership has agreed to move the country toward a multiparty political system. In an interview broadcast Sunday on radio and television, Communist Party leader Karoly Grosz said a two-day meeting of the Central Committee, which ended Saturday night, had for the first time fully backed "the. creation of non-Communist political parties. T.,. Hungary's parliament passed a law last month that allows new parties in theory, and government officials have promised that a bill regulating their creation and operation will be submitted to the assembly later- this year. The Central Committee's action means that the reform will go ahead and indicates that the leader-' ship is close to a consensus on how a multiparty system will be implemented. ' ; "j A communique from the Central Committee stressed that the transition must be "gradual and steady " to avoid what it called 'the danger of-the process becoming destabilized and uncontrollable." The party initiative is part of a broad program of reforms, called "the' democracy package," that has put Hungary at the forefront of reform movements in the Communist world. Although several other East European countries nominally have had multiple political parties for many years, Hungary is the first one to agree that truly independent non-Communist groups can compete with the party in free elections. Many of the Hungarian reforms, which also include steps to create freedom of the press, independent Hungary continued on page 4A ; f 1 1 1 if; I i strongest effort yet by local governments to reduce the amount of plastic and foam packaging burned , or buried as garbage. . Long said he hopes the ordinances will have a domino effect throughout the United States. That is a prospect that alarms the Society of the Plastics Plastic continued on page 7Af .: ' : '

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