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Judging by the lengthy negotiations that went on for the last two weeks, I feel that we really have something that these various factions . found acceptable," Mawlawi said. The proposed transitional government would run the country for about two years until national elections were held, Mawlawi said. He did not say how quickly the transitional government would be formed. Negotiations had been stalled by four factions aligned with one warlord. Other details, 3A. Terrorists threaten more U.S. attacks NEW YORK (AP) - A group opposing U.S. aid to Israel sent a letter to The New York Times claiming responsibility for the World Trade Center bombing, and authorities told the newspaper it was written by a person charged in the explosion. The letter said that unless the United States severed relations with Israel and met other demands involving Middle East policy, additional attacks would be carried out by a group called the Liberation Army Fifth Battalion, the newspaper reported in its Sunday editions. According to the letter writer, the group had "more than 150 suicidal soldiers" and would attack both military and civilian targets. "The American people are responsible for the actions of their government and they must question all of the crimes that their government is committing against other people," the Times quoted the letter. "Or they Americans will be the targets of our operations that could diminish them. The letter demanded that the United States halt all military, economic and political aid to Israel, as well as sever diplomatic relations. It also demanded that the United States not interfere in the internal affairs of any Middle East country. The Times said it received the letter four days after the Feb. 26 bombing that killed six people, injured more than 1,000 and closed the Trade Center's 110-story twin towers for weeks. The letter was immediately turned over to authorities and they determined late last week that one of the people arrested in connection with tne Dombing had written it, the newspaperfsaid. It didn't say which person was the author. Officials in Washington said they had never heard of the Liberation Army Fifth Battalion. M Los Angeles Times I OSCOW - Can the United States save Boris N. Yelt sin and the course of Russian reform? With the Russian president and teetering Russian leader. INSIGHT the conservative-dominated Congress of People's Deputies still at each other's throats inside the Kremlin, that question preoccupies the Clinton administration as it prepares for its first meeting with the "The old Bolshevik system is fighting for survival," Russia's unabashedly pro-Western foreign minister, Andrei V. Kozyrev, has warned. And so is Yeltsin. President Clinton, putting the final touches on an emergency aid package to be unveiled at the April 3-4 summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, lauded Yeltsin last week as the popularly elected leader of Russia's "historic movement toward democratic political reform." With this Cold War adversary suddenly looking like it could lapse back into tyranny, Clinton, who has already proposed increasing direct U.S. aid to Russia from $417 million annually to $700 million, wants to do something fast that yields immediate, tangible benefits to ordinary Russians. But will -it make the difference? (More on RUSSIA, Page 10A) BULLETIN MOSCOW (AP) - Congress speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov announced a compromise with President Boris Yeltsin early today, scrapping a referendum in favor of simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections in the fall. A CHILLING TALE OF DISCOVERY 68 years ago, Morris Livers disappeared, with two strangers. --A 11 A : t 1 Sandy Mays of the Wyoming Criminal Investigation Criminal Laboratory reconstructed this face from the human skull. By DEENA WINTER Tribune Staff Writer For the past 68 years, relatives of Morris Livers have been telling the story of how he left his Hamberg, N.D., shop with two strangers and never returned. The story was always the same and had no ending. But the discovery last year of a box of bones stored in a Wyoming shed has added a new and perplexing chapter to the tale. The Livers family hopes the skeleton will help them end the story that has haunted them. THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY It was a summer day in 1925. Morris' 5-year-old son, John, was the last person to see him, dead or alive. John had walked to the garage in Hamberg where his father worked on cars. "I don't know what I was going to do," John recalls. "I went up there, I suppose, to have him walk home with me for lunch or for supper." John found his father getting into a vehicle with two strange men. Immediately, the men's peculiar appearance struck the young boy. "As I remember, they both had dark suits on and I think they were both wearing hats," John says. "If you went to a movie nowadays, you'd expect them to have a machine gun in their hands. Thinking about it now, they looked like they could have been gangsters or hoods. Even then, I could tell." John asked his father where he was going, and his dad said "out of town." When I' " HAMBERG WBlMUKk I IN THE NEWS the boy asked if he could go along, Morris said, "Not this time." "I said, 'Well I wanna go with you,' and he said, 'Well you can't,' " John says. "I think that he had an intuition that something maybe was going to happen to him and of course he didn't want the same thing to happen to me. He was concerned about getting me out of the way." Morris hustled his son away by handing him some change and telling him to go to the store, buy a pound of hamburger and bring it home to his mother. "I went and got the hamburger i "'it. ' 1 " . - , . . " ' f x- -. ' : .v si' V FhVi 'J'S " ! r . i - : i 1 2I i j'i. it 7 ' hi m J ' I' 1 By TOM STROMME of the Tribune LOOKS LIKE GRANDPA: Collin Livers, with wife Teresa, resembles plaster casts made by police. and went home," John says. "He disappeared with these two men and we never saw him again." His family could only speculate had he deliberately left to start a new life? Had he witnessed something he wasn't supposed to? His wife knew nothing about his business was he having financial problems? "In 1925 there wasn't much of a police force anywhere," John says. "Whatever investigating they did, how far they got with it, I don't know." When John was old enough to understand, his mother assured him Morris' disappearance had nothing to do with him or the family, that Morris must have left under duress. Morris was a Pennsylvania native and the Livers family didn't even know any of his relatives. "Maybe he knew these people (two men) before," John speculates now. "Maybe he witnessed something and they were there to do away with him. I don't know why they would show up in a small town like that. But you wouldn't think he would go willingly unless there was a threat against the family.." John's mother died in 1978 and he settled in Williston for 30 years before moving to Wyoming in 1990. Although John, 72, can recall many details of the day his father disappeared "quite vividly," he doesn't recall what his dad looked like but thinks he was in his 40s. Time eventually healed the family's hurt and dulled their memory. "I don't hardly think about it anvmore," John says. THE MYSTERY IS REVIVED The mystery was revived a year ago, on March 30. A man from Thermopolis, Wyo., decided to clean out his shed and get rid of a locked trunk he had been storing for a friend. When he cut the lock off the trunk and opened it, he found the skeleton. Investigators determined the skeleton was that of a 5-foot-9, Caucasian man in his 50s who was shot in the head between 40 and 50 (More on DAD, Page 10A) OUTSIDE Cloudy today with a 40 per- i cent chance of showers. High ' 45 to 50. Wind northeast 10 to 20 mph. Tonight and Monday, breezy with occasional light rain or snow. Low tonight 30 to 35. High Monday 40 to 45. Details on back page. A 'ay toys? mMmry budget President preserves many of Reagan-Bush weapons systems INSIDE DAKOTA 1C CLASSIFIED ADS 3C HOMETOWN IF ENTERTAINMENT 5B IN TOUCH IE OPINION 2D MONEY 4D NUBS 9A OBITUARIES 9A SPORTS 1B WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Les Aspin unveiled President Clinton's slimmed-down, $263.4 billion military budget Saturday, portraying it as a "very cautious" blueprint that preserves many Reagan-Bush era weapons systems. Reductions of 108,000 in active duty military, a pay freeze and modest cuts in the Strategic Defense Initiative account for much of Clinton's defense cuts in the spending plan for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. But the overall fiscal 1994 budget is about $10 billion less than this year's level and some $12 billion short of what former President Bush envisioned for the post-Cold War era. Over a four-year period, Clinton plans to cut defense spending by $88 billion, an increase from the $60 billion reduction he pledged during the presidential campaign. Left unanswered was the fate of most major weapons programs, including future development of tactical aircraft for the Air Force and Navy, a light helicopter for the Army and an attack submarine. Aspin is reserving judgment on those programs, as well as scores of others, pending the results of a major review slated for this summer. The defense secretary acknowledged that the budget basically is a standpat plan. "This is a cautious budget on the weapons side. Very cautious," Aspin told reporters at a Pentagon briefing. "We are maintaining a lot of options ... treading water on two accounts research and development and procurement." Among the services, the Navy will see its total of battle force ships drop from 443 to 413. The number of aircraft carriers will decline from 14 to 12. And the Air Force will lose four of its 28 fighter wings. The number of U.S. troops in Europe will fall to 133,700, down from 304,000 in fiscal 1990. While the number of uniformed forces drops, the budget would increase spending for training, upkeep of weapons and ships and flying time, from $86.4 billion in fiscal 1993 to $89.5 billion for next year. "We're cutting force structure and protecting the operation and maintenance," Aspin said, "In a few sentences, that's the summary of the '94 budget." Members of Congress reacted favorably to the plan, including the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has suggested that Clinton's defense cuts may have gone too deep. "I think Secretary Aspin did the prudent thing (More on BUDGET, Page 10A)

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