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Visa refused for Nicaragua official

Published Oct. 16, 2005

The State Department has refused to grant a visa to Nicaraguan Vice Foreign Minister Victor Hugo Tinoco to make public appearances this week in Washington and New York, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The official, asking not to be identified, said the decision was made because Nicaraguan officials could not guarantee that visas would be issued to all members of Congress wishing to go to Nicaragua next week to observe the presidential election there. Bush seeks night's sleep in jet hangar

President Bush boarded Air Force One in an airport hangar at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday night so he could snooze through a 4:40 a.m. takeoff today and arrive refreshed for drug summit talks in Colombia. White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said Bush's unusual sleeping arrangements had nothing to do with security precautions surrounding the summit. Fitzwater said Bush followed a similar routine two or three times as vice president because "it's the best way to get the most sleep without waking up in the middle of the night. . . . His experience has been he can sleep right through takeoff." It was believed to be the first time a U.S. president had taken such a step.

HUD landlord to give up properties

A major subsidized housing landlord suspended by HUD Secretary Jack Kemp said Wednesday he planned to give up control of most of his properties and accused Kemp of a "scandalous vendetta" that was crippling service to low-income tenants. A. Bruce Rozet, president of California-based Associated Financial Corp., said he was negotiating with housing investment and management firms to transfer 300 of the 350 properties owned or otherwise controlled by his company. The suspension prohibits his company and affiliates from seeking new HUD business.

Kemp said poor conditions at the properties cited in the suspension letter "speak for themselves."

Comment sought on dial-a-porn plan

A proposed change in Federal Communications Commission rules would allow dial-a-porn services to transmit indecent material to adults if they required credit card payments, issued access codes, scrambled their messages and asked phone companies to list 900 calls to their services on customers' bills. The FCC is seeking public comment by March 2 on the rules, which the commission first adopted in 1987. But Congress, concerned the rules were not tough enough to prevent youths from gaining access to the messages, banned dial-a-porn services outright in 1988. The Supreme Court overturned the ban.

Children send their love to Bush President Bush retires to his private study at the White House on Wednesday to read Valentine's Day cards he received from schoolchildren.