Cuba may seek International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) help to assure safe operation of its nearly completed nuclear power complex, the State Department said Friday. Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Cuba is discussing with the IAEA the possibility of accepting an advisory mission to the site, which has raised safety concerns among officials in Washington and in Florida. The complex is 150 miles from Florida's coast. The United States, meanwhile, has advised international nuclear suppliers to limit their cooperation with Cuba to safety matters until the country signs a nonproliferation agreement, Boucher said.Court: Scouts can
bar boys over oath
SANTA ANA, Calif. _ The Boy Scouts of America can temporarily expel two Cub Scouts who refused to pledge their "duty to God" in the organization's oath, a state appeals court has ruled. The court overturned a Superior Court order that allowed 9-year-old twins Michael and William Randall to stay in their Scout pack until their case was heard later this year or in early 1992. The boys' father, James, sued the Scouts after his sons were told they could not participate in troop activities unless they pledged their "duty to God." Randall said he doesn't consider himself or his children to be atheists. He said his sons aren't sure if there is a God. "They should be able to make the decision about God when they are old enough to do so," he said.
L.A. reporter's fines
LOS ANGELES _ A judge Friday reversed his decision to impose daily $1,500 fines against a reporter who refuses to divulge the source of a secret police report about the videotaped beating of a black motorist. "I don't want to be sucked into a political controversy with the Los Angeles Times," Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins said. However, the judge ordered Times reporter Richard Serrano to pay a one-time $1,500 fine for refusing to disclose his source. The judge said he was swayed by a legal brief in which the Times' lawyers argued that the law prohibits multiple punishments for a single act.
Final summer of oil
spill cleanup begins
ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ The final summer cleanup of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill is expected to last about six weeks and cost up to $15-million, state and federal officials said. No more than 100 people are expected to take part in the summer's cleanup, which began Thursday and is concentrated on about 40 beaches, the Coast Guard said. However, officials acknowledge they will never be able to clean up all the oil.
Elsewhere . . .
New trial for Meese friend: A Manhattan federal appeals court overturned the conviction Friday of E. Robert Wallach, a friend of former Attorney General Edwin Meese accused of taking payments to influence officials on behalf of the now-defunct Wedtech Corp. The court said Wallach and two co-defendants deserved a new trial because a key witness, a former Wedtech executive, lied while testifying.
Iowa seeks help for farmers: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Madigan to declare 44 counties disaster areas because rains have delayed the corn crop. Branstad asked for variances in crop program rules and consideration of emergency loans to cover losses for farmers.
28-hour standoff ends: Police in Edison, N.J., convinced a hostage-taking gunman to surrender Friday after 28 hours barricaded inside a house where he allegedly killed a woman after shooting her daughter, his former girlfriend.