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U.S. companies join "multimedia' venture

Twelve of the nation's leading technology companies said Tuesday that they had joined forces to help bring "multimedia" services, such as home shopping and computerized movie libraries, to U.S. households by 1995. The venture includes such prominent companies as Apple Computer, Eastman Kodak Co., North American Philips, Corning Inc., Southwestern Bell Corp. and US West Inc. Many observers consider these interactive multimedia services as the next important breakthrough in consumer-oriented information technology. But several technical, commercial and legal barriers must be overcome before they can be implemented.

Top Episcopal priest accused of sex abuse

The highest-ranking Episcopal priest in the nation, who led a national committee examining the church's position on sexuality and the priesthood, has resigned after charges he sexually abused young men in his upstate New York congregation, church officials said Tuesday. The allegations against the Rev. Wallace A. Frey, rector of St. David's Church in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt, N.Y., are expected to stir uncertainty as the Episcopal Church continues to struggle with the issue of ordaining homosexuals.

NASA to launch "Columbia' on Oct. 22

CAPE CANAVERAL _ NASA on Tuesday set an Oct. 22 launch date for space shuttle Columbia's satellite-delivery and research mission. Mission managers announced the date after a flight readiness review at Kennedy Space Center. Columbia is scheduled to blast off on the 10-day mission at 11:16 a.m. EDT.

3 found dead in power plant explosion

MEROM, Ind. _ Rescuers who climbed the 740-foot smokestack of a power plant today found the bodies of three workers who died there in an explosion and a fire. The accident Monday injured 32 workers at the Merom Generating Station. State police said the blast was apparently touched off by welding equipment. The men were found about 275 feet up the concrete smokestack, State Police 1st Sgt. Mark Hartman said. State Police Sgt. Bruce Canal said welding equipment apparently touched off a blast.

Postmaster drops Olympic sponsorship

WASHINGTON _ Postmaster General Marvin Runyon announced Tuesday that the agency will drop its formal sponsorship of the Olympic games, which generated much controversy this year. But Runyon said the post office will pursue a more limited business relationship with the Summer Games when they are held in Atlanta in 1996. The agency was widely criticized by Congress for spending more than $100-million to become a sponsor of the 1992 Olympics. Runyon said the post office will carry mail for the games and produce special stamps for collectors.

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Woman named to AIDS commission: President Bush has decided to name Boca Raton resident Mary D. Fisher, who is infected with the virus that causes AIDS and is the daughter of a prominent Republican fund-raiser, to take the place of Earvin "Magic" Johnson on the National Commission on AIDS, a White House official said Tuesday.

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