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Pentagon: No missiles are missing

It was a potential nightmare.

In April 1992, an informant warned that thieves had moved nine Stinger missiles to a new location at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, and intended to sneak them off-base.

The Army found the missiles where the tipster said to look and put them back where they belonged.

Case closed? Maybe not.

According to a General Accounting Office report released Tuesday, that same informant said as many as 20 other Stingers already had been stolen the same way.

"Don't want to scare everybody to death," said Sen. John Glenn, an Ohio Democrat, who released the report. "We want to make sure for our part that we know where every one of these things is."

The Pentagon said the allegation remains unsubstantiated. After checking out the tip, "a 100 percent inventory of Stinger missiles at the depot was conducted, and all missiles were accounted for."

Stinger, Dragon, and Redeye inventories were audited at Glenn's request after a 1991 study by the Defense Department's inspector general found paperwork problems that made it impossible to account for 188 Stingers.

The hand-held missiles are some of the best weapons in America's arsenal. Stingers and Redeyes are strong enough to knock a flying plane out of the sky; Dragons are designed to pierce the armor of a tank.

The Pentagon said none of those missiles is missing, and it's trying to fix its bad bookkeeping. It promised a worldwide inventory by December.

Smithsonian gets $10-million gift

WASHINGTON _ The Smithsonian Institution will get the largest single cash donation in its history _ $10-million _ from the Mashantucket Pequot tribe to help build an American Indian museum.

The small Connecticut tribe wants to share the riches from its giant casino and bingo complex, said Richard Hayward, chairman of the Pequot Tribal Council.

The museum, the Smithsonian's 15th, is scheduled to open in the last vacancy along the National Mall in 2001.

The Pequots' gift, to be spread over 10 years, brings total private donations for the American Indian museum to $31-million. That's more than halfway to the fund-raising goal of $60-million for construction and the museum's endowment.

Teen birth rate drops, report says

WASHINGTON _ The rate at which America's teenagers are having babies has dropped for the first time since 1986.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday the 2 percent drop in the 1992 teen birth rate was a turning point. From 1986 through 1991, that rate had skyrocketed 27 percent.

But that good news was shadowed by the finding that many babies _ 7.1 percent _ are still born too small.

"The nation's objective for the year 2000 is to reduce the percentage of babies born at low birthweight to no more than 5 percent," said Dr. Jennifer Howse, March of Dimes president.

The center calculated the nation's birth trends by analyzing the 4.07-million birth certificates filed in 1992.

Paula Jones

pressures Clinton

WASHINGTON _ The woman who is suing President Clinton put new pressure on him Tuesday to settle the case out of court.

"All I want is to reclaim my good name from Bill Clinton, the only person in the world who can do that," Paula Corbin Jones, a former Arkansas employee, said at a news conference.

In May, Jones sued the president in federal court, seeking $700,000 in damages for allegedly exposing himself to her in a Little Rock hotel room in 1991. He was then Arkansas governor.

The president's lawyer, Robert S. Bennett, said he would not dignify what he called the performance of Jones and her attorneys at a media event.