President Clinton, responding to a formal complaint by Mexico, told President Ernesto Zedillo that the United States should have told Mexican authorities about a U.S. money-laundering sting in that country, the White House said Tuesday.
"President Clinton expressed regret that better prior consultation had not been possible in this case," spokesman Mike McCurry said, confirming Clinton called Zedillo on Friday after Zedillo condemned the secret use of U.S. undercover agents in Mexico.
Operation Casablanca culminated last week in 160 indictments. At least two dozen Mexican bankers, many of whom were lured to the United States, were arrested.
Before he talked to Clinton, Zedillo had complained that no cause "can justify the violation of our sovereignty nor of our laws."
U.S. law enforcement officials said they did not notify Mexico of the operation because they feared endangering undercover agents.
Mexico's Foreign Secretary Rosario Green said Monday that he may try to extradite and prosecute U.S. undercover agents who may have violated Mexican law while taking part in the sting.
FAA requests checks
on wiring in more jets
WASHINGTON _ The nation's major airlines have been asked to do spot checks on the fuel tank wiring in Lockheed and McDonnell Douglas airplanes to determine if they need the mandatory wiring inspections recently ordered for Boeing aircraft.
Among the models that the Federal Aviation Administration would like checked are the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011, wide-body aircraft with an engine on each wing and one on the tail. In addition, the FAA would like checks on the short-haul DC-9 and its derivative, the MD-80, popular McDonnell Douglas planes with an engine on each side of the tail.
The request came from the FAA aircraft certification office in a letter last week to the Air Transport Association, the trade group representing the nation's largest air carriers. The FAA asked for a report within 90 days.
Mother whose suicide try
killed child testifies
TORRANCE, Calif. _ A mother whose attempted-suicide leap resulted in her daughter's death testified from bed Tuesday at her murder trial, saying she was driven to despair by her husband's abuse.
Farinoosh Dalili told of an arranged marriage to Nader Dalili, who she said pushed her down a flight of stairs when she was pregnant.
"He didn't like my cooking, the way I dressed," she said.
Mrs. Dalili, who has 200 pins holding her splintered bones together, has been watching the trial from a hospital bed because it is painful to sit up for long periods.
On March 3, 1997, she went to a hotel, requested a room on the highest floor and jumped out of the window, falling 10 floors.
The prosecution said she had her daughter, Nagen Natalie, 3, in her arms. The defense said the child may have jumped after her mother.
Murderer given death
in Mother's Day slayings
SANTA MONICA, Calif. _ A man who killed his mother and ex-girlfriend after luring them to a Mother's Day dinner was sentenced to death Tuesday. The woman who helped him got life in prison.
Paul Carasi, 32, stabbed the two women in 1995 in a car in a parking garage. His 2-year-old son was strapped in his car seat.
Prosecutors said Carasi wanted the women's life insurance money and custody of his son.
Donna Kay Lee, 46, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. She was convicted along with Carasi of murder.