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December 6, 2001

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Virginia: Pat Robertson resigns from Christian Coalition

Pat Robertson resigned Wednesday as president and member of the board of directors of the Christian Coalition, a political force of the religious right.

The religious broadcaster said that he plans to concentrate on his Christian ministry.

"I'm going to be 72 in March, and I felt that in these years left to me that the most important thing was for me to focus on the spiritual ministry, where I started back in 1960," Robertson said in a telephone interview from his Christian Broadcasting Network headquarters in Virginia Beach. He founded CBN in 1960.

Arkansas: Ground broken for Clinton library

With a golden shovel full of dirt, Bill Clinton broke ground Wednesday on a presidential library in Little Rock that promises to document both his triumphs and scandals.

"The impeachment? Absolutely," Clinton said. "What I did wrong is a matter of record, but what I want is the whole record out."

Clinton was impeached by the House in December 1998 on two articles of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. But in February 1999, the Senate voted to acquit Clinton.

The library is scheduled to open in 2004.

Idaho: Rescuers try to save elk herd in icy lake

Twenty-nine elk fell through thin ice on a lake and either died in the cold water or were destroyed by game officers.

Altogether, 40 elk, possibly trailed by hunters, had moved Saturday about 80 yards out on Henry's Lake near Rexburg.

About 30 hunters and others tried to save the animals.

Eleven elk managed to get out; two others were helped from the lake after being in the water for at least an hour and a half but had to be killed. The rest either died in the water or were shot after game officers concluded that trying to rescue them was too dangerous.

New Jersey: More teachers jailed in five-day-old strike

The number of striking teachers thrown in jail climbed above 100 Wednesday as the school superintendent said the labor dispute that has shut down the 10,500-student district for nearly a week had become "a war."

Negotiations were scheduled to resume Wednesday night between the Middletown Township Education Assn. and the town's Board of Education, but both sides appeared to be hardening their positions.

"It's become a war," Supt. Jack DeTalvo said.

The district's 17 schools have been closed since last Thursday, when about 1,000 teachers went on strike. They have defied a judge's order to return to work, and 135 have been jailed this week.

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