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Berkeley apologizes to 'conservatives'

SAN FRANCISCO The University of California at Berkeley, known for progressive politics, is officially criticizing and retracting a description of an upcoming course on Palestinian culture that discouraged enrollment by "conservative thinkers."

The university said an oversight allowed a catalog listing for "The Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance," to note that "conservative thinkers are encouraged to seek other sections."

The course, according to the catalog description, has "as its starting point the right of Palestinians to fight for their own self-determination."

The course is scheduled to be taught by graduate student Snehal Shingavi, who is part of a group that staged a building takeover in April to protest Israeli treatment of Palestinians.

Bush urges tougher welfare-recipient plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio President Bush urged Congress yesterday to stiffen work requirements for welfare recipients a proposal greeted skeptically by state officials who wondered whether they would be saddled with the plan's price tag.

Even as they warmed up a small crowd of welfare activists for Mr. Bush, leaders of Ohio's welfare program and Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich said they were concerned that the White House plan would increase the cost of child care and other state-run social programs.

Clinton not optimistic about TV talk show

LOS ANGELES Former President Bill Clinton said it's unlikely he'll start a career as a television talk-show host but the idea had some appeal.

Mr. Clinton met with NBC executives last week in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of a show, an unconventional move for a former president and one that generated a flurry of attention.

"I don't think this is going to happen," Mr. Clinton said during a National Public Radio interview scheduled to air yesterday. "I'd be surprised if it did."

Mr. Clinton, a guest on NPR's "The Tavis Smiley Show," said that a TV forum would allow him to address "things I care about in an environment where people would be free to listen to larger numbers of people than I can speak to."

12 dead as Haitian boat capsizes in Bahamas

MIAMI Twelve Haitian migrants died and 73 were rescued yesterday when an overloaded sailboat capsized before dawn near a remote Bahamian island, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

According to survivors' estimates, as many as 15 persons were still missing and U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defense Force crews were looking for them, Coast Guard officials said.

The 35-foot boat was carrying as many as 100 Haitians when it overturned about 6 miles west of Great Inagua, an island about 75 miles north of Haiti's north coast and 500 miles southeast of Miami.

Ex-wife of tutor testifies in Skakel trial

NORWALK, Conn. The ex-wife of a man once suspected in the murder of Martha Moxley in 1975 testified outside the presence of the jury yesterday that he never confessed to her, contradicting assertions by the defense.

The testimony came during a hearing on a request by attorneys for Michael Skakel, who is being tried for Miss Skakel's murder, to introduce as evidence statements made by former Skakel family tutor Kenneth Littleton.

The defense contends Mr. Littleton implicated himself in the slaying in those statements.

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