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Nominee In Trouble, Republicans Say

Senate Republicans predicted trouble for President Clinton’s surgeon general nominee Sunday, and chastised the White House for not telling Congress sooner that the doctor performed abortions.

“Will it be in some difficulty? Yes,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said, when asked about the nomination of Dr. Henry Foster Jr., 61.

“I do think it is in serious trouble,” Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said in a separate interview.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on CNN’s “Late Edition” that the nomination is in trouble “to a degree, but I don’t think it’s fair to judge him until he has a chance to testify, and I suspect that he’ll come off pretty well.”

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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

UPDATED: 10:03 p.m.

North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.