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Ten years ago: Independent counsel James C. McKay found insufficient evidence to warrant a criminal indictment of Attorney General Edwin Meese III in connection with the Iraq-Jordan pipeline plan or his investment in telephone company stock.

Five years ago: In an impassioned plea for Russian aid, President Clinton told newspaper editors in Annapolis, Md., that America should help “not out of charity,” but as a crucial investment in peace and prosperity.

One year ago: Federal authorities cautioned that thousands of schoolchildren across the nation might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus by eating frozen strawberries imported from Mexico.