This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israel reported intercepting Libyan plane and forcing it to land.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Israeli intelligence's mistaken belief that Palestinian terrorist leaders Abu Nidal and others were on board plane examined; details of intercept and forced landing reviewed, illustrated on map. [For. minister Yitzhak SHAMIR - defs. intercept, admits mistake.] [In Libya, Palestinian leader George HABASH - acknowledges he was with Abdullah al- Ahmar on same plane 3 days ago.] Libya's response to incident, include accusing United States Sixth Fleet of aiding Israel, mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Libyan dictator Muammar el-Kadhafi reported heading Arab conference in Tripoli at which participants signed resolution pledging terrorist attacks on United States ints. worldwide if United States attacks Libya.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Latest terrorist bombing in Paris and discovery of unexploded bomb at Eiffel Tower detailed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Focus of President Reagan's State of the Union speech tonight, delayed due to space shuttle Challenger's destruction, outlined.
(DC: Chris Wallace) President's speech previewed, include renewed commitment to space shuttle program and proposal to develop space plane; speech's emphasis on soc. welfare and budget cutting needs considered. [REAGAN - calls for streamlining government] [Pollster Richard WIRTHLIN - explains advantages of Reagan's approach to speech.] President's foreign policy proposals outlined.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: John Dancy) Democrat response to Reagan's speech focusing on his proposed spending cuts discussed. [OMB director James MILLER - praises budget.] [Representative Thomas DASCHLE - criticizes cuts in soc. programs.] Anticipated impact of cuts on Library of Congress cited as example [National Association of Retired Fed. Employees spokesperson Joseph OGELSBY - criticizes elimination of federal workers' cost- of-living increases] [Representative Barbara BOXER - believes President is trying to manipulate Democrats into raising taxes.] [Senator Rudy BOSCHWITZ - comments.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) International oil mkts.' reaction to OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) conf.'s effort to control pricing and production reported; details given. Drop in wholesale gasoline and heating oil prices as result mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Discovery of solid rocket booster from space shuttle Challenger and identification of human remains found so far as those of shuttle's crew reported
(Cape Canaveral, Florida: Robert Bazell) Latest hypothesis for Challenger's explosion examined; scenes, illustrations shown. [Former shuttle manager Sam BEDDINGFIELD - discusses theory.] Escape mechanisms afforded previous space launches reviewed. [Former astronaut Deke SLAYTON - opposes destruct pkgs. on shuttles.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Explosion and fire at Crystal Springs, Mississippi, appliance store reported; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Mass murderer Charles Manson, convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and others, reported denied parole; details given, scenes shown. [MANSON - describes his plans should he be released, include visiting Libya and Ayatollah Khomeini.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Murder chgs. reported filed against Mark Hoffmann, dealer in rare Mormon documents; background to case recalled.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Espionage trial of former CIA agent Larry Wu-Tai Chin reported beginning; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senator Richard Lugar, heading United States delegation en route to Philippines to monitor upcoming elecs. there, quoted.
(Manila, Philippines: Keith Miller) Major rally for opposition leader Corazon Aquino and implications for Ferdinand Marcos examined; scenes shown. [AQUINO - wants to dismantle Marcos' dictatorship and create democracy.] Aquino's proposed soc. and political reforms outlined. [AQUINO - feels husband Benigno Aquino's assassination galvanized opposition movement; hopes for landslide to offset Marcos' cheating.] Her concern for her own safety after elec. described.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pope John Paul II's continued tour of India detailed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Possible snag in release of USSR dissident Anatoly Shcharansky in proposed E.-W. spy swap said due to USSR 's ransom demand; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced
(DC: John Chancellor) Commentary concerns difference between Ronald Reagan-the-man and Reagan-the-President; Herbert Hoover mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Challenger memorial service recalled.
(No location given: Fred Briggs) Move to change national anthem from "Star- Spangled Banner" to "America the Beautiful" examined; scenes shown. [PEOPLE, Robert GOULET, Charlie PRIDE - sing anthem.] [Prof. Caldwell TITCOMB - demonstrates difficulty of anthem.] [Representative Andrew JACOBS, Junior - explains support for changing to "America the Beautiful."] History of "Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key and "America the Beautiful" by Katherine Lee Bates reviewed. [Ray CHARLES - sings.] Composer Aaron Copeland quoted.