This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) State Department reported rejecting PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's visa request so that he could address United Nations General Assembly. United Nations reported moving General Assembly to Geneva, Switzerland. President Reagan noted supporting Secretary of State George Shultz's decision. Stmts. issued by USSR , West Germany, Great Britain, Italy and France quoted on screen. Report introduced.
(DC: John Cochran) [Arab League spokesperson Clovis MAKSOUD - criticizes US refusal to grant Arafat visa.] [US ambassador Patricia BYRNE - says Arafat is accessory to terrorism.] Terrorist Mohammed Abul Abbas, responsible for attack upon Achille Lauro in 1985, shown at PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) meeting earlier this month; murder of Leon Klinghoffer recalled. [In 1985, SHULTZ - says Arafat has control over these terrorists.] Jordan's King Hussein quoted with regard to Shultz's stance on Arafat. [Egyptian President Hosni MUBARAK - says Arafat will do no harm in US.] [Ex-British official Ian GILMOUR - says Shultz is supporting Israel.] [Columbia Law School spokesperson Lori DAMROSCH - comments on situation.] United States visa committee reported asking Shultz to reconsider his decision.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Palestinian officials reported cancelling Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ; Israeli officials noted refusing to comment.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) officials reported reaching product and price agreement; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Major banks reported raising their prime lending rates; details given, figs. illustration Report introduced.
(Studio: Mike Jensen) Housing and car loan rates reported expected to rise. Reasons for Federal Reserve Bd.'s raising of interest rates given. Christmas retail sales reported lower than expected. Impact of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) decision upon United States consumers noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Trade deficit figs. discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reports introd.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) President-elect George Bush and Senator Robert Dole reported declaring truce. [BUSH, DOLE - praise each other.] Bush-Dole rivalry during campaign '88 recalled; details given, scenes shown. [During campaign, DOLE - attacks Bush.] [Ex-Senator Howard BAKER - comments on working with President Reagan after election] [Dole's friend Robert STRAUSS - comments on nature of politics.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Kur) Senate Democrats reported selecting leader; details given, scenes shown. [Senator-elect Joseph LIEBERMAN - comments on decision.] Duties of majority leader outlined on screen. Senator Dan. Inouye noted contender for position; details of his career given. [During Iran/Contra hearing, INOUYE - discusses government.] [On "Meet the Press", INOUYE - comments on taxes.] Senator J. Bennett Johnston featured. [JOHNSTON - comments.] [During Iran/Contra hearing, Senator George MITCHELL - lectures Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.] Candidates. quoted with regard to election.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President-elect George Bush reported announcing that White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater will retain his position.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Raleigh, North Carolina: Robert Hager) Tornadoes reported striking here; details given, scenes shown. [PEOPLE - comment on storm.] Damage to K Mart store shown. Monetary damages assessed; survivors Chris O'Connor, Michael Brenner, Ed and Nancy Quigley shown examining their wrecked homes.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) National Weather Service's winter forecast illustration; forecaster quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Supreme Court reported hearing adoption case focusing on rights of unwed fathers. Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) Case of adopted child Katie Moses cited; details given, scenes shown. [Child's biological father Edward McNAMARA - says he didn't know he had daughter until after she was adopted.] [Adoptive father Robert MOSES - comments on child's reaction to McNamara's legal efforts.] McNamara's attorney quoted. Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, William Rehnquist quoted with regard to rights of unwed fathers. [San Diego Cnty., California, attorney Lloyd HARMON - says child needs home with parents to love her.] [McNAMARA - comments.] (Artist: Arthur Lien)
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pablo Picasso's "Acrobat and Young Harlequin" painting reported auctioned in London, England; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) NBC News-"Wall Street Journal" poll results with regard to stress and cancer given. Report introduced.
(NYC: Betty Rollin) Belief in relationship of cancer and mental attitude toward disease featured. Louise Hay reported writing book on relationship of disease and personality. [HAY - lectures.] Dr. Bernie Siegel reported asserting that positive attitude can heal body of cancer. Theories postulated by Siegel and Hay discussed. [Cancer patient Sue MOLTER - comments on causal link of emotions to cancer.] [SIEGEL - claims that married men live longer.] "Journal of American Med. Association" article quoted &discussed. [Doctors Marvin STEIN, Bernard FOX - comment on Siegel's book.] Fox quoted with regard to self-healers. [SIEGEL - responds.] Link between emotions and disease discussed. [FOX - comments.] [WOMAN - comments on healing herself.]