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(Studio: Connie Chung) President Reagan reported being urged to request Attorney General Edwin Meese's resignation. Meese noted avoiding questions with regard to Justice Department resignations. Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) Meese noted being asked questions with regard to resignation possibilities while announcing major drug bust. [MEESE - says will only answer questions pertaining to drug bust.] Resignee William Weld quoted re: Meese indictment. [On "Today", Senator Arlen SPECTER - comments on Weld's assertions.] Senator Strom Thurmond reported meeting Meese and quoted on screen. [President-elect American Bar Association Robert RAVEN - says matter must be examined.] White House aide quoted on screen with regard to Reagan's reaction to situation. Vice President George Bush noted fearing scandal will hurt his campaign [NYU Law School spokesperson Stephen GILLERS - says Reagan and Meese don't understand seriousness of situation.] Democrat Senators reported calling for Congress hearings to address questions. (Studio: Connie Chung; DC: Carl Stern) Reagan and Meese reported viewing matter as political Men noted resigning because of damage being done to Justice Department Source quoted with regard to how average member of Justice Department would be dismissed if involved in type of controversy Meese creating. Justice Department empls. noted embarrassed by Meese scandals. Resignations of Arnold Burns and Weld mentioned.
(Studio: Connie Chung) FBI reported breaking up heroin network operated by Sicilian Mafia. Attorney General Edwin Meese quoted with regard to bust. Report introduced.
(DC: James Polk) Sicilian Mafia arrests reported made in Italy and US. [MEESE - describes operation.] Heroin transportation route illustrated. Types of indivs. arrested and fronts for heroine operation listed. FBI officials quoted re: Mafia's shipment of cocaine to Italy. Meese noted pleased by diversion from his personal problems. [MEESE - comments on drug case.]
(Studio: Connie Chung) Senator reported approving humanitarian aid package for Contras. President Reagan noted planning to sign measure tomorrow. Outline of pkg. illustration Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega Saavedra quoted with regard to Contra- Sandinista truce and aid to Contras.
(Studio: Connie Chung) United States sanctions against Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega reported becoming harsher. United States officials reported urging American corps. to place tax money owed Panama in escrow account Noriega regime's receiving millions in tax payments from American corps. recalled. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: George Lewis) Opposition to Noriega reported failing; details given, scenes shown. [Opposition leader Angelica GUINARD - comments on situation.] Catholic leaders recalled urging Noriega's resignation. Archbishop Marcos McGrath quoted. Banks noted planning to reopen next week Govt. workers noted not being able to cash paychecks. [MAN - says can't get money.] Stores noted being ordered to accept checks and use to pay government for services such as utilities. Noriega noted showing no signs of resigning. Many Panamanians noted applying for passports. [PEOPLE - comment on leaving cntry.] Opposition reported vowing to continue protests.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Senate Foreign Relations Committee reported recommending that Japan's Toshiba Corporation be punished with trade sanctions for selling computer technology to USSR . President Reagan reported threatening to veto trade bill. Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Kur) Proposed sanctions against Toshiba listed on screen. Letter of objection from Secretary of State George Shultz and other cabinet mbrs. quoted on screen. [Senator Jake GARN - says national security more important than television sets.] Bill's aim noted to reduce trade deficit. Reagan noted disagreeing with bill's major premises. [Representative Dan ROSTENKOWSKI - says deficit has to be reduced.] Bill outlined. Representative Jim Wright quoted with regard to bill. Congress reported not having enough votes to override president veto.
(Studio: Connie Chung) House Judiciary Committee reported extending amnesty program for illegal aliens in US. Bill noted going to House of Representatives for consideration.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Vietnamese government reported returning remains of several MIAs. Pentagon noted asserting hundreds of MIAs remain in southe. Asia. Laotian refugee Somdy Fomachen featured. Report introduced.
(NYC: Steve Delaney) Somdy reported now working as school janitor in Tecumseh, Nebraska. Somdy noted fighting communists in Laos, being imprisoned and meeting American pilots who had been shot down over Laos. Somdy noted claiming Captain David Nelson and Lieutenant Stanley Smiley were alive when he saw them in 1978. [Voice of President Richard NIXON - says all POWs released.] Somdy's sketch of prison camp shown. Somdy quoted with regard to burying Nelson when died. [SOMDY - says Smiley cried when Nelson died but wasn't allowed to talk.] Defense Intelligence Agency reported not believing Somdy's story. DIA's letter to Nelson's family quoted on screen. American official who interviewed Somdy quoted. Somdy noted asserting never recanted story. [Bro. Dale NELSON - criticizes investigation.] [Mother Freda TYPOLT - says investigation incomplete.] Somdy shown choosing Nelson's photograph from grouping. [SOMDY - comments on photo.] Nelson's helicopter reported crashing in 1971. Somdy noted refusing to iden. Smiley because had only briefly met him. DIA noted maintaining that Somdy's story not factual. [Supt. of schools Tom ROTHER - says believes Somdy.] Pilots' families noted not knowing if DIA telling truth. [Dale NELSON -says brother was hero.]
(Studio: Connie Chung) Iraq reported firing missiles at Iranian vessels in Persian Gulf; details of Iranian ship firing upon Cyprian tanker given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Palestinian rebellion leaders reported urging riots to be staged during Secretary of State George Shultz's visit next week Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir quoted. Palestinian teen reported being shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Israeli officials noted blaming reporters for inciting violence in occupied territories. Report introduced.
(Studio: John Chancellor) Media's presence at potentially volatile moments noted not necessarily causing violence; civil rights movement recalled. Israeli government's viewpoint given. "Land Day" noted being restricted to press; details given of violence which ensued. Cameras noted not filming any of deaths in uprising. Press noted preventing worst violence from occurring.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Pulitzer Prize winners listed on screen and discussed.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced. (No location given: Robert Hager) Airlines' triple mileage frequent flyer programs featured; details given, scenes shown. United Airlines spokesperson quoted. [Flyer Nancy KASTENBAUM - says moved sales meeting so could get triple miles.] Flyer Kermit Ellis reported rescheduling board meeting to make triple miles deadline. [Travel attorney Mark PESTRONS - says triple miles program disastrous for airlines.] Airline executive quoted. United, Eastern and Continental Airlines reported announcing triple miles restrictions. Passengers noted taking flights from San Francisco to Oakland, California, for triple miles; details given, scenes shown. [Flyer Nancy PICKFORD - comments on making short flight to get triple miles.] Flight across Bay noted not exotic but pretty.