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ISRAEL - President Clinton pledged Monday that he would get in touch with President Hafez Assad of Syria to stress that a "golden opportunity" lay before him to complete a peace deal with Israel.

MOON - The moon landings that rocked earlier theories about planets came at a time as science was low on the agenda when two Americans landed on the Moon 30 years ago Tuesday, beating the Russians in one of the cold war's most costly and daring contests.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL - Fund-raisers for both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party have discovered that invoking the impeachment of President Clinton still dredges up raw emotions and motivates Americans to write checks to candidates seeking election in 2000.

FIREARM CONTROLS - Even as Congress has battled to a fierce deadlock over gun control, state legislatures were passing substantial measures. Political professionals in both parties say the passage of a new bill in California reflects a steady shift in public opinion and political winds.

KENNEDY - The last flight of John F. Kennedy Jr. ended in a plunge at 10 times the normal rate for a descent, radar data released Monday showed, offering a possible explanation for searchers' failure to recover remains or significant pieces of wreckage from the crash.

RUSSIA/CHINA - Russians now gaze with envy across the border at China, ten years ago all they could see was a scraggly forest and an occasional smoke stack. What lay beyond was a mystery, sealed by a border that was shut tight as a drum.

INTERNET HYPE - Since the beginning of 1999, many an enterprising soul has founded an Internet company, offered stock and created a fortune, sometimes achieving a billion-dollar stock market valuation seemingly overnight. But like any gold rush this one has a lot of seekers who never hit the mother lode.

HEPATITIS -Italian researchers believe they have found the last major piece of the puzzle of blood-borne hepatitis. Dr. Daniele Primi, an Italian scientist, has obtained what he and other scientists said in interviews was strong evidence for a novel hepatitis virus.

DEFECTION - It was a rough first day as a Democrat for Rep. Michael Forbes. Virtually all of Forbes' aides have abandoned him, resigning en masse on Monday in protest of their boss' decision on Saturday to quit the Republican Party and become a Democrat.

HEWLETT-PACKARD - Abandoning a long tradition of picking its leaders from within its own ranks, Hewlett-Packard announced Monday that it had chosen as its next chief executive a woman who earned her power and reputation in the telecommunications industry.

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