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The New York Times

KOSOVO - The U.N. mission in Kosovo is finally moving to establish its authority here as the province's government, trying to fill the vacuum exploited by the Kosovo Liberation Army and those acting in its name.

INDIA/PAKISTAN - An Indian jet fighter shot down a propeller-driven Pakistani naval aircraft that was flying near the India-Pakistan border, reportedly killing all 16 people aboard and heating up the already inflamed situation between the world's newest nuclear powers.

LA GUNMAN - In the nation's latest inexplicable act of violence, a man walked into a Jewish community center in a middle-class suburb Tuesday morning and fired as many as 30 shots, wounding five people, including three young boys at a day camp, and then fled.

POST TAX - A judge has ruled that United Parcel Service took inflated tax deductions in 1984 and must pay taxes, penalties and interest that the company said may total nearly $300 million for that year.

GAY POLITICS - Prominent Republican presidential candidates are creating an atmosphere that is subtly but fundamentally more inviting to gay and lesbian voters than party leaders have been in recent memory.

OPEN AIR MOVIES - A nettlesome civic issue in Baltimore-- what to do about that blank billboard wall in the parking lot -- has lured hundreds to Little Italy on Fridays for open-air movies.

THE US IN LATIN AMERICA - The "archives of terror" are documents that trace the secret plan to crush left-wing political dissent in Latin America. Though discovered six years ago, the files have gained new prominence with the arrest of Chile's former dictator, Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

NY SENATE RACE - Bowing to an emerging consensus among state Republican Party leaders, Rep. Rick A. Lazio of Long Island has decided to suspend his primary campaign for the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for New York Mayor Giuliani to become the party's uncontested choice for 2000.

RUSSIA - As Russian forces continued to do battle with Islamic militants in the mountains of the North Caucasus, Vladimir Putin, the newly designated prime minister, said he had proposed a "package of measures" to bring the volatile situation under control.

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