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A HALF-MILE STRETCH of Ocean Beach near San Francisco's Golden Gate Park was closed after nearly 300 used hypodermic syringes that had been stuffed inside wine bottles washed ashore . . . THE U.S. NAVY, responding to congressional calls for military spending cuts and leaner armed forces, is starting an enlistment program allowing some sailors to put in only two years of active duty . . . CHINA LAUNCHED a rocket carrying a small satellite and simulated payload into space Monday, and the official news agency called it "major progress" for the country's infant commercial launch business . . . RIVAL SHIITE MILITIAMEN in Beirut fought Monday for control of a southern region, killing seven people and wounding 21, authorities said.