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FOR THE SECOND time in two years, the Los Angeles City Council decided not to ban smoking in restaurants, but it reduced to 30 percent the share of tables that can be set aside for smokers. . . . EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT Hosni Mubarak ordered the release of 3,500 prisoners to mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, Egyptian newspapers quoted an official decree Wednesday. . . . AT LEAST FOUR people were killed early Wednesday in an apartment fire that Detroit authorities said they suspected was a retaliatory firebombing for a drug deal gone bad.