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POVERTY: The number of people in the world living in absolute poverty is rising by 70,000 a day, the British charity Actionaid said. It warned in a report that by the year 2000, 700 million people would still be without safe water and 100 million children would not be going to primary schools. "Unless concerted action is taken now to help people out of the poverty trap and into a sustainable lifestyle, the numbers in absolute poverty will reach 1.5 billion by the year 2000," Actionaid director Martin Griffiths said.SECURITY: Transport police reportedly have increased security on the train carrying Alexander Solzhenitsyn across the Russian countryside from the Far East because of concerns about crime. The former exile's train is being guarded by larger patrols in the Amur and Chita regions near the border with China in particular, the Trans-Baikal Transport Police told the ITAR-Tass news agency. Trains in the Far East have been plagued by robberies, and Russian authorities say Chinese gangs have extensive organized crime operations on the Trans-Baikal line.

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DISMISSED: The Marine Corps has dismissed its last pending case stemming from the Tailhook scandal of sexual misconduct at a naval aviators' convention. Lt. Gen. Charles C. Krulak dismissed the case against an unidentified officer for insufficient evidence, said a Marine spokesman, 2nd Lt. Michael Neumann. Neumann declined to provide further details. The dismissal Friday ends the Marines' yearlong investigation into actions of its aviators at the 1991 Tailhook convention in Las Vegas. More than 80 women allegedly were assaulted or harassed by drunken Marine and Navy aviators at the convention, according to Pentagon investigators in Quantico, Va.

DIED: Ish Kabibble, whose goofy humor enlivened Kay Kyser's orchestra for two decades during the Big Band era, has died at 86. Kabibble, whose real name was Merwyn Bogue, died of respiratory failure Sunday in Joshua Tree, Calif., after suffering from pulmonary disease and emphysema. Bogue joined Kyser's band in 1931. He took his stage name from one of his silly songs, combed his hair over his forehead and was introduced as "the guy with the low-cut bangs and the high-kicking cornet."