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ALASKA'S maverick Gov. Walter J. Hickel ended months of speculation Tuesday and announced that he won't seek a third term. . . .A SMALL PLANE crashed into a house in Waynesboro, Pa., killing at least three people and starting a fire that burned the house to the ground . . . . NASA resolved equipment problems Wednesday and proceeded toward a Thursday launch of space shuttle Endeavour on an Earth-monitoring mission. . . . AN EXPLOSION on a passenger train in a popular tourist region in southern China killed 12 people and injured nearly 50, a Hong Kong newspaper said.