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TOLL RISES: The death toll from the worst mining accident in Philippine history rose to 82 Wednesday as rescuers pulled 14 more bodies from the rubble of a coal mine, Zamboanga police said. The Philippine National Oil Co. said about 170 people were working inside the shaft in Malangas town, Zamboanga del Sur province, 500 miles south of Manila, Monday night when a gas explosion collapsed the mine.
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MOTION: Defense lawyers want charges dismissed against one of two teens charged with killing Michael Jordan's father because the prosecution allegedly withheld crucial evidence. Judge Gregory Weeks said Tuesday in Lumberton, N.C., that he will rule on the motion by the next hearing, which may be held in October. The evidence the defense says prosecutors withheld includes a reported sighting of James Jordan after the date he was supposedly slain, and two reports indicating that other people talked about committing a similar crime, defense lawyer Woodberry Bowen said.
SIMILAR WOES: Just before it fired Benjamin Chavis for secretly settling a former worker's sex discrimination claim, the NAACP quietly resolved a similar lawsuit by another female employee against a member of its board of directors. That board member, Gentry W. Trotter, was present at the Aug. 20 meeting in which Chavis was terminated. It is not known how he voted in the 53-5 decision. In an October 1993 lawsuit, Harriet Diles accused Trotter of harassing her, defaming her and firing her because she filed sex discrimination complaints.
SETTLED: The American Association of Retired Persons paid $135 million to settle a dispute with the IRS over the income it earns from royalties on insurance, prescription drugs and other products and services. But the settlement leaves open whether future income will be taxed, AARP spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said Tuesday. Ashkenaz said the $135 million paid in April for the tax years 1985 through 1993 was in lieu of taxes and was not an admission by the AARP that it either owed taxes or will owe taxes in future years.