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PETER TOMSEN, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, arrived in Hanoi Wednesday to lay the groundwork for opening the first U.S. diplomatic mission since the end of the Vietnam War . . . AN APARTMENT FIRE apparently started by a child playing with matches left two children dead and five other people critically injured in South Gate, Calif . . . A POLYNESIAN AIRLINES jet with 72 people aboard made an emergency landing in Western Samoa when its right landing gear didn't deploy. The body of a stowaway was later found in the wheel well, the airline said.