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DEAL: Chechen separatists and Russian military authorities reached a preliminary deal Monday on withdrawing troops from villages in Chechnya and disarming the rebels, Russian news reports said. The proposal set July 7 as the date for Russian forces to withdraw from villages they surround, and called for guerrillas to turn in their weapons from July 7 to Aug. 7, the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agencies said. The sides also agreed on the release of 14 Russian soldiers captured last month.CLEANUP: A helicopter dumped almost two tons of garbage at a Nepali airport Monday as part of an unprecedented drive to clean up Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. The Russian-made MI-17 helicopter unloaded 78 sacks weighing 3,910 lbs. onto the tarmac at the Nepali capital's airport, organizers said. The refuse was collected last month by 15 Nepali climbers and flown to Kathmandu from a spot near the peak's base camp, some 310 miles to the east.
CONVICTED: A U.S. Marine on Okinawa was convicted of reckless driving and sentenced Monday to two years in prison for a traffic accident that killed a mother and her two daughters. Cpl. Lori A. Padilla, 20, was found guilty of speeding when her car spun out of control and onto a sidewalk last January, killing three pedestrians 18 miles north of Naha, the capital of the state of Okinawa.
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ON TRIAL: More than four years after 17-term Rep. Joseph M. McDade was indicted on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and accepting illegal gratuities, he was going on trial Monday with the start of jury selection in U.S. District Court. If convicted, the 64-year-old Pennsylvanian would face up to 34 years in prison, a $1.25 million fine and the loss of his seat in the House, where, except for the indictment, the 1994 Republican sweep would likely have elevated him to chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
AIR BAGS: The government may recommend equipping vehicles with on-off switches for passenger-side air bags, which have been blamed for the deaths of 21 children, USA Today reported. The proposal comes just a year after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began allowing the cutoffs in pickup trucks and sports cars which have no rear seat. "Air bags and rear-facing infant seats do not mix," NHTSA Administrator Ricardo Martinez has stressed. "The availability of a manual cutoff switch is an important step in preventing injury to infants who are in the front seat by necessity."