SENATE AGREES TO CONSIDER SETTING CONTROLS ON HMOS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate, breaking a deadlock, agreed Tuesday to take up "patients' rights" legislation that would set new controls on HMOs and other managed health care plans when lawmakers return from the July 4th holiday.The issue is incredibly popular with Americans, most of them in health maintenance organizations and other managed care plans. Polls show that even people who have not have bad experiences with HMOs fear that the care they may need some day will be denied by an insurance company looking to save money.
BACKERS TO TRY AGAIN FOR DAY OF NATIONAL PRAYER, FASTING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After suffering a narrow defeat, supporters said they'll try again to win House passage of a resolution calling for Americans to observe a national day of prayer and fasting in response to recent violence.
Despite calls for public repentance, reconciliation and moral uplift through prayer, Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, failed to win the two-third majority needed for passage Tuesday.
HOUSE AUTHORIZES MEASURES TO BENEFIT MILITARY VETERANS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House authorized cost-of-living increases for disabled veterans who receive government compensation and in the same legislation expanded a variety of other programs for veterans.
The bill, passed Tuesday on a 424-0 vote, would authorize increases for both veterans and for survivors of some disabled veterans. About 2.3 million veterans received disability compensation last month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to spend more than $18 billion on such benefits this fiscal year.
TONY WINNER ALLAN CARR DIES AT 62 AFTER BATTLING CANCER
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Allan Carr, the film and stage producer who brought "Grease" to the big screen and whose "La Cage aux Folles" won him a Tony Award, has died after battle with cancer. He was 62.
Carr died in his Beverly Hills home Tuesday afternoon, said Cece Karz, a spokeswoman for Paramount Studios.
Carr was known for adding a touch of camp to everything he touched, from "Grease" to the often-lampooned 1989 Academy Awards telecast.
GRAMMYS GOING TO BIG ARENA FOR 2ND TIME IN THEIR HISTORY
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Grammy Awards are moving to the Staples Center next year, returning music's biggest night to a large arena for only the second time in the show's 42-year history.
The new, 20,000-seat center has nearly four times the capacity of the Shrine Auditorium, where this year's show was held. The move announced Tuesday will allow the 14,000-member National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences a chance to invite more industry representatives.
In 1997, the show was held at New York's Madison Square Garden, its first time in a major arena that had seating for up to 14,000.
The Grammys will be presented Feb. 23 in a CBS broadcast.
AGRICULTURE SPENDING BILL LOOKS READY AGAIN FOR ACTION
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The agriculture spending bill appears ready again for legislative action after lawmakers ended a deadlock over patients' rights.
The spending bill had been delayed for more than a week as Democrats pushed the measure that would set new controls on managed health care plans. Under a compromise reached between Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday, lawmakers agreed to take up the legislation when they return from the July 4 holiday. The farm measure is scheduled to come up before week's end.
Earlier Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats intensified the fight for farmers' votes in the 2000 election and accused each other of ignoring rural America.
2 MOROCCAN SOCCER PLAYERS MISSING FROM SPECIAL GAMES
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Two Moroccan soccer players are missing from their nation's delegation to the Special Olympics World Summer Games, bringing the number of vanished athletes to four.
Niam Tanji, 21, and Jamal Agdani, 23, were last seen at lunch Monday and did not attend their soccer match later in the day, event officials said Tuesday.
The Moroccan coach told the head of the delegation, who then alerted organizers, said Joe Freddoso, chief executive officer of the Games. Authorities said there was no indication of foul play.
Last week, two Special Olympics basketball players from the Dominican Republic left a shopping trip in Greensboro, took a cab to Charlotte and then caught a bus to New York.