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Lawyers seek to quit Clinton case

Little Rock (Reuter) - Lawyers representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton yesterday sought to withdraw from the case because of "fundamental differences" with their client.

Diana 1961-1997: US voices - Politician, goddess and rebel

"JFK, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean - the obvious names roll off our tongues like a national mantra. But Diana somehow transcends even the legends that preceded her in death. Part politician, part sex-goddess, part rebel, she wowed the world with a unique mystique of charisma, glamour and charm. She was the once-upon-a-time wonder, the gorgeous romantic reality of our collective dreams."

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From a planet to a satellite

It took CNN founder Ted Turner 35 years to build up his media empire and he did things his way - blunt, brash and bossy. Now a merger with Time Warner leaves him second-in-command. Can he handle it? By Meg Carter

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Tung calls in media experts

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