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Saturday January 15, 1972
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News stories from Saturday January 15, 1972

Summaries of the stories the major media outlets considered to be of particular importance on this date:

  • Executives of McGraw-Hill, which is publishing a purported autobiography of Howard Hughes, said that among the billionaire's recollections is a $250,000 transaction 15 years ago with Richard M. Nixon's family. Mr. Hughes was also said to have had other dealings with other presidents. The executives said that earlier reports of the Nixon family deal -- that it involved a loan from Mr. Hughes that was not repaid -- were substantially correct. [New York Times]
  • The American command in Saigon reported today that North Vietnam had moved mobile missile launchers closer to South Vietnam's northern frontier than ever before. As a result, the command said, there were two incidents involving American planes Friday night -- one in which a plane fired missiles at a mobile launcher at the northern edge of the demilitarized zone. In the other incident, a pilot evaded two missiles from the ground about 15 miles north of the DMZ. [New York Times]
  • Travelers on international flights who pay for their air fares with dollars will have to pay up to 7% more as a result of last month's dollar devaluation and the concurrent realignment of world currencies, the International Air Transport Association announced in Geneva. The increases come in addition to other fare increases for international flights previously announced. [New York Times]
  • A week of prison disturbances in France culminated in an outbreak that wrecked much of the prison at Nancy. About 100 inmates took control of the prison roof, looted the canteen and drove off firemen with a barrage of roof tiles and beer bottles. The authorities regained control after an assault behind a barrage of tear gas. Six persons were injured, none seriously. [New York Times]

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